Practical offers unforgettable experiences for business

Practical
Practical, the popular event management, corporate incentive and travel agency, invites you to experience the wonders of unique Iceland.

Practical is one of Iceland’s biggest event management, team building, VIP travel and incentive companies. With imaginative, highly trained staff and massive resources and experience, what Practical can do for clients is practically limitless.

Practical has worked with many large businesses from Iceland and internationally. Launch parties, team building adventure trips and conference management are just some of the services offered – and because Practical works closely with each customer, no two events are ever the same.

The company works with businesses and organisations of any size and strongly emphasises the close partnership it has with clients. Practical strives to offer a highly professional service where clients are treated with good old fashioned respect. But the company as a whole is anything but old fashioned, describing itself as “untraditional, fun, creative and unforgettable”.

Practical is a family owned business, staffed by motivated individuals with a wide range of educational and working backgrounds. The dynamic company is responsible for many of Iceland’s most memorable conferences and launch parties; but feels just as at home on the paintballing range or snowmobiling over glaciers.

Team building trips are an increasingly popular event on the calendars of businesses everywhere, as more managers and executives realise their importance. Team building trips help business groups in working through problems, setting objectives and bolstering staff morale, productivity and loyalty. Practical works with highly qualified and experienced team building specialists who can get the most from any group.

Holding team building sessions in the wild and inspiring Icelandic landscape adds a whole new dimension to the experience, ensuring a unique and unforgettable trip – a fact that will amplify its long term effects on participants.

Iceland is one of the world’s fastest growing destinations for incentive travel. The land of contrasts is gaining popularity due to its diverse landscapes, the endless list of activities to try out and its thriving cultural scene.
Visit the Practical website for more information.

Testers accepted for new Wikipedia style ‘twinning’ site

logo_dark_inclslogan.jpgA groundbreaking new website that uses psychoanalysis to find people’s ‘twins’ will be launched this summer.

TellMeTwin.com is a new site which uses personality tests and comparisons of personal likes and dislikes to narrow down and match personal content with that of ‘twins’.

Already online, TellMeTwin is developing and testing its twinning tools, its personality tests and its psychoanalysis techniques. As part of the website’s beta testing, potential members are invited to sign up now and help fine tune the site to their personal taste.

Tell MeTwin aims to be among the Internet’s most dynamic tools for collecting and analysing vast amounts of user generated information – and then employing sophisticated analysis to match like-minded individuals.

TellMeTwin users will quickly build up a bank of twins with whom to share stories, interests and recommendations in complete safety. TellMeTwin will not distribute users’ private data to anyone, and the user will remain firmly in charge of their own identity, with the ability to delete whatever they want, whenever they want.

The website is the brainchild of Icelandic entrepreneur, Einar Sigvaldason, who thought up the concept while studying for his MBA at Berkeley in 2001. “I founded TellMeTwin because I wanted movie and song recommendations from someone who I can trust to think like me,” said Sigvaldason. “I’ve also always loved self psychoanalysis. I felt there was a need for an online application; not just personality tests but also a way to rate my likes, dislikes and life experience in order to map myself more deeply than before.”

The website’s slogan is “Digging Deeper”, a reference to its unrivalled ability to compare and match people’s tastes and personalities, ultimately leading to whole new worlds of film, art, books and collectibles that the user loves, but may never have heard about without TellMeTwin.

For a chance to take part in TellMeTwin‘s beta testing phase, visit www.TellMeTwin.com

Ten top ski sites on the Web

The dedicated ski enthusiasts at Flexiski, the European specialist operator for high quality flexible breaks, have been trawling the web for their favourite ski and snowboard sites. Here, they list their top 10 favourite Internet destinations.

