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In February 2017, he liked it so much he tried to buy it! Buffett teamed up with US firm Kraft Heinz to launch a $143bn bid for the FTSE 100 group.This offer was swiftly rejected and the deal wasn’t pursued. But the Kraft-Heinz bid valued Unilever stock at $50 per share, or around £39. That’s pretty much where the share price is today, even though the company’s earnings are now higher.In a recent article, I said that I’d buy Unilever when the shares offered a dividend yield of 4%. At today’s exchange rates, I estimate that would need a share price of about 3,850p. As I write, Unilever shares are changing hands for 3,920p. I think this could be a good opportunity to build a stake in this world-class business.High tech, high profitsMr Buffett doesn’t invest much in tech. But I suspect he might see some attractions in consumer credit rating group Experian (LSE: EXPN). 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RW Verdict: Wasps expect big things of their 19-year-old wing/full-back. Billy Whizz is a terrific role model for him.Want to keep up to date with the latest upcoming rugby stars? Why not subscribe to Rugby World? Click here for all the latest deals. How did you get involved with rugby?I went to my local club, Old Leamingtonians, when I was seven. My brother had been there for a few years, so I decided to give it a go. At 13 I moved to Stratford-Upon-Avon, staying until 16. After that I got involved in the Wasps Academy.Which coaches have helped you the most? Neil Hobday at Stratford, Dorian Ward – still Mr Ward! – at school andmore recently Rob Smith.Who was your playing role model? Jason Robinson. He was such a fast guy and full-back is my favourite position, so there was a lot I learnt from watching him. Sting in tact: O’Neill makes a break at the Premiership Rugby Sevens LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS What’s been your highlight so far?Last year I was on loan at Henley and we won the league, which was special.What are your aims for the new season? To break into the first XV. But also to carry on my personal progression. If I can keep that up then hopefully representative rugby will come later.
General Convention 2018, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY General Convention, Rector Smithfield, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA President of the House of Deputies, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA House of Deputies, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Tags Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Deputy Diane Pollard of New York speaks July 5 in favor of the resolution to establish a pay structure for the House of Deputies president. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The House of Deputies voted July 5 by overwhelming majority in favor of creating a system for paying its president for the work of the office, in recognition of how that work has expanded significantly over the past several decades.The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, who currently holds that office, stepped down as chair of the legislative session during discussion of Resolution B014, and after three deputies spoke in favor and one deputy against, Vice President Byron Rushing called a voice vote and announced the resolution had passed. A request for a vote count confirmed the result: 705-120, or 85 percent in favor.Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here.“It has been a long time coming, and I’m sure there are some very special angels looking down on us today as we consider this action,” Diane Pollard, a lay deputy from New York, said before the vote in urging the resolution’s passage. It now goes to the House of Bishops for final approval.The legislative Churchwide Leadership Committee voted unanimously July 4 to recommend Resolution B014 for adoption by both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops. The resolution would pay the House of Deputies president director’s and officer’s fees “for specific services rendered in order to fulfill duties required by the church’s Constitution and Canons.”The issue of compensating the president has been discussed for decades. General Convention considered the salary issue in 1997, 2000 and 2015. Each time, the deputies were clear that they wanted to see their president compensated.“We have debated this issue across several General Conventions in the last three decades. This is the way we get this done and appropriately remunerate and compensate the president of the House of Deputies,” said the Very Rev. Steven Thomason, a deputy from Olympia who is a member of the Churchwide Leadership Committee.Deputy David Quittmeyer of Central Gulf Coast also spoke in favor of the resolution.“I see this as a generous and substantive move forward,” he said. “This resolution recognizes the [president’s] multiple, mandatory corporate and fiduciary roles.”House of Deputies Vice President Byron Rushing presides over discussion of Resolution B014 on July 5. