Dortmund legend Too early to write off Bayern Munich

Dortmund legend Too early to write off Bayern Munich

first_imgSebastian Kehl warned his old side Borussia Dortmund not to underestimate Bayern Munich, despite their indifferent start to the seasonUnder new manager Niko Kovac, Bayern recently underwent a four-game winless run and surrendered their hold of top spot in the Bundesliga.After the international break though, Bayern have since won their last three matches and moved up to second place in the league table and two points off leaders Dortmund.Lucien Favre’s side were held to a 2-2 home draw with Hertha BSC on Saturday and Kehl warned them that Bayern’s problems won’t last long.“The problems Bayern have had will not last until the end of the season,” The three-time Bundesliga winner told Sky.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“They will fight back and continue to be favourites for the title, nothing has changed.“[There is] still a long way to go.”Kehl is a former midfielder who contributed towards 50 goals in 362 appearances for Dortmund in all competitions between 2002 and 2015.The German now works as the club’s head of first-team football since June this year.Dortmund and Bayern will go head-to-head with each other at Signal Iduna Park on November 10.last_img read more

Blaise Matuidi admires Cristiano Ronaldo

Blaise Matuidi admires Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgThe French midfielder believes the Portuguese is to be admired because he keeps working even when his teammates are resting31-year-old French midfielder Blaise Matuidi has revealed how he admires the way Cristiano Ronaldo prepares himself.The Juventus footballer talked to Football Italia how the Portuguese acts after a game.“We were all dead tired after the match against Manchester United and the day after, except Cristiano,” Matuidi said.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“He’s been working like crazy ever since he got here. He’s been at it more than anyone else and he told me he ‘had to’ behave like that.”“That’s why at 33, he’s been an example for all of us and given us an extra stimulus. His influence isn’t limited to his work during the week,” he added.“He’s also crucial over the 90 minutes. He can do things that others can’t help improve the team’s game.”“Everyone feels much stronger alongside him. He’s a leader in this sense,” he concluded.last_img read more

Morgan says nobody should blame Puel

Morgan says nobody should blame Puel

first_imgLeicester City lost 2-1 against Football League two minnows Newport County in the FA Cup Third Round, but for the player, manager Claude Puel is not at fault.After Leicester City was kicked out of the FA Cup on the Third Round, many blamed coach Claude Puel.But a footballer has come out on is defense: Wes Morgan.“I do think any criticism (of Puel) would be unfair,” Morgan told The Independent.“Obviously people will look at the result and judge by that. But if you look at the chances and opportunities we had, we could have won that game quite easily.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“We’ve got a good squad and the gaffer’s got the problem of finding the right balance. He’s got to give players rest and other players opportunities,” he explained.“It’s the same for every manager and every team – and I thought we were definitely strong enough.”“It was a difficult day and the magic of the FA Cup happened, definitely,” Morgan commented.“It’s a big day for Newport and good luck to them.”last_img read more

The Port of San Diego celebrates modernization

The Port of San Diego celebrates modernization

first_img January 23, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Updated: 10:59 AM Posted: January 23, 2018 The Port of San Diego celebrates modernizationcenter_img Elizabeth Alvarez 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 SettingsThe Port of San Diego will host a celebration for the $24 million 10th Avenue Marine Terminal modernization project, which began last month. Rep. Scott Peters, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Councilman David Alvarez, and other officials are scheduled to attend. The event happened at 10:30 am Tuesday morning. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Firehouse Subs donates nearly 15000 to buy new firefighting gear

Firehouse Subs donates nearly 15000 to buy new firefighting gear

first_img Ed Lenderman Posted: June 6, 2018 Ed Lenderman, Firehouse Subs donates nearly $15,000 to buy new firefighting gear Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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 SettingsThe Escondido Fire Department is getting new wildland firefighting jackets, thanks to an Escondido restaurant.Ironically enough, the generous restaurant is Firehouse Subs.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was LIVE with the story. June 6, 2018last_img read more

