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Public Sector shake up many shifted to new ministries

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first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PublicSectorshakeup, #shiftsinPublicSectorministries Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 27, 2017 – Providenciales – A new Administration for the country and perhaps that translates to new roles for some government employees including Permanent Secretaries, deputies and directors.    The Office of the Deputy Governor, which heads the Civil Service has made some changes for a shake up in the technocrats of the government ministries and leaders’ offices.The director of the Governor’s Office remains James Astwood… the new director of the Office of the Premier is Ronlee James, Althea Been has been made the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Deputy Premier and Ministry of Border Control.  Tito Lightbourne will serve as the director of the DGs office, while the Ministry of Finance will see its leadership team stay the same; Athenee Harvey-Basden is the Permanent Secretary, and Arthur Been and Shonia Been are the deputies there.  Susan Malcolm is now at Border Control, her deputy is Sharon Taylor.Now the former PS of Border Control, Clara Gardiner is at Home Affairs with Russell Cox who is moved from Education and Bridget Newman is a second deputy at that ministry.   When it comes to Housing, Infrastructure and Planning, Ian Astwood is newly appointed as the Permanent Secretary with Desmond Wilson as the deputy; Cheryl Ann Jones is no longer at Education but will work in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment with Michelle Gardiner, who is the deputy there.Desiree Lewis is returned now at Health, Agriculture and Human Services as the Permanent Secretary and Tamera Robinson remains the Deputy PS of the Ministry of Health.  The Ministry of Education is now with Wesley Clerveaux as its Permanent Secretary, shifted from Health and his deputy is Amin McCartney who moves over from Tourism.  The new positions are effective in under a week on April 1, 2017.You can read the Deputy Governor’s full press release when you like Magnetic Media Fanpage on Facebook.#MagneticMediaNews#PublicSectorshakeup#shiftsinPublicSectorministrieslast_img read more

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50 Infant Departments To Be Established At Primary Schools

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first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, July 26, 2017 – Kingston – Some 50 infant departments are to be established at primary schools across the island under the Early Childhood Rationalisation Programme.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure during his presentation at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, today (July 24).Senator Reid said the Early Childhood Commission is currently working with the Ministry’s regional team to establish the infant departments.In addition, he said that another 70 per cent of the Early Childhood Institutions are being identified to be budgeted for the 2018/19 financial year.“So, in our new financial programme going forward, we are intent on providing the funding to transition these institutions into full public institutions,” Senator Reid said.The Administration allocated $50 million in the budget last year for renovation or modification works in primary schools to create infant departments in 30 schools.Some 28 schools have been completed, and work is in progress on two which are close to completion.Senator Reid informed that another $50 million has been earmarked in this year’s budget to carry out additional renovation works in primary schools to create infant departments.“Fortunately, the population has fallen over recent times by about 20 per cent and we are seizing the opportunity to use the excess capacity within the primary schools to attach infant departments,” he explained.The Minister said in the short term, children in all parishes will be provided with access to quality early-childhood infant school services that will positively impact their development.“In the long run, the provision of high quality early childhood education will result in improved student performance at primary and secondary levels and a reduction in the remedial education and social dependence, including welfare and the criminal justice systems,” Senator Reid said.Meanwhile, the Minister is encouraging members of the Diaspora to provide support to the Early Childhood sector.He added that this is an area that the Government is targeting, “as we are all aware that the first one thousand days are the most critical in our children’s lives.” Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Mackey praises Hamilton for their involvement in the UYL

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first_imgScottish Football Association (SFA) Malky Mackay has heaped praises on Hamilton Academical for putting their faith in home-grown players whilst praising their participation in the UEFA Nations League.The Scottish side progressed to the next round of the competition following a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Swiss rivals Basel and Mackay predicts they will reap long-term benefits from their involvement.“Playing in the UEFA Youth League is exciting for Hamilton,” he said, according to HeraldScotland. “It is a reward for nailing their colours to the mast and deciding they want to go down a certain route.”No, UEFA didn’t invite Argentina to play the Nations League Manuel R. Medina – July 8, 2019 The rumor started on Fox Sports Argentina and rapidly gained traction all over the world, but the European governing body has denied the reports.“It makes them an attractive club to go to. It will have nothing but benefit for them. They have to look at how they go into these games, what style they play against a European team and what they learned from this experience. I suppose it puts a spotlight on how they can make things even better.”“There are a variety of young players who have come out of Hamilton who have been playing in their youth system.”“It is a great credit to Les Gray (the Hamilton chairman) who has decided ‘he is our manager, we have got a way of working, a way of playing, we buy into him and he is going to be our manager for the next few years’. They did it with Alex Neil and now they are doing it with Martin Canning.”“During a certain run to results, a button can be pushed. But it is refreshing to see what happens at Hamilton. It is what used to happen. A manager knew that every weekend he wasn’t looking over his shoulder. The pressure of the next four week’s results aren’t on him.”last_img read more

