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Early training helps retailer retain workers

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Early training helps retailer retain workersOn 7 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today A fast-track training programme that gives graduates management experienceat an early stage has helped supermarket group Budgens compete for staffagainst its bigger rivals. The training overhaul has seen junior management turnover fall from 30 percent two years ago, to about 4 per cent today. HR director Paul Daynes said the high turnover of management staff and alack of available, high-quality replacements led to a greater emphasis oninternal development. “We can’t compete for people with the big supermarket groups in termsof wages, but we can compete in our training and development,” he said. The firm operates small supermarkets and has about 6,500 staff. It needs 100new managers annually to sustain an expansion plan of 20 store openings a year.Daynes said the company put a huge emphasis on developing existing staff andattracting new managers with the promise of high-level experience. The firm nowtakes on 30 graduates a year, and allows them to manage a store within 18months. As a result, the group now has an 80 per cent retention rate for the firstyear, with 65 per cent still around after five years. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Eight Run Inning Lifts Utah Baseball over Utah Valley, 12-6

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah – An eight-run fifth inning lifted the Utah baseball team to a 12-6 win over Utah Valley on Tuesday evening.The Utes had 14 hits on the night, with DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., and Erick Migueles each recording three hits for Utah. Migueles, Wade Gulden and Shea Kramer each drove in two runs. Keirsey and Gulden both homered for Utah.Jacob Rebar pitched 3 2/3 innings for the Utes in the start, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout. Austin Moore surrendered one unearned run and two hits with two walks over 2 1/3 innings, earning the win to raise his record to 2-1 on the year. Trenton Stoltz pitched the final three innings for his seventh save of the season, allowing three runs on three hits.Utah took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. After a hit batter and walk, Utah got its first run of the game after a throwing error on a ground out. Utah Valley rallied back with two runs in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead after three hits.Utah’s eight-run fifth inning featured six hits, three errors and two walks. Migueles hit a two-RBI double and Kramer also drove in two runs on a single for the two big hits in the inning for the Utes.Both teams added runs in the late innings. After Utah Valley put up a run in the bottom of the seventh following a leadoff triple, Gulden hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth for the Utes, his third of the season to put Utah ahead 11-3. The Wolverines put up three runs in the eighth. Keirsey hit his fourth home run of the season in the top of the ninth, a two-run bomb to center field to give the Utes a 12-6 advantageUtah plays its final home series of the season against Washington this weekend with the three-game series beginning on Thursday, May 17, at 11:30 a.m. MT May 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local Eight Run Inning Lifts Utah Baseball over Utah Valley, 12-6 Written by Tags: Baseball/Utah Utes/UVU Wolverines Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Robotham 3 at buzzer puts UNLV over BYU 92-90 in OT

first_imgDecember 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local Robotham 3 at buzzer puts UNLV over BYU 92-90 in OT FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP) — Noah Robotham sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give UNLV a 92-90 win over BYU in overtime on Saturday night, snapping a three-game skid.UNLV fell behind 90-89 with :18 left in the extra period. Following a timeout, Robotham took the assist from Amauri Hardy and drained the 3-pointer as time expired for the win.Joel Ntambwe led the Runnin’ Rebels (5-4) with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Kris Cylburn and Hardy added 21 points apiece, Robotham finished with 12 points and Cheikh Mbacke Diong 10.UNLV led 47-30 at the break but BYU battled back in the second half, cutting it to 68-61 with 8:29 to play. From there, UNLV watched its lead evaporate and a 3-point play by Jahshire Hardnett put the Cougars (8-5) up 83-81 with 2:22 remaining. That held until the final :27 when Ntambwe was fouled, then sank two from the line to tie it 83-all. BYU’s Zac Seljaas missed a 3 at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.Yoeli Childs led BYU with 25 points and 11 boards. Hardnett and TJ Haws had 19 points each and Seljaas had 10. Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball Associated Press Written bylast_img read more

Coming Home to Cabot House: Krystal Tung ’13

first_imgHarvard College’s unusual House system brings faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates together under one roof in smaller communities that encourage residents to develop as people as well as scholars. Find out why Cabot House resident Krystal Tung ’13 says that the place where she lives is also the place where she explores, creates, connects, and, above all, learns.last_img

