Hospitality Action online auction breaks record amount

first_imgTrade charity Hospitality Action has raised a record-breaking £5k at its Christmas online auction, which ran for its 13th consecutive year.Last year’s Christmas online auction raised £4,142 and, overall, they raised £1.5 million across the year, compared to total of £1.61m this year.Prizes in this year’s online auction included a three-course lunchtime meal for two people at The River Café in London, a bottle of Champagne, and a cake created by Bidvest Foodservice and patisserie chef Thomas Leatherbarrow which was described as “one of a kind” by the charity.Also on offer was an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast at The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, North Yorkshire.Penny Moore, CEO of Hospitality Action, told British Baker she was delighted to have broken the charity’s online auction record.“It’s a great way to finish a record-breaking year. This year we’ve raised £1.61m to help hospitality workers in need. We hope we can keep up our record-breaking ways,” she said.“We are very grateful to all those who donated a prize, the media and all our supporters, who are always so generous with their gifts, publicity and bids – we couldn’t do it without them. We help everyone from chefs and bakers to housekeepers and these funds will ensure no one in need is left uncared for.”All funds raised from the auction go to support those in need through the work of Hospitality Action, which offers support to people of all ages, working and retired, from the hospitality industry.Established in 1837, Hospitality Action will be celebrating its 180th anniversary from next year.last_img read more

Need inspiration? Watch the new Biopic on ONE founder Chatri Sityodtong

first_imgA recently released short biographical movie tells the story of one of the most inspirational figures in martial arts, Chatri Sityodtong, who is also the founder of ONE Championship.The movie tells Sityodtong’s life story, from overcoming extreme poverty during the Asian financial crisis in Thailand to amassing a fortune on Wall Street and eventually creating ONE Championship.Sityodtong details early moments of his life, how he discovered martial arts and mentally powered himself through the roughest training he had ever experienced, surviving on a day-to-day basis while studying at Harvard University, and how he ultimately built a global sports media property in Asia. With input from Sityodtong’s mother Michiyo Komatsu, his best college friend and colleague Saurabh Mittal and many martial artists whose lives Sityodtong changed along the way, the short film gives viewers a unique and interesting vantage point into Sityodtong’s life.Ultimately, it tells the story of how Sityodtong turned suffering and failure, the lessons he learned while training in the ancient art of Muay Thai, into a catalyst to unleash his greatness and inspire others to do the same. It’s a tale of self-discovery, and how Sityodtong unlocked his capabilities by forging his willpower through adversity.Watch the movie at this link: :last_img read more

WEL Entrepreneur Josiah St. Jean encourages young people to reach the top

first_img Share 112 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews WEL Entrepreneur Josiah St. Jean encourages young people to reach the top by: – October 13, 2011center_img Share Tweet Josiah St. JeanJosiah St. Jean, a young entrepreneur and owner of Pictastic Photo Studio in Roseau who has benefitted from the Waitukubuli Entrepreneurship Levé (WEL) programme is encouraging other young entrepreneurs to persevere to reach the top despite challenges.The Waitukubuli Entrepreneurship Levé (WEL) held a press conference earlier this week to promote their second Entrepreneur and Business Mentor Retreat as part of activities to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week in Dominica from November 12th to 18th, 2011.Mr St. Jean who is a product of WEL’s programme said that he has received a lot of support from WEL’s Business Support initiative; a programme he believes caters for the sustainability of small businesses on the island.“In a time when unemployment is a really big issue, I think this is the perfect time for young persons to rise up and stop complaining. I think WEL creates an opportunity for every young person to fulfill their dreams and not just sit on the ‘block’, but instead be a part of something that will be worthwhile in the long run.” Mr St. Jean currently employs two persons at his company, with intentions of employing more persons as the business continues to grow.He is encouraging young and upcoming entrepreneurs to stand up and grab the opportunities that are being provided by institutions and business-support groups like WEL.“My encouragement to every young person that wants to be a part of the programme is to go ahead and do it. I think it will benefit young person better in the future and we also have a lot of foreigners opening businesses in Dominica. Dominicans are afraid to take risks, they are afraid to take challenges. We need to as young people to rise up and take the challenge and WEL gives each person the opportunity to do that. Like me to have people employed it also benefits the economy in the long run.”President of the Dominica Youth Business Trust, Natasha YeeloyPresident of the Dominica Youth Business Trust, Ms Natasha Yeeloy, who has been partnering with WEL over the years to provide support to budding entrepreneurs, commended Mr St Jean on his recent achievement.The Dominica Youth Business Trust is keen on continuing to promote youth entrepreneurship, with focus on access to small business macro-financing, entrepreneurship training, and mentoring and business support services.“If you are someone out there thinking that; I have a business idea, I haven’t been able to find a job but this is something I have a passion for, this is something I’ve studied or this is something I have a level of interaction for and I’m thinking how I can turn this passion or idea into a viable business, then this retreat is for you. Come with your idea and see what happens.”For the second year to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week in Dominica, WEL along with Jungle Bay Resort and Spa, DYBT and Invest Dominica Authority will be hosting the Entrepreneur and Business Mentor Retreat at the Jungle Bay Resort from November 12th to 19th, 2011. Nikima RoyerNikima Royer of WEL says that the retreat will promote a number of goals.“It is meant to create a lasting support network among the island’s business leaders and upcoming entrepreneurs thereby reinforcing entrepreneurship as a viable career path for Dominica’s youth, to instill confidence in Dominica’s most emerging entrepreneurs through technical skills as well as motivational leadership training to strengthen economical and social ties between business leaders in Dominica and Dominicans abroad particularly in the areas of green investment and innovation in order to stimulate the creation of new business”.President of WEL, Sam RaphaelPresident of WEL Sam Raphael hopes that the retreat will serve as a form of encouragement to Dominica’s entrepreneurs.“Many young people in our island live in distant communities and maybe they don’t have the social contacts to be able to realize their potential. So what if we were to come together and connect, and connect the resources that are available and create resources and maybe encourage and mentor these young people that maybe we can make a difference. This is the business of WEL.”Last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week activities involved more than 7 million people taking part in 38,000 events in 104 countries worldwide.This year, Global Entrepreneurship Week will take place from November 14th to 20th under the theme; ‘starting tomorrow’s business today’.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Olivero: Despite Marrone’s words, SU’s loss to UConn is most frustrating because of when it happened