Camp Pendleton training fire burns 325 acres

Camp Pendleton training fire burns 325 acres

first_img Posted: June 23, 2018 June 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Camp Pendleton training fire burns 325 acres CAMP PENDLETON (KUSI) – A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton today was described as a “training fire” by a base official.It was started sometime before 1:30 p.m. in Range 600, which is near the center of the base, according to Sgt. Hector Bejesus, a spokesman at the U.S. Marine Corps base.The fire was considered under control and was “holding within parameters,” Bejesus said. There was no threat to structures or populated areas. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher sentenced for taking photo with a dead ISIS

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher sentenced for taking photo with a dead ISIS

first_img July 3, 2019 Updated: 4:00 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Eddie Gallagher FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq but convicted for posing with the corpse was sentenced by a military jury Wednesday after the Bronze Star recipient acknowledged making ethical and moral mistakes.Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was sentenced by a military jury to a reduction in rank and four months of confinement.A judge, however, credited the 40-year-old Gallagher with enough time already spent in custody to ensure he won’t be locked up.Gallagher turned to his wife, shook his head and pretended to unpin his “anchors” — the insignia of a chief — and fling them across the courtroom. He then smiled and hugged her.The sentence will not go into effect until it is approved by the commanding officer overseeing the court-martial.Gallagher’s lawyers said they plan to appeal the punishment that will affect his pension and benefits just as the 19-year veteran plans to retire from the service.Earlier, Gallagher addressed the jury that acquitted him Tuesday of premeditated murder in the death of the captive and attempted murder and other charges in the shootings of civilians during a 2017 deployment to Iraq. He also was cleared on charges of impeding the investigation and retaliating against the SEALs who reported him.The platoon chief told the jury he was fully responsible for his actions on the day he took photos with the body of the 17-year-old militant.“I put a black eye on the two communities that I love — the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy — specifically the SEAL community,” Gallagher said.He said he tried to lead by example but didn’t always succeed.“I’ve made mistakes throughout my 20-year career — tactical, ethical, moral — I’m not perfect but I’ve always bounced back from my mistakes. I’m ready to bounce back from this,” he said.The jury called for reducing Gallagher’s rank by one grade to petty officer 1st class and ordered his monthly pay cut by $2,697 for four months.But the judge capped the pay cut at two months and gave Gallagher 60 days’ credit for being held in overly harsh conditions before being tried and being briefly deprived of treatment for a traumatic brain injury.Gallagher also got credit for 201 days of pretrial confinement.A Navy prosecutor had asked only for a reduction in rank, not confinement. The defense recommended no punishment.The prosecutor, Lt. Brian John, said Gallagher was the platoon chief and should not have been the centerpiece of the photos in which nearly all the members posed with the body. John said Gallagher should have stopped the photos from being taken.“For that reason, he no longer deserves to wear anchors,” the prosecutor said.John also said the photos had the potential to be used as propaganda by Islamic State and be harmful to U.S. forces overseas.The photos were taken after Gallagher and other SEAL medics provided treatment for the captive who was wounded in an airstrike in 2017 and handed over by Iraqi forces.One image shows him clutching the hair of the corpse with one hand and holding a knife in another. Prosecutors used the images and text messages that included “got him with my hunting knife” to build a murder case against Gallagher.Gallagher could have faced life in prison if convicted of murder. The verdict was met with tears and hugs.President Donald Trump, who intervened earlier this year to have Gallagher moved from the brig to less restrictive confinement, tweeted congratulations to the SEAL and his family.“You have been through much together. Glad I could help!” the president wrote.The outcome delivered a major blow to one of the Navy’s most high-profile war crimes cases and exposed a generational conflict within the ranks of the elite special operations forces.Asked in an interview Wednesday on Fox & Friends what his message might be to future Navy SEALs, Gallagher said he would tell them that “loyalty is a trait that seems to be lost. … You’re there to watch your brother’s back, and he’s there to watch your back.”Speaking of his accusers, Gallagher said, “this small group of SEALs that decided to concoct this story in no way, shape or form represent the community that I love.”Seven SEALs from his platoon testified that Gallagher unexpectedly stabbed the war prisoner in the neck, and later posed with the body in photos. The defense said Gallagher was framed by junior SEALs who fabricated the allegations to oust a chief who was tough on them.They said no corpse was found and there was no physical evidence to support the allegations.The defense said the text and photos were gallows humor and pointed out that almost all platoon members who testified against him also posed with the corpse.The jury of five Marines and two sailors, including a SEAL, was comprised mostly of seasoned combat veterans who served in Iraq. Several lost friends in war.___Antczak and AP writer Brian Melley contributed to this report from Los Angeles. KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 3, 2019 BREAKING: Gallagher is sentenced to four months confinement, moot because of time served. His rank is reduced to E-6, Petty Officer First Class. Gallagher also forfeits more than $2600 a month for two months. Gallagher’s defense lawyers speak after sentencing. KUSI Newsroom, Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher sentenced for taking photo with a dead ISIS terroristlast_img read more