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceThe question of a salary for the House of Deputies president prompted a rare conference committee between bishops and deputies in the waning hours of the last convention. The 2015 meeting of convention eventually agreed to postpone making a decision, instead calling for the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies to appoint a task force to study the issue.The Task Force to Study Church Leadership and Compensation, called for by the 78th General Convention, concluded in its report to this meeting of convention that the work of the House of Deputies president amounts to a full-time job. Its Resolution A028 calls for a salary but does not set an amount. Pollard chaired the task force.In addition to chairing the House of Deputies during convention, the president also is canonically required to serve as vice chair of Executive Council and vice president of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, or DFMS, the nonprofit corporate entity through which the Episcopal Church owns property and does business. He or she has a wide swath of appointment powers. The president also travels around the church, speaking at conferences and other gatherings and meeting with deputies and other Episcopalians.The position, which is filled by election during each meeting of convention, has a travel budget and a paid assistant. Each president is limited to three consecutive three-year terms.Supporters say making the office a paid job in some way would broaden the pool of people able to consider running for election. The task force said that only people who are older and/or have what it called favorable “personal economic circumstances” can realistically hold the office. Thus, presidents are not always chosen based solely on gifts and skills, the members said.Others disagree with any proposal to pay the deputies president, some saying they fear “mission creep” and those polity implications in the form of an expansion of the president’s duties and authority.The only deputy to speak against the resolution on the floor of the house on July 5 was Curtis Hamilton of West Missouri. He took issue with assigning fees for service as a director and an officer.“I believe that if the president of the House of Deputies is to be provided fees for service, all of our directors should be remunerated similarly,” he said.Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania Sean Rowe, B014’s proposer, told the committee July 4 that the resolution recognizes that the president of the House of Deputies has “extraordinary duties, that it is a matter of justice, that it is a matter of the pool of candidates that could present themselves for such a position [in its current unpaid form] and that it is fair for what the Constitution and Canons require of the position that it be compensated.” He also said the resolution changes nothing about the church’s polity and the role of the House of Deputies president compared to that of the presiding bishop.Discussion and voting on the resolution by the House of Deputies took about 20 minutes. After its approval was confirmed and the vote count announced, applause broke out on the floor, which drew some objections.I’m glad the PHOD compensation resolution passed, but we should not applaud legislative action. Ever. #gc79— Scott Gunn ن (@scottagunn) July 5, 2018The house parliamentarian was asked about the prudence of such an audible display of approval after a vote, and the parliamentarian confirmed it was frowned upon.Jennings, now having returned to her seat as chair, said she agreed.“The House celebrates people but not votes,” she said.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Senior editor and reporter Mary Frances Schjonberg contributed to this report. Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL Program Budget & Finance Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 February 2005 | News 19 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Employees of Oxford-based DialogueDirect Fundraising, which operates street fundraising teams nationwide for a number of charities, raised more than £4,500 for the Disaster Emergency Committees’ (DEC) Tsunami appeal during January.DialogueDirect will be making a donation to the DEC for every donor its fundraisers signed-up in January 2005.Owen Watkins, DialogueDirect Fundraising’s Managing Director, said his fundraisers had been so greatly moved and affected by the disaster they wanted to do even more to help with the worldwide effort to raise much needed funds. Advertisement He said: “our fundraisers do the job they do because they care and want to make a difference. Add to this the fact many of them had friends or family travelling or working in the affected areas, and you’ll understand the repercussions have been felt keenly amongst our staff.”DialogueDirect Fundraising, part of The Dialog Group, works with a number of charities, including the British Red Cross, Mencap, Greenpeace UK, Plan UK, Amnesty International UK and Sense. Street fundraisers raise £4,500 for DEC Tsunami appeal 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. Tagged with: Individual giving Research / statistics
