Wayne Rooney tips a bright future for fantastic MLS

first_imgWayne Rooney is confident that the Major League Soccer (MLS) will continue to grow over the years and attract even more top talent.Ever since David Beckham’s arrival in 2007 from Real Madrid, the MLS’ profile has grown exponentially with a host of big names making the move over to the United States.Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard, David Villa, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and now Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all played in the MLS in the last 12 years.And Rooney, who reached the Eastern Conference semi-finals in his first campaign at DC United last term, is confident that the MLS will attract more big names in the years to come following his former United team-mate Nani’s arrival at Orlando City.“It’s a fantastic league,” said Rooney, according to Sky Sports.“Obviously Nani came as well (to Orlando City). I think he may be 31 (32), I came at 32.“I think you will start getting players in their mid-20s who, instead of going to big teams in Europe, hopefully, we can attract them to come here.“Because I do think it’s a fantastic league and it has got the foundations to keep growing.“Players are seeing that and they are deciding to come here, when they have other offers on the table around Europe.”However, Rooney revealed that his first Stateside winter has been a surprise for him.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“I have realised how cold it gets,” said the English forward. “A lot colder than back in England, so that was challenging.“We couldn’t really take the kids out anywhere, it was too cold!“I am sure, like a lot of people who have got kids, you take them to school, pick them up and take them somewhere to play, or sit down and do their homework with them.“So, it is quite boring but that’s our life and we enjoy it!”Rooney scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 21 appearances for DC United last season after completing a move from Everton last June.The 2019 MLS season will begin this weekend with Rooney and DC to start their own campaign at home to defending champions Atlanta United at Washington in the Audi Field Stadium on Monday.🌞⚽️ #DCU pic.twitter.com/bcoHGaYtFY— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) February 26, 2019last_img read more

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Councilmember Chris Cate on shortterm rentals scooters regulations and marijuana

first_imgCouncilmember Chris Cate on short-term rentals, scooters regulations, and marijuana 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 San Diego City Council has voted to repeal regulations on vacation rentals.In July, the Council passed an ordinance that was designed in part, to combat the housing shortage crisis and the high real estate and rental prices in San Diego by limiting the amount of properties an owner may rent out to vacationers.Yesterday, opponents of the regulations packed the Council Chamber to have their voices heard. The City Council will now regroup to find a solution both sides are satisfied with.Councilmember Chris Cate was in studio to discuss the council’s decision on Short-term rentals, scooter regulations, and marijuana. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Chris Cate, Decision 2018, Scooter FacebookTwitter Posted: October 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom October 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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ASA Celebrates Passage of Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is celebrating final passage of legislation that includes an extension of the biodiesel tax incentive for one year through Dec. 31, 2009, and provisions to shut down the abusive “splash and dash” practice that currently allows foreign-produced fuel to enter the U.S., claim the biodiesel tax incentive and be shipped to a third country for end use.”Enactment of the biodiesel tax credit extension represents a significant legislative achievement on a key ASA priority because the growth in biodiesel sales has raised soybean prices by a conservative estimate of at least $2.00 per bushel,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “Soybean farmers greatly appreciate the work of Congress to get this extension through before they adjourned.”In an interesting twist, the Senate added the tax extenders bill, including the one year extension of the biodiesel tax credit, to the financial rescue package (H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act), which the Senate passed on Oct. 1, by a vote of 74-25. The House took up the bill today and passed the measure by a vote of 263-171. The bill now goes to President George W. Bush, who is expected to sign it into law.Earlier this week, ASA issued a “Call to Action” to its members to contact Members of Congress and urge them to support the extension of the biodiesel tax credit included in the economic rescue legislation. ASA also signed on to a letter with a broad coalition of businesses, environmental organizations, public health advocates, electric utilities, agricultural organizations, investors, labor groups, nongovernmental organizations, states and trade associations urging Congress not to adjourn before enacting the tax extenders package.ASA and its 25 State Affiliates successfully championed the original biodiesel incentive that became law in 2004. In 2005, ASA also achieved its goal when the landmark Energy Bill extended the biodiesel tax incentive through 2008. The excise tax credit amounts to a penny per percentage point of biodiesel blended with petroleum diesel for “agri-biodiesel,” such as that made from soybean oil.”Biodiesel is an excellent way for America’s soybean growers to boost U.S. energy security, promote economic development and improve the environment,” Hoffman said. “This legislation will also help support the price of soybeans by creating demand for biodiesel made from soybean oil.”last_img read more

