Related Items:#kiteflyingcompetition, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 13, 2017 – Providenciales – The much anticipated Kite Flying event will span the holiday weekend, with competitions held on Saturday, April 15th at Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk and at the Iris Stubbs Primary School in South Caicos, then on April 17th (Easter Monday) the festivities will continue at The Bight Park in Providenciales and at the Horse Stable Beach in North Caicos.“The Tourist Board looks forward to another year of friendly community competition, goodwill and community spirit that the Annual Kite Flying Competition has created over the years,” says Oehleo Higgs, Senior Public Relations Officer. “We encourage our residents and visitors of the various communities, as well as corporate and civic groups, to come out and enjoy a good day of family fun.”The Annual Kite Flying Competition will continue to display the traditional art of kite making and kite flying. This year’s event will also include the annual Easter Egg Hunt, face painting, and giveaways, as well as lots of food and drinks on sale by local non-profit organizations.Kites entering the annual competition must be handmade and registered with the judges prior to taking flight. Kites in all classes must fly for at least 5 minutes. Kites flown in last year’s competitions will be disqualified from entry. Prizes and trophies will be given for The Smallest Kite, The Largest Kite, Best Company Kite, Best Traditional Kite and the Best Overall Kite.Children and adults are welcome to fly non-competition kites throughout the day and beyond the competition period.Story by: Sheri-Kae McLeod#MagneticMediaNews#kiteflyingcompetition Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 5, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) wishes to announce that according to hurricane projections and in accordance with hurricane orders there will be tentative suspension of flight operations on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 6:00 pm local time.Flight suspension is based on weather conditions that are dynamic by nature. Suspension of flight operations will affect all airports including; Providenciales, Grand Turk, North Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay airports.The Airports Authority remains committed to the safety of aircraft, passengers, staff and other users of the airport. We regret any inconvenience caused and passengers are asked to contact their respective airlines for flight rescheduling. All scheduled flights for today, Tuesday, September 05, 2017 are expected to operate as usual.The Airports Authority is closely monitoring the storm’s progress and will issue updated reports accordingly.Press Release: TCIAA Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that Rob Holding suffered a serious knee injury during the team’s draw with Manchester United.The Gunners played a 2-2 draw with United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night but Holding was stretchered off nine minutes from the interval after a coming together with Marcus Rashford.But Emery, who revealed the extent of Holding’s injury, had better news for Arsenal fans, when he said Aaron Ramsey didn’t suffer a similar fate.He said, according to Sky Sports:Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s the worst news for us today. We are going to wait for the doctor but maybe it’s a big injury with his knee.”“Aaron Ramsey is a small injury but after these two injuries, every player responded with good commitment and good mentality to keep in the difficult moments our performance in the game.”Holding appeared in 16 games for Arsenal in all competitions this season with captain and first choice centre-back Laurent Koscielny still out with an injury.The Gunners continue their 20 games unbeaten following their draw at Old Trafford but slipped to fifth on the Premier League table.
