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Michigan police officer appears to punch 16-year-old girl during arrest, bodycam footage shows

first_imgLansing Police Department(LANSING, Mich.) — A Michigan police department has released body camera footage that appears to show an officer striking a 16-year-old runaway they were apprehending to return to a youth center.Officers from the Lansing Police Department were called on Friday morning after emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from a resident asking police to pick up two teens who had escaped from an in-county youth center, Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski told reporters during a news conference on Friday. The teens, a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, were being housed at the center for probation violations, and police had warrants to re-detain them, Yankowski said. Officers had been looking for them in the same area the day before, Yankowski said.When officers arrived to the neighborhood, they spotted two people who matched the teens’ descriptions who “took off running” once the officers identified themselves, Yankowski said.Body camera footage from officer Bailey Ueberroth begins as he chases the 16-year-old girl through a residential neighborhood in Lansing. After Ueberroth handcuffs her, they walk together back to his patrol car, and she begins shouting at people on the street before slipping out of her handcuffs.Another officer then comes to assist re-securing the handcuffs as the teen and Ueberroth struggle on the ground, the video shows, and the teen continues to yell at the onlookers on the street.“I didn’t put my hands on her,” she screams in frustration. “You called the police for no reason.”The teen then falls to the ground, causing the officers to carry her back to the patrol car by her legs and arms, the video shows.Once she was placed in the backseat, she extended her right leg to prevent the officers from closing the car door. PHOTO: Body camera footage from the Lansing Police Department shows an officer striking a 16-year-old girl who had escaped from a youth home on probation violation charges on Friday, June 14, 2019. Lansing Police DepartmentThe teen could be heard yelling at the officer to stop hitting her, but she continued to hold the car door open with her foot, telling officers “no” when they told her to put her leg in the car.“I ain’t doing s—,” the teen says as multiple people on the street admonish the officers for how they handled the situation.Once the officers finally close the door, Ueberroth starts the car and drives away as the teen cries in the backseat.The 15-year-old male was also captured and returned to the youth center, Yankowski said. He did damage to another patrol car by kicking it, Yankowski added.Officers are permitted to use force that is “objectively reasonable,” and this case will be thoroughly reviewed, Yankowski said.Ueberroth has been with the department for six months and Howley has been with the department for a year, police said in a press release. They have been placed on administrative leave as the department conducts the internal investigation.The girl was not injured in the incident and did not require medical attention when she returned to the youth center, according to the police chief.Both officers suffered minor scrapes and cuts and one of the officers strained a hand, Yankowski said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Worldwide coronavirus cases top two million in grim milestone

