Month: September 2019

  • ASA Disappointed and Frustrated With Senate Inability to Extend the Biodiesel Tax

    first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today expressed extreme disappointment and frustration with the United States Senate for its inability to extend the Biodiesel Tax Incentive that expired on December 31, 2009.The Senate voted 41-58 against a motion to suspend the rules and accept an amendment offered by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) to enact a retroactive extension of the biodiesel tax credit. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Wednesday night that the U.S. Senate would consider a motion to suspend the rules on the amendment to the Small Business Bill filed by Senator Grassley to retroactively extend the biodiesel tax incentive through 2010.”Biodiesel has provided a significant market opportunity for U.S. soybean farmers, as well as jobs and economic development for rural communities,” said ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio. “ASA appreciates the efforts of Senator Grassley to include the long overdue extension of the biodiesel tax credit in this Bill.”This motion to suspend the rules required 67 votes to pass and was necessary because the amendment tree had been filled by the Majority Leader and cloture was already invoked on the underlying bill. Procedural issues and larger partisan political issues unrelated to the biodiesel tax credit have prevented favorable Senate action on the tax credit. ASA believes that extension of the biodiesel tax credit is supported by a majority of senators who recognize its importance in generating jobs, renewable fuel, a cleaner environment, and positive benefits for farmers and their communities.”ASA is severely disappointed in the failure of the Senate to extend the biodiesel tax credit,” Joslin said. “At a time when jobs and renewable energy production are cited as top priorities, it is unacceptable that Congress would fail to extend the biodiesel tax credit. The biodiesel tax credit has a direct impact on jobs and it is a homegrown renewable energy source – the first and only advanced biofuel commercially produced in the United States.”Biodiesel is one of the cleanest burning biofuels currently used in commercial markets. Biodiesel is a renewable and sustainable energy source that can play a significant role in our national efforts to increase our energy security and improve our environmental footprint. The biodiesel industry creates valuable green jobs and makes a positive contribution to the economy.ASA will continue to press its case in the weeks remaining before Congress adjourns to campaign for the upcoming elections.last_img read more

  • Water Quality and Rail Transportation Issues to Be Industry Focus at Soybean

    first_imgOne of the great things about the Soybean Leadership College is its role in educating grower leaders about the latest industry issues impacting the soybean and the entire agriculture industry. At the 2015 ASA Soybean Leadership College in St. Louis on Jan.  6-8, water quality and rail transportation issues will be the key topics discussed in the Industry Issues Workshops.“These are two of the most pressing issues impacting soybean producers,” said Bob Worth, Chairman, ASA Membership and Corporate Relations Committee. “We will have some of our most active state organizations and top industry professionals educating participants about how water quality and rail issues are impacting their members and customers—and  how these organizations are addressing these challenges.”The water quality panel will feature Roger Wolf, Director of Environmental Programs and Services, Iowa Soybean Association, Adam Ward, Executive Director, Ohio Soybean Association. Wolf will speak about the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, a joint alliance with the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Pork Producers. Ward will speak about the water quality issues, particularly discussing the Lake Erie situation and the Ohio Soybean organization’s research projects.The rail transportation panel will feature Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director for the Soy Transportation Coalition, Dan Mack, Vice President Rail Transportation and Terminal Operations at CHS, and Kevin Kaufman, TTMS Group. The panelists will address the national rail crisis and its impact on the soybean and agriculture industry.The Soybean Leadership College is open to ASA, USB, USSEC, state association and QSSB leaders and staff, soybean producers wanting to assume a leadership position on a state or national level, and college students seeking to further develop their organizational leadership skills. For more information about the 2015 Soybean Leadership College click https://soygrowers.com/learn/soybean-leadership-college/ .The 2015 Soybean Leadership College is sponsored by the following organizations:BASFUnited Soybean BoardArkansas Soybean Promotion BoardDelaware Soybean BoardIllinois Soybean BoardIndiana Soybean AllianceIowa Soybean AssociationKansas Soybean CommissionKentucky Soybean BoardMaryland Soybean BoardMichigan Soybean Promotion CommitteeMinnesota Soybean Research and Promotion CouncilNebraska Soybean BoardNew York Corn and Soybean AssociationNorth Carolina Soybean Producers AssociationNorth Dakota Soybean CouncilOhio Soybean CouncilSouth Dakota Soybean CouncilTennessee Soybean Promotion BoardVirginia Soybean Boardlast_img read more

