Scottish Campsites and Caravan Parks to Close (COVID-19)

first_imgSites should also advise current visitors and owners of second homes on sites to return home and stay at home, where they can do so safely and practically.Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:“As the Scottish Government has made abundantly clear, this is not the time for holidays, travel, or for being away from home. Additional visitors, particularly to rural areas and our islands, will put a severe strain on local resources and the NHS, which is not set up to cover the need of non-residents long term.   “All those who can safely do so should now return to their primary residence. However, I also understand that in some cases residential mobile homes, motorhomes, campervans and holiday lets on a caravan park or tourist site may be someone’s primary home, and that some people will be unable to return to where they usually live. “Sites should be sympathetic to the circumstances of these individuals, and should, where necessary, remain open on a partial basis for these occupants only. “We recognise this is an incredibly testing time for the tourism industry and we appreciate the tremendous effort underway by businesses, large and small, within the sector to respond. I am therefore grateful to the business organisations that represent campsites, holiday parks, caravan sites, and motorhome hire businesses for supporting their members to close at this difficult time.”We look forward to welcoming visitors back to campsites, caravan and holiday parks in Scotland when it is safe to do so.”Jeanette Wilson, Policy Director of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association in Scotland, said:  “BH&HPA members in Scotland have already closed their holiday and touring parks with great sadness, yet they are glad to contribute to the fight against the virus.“They are grateful to the Scottish Government for their support in this process and sensitivity to the individual circumstances of park customers. With this taken into account, BH&HPA wholeheartedly supports the Scottish Government’s directive to all parks in Scotland.”Catherine Bunn representing the Campervan and Motorhome Professional Association (CaMPA) said:“Many of our members have already taken action to ground their hire fleets, but we have asked any hire companies with vehicles still out, to recall them back to base with immediate effect.“We are asking all motorhome owners across the country to only use their motorhomes for essential journeys – now is not the time to take a holiday or even a day trip. We urge the rest of the hospitality sector to follow suit.“Visitors staying in pods, lodges, self-catering and static caravans should all be encouraged to return home immediately, even if that means curtailing a holiday. We will be delighted to welcome visitors back when Scotland re-opens, but for now, to protect our vulnerable communities, the hospitality industry must take unified immediate action.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInVisitors staying on leisure sites asked to return home. In line with recent advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) announced by the First Minister, campsites, caravan and holiday parks in Scotland are to close immediately to new arrivals, including tourers, other transient visitors and holiday lets. last_img read more

Teah Dennis Extends Loan with Al-Ahli

first_imgLiberia’s young international central defender Dennis Teah has reportedly signed a contract extension with Jordanian football club Al-Ahli (Amman) for another year, after an impressive season.The 23-year-old’s debut season ended with the 1st division Jordanian club on May 27 this year where he missed one of nearly 35 games; he scored two goals with more than five assists.The dependable central defender most often and interchangeably plays central defense or right-back defender for Al-Ahli.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, Dennis confirmed the extension and said he would return to Jordan at the end of the month.“The season was ok, I played all the games, except one, because I got two yellow cards which is equivalent to a red card — but overall I was impressive and so the team extended my contract,” Dennis said.He indicated that he made a breakthrough with the club without injuries and is grateful to God for becoming a key part of a team which finished 5th on the 1st division league in Jordan.The Liberian growing professional player didn’t mince his words to thank BYC family for its support and said his success on the team was rooted from the discipline which was instilled in him by the club.Dennis was originally scheduled to stay with DC United in the USA, but controversially came back to Liberia.Dennis also played for LPRC Oilers. Acting LFA president Musa Shannon, who is also Dennis’ advisor said the association is proud of Dennis’ performance in Jordan and is positive that he would play in one or two of the top flight leagues in Spain, England, Italy, Germany or France.“Teah is a big player, one of the best and young players to come out of our administration, and a true product and we will continue to support and wish him the best,” Shannon said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man City 1-1 Celtic: Roberts scores against parent club as Citizens are held

