Tags: Caesars Entertainment Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Regions: US In gaming, the keno lounge, slot machines and table games will return to operation, and Caesars will take the opportunity of reopening to showcase its newly rebranded William Hill race and sports book. Caesars’ Rio Hotel & Casino to reopen in time for Christmas Caesars Entertainment’s Las-Vegas based Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will resume operations on December 22, the operator’s final property in the US and Canada to reopen following its novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shutdown. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “The past nine months have been filled with challenges, as well as opportunities including the merging of our two gaming companies to form the new Caesars Entertainment,” he said. “We recognize the incredible effort it has taken to reopen our resorts and get us to this important milestone, and we look forward to welcoming our team members and guests back to Rio with their health and safety still top of mind.” 13th November 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Casino & games The hotel will accommodate weekend stays from Thursday to Monday, while the gaming floor will reopen seven days a week. The opening will also see comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller return to the venue. Topics: Casino & games Land-based casino Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “As the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino prepares to resume operations on December 22, this marks the final Caesars Entertainment resort to reopen in the US and Canada,” said Anthony Carano, president and chief operating officer of Caesars Entertainment. Email Address Read the full story on iGB North America.
Free e-mail list host ONElist yesterday announced the first in a series of initiatives to encourage the growth of the site’s online communities. Free e-mail list host ONElist yesterday announced the first in a series of initiatives to encourage the growth of the site’s online communities. ONEreach’s first programme is “Grow to Give” in which ONElist will donate $5,000 each to two charities chosen by the two communities or e-mail lists that grow the most in new subscribers over the next two months. There’s a prize for the most growth in numerical terms and in percentage terms. The communities that win get to nominate their favourite charities. The programme will runfrom April 19, 1999 to June 19, 1999 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Advertisement 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. Howard Lake | 19 April 1999 | News 19 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis ONElist launches periodic fundraising programme
By Gary Truitt SHARE By Gary Truitt – Nov 30, 2015 Brinkley, in video sound bites, looks and sounds convincing. Yet if you look a little longer and listen a little closer, the chemically contrived, youthful image begins to fade and the rhetoric just sounds silly, ” I want my food pure. It can be done but, like, Monsanto and these giant companies are just taking over and their disrespect for our health and our rights is really maddening.” What is maddening is that Fox News gives celebrity twaddle like this air time. Perhaps Brinkley’s next marriage (she is on her 4th) should be to Neil Young, another aging, Monsanto-bashing celebrity. Previous articleBenchmark Your Yield to Evaluate Your PerformanceNext articleA Big Week Ahead for RFS and Biofuels Gary Truitt So what does an aging blond supermodel know about biotechnology, food safety, and nutrition? Well, as you might expect, not a heck of a lot in the case of Christy Brinkley. Her latest tirade against GMOs shows that inside the pretty head of hers seems to be a sign that reads room for rent. The only things less credible than the claims she makes are news organizations that give her “news” coverage and take her remarks seriously.Born in 1954, Brinkley is a model and actress who gained worldwide fame beginning in the late 1970s with three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers. She spent twenty five years as the face of CoverGirl, has appeared on over 500 magazine covers, and has signed contracts with major brands—both fashion and non-fashion. Said to have that All American look “with her blonde hair, blue eyes, slim figure, and soft features,” she is one of the major celebrities of our time. As such, she feels compelled to preach at us about a number of causes, including animal welfare, the environment, and now food.