INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Bart Peterson has been named as director of sales for the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau after serving for two years as its business development manager, the bureau announced on Tuesday.

Bart Peterson

Peterson has worked closely with regional partners through the North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative and he will continue to support the Sierra region through group and leisure sales efforts.

“Bart has done an amazing job overseeing our collective North Lake Tahoe sales efforts over these last two years,” said Andy Chapman, President and CEO of IVCBVB. “He is well deserving of this new role and title as we continue to refine our visitor acquisition approach to focus on responsible visitation.”



As Director of Sales for IVCBVB, Peterson will advance the organization’s mission by planning and implementing strategies that drive national group, conference and leisure sales activities during need periods, in coordination with the North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative. He will continue to represent the region with key partners including Brand USA, US Travel, Visit California, Travel Nevada and many others.

“I am honored to represent this incredible destination,” said Peterson. “As we emerge from the tumultuous years of the pandemic with a renewed focus on meaningful, sustainable tourism, I am excited to help more folks from around the world get to know, love and preserve Lake Tahoe.”



Peterson has been with IVCBVB since 2016, after returning to the Lake Tahoe area from San Francisco. He has worked at local ski resorts, including Kirkwood Mountain Resort, and on ski-centered travel initiatives in and around Reno-Tahoe. Peterson enjoys the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe as an avid mountain biker and paddle-boarding enthusiast.

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Burnout. Languishing. The great resignation. The midlife crisis. The brain drain. Something is going on with how we feel about work, and those feeling the worst of it aren’t yet 40. What’s driving the desire to do less? Kirsty Johnston reports.

When Auckland councillor Richard Hills decided not to run for mayor, almost everyone who knew him was surprised.

Hills, elected as a North Shore councillor in 2016, always pushed himself to go for leadership roles. Before council, he was on the Kaipatiki local board, while working in his day job supporting youth. Now, he’s the chair of the environment and climate change committee. His days are filled with meetings and committees and projects and consultations, his nights with residents’ events, more meetings, reading and social media. He works up to 80 hours a week. And he’s always been like this, his time full of community and social and volunteer activities.

“Everyone thought being mayor would be something I’d relish,” he says. “And after I said, no, I’m not going to run, even I was like ‘why did I do that?’. I had a bit of a crisis about it.”

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But during the pandemic something had shifted in Hills, 35. In November, he became a father, and having baby Theo – something he never expected as a younger gay man – made him want to spend more time at home. Even before that, he’d begun to have nagging doubts that the way he was working wasn’t quite right.

“The two long lockdowns, they refocused my activity – they took all the site visits, community events, they took that all out,” Hills says.

“I remember in the first lockdown in March 2020 my husband Leight​ and I were watching TV together, bingeing TV shows. We had time to walk around the neighbourhood. I was like, ‘woah this is what normal people do’. It gave me time to assess things and focus on what was important, that family was important.”

And so, adding the extra duties that come with the mayoral role seemed less appealing. Even though he’s decided to “slow down” to see Theo more, the Friday morning I call, he’s been out four nights already that week, and attended an event that day at 7am.

Auckland councillor Richard Hills.

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Auckland councillor Richard Hills.

“I assume when I look back on my life on my deathbed I will regret not spending as much time with family and friends. I regret it now,” Hills says.

There’s no data that really captures Hills’ experience. There are no academic studies. There’s no catchphrase to go viral, like “burnout” or “languishing”, yet.

It’s not “The Great Resignation” (because not everyone can or wants to quit). It’s a more underlying

That most insistent of matchday questions, touching on mysteries of identity and masculinity – “who’s the wanker in the black?” – has rarely felt a more pointed psychological inquiry than when directed by 25,000 partisan voices toward Mike Dean.

Football referees have always been lightning rods for more general frustration with authority figures, but the Premier League era, with its overpaid pundits and its multiple camera angles, has amplified that discontent. Dean, the elite league’s most visible man in the middle for 22 years, has refereed 560 matches, dished out more than 2,000 yellow cards and a record 114 reds (at a significantly higher rate than any of his peers). He has also invited – and enjoyed – the attention that goes with that decision-making more than most.