1. Native tongues
Listen to and download useful basic ski phrases in French and German like “Sorry I’m still learning,” or “What a poseur!” from the BBC’s online languages area. http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/languages/quickfix/ski/index.shtml

2. The Art of Skiing
A lovable Disney classic featuring Goofy’s amusing attempts at ski perfection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4nBVgFQfK8

3. Wipe out!
Rated as one of the TimesOnline’s top travel websites, WeLove2Ski.com offers a lively mixture of reviews, features and advice. We at Flexiski particularly enjoyed its selection of funniest wipeouts from YouTube. http://www.welove2ski.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=b01&featureid=693&desc=The%20funniest%20wipeouts%20on%20Youtube

4. Ski fit
Top UK female Ski champ Chemmy Alcott fronts Channel 4’s worldcupskiing ‘Fit to Ski’ exercise programme segment. Watch Chemmy’s guide, devised by British Ski team coach Mark Tilson, on her website: http://www.chemmyalcott.com. Further details of the regime can be found on: http://www.channel4.com/sport/microsites/S/skiing/fit_to_ski.html

5. Silly season
Europe’s biggest alpine festival rounds off the ski season from April 5-20, 2008. The Méribel event is awash with comic and musical talent from the UK, US, Canada and France. www.altitudefestival.com

6. SkiTV
The Ski Club of Great Brittan’s microsite SkiTV features videos on ski and snowboard technique as well as resort, safety and fitness guides: http://www.skiclub.co.uk/skiclub/skitv/default.asp

7. Game on
They’re silly but we like them anyway. Perfect your downhill ski technique with this online ski game: http://www.donutgames.com/play/downhill_skiing/. Or for the more competitive thrill seeker try your luck at Aggressive Alpine Skiing: http://www.mausland.de/228.maus. Finally get technical with the Ski stunt simulator, download from http://www.cs.ubc.ca/%7Evan/sssjava/javademo.html.

8. UK Ski
If you want to get in some practice sessions during the summer or before you hit the slopes, find a dry, or indoor ski slope near you at the www.snowsportengland.org.uk website. Click on the interactive map for venue details.

9. Ski Gear
Discounts of up to 50 per cent can be snapped up on a wide variety of brands at www.snowandrock.com towards the end of the season.

10. Flexiski
Ok, we admit it, we’re biased but our newly revamped site has a fantastic ski blog that our chalet staff write to keep you up-to-date with exactly what is going on in-resort. And a soon to be added live chat function means you will be able to organise tailor made bookings without picking up the phone, direct with one of our travel consultants. www.flexiski.com
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WAES DIRECTOR OF CIRRICULUM & QUALITY SHORTLISTED FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Westminster Adult Education Services’ (WAES) former Director of Curriculum and Quality, Sandra Angadi has been short listed for a QIA STAR lifetime Achievement Award.

In its third year, the QIA STAR Awards reward and recoginse the outstanding individuals who work in the post-16 learning and skills sector. The finalists across seventeen prize categories have beaten off competition from more than 3000 other people recognised with a STAR nomination this year.

Having only just recently retired in July this year, Sandra championed and drove her vision of a modern, responsive and dynamic curriculum for more than 30 years. She pioneered the development of a unitised framework for vocational qualifications and is now championing the new Framework for Achievement.

Under her leadership and vision innovative partnerships were developed with many local, high-profile employers including the Hilton Hotel Group and other prestigious hotels such as Claridges and Berkley.

Andrew Thomson, Chief Executive at the QIA says: “Those who have been short-listed for a QIA STAR Award have made a difference to the lives of learners, to colleagues and to the sector.

“The announcement of the short list is a time when these people can be publicly recognised for their role in delivering the highest quality of education and training to millions of people in England. Each of these individuals truly deserves recognition,” Thomson said.

Eileen O’Gara, Deputy Director of Curriculum and Quality at WAES said that Sandra had continually seized opportunities to develop the organisation.

“She has led and transformed the curriculum into a flexible and diverse offer that is now delivered in 98 venues and 3 main sites,” O’Gara said.

“Sandra models and demands very high standards from her staff while nurturing their potential. Her extraordinary commitment has inspired others to exceed their expectations of themselves,” O’Gara said. “Sandra has always remained in touch with the issues at all levels of the curriculum and is a commanding presence that is highly respected across the organisation.”