“I think there are so many issues with our food industry that are blatantly disrespectful to our planet and us as individuals,” Brinkley tells FOXBusiness.com. In a newly published book in which she tells her “beauty secrets,” Brinkley drags out the same old claims about GMOs and big ag. A longtime advocate for organic food, Brinkley says she finds the amount of GMO food in our diets alarming, “What I don’t like about GMOs is that we’re the guinea pigs.”As Forbes pointed out, “Brinkley parrots the common misconception that genetically engineered foods haven’t been tested long term. Despite a number of long term studies in animals ranging from quails to cows, several of which span multiple generations. The ‘I am not a science experiment’ fallacy is hard to shake, due in large part to organic industry messaging. Agricultural biotechnology, which has been in use for over twenty years, has caused zero health problems in humans; nary a sick stomach or a sniffle, and poses no unique threat to the environment, all facts confirmed by more than 2,000 studies, many of which are independently funded.”And, of course, she just could not resist raising the GMO label issue. “Furthermore it’s not labeled, so we don’t know when we’re the ones eating them,” Brinkley continues. “We have the right to know what we’re putting into our bodies.” This from a 61 year old woman who regularly uses Botox, a toxin that has been proven to have adverse health effects including respiratory failure. Yet, she is bad mouthing GMOs — that is rich.Biotechnology has the potential to give us benefits ranging from gluten-free wheat for those with Celiac disease to nutrient fortification for populations suffering from micronutrient deficiencies, something Brinkley, who is worth an estimated $80 million, does not have to worry about. Facebook Twitter Christy Brinkley Older, But Not Wiser Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Commentary Christy Brinkley Older, But Not Wiser
Organisation LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car November 11, 2020 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News Follow the news on Lebanon LebanonMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Reporters Without Borders expressed “deep shock” at what it called a “barbaric attack” today on well-known Lebanese TV presenter May Chidiac, who was critically injured in a bomb attack on her car in Beirut.“This shows what dangerous conditions lebanese journalists have to work in,” it said, calling on the government to find and punish those responsible so as to prevent a habit of impunity taking root.It noted that the attack came less than five months after the 2 June murder of journalist Samir Kassir, of the daily paper Al Nahar. It urged the authorities to take “urgent and serious steps to solve the two crimes.”Chidiac, who works for LBC (Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation) which is covering the incident live, may have to undergo amputation. The attack was similar to the one on Kassir. In each case a bomb was placed under the driver’s seat.Chidiac presents the evening news as well as a political programme on LBC, which is close to the country’s anti-Syrian opposition. January 14, 2021 Find out more February 4, 2021 Find out more Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon News Help by sharing this information News to go further September 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders shocked by attack on Lebanese journalist Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders expressed “deep shock” at what it called a “barbaric attack” today on well-known Lebanese TV presenter May Chidiac, who was critically injured in a bomb attack on her car in Beirut. It noted that the attack came less than five months after the 2 June murder of journalist Samir Kassir, of the daily paper Al Nahar. News
ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A very serious fire threat will unfold across parts of the Western U.S. Friday, through the weekend and into early next week.In Colorado, the East Troublesome fire has continued to greatly expand in size. The fire is now the second-largest in state history, with at least 170,000 acres burned, and is only 5% contained. The fire exploded over 100,000 acres early Thursday and then grew another 50,000 acres during the day and early evening.The fire becomes the second-largest fire in Colorado history, just a week after the Cameron Peak Fire broke that record. That means the two largest fires in Colorado history happened within around a week of one another.The East Troublesome fire is just one of many fires in Colorado currently burning. Two other notable fires include the Cameron Peak fire and the Calwood Fire. The Cameron Peak fire is at least 206,000 acres and 57% contained. The Calwood Fire is over 10,000 acres and 55% contained.At least 77% of Colorado is in extreme to exceptional drought right now.The fire threat in Colorado, unfortunately, has not ended and there is a new fire threat on the way to parts of California and Oregon.While winds will be weaker Friday morning, another round of strong wind gusts, locally over 60 mph, will be possible late Friday into Saturday. While relative humidity will be a little bit better than previous days, it will still be very windy and relatively dry. This could result in rapid fire spread.Unfortunately, there is even more bad news. There is a fire threat Friday for parts of northern California with gusty winds and low relative humidity is expected. However, on Sunday and Monday, the strongest wind event so far this year