Valverde hails his teams attitude

first_imgFor the Barcelona boss, the club showed character to claim a 3-2 victory over Rayo Vallecano this week, extending their lead in the Spanish La LigaBarcelona continues to be at the top of the Spanish La Liga tournament after they beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2 this weekend.And for its manager, Ernesto Valverde, it’s all thanks to the team’s attitude towards the game.“I was happy with the victory. Our attitude was always the same, to go for it, and that’s what gave us the win,” Valverde was quoted by The Daily Mail.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“We started well, but then we lacked depth. We had many problems with our opponents and once they scored, they grew in confidence.”“In the end we had to go for it, trying to find finishes from within the area, and if that couldn’t be achieved, trying another way. The important thing is the character of this team,” he added.“We expect a lot from him. Dembele can be decisive and today he helped us with a great goal that allowed us to get the next.”last_img read more

Xavi Hernandez responds to Modrics Ballon dOr dedication

first_imgLuka Modric dedicated part of his Ballon d’Or honour to Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez whom he said had deserved it in the past.Xavi has responded, showing how grateful he is for Modric’s dedication. Argentina international Lionel Messi and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo dominated the award for about 5 years back to back, but Modric has shattered that record by winning the award this year.“Maybe there were other players who could have won it in recent years and didn’t like Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta or [Wesley] Sneijder but it wasn’t to be for them,” Modric said.“Now people wanted something different and it is a victory for football so I’m very happy but this award is also for those players who probably deserved to win but didn’t.”Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“It was very nice for me to hear that and the truth is that it is much appreciated,” Xavi told reporters in Qatar at the presentation of the Losail Stadium as quoted in Marca.“I’m happy that the award went to him, although I thought Messi would win it.“I would give it Messi every year obviously but it can’t be that way. I miss playing with him and everyone else at Barcelona.”last_img read more

Vertonghen insists Spurs deserve more trophies

first_imgTottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen insists the club deserve “so many trophies” and believes it would be a disappointment if the current squad do not win any silverware.Spurs has not won a trophy since claiming the 2008 League Cup, a competition they were knocked out of by Chelsea in the semi-finals last week.The North London club are third in the Premier League and preparing for the UEFA Champions League second round tie, face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round Sunday.Vertonghen understands the significance of the oldest club competition in the world (FA Cup) following the club’s exit from the Carabao Cup.“It’s very important,” said Vertonghen, according to FourFourTwo.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“This team deserves so much more, so many trophies.”“Over the last five years, we haven’t had a lot of luck. We’ve been so good. It would be a big shame if we don’t reward ourselves.”“Everyone in the club deserves that reward.”After the game at Crystal Palace, Spurs face Watford at Wembley Stadium in Premier League action Wednesday.last_img read more

Man arrested after 5hour SWAT standoff in Point Loma

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 25, 2018 Updated: 11:26 PMcenter_img POINT LOMA (KUS) — A five-hour SWAT standoff ended Thursday night after a man threatening to kill himself was taken into police custody.According to San Diego police, the incident began around 5:35 p.m. in the 4400 block of Mentone Street. A man had locked himself in his vehicle with a knife and was threatening to kill himself and harm any others who tried to approach him.The man eventually exited his vehicle and was detained by police officers, ending the incident around 10:44 p.m.No other injuries were reported. January 25, 2018 Man arrested after 5-hour SWAT standoff in Point Lomalast_img read more

Alpine residents recovering after having homes burned down in West Fire

first_img John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Alpine residents recovering after having homes burned down in West Fire July 14, 2018 John Soderman 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 SettingsALPINE (KUSI) — Debbie Garman stares out over the ashes that used to be her Alpine home, but there are no tears.That’s because she says she has cried so many times this past week after losing her home her tears are all used up.Debbie house was one of 56 structures lost in the West Fire.She says while she feels totally overwhelmed with insurance issues and other post-fire problems, her heart has been totally touched by the kindness of others.She says it’s why she will stay in Alpine, a community she says has a heart of gold. Posted: July 14, 2018last_img read more