HAA honors four Aloian Scholars

first_imgEach May, the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) selects two undergraduates to receive the David and Mimi Aloian Memorial Scholarships. This year, in honor of the program’s 25th anniversary, the HAA selected four students. They will be honored at the fall meeting of the HAA Board of Directors on Sept. 27.The criteria for the award reflect the traits valued and embodied by the late David and Mimi Aloian: thoughtful leadership that makes the College an exciting place in which to live and study, and special contributions to the quality of life in the Houses. David Aloian ’49 was the HAA’s executive director, and he and his wife, Mary “Mimi” Aloian, served as masters of Quincy House from 1981 to 1986.This year’s David and Mimi Aloian Memorial ScholarsMatthew Chuchul ’13 of Pforzheimer House, Laura Hinton ’13 of Cabot House, Abiola Laniyonu ’13 of Lowell House, and Meghan Joy Smith ’13 of Leverett House.Matthew Chuchul, of New Hyde Park, N.Y., is co-chair of his House Committee and, according to his House masters, has “dramatically increased participation. His leadership is genuine; he is consistently concerned about others, asking students about their lives and their opinions.” This past February, noting a void in “Pfoho’s” history, Chuchul teamed up with the Harvard College Women’s Center to launch the “Radcliffe Revolution,” a photographic retrospective and evening of alumnae recollections of the transition to gender-mixed housing. The presentation, which involved posters, documents, and a panel, brought together more than 100 alumni, students, House administrators, and other interested members of the Harvard community.Laura Hinton, of Alameda, Calif., has helped build and strengthen the Cabot House community and is truly devoted to the well-being and sense of belonging among all students, tutors, and staff in her community. In addition to her role as co-chair of the Cabot House Committee, she is a founding team member of the Cabot Café, a space for students to engage intellectually and socially with tutors, faculty, and fellow students. The café serves hundreds of customers each week and is making an important contribution to improving Harvard undergraduate life. Hinton’s House masters believe that the café is “a model for other Houses in how to create social spaces in innovative ways that provide leadership and learning opportunities for the students.”Abiola Laniyonu, of Derwood, Md., has worked tirelessly to strengthen the Lowell House community, enrich intellectual opportunities, and nurture fellow students to participate more fully in the life of the House. Just one example of harnessing his ability to solve complex problems and meet a need in the community is when he — on his own initiative — helped modernize the Lowell House library by creating custom software to analyze the more than 10,000 library holdings. Community members can now cross-reference their books against other Harvard holdings, all while taking into account the current prices of the books. Laniyonu served as secretary of the House Committee and continues to bring his creativity, enthusiasm, perspective, and reliability to the committee through an at-large leadership position created specifically for him.Meghan Joy Smith, of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada, believes the personal well-being of the members within a House is the essence of a community and “is relentless in her devotion to the mental and physical wellness of her fellow Leverites,” according to her House masters. Among Smith’s many contributions to House and College life, the most dramatic has been her work with the Student Mental Health Liaisons. More than just raising the awareness level, she has worked hard to change the culture — to make asking for help a normal response to stress or illness. She is also active as a Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisor and is the captain of Leverett’s intramural crew women’s B boat.last_img read more

Food Safety

first_imgClinicians at hospitals and doctors’ offices play a key role in ensuring consumers are aware of the threats of foodborne illness, says University of Georgia food safety expert Michael Doyle. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that every year one-in-six Americans — or 48 million people — becomes ill from foodborne diseases such as salmonella, listeria monocytogenes, E. coli or other illnesses caused by lack of food safety. “Considering how prevalent foodborne illness is, many doctors are going to see patients with symptoms caused by foodborne pathogens. It’s good for them to be more grounded in not just treating the patient, but better at advising the patient in how to prevent foodborne illnesses through appropriate food handling practices,” said Doyle, a Regents Professor in the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and director of the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin. In an opinion piece published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, Doyle and other center faculty discuss the future for food safety and how it might relate to clinicians. They focused on clinicians because they tend to put more weight on treating illnesses rather than preventing them; however, education is key to keeping illnesses from occurring, the UGA experts said. Clinicians will continue to play a major role in reducing foodborne illness by diagnosing and reporting cases and in helping to educate the consumer about food safety practices. Doyle pointed out more common ways to prevent foodborne illness in the home. He believes clinicians should make patients more aware of these methods. “When there’s a problem with a processed food, and a lot of people eat it and get sick because of contamination, that gets a lot of publicity,” Doyle said. “But a very small percentage of foodborne outbreaks is associated with processed foods.” Most outbreaks occur because food has been mishandled during food service or in a home — through cross-contamination, temperature abuse or undercooking or when prepared by an ill food handler, he said. When dealing with food safety practices, it is important, first, to recognize who is most susceptible to illness and, second, to identify the main causes of it. Doyle and his UGA co-authors identified several key points to consider when talking about food safety. The first is that “the U.S. is becoming an aging population, and this population of older Americans is more susceptible to foodborne illnesses,” he said. The elderly are more likely to experience severe complications from foodborne diseases, and they may not bounce back from the illness easily. The UGA authors final two key points are the dangers of imported foods coming into the U.S. from other countries and climate change causing problems within the U.S. and driving some of the demand for imported foods. Doyle said the drought in California has resulted in the U.S. importing more produce from other regions of the world like Latin America. Food producers in these regions do not always have the same level of sanitary practices that are used in the U.S. “California has been our salad bowl for so long — they were providing 70 percent of leafy greens and a lot of other salad-type products,” he said. Most food companies in the U.S. not only comply with existing regulations, but they have implemented additional measures to ensure products are safe from contamination. Making consumers more aware of keeping foods safe will help with future prevention, but as of now, the U.S. relies on the activities of the CDC, FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture to monitor, detect and trace back foodborne outbreaks. “The CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have advanced methods for detecting and typing foodborne outbreaks by whole genome sequencing harmful bacteria,” Doyle said. The CDC’s and FDA’s genome sequencing approach is used for foodborne outbreak detection and investigation. The CDC also uses advanced surveillance systems that receive data from local, state and territorial health departments. “I don’t want people to go away thinking that we’ve really got a disastrous food safety problem in this country because, in reality, we’ve got one of the safest food supplies in the world,” Doyle said. “But we still have issues to deal with to reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness.” Doyle’s co-authors are Walid Alali, Jennifer Cannon, Xiangyu Deng, Marilyn Erickson, Ynes Ortega, Mary Alice Smith and Tong Zhao, all in the Center for Food Safety and the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology. The paper, “Food Industry’s Current and Future Role in Preventing Microbial Foodborne Illness within the United States,” is available with a subscription at read more

