Preview Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

first_imgReal Madrid are the favourites to make their fourth Champions League final in five years, but as shown in their last round against Juventus, they cannot rule out a Bayern Munich comeback at the Santiago BernabeuThe reigning European champions have won each of the last four meetings between the two sides and are looking in good shape for tonight’s second leg with head coach Zinedine Zidane having rested key stars in last weekend’s 2-1 win against Leganes.Returning to the side are Cristiano Ronaldo, captain Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.Both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema started in Saturday’s win against Leganes, with the Welshman having scored the opener, and maybe line to start for Zidane in the decisive leg.However, the Frenchman will have to do without Daniel Carvajal who sustained an injury in the first leg at Munich with Nacho unlikely to be able to start in his place due to the fact that he has just returned from injury himself and will not be 100%.Meanwhile, Bayern has confirmed that both Jérôme Boateng and Arjen Robben will be unavailable for the German side after sustaining injuries during the first leg. Niklas Süle and Thiago Alcantara are expected to cover for the duo.Other notable absentees for Jupp Heynckes are Kingsley Coman, Manuel Neuer and Arturo Vidal.But the good news for the departing Bayern boss is that David Alaba has travelled with the squad to Madrid and is now expected to start at left-back.Heynckes rested some of his key stars during Bayern’s 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday with the club having already sealed the Bundesliga title.To overcome Real tonight, Bayern will need at least two goals unanswered to progress to the final at Kiev.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Although they must brace themselves for the challenge that awaits them at the Spanish capital with Real having won six of their last seven matches in the Champions League, in which Los Blancos have scored at least two goals in each game.Probable line-upsReal Madrid4-3-1-2Navas, Vázquez, Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Asensio, Bale, RonaldoBayern Munich4-3-3Ulreich, Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Alaba, Alcántara, Martinez, Rodriguez, Müller, Lewandowski, Ribéry(Data obtained by WhoScored)last_img read more

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Luka Modric Champions League best midfielder

first_imgThe Croatian national team footballer was chosen as the best over Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and his teammates in Real Madrid: Toni Kroos and CasemiroIn the biggest vote difference yet in the UEFA Champions League Awards, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric has been chosen as the best midfielder of last season.He won the award with 347 points, just 213 points more than second place Kevin De Brune from Manchester City.The Croatian international even managed to beat his teammates Toni Kroos and Casemiro, who only got 69 points and 40 points respectively.The midfielder appeared for Los Merengues in 11 occasions, assisting once and scoring one goal.“Is he the best midfield player in the world right now? That performance today was stunning. He receives the ball in tight areas, he gets pressed by three or four people, but he’s so calm, collected and cool under pressure,” former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard told UEFA after the final.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.“He is a player who has a very different talent, he improves anyone who is around him. It shows when he is not on the field – Madrid is a different team without Luka,” his Croatian teammate Ivan Rakitic said.Midfielder of the Season top tenLuka Modrić (Real Madrid) – 347 pointsKevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 114 pointsToni Kroos (Real Madrid) – 69 pointsCasemiro (Real Madrid) – 40 pointsJames Milner (Liverpool) – 18 pointsAndrés Iniesta (Barcelona, now Vissel Kobe) – 16 pointsIvan Rakitić (Barcelona) – 9 pointsIsco (Real Madrid), Sadio Mané (Liverpool), Miralem Pjanić (Juventus), James Rodríguez (Bayern) – 6 pointsWell played, @lukamodric10! ?#UEFAawards #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/1F01puLdWl— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 30, 2018last_img read more