Dutch former player Rafael Van der Vaart, granted an interview ahead of Real Madrid’s match vs Ajax and stated that Isco is the best in the world.The situation between Isco and Real Madrid has reached a boiling point that Rafael Van der Vaart doesn’t seem to understand, the Dutch former Los Blancos’ player hates the idea of not having the Spaniard starting in every single match for the Spanish giants.In his eyes, Isco is the best player in the world and he won’t watch Real Madrid whenever he doesn’t start a match.The reality is that the Spanish midfielder is arguably one of the most talented players that the club has, but he is also one of the most wasted talents of recent memory for any club.Since he started his career at Real Madrid, Alarcon has never reached that level of performance that people expected from him and he never really claimed the starring role that describes his true potential.Instead of fighting to silence his critics, Isco has opted to live his life in a more relaxed manner with the certainty of being part of a club that always wins trophies.But he has never really been that key player that Van der Vaart speaks of, maybe this interview could be a call for action for Isco once he gets to read it.Maybe the Dutch player himself sees a little bit of him in the Spaniard.”En Holanda piensan que gana el Ajax seguro, pero les digo que el Madrid es el Madrid” https://t.co/xmeXqxwSe0 Entrevista con @rafvdvaart por @nacholabarga #UCL— MARCA (@marca) January 16, 2019During an extended interview with Marca, Rafa spoke about his time as a Real Madrid player and the legends that he played with during his time.“I played with some of the best players in the world: Ramos, Guti, Raul, Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema… It’s a very special thing,” said Rafa during the interview.“Being able to play in the same club as Cristiano, for example, is very impressive. People recognize how important Ronaldo was for Real Madrid, a player who scored nearly 60 goals per-season.”“There were six players from the Netherlands during the first year, it’s true that there may have been too many of us.”“It was worse in the sense that we were together all the time and we only spoke Dutch between us, there were a lot less of us by next season and my Spanish improved because I was able to mingle with players from other countries.”“It’s weird that the squad plays so badly in some home matches like they did against Real Sociedad, I really don’t think it’s a matter of attitude.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“They have lost Cristiano and Zidane, Solari is slowly starting to get the grip of the players and I’m sure they will finish the season with another title apart from the Club World Cup.”“What happens with Isco is crazy to me, he is the best player in the world. But he always has problems with his managers. Zidane never really trusted him 100%.”“Every time I watch Real Madrid, I check if he is going to start the game or not. If he doesn’t start, then I go back home and prefer to not watch it,” he concluded.Van der Vaart: “Si Isco no es titular me voy a casa, es el mejor del mundo” https://t.co/GWG9BMBuCz Entrevista por @nacholabarga— MARCA (@marca) January 16, 2019Van der Vaart’s assessment of Isco is arguably a little out of proportion, this player may be very talented but he is quite far from being considered the best player in the world by anybody else apart from the Dutch former midfielder.As things stand right now for the Spaniard, leaving Real Madrid is a major possibility for him by the end of the season.The whole problem with Isco right now is that he clearly has an unresolved personal issue with manager Santiago Solari, this is pretty obvious despite the Argentine’s latest comments denying such problems with the midfielder.If there wasn’t anything personal between the two, Isco would’ve at least stared the Copa del Rey match against Leganes last week.The coach has another chance to prove that such a problem doesn’t exist, it will be this Wednesday when Los Blancos play the second leg against Leganes at Butarque.The problem here is that given how bad the situation appears between Isco and the manager, everything points to Brahim Diaz starting his first match and Alarcon staying on the bench.Solari: “¿Vender a Isco? Yo soy el entrenador” pic.twitter.com/fVzAqPaw2Z— MARCA (@marca) January 15, 2019Do you agree with Van der Vaart, is Isco the best player in the world? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Now that the Gunners are starting to struggle again in the second half of the season, Andy Cole thinks Wenger wasn’t all to blame at Arsenal.The current Arsenal season is beginning to look strikingly similar to the previous seasons in which Arsene Wenger coached the squad, this pattern has made Andy Cole think that Unai Emery has proven that the French manager didn’t deserve all the blame for the squad’s problems.A full season for one of the biggest clubs in the world is always difficult, they usually have to play four competitions throughout the season and only the clubs that are well-prepared for the challenge are the ones that make it to the final stages at a competitive level.The problem with many squads if that their board of directors is usually not that keen on spending the major pounds to bring reinforcements by the time half a season has passed, this is exactly the problem that Arsenal has gone through for the last decade and the main reason