Americas Finest City Half Marathon 5K

first_img Updated: 9:30 PM America’s Finest City Half Marathon & 5K Elizabeth Alvarez, KUSI Newsroom Elizabeth Alvarez, KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 19, 2018center_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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 41st annual America’s Finest City half marathon and 5K, the premier San Diego half marathon, kicked off early Sunday morning.The half marathon ran through a picturesque, point-to-point course, starting at the historic Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma. The race continued from the tip of Point Loma through the scenic San Diego Bay. Downtown San Diego traffic was coordinated to accommodate runners as they made their way through what would be congested city streets. The half marathon concluded in beautiful Balboa Park. KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was on location with more: August 19, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Julian features fresh snow after recent winter weather

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News 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 SettingsJULIAN (KUSI)- The latest storm brought in rain and snow to southern California.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries spent the morning in the mountains and has more on this story.Schools in the area with later start times on Thursday. KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img FacebookTwitter Julian features fresh snow after recent winter weather February 6, 2019last_img read more

SCOTUS allows detention of immigrants with criminal record after their release

first_img AP, KUSI Newsroom March 20, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter AP, KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 20, 2019 SCOTUS allows detention of immigrants with criminal record after their release 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 SettingsWASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a group of immigrants in a case about the government’s power to detain them after they’ve committed crimes but finished their sentences.The issue in the case before the justices had to do with the detention of noncitizens who have committed a broad range of crimes that make them deportable. Immigration law tells the government it must arrest those people when they are released from custody and then hold them while an immigration court decides whether they should be deported.But those affected by the law aren’t always picked up immediately and are sometimes not detained until years later. In the case before the Supreme Court, a group of mostly green card holders argued that unless they’re picked up essentially within a day of being released, they should be entitled to a hearing where they can argue that they aren’t a danger to the community and are not likely to flee. If a judge were to agree, they would not have to remain in custody while their deportation case goes forward. That’s the same hearing rule that applies to other noncitizens the government is trying to deport.But the Supreme Court disagreed with the immigrants’ interpretation of federal law in a 5-4 ruling that divided the court along ideological lines. Looking at a statutory provision enacted by Congress in 1996, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that “neither the statute’s text nor its structure” supported the immigrants’ argument. The court’s conservative justices sided with the Trump administration. The administration argued, as the Obama administration did, that those affected by the law aren’t entitled to a hearing where they can argue for their release, regardless of whether they are arrested immediately after being released from custody or not.Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the administration was “pleased with the decision.”Justice Stephen Breyer, in a dissent he read aloud in court, said that the larger importance of the case has to do with the power his colleagues’ ruling gives the government.“It is a power to detain persons who have committed a minor crime many years before. And it is a power to hold those persons, perhaps for many months, without any opportunity to obtain bail,” Breyer said.He wrote that in his view the law requires immigrants who have committed crimes to be detained “within a reasonable time after their release” from custody, “presumptively no more than six months.” If the person is not detained within that time, they should get a hearing where they can argue for their release, Breyer wrote.The American Civil Liberties Union represented the immigrants in the case before the Supreme Court. ACLU attorney Cecillia Wang, who argued the case, said after the decision that the ACLU will call on Congress to clarify the law and will continue to pursue options in court.Tuesday’s ruling was based on the text of the statute, and Wang said the ACLU will argue that the statute, as interpreted by the justices, is unconstitutional. Wang also called the decision an “extreme waste of taxpayer money,” saying it locks up individuals who are not a danger to the community.The case before the justices involved a class-action lawsuit brought by noncitizens in California and a similar class-action lawsuit brought in the state of Washington. In those cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sided with the immigrants, but other appeals courts had sided with the government in similar cases.One of the lead plaintiffs involved in the California case, Mony Preap, has been a lawful permanent resident of the United States since 1981 and has two convictions for possession of marijuana. He was released from prison in 2006 but was not taken into immigration custody until 2013. Preap has since won his deportation case, allowing him to remain in the country.The case is 16-1363 Nielsen v. Preap. last_img read more