  • SingleDay Registrations Available for Commodity Classic in San Antonio

    first_imgIf you can’t commit to all three days at the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, never fear!  One-day registrations can provide a robust experience of education, new equipment and technology and entertainment.One-day registration provides admission to all applicable events and educational sessions scheduled for that day including educational sessions, the trade show, the AG CONNECT Main Stage on the trade show floor and other daily activities.Registration is available in advance here and on-site during the event.Thursday registration includes a wide range of educational sessions and technical presentations, the Early Riser session on grain marketing, the grand opening of the huge trade show and the fiesta reception on the trade show floor and programming on the AG CONNECT Main Stage on the trade show floor.Friday registration includes the General Session, featuring inspirational speaker John O’Leary and other on-stage presentations, the early morning live taping of U.S. Farm Report, trade show access, the AG CONNECT Main Stage programs and a wide range of educational sessions and technical presentations.Saturday registration includes Early Riser sessions, educational sessions and technical presentations, trade show access, programming on the AG CONNECT Main Stage including special “Salute to Women in Ag” presentations, the closing learning center session and admission to the Evening of Entertainment, featuring country music star Pat Green. The trade show closes at noon that day.Registration fees vary depending on the day you choose to attend. Full registration is also still available, and covers all three days of the event. Members of the sponsoring commodity associations receive additional discounts on both full and one-day registrations.All registration and housing reservations should be made online www.commodityclassic.com. Experient is the official registration and housing provider for Commodity Classic. Check the website for a listing of the official Commodity Classic hotels to secure your hotel accommodations.The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Opening Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.A detailed schedule of events is also available on the website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

  • ASA Leads Coalition to Secure Waiver of PAYGO

    first_imgASA led a coalition of farm bill stakeholder groups in a letter to House leadership Thursday urging the House to include a waiver of funding sequestration under the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 that could have significantly impacted a vast majority of USDA programs.“Funding for mandatory programs and activities subject to sequestration that are administered by USDA is estimated at $20 billion in FY-2018. Programs affected would include virtually all provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014, with the exception of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Conservation Reserve Program, and the crop insurance program,” wrote the groups.“Action by the House and the Senate to waive sequestration under Statutory PAYGO is essential to keeping these vital programs funded in 2018,” the letter states. “The consequences of even a short delay in providing a waiver would be severe.”Following the letter to the House, both the House and the Senate passed their Continuing Resolutions containing the PAYGO waiver on to President Trump for his signature.A full copy of the letter can be found at the link below:House Letter on Statutory PAYGO Final With Signatureslast_img read more

  • Vancouver motorcycle racer killed in crash at Indy

    first_imgPeter Lenz remembered as a talented, driven competitorRacers OK with risks most can’t handleINDIANAPOLIS — A 13-year-old motorcycle racer died Sunday after falling off his bike and getting run over by another motorcycle at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Peter Lenz of Vancouver, Wash., was pronounced dead by the Marion County coroner after sustaining “traumatic injuries.” The accomplished teenage rider crashed on a warmup lap before his race and was struck by 12-year-old Xavier Zayat, who was uninjured in the accident.Medical workers immediately placed Lenz in a neck brace, put him on a stretcher and began chest compressions while taking him to a hospital. The coroner confirmed his death about 3 hours later, the first at the speedway since IndyCar driver Tony Renna was killed in October 2003.“Peter passed away early this morning when he was apparently struck by another rider,” said a posting Sunday on Lenz’s Facebook page, which was signed “Dad.”“He passed doing what he loved and had his go fast face on as he pulled onto the track,” the posting said. “The world lost one of its brightest lights today. God Bless Peter and the other rider involved. 45 is on another road we can only hope to reach. Miss you kiddo.”Lenz rode the No. 45 bike. It wasn’t immediately clear whether his parents were in Indianapolis and a home phone number for the family was not listed.last_img read more