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Final Reminder Recruiters Redeem Your Points by Dec 31

first_imgNeed a gift for that hard to shop for person? ASA encourages recruiters to visit  the Recruiter Reward Center online and cash in on your hard work. ASA wants to make sure you have every opportunity to cash in on your success. Recruiter Rewards Points earned in fiscal year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013) for recruiting ASA/state members. Points MUST be redeemed by Dec. 31, 2013 or they will be forfeited.Recruiter points can be redeemed for a selection of more than 50 gift cards, including dining, shopping, travel, special bundles and pre-paid cards from the Recruiter Reward Center. Some of the stores in the Recruiter Reward Center include: Build a Bear Workshop, Barnes and Noble, J C Penny, Kohls, HomeGoods and Macy’s.Click here to find out how many points you have and select stores to redeem points. Any points earned for recruiting between Oct. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013 may be combined with fiscal year 2013 points for redemption.For questions contact ASA’s Farris Haley at fhaley@soy.org or 314-754-1284.last_img read more

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Wrongway driver still at large

first_imgA wrong-way driver traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 Wednesday morning struck a vehicle near the 179th Street exit, according to a Washington State Patrol spokesman.The driver continued navigating a green Ford Explorer against traffic even after sideswiping the vehicle as it entered the freeway, said Trooper Steve Schatzel.The collision occurred at about 8:15 a.m., shortly after spotters reported the wrong-way driver. No injuries were reported.A dispatcher at about 8:30 a.m. said 911 was no longer receiving calls reporting the SUV. Schatzel said Wednesday evening the driver had not been located.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img read more

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Dale Beacock memorial service set for Friday

first_imgA memorial service for Dale Beacock will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Clark College’s Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Beacock died Aug. 4 in a cycling accident near Garibaldi, Ore., at the age of 81. Beacock taught music for more than 40 years in Clark County, directed The New Horizons jazz and concert bands, and founded the Beacock Music store in east Vancouver. All are welcome to attend. Beacock Music and Education Center will be closed in honor of the event.last_img

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Teens do the talking on how to curb substance abuse

first_img The roomful of young students sat silently as Jake McClain spoke about his battle with heroin and methamphetamine.He talked about how his parents relapsed into drug use when he was 11. About the downward spiral into his own addiction. About finally hitting rock bottom, shooting up in the school bathroom.And how he pulled out of it and was inspired to help people.The kids were mesmerized, at least in part because this wasn’t an adult recalling his tortured teenage years. Jake is graduating from high school this summer. His rock bottom period was last year.He was one of many teens wanting to help teens who convened at Clark College on Friday.The Teens Care Too Youth Prevention and Leadership Summit brought nearly 300 middle and high school students to the college campus. Its theme — youth voices, youth choices — neatly summed up what the afternoon was all about — letting the kids do the talking about how to curb drug and alcohol abuse in their ranks.The afternoon followed that to the letter. Even though a host of luminaries — state representatives, mayors, county commissioners and city councilors — attended, most of the speeches and announcements in Gaiser Hall were made by people too young to vote.The big crowd broke up into workshops mid-afternoon, many of which were led by adult experts. But not all.One of them, called “Experience, Hope and Strength,” featured Jake and two of his school mates from Legacy High School in Vancouver.Marika Neis-Steinwand spoke about post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition usually associated with combat veterans. Marika fought fierce-enough battles in her teenage years to be diagnosed with the disorder. Nearly 300 teens gather Friday in Clark College’s Gaiser Hall for the Teens Care Too Youth Prevention and Leadership Summit. The event let students discuss among each other how to curb drug and alcohol abuse.last_img read more

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Marchers protest child abuse at downtown rally

first_imgA small, daylong rally in Esther Short Park on Monday raised community voices against child abuse.Children Without A Voice, a nationwide nonprofit organization, observed National Child Abuse Month with music and speakers, as well as an ongoing march around the park. When The Columbian stopped by just before lunchtime, about 25 people were there.“The longer it stays in the dark, the bigger it’s going to grow,” said local organizer Stephanie Holt. “This is all about awareness.” It was the first such march in Vancouver, Holt said, and she’s hoping future years will see a bigger turnout.According to a statement from Children Without A Voice, people in 150 cities and 45 states were marching against child abuse Monday. Learn more about Children Without A Voice at cwavusa.org. Children Without A Voice reports that there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse in the United States each year.last_img read more

