With Neymar set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Gianluigi Buffon has revealed the Champions League will be quite difficult for Paris Saint-Germain to winThe veteran Italian shot-stopper is not a stranger to Europe’s top-tier competition as his team heads into the crucial stages of the tournament.Neymar who has notched in 20 goals in 23 games this season will miss PSG’s last-16 tie against Manchester United due to a foot injury suffered last month..@neymarjr gives OTRO an exclusive look as he begins his road to recovery. We can’t wait to see you back on the pitch. #OurOtherClub pic.twitter.com/xYMzeZ9mSb— OTRO (@OTRO) February 2, 2019Buffon, 41, is yet to win the top European club competition in his illustrious career and the PSG goalkeeper said Neymar’s absence hurt his side’s chances.“Every year, I always thought it could be the right year. But it is now 24 years since I am trying to win the Champions League,” he said on Saturday and cited via FourFourTwo.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“But it’s tough to do so. You have to be a bit lucky. Right now for us, it’s a particular time because Ney got injured.“For us, Ney is a significant player because he did incredible stuff for the team during the last three months.“For us, it’s dangerous not to have him.”With United’s resurgence in recent weeks, Thomas Tuchel knows his side are up for what could be a classic European tie, as the French side battle to land that elusive crown.PSG head to Old Trafford for the first leg of their tie against United on February 12.Gianluigi Buffon is concerned that Neymar’s injury means his 24-year wait for a Champions League title could continue 😱 pic.twitter.com/2KVSeT9JZa— Goal (@goal) February 3, 2019
Posted: February 27, 2018 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) — David Nisleit was sworn in Tuesday as San Diego’s police chief, a job he will officially begin on Friday.Nisleit, a three-decade veteran of the San Diego Police Department, was confirmed by the City Council on Monday. He was selected by Mayor Kevin Faulconer earlier this month to succeed Chief Shelley Zimmerman, who is set to retire on March 1.“I am blessed and humbled to be the 35th police chief of the San Diego Police Department,” Nisleit said at Tuesday morning’s ceremony. “I look forward to working with the City Council and everyone in the community in making San Diego the safest large city in the United States.”Nisleit will lead the department during a time when crime in the city is at its lowest rate in decades. But he has big tasks ahead. Among them is filling more than 250 vacant police officer positions.“Today marks a new era for the San Diego Police Department,” Faulconer said.Nisleit said he’s confident that a recently approved police contract and a new retention and recruitment plan will help the department get back to full staffing in the first time in a decade. He’s hoping to fill the vacancies largely with local candidates — those who are already committed to the San Diego community. That fits in with one of his other priorities of bolstering the department’s community policing program, which means more officers walking the beat in business districts and forging lasting bonds with community leaders.Nisleit has served in the department’s gang, robbery, narcotics, homicide, sex crimes, SWAT, internal affairs and special operations units.Nisleit currently makes $147,790. His salary as chief will be $205,000. February 27, 2018 Ed Lenderman, Ed Lenderman David Nisleit sworn in as San Diego’s police chief Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
NFIB small business association to join campaign to repeal gas tax hike July 11, 2018 Ed Lenderman, 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 SettingsCARMEL VALLEY (KUSI) – Supporters of the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative are touting what they says is an important endorsement.An association said to be the largest representative of small and independent businesses, in California and the nation, is joining the repeal campaign. The initiative recently qualified for the November ballot.Carl DeMaio, the principal organizer of the repeal, says the endorsement by the National Federation of Independent Businesses is important because it represents a “business-group’s break” with Governor Brown. DeMaio was live on Good Morning San Diego and told KUSI’s Ed Lenderman that the Governor and legislators in Sacramento have threatened business groups if they aren’t neutral or if they support the tax.According to DeMaio, they say their offices will be closed to groups that support the repeal and, what’s more, won’t allow the groups to get legislation done. DeMaio says a trucking association cancelled his appearance at the Governor’s request.“The gas and car tax hikes will hit California small business owners hard and will lead to higher prices for every Californian. We are pleased that NFIB is standing up to Governor Jerry Brown and Sacramento politicians to fight for small businesses and every California consumer by supporting Yes on Prop 6 to repeal the gas tax.”— Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California and Yes on Prop 6 – Gas Tax Repeal Campaign.RELATED STORY: Carl DeMaio gives update on Gas Tax Hike Repeal InitiativeGovernor Brown has called the measure flawed and dangerous. For more information, click here. Ed Lenderman Updated: 11:52 AM Posted: July 11, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Carl DeMaio, Gas Tax, Gas Tax Repeal Initiative FacebookTwitter
