National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Orthorexia

first_img 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) – Juice cleanses. Bone broth. Probiotics. Gluten-free. While the newest health trend may start with good intentions, the relatively new eating disorder known as ‘orthorexia’ involves obsessive behaviors or ‘food rules’ about what is healthy and what is not.By cutting back on too many food groups or excessively following any of these trends, people can develop orthorexia, which can mirror symptoms of anorexia, such as bone loss, anemia and slow heart rate.In accordance with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Anna Nguyen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in Eating Disorders at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, visited Good Morning San Diego to discuss what orthorexia is, why we are hearing about it more often, how to tell the difference between healthy eating and disordered eating, warning signs and what it can do to your health. KUSI Newsroom March 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, National Eating Disorder Awareness Week – Orthorexia Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 8, 2019last_img read more

ASA Announces Regional Winners 2003 Conservation Legacy Awards

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the regional winners for the 2003 Conservation Legacy Awards.The Conservation Legacy Awards Program is a national program designed to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievement of U.S. soybean farmers. Along with ASA, the program is co-sponsored by Monsanto and Soybean Digest, an Intertec/Primedia publication.A national selection committee, composed of soybean farmers, conservationists, and natural resource professionals, evaluated all nominations based on each farmer’s environmental and economic program. Based on information submitted, the following individuals have been chosen to represent the Western, Northeastern, Midwestern and Southern Regions.Western Region – Harold & Virginia Kraus, K.U. Farms, Hays, KansasHarold began his career in 1960 after serving in the U.S. Navy. His operation began with 960 acres of mostly rented land. He now farms 2,500 acres. The overall goal of K.U. Farms is zero runoff. To accomplish this, Harold and Virginia employ reduced and no-till practices, buffer strips, terracing and they have an aggressive nutrient management system.Northeastern Region – Jan & Cindy Layman, Layman Farms, Kenton, OhioThe Laymans operate a 100 percent no-till operation in West Central Ohio. The labor, fuel, and timesavings of no-till have allowed rapid expansion of their operation. The Laymans also employ buffer strips and grass waterways on their erodible land. A 2.5 acre stocked lake is a centerpiece for the Layman’s farm. The lake provides water and habitat for a number of wildlife.Midwestern Region – Delbert & Shirley Price, Alexis, IllinoisThe Prices consider conservation a method of farming that preserves soil from wind and water erosion for future generations. They use a number of sustainable farming practices on their land. In addition to conservation tillage and a nutrient management plan, the Prices have installed more than 13 acres of waterways, three water and sediment control basis, and two acres of critical area planting. They have also constructed a pond to manage excessive runoff.Southern Region – Earl Brown Hendrix, Hendrix Farms, Raeford, North CarolinaEarl Hendrix strives to promote wildlife, energy conservation, farm aesthetics, and neighbor relations in his day-to-day activities at Hendrix Farms. Hendrix practices conservation in everything he does on his family’s farm from picking up trash to proper crop rotations to scientifically applied fertilizer and land nutrients, and by protecting both land and water.All four regional winners and a spouse/guest will receive a trip to Commodity Classic, the annual joint convention of the American Soybean Association and National Corn Growers Association, February 27 – March 1, 2003 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Regional winners will also be featured in the January 2003 issue of Soybean Digest.From the four regional winners, one national winner will be announced during ASA’s annual Awards Banquet, Thursday, February 27, 2003. The national winner will also receive a plaque and yard sign, and will be featured in a special Soybean Digest article.last_img read more