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Anonymous Craigslist ad seeks Vancouver council candidates

first_imgMinimum qualifications:Statement of values.Respect for others and their opinions.Joy in serving others.Education (formal or self-taught).Wisdom.Integrity.Recent postings in the “general community” section of Craigslist include pleas for a pig farmer, foreign exchange student hosts and any tips related to the death of Possum, a 10-year-old cat that was run over on St. Johns Road.Then, nestled among the usual mishmash of ads, there’s this gem: “Mayor and City Council Positions (Vancouver).”The ad reads, “In our hometown, we have a serious shortage of truly competent and ethical leaders. Such leaders are typically busy people and are highly reluctant to endure the heavy strain of the campaign process. That includes being misrepresented by the opposition and a biased media.” The ad was posted by “a nonpartisan group of local citizens dedicated to solving this problem.” It promises “volunteer and financial resources.”No names are listed on the ad. The ad has some unintended hilarity, be it of sinister (the last three digits of the phone number are 666) or overly paranoid nature. (The contact email ends in hush.com, and Hushmail touts privacy and unlimited email aliases).Not surprisingly, a call from The Columbian to the number — 360–921–8666 — went unanswered this morning, and the outgoing message simply says “candidates for Vancouver” is unavailable. A search shows that phone number was registered to a company that sells prepaid cellphones. The ad lists all four positions up for re-election this year. The seats are occupied by Mayor Tim Leavitt and Councilors Jack Burkman, Jeanne Stewart and Jeanne Harris.last_img read more

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La Center puts the brakes on speeding

first_imgIn La Center, where posted speed limits rarely exceed 35 mph, traffic citations went up 472 percent from 2011 to 2012. Police issued 504 notices of infraction, compared with 88 the year before.The figures may raise eyebrows or simple make you wonder why?Turns out, there’s no single, simple answer, but in September 2011 there was a clear turning point for enforcement efforts.At that time, the agency increased its coverage area to include Northwest La Center Road, a major thoroughfare from the city to the Interstate 5 junction. The speed on this 2-mile stretch is 50 mph and changes to 25 mph when motorists hit the bridge that crosses the East Fork Lewis River into La Center. It’s the most direct and well-traveled route into the city, and many motorists use it to get to northeastern parts of Clark County.In the last decade, La Center Road has been a site for traffic fatalities.Three years ago, in September 2010, a drunken driver crashed into a motorcycle, killing a La Center couple out for a ride. Six years before that, three people died when a car crossed the centerline and collided with an oncoming vehicle.When La Center Road entered the jurisdiction for city police, officers became more active in enforcement to thwart traffic fatalities and major injury accidents. Six officers and a sergeant patrol the city of 3,000.A majority of the city’s infractions are given out on this road, including the overwhelming majority of speeding infractions and tickets for failing to obey traffic control devices.last_img read more

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Storm brings rain gusty winds to region

first_imgThe most potent winter storm of the season brought more wind than rain to the region today, with an even stronger punch expected this evening.The National Weather Service has reported gusts as high as 37 mph at Pearson Field early this morning. Gusts near noon were peaking at 26 mph.Winds that blew trees into power lines were blamed for a number of scattered outages throughout Clark County. Clark Public Utilities was reporting that trees into power lines had at one point in the afternoon knocked out power to 1,165 in north Clark County, mostly in the Battle Ground and Hockinson area. Winds are forecast to reach 20 mph to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph through 10 p.m. Saturday. Forecasters had warned of the possibility of cold air funnel clouds today as the cold air moves in. These types of funnel clouds do not usually touch the ground, but they can cause serious damage if they do. Rainfall totals today are expected to be a tenth to a quarter inch this afternoon, and up to a quarter inch tonight. Up to half an inch of rain is expected Sunday, with continued gusty winds up to 22 mph.last_img read more