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) — While many countries are pointing toward positive signs that social distancing might be finally flattening the curve, the novel coronavirus death toll continues to be staggering with more than 118,000 dead worldwide.The U.S. is the global leader in the number of cases and deaths. At least 23,078 people in the U.S. have died as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. More than 577,000 people in the U.S. have tested positive.Worldwide, more than two million people have been diagnosed since the virus emerged in China in December.The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Here’s how the situation developed Monday. All times Eastern:8:39 p.m.: Worldwide cases climb past two millionThe coronavirus pandemic has reached a grim new milestone. According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, the number of worldwide cases has surpassed the two million mark.The number of COVID-19 cases reached one million only 11 days ago, on April 2.It took a week, between March 26 and April 2, for the number of worldwide cases to double from 500,000 to 1 million.More than 118,000 have died from the virus worldwide.7:09 p.m.: Mnuchin says small business loans are up to $230 billionTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Small Business Adminstration’s Paycheck Protection Program has so far distributed and confirmed $230 billion in loans for business in need.Mnuchin provided the update at the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing.The treasury secretary said if loans haven’t been processed yet, they will get processed this week, and confirmed that he’s gone back to Congress to ask for more money.He said that 80 million Americans will receive up to $1,200 in stimulus money in their direct deposit by Wednesday.“We started processing those last Friday,” he said.5:47 p.m.: Three more NYPD fatalities bring death toll to 9/11 levelThe New York Police Department announced three more of its members died due to coronavirus complications.Det. Jeffrey Scalf, a 14-year veteran who was assigned to the Gang Squad in the Bronx, and Det. Raymond Abear, an 18-year veteran who was assigned to the Special Victims Squad in Queens, both died on Monday. Auxiliary Police Capt. Mohamed Rahaman, who was with the force for 31 years and served out of Queens, died on Sunday.The total number of NYPD members who have died from COVID-19 so far is now 23, the same number of members who were killed in the 9/11 terror attacks.The department said 2,334 uniformed members and 503 civilian members have tested positive for the coronavirus — but since March 24, more than 800 uniformed members and 90 civilian members have returned to full duty after testing positive.Around 17% of the force was out sick Monday, which is a decrease from the nearly 19% that were out sick last week, according to the NYPD.5:45 p.m.: Massachusetts deaths grow to 844Massachusetts health officials said 88 new coronavirus-related fatalities occurred in the last 24 hours, bringing the statewide total number of COVID-19 deaths to 844.During that period, there were 1,392 new confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the statewide total to 26,867, according to health officials.4:35 p.m.: 29% of Los Angeles County deaths are from nursing facilitiesIn Los Angeles County, 29% of deaths — 92 out of 320 — are from nursing homes or nursing facilities, public health officials said Monday.In New York state, just over 10% of deaths — 1,064 out of a total 10,056 — are classified as nursing home fatalities, according to new data released by the state’s Department of Health.The New York county with the highest nursing home death toll is Queens, which has recorded 193.The elderly are among the most vulnerable to the dangerous virus. 3:48 p.m.: West Coast states working together on reopening economies The governors of Washington, Oregon and California are working together “on a shared approach for reopening our economies,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday.Each state will have its own specific plan, but the governors have agreed to work toward these four goals: protecting the vulnerable, like those in nursing homes; requiring adequate hospital surge capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) supply; sharing best practices for testing, tracking and isolating systems; and “mitigating the non-direct COVID-19 health impacts, particularly on disadvantaged communities.”3:10 p.m.: 21 NYC school teachers deadA food service staffer, a guidance counselor and 21 public school teachers are among the 50 Department of Education employees in New York City who have died due to the coronavirus, the department said on Monday.“The pain their loved ones are experiencing is unimaginable,” New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said. “We will be there to support our students and staff in any way they need, including remote crisis and grief counseling each day.”The Department of Education added that “school buildings are not a place of greater exposure than any other part of our city. At this time, everyone should assume they have been exposed, because exposure can happen anywhere.”2:50 p.m.: COVID-19 deaths now in all 50 statesWyoming Gov. Mark Gordon announced the state’s first death on Monday.There has now been a coronavirus death in all 50 states.2:20 p.m.: New York working with 5 neighboring states on reopening planSix Northeast states — New York New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island — are joining forces to create a reopening plan, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.“Each state is going to name a public health official for that state, an economic development official for that state,” Cuomo said. “Those officials will then form a working group that will start work immediately on designing a reopening plan, taking into consideration the public health concerns and issues and the economic reactivation issues.”“State boundaries mean very little to this virus,” Cuomo saidQuestions remain over whether COVID-19 recovery will guarantee immunity: Is reinfection still possible?“We anticipate different facts, different circumstances for different states, different parts of states,” Cuomo said. “Let’s be smart and let’s be cooperative and learn from one another.”Delaware Gov. John Carney added, “Our states are connected in a real way in terms of transportation and visitation and the rest. So our working together, sharing our information and intelligence I think will help each of us make better decisions.”Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont noted the “hundreds of thousands of people going back and forth between New York and Connecticut. It’s the commuter corridor for us and it’s also the COVID corridor, which is why it’s so important we work together thoughtfully on this.”The plan must “show us that we do have a future,” added Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. “As we figure out how we’re gonna reopen our schools, how we reopen our businesses and our homes, we are also going to recognize that we’re trying to figure out how we’re going to restore the sense of hope that this pandemic has taken away.”1 p.m.: Police shut down underground nightclub in San FranciscoSan Francisco police shut down an underground nightclub this weekend where people were gathering in violation of the stay-at-home order.When officers went inside the industrial building on Saturday, they found DJ equipment, two fog machines, nine gambling machines, bins of liquor, cases of beer and bar furniture, police said.Video from the weekend of April 5 showed more than 150 people going into the building in the middle of the night, and none of them were following the “6 feet apart” rules.“The operators of this illegal club senselessly put lives at risk in a time when our city is doing everything within our means to slow the spread of this pandemic and safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public,” said San Francisco Police Chief William Scott. “Let this case be a reminder that we will take action against those who knowingly violate the public health order and endanger the health and safety of our residents.”Because COVID-19 spreads fast and is 10 times deadlier than the 2009 flu pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) says the easing of restrictions must happen slowly.