Workplace romance

first_imgAmerican companies are renowned for their hard-line approach towards workplace romances; many ban them outright and will sack any employee discovered to be having a personal relationship with a colleague. But this type of attitude is inappropriate under our laws which probably explains why one-in-six people openly confess to dating a colleague.Dangerous liaisonsFurther research by the Work Foundation reveals that 21% of managers have been romantically involved with someone who reports to them at some point. While wedding bells might be the happy outcome for the couple in question, this situation can be tricky for you. It isn’t uncommon for a manager to show favouritism towards their partner probably for a quiet life at home. For example, they might allow a decline in their standard of work to go unchallenged. As this is certain to cause bad feeling among other staff, it must be dealt with. But how is that done?Start with the immediate problem of the declining work performance. Gather your supporting evidence together; this could include diary notes of poor timekeeping, examples of sloppy work and copies of any complaints made. Then, meet informally with the junior employee alone. This allows them to speak freely about any genuine problems they may have.Next, speak to the line manager independently to discover why the poor performance hasn’t been dealt with; the problem could rest with them for example, they know something relevant but haven’t told you. Again, at this stage, you should discuss the matter informally, but do remind them of their responsibilities. In most cases, this will be enough to give the ’love birds’ a wake-up call; from then on, they will know you will be watching them.If performance problems persist, deal with both employees via your disciplinary procedures. Never discipline one member of staff for example the junior employee and not the other. This could land you with a sex discrimination and/or constructive dismissal claim.Policy on relationshipsFinally, play it safe with a ’Personal Relationships at Work Policy’, that clearly sets out what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour for employees, who are romantically involved. You should include topics such as behaving professionally at all times: no public ’lovers’ tiffs’, demonstrations of affection or favouritism in other words, no behaviour that is likely to offend or annoy colleagues.l For a free sample of ’Personal Relationships at Work Policy’, please contact the NAMB on 01920 468061last_img read more

MCC holds Lord’s Bicentenary Cake Bake

first_imgMarylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has invited budding bakers to enter its baking competition to mark the 200th anniversary of the current Lord’s Cricket Ground. The entrants will have the chance to win afternoon tea and a day in its pastry kitchen, should their recipe make the winning run.Ten finalists will be selected to bring their cakes to the Davidstow National Village Cup Final at Lord’s, where they will be judged by a tasting panel, including MCC president Mike Gatting and MCC head pastry chef Thierry Besselievre.Hopeful bakers must submit their recipes with a short explanation of why they should win at www.lords.org/cakebake.Adult competitors could win an afternoon tea in the famous Long Room at Lord’s, as well as a day in the MCC pastry kitchen with Besselievre.The winner of the children’s competition will win a baking set and a pastry baking masterclass in the kitchens at Lord’s.Gatting said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us here at Lord’s to share this famous old ground’s 200th birthday celebrations with cricket fans and baking enthusiasts alike. There are some brilliant prizes on offer, so I would encourage anyone who enjoys baking to have a go.”Both winners will be announced on the day and will have their pictures and recipes published in The Cricketer magazine.The closing dates for nominations is 13 August 2014, and children who enter must be 14 or under on 7 September 2014.last_img read more

Advance Discount Fair Tickets on Sale for Champlain Valley Fair

first_imgEssex Junction, VT – There’s a new way to buy advance ticket sales for the 2007 Champlain Valley Fair. The new ticket booth at the Champlain Valley Exposition’s Yellow Gate is located off Pearl Street (across from McDonald’s) and offers convenient pull-in parking. It will open Monday, Aug. 13 and will be open Monday through Friday, 11am to 6 pm, through Aug. 24. The Fair opens Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 am.Advance discounts tickets will include the 10-Day Ultimate Fun Admission Pass for $35; the 3-Day Admission Fun Pass for $18; Single day $7 Adult admission (save $3); Single day $4 Child (5-12) admission (save $1); and the new Pay-One-Price, Midway Ride-a-Thon tickets for $19 (save $3). All advance purchase tickets are good for use any day of the Fair, which runs Aug. 25-Sept. 3. Visa, MasterCard or cash only are accepted.Advance single-day admission and the $19 Pay-One-Price ride tickets are also available at participating Price Chopper stores in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. Advance tickets for concerts and motorsports are available through the Flynn Regional Box Office, www.flynntix.org(link is external) or by phone, (802) 86-FLYNN.For more information on the 2007 “Go Big!” Fair schedule and free entertainment and agricultural competitions and exhibits during the 10-day Fair, visit www.cvexpo.org(link is external).last_img read more

