The Rossoneri general director has backed coach Gennaro Gattuso and hopes his team can do well in the Italian Lega Serie AFor AC Milan general director Leonardo, his team doesn’t have to be obsessed to win the UEFA Champions League and has to focus on the Italian Lega Serie A.“For a club like Milan, of course, the objective must be to get back into the most important European competition,” Leonardo was quoted by Football Italia.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We believe that we have the ideal structure in place to achieve this target, but we mustn’t make the mistake of turning it into an obsession.”“At the moment, we are three points off fourth place with a game in hand, so perfectly in line with our ambitions,” he added.“The rumors on Rino came from outside the club, and as far as we are concerned, they are to be considered unfounded. This is why we didn’t need to release a statement denying it because Rino knows he has the full faith of the club and squad.”
Gary Chivers believes it’s essential that Brighton & Hove Albion find a way to stop the ever impressive Eden Hazard ahead of today’s game against ChelseaThe Seagulls will host Chelsea at the Amex Stadium looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Burnley.The last time Brighton faced Chelsea at home came in January, where they lost 4-0 after Hazard’s brace.And Chivers, who played for both teams in his playing career, warned Brighton they must find a way to stop the Belgian superstar this time around.“From Brighton’s perspective it’ll be a tough one because although Chelsea are a side who’ve been a bit indifferent in recent weeks, their last performance in the league against Manchester City was a great one,” Chivers told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The side took their chances last weekend – Eden Hazard playing up front was their trump card in many ways because not many people expected that.“Most would assume that either Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata would play as a striker, but Hazard went into that role. He had pace either side of him and when they had the ball it really looked dangerous.“Hazard drifts into spaces between the back four and middle four, you don’t want him running at you with the ball because he’s one of the best players in the Premier League – if Albion are to get a result then they’ll have to stop him as well as being solid overall defensively.”The Brighton-Chelsea match will begin at 14:30 (CET) today.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes Marcus Rashford has the potential to go beyond becoming a top-class playerThe 21-year-old striker appears to be another star who has benefitted from Jose Mourinho’s departure at Old Trafford after struggling for regular starts.This led to uncertainty surrounding Rashford’s future with ex-United star Garth Crooks accusing Mourinho of “killing” him last month.Under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, Rashford has been given a new lease of life with the Norwegian playing him in a central forward role.And Rashford has repaid Solskjaer’s faith by scoring three goals in his four matches in charge of United, which has kept Romelu Lukaku benched.“The spring in the counter-attack is there and Rashford playing up front is fantastic – I love him to bits,” Neville told Sky Sports.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s played nearly 150 games at the age of 21 and his potential is enormous. It’s actually now stepping up beyond the potential to where he will be a top-class player.“People will talk about Romelu Lukaku and how is he getting back in the team – don’t worry about that, worry about the kid that’s playing that’s going to devastate teams.“He gives them mobility. They just need more energy up front. Lukaku has not been at his best.“He has earned his chance. He gives them something different and he is a fantastic player.“He is on the right trajectory to become something really special for Manchester United.”The Red Devils will next face Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Updated: 10:43 PM September 10, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Dr. Brent Crandal joined us in-studio to discuss suicide prevention 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 purpose is to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented.The day was organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization.According to the WHO’s first global report on suicide prevention, more than 800-thousand people die by suicide every year.In the United States, suicide rates have gone up 25-percent in the last 20 years.The phone number for the National Suicide Prevention lifeline is… 1-800-273-TALK (8255).Here in San Diego Rady Children’s Hospital has launched a program to screen children who may potentially be suicidal.Dr. Brent Crandal, child and family psychologist at Rady’s Children’s Hospital, joined us in-studio Monday for more. Posted: September 10, 2018