first_img2 Patrick Roberts scored for Celtic as Brendan Rodgers’ side ended their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw at Manchester City.The 19-year-old winger is on an 18-month loan from the Citizens, which expires at the end of the season. He was allowed to play the match and Pep Guardiola’s side may have been regretting it when he opened the scoring inside four minutes. He capitalised on sloppy play between Willy Caballero and Leroy Sane, jinking inside the box before coolly dispatching across the face of goal.The hosts were back on level terms four minutes later when Kelechi Iheanacho – who could start in the Premier League at the weekend with Sergio Aguero suspended – completed a brilliant passing move initiated by Ilkay Gundogan. He was eventually found by Nolito and the 20-year-old Nigerian did well to beat former Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon at his near post.With City already qualified as group runners-up and unable to take top spot, and Celtic destined to finish bottom, that was understandable.Yet Celtic, who made just the one change compared to City’s nine, started as if determined to treat their final European outing of the season as more than a dead rubber.The hosts were sloppy in possession early on and Roberts took full advantage when he pounced on poor distribution from Willy Caballero to slalom into the area and fire past the back-up goalkeeper.It was a sweet moment for the teenager, who joined City in an £11million deal last year but then moved to Celtic on an 18-month loan in February having barely registered on the first-team radar. Patrick Roberts: The 19-year-old opens the scoring at the Etihad 2 His goal provided the spark for a compelling first half, with City rousing themselves almost immediately.City equalised just four minutes later as Iheanacho, who looks set for a run in the side with Sergio Aguero due to serve a ban, raced onto a ball from Nolito and rifled home.The forward might have had a second moments later but shot wide after a break by Pablo Zabaleta, who was impressive in an unfamiliar midfield role.Iheanacho forced a save from Craig Gordon with a neat back flick and Nolito’s follow-up effort was blocked by Emilio Izaguirre.Celtic had another chance when Moussa Dembele shot into the side-netting after Caballero saved his initial attempt.The Hoops might also have had a penalty before the interval when Clichy appeared to pull back Roberts but nothing was given.The pace of the second half did not match that of the first as both sides eased up.Celtic enjoyed a good spell of possession and eventually created an opportunity for substitute Gary Mackay-Steven but his curling shot was claimed by Caballero.City burst back into life with a quick break that saw Nolito turn in a Jesus Navas cross but he was marginally offside.Mackay-Steven also had another opportunity but Caballero again saved while Leroy Sane curled a free-kick wide at the other end.Sane, who became influential in the latter stages after a mostly quiet game, wanted a penalty late on when his cross struck Jozo Simunovic’s hand but, after some thought, referee Slavko Vincic gave a a corner.last_img read more

Holiday Events Begin at the Magic Kingdom

first_imgShare This!©Rikki NiblettWasn’t it just Halloween and now BAM! it’s Christmas. It is the most glorious time of the year at the Magic Kingdom and the park is getting ready to celebrate with you!First, it’s time to get your Jingle on – that is the Jingle Cruise. This holiday overlay of the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland sees the Skippers who are homesick during the holiday season, so they decided to create their own festive fun with homemade decorations, gifts, and more. The boat dock area has been decorated and the boats have been renamed with fun holiday themes. In addition, many of the show scenes have been decorated too, like the gorilla camp, the temple, and even Ginger and Smiley. The jokes take on a fun holiday spin too, with holiday-inspired laughs. The Jingle Cruise overlay will last through the holiday season. One of the best parts of celebrating the holiday season at the Magic Kingdom is the Frozen Holiday Wish castle lighting show. This show is simply spectacular and words do not do it justice. The is gorgeous show features Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and even Olaf; ending with the traditional castle lighting ceremony, with Elsa turning the palace into an icy wonderland. During Frozen Holiday Wish, Cinderella Castle lights up each evening with more than 200,000 white shimmering lights, causing the castle to appear as though it has been frosted over.Other entertainment offerings will see holiday overlays as well. Those include a new segment for the brand new Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire. There will be an all-new finale scene which will include new costumes, décor, choreography, and a new original song celebrating the season. The show is found on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage and includes Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers and is performed multiple times a day.In addition, holiday overlays will occur for the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party, The Dapper Dans, and the holiday version of the Main Street Trolley Show.We love the holiday season at the Magic Kingdom and are excited to get to experience it again this year.last_img read more

