Your favourite ice-breakers

first_img Previous Article Next Article Your favourite ice-breakersOn 1 May 2004 in Personnel Today We asked readers to nominate the best ways to kickstart a course or meetingand were inundated with replies. Here is just a selection of our favouritesMemory game In my favourite icebreaker, each person is asked to stand in a circle. Aball is thrown to each participant in turn and as they catch the ball they areasked to say their name and their favourite thing. Once everyone in the circle has had a turn the ball is then thrown back tothe organiser. Then the ball must be thrown to someone and the thrower needs tosay the name and favourite things of the person he or she is throwing the ballto. This again continues until everyone has thrown the ball and recited thename and favourite thing of each participant. Why use it? This is a great memory game and ‘getting-to-know-you’exercise for all participants. Jackie Marsh, training officer, Robert Bosch Pass the postcards At the start of a workshop, even before introductions, split people intopairs or threes or more (with a minimum of four groupings and a maximum ofsix). Give out postcards. Ask delegates to write three questions they would want to ask of the tutorduring the course on three separate postcards. They then fold the postcards andplay ‘Pass’. When the tutor shouts ‘pass’, postcards are passed clockwise tothe next group which has to scan them in half a minute (you can vary thetiming) and delegates grade each question on a scale of one to five. They thenpass again and, if you wish, you give them a shorter time for evaluating thenext set of questions. Keep playing until the postcards get back to theirowners who total their score. At the end, the best questions are used as the focus for discussions. Why use it? The exercise is quick, it gets people talking freely toeach other, it makes them think about the course and they enjoy the pace andcompetitive element in this opener. Anne Hollier, management tutor Leading questions I use the following questionnaire during the first day of our induction programme. However, I cannot claim credit for its authorship as I saw it used on alittle- known TV programme called Inside the Actor’s Studio. The questions include: – What is your favourite word? – What is your least favourite? – What turns you on and off in life? – Which sounds do you love or hate? – If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive atthe pearly gates? Why use it? The questions encourage delegates to let down barriersgradually and by the conclusion of the exercise every delegate has had theopportunity to share their sense of humour with others. Darren Harris, learning and development executive, Arval PHH Favourite hat-tricks I put old copper coins into a hat and then ask each person to pick one out.They then have to tell the group what they were doing the year the coin wasmade. Why use it? I find that although these games are cheap and cheerful,they always work! Karen Stern, training adviser, Claire’s Accessories Sell! sell! sell!I have always believed that before you can enable people tolearn something, you need to engage them, and the best way to do that is byentertaining them.   If you entertainyour audience, you’ll also find that people remember what they have learned.  My personal favourite is a session starter featuring theMuppets called Sell! Sell! Sell! because it reminds us in a very rousing waythat every business is based on one thing – selling. Martin Addison, director, Video Arts Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Mid-market muscles up: $154M in deals last week

first_imgFrom left: 140 and 142 West 4th Street, 63 West 104 Street and 37-30 Review Avenue in Long Island City (Google Maps; StreetEasy)It was another strong showing for New York City investment sales between $10 million and $30 million.Ten deals, of which half were in Long Island City, combined for a total weekly volume of $154 million, edging out last week’s $143 million. Here are more details for the week ending Jan. 15.1. Rudd Realty sold two mixed-use buildings, each with 16,600 square feet and 24 units, at 140 and 142 West 4th Street in Greenwich Village for $22.9 million. The buyer was Willowick Properties.2. The Orbach Group sold a 26,000-square-foot multifamily building at 63 West 104 Street on the Upper West Side for $21.5 million. It has seven floors and 34 units. Reda New York Holdings was the buyer. Meyer Orbach signed for the seller.3. Dynamic Star purchased two industrial buildings, each with 2,480 square feet, at 2391 and 2401 Exterior Street in the South Bronx for $21 million. Carmino Salgado signed for the seller, Galway Realty LLC.4. James Juliano signed as the buyer of a 31,3000-square-foot office building at 37-30 Review Avenue in Long Island City for $15.1 million, through Review Holdings LLC. Alan Dern and Douglas Bauer were listed as sellers.5. David Lubinitsky signed as the buyer of a 39,700-square-foot multifamily building at 12-26 30th Avenue in Long Island City, via 1222 30 Ave LLC. The five-floor building has 37 units. The seller was Fozan Pirzada, through Pirzada Astor Place LLC.6. Jiashu Xu of United Construction and Development Group signed as the buyer of a 12,500-square-foot industrial building at 46-30 21st Street in Long Island City for $13 million, through 21st Street Development LLC. Sami Roth signed as the seller through a limited liability company.7. Largavista Companies sold an 18,066-square-foot parking lot at 1400 Cromwell Avenue in the Bronx’s Mount Eden section for $12.8 million. The buyer was Family Life Academy Charter School, which plans to build a 67,916-square-foot school building on the lot, also known as 1401 Inwood Avenue.8. Rosemawr Management sold a 14,400-square-foot school building at 370 Gerard Avenue in South Bronx for $12.3 million, via RM Charter Holdings LLC. Family Life Academy Charter was the buyer.9. Church of the Redeemer bought a 16,300-square-foot parcel at 30-14 Crescent Street in Long Island City for $10.8 million. The seller was Trinity Church on Wall Street.10. Boerum Development sold a 39,000-square-foot warehouse at 41-20 39th Street in Long Island City for $10.2 million. The buyer was limited liability company Jx Holdings, affiliated with Denis Xhari and Anila Celi. Terry Tang signed for the seller.Contact Orion Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Share via Shortlink Message* Full Name* TagsInvestment SalesManhattanMultifamily Marketlast_img read more