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Exgirlfriend of man accused in fatal Horton Plaza shooting testifies she saw

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Ceremonial demolition to make way for new community center in El Cajon

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first_img Updated: 4:54 PM Ceremonial demolition to make way for new community center in El Cajon Ed Lenderman, Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIn El Cajon Wednesday, a ceremony heralding a much-needed addition to the community took place.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was LIVE with the story. center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 27, 2017 December 27, 2017last_img read more

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Councilmember Lorie Zapf recaps her State of the District address

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Former Border Patrol agent pleads guilty to drug charges

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first_img Posted: July 12, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent admitted Thursday in federal court in San Diego to conspiring to distribute the primary ingredient used in the manufacture of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.Cesar Daleo, 48, faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for his guilty plea, according to prosecutors. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 28.Daleo was arrested last August while trying to drive into Mexico with a package that he believed contained the precursor chemical, known as 4ANPP, court records state. Daleo had just picked up the parcel, shipped from China, at a postal facility in San Ysidro.Unbeknownst to Daleo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent stationed at Los Angeles International Airport had intercepted a package from China a few weeks earlier and discovered that it contained 4ANPP.Federal agents replaced the chemical with a harmless substance and waited for someone to pick it up at its destination in San Ysidro. When Daleo did and then headed to Mexico, he was intercepted by law enforcement before crossing the border, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego.As part of his plea, Daleo admitted taking part in a plan to distribute 4ANPP, picking up packages at the San Ysidro mail center and being paid to transport the parcels to Mexico.Daleo also conceded that some of the parcels contained a substance that could be used to manufacture illegal drugs.Daleo faces a separate indictment for allegedly conspiring to smuggle protected sea cucumbers and sea horses. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Former Border Patrol agent pleads guilty to drug charges KUSI Newsroom, July 12, 2018last_img read more

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Police pursuit suspect arrested after barricading himself in a Mission Bay motel

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first_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man led police on a short car chase and barricaded himself in a Mission Bay motel before officers were able to arrest him Sunday.Police tried to stop a car in the 2700 block of Garnet Avenue after 9 a.m., according to San Diego police Officer Steve Bourasa. The driver, who police said was wanted for burglary and weapons charges, wouldn’t yield to officers, and fled to a motel in the 4300 block of Mission Bay Drive.Another passenger was also in the car.One person in the vehicle got out, ran into the motel and holed himself up in one of the rooms, Bourasa said. The other person stayed in the car and was quickly taken into custody.Police set up a perimeter around the motel and were able to arrest the person in the hotel room shortly after 10 a.m., Bourasa said. It was not clear if that had been the driver or passenger.No names were immediately arrested. October 14, 2018 Posted: October 14, 2018 Police pursuit suspect arrested after barricading himself in a Mission Bay motelcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:18 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Workers set to resume transferring nuclear waste at San Onofre

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first_img Posted: November 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Workers are set to resume transferring nuclear waste at the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. This comes after a near-miss with a cannister fill of hot nucear waste halted the work back in August.Charles Langley, CEO of the consumer group Public Watchdogs, joins KUSI to talk about San Onofre. November 30, 2018 Workers set to resume transferring nuclear waste at San Onofre Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Police investigating death of man found injured in Bay Terraces

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first_img KUSI Newsroom Police investigating death of man found injured in Bay Terraces 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Homicide detectives were investigating the death of a man who was found gravely injured early Friday morning on a sidewalk in the Bay Terraces area.Police and firefighters responded around 12:40 a.m. to a report of a person down in the 2300 block of Spring Oak Way, San Diego police Lt. Anthony Dupree said.Emergency crews arrived in the area and found man suffering from apparent trauma to his upper body, Dupree said.The unidentified man — said to appear to be in his 20s — was pronounced dead at the scene, Dupree said.Anyone with information regarding the man’s death was asked to call the SDPD’s homicide unit at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:51 PMcenter_img Posted: March 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 1, 2019last_img read more

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Camas Washougal consider joint fire services