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BC coal port wins approval plans to open in fall 2015

first_imgBELLINGHAM — A coal port just across the Canadian border received a major approval Thursday and expects to open in fall 2015.Fraser Surrey Docks got a permit to build a facility on the Fraser River that will export about 4 million tons of coal a year, less than 10 percent of the coal that would be shipped from the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point.Gateway Pacific Terminal is undergoing environmental review and if approved would ship 48 million tons of coal annually starting in 2019.Fraser Surrey Docks got through a two-year environmental review that was more extensive than legally required, according to a press release from Port Metro Vancouver, which issued the permit.“We are confident that the project does not pose a risk to the environment or human health, and that the public is protected,” said Jim Crandles, director of planning and development for Port Metro Vancouver.Environmentalists in British Columbia said in a news release Thursday the review didn’t fully address residents’ concerns.“This decision is particularly devastating after Monday’s ruling by regulators in Oregon that rejected a very similar proposal to ship coal on the Columbia River,” Laura Benson, director of the Beyond Coal campaign at Dogwood Initiative, a B.C.-based environmental group, said in Thursday’s statement.last_img read more

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Will the Kanagawa gubernatorial election trigger an IR bid for Yokohama

first_imgWe are fast approaching the cutoff date for declarations of candidacy in the gubernatorial elections, part of the unified local government elections in Japan.This is an important election for potential IR operators with the results potentially changing the direction of IR bids. And while much of the focus is on the Osaka and Hokkaido elections, even in the Kanagawa gubernatorial election, where Yokohama is located, the issue of “yay” or “nay” for IRs is creeping into debates. Load More RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team The stance of current governor, Yuji Kuroiwa, is that a decision on whether to bid for an IR remains at the discretion of Yokohama city, the basic municipality. In the election, the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party), Komeito (Clean Government Party) and Democratic Party for the People (DPFP) have declared their support for Kuroiwa.While at one time the Constitutional Democratic Party’s support was also requested, they couldn’t agree on a stance for IRs and the request was canceled.There is a prime location at the Yamashita Wharf for an IR property in Yokohama under Mayor Fumiko Hayashi. Mayor is not one of the positions up for election in this unified local government election, but city council declarations of candidacy are on 29 March.After the declaration made by the Constitutional Democratic Party, there are plans to run a campaign in opposition of IRs. Furthermore, on the opposing side, the Japanese Communist Party has made their policy focus point, “Let’s join together to form a city council that says NO to casinos.”The opinions of the residents regarding IRs is widely divided.Chairman of the Yokohama Koun Kyokai (port operations association), Yukio Fujiki, started off this year saying, “There are examples of problem gambling right in front of us. I don’t want that for Yokohama. We aren’t a town that needs to act so selfishly.”On the other hand, Takashi Ueno, president of the Yokohama Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said, “This is necessary for the economic development of Yokohama. I would love to make an IR bid a reality.”His comments can be interpreted as official support for the bid.Yokohama undoubtedly harbors a lot of potential as a large-city IR candidate. Perhaps the will of the people in the Kanagawa gubernatorial election will serve as a trigger to get Yokohama moving in IR negotiations. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IRlast_img read more

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Suncity Group issues statement vehemently denying alleged links to online gaming proxy

