first_imgCottco Holdings Limited (COTT.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Cottco Holdings Limited (COTT.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cottco Holdings Limited (COTT.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cottco Holdings Limited (COTT.zw)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileThe Cotton Company of Zimbabwe is known as Cottco and was formerly AICO Africa Limited. Cottco is the largest company in Zimbabwe processing and marketing cotton products for national and international markets, with operations in Zimbabwe, the rest of Africa, Europe and Asia. The company is involved in the procurement of cotton crops, buying and ginning cotton seed and marketing cotton lint and ginned seed. Cottco works closely with cotton farmers in Zimbabwe and offers agronomic and financial support to the end of the cotton-production process. Cottco has 20 outlets in cotton-producing areas in Zimbabwe, with its ginneries located in Chiredzi, Chihoy, Gokewe, Kadoma and Muzarabani. Cottco Holdings Limited was incorporated in 2008 and its headquarters are in Harare, Zimbabwe. Cottco Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgPhotographs:  Pancho Gallardo Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Chile Houses ArchDaily “COPY” Casa LM / Juan Pablo Labbé CopyAbout this officeJuan Pablo LabbéOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsPuerto VarasChilePublished on July 30, 2018Cite: “Casa LM / Juan Pablo Labbé” [Casa LM / Juan Pablo Labbé] 30 Jul 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalSinkshansgroheBasin FaucetsPaintSTAC BONDComposite Panel Finishes – MetallicsConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 70 ADUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – CUBEDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Hinged Door | AlbaWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT BlockGreen FacadesSempergreenLiving Wall – SemperGreenwallMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Architects: Juan Pablo Labbé Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Casa LM / Juan Pablo LabbéSave this projectSaveCasa LM / Juan Pablo LabbéSave this picture!© Pancho Gallardo+ 19Curated by Danae Santibañez Sharecenter_img 2017 Projects Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/898430/casa-lm-juan-pablo-labbe Clipboard CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Puerto Varas, Chile ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/898430/casa-lm-juan-pablo-labbe Clipboard Manufacturers: Duomo, TermoacusticSave this picture!© Pancho GallardoRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXSave this picture!Ground floor planText description provided by the architects. The project was a resting house, located on the shore of Lake Llanquihue, a few kilometers to the east from Puerto Varas, a small city in the north of Chilean Patagonia; and the imposing Osorno volcano in the background. Furthermore, the land had a slight slope and a dense forest that reaches the lake`s beach.Save this picture!© Pancho GallardoThe main objectives of the house were; First, to be located in a clearing area that the terrain provided to integrate the forest and the lake, and second, a simple lines design, which integrates local materials giving the option of different uses according to the seasons (a summer terrace, barbecue and lake, which is complemented with a southern winter of fireplace and kitchen).Save this picture!SectionsSave this picture!AxonometricWe developed a single volume with one big roof along the terrain, being raised parallel to the lake that allowed opening to this and to the north, depositing the high amount of rain from this region on the back of the house.The program of the house was designed to accommodate a complete family of 6 during the summer months, and only the 2 owners during winter, and having full connection among the living/dining room and kitchen, the central core of the house.Save this picture!© Pancho GallardoFor this purpose, a central axis connects this core with the two bedroom areas, the master bedroom for more privacy in one corner and in the other a two-level volume with the children bedrooms and a small barbecue. This central axis is repeated in the outside as a terrace for circulations during summer months.The large windows of the north facade build a strong relationship between the unique landscape and the interior of the house, maximizing the sunlight.Hacia la cara norte se compone una fachada con grandes ventanas formando una relación entre el paisaje único de la zona y el interior de la casa, potenciando al máximo la luz solar.Save this picture!© Pancho GallardoThe interior finishings were completely made in wood, achieving an atmosphere of warmth, due to native woods recovered from an old house in Osorno. Thanks to the exposed beams, you can see the total height of the volume, plus a concrete block, create a harmonic mix that culminates with a slow combustion stove inserted in the main room.Save this picture!© Pancho GallardoFor the exterior facades, a coating of black fiber cement was proposed to give an imprint of typical barns of the region, and generate a contrast with the interior. Finally, a tejuela coating on the north facade, a typical material of the Patagonia and where the biggest interaction happens during the summer months.Save this picture!© Pancho GallardoProject gallerySee allShow less2018 Brick in Architecture Award Winners AnnouncedArchitecture NewsFundraiser Launched for Giant Burning Man Installation Made from 3000 NASA Space Bla…Architecture News Share “COPY”last_img