Sunday’s final Premier League matches of a remarkable season, in which the champions and the final relegated side are yet to be decided, will also mark Dean’s farewell performance. He has been kept away from any potential controversy by refereeing the relatively inconsequential Chelsea v Watford game.

He had, inevitably, the very last word in the most thrilling final-day drama in Premier League history 10 years ago, when Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero scored a last-second goal to rip the league title away from rivals Manchester United. Dean’s memorably killjoy contribution was give Agüero a booking for removing his shirt during the euphoric celebrations. “I had no choice,” he later suggested. “Those are the rules.”

The old adage insists that the best kind of referee is the one you never notice. But anonymity has never seemed to be part of Dean’s ambition. There are multiple YouTube clips of his trademark moves – his habit of letting the ball run between his legs during play; the insouciant “no-look yellow card” in which he dishes out punishment without deigning to look at the offending player; the occasion on which he celebrated a goal enabled by his decision-making as if he had scored it himself; his dismissal of Brighton’s looming 6ft 4in centre-half, Lewis Dunk, with a self-satisfied “off you pop”. In all of these instances Dean has looked – annoyingly or amusingly – like the Hollywood extra who dreams of being the leading man. As another terrace chant has it, with an edge of both anger and affection: “Mike Dean, it’s all about you.”

Referees suffer from the Premier League’s need to be both “part of the entertainment industry” and “a multimillion pound business”. Decisions are both a subjective part of the drama, and too important to get wrong. Up until recently the question of what effect such weekly pressures had on Dean went unanswered. In the voluble world of 24-hour football analysis, referees’ voices are the only ones never heard.

As the end has approached for Dean, however, he has broken his silence a few times, for friendly reminiscences about his career with the former player Peter Crouch, and with the BBC’s Match of the Day presenter Mark Chapman.

The revelations in those

This week’s round up of London appointments includes Lombard Asset Finance, Blink and Browne Jacobson. Read on to find out more.

Danny Haywood and Suzanne Burton, Lombard Asset Finance

Lombard Asset Finance has appointed Danny Haywood as a new relationship director in its Leisure Marine team to bolster its position in the leisure marine finance market. A former relationship director at NatWest working in the leisure, healthcare and education sectors, Danny boasts more than 25 years of experience.

Based in Southampton, he joins the existing team of Gareth Haynes and Suzanne Burton, who have a demonstrated history in securing asset finance and guiding customers through the registration and purchasing of motor and sailing yachts.

Suzanne Burton, who has worked at Lombard for almost 12 years, has also been promoted to Senior Relationship Manager and will continue her work supporting and facilitating deals, as well as taking responsibility for the team’s unit stocking finance division.

Danny, who has held various roles within the NatWest Group since 1997, said: “Lombard’s Leisure Marine finance team is hugely ambitious and recent appetite changes to accommodate larger vessels up to 50m in length with a view to growing the business over the coming months and years, mean so it’s an exciting time to have joined.

Stephen Brewer, head of specialist sectors at Lombard, added: “We’re thrilled to have Danny join the team at what is an extremely exciting time for the leisure marine industry. He brings a wealth of experience in large-scale commercial lending, and I know he’ll be a great addition.”

Sam Lowenstein, Blink

Enterprise communications platform for frontline workers, Blink, has announced Sam Lowenstein has joined as chief of staff. Sam is the youngest executive to join Blink. He will play a key role in providing strategy, governance, and efficiency to the business.

Sam joins Blink’s executive team as it looks to achieve its goals, including the doubling of Blink’s workforce and the relocation of its headquarters. Following his first-class graduation from Durham University and NYU School of Law, Sam practised as one of North America’s youngest New York attorneys before pivoting to the tech world.

He was former chief of staff and the first hire for Fygo, a social shopping and rewards platform for Gen Z and businesses, and supported the business through two investment rounds and as it grew to a team of 30.

Sam commented, “I’m eager to contribute to Blink’s mission to build a world where the largest global workforce of nearly 2 billion frontline workers can meaningfully and regularly engage with and are heard by their employer.