Carlos Amezcua, Lauren Phinney Carlos Amezcua, Lauren Phinney, San Diego Chamber of Commerce extends contract for President Jerry Sanders 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 SettingsPresident of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Jerry Sanders and Board Chair Sam Attisha visited the studio Tuesday morning to talk about Jerry’s 2-year contract extension.The Chamber of Commerce announced in late June that Jerry’s contract as President and CEO had been extended two years through the end of 2022.“Since day one Jerry has had a positive impact on the Chamber and has been the driving force behind the Chamber’s growth and effectiveness,” said Sam Attisha, Chamber Board Chair and Senior Vice President and Region Manager of Cox Communications. “His leadership has helped move the San Diego region forward by proactively engaging our elected officials, rallying our members, and connecting with the public to address the issues most important to job creation and our region.”“We are truly fortunate to have a trusted leader like Jerry who is so invested in a prosperous future for our region,” Attisha said.Sanders commented: “I am extremely proud of the strides we have made in establishing the Chamber as a strong, effective voice for the business community and I look forward to building on that progress. The Chamber is committed as ever to providing the resources that help all businesses grow and thrive and advocating for the policies and leaders that make San Diego a great place to do business.”The San Diego Regional Chamber is the hub for connections and collaboration among the regional business community, and uses that clout to advocate for public policies and candidates that support economic growth and the creation of jobs for all businesses. As the largest local Chamber on the West Coast, representing approximately 2,500 businesses and an estimated 300,000 jobs, the San Diego Regional Chamber is fighting to make San Diego the most business-friendly region in California. For more information, please visit SDChamber.org or call 619-544-1300. Posted: July 17, 2018 July 17, 2018 Updated: 3:11 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Mother of Cathedral Catholic student sentenced for supplying drugs to minors Posted: August 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A woman who provided prescription drugs, alcohol and other narcotics to her daughter — a student at Cathedral Catholic High School — and other minors was sentenced Friday to 11 years and eight months in state prison.Kimberly Dawn Quach, 49, pleaded guilty in May to five felony charges, including furnishing Xanax to a minor and employing a minor to transport or sell marijuana.Superior Court Judge Timothy Walsh — who imposed the maximum term under the plea agreement — said Quach’s conduct fell “well short of being a good parent.”“Her conduct is absolutely sickening to the court,” the judge said, noting that children are among the most vulnerable members of society.Walsh said Quach exposed her 17- and 10-year-old daughters and their friends to extreme danger.“She literally taught them to be drug dealers,” the judge said.Quach’s live-in companion, William Sipperley III, 50, was sentenced to six years and four months in prison. He had pleaded guilty to using a minor to transport or sell marijuana and furnishing marijuana to a minor over 14 years old.Sipperley’s attorney, Domenic Lombardo, told the judge his client moved in with Quach after his wife of 36 years died and he had turned to taking drugs and smoking marijuana.Lombardo said Sipperley did not condone the drug sales and parties at Quach’s Carmel Valley home and “should have been man enough to get out of there.”Deputy District Attorney Christina Eastman said two minors that Quach gave drugs to ended up in a drug rehabilitation program.Eastman said Quach was in the process of setting up a marijuana distribution operation in her home and wanted to be the “cool mom.”The prosecutor said Sipperley taught Quach’s then-9-year-old daughter how to plant marijuana.Quach was arrested last year after police said she sold or offered the controlled substance suboxone, a prescription opiate, and Xanax to minors over a nine-month period beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Quach also gave at least 10 teens marijuana to sell, package or transport, according to police, who said Cathedral Catholic students regularly smoked cannabis that Sipperley grew at the couple’s home on Aster Meadows Place in Carmel Valley.One detective said Quach had as many as 70 teenage clients at Cathedral Catholic and other schools.During a search of Quach’s home, police found large containers of marijuana, plant food, grow lights and drug paraphernalia, according to the criminal complaint. KUSI Newsroom August 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Posted: October 8, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Police Monday were searching for a man suspected of stabbing a 39-year-old man in the abdomen in the Barrio Logan area.It happened shortly before 6:15 p.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of National Avenue, located near Chicano Park, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.The suspect walked up to the 39-year-old man, who was sitting at the bar, and stabbed him in the abdomen for unknown reasons before fleeing the area, Buttle said.The victim was transported to the hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, Buttle said.The suspect was described as a Hispanic man believed to be in his 30s, who was last seen wearing a plaid shirt and blue jeans.Detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s gang unit were investigating the incident. Man stabbed while sitting at a bar in Barrio Logan
