Arnautovic set to miss Austrias game

first_imgAustria are weighing the risks of playing star man Marko Arnautovic in their Nations League match against Northern Ireland on Sunday.Austria travel to Windsor Park on Sunday to face Northern Ireland who have already been relegated.The Central European country has no possibility of taking the top spot from Bosnia & Herzegovina and is not looking to risk playing West Ham forward Arnautovic.After playing against Bosnia on Thursday, Arnautovic sustained a knee injury and trained separately from his team-mates on Saturday.robert lewandowski, PolandReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group G George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group G, saw Robert Lewandowski draw another blank.What should have been a plane sailing group for Poland, has turned out to…“The knee is not the best but I am fit and I can play. I’m not training a lot at West Ham to try and keep my knee calm,” Arnautovic told Sky Sports News last month about his persistent knee injury.“It is going to take some time as I have some inflammation in my bone but I am always ready to play on the weekend.“After a game, I need some rest for about two or three days. By the middle of the week, I am training normally with the team, training in full.”last_img read more

Drogba on becoming a manager Why not I think I could

first_imgDidier Drogba reckons there is no reason why he wouldn’t make a great manager in his post-playing careerThe former Chelsea striker ended an impressive career on Wednesday after spending the last 18 months with USL side Phoenix Rising FC.Tributes have been flowing in from the likes of former Blues teammates Frank Lampard and John Terry.But Drogba, who played 104 times for the Ivory Coast, teased that the football world may not have seen the last of him yet.The 40-year-old said he could enter management, where he will be successful due to having worked under the likes of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea.“I’ve met enough managers to make it possible,” Drogba told Sky Sports.“I’ve worked with a lot of managers – different skills, different approaches – and I’ve played with a lot of very good players who understand the game.“I learned so much that this could be an option, a good option.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“When you have Mourinho, Ancelotti, all these managers, and players like Frank Lampard, John Terry, Michael Ballack, Petr Cech, all these guys, you learn a lot.“In a dressing room, you experience so many things so when I ask if management could an option. Why not? I think I could do well.”For his final season of football, Drogba finished with seven goals and two assists in 12 games at Phoenix.“I’ve been here long enough and it’s about time to hang up my boots,” he added.“What a way to finish my career, what I’ve done with these young players in Phoenix over the past few weeks.“Having the chance to give something back after 20 years of playing to the next generation.“Having played in the US, Asia, Europe and with the national team in Africa, I think I’ve done it all.“Football is something I’ve been doing for 20 years, but besides that I’m doing different things and I want to be successful in those things.”last_img read more

Man City 31 Everton Jesus double sends hosts top

first_imgManchester City are back at the top of the Premier League after beating Everton 3-1 after a Gabriel Jesus braceAfter suffering their first league defeat of the 2018/19 campaign last weekend at Chelsea, Manchester City have bounced back to reclaim top spot from Liverpool in the standings.Things got off to a slow start at the Etihad Stadium with Richarlison coming closest to opening the scoring for Everton after volleying over Lucas Digne’s cross.The visitors nearly scored an own goal when defender Michael Keane almost put Ilkay Gundogan’s cross past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.However, Everton soon conceded when summer recruit Yerry Mina gave the ball away while attempting a back pass that enabled Leroy Sane to set-up Jesus for City’s opener.The pair teamed up again for City’s second with Sane’s cross enabling Jesus to head the ball past Pickford just five minutes after the break.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…In the 65th-minute, Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back for Everton by heading in Digne’s cross.But Raheem Sterling, who was named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for November, sealed the win with City’s third of the game just moments after coming on.The victory moves City back into first-place in the Premier League for the time being with Liverpool to play Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.Team Line-UpMan City (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Lapotre, Delph, Bernardo, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Mahrez (De Bruyne 75′), Sane (Sterling 66′), Jesus.Everton (5-4-1): Pickford, Coleman (Walcott 57′), Keane, Zouma, Mina, Digne, Gomes, Sigurdsson (Davies 81′), Bernard (Lookman 57′), Calvert-Lewin, Richarlisonlast_img read more

