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Top 14: Toby Flood on Toulouse’s fresh approach

first_img It’s all change for Toulouse this season, their first without Guy Noves at the helm in more than 20 years. But new coach Ugo Mola has guided the club to three wins from their first three Top 14 matches and no one seems to be enjoying the fresh regime as much as Toby Flood. The former England and Leicester star has twice been selected in Midi Olympique’s Team of the Week and is the standout performer from the Top 14’s opening month.Do you feel more attuned to Toulouse’s style this season?Yes. We’re doing much more video (analysis) and talking about things in front of each other and so that pick-up of information is much quicker than it probably was last year. I’m really enjoying it.How hard was it make the transition from English rugby to French rugby?From a guy who came from quite a structured background at Leicester I struggled with the fluidity of knowing where people were going to be at first, so that took me about four or five months to get my head around.How are Ugo Mola’s methods different to Guy Noves?Guy was old school and there was a time when we didn’t do any video analysis for about nine weeks on us or the opposition or anything, and so for a guy who had just come in it was hard to get a grasp. Because if you sit in the video room and watch (the match replay) for an hour and a half you hear different conversations from different players about their perspective on the game. So we were never all singing off the same hymn sheet, we were always thinking slightly differently to each other.Guy used to give us the planning every Monday because he wanted to keep us on our toes; Ugo gives us the planning two or three weeks in advance so we know what we have planned that week and we can plan our lives around that. Having that consistency of planning for me… makes it a bit easier.Double act: Ugo Mola and Fabien Pelous are now in charge at Toulouse. Photo: Getty ImagesFabien Pelous was appointed Toulouse’s sporting director in the summer. What does he bring to the club?Fabien is a great guy, very genuine and I enjoy his company. Though as the director he runs things from afar, he’s very visible. We see him sometimes at training, he comes to the changing room after matches and he also does a lot of work with the club’s commercial partners. I also think it’s nice for Ugo to have such a stalwart as Fabien at the club so he can perhaps have a chat with him if he needs to and Fabien acts as a bridge between Ugo and the president.How have you found Toulouse culturally? Target man: Toby Flood prepares to take a kick for Toulouse this season. Photo: Getty Images Former England fly-half Toby Flood talks Toulouse, Top 14 and the future I think any country out of five are in with a good chance. New Zealand are favourites but whoever comes out of England’s pool on top will be in with a good chance.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS When my wife and I came over we made the decision not be be ‘Brits Abroad’, speaking just English, but to make the most of being in France. The first four or five months were pretty tough but now we can flit between the English scene and the French scene. Toulouse is a real cultural melting pot and it’s really good fun to go out and about and meet people.If you had to choose between winning the Top 14 and the Champions Cup, which would it be?I was asked that when I first arrived I think I answered wrong – I said the Champions Cup! The Top 14 is the big thing around here and so knowing now the importance of it I’d probably edge towards that. It would be great to have a crack at the Top 14 and then I could say I’d won the league in England and France.Leap of faith: Clermont full-back Nick Abendanon takes a high ball. Photo: Getty ImagesWho do you want to win more Midi Olympique stars than this season – David Strettle or Nick Abendanon?I have to say Strets. I can’t compete with Nick – he’s the golden boy of French rugby and he’s bound to have about 24 by the end of the season!You’ve been a pro for more than a decade. How will you handle retirement?I look at it with open eyes. I’m aware that’s it coming and I’ve started to work towards it… that doesn’t mean you gear up for it mentally yet because you’re still focused on playing but you gear up in terms of using your spare time as best you can. I’m doing a little bit of coaching to see if it will be for me, one-on-one stuff, and also doing some financial exams. I’ve got to get through six books of 350 pages for my CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level One.Who will win the World Cup?last_img read more