Essex Junction project is first to benefit from new housing law

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas was on hand as a local developer broke ground at the site of the first new neighborhood created under the housing bill passed last year. In a ceremony at the future site of Village Haven, a 24-unit housing development off West Street in Essex Junction being built by Dousevicz, Inc., the governor praised the project as leading the way in an effort to get more housing built that working Vermonters can afford under the Vermont Neighborhoods program. This site is a great example of how we can work together to encourage housing that working families can afford. We can achieve this goal and at the same time uphold our strong environmental standards, Douglas said. And projects like are critical in this economy as they create jobs for Vermonters and stimulate our economy.The Vermont Neighborhoods bill was passed in spring 2008 to support and encourage new housing development within or contiguous to Designated Downtowns and Villages, where existing infrastructure already exists and where local zoning and planning are in place.Projects which meet these requirements, as well as the Vermont Housing Finance Agency s affordability requirements are exempt from Act 250, the state s development control law, thus reducing the cost to both the developer and ultimately the buyer. This project is directly across the street from Hiawatha Elementary School, and is a short walk to Summit Street and Fleming Schools, as well as the designated village center, Douglas said. It will be hooked up to Village water and sewer, and there is already housing here making this the idea location for working Vermonters and growing families.Village officials supported the project, calling it well integrated within the existing residential neighborhoods. It includes access to commercial and civic services, as well as transportation networks, said Village President Larry Yandow. There will even be sidewalks for pedestrians.Brad Dousevicz said the Vermont Neighborhood designation not only meant that the cost of building the homes would be reduced, but that some of the savings would be invested in making them more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. We are very pleased to be the first project designated in this fashion, Dousevicz. This new law means that we can build these houses without undue delays, and pass the savings on to families. And do so in a fashion that helps prevent sprawl.For more information please visit: is external)Source: Governor’s office.last_img read more

Middlebury retirement community to get Act 250 permit after appeal

first_imgEastview at Middlebury, a proposed new retirement community in Middlebury, Vermont, received affirmation from the Vermont Supreme Court upholding the Environmental Court’s ruling that their Act 250 land use permit should stand. Eastview at Middlebury (Eastview) plans to build a 101-unit residential retirement community on approximately 40 acres owned by Middlebury College. The project – master planned and designed by Gawron Turgeon Architects in Maine – will be located adjacent to Porter Medical Center and Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.”I’m thrilled for Eastview,” noted Eastview President Rob Alberts. “We couldn’t be working with a better team and this decision takes us a critical step closer to a spring 2010 ground breaking. Our market has persevered with us through a lengthy permit process. It’s time to get the shovel in the ground.”Eastview’s retirement community will consist of an Inn with 30+ independent living apartments, as well as residential care and a Sanctuary program for those living with memory loss. In addition, there will be 30 or more cottages in the community. The buildings will integrate green materials for interior finishes and will feature efficient mechanical systems and lighting, and natural landscape features. Construction is anticipated for spring 2010.Eastview’s design has consistently received unanimous approval from local and state authorities responsible for reviewing and authorizing construction permits. The multi-tiered permitting process has involved review by numerous boards and community members. Early in the process, meetings with the community and future residents were held to discuss site design, orientation, building massing, exterior materials, and color selection. Incorporating feedback, Gawron Turgeon Architects revised its design with the goal of bringing a “sense of place” to Eastview. Inspired by the traditional village green, the design reflects the village green in the preserved wetland vegetation. Building mass studies established unrestricted view corridors and relationships with other homes in the neighborhood. Gables, pitched roofs, and double-hung windows all replicate the local vernacular.In 2005, with local permit approvals in hand, Eastview filed its Act 250 application with Vermont’s District 9 Environmental Commission. After extensive review of the nine Act 250 Criteria, Eastview received its Land Use Permit in 2006. This decision was contested by one neighbor, requiring a second review of the permit in 2008 by the State’s Environmental Court which upheld the original permit. An appeal of this decision by the same neighbor brought the case before the Vermont Supreme Court which ruled on October 1, 2009 in favor of Eastview.About Eastview at Middlebury: Eastview at Middlebury is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit retirement community in preconstruction in Middlebury, Vermont. Governed by a local board of directors, Eastview will offer an entry fee system with a 90% refund of this fee when the unit is reoccupied for its independent living cottages and apartments. Their assisted living will be available on a rental basis. A skilled nursing facility and regional hospital next door add to the resources available to support changing needs of Eastview residents as they age. In addition to Gawron Turgeon Architects (Scarborough, Maine), Eastview’s team includes D.E.W. Construction Corp. (Williston, Vermont), Third Age Incorporated (Exton, Pennsylvania), Phelps Engineering (Middlebury, Vermont) and Atlantic Retirement Communities (Newburyport, Massachusetts).About Gawron Turgeon Architects: Established more than 25 years ago in Scarborough, Gawron Turgeon Architects continues to grow as an award-winning architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and master planning firm. They have a diverse client base and projects ranging from small to multi-million dollar facilities. Projects include: Durgin Pines, new skilled rehabilitation and nursing home recently completed in Kittery; and Avesta’s Florence House a new homeless women’s shelter in Portland currently in design; and St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, a renovation to the transitional care unit in Lewiston, Maine.###last_img read more

