Month: September 2019

Puel Arsenal are not Premier League title challengers yet

first_imgLeicester City boss Claude Puel believes that it’s too early to tell whether Arsenal can really compete for the Premier League title ahead of tonight’s gameUnder new manager Unai Emery, Arsenal are chasing 10 successive wins in all competitions for the first time since 2007.Victory at the Emirates Stadium over Leicester tonight will put the Gunners within two points of league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.But Puel believes it’s too soon to judge Arsenal’s title credentials, despite the upturn in form following a difficult start to the season.“We will see,” said Puel, according to the Daily Mail.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He started with some difficulties and lost [the] first two games but after they have worked and played well to win games in the cup, Europa League and Premier League.“They have nine wins at this moment which is incredible. They are confident in their play. They are more direct and clinical at the moment, with a clinical player like [Alexandre] Lacazette for example.“They can have good confidence for the future, but for the title, I don’t know. It is just the beginning of the season and the Premier League has a lot of possibilities.”Emery himself also warned the Arsenal supporters against getting carried away with their form at this stage of the campaign.last_img read more

Gianluca Vialli Juventus are Champions League favourites

first_imgFormer Juventus captain Gianluca Vialli rates his old side’s chances of Champions League glory strongly for this seasonThe 54-year-old captained Juventus to their last European crown in 1996 with a penalty shoot-out win over Ajax in Rome.Since then, Juventus have suffered defeat at the final stage of the Champions League five times.But Vialli believes that this season will be another story due to the star quality in the squad.“Juve are the strongest team in Europe,” Vialli told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’m not just talking about the starters but also the squad depth.“Sometimes you look at the players they have on the bench and you’re amazed.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“The club did so well, they’ve added Cristiano Ronaldo to a structure that allowed them to win in Italy and to reach two Champions League finals in four years.“Let’s just say the team 22 years ago had the merit of winning the Champions League, but in everything else this team has superior quality, simply because they can field one of the best players in the world.“Allegri has two teams at his disposal. [Vialli’s boss Marcello] Lippi had a granite block, we were solid, tactically prepared and at the peak of our powers.“But Marcello didn’t have CR7. Now that [Zinedine] Zidane isn’t working, Allegri is better than anyone. The results say that.”Juventus top Group H with nine points from three games and will next host Manchester United in the competition next Wednesday.last_img read more

Exequiel Palacios to be Real Madrids first January signing

first_imgReal Madrid reportedly will shortly announce the signing of young River Plate star Exequiel PalaciosThe 20-year-old midfielder will become Real’s first signing of the January transfer window, despite there being another six weeks before it opens.Palacios is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in South America and had reportedly captured the interest of several European giants.Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan were all believed to have expressed an interest.In August, Palacios revealed in an interview that he had turned down Serie A side Torino last year.But River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio revealed that he had met with Real officials in regards to a deal for Palacios last week.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Now Marca reports Real director Emilio Butragueno has pulled off the deal after a minor delay due to River Plate’s reluctance to sell.The transfer is set to be announced after the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors.Los Blancos will reportedly compensate River Plate with over €20m for Palacios, who will sign a contract until June 2024 upon his arrival at Madrid in January.Since debuting in 2015, the Argentine has provided four goals and five assists in 38 games for River Plate.Palacios even made his first two appearances for the Argentina senior team in September.last_img read more