Petit slams Ozil He has been a ghost for two years

first_imgArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit accused Mesut Ozil of lacking any desire on the pitchThe former Real Madrid playmaker was brought off by manager Unai Emery at half-time in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton on Boxing Day.And Petit has been left far from impressed by Ozil’s mentality over the past two years for the Gunners.“Arsenal were magnificent against Brighton for 30 minutes,” Petit told Paddy Power.“They played good football but, just as they did at Southampton, disappeared all of a sudden.“The quality they had been showing vanished and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence. The goal they conceded was awful.“Mesut Ozil was taken off at halftime. I’m a big fan of his, but he has been a ghost for two years.“Where is the Ozil who was one of the best players around, making so many assists and goals? I think he has lost his desire on the pitch, it’s not there any more.”The French World Cup winner also believes Arsenal’s defence isn’t good enough ahead of Saturday’s trip to Anfield to take on unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool.Petit added: “In defence they are weak, they’re average. They make individual and collective errors.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Sometimes you have to laugh. They injuries are not an excuse, most of the players who stepped in are internationals.“The quality they had been showing vanished (at Brighton) and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence.“I don’t know what’s going on with some of these players. During the long unbeaten run you thought Arsenal are back on track.“But now I look back at the number of those games in which they were lucky and, suddenly, reality returned.“They need to raise their game mentally on Saturday. I’ve seen glimpses of improvement compared to previous years but you can’t perform for just half an hour against Liverpool.“You need to be fully switched on for 90 minutes, especially away from home.“If Arsenal go to Anfield thinking they can just keep plodding away the way they have been, it’s over – they’ll leave the stadium with three or four goals against them.”Petit played for Arsenal in midfield between 1997 to 2000, where he won the Premier League and FA Cup before joining Barcelona.The Frenchman also had spells with AS Monaco and Chelsea before announcing his retirement in January 2005.last_img read more

Woman found in Chula Vista with bluntforce facial injuries

first_imgWoman found in Chula Vista with blunt-force facial injuries CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — A woman was found at a downtown Chula Vista intersection with injuries to her face that appeared to be the result of an attack, police said Saturday.She was found about 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of Broadway and F Street, according to Chula Vista Police Lt. Rusty Rea.The woman was taken to a hospital with serious blunt-force injuries, Rea said.No update on her condition was available.There is currently no description of a suspect. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom May 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