why so many Gunners’ supporters kept booing the club on a weekly basis.Things got really heated up with Arsene Wenger during the final three years, mainly because the fans believed that the French manager didn’t push the owner hard enough to give in to his demands.But the exact same pattern is emerging now with Emery, as the Spaniard is asking for a couple of new players for the winter transfer window and management doesn’t look too happy with the requests.I said this all along https://t.co/UaCLT2ZF3F— daniel york loh (@danielfyork) January 18, 2019The season started very similar to previous seasons that Wenger managed as well, as the Gunners started to make everyone believe they were competitive enough to fight for the titles and then they suddenly had a dramatic level drop because many players started either getting injured or simply running “out of gas”.Just this Thursday there was a statement in which French former player Emmanuel Petit came out on Wenger’s defense, saying that nothing has really changed under Unai Emery and suggesting that the legendary manager didn’t deserve getting sacked.A similar treatment came from former striker Andy Cole, who never played for the French manager but did start his career for the Gunners before having the best years of his career at Manchester United during the Wenger vs Ferguson era.Cole spoke to Sky Sports as a pundit, he described the problem perfectly and also came out in Arsene Wenger’s defense.Leaving clear that the man is a true gentleman of the sport, as he thinks Wenger wasn’t treated fairly and left the rivalry out the door when he decided to talk about this controversial topic.🗣 #THEDEBATE 🗣We’re back on Sky Sports Premier League at 10pm as Tim Sherwood & Andy Cole join @GeoffShreeves!Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…Get your questions in 👇 pic.twitter.com/Hr5EXyDlcq— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 16, 2019The defense was directed straight to all those Arsenal fans who always demanded Wenger’s head, people who are looking pretty dumb now that the exact same thing is happening with the Gunners.“From the outside looking in, I’m saying to myself now that all the Arsenal fans at the back end of last season were saying ‘Wenger, he’s got to go, got to go’,” Cole said on Sky Sports via Express.“Now looking at it, can you really say now it was all down to Wenger, if you can only bring in loans now? Where’s all the money gone?”“Being football people, you’ve got to look at it logically. Once one manager goes, of course you’re going to leave players there on big contracts or players might be running down contracts, or whatever.”“But you’ve got to make a decision. You know that the January transfer window opens in January. “You can’t come out and say ‘we can only get loanees’.”“We’re not talking about a Championship team here, we’re talking about one of the biggest teams in the world. “They’ve got money for the summer but not in January.”“What if you’re pushing to try and win the league? You’re supposed to be pushing to try and get a Champions League spot for next season. There’s no money, how are you going to get there?” he concluded.🔴 #OnThisDay in 1995, Andy Cole joined Manchester United. ✍️👕2⃣7⃣5⃣⚽️1⃣2⃣1⃣🏆1⃣9⃣9⃣9⃣#UCL #MUFC @VanCole9 pic.twitter.com/hPXGzTuvFx— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 10, 2019Do you agree with Cole or was it already Wenger’s time to leave Arsenal? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
KUSI Newsroom, April 23, 2018 Posted: April 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Prominent cancer researcher at Salk Institute suspended over sexual assault allegations KUSI Newsroom Inder Verma, Salk Institute for Biological StudiesSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A prominent scientist and cancer researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla has been suspended over apparent sexual misconduct allegations.Inder Verma, 70, was placed on leave by the Salk Institute’s board of trustees over the weekend, apparently after receiving a list of detailed questions last week from the magazine Science regarding allegations of sexual harassment.The Indian-born Verma, hired at Salk in 1974, is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Diego, and a highly regarded gene therapist who completed his studies in India and Israel before completing his postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His suspension is another blow for the Salk Institute, which last year was accused of gender discrimination in three separate lawsuits filed by female employees.As part of those lawsuits, Verma was ousted from his prestigious position as editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s top science journals, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported last year.Neither Salk Institute officials nor Verma said exactly why the renowned scientist has been suspended, but the magazine Science reported over the weekend that the suspension was related to an investigation tied to an upcoming story a reporter from the magazine was working on.The reporter apparently asked to interview Salk officials this week about sexual harassment allegations against Verma, to which the officials responded by asking for a detailed list of questions from the magazine, Science reported. Two days after receiving the list, Verma was placed on leave. In an email obtained by Science, Salk’s board of trustees chairman, Dan Lewis, said that Salk officials “recently became aware of allegations concerning” Verma.