People with disabilities say ‘Our struggle is not over’

first_img“We are proud of who we are” and “Our struggle is not over” were the main themes here on July 12 as some 5,000 to 7,000 people with disabilities, their advocacy organizations, families and allies took to the streets in a lively march celebrating disability pride.The event was called by Disability Pride NYC, a nonprofit group working with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA is the most comprehensive piece of legislation to date to protect the civil rights of people with disabilities. Similar activities have been called in Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, according to media reports.As important as the ADA has been, signs and banners pointed out that people with disabilities are still stigmatized and discriminated against.People marched or rolled in wheelchairs behind banners of advocacy and the many groups that provide services to people with disability. Trade unions, parent support groups, student groups, activist organizations and individuals also participated in the parade and staffed festival tables. A group brought the banner of the United Nations Convention on People with Disabilities, which the U.S. has yet to ratify.Many trade unions have consistently fought for the rights of their members and others with disabilities. Among them were Communication Workers Local 1180, the Sanitation Workers and municipal workers District Council 37 AFSCME.Parents to Improve School Transportation, which seeks to shorten routes and upgrade conditions on school buses, was joined by school bus drivers and attendants in the leadership of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181. They leafleted about their mutual need for job security for experienced, trained bus workers to support safety for the children, many of whom have disabilities.Groups active on a broad range of social issues formed a lively contingent behind a banner reading “Support Disabled Liberation.” Members of the May 1 Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights carried signs saying “Solidarity with migrant workers disabled by forced immigration.”A People’s Power Assembly sign read: “Half of all people killed by police have a disability. End racist police terror.” A Workers World Party sign demanded: “$15 minimum wage for all, including people with disabilities.”Many individuals came with their own signs, some looking for groups to march with. Jessica Delarosa, who commuted in a wheelchair with her dog Mayin, said it was ‘important for people without disabilities to see our pride and how like everyone else we are.” Another young woman added, “Society puts us down, but this makes us more determined.”Other signs pointed to inequities in hiring for deaf people, social stigmatization of people with disabilities, inadequate housing and discrimination in health care. Many signs pointed to the lack of access. Other signs read: “Our lives matter,” “Think people first, disability second” and “My ability is much stronger than my disability.”A leaflet distributed by Workers World Party entitled “The disability rights movement won the ADA! Let’s fight to get it enforced, expanded and funded” caught the mood of many here. Workers World called the ADA “not a guarantee,” but “a tool we can use to fight for our rights.” Let’s “celebrate our militancy. …. When we raise our demands the government cries ‘poverty.’ But it has all the money to meet our social and economic needs. We say stop subsidizing Wall Street banks, wars of conquest abroad and the bloated prison-industrial complex.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Cuban brigade anniversary celebrated