reidathegolden(SEATTLE) — While most Seattle residents are fast asleep under their 800-thread count comforters during the wee hours of Saturday morning, Dawn Ford is crawling out of bed.By 3:30 a.m., Dawn has showered, brushed her teach, thrown her reddish-brown hair into a messy bun and painted her face with makeup. Wearing sweats and comfortable sneakers, she pulls out of her driveway and makes the five-minute commute to her office. The streets are quiet and empty of people, save for a few homeless residents and those drunk souls who couldn’t find Ubers after the local dive bars closed. Arriving to work, she turns off the alarm and starts making a to-do list on the dry erase board hanging on the wall. She ties an apron around her waist and fires up the oven before grabbing her ingredients from around the kitchen.Flour? Check.Eggs? Check.Cheese? Check.Time to start baking.It’s a true labor of love for this 38-year-old dog lover, who owns and operates the dog treat company “The Seattle Barkery” with her husband, Ben.The couple, who spend their weekends baking and decorating treats for their business, came up with the idea for the upscale dog treat company after discovering a hole in the marketplace.Several years ago, Dawn and Ben had owned their own dog walking service, and at the end of each walk, would give their doggy clients what they had thought were “natural, organic” treats. But when they discovered those treats were poor quality or had been recalled, they were horrified.Then Dawn had a thought.“How hard could it be to make our own?”Turns out: hard.“We had all the taste testers we could want with our business,” said Dawn. “[But] dog treat recipes can be really complicated and have a lot of ingredients that you don’t necessarily have on hand… like bone broth or brewer’s yeast.”Dawn wrestled with the various online recipes and couldn’t understand why the dogs weren’t enjoying the expensive and hard-to-make treats, so she started researching what human foods dogs were allowed to eat.“Dogs love human food,” began Dawn, “so how can we make this more appealing for them and simple for me?”Cheese, peanut butter and apple were high on the list.The Fords took their new recipes – cheesy donuts with grain free flour and peanut butter apple bites – to the local farmers market and sold out every weekend.But the long set-up and tear-down hours of the farmers market started to take their toll on Dawn and Ben. The Seattle rain certainly didn’t help either. That’s when Dawn noticed the food trucks at the farmers market and became green with envy. Those food trucks would be the last ones in and the first ones out, according to Dawn, and all they had to do was open their windows. She realized maybe they too could capitalize on the ease of a food truck… albeit for dogs.The Fords starting combing through Craigslist’s ads, finally settling on a well-used, dark turquoise former maintenance truck that lovingly came with the name “Buster.”$20,000 later and the retrofitted dog treat truck was ready to hit the road.It’s been five years since the truck opened it’s window for the first time, but it’s still causing a bit of confusion. Some people even think it’s a hot dog truck, explained Dawn.“Some other [humans] just come up and start ordering and you can just tell that there’s some confusion. So we’ll say ‘Where’s your dog at today?’” Dawn continued.“People then exclaim ‘Ohmygosh!’ And then they are so embarrassed. And they’ll say ‘I thought the chicken feet were weird but everything else looks good,’” added Dawn with a laugh.Sometimes though, people will still try to order the dog treats for themselves.“What I found if that pretty much every culture eats the whole chicken except for America,” explained Ben, a 40-year-old King County resident hailing from Colorado.“A lot of Brazilians will try to order the chicken hearts themselves because it’s a common street food there.” And while all of the company’s ingredients are human-grade, Ben noted that the food still isn’t licensed for human consumption.“If I don’t see a leash attached to them, I start asking some questions,” said Ben, chuckling to himself.For the most part, Dawn said there’s some level of familiarity with new customers, who may have heard about the truck’s other locations through dog park friends.With the foundation of their truck’s success, The Fords also opened a “treat bar” at Dogwood (an indoor dog park where dog owners can drink alcohol while watching their pets) and staioned a permanent vintage trailer named “Hammy” stationed near Lake Washington at the Magnuson Off-leash dog park.According to Ben, the truck serves between 3,500-5,500 loyal fans a year, including Molly Oberndorf’s two Goldendoodles, Moose and Nellie.