PSG sporting director confirms Rabiots endofseason club exit

first_imgPSG’s sporting director confirmed that Adrien Rabiot, 23, did not want to sign a new deal with the club and wants to leave at the end of the season as a free transfer.Antero Henrique, Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director, stated that Rabiot’s decision to leave means he will remain on the French club’s indefinitely. Asked if the club would try to convince Rabiot to stay, Henrique said: “At this point, no. It was a decision made by the club following a meeting I had with the player,” according to Yahoo Sports.“The player informed me that he would not sign a contract and that he wanted to leave the club by being free at the end of the season, ie at the end of his contract.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“For the player, this will have a very clear consequence: he will remain on the bench for an indefinite period.”“It seems that the player and his representative have misled us for several months,” Henrique added. “I must add that this situation is disrespectful for both the club and the fans.“Especially from a player who has played under our colors from the training center to the first team. A player who has always received the full support of the club”last_img read more

San Diego County Board of Supervisors proposed budget is largest in history

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The County Board of Supervisors adopted a $6.3 billion budget for next year, an increase of 8.5-percent over the current year. There are no new, or bold initiatives in the budget but it significantly builds on a program the County started in 2010 called, “Live Well San Diego.”KUSI’s Steve Bosh has the numbers.Capitol projects will increase by 80%, including 180 miles of road repair$1.9 billion for public safety$536 million for land use and environment$2.3 billion for pay and benefits$2.1 billion for health and human servicesThe budget primarily focuses on spending where it’s most needed, Health and Human Services is a priority. “Today we are here at the County to demonstrate that strength and innovation exists through our extraordinary investment in San Diego residents” said Kristin Gaspar, Chair. San Diego County Supervisor, District 3. Gaspar added that the budget will continue to build on the “Live Well San Diego” program.“In this year’s budget we are investing in prevention, which is the essense of ‘live well.’ We are investing in human potential, we are investing in keeping our communities safe, we are investing in strengthening people and their families, we are investing in helping people transform their lives and break through barriers to success” she said.RELATED STORY: Proposed San Diego County budget includes 8-percent increaseSan Diego County Supervisor, District 4, Ron Roberts called this a good budget, reflecting the economy and targeting addictions. Roberts also said mental illness has become an epidemic saying, “we are going to have about $125 million in individualized drug and alcohol treatment programs, this is a tripling of the amount from previous spending.” Roberts continued, “We are adding $2.5 million for public health and emergency response with the kinds of diseases that might be out there on the streets.”County Supervisor Ron Roberts joined KUSI at Coasterra to share his opinion on the proposed budget and a variety of topics that it would cover. His full interview can be seen below. June 26, 2018 San Diego County Board of Supervisors proposed budget is largest in history Steve Bosh, Allen Denton, Sandra Maas Steve Bosh, Allen Denton, Sandra Maas, Posted: June 26, 2018 Updated: 7:04 PM Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Ron Roberts FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Kamala Harris promises teachers a raise if elected president