Have You Received a Survey Invite From ASA

Have You Received a Survey Invite From ASA

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) has been doing survey work with key groups as part of the process of developing a new multi-year strategic plan, and ASA farmer leaders are strongly encouraging your response if you have received an online survey invite.“We are asking for input from all levels of interaction with ASA – members, the board of directors, state soybean association presidents and executives, industry partners and ASA staff,” said Steve Wellman, Chair of the ASA Strategic Planning Committee. “We want feedback on existing ASA structures and services, as well as thoughts about what ASA needs to consider for the future.”Client First Associates, Inc. is conducting the survey work and completing an environmental scan to gather information to assist ASA with the strategic planning process.“I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for everyone who received an ASA survey invite to complete the survey,” said Ray Gaesser, President of ASA. “Gathering comments and ideas from our key constituencies is vital to the process of effectively planning the association’s future direction.”The Strategic Planning Committee is scheduled to meet in July to consider all that has been learned from the survey work and environmental scan. Development will continue in coming months with a goal of completing a new ASA strategic plan by the end of 2014 or early 2015.last_img read more

Soy Growers Biodiesel Can Do More than the RFS Calls For

Soy Growers Biodiesel Can Do More than the RFS Calls For

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) Agency released the Proposed Rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements this week, including the volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2018. The rule continues to provide modest increases for biomass-based diesel, which according to the American Soybean Association (ASA) does not capitalize on the opportunity for greater growth, especially considering the existing production capacity, feedstock availability and price, and the growing volumes of imports.The Proposed Rule calls for 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel in 2018. The biomass-based diesel requirements for 2016 and 2017 are 1.9 billion and 2.0 billion gallons, respectively. The Proposed Rule The biomass-based diesel utilization in the U.S. was approximately 2.1 billion gallons in 2015 and is expected to exceed that amount in 2016.“The EPA Proposed Rule misses an opportunity to build on the success and benefits of this growing renewable domestic biodiesel industry,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, a soybean farmer from Greenwood, Del. “While our differences with EPA regarding the appropriate biomass-based diesel volumes are relatively small, we are frustrated that the Administration does not embrace the many benefits this industry provides and take better advantage of these opportunities.”The biodiesel industry provides a market outlet for surplus soybean oil as well as animal fats and other renewable agricultural feedstocks; a more diversified energy market; increased domestic energy production; reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; new jobs and economic development; expanded markets; and reduced soy meal feed costs.“As we have said before, biodiesel provides significant economic and environmental benefits and we have the capacity to do more,” said Wilkins. “The Administration wants to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and biodiesel can contribute more to that effort.”Biodiesel is a domestically-produced, renewable fuel that is proven to achieve emissions reductions ranging from 57 to 86 percent and is the first and only Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. Biodiesel has made up the vast majority of Advanced Biofuel production under the RFS to date. Accounting for approximately half of the feedstock used, soybean oil remains the largest source of oil for biodiesel production.”As an industry we have always advocated for RFS volumes that are modest and achievable and the biodiesel industry has met or exceeded the targets each and every year that the program has been in place,” Wilkins reiterated. “The American Soybean Association looks forward, once again, to providing comments to EPA to demonstrate and support the advancement of a more aggressive biomass-based diesel program in the Final Rule.”last_img read more