In Memoriam

first_img In Memoriam Leonard Frank Binder, Miami Admitted 1985; Died March 1, 2004 Jack R. Bissell, Sarasota Admitted 1951; Died August 17, 2003 Richard John Brodeur, Sanibel Admitted 1968; Died February 8, 2004 John Steven Burnett, St. Petersburg Admitted 1982; Died March 3, 2004 Bryant S. Carroll, Jr., Jacksonville Admitted 1965; Died August 30, 2003 Alberto Adrian De Alejo, Tampa Admitted 1975; Died February 26, 2004 Colonel Norman A. Faulkner, Tucson, AZ Admitted 1948; Died March 4, 2004 Karen Finkle, West Palm Beach Admitted 2000; Died December 13, 2003 Edward Dean Foreman, St. Petersburg Admitted 1972; Died March 17, 2004 Lester L. Goldstein, Miami Admitted 1978; Died March 16, 2004 Thomas Hayden Greiwe, Tampa Admitted 1989; Died April 12, 2004 Albert H. Grinsted, Shalimar Admitted 1973; Died February 14, 2004 Lane Mack Hauge, Havre, MT Admitted 1983; Died August 16, 2003 Bobby Lex Kirby, Lake Butler Admitted 1976; Died February 27, 2004 Charles Beckham Kniskern, Jr., Winter Springs Admitted 1943; Died April 9, 2004 Hylan H. Kout, Plantation Admitted 1939; Died May 21, 2003 William Lipsitz, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1934; Died February 7, 2004 Edgar W. McCurry, Jr., Jacksonville Admitted 1958; Died March 18, 2004 Norman Meltzer, Pompano Beach Admitted 1987; Died November 24, 2003 Antonio R. Menendez, Miami Admitted 1980; Died April 11, 2004 Julius Frederick Parker, Jr., Tallahassee Admitted 1963; Died March 8, 2004 Stanley M. Pred, North Miami Beach Admitted 1952; Died March 31, 2004 John Steven Reynolds, West Palm Beach Admitted 1982; Died March 13, 2004 Mary Onie Riggs, Metairie, LA Admitted 1981; Died February 10, 2001 Douglas Dedrick Rozelle, Jr., West Palm Beach Admitted 1976; Died March 19, 2004 R. Stephen Shibla, Tampa Admitted 2002; Died April 9, 2004 Robert James Simms, Tampa Admitted 1975; Died April 9, 2004 Louis Franklin Sisson III, Ft. Myers Admitted 1978; Died August 15, 2003 Arthur Irving Snyder, Hollywood Admitted 1953; Died April 8, 2004 Martin Starr, Miami Admitted 1954; Died January 13, 2004 David U. Tumin, Jacksonville Admitted 1955; Died December 19, 2000 Thomas Everett White Admitted 1994; Died March 9, 2004 May 15, 2004 In Memoriam In Memoriamlast_img read more

