Government House Chef Jared Forbes spends six weeks as a Royal Household

first_imgJared Forbes Caribbean Students Meeting Prince Harry Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 21, 2017 – Nassau – Congratulations to Chef Jared Forbes, Government House’s Food Service Manager for the last six years, who gained the unique opportunity to participate in Royal Household Hospitality Scholarship training in Britain recently to enhance mastery of his culinary craft.The programme of six weeks provided study with seven other scholars within the Master of the Household’s Department in the Queen’s Residences at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.   The circle of eight students were from Caribbean Commonwealth nations of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.During a recent Royal Tour of the Caribbean, Prince Harry made a public statement regarding the opportunities the scholarship has offered to talented Caribbean hospitality professionals.   The programme tests the scholars’ ability to quickly use their individual problem solving techniques with real time scenarios that take place in the Royal Household daily to improve upon their efficiency while building positive relationships.By assisting the Royal Household during the complex pageantry of Royal events, such as the delivery of the 2017 Royal Ascot week at Windsor Castle this past June, the scholars showed significant improvement in high level hospitality service on a multi-international level.The Royal Household students learned and implemented the Royal Household techniques, and they also were afforded the opportunity to meet industry leaders and trade contacts with specialist suppliers, experiences that helped them understand the networking necessary to support the hospitality industry.After the programme was completed, the eight students attended a reception as they looked back at what they accomplished together in six weeks. They each received a certificate presented to them by the Master of The Household, Vice-Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, in the presence of the Caribbean High Commissioners representing each nation that participated.PHOTOSlast_img read more

Former RDA CEOs Severance Package Set at 500000

first_imgEarlier this week, it was reported that former Reader Digest Association’s CEO Tom Williams was awarded $500,000 in a severance package. Williams was promoted to the position after former CEO and president Mary Berner exited the company in April.Williams, who acted as CFO with RDA from November 2008 until his bump to CEO in 2011, agreed to a severance package of $1.2 million during the RDA financial reorganization that transpired in August 2009. According to reports, Williams will receive less than half of the originally agreed upon sum in his departure from the company. This mirrors Berner’s pay, as RDA reportedly paid Berner $1 million in her April severance package. At the time of the 2009 reorganization, Berner agreed to a severance package of $2.2 million if she wasn’t offered her job back after the company emerged from bankruptcy protection. Stepping into the rotating CEO slot is Robert Guth, who joined the RDA Board of directors in the same month Berner exited the company; he was named Williams’ replacement in recent weeks. Guth is a former CEO of telecommunications company TelCove.RDA saw a rough second quarter, with RDA Holding Corp. reporting a 6.2 percent drop in revenue to $409.4 million in its financial statements. Every Day With Rachael Ray, once considered a performance leader in RDA’s print portfolio, experienced a 16.8 percent ad page drop in first half 2011, according to FOLIO: sister site, minonline. However, sister title Reader’s Digest saw a spike in ad pages from January to June 2011, up 4.4 percent, according to Publishers’ Information Bureau. In July, The Wall Street Journal reported Reader’s Digest was put on the block; asking price is set around $1 billion.last_img read more

