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Brooke Park work to begin on Monday

first_img Facebook Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the news that planned work on the 3G pitch/netting at Brooke Park is to start in the coming days.Councillor Cooper said that he was pleased to receive written confirmation that contractors were to begin work on site this coming Monday, December 4th.He added: “As per the original schedule, these works are planned to be completed prior to Christmas, subject to how quickly the work can be carried out.” The Council have also said that they aim to give further updates as the works progress and discuss the transition back to using the pitch once work has been completed. Homepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Twitter WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook By News Highland – December 2, 2017 WhatsApp Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Brooke Park work to begin on Monday Previous articlePolice secure extension to question man in connection with Fermanagh deathNext articleDonegal Junior League’s Oscar Traynor panel confirmed News Highland last_img read more

Leslie Kirwan, FAS dean for administration and finance, to retire

first_imgLeslie Kirwan, dean for administration and finance for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) for more than a decade, will retire this spring, Edgerley Family Dean Claudine Gay announced in a Tuesday message.“Anything but a technocrat, Leslie is a leader who lives her belief in the dignity of every person and who will never shrink from the challenge when she is defending what she believes to be right,” Gay said. “And even as the Zoom calls stretch from early morning to late at night, Leslie’s warmth and humor, her dedication to her team and to the success of our academic community continue to lift me up when I feel my own energy flagging.”Kirwan, who graduated from the College in 1979 and Harvard Kennedy School with an M.P.P. in 1984, joined the FAS administration for a tenure that would be bookended by unprecedented crises. Her 2009 arrival amidst the global financial meltdown led to a decade-long effort to maintain and invest in the critical work of FAS faculty and staff, which, in many ways, helped prepare the school for the pandemic challenge.“The work of stabilizing and sustaining the work of the institution is rewarding, though it’s not glitzy and often involves disappointing people. What I have found satisfying is working with two different, amazing deans [Gay and Michael D. Smith] to strike the right balance and make tradeoffs so essential investments in the mission are still possible.”The first woman to serve as Secretary of Administration and Finance for the Commonwealth under Governor Deval Patrick, Kirwan closed a $220 million structural deficit while expanding financial aid, maintaining the size of the faculty, and taking on House Renewal. Working with University and FAS colleagues, she helped implement multi-year financial planning and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, including comprehensive annual disclosures of the FAS finances in the form of a standard managerial report.“I’m a big believer in surrounding myself with people who are much better than I am in their areas of expertise. I’ve been lucky to work with an outstanding team — some who were here before me and others whom I’ve enticed to come, like my amazing 25-year sidekick Mary Ann Bradley [associate dean of administrative operations],” she said. “We all spend a lot of time together, and communication and transparency are critical. Administrative jobs aren’t done in isolation; our work has to be informed by what the community needs.”Gay praised Kirwan for having an emotional intelligence to match her brilliant decision-making.“Leslie has the uncanny ability to identify and connect with talented staff at every career stage, to know how they think and what they have contributed, and to cultivate their Harvard careers,” she said.Kirwan hopes to leave that as her legacy as much as any financial report that bears her stamp.“The job appears to be all about numbers, but the human element is core to the way I approach it. I hope I have helped make the diverse, disparate, and scattered administrative staff in the FAS feel like more like a community, with transparency, trust and confidence in one another,” she said.And the task that got her the most notoriety in the Crimson was one of her favorites.“I also really liked calling snow days,” she added.Kirwan is looking forward to spending more time with her family and hopes to devote more time to non-profit board service in retirement.An international search for her successor will begin this fall.last_img read more