“You can’t replace lockdown with nothing. You must replace lockdown with a very deeply educated, committed, empowered and engaged community,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, said Monday.“We are going to have to change our behaviors for the foreseeable future,” Ryan warned.On Tuesday, the WHO will publish its updated strategic advice, which will include six criteria authorities will need to consider in order to lift restrictive measures: transmission is controlled; health system capacities are in place to detect, test, isolate, treat every case and trace every contact; outbreak risks are minimized in places like health facilities and nursing homes; preventive measures are in place in offices and schools; importation risks can be managed; and communities are fully educated and empowered to adjust to the new normal.11:45 a.m.: New York state death toll climbs over 10,000In New York state, which has suffered the most fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., the curve is continuing to flatten and appears to be plateauing, Gov. Cuomo said Monday.The state saw 671 deaths on Easter Sunday, bringing New York state’s death toll to 10,056, Cuomo said.Despite the rising death toll, in hard-hit New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared optimistic on Monday, praising New Yorkers for practicing social distancing as he announced new coronavirus numbers.The number of new hospital admissions fell to 383 on Saturday, down from 463 on Friday.There were 835 people in intensive care units Saturday, down from 857 patients one day earlier.Citywide, the percentage of people tested who were found to be positive fell from 59.3% to 58.1%.“This is a very good day,” de Blasio said. De Blasio noted there is about a 48-hour lag in getting full, accurate information.Cuomo on Monday addressed the reopening of the state, warning that it won’t be by the “flick of a switch.”“I believe the worst is over if we continue to be smart,” the governor said.When the state reaches that point, Cuomo said they will start by easing isolation, then increasing the economic activity, and then recalibrating the essential worker economy. That will be followed by applying more testing and precautions, said Cuomo.10:35 a.m.: Supreme Court to teleconference oral arguments in MayThe U.S. Supreme Court will for the first time hear oral arguments by teleconference in May, seeking to resolve a number of urgent cases that include President Donald Trump’s appeal of subpoenas seeking his financial records. The announcement means the justices will hand down several major decisions on politically-charged issues in time for the November presidential election. The justices are expected to make a ruling as to whether or not Trump must surrender his records to congressional and state investigators; whether states can require delegates to the Electoral College to cast ballots based on the popular vote; and whether the Obamacare contraceptive mandate is constitutional. 10 a.m.: Death toll over 11,000 in UKIn the United Kingdom, the coronavirus death toll has climbed to at least 11,329.The U.K. has the fifth highest death toll, behind the U.S., Italy, Spain and France.Over 88,000 people in the U.K. have tested positive, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was released from the hospital on Sunday.“It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS [National Health Service] for saving my life,” Johnson, 55, tweeted Sunday. “The efforts of millions of people across this country to stay home are worth it. Together we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past.”9:15 a.m.: Sailor on USS Theodore Roosevelt diesA sailor from the USS Theodore Roosevelt died from coronavirus complications on Monday, four days after he was admitted to an intensive care unit in Guam, the Navy said.The sailor, whose name has not been released, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30. The sailor was taken off the ship and put at an isolation house at the naval base in Guam where he received medical checks twice a day, the Navy said.8:58 a.m.: Airline travel reaches another new lowOn Sunday, 90,510 travelers came through TSA checkpoints nationwide. Exactly one year earlier, 2,446,801 passengers were screened.7:02 a.m.: Spain reports a 2.09% rate of increase in newly diagnosed COVID-19 casesSpanish authorities reported on Monday that there were only 3,477 newly diagnosed cases of the coronavirus, a 2.09% rate of increase.The total number of confirmed cases is now at 3,477, the Spanish Health Ministry said.Business around the country that cannot operate remotely are allowed to reopen their doors to the public on Monday.All nonessential businesses will remain closed through April 26.4:55 a.m.: Moscow introduces digital passes to move around the cityThe Moscow government introduced a special page on their website to apply for a QR code to move around the city. The website became unavailable for some users on Monday morning, Meduza reported. Officials said the website was down due to a botnet attack, which was coming ‘also from abroad’. The pass will be obligatory starting from Wednesday.3:48 a.m.: President Trump retweets call to fire Dr. Anthony FauciPresident Trump retweeted a Twitter posting that demanded Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, be fired from his post.The tweet was in response to DeAnna Lorraine, a former candidate for Congress in California.Said Lorraine: “Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could’ve saved more lives. Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large. Time to #FireFauci.”Only hours earlier, Fauci had appeared on CNN saying that he thinks more lives could have been saved if mitigation efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus had started earlier.“I mean, obviously, you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives,” Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those decisions is complicated … But you’re right, I mean, obviously, if we had right from the very beginning shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then.”11:52 p.m.: Trump associate, referenced at briefings, dies of virusA longtime friend of Trump, whom the president said entered the hospital “for a mild stay” but then slipped into a coma due to the coronavirus, has died, ABC News confirmed.New York real estate mogul Stanley Chera died at a New York hospital where he was battling the virus, a source said.Although the president never mentioned Chera by name during his briefings on the virus, he described Chera’s battle with COVID-19 as a sobering moment for him personally.“I have some friends that are unbelievably sick,” Trump said at the White House coronavirus task force briefing on March 30. “We thought they were going in for a mild stay and, in one case, he’s unconscious, in a coma. And you say, ‘How did that happen?’”At the next day’s briefing, a somber Trump called on Americans to be “prepared for the hard days that lie ahead” as health advisers announced new projections indicating between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans could die from the virus.You “think of it as the flu, but it’s not the flu. It’s vicious,” Trump said. “When you send a friend to the hospital and you call up to find out how he is doing — it’s happened to me. Where he goes to the hospital, he says goodbye, he’s sort of a tough guy — a little older, a little heavier than he’d like to be, frankly — and you call up the next day, ‘How’s he doing?’ and, ‘Sir, he’s in a coma.’ This is not the flu.”Asked at the next briefing whether his friend’s struggle represented a turning point in this thinking about the virus, Trump said, “Yeah, well, not a turning point, no. Before that, I knew how — because I’m seeing numbers and I’m seeing statistics that are, you know, not exactly very good.”“But — but it hit him very hard,” Trump continued. “He’s strong — a very strong kind of a guy. But he’s older. He’s heavier. And he’s sort of central casting for what we’re talking about, and it hit him very hard. I’ve never seen anything like it.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