AWS Step Functions Gains Callback Patterns to Resume Paused Workflows

first_imgImage: Wait for callback with task token example workflow (via Step Functions documentation)A complete task definition using the Amazon SQS service integration might look as follows:”Send message to SQS”:{ “Type”:”Task”, “Resource”:”arn:aws:states:::sqs:sendMessage.waitForTaskToken”, “Parameters”:{ “QueueUrl”:””, “MessageBody”:{ “Message”:”Hello from Step Functions!”, “TaskToken.$”:”$$.Task.Token” } }, “Next”:”NEXT_STATE”}The .WaitForTaskToken suffix selects the callback pattern, and the $$.Task.Token reference injects the value of the task token from the context object during workflow execution. A consumer of the resulting SQS message can then resume the paused workflow and report the outcome of an external process via the SendTaskSuccess or SendTaskFailure API actions. Because “a task that is waiting for a task token will wait until the execution reaches the one year service limit”, AWS recommends to configure a heartbeat timeout. The heartbeat timeout clock can then be reset via the SendTaskHeartbeat API action to report that “the task represented by the specified taskToken is still making progress”.AWS Serverless Hero Ben Kehoe has just covered a common use case with a blog post on using callback URLs for approval emails with AWS Step Functions. His sfn-callback-urls solution is implemented as a serverless application and published to the Serverless Application Repository (previous coverage). It allows to “generate one-time-use callback URLs” and is exemplified with a workflow that “sends an email containing approve/reject links, and later a confirmation email”. Kehoe emphasizes that it is easy to “expand this state machine for your use cases”, and that this workflow pattern can also be “used as part of a larger state machine”.Netflix has built the conceptually similar JSON DSL based open-source workflow orchestration engine Conductor, which features a wait task that can be updated via HTTP to implement callbacks from external triggers. Microsoft Azure provides an HTTP webhook action to allow pausing and resuming an app via its Logic Apps workflow orchestration service.In related news, AWS Step Functions has recently added support for nested workflows, added access to workflow metadata, and now also supports workflow execution events via CloudWatch Events respectively Amazon EventBridge (previous coverage), which eases building auxiliary serverless workflows by monitoring state machine events like start, success, or failure. Earlier this year, AWS Step Functions Local has been made available as an executable JAR package and Docker image to enable implementing and testing of state machines in development and build environments.The AWS Step Functions documentation features a developer guide, including a section on service integration patterns, the Amazon States Language, and the API reference. The AWS CLI Step Functions commands and the Amazon States Language specification are documented separately. Support is provided via the AWS Step Functions forum. Callback patterns are available at no additional charge beyond the regular usage-based AWS Step Functions pricing. Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced that AWS Step Functions supports callback patterns to “automate workflows for applications with human activities and custom integrations with third-party services”. Workflow executions can now be paused until applications return a token via the Step Functions API, which obsoletes the previously required polling or other workarounds.AWS Step Functions enables application developers to “coordinate multiple AWS services into serverless workflows” (previous coverage). Step Functions workflows are defined in the JSON-based Amazon States Language, which allows to maintain state machines via configuration as code, yet also to visualize state machine diagrams so that they are “easy to understand, easy to explain to others, and easy to change”. Workflows are composed of states and tasks, which initially allowed to use AWS Lambda functions and (potentially long-running) activities for the actual work, and since late 2018 also supports several other service integrations like DynamoDB, ECS, SNS, and SQS (previous coverage).To enable the pausing of workflow executions until an external activity has been completed, Step Functions has so far required to poll the Step Functions API via activity workers. However, besides requiring upfront registration of the activity, and extra care to avoid latency when polling for activity tasks, implementing serverless approval steps also required to work around the polling architecture with a scheduled Lambda function.AWS has now added a dedicated wait for a callback with a task token service integration pattern that complements the default request response and wait for a job to complete patterns to enable purely event-driven serverless workflows with manual steps and third-party integrations. The provided example workflow covers a scenario that needs to “integrate with an external microservice to perform a credit check as a part of an approval workflow”:last_img read more

ASA Urges Elimination of Argentina DETS

first_imgASA, the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) and the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) sent comments this week to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports, particularly on the trade distorting impact of Argentine Differential Export Taxes (DETs) and the artificial advantage they provide to soybean products exported from that country.Argentina’s system of DETs within the soy sector includes the highest tax rate for raw products like soybeans, lower rates for processed products like soybean meal and oil and the lowest rate for the most processed soy product, soy-based biodiesel. This creates economic incentive for processing the beans in Argentina and exporting the value-added products rather than the raw beans; therefore DETs have distorted the competitive balance among soybean processors globally and have enabled Argentina to become the world’s largest exporter of soybean meal and oil.The groups stated in comments to USTR, that while U.S. exports of soybean products achieved another strong year in 2013, they could be significantly higher and reach a greater global market share, if the U.S. soybean industry did not have to compete with Argentina’s DETs.“Robust exports of soybean and soybean products are critical to the prosperity and profitability of the entire U.S. soybean value chain (biotech companies, seed companies, transportation industries, soybean farmers, oilseed processors and exporters),” the comments state. “Expanded volumes of U.S. soybean exports (especially value-added products such as soybean meal, soy oil and soy biodiesel) translate to an increased number of high-quality U.S. jobs.”The comments also included findings of a 2013 study by the LMC International Report prepared for the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and United Soybean Board (USB). According to the study, DETs affect the global balance of crushing capacity because countries can chose to import (or export) either soybeans or their products and as Argentina shifts its exports away from soybeans towards their products, due to the DET advantage, importers and other exporters are forced in the opposite direction.“The DETs therefore assist crushers in Argentina to the disadvantage of crushers elsewhere. Over a long period they have encouraged additional investment in crushing capacity in Argentina and have tilted exports from the country away from beans towards their products,” the groups state. “By exporting more meal and oil than it would have done otherwise, Argentina has altered crushing decisions around the world.  This has affect Argentina’s competitors (primarily Brazil and the U.S.), as well as countries which import soybeans and their products. This is because such governmental incentives distort normal market signals and competition among crushers.”The groups concluded by urging immediate action to eliminate Argentine’s use of DETs on soybeans and soybean products, which ASA believes are inconsistent with WTO obligations and since they’ve been left unchecked, continue to spread across other agriculture products to countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia, Indonesia and possibly Uruguay.last_img read more