Opportunity Zone investments got a boost in 2020

first_imgEmail Address* Message* TagsCommercial Real EstateInvestment Salestaxes Share via Shortlink Contact Akiko Matsudacenter_img Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Robert Morse, executive chairman of Bridge Investment Group, one of the major Opportunity Zone investors focusing on real estate. (Bridge, Stanford) It was a good year for Opportunity Zones.More than $12 billion was invested in Opportunity Funds by the end of August, Bloomberg News reported, citing the most recent data available from Novogradac.The tax deferral program, which was formalized in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, got off to a slow start partly because the regulations were unclear. Thanks to the rules finalized in December 2019, along with the strong rebound of the stock market last year, investors took advantage of the tax-deferral measure to reinvest their capital gains into Opportunity Zone projects.“We actually turned away capital,” said Robert Morse, executive chairman of Bridge Investment Group, one of the major Opportunity Zone investors focusing on real estate. The firm’s investment amounted to nearly $2 billion — twice as much as in 2019 — and he expects to pour about $1 billion more into Opportunity Zones this year.The tax deferral program aims to give developers incentive to invest into economically deprived neighborhoods. By investing their capital gains in Opportunity Zone projects, property owners and developers are allowed to delay paying capital gains taxes until 2026. If they keep the investments for more than a decade, the tax liability disappears.But critics have argued some of the designated zones didn’t need any incentives to attract investors or were not poor areas, while others said they enrich developers without any evidence or metrics to show their Opportunity Zone projects benefit the neighborhoods they are in.President-elect Joe Biden has suggested reforms to the program, including incentivizing developers to partner with community organizations, and a more robust system for reporting on the impacts of developers’ investments.[Bloomberg News] — Akiko Matsuda Read moreLIC Opportunity Zone dev site asks $60MReal estate deals dominate Opportunity Zones. Is that bad?At final presidential debate, talk of Opportunity Zones and “little tiny windows”last_img read more


first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?One of our readers sent us this video link titled “PEOPLE Magazine Reveals 6 Witnesses To Sexual Assault On Reporter By Donald Trump (VIDEO)” and ask us to post it. We do so without opinion, bias or editing. In fact, after viewing it we are sure the content shall spark some heated debate among our readers. Attached is the link for your review and comments. READERS POLL question is:  Who won last nights Presidential debate?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

BAYONNE 150 (Nicholas Oresko)

first_imgBAYONNE 150 — In celebration of Bayonne’s 150th anniversary of its incorporation as a city, sixth grade students at Nicholas Oresko Community School researched landmarks from Bayonne’s past. The students enjoyed their walk down memory lane, discovering Bayonne’s movie theaters, amusement park, retail stores, and public buildings from days gone by. They also created a photo collage to illustrate this special occasion. Standing are students Nico Cotto and McKenzie Gibbons. Seated are students Bea Isoebel, Happy Boutrus, Eric Santiago, and Sydney Fogu. ×last_img

Baking Industry Awards deadline now May 15!

first_imgDon’t forget to enter the Baking Industry Awards. New deadline is May 15.The deadline to enter the Baking Industry Awards is now May 15! All entries should be received by this date. There are are 11 categories ranging from business categories to product categories plus people categories including students and tutors . Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to be recognised as the industry’s best bakers, suppliers and achievers.Download an entry form now! Go to or tel Helen Law on 01293 846587 or email:[email protected] glittering awards night takes place in London on Tuesday September 8 and all finalists attend as free guests. British Baker looks forward to receiving your entries!last_img