appears to be on the way to parts of northern California.Wind gusts over 70 mph will be possible in the higher elevations, and very low relative humidity is expected. This has all the ingredients for possibly extremely critical fire conditions in parts of the region.A significant fire threat appears to be on the way later this weekend in California and parts of Oregon.As fires torch part of the West, some of the coldest weather of the year and snow is expected in parts of the central U.S.Part of the reason this fire threat is occurring is because of a big push of cold air and some snow that is coming into the northern Rockies and Plains. Wind weather alerts stretch from Washington to Nebraska Friday morning for the new storm.Through the weekend, over a foot of snow in the highest elevations of the Rockies, including into parts of Montana is expected. Three to 6 inches of snow, locally higher, is also expected late in the weekend in parts of the Plains.Some of this snow will make it into the hard-hit Colorado, which should both help firefighting efforts, and help current drought conditions.Additionally, once this cold air makes it into the central U.S. and Midwest, parts of the region will see the coldest air so far this season, with wind chills in the single digits for the northern Plains, and teens and 20s across the Plains and into parts of the Midwest.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The real e-worldOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Newtechnology has the potential to bring on your training in leaps and bounds. Ane-learning show in June will help you decide on the best options for yourorganisation. By Sue WeekesThee-learning market is expected to grow by 96 per cent over the next five years,according to a study by employment law firm Clifford Chance. But while seniormanagement is happy to enjoy the benefits that a flexible learning systembrings, many training professionals remain uneasy. They share the fear thatlearning via the Internet or a CD-Rom is a culture shock for learners and thatit brings with it a whole set of problems yet to be addressed. Whatis clear when you talk to anyone in the sector is that practitioners andproviders still have a lot to learn themselves. With this in mind, theconference programme at E-learning London at the Business Design Centre,Islington, on 6 and 7 June aims to bring many of these issues out into the openwith plenty of real-world case studies and hands-on experience relayed to theaudience.Theprogramme will be opened by Ettie McCormack, director of Unisys UniversityEMEIA, whose keynote speech will look at the value e-learning can add to yourbusiness. McCormack is responsible for the training and development of over12,000 employees at Unisys and its virtual university uses a blend of online,classroom and self-study. Hence McCormack will be speaking from directexperience when she weighs up the benefits of e-learning against the costs andlooks at whether it can determine success and competitive advantage.Whethera “virtual” classroom can be as effective as a real one is frequently at thecentre of the e-learning debate and the session dedicated to this (X1), aimedat those in the early stages of e-learning, should prove enlightening. DavidHookham, programme manager of the Scottish Agricultural College, will betalking about how it is implementing an online learning forum and virtual farm,designed as an introduction to organic farming. It is principally aimed at MScstudents, but will also be available to farmers for their continuedprofessional development. Hookham will give first-hand experience of how thesystem was developed and the issues that have arisen along the way.HowardHills, development executive of the Forum for Corporate Universities, will bemore concerned with the pedagogical issues of virtual classrooms and will belooking at what we can learn from real classrooms, as well as exploring howdifferent personalities react to them.Ifyou like a bit of audience participation, head for the Getting Started ine-Learning (X2) session, where chairman Thomas Bergulund, CEO of the EdvantageGroup, and speakers Stephen Newman, program director of Ericsson ManagementInstitute, and Karen Smith, associate director, training and development ofQuintiles, will be gearing up for some heated, interactive debate. BuildingblocksTheyaim to cover the building blocks required for successful e-learning and willlook at how you can assess your business needs and create a project plan. Newmanwill talk about how his company intends to use a learning community portal in amulti-module leadership development program for the next generation of Ericssonexecutives, and Smith will be relating Quintiles’ overall experiences. Anindependent view will be provided by Clerical Medical Investment Group trainingoperations manager Alastair Thorn, who will be reminding trainers how wary someusers can be of new technologies. “It is not enough to merely give them thesystem and expect them to know what to do with it,” says Thorn.Fore-learning to work in a company, you need buy-in from personnel from