Dorm Drinks sold to new ownership

first_imgA popular campus beverage vendor is under new ownership.Dorm Drinks, the Notre Dame beverage supplier, changed hands in January, new Chief Executive Officer Marc Anthony Rosa said.“We took over in January, so it’s a relatively new thing for us,” Rosa said.Rosa, a sophomore, works with two sophomores — Chief Financial Officer Richard Gonzalez and Marketing Director John Paxton —  to lead the company.“Even during our lulls we’re still seeing growth, so it’s a really exciting time to be a part of it,” Rosa said.Rosa, Gonzalez and Paxton found out earlier this year that the previous owners, seniors Adam Heisman and Jack Jeffery, were selling the company, Rosa said.“Dorm Drinks was created [in 2007] essentially out of need,” Rosa said. “They and their buddies wanted drinks. They started delivering drinks to their friends and it turned out to be a very profitable company that worked out well.”The new owners have seen positive results, Rosa said.“It’s been extremely profitable,” Rosa said. “It’s profitable because we offer really low costs and people respond well to it.”Students place orders through dormdrinks.com and deliveries are made on Wednesdays and Sundays, Rosa said.“You come back to your dorm and you want a snack, and you have it right there at your door,” Rosa said.Rosa said dormdrinks.com, the group’s Web site, will soon be redone.“We’re going to make it easier,” Rosa said. “We want as few steps as possible for you to get your stuff.”The new Web site is slated for release sometime next week, Rosa said.Besides a new Web site, the company will also experience a new management style.“We found for what they did, it worked very well for them,” Rosa said. “It worked for now, but it’s not going to work in the future. For future plans we’re just going to have to change several aspects.”These aspects include the distributors the company uses and the ways its clients are handled.Dorm Drinks hopes to expand to other campuses, including Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross, as well as regionally, Rosa said.“By next year we should have at least four,” Rosa said. “I hope that’s something we stick to.”In addition to external expansion, Rosa said Dorm Drinks hopes to expand internally, offering services to student clubs and faculty.“Student clubs want to have events where they offer beverages with competitive prices, and that’s something these clubs don’t want to have to think about,” Rosa said.Rosa said the most popular item is Nestle Pure Life bottled water.“Something that people don’t know is that we have snacks, like chips and cookies,” Rosa said. “Soon we’ll be offering macaroni and cheese and other meal products.”This isn’t Rosa’s first experience with owning a business — Rosa also owns a media management company.“It started out as a side project. A couple of my buddies were in bands and they needed some business help. They needed to get their plans off the ground,” Rosa said. “One band turned into two and before I knew it I created a media management company.”The company manages the long-term career goals of collegiate bands, Rosa said.Rosa said proper time management is how he gets everything done.“Despite this economy, there is still money out there,” Rosa said. “You have to refine what you need and be very specific and on top of your game. There’s no doubt in my mind that you can get the resources, funding, manpower and products that you want.”last_img read more

Social selling faux pas to avoid

first_imgRules are set for almost every endeavor, whether fashion, “don’t wear white before Easter,” hygiene “brush twice a day,” or driving, “stay within the speed limit.” Perimeters like these are generally set as guideposts to create overall successful.Social selling has rules, too, but there’s a problem. Because it’s almost brand new, many sales professionals don’t understand how to act and what actions are acceptable. While companies can bring about powerful results by engaging in social selling, key points must be followed for maximum benefit. Here are seven faux pas to avoid with social selling.#1: Coming in too hot. Busting up on LinkedIn and other social sites with the “buy from me” mentality of old will have you unfriended, unfollowed, and unsuccessful, in short order. Social selling is more about engaging your prospect, letting them see who are are, and offering them value.#2: Failing to do your research. Social networks are gold mines of information on potential customers. Take time to dive into a prospect’s profile, identify points of interest, and take note of similarities you both share.#3: Missing the chance to engage. Instead of hard selling tactics, use social media to engage with your target audience. That way, they get exposure to your branding message and begin to connect with you.#4: Lacking a strategic focus. Make sure every post and response sets you up as an industry expert. Everyone, given a choice, would do business with a thought leader. Keep this in mind in all your social selling actions. continue reading » 83SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Virus deaths top 250,000 as billions raised for vaccine push