Addo promotes Deborah Bolton to CEO

first_imgDeborah Bolton has been named as Addo Food Group’s new chief executive officer.Bolton, previously joint chief operating officer at the chilled savoury pastry producer, will step into the role immediately. She takes over from Chris Peters, who will continue to be actively involved in the company, serving in a non-executive role while handing over the day-to-day operations.Bolton has helped Addo grow from strength to strength and her constant focus on the needs of the group has “played a central role in driving significant improvements and increasing turnover”.The company employs more than 2,500 staff across its six UK sites producing a range of chilled savoury pastry products under brands including Wall’s, Millers Bakery and Pork Farms.“In any corporation, there comes a time when you need to reflect on your current structures and ways of working in order to propel the business going forward. I am honoured to be announcing Deborah Bolton as the new CEO of the Addo Food Group and wish her huge success in her role,” said Peters.Bolton added that it would be a “huge privilege” to lead Addo Food Group.“Our focus will remain on being category leaders and serving our customers, suppliers, staff and stakeholders to continue to develop long-term growth,” she said. “I am proud to be leading a company that encourages progression and ambition amongst its employees and challenges industry standards with successful female-led teams. I’d also like to extend my gratitude to Chris for his remarkable leadership and look forward to working closely with him during this transition.”last_img read more

Research points to big benefits from bakery salt reduction

first_imgSource: Getty ImagesEngland’s programme for salt reduction in foods, including many baked goods, will have led to nearly 200,000 fewer adults developing heart disease by 2050, according to academic research.The study by Queen Mary University of London said the health benefits could translate to healthcare cost savings of £1.64bn.However, the researchers have warned that weakening of policy could endanger potential health gains as salt remains significantly higher than recommended levels and have called for the government to get tougher on salt content.Salt risksExcess salt intake is strongly linked with raised blood pressure and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as kidney disease, gastric cancer and osteoporosis.In 2003 to 2010, the Food Standards Agency, in collaboration with the food industry, established salt reduction targets in over 85 food categories, including bread and rolls, morning goods, cakes, pastries, pies, puddings and dessert mixes. Consequent action included reformulation, product labelling and public awareness campaigns. The Queen Mary University research, published in the journal Hypertension, found that the programme in England achieved an overall daily salt intake reduction of 1g per adult, from 9.38g a day in 2000 to 8.38g a day in 2018.If 2018 salt intake levels are maintained, by 2050 the programme would have led to 83,140 fewer cases of premature ischemic heart disease and 110,730 fewer premature strokes, said the research.However, the authors noted that while the salt reduction programme in England was highly successful until 2011 because of the government pressure on industry, this changed from 2011 to 2017 once it continued under the Department of Health as part of the Public Health Responsibility Deal.According to the authors, few of the proposed actions were implemented under the Responsibility Deal, leading to the failure of the programme in achieving the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s recommended daily salt intake targets of 6g per adult by 2015.“The stalling of salt reduction efforts in the past few years is now eating away at the potential population health gains and is costing our health service dearly,” said lead researcher Professor Borislava Mihaylova.The authors have called for more stringent salt targets and stricter enforcement through legislation or financial penalties.“It’s now time for Downing Street to take decisive measures in forcing the food industry to comply. If not, many more thousands of people will suffer unnecessary strokes and heart attacks,” said Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University and chairman of Action on Salt.Industry challengesGordon Polson, chief executive of the Federation of Bakers, has pointed out the challenges in reducing salt in bread and baked goods as it “plays such a critical role in dough formation and in other bakery products like crumpets”.“It is recognised that any change that may diminish the flavour would be counterproductive to the objective of improving diets,” he told British Baker.“As an essential ingredient in bread – both technically and in terms of flavour – there are still significant technical barriers that need to be overcome,” Polson added.last_img read more