first_imgMax Lesnik and Andrés Gómez, center, at Havana’s International Press Center.Havana — The 40th anniversary of the founding of the Antonio Maceo Brigade, which has worked tirelessly in Miami and South Florida to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba and U.S. travel restrictions, and for ­Cuba’s right to develop in peace, was saluted in Havana from Dec. 18-22.Today, poll after poll shows that ­Cubans living in the U.S. — like the majority of U.S. residents — support ending the commercial, financial and economic blockade of Cuba. But it was very different in 1977, when the 55 youths who made up the first brigade rebelled against the seemingly monolithic U.S. hostility toward revolutionary Cuba, just to set foot in the land of their birth.Migration as a weaponIn tribute a huge Cuban flag, donated by the U.S. veterans, was raised at the oceanside statue and park honoring Maceo. Ricardo Alarcón, the Cuban negotiator of migration agreements with the U.S., explained how the brigade was a response to the U.S. government’s use of migration as a weapon against the Cuban Revolution.In particular, before the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 and the “wet-foot/dry-foot” policy that enticed migration to the U.S. with the promise of a fast track to benefits and U.S. citizenship, there was Operation Peter Pan.Some 14,000 children arrived by plane in the U.S., victims of this little-known operation. Influenced by CIA and Catholic Church propaganda claiming that the revolutionary government would take children away from parents and send them to the Soviet Union, families sent unaccompanied children to the U.S. in what appeared to be a spontaneous migration process. They were then placed in orphanages or foster homes.The 55 youths who formed the Antonio Maceo Brigade were among these Cuban-born children and those who were brought to the U.S. by their families. Uprooted from their native land without their consent, and then radicalized by the tumultuous U.S. struggles of the 1960s, they voluntarily returned to revolutionary Cuba.A celebratory programThe brigade’s anniversary program began with a news conference at Havana’s International Press Center featuring Andrés Gómez, who organized the delegation for this celebration, and Max Lesnik, director of Radio Miami and founder of the Alianza Martiana coalition, whose Miami offices were bombed multiple times in the 1970s and 1980s. Gómez, the brigade’s president and founder and editor of Areito Digital, dedicated the weeklong commemoration to Cuba’s historic leader, Fidel Castro.At a gala event, the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) was presented with a bust of Antonio Maceo. Fernando González, ICAP president and Cuban 5 hero, explained how the brigade’s work helped build a new relationship between the revolutionary government and Cuban émigré communities in the U.S. and elsewhere. These émigrés showed tremendous courage in defending the Cuban Revolution, in the midst of what was intended to be the South Florida counterrevolution in exile.At a wreath-laying at the Colon Cemetery, where Cuban émigrés who were major figures in the U.S. solidarity movement are buried, each of their names was called before a moment of silence. These included Luis Miranda, former president of Casa de las America, and Tony Llansó, a Miami organizer to Free the Cuban 5. Floral tributes were placed on two crypts, which hold the recovered remains of the 73 people killed in the bombing of Cubana Flight 455, off the coast of Barbados, in 1976.Children at the Carlos Muniz Varela school performed music and dance for the delegation. In 1979, 25-year-old Maceo Brigade member Muniz Varela was assassinated in Puerto Rico. A mural at the school reflects the special relationship between the two countries: “Cuba and Puerto Rico are two wings of the same bird: They receive flowers and bullets in the same heart.”As the veterans prepared to meet the young Cuban generation at the University of Havana, Lesnik spoke passionately at the monument to Julio Antonio ­Mella, just below the steps to the university. Mella, who founded the Federation of University Students and the Communist Party of Cuba, was assassinated in 1929 at the age of 25.The nearly 50-member brigade delegation came from Miami and Key West, Fla., and Europe, including a representative of Cubans living in Marseilles, France. Solidarity activists from the U.S. included Gail Walker, director of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace; two co-chairs of the National Network on Cuba; and representatives of Workers World Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation and Socialist Workers Party.Participants heard an update on reconstruction after Hurricane Irma, and a discussion about current U.S.-Cuba relations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A visit to the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology amazed guests with Cuba’s pharmaceutical and medical advances.The final event was a bonfire at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp, where Andrés Gómez, filled with emotion as he recalled the first brigade arriving to the camp, carried one of the torches that lit the bonfire.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

U.S. Drought Monitor: Tale of Two Regions

first_img SHARE By NAFB News Service – Apr 15, 2021 Home Indiana Agriculture News U.S. Drought Monitor: Tale of Two Regions Previous articleDirect Marketing Programs for Diverse Farm OperationsNext articleKC Fed: Farm Lending Remains Muted in Early 2021 NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter U.S. Drought Monitor: Tale of Two Regions SHARE Facebook Twitter The U.S. Drought Monitor shows a tale of two regions—the East and the West.The Western U.S., in the latest Drought Monitor released Thursday, shows much of the region in drought categories, with several areas classified in extreme or exceptional drought, the two most severe categories. Comparatively, the Eastern U.S. is mostly drought-free from the Eastern seaboard to the Central Plains.Drawing a line from the eastern border of Texas to the North is where much of the trouble begins. Having missed out on rainfall, conditions continued to deteriorate in south-central Oklahoma and in North, South and West Texas. Meanwhile, much of the West remained dry.Where precipitation did fall, in the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rockies, it either missed the drought-inflicted areas or wasn’t enough to overcome shortages. Decreases in water allocation and reduced or negligible forage are causing livestock producers to respond by culling and selling herds. Fire crews are also arriving in California earlier than normal.last_img read more