the bottomright to the top, and it needs to be embedded in company culture. If you’restarting out in e-learning and are struggling to get the necessary commitmentfrom elsewhere in your organisation there are two sessions that may help you:Marketing e-learning from CEO to office junior (Y2) and Evaluating andcertifying e-learning (Y3). You can hear real-life experiences from trainingmanagers at two major corporates in shape of Paul Mallinson, head of corporatetraining and management development at Pfizer, and Ursula Kerrigan, regionaltraining manager, Bass Hotels and Resorts. JimEllis, chief training designer and project manager at BP Chemicals Project, andDave Buglass, e-learning consultant at the Royal Bank of Scotland, will betaking things one step further and exploring how you can match an e-learningprogramme to business objectives and how you can properly evaluate it. Whenthe Open University talks on the subject of learning, people listen, so expectJim Flood’s industry-wide critique of training material that has beenre-engineered to be one of the highlights of the programme (Z1). Floodis the academic operations director of Corus, the OU, and will be drawing its30 years of experience and research into distance learning in his presentation.Anotherbig name, Consignia (The Post Office), will also feature in this session, withMel Leedham, senior management development adviser, presenting a warts-and-allcase study. It will look at Consignia’s early successes and failures in tryingto convert existing courses into a mixture of online and classroom sessions.Witha headquarters in London and offices in Scotland, Jersey, Germany, Japan andthe USA, investment management company Gartmore employs 850 people. In asession entitled How to Become a High Performance Organisation (W2), Gartmoredynamic duo Karen Martin, the technology skills development manager, and AngelaBrier, technology skills development officer, will report on the company’simplementation of an e-learning system. “We’ll explain what went well and whatwent not so well”, says Martin.ObstaclesTherewill be illuminating tales along the way about obstacles they met and thepresentation will touch on areas such as promoting intellectual capital in acompany.Theimportance of sustainability in an e-learning system will be a key topic in thesession on the longer term benefits of e-learning (X3). Ian Shaw,communications and development manager of Friskies, will report on how a systemcan fail if it doesn’t have this staying power. Hewas involved in a pilot project at Friskies Europe, which has given parentcompany Nestlé valuable experience on which to build its current e-learning project.Even before you tell anyone that you are about to embark on a system, saysShaw, it’s important to have a number of factors in place, such as buy-in fromHR and links to your competency framework. ChairwomanMartine Garland, of professional learning services at Xebec McGraw-Hill, aimsto cover how to nurture online learning communities, as well as look at the“what’s in it for me” factor.Blendedlearning, which brings together methods used in e-learning and more traditionallearning, is seen by many as the key to a successful training programme, andthe session devoted to it (X4) looks set to bring some lively debate. Expect afull and frank presentation from the vice-chairman of the British Associationof Open Learning, David Wolfson. “I will be emphasising that e-learning is onlya tool which should be used with face-to-face delivery and other traditionalmethods,” he says.Inthe same session, Gestetener’s Tony Milne will present a case study, focusingon the problems, rationale and costs of implementing an e-learning programme to4,000 users across EMEA in 14 languages.Doyou really need a learning management system? There is an assumption by manythat you do. But of what real benefit are they to the more experienced users,for instance? Learning management and content delivery systems and portals willall come under close scrutiny in a session which looks at the future ofe-learning (Z2). You can hear from Jane Knight, e-learning consultant at CiscoSystems, and Julian Wakeley of Unilever will put forward another independentuser’s view.Ane-learning system is only as good as the content within it but e-learners oftenreport that the substance of some courses lacks appropriateness or it’s justplain dull. A session entitled Why Content is King (Z3), chaired by AlistairMorrison, divisional director, Vega Skillchange, will look at how you can matchcontent to the medium as well as effective instructional design. “We’ve got thetechnology and can do amazing things,” he says. “Unfortunately, we can doamazingly bad things with this technology!” DaveBullock IT customer and service manager of law firm Herbert Smith will betalking about the importance of good quality training content and the relevanceof learning content in respect of your business. “We need to encourage authorsto develop material that users want to use, not page-turning, dull stuff,” hesays. Content that crosses cultural boundaries is another issue likely to beraised.