BREAKING One body has been found on Salas aircraft wreckage

first_imgArgentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and English pilot David Ibbotson have been missing for over two weeks after their plane disappeared.The body of one person has been detected in the wreckage of Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala according to the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB).“Having identified a priority search area last week, the AAIB agreed a search strategy with Blue Water Recoveries Ltd to maximize the chance of locating the aircraft wreckage,” the AAIB released a statement as published on Wales Online.“The AAIB commissioned specialist vessel Geo Ocean III and Blue Water Recoveries Ltd commissioned FPV Morven and the search area was divided between the vessels.”“Both vessels began their search on the morning of Sunday 3 February,” they added.“Early in the search, the Morven identified an object of interest on the seabed using its side-scan sonar equipment.”“It cleared the immediate area for the Geo Ocean III to use its underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to survey the area of the seabed in which the object was located,” they said.“Based on analysis of ROV video footage, the AAIB investigators on board the vessel concluded that the object is wreckage from the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, registration N264DB.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“The ROV carried out a further search of the area overnight, but did not identify any additional pieces of wreckage,” the AAIB commented.“Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police.”“The image shows the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration,” they explained.We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring.Argentinean footballer Sala and pilot Ibbotson were traveling from Nantes, France to the Welsh capital Cardiff before their light aircraft disappeared from the radar.”Hallan un cuerpo dentro de la avioneta que trasladaba a #EmilianoSala”— En el medio (@Enelmedio2013) February 4, 2019last_img read more

Repeat DUI driver sentenced 25 years in prison for killing towtruck driver

first_img Posted: October 19, 2018 October 19, 2018 Repeat DUI driver sentenced 25 years in prison for killing tow-truck driver SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An ex-con and repeat DUI offender who was drunk when he drove on the shoulder of the freeway near Tierrasanta, striking and killing a tow-truck operator tending to a disabled trash truck, was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison plus 10 years.Michael Gilbert Gray, 50, pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder and admitted two serious felony priors, including a domestic violence conviction for hitting his wife and rupturing her eardrum.Charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene of the Feb. 23, 2017, collision that killed 55-year-old Fred Griffith were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.Griffith’s sister, Danelle Ragsdale, said in a letter to the court that her brother — a single father to three boys — was “needlessly ripped from all of us.”Ragsdale said Griffith and his three sons — ages 15, 18, and 21 — were “inseparable.”“He (Fred) worked hard for the boys so they would have a good life,” the victim’s sister said in the letter read in court by Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright. “Fred was a ship in the night who would help you find your way to safety.”Griffith’s friend, Randall Resch, wrote in a letter that the victim was a “gentle giant” and one of the best heavy-duty tow-truck operators in San Diego County.“Fred touched the hearts of everyone who knew him,” his friend said. “To me, Fred died a hero’s death.” Before he was sentenced, Gray apologized to the victim’s family and said he took full responsibility for Griffith’s death.Witnesses testified during a preliminary hearing last year that they saw Gray’s Ford Expedition swerve onto the shoulder of eastbound state Route 52 and narrowly miss a large disabled commercial trash truck before striking Griffith, who was standing outside his tow truck in front of the trash truck.Off-duty sheriff’s Detective Mark Palmer testified that he activated his lights and siren in his vehicle and followed Gray’s SUV before pulling him over a short distance down the highway.The defendant — who had a half-empty bottle of vodka in his car — was still showing signs of intoxication three hours after the crash, said Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright. Authorities said Gray’s blood-alcohol content was .27 percent — more than three times the legal limit — at the time of the accident. Gray had DUIs in 1999, 2001 and 2013, Bright said.Gray went to prison in 1987 for assault to commit rape and sexual battery convictions and was incarcerated again in 2007 after the domestic violence conviction, according to a probation report. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Military judge refuses to dismiss murder case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher