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 23 October 2014 | News Tagged with: Giving Tuesday Northern Ireland Giving Tuesday launches in Northern Ireland About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  33 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Giving Northern Ireland has launched the GivingTuesdayNI campaign in Northern Ireland.Giving NI will be working in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation as the local lead organisation for the UK wide campaign.The GivingTuesdayNI campaign will be on Tuesday 2nd December although activities will not be confined to that day. Giving NI are encouraging charities and local businesses to embrace the dedicated day to giving and use it as a tool for promoting their cause or organisation.As part of the GivingNI initiative, Giving NI announced plans for a Giving Tree which will be situated in the Christmas market at Belfast City Hall for the duration of the market. GivingNI will provide gift tags on which a pledge will be written and hung on the tree. The pledges will also be uploaded to the Giving NI website.Giving NI’s mission is to champion philanthropy, focusing particularly on high net worth individuals and businesses. The organisation is supported by Atlantic Philanthropies and Lloyds Foundation NI.last_img read more

first_img  344 total views,  8 views today Advertisement Tagged with: Gaming AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 Melanie May | 30 October 2019 | News CLIC Sargent campaign invites gamers to fundraisecenter_img CLIC Sargent is inviting gamers to participate in its latest fundraising campaign, Player vs Cancer.Gamers of all abilities can raise funds for the charity by participating in Player vs Cancer, either by streaming online through platforms such as Twitch, or playing at home with friends.CLIC Sargent has come up with a number of suggestions to help people fundraise while gaming, including picking a game and trying to complete it without a single hit from an enemy, challenging themselves to complete a game as fast as possible, and hosting a tournament.CLIC Sargent has launched the campaign in response to the growth in online gaming and streaming and with many of the young people it supports expressing that gaming is an important source of support for them. According to the charity, many have said that gaming can provide an escape from cancer treatment and it also helps them to stay connected with friends.CLIC Sargent is working with Tiltify to enable live streamers to raise funds, and JustGiving for offline gamers.Rachel Kirby-Rider, Director of Income and Engagement at CLIC Sargent, said:“We are so excited to launch Player vs Cancer. Many of the young people we support tell us gaming gives them a place to escape and it helps them to connect with their friends, which is so important.“Player vs Cancer is gaming for good, all the money raised will help us to continue supporting children and young people. It will also raise vital awareness, helping us to reach more young people who may not have heard of us before. We hope this inspires people around the world join the fight for young lives against cancer, by doing something they love.”  345 total views,  9 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto : Agnès Uwimana Nkusi Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the pigheadedness and cruelty of the Rwandan judicial system, which has just passed extremely long jail sentences on two women journalists, Agnes Uwimana Nkusi, the editor of the privately-owned bimonthly Umurabyo, and Saidath Mukakibibi, one of her reporters.A Kigali high court today imposed a 17-year sentence on Nkusi and a seven-year one on Mukakibibi on charges of inciting civil disobedience, causing divisions and denying the 1994 genocide. Nkusi’s lawyer told Reporters Without Borders he was very disappointed by the verdict and intended to appeal to the supreme court.“The high court went too far,” he said. “It took no account of our requests. Our view is that the court has no tangible evidence of their criminal guilt. This case should be tried as a disciplinary matter by the Media High Council. These two journalists should be released. Furthermore, the sentences they have been given are very severe.”The two women have been detained since 8 July 2010. Last month, prosecutors requested a 33-year sentence for Nkusi and a 12-year one for Mukakibibi.