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Australian Sports Hall of Fame accepts first footballer in 22 years

first_imgHally Kewell will be the sixth footballer in the Hall of Fame; the last one admitted was Alfred Quill in 1996Winger Harry Kewell is one of Australia’s legendary footballers.He’s now the Notts County manager, but before that,joing he had a great career in the sports.Kewell played for Leeds United, Liverpool, Galatasaray, Melbourne Victory, Al-Gharafa and Melbourne Heart.He also played for the Australian national team in two World Cups.And now, for the first time since Alfred Quill was admitted into the 1996 class of the Australian Sports Hall of Fame, Kewell joins other five footballers.An Aussie is living the “European dream” Manuel R. Medina – June 19, 2019 Defender George Timotheou is playing with Schalke in the German Bundesliga after he couldn’t appear even once in the Australian League.“To be accepted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame is an honour,” Kewell said today to FTBL.“As a footballer, sometimes we are recognised with team awards because it’s a team sport.”“But if you get the opportunity to receive an award as an individual it’s something really special to me because it’s not just looking at one result, it’s looking at the whole picture, a whole season or your whole career – It’s something special,” he added.“It was a great moment in Australian football history. Every kid dreams of playing in a World Cup, and for me to be able just to do that first and foremost was huge.”“To be able to start in a game where we were confident and we felt good enough to win, and to be able to score that goal to put us through to the next round, was one of my proudest moments,” he continued.last_img read more

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Bayer Leverkusen captain baffled by 41 loss

first_imgLars Bender was at loss to explain how Bayer Leverkusen’s good run of form came to a shocking end on SaturdayHeiko Herrlich’s side hosted Hoffenheim at the BayArena hoping to extend their two-match winning run.Leverkusen had scored 11 goals in two games prior to the weekend, but ended up suffering a 4-1 home defeat.Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson was on target along with Joelinton and Vincenzo Grifo for Hoffenheim.But Leverkusen captain Bender feels the final result was an unfair reflection of the match.“I can’t explain how we can lose 1-4 after playing such a good game,” Bender told Kicker.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We were the better team over long stretches. That was our best home game this season, but it ended 1-4, and you don’t know why.”Leverkusen manager Herrlich also felt that the team’s performance deserved a better outcome.“We are dissatisfied that we couldn’t take any points. That was a decent performance from us, but a bad result,” said Herrlich.“The fact we had 21 shots shows that we tried, but we just couldn’t get the ball in the net.”Leverkusen are 13th in the Bundesliga with 11 points from 10 matches.last_img read more

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Mata tips Valencia to win Europa League

first_imgFormer Valencia midfielder Juan Mata has backed the club to win the Europa League this season after their Champions League exit on Tuesday.Juan Mata returned to the United starting lineup at the Mestalla on Tuesday as they lost 2-1 to Valencia, and his love for the club has remained unchanged.“It is a very special match that I will enjoy to the fullest, it was my home for four seasons and I have fantastic memories of the club, of the people, this will be a match to remember,” Mata told the Valencia official website ahead of the game.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I would have liked for both teams to qualify for the next phase, although with Juventus in the group that position was very clear.“Now I want Valencia CF to have a long season in the UEFA Europa League and I hope they can win it. You never know, two seasons ago we were third and then we won.”last_img read more

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Alan Smith on Mislintats departure

first_imgThere is no point in Arsenal retaining the services of Sven Mislintat if the club is unwilling to spend money, according to the club’s legend Alan Smith.Mislintat, 46, was appointed as Arsenal’s head of recruitment in November 2017 but rumours are rife he is set for an exit after masterminding some of the club’s major deals including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £56million in January 2018.The club are said to be looking to appoint a technical director, and former striker Smith believes it’s the right call considering the club is not keen on any buys.“The Ramsey situation is a funny one,” he told Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on TalkSport and cited on Football London.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He’s such a good player and to see him move to Juventus, where I’m sure he’ll do well, it’s a bit galling for Arsenal fans – especially given the situation in midfield.“We’ve got Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, and Granit Xhaka – they’ll do a shift but they’re not going to create too many chances. It’s certainly an area Arsenal are lacking in.“I think all Arsenal fans were hoping this would come to an end,” added Smith, hinting at his frustration at another quality player be allowed to leave the club.“They’ve got a new backroom team in place with Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat, who seems to be leaving. He’s head of recruitment but there’s not much point him being there if they can’t recruit because they’ve got no money.”last_img read more

