first_imgThe UK’s occupational pension fund association has invited the chairs of the UK’s largest listed companies to meet with pension schemes to discuss their reporting on employment models and working practices.In a letter to FTSE 100 chairs, Julian Mund, chief executive of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), said investors believed a company’s workforce was critical to its long-term success, but that the association’s research had found that many FTSE 100 companies did not go beyond minimum statutory requirements when reporting on workforce practices.“It is the PLSA’s aim that these discussions will help UK companies to lead global best practice in relation to workforce disclosure and governance,” said Mund.“It is only through working together on this issue that investors and companies can both deliver significant improvements to millions of working lives as well as delivering better returns to investors – and pension scheme members – over the long term.” Some UK pension schemes are also calling for better workforce reporting via an initiative co-ordinated by campaign group ShareAction. “It is the PLSA’s aim that these discussions will help UK companies to lead global best practice in relation to workforce disclosure and governance”Julian Mund, chief executive, PLSAThe Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) brings together more than 120 asset managers and asset owners to ask listed companies to provide information relating to diversity, wages, health and safety, and other aspects of workforce practice.More than twice as many companies filled in the 2018 survey than the first WDI survey, although that left more than 400 that did not. According to the WDI, at least some of the non-participating companies often cited “a confidence in their existing public reporting that is not shared by WDI investor signatories”.last_img read more

first_imgTheir health would be constantly monitored by their LGUs, Marin said. The 110 Ilonggos would be fetched at the wharf by their respective local government units (LGUs). They would be subjected to 14 days of home quarantine. “Wala na sila naton gin-require sang RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),” added Marin, because the Ilonggos came from an area that, like Iloilo province, is also under a general community quarantine (GCQ). ILOILO – At 10 a.m. today the ship transporting 110 Ilonggos stranded in Palawan due to the community quarantine would be docking at the wharf in Lapuz, Iloilo City. The ship left Palawan Wednesday afternoon. Marin said the 110 Ilonggos have complied with all of these. According to Gilbert Marin, chief of the Iloilo Provincial Tourism Office and the provincial government’s focal person for returning stranded domestic tourists, 70 percent of these returning Ilonggos were domestic tourists and the rest were workers. * certification of acceptance, undertaking of the LGU destination that it would accept the returnee and subject the latter to quarantine at a common quarantine facility (not home quarantine) “First batch pa lang ini. May second batch pa from Palawan. Siguro next week sila maabot,” he added. * certification from the local health unit of the place of origin that the returnee has undergone a 14-day quarantine and does not exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection In Memorandum Order No. 21, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. laid down the requirements for the re-entry of Ilonggos from GCQ areas. These were the following: * certification from the governor allowing entry to Iloilo For Ilonggos from areas under an enhanced community quarantine, the three GCQ requirements must also be met, plus a negative result of their RT-PCR test./PNlast_img read more

first_imgInvestigators are trying to figure out the cause of a Monday evening garage fire in Greensburg.Firefighters responded to the scene of a fire at a detached garage on West Central Avenue. The blaze reached an adjacent power pole causing a brief power outage. No injuries were reported as fire crews put out the fire.According to the Greensburg Daily News, the initial call to police may have been reported as arson. Officials have not ruled out foul play in the blaze that caused an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 in damage.Fire and police officials are investigating the cause of the fire.last_img read more