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report RelatedPosts Asian VIP operator Suncity Group has vehemently denied it has any links to online gambling and has reserved the right to take necessary legal action after Chinese media published an article on Monday suggesting it was involved in online and proxy betting in China via offshore online casinos.Economic Information Daily, an affiliate of state-owned news agency Xinhua, accused Suncity Group of signing up players who gambled in its junket rooms in Macau to online gaming and proxy betting services. Because debts can be settled in Renminbi, the process enables capital to be moved out of China, the article alleged. Load More In a Statement of Clarification sent to Inside Asian Gaming, Suncity Group said:“Sun City Gaming Promotion Company Limited hereby declares that, under the authorization of the Macau Special Administrative Region, the Company is the legitimate institution granted with Junket Promoter License, any engagement in the junket promoting business is legalized with rightful permissions. The Company has no possession of any casino and gaming tables, neither does it operate any online gaming business.“The junket promoting business, operated by the Company and other related companies in Macau and other geographical areas, is rigorously licensed to perform in accordance with legal requirements and the license conditions. All operations data is announced regularly through the formal official channel with no discrepancy and does not contain any false information nor misleading statements.“Since establishment, Suncity Group has been striving to expand its business scope across the globe. The VIP gaming service, together with hotel and integrated resorts management, entertainment, global tourism, food and beverage and luxury fashion, jointly constitute as the six core businesses of Suncity Group.“In response to the current misrepresentation and misleading reports regarding the Sun City Gaming Promotion Company Limited, the Company hereby reiterates that the relevant information could contain subjective speculation and therefore has led to reputational damages to the Company and its shareholders. The Company expresses strong condemnation and reserve the right to take necessary legal action.”In a Tuesday note, brokerage Sanford C Bernstein observed that this was the first time it recalled seeing Chinese state media ever linking a junket operator with online gaming activities.“It is too early to tell what ramification this article brings (if any),” Bernstein analysts said.“The article itself could be a warning message for Suncity and maybe other online gaming/proxy betting operators to tone down excessive offshore play. Junkets may face greater scrutiny on their offshore businesses, some game play may gravitate back to Macau as players may retreat from online play and junkets may face greater scrutiny in Macau on how they interact with players (with respect to signing them up for online accounts in Macau).”The listed arm of Suncity Group holds a 34% stake in Vietnam IR Hoiana, which is set to open in December 2019, and recently acquired 27.95% of Summit Ascent Holdings, which owns Russian integrated resort Tigre de Cristal near Vladivostok. Suncity’s junket operations are not covered by the listed company.last_img read more

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Norton Rose Fulbright reports a 17 mean gender pay gap

first_imgGlobal law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has reported a 17% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.Norton Rose Fulbright’s median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017 is 23.8%.Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 36%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus payments is 31.6%. Over this period, 27.2% of female employees received a bonus payment compared to 36.7% of male employees.More than half (54%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Norton Rose Fulbright are female, compared to 53% in the second quartile, 59% in the third quartile and 75% in the lowest pay quartile.Norton Rose Fulbright has voluntarily published its gender pay gap data for its partner population, which receives a share in the organisation’s profits rather than pay. For UK partners in management positions, the mean gender pay gap is 19% and the median gender pay gap is 17%. The mean gender pay gap for bonuses is 38% in favour of women, and the median bonus gender pay gap is 21%, also in favour of women.Norton Rose Fulbright has pinpointed a few contributing factors that has influenced its gender pay gap. For example, the greatest gender imbalance is found in the organisation’s lowest pay quartile, which typically features administrative and secretarial roles. The law firm’s analysis shows that if these job roles were removed from the gender pay gap data, the mean gender pay gap would reduce to 10.9% and the median gender pay gap would decrease to 2%. Norton Rose Fulbright believes its gender pay gap can therefore, in part, be attributed to different job types and levels of seniority.Regarding its gender pay gap for bonuses, Norton Rose Fulbright’s analysis shows that this is in partly influenced by the fact that the higher proportion of female staff employed in its lowest pay quartile are not generally eligible for bonus payments, and also that the bonuses awarded to women were, on average, of a lower value. This is because 91% of the female employees who received a bonus work on a part-time basis, therefore the amounts they receive are pro-rated to reflect the number of hours they work. Also, more men than women occupy senior positions in the organisation and these roles tend to attract higher bonus levels.Norton Rose Fulbright’s analysis further demonstrated that there is a higher number of male partners at the senior end of the partnership compared to female partners, although 60% of the partners promoted on 1 May 2017 are female.To address its gender pay gap, Norton Rose Fulbright has introduced a global development programme, called Our Career Strategies Programme, which offers opportunities and support such as one-to-one coaching to senior female lawyers. The law firm has additionally implemented inclusive leadership training and unconscious bias education, coaching for expectant parents, and maternity and shared parental leave policies that provide full pay for the first 28 weeks of leave.The organisation also has its Women in Norton Rose Fulbright (WiN) network, which offers learning, development and networking opportunities, as well as its Early WiN network that is specifically for employees in the early to mid-stages of their career.Norton Rose Fulbright aims to have women make up 30% of its global partnership by 2020; currently this figure is 26%. The organisation has further committed to try to increase the percentage of female partners on all board and management committees globally to 30%. To date, 40% of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) management committee are female and 40% of its partnership committee are also women.Farmida Bi, chair elect at Norton Rose Fulbright, said: “Diversity and inclusion is a central tenet of our people and business strategy. Although it is not a statutory requirement to report on partner data, we wanted to be open and transparent with our people. We have made good progress in our journey to achieving greater diversity in our workforce. This transparency will help us to continue our work in improving diversity across the business.”last_img read more

