Post Office to serve banks’ customers

first_img whatsapp KCS-content Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and NatWest customers will be able to access current and business accounts at Britain’s 12,000 post offices after the government ditched plans for a state-backed Post Office bank.The agreement means post offices will provide services for 80 per cent of current accounts in Britain, postal affairs minister Edward Davey said.“Setting up and capitalising a bank would be time-consuming and extremely expensive,” Davey said in a statement. “At a time when public finances are under huge strain … funding is better spent modernising and maintaining the network.”An RBS spokesman said no start date had been set because the two sides were still finalising details of the agreement, but they were aiming to launch it as quickly as possible.HSBC and Santander will be the only banks in Britain that do not enable all their current account holders to use post offices, and the government is encouraging them to join their peers, a Department for Business spokesman said. The government is also eager for the Post Office to branch into other financial services, the department said. It said the Post Office would offer new products through its relationship with Bank of Ireland and look into ways it and credit unions could work more closely together.The government also wants branches to become its “front office” and a pilot project had been agreed for the Post Office to print government forms on demand, the department said.Last month the government said it would provide £1.3bn of extra funding to the Post Office. Tuesday 9 November 2010 7:40 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorythedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solution Show Comments ▼ Post Office to serve banks’ customers center_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Share Tags: NULL whatsapp last_img read more

In the spotlight – Ryan Bevington

first_imgRyan Bevington training with the Wales squad during the World Cup in New ZealandThe most surprising thing about the Ryan Bevington story is that he didn’t start playing rugby until he was 12. Not that unusual you may think, but considering his grandfather, John Dodd, played for Neath at prop and his father, Richard, for Llanelli in the back row, it’s incredible that young Ryan wasn’t press-ganged into action when he was in nappies.“Both my dad and grandfather have been very supportive of me,” Bevington says. “But when I was young they didn’t push me at all. These days they love it and both of them come to every game they can.”Growing up in Porthcawl, it was his friends who finally turned his head towards rugby. “Some of my friends switched to rugby when I was 12 and I just opted for that, ” he explains. “I just followed them.”Bevington quickly made up for lost time and it’s incredible to think that it only took him ten years from picking up a ball for the first time to making his Test debut for Wales. That debut came at loosehead, where he plies his trade with the Ospreys, but those who watch him at the Liberty Stadium won’t be surprised to know that he played away from the front row for a long time. Bevington started his rugby life at No 8 and even had a spell in the centre. Not the typical grounding for a prop, but it may explain why he’s not only one of the quickest forwards in the Wales squad but also loves to have the ball in his hands.“I played my youth rugby at centre but when we struggled in the scrums I moved to No 8 and I remember when someone went down injured I went into the front row,” he recalls. “I also played prop for district sides as I came through. I gradually became more effective at prop, establishing myself in the position when I was 15.”Bevington’s progress has been aided by the excellent academy system in place at the Ospreys, which meant he had a professional attitude from his mid-teens. “I’ve been in the academy at the Ospreys since I was 15, coming all the way through the system, so that made the change into a prop and the different training challenges easier to overcome,” he says.“I have been coached in conditioning and looking after myself from an early age. I have come on a long journey, quite quickly. Because of the system, the training has become second nature.”Bevington has also thrived on the great atmosphere at the Ospreys, where all the props in the squad are known to act as one big team and do all they can to help each other out. “We’re a close bunch of guys at the Ospreys and I have found particularly Adam Jones and Duncan Jones (with whom he competes for the loosehead spot) very helpful. We’re continually bouncing ideas off each other and helping each other whenever we can. I think Duncan and I are similar players and we’re also similar people. We like to do the same sort of things and from my point of view it means we have that level of competition that some teams don’t. At the Ospreys you have myself, Duncan and Paul James – three international looseheads battling for one place, which is great for us.“We all know we can never take a backward step or our foot off the gas. I’m delighted with that. No player wants to get handed the jersey and just take it for granted. You always want to earn it and being in such a competitive environment will make you better in the long run.”His rise to his Test debut in an all-Ospreys front row against the Barbarians last June was remarkable and shows the strength not only of the regional set-up but also of the Principality Premiership. “This time last season I was playing for the Bridgend Ravens and by the end of it I had not only played for Wales but gone with them to a World Cup,” says Bevington.“You only have to look at the World Cup squad to see a lot of boys like Lloyd Burns, Scott Williams, myself and Lloyd Williams who have come through the same way. It shows you can still get Test players from the Principality Premiership and I believe that league is only going to get stronger.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Bevington made the Six Nations squad last season but he was as surprised as anyone to find his name on the list for the autumn’s World Cup, during which he played against Namibia and in the third-place play-off against Australia.“I was watching the TV waiting for the squad to be announced, and the texts started flying in. Little did I know it was live on the radio!” he laughs. “The step up has been intense for sure, but I think my time in the academy at the Ospreys prepared me well for the different levels in the game. Like any player you find it hard at the beginning, but you get used to it and get comfortable in the new environment. Going to the World Cup was a dream come true and I don’t think anyone involved will forget the experience.”That experience has inspired Bevington and he looks set to make many more appearances on the Test stage in the coming years.This article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine. Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad.center_img Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visitlast_img read more