  • Hockinson names next superintendent

    first_imgA veteran Hockinson School District educator who was hired as Hockinson High School’s original principal a decade ago will be the district’s next superintendent, officials said Thursday.Sandra Yager, 44, will succeed Michael Grubbs effective June 30. Under a negotiated agreement with the school board, Grubbs, who tendered his resignation March 23, will receive six months’ pay from the school district after he officially steps down.Yager, an Argentina native, has nearly 20 years of teaching and educational leadership experience in Southwest Washington, including nearly a decade in the Hockinson School District. She served this school year as principal of Monticello Middle School in the Longview School District. Her hire as superintendent is pending a successful contract negotiation.The Hockinson School District is a 47-square-mile suburban and rural area southeast of Battle Ground and north of Camas. The K-12 program serves around 1,900 students.“It’s a wonderful next challenge for me,” Yager said. “I’m ready and prepared for it.”Yager began her career in the Vancouver School District. The Hockinson School District hired Yager in 2001 to plan for and open the district’s first high school. Hockinson High School opened in 2003. The following year, she received her superintendent’s certificate.last_img read more

  • 20 sea lions found dead in two months

    first_imgGEARHART, Ore. — About 20 dead sea lions — most with gunshot wounds — have been found in northern Oregon and southern Washington in just two months, a marine mammal researcher says.Dalin D’Alessandro tells The Oregonian that the shooting surge since the beginning of April is claiming both California and Steller sea lions. She’s a Portland State University research assistant with the Northern Oregon-Southern Washington Marine Mammal Stranding Network.The dead creatures have been found near the mouth of the Columbia River and a few miles to the north and south.D’Alessandro thinks the killing is due to fishermen frustrated over competition for their catch. While it’s typical to see a slight increase in dead sea lions around the opening of salmon season, recent numbers are about four times the norm for the same time period, she said.Last month, a federal judge rejected a request to halt the killing of California sea lions that eat protected salmon at Oregon’s Bonneville Dam. That program allows Idaho, Oregon and Washington authorities to kill targeted sea lions.California sea lions are federally protected as marine mammals, but not as endangered or threatened species. The area’s Steller sea lions are currently federally protected as a threatened species.last_img read more

  • Sandy gone Caribbean mourns 43 dead cleans up

    first_imgWNYC created a Hurricane Tracker to follow Sandy’s progress as it nears the East Coast where it is expected to cause millions in damage.PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hurricane Sandy is swirling off toward the U.S. East Coast, leaving the Caribbean to mourn the storm-related deaths of at least 43 people and clean up wrecked homes, felled power lines and fallen tree branches.While Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas took direct hits from the storm, the majority of deaths and most extensive damage was in impoverished Haiti, where it has rained almost non-stop since Tuesday. The death toll in Haiti stood at 29 late Friday, but officials worried that the number could rise as searches continued in the country’s ramshackle housing and denuded hillsides that are especially vulnerable to flooding when rains come.Officials were concerned about a continuing rise in a river in the northern part of the capital, Port-au-Prince. People living nearby in mud-splattered, makeshift settlements kept a wary eye on the rush of muddy water.last_img read more

  • Robber hits downtown Vancouver bank

    first_imgA robber walked into a downtown Vancouver branch of Chase Bank just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, presented a demand note and then fled through the north doors with some cash.Vancouver police quickly formed a dragnet through downtown and searched for the bandit.He was described as a thin white man in his mid- to late 30s, with a scruffy beard. He is tall — well over 6 feet, according to at least one witness — and wore a gray jacket and a white beanie with ear flaps, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. He may have carried a bag.The bank is at 1205 Broadway.The suspect had not been found as of late Wednesday night.last_img read more