first_imgMilitary judge refuses to dismiss murder case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher AP SAN DIEGO (AP) — A military judge on Friday refused to dismiss the murder case of a decorated Navy SEAL, but found the prosecution’s meddling in defense lawyer emails troubling enough to reduce the maximum penalty he faces.The judge, Capt. Aaron Rugh, said an effort to track emails sent to lawyers for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher violated constitutional rights against an illegal search and the right to counsel by interfering with attorney-client privilege.The action also harmed the public’s view of the military justice system and cast doubt on Gallagher’s ability to give a fair trial, Rugh said.The ruling in one of the Navy’s most prominent war crimes cases came just days the judge removed the lead prosecutor as the defense sought dismissal of the case for alleged misconduct in what they characterized as “spying.”Rugh found the intrusion “placed an intolerable strain on the public’s perception of the military justice system.”“Applying its broad discretion in crafting a remedy to remove the taint of unlawful command influence,” Rugh said he would remove the maximum penalty of life imprisonment without parole if Gallagher is convicted of premeditated murder. Gallagher could now face life in prison with a chance of parole.To relieve the “strain of pretrial publicity,” Rugh also said he would allow the defense to reject two more potential jurors without cause during jury selection.Gallagher is scheduled to go to trial June 17 on murder and attempted murder charges.Navy spokesman Brian O’Rourke said the Navy vows to give Gallagher a fair trial.On Monday, Rugh removed the lead prosecutor, Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak. He said it was not within his power to determine whether Czaplak engaged in misconduct, but the potential for a probe into his actions could present a conflict and required his removal.It is extremely unusual for a military judge to remove a prosecutor only days before the start of a trial. Gallagher had been facing trial on Monday until Rugh delayed it for another week.Last week, Rugh unexpectedly released Gallagher from custody as a remedy for interference by prosecutors in the middle of a hearing on several defense motions.Rugh rejected allegations that prosecutors withheld evidence that could help his defense.The military justice system has won few war crime convictions and been criticized for being ineffective.Republicans in Congress have lobbied for Gallagher, saying he has been mistreated. President Donald Trump intervened to move Gallagher to less restrictive confinement in March and has considered dismissing the charges.Gallagher pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the death of an injured teenage militant in Iraq in 2017 and to attempted murder in the shooting of two civilians from a sniper’s perch.He blames disgruntled platoon mates for fabricating complaints about him because they didn’t like his tough leadership.Defense lawyers for Gallagher and his commanding officer, Lt. Jacob Portier, have said most of the court documents leaked to reporters have hurt their clients, so the sources are likely on the government side. But Rugh found no evidence of that.Portier has denied charges of conduct unbecoming an officer after being accused of conducting Gallagher’s re-enlistment ceremony next to the militant’s corpse.Rugh indicated he was misled about the effort to embed code in emails sent to the defense team and a journalist to track where those messages were sent to find the source of leaks that have plagued the case.He said he didn’t have the authority to approve such a tactic and was led to believe Czaplak was working with federal prosecutors so his consent was not necessary.Rugh said he learned Friday that the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego had not approved or coordinated the tracking, defense lawyer Tim Parlatore said.Evidence at hearings last week showed an intelligence specialist from Naval Criminal Investigative Service conducted criminal background checks on three civilian lawyers and a Navy Times journalist who has broken several stories based on documents that are only to be shared among lawyers in the case.Parlatore, who was among the lawyers investigated, accused prosecutors of a “rogue, relentless, and unlawful cyber campaign” that may have violated attorney-client privilege and hurt his client’s ability to get a fair trial.Czaplak downplayed the move, saying the code embedded in emails recorded nothing more than what marketers use to find out where and when messages were opened by recipients.The government said the investigation did not find the source of leaks. June 7, 2019 Posted: June 7, 2019 AP, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Celebrating Soybean Success with ASA at Commodity Classic

first_imgASA members from across the country will come together at the annual American Soybean Association Awards Banquet to celebrate the year’s top achievers and influencers who have worked to benefit the United States soybean industry throughout the year.  Sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Novozymes BioAg Inc. and the United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff, the awards banquet is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28 from 6-9 p.m. Awards are presented for ASA membership, outstanding achievements, leadership building, conservation stewardship and industry accomplishments.During the program, attendees will be treated to a special keynote presentation from Jolene Brown, a farmer and professional speaker from West Branch, Iowa. Jolene travels worldwide sharing leading-edge best practices that have the power to increase productivity, profitability and peace of mind. Jolene is a champion for the people of agriculture and is excited to address the ASA audience.Jolene will also be in the ASA booth during Commodity Classic to chat with attendees from 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 12:30-2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, and 9:15-10:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 1.Don’t delay if you have not yet registered for Commodity Classic! Registration price increases after Monday, Feb. 10.last_img read more