—————————————————————————————-06.01.2011 – Prosecutor requests 33 and 12 years in jail for two women journalists Reporters Without Borders is extremely shocked by the long jail sentences that a prosecutor requested yesterday for two newspaper journalists who, after six months in pre-trial detention, are being tried before a Kigali high court on a range of charges including genocide denial and inciting public disorder.The prosecution requested 33 years in prison and a fine of 800,000 Rwandan francs (1028 euros) for Agnès Uwimana Nkusi (photo), the editor of the privately-owned bimonthly Umurabyo, and 12 years in prison and fine of 200,000 Rwandan francs (257 euros) for one of her reporters, Saidath Mukakibibi. A verdict is expected on 4 February. RSF_en Receive email alerts RwandaAfrica News News Follow the news on Rwanda BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist News Help by sharing this information Reportscenter_img RwandaAfrica Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 27, 2020 Find out more “After a 2010 election year that was very trying for independent news media, these proposed sentences show that the government is not being guided by any desire for change,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Anyone who freely expresses an opinion or is critical of the authorities risks not only arrest but also a severe sentence.”The press freedom organization added: “We urge the Rwandan judicial authorities not to convict these two journalists, and we call on the government to stop using legislation such as the ‘genocide ideology’ law to suppress the free expression of opinions. Charges such as defamation or insulting the president are too often inflated to ‘genocide denial’ or inciting public disorder.”When requesting the harsh sentences, prosecutor Augustin Nkusi said: “Their articles, for example in their issue 29, clearly show the intent and motive of the two, which was to incite the people against an elected government. It is deliberate from the language they use, and the fact that they never bothered to speak to both sides in the story, clearly demonstrates their intentions.”The prosecutor added: “Article 12 of the Media Law indicates that while journalists have exclusive rights and freedoms of speech and expression, there are laws that they cannot break.”Agnès Nkusi’s lawyer pointed out that her client was seropositive and that her state of health was incompatible with a long stay in prison.Nkusi and Mukakibibi have been held in supposedly “provisional” pre-trial detention since their arrest on 8 July 2010 on charges of inciting civil disobedience, insulting the president, spreading false rumours and denying the genocide of the Tutsis. More information Nkusi has had run-ins with the authorities before. She was sentenced to two years in prison on similar charges in 2007, but went back to work as a journalist after serving the sentence. The Media High Council, a government body that oversees the press, gave her two warnings last year before her arrest in July. Although pleading not guilty, Uwimana acknowledged mistakes in her articles and breaches of professional conduct.Rwanda was ranked 169th out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. This was Africa’s third worst ranking. Only Eritrea and Sudan were below it in the index. President Paul Kagame has been on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom” for several years . February 4, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 17 years in jail for one woman journalist, seven years for another February 13, 2020 Find out more April 6, 2020 Find out more to go further Organisation last_img read more

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Community News HerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. L-R: The Barlow House, The Morse & Gates House, The Dr. Allan B. Kavanel HouseJoin Pasadena Heritage for our 2020 Spring Home Tour, Wallace Neff, Master Architect! The tour will feature notable Pasadena locations from the Golden Era’s most important architect, Wallace Neff. Drive yourself to each location for docent-led tours.Dr. Kavenel from Chicago commissioned The Dr. Allan B. Kavenel House in 1921. One of Neff’s earliest commissions, it incorporates fine Mediterranean details that were popular during the Golden Age of Southern California architecture.The Barlow House, also known as Villa del Sol d’Oro, is now part of the Alverno High School campus, but was originally built for Dr. and Mrs. Barlow in 1924. The Villa’s main facade is based on the Villa Collazzi near Florence, Italy. The home includes Neff’s signature grand entry rotunda and winding stair, marble floors, and beautiful wrought iron work.The Morse and Gates Company, a real estate, insurance and building firm commissioned The Morse & Gates (Mrs. Ethel Guthrie) House in 1925. The house is a beautifully simple Spanish Colonial revival home typical of Neff’s designs.The Mr. and Mrs. Edwin D. Neff House is a Tuscan style villa designed for Neff’s parents in 1927. The interior typifies Neff’s high