Legal boost for new parents

first_imgNZ Herald 10 July 2014Employees on paid parental leave will be able to return to work occasionally on so-called “keeping in touch days” without losing their entitlement under the moves to increase the flexibility of the scheme.The Government’s Budget policy to extend paid parental leave from 14 to 18 weeks went out for public consultation yesterday and it includes the proposal to allow employees to work limited days during that leave period.Under present law employees could in theory lose their paid parental leave even by returning to work for a few paid hours to complete a handover or attend a training session.A spokeswoman for Labour Minister Simon Bridges said data on how many people had lost entitlements in that way had not been kept but the issue had been the subject of complaints.Under the Government proposal, which is based on the “keeping in touch days” offered as part of the UK’s paid parental leave regime, employees will be able to do five days paid work during their paid parental leave beginning four weeks after the birth of their child. read more

Invest Dominica Authority targets investors in the neighbouring French Islands

first_img Share Tweet Share Share 218 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Invest Dominica Authority targets investors in the neighbouring French Islands by: – July 29, 2011 Sharing is caring! In photo: Executive Director of Invest Dominica Authority, MrsRhoda Letang. Photo credit: Investdominica.comOfficials of the Invest Dominica Authority expect to see the strengthening of cooperation and increased investment activities between Dominica and the French Islands of Guadeloupe following a visit to the islands by an IDA delegation last week.The delegation led by Executive Director of the IDA Rhoda Letang held talks with current and potential investors and others who have interest in doing business in Dominica.The visit is part of an IDA strategy to conduct targeted investment promotions in areas where the country has a comparative advantage.According to team leader Rhoda Letang the visit marks a significant step forward in the IDA’S efforts at promoting investment in Dominica.Invest Dominica Authority is the Government Agency responsible for promoting and facilitating both local and foreign investment into Dominica.GIS Newslast_img read more

U. S. Baseball Academy Spring Training Coming To East Central

first_imgThe U. S. Baseball Academy will be coming to East Central.    It will be on Sundays, February 21st & 28th and March 6th & 13th.East Central HS U. S. Baseball AcademyU.S. Baseball Academy’s Spring Training 2016 is a unique concept that provides young players with advanced hitting, pitching, fielding/baserunning, catching training programs and instruction by some of the area’s best coaches.Courtesy of Tom Steuver/Sunman-Dearborn Youth Athletic Association.last_img

Football News Lionel Messi powers Barcelona into UEFA Champions League quarterfinals

first_imghighlights Lionel Messi has now scored 108 goals in the UEFA Champions League.Cristiano Ronaldo has 124 goals in the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona thrashed Lyon 5-1 with Messi providing two assists. Barcelona: Lionel Messi came up just short of matching Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick a day earlier but still scored twice and set up two more as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. After Ronaldo’s treble on Tuesday for Juventus sent Atletico Madrid packing in Turin, Messi delivered his own symphony on Wednesday at the Camp Nou, where Lyon were outplayed save for a very brief period in the second half when they threatened a comeback in this last-16 tie. “Cristiano yesterday was impressive,” Messi said afterwards. “It was a big surprise because I thought Atletico would be stronger but Cristiano had a magical night.” A 0-0 draw in France in the first leg last month meant Lyon always had a chance to make Barca nervous, but Messi’s sumptuously chipped penalty and a simple finish from Philippe Coutinho looked to have finished them off before half-time.Yet Lucas Tousart’s volley left Lyon one goal away from putting Barcelona out, only for Messi to take charge again. He scored once more, before teeing up Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele to complete the victory. Messi now has 108 goals in the Champions League, behind Ronaldo’s imperious 124, but his latest double takes his team one step closer to the trophy they crave the most. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “When he is at that kind of level, he is almost unstoppable,” Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said. “We did what we could.” Barcelona go into Friday’s draw for the last eight as the sole Spanish representative, along with Juventus, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Porto and Ajax.The last time Spain only had one team left at this stage was 2010 and after defeats for Atletico and Real Madrid, it was up to Barca to avert a first Spanish blackout since 2005.Coutinho had been whistled off by his own fans last weekend but was picked to start, preferred to Dembele who had just recovered from a hamstring strain. The Brazilian was bright, enjoying one of his best performances in weeks.”In the last few weeks, months even, I’ve not been playing well,” Coutinho said. “You never know what the future holds but I am happy with my performance today. He has come in after not such a good run,” said coach Ernesto Valverde. “It was an important match for him and he played very well.”Lyon could barely escape their own penalty area in early exchanges as Messi got to work. He fired one shot towards the top corner and then latched onto a Sergio Busquets pass but Anthony Lopes sprung out to intercept.ExquisiteJason Denayer was not as quick in the 16th minute. By the time he had twisted to follow Messi’s pass, the excellent Luis Suarez was a step ahead. Denayer slid but was nowhere near the ball and Suarez dragged his foot to make the contact clear. A penalty was given, although Messi was made to wait while VAR checked, but there was no sign of tension. His chip down the middle was exquisite. Lyon improved and Moussa Dembele’s shot needed a strong block from Clement Lenglet before Lopes collided with Coutinho and had to be replaced, in tears, in the 34th minute by Mathieu Gorgelin. That was not before Barca had scored a second as the faultless Arthur Melo played an angled pass into Suarez, who wriggled clear. With only Lopes to beat, he tapped across for Coutinho, who had an open net. Lyon looked dead and buried but found a way back in. It came from a corner, which Barca three times failed to clear. Amid the scramble, Tousart had time to chest and volley into the corner. For 10 minutes, Barcelona were edgy but while Nabil Fekir lashed over, Lyon failed to step forward. Their momentum subsided and Messi finished them off in a late flurry. First, his dummy sent Denayer and Marcelo flying and his shot was too strong for the weak hand of Gorgelin. Then, he twice tore away on the counter-attack, picking out Pique at the back post and finally Dembele, who made it five.last_img read more