This Wynnum home offers a little piece of history

first_img65 Kingsley Terrace, WynnumTHERE is much more history to this Queenslander than its classic design and features.The property at 65 Kingsley Terrace, Wynnum, served as part of a private hospital called St Kilda from the early 1920s to 1970s.Owner Narelle Robinson said it was joined with the property at No. 61 and was mainly a maternity hospital. 65 Kingsley Terrace, WynnumMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020She said a number of people had come up to her while she has been watering the garden to say they were born at the site. “A lot of people in the Wynnum area were born here,” she said. The couple bought it simply because they liked that it was different. 65 Kingsley Terrace, Wynnum“You can see all the islands and there’s always beautiful breezes up there,” she said.The ground level with kitchenette and bathroom offers the option of dual living. Mrs Robinson said they were sad to leave but were moving overseas.“If we weren’t going thousands of kilometres away, we wouldn’t be selling it,” she said. 65 Kingsley Terrace, WynnumThree of the bedrooms are also on this level, including the master with ensuite, and all include built-in wardrobes and french doors opening to outside deck areas.Upstairs, there is a loft with french doors that open onto a deck, which overlooks the bay.Mrs Robinson said this was what she loved most about the home. 65 Kingsley Terrace, WynnumShe and her husband, Shaun, were unaware of its heritage when they bought it in 2007.“We didn’t know that it was a former hospital when we first bought it, we found out when we were talking to the people next door,” Mrs Robinson said. 65 Kingsley Terrace, Wynnum“It was charming and it was a Queensland character home,” Mrs Robinson said.The three-storey home sits on a 405sq m block.The kitchen, dining room and lounge area with high-vaulted ceiling are on the first level. 65 Kingsley Terrace, Wynnumlast_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgSTOXX – Eric Zwickel has been appointed director of global asset owners and consultant relations at index provider STOXX in the UK. He started work in the newly created role in October. Zwickel previously worked as a senior investment consultant at Towers Watson. Buck Consultants at Xerox – Celene Lee has been promoted within Buck Consultants at Xerox to head of the investment consulting business. She will report to David Piltz, head of trustee services, and join the firm’s trustee services board. Lee joined Buck Consultants in August 2014 as a senior investment consultant. She is former chair of the National Association of Pension Funds’ North London Group. NN Investment Partners – Kees-Jan van de Kamp has been appointed to work as part of NN Investment Partners’ infrastructure and project finance team. He will be responsible for infrastructure debt origination, execution and portfolio management. Van de Kamp comes to NN Investment Partners from NIBC Bank, where he was most recently responsible for infrastructure and renewables debt capital markets. KPA Pension, Boundary Capital, Banca Finnat, Prévira Invest Sim, STOXX, Towers Watson, Buck Consultants at Xerox, NN Investment Partners, NIBC BankKPA Pension/Finansinspektionen – Erik Thedéen, chief executive of Sweden’s KPA Pension, has been appointed director general of the country’s financial regulator Finansinspektionen. He takes over from Martin Noréus, appointed acting director general at the regulator in April. At KPA Pension, Mia Liblikhas been appointed acting managing director in Thedéen’s place. She was most recently managing director of KPA Livförsäkring.Boundary Capital – Adrian Parton and Grant Hawthorne have been appointed new partners in venture capital firm Boundary Capital. Parton is a biotech entrepreneur whose past businesses include Genera Technologies and food diagnostics firm Matrix MicroScience. Hawthorne was previously manager of business angel network Great Eastern Investment Forum and part of the management team at Azea Networks. Banca Finnat – Giuseppe Caminiti has started a new job at Banca Finnat in Rome, with responsibility for institutional investor clients. He took up the role on 15 September. Caminiti joins from Prévira Invest Sim, where he worked for nearly 14 years, most recently as head of institutional clients. last_img read more