Truck hauling snowmobiles wrecks on slippery roads

first_imgTwo snowmobiles rest beside state Highway 14 on the east end of Washougal early Saturday. Christopher Piche of Battle Ground reported that he was hauling the machines on a trailer behind his pickup, driving east for a day of snowmobiling near Mount Adams with his wife, Jolene Jolma, when he hit a patch of ice and skidded across the westbound lane and onto the shoulder. The machines were thrown off the trailer and sailed over the pickup to the verge. Piche and Jolma were uninjured.last_img

Potential new road would benefit Fisher Investments

first_imgAs the $30 million Fisher Investments’ office complex rises in Camas, the city has turned its attention to plans for a new road to neighboring Vancouver.The $2.5 million road would connect Vancouver’s Southeast 20th Street with Northwest 38th Avenue in Camas, providing a safer eastbound route for Fisher Investments employees and a possible incentive to make the site into a headquarters campus. Fisher’s new building, the first of two five-story towers planned for the site, is expected to open this fall, said Ken Fisher, founder and chief executive officer of the Woodside, Calif.-based company. “Of course, the basic rule of construction is it will always take longer than you think it will take,” Fisher said. In 2007, his $43 billion advisory asset management firm opened an east Vancouver satellite office with 50 employees. Today, that location employs 350 people, a staff Fisher expects will grow to 400 employees by October. Development potentialBuilding the less-than-one-mile-long connector between Southeast 20th and Northwest 38th Avenue would also open the area up for development, said Paul Dennis, Camas mayor. For now, vacant sites near the Fisher campus are poorly connected to Vancouver via the curves of Southeast Bybee Road.Costco originally looked at the area, but rejected it in favor of its current 192nd Avenue and First Street site because of road concerns, Dennis said.last_img read more

Ridgefield Little League fields unlocked again

first_imgRidgefield — Here’s the latest on the dogs vs. Little League conflict that arose last year at Abrams Park.The dog owners have promised to stop using the Ridgefield Little League baseball diamonds as de facto dog runs.After daily complaints to the city, what had been permanent padlocks on the Little League fields were eventually removed. So the fields are once again open to everyone (on two legs).A promised meeting between the dog owners and the Little League has not taken place, but dog advocate Dave Dunn made a presentation to the Ridgefield City Council regarding the ongoing search for a good site for a real off-leash dog park in Ridgefield.last_img read more