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 SettingsPOWAY (CNS) – Bereaved relatives, grieving fellow congregants and an array of political leaders gathered today to mourn the death and celebrate the life of a woman gunned down at a Poway synagogue on the final day of Passover during a shooting rampage allegedly fueled by anti-Semitism.Lori Gilbert Kaye, described by her rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, as one of Chabad of Poway’s “pioneers,” was a former bank employee who helped get the congregation a loan to build its house of worship in northern San Diego County.The afternoon funeral for Kaye, 60, took place just two days after a gunman opened fire with an assault rifle at the synagogue, killing her and wounding three others, including Goldstein. Some witnesses said Kaye suffered the fatal wound while trying to protect the rabbi from the gunfire.Kaye was shot late Saturday morning while at the temple with her husband and daughter to honor her recently deceased mother, according to Goldstein, who lost one index finger in the shooting and spent hours in surgery as doctors worked to save the other.After the shooter’s gun jammed, he was chased out of the building by a Border Patrol agent who is a member of the congregation. The suspect, 19-year-old John T. Earnest of Rancho Penasquitos, fled in a vehicle but was arrested nearby a short time later.Another worshipper, 34-year-old Almog Peretz, suffered a gunshot wound while shepherding children to safety, including his 8-year-old niece, Noya Dahan, who was hit by shrapnel. Both have been released from hospital care and are expected to recover.During the memorial service, Goldstein, at times gesturing with his mutilated and bandaged right hand, told the overflow crowd there were “no adequate words to describe what we all endured in this room this past (Sabbath).”During the attack, the congregation “saw the darkest of humanity,” Goldstein told the gathering, which was attended by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, several members of the county Board of Supervisors and other local and state elected leaders.“I saw it face to face,” the rabbi said. “I wish to never see that ever again. I wish no one ever sees that ever again. At the same moment, we saw the heroic efforts of humanity, running into the line of fire to spare other lives, putting their lives in danger. This is the best of humanity.”The rabbi insisted the congregation will rise above the trauma wreaked by the tragedy.“What we are going to take from this event is (that) it’s not going to knock us down,” he said. “It’s going to lift us up.”The victim’s husband praised his late wife as a highly generous and loving person.“She had a soul that was greater than any of us ever could believe,” said Howard Kaye, a physician who tried in vain to save his spouse’s life with CPR while she lay mortally wounded at the temple.The grieving husband also had a message for perpetrators of the type of crime that took his wife’s life.“And for all of the people who perpetrate hate through this world, you’re feeding on blood,” he said. “You’re lowering yourselves to a level below an animal, and for that reason get out while you can. Turn your life around. Come back into the real world, the world of Lori, which is peace and love on Earth.”One of the victim’s sisters told the gathering that Kaye “was taken from us in a tragic way, but not in vain.”“This is a house of God,” Randi Grossman said. “We are a people who believe in God. And we believe God does things for the good. If he chose Lori … there is a reason. And although we don’t know what the reason is, we know that it’s for the greater good. Lori died on (the Sabbath). Lori died on Passover. Lori died in a synagogue. And Lori died saving our rabbi.”Donna Doan, a self-described Catholic, told a reporter she attended the funeral in support of the Jewish community.“I feel like I have to be here,” the Rancho Bernardo woman said outside the synagogue.Another attendee, a Carlsbad resident and Christian who identified herself only as Caryn, said she was at the memorial to show support for the victimized congregation.“I love the Jewish community,” she said. “I hate to see senseless and irrational crimes committed.”The alleged shooter is being held without bail at San Diego Central Jail and is scheduled make his initial court appearance in the case Wednesday. He was booked on suspicion of one count of murder and three charges of attempted murder.Though he allegedly shouted anti-Semitic slurs during the rampage — including a statement that Jews were “ruining the world” — Earnest was not believed to be part of an organized hate group, according to law enforcement officials.“We believe he acted alone and without outside support in carrying out the attack,” according to a county Sheriff’s Department statement. “We are continuing to explore every investigative avenue to bring out all the facts in the case.”Earnest, a Cal State San Marcos student, posted an “open letter” online shortly before the shooting, claiming responsibility for the imminent attack and for a suspected arson fire that damaged the Islamic Center of Escondido last month. The screed includes anti-Semitic references and racist comments, authorities said.“We are dismayed and disheartened that the alleged shooter now in custody is a CSUSM student,” university President Karen Haynes said. “CSUSM is working collaboratively with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to assist and gain more information. We extend our deepest condolences to all of the victims, their families, friends and our entire community. We share yourgrief. … We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and reject the rhetoric of divisiveness that feeds hatred.”The family of the alleged shooter issued a statement decrying the deadly assault and bemoaning Earnest’s alleged culpability in the crime, which could result in the death penalty.“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue,” they wrote. “But our sadness pales in comparison to the grief and anguish our son has caused for so many innocent people. He has killed and injured the faithful who were gathered in a sacred place on a sacred day. To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries.”The family added that Earnest’s apparent hateful attitudes had been “informed by people we do not know and ideas we do not hold.”“Like our other five children, he was raised in a family, a faith and a community that all rejected hate and taught that love must be the motive for everything we do,” they stated. “How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us, though we are confident that law enforcement will uncover many details of the path that he took to this evil and despicable act.” April 29, 2019 Posted: April 29, 2019 Updated: 8:48 PM KUSI Newsroom, Hundreds of people celebrate the life of Lori Kaye Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter
KUSI Newsroom Deported veteran denied entry into U.S. at San Ysidro Port of Entry Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, July 17, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A deported Marine Corps veteran from Belize has been trying to become a U.S. citizen since 1995 and was recently denied entry to the United States when he asked to be let in for a scheduled citizenship interview, it was reported today.Roman Sabal, 58, came to the San Ysidro Port of Entry around 7:30 a.m. Monday with an attorney to ask for “parole” to attend his naturalization interview scheduled for shortly before noon in downtown San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Instead, he was turned away even though border officials have the authority to temporarily allow people into the country on parole for “humanitarian or significant public benefit” reasons, according to the newspaper.Sabal first applied to become a U.S. citizen in 1995 after serving for six years as a Marine and then several more years in the Army Reserves, the Union-Tribune reported. He has two U.S. citizen children and with a U.S. citizen woman, whom he hopes to marry one day.He initially came to the U.S. on a tourist visa and did not have permission to stay in the U.S. permanently.After seeing Marines in action during his time in the Belizean military, he came with the goal of enlisting in the Marine Corps and managed to join with a fake identity document, according to the Union-Tribune.He told the newspaper that he confessed during boot camp and was told, “Don’t worry about it. You’re a Marine now.”Years after he was honorably discharged, he decided to go back to Belize because he had developed diabetes, and his mother had offered to help him treat it with herbal remedies rather than pharmaceuticals, the newspaper reported.When he returned to the U.S., his entry triggered an immigration court case.Sabal never found out about the hearing and a judge ordered him deported in his absence, so when he returned to Belize again in 2008 for more treatment, he found himself stuck there, according to the Union-Tribune.Sabal and his attorney, Victoria Starrett, crossed onto U.S. soil on Monday and gave Customs and Border Protection officials paperwork detailing his case and his request to enter the country to attend his interview, the Union-Tribune reported.Starrett told the newspaper that CBP officials waved them to the side then eventually told them to go through Immigration and Customs and Enforcement to request parole, but those officials sent them back to Mexico.Some ICE officers work out of the port of entry, but it was not clear whether they were involved in the incident on Monday, the newspaper reported.Starrett told the newspaper that Sabal’s legal team will likely have to file a lawsuit in federal court to get him access to the citizenship process.Sabal told the newspaper on Monday that he plans to wait in Tijuana for a few days to see if the situation can be resolved quickly, but otherwise he will have to travel back to Belize and try again at a later date. Updated: 3:49 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced late last week an extension of the comment deadline on the Trump Administration’s formal intent to repeal the Waters of the United States rule. The new deadline is Sept. 27. The American Soybean Association (ASA) supports the administration’s steps to withdraw the rule and in June, called the withdrawal notice “a significant step toward greater regulatory certainty for soybean farmers.” ASA remains ready and willing to engage with EPA and Administrator Scott Pruitt to help build a practical and workable plan to safeguard water quality in our nation’s growing regions.
People interested in the outcome of a hearing involving a convicted felon who alleges prosecutorial misconduct will have to wait a few months.Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis, who heard testimony in a hearing for Dino Constance on Wednesday and Thursday, said at the end of the day Thursday that the hearing will resume Feb. 23.That was the earliest day that would work for everyone.Lewis had hoped to finish the hearing in two days, but a key witness, defense attorney Brian Walker, was not available because he was in trial. Another witness didn’t show up until Thursday, and one witness who did take the stand Wednesday was excused in the middle of his testimony because he felt ill.In 2008, Constance was convicted by a jury of trying to solicit four men to kill or assault his ex-wife. He was sentenced to 53 years in prison. His conviction was upheld by the state Court of Appeals; the state Supreme Court declined review.Constance has said he wasn’t really trying to hire a hit man and he was just blowing off steam during the conversations he had with two cell mates, at different times, and a father and son who roomed with him for three months. All four men testified at his 2008 trial.One of Constance’s persistent allegations has been that Prosecutor Tony Golik, who handled Constance’s case as a deputy prosecutor in the office’s major crimes unit, withheld evidence from Walker, who was Constance’s trial attorney. Constance also alleges that Walker did not provide adequate representation.