Long-term rate decrease spurs plan adjustments

first_imgIn recent years, credit unions have been dedicating more assets to split-dollar life insurance arrangements to reward and retain top executives. According to National Credit Union Administration 5300 data, assets for collateral assignment split-dollar life insurance—the most common type of split-dollar arrangement for credit unions—increased 120% from year-end 2015 through 2018.If your credit union has been part of this trend, consider re-evaluating your split-dollar plans in light of this year’s decrease in long-term interest rates. You may be able to improve the benefit for your executive and/or make the underlying loan a more valuable asset for your credit union.Underlying Advantages of Collateral Assignment Split-Dollar ProgramsBefore I get into the reasons you might restructure your existing CASD agreements, let’s look at why these arrangements are growing so quickly. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Social partners agree on finer points of Finnish pension system reform

first_imgUnder the agreed proposal for the pension reform, the earliest age workers will be eligible for an old-age pension will be raised gradually from 2017 by three months per birth-year cohort until it reaches 65.The upper age limit for old-age pensions will be five years higher than the earliest retirement age.However, under the agreement, the eligibility age for old-age retirement will be linked to life expectancy from 2027 to ensure the time spent working in relation to time in retirement remains at the 2025 level, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions.To keep to this ratio, the factors affecting the time spent working and the financial and social sustainability of the earnings-related scheme will be reviewed regularly, according to the agreed proposal.This development will be monitored at regular intervals through tripartite negations (social partners and government) every five years, according to the deal.TELA, which represents insurers providing earnings-related pensions, said the fact the agreement had been reached meant there would be no strikes or employer resistance to the reform.But in the end, not all parties have been pleased with the agreement.Reijo Vanne, director at TELA, said: “One problem is that the trade unions of people with academic education could not accept the agreement.”The academics’ unions wanted to have higher pension accrual rates at higher ages, he said.“Their argument was that people with long education do not have enough time to accrue a proper pension,” said Vanne.The reform also provides for possible early retirement at 63 for those who are considered to have had a strenuous and extensive working life, according the Finnish Centre for Pensions.The current part-time pension is to be abolished and replaced with a partial early old-age retirement, with certain new conditions.Pension accrual rates will be standardised to make the annual rate for individuals of all ages 1.5% of wages, and working after the earliest pensionable age will be rewarded with a monthly increment of 0.4% for deferred retirement.After 2017, pension contributions will accrue from the full wage, according to the reform, since the earnings-related pension contribution will no longer be deducted from the pensionable wage.Between 2016 and 2019, the combined pension contribution for workers and employers is to be 24.4%, though in 2016 this will be temporarily reduced by 0.4%, according to the agreement. Labour-market organisations in Finland have agreed the details of the country’s long-awaited pensions reform, which will raise the retirement age in fixed increments until 2025 and link it to longevity after that.The central labour market organisations – the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), the Local Government Employees (KT), the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) – signed an agreement on Friday on the content of the pension reform that will change to the earnings-related pension scheme.The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will now start the process of amending legislation according to the proposal agreed by the social partners.The aim of the pension reform, which will come into force at the beginning of 2017, is to extend working life and narrow the sustainability gap of the whole public economy by 1% of GDP, according to statutory organisation the Finnish Centre for Pensions, and Finnish pensions alliance TELA.last_img read more

​LD seeks managers for €1.5bn of Danish/European bonds

first_imgMeanwhile, the Danish short-term bond mandate is for an expected DKK2bn of assets, which are to be invested in Danish mortgage bonds and Danish government bonds only, according to information from LD, including its tender notice on the EU’s TED tenders portal.The objective for both mandates is to outperform the benchmark over a period of two to three years, it said.For the short-term bonds mandate, outperformance should be 25-50 basis points per year, while managers of the high-grade bonds mandate should beat the benchmark by 50-100 basis points a year, without direct duration bets for either mandates, LD said.The firm, which is currently equipping itself to invest assets in Denmark’s new holiday allowances fund, said applicants may submit a tender for one or both of the high-grade bond mandates, but that the two mandates would be awarded to different tenderers, meaning no manager could be awarded both.The deadline for the receipt of tenders or requests to participate for both tenders is 2 June at 4pm CET.LD pensions has released a string of tenders so far this year — including a €100m high-conviction emerging markets equities mandate at the beginning of this month and a €400m high conviction developed markets equity mandate in mid-March.Its search for external managers has been stepped up mainly in preparation for asset inflows to the holiday allowances fund, though it remains uncertain exactly how high these will be. Denmark’s LD Pensions has initiated a tender process for two Danish bond mandates, and is looking to appoint two or three asset managers for the mandates which include expected total assets of DKK11bn (€1.475bn).The Frederiksberg-based pensions firm has launched one tender for Danish high-grade bonds and another for Danish short-term bonds, with the first being divided into two lots, and the second intended for a single asset manager.Each of the mandates in the Danish high-grade bonds tender involve an expected total of DKK4.5bn of assets, and one of them includes European covered bonds as well.LD said both mandates are for investment primarily in Danish mortgage bonds, but include the possibility of investing in government bonds from selected European countries.last_img read more