BNSF crews replace lights at downtown Vancouver crossing

first_imgA BNSF Railway signal team on Friday morning replaced two crossing signals in downtown Vancouver.Crews diverted traffic on West Eighth Street at Harney Street around 8 a.m. Two teams removed old railroad crossing lights and installed new ones to coincide with the new port access project, said Gus Melonas, BNSF Railway spokesman.New lights will also have traffic gates that lower before a train crosses the street.BNSF will shut down the Eighth Street crossing between April 30 and May 4 to replace rail ties and install new rock, new approaches and a new concrete surface, Melonas said.The railway also tore out the Jefferson Street crossing and replaced it in March.“The result is a new crossing,” Melonas said. “It’s smooth. It’s safe and it’s a benefit for the railroad as well as the public.”The two crossings are slated for permanent closure as part of the $44 million waterfront access project. No date has been set as of yet.BNSF Railway is going forward and paying for the improvements at this point because railroad management believes it is necessary for the safety of the crossing, Melonas said. The crossing is frequently used by heavy trucks en route to Pacific Coast Shredding, Albina Fuel and other commercial businesses.Trains will continue to sound their horns at the crossing, even with the additional safety equipment, Melonas said.last_img read more

US starts shipping military equipment out of Afghanistan

first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan — The United States began its withdrawal from Afghanistan in earnest, officials said Monday, sending the first of what will be tens of thousands of containers home through a once-blocked land route through Pakistan.The shipment of 50 containers over the weekend came as a new U.S. commander took control of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan to guide the coalition through the end stages of a war that has so far lasted more than 11 years.The containers were in the first convoys to cross into Pakistan as part of the Afghan pullout, said Marcus Spade, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, meanwhile, faced his first headache just one day after taking command, after an Afghan government panel acknowledged that detainees taken off the battlefield by coalition and Afghan troops face widespread torture at the hands of local security forces — although it denied systematic torture in government-run prisons.Dunford’s predecessor, Marine Gen. John Allen, had urged the Afghan government to investigate allegations of detainee abuse.Allen also had to deal with the delicate task of improving relations with Pakistan, which closed two key land routes from Afghanistan to its southern port of Karachi to all U.S. and NATO cargo for seven months. The Pakistani move came in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops at a post along the Afghan border in November 2011. Islamabad reopened the route after Washington apologized for the deaths.During the closure of the Pakistan route, the U.S. had to use a longer, more costly path that runs north out of Afghanistan through Central Asia and Russia. The U.S. has also used that route to withdraw equipment — but not at the pace it wanted because of the length of the process. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last year that the rerouting was costing the U.S. more than $100 million a month.last_img read more

Heroes come to Evergreen Parks rescue

first_img A gaggle of giggling kids dressed as superheroes greeted donors at Evergreen Park on Thursday, but the real heroes of the day weren’t wearing capes. Without support from those donors, the locally treasured day camp the kids attend wouldn’t exist.The Evergreen Park Summer Playground Program relies solely on funding from donors to operate.At no cost, kids ages six to eleven can participate in a variety of staff- and volunteer-led activities five days a week.Business and private donors, with Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt in tow, visited the park to see the kids and the impact of their contributions.“I have definitely seen it change lives,” said Mitzi Horrocks, site leader with the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation.The park, located along the Fourth Plain corridor, is known for gang activity, weapons and drugs, she said. Without the program, the park would not be a safe place for the kids to play, she said.This week, the team of paid program staff and volunteers introduced the kids to, as Horrocks puts it, a few of the local heroes in the community. Kids met a police officer and a nurse and are scheduled to meet a teacher today, she said.To complement the hero theme, Thursday was superhero day. Staff and the group of about 60 kids lined up along the playground in their superhero garb, introduced themselves and displayed their appreciation to donors. Click to enlargelast_img read more

Port of Vancouver faulted in graininspection dispute

first_imgIn the dispute over the lack of inspections at United Grain Corp., the Port of Vancouver is now coming under sharp criticism from the federal government. In a letter sent Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency said its safety experts have concluded “that the Port of Vancouver has not been enforcing its rules of conduct” to enable state or federal grain inspectors to safely move through a picketed gate to reach United Grain’s export facility.The letter, written by Lawrence Mitchell, an administrator for the U.S. Agriculture department based in Washington ,D.C., was in response to requests by United Grain to direct federal personnel to take over inspections in the absence of state officials. The U.S. Agriculture department has refused to do so but says it’s reviewing the matter.Citing threats from union pickets, Washington state Department of Agriculture inspectors have refused to enter a gate at the port since July 7. Their refusal has all but shut down the West Coast’s largest grain elevator.A similar labor conflict at the Columbia Grain facility at the Port of Portland has been managed better than at the Port of Vancouver, Mitchell wrote, “and does not present the same safety concerns for the (federal) inspectors” who examine grain in Portland.last_img read more