first_imgIn 30 states, average teacher pay is less than the living wage for a family of four. The teacher pay gap is a national crisis. Sign your name next to mine if you agree: https://t.co/qiTuiwf9ri— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 26, 2019 AP, March 26, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics From West Virginia to Oklahoma to California, educators are standing up in solidarity for dignity and equity in our classrooms. They deserve a president who supports them. Betsy DeVos proposed giving teachers guns. I’m proposing we give them a raise.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 26, 2019 AP Updated: 5:09 PM Teachers are more likely than non-teachers to work a second job. We all deserve an America where you only need one job to pay the bills. We must close the teacher pay gap. pic.twitter.com/lM60mRgJ1d— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 26, 2019 FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsHarris previewed her plan in a Houston speech Saturday, saying that “you can judge a society by the way it treats its children, and one of the greatest expressions of love that a society can give to its children is educating those children with resources they need.”Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during an event in St. George, S.C., on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Harris is spending two days in South Carolina, home of the first southern presidential primary in 2020, spending time with voters in rural and coastal areas. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)Traditionally, elementary and secondary schools receive most of their funding from state and local governments, with the federal government providing less than 10 percent of total spending. But Harris is calling for the federal government to immediately invest a base level of funding into each state with the goal of closing the teacher pay gap — the difference in compensation for teachers and similar professionals with college degrees. Then, Harris’ campaign says, for every $1 a state contributes to increasing the pay of teachers, the federal government will invest an additional $3.Harris’ campaign says that under the plan the average teacher in America will receive a $13,500 raise.The campaign estimates this will cost $315 billion over a decade, paid for by strengthening the estate tax and closing tax loopholes that benefit the rich.While it is early in the Democratic primary and the American Federation of Teachers has not backed any Democrat running for president, the head of the AFT praised Harris’ plan.Randi Weingarten, the group’s president, said in an interview that there’s been a “woeful underinvestment in public schools throughout the country” and that Harris had proposed a “bold, smart, strategic and decisive proposal that will help solve the problem of how we recruit and retain great teachers.”“What she’s doing is saying personnel is absolutely key in terms of teaching, and she is investing in our personnel, she’s investing in teaching,” she said.Catherine Brown, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, said that states have been systemically disinvesting in public education for a decade, particularly in more conservative parts of the country.“I think it would be better if states would step up and pay teachers what they deserve. I think we can all agree it’s a very hard job, a foundational job to our democracy, and they are underpaid,” she said. “I think that states are not stepping up — in particular, conservative states. What we’ve seen are states led by GOP leaders have disinvested in education systematically in favor of giving tax cuts.”The issue of teacher pay and education spending has been cause for strikes in a number of states. In Harris’ hometown of Oakland, striking teachers recently went back to their classrooms following a weeklong strike after union members voted to approve a contract agreement that provided pay raises.In 2016-17, the average annual salary for a public school teacher was $58,950, down slightly from the previous year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, though that figure differs state to state.Overall, 78 percent of Americans said that’s not enough, according to an April 2018 poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 15 percent think teachers are paid the right amount, while 6 percent think they’re paid too much.Harris’ campaign emphasized that this is a national issue, affecting both urban centers and rural schools, but explicitly singled out the area along Interstate 95 in South Carolina known as the “Corridor of Shame” because of its underperforming schools. The region gained that name from a 2005 documentary that depicted decrepit conditions and deteriorating buildings.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently toured the region, and South Carolina lawmakers have said improving the state’s education system is a priority this year. On her own South Carolina trip in February, Harris weighed in on the teacher pay issue.“You know, right here in South Carolina, we need to pay our teachers what they are worth,” Harris told attendees at a North Charleston town hall, adding later: “For most of us who ever have a microphone like this in our hands, we have never achieved this kind of success without the teachers and the public education system that made us who we are.”Harris’ plan also includes investments in teacher recruitment, training, retention and professional development, her campaign says. It says there will be a multibillion-dollar investment in programs at historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions.___Associated Press writers Meg Kinnard in Columbia, South Carolina, and Paul J. Weber in Houston contributed to this report. WASHINGTON (AP) — In the first major policy proposal of her presidential campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris of California is focused on boosting the salaries of teachers.Harris’ campaign says her plan is an unprecedented investment in teacher pay and toward programs dedicated to teacher recruitment, training and professional development. In new details released Tuesday, the Democrat’s campaign described the underpayment of teachers as a “national failure that’s holding America back” and said that “we’ve failed to give teachers the respect and resources they deserve.”The issue is hardly new. For years, teachers have said they are underpaid and their schools are underfunded. Seeking higher pay and more education funding, teachers in more than a half-dozen states have walked out of their classrooms in protest. But in wading into the education spending debate in her first policy rollout, Harris is set to capitalize on a debate that has been boiling in districts across the country and that is critical to the nation’s teachers unions, which have largely been key players in Democratic Party politics. Posted: March 26, 2019 Kamala Harris promises teachers a raise if elected presidentlast_img read more