Subtle kick pass creates lovely try for Oyonnax

first_imgFriday Oct 27, 2017 Subtle kick pass creates lovely try for Oyonnax Oyonnax were heavily beaten 38-13 by Brive in last weekend’s European Challenge Cup Pool 5 clash, but this try caught the eye, as it featured a neat bit of play that you could easily miss if not watching closely. And after condeding four first half tries, it was welcome relief.With a loose ball bobbling around in front of him, flyhalf Anthony Fuertes had the choice to dive on it, snatch at it or do what he did, which was to kick-pass it to outside centre Ulupano Seuteni.The latter option worked a treat, as it went straight into Seuteni’s hands allowing him to streak down field then provide the inside pass for Fuertes, who completed a well taken try.A few years back we saw Dimitri Yachvili deliberately backheel a pass when playing for Biarritz, and there have been other similar moments of skill, such as Simon Zebo’s volley, but this one was slightly different and while nothing extravagant, it was perfectly executed and set up the try.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

AD Classics: Villa Savoye / Le Corbusier

first_img France Copy+ 20Houses•Poissy, France ArchDaily Year:  Save this picture!Written by Andrew Kroll Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/84524/ad-classics-villa-savoye-le-corbusier Clipboard “COPY” AD Classics: Villa Savoye / Le CorbusierSave this projectSaveAD Classics: Villa Savoye / Le Corbusier AD Classics: Villa Savoye / Le Corbusier Projectscenter_img Houses Photographs:  Flickr User: End UserText description provided by the architects. Situated in Poissy, a small commune outside of Paris, is one of the most significant contributions to modern architecture in the 20th century, Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier. Completed in 1929, Villa Savoye is a modern take on a French country house that celebrates and reacts to the new machine age. Save this picture!The house single handedly transformed Le Corbusier’s career as well as the principles of the International Style; becoming one of the most important architectural precedents in the history.  Villa Savoye’s detachment from its physical context lends its design to be contextually integrated into the mechanistic/industrial context of the early 20th century, conceptually defining the house as a mechanized entity.Save this picture!Le Corbusier is famous for stating, “The house is a machine for living.”  This statement is not simply translated into the design of a human scaled assembly line; rather the design begins to take on innovative qualities and advances found in other fields of industry, in the name of efficiency.Save this picture!Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.comIn response to his aspirations and admiration of mechanized design, Le Corbusier established “The Five Points” of architecture, which is simply a list of prescribed elements to be incorporated in design.  The Five Points of architecture can be thought of as Le Corbusier’s modern interpretation of Vitruvius’ Ten Books on Architecture, not literally in the sense of an instructional manual for architects, but rather a checklist of necessary components of design.  So much so that Villa Savoye is thoroughly tailored to Corbusier’s Five Points._Pilotis  _Flat Roof Terrace_Open Plan_Ribbon Windows_Free Façade  At this point in Le Corbusier’s career, he became intrigued by the technology and design of steamships.  The simplistic, streamlined result born out of innovative engineering techniques and modular design had influenced Corbusier’s spatial planning and minimalistic aesthetic.  Save this picture!The pilotis that support the decks, the ribbon windows that run alongside the hull, the ramps providing a moment of egress from deck to deck; all of these aspects served as the foundation of the Five Points of Architecture and are found in the overall composition of Villa Savoye.Save this picture!Upon entering the site, the house appears to be floating above the forested picturesque background supported by slender pilotis that seem to dissolve among the tree line, as the lower level is also painted green to allude to the perception of a floating volume.Save this picture!The lower level serves as the maintenance and service programs of the house.  One of most interesting aspects of the house is the curved glass façade on the lower level that is formed to match the turning radius of automobiles of 1929 so that when the owner drives underneath the larger volume they can pull into the garage with the ease of a slight turn.Save this picture!Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.comThe living quarters, or the upper volume, are fitted with ribbon windows that blend seamlessly into the stark, white façade, which void the façade(s) of any hierarchy.  The ribbon windows begin to play with the perception of interior and exterior, which does not fully become expressed until once inside.Save this picture!However once inside, there becomes a clear understanding of the spatial interplay between public and private spaces.  Typically, the living spaces of a house are relatively private, closed off, and rather secluded. Yet, Le Corbusier situates the living spaces around a communal, outdoor terraced that is separated from the living area by a sliding glass wall. Save this picture!This notion of privatized areas within a larger communal setting is a common thread later on in Le Corbusier’s housing projects.Save this picture!Both the lower level and the upper living quarters are based off an open plan idea that provokes the inhabitant to continuously meander between spaces.  As an architectural tour de force, Le Corbusier incorporates a series of ramps moving from the lower level all the way to the rooftop garden, which requires the inhabitant to slow down and experience the movement between spaces.Save this picture!Villa Savoye is a house designed based on the architectural promenade. Its experience is in the movement through the spaces.  It is not until one becomes familiar with the subtle peculiarities that the movement and proportionality of the spaces evokes a sense of monumentality within the Parisian suburb.Save this picture!Special Thanks to Flavio Bragaia for the photos.Save this picture!© Flickr User: End UserProject gallerySee allShow lessOptimistic Architecture YearbookArticlesA Campus Lived for a Sensory City / N+B, C+D & Hitoshi AbeArticles Share CopyAbout this officeLe CorbusierOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsArchitecture ClassicsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesPoissyFrancePublished on October 27, 2010Cite: Andrew Kroll. “AD Classics: Villa Savoye / Le Corbusier” 27 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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RV3 House / Aguirre Arquitetura