The cities of Vancouver, Camas and Washougal have issued a total ban on recreational burning, effective immediately, due to high fire danger. The bans were announced late Thursday morning by the Vancouver and the Camas-Washougal fire departments. The potential for high temperatures, high wind gusts and extremely dry conditions prompted the ban, according to fire officials. A red flag warning from the National Weather Service also remains in effect for Clark County and other parts of Southwest Washington.All outdoor burning, campfires or outdoor fireplaces are not allowed. The use of outdoor barbeques, however, is still permitted.Officials did not announce a time frame for the burn ban, only that it will continue “until weather and fire danger conditions improve.”
In one hour, four separate accidents created a mess for Vancouver commuters Thursday afternoon on Interstate 205. Traffic was backed up for about two hours on I-205 northbound from State Highway 500 to the Glenn Jackson Bridge. The first accident was reported at 2:27 p.m. on I-205 northbound, just south of State Highway 500. A vehicle rolled onto its top, landing in the center median, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn. After traffic started clogging on both sides of the interstate, a second northbound collision was reported at 2:55 p.m. Three cars crashed on the left shoulder near the exit to Mill Plain Boulevard. Another three-vehicle accident was reported at 3:08 p.m. near the on-ramp from Mill Plain Boulevard, also on the left shoulder of the northbound interstate. The fourth collision, involving two vehicles, was reported at 3:22 p.m. on the eastbound State Highway 500 exit to southbound I-205.Finn advised motorists to take Interstate 5 instead, pay attention and create safe following distances. Ramps near I-205 were also backed up while emergency responders worked to clear all of the accidents.Eastbound 500 was temporarily backed up from the exit to I-205 southbound to Burnt Bridge Creek. No injuries were reported at any of the crash sites.
Meetings set for Grays Harbor impact studyThe state Department of Ecology will develop environmental impact statements for proposed bulk liquid storage facility expansions by Westway Terminal Company and Imperium Renewables at the Port of Grays Harbor.Public comment is open from April 10 through May 27 on the scope of those impact statements. Two public meetings with open house sessions will be held April 24 at Hoquiam High School and April 29 at Centralia High School. The meetings are from 5 to 9 p.m., with public comment beginning at 6 p.m.Comments may also be submitted in writing by standard mail or through an electronic comment form. For more information about how to comment on the Westway and Imperium proposals, and the environmental review process, go to www.ecy.wa.gov/geographic/graysharbor/terminals.html— The ColumbianEnvironmental-impact reviews will begin next week of two separate proposals in Grays Harbor County to expand the handling of liquid bulk materials, including hauling crude oil by train, the state Department of Ecology said Friday.Ecology and the city of Hoquiam, which are jointly managing the review process, will begin Thursday collecting public comments on what should be studied in environmental impact statements that will be prepared for the proposals by Westway Terminal Company and Imperium Renewables.
JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Divers on Monday renewed their search for more than 100 bodies still trapped in a sunken ferry after weekend efforts were hindered by bad weather, strong currents and floating debris clogging the ship’s rooms. Officials said they have narrowed down the likely locations in the ship of most of the remaining missing passengers.Divers found only one body Sunday after a week that saw an increasing number of corpses pulled from the ship as divers made their way through its labyrinth of cabins, lounges and halls. The number of dead from the April 16 sinking is 188, with 114 people believed missing, though a government emergency task force has said the ship’s passengers list could be inaccurate. Only 174 people survived, including 22 of the 29 crew members. Senior coast guard officer Kim Su-hyeon said that most of the remaining missing passengers are believed to be in 64 of the ship’s 111 rooms. Divers have entered 36 of those 64 rooms, coast guard officers said, but may need to go back into some because floating debris made it difficult for divers to be sure that there are no more dead bodies.Ko Myung-seok, an official with the emergency task force, said Monday that 92 divers would search the ferry. He also said that the government was making plans to salvage the ferry once search efforts end but that details wouldn’t be available until officials talk with families of the victims. On Sunday, South Korea’s prime minister resigned over the government’s handling of the sinking, blaming “deep-rooted evils” in society for the tragedy.