Hidden spaces: Adolphus Busch Courtyard

first_img 5Gargoyles are said to protect people by scaring off any evil or harmful spirits. This one, purchased by Selesky, squats in the corner of the courtyard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 4House sparrows have been building nests in the lion’s mouth for the past four or five years, and, “as far as we can tell they’ve been successful in raising young from the peeping sounds and delivery of insects,” said Selesky. Additionally, blue jays, cardinals, mockingbirds, and thrushes have all visited the courtyard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Detail of the ornate carving characteristic of Busch Hall. The building was completed in 1917 but not opened until 1921 because of a lack of coal. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Michelle Timmerman ’13 was a freshman when this photo was taken. She remembers visiting the garden often when she had a “thing for Europe.” Her concentration is in history & literature, and her focus field “is, surprisingly enough, modern Europe.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Asked what she likes about Busch Courtyard, Michelle Timmerman ’13 writes, “It’s … an enclave, and is so apart from standard Harvard architecture, and therefore feels apart from standard Harvard life, that you can tuck away there, slip in the side gate — or, if you’re well-informed and well-intentioned, through the Center for European Studies building itself — and disappear.“When I was little, I was big on Frances Hodgson Burnett, and I suppose the ‘secret’ nature of the ‘secret’ garden doesn’t hurt — though it’s not a secret, really. When I’ve entered the garden to find it already has an inhabitant, initial disappointment is quickly swept away by spontaneous affection and — with recognition of parallel taste in study spaces — respect. Also, aren’t pink roses beautiful?”The space with the pink roses sits toward the center of campus, yet is concealed by walls on four sides. Not hidden, however, is Harvard’s replica of Braunschweiger Löwe, or the “Brunswick Lion,” which, on its tall pedestal, can be seen from afar, beckoning visitors into the space.Building Manager Sandy Selesky, who over the years has contributed lilacs, geraniums, pansies, impatiens, and two stone gargoyles to the garden, cares for the courtyard. She had lava stones installed in the aesthetic pool to help the red-tailed hawks step out, and she purchased furniture and added a bubbler to the pool.In the summer, people come and eat lunch in the courtyard, and some classes hold their discussions on the lawn. But overall, it’s quiet and unlike nearby bustling Harvard Yard. Professor Patrice Higonnet, whose office faces the courtyard, remarks, “Hmmmm. A hidden space. Wouldn’t it be — selfish thought — just as well to keep it hidden?”— Rose Lincoln 1The towering lion casts a shadow on the wall as the sun does its magic on the Busch’s walls. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Large oak doors face the courtyard. Busch Hall was built in the spirit of a grand medieval hall and is home to German medieval plaster casts, mostly from churches, as well as the famous Flentrop organ, used for a popular Harvard concert series. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 13The courtyard is surrounded by Adolphus Busch Hall on three sides. The fountain is drained in November and then re-filled in May. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 11The William James Hall towers above the courtyard at 29 Kirkland Street. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Hidden in autumn’s red ivy is one of the five garden animals adorning the lower building wall under the first-story windowsills of the Guido Goldman Seminar Room. In the book “An Iconography of Adolphus Busch Hall,” Guido Goldman wrote, “The menagerie of ram, fox, boar and wolf stands here perhaps as a representation of nature’s sentinels or merely provides sculptural ornamentation of a rather traditional type found frequently in medieval architecture.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 6Goelet Professor of French History Patrice Higonnet has arguably one of the best offices at Harvard. His extra-long space opens to the street on one side and to the courtyard on the other. After 58 years at Harvard and 15 years in this space, he’s not complaining. Well, maybe just a little: In the winter he needs Ugg boots and a space heater to protect his feet from the drafts. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 9These mirrored windows facing south reflect the north part of the building. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 3The silhouetted king stands against a clear sky. “The heralistic rigidity and archaic fierceness of the animal make it peculiarly well fitted to serve here as a kind of architectural house dog guarding treasures of the past,” wrote Kuno Francke, first curator of the Germanic Museum and professor of the history of German culture. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Ivy tendrils add a vibrant hue to the neutral-colored stucco walls. Building manager Sandy Selesky, who has worked at Harvard for 40 years, plants geraniums, pansies, and impatiens in the courtyard in spring and summer. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 14The Brunswick Lion stands tall in the background as the setting sun leaves a glowing impression on a wrought iron fence post. This lion is a replica; the original sits in front of a castle and cathedral in Brunswick, Germany. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