ASA DuPont Young Leaders Explore Issues Participate in Leadership Training

first_imgThe 2018 class of DuPont Young Leaders completed their training at Commodity Classic in Anaheim. Photo credit: Joe MurphyThe 34th class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders completed their training, Feb. 25 – March 2, 2018 in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif.“The ASA DuPont Young Leader Program has provided the soybean industry and all of agriculture strong and well-connected leaders,” ASA President John Heisdorffer said. “The program fosters innovation, provides a forward looking training opportunity that fosters collaboration and strengthens the voice of the farmer. We are grateful to DowDuPont for their commitment to this program and for helping secure the future of the soybean industry.”While in Anaheim, the Young Leaders participated in leadership and marketing training, issues updates and discussion and were recognized at ASA’s annual awards banquet.The 2018 class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders includes: James Wray (AR); Rick Dickerson (DE); Jonathan Snow (DE); Joshua Plunk (IL); Chris Steele (IN); Chris Gaesser & Shannon Lizakowski (IA); Kevin & Kim Kohls (KS); Jared & Kimy Nash (KS); Clay & Lindsey Wells (KY); Caleb & Jordan Frey (LA); Walter & Kristen Grezaffi (LA); Brian & Michelle Washburn (MI); Scott & Polly Wilson (MI); Adam & Melanie Guetter (MN); James Locke (MS); Tyler Clay (MS); Dane Diehl & Erica Wagenknecht (MO); Kevin & Heather Kucera (NE); Scott Langemeier (NE); Philip & Lindsay Sloop (NC); Logan Ferry (ND); Justin Cowman (OH); Kevin & Brianna Deinert (SD); Jordan & Samantha Scott (SD); Charlie & Bettye Jane Roberts (TN); AJ Teal (TN); Tanner Johnson (WI); Pat & Sheri Mullooly (WI); and Ann & Jeff Vermeersch (Ontario, Canada).“It is critically important that our industry have strong leaders who are well-equipped to advocate for policies that benefit farmers,” said Krysta Harden, Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Sustainability Officer, Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. “I am so proud of these young leaders who are stepping forward to ensure the farmer’s voice is heard.”For more information about the ASA DuPont Young Leader Program, click here.last_img read more

Skamania deputies search for mushroom picker 93

first_imgSkamania County authorities on Wednesday entered a second day of searching for a deaf 93-year-old woman overdue from a mushroom picking expedition near Mount Adams.The woman was last seen Tuesday morning on the western flank of the mountain, in eastern Skamania County, according to a sheriff’s office news release. According to the Coast Guard, the woman was supposed to wait in a car while her family went mushroom picking. When family members returned at noon, she was missing.She is identified as Sonn Souv, of Newberg, Ore.The family eventually reported her missing at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. About 25 searchers worked through the night in temperatures that dropped into the upper 30s. A Coast Guard aircraft from Astoria, Ore., assisted in the search with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter equipped with night vision gear.On Wednesday, another MH-60 crew searched from 8:50 a.m. until 12:06 p.m. but failed to locate her. The search was to continue through the night if necessary. “We are very concerned for the welfare of Ms. Souv,” said Undersheriff Dave Cox. “We are continuing to place available resources into the area, including during night operations, in an ongoing attempt to locate her.” More than 40 ground searchers, some with search dogs or horses, were on the case Wednesday.The search area is in the vicinity of the Salt Creek Trailhead on Forest Service Road 8031, northwest of Trout Lake, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.The case is similar to a September incident in which an 84-year-old Tacoma man was found safe after he went missing for two nights while picking mushrooms in the forest south of Randle.last_img read more

Occupy Vancouver plans to take Wall Street protest to city hall

first_imgOccupy Vancouver organizers plan to ask the city of Vancouver Monday evening to withdraw some of its money from the Bank of America and deposit it in a community bank.Organizer Dan Walker said five or six members of the movement “are going to raise the question of whether or not there is a possibility of moving city funds from the Bank of America to a local bank” to make an anti-Wall Street statement.“It’s actually something that was brought up at some of our general assembly meetings, that the city does not bank locally,” Walker said. “As a group we decided it would be something we would all be pursuing.”Occupy Vancouver protesters first raised the issue on Nov. 5, dubbed “Bank Transfer Day,” when consumers nationally mounted a revolt against big national banks by transferring their money to local credit unions and community banks. About 20 protesters demonstrated in front of Vancouver City Hall that day to demand that the city stop doing business with Bank of America.Lloyd Tyler, the city’s chief financial officer, issued a memo on Nov.1 stating that in June 2010, the city, Clark County and the Port of Vancouver issued a joint request for proposals for financial services to 14 full-service financial institutions. Four national banks and no local banks responded, he said. Both the city and the county ranked Bank of American the highest of the national banks on a series of evaluation criteria.last_img read more