Prize Winners will be announced at the national QIA STAR Awards Ceremony on 30 October 2006.

WAES Tutor Breaks Weightlifting Record

Denise Ramsay-Overall, a fitness tutor at Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES), broke the British Snatch Weightlifting record at the GL Senior Weightlifting Championship held at Crystal Palace on Saturday 27 October 2007.

Denise set the new snatch record, unbroken since 2000, by lifting 86kgs in the 75kgs body weight category.

While working her way towards her ultimate goal, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Denise, a former British and English champion, also promotes fitness through teaching at WAES.

For over seven years Denise, 35, has been working with WAES to empower elderly people with exercise. Her fitness courses promote healthy living, exercise and social interaction allowing elderly people to live independent and longer lives. She teaches Chair Based Aerobics, Fitness for Women with English Support and Summer Power Walk Club at WAES. Continue reading

Record numbers attend 2007 Glitnir Reykjavik Marathon

The 2007 Reykjavik Marathon, supported by Glitnir Bank, attracted over 11,300 participants to Iceland from all corners of the world.

Reykjavik (eNewsWire) 29 August 2007 – A record 11,342 runners took part in the Glitnir Reykjavik Marathon, competing in five categories including the full marathon, half marathon and 10 kilometre race.

Excellent weather on Saturday 18th August provided participants with perfect running conditions for the three main Glitnir marathons taking place in Reykjavik. Kenyan Simon Tonui won the men’s full marathon whilst Canadian Sarah Kathryn won the women’s. Olympic gold medallist, Stefano Baldini, who competed in Athens in 2004, came second in the half marathon.

Glitnir Bank, a leading Nordic financial group, sponsored the marathon again this year which saw participation increase by 10% compared to 2006. The Nordic bank classes Iceland and Norway as its two home markets but in recent years has expanded overseas to include offices in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the UK, Luxembourg, Russia, Canada and China. Glitnir is soon to open an office in New York.

Glitnir was also the main sponsor of the Copenhagen Marathon in May and will be sponsoring the Oslo Marathon taking place in Norway on September 20th. The sponsorships come on the back of marketing drives to raise the profile of the fast-growing financial group and promote Glitnir’s expertise in niche industry sectors. Glitnir Bank offers a combination of global scale industry and banking expertise in three key sectors, sustainable energy, offshore supply vessels and the seafood industry.

For full details of the upcoming Glitnir Oslo Marathon visit www.oslomarathon.no

For further information on Glitnir and its expertise in the seafood industry, sustainable energy and offshore supply vessels visit www.glitnirbank.com

Contact:
Glitnir Bank
Kirkjusandur
155 Reykjavík, Iceland
glitnir@glitnir.is
www.glitnirbank.com

+ 354 440 4500
+ 47 22 82 56 90

LORD MAYOR RECOGNISES WAES STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Westminster City Council’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Carolyn Keen, has praised students of Westminster Adult Education Services’ (WAES) for their remarkable achievements in learning at an awards ceremony at Council House on Monday, 21 May 2007.

The awards were presented to the students as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Week celebration and recognise those students who have realised life-long dreams and transformed their lives through learning.

Sahra Ali is just one of the students who received an award on Monday night. Having only arrived from Somalia three years ago, Sahra joined English classes at WAES in September 2006. With no opportunity to attend school in Somalia, this was the first class that Sahra had attended. Sahra has now learnt to say and write alphabet letters and read short familiar words and phrases.

Sahra’s tutor Ruth Lennard said: ‘Sahra has worked extremely hard and made excellent progress as an ESOL Basic Literacy Learner. For beginner students with little English, trying to listen and concentrate in class is extremely tiring and requires a lot of stamina. Sahra has shown a great deal of determination and should be congratulated’.

Donald Lush, Director of Student Support for WAES said: ‘Every person who received an award has a great story to tell. We want everyone, whatever their age or background, to have the opportunity to succeed’. Continue reading