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first_imgCity officials in Camas and Washougal are once again looking into ways to consolidate fire services.Washougal Mayor Sean Guard requested the two cities explore options for joint services in an attempt to make efforts more efficient for both entities. At this point, Guard said, city officials have had only preliminary discussions and have not determined how the consolidated service may look. A working group, including fire personnel and city officials from Camas and Washougal, has been assembled to research the issue. Guard expects the group will have a clearer idea of whether joint services would be cost-effective and what changes could be made within the next two months.Washougal is still asking voters to approve a replacement operations levy this fall for emergency medical services. The levy does not affect consolidation discussions, which pertain only to fire services, Guard said.Last year, Washougal’s professional firefighters decertified their union and joined the Camas fire union.For the complete story, see Saturday’s Columbian.last_img read more

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Three wanted in apartment robbery

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first_imgDetectives are on the lookout for three suspects who forced their way into an apartment overnight Saturday and displayed a gun before fleeing with cash and other items.A man watching TV inside an apartment in the 900 block of Southeast 136th Avenue answered a knock at the door at about 4:40 a.m. Saturday. Police allege three suspects, two men and a woman, seized on the opening and rushed inside. At least one of them was armed with a gun that discharged. There were no injuries, however, said Kim Kapp, a Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman. The alleged robbers escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and other items.The victims, a man and a woman, told police they did not know the suspected robbers.The suspects were described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, about 5-feet, 10-inches and 170 pounds; a black male with dreadlocks; and a Hispanic female, 5 feet tall and weighing 100 pounds.The Hispanic male was also believed to have been wearing a bandana. “We don’t have any further suspect description,” Kapp said.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department.last_img read more

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Hybrid crosswalk signal installed near Clark College

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first_imgThe city of Vancouver has installed a new hybrid crosswalk that uses a red signal beacon and signs to alert drivers to pedestrians crossing Fort Vancouver Way at Clark College.The pedestrian beacon, sometimes referred to as a HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK), is the first to be installed in Vancouver. The new beacon is expected to command more attention from drivers than traditional yellow-light pedestrian signals, the city said in a statement.When not activated, the signal is dark. When activated by pedestrians using a button, the signal moves through the following steps:• The overhead beacon emits a flashing yellow light that changes to a solid yellow light, advising drivers to prepare to stop.• Then, the signal beacon light changes to a solid red, requiring drivers to come to a complete stop behind the stop bar lines on the street. At the same time, a “walk” symbol is displayed to pedestrian.• Next, a flashing “don’t walk” symbol is displayed for pedestrians along with a countdown indicating time left to cross. At that point, drivers will see an alternating flashing red signal indicating they may proceed with caution, after having come to a full stop and after the pedestrians have cleared the crosswalk.Drivers are not required to stop when the beacon is dark, similar to a highway ramp meter that is not in use, the city said.For more information about the crosswalk, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/SignalsSigns.last_img read more

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Girls basketball coach Aldridge leaves Prairie for Clark College

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first_imgAl Aldridge had been dreading this day for years.He did not know when it would happen, but he knew one day he would resign, walk away as the head coaching of the Prairie girls basketball team.After 32 seasons, 710 wins, six state championships, that day was Tuesday.Aldridge said he is taking over the Clark College women’s program. The college has scheduled a luncheon Wednesday to announce the hiring.Before any of that, Aldridge had to say goodbye to Prairie.He called his players in for a 10:45 a.m. meeting. It was short. He told them he was leaving, taking an opportunity to coach college basketball.“I enjoyed 32 great years here at Prairie High School coaching this basketball program. I’ve dedicated pretty much my entire life to this basketball program,” he said. His players sat on the bleachers, silent, stunned. Some jaws dropped.Aldridge called it the toughest decision of his life. He then quickly slipped out of the gym.“I didn’t want to be an emotional wreck in front of my kids,” he would say later.Soon after his exit, many players did cry.“I could feel what he was going through. I could tell he was torn up,” senior Kelsey Asplund said. “I have so much to thank Al for — for what he has done for me,” junior Megan Lindsley said. “He made me such a better player.”This year’s Falcons won the program’s sixth state championship.He finished 710-134, an .841 winning percentage. The program has had 27 consecutive winning seasons, 16 consecutive league titles, and 15 district titles in the past 16 seasons. The Falcons also went more than 10 years — from January 2000 to February 2010 — without losing to another Clark County team.last_img read more

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Hearing brings coal spotlight to Vancouver