Farwest delays port land purchase

Farwest delays port land purchase

first_imgo Previously: Farwest Steel Corp. agreed to purchase 20 acres from the Port of Vancouver for$5 million.o What’s new: The purchase, scheduled to close on Feb. 6, is being postponed for up to 98 days.o What’s next: Port officials expect the deal to go through by late March or early April.Farwest Steel Corp. wants more time to complete its purchase of a 20-acre parcel the Port of Vancouver sold to the company about five months ago in hopes of creating jobs. It’s a move port officials said doesn’t surprise them and that is allowed under a contract between Farwest and the port.Farwest plans to build a 341,327-square-foot steel fabrication plant on the 20-acre site and to eventually employ 228 workers there. The Eugene-Ore.-based company wants to complete construction of the facility in late 2011 or early 2012. The company still thinks that schedule will work, Theresa Wagner, the port’s communication manager, said Monday.However, the company wants extra time on the project.The delay will come with a cost. Under the terms of the purchase-and-sale agreement between Farwest and the port, Farwest had until Feb. 6 to close on the 20 acres the port sold it in August 2010. The agreement did allow Farwest to take an extra 98 days, at a cost of $500-per-extra day until the deal closes. Farwest has opted to take the extension, Wagner said. The extension fee is nonrefundable, but will be applied to the $5 million purchase price. If Farwest ultimately decides to back out of the deal, it would forfeit to the port whatever amount it ends up paying in extension fees.Port of Vancouver officials said they don’t believe it will come to that. Executive Director Larry Paulson said he believes Farwest will close on the property either by the end of March or the beginning of April. Paulson declined to say what prompted Farwest to delay its pursuit of a building permit, saying only that “we hit kind of a stumbling block that we had to work through.”last_img read more

Vancouver doctor faces new round of sanctions

Vancouver doctor faces new round of sanctions

first_imgA Vancouver doctor disciplined in 2001 for photographing the genitalia of 100 unwitting women has again been sanctioned by the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission.Dr. Huong Luu, 59, was sanctioned in March after the mother of a teenage patient reported Luu was prescribing her son narcotic pain medication without seeing him, according to Washington Department of Health records.Luu, who operates a private practice at 12004 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., was also sanctioned by the commission in December 2009. Luu still has an active physician and surgeon license in the state but is on probation as a result of the 2009 and 2011 cases.Luu did not respond to The Columbian’s request for comment.A 21-member commission of 15 health care providers and six members of the public reviewed the complaints and determined the sanctions.The commission handed down the March 2011 sanctions after an investigation revealed Luu was not keeping sufficient patient records and medication logs. The incident was reported to the state in September 2009. According to state documents, the mother of a 14-year-old boy claimed Luu was prescribing her son pain medication without seeing him and without knowing his medical history. The woman claimed her estranged husband, who was also Luu’s patient, was using her son to acquire pain medication for his own use, according to the state documents.The board’s report did not address the mother’s claims but did conclude Luu was not keeping sufficient patient records for the teen and the husband.last_img read more

Consumer spending flat last month incomes remain flat

Consumer spending flat last month incomes remain flat

first_imgWASHINGTON — Americans spent at the weakest pace in 20 months, a sign that gas prices are taking a toll on the economy.Consumer spending was unchanged in May, the Commerce Department said Monday. That was the worst result since September 2009. And when adjusted for inflation, spending actually dropped 0.1 percent.April’s consumer spending figures were revised to show a similar decline when adjusting for inflation. That marked the first declines in inflation-adjusted spending since January 2010.Incomes rose 0.3 percent for the second straight month. But adjusted for inflation, after-tax incomes increased only 0.1 percent in May, after falling by the same amount in the previous month. By that measure, incomes have been essentially flat since the beginning of the year.Hiring slowed considerably this spring after a strong start at the beginning of the year. The economy created only 54,000 jobs in May, the lowest amount in eight months. That followed three months in which employers hired an average of 220,000 net new workers each month. The unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent last month.Fewer jobs and high unemployment leave workers with little leverage to ask for raises.Slow wage growth hurts the broader economy because consumers have less money to spend. Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity. The spike in gas prices has forced many consumers to cut back on discretionary purchases, such as furniture and vacations, which help boost growth.last_img read more

2 pedestrians hit on Portland streets

2 pedestrians hit on Portland streets

first_imgPORTLAND — A woman was struck by a vehicle on a southwest Portland street Tuesday night in the second pedestrian accident of the day in the city.Police say the 31-year-old was taken to a hospital with traumatic injuries. The driver is a 64-year-old woman who remained at the scene and has cooperated with investigators. Police say she was not impaired by drugs or alcohol.On Tuesday afternoon a woman walking her dog was struck and killed in an intersection in northeast Portland. The woman, who was in her 50s, died at the scene. The dog was not hurt.Police say the 80-year-old driver cooperated with investigators and did not appear to be impaired by drugs or alcohol.last_img