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University of London outsourced workers strike to gain employment rights

first_imgWorkers employed by outsourcing organisations that have contracts with the University of London, and who are members of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), are undertaking a two-day strike in a dispute over employment rights.More than 100 workers will be taking strike action on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 April 2018. These include cleaners, porters, security officers, receptionists, gardeners, post room workers and audio-visual workers employed by Cordant Security, Cordant Services and Nurture. They seek to be made direct employees of the university, rather than outsourced workers.If successful, the affected IWGB members will be entitled to employment rights equal to those of direct employees. These include a workplace pension, the national minimum wage, holiday pay, sick pay, maternity pay and paternity pay.The industrial action forms part of IWGB’s Back In-House campaign, which is asking the University of London to stop outsourcing work, abolish zero-hours contracts and implement pay rises.Henry Chango-Lopez, president of the union, said: “The university has repeatedly refused all attempts by the outsourced workers and their union, the IWGB, to engage in a constructive discussion over outsourcing.“This intransigence has led to increasing anger among the workers, which is demonstrated by the growing number of workers that are choosing to take industrial action. The university would be well advised to heed the demands of the workers and make them direct employees.”University of London was unavailable for comment at time of publication.last_img read more

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Marks and Spencer completes pensioner buyin transactions equating to £14bn

first_imgRetail organisation Marks and Spencer has completed two pensioner buy-in transactions for its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme, totalling approximately £1.4 billion.The buy-in policies have been completed with insurance organisations Phoenix Life and the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) as part of the scheme’s long-term de-risking strategy. This approach aims to reduce the risk that Marks and Spencer will be required to contribute additional cash into the DB scheme, which is valued at around £10 billion.The organisation is also striving to secure all DB pension scheme members’ benefits as part of this strategy, as well as minimise the risk to shareholders.Graham Oakley, chair at Marks and Spencer Pension Trust, said: “We’re pleased to announce the purchase of these additional buy-in policies, which provide an important contribution to the trustees’ ongoing objective of reducing the longevity risk in the scheme to increase the security of all members’ pensions. A collaborative approach with the [organisation], together with efficient and effective advice, continues to deliver well-executed and well-priced transactions.”These transactions follow two buy-in policies that were purchased in 2018; around two-thirds of the scheme’s pensioner liabilities are now insured.Marks and Spencer has been working with independent actuarial firm Hymans Robertson to develop its strategy.Richard Wellard, partner at Hymans Robertson, added: “This will undoubtedly be one of many large buy-in transactions to complete this year. Setting a strategy and timing transactions in a way that works for both the [organisation] and the trustee is very important. Shared objectives, a collaborative approach and continual communication are so important in the de-risking of large pension schemes. This is a marathon, not a sprint.”last_img read more

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Rubio Murphy rally for votes ahead of election

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida’s race for the U.S. Senate heated up, Sunday, as the candidates rallied for support across the state.At an event in West Miami-Dade, Republican incumbent Marco Rubio stressed that every vote counts in this election. “What if this is the election that is decided by 100 votes? What if this is the election that’s decided by 150 votes?” he asked. “I don’t think anybody watching or anyone here wants to be one of those 150 people that say, ‘I didn’t vote because I didn’t think it was going to make a difference.”Meanwhile, Rubio’s Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, spoke with supporters before introducing President Barack Obama at a rally in Kissimmee.U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla.Murphy tied his opponent to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. “Marco Rubio keeps claiming that he’ll stand up to Donald Trump. Really?” he said. “If you can’t stand up to Donald Trump as a candidate, how are you going to stand up to him as a president?”Election Day is on Tuesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Dolphins players cheerleaders visit children in hospital

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – More than a dozen Miami Dolphins players and cheerleaders stopped by Baptist Children’s Hospital, bringing much needed smiles.They went room to room at the Kendall hospital to visit children who were too sick to get out of bed.Nurses at the hospital know how important these visits are to the kids. “This is a distraction for them. It’s something that is exciting. It’s something different,” said nurse Carolina Parra. “They get to see players they see on TV, so it is very exciting for us, exciting for them, and we look forward to it every year.”While there, the team also took pictures and gave out a few gifts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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