Namaste on the Bay kicks off at Coasterra

first_img Posted: June 20, 2019 Namaste on the Bay kicks off at Coasterra 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) – People can take in some of the best views of the city while partaking in a gentle flow yoga session at Namaste on the Bay.Engage your body and mind in a one-hour yoga flow session with Yoga Box from 10-11 a.m. on Sunday, June 23rd and then Coasterra is offering brunch from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Everyone attending the class will receive 15% off brunch (food items) at Coasterra once yoga concludes. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom June 20, 2019last_img read more

ASA Seeks Nominees for Young Leader Program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer, a DuPont Company, are seeking nominees for the 2003 ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout the soybean industry for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating excellent leaders, many of whom now play an integral role in the promotion of agriculture and the success of the soybean industry.”The ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program is a dynamic learning experience,” said ASA President Dwain Ford. “The instructors and program content are of the highest quality. This program provides information that the participant can start using immediately, not only in their business, but personally as well. As a graduate of the Young Leader program, I would encourage anyone who has an interest in improving their leadership skills to apply for the program. It will be an investment that will provide unlimited opportunities in the future.”The ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program is looking for soybean farmers who are innovative, assertive, young (or new) to leadership, and looking to make their mark in agriculture. The program, which began in 1984, has a tremendous record of success. Hundreds of program alumni have assumed significant leadership responsibilities in state and national agricultural organizations. Young Leaders are making a difference in agriculture by ensuring that the voice of the American farmer is heard.”Applicants selected as Young Leaders have an excellent opportunity to learn the key leadership skills necessary for high profile roles within agriculture,” said Kevin Turnblad, Pioneer Key Account Manager. “They do this through interactive training that utilizes instructors and materials that have been very successful in the real-world. Participants can also learn from each other and through the use of case studies of topics that are ‘front-burner’ and pivotal to the future of agriculture. If anyone is interested in making a difference in agriculture, this program is for you.”The 2003 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience Feb. 24-26, 2003, in Charlotte, NC. This seminar will include leadership and issues training, and provide an opportunity for participants to meet and learn from other Young Leaders from around the country. The class will also take part in the Commodity Classic, Feb. 27–Mar. 1, 2003, rounding out a full week of learning, networking, and personal growth. In November 2003, participants will travel to Pioneer’s headquarters in Johnston, Iowa to complete their training.Nomination forms for the 2003 ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program have been mailed to all ASA members. Forms may also be obtained by calling (800) 688-7692 or on the web at Soybean producers are encouraged to apply themselves or nominate other producers as candidates for the program. Nominations should be returned to ASA by Friday, October 25, 2002. Each nominee will be asked to complete a one-page application form. One Young Leader couple will be selected from each of ASA’s state affiliates.last_img read more