“Consistent with Salk’s policies governing workplace conduct, the Institute has undertaken a formal investigation that is being led by an independent outside party,” Lewis wrote in the email sent to Salk employees and obtained by Science. “We have also learned that Science is preparing a story about Dr. Verma and related allegations. Earlier this week, the reporter presented the Institute with information about her story that included claims the Institute was not previously aware of. We take these allegations very seriously and have expanded the scope of the investigation.”Lewis said that the board of trustees met Friday and decided to place Verma on administrative leave.“He will not be performing scientific or administrative roles on behalf of the Institute during this period,” Lewis wrote.In a statement issued to several media outlets by Verma’s lawyer, the married father and grandfather denied all allegations against him.“I have never used my position at the Salk Institute to take advantage of others,” Verma said in the statement. “I have also never engaged in any sort of intimate relationship with anyone affiliated with the Salk Institute. I have never inappropriately touched, nor have I made any sexually charged comments, to anyone affiliated with the Salk Institute. I have never allowed any offensive or sexually charged conversations, jokes, material, etc. to occur at the Salk Institute.”The trouble began for the Salk Institute last summer when biologists Vicki Lundblad, Katherine Jones and Beverly Emerson all filed separate lawsuits against the small but renowned institute near“After decades of trying to work within the administrative structure to resolve these issues, I agree with my colleagues that we can no longer turn a blind eye to the blatant discrimination that exists against female full professors in the Salk culture,” Emerson said when she filed her lawsuit last July.Emerson alleged that, while the Institute publicly touts its commitment to women in science, it privately operates as an antiquated boys club, undermining and marginalizing its tenured female professors.Those lawsuits came before the New York Times and the New Yorker magazine published explosive stories about alleged serial sexual harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Those stories are largely credited with starting the #MeToo movement in which women have felt empowered to share their stories of sexual harassment or more serious sexual mistreatment by powerful men in entertainment, politics, media and other fields.Verma’s suspension appears to be the latest result of the #MeToo movement as Salk confirmed that it’s investigating allegations brought forward by the magazine Science.
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 14, 2018 May 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Mountain View shooting suspect charged with murder In a Monday police statement, it was announced that Shannon Bryant, 29, suspect of the Mountain View shooting, was arrested for first-degree murder and will be arraigned next week.The arrested was in connection with an apparent walk-up attack that left two men in their 30s fatally shot last weekend, police said Saturday.Shannon Bryant, 29, was being held without bail on suspicion of first-degree murder. He’s believed to have shot Tony Jackson, 33, and Robert Brown, 37, at Mountain View Park on Sunday, San Diego Police Lt. Anthony Dupree said.Police responded to a report of gunfire at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Mountain View Park, located near the intersection of Ocean View Boulevard and 40th Street in the Mountain View neighborhood.Responding officers discovered the two victims with gunshot wounds to their chests, Dupree said at the time. They were both taken to a hospital, where they later died.Detectives said the victims were standing in the 500 block of South 40th St., when the attacker walked up to the two men and started shooting, Lt. Dupree said. KUSI Newsroom
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 homeless men and women often seen in places like downtown San Diego may need help, but even with more government spending, a taxpayers’ watchdog group claims local governments don’t have a way to gauge the impact of those dollars.A new report released by the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation said that spending on homelessness services by the County of San Diego and 18 cities in the county increased by 2,000 percent over the last 10 years, amounting to a 20-fold increase.The head of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association said the study by its research arm was unable to establish a statistical correlation between spending on homeless reduction programs and the number of people who are homeless. Haney Hong, the CEO and President of the Taxpayers Association said the problem is a lack of data collection that could be used to measure program effectiveness.One of the questions in the study was whether there was a relationship between spending levels and the number of people struggling with homelessness. The study found there was not enough data to reach a conclusion.The study recommended a standardized approach to collecting data to ensure that programs that help the homeless are operated effectively.The Taxpayers Association said local governments may have to spend more public dollars on experts who can track the metrics and then evaluate the effectiveness of tax dollar spending.“But if a city doesn’t make a commitment to saying ‘let’s measure this and let’s have smart people looking at the data’, then we’re not spending the taxpayer dollars in an effective way,” Hong said.’If you want to look into the spending on homelessness in your city, you can visit https://bit.ly/2FB89qx . KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:20 PM Study says cities lack data to track effectiveness of homeless programs Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, March 26, 2019