MavisGordon looks back at her varied career in occupational health and describes howshe has overcome personal diversity to form her own successful OH consultancyI started my career in occupational health in 1979 when I was appointednursing officer in OH at the Medway Health Authority. With a background inIntensive Care and A&E nursing, I persuaded Brenda Slaney (whose obituaryappeared in Occupational Health December 2002) to add me to a fully subscribedcourse at Fords of Dagenham and the Royal College of Nursing. In 1985, I gained my Diploma in Nursing Education and was appointed lecturerin OH nursing, replacing Ruth Alston, at the Institute of Advanced NursingEducation. I was the first OH tutor to be appointed from a background in theNHS OH service and enjoyed the challenge of running the full time courses.Peter Holgate was the principal lecturer and I worked closely with MurielLawson and Jane Molloy who led the day release courses. The courses had been run in a traditional mode for some time and a more facilitativestyle was introduced. Problem-solving groups, debates and practical exerciseshelped prepare students for the real world and dilemmas faced in OH practice.There was a need to improve communications between teachers and practical worksupervisors, so we set up facilitator days. This led to a greater selection ofplacements and a challenging opportunity for open discussion and new ideas onthe meeting days. The certificate courses were to be upgraded to diploma anddegree level and we worked in line with other UK centres to establish thesecourses. Brenda Slaney and Peter Holgate had organised OH courses in Nigeria in theearly eighties, and plans were discussed to set up similar courses in Zambia.Peter made a preliminary assessment visit, but was in poor health and shortlyafterwards tragically died from a heart attack at the wheel of his car inFrance. We were all hugely shocked and his death left a large gap in the worldof OH nursing, the English National Board, the UKCC and more specifically atthe Institute. I was asked to become acting principal lecturer and wasappointed to the post a year later. Zambian courses The Zambian courses now fell to me to develop and implement and it was asharp learning curve, as we were teaching within a totally different culture.The students were very keen to learn and at the start sat expectantly waitingwith pencils and paper to write down every word. They soon were able to enjoyour more facilitative style of teaching and we learned as much from them as theydid from us. I remember leading a session on alcohol in the workplace. Two students weregiggling and one said: “It is not the same here because we work in abrewery and some men have to be drunk. They are tasters and if they are notdrunk the bosses think the beer is bad.” There was also the issue around lack of health and safety in the leadfactory, where the workers were constantly coming to the clinic complaining ofstomach cramps, headaches and coughs. For the stomach cramps they were givenindigestion mixture, for the headaches paracetamol, for the coughs antibiotics.No-one had thought of going to the factory to look at the processes, whereexposures to high levels of lead dust were causing the problems. Even the nursehad been admitted to hospital for an appendicectomy, but just in time it wasfound that her blood lead level was raised to a dangerous level. After the course this student proudly wrote to me about the changes she hadimplemented in the factory through safer work processes and ventilationsystems. However, I was not satisfied with the training methods we had used and didsome research into developing courses in emerging countries. I later studiedfor an MA, using this curriculum research as my focus. It is not effective to‘lift’ a UK course and set it up in a foreign culture, many factors have to beexplored. The key points of OH practice remain the same but the context,ethics, politics and environment are totally different. Further redesignedcourses followed and more than 100 Zambian nurses achieved the RCN AwardCertificate. One student, Maria Lemba, was able to come to the UK and study forher full OHN qualification. She is still working here. Early retirement In 1988 I was involved in a car accident that damaged my cervical andthoracic spine. I managed to keep working as much as possible, between hospitaladmissions and outpatient treatments. However, eventually the pain anddisability caused by the accident forced me to take early retirement from theRCN. I was devastated to lose my career and could see no way forward in thefield of OH. The following year I achieved my MA in Education, but a few months later myhusband died of a massive brain stem haemorrhage. This happened the sameweekend that the youngest of three sons was leaving for university, 400 milesaway in Glasgow. In one year I had suffered three huge losses. I was wellsupported by friends and family, but spent the first year feeling like an actoron a stage, it wasn’t real, this wasn’t happening to me. Eventually, I decided that despite my back problems, I was not brain deadand I should get back to the real world. I started to do some teaching on afreelance basis. In 1994 I was teaching for the British Safety Council when oneof the health and safety managers on the course asked me to give his companysome advice. His employer was a service company where there had never been OHprovision and he was interested in the emphasis I had made on prevention ratherthan cure. Consultancy career So started my consultancy career. I quickly found myself in a hard-hat andhigh visibility jacket, it was like ‘coming home’. The company (which asked notto be named) is an international service company