Luke Jensen Sports Park dedication on Saturday

first_imgActivities to celebrate the dedication of Luke Jensen Sports Park run from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the park, 4000 N.E. 78th St.Parking is limited, so attendees are asked to carpool and park at King’s Way Christian Schools, 3300 N.E. 78th St., if needed.Luke Jensen was a student at King’s Way. He died from leukemia at age 9 in 2010.At 8:45 a.m., there will be a flag ceremony in memory of U.S. Army Cpl. Jeremiah Johnson. Johnson, who died in 2006 from injuries suffered in Iraq, played T-ball for Salmon Creek Little League, a primary user of the park.Britnee Kellogg, a contestant on “American Idol” and vocalist with 5 Guys Named Moe, will sing the national anthem. Salmon Creek Little League will play championship games at 9 a.m., followed by closing ceremonies. At 12:30 p.m., the Clark County commissioners will officially dedicate the park. Members of the Jensen family will attend.At 1:30 p.m., there will be a celebrity kickball benefit for the Dream Big Community Center. Team captains are Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart. From 2 to 3 p.m., members of the Portland Timbers U-23 development team will meet with youth.Funding for the $9.1 million facility came from property taxes collected by the Greater Clark Parks District and real estate excise taxes. Most of the construction has been completed, with the exception of drainage for two grass fields.last_img read more

JBLM soldier charged with possessing child porn

first_imgJOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — Court records show a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was brought home from Afghanistan this month after admitting to possessing and distributing child pornography.The News Tribune reports 37-year-old Robert Bruce Campbell pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree possession of child pornography. He was released but ordered to remain on base.This is the second time Campbell has been arrested for possessing child porn, although charges were never filed in the first case. Court records show that in 2006, his wife called authorities after finding inappropriate pictures of children in his gym bag.Puyallup tribal police were notified by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in March that Campbell exchanged emails that included child porn images. The investigation was turned over to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in May because of where he lives.last_img read more

Arrest after shot fired into Oregon apartment note left

first_imgBETHANY, Ore. (AP) — A sheriff’s officer in the Portland suburb of Bethany says just leaving a note telling your next-door neighbors that you fired a bullet into their apartment isn’t quite enough.Washington County sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Ray says deputies arrested a 25-year-old man after the neighbors returned home Tuesday and found both the note and the bullet hole.The Oregonian reports that Ray says the man was showing a friend the safety features on two firearms on Sunday when he accidentally fired a .45-caliber handgun. The bullet went through the wall of his apartment and into a neighboring unit.Ray says Malcolm K. Smith was arrested for investigation of reckless endangering.The spokesman says the right thing to do is to notify authorities immediately so they can check to see whether anyone has been hurt. In this case, no one was.last_img read more

CTran fares to increase Monday

first_imgC-Tran fares will increase for the seventh consecutive year on Monday.The cost of a single adult C-Zone fare, covering trips within Clark County, will jump from $1.70 to $1.75. C-Van, the agency’s reservation-based service for disabled riders, will also cost $1.75 per ride. A monthly C-Zone pass will cost $61, up from $60.Single-ride fares for C-Tran’s Express service to Portland will increase from $3.60 to $3.75. A monthly Express pass will cost $122.A single All-Zone fare, covering regular trips to Portland, will remain unchanged at $2.50. Discounted fares for youths and seniors will also stay the same.The C-Tran board of directors approved the fare increases in May to take effect Sept. 1.last_img read more

Caesars showcases problem gambling measures in Osaka with Responsible Gaming Center

first_img Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Responsible Gambling Council CEO Shelley White said “We are very glad to offer the RG Center for people to experience. This is a proprietary system that supports customers with specialist staff at the entrance to our gaming venues. Caesars has been the first off the mark with this and responsible gaming is our top priority in Japan. This has been an amazing opportunity.”Caesars said it has invested JPY25 million (US$228,000) in responsible gaming in Japan so far. RelatedPosts Load More US IR operator Caesars Entertainment set a major focus on responsible gambling at the First Japan IR Expo this week.Along with the Canadian Responsible Gambling Council, which has over 30 years of experience in research, evaluation and education as an independent non-profit organization, Caesars’ stand showcased a Responsible Gaming (RG) Center, complete with responsible gaming function to visitors. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IRlast_img read more