  • Fishing report 73

    first_imgSummer chinook anglers get four more days — today through Sunday — to retain adult hatchery fish in the lower Columbia, then it’s a steelhead show until Aug. 1 when fall salmon season opens.The sockeye run will begin to wane pretty soon, but sportsmen are allowed to keep sockeye through July 31.Steelhead counts at Bonneville Dam are improving, as is the catch rate downstream of Longview.Bonneville pool will reopen for sturgeon on July 11-12 and July 18-19.Anglers at Ilwaco averaged 1.4 salmon per rod with the catch 88 percent coho last week. At Westport, the average was 1.6 salmon per rod with 64 percent coho.Canyon Creek in northeast Clark County was stocked in late June with another 1,000 rainbow trout, while Council Lake near Mount Adams received 3,000 rainbow trout.Angler sampling from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Lower Columbia — Tongue Point to Wauna power lines, 23 boaters with one summer chinook, one jack chinook, one steelhead and one sockeye kept plus four adult chinook released. (ODFW)Estuary, 33 boaters with four adult summer chinook, one jack chinook, 17 steelhead and one sockeye kept plus one adult chinook, one jack chinook and one steelhead released; five bank rods with one steelhead kept and one released. (WDFW)last_img read more

  • Retrospective punishments handed down to Macau weather bureau directors after Typhoon Hato

    first_img New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Appointment of new Chief Executive, Ho Iat-seng brings promise of greater engagement with Macau’s casino operators Chief Executive says current Macau gaming concessions won’t be extended beyond 2022 Load More RelatedPosts The former director of Macau’s Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau, Fong Soi Kun, has had his pension payments suspended for four years as part of aggravated punishments handed down by Chief Executive Chui Sai On this week following the devastating Typhoon Hato that struck the city last August.Chui revealed on Wednesday that he had decided to hand down retrospective punishments to Fong and his former deputy director for their role in failing to issue adequate storm warnings in the days and hours before Typhoon Hato Struck. A Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) investigation into the typhoon forecasting procedures of the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau last year found “serious problems” with the Bureau’s internal mechanisms, including the revelation that storm warnings were often decided by Fong alone. The Bureau was also accused of failing to issue a storm warning due to concerns over its potential impact on the city’s gaming industry.Fong was sacked just 24 hours after Typhoon Hato hit.His latest punishment included retrospective dismissal from his post, however given that he was already fired, the applicable penalty has been substituted by a four-year suspension of pension payments. The deputy director, who stepped down from his management role after Typhoon Hato and is now a staff member of the Bureau, has been handed a 130-day suspension from all duties.In a statement, the government said that, “No further disciplinary actions against the two persons would be conducted under relevant regulations and laws. This was because their acts of misconduct associated with the period of Typhoon Hato had already been reviewed in the special investigation.”Ten people lost their lives when Typhoon Hato struck on 23 August 2017.According to the government’s Commission for Reviewing and Monitoring the Improvements of the Response Mechanism to Major Disasters, established last September, Typhoon Hato also caused at least MOP$11.5 billion worth of damage to Macau, including major disruptions to the city’s gaming industry and months of delays for MGM China in opening its MGM Cotai integrated resort.last_img read more