One in five employees is bullied in the workplace

first_img Comments are closed. One in five employees is bullied in the workplaceOn 1 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today A study of 3,500 UK workers by Mercer Human Resource Consulting found morethan one in five had been bullied at work at least once during the past year. Almost one in 10 reported bullying on more than one occasion, with 2 percent saying they have been bullied five or six times. The finding comes as a campaign and action pack to stamp out bullying in theworkplace has been launched by trade union Amicus, the Work Foundation, theAndrea Adams Trust and the journal IRS Employment Review. The Mercer report found 24 per cent of middle managers and 17 per cent ofsenior managers said they had been bullied at least once in the past year. A study by IRS Employment Review reported bullying and harassment behind 45per cent of individual grievances launched by employees this year. The Work Foundation, in turn, found that eight out of 10 organisations nowhave a code of conduct on the issue. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

40 years of beating the drum for business

first_img40 years of beating the drum for businessOn 29 Nov 2005 in Vexatious claims, Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. The CBI has a reputation for making a noise on behalf of employers. But many of its achievements have brought benefits to employees as well, says Johann Tasker.When 700 entrepreneurs sit down for a black-tie dinner at the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) annual conference next week, the employers’ organisation, which bills itself as the UK’s leading business group, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.It promises to be a glittering occasion, but the CBI is keen to shake off its reputation as the preserve of the country’s elite captains of industry – a powerful lobbying body looking after the interests of employers at the expense of employees.Its HR director Susan Anderson is quick to dismiss suggestions that the organisation lobbies on behalf of big business to the detriment of millions of employees. Giving an insight into what it is like to work for the CBI, she says many of its achievements over the past four decades have brought benefits to employers and employees alike.“If there’s one thing I’m particularly proud of, it’s what we have done in terms of boosting literacy and numeracy among school leavers,” she says. “Too many teenagers leave school without adequate English and maths skills, and the fact that we are keeping the heat on the government is a real test of its commitment to raising skills.”Productivity, prices and incomesFormed in 1965, the CBI brought together the three key lobby groups – the British Employers’ Confederation, the Federation of British Industries and the National Association of British Manufacturers.A major topic that year was the government’s productivity, prices and incomes policy. This, and improving strained labour relations, continued to be a concern for the CBI into the strike-ridden 1970s.Today, the organisation speaks for about 240,000 businesses that together employ around one-third of the private sector workforce. Operating out of 13 UK regional offices and three international offices, its member companies, which decide all policy positions, include 80 of the FTSE 100 firms, about 200,000 small and medium-size businesses, more than 20,000 manufacturers and more than 150 sector associations.The CBI’s power – and its ability to bend the ears of politicians – is illustrated by the fact that its conference attracts high-profile speakers. This year, delegates can expect to brush shoulders with the chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown, transport secretary Alistair Darling, and London mayor Ken Livingstone. Such success is ultimately reflected in the strength of support the CBI receives from the businesses that are its members. But when it comes to HR, the organisation is increasingly working in partnership with employee representatives, says Anderson. In terms of HR practice, for instance, one recent joint initiative between the CBI, TUC and the DTI – Managing Change – highlighted practical ways of reducing long working hours and reforming working practices.“These were company case studies that really demonstrated the benefits to be obtained by moving towards more flexible working arrangements and the issues that need to be overcome so that such policies can be implemented,” says Anderson. “The fact that we did this with the TUC is a good sign that we are not just talking to businesses. We are talking to the unions and influencing HR practice by giving our members good practice guides.”Another key issue this year has been age discrimination. “We’ve accepted the idea that legislation is the right way to go, but what we’ve been seeking to do is to make sure it is workable – for employees and employers,” says Anderson.Clashes over thorny issuesIt has not all been plain sailing, however. Despite working closely on many issues, the CBI and the TUC have clashed over thorny issues such as the minimum wage, employment tribunals and pension provision.This year, CBI lobbying ensured an increase in the National Minimum Wage stayed below average earnings, at 4.1% to £5.05. The move was achieved against a backdrop of calls from the TUC for a 10.3% increase to £5.35. According to CBI figures a 10.3% increase would have imposed an additional overall cost on business of £320m. But that claim brought howls of protest from TUC leaders, who accused business leaders of “bleating”.“As ever, with each minimum wage increase comes the predictable wave of protest from business saying that it cannot afford another rise,” says TUC general secretary Brendan Barber. “Every year, miserly bosses say any wage boost will be at the expense of jobs, but every year their predictions of doom and gloom fail to materialise.”Pensions are also a hot topic, especially with the recent appointment of John Hutton to the post of work and pensions secretary following the resignation of David Blunkett. Then there is the imminent publication of Adair Turner’s pensions report, which is due to be published this week.The CBI has already ensured the early introduction of a risk-based levy for the government’s Pensions Protection Fund (PPF), so businesses representing the highest risk will be asked to pay more.It also successfully fought for firms to be allowed to include contingent assets in their funds, winning agreement that additional contributions will be taken into account when the levy is calculated.A CBI victoryAnderson paints this as a CBI victory. “People often think that employers have a bottomless pit when it comes to pensions, but they are now realising that there is some real pain here and employers cannot keep shelling out vast sums of money.