USDAASAAfghan Cooperation Creates Afghanistans First Soy Processing Plant

first_imgWashington, D.C.… A distance of seven thousand miles is just the start of the differences between the Brookville, Ohio farm where Steve Berk grew up raising soybeans as an FFA project and his current residence in Afghanistan. Yet, a new soybean processing factory creates a landmark link between states like Ohio and Afghan reconstruction efforts.Berk is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Senior Representative at the U.S. Consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif. He and U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service Agriculture Minister Counselor Quintin Gray joined the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program at the unique soy processing business this summer.”It’s great to see the Afghan and U.S. partners get this soybean processing facility up and operating,” Gray says. “It will help Afghanistan agriculture continue to develop.”Through USDA’s Food for Progress Program, WISHH and its partners have established Afghanistan’s first commercial soybean value chain as part of the Soybeans in Agricultural Renewal of Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI). As a result, Iowa-made processing equipment from Insta-Pro now has soybeans from Afghanistan as well as Ohio, Michigan and other states flowing through it. An Afghan company provided the land and the building as well as employs the staff.People and livestock will benefit from the high-protein soy flour, soy meal and the crude soybean oil produced at the Mazar-e-Sharif manufacturing facility. An Afghan dairy, Kefayat Farms, made the first purchase of 10 metric tons of soybean meal for its herd of 140 Holstein cows. Farmhands soon noted the cows producing two to three additional liters of milk a day, and the milk quality was noticeably improved so customers were willing to pay more.A solid supply of soybeans is key to the processing plant serving as a reliable source to its customers. Throughout the three-year project, more than 200,000 bushels of U.S. soybeans will augment local production processed in the plant. Perdue Grain and Oilseed’s 2011 sale exemplifies how U.S. soybeans contribute to the processing plant being a steady supplier of soy products in Afghanistan.For example, USDA purchased 1500 metric tons of soybeans for the processing plant’s use from Perdue’s partnership with Commercial Lynks, a Virginia-based trading company. Perdue has more than 70 grain elevators east of the Mississippi River and used Michigan and Ohio soybeans for the USDA purchase. The soybean sale further contributed to the U.S. economy as the shipment loaded at a port facility in Chesapeake, Virginia.According to Perdue Grain and Oilseed Vice President John Cassidy, developing country markets represent a growing demand for U.S. feed ingredients. “WISHH is an important tool to expand markets in the U.S. soybean industry,” says Cassidy, who also appreciates the importance of USDA backing of the financing in countries that have immature banking sectors.In 2011, the project also assisted 891 Afghan farmers, including 91 women, in producing the country’s first commercial crop of soybeans on a total of approximately 450 acres. This year, 3,325 Afghan farmers, including 300 women, are planting soybeans through SARAI.The U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense contributed to this success by assisting ASA’s WISHH with military air transport of the Stine soybean seeds from Illinois to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The shipment was then trucked to farmers in a northern province. In 2011-12, a combined total of approximately 50 metric tons of U.S. soybean seeds went to Afghanistan for farmers to plant.In addition to generating income for subsistence farmers who typically have less than an acre of land, the soybeans are priming the growth of oilseed demand in the country. Currently, Afghanistan imports more than 90 percent of its cooking oil. Much of that is palm oil. Afghanistan’s poultry and livestock industries also look to expand with quality meal from oilseed crops, such as soybeans.Since being founded by U.S. soybean farmers in 2000, WISHH has worked in 24 countries to improve diets, as well as encouraged growth of food industries. The WISHH program is managed from ASA’s world headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit Foreign Agricultural Service Agriculture Minister Counselor Quintin Gray (left) joined the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program Executive Director Jim Hershey at Afghanistan’s first soybean processing factory. With USDA support, WISHH and its partners created a landmark link between U.S. agriculture and Afghan reconstruction efforts. (WISHH photo)For more information, contact:Karen Coble Edwards, KCE Public Affairs Associates • (703) 281-7600Patrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director • (202) 969-7040last_img read more

