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.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11290755last_img read more

Westhill, Solvay, Marcellus football win home openers

first_imgThough they all had varying degrees of difficulty, the football victories gained at home Friday night by the trio of Westhill, Solvay and Marcellus all helped move them into prime position in what promises to be an exciting Class B West division race.Of the three, Westhill had the toughest challenge, meeting perennial league power Homer, but the Warriors overcame a slow start and fought its way to a 21-13 win over the Trojans.Perhaps Westhill’s best takeaway from this game was the way it absorbed Homer’s initial blow, a 15-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Yacavone to Logan Peck, and answered in a hurry. Tags: Bishop LuddenfootballMarcellusSolvayWesthill Minutes later, it was 7-7, the Warriors moving to the Trojans’ four-yard line before Riley McNitt found the end zone. Then it took the lead early in the second period with another drive that Gavin Kinney capped with a one-yard TD sneak.For the most part, Westhill’s defense contained Homer after that initial score, and even when it did not, it would recover just in time.Just past the midway point of the third quarter, the Trojans moved within one, 14-13, on a 19-yard scoring pass from Yacavone to Dylan Matthews. Homer decided to go for two points and the lead, but the Warriors stopped it to stay out in front. When in doubt, Westhill turned to its ground game, and it was McNitt scoring on a 10-yard run a minute into the fourth quarter, part of a night where he gained 180 yards on the ground.Still within reach, Homer twice drove deep into Warriors territory in the closing minutes. Geoff Daniul thwarted one of those chances with an end-zone interception, and Westhill stopped the Trojans again inside the 10 with four minutes to play.Contrasting this tension was the joy Solvay felt as it drubbed the Cortland Purple Tigers 52-6 under the lights at Al Merola Field, a great start in the Bearcats’ quest to end a decade-long playoff drought.New Solvay head coach Dan Salisbury had nothing to stress about after his team piled up 32 points in the first quarter, sparked by Brock Bagozzi’s 22-yard scoring pass to Russ Tarbell and Elijah Wright recovering a Cortland fumble in the end zone.Bagozzi added two more TD passes before the quarter was done, firing 30 yards to Tarbell and 23 yards to Tyriq Block a few minutes later. Jaimen Bliss added a 10-yard scoring run.The Bearcats’ defense was superb, too, shutting out Cortland as the lone Purple Tigers points came from a Jaden Finch 80-yard kickoff return after Bliss’s first TD.Not done yet, Bliss scored twice more, on runs of two and four yards, with Bagozzi notching a fourth TD pass when he went 43 yards to Tarbell late in the second quarter.Marcellus also handily won its season opener, rolling past Institute of Technology Central 40-7 as Bishop Ludden fell at home to South Jefferson 40-13.The Gaelic Knights were kept off the board until Nazier Kinsey’s 20-yard TD pass to Jarin Beauford in the second period, but that came as the Spartans worked its way to a 34-6 halftime advantage.Five different South Jefferson players found the end zone during the half, including an interception by Kinsey that Erik Lillie returned 50 yards to the end zone.Austin Mesler threw two TD passes and ran for another, with Caleb Petrie catching one of those passes while also taking off on a 75-yard scoring dash. Andrew Cervantes notched Ludden’s other TD on a two-yard run. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Rajai Davis still ‘specializes’ in speed, even as the Syracuse Mets’ oldest player at 38

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The International League’s oldest player, Rajai Davis (38), picks up his second steal of the season. Speed causes mistakes. #Syracuse #Mets #MetsTwitter pic.twitter.com/pTh1zMxcAh— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) April 8, 2019 Rajai Davis disobeyed an old baseball adage on Syracuse Mets’ opening day: Don’t make the third out of an inning at third base. The 38-year-old outfielder, standing as the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with Tim Tebow batting, tried to steal third.His head-first slide resulted in a look of disbelief over his left shoulder. The umpire called him out. A manager may have been mad at most players for that costly out. But Tony DeFrancesco shrugged it off, because he trusts Davis.“Rajai’s a veteran,” DeFrancesco said. “He’s got the most stolen bases in the major leagues in the last 10 years. He wanted to be aggressive, and he has the green light.”Davis, even as the Mets’ and International League’s oldest player, is the self-proclaimed fastest player on the roster. He’s stolen 668 bases at a 78.7% clip in his majors and minors career. In an outfield that also includes 35-year-old Gregor Blanco and 33-year-old Carlos Gómez, both major league veterans and base-stealers themselves, Davis is moving quicker than everyone else.“He’s got all his little moves and his things that he does that he practices, and he specializes in it and it’s really cool,” Tebow said of Davis’ base-running.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Retirement wasn’t an option heading into this season for Davis, he said. He spent the off-season at home in Connecticut, where he grew up watching the New York Mets, specifically Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson. So when the Mets offered him a contract this off-season, it made sense to join the organization he grew up following.Besides, his son has just gotten old enough to really see Davis play. Jordan Michael, named intentionally because Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls were what Davis called “my team,” is three years old. He wasn’t even one when Davis accomplished maybe the biggest feat of his career.In game seven of the 2016 World Series, Davis kept the Cleveland Indians alive in the ninth inning against Aroldis Chapman. He turned on a ball down the left field line, just over the fence, to tie the game. The veteran known for his speed had temporarily made himself nationally known with his power.That highlight is a source of motivation now, Davis said. He’ll pull out his phone, search up the highlight and take in the moment again. “Relive it, replay it, all the ‘re’s,” he said.“If ever I need a little boost, I got something to pull from, from my archives,” Davis said. “That’s always nice.”Davis feels like he’s 25, not 38. A mindset is all it is, Davis said. He doesn’t wake up with aches and pains like other people his age. It’s more about preparation now, Davis admitted. When he was younger, he could get away with showing up and not worrying about stretching or diet plans.“He does pretty good to be 38. He looks outstanding,” Blanco said. “I was just talking to him about it, it’s amazing. He works pretty hard, every single day and his work ethic is amazing.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorHis veteran status puts him in a mentoring role, something that he said is just who he is. “OTJ” is what Davis called his method: “On the job training.” If he sees something, he’ll address it with the teammate who needs to hear it, nothing more.At Syracuse Mets’ media day, the questions went back-and-forth about Davis’ age and speed. An older player would lose quickness, a reporter suggested. Davis hasn’t started slowing down, though. Gómez and Blanco aren’t speed slouches themselves, combining for 859 professional steals. But as the Mets’ oldest outfielder, Davis still gets hounded about how old he is.“I think they try to joke on me, but until they can run as fast as me,” Davis paused, then winked and grinned. “I’m doing all the laughing.” Comments Published on April 9, 2019 at 10:52 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more