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first_img• What: Vancouver hearing on proposed coal export facility. • When: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. • Where: Clark College’s Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. • The project: Gateway Pacific Terminal, near Bellingham, one of five coal facilities on the table in Washington and Oregon.• Can’t make it? Comments can also be sent to the lead agencies at http://eisgatewaypacificwa.gov, which also has additional information.Few issues this year have generated more interest and debate in the Northwest than coal exports. Public meetings on the subject have drawn bigger crowds than some local sporting events.This week, Vancouver gets its turn in the spotlight.A Wednesday hearing at Clark College will invite residents to weigh in on one of the proposed coal projects in Washington. And for the first time, face time at the microphone will be determined by luck of the draw. That’s because a first-come, first-served model used at other meetings prompted people to show up hours early to get a coveted speaking slot (or, reportedly, pay stand-ins to wait in line for them).The meeting will focus on the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham, one of five coal export facilities now proposed in Washington and Oregon. Among other commodities, the facility would handle coal that’s shipped through the Northwest mostly by rail, on its way to energy-hungry markets in Asia.One of the Northwest’s key rail arterials is the BNSF Railway track that passes through the Columbia River Gorge and Vancouver.The Washington State Department of Ecology, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Whatcom County are jointly gathering public comment on the Gateway Pacific project as they prepare an environmental impact statement. Previous meetings have attracted huge crowds as well-organized advocates on both sides of the debate rally their troops.last_img read more

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Man arrested in assault of TriMet bus driver

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first_imgPortland transit police say they’ve made an arrest in an assault on a female TriMet bus driver during a north Portland fare dispute.A man was arrested Friday evening near the spot where the assault took place Thursday night. He was not immediately identified.Transit police Lt. Eric Schober said officers spotted a man walking out of a residence who looked like a grainy image from a bus security video. The man had been described as 5-foot-5 and 300 pounds. Schober said officers had figured the man lived in the area.TriMet had offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.Transit agency spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt said Friday the unidentified driver is recovering.Trimet said the operator was repeatedly punched after telling a rider who had boarded about a half mile earlier that he did not pay the correct fare. The bus was parked at the time. The man reportedly began yelling at the driver, then started hitting her. Altstadt said the driver fought off the attacker, who left on foot.last_img read more

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Fuel Medical moving to Camas

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first_imgThe owners of a fast-growing Vancouver business have purchased a building in downtown Camas from the Westlie Ford dealership and plan to renovate the space into trendy offices for more than 30 employees.Shawn Parker and Brendan Ford, founders of Fuel Medical Group, envision a “raw, industrial look” for their firm’s offices inside the 10,000-square-foot building, according to Parker. He said they hope to keep the structure’s mid-century character features like its dome-shaped roof and elements of brick, wood and glass that are part of the space at 314 N.E. Birch St. Downtown Camas, with its walkable street grid of restaurants, shops and bars, also provides an attraction for future employees, Parker said.“We wanted a fun, cool place to be, not an office complex,” said Parker, 38, co-owner of Fuel Medical with Ford, also 38. The company provides management services for physicians’ clinics.The business partners paid $825,000 for the building and plan to begin renovating the space in May. That’s when Westlie Ford expects to move its service center to the dealership’s main location off state Highway 14 at 115 S.E. First St. in Washougal. An unused building at the site is now being converted into space for a new service center, said Randy Dickerson, who owns the dealership with his sons Ryan and Bret.Parker said Fuel Medical plans to hire 10 more employees over the next six months. The company now operates in cramped, 2,500-square-foot offices in a retail strip-center on Southeast First Street near 164th Avenue.last_img read more

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Another storm hits Northeast Oh not again

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first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The latest storm to roll off nature’s assembly line this bustling winter spread heavy snow and sleet along the Northeast corridor Thursday, while utility crews in the ice-encrusted South labored to restore power to hundreds of thousands of shivering residents.The sloppy weather shuttered schools and businesses, made driving scary, grounded more than 6,000 flights on Thursday alone and created more back-breaking work for people along the East Coast, where shoveling out has become a weekly chore — sometimes a twice-weekly one.“Snow has become a four-letter word,” said Tom McGarrigle, chairman of the Delaware County Council, in suburban Philadelphia.Baltimore awoke to 15 inches of snow. Washington, D.C., had at least 8, and federal offices and the city’s two main airports were closed.Philadelphia had nearly 9 inches, making it the fourth 6-inch snowstorm of the season — the first time that has happened in the city’s history. New York City received nearly 10 inches. Parts of New Jersey had over 11. The Boston area was expecting 4 to 6, while inland Connecticut and Massachusetts were looking at a foot or more.In New Cumberland, Pa., Randal DeIvernois had to take a rest after shoveling his driveway. His snow blower had conked out.“Every time it snows, it’s like, oh, not again,” he said. “I didn’t get this much snow when I lived in Colorado. It’s warmer at the Olympics than it is here. That’s ridiculous.”last_img read more

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Consultation launches on gender pay gap reporting