  • LUI Che Woo Prize Holds 2018 Prize Presentation Ceremony

    first_imgHans-Josef Fell, the World Meteorological Organization and the Pratham Education Foundation have been named as the three winners of the 2018 LUI Che Woo Prize.Celebrating its fourth year since launching in 2015, the LUI Che Woo Prize aims to recognize and honor individuals or organizations around the world for outstanding contributions while encouraging the continuation of that work in three objectives: sustainable development of the world, betterment of the welfare of mankind and promotion of positive life attitude and enhancement of positive energy. Amax reports significant 2019 losses after Greek Mythology write-off RelatedPosts Load More Hong Kong airport shut down as analysts warn protests having negative impact on Macau GGR Greek Mythology write-off sees Amax International issue FY19 profit warning on widened losses Each laureate receives a cash award of HK$20 million, a certificate and a trophy.At a ceremony held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday night, Hans-Josef Fell was awarded the 2018 Sustainability Prize for the Development of Renewable Energy, having worked as an environmental pioneer since the 1970s. Fell established the world’s first energy community to produce solar power in 1994, transforming the market for renewable energy, and successfully fought for the adoption of the Renewable Energy Act in the German Parliament. This law has since been replicated over 100 times around the globe, contributing to changes in renewable energy practices worldwide.The 2018 Welfare Betterment Prize for Reduction of the Impact of Natural Disasters was awarded to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which is responsible for setting worldwide standards and providing the framework for international cooperation by supporting its 191 member states and territories to implement adopted policies, leading to better monitoring, forecasting and communication of meteorological hazards on a global scale.The 2018 Positive Energy Prize for Elimination of Illiteracy was awarded to the Pratham Education Foundation, which directly helps one million children attain basic literacy and numeracy annually, and is now one of the largest NGOs in India focusing on high-quality, low-cost interventions which address gaps in the education system.“No distance is too far for like-minded people,” said Dr Lui Che Woo at the ceremony. “We have travelled thousands of miles to come together because we have a similar vision and philosophy. The three laureates this year share the same vision with the LUI Che Woo Prize. They not only believe in making a better world, but also overcome difficulties with courage, wisdom, and selflessness.“They are role models in their fields and have greatly contributed to the world; inspiring more people to participate and jointly create our future. It is our honor to have the three laureates attending in person tonight to accept the Prize.”last_img read more

  • Major investor liking MelcoCrown reunion as Melco sees shares soar

    first_img RelatedPosts Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange Load More Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable to hold NSW gaming license “We always liked Crown’s exposure to Macau through Melco,” he said. “And we’ve always respected Lawrence Ho’s ability to manage casinos and also new builds.”Asked about what benefits Melco would gain from entering the Australian domestic market – with Crown currently operating properties in Melbourne and Perth and set to launch its US$2.2 billion Crown Sydney at Barangaroo, Laurence said, “I think the opening of Barangaroo will really create a huge opportunity for Crown.“We think Lawrence Ho sees that and wants to diversify the group to a mix of growth in Macau, but also with some more stable assets in Australia.”Laurence’s comments come with shares in Melco Resorts having risen 25.4% to US$23.59 and in parent company Melco Development Ltd by 29.6% to HK$19.92 since the start of June, buoyed by the Crown acquisition and a recent easing of US-China trade tensions. ASX-listed investment firm Perpetual has thrown its support behind the recent acquisition of a 19.99% stake in Australian casino operator Crown Resorts by its former Macau business partner Melco Resorts & Entertainment.In an interview with the Australian Financial Review this week, Perpetual fund manager Garry Laurence – whose company holds shares in both Melco and Crown – revealed he was pleased to see the two coming together again due to the considerable opportunities it presents. Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaullast_img read more

  • Hear why benefits must suit employers internal culture

    first_imgEmployee benefits must be adapted to suit an organisation’s internal culture and its workforce in order to boost engagement, according to Dr Neil Lancaster (pictured), people and social responsibility director at Gamestec Leisure.   He will discuss this and other cost-effective strategies for boosting staff engagement at Employee Benefits Live 2015 on 21 September.Lancaster believes that employers must strike the balance between ensuring benefits suit an organisation’s budget as well as its needs. He said: “Employee benefits need to be culturally fitting to the organisation and what [it] can afford.“There is no point in breaking the bank to provide something that won’t give [employers] much value back from staff.”Employers must also recognise the difference between attracting and retaining staff and actively engaging them, said Lancaster. “Attracting and retaining employees is pretty much the same for all businesses, but engagement is different and relies on what the organisation itself is like.”He added that integrating benefits to create a single employee benefits package is at the heart of Gamestec Leisure’s strategy for its 650 staff. Lancaster said: “Integration of benefits allows you to be seen as a good employer so you need to consider how any new benefits will fit in with the rest of the [package] and what you’re trying to achieve.”Speaking alongside Lancaster will be Jamie Ryan, director at Millers Oils.Employee Benefits Live 2015 will take place at Olympia National, London, on 21-22 September.View the full conference programme and register to attend.last_img read more