World Poker Tour to hold first ever Australian event at The Star

first_img RelatedPosts Domestic growth pushes Star Entertainment Group forward despite reduced spend by International VIPs Load More The World Poker Tour is heading to Australia for the very first time with the inaugural WPT Australia festival to be held at The Star Gold Coast from 27 September to 7 October.The 10-event schedule will feature buy-ins ranging from AU$330 to AU$5,000, headlined by the AU$2,500 Main Event starting from 4 October. “The World Poker Tour is proud to add WPT Australia to our roster of wonderful global events and The Star Gold Coast as a casino partner,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the WPT. “As a native Australian, I am thrilled to have a WPT event take place in my home country and even more pleased to have it hosted at such a wonderful property.”Geoff Hogg, Managing Director Queensland, The Star Gold Coast, added, “The Star Gold Coast and the nation of Australia welcome the World Poker Tour to our home for what is a monumental partnership.“The Star Gold Coast has been transformed over the past three years and continues to evolve, with levels of investment that position us as a world-class global tourism destination. Australia is one of the top nations for poker in the world and this event further establishes The Star Gold Coast as a leader in the industry.”The Star Gold Coast has recently completed an AU$850 million transformation, including upgrades to its existing 596 hotel rooms, the launch of luxury all-suite hotel The Darling and a spectacular new rooftop venue called Nineteen at The Star. World Poker Tour announces 2019 “Asia Swing” in Vietnam, Japan and Korea Suncity Group cites “high costs” and “lack of demand” as Australian VIP Clubs closedlast_img read more