Despite slow sales Infiniti remains committed to QX30 and sedans

first_img reading • Despite slow sales, Infiniti remains committed to QX30 and sedans Compact and curvy QX30 sets new entry point for Infiniti Share your voice 89 Photos May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star The current QX30 is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and this shared effort isn’t likely to continue in the future. According to a Motor Authority report, Infiniti president Christian Meunier said the QX30 “is not a product that has a future beyond its current life,” and that it “will be replaced by an all-Infiniti platform.”In 2018, Infiniti sold just 8,101 QX30s in the US. That’s a 42.5-percent decrease over the previous year, when the company moved 14,093 examples of the subcompact SUV in our market.”We definitely want to be in the space,” Colleran told Roadshow in regards to the subcompact crossover segment. “We’re going to have to figure out how to go forward to grab that share.”In the year since Colleran took over as Infiniti’s American VP, the focus has definitely been on launching the QX50 and keeping the momentum going on the QX60. Both vehicles saw healthy sales increases in 2018 — year-over-year gains of 50.6 and 17.1 percent, respectively. And though crossovers are the company’s main focus at the moment, Infiniti hasn’t forgotten about its other passenger car offerings — specifically, sedans. When asked if Infiniti is still committed to bolstering and expanding its sedan lineup, Colleran enthusiastically responded, “100 percent yes. Not even a question.””We are going forward in the future and working on programs on sedans,” Colleran said. Infiniti sold 34,763 examples of its Q50 in 2018, making it the brand’s second best-selling vehicle. The larger Q70, meanwhile, saw just 4,479 sales — a 22.4 percent decrease over 2017’s similarly meager 5,772 sales. Detroit Auto Show 2019 Infiniti Review • 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport: A quirky little crossover Still, as Infiniti looks into 2019 and beyond, crossovers are at the center of what’s ahead. The QX Inspiration Concept, which debuted at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, previews what’s possible from a design standpoint as Infiniti moves toward an electrified future. The company has already said it’ll launch electrified versions of all its cars — as well as a new dedicated EV — beginning in 2021.”2021 is not very far away,” Colleran said. And referring to how a QX Inspiration might transform into a road-going product, Colleran said “you can see that the vehicle is starting to take shape.” 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport Infiniti QX Inspiration concept is cover-worthy Tags Comment Detroit Auto Show 2019 Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicagocenter_img Preview • Infiniti’s new QX30 shares a little too much with Mercedes-Benz model Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 1 See All Luxury cars Crossovers Sedans More From Roadshow “It was the year of the SUV.” That’s how Mike Colleran, vice president and managing director of Infiniti Americas, describes the company’s performance in 2018. Indeed, crossovers and SUVs accounted for two thirds of the brand’s US sales last year. But while the compact QX50, midsize QX60 and full-size QX80 all posted strong year-over-year sales increases, the subcompact QX30, meanwhile, has proven to be somewhat of a flop.”Frankly, we haven’t seen the retail that we’d like to see on that vehicle,” Colleran told Roadshow in an interview at the Detroit Auto Show this week. And as small SUVs — especially premium ones — continue to be red-hot in the US market place, Infiniti’s US VP admits, “we’re figuring out how to be a better player there.” 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 3:10 32 Photos Infiniti Mercedes-Benz Infiniti QX Inspiration concept previews the brand’s… 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now playing: Watch this: •last_img read more

Facebook is adding petitions to your news feed

first_imgA sample Community Action, as seen on a phone.  Facebook/Screenshot by CNET Feeling passionate about a cause? Facebook is launching a tool that lets users post and sign online petitions right in their news feeds.The social network will start rolling “Community Actions” out to its US users on Monday. It’s been testing the feature for several weeks in a couple of markets, TechCrunch first reported Sunday, and is building on that existing pilot.The feature has been used, for example, for a moratorium on drilling in Colorado and efforts to improve pedestrian safety near a library in Philadelphia. Users have the option to simply click “support,” but they can also share related personal testimonies and videos if they want. Elected officials and government agencies tagged on a Community Action will be notified and can respond. Those officials and agencies can also launch their own Community Actions.The move is part of a larger effort by the social network to build “informed and civically engaged communities,” a Facebook spokesperson said.”Community Action is another way for people to advocate for changes in their communities and partner with elected officials and government agencies on solutions,” the spokesperson said. In the past, activists have been able to post petitions to Facebook via third-party platforms like Change.org or Causes.com. Community Actions simplifies the process and gives Facebook direct oversight to monitor and take petitions down if they violate its community standards. Facebook has been criticized in the past for allowing inauthentic content on its site that’s intent on stirring up emotions around divisive issues.   NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Share your voice 2 Facebook Tags Internet Politics Commentslast_img read more