standards for even the smallest detail. The house features a dramatic oval entry marked by black and white marble flooring and a central staircase.And more…Wallace Neff, perhaps best known today as an “architect to the stars,” produced hundreds of exceptional designs that ranged from vernacular styles to grand mansions, reaching from Bel-Air to Santa Barbara to Hollywood and Hancock Park, with a proliferation of homes in the Pasadena area. His ability to work in a variety of styles with equal aptitude made him a favorite with those seeking the very best!Ticket Information Tickets are on sale at https://wallaceneffhometour.eventbrite.com. Same-day tour tickets may bepurchased online. Call (626) 441-6333 for more information or visit www.pasadenaheritage.org/springtour.About Pasadena HeritagePasadena Heritage is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977 and dedicated to historic preservation in Pasadena. The organization advocates on behalf of historic resources, educates the public about local history and the benefits of preservation, provides referrals and consultations to those restoring historic buildings, and demonstrates quality restoration through its own preservation projects. Its 2,000 plus members are drawn from Pasadena and neighboring communities, and throughout Southern California. www.pasadenaheritage.org Community News More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Subscribe Design Pasadena Heritage Spring Home Tour Featuring Wallace Neff, Master Architect STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 12:07 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment 228 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

first_img Twitter Twitter DULUTH, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 17, 2021– National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) (“National Vision” or the “Company”) will report its fourth quarter 2020 financial results before the market opens on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Participants interested in accessing the live call can dial 866-754-6931 from the U.S. or 636-812-6625 from international locations. The conference passcode is 6395554. A live audio webcast will be available on the “Investors” section of the Company’s website at www.nationalvision.com/investors, where presentation materials will be posted prior to the conference call. A telephone replay will be available shortly after the broadcast through Wednesday, March 10, 2021, by dialing 855-859-2056 from the U.S. or 404-537-3406 from international locations, and entering conference passcode 6395554. A replay of the audio webcast will also be archived on the “Investors” section of the Company’s website. About National Vision Holdings, Inc. National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) is one of the largest optical retail companies in the United States with over 1,200 stores in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. With a mission of helping people by making quality eye care and eyewear more affordable and accessible, the company operates five retail brands: America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, Vision Centers inside select Walmart stores, and Vista Opticals inside select Fred Meyer stores and on select military bases, and several e-commerce websites, offering a variety of products and services for customers’ eye care needs. For more information, please visit www.nationalvision.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210217005252/en/ CONTACT: National Vision Holdings, Inc. David Mann, Vice President of Investor Relations (470) 448-2448 [email protected] Peters, External Communications Manager (470) 448-2303 [email protected] KEYWORD: GEORGIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RETAIL SPECIALTY OPTICAL HEALTH SOURCE: National Vision Holdings, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/17/2021 06:45 AM/DISC: 02/17/2021 06:45 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210217005252/en Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 Pinterest Local NewsBusinesscenter_img National Vision Holdings, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Release and Conference Call Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleErwan Faiveley Will Not Seek Re-Election to Wabtec Board of DirectorsNext articlePfizer Initiates Pivotal Phase 2 MagnetisMM-3 Trial of BCMA-CD3 Bispecific Antibody Elranatamab (PF-06863135) in Multiple Myeloma Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Previous articleThree Donegal Greenway projects to share €340,000 in fundingNext article‘Common sense approach’ will be taken with PUP payments News Highland The majority of people in Donegal who have been called for Covid-19 testing have shown up.Official figures from the HSE show that the attendance rate at the Donegal testing centre in Letterkenny is currently at 95%.However concern remains over those not turning up.Doctor Niamh Dever is warning that contact tracing and stopping the spread of the virus can only be effective if everyone presents to the centre.