EPA Releases 201718 RFS Volumes

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2017-18 this morning. There are positive aspects to the volumes they have announced, with the overall RFS increasing and the total Advanced Biofuels portion being increased above the levels in the Proposed Rule. The increased Advanced Biofuels volume requirements provide a market opportunity for soy biodiesel, which is the most prevalent fuel to qualify as an Advanced Biofuel. The American Soybean Association (ASA) would have liked to see greater support and promotion specifically for domestically produced biodiesel through higher volumes for the biomass-based diesel category. EPA chose to maintain the biomass-based diesel volumes at 2.1 billion gallons for 2018, the same level in the initial Proposed Rule. While it represents a 100 million gallon increase in the RFS biomass-based diesel volumes from 2017, it is roughly the same amount of biomass-based diesel that was utilized in the U.S. in 2015.”The levels announced today provide opportunities but also do not take full advantage of an opportunity to further promote a viable, domestically produced renewable fuel industry that is U.S. biodiesel,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, a soybean farmer from Greenwood, Del. “EPA will raise the overall volumes relative to the Proposed Rule and increase the total Advanced Biofuels volume requirements for 2017 from 4.0 billion gallons to 4.28, an increase of 19 percent. That’s a plus for biodiesel as the primary source of Advanced Biofuels.” Wilkins noted, however, that EPA chose not to raise the Biomass-based diesel volume requirements within that Advanced Biofuel pool for 2018.”When EPA issued its proposed rule, ASA clearly stated that the 2.1 billion gallon mark did not adequately capture the capacity of the biodiesel industry,” he said. “To see the volume remain at 2.1 billion gallons as they were in the Proposed Rule is frustrating. We know we can do more.”last_img read more

Seahawks wrap up Rams 247

first_imgST. LOUIS — The Seattle Seahawks opened the game with a 55-yard trick play followed by an interception by Tarvaris Jackson.No matter. A defense led by Chris Clemons made sure they didn’t need too much scoring to put away the St. Louis Rams.Wide receiver Sidney Rice completed a 55-yard pass to open the game, caught a touchdown pass and drew a pass interference call to set up a field goal as the Seahawks beat the Rams 24-7 on Sunday.Clemons had three of Seattle’s five sacks on Sam Bradford and also forced the Rams quarterback to fumble twice, both of which led to touchdowns.Marshawn Lynch scored for the fourth straight week, although he missed on a third straight 100-yard game, finishing with 88 yards on 27 carries . The Rams (2-8) totaled 185 yards.The Seahawks (4-6) won on consecutive weeks for the first time, following up on an upset over Baltimore, and have won 12 of 13 in the series.last_img read more

No 11 USC tops Washington

first_imgSEATTLE — Emotionally drained, Keith Price spoke softly with his eyes red and his body battered. Trying to carry Washington and making too many mistakes along the way left Price a wreck. “Mentally it’s rough dealing with something like this, knowing that you had an opportunity to win the game and I mess it up, and on several occasions,” Price said. “I’ll grow from this. I’ve never really had to deal with stuff like this before and it’s good for me.”Price committed three turnovers in the fourth quarter to short-circuit Washington’s attempts to rally from a 17-point deficit, and No. 11 USC held on for a 24-14 win over the Huskies on Saturday. The final two turnovers charged to Price were a matter of situation, with a forced passed getting tipped for an interception and Price fumbling on a late scramble with 2 minutes remaining as he was hit from the side during a final frantic drive by the Huskies. But it was his fumble inside the USC 5 with 11 minutes left that ended Washington’s best chance at making things uncomfortable for the Trojans after the Huskies trailed 24-7 at halftime. Down by 10, Washington (3-3, 1-2 Pac-12) was on the cusp of making it a one possession game with a first-and-goal at the USC 6. The Huskies had run the ball on six straight plays and used a third-down completion to fullback Jonathan Amosa for 9 yards to get inside the Trojans 10. Bishop Sankey gained 3 yards on first down, and on second down, Price rolled from the pocket. As he pump-faked, Jawanza Starling reached in and stripped the ball free, then fell on it at the USC 4 after two teammates failed to corral the loose ball with 11:03 left.last_img read more