“Blink has already made a dramatic difference to the lives of so many, and following its Series A, we’re in a great position to scale. My goal is to accelerate Blink’s global revenue growth, increase internal effectiveness, and assist our leaders to hit their lofty goals.”

Sean Nolan, founder and CEO of Blink, added: “With Sam on board as Chief of Staff to support our business strategy and our recent appointment

  • Nonfarm payrolls increase 428,000 in April
  • Unemployment rate steady at 3.6%; participation rate falls
  • Average hourly earnings rise 0.3%
  • Average workweek unchanged at 34.6 hours

WASHINGTON, May 6 (Reuters) – U.S. job growth increased more than expected in April as manufacturers boosted hiring, underscoring the economy’s strong fundamentals despite a decline in output in the first quarter.

Though the Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday showed a moderation in wage gains last month, wage price pressures are likely to continue to build amid record job openings. About 363,000 people left the labor force in April, pulling down the participation rate from a two-year high and potentially worsening worker shortages.

The Federal Reserve is trying to tighten monetary policy to bring down high inflation without tipping the economy into recession. The economy contracted last quarter under the weight of a record trade deficit.

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“The firm payroll data is good in that it confirms that the labor market is strong and suggests the U.S. economy may be sufficiently resilient to deal with the forthcoming monetary tightening,” said Seema Shah, chief strategist at Principal Global Investors. “For the Fed, there is nothing in today’s report to suggest they can take their foot off the brake.”

The survey of establishments showed nonfarm payrolls rose by 428,000 jobs last month. But the economy created 38,000 fewer jobs in February and March than previously reported. It was the 12th straight month of employment gains in excess of 400,000.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls would rise by 391,000 jobs. Estimates ranged from a low of 188,000 to a high of 517,000. Employment is now 1.2 million jobs below its pre-pandemic level.

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The broad increase in hiring last month was led by the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 78,000 jobs. Restaurants and bars contributed 44,000 jobs to those gains, leaving employment in the industry 1.4 million below its February 2020 level.

Manufacturing payrolls rose by 55,000 jobs after increasing by 43,000 in March, indicating that demand for goods remains strong, which should help to underpin consumer spending.

Transportation and warehousing employment increased by 52,000 jobs, pushing it 674,000 above its February 2020 level. Employment in the professional and business services also rose and is now 738,000 above its pre-pandemic level.

Employment in most industries is now at or above the February 2020 levels, though healthcare and manufacturing are thousands of jobs away from achieving that milestone. The leisure and hospitality sector still has a gap of 1.4 million jobs.

The Fed on Wednesday raised its policy interest rate by half a percentage point, the biggest hike in 22 years, and said it would begin trimming its bond holdings next month. The U.S. central bank started raising rates in March. Fed Chair Jerome Powell told reporters “the labor market is extremely tight, and inflation is much too high.” read more

Average hourly earnings increased 0.3% after advancing 0.5% in March. That lowered the

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Ada Limon has published a new book of poetry titled “The Hurting Kind.”

Ada Limon has published a new book of poetry titled “The Hurting Kind.”

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Poet Ada Limón spends much of her work and leisure time on the screened-in porch behind her house in north Lexington, which looks out on the broad expanse of backyard that seems somehow familiar to anyone who has read her work.

Behind us is the “maroon crabapple,” the “tawny yellow mulberry leaves that are always goldfinches tumbling.” There hanging over the fence is the giant hackberry tree the sparrows flew into in the poem “It’s the Season I Often Mistake.”

That poem appears in Limón’s new book, “The Hurting Kind,” along with more trees and horses and flowers — and allusions and metaphors and visions — that begin in this backyard and then go far beyond.

Nature is “definitely what keeps me at ease and at peace, when I’m most untethered and in the depth of despair, and how can you not be?” Limón said. “We’ve reached 1 million dead from COVID? And with Ukraine and climate crisis and the recent racial killings in Buffalo. When I’m starting to get like I can’t even, I don’t want to be part of humanity, I can watch the birds, look at the size of the worm … there’ s sense of continuation, there is a little bit of an ease that it brings that to me.”