Parson’s Chairman and CEO Inducted Into National Academy of Construction

first_img Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * People Parson’s Chairman and CEO Inducted Into National Academy of Construction From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 26, 2015 | 11:40 am Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Parsons is pleased to announce that its Chairman, CEO, and President, Charles L. “Chuck” Harrington, has been named a new member of the National Academy of Construction (NAC). NAC is made up of industry leaders whose present or past professional careers demonstrated outstanding contributions to the effectiveness of the engineering and construction industry.I am honored to be among the select group of the National Academy of Construction,” said Harrington. “Parsons has been leading the construction industry for more than 50 years, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with my peers. The National Academy of Construction is comprised of leaders who have dedicated their careers to improving and advancing the profession of construction and I share that dedication.”Mr. Harrington has more than 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. He became CEO and then Chairman of Parsons in 2008, and was named President of the corporation in 2009. In addition to his responsibilities at Parsons, he serves on the boards of AES Corporation and the J.G. Boswell Company. Mr. Harrington also serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Business-Higher Education Forum, the California Science Center Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Foundation Board of Directors, and he is Chairman of the Cal Poly President’s Council of Advisors. In late 2014, he was honored by the New York Building Congress with a 2015 Industry Recognition Award.The National Academy of Construction, established in 1999, is an organization of industry leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering and construction industry. In addition to being a personal honor, election to the Academy allows members to volunteer their expertise to a variety of organizations, governmental and nongovernmental, for the betterment of the industry as a whole. The 2015 class included 26 new inductees. More than 250 industry leaders were considered for the NAC’s rigorous nomination and election process. The election of members to the NAC follows a peer-nomination and peer-selection process that creates a select candidate list. The new members are then elected out of that candidate list by the entire academy. For more information, visit http://nationalacademyofconstruction.com/.Parsons, celebrating more than 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on defense/security, industrial, and infrastructure. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com.center_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 11th February

first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook By admin – February 11, 2016 NewsPlaybackcenter_img Google+ Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 11th February A 15 Minute Programme presented by Chris Ashmore every Thursday at 7.05pm highlighting all that’s happening in the farming community.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/FarmCaniceFeb11th2016.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Twitter Previous articleGardai investigate reports of man posing as ESB worker making house calls in DonegalNext articleLiam Neeson says he was ‘joking’ when he said he was dating someone ‘incredibly famous’ admin last_img read more

ESB working to restore power outages in North West as temperatures set to drop

first_img Pinterest Met Eireann is warning that temperatures are due to dip below freezing tonight as many people still remain without power.Around the country, 60-thousand homes still have no electricity, while some will be forced to endure another night of the cold and darkness as ESB networks warns many faults won’t be repaired this weekend.In Donegal, 150 customers are still without power in Letterkenny and Killybegs. A spokesperson for the ESB has stated that all crews are working on the issues and hope to have power restored to those affected as soon as possible.Meanwhile the ESB has announced that planned upgrades for next Tuesday (February18th) in the Downings /Rosguill Peninsula area have been cancelled due to the recent storms. PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal News By News Highland – February 15, 2014 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Pinterest Previous articlePeople urged to exercise caution after drain blockages in GalliaghNext articleMan released without charge in Andrew Allen murder investigation News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twittercenter_img Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Twitter ESB working to restore power outages in North West as temperatures set to drop Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Supreme Court Juvenile Justice Committee Takes Stock Of Child Care And Protection During COVID 19 Second Wave