Cops catch hundreds of stoners behind the wheel

first_imgNZ Herald 16 April 2012New Zealand’s drug-driving scourge has been described as a “hidden epidemic”, with latest figures showing hundreds of people have been caught stoned behind the wheel.The figures, released to the Herald, show police caught 568 drugged drivers between the introduction of the anti-drug-driving law in November 2009 and February this year. The vast majority were men.The problem has been highlighted in a recent series of TV ads showing the real-life reactions of secretly filmed New Zealanders when told the driver of their car is high on drugs.The Automobile Association and the Drug Foundation said New Zealand’s focus on drug-driving was still in its early stages.“We are at the stage now with drugged driving where we were with alcohol 30 years ago,” foundation executive director Ross Bell said. read more

Trump Retweets Video Of Armed Couple Shouting At St. Louis Protesters

first_img(St. Louis, MO) — President Trump retweeted video of an armed couple defending their home from unarmed protesters.The video shows a man holding an assault-style rifle and a woman with a pistol shouting at protesters walking toward the St. Louis mayor’s home Sunday evening. The couple are identified as personal injury attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey. They reportedly stood outside their home and swept their weapons toward the protesters walking through the gated community where Mayor Lyda Krewson lives. The Riverfront Times reports the protesters were walking to the mayor’s house for a demonstration after she went on Facebook live and broadcast the names and addresses of people advocating to defund the police department.A couple has come out of their house and is pointing guns at protesters in their neighborhood #StLouis #lydakrewson— Daniel Shular (@xshularx) June 29, 2020last_img read more

ICC World Cup Afghanistan vs Pakistan, Live Streaming Cricket: When and How to watch AFG v PAK LIVE