In Peru, progress against TB

first_img Community health worker Bertha Huaman prepares an injection of capreomycin, a drug used to treat XDR-TB, as part of the program to provide aid to patients in their homes. Photos by Alonso Chero Socios En Salud in the community Parents Rebeca Cruz and Angel Reyna with Rafael, the youngest of their three children. A community health worker trained Rafael’s parents in how to stimulate him through reading, singing, and playing. “It’s a model that saves lives,” said Lecca in an interview at the headquarters of Partners In Health in downtown Boston, where he came for training in July. “Fighting TB is not just taking pills. It’s fighting poverty.”In Peru, where a third of the population of 30 million lives in poverty, every year tuberculosis affects 33,000 people and kills 4,000. Of the affected, 1,200 cases are MDR TB and about 80 are XDR. In 2010, Peru had the highest number of multidrug-resistant TB cases in the Americas.Although over the years the number of deaths from tuberculosis in Peru have declined and detection and access to treatment have improved due to the work led by Socios En Salud, there is still much to do. Despite Peru’s booming economy that has lifted thousands of people out of poverty and into the middle class, tuberculosis is far from conquered.In Carabayllo, the impoverished district where Socios En Salud started its revolutionary work 19 years ago, TB cases are on the rise. To eliminate tuberculosis in the district, the organization launched the TB Zero program a few weeks ago with the support of the local municipality.“Overcoming TB is not just an NGO’s job,” said Arturo Tapia, another physician working with Socios en Salud. “It’s everybody’s job.”To help cure patients, the organization provides free medication, food coupons, and even small business training and micro-credits to help patients make a living. Sometimes, patients have their modest houses remodeled to make sure they meet sanitary conditions.The group has joined forces with the Peruvian Ministry of Health to treat multidrug-resistant TB. It’s a partnership that allowed Peru in 2012 to achieve a higher cure rate in MDR TB (75 percent) than the rest of the world had (48 percent), according to the World Health Organization.Even driver Javier Yataco, who has worked for Socios En Salud for 13 years transporting patients from their homes to health centers because they’re too sick to walk, has noticed the changes.“When I first began to work here, of 10 sick people, only one survived,” he said. “Now it’s the other way around. Of 10, nine survive.”For Karim Llaro, who is in charge of the programs in Carabayllo, the key to success is the community-based model.“We offer not only medicines; we offer social and emotional support,” she said. “We assign them a health worker who accompanies them throughout the treatment and is trained to give moral and psychological support.”At her modest home, perched precariously on a rocky hill, Matos, who’s halfway through her two-year-long treatment, agrees. She greeted Bertha Huaman, her nursing assistant, with a hug and a kiss on the cheek when she arrived (late, because of the traffic jams that clog Lima’s roads).As Huaman gave an injection to her patient, Matos’ face contorted in pain.“Before I got sick, there was no pain in my life,” Matos said.“Don’t feel sad,” Huaman told Matos as the sun came through a window. “Because if you do, the medicine won’t work.” LIMA, Peru — On a foggy July morning in a shantytown on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Hilda Matos waited impatiently for the nursing technician who gives her daily injections and medicine to treat the disease that has had hold of her for the past eight years.A mother of four and a former housemaid, Matos, 44, has extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis, an ailment that until recent years was considered a death sentence.But through pioneering work developed by Socios En Salud, the Peruvian branch of Harvard-supported Partners In Health, which began treating multidrug-resistant TB with a community-based model, Matos’ fate can be different.“I was dying,” she said. “I was so sick I couldn’t eat or move. And when people came to help me, that gave me support and strength to fight off the disease.”What changed Matos’ prospects was a novel protocol in which trained community health workers visit patients in their homes to make sure they take their medication until they are cured.The protocol was something that Paul Farmer, co-founder of the nonprofit Partners In Health and the Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, had used in rural Haiti. It proved effective in the slums of Lima, too. Patients recovered under the attentive eyes of community health workers. Previously, treatment for multidrug-resistant TB in developing countries was nonexistent, and many patients were left to die. The World Health Organization has adopted a treatment plan based on Peru’s example.Recruiting health workers to help fight drug-resistant TB in its two forms, multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extremely drug-resistant (XDR), has been the group’s main contribution, said Leonid Lecca, physician and executive director of Socios En Salud.center_img Reyna Cruz, 2, overcame his shyness and language delays after he received help from Socios En Salud as part of an early childhood development program. Like his brother, Rafael, more than 120 children at risk of developmental delays have been helped by Project CASITA, a program Socios En Salud started in 2013. Carabayllo, the shantytown in Lima where Socios En Salud started its pioneering work 19 years ago treating multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Using a community-based model since 1996, the organization has helped more than 10,000 MDR-TB patients. To improve TB diagnosis among children, the organization launched pilot DETECT-Niños. A probe placed in a child’s stomach to collect saliva helps doctors detect TB.last_img read more