first_img After a summer of frustration in the transfer market, Ian Holloway’s team are favourites for the drop, but Villas-Boas is wary of under-estimating the newly-promoted side on Sunday. Given that the fixture will be Palace’s first in the top-flight in eight years, Villas-Boas expects a raucous atmosphere at Selhurst Park. “It will be a difficult game because of Selhurst Park,” Villas-Boas told Spurs TV Online. “As a stadium, it’s very hard to play in, there will be lots of emotion and intensity, and it’s always difficult to play against a team that has just come up.” While Spurs have spent almost £60million on new signings, Palace have struggled to add any experienced players to their squad. To make matters worse, two of the club’s key players from last year, Glenn Murray and Yannick Bolasie, are injured, as is new signing Jerome Thomas. Villas-Boas still expects a competitive game from Holloway’s side, though, partly because he has not been able to draw on the experience of playing Palace last year in his usually thorough preparation for the match. “Obviously Palace have a couple of problems – they are trying to put their team together, but we don’t know them as well as other teams, and that is always a factor,” the 35-year-old said. “We have to be disciplined in that respect and hopefully with the quality we have, we hope that can make the difference and we hope can bring back the three points.” After a summer spent batting away questions about Gareth Bale’s future, Villas-Boas is looking forward to returning to the dugout as Spurs look to start the season with a win. Although Villas-Boas will be without Bale, who has a foot injury, for Sunday’s game, the Spurs boss has the luxury of having four new signings available for the game in south-east London. Press Association Roberto Soldado, who said earlier in the week that he hopes to score 20 goals this season, is expected to line up in attack while Paulinho is likely to start in midfield. There is also a chance that Etienne Capoue could be drafted in at centre-back if Villas-Boas decides Younes Kaboul should not be risked following his comeback from a year-long injury layoff. Capoue, who joined from Toulouse on Thursday for £8.6million, is excited by the prospect of playing for the north London club. “I watched some Tottenham games last year and they have a very good style and they have a good spirit,” the France international said. “I want to play a lot of games here. It’s very nice. “Next season for me I hope to play a lot of Premier League games and in Europe and at the end of the year there is a World Cup in Brazil so that is a good target for me.” Andre Villas-Boas expects his Tottenham team to walk in to a cauldron of hostile noise on Sunday when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.last_img read more

first_imgTwo-time Open champion Padraig Harrington believes he has rediscovered some form in the majors after an encouraging performance in the 144th championship at St Andrews. Since winning the 2008 US PGA Championship, his third career major, he has recorded just three top-10 finishes – the last coming joint-fourth at the 2012 US Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. Even though his seven-under total – after a disappointing final-round 75 – was only good enough for a share of 20th at the Open, the way he got himself into contention has provided renewed optimism, Press Association “I felt very good mentally; not great on the greens at times but very good mentally up to a certain point,” he said. “Then the greens kind of got a bit to me. I hit lovely shots really all the way home. “Only really that tee shot on 17 wasn’t great but everything was pretty strong. “I felt I hit the ball every bit as well as I needed to but I clearly didn’t putt well today. “I have to think about that and figure it out.” Three birdies in five holes lifted him to 13 under and into a share of the lead but he hit his drive into a gorse bush to double-bogey the sixth and, although he got it back to 11 under with seven holes remaining, three bogeys and a double did more damage despite a brilliant long, curling birdie putt at the 16th. “Things were going well and I thought (on the sixth), ‘Why not take it on at that stage?’ and it was disappointing the lose the ball,” said the Irishman. “It wasn’t the end of the world but after three-putting eight (the par three) I really struggled with the putter after that.” Towards the end Harrington began to be conscious his play may affect Australian Marc Leishman, who was leading, and that then impacted on his game. “It was an inconsequential finish but it is still disappointing,” he said. “I was always trying but I went to the toilet at 17 and Marc had bogeyed the one before and he wanted to hit his tee shot and I wanted to get out of the way and at that stage it was really about trying to get into the clubhouse. “I was trying to get out of Marc’s way and I didn’t really focus in on what I was doing.” last_img read more

