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first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruNaked ambition revives old prankAs a student, Guru’s party piece at social events was to go into a cupboard,strip off naked and reappear carrying his drink to mingle with guests. So he has every sympathy for two pilots who have been sacked for flying aBoeing 737 in their birthday suits. The two men, who worked for US outfit Southwest Airlines, were reported whenan air hostess saw them mid-flight after being called to the cockpit to deliverpaper towels. The pilots, who have not been named, claim one of them removed his uniformafter spilling coffee on it and are appealing against the decision. The USFederal Aviation Administration has said there is no specific ban on nakedflying. Southwest’s founder, Herb Kelleher, previously said the airline looked forstaff “with a sense of humour who don’t take themselves tooseriously”. Inspired, Guru decided to revive his student prank at work and was gratifiedthat his old magic has not deserted him. Colleagues fell about laughing when hereappeared from the stationary cupboard dressed as nature intended (althoughtheir mirth might have had something to do with the extra frosty airconditioning). Fat cat creams off reward for mistress Guru has been getting bored reading the stream of recent headlines onfat-cat salaries paid to senior executives in under-performing companies. So he was interested to learn of one boardroom bust up based on sex ratherthan remuneration packages. Internet company Host Europe’s board of directors has claimed its chiefexecutive Abby Hardoon lavished financial favours on his mistress, who wasformerly his secretary. The directors went public about Hardoon’s affair after he and his twoco-founders called an emergency meeting, urging shareholders to oust the board.Board members also criticised his communication skills and time-keeping. A spokesman for Hardoon confirmed that he did have an affair with hissecretary, and that she subsequently received a pay rise. He added that a womanhad since left the company, and Hardoon was reconciled with his wife. Guru hopes the shareholders are as forgiving as Hardoon’s long-sufferingspouse when the meeting is held on 16 May. Gallic goodwill is struck off the menu The British and French have always had a love-hate relation-ship,highlighted at the moment by differences over Iraq. Consequently, Guru was not surprised to learn that a Frenchman is claimingrace discrimination and wrongful dismissal from his post as head chef of anine-strong chain of French restaurants in the UK. Jacques Troquet claims Raymond Defazio discriminated against him after hisCafé Med business took over the Café Flo chain in London where Troquet worked.The chef alleges he was forced to take redundancy after being offered a morejunior job with an £8,000 pay cut. Troquet told the hearing last week that Glaswegian Defazio set aboutremoving anything remotely Gallic – including the French menu, Evian mineralwater and even garlic. On the day they met, Troquet told the tribunal: “Hewas asking everyone where they were from. Because he was Scottish, I told him Iwas married to a Scottish lady and he said ‘oh you poor miserable bastard’. Ifound it absolutely condescending and insulting, not just to me, but to mywife.” No wonder Blair and Chirac could not agree over Saddam’s weapons of massdestruction. Sorry I’m late but I was kidnapped Guru recently published examples of outlandish workplace excuses. However, aGerman office worker surely takes the prize for the most radical excuse forpersistent absenteeism. Walter Hoffman tied himself up, slashed the tyre of his car and staged avariety of other incidents to validate his persistent non-attendance at work.He claimed he was the target of a hate campaign by mystery assailants. Hoffman, 23, eventually admitted to police he had staged the elaboratehoaxes to avoid going to work because it was so boring. Guru hopes Hoffman’s employer recognises his creative talents and harnessesthem in a more appropriate area, such as public relations. GuruOn 6 May 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Helen Mirren Reigns Supreme; The Audience Recoups on B’way

first_imgLong may she reign over the Great White Way! Broadway.com has confirmed that the Helen Mirren-led The Audience has recouped its $3.4 million production costs on the Main Stem. Directed by Stephen Daldry, Peter Morgan’s play began previews on February 17 and officially opened on March 8 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The show’s limited engagement will run through June 28.For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional—sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign to today.The production will also star Geoffrey Beevers as the Queen’s equerry, with Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. All are reprising their roles from the acclaimed London production. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 Related Shows The Audience View Commentslast_img read more

Dashboard Data Confirms Need for Masking, Social Distancing

first_img July 10, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard comparing the seven-day period of July 3 – July 9 to the previous seven days, June 26 – July 2.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positive rates, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19.“By looking at both statewide status and individual county status, we can take steps to stop increases before they become critical,” Gov. Wolf said. “One thing we know for certain is that we must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. Risky behavior such as going out without a mask and congregating at a bar or in a crowded setting where social distancing isn’t being practiced are leading to spikes in cases and higher percent-positive rates.”As of Thursday, July 9, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 4,914; the previous seven-day increase was 4,359.While the statewide percent-positivity rate is at 4.4%, counties with concerning percent-positivity rates include Allegheny (7.9%), Beaver (6.3%), Butler (5.5%), Clarion (14.6%), Fayette (5.2%), Greene (5.4%), Lawrence (5.8%), Lebanon (5.6%), Philadelphia (5.1%), Washington (7.2%), Westmoreland (5.4%) and York (6.3%). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations and frequently asked questions, originally announced on July 2, to include Delaware, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma on the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of the status of their county. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Dashboard Data Confirms Need for Masking, Social Distancinglast_img read more

State of emergency declared for all counties on Florida’s east coast due to Hurricane Isaias

first_imgprepare In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Division of Emergency Management has a reserve of personal protective equipment available, including 20 million masks, 22 million gloves, 10 million gowns, and 1.6 million face shields.In addition, the state has purchased 50 generators to handle power outages throughout Florida.The state also has 9.4 million bottles of water and 2.6 million meals ready to be deployed.DeSantis said he does not anticipate that emergency shelters will be needed for Hurricane Isaias, but the state will be ready just in case. On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for every county on Florida’s east coast from Miami-Dade to Nassau County ahead of Hurricane Isaias.Hurricane Warning in effect for Palm Beach County, Treasure Coastlast_img read more