ASA Perspectives on the MidTerm Elections

first_imgPicking through the debris left by this week’s mid-term election “tsunami,” our office has several observations on the Republican takeover of the Senate by winning eight (and possibly nine) Senate seats held by Democrats and the increase in Republican control of the House, and what these changes mean for ASA priorities in the 114th Congress.In terms of “what did it mean,” the results suggest a repudiation of President Obama and some of the policies enacted or proposed by Democrats, most notably Obamacare. Exit polling also showed voters expressing disapproval of gridlock and partisan fighting in Washington and a desire for Congress and the Administration to work together to get things done.  A President’s party usually fares poorly in mid-term elections, particularly in a President’s second term, and the political map, with Democrats defending 21 of 33 Senate seats, favored Republicans.  However, the margin of victory in states that were considered “close” in pre-election polling was much higher in many races, and Virginia, which was not supposed to be in play, turned into a real cliffhanger.The question now is whether those who won this year and the incumbents who face reelection in 2016 read the results in a way that motivates them to press their leaders to work together and reach compromises on issues which have been stalled by one or both parties for years.  The Republicans will have 23 seats to defend compared to 9 for the Democrats.  The fact that 2016 is also a Presidential election year will compress these decisions into a short timeframe, between January and August or maybe early in the fall of 2015.  The Republicans have a stronger hand to play now, and may be willing to work across the aisle rather than forcing their priorities into confrontational budget reconciliation packages, which require only 51 votes to pass.For the Obama Administration, we’ll see whether they will use the President’s executive authority to make regulatory policy changes that aren’t subject to Congressional approval, or if the President decides that engaging the Republican leadership is important in making his last two years relevant in the political process as the 2016 sweepstakes begin early next year.Let’s look at the political terrain between now and year’s end, and going into 2015.The “lame duck” session that will begin when Congress returns to Washington next week will likely be shorter than if control of the Senate had been in doubt.  Republicans will want to defer most issues on their agenda to January, when they take control of the chamber.  So Congress will need to pass omnibus legislation or, more likely, a Continuing Resolution to keep the government running beyond expiration of the current CR on December 15.  They may also take up a tax extenders package that may include an extension of the biodiesel tax credit, at least retroactive to the beginning of 2014.  It is considered doubtful that they will take up Trade Promotion Authority or more significant tax reform legislation before adjourning for the year.For 2015, the critical question will be whether the President and Congress begin to negotiate on key issues in good faith and actually move and enact legislation.  If not, Republicans will consider whether to force their priorities through the Senate in budget reconciliation packages which only require 51 votes.  A second question is whether they will craft these packages in a way that forces a Presidential veto, or if they include “must-pass” measures in them, including an increase in the federal debt limit, which will be reached in March and when borrowing authority will become critical in July.  This tactic has been used before with mixed results – the Republicans were blamed after President Clinton vetoed a reconciliation bill in 1995, contributing to their losses in the 1996 elections.  It is possible that the Farm Bill, particularly SNAP, could be subject to the reconciliation process if the Agriculture Committees are directed to identify and provide savings to include in a budget reconciliation bill.  ASA and other farm groups have traditionally opposed efforts to re-open the Farm Bill.With regard to ASA’s priorities, efforts will continue into 2015 to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreements, and to obtain Congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).  While Administration officials have stated that extension of TPA could follow conclusion of the two trade deals, it would be much harder to make the hard decisions required at the end of negotiations if TPA is not already in place.Prospects for legislation normalizing trade with Cuba are likely to get caught up in 2016 politics as candidates for both parties vie for support in Florida.  ASA is participating in a broad coalition of organizations to push for lifting the long-standing embargo on trade with Cuba.Legislation establishing national voluntary standards for labeling foods that do not contain biotech ingredients as opposed to confusing and costly state labeling laws (HR 4432) was introduced in the House in 2014, but only attracted 37 co-sponsors.  While it may receive a hearing on December 10 if Congress remains in session that long, ASA and other farm organizations are looking at ways to redraft the bill in order to broaden support beyond agriculture-related groups.The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and support for biofuels is probably not strengthened with the Republican majorities, but it should not be in grave danger either. It will continue to be a regional issue within the Republican caucus, and not likely to be repealed or significantly reduced.  EPA is expected to finalize the 2014 RFS volumes in the coming days.  Higher livestock prices and lower corn prices will reduce the pressure from anti-RFS factions and energy policy will be focused on the Keystone Pipeline, expanded domestic oil and gas production, and potentially allowing exports of U.S. oil. The biodiesel tax credit remains tenuous.  A tax extenders package could be enacted in the lame duck session, but tax reform may be on the agenda in 2015 making those temporary tax breaks more vulnerable.The outlook for transportation policy is not expected to be dramatically different in 2015 following the election results. Reauthorization of the Highway bill will be on the agenda and could get tied to energy issues and/or budget and reconciliation packages as Congress seeks revenue sources to cover the costs of the bill, which is popular on both sides of the aisle.Regulatory issues, including the proposed rule defining Waters of the United States, should be low-hanging fruit for a Republican Congress. The comment period for WOTUS will close on November 14. Congress can choose to either include an appropriations rider in the FY2015 omnibus appropriations bill to prohibit funding to advance the rule, or they could pass legislation through the authorizing committees. Other regulatory issues that have been important to agriculture, such as the NPDES permitting rule for pesticide applications over water, could finally be overturned through the Agriculture committees.Legislation that could be considered next year by the Agriculture committees includes the overdue reauthorization of the CFTC and reauthorization of child nutrition programs. Incoming Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts has indicated an interest in reform of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), which is a shared interest of the House Agriculture Committee. That effort, however, would severely complicate any efforts at bipartisanship.  Any serious efforts to make changes to SNAP would likely come through the reconciliation process discussed above.last_img read more

Committee to Hold Hearing on Biotech Labeling Legislation in May

first_imgHouse Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) held a meeting this week where he outlined a timetable for his committee to consider the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.The legislation, introduced earlier this year by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), would provide a uniform, science-based approach to national food labeling.According to Upton, the full Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the legislation in May, followed by a mark-up by the Health Subcommittee in June and mark-up by the full Committee in late July or September.Upton emphasized that the decision by a Circuit Court judge last week not to overturn a bill enacted by the State of Vermont on the basis that it violates the Commerce Clause on disruption of interstate commerce could lead to a proliferation of similar legislation in other states, and an unmanageable “patchwork quilt” of different state laws and regulations nationwide.He indicated that, unlike last year when the Pompeo-Butterfield bill was not taken up by his committee, the chances of moving it through the House and the Senate are better this year. Upton called on members of the Grocery Manufacturers of America and its allies in the food and agriculture sectors to increase their efforts to add additional sponsors to the House bill, and to push for similar action in the Senate.  ASA is a strong supporter of the legislation, which would provide for federal preemption of state biotech labeling laws and require the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish standards for voluntary labeling of products that do not contain biotech ingredients.The American Soybean Association (ASA) attended the meeting with Upton.last_img read more