KUSI Newsroom, 2nd Annual Chelsea’s Light Foundation Golf Classic May 31, 2019 Posted: May 31, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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) – She was abducted and murdered a decade ago but her father is trying to bring positivity from the death of Chelsea King.The Chelsea’s Light Foundation is holding their 2nd Annual Chelsea’s Light Foundation Golf Classic to help protect the joy and innocence of childhood.The tournament includes golf, beer garden, lunch, dinner, and a poker tourney.Chelsea’s father, Brent King, is visiting San Diego to award the foundations annual Sunflower Scholarship to 14 students.King joined KUSI News to discuss the tournament and what the foundations means to him.Tickets: www.chelseaslight.org
The American Soybean Association (ASA) has joined with the National Grain and Feed Association, other producer groups, processors, and input suppliers, alerting the Congressional Appropriations Committees about the urgent need for additional resources to dredge and repair inland waterways that have been damaged by historic high water levels.”Agricultural producers, processors and exporters rely on the entire Mississippi River system and share concern about the impact recent floods in the Midwest will have on the river system,” said ASA First Vice President Steve Wellman, a soybean producer from Syracuse, Neb. “More than 60 percent of U.S. soybean exports moved to world markets through the Port of South Louisiana via the Mississippi River and its tributaries.”A modern and efficient inland waterways transportation system is vital to maintaining U.S. agricultural competitiveness in the world market. As the U.S. system continues to face delays and closures attributable to low drafts and crumbling locks and dams, competitors are increasing expenditures on their own transport infrastructures, thereby eroding the competitive advantage long enjoyed by the United States.”With the current record flooding extending from South Dakota through Iowa and Nebraska, the Corps is also going to need funds for repairs due to flooding on the Missouri River,” Wellman said. “Commerce has already been slowed by the high currents that are accumulating silt on the river bottoms, and river pilots continue to impose draft restrictions, one-way traffic, and daytime only hours as a result of the high current situation.”The river and its tributaries comprise more than 14,000 miles of navigable waterways—making it a natural distribution system that covers a wide stretch of the continental United States. About 413 million tons of domestic and international cargo is moved annually on the Lower Mississippi River. Louisiana ports exported about $13.4 billion worth of agricultural products in 2009, including grain harvested in the Midwest and shipped via barge for export to world markets.”ASA is asking Congress to help keep this vital artery functioning by ensuring the Corps of Engineers has the resources it needs to maintain and modernize navigation on the Mississippi River and tributary system,” Wellman said. “ASA will also take this message to the Administration asking that it submit the necessary emergency funding request to Congress.”
ASA Chairman Steve Wellman met with fellow farm leaders during today’s inaugural meeting of the CME Group’s newly-formed Agricultural Markets Advisory Council (AMAC). The AMAC consists of representatives of CME Group’s participants, including grain merchandisers, millers and food producers; leaders from agricultural organizations like ASA; and members of the academic space. The AMAC is co-chaired by CME Group Executive Chairman and President Terry Duffy, and former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman.According to its charter, the purposes of the AMAC are to “facilitate an open dialogue among agricultural organizations, commodity groups and academics; gain insights from its members, and address the macro issues that impact their respective constituents as well as agricultural markets in general; drive deeper collaboration among the farmer and rancher and agriculture community and CME Group; provide a forum where participants involved in traditional production agriculture, newer participants in the food sector and CME Group can discuss relevant market issues and research; and identify areas of mutual success that advance the objectives of CME Group and its agricultural participants, and in so doing also advance the U.S. agricultural economy.During the meeting, the AMAC heard from Jack Sinclair, Walmart’s executive vice president for food, and discussed the challenges facing the world’s largest food distributor. The group also spoke with Randy Russell, principal at the Washington-based Russell Group, and CME Group Senior Managing Director of Government Relations and Legislative Affairs Linda Rich on policy issues facing agricultural markets.