This is her refuge from the national stage that is her professional home. “The Hurting Kind” is Limón’s sixth poetry collection and the first book since “The Carrying” in 2018 which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book before that, “Bright Dead Things,” was a finalist for the National Book Award. She’s won a Guggenheim among many other awards and speaks to hundreds of thousands in hosting American Public Media’s weekday poetry podcast The Slowdown. This new book has garnered interviews and articles in the New York Times, NPR and The Atlantic. On the day we spoke, she had just returned from readings in California, which is her first real emergence in the wake of COVID.

“It does feel like there’s a real longing to be in community and you can feel the isolation, so in that way it feels really refreshing — people in the book line are saying I need to tell you about the things happening to me,” she said. The book’s title and its arresting abstract cover of a black bird hurtling toward a gray sea assume it’s about two years of isolation, and it is. “But people are surprised that the book is so tender, that the book is full of good stories about family, even though it’s acknowledging all this grief and sadness and climate change and crisis, and the pandemic of course. But I think that even in its heaviness, they’re really surprisingly

Porsha Sharon, an office administrator at a law firm who left her job at a pizzeria, outside her office building in Detroit, May 1, 2022. (Brittany Greeson/The New York Times)

If Applebee’s were the solar system — and for nearly six years, to Nick Haner, it felt that way — the customer would have been the sun. Everything revolved around the customer. The customer was always right, he was told. Even when the customer spit in Haner’s face. Even when the customer screamed that her salad should have been served hot, not cold. Even when the customer ripped his $2 tip in half.

But something happened last year to shift that orbit. It started with the signs Haner saw popping up in windows as he drove to work: “Now hiring!” McDonald’s was hiring. Walgreens was hiring. Taco Bell closed early because it was short staffed. Everyone in Midland, Michigan, it seemed, needed workers. So Haner began to wonder: Why shouldn’t work revolve around people like him?

“It’s absolute craziness,” said Haner, 32, who quit his job at Applebee’s last summer and accepted a fully remote position in sales at a tech company. “I decided to take a chance because I was like, ‘If it doesn’t work out, there’s 100 more jobs out there that I can find.’”

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More than 40 million people left their jobs last year, many in retail and hospitality. It was called the Great Resignation, and then a rush of other names: the Great Renegotiation, the Great Reshuffle, the Great Rethink. But people were not leaving work altogether. They still had to make money. Much of the pandemic stimulus aid stopped by the fall, and savings rates dropped to their lowest in nine years, 6.4%, by January. What workers realized, though, is that they could find better ways to earn a living. Higher pay. Stable hours. Flexibility. They expected more from their employers, and appeared to be getting it.

Applebee’s said the safety of its workers and guests was a priority. “Aggressive behavior of any kind is not permitted,” said Kevin Carroll, the company’s chief operations officer.

Across the country, workers were flush with opportunities and could rebuff what they had once been forced to tolerate — whether rigid bosses or customer abuse. And to keep businesses running, bosses had to start listening.

“People have seen this as a rejection of work, but I’ve seen it as people capitalizing on an abundance of job opportunities,” said Nick Bunker, director of economic research for North America at Indeed’s hiring lab. “People do need to pay the bills.”

As vaccines and stimulus money rolled out last year, and state and local governments urged a return to normalcy, businesses grew desperate for workers. Workers took advantage of the moment by recalibrating what they expected from their employers. That did not mean millions logging off forever and throwing their laptops into the sea. It meant low-wage workers hanging

IMPORTANT NOTE: The employment data for the month of February 2022 is taken from the survey week including February 12. Data for the month of March is scheduled for release on April 15, 2022.

Employers added 138,100 nonfarm payroll jobs

March 25, 2022 – SACRAMENTO – California’s unemployment rate went down for the month of February 2022 to 5.4 percent1 as the state’s employers added 138,100 nonfarm payroll jobs2 to the economy, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. January’s total nonfarm employment increase was revised (+6,700 jobs) to 60,300, while January’s unemployment rate was revised down to 5.7 percent.