with a diverse and widespreadcustomer base, ranging from government defence organisations to airports andcommercial companies. There are 35,000 employees worldwide and servicesprovided include facilities management, project management and systems supportthrough to total business design, build, finance and operations. Occupational health advice and interventions are therefore across a hugerange of working groups including Ministry of Defence (MOD) sites, leisurecentres, rail, health authorities, local government, education, building andmaintenance, dockyards, air traffic control and transport systems. The initial work I carried out for the company was well received andgradually, more divisions working within the parent company requested OH adviceand interventions. To my surprise I really enjoyed ‘getting back to the coalface’ again and found the work varied and challenging. Educating managementabout OH, gaining credibility by practice and setting up systems in a ‘virgin’and sometimes unco-operative environment was exciting and I was able to liveout my long-held conviction that such a service can be successfully nurse led.I was able to organise my work from home and the company was very supportive inrelation to my back problem by providing overnight accommodation and/or flyingto avoid too much driving. Three years on, I was given a five-minute meeting with the chief executive.He arrived without having read the executive summary I had prepared for him. Heallowed me a little more time to explain OH functions within his company, andthen he gave his full support. From then on I have been ultimately responsibleto the chief executive, who takes a personal interest in OH at our annualmeetings. At about the same time I started to sub-contract out some work andgathered experienced nurse consultants into the Gordon Associates team (seebelow for more on the work of the team). Our team works across a wide variety of contracts, such as traffic systems,MOD sites, leisure centres, rail maintenance, airfields, refuse collection andhospitals. As an international company we also advise globally and I have visitedAustralia and Ascension Island for OH assessment. We have designed a foundation course for nurses, which has RCN validationand is available to any nurse who may be interested in working in the field ofOH. There are 17 nurses in the Gordon Associates team – led by Gesina Tait,support director – some very well known and highly qualified OH nurses amongthem. We are proud of achieving a high standard of service for our customersand enjoy the autonomy and responsibility that we carry. Six years ago I met John and we married. John had undergone a single lungtransplant a few years earlier and was the bravest person I have ever met. Hehad a handicap of 10 in golf and we enjoyed life to the full, moving down toDevon to enjoy less polluted air, which helped his breathing. Sadly John diedin June 2001. He had helped me a lot with my life, a determination to surviveand to make maximum use of every opportunity. Conclusion As I look back over my nursing career spanning 42 years, 23 of those in OH,I can honestly say that as one door closes, another opens. As a part-time staffnurse, single parent with three young sons, I would never have dreamed that Iwould one day be teaching at the RCN, working in Zambia or setting up an OHconsultancy. I guess it’s all down to being motivated and sincerely believingin the value of the service being offered. I have found no problems indovetailing my expertise as an OH nurse with other providers in this field,such as health and safety advisers and ergonomists. Working together we eachbring a unique skill to our employers and more importantly, our clients. I care deeply about nursing, occupational health and people, and believethat focusing on OH issues, rather than jealously guarding our patches canbring new life to our speciality. If anyone reading this article feels inspiredto take up consultancy work or to even get on the first rung of the ladder andjoin one of our foundation courses, why not contact me on [email protected] Gordon MA(Ed) RGN OHNCert DipNEd RNT, director Gordon Associates Life-long ambitionOn 1 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article
Patisserie Valerie is celebrating a successful year after being named on the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 List.The Birmingham-based patisserie chain has been ranked number 52 on the list, which names the top 100 privately-owned businesses showing the fastest-growing sales over the past three years. Following the 2006 Risk Capital Partners-backed management buyout for £6m, Patisserie Valerie has seen sales grow 68% a year from an annualised £7.1m in 2007 to £33.4m in 2010.Paul May, chief executive officer for Patisserie Valerie, said: “Despite the current climate of doom and gloom, we have continued to bring investment and job opportunities to the UK’s high streets and encourage the interest of the public, who welcome the new stores. “Having Patisserie Valerie ranked on the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 list is a true testament to the hard-working team we have on board at all levels of the business and is something we are extremely proud of.”The company pins its success on its nationwide growth, recently opening a new store in Henley-on-Thames and creating 25 new jobs. It plans to open its final café for 2011 in Sheffield, with plans to open new outlets in Birmingham and other locations in 2012.The company, which was established in Soho in 1926 by Madame Valerie and with headquarters based in Birmingham, has opened over 50 stores and, in the past 18 months, has created over 500 new jobs throughout the country.