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Juvenile Justice Committee Takes Stock Of Child Care And Protection During COVID 19 Second Wave Srishti Ojha8 May 2021 6:15 AMShare This – xSupreme Court’s Juvenile Justice Committee, in coordination with UNICEF held a review meeting on Wednesday to take stock of actions taken by various states on child care, protection and wellbeing of the children during the second wave of the COVID-19. The Committee in its meeting chaired by Justice Ravindra Bhat who is the Chairperson of the Committee, deliberated upon the possible measures and actions that need to be taken to ensure that every child in need gets appropriate care and protection during this difficult time. According to the press release dated 8th May issued by Supreme Court’s Public Relations Office, the meeting was held with the Chairpersons and Members of Juvenile Justice Committees of various High Courts, and attended by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Govt. of India and officials of Departments of Women and Child Development/Social Welfare Departments, Health Department from various states and union territories. Justice Bhat, Chair of the Supreme Court Juvenile Justice Committee emphasised the need to step up the measures to ensure better care, protection, and well-being of the children during the second wave of COVID-19. Justice Bhat noted that there are some children who have lost either one or both parents to COVID-19 or are without parental supervision and care when their parent/s are in hospital or under medical care, and more vulnerable than ever before. He said that concerted efforts need to be made by all stakeholders to ensure the care and protection of children during the second wave of COVID. Justice Bhat pointed out that a mechanism needs to be developed to address interim care needs of orphan, separated, or unaccompanied children, including clear guidance on steps to be taken in the event such a child has been exposed or has symptoms of the virus and requires a period of isolation and treatment. While emphasising on needs of care givers, he stated that employees of both government and private care institutions, should be vaccinated, as frontline professionals and these institutions’ services should be declared as essential services Justice Bhat outlined the following key priorities outlined during the review meeting: Screening/testing and medical care for the children in the institutional care, Provision of emergency medicine, supplies, emergency access to hospitals, etc and a roster of doctors available for tele-consultation.Vaccination of all staff working in the Child Care Institutions and other frontline Child Protection workers. Nomination of state and district level nodal officers empowered to take decisions and constitute a task force for rapid emergency response for children during COVID-19 was also highlighted. For orphaned children, setting up of Committee in each district comprised of the nodal officer (including the DM or SDM) a representative of the concerned CWC, and the District Legal Service authority representative. This is to ensure temporary foster homes as well as gather and secure all information relating to the deceased parent or parent. “Prevention of and response to the second wave of COVID surge requires close coordination and collaboration between child protection system and health system, a multi-sectoral response ensures that children and care givers’ need are address holistically and it leads to a better outcome for children.” Justice Bhat said.The measures which are being undertaken for care, protection, and well-being of the children during the second wave, were presented in the meeting by judges of all High Courts and officials of various States/Union Territories. Some of the measures by the state and union territories and the High Court’s Committees include the following: Setting up a state-level nodal officers and district task force for rapid response for care and protection children during the current pandemic. Sponsorship for the children lost parent/s or the bread earners lost income or facing economic hardship. Measures to stop spread in child care institutions and the medical treatment and care of the children who contracted the disease. The Joint Secretary of Ministry of Women and Child Development, Aastha Khatwani pointed out the following steps taken by the Ministry, considering the emergency need: · Ministry has issued the advisory to stop illegal adoption and care and protection of the children who have lost one either or both the parents to COVID”. · Ministry has developed clear, coordinated, easy to understand, community messaging on children’s unique risks, vulnerabilities and need of care and protection during COVID-19 · These messages are disseminated and broadcast through social media and other channels. Ms. Vandhana Kandhari, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF India stated that efforts to pre-emptively scale up the capacity of family-based care and social protection systems are critical to enhance family resilience and prevent unnecessary recourse to residential care”. “In order to provide interim care to the children, extended family members, trusted friends, good neighbours and or community members can be declared “fit person” Ms Kandhari added.TagsSupreme Court Child Care And Protection COVID 19 Second Wave UNICEF Next Storylast_img read more