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Youngster Smith Rowe wants to impress in Arsenal

first_imgThe 18-year-old became world champion with the England national team in 2017 and has started his life with the Gunners’ first teamEnglish attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe joined Arsenal in 2010 for the youth squad.He has been called to the first squad this year, and he wants to impress to debut in the English Premier League soon.“When I was a kid I looked up to [Lionel] Messi and [Andries] Iniesta,” Smith Rowe told Goal.“Watching them play for Barcelona inspired me so much. The link-ups they had and the goals they scored and created were amazing.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Someone I inspire to play like is probably Kevin De Bruyne because of the way he plays,” he commented.“I learn so much from the entire coaching staff and players every day. The training sessions are so intense which is really good for me to learn every day.”“I need to stay focused every day, keep learning and keep taking on what all the coaches are telling me,” he added.“I’m obviously in a privileged position to most people but for me, it’s about staying focused and getting the right advice from my family and the people around me.”last_img read more

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Dortmund CEO Bayern Munich remain the Bundesliga title favourites

first_imgBorussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke won’t allow himself to get carried away with their excellent start in the Bundesliga and insisted Bayern Munich remain the favouritesUnder new coach Lucien Favre, Dortmund have opened up an unexpected six-point lead over defending champions Bayern at the top of the standings.It marks a remarkable turn around in form for BVB, who had finished last season a staggering 29 points behind winners Bayern in fourth-place.However, Watzke downplayed their title hopes by insisting Bayern will always be favourites due to their financial strength.“Bayern are always the favourite,” Watze told DPA.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I won’t allow myself to be told anything else. Anyone in such an economic sphere must live with being the perennial favourite.“For us, it is more important that we have shown the German football community that we are a factor to be reckoned with again, that we have brought excitement back to the league.“In the past years, it was effectively clear at Christmas who would be the champions.”Dortmund, who are chasing a first Bundesliga title since 2012, will return to action from the winter break on January 19 away to RB Leipzig.last_img read more

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Wijnaldum is full of praise for Milner

first_imgThe Liverpool footballer believes his teammate Milner is just a “manager in the form of a player” within the team’s dressing room.For Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum, a key part of the team’s success in the 2018-2019 English Premier League season has been teammate James Milner.According to him, the player has been operating in different positions in the squad, making 26 appearances so far this season.“It’s not only his quality that he has shown this season but also the way he treats everyone, the way he tries to help the team,” Wijnaldum told the club’s official website.“Even if he’s not training or playing, he always tries to help the team stay sharp and be aware of everything that can happen.”“He is a manager in the form of a player!” he explained.“He was quite unlucky when he got injured [in December] but even then before games he came into the dressing room and spoke with the players, trying to keep them sharp.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“So he was always involved, even when he was not in the 18,” he continued.“He was still part of the team.”“He would try to help the players on training days and everything,” he added.“He has a big impact on how we perform right now.”Liverpool is currently sitting in the first position in the table with 60 points, four ahead of second-place Manchester City.The Red have won 19 matches, draw 3 and have only lost one game in the season.last_img read more

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State Treasurers Office introduces new Business Incentives Gateway

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman Ed Lenderman, Posted: March 28, 2018 State Treasurer’s Office introduces new ‘Business Incentives Gateway’ March 28, 2018 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 SettingsCalifornia is rolling out a one-stop digital marketplace to help businesses grow, as well as recruit businesses to the state.The website is particularly aimed at small businesses and entrepreneurs.State Treasurer John Chiang’s office developed what he’s calling a groundbreaking tool.The treasurer was in San Diego Wednesday to meet with business leaders to tout a program called, “The California Business Incentives Gateway.”It brings together hundreds of local, state and federal development business incentives in one easy website. last_img read more

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Deputyinvolved shooting in Fallbrook