first_imgArchDaily Manufacturers: Gaggenau, Bontempo, Carbono Design, Casa Decor, Casual Exteriores, Controle Ar-condicionados, Dag Brasil Home Theater, Decameron, Dpot, Lumini, Marmomax, Micasa, Móveis Resende, Zaka Alumínios ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/919996/rv3-house-aguirre-arquitetura Clipboard Brazil Alexandre Aguirre, Mateus Finotti Fontes Interior Design:Aguirre ArquiteturaLighting:Alexandre Aguirre e Fernando Aurélio BarrosLandscaping:Carlos CaetanoOther Contributors:Teto ConstrutoraDesign Team:Michell DamascenaCity:UberlândiaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Leonardo FinottiRecommended ProductsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingText description provided by the architects. The residence was designed for a young couple with 3 children with comfortable space to receive friends and also for the children to have fun. We seek inspiration in Brazilian Architecture with a contemporaneous look.Save this picture!© Leonardo FinottiThe greatest difficulty of the project was related to the building sit itself, in a triangular format, considering that we had to arrange the implementation of the house in the shape of an “L” for better use and better insolation. With this format, and the integration of the environments as a key point, we reserved an arm of the house for a large hall with integrated social spaces. On the other arm we settled the rooms with an intimate garden, and the master suite that opens both to the social and to the intimate gardens, bringing better thermal comfort and creating a microclimate quite pleasant to the couple.Save this picture!© Leonardo FinottiSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Leonardo FinottiThe entire house opens to the outside, which provides a cross-ventilation flow in the environments, and the big mass of vegetation collaborates for a great thermal comfort with fresh and airy environments, besides receiving plenty of natural light and allowing views to the garden from any point. The main hall contemplates a living/dining area, and a kitchen fully integrated to the lounge. The solution was a large gourmet countertop, but to give more functionality, it was designed a second countertop with a sink, embedded inside a closet, which gives the possibility of being “hidden” when the couple receives guests.Save this picture!© Leonardo FinottiThe concept of the house was the “urban jungle”, allowing an environment quite pleasant with dense vegetation and integration of all social spaces, and with the opening of a wide door which provides access to the outside, making the whole house a grand gallery. The social garden of the house was implanted in the front of the building sit, in a higher ground then the main access, with a great view to an area of environmental protection and a beautiful sunset. The solution to maintain the privacy without losing the exuberant view was project a garden with large volumes of plants that make a visual block to who is on the street, without obstructing the sightseeing of who is in the garden.Save this picture!© Leonardo FinottiThe house was implanted to emphasize the beautiful view, although it’s oriented to the west, which has considerable incidence of sun. To get around this situation, the front panel is made by 4 big pivoting doors, that when closed, the façade becomes solid and opaque to the sunlight, and when opened, it gives sight to the wonderful sunset – one of the project´s highlights.Save this picture!© Leonardo FinottiThe interior was designed in a minimalist way, using noble materials with raw aspects in order to maintain the architecture clean and timeless. Great translucent plans with window frames which can be fully opened, allowed the garden to enter the house, being one of the main elements to create cozy and refined spaces. The lighting of the project consists in creating interesting scenarios and providing comfortable environments.Save this picture!© Leonardo FinottiProject gallerySee allShow lessUBS Headquarters Refurbishment / EM2NSelected ProjectsArchDaily & Strelka AwardBuilt Projects & Masterplans Share Projects Area:  8718 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” RV3 House / Aguirre ArquiteturaSave this projectSaveRV3 House / Aguirre Arquitetura Houses CopyHouses, Sustainability•Uberlândia, Brazil Year:  2018 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/919996/rv3-house-aguirre-arquitetura Clipboard Photographs “COPY” Lead Architects: RV3 House / Aguirre Arquitetura Architects: Aguirre Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAguirre ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSustainabilityUberlândiaBrazilPublished on July 03, 2019Cite: “RV3 House / Aguirre Arquitetura” [Casa RV3 / Aguirre Arquitetura] 03 Jul 2019. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Leonardo Finotti+ 24Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Photographs:  Leonardo Finotti Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project last_img read more