“Pensions are at the heart of the debate and we have put employers there. It’s not just a debate about having a system that gives people a generous provision, it’s also about avoiding unreasonable costs on employers,” she says.Ian Brinkley, head of economic and social policy at the TUC, concedes that employers and employees have similar views about some aspects of pension provision, although they disagree entirely on others.“There is a shared view that you can’t have one rule for the boardroom and another for the rest of the workforce,” says Brinkley. “But the big area where we simply don’t agree is public sector pensions.”In October, for example, the TUC and the government agreed a deal covering the future of several public service pension schemes. The government dropped its suggestion that existing public sector employees should retire later at 65. In return, the TUC accepted that a higher retirement age would be phased in for new staff.The news infuriated business leaders. CBI director general, Sir Digby Jones, condemned it as a bad deal for taxpayers, accusing the government of capitulating to the threat of public sector strikes.But Brinkley says: “There has been a lot of press coverage portraying this as a huge sell-out to the unions, but it is a completely misleading presentation. Both sides have actually achieved some of their key objectives and the government has got exactly the same overall cost savings.”Yet Brinkley agrees that a closer working relationship between the CBI and TUC has brought benefits. “We have had quite a lot of common ground on some of the issues surrounding productivity. We found we had common analysis and recommendations in areas like investment, innovation, skills and best practice in the workplace. A common agenda is developing.”Literacy and numeracy boostThis includes the drive to boost literacy and numeracy among school leavers that Anderson is so proud of. Brinkley adds: “The CBI and TUC have both made the whole area of skills a key priority. Very often we are talking with one voice and trying to push ahead the agenda around developing skills and getting a better-educated workforce.”But as well as the ongoing saga about pensions and the annual battle over the minimum wage, the next two years are likely to bring fresh challenges for the CBI – and further clashes are likely. Future issues include the UK’s ageing labour market, competing within the European single market and the challenge of globalisation.Asked what she thought conference delegates would be talking about, Anderson replied: “Whenever you get a gathering of employers, they will talk about the litigation culture and the rise in vexatious claims. We need to do more to cut down on the number of weak cases still going through. We still have unfinished business.”View from the CIPDThe CBI’s biggest achievement was probably its recognition of the scale of the challenges posed by the growth of global competition, believes Geoff Armstrong, director general of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and former chairman of the CBI’s employment policy committee.“[The CBI] rightly saw that this demanded a more flexible economy, and responded by developing beyond the collectivist tradition and centralised economic structures that shaped the CBI’s early years.“In those days negotiations between the government, the CBI and organised labour at the centre secured the CBI a powerful role, but the outcomes were all too frequently undermined by what was actually happening in workplaces.“The need for flexibility is a continuing priority for us all. It will be interesting to see how the CBI’s role and profile change over the next 40 years, as the memories of the collectivist tradition fade further into history.”Armstrong believes pensions will probably be the CBI’s biggest challenge.“[The CBI] has a major role to play in influencing the debate to ensure that everyone has access to decent, properly funded occupational pension schemes, but also that business responds to an ageing population by ensuring there are appropriate opportunities available for older workers who choose to keep working beyond existing retirement ages.“It will also, no doubt, continue to draw attention to the huge costs associated with allowing public sector workers to retire earlier than their private sector counterparts, and the disparities that this creates in the workforce as a whole.”View from small businessThe CBI’s biggest achievement in the past 40 years has been reminding government that the business sector is crucial to raising revenue through taxes to pay for public services, says Stephen Alambritis, head of parliamentary affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses.“In the old days the CBI was part of the tripartite way of governing this country,” he says. “There was the TUC which represented the workers, the CBI which represented the bosses, and the government.”That, Alambritis suggests, has changed. “The CBI has been magnanimous in recognising that it is important that small businesses are also part of the debate and it has been helpful in raising our profile and deferring to us when it comes to representing the ‘minnows’.”Alambritis believes the CBI’s biggest challenge is to put the case for a more equitable approach to pensions policy between the public and private sectors, achieving a balance between social justice and economic prosperity.“The public sector seems to have won the latest round in this debate, because the government is allowing 3.5 million public sector employees to retire at 60. The battle for the CBI is to ensure that the government doesn’t give in too much to trade unions.”last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 12/29/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) —  Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONOklahoma City 98, Toronto 97Memphis 117, Charlotte 104New Orleans 127, Houston 112Denver 120, Sacramento 115L.A. Lakers 108, Dallas 95NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUESt. Louis 4, Winnipeg 1Chicago 3, Columbus 2 — SONew Jersey 4, Ottawa 3 — OTNY Islanders 3, Minnesota 1Boston 3, Buffalo 2Florida 6, Montreal 5Tampa Bay 2, Detroit 1Dallas 4, Arizona 2 Philadelphia 2, Anaheim 1 — OTVancouver 5, Calgary 2NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUENY Giants 41, Washington 35 — OTMiami 38, Cincinnati 35 — OTNew Orleans 38, Tennessee 28NY Jets 16, Pittsburgh 10Baltimore 31, Cleveland 15Indianapolis 38, Carolina 6Atlanta 24, Jacksonville 12Oakland 24, L.A. Chargers 17Denver 27, Detroit 17Arizona 27, Seattle 13Philadelphia 17, Dallas 9Kansas City 26, Chicago 3TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLWest Virginia 67, Ohio St. 59Kansas 72, Stanford 56Oregon 98, Alabama St. 59Auburn 86, Lipscomb 59Michigan 86, Mass.-Lowell 60Maryland 84, Bryant 70Michigan St. 95, W. Michigan 62Virginia 65, Navy 56Penn St. 90, Cornell 59Texas Tech 73, CS Bakersfield 58Iowa 93, Kennesaw St. 51Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. December 30, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 12/29/19 Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Obangame Express kicks off in Gabon