ASAs WISHH and USDA Ship Soy Flour to Afghanistan

first_img5,000 Afghan Families to BenefitThe American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) representatives participated today in the final preparations of a shipment of soy flour to Afghanistan. The 3,525 50-pound bags of soy flour shipped from the Port of Virginia will deliver the benefits of high-protein soy to 5,000 women and their families in Afghanistan.ASA and state soybean leaders from Virginia, North Carolina and Illinois joined USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Associate Administrator Janet Nuzum at ARREFF Terminals in Portsmouth, Va. for loading of the soy flour. They then went to the Port of Virginia where the five containers were shipped. USDA purchased the soy flour as part of its cooperative agreement with ASA under the USDA Food for Progress Program. Cargill’s Cedar Rapids, Iowa facility produced the soy flour, which readily increases the protein content of traditional naan breads as well as makes soymilk and other foods.Once the soy flour completes its 7,000-plus mile journey, WISHH and its partners will work with the Afghanistan Ministry of Women’s Affairs to distribute “family size” portions of the soy flour to 5,000 pregnant and lactating women and their families for four months.”We applaud USDA for putting soy flour to such good use,” said ASA Board member Bruce Hall, a soybean grower from La Crosse, Va. who witnessed the loading. “Soy is an important tool to improve individual lives as well as the economies of developing countries.”WISHH launched the USDA-funded Soybeans in Agricultural Renewal of Afghanistan (SarAi) project this year. The multi-faceted effort uses soybeans to benefit Afghan farmers, food processors, and rural communities, as well as women and children. It provides a total of 240 metric tons of defatted soy flour, 13,750 metric tons of soybean oil and 6,000 metric tons of soybeans over three year. Over the life of the program and all of its activities, this project will benefit more than 405,000 Afghan people.Joining WISHH on the project are: CBI Global located in Ohio; California-based Nutrition and Education International Inc. (NEI); SALT International of Iowa; and Shelter for Life International, which is headquartered in Minnesota.According to UNICEF, more than half of Afghan children under five suffer from moderate or severe stunting. Twenty five percent of children die before reaching their fifth birthday. The health of rural Afghan people, particularly women and children, is often the worst in the nation.The WISHH program is managed from ASA’s world headquarters in Saint Louis. Since U.S. soybean farmers founded WISHH in 2000, WISHH has worked in 23 countries to improve diets, as well as encourage growth of food industries. Please visit www.wishh.org for more information.ARREFF Terminals has provided Port Of Virginia transloading services for agricultural bulk and bag products for the last 20 years. The facility boasts dedicated on-site trucking, six rail tracks, and capacity to handle 35 railcars, with service provided by both Norfolk Southern and CSX.last_img read more

Fernandez fined by NBA

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez has been fined $25,000 for public statements detrimental to the NBA, the league announced Thursday.The statements concerned Fernandez’s desire to be traded or released by the Blazers.Andy Miller, Fernandez’s agent, told The Columbian on Wednesday that the second-year guard no longer wanted to play for Portland and had no desire to stay in the NBA, after the Blazers had failed to grant a long-standing trade request.Miller did not immediately return a message following the NBA’s announcement.ESPN reported Thursday that the league was investigating statements made by Miller and Fernandez about a proposed training camp holdout.Asked before the fine was issued about the reported investigation, Miller said he had not been contacted by the league.Fernandez tweeted Thursday that he recently had a “cordial conversation” with Blazers coach Nate McMillan.last_img read more

Vancouver truck driver 53 arrested in fatal hitandrun in Portland

first_imgA Vancouver truck driver was arrested Wednesday in the hit-and-run death of a young woman in Northeast Portland that occurred the morning of Oct. 4.Bruce Allen Smith, 53, was taken to the Multnomah County Jail after being indicted by a grand jury for alleged failure to perform the duties of a driver. The charge is a Class B felony because the woman he hit died, according to a bulletin from the Portland Police Bureau.The victim was Abaynesh Awokie, 21, of Portland, who was hit by a tractor-trailer rig at 82nd Way and Alderwood Road. She had been walking from a nearby MAX station to her job. The driver didn’t stop, police said.On the same day she was hit, the Traffic Division had identified Smith and the tractor-trailer he drove, the bulletin said.Portland police then worked more than 100 hours to investigate, and the case later was presented to the grand jury, which indicted Smith.Police said Smith has cooperated with the investigation, as has the trucking company, Main Carriers Inc., which works for the U.S. Postal Service.last_img read more