Bud Pasmore cofounder of Walk Knock dies

first_imgA.C. “Bud” Pasmore, a key founder of Clark County’s annual Inter-service Walk & Knock food drive, died Tuesday.Archie Campbell Pasmore was 90 years old and died of natural causes after a time in hospice, according to his daughter, Mary Bailey.A volunteer-powered, countywide food drive seemed a “crazy idea” in the early 1980s, according to the Walk & Knock website — but it took off quickly and grew to become the single largest annual food drive in the area, transforming Clark County’s charitable landscape with its highly visible and successful demonstration of people helping people.“That’s a heavy duty loss,” said his partner in creating the tradition, Doug Rae. “Bud was a giant in the community when it came to Walk & Knock.”Just last year, Walk & Knock celebrated its 25 anniversary and — despite a lingering economic downturn — set new records both for tons of food collected and for money donations as well. There were 162 tons of food and $50,000 in cash and checks.Road builderDaughter Bailey said Pasmore was a native of Canada who came to the U.S. when he was 20. He worked at Vancouver’s Alcoa aluminum plant during the early days of World War II. Then he went to work as a streetcar operator in Portland. He got tired of being asked why such an able-bodied young man wasn’t serving in the military, Bailey said — the answer was that he was not a U.S. citizen — and eventually got into the Navy. The heavy equipment skills he learned there led to his eventual career as operations and maintenance manager for Clark County Public Works, a job he held from the late 1960s through 1989.last_img read more

US attorney Federal courthouse in Vancouver top priority

first_imgWestern Washington’s top U.S. attorney was in Vancouver this week, emphasizing the importance of having a federal presence here and a strong relationship with local prosecutors and police.U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, whose offices are in Seattle, met with Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik before an interview Tuesday at The Columbian office. At the top of her priority list, she said, was continuing a strong partnership with law enforcement here and eventually making a fully staffed federal courthouse in Vancouver a reality.While defendants can make brief preliminary appearances at the Federal Building across from the Clark County Courthouse in downtown Vancouver, they must travel to the U.S. District Courthouse in Tacoma for resolution of their cases. Vancouver doesn’t have a federal judge or assistant U.S. attorneys, and relies on a part-time magistrate and local deputy prosecutors acting as special federal prosecutors.Former U.S. Rep. Brian Baird made headway when he launched a 23-member steering committee in 2005 to increase federal prosecution in Southwest Washington of illegal immigration, methamphetamine use, identity theft and embezzlement.last_img read more

Panel agrees upon congressional redistricting plan

first_imgWashington State Redistricting CommissionThe bipartisan commission mapping new districts for state and congressional lawmakers announced Tuesday they had agreed on new congressional district lines but won’t reveal the details until Wednesday.The chief question is where the commission will propose placing a new 10th Congressional District in the state. The state will gain the extra seat due to population growth.That decision could have minor effects on Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District represented by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas. If the 3rd District loses Olympia, it would likely fortify its Republican base.The commission convened Tuesday, only to recess 20 minutes later to continue bipartisan negotiations behind closed doors. Members reconvened three hours later to announce they had struck a compromise but offered no additional details. They will unveil the proposal at an 11 a.m. meeting Wednesday, they said.The commissioners are divided into two subteams to draw the new boundaries. Slade Gorton, Senate Republican appointee, and Tim Ceis, Senate Democratic appointee, are responsible for the congressional districts. Tom Huff, House Republican appointee, and Dean Foster, House Democratic appointee, are working on Eastern Washington’s legislative district maps.last_img read more