The challenger to Clark County’s longest-serving elected official says she’ll bring strong leadership and real-world experience to an office run in absentia.The sitting treasurer, meanwhile, called the claims off base and inaccurate.Camas resident Lauren Colas, a Republican who filed Friday to run against county Treasurer Doug Lasher, says she’d work to streamline transactions, bolster online resources and bring more transparency and accountability to the office. The nine-year county resident’s only political experience has been as a precinct committee officer, a position she’s held for about a year and a half.She said Lasher, a Democrat who’s served as treasurer for 30 years, has been in office too long and has gone out of favor with county residents. She said it appears Deputy Treasurer John Payne is a more visible county figure than Lasher.More recent concerns about how the office manages online payments helped Colas make the decision.“I’d been considering (a run) for a long while,” Colas said. “The one thing that put me over the tipping point was when the system went down when the property taxes were due.”The county’s online property information center, a repository for all publicly accessible property data, crashed the weekend before taxes were due. However, the online system that processes people’s payments — which is separate from the property information center — remained operational. Lauren ColasRunning as a Republican for Clark County treasurer
RelatedPosts It added that each subsidiary “has an issued and paid-up share capital of JPY2 and its principal activities will be that of development and management of integrated resort and leisure destinations; marketing and promotion of integrated resort and leisure destinations; and investments and management of real estate and trust beneficiary interests.”Incorporation of the new Genting Singapore subsidiaries follows passage of the IR Implementation Bill through Japan’s Upper House last Friday. The IR bill sets out the terms for Japan’s integrated resorts, including the provision for three initial locations, casinos to be limited to no more than 3% of an IR’s total floor area and a ¥6,000 entry fee for locals, who will also have visitation capped at three times a week or 10 times a month. Japan: No prize for second Genting Singapore has upped the ante in its pursuit of a Japan casino license by incorporating five new wholly-owned Japanese subsidiaries.In an announcement, the company named the five subsidiaries as Genting Japan Co., Ltd, Genting Tokyo Co., Ltd, Genting Osaka Co., Ltd, Genting Yokohama Co., Ltd and Resorts World Yokohama Co., Ltd. Singapore’s international visitation up, spending down in 1Q19 Load More Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee
Asian cruise ship operator and casino investor Genting Hong Kong saw its losses narrow from US$202.2 million last year to US$140.1 million in the six months to 30 June 2018, helped by a strong 40.6% increase in revenue.Genting HK saw its revenue climb to US$777.6 million, including a 36.2% increase from its primary cruise ship business to US$642.0 million. In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the company said the improved cruise ship revenue was driven by increases in Capacity Days of 25.9% and Net Yield of 12.3%, with the increase in Capacity Days due to the launch of World Dream and four Crystal River Cruises vessels in 1H18. Travellers aiming to delist from Philippine Stock Exchange on 21 October Travellers International Hotel Group sets tender price for shares in privatization push Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private Load More Improvement in Net Yield was driven by higher occupancies and increases in passenger ticket and onboard revenue.Genting HK also saw an increase in its revenue share from Travellers International Hotel Group – the 50%-owned joint venture with Alliance Global Inc that operates Resorts World Manila – to US$15.2 million from just US$2.5 million in 1H17.Adjusted EBITDA from its cruise and cruise-related activities more than tripled to US$63.0 million in 1H18. RelatedPosts
Just under a third (31%) of long-term sickness claims paid relate to cancer, according to research by Unum.Its second annual claims statement, which provides information on all the income protection claims paid by Unum to people who became too ill to work between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016, also found that 25% of paid claims relating to cancer were for breast cancer, and 23% were for gastrointestinal cancer.The research also found:Blood and lymph system cancers account for 12% of paid cancer claims, the nervous system for 8%, and respiratory tract for 6%.35% of claims paid to men relating to cancer were for gastrointestinal cancer. Breast cancer accounted for 47% of cancer-related claims paid to women.19% of long-term sickness claims paid were for mental health conditions, with 9% relating to musculoskeletal problems, and 8% for cardiovascular issues.48% of those who made a claim earn less than £30,000 a year, and 67% earn less than £40,000 a year.51% of cancer claims and 44% of total claims are made by women.64% of those covered by group income protection are men.50% of all claims and 57% of cancer claims are made by employees over the age of 50.22% of employees making claims are under the age of 40.John Letizia (pictured), head of public affairs at Unum, said: “This data reminds us that anyone can become too ill to work and benefit from the financial security and support services of income protection.“But at a time when more and more older people and women are in work, it shows the unique value of income protection for the evolving UK workforce. Women are almost one and a half times more likely to claim than men and half of our claims come from those aged 50 and over. We urge the government to look at what can be done to encourage employers to protect more of their staff.“The statement also lays to rest the misconception that income protection is some kind of exclusive or executive benefit. Half of those making a claim earn under £30,000. Their employers recognise the business benefits of providing people with financial support when they’re ill and practical measures to help them return to work when they’re ready.”