Helicopter crashes into Colorado River killing 2

first_imgLOMA, Colo. — Authorities say a helicopter crashed into a river in western Colorado and killed two people aboard.Mesa County chief deputy coroner Victor Yahn tells The Associated Press that the two died in Saturday’s crash, but he didn’t have any other information.Local media reports say the chopper crashed shortly after 6 p.m. MDT into the Colorado River near Loma.Both The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction and Denver’s KUSA-TV report that authorities say at least two people were aboard.Mesa County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lisa McCammon tells the Denver Post that the helicopter took off from the Grand Junction Airport, about 20 miles southeast of the crash site.First-responders told the Daily Sentinel that two fishermen saw the accident and pulled at least one victim from the wreckage.last_img read more

MGM China revenue up 33 in 4Q18 on MGM Cotai contribution

first_img RelatedPosts Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Load More Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests MGM China, the Macau arm of US-based casino operator MGM Resorts, has reported net revenue of US$687 million (HK$5.4 billion) for the three months to 31 December 2018, a year-on-year increase of 33%.The results were driven by the opening of MGM Cotai last February, with the property contributing US$287 million in net revenue for the quarter. Both VIP and mass recorded increases, with main floor table games win up 31% year-on-year and VIP table games win increasing 18% due to the opening of VIP junket rooms at MGM Cotai in September 2018. Main floor table games drop increased 45% for the period, from US$1.40 billion in 4Q17 to US$2.03 billion, while VIP rolling chip was up 12% to US$10.98 billion.Operating income was US$62 million compared to US$45 million in the prior year quarter, with Adjusted Property EBITDA up 11% to US$167 million. The quarter included US$12 million of license fee expense compared to US$10 million in 4Q17.For the full year, MGM China saw its net revenue grow 32% in 2018 to US$2.4 billion, with MGM Cotai contributing US$729 million of net revenues. MGM China operating income increased from US$204 million to US$216 million and Adjusted EBITDA from US$536 million to US$568 million, an increase of 6%.last_img read more

Yokohamas IR plan sparks Chiba and Aichi prefectures into action

first_img RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Load More Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions It seems last week’s announcement that Yokohama will bid for one of Japan’s first IR licenses has inspired movement in other prefectures. According to The Nikkei, Chiba city announced on Tuesday its intention to accept information such as IR conceptual plans and economic effects from 19 companies and groups in order to decide whether to make an IR bid.Chiba City also held a preliminary briefing for those companies and groups intending to submit information this week, with the attendees said to have included two local companies and 17 from elsewhere. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move In addition to explaining the procedures going forward, the city also emphasized that it had not made a decision either way on whether to make a bid at this time.Companies and organizations will submit their information from 15 to 28 October 2019. Data will also be collected on requirements for a location and development criteria along with problem gambling countermeasures and information on maintaining security.The city will conduct individual hearings from November to confirm the intentions of the companies and organizations who have submitted information. The results of the examinations are planned to be announced before the end of the year.Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura also expressed his opinion regarding an IR at a press conference on 26 August, stating, “We will continue to proceed with investigation and research.”Aichi is moving forward with researching the area around Chubu International Airport.last_img read more