first_imgSHUSEKI Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai, 9th Degree Black Belt Founder, Chairman and Chief Instructor of the International Karate Daigaku, successfully graded and advanced 95 karatekas of the Guyana Karate College (GKC).He was assisted by the College’s Vice-Chairman and Vice-Chief Instructor Sensei Jeffrey Wong 6th Degree Black Belt; Sensei Dr Guy Low 5th Degree Black Belt and Sensei Kenrick Cheeks 2nd Degree Black Belt.Students came from the GKC’s Carifesta Sports Complex and Cornelia Ida’s Dojos.Leading the promotions for this grading exercise was 2nd Degree John McGrath who turned in a scintillating performance to earn a 3rd Degree Black Belt or Sandan Ranking.He was followed by the sister and brother pair of Alyssa Kristy and Aiden Davendra Singh, Otho Harris, Deron Austin Samuel Austin and Jayden Hurry all of whom advanced from 1st Degree to 2nd Degree Black Belts or the Nidan RankingJonathan Ng-a-Fook, Diego De Nobrega and Taissa De Nobrega were also elevated from 1st Kyu Brown Belts to 1st Degree Black Belts or the Shodan Rank.Being promoted from 10th kyu to 8th kyu were Nathan Taitt, Janiya Lee, Kissiah Jordan, Jared Hurry, Jonathan Wong while Louis Alexandro Da Silva was promoted from 10th kyu to 7th kyu.The 9th kyu karatakas who were promoted to 8th kyu were Ameer Shariff, Amosdanial, Darnell Klass while Eli Jordan moved from 9th kyu to 7th kyu as well as Prosper Jacobus, Rizwan Mahadeo, Anusha Jodhan, Chinelo Enekwechi.The karatekas of the GKCMia Ritchie was promoted from 7th kyu to 4th kyu while promoted from 6th kyu to 5th kyu were Lemuel Wilson, Jerome Blyden, Rishabh Ramessar, Micaiah De Peazer, Omar Shariff and Joshua Aaron.Moving from 5th kyu to 4th kyu was Laurence Baptiste, while those elevated from 5th kyu to 3rd kyu were Angelina Campayne, Jared Bird, Daniel Gonsalves, Jadon Lee, Aretha Trisho Persaud, Najuma Gibbs and Jermain Holder.From 4th kyu to 3rd kyu was Randolph Scott while from 4th kyu to 2nd kyu was Jose Rodrigues.Moving from 3rd kyu to 2nd kyu were Mekhi Ritchie and Daniel Denny, whilst those elevated from 3rd kyu to 1st kyu were Sophia Mittelholzer, Joshua Gibbs, Somlata Bispat and William Grant Sr.Those who were promoted from 2nd kyu to 1st kyu were Damale Denny, Nalini Rampersaud, Brandon Yong and Paula Louis-Grant.Meanwhile, from the Cornelia Ida Dojo those moving from 10th kyu to 8th kyu were Sandeep Parsram, Mirta Cecil, Justin Persaud, Roy Khadoo, John Saugh, Pramod Hanoman, Chitra Devi Persaud, Jessica Seetahal, Amrita Teekaram, Layshtianna Hansraj, Smriti Devanand, Sanjana Persaud, Karuna Lall, Yogini Devi Dolai, Rehana Bascom, Navita Gunraj, Harshani Danpaul, Chitradevi Alli, Heimala Dookie, Yugdarnhani O’Brian, Kelly Bridgewater, Namrata Parsram, Jasmini O’Brian, Abbas Nazarallie.Moving from 7th kyu to 5th kyu were Sadiea Ajodah and Sharda Persaud.Moving from 6th kyu to 5th kyu were Amarnauth Madh, Said Jeffers, Raveena Persaud, Geetanjalee Motielall, Sharda Ranglall.Rising from 5th kyu to 4th kyu were Shalena Sookdeo, Sarah Persaud, Darchani Chetram, Rajmattie Chintaman. The sole person to go from 4th kyu to 3rd kyu was Sabreena Mohamed.Heading from 3rd kyu to 2nd kyu were Chameli Dahaniram, Gavena Doodnauth, Leah Bisesar, Vanita Chulie, Manoj Nachhman, Omadai Kukul, Danesha Doodnauth Jayanti Ram. Rajnie Brijmohan moved from 3rd kyu to 1st kyu.Master Woon-a-Tai is now in Suriname where he continues his journey to nine other countries in the region for more training sessions and grading exercises.last_img read more

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first_imgHead coach Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin men’s basketball team returned to Madison this week after a two-game road trip for the Las Vegas Invitational this past weekend. Before they continue nonconference play against the Virginia Cavaliers Wednesday, Ryan spoke on his team’s travels during his weekly press conference Monday.The Badgers (4-2) lost to then-No. 14 Creighton 84-74 Friday but then rallied to beat SEC opponent Arkansas in the third-place game, 77-70.With tough competition in Las Vegas, Ryan learned plenty about his team. Creighton, led by All-American Doug McDermott, provided UW a good chance to assess where it was as a team a few weeks into the season.“Creighton, some really good things we saw there and the comeback that we made, and then hit a wall – you can’t do that.” Ryan said. “But I saw a little spark there. I saw some things that hopefully we can build on. And we definitely got something back by turning that thing around in the second half against Arkansas.”The Arkansas game marked the second time the Badgers faced an SEC team this year, with the first meeting coming Nov. 14 against 10th-ranked Florida.Throughout the week, Wisconsin was led by junior Jared Berggren, who had a career-high 27 points against Creighton. Freshman Sam Dekker also posted a career high and paced the Badgers’ scoring with 17 points in the Arkansas victory.Creighton was the second of five nonconference opponents the Badgers will face this year that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament last season. After Florida and Creighton, Virginia (4-2, 0-0) is next as the Cavaliers head to the Kohl Center Wednesday as the Badgers’ foe in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.It has been and will continue to be a tough stretch of games for UW. The early season nonconference schedule is highlighted by more than just the Big Ten/ACC Challenge this year. Ryan acknowledged the tough road ahead.