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego police responded to a fatal shooting in the near Alvarado Hosptial Thursday morning.According to SDPD the victim passed away after being taken to the hospital.Police said the incident happened on Alvarado Rd. near College Ave. and are asking people to avoid the area while they investigate.Officers tweeted that the “last known suspect description was 3 black males wearing ripped jeans and black t-shirts. Reportetly last seen running southbound on Reservoir Drive.” Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego police investigate deadly shooting near Alvarado Hospital May 2, 2019 Updated: 7:16 AM Posted: May 2, 2019 Update: Last known suspect description was 3 black males wearing ripped jeans and black t-shirts. Reportetly last seen running southbound on Reservoir Drive.— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) May 2, 2019This is a developing story. Jonathan Halvorson
A note from eLegacy’s Kevin Spafford.Having just completed the third of six succession planning workshops for ASA, I’m keenly aware of both your need to and your hesitation for initiating the succession planning process. Yet waiting doesn’t make it any easier. In fact, time is your ally as well as your nemesis. As the latter, time gives us false hope and causes us to think there’s always tomorrow…As the former, the more time we have to plan and implement, the more opportunities we have to ensure the outcome generates the exact results you want. Succession is affected by everything, family dynamics, economic cycles, land values, tax law, and environmental regulations, just to name a few. There’s no way to narrow it down to a single issue or prescribed standards of solution.Without a plan the odds are severely stacked against the long-term, multigenerational, success of the family and the operation. In considering the process and involving the family, consider the following questions:• Do our goals include continuing the family farm and passing the reins to a well-prepared next generation?• Do our goals focus on preserving our farming legacy and using the family’s land to provide financial security for future generations?• Do our goals include growing family wealth and providing future generations with career opportunities in farming?Use The Ultimate Harvest assessment provided below to focus your thoughts and encourage the family to share their desires.
The last time Joyce Chisholm spoke with her son, Craig Spydell, was on Sept. 9 and there was no indication he might try to harm himself, or disappear to get away from his problems.“He sounded fine,” said Chisholm, who lives in Indiana. “We chatted about football. It was a normal mother-son conversation.”She said Spydell, 43, also mentioned a business he was trying to start as a wine distributor.Spydell, laid off from his job as a stock broker, has been unemployed for more than two years, living in the Salmon Creek area with a girlfriend.He was depressed about having no work, and was under a doctor’s care and taking prescription medication for that, Chisholm said.“He told me he was sick and tired of talking about it,” said his live-in girlfriend Kristin, 41, who spoke with him on Sept. 12 and asked that her last name not be published. “He couldn’t deal with it anymore.”She said Spydell had run up some debt, another problem. As they spoke, he was slurring his words and she suspected he’d taken an overdose of antidepressants.Last seen on Sept. 12, Spydell is being sought as a missing person. His car, a blue-gray Jeep Liberty, was found with his cellphone inside at the Salmon Creek Greenway trailhead in the 13800 block of Northwest 36th Avenue.
Public comment will be heard Wednesday at 1 p.m. at 1300 Franklin St., Sixth Floor, Vancouver.Clark County Superior Court is not expected to receive funding to hire a third court commissioner until at least April.Clark County’s proposed 2013-14 budget cuts the position, which costs $340,000 over the course of the two-year budget. The position was created in 2006, but has gone unfilled since 2008 in an effort to save the county money during austere budgeting.But now those on the bench say a third commissioner is needed more than ever, and the funding has been pulled from them without consultation.“No good deed goes unpunished,” said Judge Barbara Johnson during Monday’s budget hearing. “What we are asking is for the status quo … and to meet the needs established back in 2006.”Clark County’s court commissioners deal with about 90 percent of family law cases, such as custody hearings and divorce proceedings. Court commissioners also deal with all dependency cases in the county, which involve cases of child neglect.The dependency cases are of particular importance to the court; each case represents one child. A typical week’s dependency docket has about 120 cases.