Commodity Classic is one of the largest agriculture industry events, with close to 10 thousand attendees annually the past three years. Perdue will speak during the General Session, which is open to registered event attendees and is scheduled for Friday, March 1, at 9:00 a.m. at the Orange County Convention Center.Secretary Perdue is expected to share current news and perspectives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with topics including international trade, farm bill implementation, rural development and the role of agriculture in America’s food security and economic health. Before Secretary Perdue, the General Session will include comments from leaders of the five associations that present Commodity Classic each year: American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.Finally, the audience will hear from Christine Cashen, known worldwide for her ability to entertain and energize audiences. Cashen will deliver a fast-paced, funny program on handling conflict and reducing stress, as well as tips on life, love, work and happiness.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is a farmer-focused event with an emphasis on educational opportunities. It is unlike any other agriculture event, featuring a robust schedule of educational sessions, a large trade show featuring the latest technology, equipment and innovation, top-notch entertainment, inspiring speakers, and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation.Detailed information on all educational sessions, the full Commodity Classic schedule and online registration are available at commodityclassic.com. Attendees can register for all three days or choose one-day registration.
U.S. soybean farmers remain frustrated by the lack of progress between the U.S. and China in resolving the trade war, which continues to immediately threaten soy prices and, if not resolved, farmers’ ability to stay in business. The American Soybean Association (ASA) has consistently opposed using unilateral tariffs to address U.S. trade deficits with China and other countries. Instead, ASA supports the negotiation of trade agreements and other measures that can increase U.S. agricultural exports, including soybeans.“The U.S. has been at the table with China 11 times now and still has not closed the deal. What that means for soybean growers is that we’re losing. Losing a valuable market, losing stable pricing, losing an opportunity to support our families and our communities. These trade negotiations are serious for us. Farming is our livelihood,” said Davie Stephens, soy grower from Clinton, Ky., and ASA president.The soybean industry realizes the Administration’s reasons for trying to force China to make structural changes to its predatory economic policies, including forced technology transfers, intellectual property theft, and subsidies to state-owned enterprises. Yet, ASA has and continues to recommend that the U.S. achieve these goals through coordinated actions with like-minded developed countries.“We’ve been understanding during this negotiation process, but we cannot withstand another year in which our most important foreign market continues to slip away and soybean prices are 20 to 25 percent, or even more, below pre-tariff levels,” said John Heisdorffer, ASA Chairman and Keota, Iowa, soy grower. “The sentiment out in farm country is getting grimmer by the day. Our patience is waning, our finances are suffering, and the stress from months of living with the consequences of these tariffs is mounting.”The Administration decided on May 10 to increase tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, from 10 to 25 percent, in order to increase pressure on China to make structural changes to its economic policies, and is also taking steps to impose a 25 percent tariff on the remaining $325 billion in annual imports from China. In turn, China has announced plans to retaliate. With this further escalation in trade tensions and no end in sight, the situation for U.S. growers is dire.“The soybean market in China took us more than 40 years to build, and as this confrontation continues, it will become increasingly difficult to recover. With depressed prices and unsold stocks expected to double by the 2019 harvest, soybean farmers are not willing to be collateral damage in an endless tariff war,” said Stephens.While we support the Administration’s overall goals in these negotiations, ASA cannot support continuing and escalating the use of tariffs to achieve them. Farming is too vulnerable a business to tolerate this much uncertainty over a prolonged period. We call on the Administration to conclude an agreement focused on significantly reducing the U.S. trade deficit with China, including restoring and increasing our agricultural exports and eliminating China’s 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans. We would support the use of other tactics to pursue the structural changes the U.S. is seeking in China’s economic policies, including working with like-minded countries.
Vancouver-based Papa Murphy’s International on Wednesday announced that the chief marketing officer of the Wendy’s fast food chain would become its president. Ken Calwell will start at the nation’s fifth-largest pizza chain on June 6, and will report to John Barr, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.Calwell fills a position that had been vacant for two years. In June 2009, Clarice Turner resigned from the position, and she was not replaced.Before working at Wendy’s, Calwell held leadership positions at Domino’s Pizza, Frito Lay, Pizza Hut and The Pillsbury Co.