first_imgNew Delhi: Live Streaming Cricket, Afghanistan vs Pakistan at Hotstar and Star Sports: Afghanistan has chosen to bat against Pakistan in Leeds in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Shaheen Afridi struck twice before Asghar Afghan and Ikram Ali Khil strung a solid partnership. Asghar Afghan missed a fifty and Afghanistan stumbled. The lower order staged a recovery but Shaheen Afridi was the star as he managed to take 4/47 and restrict Afghanistan to 227/9. A big win for Pakistan will boost their chances of reaching the semi-final while Afghanistan will be looking to salvage some pride. With three wins in seven games, the men-in-green are currently placed at sixth spot and if they are able to beat both Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it is likely, that team will see themselves playing knockouts. Afghanistan, on the other hand, are yet to open their account in points table as they lost all seven games they have played. They have had a disappointing season so far and will look to do some upsets before the board the flight back home.ICC World Cup 2019, 36th match: Afghanistan vs PakistanWhat time does the live coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan vs Pakistan start?The 36th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 between Afghanistan vs Pakistan will start at 03:00 PM IST.Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan vs Pakistan be played?The clash between Afghanistan vs Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played at the Headingley in Leeds.Where to watch online live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game between Afghanistan vs Pakistan?You can watch the live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan vs Pakistan on Hotstar from 03.00 PM onwards.When is the game between Afghanistan vs Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?The game between Afghanistan vs Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played on Saturday, June 29.Where can I check the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan vs Pakistan?You can follow Live updates and Live Score on You can watch the live cricket match on Hotstar.Where can I watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan vs Pakistan?The match between Afghanistan vs Pakistan will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Select HD. Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgAiling Marlins ready to goUNDATED (AP) — Marlins manager Don Mattingly says his players sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak are all asymptomatic.Mattingly says those players are feeling great and feel like they are ready to go, adding that some have applied for reinstatement.The Marlins placed 17 players on the injured list last week following an outbreak in Philadelphia that forced seven games to be postponed. The infected players returned to Miami to be quarantined, and will likely need rehab workouts before rejoining the team.Players on the COVID-19 injury list must be cleared by the MLB joint committee before returning. The game was postponed 15 hours to a rare late-morning start after Tuesday night’s Blue Jackets-Lightning series opener in the same Toronto arena went to five overtimes.In other first-round action:— The Islanders scored four unanswered goals to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 win over the Capitals in Game 1. Josh Bailey broke a 2-2 deadlock with a short-handed goal about seven minutes into the third period. The Islanders tied it on goals by Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee 1:54 apart bridging the second and third periods.— Carter Hart handled 27 shots and the Flyers opened their series by nipping the Canadiens’ 2-1. Joel Farabee netted the go-ahead goal late in the second period, 16 seconds after Shea Weber scored on a power play. Ivan Provorov also scored against Carey Price, who had 29 saves.— Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree), J.T. Compher and Mikko Rantanen scored in an 83-second span late in the third period to send the Avalanche past the Coyotes, 3-0. Philipp Grubauer needed to make just 14 saves for his second career playoff shutout, helping Colorado take the opener of the series. Darcy Kuemper (KEHM’-pur) turned back 37 shots for Arizona. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig 12 moves ahead with fall sports UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 Conference is moving ahead with plans to play college football and other fall sports. They will join the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences in taking the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Big 12 board of directors approved a plan to begin fall sports after Sept. 1 after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not play this fall. The Big 12 football schedule allows each team to play one non-conference game before league play begins Sept. 26. In other college sports news:— The Big East has joined the growing list of conferences not playing sports in the fall. The conference announced that men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey won’t be contested. Georgetown is the defending national champions in men’s soccer.— The Big South Conference has decided to delay its fall sports seasons with hopes of playing in the spring. But it will allow football-playing members to schedule up to four non-conference games in the fall at their own discretion. Commissioner Kyle Kallander says the decision was made to protect student-athletes during the coronavirus pandemic. NHL-SCHEDULE MLB-SCHEDULEA’s top HalosUNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Athletics avoided a sweep while winning for the 10th time in 12 games.Stephen Piscotty, Matt Olson and Robbie Grossman homered for the A’s in an 8-4 victory over the Angels. Seven of the Athletics’ nine hits were for extra bases after they were shut out on Tuesday.Ramón Laureano made three nifty catches in center field as he awaits a decision of his appeal of a six-game suspension for charging Houston coach Alex Cintron on Sunday. August 13, 2020 Associated Press The British Open announced in April it would be canceled this year.NFL-NEWSWashington to start the season without fans presentUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Football Team will at least begin the NFL season playing without fans in its stadium.The team says it plans to play home games at an empty FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, “out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Update on the latest sports MASTERS-NO FANSNo roars at Augusta as Masters to be played without fansAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Masters will be on mute this year. The club has decided there will be no spectators at Augusta National when the rescheduled tournament is played in November.That means all three majors in this year of COVID-19 will not have fans.Golf is coming off its first major without fans last week at the PGA Championship. The U.S. Open, moved from June to Sept. 17-20 because of the pandemic, previously announced it won’t have spectators at Winged Foot. In other major league news:— Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal. Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29.— The Red Sox have placed outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the 10-day injured list with a right rib cage strain and recalled right-hander Ryan Weber from their alternate training site. Benintendi is batting just .103 this year after getting two hits in Tuesday’s game.NBA-NEWSNBA lays out plan for player guests to enter Disney bubblecenter_img Elsewhere around the majors:— Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier launched back-to-back homers and Aaron Hicks delivered an RBI double that put the Yankees ahead to stay in a 6-3 downing of the Braves. Frazier had three hits and scored twice while starting in place of outfielder Aaron Judge, who was scratched due to tightness in his lower body.— Magneuris Sierra poked a tiebreaking-two-run single in a three-run 10th that pushed the Marlins past the Blue Jays, 14-11 in Buffalo. Toronto lost despite smacking seven home runs, two by Travis Shaw.