Hiring Someone Without Experience May Turn Out To Be Your Best Hiring Move

first_imgAs HR and talent acquisition leaders, we are always looking for cost effective and creative ways to make your recruiting dollars go the extra mile. The market for best in class experienced candidates will remain extremely competitive as unemployment rates continue to drop, which leaves many companies looking to new options to fill their hiring needs. Because of this an increasing number of companies are adjusting their work environments in order to attract and train professionals, especially those who have recently graduated from colleges and universities, in an effort to develop raw talent. Inexperienced recent grads can provide a clean slate that a savvy employer can mold into a fantastic employee over time. If you’re serious about looking to recent graduates to fill your hiring needs, consider these four tips to raise the odds of finding long term success with your hire.Leverage Inexperience to Your AdvantageRecent grads are hungry to gain experience, and they also know that their lack of it is their biggest downside. Find tasks or areas of a job that don’t require the new hire to have a wealth of previous experience, but do require that they learn and adapt quickly. Based off how the new hire tackles these tasks you can gain insight into how they would likely learn and perform over time. What’s more, jobs that don’t demand a lot of experience can easily start as low-cost internships and turn into full time opportunities, giving the company the benefit of screening future job candidates on-the-job to get a feel for how they work.Get the Right Culture Fit FirstWhen recruiting recent grads remember you aren’t hiring solely for experience. Focus instead on interviewing and assessing the right personality to fit into your company culture with the end goal of interns becoming permanent full time employees. By looking for a good culture fit, you get to train the candidate exactly how you’d like so they can learn about the business from the ground up. You will build a candidate pipeline and peace of mind knowing you have a candidate who has already proven him/herself and is familiar with your company culture and team, and the candidate will be trained exactly as needed to make sure they thrive in their role. By matching the goals and personality first, you also have a better chance of retaining people longer, simply because they like the organization and know they are supported as a professional.Give a project to them and see how they receive feedback.If you’re still wary of hiring someone with little experience, don’t be afraid to test them with a small project. This can be sent to them via email or hand delivered after an interview. Provide them with a time constraint that would be similar to a current employee (but not too strict, they are likely full time applying and won’t have all day to work on it, a two hour turn around isn’t enough) and see how their work comes in. Does it seemed rushed and sloppy? Is it incomplete and without critical thought? It’s up to you to determine what the most important factors you’re looking for are and how you want to score the project. Just remember that you’re not always looking for the candidate who does it perfectly, but for the candidate that holds the most raw- potential and ability to bring the most long term value to the table.Schedule Your Feedback.Schedule a focused time on engaging and sitting down with recent grads and those you are most interested in hiring, recruiting, promoting and developing especially when it comes to transitioning those interns to permanent positions with your company.While it can be a scary proposition to hire a college graduate with little experience, the upside can be tremendous if you need to scale your team quickly and on a budget. Be sure to give your recruiting efforts real thought ahead of time so you know exactly what type of person you are looking for, and most importantly, what type of company you are. Use this information to formulate a profile of the type of person you’re looking for, the candidate “must haves”, and what type of exercises you think would best convey if the potential hire has the skills you need. It’s not a perfect science, but by keeping these three tips in mind when looking for a new, recent graduate hire, you’ll significantly up the odds of finding someone great that’s ready to join and make an immediate and noticeable impact.last_img read more

Galaxy Note 4 Rolls With An Entourage: VR Headset, Curved Smartphone And Smartwatch

first_imgadriana lee Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement On Wednesday, Samsung introduced a team of devices to extend its smartphones and wearable brands.Along with the next generation of its Galaxy phablet line, the Note 4, the Samsung brought out a variation called the Galaxy Note Edge—a new smartphone that’s practically the same as the Note 4, but with a bent display. The extra flap houses apps, tools and tickers away from the main display. See also: The Only Thing Samsung’s Not Into Is RestraintIn conjunction with the IFA show in Berlin, Samsung also showed off its new Gear S smartwatch, the standalone wearable gadget with 3G cellular connectivity that was first announced last week, as well as the Gear VR, its first consumer virtual reality headset and the culmination of its partnership with Oculus Rift. Specific pricing and release details haven’t been announced yet, but they should hit the U.S. in October.  Related Posts Tags:#Galaxy Gear#Note 4#Samsung#samsung smartwatch#smartphone center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

In The Spotlight – Jamie Stowe

first_imgIn the forty-third edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Jamie Stowe, speaks about what it means to represent Australia at the 2011 World Cup, and his knowledge of Scotland. Name: Jamie StoweNickname: StowieAge: 36Affiliate: Parramatta/ScorpionsOccupation: Electrical SupervisorPosition: WingDebut for Australia: 2001Career highlights so far: Meeting so many good friends and great people through various teams.How you got involved in Touch Football: Playing in Manilla with family and friends.Favourite player: Mark (Bus) BolandWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: Epitome of four years of work and training. It’s the proudest honour representing this country on a world stage, with not only a well balanced team but some great friends.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Mark Boland Favourite sporting moment: Kiwis four nation win a couple of years ago closely followed by learning to snowboard.What do you know about Scotland: My family’s actually from Scotland so I was brought up with some Scottish traditions and encouraged to play the bagpipes from a young age. So it will be nice to see some of the places my parents were raised.Any superstitions: First foot on New Year’s (Tallest person to walk through your door first on New Year’s Day (Scottish tradition)), and no new shoes on tables (it brings bad luck (another Scottish superstition))Funniest Australian teammate: Practically its Z (Anthony Ziade), but Stevie has his moments and Sfeirsy doesn’t try to be, but comes out with some screamers sometimes.Favourite quote: Not up in here!Any travel plans for after World Cup: Yes four weeks around Europe. With less than two weeks left until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more