Time is Now to Lock in Great Ag Lending Rates

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – May 11, 2014 Ross on ag lendingDuring planting season and the many hours in the cab, farmers have plenty of time to be thinking about the future and planning for immediate and future needs. That can include land and equipment and right now loan rates are very attractive. Eric Ross handles farm lending for Security Federal Savings Bank’s Carroll County office. He says a farmer with a lot of short term debt might want to consider moving that to a longer term.“Fifteen year fixed rates around 5 percent, the 20 is about 5 3/4, a 25 year is around 6, and even a blended rate where maybe he’s got long term locked in and then short term to get the lower rate can be a good idea,” he told HAT. “But I think that with the fact that rates are historically low that farmers need to be looking at getting the rates locked in because we don’t know what the future is going to bring and it’s more than likely going to increase sometime in the future, we just don’t know when.”Of course, as always, when meeting with a banker have the necessary documents ready for them.“We really like to see at least 3 years’ tax returns, 3 years of production records. We like to see their leases. We like a personal financial statement, corporate financial statement, projection for the next year, and we like to come and visit the farm and talk to them individually. We like to sit down with them at their kitchen table or their office and try to give them financing that is going to be tailor made to them.”Ross says the chance to meet on the farm helps the banker really understand all that equipment and technology that’s being financed.“You know today there is so much equipment and everything is so encompassing that just to have the opportunity to get them in their environment and see what they’re looking at and get a feel for their operation, we really appreciate that and enjoy meeting with them directly.”Security Federal is headquartered in Logansport with other branches in Kokomo and Lafayette. Hear the full interview with Ross, VP for the Delphi branch:Eric Ross SHARE Previous articlePioneer Agronomy Update 5/9/14Next articleMillennial Food Trends Present Opportunities for Meat Industry Andy Eubank Time is Now to Lock in Great Ag Lending Rates Home Indiana Agriculture News Time is Now to Lock in Great Ag Lending Rateslast_img read more

Phone line row leaves patients unable to contact health service in Letterkenny

first_img 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Phone line row leaves patients unable to contact health service in Letterkenny By News Highland – August 24, 2010 Pinterest Previous articleMore points needed for LYIT nursing and computing degreesNext articleTwo environmental courses are to be offered to 33 people in Donegal News Highland Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week A row over who should fix a faulty phone line has left thousands of HSE patients unable to contact a public health service in the northwest.Patients needing prescriptions, counselling and appointments have been unable to call the Primary Health Care Centre in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, for most of the past three weeks. During that time telephones at the centre have been ringing out.The phone lines did come back into operation for a couple of days . Eircom says its engineers have checked the lines and says the fault does not rest with it.The fault was reported on August 5th and again on August 10th. A team of Eircom engineers thought they had fixed it on August 11th, but a couple of days later, the phone lines were again down.An Eircom spokesman said it had now done all it could to rectify the problem.“Further investigation by the Eircom technical support team has concluded that this issue appears to relate to the customer’s internal phone system,” he said.Sources at the centre say the phone lines have been down again since last week. They say patients are getting very frustrated with the service.Last night, the HSE said it was aware of the situation and had tried to contact all affected patients by letter.A spokesperson said while it understood that patients were anxious about not being able to contact the centre, the HSE was doing all it could to rectify the situation.“We have contacted Eircom and they are working on the problem.” WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter News Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: Pfizer, BioNTech seek vaccine approval in Europe

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 63.3 million people and killed over 1.4 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:Dec 01, 5:56 amPfizer, BioNTech seek vaccine approval in EuropeU.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said they have submitted an application for conditional approval of their COVID-19 vaccine with the European Medicines Agency.The submission, which occurred Monday, completes the rolling review process that the two companies initiated with the regulator on Oct. 6.“Today’s announcement marks another key milestone in our efforts to fulfill our promise to do everything we can to address this dire crisis given the critical public health need,” Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement Tuesday. “We have known since the beginning of this journey that patients are waiting, and we stand ready to ship COVID-19 vaccine doses as soon as potential authorizations will allow us.”If the vaccine candidate, called BNT162b2, is approved, the companies said it could potentially be available for use in Europe before the end of the year.“As a company located in the heart of Europe, today’s milestone is important to us as we continue to seek to enable a worldwide supply upon potential approval of BNT162b2,” BioNTech CEO and co-founder Ugur Sahin said in a statement Tuesday. “We will continue to work with regulatory agencies around the world to enable the rapid distribution, should the vaccine receive the approval, contributing to the joint efforts to let the world heal and regain its normal pace of life.”Dec 01, 5:27 amUS reports over 157,000 new casesThere were 157,901 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 28th straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Monday’s count is down from a peak of 205,557 new cases last Friday.An additional 1,172 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Monday, less than the all-time high of 2,609 new deaths on April 15.COVID-19 data may be skewed in the coming days and weeks due to possible lags in reporting over Thanksgiving followed by a potentially very large backlog from the holiday.A total of 13,545,017 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 268,087 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