Fitness queen Ashy Bines puts luxury Gold Coast house up for rent

first_imgFitness entrepreneur Ashy Bines has listed her former Broadbeach Waters home for rent. Picture: Lyndon MechielsenFITNESS guru Ashy Bines has put her old home on the rental market, but it will cost thousands each week for the social media influencer to be your landlord.The six-bedroom Broadbeach Waters property can be rented for an eye-watering $2500 a week, plus a $10,000 bond.The waterfront mansion features a pool, pontoon, media room and office and is available to rent from October 9.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Earlier this year the family moved into a rental closer to the beach.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“I’m personally someone who likes to move and prefer to rent over own, so I like the variety of having different bedrooms, different locations and just moving and I find it quite exciting,” Ms Bine said in a YouTube vlog earlier this year.“We found this house … a rental … in the most amazing location … on the Gold Coast … it’s not like right on the beach but it’s a street back.“We just want to live that lifestyle where every afternoon our routine is to put our feet in the water.”The house is for sale with a $2.25 million price tag.The rental listing follows Ms Bines slimming down her Mermaid Waters gym from two premises to one.The gym, called Ashy Bines Transformation Centre, has also shut down its website and membership fees have been slashed.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:01Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAustralian homes fit for a celebrity01:01last_img read more

Posidonia 2018: Things Gearing Up

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The first day of this year’s edition of Posidonia trade show in Athens is off to a good start, despite some technical hiccups, including power outages in Hall 3.Exhibitors from around the world have brought their A game as they work to appease to the Greek shipping companies, owners of the world’s largest fleet.The Greek market is of particular interest for shipyards and equipment suppliers who have invested considerably in their stands in order to stand out from the crowd.The first deals have already been signed on the exhibition floor, with ABB finalizing its deal with a shipyard from Cyprus.The turnout of visitors at Posidonia 2018 during the first day was great.Inaugurated on June 4, Posidonia 2018 will last until June 8. Image Courtesy: Jasmina Ovcinalast_img read more

Area Girls Basketball Sectional Finals Scores (2-4)

first_imgArea Girls Basketball Sectional Finals Scores.Saturday  (2-4)Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Jac-Cen-Del.Jac-Cen-Del  68     Oldenburg  30Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Austin.South Ripley  50     Austin  33Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Rushville.Rushville  53     Lawrenceburg  31Class 4A-Sectional  14 @ Columbus North.Columbus North  43     Columbus East  41last_img

LMC condoles with Rangers FC on player’s death

first_imgRelatedPosts Dikko dismisses report of concluding NPFL season in China Rangers FC players get 10-day break Minister harps on professional training for Nigerian coaches The Chairman of the League Management Company, Shehu Dikko, has expressed shock at the accident involving players of Rangers International on Sunday morning, killing one. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the accident led to the death of the Enugu-based clubside’s striker and CHAN Eagles International, Ifeanyi George. A statement by the LMC said Dikko, who contacted the club on getting the report of the accident, commiserated with the Club Management, team members and Rangers fans as well as the player’s immediate family. “We sympathise with the club at this trying time and pray for the repose of his soul and wish the injured ones a speedy recovery,” the LMC Chairman was quoted as telling the club’s team manager, Amobi Ezeaku, and Coach Salisu Yusuf on phone. He urged all Nigeria Professional Football League stakeholders to take all necessary precaution to stay safe amidst the growing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “It is instructive that we should as much as is possible limit our movements, restrict social contacts and adhere to health protocols set out by relevant global, national and state agencies for the containment of COVID-19,” Dikko appealed. George, according to the Rangers Media Officer, Nobert Okoli, died on the spot after the vehicle he was traveling in with a teammate ran into a stationery articulated vehicle on Agbor-Benin Road. The player was said to be returning to Lagos to spend the break announced by the club following the suspension of NPFL matches. The LMC said it was in contact with the club as it awaited further details about the incident.Tags: Amobi EzeakuNobert OkoliSalisu YusufShehu Dikkolast_img read more

Authorities Question Mom’s story about Attempt Kidnapping after viewing Security Footage

first_imgAuthorities in Barboursville are now questioning a mother’s story about her pulling a gun on […]last_img