  • EXCLUSIVE Allen and Overy to discuss autoreenrolment at Employee Benefits Live

    first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Law firm Allen and Overy will share case studies and practical information about pensions auto-re-enrolment at Employee Benefits Live 2016.Jane Higgins (pictured), partner at Allen and Overy, will deliver a session entitled ‘Auto-re-enrolment: are you ready?’ on Tuesday 11 October as part of the two-day event’s workplace pensions conference stream.The session will detail the mechanics of what organisations need to do in the run up to their auto-re-enrolment date, considering the data that needs to be captured to ensure that all employees, including new starters and those who have joined the organisation through mergers and acquisitions, are included in the auto-re-enrolment process.Higgins will also outline the issues that employers who are thinking about redesigning their scheme will need to consider, such as how they would consult on making changes and what might be involved in the consultation process.Delegates attending the session can also gain insight into the most up-to-date information requirements and timelines that organisations should be aware of.Higgins said: “[Auto-re-enrolment] a statutory requirement so people have to do it. It’s incredibly complicated so it’s very easy to get it wrong. The regulator is taking a more active approach to non-compliance, so I think there is a risk that if [organisations] get it wrong, the regulator will issue a fine or make a public statement about [the organisation] having got it wrong, so there’s a definite risk for [organisations if] they’re perceived to not be providing the benefits that they are supposed to be providing for their employees.“Prepare early for re-enrolment. If [an employer is] coming up to re-enrolment then it’s not going to be the same as when [it was done] the first time, so [employers] should be planning several months in advance.”Employee Benefits Live 2016 will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October at Olympia National, London. Register to attend here.last_img read more

  • Sainsburys awards 44 pay increase to 135000 store employees

    first_imgSupermarket organisation Sainsbury’s is to award approximately 135,000 UK store-based employees a 4.4% pay rise, increasing the base rate of pay to £8 an hour.The pay increase, which will also apply to employees under the age of 25, will come into effect from 27 August 2017.Some employees, who are contracted on a different pay structure for historical reasons, will not be eligible for the pay increase. Sainsbury’s has committed to speaking to these employees separately about what the pay rise will mean for them.Alongside this pay increase, employees already have access to benefits such as a discount card, a pension, life insurance and paid breaks. Staff can also receive an annual bonus, with employees from across the organisation sharing a bonus of around £78 million in 2017.Mike Coupe, chief executive officer at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re pleased to announce a 4.4% pay increase for [employees] working in Sainsbury’s stores across the country. This is the third successive year that we have awarded eligible store [employees] a pay rise of 4% or more and recognises their hard work and dedication. We know what a difference this makes to our customers and we’re committed to rewarding them well for the great service they provide.”last_img read more

  • Government publishes Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave Bill

    first_imgThe Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published details of proposed legislation which would entitle working parents to paid leave following the death of a child.The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill, which was introduced by Member of Parliament Kevin Hollinrake, proposes that employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18 have the right to two weeks’ paid leave to grieve the loss of their child away from the workplace.Employees with a minimum of 26 weeks’ continuous service would also be eligible for statutory parental bereavement pay, which is predicted to deliver payments between £1.3 million and £2 million annually. Small employers will be able to recover all statutory parental bereavement leave pay, and larger employers will be able to reclaim most of it.Details of the bill have been published in Parliament ahead of the Bill’s second reading on 20 October. It is hoped the bill will formally become law in 2020.Currently, there is no legal requirement for employers to provide paid time off for grieving parents.Hollinrake said: “Sadly I have had constituents who have gone through this dreadful experience and while some parents prefer to carry on working, others need time off. This new law will give employed parents a legal right to two weeks’ paid leave, giving them that all-important time and space away from work to grieve at such a desperately sad time.”Margot James, business minister, added: “We want parents to feel properly supported by their employer when they go through the deeply distressing ordeal of losing a child. That’s why government is backing this bill, which goes significantly further than most other countries in providing this kind of workplace right for employees.”last_img read more

