September 17

Top Performers in Hospitality to be awarded at 10th Annual Star Awards

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 07, 2018 – Providenciales – The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) will launch an all-new event format as the organization prepares to award the island’s top performers in the hospitality industry at the 10th Annual Star Awards later this month.  For the first time, nominees in 18 categories will be honored across two events: a ‘Cocktail Soiree’ for all nominees will be held at 6pm on February 8th at Treasure Beach, Beaches Turks & Caicos, followed by the official 10th Annual Star Awards ceremony scheduled for 6pm on February 22nd at the Croquet Lawn, The Palms Turks & Caicos which will honor the top three (3) finalists in each category.  Entertainment for both events will be provided by Prime DJs.The 19 prestigious awards up for grabs this year include: the Heart of Hospitality Award ; the Ambassador Award; TCHTA’s Shining Star; Employee of the Year; Supervisor of the Year; Manager of the Year; Housekeeper of the Year; Bartender of the Year; Chef of the Year; Executive Chef of the Year; Hotel of the Year; Hotelier of the Year; Restaurant of the Year; Taxi Driver of the Year; Entertainer of the Year; TCHTA Allied Member Restaurant of the Year; and the Allied Member of the Year. Nominations have been submitted from the association’s 200 members and will be revealed soon.Half of the nominations are voted on by an independent panel of judges – people selected because of their standing and understanding of the industry, and the other half are voted on by the members.  Winners are kept top secret and not announced until the night of the event.A new category being introduced this year, the “Above and Beyond Award” will be given to 15 members of the community who are considered ‘hurricane heroes’, going above and beyond the call of duty to help and aid others in the aftermath of last year’s storms.  These individuals were nominated by the public and will receive their awards at the February 22nd event.Members of the public are encouraged to join in the celebrations by purchasing a ticket from the TCHTA. For more information regarding the 10th Annual Star Awards, contact the TCHTA via phone at (649) 941-5787 or email [email protected] or [email protected] You may also connect with the TCHTA via Facebook or Twitter for an opportunity to win a ticket to the event.last_img read more

August 31

Concerned researchers project global solid waste to peak at 11 million tons

first_imgCredit: (c) Nature Publishing Group, Nature 502, 615–617 (31 October 2013) doi:10.1038/502615a Explore further (Phys.org) —Daniel Hoornweg associate professor at the University of Ontario, Perinaz Bhada-Tata a Dubai based solid-waste consultant, and Chris Kennedy a professor at the University of Toronto, have together published a COMMENT piece in the journal Nature suggesting that the total amount of solid waste we humans generate will peak in 2100 at approximately 11 million tons per day—close to three times the amount produced today. More information: Waste production must peak this century, Nature 502, 615–617 (31 October 2013) DOI: 10.1038/502615a Citation: Concerned researchers project global solid waste to peak at 11 million tons per day in 2100 (2013, October 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-global-solid-peak-million-tons.html Landfill nation: What makes consumers less likely to recycle?center_img Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Reports of global warming have dominated the headlines in the past few years, leaving little room for other environmental concerns, one of which is the mounting problem of solid waste, aka trash or rubbish—it’s the stuff we toss after opening packages or consume most any food. It’s plastic water bottles and food scraps, old cell phones or junk mail. Some of it is recycled of course, but a lot of it still ends up in landfills. In their comment piece the researchers write that scientists have found that people that live in more affluent countries toss more stuff in the trash than do people in poor places. They also found that there is a peak amount for trash tossed in affluent places—at some point, people begin spending some of their money on experiences, rather than just stuff. That’s enough information, they say, to project how much total trash will be tossed at various points in the future, and when a global peak will be reached. It’s all based on population growth, the number of people living in developing countries and the amount of time economists and others project will pass before everyone is living in a developed country.What’s perhaps most interesting in the report is the authors’ contention that it’s not the trash itself that is the real concern (recycling, burial, etc. should be able to handle all that trash) but what it represents in terms of other impacts on the planet. As people gain wealth, they pollute more in general—if all the poor people today become affluent to the point of reaching peak trash production, it means they will all be responsible for producing as much CO2 for example, as those that are affluent today, or for the amount of nitrogen that flows to the sea to produce the food they eat.The authors also contend that their projected numbers are not set in stone, if we so desire we can change the way we live and in so doing reduce the amount of trash we produce. They note that people in Japan for example produce much less trash per person than most anywhere else—they have little choice, governments there regulate how people dispose of trash because there is so little room for landfills. © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

August 31

Use depressionfighting skills to get a job

first_imgThese skills included identifying negative thoughts and countering them with more positive responses and planning enjoyable activities to improve the mood.This study is the first to show that cognitive behavioural (CB) skills not only predict changes in depression symptoms, but also in real life functioning, said co-author of the study Daniel Strunk, associate professor of psychology at The Ohio State University in the US.“Searching for a job is difficult in any circumstance, but it may be even more difficult for people who are depressed,” Strunk said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“But we found that there are specific skills that can help not only manage the symptoms of depression but also make it more likely that a person will receive a job offer,” Strunk noted.The study involved 75 unemployed people, aged 20 to 67, who participated in two online surveys taken three months apart.About a third of the sample reported symptoms that would put them in the ‘moderately to seriously’ depressed category, although they were not formally diagnosed. The remaining two-thirds had scores that ranged from mild depression to no symptoms. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe results showed that participants who reported more use of cognitive behavioural skills were more likely to show an improvement in depressive symptoms in the three months between the surveys– and were more likely to report they had received a job offer.The findings appeared in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.“The people who got jobs in our study were more likely to be putting into practice the skills that we try to teach people in cognitive therapy,” Strunk explained.last_img read more