Vancouver burglary suspect appears in court

first_imgA homeless man appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of a residential burglary in Vancouver’s Lincoln neighborhood.David Popplewell, 31, faces a charge of residential burglary at a Jan. 2 arraignment.Judge Robert Lewis held him on $40,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Heather Carroll to defend him.Vancouver police believe Popplewell may be responsible for a string of early-morning burglaries that have occurred during the last month on the west side of the city.Vancouver police officers responded to a burglary in progress at 4:43 a.m. Wednesday in the 3400 block of Columbia Street, police said. An officer followed the suspect as he fled and attempted to hide in neighbors’ yards, according to court records. Police then enlisted the help of a police dog in the pursuit. The K9 helped apprehend Popplewell by biting his left leg, court records show.A corrections officer had to wheel Popplewell into the courtroom Thursday in a wheelchair.Police said they found Popplewell with a laptop stolen from the house on Columbia.In court records, Popplewell reported that he’s been homeless for 10 years. When asked for a reference to verify his residency, he wrote, “I have no one to verify.”last_img read more

Locke urges China to respect human rights

first_imgBEIJING — The outgoing U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing on Thursday to respect the rights of peaceful political activists and said Washington was deeply concerned about the fate of a minority scholar charged with separatism.At his final news conference as ambassador, Gary Locke said that Washington is “very concerned” about the case of Ilham Tohti as well as a recent increase in the arrests of social and legal activists and journalists.Tohti is an economics professor and outspoken advocate for the Uighur Muslim minority who was arrested on Tuesday after being taken from his home one month ago.China should value not just the economic welfare of its people, but also their freedom of speech, assembly and religion, Locke said.“We believe that freedom of expression is a universal right and we very much are concerned about the arrest and detentions of people who are engaged in peaceful advocacy,” Locke, accompanied by his wife Mona, told journalists at the U.S. Embassy in eastern Beijing.State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Wednesday also expressed deep concern for Tohti and called for his release.China’s authoritarian communist government brooks no political opposition and routinely rejects such remarks. Beijing says it must take harsh measures against what it calls Islamic radical terrorists fighting for the independence of the northwestern China Uighur homeland of Xinjiang amid an uptick in violent incidents over the past year.last_img read more

Brief power outage affects 22000 in Clark County

first_imgA brief power outage left more than 22,000 customers in the dark Sunday, according to Clark Public Utilities.Strong winds blew a tree into a transmission line near the Evergreen substation, said spokeswoman Erica Erland. At one point, the outage affected five substations and 22,327 customers in the Orchards area, she said.The outage was first reported just before 7:30 p.m., Erland said. Most people had power restored by 8:30 p.m. A smaller number of people closer to the damaged line were without power until about 10 p.m., she said.The outage came on the heels of a powerful windstorm that left tens of thousands of people without power Thursday. Cleanup from that event lasted into the weekend.last_img read more

Engines on at new Studio City show Elēkrŏn

first_img RelatedPosts “It’s going to attract a lot of visitors in anticipation of Chinese New Year and our positioning in Melco has always been to focus on the entertainment offering,” Ho added.The show includes dozens of specially designed electric cars and is co-developed alongside Stufish, a renowned firm whose portfolio includes sets for U2, Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Beyoncé as well as opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.The show runs for 75 minutes and is full of stunt performances utilizing oneiric vehicles, weapons and fire to achieve a bizarre post-punk comic book impression. Yet far from taking spectators through a creepy narrative, the spectacle is bountiful and even incorporates hilarious moments to lighten the mood.According to Melco, the performers “play a unified nomadic tribe who must race against time to confront and redirect powerful electrical forces, creating a heroic story of survival in a land where nature has careened out of control.”Highlights of the show include the performance of The Kangaroo Kid, two time Guinness World Record holder for the Longest Ramp Jump on a Quad Bike, a burning Porsche or a thrilling crossbow stunt.Beyond gamingHo said Elēkrŏn shows that Melco “really wanted to continue to support Macau’s government in terms of diversification in non-gaming – we like to call it beyond gaming development … and that’s really part of our motivation, to continue to support the Macau government’s positioning in terms of creating Macau to be the center for tourism and MICE.”Ho also highlighted the environmentally friendly aspect of Elēkrŏn, stating “there’s never been an electric-cars show indoors. We also wanted to make use of this to show that you can have fun and still be socially responsible because everything is clean energy, clean electricity.” Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul “This is the perfect time of the year” to start a show, said Lawrence Ho, CEO and Chairman of Melco Resorts, right before the premiere of Elēkrŏn, the new resident show at Macau IR Studio City.Elēkrŏn combines a Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic aesthetic with cutting-edge motor designs. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load Morelast_img read more