  • Total pay increases by 01 in real terms

    first_imgTotal pay for employees in Great Britain, including bonuses, increased by 0.1% in real terms between December 2016 to February 2017 and December 2017 to February 2018, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: April 2018 report also found that regular pay, excluding bonus payments, increased by 0.2% in real terms, which has been adjusted for consumer price inflation, between December 2016 to February 2017 and December 2017 to February 2018.In nominal terms, which has not been adjusted for consumer price inflation, both total pay and regular pay increased by 2.8% between December 2016 to February 2017 and December 2017 to February 2018.Average total pay, including bonuses, was £513 a week in nominal terms before tax and other deductions from pay for employees in Great Britain in February 2018. This compares to £501 a week in February 2017. Average regular pay, excluding bonuses, was £483 a week for British employees in February 2018, before tax and other deductions from pay. This compares to £469 a week in February 2017.In real terms, average total pay for employees in Great Britain was £486 a week in February 2018, before tax and other deductions from pay. Average regular pay in real terms, excluding bonus payments, was £459 a week in February 2018, before tax and other deductions from pay.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain, in nominal terms, increased by 36.2% between January 2005 and February 2018, rising from £376 a week to £513 a week. Over the same time period, the Consumer Prices Index, including occupiers’ housing costs, increased by 34%.Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Wages are growing at their fastest rate in nearly three years. Pay grew 2.8% in the three months to February. The squeeze on incomes isn’t quite over, as prices rose at an annual rate of 2.9% during that period. But with inflation currently running at 2.7%, and expected to fall towards 2% this year, it looks certain we’ll see real wages start to grow again in the coming months.”last_img read more

  • Connecticut to increase minimum wage to 15 an hour by 2023

    first_imgThe Connecticut State Senate has approved legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 (£7.97) an hour to $15 (£11.84) an hour by 2023.The senate approved the bill on 17 May 2019 with a vote of 21-14; the House of Representatives issued its approval of the legislation the week prior to this. The bill is now being transferred to Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont (pictured), who will sign it into law.Lamont said: “Working families are the backbone of our state; if they are not financially stable, Connecticut will never be. With this increase in minimum wage, thousands of hard-working women and men, many of whom are supporting families, will get a modest increase that will help lift them out of poverty, combat persistent pay disparities between races and genders and stimulate our economy. This is a fair, gradual increase for the working women and men who will invest the money right back into our economy and continue supporting local businesses in their communities.“I’m proud that Democrats came together and took another strong step forward to protect working families. I particularly want to acknowledge state representative Robyn Porter and state senator Julie Kushner, whose leadership in their respective chambers ensured this bill received final legislative approval.”Once enacted, the first minimum wage increase will take effect on 1 October 2019, raising pay to $11 (£8.68) an hour. This will further increase to $12 (£9.47) an hour on 1 September 2020, $13 (£10.26) an hour on 1 August 2021, $14 (£11.05) an hour on 1 July 2022 and finally $15 an hour on 1 June 2023.From 1 January 2024, the minimum wage will be indexed to the employment cost index, which is calculated by the US Department of Labor.Governor Susan Bysiewicz added: “Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour brings Connecticut one step closer to eliminating the gender pay gap because nearly 60% of minimum wage earners in our state are women.“I applaud the members of the State Senate for standing with women across our state and voting in favour of legislation to increase the minimum wage. Women’s issues are economic issues and if we want to grow our economy, we need to ensure that women have financial security in order to provide for their families.”last_img read more

  • Boaters rescued after watercraft takes on water near Virginia Key

    first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Some boaters needed to be rescued after their watercraft started taking on water, near Virginia Key, Wednesday afternoon.Just before noon, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue received calls of a boat that needed assistance.A Miami Fire Rescue boat arrived to the scene and got those on board to safety.Rescuers the pumped out some of the water from the boat and towed it away.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more