How can employers support staff in tackling big societal issues

first_imgLife for today’s employees is not quite as simple as it once was, when people could hope to find work with a local business that would offer a job for life and provide a generous defined benefit pension at the end of it. Viewpoint: Employers play a vital role in tackling societal issues for staff  Today, staff must juggle a much more fluid labour market with other wider societal trends, including trying to get on the housing ladder, paying off debt and saving for the future, at the same time as safeguarding their own physical and mental health.A step onto the property marketFor many, getting onto or moving up the housing ladder is a priority. There are measures employers can take here that would help. John Harding, pay, performance and risk partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), highlights the ability to offer employees tax-advantageous loans of up to £10,000, which could be used to help build a deposit, as well as the new housing individual savings account (Isa) that will be introduced in October this year.“Employers could have a role to play as a promoter, making sure their younger employees realise that there is this opportunity to get a large subsidy from the government towards the deposit for a first home,” he says.This could see large sums built up over time, which people do not notice coming out of their pay each month, he adds.Health insurance firm Simplyhealth has taken steps to help its own staff save up through its First Home scheme, under which employees can deposit 3–6% of their basic monthly salary into a savings account, which will then be matched by the business. To date, more than 50 employees have saved enough for a deposit in this way, says Corinne Williams, head of HR at Simplyhealth.Other organisations have developed their own tailored packages, looking not just at the initial deposit but also mortgage availability. KPMG, for instance, has negotiated an arrangement with Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank under which all its employees have access to a private banking relationship. This means they can get preferential deals offered by the bank, but it also offers the prospect of a greater degree of understanding around potential future earnings, so, in theory, they can borrow more than they would be able to if they walked into a high-street bank.Sara Flanagan, head of employee benefits and wellbeing at KPMG, says: “We recruit a lot of graduates each year. Their future potential is quite high, but at that early stage in their career when they need the support it’s very difficult for them to get it. We were asking the bank not just to look at them now, but at who they will be in the future.”The concept has generated interest from new and existing employees. “I get quite a lot of anecdotal feedback from new joiners talking about how unusual it is and asking me to explain it a bit more,” she adds.Financial worriesFor some employees, it is another form of finance that is causing them issues. According to the Financial stress is impacting UK employees research, published by Sodexo in April 2014, more than half (51%) of employees are worried about their finances, with one in five saying this affects their productivity at work.Employers are also becoming increasingly concerned about staff getting into debt, particularly on credit cards and through payday loans, says Tobin Murphy-Coles, commercial director at Aon Employee Benefits.“Payday lenders are increasingly recovering debt through attachment-to-earnings orders, so employers are now beginning to see at first hand the scale of this,” he says.Some are starting to signpost employees to debt support resources or their own employee assistance programmes , but increasingly businesses are also looking at providing financial education in the workplace , to help employees get their finances back on track.This is particularly effective for lower-paid workers, who are most likely to be affected by high levels of debt and may be able to benefit from some easy solutions. Henry Tapper, director of First Actuarial, says: “Those between the minimum and the living wage are a good target market for this, and these are the people who are currently excluded from any form of advice, because financial advisers won’t go near them.”There are also some practical measures employers can take, says Gabbi Stopp, head of employee share ownership at IFS Proshare. “Simple things can help immeasurably,” she says. “Paying staff in the middle of the month so that bills can be met, allowing staff to save through payroll deductions and setting up dedicated online portals on [organisations’] websites are such examples of how [employers] are discouraging negative employee behaviours.”Supporting employees’ healthProviding healthcare or wellbeing assistance is another area to which employers are increasingly finding themselves drawn. According to the Simplyhealth/YouGov Everyday health tracker  research, published in June 2015, 44% of staff currently receive some kind of support from their employer, with bikes-for-work schemes and workplace counselling the most common measures.But the trend towards paying off debt or saving money for house deposits or simply to meet the cost of day-to-day living means there is a growing move by employees to opt out of some health benefits, says Murphy-Coles. In addition, providing private medical insurance to all employees is viewed as unaffordable by most organisations.Instead, some employers are looking to screen for particular conditions that are more relevant for their own employee base, as well as conditions such as a cancer, says Alistair Dornan, head of health management at Capita Employee Benefits. “A whole-of-workforce approach means [employers] can offer enhanced medical provision to employees at a fraction of the cost of full private medical insurance,” he says.Nutrition business Danone has developed a tailored health screening programme for more than 600 staff, looking out for particular issues such as vitamin D deficiency and coeliac disease. John Mayor, head of UK reward at Danone, says: “We found that 40% had a vitamin D deficiency, so we now offer free supplements through an oral spray for all the population. Then we had an element of abnormal liver functionality in 32% of people scanned in our dairy business, so this year we’re taking a deeper dive into the potential issues behind it.”This year, the organisation will also introduce a fitness assessment after a high number of people were found to be overweight.In the future, the emphasis on health may even need to extend to care of elderly relatives. According to the Employee Benefits/Towers Watson Flexible benefits research 2014, published in April 2014, the provision of emergency eldercare via flexible benefits schemes grew by a huge 142% in 2013.The emergence of broader societal issues and the impact these can have on employees mean employers will increasingly have to develop strategies to help people cope, whether they like it or not. “Employers need to start thinking about a whole array of new things that they haven’t considered before as part of a benefits package,” says Murphy-Coles. “The challenge is trying to get the cost-benefit analysis right so that the investment and the benefits themselves will help reduce the issue they have got.”What employees think…The PricewaterhouseCoopers Employee benefits research of 2,400 UK employees, published in April 2015, revealed how staff view benefits related to the housing market, debt and healthcare:The most popular benefit employees would like to see introduced, cited by 44%, was discount shopping vouchers, suggesting the cost of living is a real issue.Some 37% of all employees list access to better mortgage rates as a benefit they’d most like to see. This rises to 43% for those in their 30s.Healthcare was the third most popular benefit, with 36% saying they would like to see this brought in.Two-thirds of employees would not sacrifice take-home pay for any benefits. Case study: Goodman Masson attracts talent with supportive benefitsFour years ago, financial recruitment firm Goodman Masson reviewed its remuneration package and implemented a number of measures as part of its Benefits Boutique flexible benefits scheme. A central part of this is its Mortgage Fund, into which staff can contribute as much as 20% of their salary each month for three years, with the firm then adding a further 33% of the total. For staff who also put in their bonus, the employer contribution is even higher, at 50%.Guy Hayward, chief executive of Goodman Masson, says: “If [an employee] deposited £300 a month and [their] bonus into the fund, then with our top-up it would give a value after three years of more than £40,000, so clearly a sufficient deposit for [their] first property. ”Thirty-four employees currently use the scheme and three people have already bought a property.The organisation operates a similar system to help employees pay off student debt, to which the business contributes 50% of the amount paid in after three years.Hayward believes that its efforts to better engage staff, which have also included designing chill-out zones and various recreational facilities, are already having an impact. “In the year to date, 69% of people that we’ve hired have come to us direct,” he says. “Four years ago it was 25%. Those businesses that are more creative will attract the best talent.”Guy Hayward will be speaking on ‘How to boost employee engagement with tailor-made benefits’ at Employee Benefits Live on 22 Septembercenter_img If you read nothing else, read this…Broader societal trends are impacting employees and concerning employers.The cost of living is a particular issue, with 51% of staff concerned about their finances.Employers are increasingly helping employees save money for deposits on houses, and even to get access to mortgages.Some organisations are now offering tailored health screening programmes to protect against particular conditions. Broader societal problems affect a firm’s performance because employees do not leave their personal problems at the door when they enter the workplace. Worries about debt, housing and personal relationships affect how many employees perform at work. This is because difficult personal circumstances affect energy levels, concentration, engagement and, ultimately, the ability to remain in work.Employers have an important role in facilitating or offering a range of services to help employees address these issues. For example, in a context of high levels of personal debt and the ready availability of pay-day loans, employers may work with respected debt management services to offer impartial and independent advice to employees who may not know where to go to access these services. Other employers may also offer services as part of their recruitment and retention practices. For example, public sector employers may publicise the availability of housing for key workers in areas with a shortage of affordable housing and private sector employers may work with mortgage advisory services.Offering a wide range of services helps generate a climate of support in which employees feel the use of these services is encouraged and backed by the employer, rather than likely to result in questions relating to their ability to perform in a job.An important aspect of this support is encouraging open discussion of the issues employees may have and how employers may help them. For example, an increasing number of employees will be required to care for elderly relatives and plan for their own long-term care. It is important that employers understand and support staff in these activities through the provision of flexible-working arrangements and making financial advice available when appropriate.Employers that offer a wide range of support to employees who encounter housing, debt and caring responsibilities at different times of their lives are likely to attract and motivate the talent required to succeed. They are also likely to help employees perform effectively in their jobs. Such support is also vital for employees to remain in work and improve their quality of life.Nick Bacon is professor in human resource management at Cass Business Schoollast_img read more