47 cite flexible working as the most desirable workplace benefit

first_imgAlmost half (47%) of respondents cite flexible working as the most desirable workplace benefit that they would like to receive, according to research by CV Library.Its survey of 1,000 employees also found that 13% of respondents would turn down a job if the organisation did not offer workplace perks.The research also found:72% of respondents say that they do not currently receive any perks at work.71% of respondents believe all organisations should offer perks.Almost two thirds (62%) of respondents consider workplace benefits to be a key factor when looking for a job.39% of respondents cite seasonal bonuses as the most desirable workplace perk they would like to receive, 37% of respondents would value extra holiday the most, and 23% want to receive staff discounts.A fifth (21%) of respondents view having paid time off on their birthday as the most desirable workplace perk, 18% would like to have access to free fitness facilities or classes, and 18% cite free office snacks and drinks as the most desirable workplace perk.Less than one in 10 (8%) respondents view parties and social activities as the most desirable workplace perk they would like to receive, and 5% cite a nap or games room as the workplace perk they would most like to have.85% of respondents admit they would rather receive a pay rise than any other kind of benefit or perk.Lee Biggins (pictured), founder and managing director at CV Library, said: “It’s interesting to see that today’s modern workforce are shying away from the more whimsical perks that had become somewhat of a fad in recent years. Nap pods and office bars may be popular in some offices, but the majority of professionals are now steering towards the more practical benefits like flexible working and bonuses. It’s concerning to learn that less than a third of employers are offering their staff these perks, especially as employees do take these into consideration when applying for jobs.“It’s unsurprising that the majority of [employees] would prefer to see a pay rise over perks, especially post-Christmas when money is tight. And while it’s important that businesses are offering workplace perks, these should not be used as a substitute for fair salaries. January was a busy month for recruitment with many candidates looking for a new job in the new year. This is expected to continue well into the next month, meaning employers should take these findings around workplace perks into consideration when looking to attract talented new recruits to their business.”last_img read more

34 are distracted by financial concerns at work

first_imgMore than a third (34%) of employee respondents are distracted at work by financial concerns, according to research by MetLife UK.Its UK Employee benefits trends study 2017, which surveyed 301 employees and 600 HR representatives and decision makers in the UK, also found that more than half (54%) of employee respondents aged 18-30 years old are distracted by financial worries at work.The research also found:More than half (53%) of employee respondents are interested in receiving financial counselling.42% of employee respondents are concerned about credit card debt.57% of employee respondents are worried about the financial security of their family if the main wage earner is unable to work as a result of a disability or serious illness.57% of employee respondents are concerned about the financial security of their family in the event of their premature death.41% of employee respondents are worried about the affordability of their children’s education.More than a third (39%) of employee respondents report that they are living from payday to payday.35% of employer respondents offer workplace wellness schemes.87% of employee respondents agree that wellness programmes have a positive impact on their health.Tom Gaynor (pictured), employee benefits director at MetLife UK, said: “We know that less stressed employees are more productive and creative, and the business case to improve employees’ financial wellness is more than just a simple act of benevolence.“Done right, it’s an opportunity to help employees become more focused at work and more engaged with their employers. There is a clear link between employees feeling in control of their finances and engaged at work, which is a real opportunity to demonstrate the power of benefits in driving productivity.”last_img read more