HR needs to deliver on age policies

HRprofessionals will be at the cutting edge when enforcing proposed laws onageism at work. They need to act now to give their views to a DTI consultationand to review all current employment policyHRprofessionals will need to review every employment policy and process in thelead up to age discrimination laws outlined in proposals announced last week.TheGovernment’s consultation on plans for outlawing ageism in employment andvocational training, Equality and Diversity: Age Matters, will transform theway organisations treat older staff, according to the Employers Forum on Age(EFA).Directorof the EFA Sam Mercer said the DTI proposals, which are set to form the basisof legislation coming into force in 2006, would radically change currentemployment practices.”Thelaw will soon rank ageism alongside other forms of discrimination inemployment, such as sexism or racism, and will present an immense challenge tothe way we think about age in the UK,” she said. “This will impact onevery single HR policy. The more you dig down, the more complex you realise itis.”Mercersaid employers need to conduct a comprehensive review of all their policies andpractices well in advance of 2006.Theconsultation seeks views on a wide range of issues, including: retirement age;recruitment, selection and promotion; pay and non-pay benefits; unfairdismissal; employment-related insurance; and statutory redundancy payments.DavidSmith, people director at Asda, believes it is in employers’ interests toembrace the new laws because it will help them recruit and retain olderworkers. Governmentfigures predict that 40 per cent of the British workforce will be aged over 45by 2010, with just 17 per cent aged under 24. “It is not just oldermembers of society that are losing out, by ignoring the experience over 50shave to offer, but businesses are too,” he said.Tradeand industry secretary Patricia Hewitt, who launched the consultation, said agediscrimination was the last bastion of lawful unfair discrimination. “Inparticular, we must challenge the ageist assumption that younger employees makethe best workers,” she said.”Itis a sad fact that thousands of people in their 40s and 50s who have been maderedundant never work again,” she said. “It is vital we widen the poolof workers so employers can make the most of the full range of talent andskills available.”Hewittsaid that research suggests that age discrimination costs the UK £16bn a year.Theconsultation, which ends on 20 October, will be used to develop draftlegislation, which will be followed by a further round of consultation in thefirst half of 2004.  The resultinglegislation will come into force on 1 October 2006, but the DTI hopes to lay itbefore Parliament by the end of 2004.TheUK must implement the new laws in order to meet the EU Employment Directivewhich prohibits age discrimination in employment and vocational training.ByQuentin Readewww.dti.gov.uk/er/equality/age.htmWhatHR needs to knowEqualityand Diversity: Age Matters seeks views on a range of specific policy aimsincluding:–The abolition of employers’ mandatory retirement ages unless employers canobjectively justify them–The possibility of a default retirement age of 70, at which employers couldretire employees–Proposed legitimate aims which employers, exceptionally, could use to helpjustify the retention of a small number of age-related practices, and–Changes to the legislation regarding unfair dismissal and redundancy Scenarioswhich will be illegal in futureScenarioswhich will be illegal in futureEverydayexamples of age discrimination in employment that will be outlawed bylegislation in 2006 include:–An employer telling staff they are too old to go on training programmes becausethey don’t learn as well as younger people and that from now on, people intheir 20s and 30s will be prioritised