— Martín Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) belted a three-run home run to back a strong start by Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) in the Astros’ 5-1 decision over the Giants. Greinke allowed one run and scattered seven hits over a season-high 6 1/3 innings for his first win of the year. — Justin Turner crushed a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers breathing room in a 6-0 shutout of the Padres. Tony Gonsolin fell one out short of qualifying for the victory, allowing two hits and striking out eight. Harden scored 11 points while the Rockets reeled off a 14-2 run to get within 106-104. He poured in 45 points and tied his career high with 17 rebounds.Also around the NBA:— The Clippers wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the West as Paul George scored 27 points, and Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 26 in their 124-111 victory over the Nuggets. The Clippers took control with 13 straight points midway through the third quarter and never allowed the Nuggets to fully recover. — Mike Muscala nailed a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds and the Thunder overcame a 22-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Heat 116-115. Darius Bazley (BAYZ’-lee) contributed 21 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 for Oklahoma City, which outscored the Heat 34-15 in the final period.— Stanley Johnson scored the tiebreaking basket in the lane with 4.9 seconds remaining in the Raptors’ 125-121 triumph over the 76ers. Kyle Lowry and Chris Boucher each scored 19 points as Toronto improved to 6-1 in the restart. — Byron Buxton homered twice, Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) added a solo shot and Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) worked into the seventh inning for the Twins in a 12-2 pounding of the Brewers. Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Cruz Jr. each had two RBIs as part of Minnesota’s 15-hit assault.— Blake Snell pitched five shutout innings and the Rays backed him with a trio of 400-foot homers to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-5. Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs), Brandon Lowe and Yoshi Tsutsugo (soo-SOO’-goh) all homered off Zack Godley, and Austin Meadows hit a solo shot in the ninth inning of Tampa Bay’s fifth consecutive win.— Kyle Hendricks pitched six strong innings Anthony Rizzo homered as the pair led the Cubs to a 7-2 win over the Indians. The Cubs are 12-3 in their first season under manager David Ross, matching the club’s 15-game start since 1970.— Brad Keller tossed two-hit ball over six scoreless innings before the Royals completed a 5-4 win over the Reds. Salvador Perez supplied a solo homer and three RBIs while Kansas City was building a 5-0 lead.— The Orioles also earned a 5-4 win over the Phillies as Rio Ruiz, Chance Sisco and Anthony Santander all homered. Baltimore reliever Miguel Castro wiggled out a jam in the eighth thanks to a fantastic diving stop by Ruiz. It’s unknown if Antetokounmpo would have played in Thursday’s game against Memphis anyway, given that the Bucks have already secured the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs.Antetokounmpo will be eligible for Game 1 of the Bucks’ first-round series against Orlando.NBA-SCHEDULEPacers fend off RocketsUNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers beat Houston for the first time in their last six attempts despite an outstanding performance by Rockets guard James Harden. Myles Turner had 18 points and reserve Edmond Sumner added a season-high 17 as the Pacers held off the Rockets, 108-104. Justin Holliday chipped in 18 points for the Pacers, including two free throws with six seconds left after Houston erased most of a 14-point deficit over the final 5:05. — The defending champs are trailing their series after third-period goals by Troy Stecher, Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller gave the Canucks a 5-2 win over the Blues. Horvat furnished two goals and Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves, blanking St. Louis after Jaden Schwartz tied it 2-2 midway through the second period. Elias Petterson also scored for the Canucks, who are seeking their first opening-round series win since 2011.NBA-BUCKS-ANTETOKOUNMPOBeast gets 1-game banLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) has been suspended for Milwaukee’s final game of the regular season.The NBA’s reigning MVP was punished for headbutting Washington’s Moe Wagner. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA players could be joined by some family members or close friends inside the season-restart bubble by the end of the month. And that raises the possibility of having a real, albeit small, cheering section for some playoff games. The opportunity to bring guests into the bubble at Walt Disney World will be only for teams advancing to the second round of the playoffs. The earliest any guest could satisfy quarantine rules and be reunited with a player is Aug. 31. In most cases, players would be limited to four guests. In other NBA news:— The league still hasn’t had a confirmed coronavirus case among players inside the season-restart bubble at Walt Disney World. The league released updated numbers showing that none of the 342 players who were tested daily since the league last released results on Aug. 5 has had a confirmed positive. There has not been a player positive yet since teams began entering the bubble more than a month ago. — Pacers coach Nate McMillan has agreed to a one-year contract extension. McMillan says the deal would add one year to his current agreement, which was set to expire after next season. McMillan has led the Pacers to the playoffs in all four of his seasons since taking the job in 2016. B’s top Canes in 2OTUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins were able to win the latest marathon hockey game in Toronto.Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zheh-rahn) scored early in double-overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes in Game 1 of their opening-round series.David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) put Boston ahead 3-2 59 seconds into the third period, but Carolina forced OT on Haydn (HAY’-dehn) Fleury’s goal midway through the period.David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) assisted on the game-winner after netting a first-period goal. — Starling Marte homered and drove in four runs as the Diamondbacks battered the Rockies, 13-7. Rockets outfielder Charlie Blackmon began the game batting an astonishing .500 before going 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 15 games, and sliding his average to .472.— Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith provided back-to-back RBI doubles in a four-run first inning and hit consecutive homers in a five-run sixth as the Mets whipped the Nationals, 11-6. The fourth, fifth and sixth batters in the Mets’ lineup, Michael Conforto, Alonso and Smith, went 7-for-11 with eight RBIs, eight runs scored, three walks and a hit batsman in 15 plate appearances.— The White Sox picked up a 7-5 win over the Tigers as Tim Anderson had four hits and finished a double shy of the cycle. Anderson and Eloy Jimenez opened the game with consecutive home runs, but Chicago blew a 3-1 lead before Luis Robert hit a bases-clearing double. — Todd Frazier scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch while the Rangers plated five in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Mariners, 7-4. Texas rallied after Austin Nola and Daniel Vogelbach homered in Seattle’s four-run second.MLB-NEWS Owner Dan Snyder said the decision followed discussions with federal, state and local officials. The plan can be reevaluated if conditions improve throughout the course of the season.In other NFL news:— Eagles coach Doug Pederson has returned to the team after missing less than two weeks because of the coronavirus. Pederson said he stayed engaged with the team virtually and watched practices on video while quarantining at home. The 52-year-old Pederson has led the Eagles to three straight playoff appearances and the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory following the 2017 season.— The Bills have signed coach Sean McDermott to a multiyear contract extension. A person with direct knowledge told the Associated Press the contract is a four-year extension that runs through the 2025 season. McDermott is the first Bills coach to receive a contract extension since Dick Jauron in 2008 — though Jauron was fired the following year. — A report by the State Department’s internal watchdog confirms news reports that U.S. ambassador to Britain and Jets owner Woody Johnson has been accused of making “insensitive” and “inappropriate” remarks to embassy staff. The State Department Office of the Inspector General in a report Wednesday called for further internal investigation of the allegations. The report says State Department officials contend that no further investigation is necessary because Johnson understands the responsibilities of his diplomatic job. Johnson has been an ambassador since 2017 and is a friend and campaign contributor to President Donald Trump.last_img read more