Regional transportation council chief to retire in 2014

first_imgThe executive director of the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council has announced he will retire next year.Dean Lookingbill told the RTC board last week he plans to step down in March 2014. Lookingbill, 61, has led the multijurisdictional agency since it formed in 1992.The board will likely hire a search firm and develop criteria before narrowing the field of executive director candidates later this year. The new director, likely to come from outside the agency, could be hired by the end of 2013 to allow for a transition period before Lookingbill departs, he said.The RTC is a planning organization for Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties, plus the Washington side of the larger Portland-Vancouver urban area. RTC board members include representatives of Clark County, the city of Vancouver, C-Tran, the Washington State Department of Transportation and other jurisdictions.last_img read more

Clark Colleges enrollment down from a year ago

first_imgThe stadium-style lecture hall was filled with students Monday, the first day of winter term in instructor Mark Bolke’s anatomy and physiology class at Clark College.The class — a prerequisite for entrance into several popular health care programs, including nursing, dental hygiene and medical radiography — remains as in-demand as ever, even as the college’s overall enrollment for winter term has dropped.The college has enrolled 12,578 students this term, a drop from the 13,477 students enrolled this time last year.“We haven’t dropped off within our department, at least,” said Bolke, who’s taught anatomy and physiology for the past 15 years. “We’re sort of the exception here. We’re still holding strong.”This winter, there are roughly 120 anatomy and physiology students spread across three classes, on par with previous years. Bolke teaches the class in one of the campus’ two large lecture halls to accommodate all the students.He has no trouble filling the seats.“Anatomy and physiology classes are generally full,” he said, adding there are currently about 10 students waiting for someone to drop the course so they can get in.last_img read more

Coroner identifies worker killed in Ohio overpass collapse

first_imgCINCINNATI — Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major Cincinnati artery Tuesday after an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead, a tractor-trailer driver injured and police considering what the potential toll might have been had the accident occurred amid heavy traffic.The removal of debris from Interstate 75 began Tuesday afternoon and was expected to take 24 to 48 hours. Ohio transportation authorities will then assess the pavement where the section of overpass deck landed Monday night with what a resident described as an earth-shaking thud. The Ohio Department of Transportation said it’s difficult to predict how long pavement repairs might take without seeing the damage.Cincinnati authorities said casualties could have been much higher had the accident occurred at a busy time on the interstate that carries more than 178,000 vehicles a day through the area some five miles north of the Ohio River.“The situation could have been significantly worse,” Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said Tuesday. “It’s just timing that we only had one fatality.”Authorities identified the worker who was killed as Brandon William Carl, 35, of Augusta, Kentucky. The Hamilton County coroner’s office will do an autopsy to determine cause of death; Cincinnati fire officials said the body was recovered from rubble with the help of air bags and special equipment early Tuesday morning, about four hours after the accident.last_img read more

Universal moves one step closer to backdoor Tiger Resort listing with Asiabest

first_imgUniversal Entertainment Corp has taken a major step towards completing its planned backdoor listing of Tiger Resort Asia Limited (TRA), the operating entity of its Philippines integrated resort Okada Manila, after completing the acquisition of shares in Asiabest Group International Inc (ABG).In an announcement on the company’s corporate website on Monday, Universal said that ABG had now been converted into a subsidiary of TRA, with the purpose of the acquisition being “to list the shares of the company which operates the company’s casino resort business on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) in the course of 2019.” TRA now holds 66.6% of ABG.The acquisition had originally been planned for completion in November but was delayed due to a request for information from a minority shareholder.Former Universal Chairman Kazuo Okada, who was ousted from the company last year on allegations of fraud, also filed a request with the PSE in January to deny the block sale of shares in ABG. Okada claimed at the time that the sale was “inconsistent with the PSE’s objective to protect the investing public.” 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load Morelast_img read more