The top 10 most-read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 7 March and 24 April 2017 were:NHS staff to receive 1% pay riseThe NHS Pay Review Body recommended that NHS staff across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland receive a 1% pay rise, effective from 1 April 2017.2. Tax-free childcare to be rolled out from April 2017In the Spring Budget 2017, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that the government’s tax-free childcare scheme would be rolled out from April 2017. The policy provides parents with children under the age of 12 up to £2,000 a year per child to help cover childcare costs.3. Asda offers pay increase under new contractAsda offered around 135,000 store-based UK employees a pay increase as part of a new contract. As well as minimum pay of £8.50 an hour from October 2017, the contract also includes a flexible-working agreement, unpaid breaks, and changes to night shift hours and pay.4. Virgin Money reports a 36% mean gender pay gapVirgin Money had a mean gender pay gap of 36% and a median gender pay gap of 39% at April 2016, according to the financial organisation’s 2016 annual report. This was attributed to the lack of women in senior leadership roles.5. Firefighters to appeal Employment Tribunal’s decision on pensions age discriminationThe Fire Brigades Union has registered to appeal an Employment Tribunal decision, which ruled that the government’s actions to justify changes to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (FPS) was not age discriminatory.6. Government confirms reduction in money purchase annual allowanceChancellor Philip Hammond confirmed in the Spring Budget 2017 that the money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) would reduce to £4,000 from £10,000. However, on 25 April 2017, it was revealed that the MPAA reduction would not be included in the Finance Bill as planned.7. Missing comma enables dairy delivery drivers to claim overtime payOakhurst Dairy delivery drivers were able to claim for overtime pay after the United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit ruled that a missing comma in Maine’s overtime law document made one of the overtime exemptions ambiguous.8. How the Spring Budget 2017 will affect employee benefitsKey announcements from the Spring Budget 2017 included a call for evidence on the exemptions and valuation methodology for the income tax and employer national insurance contribution (NIC) treatment of benefits in kind, as well as amendments to the tax registration process for master trust pension schemes.9. The tax and legislation changes impacting reward from April 2017Gender pay gap reporting requirements and increases to the national minimum wage and the national living wage are among the changes that came into effect in April 2017.10. Tesco to back pay staff after salary sacrifice-linked living wage errorTesco provided back pay to 140,000 former and current employees after it was discovered that pay had fallen below the national living wage after salary sacrifice deductions. Employees received reimbursement payments of up to £40 each.
A fifth (20%) of employer respondents organise counselling for their employees in order to support staff mental health, according to research by insurance organisation Aviva and the British Chambers of Commerce.Their survey of 1,020 UK organisations also found that 35% of respondents provide flexible working options to help support employees with potential mental health problems.The research also found:36% of respondents review individual workloads to help support staff with their mental health, while 18% train managers to better support employees.49% of respondents do not access occupational health support for their staff from external bodies, and 10% are not aware of any available support.29% of respondents have seen an increase in the number of employees taking time off work for mental health reasons.33% of respondents have observed an increase in the length of time employees are taking off work because of mental health issues.Adam Marshall (pictured), director general at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “As the world of work changes, it is absolutely crucial for business leaders to pay ever closer attention to the health and wellbeing of their employees, especially at a time when firms are facing severe challenges finding and retaining the skilled staff they need.“While legions of [organisations] are now more aware of mental health concerns and acting accordingly, far too many businesses are still turning a blind eye to this issue, which saps productivity, morale and individual wellbeing. Our message today is that it is no longer acceptable for [employers] to ignore mental health in the workplace, and all [organisations] need to step up [its] game.”Dr Doug Wright, medical director at Aviva, added: “It is encouraging to see that more businesses are not only more aware of the topic of mental health in the workplace, but are also actively offering initiatives like flexible working options to help encourage a healthy work-life balance.“It is, however, worrying to see almost a third of businesses have seen an increase in people taking time off for mental health reasons, and [while] some of this increase may be down to staff feeling more able to discuss the issue of mental health which is, in itself, good news, it also suggests that more can be done to help.”