first_img March 23, 2018 View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Mount Whitney Obangame Express kicks off in Gabon Share this article Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Obangame Express kicks off in Gabon Obangame Express, an exercise sponsored by US Africa Command (AFRICOM) and designed to improve regional cooperation, kicked off on March 21 with an opening ceremony in Libreville, Gabon.The annual exercise aims to enhance maritime domain awareness (MDA), information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise of Gulf of Guinea and West African nations to counter sea-based illicit activity.OE18, now in its eighth year, is one of three U.S. Naval Forces Europe- Africa-facilitated regional exercises. The exercise is part of a comprehensive strategy by CNE-CNA/C6F and AFRICOM to provide collaborative opportunities amongst African forces and international partners that addresses maritime security concerns.“It must be recognized that, in many respects, African states have taken the lead in pushing the importance of maritime security toward the top of the international agenda, forcing us to consider the ramifications of action, or inaction, in the maritime domain. African leadership in this area reflects a profound change both in how the world understands and defines security,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark Camerer, director of logistics, U.S. Africa Command. “The maritime domain serves as the crossroad of national, regional and global interests. Be it security, economic or environmental interests, the maritime domain connects us all,” added Camerer.The exercise will last eight days, with a two-phase underway portion that will encompass a regional framework and then transition to an emphasis on national patrols. Throughout, the maritime operations center (MOC) will exercise information sharing practices.OE18 will be conducted in multiple areas at sea and ashore. At-sea operations will be conducted throughout the Gulf of Guinea. The largest footprint ashore for OE18 will be in Libreville, Gabon. Numerous MOCs will be participating from ashore across the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa along with several international organization MOCs.“The exercise provides an excellent arena to show the necessity of interagency cooperation for governments to accomplish a larger mission,” said Randall Meridith, deputy chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libreville, Gabon.OE18’s Accra, Ghana, site kicked off with a tabletop exercise. A team comprised of U.S. Sailors and Marines worked together with Ghanaian officials on scenarios at the maritime operations center in Accra. This part of the exercise is designed to help build relationships between the many different agencies used to help secure the Gulf of Guinea.Specific skill sets exercised for OE18 include boarding techniques, search and rescue operations, medical casualty response, radio communication, and information management techniques.The US will provide multiple training teams and controllers operating in African partner nations and aboard partner vessels.The Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), the command ship for US 6th Fleet, will participate in the exercise and could be used for a wide variety of scenarios, to include at-sea ship boarding and queries, air operations, communication drills, and regional information sharing.The 31 nations scheduled to participate in Obangame Express 2018 include Angola, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, Togo, Turkey and the United States, as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). View post tag: Obangame Expresslast_img read more