for training–An employer setting a mandatory retirement age at 60, because it wants toattract new blood into the organisation and keep the profile of its workersyoung, believing that older workers are less creative and ‘stuck in their ways’–An employer stating it wants to recruit a ‘mature and reliable candidate’ andwill only accept applications from people aged over 30 years –A bar or a fashion store advertising for young and energetic salespeople, becausethey want to recruit someone who fits in with the age profile of theircustomers, and believes young people are more likely to buy their goods ifserved by someone youngFeedbackfrom the professionalsHR welcomes pending legislation while unions fret over impactDianahWorman, adviser on diversity, CIPD –”The Government needs to put in place a flexible framework whichfacilitates access to the talent and experience of all workers, regardless ofage. However, the imposition of a default age and an age limit on retirementflies in the face of the demographic trend which shows that average age oftheworkforce is rising.”TheGovernment needs to put down a marker to encourage organisations to thinkcreatively about the employment and retention of older workers by, for example,flexible or phased retirement, part-time working or job sharing.”BeckyMason, employment policy consultant, BT and member of the Employers’ Forum onAge steering committee –”HR policies and practices that have developed over time may currently beseen as good practice but may, in fact, discriminate against older workers.Employers need to review their policies and follow best practices guides.”DeniseKeating, head of people proposition, Marks & Spencer and member of theEmployers Forum on Age steering committee–”Some employers will only be acknowledging this [issue] for the firsttime. Employers need to review all of their policies. Investment needs to bemade now. They should highlight the quick wins and the burning issues and startthere.”AmandaJones, group diversity manager, Royal Bank of Scotland–”We are totally supportive of the Government’s desire to createflexibility given that our traditional recruitment market is changing. It isreflective of the group’s desire to maximise the business benefits that we soclearly see from having an age-diverse workforce and from recognising diversityin our customer base.  “Weare preparing for it by reviewing our current policies and plan to bring in arange of flexible retirement options by the end of this year.”DavidSmith, people director, Asda–”This is a real step forward for the millions of over-50s who have a realcontribution to make in the workplace. We employ more than 20,000 people aged50 and over and are looking for more. By ignoring the experience over-50s haveto offer, it’s not just the older members of society that are losing out, butbusinesses too.”Ifanything, we have found that over-50s bring a unique set of life skills whichare encompassed in maturity – making them able to serve our customers well in anatural way.”DavePrentis, general secretary, Unison–”The pressure for change should come from employees who want to continueworking because of increased job satisfaction, not because the rules of thepension scheme force them to stay until they burn out and become unemployable.”BrendanBarber, general secretary, TUC–”Research shows that ageism is the top cause of discrimination in theworkplace. The proposals should help start to change attitudes and encourageemployers to work towards making ageism a thing of the past.”Olderworkers must have the same rights at work as their colleagues – that means thesame rights to access training, plus protection from unfair dismissal andredundancy. Unions are keen to banish ageism from workplaces.” HR needs to deliver on age policiesOn 8 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article read more