A 23-year-old Vancouver man pleaded guilty today to burglarizing a Battle Ground home Sept. 24 and trafficking stolen property.Samuel A. Scory will be sentenced April 12 by Clark County Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke.Scory and Kirk M. Hernandez Sr., 42, who is accused of murdering Matthew Clark on Oct. 1, were allegedly accomplices in the burglary. Guns stolen in the burglary were allegedly the cause of a dispute that prompted Clark’s murder, according to court documents.They stole numerous firearms, night vision goggles, a sheriff’s badge and other items from the home, according to the documents.Scory also was accused of burglaries Sept. 19 in Vancouver and Oct. 16 in Camas. The Camas burglary made national news because of a quick-thinking 10-year-old girl who was inside the home at the time and called 911.Scory didn’t plead guilty to those crimes but would have been put on trial for them, had he not struck a plea bargain.He pleaded guilty to trafficking a Taurus .357 revolver, the same kind of gun stolen in the Sept. 19 Vancouver burglary.His attorney, George Marlton, said Scory made an “Alford” plea, which means he believes he is not guilty but acknowledges that the prosecution has evidence that could convict him in a trial and is pleading guilty to avoid a higher sentence.
LAKE MARY, Fla. — The sobbing wife of George Zimmerman called 911 Monday to report that her estranged husband was threatening her with a gun and had punched her father in the nose, but hours later she decided not to press charges against the man acquitted of all charges for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.Lake Mary police officers were still investigating the encounter as a domestic dispute, but no charges had been filed Monday afternoon. George Zimmerman, wearing a flannel shirt, baseball cap and with sunglasses on, left the home after being questioned by police.Shellie Zimmerman, who has filed for divorce, initially told a 911 dispatcher that her husband had his hand on his gun as he sat in his car outside the home she was at with her father. She said she was scared because she wasn’t sure what Zimmerman was capable of doing. But hours later she changed her story and said she never saw a firearm, said Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell.For the time being, “domestic violence can’t be invoked because she has changed her story and says she didn’t see a firearm,” Bracknell said.On the 911 call, Shellie Zimmerman is sobbing and repeating “Oh my God” as she talks to a police dispatcher. She yells at her father to get inside the house, saying Zimmerman may start shooting at them.
EVERETT — Boeing Co. told political leaders in the Puget Sound on Monday that this week’s vote by Machinists will determine the fate of some jobs on the new 777X airplane.Local politicians gathered at a press conference in Everett to discuss the importance of approving the revised contract offer. Boeing executive Ray Conner told the government leaders earlier in the day that an accepted contract will ensure that work on the airplane’s wing stays in the Puget Sound, but a vote to reject the deal will ensure the jobs go elsewhere. Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke says there is no other choice but to vote yes. Otherwise, the politicians warned of a decline in the state’s aerospace industry.“We will see the demise of the economic stimulus that Boeing has provided us,” Cooke said.Boeing spokesman Doug Alder declined to discuss details of the company’s conversations with local leaders but said this week will “be the last opportunity for the union to vote prior to Boeing making a decision” on where it will build the 777X.Local union leaders have opposed the contract because they believe it involves too many concessions, including a plan to shift workers away from traditional pensions. National leaders in International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have scheduled a vote despite the objections of local officials.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to support the defenses of U.S. allies in Europe in response to Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. was stepping up joint aviation training with Polish forces. The Pentagon also is increasing American participation in NATO’s air policing mission in its Baltic countries, he said.In his remarks, Hagel focused on U.S. diplomatic and aid efforts since Moscow’s incursion into Ukrainian territory. He said he’d speak later Wednesday with Ukraine’s new defense minister; Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey spoke to his Russian counterpart earlier in the day. Neither Hagel nor Dempsey mentioned military options.“I urge continued restraint in the days ahead in order to preserve room for a diplomatic solution,” Dempsey told the Senate panel.While the hearing was supposed to focus on the military’s budget, both witnesses quickly addressed the ongoing events in Ukraine. Since last weekend, Russian troops have taken control of much of the peninsula in the Black Sea, where Russian speakers are in the majority. Moscow doesn’t recognize the Ukrainian leadership that came to power after protesters ousted the country’s pro-Russian president last month. President Vladimir Putin and other officials have cited strategic interests as well as the protection of ethnic Russians in making the case for intervention.Hagel said the U.S. was reaffirming its commitment to allies in Central and Eastern Europe, some of whom spent decades in the last century under Soviet domination. European countries are grappling with their own response to the crisis, fearful about moves reminiscent of Russia’s Cold War policy of regional hegemony but equally concerned about damaging trade and energy partnerships vital to their economies.