Morrisons to raise pay for store staff

first_imgMorrisons is proposing to increase pay for store staff from £6.83 to £8.20 an hour.The pay rise will apply to store-based staff of all ages, benefiting over 90,000 employees.The supermarket chain will invest more than £40 million in the hourly wage increase. It will also simplify pay supplements, such as a premium for working on a Sunday.The pay rise is subject to a positive ballot among members of Usdaw, the shop workers’ union, to be held on 12 November. If members vote in favour of the move, which Usdaw supports, then the higher pay rate will come into effect in March 2016.  The proposed hourly wage of £8.20 an hour is higher than the Living Wage Foundation’s living wage rate. This currently stands at £7.85 an hour and £9.15 in London. New living wage rates for the UK and London will be announced in November.The hourly pay rate proposed by Morrisons is also higher than the government’s national living wage, which will be introduced in April 2016. The national living wage, initially set at £7.20, is a statutory requirement for staff aged 25 and above.David Potts, chief executive of Morrisons, said: “We have been listening to our colleagues who told us they want their pay to be more competitive and simpler.“By paying a significantly higher hourly rate, we are recognising the contribution of our excellent staff, who are so important to the revival of Morrisons.”Joanne McGuinness, national officer at Usdaw, added: “For some time, we have been talking to the [organisation] about taking retail staff up to, and beyond, the Living Wage Foundation rate, currently set at £7.85 an hour. So I am delighted that we have agreed a rise that takes staff way past that to £8.20.“It is a big step forward, shows that the [organisation is] prepared to invest in staff to help grow the business and I hope that the deal is supported by our members in the ballot.”last_img read more

Herbert Smith Freehills introduces returntowork scheme for female lawyers

first_imgHerbert Smith Freehills has introduced a return-to-work programme to support experienced female lawyers who are looking to return to private practice after an extended career break.The scheme, conducted in partnership with OnRamp, matches potential staff with existing legal vacancies within law firms.Candidates for the programme will need to have at least three years of legal experience and have been on an extended career break of up to 20 years.Successful candidates will take part in a one year fellowship during which they will receive on-the-job training and support.Herbert Smith Freehills has launched the fellowship programme in both the UK and Australia, with the aim of fostering a diverse workplace culture and recruiting top female talent.Sue Gilchrist, regional managing partner for Asia and Australia at Herbert Smith Freehills, said: “Our firm is committed to fostering a high performing, diverse and inclusive culture, because we know that diverse perspectives significantly boost our creativity, problem solving skills and our ability to innovate, which results in a more rewarding workplace for our people and better service for our clients.”last_img read more