University of Lincoln rewards staff with retail credit

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The University of Lincoln has rewarded its more than 2,000 employees through an online recognition scheme to thank them for their contribution to the organisation’s success over the course of the year.It has awarded employees with £40 worth of credit, which they can use to claim vouchers from a number of retailers.  Students that have represented the university as staff are also being rewarded through the scheme. The credit is awarded to recipients through a bespoke website that has been created for the university’s employees. The university also used the website to send an individual thank-you message to staff from its vice chancellor.Ian Hodson, reward and benefits manager at the University of Lincoln, said: “By doing this we are embedding the fact we reward all staff from all levels and departments for their continuing efforts and contribution to the success of the university.”The scheme is built around our values and the reward supports employees that have worked hard to continue our efforts to move up the university league tables.”Rosie Damarell, reward and benefits administrator at the University of Lincoln, added: “We often hear that people are glad to be appreciated and this reward also shows that we appreciate them.“It is a way of showing our gratitude to employees and saying thank you for their contribution throughout the year.”last_img read more

Physical activity gets employees emotionally fit

first_imgEmployers are recognising the wider benefits of incorporating staff fitness and physical activity into an employee wellbeing strategy.In May 2016, Leeds Beckett University launched its second six-week Beckett Steps Challenge, with 708 campus staff taking part compared to last year’s 380. The challenge, which culminates in June, sees employees make a virtual 1,000-mile journey from London to Rome, tracking progress on an interactive map based on an employee’s step count from a pedometer. With cycling and swimming activity also contributing towards the step total, more than 100 teams of five staff members will make the virtual journey via Paris, Geneva, Turin and Pisa.John Hamilton, head of health, safety and wellbeing at Leeds Beckett University, said: “We thought we were running a wellbeing challenge, but it turned out to be more of an engagement initiative for working in teams together.”Other organisations are also taking up the fitness mantle, with Fox Agency seeing a 90% take-up rate for its free group personal training sessions in a local park, while Money.co.uk is covering the cost of football pitch and basketball court hire to allow staff to play sport at lunchtimes.Gym membership, and establishing a culture that enables staff to use it, as well as encouraging employees to make best use of their lunch breaks, and take the stairs rather than the lift, are some of the others ways in which employers can facilitate physical activity in the workplace.Professor Sir Cary Cooper, president of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and 50th anniversary professor of organisational psychology and health at Alliance Manchester Business School, said: “The majority of people in the workplace are now sitting in front of their computers. They are not walking around the organisation very much, and will leave the office to buy a sandwich and then come back. What they should really be doing is taking a proper lunch break and walking some distance.”There are also wider benefits to employees being physically active. Cooper added: “Keeping physically active is very important but being psychologically active is also very important.”Hamilton added: “Our evidence shows that if [employees] are active, it’s not just their physical wellbeing that benefits, but their mental wellbeing, their productivity and their happiness. So it’s not just physically being fitter, it has a lot of benefits alongside that so they feel happier and healthier about being at work.“[The initiative] also hugely engaging on social media, with #Beckettsteps used across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter [where employees] share their photos and experiences. It’s not about competition, it’s about getting involved and people sharing their experiences; our focus is on fun and participation.”last_img read more