BBC conducts equal pay audit across UKbased staff

first_imgThe British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is conducting an equal pay audit across its UK-based staff as part of a range of measures to ensure fair pair at the organisation.The equal pay audit, which is being carried out independently by law firm Eversheds and professional services organisation PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), is looking at areas such as job families and like-for-like work to identify whether any pay disparities found at the organisation are justified.The audit forms part of a multi-pronged approach to tackle issues around fairness and pay at the organisation following the July 2017 publication of pay data for individuals who are paid more than £150,000 from license fee revenue in each financial year. The organisation is required to publish this information on an annual basis under the terms of its Royal Charter.The pay disclosures report showed that presenter Chris Evans is the highest paid on-air talent at the BBC, earning between £2,200,000 and £2,249,999, while presenters Claudia Winkleman and Alex Jones are the highest paid women, earning £450,000-£499,999 and £400,000-£449,999, respectively.Following the report’s publication, an open letter signed by 44 female BBC employees requested that the organisation’s gender pay gap be acted upon now, rather than by 2020, which is the deadline the BBC has set for closing the gap and for achieving a 50-50 split between men and women for all lead and presenting roles. In response to this, Tony Hall, director general at the BBC, confirmed in July 2017 that the BBC would hold wider consultation meetings with employees to support changes designed to address its 10% gender pay gap.Hall announced the further measures that the BBC is taking during a speech to staff on Wednesday 6 September 2017.In addition to the equal pay audit, the BBC has commissioned a report on its gender pay gap, which will be independently audited. The equal pay audit report and the gender pay gap report will both be published upon completion, with the organisation committing to take any action required to rectify issues that are uncovered.The BBC will also review its approach to on-air presenters, editors, and correspondents to examine both pay and representation in this area, and it has launched an employee consultation to gather feedback from staff.Hall said: “This is just the start. There are more things on the table, from the way we recruit, to the way we promote, to the way [employees] can raise questions. And I’ll have more to say in the coming weeks and months.“These are difficult and often deep-rooted challenges. And they are not unique to the BBC. But I see this as a moment of real opportunity for us. I’m determined that the BBC should lead the way; on gender, diversity, and equality.”Female employees at the BBC responded to the announcement via #BBCwomen, with presenters such as Clare Balding and Ritula Shah sharing the comment: “The director general must be in no doubt about how serious an issue equal and fair pay is for women across the organisation. The BBC should be the standard bearer for this. We await the swift release of meaningful data that we can trust and for solutions that will rectify injustices to be put in place before the end of the year.“We need full transparency. Our aim is to change things for women in broadcasting now, and to encourage and reassure young women coming into the industry whatever their role. We will be monitoring developments to ensure real change happens, and quickly.”Suzanne Horne, partner and head of the international employment practice at Paul Hastings, added: “The announcement by the BBC to carry out an independent and transparent audit implies that it will publish any differences in pay between men and women and the reasons for those differences. If there are potential equal pay breaches, those affected will have the right to bring claims in either the tribunal or the civil court and compensation can be for up to six years in arrears plus interest.“While the UK does not have class actions, we have seen successful multiple claimant cases that have proved costly for public sector employers. Therefore, the BBC’s decision is high risk.“In advance of the April 2018 deadline for publication of the gender pay and bonus gap data, UK employers would be wise to carry out privileged equal pay audits to determine if their gender pay gap is in fact illustrative of a breach of equal pay laws. Because these reports are not in the public domain, they offer employers the best opportunity to take remedial action to avoid breaches continuing or occurring.”last_img read more

JM Family McDougle Family Kaboom build playground in Deerfield Beach

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A new playground has been built in Broward County thanks to several local organizations.The JM Family, the McDougle Family and Kaboom came together with over 200 volunteers to build the playground.“We thought that this would be a great opportunity to get our volunteers and our company and their children to do something where you start from a blank sheet, and you’ll end up with a finished playground for all the local kids,” said Colin Brown, president and CEO of JM Family Enterprises.The playground took just one day to build and is located at 50 Hillsboro Technology Drive.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more