1956Martin Truex, Jr.NAPA Auto Parts Toyota46.105195.2070.288 224Jeff GordonDrive to End Hunger Chevrolet45.850196.2920.033 110Danica Patrick #GoDaddy Chevrolet45.817196.4340.000 4036JJ YeleyGolden Corral Chevrolet46.852192.0941.035 249Marcos AmbroseStanley Ford46.203194.7930.386 439Ryan NewmanQuicken Loans Chevrolet45.931195.9460.114 1427Paul MenardMenards/Peak Chevrolet46.035195.5030.218 4552Brian KeselowskiTruckerFan.com Toyota48.946183.8763.129 4387Joe Nemechek(i)Florida DOT/D.A.B. Constructors Toyota47.357190.0461.540 922Joey LoganoShell Pennzoil Ford45.973195.7670.156 Get the Coors Light Pole Qualifying results for all 45 drivers for the Daytona 500 3126Michael WaltripSandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota46.317194.3130.500 1188Dale Earnhardt, Jr.National Guard Chevrolet46.016195.5840.199 1217Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #Best Buy Ford46.027195.5370.210 4419Mike Bliss(i)G-Oil/Plinker Tactical Toyota47.509189.4381.692 3378Kurt BuschFurniture Row Chevrolet46.474193.6570.657 1513Casey MearsGEICO Ford46.037195.4950.220 221Jamie McMurrayMcDonald’s Chevrolet46.144195.0420.327 2855Mark MartinAaron’s Dream Machine Toyota46.229194.6830.412 3034David RaganDetail Doctor Ford46.245194.6160.428 1020Matt KensethDollar General Toyota45.983195.7250.166 4183David ReutimannBurger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota47.284190.3391.467 2148Jimmie JohnsonLowe’s Chevrolet46.134195.0840.317 PosCarDriverTeamTimeSpeed-Fastest 1799Carl EdwardsFastenal Ford46.097195.2400.280 2643Aric AlmirolaSmithfield Ford46.215194.7420.398 1815Clint Bowyer5-hour Energy Toyota46.100195.2280.283 321Trevor Bayne(i)Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford45.924195.9760.107 2031Jeff BurtonCaterpillar Chevrolet46.117195.1560.300 232Brad KeselowskiMiller Lite Ford46.163194.9610.346 818Kyle BuschM&M’s Toyota45.973195.7670.156 514Tony StewartBass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet45.936195.9250.119 2716Greg Biffle3M Ford46.218194.7290.401 65Kasey KahneFarmers Insurance Chevrolet45.953195.8520.136 3595Scott SpeedLeavine Family Racing Ford46.502193.5400.685 3498Michael McDowellK-Love/Curb Records Ford46.501193.5440.684 2938David GillilandLove’s Travel Stops Ford46.236194.6540.419 3947Bobby LabonteKroger Toyota46.738192.5630.921 3751Regan Smith(i)Guy Roofing Chevrolet46.609193.0960.792 387Dave BlaneyFlorida Lottery Chevrolet46.633192.9960.816 3632Terry LabonteC&J Energy Services Ford46.508193.5150.691 2529Kevin HarvickBudweiser Chevrolet46.215194.7420.398 711Denny HamlinFedEx Express Toyota45.972195.7710.155 4293Travis KvapilBurger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota47.333190.1421.516 3235Josh WiseMDS Transport Ford46.331194.2540.514 1342Juan Pablo MontoyaTarget Chevrolet46.034195.5080.217 1633Austin Dillon(i)Honey Nut Cheerios Chevrolet46.063195.3850.246 We are actively working on a fan community solution and hope to have it up and running soon. As we work through this enhancement, we are temporarily disabling the comments function. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.
The Book of Mormon View Comments from $69.00 Related Shows Star Files Stephen Ashfield photographed at Dream Midtown(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Stephen Ashfield Age: 36Hometown: Glasgow, ScotlandCurrent Role: Stephen Ashfield plays Elder McKinley, the tap-dancing, lightswitch-turning Mormon district leader in Uganda, in Broadway’s The Book of Mormon.Stage & Screen Cred: The Book of Mormon marks Ashfield’s Broadway debut; he received an Olivier Award for his performance as Elder McKinley in the original London production. His other West End credits include Jersey Boys, Boy Meets Boy, Legally Blonde, Imagine This, Tomorrow Morning, Fame and Taboo. Onscreen, Ashfield has appeared in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, Distinguished Ladies, Call the Midwife and Everybody Knows My Name.