Tumble leads to academic success for Columbia River student

first_imgA tumble off the balance beam cost Grace Mammarella the chance to perform at state for Columbia River High’s gymnastics team her junior and senior years.But, in return, the anterior cruciate ligament injury she suffered provided her the inspiration for a project that landed her a trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this May in Pittsburgh.Mammarella, 17, earned entry to the competition by winning the Southwest Washington Science and Engineering Fair on March 3 with a project chronicling the changes women’s knee ligaments undergo during their menstrual cycle. She won the overall competition, besting 95 other competitors from four local high schools.Changes in the laxity, or looseness, of knee ligaments during the menstrual cycle, Mammarella’s research proved, make women athletes more susceptible to knee injuries.She experienced the phenomenon firsthand during her junior season.During a practice routine, she hit her knee on the balance beam. She could not walk afterward but thought the pain would go away. It did not.last_img read more

FBI seeks information on serial killers first victim

first_imgIsrael Keyes, charged in the death of Alaska barista Samantha Koenig, has killed himself, and authorities say he was linked to at least seven other possible slayings in three other states. Keyes was found dead in his Anchorage jail cell Sunday. Officials say it was a suicide. FBI Agents in Oregon have received information from the FBI’s Anchorage Division that narrows the search for a woman who was allegedly raped by accused serial killer Israel Keyes. Keyes committed suicide while in jail this past weekend as he awaited trial for the murder of a barista, Samantha Koenig, last February in Anchorage.Keyes told the FBI Agents in Alaska that he raped – but did not kill – his first victim in Oregon sometime between 1996 and 1998. He said the girl was 14 – 18 years old. The sexual assault occurred on the Deschutes River near Maupin, Oregon. The victim was with friends and Keyes was able to discreetly separate her from the friends. To date, authorities have not been able to find any relevant police reports that would fit this scenario, and it is possible that the victim never reported it. If Keyes was being accurate about the time period and the girl’s age, she would now be in her late 20’s – early 30’s. She may have lived in the area or simply been visiting the area on vacation.Keyes told investigators that he oftentimes traveled great distances and liked to find his victims along hiking trails, at camp grounds and in other remote areas.Before his death, Israel reportedly told investigators that he murdered multiple people, including at least four in Washington State. He is also believed to have robbed banks as he traveled across the country, but the FBI has not yet identified any robberies in Oregon for which he may have been responsible.The FBI is working with local law enforcement agencies in Oregon and across the country in an attempt to identify other unsolved cases that involve missing people, murders, rapes and bank robberies.Anyone who has information about the rape case is asked to call the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181, in Bend at (541) 389-1202 or the national hotline at 1-800-CALL FBI.last_img read more

Schools must provide sports for disabled US says

first_imgWASHINGTON — Students with disabilities must be given a fair shot to play on a traditional sports team or have their own leagues, the Education Department says.Disabled students who want to play for their school could join traditional teams if officials can make “reasonable modifications” to accommodate them. If those adjustments would fundamentally alter a sport or give the student an advantage, the department is directing the school to create parallel athletic programs that have comparable standing to traditional programs.“Sports can provide invaluable lessons in discipline, selflessness, passion and courage, and this guidance will help schools ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to benefit from the life lessons they can learn on the playing field or on the court,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement announcing the new guidance Friday.The groundbreaking order is reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for girls and women four decades ago and could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come.Activists cheered the changes.“This is a landmark moment for students with disabilities. This will do for students with disabilities what Title IX did for women,” said Terri Lakowski, who for a decade led a coalition pushing for the changes. “This is a huge victory.”It’s not clear whether the new guidelines will spark a sudden uptick in sports participation. There was a big increase in female participation in sports after Title IX guidance instructed schools to treat female athletics on par with male teams. That led many schools to cut some men’s teams, arguing that it was necessary to be able to pay for women’s teams.last_img read more