Load More RelatedPosts Silver Heritage says Tiger Palace sale on hold after potential buyer misses deposit deadline Buyer search no longer exclusive as main Silver Heritage candidate misses second deposit deadline Silver Heritage Group has lost another director with the company announcing that Richard Barker has resigned with immediate effect.In a filing to the Australian Securities Exchange, the company said that Barker had resigned to focus on other business interests, with a previous resolution pertaining to his re-election at the upcoming annual general meeting to be withdrawn. Silver Heritage halts preparation of financial statements on a going concern basis as sale looms Barker’s departure comes just over a week after David Green stepped down from his role as Chairman. Silver Heritage said at the time that Green had tendered his resignation “for both personal reasons and also to enable him to focus upon other business interests.”His role has been temporarily filled by Matthew Hunter, who joined the board as an independent director in December 2014.The departure of both Green and Barker comes less than five months after the company launched casino operations at its US$52 million Tiger Palace Resort Bhairahawa in Nepal, located just eight kilometers from the Indian border.Last month Silver Heritage announced losses of US$1.1 million for the first three months of 2018 but has also seen its Nepal revenues increasing, with record GGR of US$460,000 through the first 28 days of April compared with US$911,000 in January, February and March combined.
Something for the weekend: Negotiating a new pay deal agreement with employees can involve the input of a trade union, as well as numerous communications between all of the involved parties to iron out the finer details. The Australian Federal Police (AFP), however, took a different stance when it introduced a pop-up window on an internal criminal investigation database which advocated why affected police officers should accept its proposed deal.The pop-up message, which had to be acknowledged before it could be closed, encouraged police officers to accept a proposed enterprise agreement. The message was displayed on an internal computer system in the run up to the trade union Australian Federal Police Association (AFPA) official member ballot on 10 July 2017.The pop-up box sought to highlight the key points of the proposed enterprise agreement. It read:“YesI get a pay rise nowI keep my leave entitlementsI get paid for the hours I work”The message also looked to deter AFPA members who would be voting from refusing the deal. It said:“NoI don’t get a pay rise nowMy current enterprise arrangement still appliesBargaining process will recommence”According to the AFPA, the pop-up message was removed within four hours.The final vote on the enterprise arrangement resulted in 80.88% of members refusing the proposed pay deal, in alignment with the recommendation from the AFPA. The participation rate was 87.2%.The trade union stated on its Facebook page: “We do not believe support for the proposed [enterprise agreement] is in the best interests of members of the AFPA.“This strong result gives us a clear mandate to go back to the AFP and firmly defend the rights and conditions of our members.”Angela Smith, president at the AFPA, said: “I am continually being contacted by members who are expressing concerns about both the way AFP is relaying information to members and about the agreement itself. Late last week, the AFP used an operational computer system to push their industrial message.“At face value, this was a blatant misuse of a key internal criminal investigative system that was quickly abandoned after our association and our members questioned the ethics of this approach. This type of management tactic has contributed to a growing sense of unease among our members.”Here at Employee Benefits, we can see how these pay negotiations may have strayed into murky digital waters. Hopefully the AFP and the AFPA will reach a mutual agreement soon.