British Transport Police adds cycle scheme to benefits offering for 5000 employees

first_imgThe British Transport Police (BTP) has introduced a new cycle-to-work scheme for 5,000 employees.The new benefit, provided by Green Commute Initiative, was implemented in April 2019 to offer employees a greater choice of bikes; traditionally, cycle-to-work schemes allow employees to select a bike up to the value of £1,000, but BTP have set a maximum order value of £3,000. This will enable staff to purchase a push bike, cargo bike or e-bike, depending on their preference.Offered on a salary sacrifice basis, employees are able to make repayments on their bike purchase over a 24-month period. Green Commute Initiative estimates that employees could save 32% on the cost of bike purchase, compared to buying a bike on the high street.The scheme will be available to employees via the BTP benefits platform, Choices. Provided by Protosun Benefits and Capita Employee Solutions, the platform is specifically designed for the public sector and includes benefits such as a home technology salary sacrifice scheme, health and gym memberships, retail offers and personal finance support.The benefit will be communicated to employees using monthly newsletters, and a roadshow has been planned for June 2019.Ian Cordwell (pictured), director at Protosun Benefits, said: “I am delighted that the product offering on the Choices platform has been expanded to include Green Commute Initiative. Those employees wanting to get more expensive bikes can now do so through the scheme. British Transport Police will be the first to benefit from the change and I’m sure [its] staff will be excited by Green Commute Initiative’s excellent scheme.”last_img read more

Sainsburys appeal to dismiss equal pay claims proves unsuccessful

first_imgEqual pay legal action against retailer Sainsbury’s is set to continue, following a ruling from the Birmingham Employment Tribunal that the case should progress to a hearing.The ongoing equal pay case concerns store-based Sainsbury’s staff and those who work at the organisation’s distribution centres. The claimants, represented by the law firm Leigh Day, are current and former employees of Sainsbury’s supermarkets, who are predominantly female; they are arguing that the work performed in the stores is of equal value to tasks carried out at the distribution centres, primarily done by male employees.The case proposes that lower-paid employees working in the stores should be paid the same as higher paid staff based at the distribution centres, as the work performed is of equal value.To date, Leigh Day has amassed around 2,000 claimants in this case.The Birmingham Employment Tribunal this week (Monday 10 June 2019) dismissed an appeal from Sainsbury’s to throw out the case because of the way Leigh Day is submitting its claimants’ equal pay claim forms.The law firm has been issuing groups of claims together on the same claim form submission to the Employment Tribunal; however, Sainsbury’s argued that multiple claims should not have been put on one form and that the tribunal should disregard claims where female store-based employees did different jobs. This relates to Rule 6 of The Employment Tribunals Rules of Procedure 2013, which sets out the steps the tribunal could take if different equal pay claims are put on one claim form.The tribunal ruled that it will use its discretion to allow around 141 claims to continue, because the submission of claims forms does not impact how the claims are processed, the witness evidence needed or the length of the hearing.The next stage in the case is to determine which of the higher-paid, warehouse-based job roles will form part of the comparison for equal pay.Leigh Day currently represents around 35,000 shop floor employees across Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons and the Co-Op in similar equal pay cases.Linda Wong, solicitor at Leigh Day, said: “We are pleased that the tribunal has used [its] common sense to allow these claims to proceed. Sainsbury’s had tried to get them thrown out on a technicality that made absolutely no difference to the issues in the case, but limited the amount they would have to pay out to hardworking staff. This was yet another attempt by Sainsbury’s to delay the courts from making a decision about whether they have an equal pay problem.“These claims started in 2015, and Sainsbury’s [has] continued to drag [its] feet and raise petty issues in an attempt to stall the claims. Previous judgments in the Court of Appeal have made it clear [that] equal pay claims such as these issued together should proceed. Sainsbury’s would be better placed working to pay employees fairly and resolve these claims rather than to delay the legal process with unnecessary challenges.”Sainsbury’s was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

Cameras capture NW MiamiDade home breakin

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras captured a thief ransacking a house in Northwest Miami-Dade, Tuesday morning, before fleeing in a minivan.The video shows the thief wearing a soccer jersey and gray pants, trying and failing to break down the back door of the house. He then broke through a window.After finding his home ransacked, Rayden Marquez said he was left shaken up.“You feel violated,” Marquez said. “You work all your life to live a straight life and accomplish the things that you have, and then have some schmuck like this come in to your house and violate your privacy for no reason.”The thief stole electronics, jewelry, shoes and a wallet.Officials said he fled in a burgundy minivan, which was waiting for him near Northwest 54th Avenue and 176th Terrace.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. last_img read more