“It’s not like the Big Ten Challenge game is the only game that we have,” Ryan said. “This is quite a stretch.”Along with Florida, Creighton and Virginia, the Badgers will also face California and in-state rival Marquette before the nonconference schedule is complete. Including Big Ten play, the Badgers will face 12 teams that were in the NCAA Tournament last season.The annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge game this year brings in a Virginia team that has many close ties to UW and the state of Wisconsin. Virginia coach Tony Bennett was a former player at UW-Green Bay and an assistant coach at UW from 2001-2003, with the last two years being under Bo Ryan. Tony Bennett’s dad, Dick Bennett, was the head coach of Wisconsin from 1996-2000 as well.“[Tony is a] guy that knows basketball, gym rat, [I] watched him play when he was in high school, college,” Ryan said about Bennett’s time as an assistant at UW. “[He] loves the game, was great to have on the staff. He did a great job. He and [UW-Milwaukee head coach] Rob Jeter led our scout team and that showed his toughness.”Bennett’s toughness may be most visible in the defensive mentality of the teams he coaches. Ryan was asked about the comparisons between defensive-minded programs and compared the two teams to each other.“People that watch his teams play, our teams play, … they’re all trying to basically do the same thing,” Ryan said. “Don’t give up easy shots, don’t give up wide open shots, don’t put people at the foul line a lot – you’re going to foul some – and then on the offensive end, try not to give people the ball in open floor scoring positions, and that helps your defense.”Their defensive strategies have helped the Badgers fare well against ACC opponents, winning six of their last seven, including three out of the last four games in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Their only loss came last season to North Carolina by three points. Wisconsin owns the third best record in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge among Big Ten schools with a record of 6-7. Only Michigan State (6-6) and Ohio State (6-5) own better records.last_img read more

first_imgMILWAUKEE— Wisconsin fans that made the trip to Kohl Center South (Bradley Center) Thursday may have been getting flashbacks of last year’s NCAA Tournament early on, but dreams of a Final Four run were back in full force when the final horn sounded.Wisconsin (27-7) rode a 50-9 run that started midway through the first half to completely dismantle American (20-13) and any hopes it had of the upset in a 75-35 blowout win in the second round.Wisconsin point guard Traevon Jackson scored a game-high 18 points, shooting 6 of 8 from the floor, and senior guard Ben Brust was close behind with 17 points.American’s Tony Wroblicky and John Schoof scored 11 points each. No other American player reached double digits in scoring.Junior center Frank Kaminsky kick started the offense for the Badgers scoring the team’s first six points, but the Eagles would counter with a 12-0 run to give them a 17-10 lead.“We were excited. We were playing well,” Wroblicky said. “We were making them take tough shots and we were scoring.”Starting at the 16:15 mark, the Badgers would go on a scoring drought that would last over seven minutes.The Badgers fans that filled the Bradley Center were beginning to get restless as thoughts of an early tournament exit began to creep in.With 11:02 left in the first, a timeout was called and the Wisconsin players reminded themselves in the huddle that this is their game to take.“We were just trying to play like we were the Goliath and they were the Davids,” Kaminsky said. “It was something like that. We’re the two seed and they’re the 15 seed. We should be taking care of business and we went out there and did that.”Less than two minutes later Brust hit a three to bring Wisconsin within three and bring the home crowd back to life.Brust’s three would ignite the Badgers to a 22-5 run to end the first half and give them a 32-22 lead at the break.“Ben sparked the run. We got him an open three and he knocked it down,” Kaminsky said. “From then on out it was just attacking the rim, making good plays and hitting open shots. Ben’s a guy that can do that. He can be a spark when we need him to and he did that today.”It was more of the same for Wisconsin offensively in the second half. The Badgers would score 20 more points in the first 10 minutes of the second half with seven coming from sophomore Sam Dekker who finished with 11 points and six boards.Wisconsin’s offensive efficiency in the second half was impressive, but even more important was the work the Badgers did on the other end of the floor.American was held to just two points through the first 7:25 of the second half because of Wisconsin’s ability to shut down what was working for the Eagles earlier in the game.