50 underestimate likelihood of occupational disability

first_imgHalf (50%) of respondents think they have a less than one in ten chance of being unable to work through disability, according to research by insurance firm Zurich. Its survey of 1,000 working-age adults also found that nearly two-thirds (60%) think the risk of becoming disabled or too ill to work is far greater for the rest of the population than it is for themselves.The research also found:45% believe that those aged between 45 and 54 are at highest risk of being unable to work as a result of medical issues when, in reality, the likelihood increases to almost one in five from the age of 40 and as many as 28% can no longer work by the age of 55.42% of respondents believe the best way to prevent themselves from occupational disability is by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.Almost half (44%) of respondents believe their income would halve if they were unable to work due to a disability.Just 15% of respondents feel they would be able to maintain their current lifestyle on half of their current income.70% of respondents say their employer does not offer income protection. 18% of respondents say their employer would be their main source of monthly income if their income were to drop as a result of disability, while 30% would rely on savings.Peter Hamilton, head of retail propositions at Zurich UK Life, said: “The study shows that while many people are positive and optimistic about their health and ongoing ability to earn, few seem to have adequate protection or savings to protect them against hardship if they couldn’t work.“There also seems to be a worrying lack of awareness of the support available through income protection, which should form the building blocks of good financial planning.”last_img read more

Learn whether car salary sacrifice risks have become a reality at Employee

first_imgThose attending Employee Benefits Connect can gain insight into the potential risks around car salary sacrifice arrangements, and how to select risk mitigation approaches that best suit their organisation.In the session ‘Salary sacrifice for cars: evolving solutions and the truth about risks’, Claire Evans, head of fleet consultancy at Zenith, will examine the risks around car salary sacrifice, how employers can assess their level of risk in each area, and how to effectively model risk based on different scenarios.The session will also discuss the perceived risks around car salary sacrifice and whether these have become a reality.In the same session, Sophie Martin, category specialist, supply chain management at NATS, will discuss the risks the air traffic control organisation identified in its car salary sacrifice arrangement, the steps it took to mitigate these risks and how effective these contingencies have been.Evans (pictured) said: “The session will identify what the risks are. The risks are not going to be the same for everybody so we will look at what the specific risks are [for different organisations] and at assessing the amount of risk in the different areas.“I’d hope attendees leave the session with a complete understanding of how real car salary sacrifice risks are likely to be for their particular organisations, I’d also like them to be able to evaluate the best risk mitigation solution that will work for them.”Employee Benefits Connect will take place on Wednesday 9 March at the Lancaster London.For more information and to register to attend.last_img read more

Total pay increases by 23 according to ONS

first_imgTotal pay, including bonuses, increased by 2.3% for employees in Great Britain between July-September 2015 and July-September 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: November 2016 report also found that average regular pay, excluding bonuses and before tax and other deductions, was £475 a week in September 2016. This compares to £463 a week in September 2015.Average total pay, including bonuses and before tax and other deductions, was £505 a week in September 2016. This is an increase from £493 in September 2015.In nominal terms, where pay has not been adjusted for consumer price inflation, regular pay excluding bonuses increased by 2.4% between July-September 2015 and July-September 2016.Average total pay in nominal terms increased from £311 a week in January 2000 to £505 a week in September 2016, representing a rise of 62.2%.In real terms, adjusted for consumer price inflation, both regular and total pay increased by 1.7% between July-September 2015 and July-September 2016.Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The UK’s labour market continues to surprise with its resilience to the Brexit shock. The unemployment rate fell unexpectedly to a new 11-year low of 4.8% in the three months to September. This is yet more evidence that the labour market and the wider economy have fared better than expected since June’s referendum.“Wage growth held steady at 2.3%, but it’s probable pay will fall in real terms over the coming year or so.”Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), added: “While wage growth remains stable at just above 2%, CIPD research suggests there is likely to be downward pressure on wages over the coming year, partly because a weaker pound will increase costs for many businesses and partly because of a rise in employment costs as a result of the introduction of the national living wage, pension auto-enrolment and the forthcoming apprenticeship levy. This could lead to a return of the ‘squeezed middle’ phenomenon, with star performers and national living wage recipients the key beneficiaries.”last_img read more