first_img Published on November 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Doug Marrone refused to call Sunday’s 23-6 loss to Connecticut the most frustrating of the year. ‘They are all frustrating, trust me,’ Marrone said. ‘They are all frustrating. All of the wins, you feel good about. And then you have to move on. I don’t think you can label one or the other.’ For the second game in a row his offense sputtered, this time lifeless to the UConn blitz. His defense held up for as long as it could, again, before succumbing to its own mind-lapse: a penalty within the SU five-yard line. And the opportunity to remain alive for a Big East championship was lost. Still, to Marrone, this wasn’t the worst loss of the year. What was the third Big East home loss for the Orange and a 60-minute example of a struggling offense against the Big East’s worst defense was as disheartening as the rest. A loss — albeit a touchdown-less one — is a loss. What, then, was different about Saturday?AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘It happened right now,’ Marrone said. Now, as in the final conference game for the Orange. Now, as in a week after the Orange program soared to new heights with bowl eligibility. Now, as in after Syracuse achieved all of its preseason goals, SU is limping to the end of the season. After nine games of progression, Saturday was the unequivocal regression. Against the conference’s worst total defense (364.11 yards per game), the Orange averaged 2.2 yards per rush. The rest of the offense didn’t muster any element of a threat as well, as Ryan Nassib struggled to find any north-to-south success while his offensive line failed to protect him. The cat, thanks to the Huskies’ defensive muzzle, was out of the bag. Even Rob Long — yes, Rob Long — muffed a punt 14 yards off the right side of his shoe. Everyone happened to succumb to the spell of poor play. SU was, in one word, bad. Bad to close conference play in a conference that many are regarding as the worst in BCS conference history. That bad. Because the loss happened when it did is the exact reason it was the most frustrating for SU all season. It may not be the lost road trip to Washington, or the 45-point pasting by Pittsburgh. And it may not have been the worst numbers-wise.  But it was, assuredly, the most frustrating. One week after the Orange broke out of its bowl drought, it looked like a team in the midst of a deep offensive funk, one it won’t soon get out of. Syracuse tallied 131 fewer yards Saturday than the Huskies’ opposition averaged prior to Saturday, accruing only 235 yards. Players looked confused, but if you ask Marrone, they weren’t emotionally drained. They also didn’t quit, as he felt his players played hard enough to tell them he felt such postgame. There weren’t any obvious excuses, and in his near seven-minute press conference he didn’t single out a paramount problem. No excuses meant there was a lack of execution. And a lack of execution that led to nine penalties and several turnovers meant Marrone put the blame on himself. But truthfully, as Marrone has guided SU to new heights much faster than expected, the blame can’t go on his shoulders. This is the man who might still be the favorite for Big East Coach of The Year. The elements of the game SU failed at against the Huskies were not his fault. The Orange just wasn’t good enough from a personnel perspective. And that is what made the loss so frustrating. Marrone’s ‘little things’ finally killed his team in all facets of the game. This team will be going to a bowl. But with this loss, there are clear signs that SU is playing poor football. And that the offense best might not be good enough against bowl-caliber teams. That extra game in December might turn into a shellacking. Because all of this hit the fan at the end of a game where SU could have remained in the Big East title talk makes it sting that much more for the Orange. Just 60 minutes earlier, anyone would have told you that it wouldn’t have been that way. It wasn’t meant to be that way. Not now, at least. But it was. It happened after everything. That’s why it hurts more than the rest. Tony Olivero is an assistant sports editor for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more