Trends in the Southern Annular Mode from observations and reanalyses

first_imgSeveral papers have described a significant trend toward the positive phase of the Southern Hemisphere annular mode (SAM) in recent decades. The SAM is the dominant mode of atmospheric variability in the Southern Hemisphere (SH) so such a change implies a major shift in the broadscale climate of this hemisphere. However, the majority of these studies have used NCEP – NCAR reanalysis (NNR) data, which are known to have spurious negative trends in SH high-latitude pressure. Thus, given that the SAM describes the relative atmospheric anomalies at mid-and high southern latitudes, these errors in the NNR data have the potential to invalidate the published findings on changes in the SAM. Therefore, it is important that a “true” benchmark of trends in the SAM is available against which future climate scenarios as revealed through climate models can be examined. In this paper this issue is addressed by employing an empirical definition of the SAM so that station data can be utilized to evaluate true temporal changes: six stations are used to calculate a proxy zonal mean sea level pressure (MSLP) at both 408 and 658S during 1958 – 2000. The observed increase in the difference in zonal MSLP between 408 ( increasing) and 658S ( decreasing) is shown to be statistically significant, with the trend being most pronounced since the mid-1970s. However, it is demonstrated that calculated trends in the MSLP difference between 408 and 658S and the SAM itself are exaggerated by a factor of 3 and 2, respectively, in the NNR. The SH high-latitude errors in the early part of this reanalysis are greatest in winter as are subsequent improvements. As a result, the NNR shows the greatest seasonal trend in the SAM to be in the austral winter, in marked contrast to observational data, which reveal the largest real increase to be in summer. Equivalent data from two ECMWF reanalyses, including part of the new ERA-40 reanalysis, are also examined. It is demonstrated that ERA-40 provides an improved representation of SH high-latitude atmospheric circulation variability that can be used with high confidence at least as far back as 1973 – and is therefore ideal for examining the recent trend in the SAM – and with more confidence than the NNR right back to 1958.last_img read more

Three estate agents named by government for paying less than minimum wage

first_imgThree estate agents have been named in the latest government list of companies who have paid employees less than the National Living Wage.Cheshire firm Jordan Fishwick, Lincolnshire agency Newton Fallowell and East London firm Lions Property Management featured in the latest list of 239 companies around the UK who collectively have underpaid some 22,400 workers by a total of £1.44 million.The companies within the list, which is the largest in the history of the scheme, have been fined a total of £1.97 million and been required to pay all the money owed to the employees.Jordan Fishwick features on the list for under paying 21 of its employees a total  of £1,362 while Newton Fallowell owed a single employee £255. The third agency involved, East London company Lions Property Management, under-paid one employee £144.The details of these underpayments are small beer compared to some companies. A card factory in Wakefield underpaid 10,256 of its workers a staggering £430,097.national minimum wageAll three property firms have had to reimburse their employees the owed money and may have been fined up to twice the outstanding arrears.“Our priority is making sure workers know their rights and are getting the pay they worked hard for,” says Business Minister Andrew Griffiths (left).“Employers who don’t do the right thing face fines as well as being hit with the bill for backpay.”The National Minimum Wage was increased on April 1st this year following a recent budget announcement by chancellor Philip Hammond.  It increased from £7.50 an hour for those over 25 years old to £7.83, an increase of 4.7%.“It is crucial that employers understand their responsibilities and workers know their rights around the minimum wage,” says Low Pay Commission Chairman Bryan Sanderson (right).“That is why active enforcement and effective communication from Government is so important.”   Jordan Fishwick Lions Property Management Newton Fallowell National Minimum Wage Andrew Griffiths Bryan Sanderson July 9, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Three estate agents named by government for paying less than minimum wage previous nextRegulation & LawThree estate agents named by government for paying less than minimum wageJordan Fishwick, Newton Fallowell, Lions Property Management are three of 239 companies revealed within latest list.Nigel Lewis9th July 201801,603 Viewslast_img read more