Luna and Cabrera to go to trial

first_imgThe husband and wife charged in the hit-and-run that killed a USC student and injured another will stand trial, a judge said Tuesday at the conclusion of the preliminary hearing that began Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.Claudia Cabrera, 30, and her husband Josue Luna, 33, will face trial at the end of the month. Cabrera was allegedly driving the car that struck and killed USC freshman Adrianna Bachan and left freshman Marcus Garfinkle in critical condition.Prosecutors say Luna, the passenger pulled Garfinkle from the windshield and left him on the side of the road before getting back in the car and fleeing the scene.Garfinkle testified at the hearing that he briefly saw the man who pulled him off the windshield before the car drove away.“I wake up on the side of the road,” Garfinkle told the judge. “I see a man hop in a car and I stare at the license plate, but it immediately fades from my memory … It sped off quickly.”Cabrera is charged with one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter. Luna is charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident.“It’s apparent they did nothing to render aid,” said Judge Mary Lou Villar, commenting on evidence presented during the preliminary hearing. “They left the scene.”Garfinkle, who is back at USC after undergoing three surgeries and spending more than a month in the hospital, said though he was pleased with Villar’s decision, he had mixed feelings about the hearing overall.“I’m happy that it looks like more justice will be served,” Garfinkle said.He added, however, that testifying was an emotional experience.“I went to court for the first time last Friday to testify and, emotionally, it was tough for me,” he said. “I saw these two people for the first time face to face. I’ve never been to court before and it was a very, very draining process.”Garfinkle described the atmosphere of the courtroom as a combination of “uncertainty, frustration and hope.”Reliving the experience as he testified brought up feelings of “extreme sadness,” Garfinkle said, adding that he remains extremely appreciative for his life.Garfinkle said he had not intended to testify, but he was subpoenaed the day before the preliminary hearing began.Garfinkle gave his testimony in front of a courtroom filled with his and Bachan’s friends and family members.“It was beautiful to have all the positive energy in the room fighting such a bad circumstance,” Garfinkle said. “I felt like there were so many people on our side.”Friday was also the first time Garfinkle met Bachan’s family.“It was emotional, it was satisfying to meet them,” he said. “It was nice to finally connect with them.”Garfinkle will testify again at the trial, an experience he expects to be just as emotionally straining. He said, however, he is willing to do what it takes to see that justice is served.“My main goal is to get justice for Adrianna,” Garfinkle said.Cabrera and Luna are due back in court Sept. 29 for the trial.Cabrera was arrested April 2 as the result of a tip that came after $235,000 in reward money was announced. Luna was arrested April 18 coming back into the United States from Mexico.The two are being held on $1 million bail each.last_img read more