Eight years ago my 1986 Honda Prelude — already beaten and battered — was stolen out of my Salmon Creek driveway.I thought that would be it for my relationship with the lean, mean, red machine.Surely it would end up someplace in Atlanta, stripped down for parts or maybe at the bottom of a lake.And even if by chance it was recovered it likely would be beyond repair.But surprisingly the PD (Prelude Dream) was recovered and it was salvageable.Still, I wondered back in 2005 if it was worth putting the needed money in it to get ‘er fixed.Somewhat reluctantly, I did.Today, however, as you read this column, I am shopping for a car.The oil is leaking, I can’t keep power steering fluid in it, the tires are worn, the speedometer gave out, the mileage thingy doesn’t work and there’s one red light on the panel that never goes off. I bought it new. But now … it’s time.Back when it was stolen I wrote a column about it all. Today, to pay homage to my beloved car, the following is a shortened and edited version of that column, written through the eyes of my car:o o o Who the heck are these guys! Chief! Are you up there? I think someone’s trying to steal me. Can you hear these punks? No, no, no, don’t break the window. The Chief never locks me. Get in if you must, but get out. Chief! Help!I thought Quail Park was a good neighborhood. Salmon Creek was supposed to be a nice place to live.Do these guys have no respect? You’d think with the top cop in Clark County living down the block, these punks would at least be a little cautious. I guess not.Gawd, no!!!! Not the screwdriver! Stay away from the ignition! No, no, no!o o o I must have passed out there for a minute. But I’m hurt. Bad. Ripped the ignition right out. What punks. Chief! Are you coming? And what’s that bike doing in the back seat? And all that mail? Those CDs and that BB gun? Holy … these guys are using me to steal stuff.
Camas Mayor Scott Higgins Friday said City Administrator Nina Regor will not be able to return to work from her indefinite medical leave.The city announced Tuesday Regor was on leave and quickly scheduled a Friday meeting to hire Vancouver-based financial consultant Paul Lewis to assist with drafting the city’s budget and other tasks. Higgins named Human Resources Director Jennifer Gorsuch interim city administrator.At Friday’s meeting, Higgins announced Regor would likely not recover from her illness.“We are brokenhearted by this news, and yet I report to you she is at peace,” Higgins told council members. “Things will go on, but this week we are sad … deeply, deeply sad.”The city is not disclosing the exact nature of Regor’s health problem. But for the past two weeks, Higgins said, her condition has deteriorated rapidly and she’s now in the hospital.Higgins, pastor at Hockinson Church of Christ, has also been acting as Regor’s spiritual adviser.News of Regor’s serious illness has come as a shock. Camas hired her at the beginning of the year to succeed Lloyd Halverson, who retired from the city after 23 years.She came to Camas from Cloverdale, Calif., a city of 8,500, where she was city manager. She grew up in Clark County.City Council approved Lewis’ contract at Friday’s special meeting. He’ll be paid an hourly rate of $115 an hour, with a cap of $27,000, through the end of the year for his consulting services.
TACOMA — The number of smiling students on the Pacific Lutheran University campus Tuesday may have tricked visitors into thinking finals were over.But the tests are in full swing, and the smiles of overwhelmed college students aren’t due to the typical finals-week coffee binges or power naps.Rather, they’re caused by furry friends trained to relieve stress.With the help of a national volunteer organization, Therapy Dogs International, several owners are bringing their certified therapy animals — mostly dogs — to PLU’s Red Square this week to spread cheer to students between tests and study sessions.“I’m so stressed out right now,” said 21-year-old senior Marta Neumann. “This was such a happy thing to come upon.”Ashley Connors and Emma Southard, both 18-year-old freshmen from Steilacoom, got the idea after residents of one dormitory organized a similar event during finals last semester.The Associated Students of PLU senators started planning the animal visits in early fall.The event has been a hit. On Monday alone, more than 100 students spent time with the dogs; some stuck around for 20 to 40 minutes.Connors said even if people don’t have much time to hold or pet the animals, just walking by offers a distraction from studies.“They just like seeing the dogs,” she said.On Tuesday, several dogs and one cat offered affection.Tucker, a four-year-old shih tzu-maltese mix, waddled around flaunting his shaggy hair and performing tricks in exchange for treats from owner Jan West.West said Tucker usually comforts hospice patients, so spending time with energetic college students was an exciting change of pace.Teddy, a year-old ragdoll therapy cat, was in good company.“He thinks he’s a dog,” said owner Denise Paquette.Sophomore Katie Williams, who had one more final to take before heading home to her own dog in Olympia, was in Red Square Tuesday for her second pet visit of the week.
Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move An integrated resort in Osaka would attract up to 24.8 million visitors per year and contribute an economic ripple effect of JPY760 billion per year, according to a new report assembled by Osaka prefecture and city.As reported by the Asahi Shimbun, the Osaka IR Fundamentals Plan outlines a range of initiatives and impacts of an Osaka IR, including an expected final scale of the development of around 60 hectares with a total floor space of 1 million square meters. Load More RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR The size of investment is JPY930 billion (US$8.5 billion) and in addition to a casino, it will provide Japan’s largest international conference halls, entertainment and commercial facilities. Annual sales are predicted to be JPY480 billion (US$4.4 billion) of which casino sales will make up 80% of the total at around JPY380 billion.There will be a new police station to ensure a robust police presence on Yumeshima, the candidate site. This will supplement the private security guards and security cameras installed by the operator, plus measures to eliminate money laundering and organized crime.Further, there will be a consultative body that operators will participate in to prevent gambling addition as well as the development of advanced anti-addiction measures such as information communication technology (ICT) and artificial intelligence (AI). There will be a system where players can request self-exclusion and a counseling service that will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.The proposal is close to becoming an official decision and will be used as a guideline for selecting operators starting this spring. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions
Something for the weekend: Actress Robin Wright (pictured) has spoken out about her fight to be paid the same amount as male co-star Kevin Spacey for her work on the popular Netflix drama House of Cards.Appearing in all 52 episodes of the series, as well as receiving a few directing credits for the show, it has been reported that Wright was earning $420,000 (approximately £287,133) an episode in 2015. Spacey was reportedly earning $500,000 (£341,877) in 2014.In the show, Wright plays First Lady Claire Underwood opposite Spacey’s President Frank Underwood.According to the Huffington Post, Wright discussed the pay issue at an event at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York.Wright said: “I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin’.”“It was a perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards.“I was looking at statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalised on that moment. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public’. And they did.”The Employee Benefits team looks forward to pay for more female stars following suit…
Professional services organisation Accenture, which employs just over 12,500 staff in the UK and Ireland, strives to be at the forefront of workplace diversity and inclusivity. Its significant commitment to providing a supportive environment for its employees has received external recognition, such as a 2015 European Diversity Award for Outstanding Employee Network Group of the Year for its African Caribbean Network, and successive recognition as a Star Performer on Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list.Tony Horan, UK and Ireland lead for human capital and diversity, says: “We see inclusion and diversity as a real differentiator in terms of our ability to attract the very best talent, to retain the talent that we have, and to really enable our people to be engaged and productive and content in the workplace.”The organisation embeds inclusivity into its cultural DNA through a range of awareness initiatives, access to online resources, and training opportunities. Inclusivity and diversity training, such as unconscious bias sessions, are offered to ensure managers feel confident and empowered to support their teams, whether that be approving flexible-working requests or signposting staff to a confidential employee helpline, provided by Bupa.The organisation also runs a wide array of events to celebrate inclusivity and diversity among its workforce. This ranges from activities to mark calendar events such as Pride Week and International Women’s Day, to on-site educational events with external experts, such as a talk from charity Mermaids around how parents can support children with gender identity issues. The inclusivity and diversity agenda also informs Accenture’s corporate social responsibility efforts, for example, staff are given three days’ volunteering leave a year, which can include support for organisations that assist with its inclusivity efforts.A number of the awareness and education events are available online to facilitate inclusion of employees who work on a remote or flexible basis. Clients are also often invited to attend, enabling Accenture to share its experiences with others and help progress the conversation around diversity issues.There are a number of employee networks within the organisation, which are encouraged to work together to facilitate support for the whole employee rather than just one aspect of their identity. For example, its family and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network is set to host an event around LGBT fertility. Furthermore, 