Buyers guide to bikesforwork schemes

first_imgThe facts:What are bikes-for-work schemes?Bikes-for-work schemes are tax-exempt arrangements that encourage employees to cycle to work to reduce environmental pollution and promote healthier lifestyles. The scheme enables employers to fund bikes and safety equipment, and loan these to employees.Where can employers find more information?Additional information can be found on the Cycle to Work Alliance’s website: www.cycletoworkalliance.org.uk.Who are the main providers?These include: Connected Benefits, Co-operative Flexible Benefits, Cycle Solutions, Cycle Surgery, Edenred, Evans Cycles, Grass Roots, Halfords, Hargroves Cycles, and P&MM Employee Benefits.Bikes-for-work schemes generate at least £72 million for the UK economy and employers through improved physical fitness and associated health benefits. According to the Impact of the cycle-to-work scheme: evidence report, published in June 2016, by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) on behalf of the Cycle to Work Alliance, bikes-for-work schemes generate around 9,200 new cyclists every year. The report also indicated that users of the scheme cycled an average of 18 more miles per week after taking up the benefit.A bikes-for-work scheme is a tax-efficient benefit, which is usually offered via a salary-sacrifice arrangement. It was introduced in the 1999 Finance Act to encourage employers to loan bicycles and cycling safety equipment to employees as a tax-exempt benefit to encourage more people to cycle to work. Through the scheme, employers buy cycling equipment from suppliers approved by their scheme administrator, and hire it to their employees. At the end of the loan period, the employer may choose to give the employee the option to purchase the equipment.The bicycles are lent to staff through a consumer credit agreement, and interest-free repayments to cover the costs are made over 12 or 18 months on a weekly or monthly basis. Employees can also opt to buy related safety equipment such as lights, reflective clothing, helmets and locks.The consumer credit agreement allows organisations to lease bikes and safety equipment up to the value of £1,000, including value-added tax (VAT).Under the scheme’s rules, at least half of the bike’s usage must be for an employee’s commute to work.The appeal of bikes-to-work schemes may, in part, lie in the potential national insurance (NI) and tax savings. Employees can decrease their tax and NI liabilities when purchasing a bicycle for their commute using a salary sacrifice arrangement, which typically offers standard-rate taxpayers savings of 32% and higher-rate taxpayers 42%. On average, employers can save 13.8% of the salary employees sacrifice owing to the consequent reduction in their NI contributions.Employers make initial investments into necessary equipment on the behalf of employees, and a sum is then deducted from employees’ gross pay.Bikes belong to the employer throughout the process. If the employee leaves their employment, the remaining amount is deducted from their net pay and the bike becomes liable for tax.At the end of the fixed lease period, the employer can give staff the option to buy their equipment through a transfer of ownership, which uses a fair market value payment set by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).Following changes implemented in 2012 employers can no longer pass VAT savings onto employees, and it must be accounted for on the monthly amounts paid by staff, because the scheme is regarded as supply of a service.The health and environmental benefits of bikes-for-work schemes were recognised by the government in the 2016 Autumn Statement. In November 2016, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that cuts in employee tax breaks through salary sacrifice would not include any changes to the bikes-for-work scheme.London Mayor Sadiq Khan also announced he would spend an annual £154 million on cycling in London over the next five years. In December 2016, Khan said that the cash injection into cycling is to help Londoners get about quickly without having to use a car, bringing both health benefits and continuing his policies for improving air quality. Now reaching a total of £770 million, the amount nearly doubles the £79 million per year spent over the last mayoral term, which places London roughly level with the Netherlands in terms of money spent on cycling.Statistics:Bikes-for-work schemes generate at least £72 million for the UK economy and employers through improved physical fitness and associated health benefits.Bikes-for-work schemes generate around 9,200 new cyclists every year.(Source: Institute for Employment Studies on behalf of the Cycle to Work Alliance, June 2016)last_img read more

Total EP awards 15 pay increase

first_imgOil and gas organisation Total E&P has agreed a 15% basic pay increase with the trade union Unite, in response to proposed strike action at its Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin rigs.The agreed pay deal also features a retention bonus, to compensate Total E&P employees for the use of 3:3 rotas.Unite members working at the organisation voted 61.9% in favour of the new pay deal, on a turnout of 93%. Unite formally accepted Total E&P’s pay offer on 26 September 2018. All future industrial action has now been cancelled.The deal, which will benefit around 50 employees, is a result of negotiations between Total E&P and Unite that have been based at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) over the past weeks.Wullie Wallace, regional industrial officer at Unite, said: “Unite members have accepted the latest offer by Total on the basis of securing a number of significant improvements from the previous offer. This has been a long and protracted dispute following months of negotiations, but we have secured a significant victory with a 15% base increase and a substantial bonus for the workforce.“Unite retains serious concerns over the 3:3 rota system, which we will monitor. On balance, our members have agreed to this new offer and all industrial action is now cancelled. The award shows the value of being in a strong union and builds upon the other recent awards established in the North Sea for our offshore members.”Total was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