first_imgDeputy-involved shooting in Fallbrook KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom FALLBROOK (KUSI) – A sheriff’s deputy investigating reports of unprovoked assaults with a baseball bat by an unidentified man in Fallbrook fired his weapon when he found himself under the same kind of attack early this morning, an official said.The suspect was left with multiple gunshot wounds to his body, which he was treated for at a local hospital, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams said. He was expected to survive. The deputy sustained a laceration to his forehead.Sheriff’s deputies received three reports of baseball bat attacks near the area of Reche and Ranger roads in Fallbrook this week — one on Wednesday evening and two on Thursday evening, Williams said.Each attack was unprovoked and resulted in a vehicle damage and injuries before the victims fled to escape the attacker, he said.In response to the reported attacks, sheriff’s deputies conducted surveillance of the area early Friday morning.During the surveillance, a man walked up to a deputy in an unmarked car and smashed the window of the vehicle, shattered broken glass over the interior, prompting the deputy to open fire in self-defense, Williams said.Reche Road was expected to be closed between Ranger and Mission roads while deputies investigated the incident Friday.Officials didn’t immediately release the identity of either the suspect or the deputy involved in the shooting. Categories: Local San Diego News Posted: December 21, 2018 Watch Commander: @SDSOFallbrook investigating deputy-involved shooting near Reche Road and Ranger Road in Fallbrook. There is no danger to the community. Look for increased law enforcement activity. Please avoid the area if you can. This is all the info we have at this time.— San Diego Sheriff (@SDSheriff) December 21, 2018 Updated: 10:47 AM December 21, 2018 FacebookTwitter News release on deputy-involved shooting in Fallbrook. A @SDSOFallbrook Deputy suffered minor injuries after the suspect attacked his car with a baseball bat. Reche Road remains closed between Ranger Road and Mission Road. pic.twitter.com/X2llhWQjOH— San Diego Sheriff (@SDSheriff) December 21, 2018last_img read more

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New Live Well San Diego vehicle will take the services of the

first_imgNew Live Well San Diego vehicle will take the services of the public wellness January 8, 2019 , Posted: January 8, 2019center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Live Well San Diego is getting some new wheels.The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to purchase a vehicle that will take the services of the public wellness, safety and quality-of-life program directly to residents.The Live Well “mobile office” will offer disaster aid; community health services; housing assistance; and outreach to seniors, veterans and the homeless, according to planners.Supervisor Greg Cox called the rolling service a continuation of Live Well efforts that will allow the county to reach out to citizens more efficiently.The vehicle will make regular stops countywide, Health & Human Services Agency Director Nick Machionne told the board.“We don’t anticipate any issues,” Machionne said. “The mobility will only improve our access.” The goal is to have the vehicle on the road this year, HHSA spokeswoman Sarah Sweeney said.The program will cost $600,000, which will come out of the fiscal 2019-20 budget. The funding sources are CalWORKs and CalFresh, according to the county. last_img read more

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Brush fire erupts in Sabre Springs canyon

first_img 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) – A brush fire broke out in a Sabre Springs-area canyon today, burning hazardously close to streets and homes for a time but causing no structural damage.The blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 12:30 p.m. near several intersecting footpaths in an open area off Poway Road and Sabre Springs Parkway, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.It took ground crews and personnel aboard two water-dropping helicopters about 90 minutes to fully subdue the flames, which blackened “a little more than an acre,” SDFRD spokesman Jose Ysea said.Medics took one of the firefighters to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment of a knee injury suffered while helping douse the blaze.The cause of the fire was under investigation, the spokesman said. KUSI Newsroom July 16, 2019 Posted: July 16, 2019 Brush fire erupts in Sabre Springs canyon KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Ballot initiatives could restructure states budget

first_imgOlympia — Washington voters could reshape the state’s budget outlook for the next couple of years, depending how they weigh in Nov. 2 on six citizen initiatives and a referendum from the Legislature.Most of the proposals would cut the flow of money into the state treasury, including two liquor-privatization efforts and a tax-rollback measure that is backed by $10 million from the national soft drink industry. But an income tax on high-earning residents, if enacted and not struck down by courts, would give the state $2.2 billion a year in future budget cycles.A recent Stateline.org report said 140 measures have qualified for the fall ballot around the country, and Washington is one of several states where voter action this fall is expected to have huge budget consequences. Stateline cited several other states and their proposals:o Arizona’s proposed sales tax increase.o California’s proposals for an $18 annual user fee for state parks, repeal of corporate tax breaks, and legalization and taxation of marijuana.o Proposals in Colorado to cut property taxes in half, worth $1.5 billion, and other cuts in vehicle, income and other taxes, worth $1.6 billion.o Repeal of alcohol sales taxes and reductions in sales taxes in Massachusetts.In any scenario, hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars are at stake, based on an initiative-by-initiative analysis by the state Office of Financial Management. Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget office is bracing for whatever happens Nov. 2, knowing the state already faces a $3 billion shortfall next year.“There seem to be more initiatives and referenda that affect the budget, and they are not all affecting it the same way. So it’s probably more confusing than usual,” state budget director Marty Brown said Friday. “If everything passed, then it’s real complicated real fast.”last_img read more