Aldridge scores 37 as Blazers down Twolves

first_imgPORTLAND — First day of the second semester, and the Blazers nailed the initial quiz. Granted, this was one of those open-book, just-make-sure-you-show-up-to-class freebies, but still. After finishing the first half of the season just one game above .500, Portland aims to go from keeping its head above water to sitting safely on the shore. It took that first stroke Monday, scoring a season-high point total and beating Minnesota, 113-102. A win over the Timberwolves (10-32) is common for most NBA teams, but for the Blazers in particular. Monday marked the 15th time Portland finished the game with more points than Minnesota, and two stats helped explain why: The season-high 38 points the Blazers scored in the third quarter, and the career-high 37 points LaMarcus Aldridge scored in the game. Going head-to-head with Kevin Love, arguably his primary competition for a spot on the Western Conference All Star team, Aldridge delivered a persuasive argument by hitting 15 of his 24 field goal attempts and nabbing 12 rebounds. Regardless of who was guarding him, he dissected Minnesota in the post, off pick and rolls and on the offensive glass. Whether Aldridge ends up suiting up or kicking back during All-Star weekend remains to be seen, but seeing how he is averaging 27.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in 2011, he doesn’t need to convince anybody in Portland of his capabilities.last_img read more

Fundraiser keeps boys Legocy alive

first_imgThe practice of donating boxed Lego sets in Luke Jensen’s name will continue.Luke, who had leukemia, died in May 2010 at age 9. Attendees at his memorial service brought boxed Lego sets to be donated to sick children.“Luke’s Lego-cy Carnival” will be 5 to 9 p.m. May 20 at King’s Way Christian Schools, 3300 N.E. 78th St. in Hazel Dell.The suggested admission is one Lego set per family, said Gretchen Kipp, a teacher at King’s Way.Luke attended King’s Way, where his father, Steve, serves as a principal.In March, Clark County commissioners approved naming a sports field complex next to the schools in memory of Luke. Construction has begun on the Luke Jensen Sports Park; fields are expected to be game-ready by spring 2012.The “Lego-cy Carnival” will include games, a dunk tank, raffle items, inflatable jump toys and concessions, Kipp said. Game tickets are three for $1 or 40 for $10. The donated Lego sets will be given to the Children’s Cancer Association and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Kipp said profits will be divided among Doernbecher’s, CCA, Children’s Healing Art Project and Lens of Hope, which offers free photography services to families with a member who has cancer. Kipp said the event will celebrate Luke’s positive outlook. A flier for the carnival quotes Luke: “I don’t have time to worry about the things that could happen. I am too busy thinking of all the happy things that have happened.”For more information, call Kipp, 360-609-7885.last_img read more

Clark County Food Bank staff try living on food stamps

first_imgWhat: “Homeless and Hungry in Clark County: Get the Facts,” a free brown-bag event focusing on local poverty.When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.Where: Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.Who: Speaking will be Amy Reynolds and Katherine Garrett of Share; Andy Silver of the Council for the Homeless; Alan Hamilton of the Clark County Food Bank; and Eric Olmsted of the Rotary Club of Vancouver.Did you know?The nonprofit agencies mentioned in this story are always eager for volunteers and donations. They are: Share; the Clark County Food Bank; and the Council for the Homeless.Audrey and Connor Williams are living on a food budget of $8 a day. For both of them.The young couple has accepted the SNAP Challenge, a weeklong exercise in living on food stamps. SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It pays a little over $4 per person per day for basic groceries. It doesn’t cover hot or prepared foods.“If we’re talking the talk, we should be able to walk the walk,” said Audrey, a nutrition educator and AmeriCorps worker at the Clark County Food Bank. She’s one of the many members of the staff and board of directors of the food bank — plus their friends and fans — who are participating in a pilot SNAP Challenge this week. Next year, food bank director Alan Hamilton said, the food bank plans to go communitywide with the challenge.It’s in observance of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, which runs from Nov. 10 to 18.Speaking during a free brown-bag event will be a number of local poverty experts and activists, including Amy Reynolds and Katherine Garrett from Share; Andy Silver from the Council for the Homeless; and Hamilton of the Clark County Food Bank.last_img read more