Missing Pembroke Pines man comes home

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A man who went missing in Pembroke Pines following an argument with his family has returned home on his own, police said.According to Pembroke Pines Police, 24-year-old Vincent Harris had a verbal altercation with family members at his home along the 2000 block of Northwest 109th Avenue. He then left the residence on foot.Officials said Harris’ loved ones feared he could be a risk to his own safety.Police said he later came home in good condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Local Muslim doctors head to Mariaravaged Puerto Rico

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Doctors from South Florida are heading to Puerto Rico to donate their skills and hand out much-needed supplies.The Islamic Circle of North America has deployed a team of medical professionals to the Caribbean island where many people are still suffering after Hurricane Maria. The doctors took off from Miami International Airport, Sunday.The team will volunteer at understaffed health clinics and work with local doctors to treat patients who have been without proper medical care for weeks.“The purpose of doing that is we want to make sure our brothers and sisters — and those who are at the site and waiting for us — we felt the responsibility to help them, those who are in dire need,” said an Islamic Circle spokesperson.The humanitarian mission will last through Thursday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Funeral held for BSO deputy fatally killed in Deerfield Beach crash

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Loved ones gathered for a funeral to honor a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy killed in a Deerfield Beach crash.Law enforcement officials started a procession at 8 a.m. in West Palm Beach for BSO Deputy Benjamin Nimtz on Thursday morning.Dozens of police motorcycles continued to head south on the Florida Turnpike to arrive at Fred Hunter’s Funeral Home, located in the area of North 64th Avenue and Taft Street.Family, friends and law enforcement officials attended the funeral to pay respects to the 30-year-old U.S. Army veteran.His wife Emily Nimtz and two children stood near the casket and put flowers on top of it.“On that morning, greater hands were at play, and Emily, our hearts are broken,” said BSO Captain Rodney Brimlow.Nimtz’s casket was put at the center of Calvary Chapel, located along Northwest 21st Avenue and West Cypress Creek Road, in Fort Lauderdale as the funeral started. “Benji and I always rode together to every call. That night was no different. I was right behind him, always by his side,” said BSO Deputy Roberto Ramon. “I know the reason why God put Benji in mine. Not only will I learn to be a better deputy because of him, but a better husband, a better father and just an overall man.”Nimtz was transported to Broward Health North in Pompano Beach, where he succumbed to his injuries.“My heart broke that Sunday morning, and it’s kept breaking every day since,” said Justin Ortez, Nimtz’s brother-in-law. “It broke for my sister losing her husband. It broke for their kids, who have to grow up without their father.” “If you could ever say one thing about Benji, he loved his family,” said Michael Kozma, Nimtz’s friend. “He was never too macho to play the stay-at-home dad. He loved Tommy, Eliza and Emily more than anything in this world.”“We little knew that morning that God would call your name,” BSO Chaplain Nathaniel Knowles said at the podium. “In life, we love you dearly. In death, we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. Part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories. Your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you’re always by our side.”Songs and saluting deputies surrounded Nimtz’s casket draped with an American flag.“So today, for the rest of our lives, we honor you, Benji, for giving your all to those around you, to those that you loved, to those lucky enough to have known you,” said Kozma.BSO conducted Nimtz’s final radio call at the end of the service: “No contact for uniform 18634. Deputy Benjamin Nimtz, uniform 18634, is 10-7.”The radio signal code 10-7 means Nimtz is out of service.He was responding to a domestic dispute call when his cruiser collided with a pickup truck at around 3 a.m. on July 21. He was hired by BSO on March 19, 2018.Nimtz was three shifts away from moving to Indiana with his wife and two children where he’d take on a new job.“A family’s chain has been broken and nothing seems the same,” Knowles said, “but as God calls us one by by, the chain will link again.”“Benji, I love you, and I’ll see you again,” added Jojie Fujikawa, Nimtz’s friend.A U.S. honor flag was carried on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday for his service.The fatal crash is still being investigated. Detectives are waiting for a toxicology report. Charges may soon follow.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img With heavy hearts, we prepare to lay Deputy Benjamin Nimtz to rest. 🙏❤️ Join us in keeping his family and the BSO Family in our thoughts. pic.twitter.com/iIXtDj56HA— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) August 1, 2019 Nimtz was transported to Broward Health North in Pompano Beach, where he succumbed to his injuries.last_img read more