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Condit Dam decommissioning takes the next step

first_imgWHITE SALMON — Dale Kuykendall strolls a few hundred yards from his makeshift office to a ledge offering a jaw-dropping view of the newly unleashed White Salmon River.It’s noon Wednesday. Exactly one week earlier, on Oct. 26, the river upstream from Condit Dam was still a flat-water reservoir. Now it’s a raw, steep-sided canyon that shifts daily, even hourly, as a century’s worth of sediment and buried logs oozes through. You can see the ghost of the original free-flowing river as it carves a new course through the sludge.Kuykendall, a construction engineer, is the project manager for the decommissioning of Condit Dam, a project that won’t wrap up for another 12 months. His company, Vancouver-based JR Merit Industrial Contractors, won the $16 million contract with PacifiCorp to take out the dam in 2010. It’s the company’s fourth dam decommissioning project and by far its largest.Kuykendall joined JR Merit a year ago. The company itself is a veteran of PacifiCorp dam repair and deconstruction projects across the West.He and his team of three worked closely with PacifiCorp project manager Tom Hickey on day-to-day operations throughout the dam breaching process.On the one hand, he said, breaching Condit wasn’t rocket science. “We’re pretty creative people with enough experience in decommissioning” to do the job, he said.On the other hand, “This was pretty historic,” he added. “It’s unique. My team was excited to be a part of it.”At 125 feet, Condit Dam just missed being the highest hydroelectric dam ever breached in the United States. At 210 feet, Glines Canyon Dam on Washington’s Elwha River beat it by a month when its decommissioning began in September.last_img read more

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UPDATE County employee fired for conduct violations

first_imgA Clark County Health program manager was fired Tuesday for violating the county’s policy regarding the use of its electronic equipment and work time.Aaron Henderson, 32, was terminated one day after county officials received an email containing allegations of inappropriate conduct. The email allegations were the basis for an investigation into Henderson, said Francine Reis, county human resources director.The anonymous email, which was also sent to The Columbian on Monday, alleges Henderson used his county-issued mobile phone and laptop to send photos and text messages to a woman in Washington, D.C. After receiving the email, the county immediately placed Henderson on paid leave and launched its investigation, Reis said. County officials fired Henderson, an employee since April 2011, Tuesday morning based on information gathered during the investigation, Reis said.“We do take these complaints very seriously, and we have an obligation to make sure we’re using county resources appropriately,” Reis said. “We looked into the matter and determined it was appropriate to terminate his employment.”last_img read more

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Walk Knock collects 133 tons of food

first_imgClark County’s recent Walk & Knock food drive is on track to slightly exceed the total food collected in 2013.On Tuesday morning, Justin Wood, president of the annual Interservice Walk & Knock food drive, said the effort had collected more than 133 tons of food, plus $15,000 in cash donations so far. More money is expected over the next few weeks, he said. Last year’s total was 128 tons of food. The grand total that Walk & Knock has raised in its 28-year history is just under 7.5 million pounds.Walk & Knock, an entirely volunteer-driven event, always takes place the first Saturday in December. The food is shipped to the Clark County Food Bank warehouse for redistribution to many local food pantries and meal sites. Visit http://walkandknock.org.last_img read more