SUU Men’s Basketball Hosts Pepperdine Saturday

first_img Written by Tags: America First Event Center/Cameron Oluyitan/Colbey Ross/Dwayne Morgan/Kameron Edwards/Lorenzo Romar/Pepperdine/SUU Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Saturday, Southern Utah men’s basketball hosts Pepperdine at the America First Event Center.The 4-3 Thunderbirds are on a 2-game losing streak, having lost last week on the road to Long Beach State and Central Michigan.The Waves, who represent the West Coast Conference, come into Cedar City with a record of 6-4.Pepperdine is coached by former Washington and Saint Louis head coach Lorenzo Romar, who is in the first season of his second stint at Malibu, Calif.Romar, who first came to Pepperdine in the 1996-97 season is 397-288 (.580) as a Division I head coach.The Thunderbirds score 83.9 points per game and surrender 72.7 points per contest.Guard Cameron Oluyitan leads the Thunderbirds with 13.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game with forward Dwayne Morgan averaging 13 points and 4.8 boards for SUU.The Waves come into the America First Event Center by scoring 81.5 points per game and surrendering 76.2 points per contest.Pepperdine is led by guard Colbey Ross (19.9 points, 3.3 rebounds per game) and forward Kameron Edwards (17.7 points, 7.3 rebounds per game). December 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Hosts Pepperdine Saturday Brad Jameslast_img read more