Off Beat Codes helped loved ones track sailors during WWII

first_imgIn times of war, codes are a way to pass along sensitive information.This isn’t a spy story, however. We’re talking about World War II sailors who just wanted to update the folks back home.They include Vancouver resident Hal Berven, who was a crewman on the USS Gambier Bay, and former Vancouver resident Bill Tunstall, who spent part of his Navy hitch on the USS Kitkun Bay.Both aircraft carriers were built at the Kaiser Shipyard during Vancouver’s baby flattop boom (a related story is on Page A1) and both ships took part in the Battle of Leyte Gulf (that story was on Page A1 on Sunday). Tunstall’s ship drew fire from the same Japanese warships that sank Berven’s carrier.When service personnel wrote back home, they knew their letters would be at the mercy of military censors, so Tunstall and Berven devised ways of letting their loved ones track their progress across the Pacific.Bill and Dottie Tunstall were married in 1943. Before heading back to sea on the USS Kitkun Bay, Tunstall took a map of the Pacific Ocean, charted it into grids, and wrote different greetings inside each grid. Then he created a duplicate map for Dottie.last_img read more

Parades marches and service projects honor MLK

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama honored Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service Monday by helping a soup kitchen prepare its daily meals and a host of administration figures fanned out across the capital to appear at holiday events.Obama took his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Malia and Sasha, to DC Central Kitchen, which is a few minutes away from the White House by presidential motorcade. They joined an assembly line that was churning out burritos. Asked what the burritos were being stuffed with, Obama said it looked like lamb. It actually was beef in a sauce, along with unidentified vegetables and cheese.Obama said he came to help the facility mark its 25th anniversary on Monday. Among those joining him there was senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.DC Central Kitchen prepares thousands of meals every day for distribution to local shelters.Vice President Joe Biden appeared at the National Action Network’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast, and later joined the Catholic Volunteer Network in serving a hot lunch to guests at SOME — So Others Might Eat.Several of Obama’s Cabinet officers, including Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, as well as White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, also took part in various holiday-related events.last_img read more

Boko Haram Kidnapped girls married off converted to Islam

first_imgMAIDUGURI, Nigeria — With a malevolent laugh, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists tells the world that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, dashing hopes for their freedom. “If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you … to die from grief,” Abubakar Shekau sneers, addressing the parents of the girls and young women kidnapped from a remote boarding school more than six months ago. In a new video released late Friday night, the Boko Haram leader also denies there is a cease-fire with the Nigerian government and threatens to kill an unidentified German hostage.“Don’t you know we are still holding your German hostage (who is) always crying,” he taunts. “If we want, we will hack him or slaughter him or shoot him.”A German development worker was kidnapped at gunpoint in Gombi, a town in Nigeria’s northeast Gombi in July. Police reported he was ambushed as he drove to work.last_img read more

European Court rules on travel as working time case

first_imgThe European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the time workers without a fixed or habitual place of work spend traveling from home to their first appointment of the day and from their last appointment of the day to their home to be working time for the purposes of the Working Time Directive.The ruling, announced in September, confirmed the opinion given by the Advocate General in June 2015 in the case of Federación de Servicios Privados del Sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL and others.After Spanish security systems firm Tyco closed its regional offices in 2011 and assigned all staff to its central office in Madrid, technicians began to travel in a company vehicle from their home to appointments where they would carry out installation and maintenance at customer sites. The first and last journey of the day, which sometimes includes distances of more than 100km, was not counted as working time by the employer. Prior to this, Tyco calculated working time as commencing from the point employees would pick up their company vehicles from regional offices in the morning to go to appointments, until they returned them at the end of the day.The ECJ held with the Advocate General’s opinion that these journeys constitute working time on the basis that the employees are at their employer’s disposal, fulfilling their duties, and should be considered to be working for the duration of the journeys within the meaning of the Working Time Directive.The case has implications for employers and staff across the EU, including in the UK where the Working Time Directive is implemented through the Working Time Regulations. Employers will need to ensure that the inclusion of the time that workers without a fixed or habitual place of work spend traveling between their homes and their first and last appointment of the day remains compliant with the minimum rest periods required and the maximum working week, which is 48 hours normally averaged over a 17-week period.Graham Richardson, legal director at law firm Bond Dickinson, said: “Potentially, employees could be taken over the maximum working week if you add this [travel] time in, which would then put the employer in breach of the Working Time Regulations.“There is scope for employers and employees to use an opt-out in terms of the maximum working week under the Working Time Regulations, so employers will need to check whether they have opt-outs in place, although opt-outs cannot be used in every circumstance.”Adrian Martin, partner at Burges Salmon, added: “It is important to note that this is a judgement that affects working time for the purposes of the Working Time Regulations, which is primarily concerned with regulating how long people work and required rest breaks, as opposed to whether people are paid for it.“It is a different question as to whether an individual would be obliged to be paid for the time they are doing [on these journeys] and that would be governed by the minimum wage regulations and the employee’s contract of employment.”last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories 1218 October 2017