Trinity fish murdered

first_imgLast weekend, detergent was poured into the fishpond in Trinity College’s Fellows’ garden, killing all but one of the fish.The pond will need to be drained and cleaned as a result.In an email to the college, Nick Barber, the Dean of Trinity, stated that he was “saddened” by the “cruel act of vandalism.”He told JCR members that after a “swift and effective investigation by the Dean of Balliol, a group of students from that college has owned up to the act.”Alastair Travis, Balliol JCR President, commented, “A few individuals from Balliol, meaning no serious harm, planned a prank to put some washing up liquid in a fountain in Trinity. They found their access to the fountain blocked – instead finding the pond (which, in the darkness, they were not aware as being a fish-pond). After the damage was reported to the dean, they quickly owned up to the incident and the associated financial and decanal punishments.The Dean of Trinity warned students at the college that “Trinity will not tolerate any ‘reprisals’ against Balliol. Any action of this type will lead to significant fines – well beyond the ordinary punishments I have levelled for bad behaviour in the past.”Students at Trinity have expressed distress at the attack.Damien Conyngham-Hynes commented, “I’m disgusted and outraged. It frankly sickens me. Trinity have moved with the times and moved on from our rivalry. Bailliol palpably have not.”“There’s the banter of college rivalry – and then there’s taking it too far. They’re so far past the line, they can’t even see the line!” stated another Trinity student, Fay Lomas.last_img read more

Dennis Rodman Joins Pearl Jam On Stage At Wrigley Field [Watch]

first_imgThe show is still ongoing, but you can see the setlist as it updates below.Edit this setlist | More Pearl Jam setlists[Cover photo via jerrylesperance//Instagram] Pearl Jam is currently in the midst of their headlining performance at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, treating fans to a second great night of music from their incredible deep catalog. The band has been known to bring athletes on stage in years past, and even recently brought out some Red Sox alums for the show at Fenway Park. The show tonight takes the cake, however, as Pearl Jam brought out Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman during tonight’s show.Rodman came out during “Black, Red, Yellow,” pumping up the crowd during the song’s introduction and remaining on stage afterwards. You can watch it go down in the Instagram clip below.last_img read more

Ticketfly Launches A Secure Marketplace For Fans To Buy And Sell Tickets

first_img2016 was a historic year for the concert ticketing industry, especially with President Obama’s notable decision to enact the BOTS Act forbidding the use of bot software to purchase tickets. In that spirit, the ticket company Ticketfly has teamed with the company Lyte to operate a secure marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets, fan-to-fan.“For many years I have mulled over how to best tackle the safe and secure resale of tickets for our clients and ticket buyers,” said Andrew Dreskin, Ticketfly’s CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “One that keeps the tickets in the hands of true fans, keeps control of the experience in the hands of our clients, ensures that the house is full for the artists, and renders obsolete scalpers who leach off the primary ecosystem. Lyte is that answer. We are delighted to be in business with these guys.”Ticketfly and Lyte will verify the exchange of tickets for sold out shows, thus working to reduce fraudulent ticket sales and keep tickets in the hands of actual fans. The partnership also serves to benefit artists by reducing the “no-show rate” of attendees, allowing musicians to play in front of more people for their performances. The Lyte/Ticketfly partnership will be launched at a handful of venues, including The Bomb Factory and Trees in Dallas Marathon Music Works in Nashville; Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco; and Whitewater Music Amphitheatre outside of Austin.You can find out more about Lyte by heading to their official website.last_img read more