Poll More than a third are not planning to report ethnicity pay

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: More than a third (34%) of respondents are not planning to report their organisation’s ethnicity pay gap data.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 29 responses, also found that 31% of HR professionals are planning to report their business’ ethnicity pay gap data at some point in the future, while an equal amount (31%) simply do not know if this is on their organisation’s agenda.Only a minority (3%) have committed to reporting their organisation’s ethnicity pay gap data this year.On 30 January 2019, professional body The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) voluntarily disclosed its ethnicity pay gap across 243 employees, reporting a 1% mean ethnicity pay gap for hourly pay in 2018. This action formed part of a report aiming to encourage dialogue around diversity and inclusion.The CII’s median ethnicity pay gap is 16% in favour of black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) employees. Just under a quarter (23%) of the organisation’s workforce is of ethnic origins, compared to 77% white staff members.Around a quarter (24%) of the CII’s Bame employees are in the organisation’s lowest pay quartile. This compares to 21% in the third pay quartile, 22% in the second and 27% in the highest.For employees who identify as white, 76% are in the lowest pay quartile, 79% are in the third, 78% are in the second and 73% are in the highest pay quartile.Tali Shlomo, people engagement director at the CII, said: “The opportunities and rewards for employers [that] embrace diversity and inclusion are huge, and the insurance profession has an opportunity to take a positive lead by preparing early and addressing diversity issues meaningfully, whether such requirements become statutory or not.”How can small to medium organisations support employees’ mental health? Cast your vote in our poll today…last_img read more

Oregonbased construction organisation to pay 98461 in back wages

first_imgUS-based custom metal fabrication and installation organisation TT and L Sheet Metal Inc has been ordered to pay $98,461 (£75,697.31) in back wages to 51 employees, following an investigation by the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) into overtime violations.The WHD investigation found that the organisation, based in Beaverton, Oregon, violated overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and failed to include time that employees spent driving when calculating overtime hours each week.According to the FLSA, overtime pay at a rate of no less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a week. Some employees earned widely varying rates between projects over the course of a week, which required the employer to pay overtime based on the weighted average of those rates, or on the rates employees were paid while actually working the overtime hours.However, TT and L Sheet Metal based its overtime calculations on employees’ lowest pay rates earned during each week, which resulted in additional overtime violations.The employer also made deductions from employees’ pay for tools required for their jobs, resulting in further violations.Thomas Silva, district director at WHD, said: “Violations like these are among the most common that we find in this industry, and they are completely avoidable.“We encourage employers to use the wide variety of tools we provide or to reach out to us directly for confidential assistance in understanding and complying with federal labor laws. Employers may speak with trained Wage and Hour professionals to get their questions answered and avoid violations.”TT and L Sheet Metal was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

Councilman discusses policeinvolved shooting in virtual town hall

first_img@scottgalv holds virtual town hall to answer residents questions and concerns regarding the @NorthMiamiPD pic.twitter.com/n4GG5DW7Pn— Brian Andrews (@brianandrews) August 1, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A North Miami councilman answered the community’s questions about a recent police-involved shooting during a meeting that was streamed on social media, Sunday night.North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin hosted the “virtual town hall” that allowed residents to discuss the shooting of an unarmed caretaker with the city, July 18. “This entire city takes this situation very, very seriously,” said Galvin.Investigators said Charles Kinsey was shot when he was trying to help his patient, Arnaldo Rios, a man with autism. Police said they thought the patient was holding a gun when it was actually a toy truck, adding they accidentally shot at Kinsey instead of Rios.last_img read more

Police search for suspects in overnight West Park shooting

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating an overnight shooting in West Park.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, at around 1:40 a.m., Tuesday, a deputy patrolling the area heard shots fired along Southwest 28th Street and 55th Avenue.Upon the deputy’s arrival, three suspects took off in a vehicle and a short chase ensued. The fleeing vehicle finally came to a stop near Johnson Street and North 72nd Avenue in Hollywood.Officials said the suspects bailed out. However, one person was detained and charged with fleeing and eluding.The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was last listed in stable condition.If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more