California payroll jobs totaled 17,338,900 as of February 2022.

California’s Labor Market, by the Numbers…

  • California has now regained 87.2 percent (2,405,900) of the 2,758,900 nonfarm jobs lost during March and April of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Of the 678,000 jobs the nation gained in February, California accounted for 20.4% of them. The state’s year-over job growth of 6.8% also outpaced the nation’s rate of 4.6%.
  • California has enjoyed month-over gains in nonfarm jobs in 12 of the past 13 months, averaging roughly 101,700 jobs gained per month over that time and, year-over, ranks third in the nation in job growth behind Nevada and Hawaii.
  • None of California’s 11 industry sectors lost jobs in February with Leisure & Hospitality (+30,400) posting the largest increase with large gains in Limited-Service Eating Places pushing the estimate.
  • Construction’s large gain (+22,100) was due, in part, to strength with Specialty Trade Contractors.

1. The nonfarm payroll job numbers come from a federal survey of 80,000 California businesses.
2. The unemployment rate comes from a separate federal survey of 5,100 California households.

Data Trends about Jobs in the Economy

Total Nonfarm Payroll Jobs

This comes from a monthly survey of approximately 80,000 California businesses that estimates jobs in the economy – seasonally adjusted.

  • Month-over – Total nonfarm jobs in California’s 11 major industries totaled 17,338,900 in February – a net gain of 138,100 jobs from January. This followed an upward revised (+6,700) month-over gain of 60,300 jobs in January.
  • Year-over – Total nonfarm jobs increased by 1,106,300 (a 6.8 percent increase) from February 2021 to February 2022 compared to the U.S. annual gain of 6,672,000 jobs (a 4.6 percent increase).

Total Farm jobs – The number of jobs in the agriculture industry increased by 3,500 from January to 414,500 jobs in February. The agricultural industry has 1,800 fewer farm jobs in February 2022 than it did in February a year ago.

Data Trends about Workers in the Economy

Employment and Unemployment in California

This information is based on a monthly federal survey of 5,100 California households which focuses on workers in the economy.

  • Employed – The number of Californians employed in February was 18,057,400, an increase of 98,300 persons from January’s total of 17,959,100, and up 958,300 from the employment total in February 2021.
  • Unemployed – The number of unemployed Californians
Burnley's Jack Hartley, has been filming a TV pilot in Burnley starring Shameless actress, Alice Barry. (Photo: Sam Crowston)

Burnley’s Jack Hartley, has been filming a TV pilot in Burnley starring Shameless actress, Alice Barry. (Photo: Sam Crowston)

A TV PILOT episode for a potential six-part comedy show has been filmed in Padiham – and fans of Channel 4 show ‘Shameless’ might recognise Alice Barry.

Burnley filmmaker and actor, Jack Hartley, has written and directed the pilot episode which has a working title of ‘The Baths’.

Filming for the episode took place over three days at Padiham Leisure Centre at the end of April and it is now being edited together to be pitched to major production companies.

Lancashire Telegraph: Alice Barry with cast of 'The Baths' pilot, which was shot in Burnley. (Photo: Sam Crowston)

Lancashire Telegraph: Alice Barry with cast of ‘The Baths’ pilot, which was shot in Burnley. (Photo: Sam Crowston)

Alice Barry with cast of ‘The Baths’ pilot, which was shot in Burnley. (Photo: Sam Crowston)

Jack, who appeared in Peaky Blinders, Doctors, Throw Me To The Dogs and other productions before moving behind the camera, said it was important the production was shot near his Burnley home town.

He said: “I recently set up a production company and we make videos, documentaries, short films and that sort of stuff.

“I have a love for storytelling and film making. I wanted to make something back in my home town that is a nice light-hearted comedy.

Lancashire Telegraph: Jack Hartley. (Photo: Sam Crowston)

Lancashire Telegraph: Jack Hartley. (Photo: Sam Crowston)

Jack Hartley. (Photo: Sam Crowston)

“I knew the swimming baths had to be in Burnley or Padiham because that is where I come from.