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/donegaltcvbvgfgdfgdfgesting1pm-2.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Google+ By News Highland – July 29, 2020 center_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Majority of Donegal people show up for Covid-19 testing WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — There are currently 12 wildfires burning in the state of California Monday morning according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. On Saturday a wildfire, known as the Horseshoe Fire, broke out in Riverside County, California, and caused mandatory evacuations that have now been lifted. The fire is currently 30% contained and has burned 490 acres of land so far.On Sunday a fire dubbed the Bautista Fire also broke out in Riverside County. The fire has burned 50 acres and is 0% contained at the moment meaning that dry brush and gusty winds could actually fuel these fires to spread even more.There is also fire danger in the east of California near the Nevada border including most of the state of Nevada and into Utah where winds could gust from 40 to 60 mph Monday. The good news is that much cooler air will be moving into central and northern California with rain so the risk of wildfires should go down dramatically later Monday there. Elsewhere, Hurricane Humberto is now a Category 1 hurricane with winds at 85 mph and is moving northeast away from the U.S. coastline. The only threat to the U.S. will be large waves of up to 7 feet high and rip currents along the coasts of Florida and the Carolinas.Humberto will pass to the north of Bermuda on Wednesday night into Thursday morning bringing some heavy rain to the island but the good news is that Bermuda is not expecting to suffer a direct hit.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This week’s guruVirgin on the ridiculousAn employment tribunal has found in favour of an opera company, which chosenot to have an eight-month pregnant soprano in the role of a teenage virgin. The tribunal decided that it was a genuine occupational requirement to notlook eight months pregnant to play the role. Guru assumed this was a victory for common sense, but according to JonathanChamberlain, partner at law firm Wragge and Co, the decision was not sostraightforward. “In this age of enlightened outlooks on discrimination and withintegrated casting, where the audience is often asked to suspend theirdisbelief, the claim may not be so outrageous,” he said. “Would the owners of a nightclub who required waitresses to wearrevealing uniforms have a genuine occupational requirement that a waitress notappear pregnant or be discriminating on the ground of pregnancy?” Delia-like effort gets you the jobInnovative German businesses believethey have found the ultimate test of assessing how potential recruits workunder pressure – put them in a kitchen and ask them to cook a risotto.Dresdner Bank recently selected three new staff after seeinghow eight shortlisted candidates interacted when they cooked a meal together.Recruitment firm Talent Networks has even built a ‘recruitmentkitchen’ at its Frankfurt headquarters.The firm uses conventional selection tests to choose the top 10applicants who are then invited to put their skills to test in the kitchen.HR managers in the client companies attend each session.”There is no better place to test executive skills than in thekitchen,” said a Talent Network manager.Heavy petting encourages workers to pull fingers outApparently the key to improvingproductivity is not improved training and development and state-of-the-arttechnology, but nice office decoration and the purchase of a workplace pet.Research by Office Angels finds that the office environment hasa direct impact on performance.The study reveals that staff think having a pet parrot orhamster at work would make them happier and more efficient.More than four out of five of the 1,500 workers questionedbelieve the atmosphere in their office would also be improved with more naturallight and better decoration.Guru will be suggesting that the TUC and the CBI teams workingtogether to find ways to boost the UK’s poor productivity simply contact CarolSmillie and the Changing Rooms team.Cut corners with Mickey MouseGuru was horrified to learn thatbusiness expense fraud costs UK organisations £831m every year.Research by Fish4jobs finds that expenses fraud and small-scalepilfering is rife in offices up and down the country. The study reveals a casewhere an employee took all his dry cleaning on an office trip so he couldcharge it to his employer.One senior buyer took his children to Disneyland at hiscompany’s expense and a business consultant extended his stay at London’s Savoyon the company credit card.Guru is quite sensitive about the issue – the MD compared hismost recent expense claim to the GDP of a small African nation – but you can’tcut corners with out-of-hours networking. GuruOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more