“Everyone thinks I’m nuts,” said Oberndorf, laughing, “But in a good way,” she added quickly. Whenever they visit the Barkery truck, her dogs run nose first up to the aptly named “treat tunnel,” a device that drops a free treat down a shoot and into the waiting, drooling mouths of her dogs.Oberndorf said her dogs, who are partial to the truck’s “beefy sticks” and “bacon birthday cakes” have sensitive stomachs – something that Dawn said is one reason owners trust their treats.“[Our foods] do have a shelf life and that’s what’s appealing to people. They’re not all hard and they won’t stay fresh on your shelf for two years and be ‘edible,’” said Dawn, a mom of her own three pups.Those treats include peanut butter cookies, pumpkin pretzels, bacon cupcakes and doggie icew cream sundaes with edible bowls.For the pups’ owners, the truck sells a special brand of local coffee, called the “Leg Lifter Blend.”The truck’s number-one selling dog product are always the chicken hearts that have been air fried in coconut oil – think popcorn for dogs, as it were.“A lot of people have been burned by treats at the pet store or the rock hard treats. You don’t want to be duped into spending $15 on a bag of treats [your dogs] don’t like,” continued Dawn.“Maybe they just want something less processed,” she said.Keeping up with that less-processed workload has proven a lot harder than the Fords were expecting.“It’s not a dream scenario. We don’t have any social life. When we go out with other friends and family, I’m like, ‘You want to go out at 7:30pm? I go to bed at 8 o’clock,’” said Dawn, laughing.The couple considered franchising, but quickly agreed that wasn’t a business model that worked for them.“To even become a franchise is about $40,000, and then you got to hope that somebody is going to be crazy enough as you to do what you do,” said Dawn.Almost every day, the Fords receive a phone call or email asking for advice on how to start a dog food truck in another city. And while they fully encourage others to try it, they warn the process may turn most folks off.Between the licensing and permitting processes, registering recipes with the Department of Agrucultue, random health inspections and the daily grind of the baking business, the Fords admitted they may not have gone into the dog food truck business had they known five years ago what they know now.“Five years in, you know, we know our health inspector by name,” said Dawn. “We have a good relationship with the city,” she continued, “But it’s very daunting and it’s a lot of money right up front. If you just want to do it on the weekend, you’re never going to make a return. You really gotta hustle.”Currently, the Fords said are putting every penny they earn directly back into the business – they are preparing to open their first official brick-and-mortar store in January within a new Amazon building.In the meantime, the Fords continue to stock their various locations and take orders for specialty cakes – they’ve made bakery items for “Gender Reveal” parties and celebrated a dog’s “Bark Mitzvah,” amongst others.On the whole, the company gets a ton of positive feedback.“There are a few older generations that kind of roll their eyes that say ‘Only in Seattle’” eplained Ben. “And I laugh and say ‘You’re right, only in Seattle!’”But regardless of what anyone thinks, Ben said he knows how lucky they are. The company just celebrated it’s five-year anniversary last week.“I tell my employees: It’s such a great job because your customer is already walking up to you and smiling,” said Ben, “So that’s very rewarding.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Airport resorts to first-ever recruitment fairOn 28 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Employers at Gatwick airport are joining forces this week to try and meetskills shortages and attract more staff to its Sussex-based terminal. Major airlines, ground staff employers, retailers, caterers and hoteliershave teamed up to launch the airports first-ever recruitment fair, which startson Thursday. The 300 companies based at Gatwick have traditionally struggled to attractnew staff because of low unemployment and the close proximity to London. The event is a joint venture between operator BAA, Sussex Enterprise andJobCentre Plus, and organiser Sharon Crabbe is confident it can attract morethan 2,000 jobseekers. “The situation has always been that there are more jobs on offer atGatwick than there are people to fill the vacancies. This jobs fair willredress the balance and attract more staff for 2003,” she predicted. EasyJet, WH Smith, Britannia, Dixons and Groundstar are among the employerslooking for managerial, operational and administrative staff. The airport needs to consolidate and build on its 28,000- strong workforceas £16bn has been earmarked for the expansion of Gatwick over the next 12years. The Gatwick Career and Jobs Fair will run for two days on Thursday andFriday, January 30-31, and is being hosted by Crawley MP Laura Moffatt.