“That Princeton offense, they really want to get you on the back cuts, some open threes,” Josh Gasser said. “I thought we took both those things away. They didn’t get many clean looks from three and I don’t think they got any layups on the backdoor cuts.”Along with locking in the Princeton offense, Kaminsky was able to work on American’s primary weapon, Wroblicky, holding him to just four points in the second half.“He was the center of their offense,” Kaminsky said of Wroblicky. “He touches the ball for a majority of their plays. Trying to take him out of was part of our game plan and I think in the second half we were able to do that a little bit.”American’s offense would manage just 13 points in the second half on a 15.8 percent shooting clip to give the Eagles a season-low scoring total of 35 points.The Badgers’ offense would play up to par with their defense, shooting 57.7 percent in the second half and extending the lead to as much as 41 points.With the game well in hand, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was able to empty the bench and allow his seniors who don’t see the floor regularly — Evan Anderson and Zach Bohannon — a taste of the big stage.“That’s why they jacked shots right away,” Ryan said. “Right away when a couple guys too shots, they knew right where the camera was.”The Badgers ended up winning by 40 points — a program record for an NCAA Tournament game.“We’re trying to do something special here. It all starts with that first game and now we’re going to focus on the next.”Wisconsin will now face Oregon Saturday in Milwaukee after the Ducks beat BYU 87-68 Thursday night.last_img read more

first_imgCongresswoman Yvette Clarke will co-chair the Caribbean Agri-Business Forum in Washington DC The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says United States Congressional Representatives Yvette D. Clarke and Stacey Plaskett will serve as co-chairs of ICS’ 19th Annual Invest Caribbean Agri-Business Forum (ICAF) which opens on November 16.ICS Jamaican-born president, Dr. Claire Nelson said the forum will focus on “Farm the Future: Resurgence and Resilience in the Agri-business Value Chain.”Disaster recovery in agribusiness sectorThe conference theme will allow participants to explore challenges and opportunities emerging for growing trade and investment in the Caribbean agribusiness sector, and in light of recent devastation across the Caribbean region, will pay special attention to the issue of disaster recovery in the agribusiness sector,” Nelson said.Plaskett, Representative of the US Virgin Islands who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, said that ICAF 2017’s focus on resilience is most welcomed.“Given that agriculture producers in the US Virgin Islands will be able to secure assistance from the various USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Farm Service Agency disaster programs, we hope we can use this opportunity to explore how lessons learned in the USVI re risk coverage for specialty crops, and repair of damage to agricultural and private forest land. We also hope this will be of assistance to other islands in the Caribbean region,” she said.Hurricanes have created more awareness “Truly, these hurricanes have served to make us more aware of our common home, the Caribbean Sea and our shared environmental futures,” she added.Nelson said the Forum will kick off in the Rayburn House Office Building, and will begin with a focus on the Legislative Agenda affecting US Trade and Investment in the agribusiness value chain. She also said discussions will also address elements in the implementation of HR 4939 (Public Law 114-291), “which lays out a framework for shared work between the US and Caribbean on a variety of issues, including agriculture and small business and energy.”Daughter of Jamaican immigrantsCongresswoman Yvette Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who serves on both the US House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce and Small Business Committee, and co-chairs the nascent Congressional Caribbean Caucus, will serve not only as ICAF co-chair but also as co-chair of the Caribbean American Heritage Awards on Nov.17.  Clarke represents the predominantly Caribbean 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York.Nelson said the forum brings together a select group of US and Caribbean business persons, the Caribbean diplomatic corps, policy makers and financiers to exchange up-to-date information and discuss opportunities for delivering sustainable growth with job creation. “This is both an educational event and an important venue for developing business prospects,” she said.Invest Caribbean will be followed the next day by the 24th Annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards, also in Washington.ICS instituted the CARAH Awards in 1994 “in order to highlight the contributions that Caribbean immigrants make to the USA,” Nelson said.For more on Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, visit the link: US President threat to Caribbean Communitylast_img read more