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first_imgThe government has launched a consultation to establish the details of its plans to make it complusory for large employers to publish the average salaries of male and female staff. The consultation will also look into what information from employers will be published, as well as where and when.Plans for the new reporting regulations, which will apply to organisations with more than 250 employees, were first announced in March 2015. Prior to this, employers were encouraged to publish information about differences in men and women’s salaries under the 2011 ‘Think, Act, Report’ campaign. However, this was voluntary and organisations could choose what information they made public and where.  In an article published in The Times today (14 July), prime minister David Cameron said that the measure would help to address the gender pay gap. “Today I’m announcing a really big move: we will make every single [organisation] with 250 employees or more publish the gap between average female earnings and average male earnings. That will cast sunlight on the discrepancies and create the pressure we need for change, driving women’s wages up.“Transparency, skills, representation, affordable childcare: these things can end the gender pay gap in a generation. That’s my goal.”Nicola Rabson, global head of employment and incentives at law firm Linklaters, said: “The consultation is a prelude to regulations designed to speed up the rate at which the UK’s gender pay gap (currently standing at 19.1%) closes.”The consultation is wide ranging and has reopened the question of the size of employers, in terms of employee numbers, which will be required to report, as well as the content, frequency and manner of reporting.“The most vexing issue is likely to be the level of detail that is required to be published; an overall pay comparison of the pay of an organisation’s male and female employees will provide considerably less information than a job-by-job comparison. Although at this stage there is little concrete action for employers to take, businesses may well be inclined to respond to the consultation.”Tim Thomas, head of employment policy at manufacturers’ organisation EEF, added: “Businesses will want to ensure that the data they publish on any gender pay gap is not confused with equal pay, with the difference between the two not always obvious and the UK already having had equal pay legislation since 1970.“Government will need to implement the new rules in a flexible way allowing employers to demonstrate the action they are taking to address any gender pay gap and allow businesses the time to work with their employees to tackle the complex issues surrounding gender pay.”Kathryn Nawrockyi, gender equality director at Business in the Community, added: “We welcome the government’s intent to close the gender pay gap and will be contributing to the Section 78 consultation along with our member companies.”We know from our research that while [organisations] that carry out gender pay audits are more likely to have higher numbers of female managers, one in five organisations has never conducted one. It is critical that all employers committed to gender equality undertake a pay audit. We will continue to encourage all employers to get ahead of the Section 78 legislation by carrying out a gender pay audit at all levels of their organisation so that they can set out clear steps on how to close pay gaps that do exist.“All of this has huge potential to make a difference, so it ultimately comes down to workplace cultures. These must evolve in parallel with legislation and news ways of thinking, so that business practices like flexible working and shared parental leave are normalised. This way we are ensuring that no one, man or woman, suffers from pay or career penalties as a result of parenthood or their gender.”The consultation will close on 6 September.last_img read more

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Radioactive PR launches fourday working week

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first_imgGloucestershire-based public relations agency Radioactive PR has this week (Monday 3 September 2018) implemented a four-day working week for its 10 employees.The change will see employees working Monday to Thursday and having Friday off work, while still earning the same full-time pay they currently receive for a five-day working week.Employees’ annual leave allowance will be reduced by 20% to accommodate the change in working hours, decreasing from 25 days, plus eight bank holidays and the employee’s birthday, to 20 days. The organisation will also reduce lunch breaks to 45 minutes, instead of an hour, and on weeks including a bank holiday Monday, staff will be required to work on Friday so as to still complete their four working days.Rich Leigh, founder at Radioactive PR, said: “Presenteeism is good for nothing and nobody, and I’ve long thought that overworking and unrealistic expectations on staff time runs counter to results, especially in an industry where, last year, 60% of people surveyed said they’d experienced mental ill health. More and more evidence speaks to a work-life balance that doesn’t impact on quality or effectiveness in certain business sectors and isn’t ‘just because it’s how everyone’s always done it’, and we’re in the fortunate position of being able to give it a go. It’s exciting.”The new working hours are being introduced following a six-week trial, which ran between 25 June and 3 August 2018. During this period, staff reported that they had enjoyed a better work-life balance and felt more relaxed at home because of the new working pattern. The organisation surveyed both its staff and its business clients following the pilot, to investigate whether the four-day working week would be suitable moving forward.The four-day working week was initially trialled to help improve employee mental wellbeing and productivity.Leigh added: “PR can be a creative but ultimately results-driven industry to work in, and, as evidence points to, isn’t without its stress. From small things like paid birthdays off and [an organisation]-wide Amazon account for staff to buy books they’re interested in or anything else they need or want to make their job or time easier, to bigger initiatives like the four-day week, I want the staff at their best. And to be at their best, they need the time and space to think. Work-life balance plays a huge role in this.”last_img read more

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