Jam Cruise Announces Hosts For Brooklyn Comes Alive Jam Room

first_img[Video: TheFunkItBlog] Brooklyn Comes Alive and Jam Cruise have just announced the hosts of the first-ever land-based edition of the iconic Jam Room. Two special back-to-back sessions will take place starting at midnight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Session One will be hosted by iconic The Meters bassist, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Jam Cruise lifer George Porter Jr.. Session Two will be hosted by the potent tag-team of bassist Karina Rykman and guitarist Craig Brodhead, who play with Marco Benevento and Turkuaz, respectively.In the Jam Room, Jam Cruise taps artists to play the role of host, acting as the anchor of an improv-heavy late-night set featuring a rotating cast of surprise musicians. With the intention of giving artists the chance to collaborate in an open and relaxed atmosphere, each Jam Room is chock full of surprises, with neither fans nor artists knowing who will show up or what will happen.Jam Cruise’s inaugural land-edition of the Jam Room is a great fit at Brooklyn Comes Alive. In 2018, Brooklyn Comes Alive will take over Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade for an all-day musical marathon. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations—much like Jam Cruise’s own focus on unique artist collaborations and communal camaraderie. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.As for the upcoming Jam Room sessions at Brooklyn Comes Alive, while each performance is sure to host numerous surprises, it’s also likely that the individual hosts will be reflected in the sessions they lead. George Porter Jr. is one of the most visible bassists in the jam and funk scenes. As an original member of The Meters, he helped define the New Orleans-funk sound, though he has exhibited his true musical diversity by collaborating with everyone from Dead & Company to Phish‘s Page McConnell to Snoop Dogg to Widespread Panic and countless others.Craig Brodhead is a musical force within the fan-favorite Brooklyn-based funk act, Turkuaz. Shifting between guitar and keys, the man clad in white is well-versed in super jams, performing with a whos-who of famed artists in the Northeast and each year down at New Orleans Jazz Fest. Brodhead’s partner-in-crime at Brooklyn Comes Alive for this special jam session will be bassist Karina Rykman, the young, highly talented bassist in famed keyboardist Marco Benevento’s solo project. Despite her young age, Rykman has proved herself as one of the brightest up-and-comers in the scene, accomplishing what many artists twice or triple her age dream of, with collaborations with Robert Randolph, Eric Krasno, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Nels Cline, Jackie Greene, Joe Russo, and others under her belt.Brodhead spoke to L4LM about his participation in the jam room, explaining:If you’ve ever had the privilege of hanging in the jam room late into the night on jam cruise, you know there’s a lot to be learned from the experience. It gets weird in there. That doesn’t always mean good or bad, but one must always pass through the Door Of Weirdness to experience the truly great improvisational moments. I am truly honored to be joining forces at Brooklyn Comes Alive with the incomparable Karina Rykman for a very special Jam Room modeled on this experience and we’ll do our best to steer the ship and man the stations with the finest musicians Brooklyn will have on hand that evening!Rykman was also effusive in her excitement about hosting the Jam Room:Beyond stoked to co-host the Jam Room at BCA with my dude Craig Brodhead, and represent NYC!  This great confluence of players all coming together to create simultaneously is a spectacular thing, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.Porter Jr. summed it up nicely, adding:I am looking forward to bringing the Magic of the Jam Cruise jam room to this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive. It’s going to be funky and fun!George Porter Jr. and Karina Rykman will both be on hand at Brooklyn Comes Alive outside of leading their respective Jam Room sessions. George Porter Jr. has been tapped for a special tribute to set to Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks, and Gregg Allman, which will see the bassist teaming up with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Adam Smirnoff, Jeff Sipe, Peter Levin, and Elise Testone. Karina Rykman will bring her own solo project, the Karina Rykman Experiment, to the festival, which also features Adam November and Chris Corsico in addition to special guests Robert Walter and Dave Harrington. However, as for either bassist’s Jam Room sessions, the sky’s the limit as to who could show up to join in the collaborative fray.You can check out video from George Porter Jr.’s Jam Room session aboard Jam Cruise in 2014, which saw the bassist joined by Brooklyn Comes Alive alum Adam Deitch, who will bring his own Adam Deitch Quartet to BCA this year; Adam Deitch’s famed father, Bobby Deitch; guitarist Will Bernard; the Bonerama Horns; and others for this take on “Second Line” into “Iko Iko” and “I Feel Like Funkin’ It Up”. The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.last_img read more