The Northern Territory news Wed 19 Mar 2014
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WEDNESDAY MARCH 19 2014 NEWS BUSINESS WEEK 21 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA New job proved perfect fit A LIGHTBULB went off for Calista Hudson as she sat, bored, in a conference room doing a job she didnt like. That happy vibe of everyone wanting to come to the gym is what I wanted, Ms Hudson, 28, said. Id never even been to a gym. Ms Hudson went back to university and studied fitness. In 2012 she started her own business and has flourished. The personal trainer is now in hot demand as a fitness instructor in Darwin, lectures in fitness and is developing an exercise program for Autism NT. Ms Hudson won the 2013 Vocational Student of the Year award and has become the ambassador for the 2014 NT Training Awards. Its a great chance to add to your personal and professional skills, she said. The win has thrust her into a leadership and mentorship role and she will be on hand to advise and help finalists in this years awards. The Territory Government has sent out the call for all apprentices, trainees and training service providers to nominate their best in the 2014 awards. The awards recognise the achievements of our trainees and apprentices, Employ ment Minister David Tollner said. Mr Tollner said the awards also recognised providers, employers and small businesses who trained people. Ms Hudson said the award finalists learnt skills at a weekend seminar such as teambuilding, communications and public speaking. Winning the award gave her small business valuable exposure and saw her recommended for other programs. Just do it, she said. There are 11 individual and organisational award categories. The total prize pool is $56,650 with category prizes of up to $4000 over 11 categories. Final-year apprentices, trainees and students completing their certificates or diploma qualifications as well as trainers, training providers and employers can enter. Nominations are open until Friday, May 2. Visit training awards.nt.gov.au.Vocational Student of the Year award winner Calista Hudson has started her own business Picture: FIONA MORRISON By ALISON BEVEGE Its a great chance to add to your personal and professional skills DJs chairman takes shine to Myer merger RIVALS Myer and David Jones could soon be laying down their swords in favour of running the ruler over each others books as the merger proposal takes a major step forward. David Jones new chairman Gordon Cairns has sprung into action just a week into the new role, announcing the highend retailer would drill down into Myers $3 billion merger bid. David Jones warned that if talks were to proceed it would need Myers co-operation to allow it to properly assess the rival business. But Myer is believed to be willing to open its books to its rival when appropriate, having expressly flagged the need for mutual due diligence when it first lobbed the merger plan last October. It comes as David Jones announced yesterday it had appointed management consulting firm Port Jackson Partners to review the proposal and the potential benefits for the retailer. But the consultants will also be tasked with assessing the likely value for shareholders if David Jones continues to operate independently and forge ahead with its existing strategy. Major David Jones shareholder group Allan Gray which holds a 6 per cent stake questioned the need for consultants, saying management could engage with Myer without committing to a deal. But Mr Cairns said it was crucial the retailer was fully informed of its options through the review before entering talks. It will enable us to have a full understanding of the value that can be delivered to our shareholders if David Jones were to merge with Myer, Mr Cairns said. Once this work is completed, we will be in a position to engage in a meaningful way with Myer. Myer chairman Paul McClintock said this week that Mr Cairns had approached the offer seriously and thoughtfully and the group was willing to give Mr Cairns and David Jones the time needed to assess the offer. David Jones will release its half-year profit result today, with Myer to follow tomorrow. Both are expected to report a slide in profit, adding ammunition to the argument for a merger to save costs. David Jones also announced yesterday that director Leigh Clapham had tendered his resignation, effective immediately. Mr Clapham and fellow former director Steve Vamos were embroiled in controversy after former chairman Peter Mason allowed them to buy shares just a day after Myer made its initial merger approach. Aid for African farmers MINING giant BHP Billiton has committed almost $10 million to help farmers in Mozambique. BHP pledged $US8.8 million ($A9.72 million) over five years to a new agricultural initiative to benefit small holder farmers from three districts in Maputo Province. The project will work with more than 50 producer organisations, BHP Billiton said. The miner produces aluminium, manganese and nickel at Maputo in Mozambique. Supplier swings the axe AGRICULTURAL chemicals and seeds supplier Nufarm will cut 105 jobs as part of a costcutting restructure of its Australian operations. Nufarm expects the restructure will save up to $13 million a year, but will have one-off costs of up to $39 million in the current financial year. The reorganisation includes the phased closure of its manufacturing facility in the Perth suburb of Welshpool, which produces specialised herbicides, and its Lytton plant in Brisbane which makes insecticides and fungicides. 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