“I had written the script based on that town, that setting and based on those people.”

The former Towneley High School student says it is a very “Northern-based comedy” based on a group of workers at a leisure centre.

Lancashire Telegraph: A swimming pool scene being shot for 'The Baths'.(Photo: Sam Crowston)

Lancashire Telegraph: A swimming pool scene being shot for ‘The Baths’.(Photo: Sam Crowston)

A swimming pool scene being shot for ‘The Baths’.(Photo: Sam Crowston)

He said: “We meet the team at their swimming baths environment but soon realise it is under threat from a new sports complex.

“To protect the baths, staff decided to up their game and try an employee of the month scheme.

“Employees push themselves to the limit and it brings out a lot of their true colours… with funny results.

“It’s a very ordinary environment but these characters are full of life and quirky.”

Jack, 28, and the team were able to pull the production together on a shoestring budget.

He said: “We pulled a lot of friends together, did a lot of street casting and found people that were like-minded and understood what I tried to achieve.

“We made it for next to nothing – we got t-shirts embroidered for the uniform and some food and drink in… but everything else has been done as a favour which has been really nice.”

As well as 50-60 Leisure Centre members, another cast member will be familiar to Shameless UK fans, a show which aired from 2005-2014.

Burnley actress Alice Barry played local busy-body and brothel owner, Lilian Tyler, on the Channel 4

It is amazing to reach 100 years old.

It is even more mindboggling to have founded a legendary health spa, created a museum honoring “new Americans,” developed a residential community and authored a book that is published on your 100th birthday.

But then, Deborah Szekely (pronounced say-kay) has been inspiring others with her energy, ideas and indefatigable entrepreneurship for decades.

Ever since she and her late husband, Edmond, a scholar, lecturer and proponent of healthful living, founded a wellness getaway 82 years ago in Tecate just below the U.S. border in Mexico, she has been on the go.

That enclave, initiated as a rustic summer health camp with guests bringing their own tents and paying only $17.50 a week if they helped with chores, later became known as Rancho La Puerta. It was heralded by Travel + Leisure readers most recently as the No. 1 international destination spa in 2021.

In the introduction to her book, Szekely credits her husband with being an inspirational guru and mentor. She was the worker bee. “From age 18 I ran the day-to-day operations, making sure everyone was fed and housed,” she wrote. That included their goat herd.

“I was the manager and chief cook and bottle washer. I grasshopper’ed from task to task all day long.” Hence, the title of her 6-inch-by-6-inch book, “100 Lessons from a Grasshopper.”

In her foreword, Szekely explains she never actually wrote the content — she verbalized it! Over the years, the wellness pioneer made short quips and observations during lectures and speeches that intrigued and amused two of her Rancho La Puerta staffers, Rob Larson and Peter Jensen. They began jotting them down as “Deborah-isms.”

She continues her 40-year tradition of giving weekly lectures at “the Ranch,” although she says it’s now more of a question-and-answer exchange. She doesn’t strive to tell people how to live their lives, she says, but rather prods them to think.

Her book, with its symbolic leafy green cloth cover, is not just a compendium of healthful living tips but an environmental fundraiser. Book sale profits and birthday donations will go to a tree-planting campaign, Our Green Umbrella, to bring shade to parks and neighborhoods in the drought-parched town of Tecate.

“Instead of a bench or a plaque or a wrapped gift for my 100th birthday May 3 this year, I desire only trees,” she said. Her goal also is to purchase an $80,000 truck to water them.

And, of course, there is a 100th birthday party. Instead of highlighting the all-natural cuisine of the Ranch, this one, with 1,300 expected attendees, is celebrating the community of Tecate with its focus on local restaurants, chefs and musicians.

Rancho La Puerta and the more upscale Golden Door, which Szekely founded in San Marcos in 1958 and later sold, are her more visible legacies but, exemplifying her grasshopper mentality, she jumped from project to project and from career to career.

From 1984-1991 Szekely was president of the Inter-American Foundation, a U.S. agency that extends