15% of the organisation’s UK and Ireland employees are LGBT allies, who are actively involved in progressing LGBT support in the workplace, as well as visibly demonstrating their commitment by wearing rainbow-coloured lanyards. There are also 700 mental health allies across all career levels, who have undergone training so that they are equipped to spot early warning signs, signpost staff to support, and open up the conversation about mental health. Plans are in place to increase the number of both LGBT and mental health allies in the organisation.Accenture is also taking proactive measures to address gender diversity. Horan says: “We’ve taken a holistic approach to gender diversity, so it’s not just looking at maternity integration, it’s also about how we recruit, how we develop women in terms of leadership programmes, how we provide the right sponsorship, the right coaching and the right mentoring. And then it’s also looking at our engagement framework and at some of the offerings that we can make.”Accenture offers enhanced parental leave of up to 32 weeks on full pay to both mothers and fathers, and offers support to staff before, during and after parental leave to enable them to continue to thrive in the workplace following significant life changes. The organisation also provides various flexible-working options, such as part-time working, job shares, career breaks and study leave. It also continues to look for ways to support gender diversity, for example, its women’s network has become a gender network in order to engage the whole workforce and ensure that gender diversity and equality is a shared agenda with shared accountability.The organisation underpins its inclusivity efforts with HR analytics, such as analysis of attrition reports or the number of women brought in at different levels through the recruitment process. Horan says: “Keeping front and centre on [diversity and inclusion] from a data perspective enables us to make sure that we can identify areas of concern and make quick interventions before they become problems.”
Diarmuid Russell (pictured), head of international at Glassdoor, will deliver the opening keynote address at Employee Benefits Live 2016, alongside Con Marney, manager, talent acquisition at Expedia.In the opening keynote session, Revealed: the secrets behind becoming the best place to work, Russell will discuss the trends that unite organisations named best places to work by Glassdoor.Vicky Williams, director of people at the Lawn Tennis Association, Nicky Moffat, former HR director at the British Army, and Steve Varley, UK chairman and managing partner at EY, will also present keynote addresses during the event.Employee Benefits Live 2016 will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October at Olympia National, London. Register to attend here.
Pilots based in Germany who work for airline Ryanair and are members of the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) trade union are on strike today (Friday 10 August 2018) in a dispute over the creation of a collective wage agreement and a general agreement around terms and conditions, including working schedules.The 24-hour strike, which was announced by VC during a press conference on Wednesday 8 August 2018, will run from 3.01am this morning until 2.59am on Saturday 11 August 2018.VC members voted 96% in favour of industrial action. Ryanair has not submitted any further offers around the collective agreements since the vote closed on 30 July 2018, according to VC.The dispute regards negotiations between VC and Ryanair around a remuneration agreement and a more universal collective agreement, which considers aspects such as rostering. Negotiations around these commenced in January 2018, however VC claims that no substantial progress has been made.Ryanair pilots will also be striking in Belgium, Ireland and Sweden today.Kenny Jacobs, chief marketing officer at Ryanair, said: “We regret the decision of the VC to go ahead with this unnecessary strike action given that we sent through a revised proposal on a collective labour agreement [CLA] on Friday 3 August and stated our intention to work towards achieving a CLA together. We also invited VC to meet us on Tuesday 7 August but they did not respond to this invitation.“Our pilots in Germany enjoy excellent working conditions. They are paid up to €190,000 (£170,677.22) [a year] and, as well as additional benefits, they received a 20% pay increase at the start of this year. Ryanair pilots earn at least 30% more than Eurowings and 20% more than Norwegian pilots.“We asked VC to provide us with at least seven days’ notice of any planned strike action so that we could notify our customers of cancelled flights in advance and offer them alternative flights or refunds, but they have refused to do this.“Ryanair is now forced to cancel 250 flights of over 2,400 flights scheduled to operate on Friday 10 August. We apologise to our customers for this unnecessary strike and regrettable disruption.”Martin Locher, president at VC, added: “Our demands relate to improvements in pay and working conditions. Improvements are inconceivable without staff cost increases in the cockpit. Ryanair categorically ruled out any increase in staff costs in the negotiations. At the same time, Ryanair has never shown where there [is] leeway to find solutions. Ryanair alone is responsible for the escalation that has now occurred.”