UW headstrong in opener

first_imgASHWAUBENON — There may be something magical about the Resch Center that brings out the best in the Wisconsin Badgers.Whether it’s Joe Pavelski’s hat-trick against Bemidji State, Jack Skille’s triple-overtime goal that propelled Wisconsin to the Frozen Four or the fact that Brian Elliott has never allowed a goal in the building, the stars are usually aligned for Wisconsin when they make the trek north to Ashwaubenon.But when Elliott was given the night off in game two of Wisconsin’s season opening series, the Badgers desperately needed some of that magic, because from the get-go, the Wisconsin offense took the night off as well.Luckily for Wisconsin, their offense woke up just in the nick of time, with a little help from Jake Dowell’s noggin.Down by two goals late in third period, Wisconsin came charging back Saturday night scoring a power play goal that bounced off Dowell’s helmet and a short-handed goal by Davis Drewiske in the final three minutes. The Badgers stole the victory from Northern Michigan and earned a 3-3 tie, one night after Wisconsin shutout NMU 3-0.With the Badgers down 1-3 and on the power play with just under four minutes to go, a shot by freshman Jamie McBain bounced off Dowell’s facemask and into the back of the net to close the UW deficit to one.”I’ll take them any way I can get them to help this team win games,” Dowell said.With the Wildcats on the power play and less than two minutes to go, Wisconsin received a gift via a Wildcat turnover in their own zone. The turnover went to senior Ross Carlson, who found a wide-open Drewiske streaking towards the net. Drewiske buried the puck past Northern Michigan goalie Bill Zaniboni to bring the game to an improbable tie.”We made a bad mistake on the power play where we turned it over and they get a short-handed goal on it,” NMU head coach Walt Kyle said. “Nothing changed from last night. They are still one of the best teams in country, and we played them [tough].”Even before the puck dropped, UW head coach Mike Eaves wanted to give Shane Connolly some time in net for the Badgers in order to prepare him for next season. “Shane’s in his second year now and when Brian was in his second year, Bernd Brückler was an All-American goaltender,” Eaves said. “We needed to get Brian (Elliott) some action because we knew that next year, he would be the guy. That’s where we are with young Shane. We’re going to have to look at our schedule and see where we can get him in the games and get some experience.”Much like Friday night’s game, Wisconsin finally shook the off-season rust off after the first period and got on the scoreboard. Already down 2-0, Wisconsin freshmen Michael Davies, who registered two goals the night before, and McBain combined to put a shot on goal that went off Zaniboni and right at Dowell. Dowell whiffed with his stick but hit the puck with his forearm into the Wildcats’ goal for his first of two goals on the night.Even when the Badgers were down 1-3 with just less than five minutes left, Wisconsin wouldn’t quit. According to UW head coach Mike Eaves, all it took was getting back to the basics that won this team a championship a year ago.”They simplified it, got back to the basics, started winning some more puck battles, got the pucks to the net and as a result, gave ourselves a chance to get back in the game,” Eaves said.Friday night, senior goalie and Hobey Baker finalist Elliott looked on top of his game and Davies scored two goals as Wisconsin won their fourth consecutive season opener, beating Northern Michigan 3-0.Just two minutes into the second period, junior Matt Ford took a shot from the left face-off circle that deflected off Zaniboni. The loose puck found its way to UW freshman Davies, who rifled the puck past Zaniboni for his first collegiate goal. Davies would add his second goal of the season and Drewiske added his first to cap the Wisconsin scoring.”I’ve never started any of my seasons at the next level by scoring two goals,” Davies said. “I thought it would take me a couple games to get a point or two, but this is great to contribute.”Davies’ first goals were more than enough support for Elliott, who looked as comfortable between the pipes as he did at the end of last season. Elliott found himself in very few tough situations Friday night and made 23 saves for his 12th career shutout.”He looked comfortable, he looked patient, he looked in control and he’s playing well when he does all those things,” Eaves said.last_img read more

Women’s AITEO Cup Quarter-Finals Preview

first_imgThis year’s Women’s AITEO Cup quarter-finals does not get any bigger than the match between Bayelsa Queens and Nasarawa Amazons as they go head to head at the Nembe City Stadium on Wednesday before Saturday’s second leg encounter in Lafia which would confirm who advances to the last four.At the weekend, red-hot Bayelsa Queens sliced through Sunshine Queens with ease in their Round of 16 replay as they beat their visitors 5-1 in Nembe with Macleans Okogbe scoring four. The first match in Akure had ended in a goalless draw.Nasarawa Amazons, on the other hand, did not need a replay to dispatch Beautiful Tours in Abuja as they unleashed ten un-replied goals on the amateur side last Wednesday.Due to their impressive performance in the regular season of the Nigeria Women Premier League, both Bayelsa Queens and Nasarawa Amazons will be participating in the Super Four Championship scheduled for next month.Hence their dream of a double is still alive. This would be their first meeting this year – they were in different groups in the NWPL.Meanwhile, at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt, defending champions Rivers Angels will tackle Edo Queens and the Jewel of Rivers are already outright favourites.Elsewhere in Umuahia, Abia Angels will play host to Confluence Queens of Lokoja while Ibom Angels take on Pelican Stars in Uyo.All matches would be decided on Wednesday 20 September with the return leg scheduled for Saturday 23 September 2017.Women’s AITEO Cup Quarter-Finals FixturesBayelsa Queens vs Nasarawa AmazonsIbom Angels vs Pelican StarsRivers Angels vs Edo QueensAbia Angels vs Confluence QueensRelatedAITEO Cup Roundup: Big Guns Rain Goals On AmateursSeptember 14, 2017In “Nigeria”Women’s AITEO Cup: Bayelsa Queens, Abia Angels & Ibom Angels progress to semisSeptember 23, 2017In “Nigeria”AITEO Cup: Clash Of 2015 Finalists Headline 2017 Round Of 16September 12, 2017In “NWL”last_img read more