first_imgTopics :  Vaccine telethon A special telethon backed by the World Health Organization but snubbed by Washington pulled in 7.4 billion euros ($8.1 billion) to support international efforts to develop and manufacture a vaccine to slow the coronavirus spread.Leaders of major European powers, Japan and Canada made the biggest pledges, along with philanthropists including Bill and Melinda Gates, at the videoconference hosted by European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen.”This was a powerful and inspiring demonstration of global solidarity,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said of the donations.Seeming to defend its non-participation, the US State Department issued a statement declaring that the United States is “leading” the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and said it has spent more than $1 billion together with US drug companies to work on a vaccine.Trump claimed Sunday that the United States will have a coronavirus vaccine ready by the end of the year.The war of words between the United States and China over responsibility for the pandemic continued, with China’s state broadcaster attacking US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for “insane” remarks in which he said the virus originated at a laboratory in Wuhan, the city where the pandemic first emerged.The WHO said it had received no evidence on the “speculative” Wuhan lab claims. In Europe, though, governments believe they have passed the peak of the disease with deaths in the continent’s worst affected countries having dropped as a result of nearly two months of confinement.Restaurants in Italy partially reopened and Germans queued for haircuts in a Europe edging gingerly out of lockdown.Half of the planet has been under orders to shelter in place, and much of the world remained cautious even as countries from India to Nigeria sought to ease restrictions so that businesses can remain afloat and workers earn a wage after the pandemic-induced economic crash.”Today is wonderful,” Lagos fruit and vegetable vendor Adewale Oluwa said, opening his stall in Africa’s largest city after a five-week lockdown. Global deaths from the coronavirus pandemic topped a quarter-million on Monday, mostly in the US and Europe even as both regions slowly moved away from lockdown and world leaders raised billions towards a vaccine.An AFP tally of official figures showed that Europe is the hardest-hit continent with around 145,000 fatalities, and the United States recorded close to 68,700 — together accounting for more than 85 percent of global fatalities.An internal government estimate in Washington forecast an even worsening number of fatalities for the country. It said the daily COVID-19 death toll could double by the end of May.center_img Russia infections surge Still, confirmed cases since the disease surfaced in China late last year rose to almost 3.6 million across 195 countries and territories.Infections continued to surge in Russia, now adding more than 10,000 a day.”The threat is apparently on the rise,” Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin told citizens.But the United States remains far more severely affected than any other nation, although deaths in the past 24 hours rose by the lowest figure in a month — 1,015.An internal study by the US government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted that new coronavirus cases will surge more than eight-fold to 200,000 per day by June 1, and the toll could rise to 3,000 a day, up from the current 1,000-2,000.That could more than double the number of US coronavirus deaths, now at about 69,000, over the next few months, according to the study first reported by The New York Times and The Washington Post.It underscored the tough, politically-tinged debate over reopening that pits Trump and his allies against many governors and community leaders worried that social distancing and quarantines need to remain in place longer.The study suggested that the surge in infections could come from mid-May in states and localities that had not implemented tough distancing measures or were loosening up too early.On Sunday Trump acknowledged that deaths would go beyond his earlier prediction of 60,000, saying “we’re going to lose anywhere from 75, 80 to 100,000 people.”The White House downplayed the CDC forecast as an “internal” document which had not been vetted by the task force, which is led by Vice President Mike Pence. ‘Joy and fear’ In Europe there was still caution as countries allowed people to return to the streets and some businesses to open. “We are feeling a mix of joy and fear,” 40-year-old Stefano Milano said in Rome as Italian restaurants reopened for takeaway orders — though bars and ice cream parlours will remain shut.Spain and Portugal made face masks mandatory on public transport starting Monday as they further eased their lockdowns.Slovenia, Poland and Hungary also allowed public spaces and businesses to partially reopen.”I looked like Robinson Crusoe,” joked 87-year-old Helmut Wichter, emerging clean shaven from a barber in Berlin.last_img read more