Man shot to death in Gresham

first_imgGRESHAM, Ore. — Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Gresham.Police responded to reports of shots fired in the 1400 block of N.E. Paropa Court around 6:40 p.m. and found the body of a man.Police are looking for an unknown number of suspects who fled.More information will be posted when it is available.last_img

Ore man gets 4 12 years in student loan scam

first_imgTACOMA — Federal prosecutors say an Oregon man who devised a student loan scam and preyed on Russian immigrants in financial difficulties has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for bank fraud.The U.S. attorney’s office says the loss from the scheme exceeds $900,000.Prosecutors say 35-year-old Alexander Sviridiuk of Happy Valley, Ore., was sentenced Tuesday in Tacoma, Wash.Court records say he advertised in the Russian immigrant community, saying immigrants could get cash by applying for student loans, without needing to actually go to college. He and his cousin applied for loans, saying each immigrant planned to attend Washington State University or the University of California at Irvine. Email registration was used to convince the bank funding the loan that the person was enrolling in school. Once the money was delivered, the applicant would quickly withdraw. Sviridiuk took a percentage of the loan money.He was convicted last October. His cousin has pleaded guilty.last_img read more

Police investigate gangrelated shooting in east Vancouver

first_imgPolice are investigating a gang-related shooting that occurred in east Vancouver late Saturday night.Officers were called to 501 S.E. 123rd Ave. just before 11 p.m. Saturday for reports of gunshots heard. When they arrived, they found a 20-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds that police said were not life-threatening.Police have not identified a suspect, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. The agency’s Safe Streets Task Force is investigating the incident.The name of the person injured was not released.last_img

Bonneville Dam fish count 412

first_imgThursday — 413 adult spring chinook, one jack chinook, 46 steelhead. Friday — 445 adult spring chinook and 43 steelhead. The temperature at Bonneville was 48 degrees and 49.4 degrees at Caterpillar Island. Streamflow on Friday was up to 245,000 cubic feet per second.last_img

MGM Japan sponsors first Blue Man Group World Tour visit to Japan

first_imgLast July, when MGM Resorts Japan participated in the Tenjin Festival in Osaka, Blue Man Group also attended and gave a special performance on a Hohai boat during the river procession at the festival.Back in 2007 there was a dedicated Blue Man theater in the Roppongi area of Tokyo, but this is the first time the group’s upgraded “World Tour” will head to Japan.Jason P. Hyland, President and Representative Officer of MGM Japan, said, “We are wondering what the future of entertainment is; what will enthrall the audience? I am excited to say that I think you will be inspired as you find the answer to that question in this performance.”Blue Man Group will perform from 1 May to 2 June 2019 in Tokyo’s Roppongi, from 5 to 9 June at Aichi Prefectural Art Theater in Osaka and from 12 to 16 June at Orix Theatre in Osaka. RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Load More MGM Resorts Japan has announced that it will bring popular US performance troupe Blue Man Group to Japan for an extensive tour this year.Blue Man Group has successfully performed in front of record audience numbers totaling over 35 million guests in over 25 countries throughout the world. MGM and Blue Man have a long-standing partnership, including a permanent theater for the show at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It is especially popular among the family demographic. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IRlast_img read more

Caesars hints at Japan commitment with new Hokkaido hockey sponsorship

first_img Load More RelatedPosts Caesars Entertainment has made a subtle statement about its long-term Japan ambitions with the announcement of a sponsorship deal with the East Hokkaido Cranes hockey team.The sponsorship, which has enabled the team to continue as a professional hockey outfit in the Asia League, sees Caesars join with more than 170 other companies to keep the professional league alive after the Cranes had disbanded due to issues with their previous sponsorship. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts It also comes barely 48 hours after doubts were cast over Caesars’ international expansion plans following its US$17.3 billion merger with Eldorado Resorts, with Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg stating in an investor call that “the opportunity internationally will have to be stupendous for us to run in that direction.”In announcing the sponsorship deal, Caesars said it is “committed to investing in the communities in which we operate. We contribute to the local economy via taxes, salaries to locally hired employees, purchases from local suppliers and sponsorships such as this.”Managing Director of Caesars Entertainment Japan, William Shen, added that the company “has a long track record of developing and operating Integrated Resorts that grow and prosper hand-in-hand with our host communities.“We admire the Cranes’ proactive contributions to the local community and we feel great empathy in this regard. I hope that our support of the Cranes will contribute to the promotion of sports entertainment and community vitalization across Hokkaido and indeed throughout Japan.”last_img read more