Professional services organisation EY has reported a mean gender pay gap of 19.7% 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. In addition, EY’s Pay gap report 2017 also includes voluntary disclosures, such as its ethnicity pay gap.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.The median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 14.8% as at 5 April 2017.The mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 43.5%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is 35.2%. Over this period, 52.3% of men received a bonus payment, which is based on performance and seniority, compared to 57.8% of women.More than a third (35.5%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at EY are women, compared to 47.8% in the second quartile, 53.7% in the third quartile, and 51.4% in the lowest pay quartile.The mean black and minority ethnic (BME) pay gap for hourly fixed pay is 17.3% at 5 April 2017, and the median BME pay gap is 9.8%. The mean ethnicity pay gap for bonuses paid in the 12 months to 5 April 2017 is 34.1% and the median BME pay gap for bonus pay is 35.7%. In this timeframe, 46.2% of BME employees received a bonus payment, compared to 61.3% of white employees.Less than a fifth (19.3%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at EY are BME, compared to 31% in the second pay quartile, 33.5% in the third pay quartile, and 29.6% in the lowest pay quartile.Two-fifths (40%) of EY UK’s board are women, and 6% are BME. Of its overall partnership in the UK, 20% of partners are female and 9% are BME.EY attributes both its gender pay gap and ethnicity pay gap to the make-up of its workforce, with more men and non-BME employees working across senior levels in the business. EY’s analysis found that there is a larger proportion of women employed in more junior, administrative and workplace service roles. For the organisation’s client serving staff, the median gender pay gap is 9.6% and the median ethnicity pay gap is 8.6%.EY has implemented more than 20 initiatives to date in order to improve diversity at the organisation. This includes mentoring and sponsorship programmes, such as its CareerWatch and BME Leadership programmes, inclusive leadership training, career and family coaching, and promoting flexible working, which 84% of employees currently utilise. In addition, EY has more than 26 employee networks in place, including its EY Black Network and Women’s Network, as well as its EY Reconnect network, which helps employees back to work after a career break.EY also monitor its recruitment, promotion, performance assessment and nomination to leadership programmes processes to take into consideration gender and race. This includes placing a greater focus on the representation of women and ethnic minorities on its client project teams, and using shared parental leave policies to encourage decision making around being a working parent as gender neutral as possible, as well as accessible to all.The organisation is also committed to making progress on its gender and ethnicity targets, which are measured on a three-yearly rolling basis. EY aims to have at least 30% female and 10% black and minority ethnic representation in its new partner intake every three years. For 2017, these figures stand at 27% and 13% respectively.Steve Varley (pictured), managing partner at EY UK, said: “We have made strong progress in the last five years to improve the representation of diverse talent, in all its forms, and we have an action plan in place to tackle this business critical issue. However, we know there is more work to do to speed up the process of achieving parity in the workplace and looking at this challenge through the lens of the pay gap figures has given us even greater resolve.“Publishing both our gender and ethnicity pay gap will help to ensure that we have an equal and sustained focus internally on improving these measures of diversity. We also hope to advance change by encouraging other businesses to follow this approach. It is a commercial imperative for EY and part of our business purpose, to build a better working world, improving diversity and inclusion in our own business and contributing to change in wider society.“To increase the diversity of our own organisation we have taken a two-pronged approach; the first is the most fundamental, cultural change. The ‘game changer’ on this agenda is shifting the perceptions and behaviours of our people across the organisation, to create an inclusive and flexible working culture, where everyone can thrive and be themselves at work. At the same time we know that, by particularly supporting our female and BME talent with targeted initiatives, we can increase the diversity of our leaders.”