Betway & PPF aim to elevate player education with new integrity series

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 To coincide with the start of the new football season, the Professional Players Federation (PPF) has unveiled a new series of short films highlighting some key messages around betting integrity in sport.  The films have been produced in partnership with and funded by the PPF’s betting integrity partners – Betway, Paddy Power Betfair and Bet365.The series features contributions from various player associations including the WPBSA, PFA, PCA and RPA as well as bookmaker representatives and sports integrity experts.  The films follow a Q&A format and are aimed at players focusing on a number of different questions around betting, match fixing and the passing of inside information. They also demonstrate the close working relationship between the sports and betting industries in order to counter corruption and keep British sport clean and maintain its world leading reputation in sporting integrity.Speaking about the films, PPF Chairman Brendon Batson OBE outlined: “Player associations do a great job in educating players about betting integrity and these new films are designed to complement this education by giving bite size information and advice for players who may either want to learn more or seek support from their player association.  We are grateful to our betting integrity partners for their funding of player education in this area.” Anthony Werkman CEO of Betway added: “Our support of the Professional Players Federation is an extremely important part of our wider work in the areas of sporting integrity and player education around gambling.  Our aims dovetail with that of the PPF in that we want a clean, competitive and ultimately fun environment for our customers to test their knowledge against, and to our mind these videos will help ensure that both players and the customers of Betway, continue to compete and play solely for the love of the game.”The films are available to view on the PPF Youtube channel and are available to all PPF members to use online or more formal education settings. Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Iowa House members honor north-central Iowa legislator’s daughter who died of inflammatory breast cancer

first_imgDES MOINES — Members of the Iowa House are wearing ribbons today in honor of the daughter of a north-central Iowa representative who died of a rare form of breast cancer last Friday.35-year-old Mary Chinnock, the daughter of State Representative Jane Bloomingdale of Northwood, was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer.State Representative Shannon Lundgren of Peosta says there’s no lump with this type of cancer.“Inflammatory breast cancer is hard to detect,” Lundgren said this morning. “It is rare that it happens in a woman of Mary’s age.”Several House members, including Lundgren, are driving to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, to attend a visitation for Mary this evening and the funeral tomorrow morning. Josh Wilson, a clerk in the Iowa House, came up with the idea of distributing ribbons to everyone on the House floor today.“I actually lost my mother to breast cancer when I was 19. She was 40 years old and she was a school teacher in the Waterloo Public Schools and at that time the Waterloo schools all wore pink ribbons in memory of my mom and it was such a special thing for me and my family,” Wilson said. “I just remember how powerful that was for me and so I wanted to do that for Representative Bloomingdale.”The ribbons Wilson distributed today are pink and orange, with a little black intertwined. It’s a design developed by an Inflammatory Breast Cancer awareness group.last_img read more

Community Invited to RAC Field-Replacement Celebration March 21

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe City of Lacey Parks & Recreation Department invites the community to the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC) Field-Replacement Celebration on Thursday, March 21 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. at the RAC, 8345 Steilacoom Rd SE, Olympia.This winter, the City replaced the infield turf on softball infields 1 and 2 due to wear and tear. The City plans to replace all 6 artificial turf fields at the RAC over the next few years. In 2018, the City added bleacher covers to fields 1 through 5. Since the RAC’s lighted, turfed fields are used every weekend of the year, the bleacher covers help protect spectators from the rainy northwest weather.The RAC, opened in 2009 with 67 developed acres, is regarded as one of the finest outdoor sporting venues in the state. The park included 6 regulation soccer fields, 4 regulation softball fields, 1 minor-league-rated baseball field, 2 concession buildings, 4 large group picnic shelters, 2 playgrounds, 2 miles of walking and jogging paths, a kite-flying hill, 3 half-court basketball courts, and a 6-acre outdoor event and festival area.For more information, contact Lacey Parks & Recreation at 360-491-0857 or read more