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on between 12 and 18 October 2017 were:Employee Benefits Live 2017 speaker slidesGovernment publishes Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) BillRoyal Mail wins High Court injunction to postpone strike action in pensions disputePearson completes £1.2bn pensions buy-inNHS pay cap to be scrappedCivil Service to launch diversity and inclusion strategyHoliday cruise organisation to pay new role in tea and cakeLloyds Banking Group to acquire Zurich’s UK workplace pensions and savings businessPhiladelphia restaurant to provide $197,917 in back pay to staffEXCLUSIVE: Medway NHS Foundation Trust abolishes lowest pay gradelast_img

Chicago restaurant employees earn 2000 tip

first_imgSomething for the weekend: A customer dining at a restaurant in Chicago generously gave employees a total of $2,000 in tips.The diner, Mike, who was visiting from Seattle, was so impressed by his dining experience at Boka, Chicago, he claimed it was the “absolute best service and food I have ever had”.Not only did the customer leave a $300 tip for his $769 meal, he also personally went into the kitchen and gave each of Boka’s 17 kitchen staff a $100 bill, congratulating them on the quality and taste of the food.The diner delighted kitchen staff so much, they took to Instagram to post a picture of the happy occasion. Boka employees are more used to the traditional 20% tip and customers buying a round of beers or shots for the kitchen staff, but $2,000 is the biggest tip staff have seen, said Lee Wolen, executive chef at the restaurant.Here at Employee Benefits, we like the idea of someone appreciating everyone in the organisation’s part in the business, no matter how small. If anyone would like to buy us all a selection of cupcakes, we wouldn’t say no…last_img read more

Hungry Horse seeks publicist to drink beer and get paid for it

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Hungry Horse is looking for the UK’s first-ever ‘pub-licist’ to drink beer, take part in pub quizzes and play pool, all while getting paid for the privilege.Yes, the official job title is actually ‘pub-licist’. The pub chain, which has 39 establishments across the UK, is offering a £500 salary for a spokesperson to sample the latest drink selection and make a number of visits to their local Hungry Horse hostelry in order to provide feedback and recommendations to help make their pub the best in the country.Applicants, says the job ad, should know their cask from their craft, be a pro at pub quizzes and be a key player in pub sports tournaments.It adds: “The ultimate pub-lover will be put through their paces to ensure they get the most out of their role and help to make their local Hungry Horse stand out from the competition.”Job hopefuls have until 13 November to apply and explain why they have what it takes to tuck into pub grub, sip the drinks selection and throw themselves into the activities enjoyed by their local pub-going community.Penny Smith, general manager at the Mallard, a Hungry Horse pub in Doncaster, said: “Nothing beats the atmosphere and camaraderie of a local pub, and it really is the guests who make it such a great place to be.“We’d love it if the UK’s first ever pub-licist was from Doncaster!”Here at Employee Benefits, we think this job sounds like a barrel of laughs, and we’re sure we can measure up to the task…last_img read more