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Total pay increases by 28

first_imgTotal pay, including bonuses, increased by 2.8% for employees in Great Britain between September-November 2015 and September-November 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: January 2017 report also found that regular pay increased by 2.7% in nominal terms between September-November 2015 and September-November 2016. This compares to growth of 2.6% between August-October 2015 and August-October 2016.Average regular pay in nominal terms, excluding bonuses and before tax and other deductions, was £477 a week for employees in Great Britain in November 2016. This is an increase from £465 a week in November 2015.Average total pay, including bonuses, rose from £495 a week in November 2015 to £509 a week in November 2016.In nominal terms, total pay increased by 63.4% from £312 a week in January 2000 to £509 a week in November 2016. Over this period, the Consumer Price Index increased by 41%.In real terms, adjusted for consumer price inflation, total pay increased by 1.8% and regular pay increased by 1.7% between September-November 2015 and September-November 2016.Rachel Smith, principal labour market economist at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), said: “The high levels of employment our flexible labour market generates remains a mainstay of the UK economy, and will be key to making a success of Brexit.“However, pay growth is likely to be eroded by increasing inflation during this year, underlining the need for a regionally-focussed industrial strategy that powers the productivity growth that will enable wages to rise more swiftly.”Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), added: “Against a backdrop of relatively strong economic activity and a high number of vacancies, the abrupt slowing of employment growth suggests that employers may be facing increased difficulty with finding suitable candidates. However, the data suggests that this is a labour shortage rather than a skills shortage, with wholesale and retail alone accounting for one in five vacancies. Recruitment difficulties are perhaps no surprise given the underlying trend in employment and unemployment; but part of the explanation could lie in the recent sharp slowdown in the supply of EU nationals.“At the same time, pay continues to nudge up. It thus remains to be seen how much leeway employers have to raise pay and improve employment conditions to attract more UK applicants to apply for low- to medium-skilled vacancies.“Overall, the figures point to potential warning signs, but still some underlying resilience; marked by a slowing down in hiring and moderate pay growth that looks set to be caught up by sharply rising price inflation. The UK economy has shown remarkable elasticity since the referendum vote, and these figures suggest that the labour market is adjusting to its dizzying heights rather than deteriorating.”last_img read more

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US judge dismisses student athletes minimum wage and overtime pay claim

first_imgA US district judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit that sought to provide the minimum wage and overtime pay to American football players for university sports teams in the US.The case, which was heard at the California Northern District Court, was brought by Lamar Dawson, a former American football player for the University of Southern California, against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Pac-12 Conference, a collegiate athletics network.Dawson argued that the NCAA and Pac-12 were joint employers of student athletes who played in the Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), on behalf of the US universities that were members of these associations.On this basis, Dawson claimed that he was denied full pay for hours worked, including overtime pay, and was permitted to work without receiving the minimum wage. This, he claimed, was a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the California Labor Code.Dawson contended that American football student athletes play for the economic benefit of the NCAA, and Division 1 football players generate income for their respective universities. However, the judge found that case law does not support the premise that revenue generation determines employment status.The case, which was filed in September 2016, was dismissed without leave to amend by district judge Richard Seeborg on 25 April 2017. He concluded that there was no legal grounding to classify student American football players as employees.In the judgement, Seeborg said: “Leaving aside the policy question of whether and how Division 1 FBS college football players should be compensated, there is simply no legal basis for finding them to be ‘employees’ under the FLSA. The guidance from the Department of Labor weighs against such a finding, as do the decisions from courts that have considered the issue. Dawson’s FLSA claim must therefore be dismissed.”Mark Rifkin, partner at law firm Wolf Haldenstein, which represented Dawson, said: “We believe the court’s decision dismissing Mr Dawson’s wage and hour complaint is inconsistent with [ninth] circuit precedent. In O’Bannon [v NCAA], the [ninth] circuit described the exchange of labor for consideration. Given the NCAA’s control over the work performed by the football players and over their compensation, the relationship is one of employer and employee.”Donald Remy, chief legal officer at the NCAA, added: “The NCAA is pleased that the District Court dismissed the Dawson case. As we have said in this case and others before it, there is no legal support for the idea that college athletics participation makes a student a university employee. Playing college sports allows students to get a quality education and build skills to prepare them for success after college. It is unfortunate we must continue to expend resources on cases that copy previously dismissed lawsuits.”Larry Scott, commissioner at Pac-12, said: “We are pleased with the ruling as it reaffirms our conviction that college athletes are students at our universities and not employees. We remain committed to meeting the evolving needs of college athletes, and support the court’s decision to uphold amateurism as integral to college spirts and our universities’ academic missions.”last_img read more

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