Charlton Morris introduces unlimited holiday for senior consultants

first_imgExecutive search firm Charlton Morris has introduced unlimited holiday for its senior consultants to help staff achieve a better work-life balance.The Leeds-based organisation is offering unlimited holiday to consultants who have been with the business for two years or more as a way to reward staff for their continued hard work, as well as provide employees with more freedom and flexibility to encourage a better work-life balance.Eligible employees will be able to book time off work whenever they want. Currently, 14 of the organisation’s 41 employees are eligible for the benefit.The unlimited holiday is one of several benefits introduced in the first week of January. Other new initiatives include reduced working hours and extended lunch breaks.The new benefits will sit alongside established initiatives including subsidised gym membership, social outings and holiday incentives to destinations such as Las Vegas and Barcelona.Andy Shatwell (pictured), managing director at Charlton Morris, said: “We pride ourselves on doing things differently, and we want to stand out from the crowd when it comes to recruitment firms in Leeds. One thing we really wanted to move away from was the idea that recruitment is a ferocious industry which involves high turnover of staff and, while lucrative, [it’s] not sustainable.“These measures were all geared towards making Charlton Morris a place to have a successful career for our current and future employees, and to make us stand out from the competition.”last_img read more

Health visitors at Lincolnshire County Council strike in pay dispute

first_imgHealth visitors, trained nurses who attend to patients at home, employed by Lincolnshire County Council and who are members of the trade union Unite, are undertaking strike action in an ongoing pay dispute.The 48-hour period of industrial action started on Monday 15 July 2019 at the council’s operating site in Newland, Lincoln; 84% of Unite members based at the council voted in favour of the strike.The dispute regards 58 health visitors who have been transferred from the NHS Agenda for Change pay scale to instead be paid under the local authority wage rate. Unite has stated that, although Lincolnshire County Council staff and NHS employees have both received pay awards, these specific health visitors have not.The trade union has argued that its health visitor members employed by Lincolnshire County Council have lost more than £2,000 a year since being transferred from the NHS to the council in October 2017.Talks in conjunction with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) have so far proved unsuccessful in resolving the dispute.Steve Syson, regional officer at Unite, said: “We believe [this is] the first time that the county’s health visitors will have taken strike action in defence of their pay and professional standards.“It is a sad indictment of the council’s bosses that they have allowed the situation to reach this stage. Unite’s door remains open for constructive talks at any time to settle this dispute for the benefit of our members and, ultimately, for the welfare of the families of Lincolnshire.”Heather Sandy, interim director of education at Lincolnshire County Council, added: “The county council has always valued the professionalism and work of our health visitors and the support they provide to Lincolnshire families. We were keen to avoid strike action, which has been threatened by the Unite union [and] represents approximately one third of our health visiting workforce.“We met with representatives from Unite, facilitated by Acas and, despite constructive discussions, we were unable to reach an agreement. The council remains open to ongoing discussions.“We wish to reassure the public that we have plans in place to cover absences, particularly in the most vulnerable areas, such as safeguarding and primary birth visits. No-one will be left without support.”last_img read more

Man accused of killing mother denied bond

first_imgA man accused of murdering his own mother faced a judge, Wednesday.Thirty-two-year-old Joaquin Villagra was denied bond after, police said, he killed his 54-year-old mother.The victim’s body was found July 14 in her Sweetwater apartment.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Motorcyclist injured in Margate hitandrun

first_imgAn investigation is underway after a motorcyclist was injured in a hit-and-run, Saturday.Officials said someone ran into the motorcyclist on Park Drive and U.S. Highway 441 before taking off.The rider was rushed to a nearby hospital in unknown condition.The wrecked bike could be seen on the road Saturday afternoon. Police temporarily shut down the intersection to investigate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Deputies arrest 2 after Keys drug bust

first_imgKEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Deputies in the Florida Keys arrested two men, Monday, after noticing the men acting suspiciously.Officials said 29-year-old Jacob Ortiz and 23-year-old Matthew Myers are now behind bars after deputies reportedly noticed their 2013 Volkswagon Jetta pulling into the loading dock of a CVS in Big Pine Key.Their Jetta was then searched by deputies who found marijuana, LSD, cocaine and heroin inside.Myers was also charged with giving a false name to police.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img