Wildfire holding steady near Entiat more storms expected

Wildfire holding steady near Entiat more storms expected

first_imgENTIAT (AP) — A wildfire burning on about 34 square miles of grass, brush and timber near the Columbia River in central Washington did not grow on Saturday, but officials worry that storms that were forecast to arrive Sunday evening could cause explosive growth.The Mills Canyon Fire, burning near Entiat, was 25 percent contained on Sunday, said spokesman Vladimir Steblina of the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team.Residents of several dozen homes have been told to evacuate. People living in another 500 homes have been warned to be prepared to leave if the fire gets closer.The National Weather Service says thunderstorms with dry lightning were expected in the area around 8 p.m. Sunday.“When the winds start swirling around, you get really erratic winds,” Steblina said. “We might end up with extreme fire growth around the thunder cells.”About 781 firefighters, assisted by eight helicopters, were battling the fire on Sunday, concentrating on the north and south lines.“The day has gone as planned,” said fire spokeswoman Laurie Dowie on Sunday afternoon. Fire lines on both the south and north ends of the fire were strengthened.No people have been injured in the fire, but three small sheds or outbuildings have been burned, Steblina said.Firefighters are also battling extreme heat. “People are paying a lot of attention to being hydrated,” Steblina said, noting that the only medical issues on the fire have been a few cases of poison ivy.last_img read more

Aquis flags Canberra VIP ambitions redevelopment plans continue

Aquis flags Canberra VIP ambitions redevelopment plans continue

first_img Load More Australian-listed Aquis Entertainment – the company owned by Hong Kong developer Tong Fung – says it will target VIP play over the coming months in a bid to generate greater revenue at its sole Australian property Casino Canberra.In its 2017 Annual Report released this week, Aquis – which recorded losses of AU$13.8 million last year – also stated its intention to follow through with an AU$330 million redevelopment plan for the boutique property, purchased for AU$6 million in 2014. But its short-term prospects are set to reply heavily on premium play with the company outlining its “vision of attracting and servicing quality players from Australia and overseas. “A changeover in business development staff recently will assist in bringing new VIP players to Casino Canberra to provide the critical mass needed to manage the volatility and generate additional revenue.“Mining of the existing database will also be a focus for the next year to solidify the efforts of the past several years spent buildings its size and quality.”Aquis announced in 2015 plans to spend AU$330 million on a major redevelopment of the Casino Canberra precinct, including building two new luxury hotels as well as world-class dining and shopping outlets. That bid, which centered around permission to operate 500 slot machines on premises, was rejected with the government instead offering 200 slot machines and 60 electronic table games in mid-2016, subject to certain strict conditions. Casino Canberra is not allowed to operate any slot machines under current law.Negotiations had since slowed to a standstill until last month when a government spokesperson announced a 14 May 2018 deadline for Aquis to submit a revised proposal.With that date now just four days away, Aquis confirmed in its Annual Report that planning “continues for the redevelopment of Casino Canberra into a world-class multi-faceted establishment and discussions with the government will continue throughout 2018 surrounding the details of the legislated requirements for the EGMs.” Aquis takeover set to boost Casino Canberra’s VIP appeal Revenue falls, losses widen for Aquis Entertainment RelatedPosts Aquis shareholders approve corporate takeover deallast_img read more

How the Autumn Statement 2016 will impact employee benefits

How the Autumn Statement 2016 will impact employee benefits

first_imgOn 23 November 2016, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Statement 2016 speech. Below is a round-up of the key announcements with a bearing on employee benefits:From April 2017, the government will limit the range of benefits that attract tax and employer national insurance (NI) advantages when offered through a salary sacrifice arrangement. Benefits that are exempt from these changes include pensions and pensions advice, childcare, bikes-for-work schemes and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). Arrangements in place before April 2017 will be protected until April 2018, and arrangements for cars, accommodation, and school fees will be protected until 2021.The government will consider how benefits in kind (BIK) are valued for tax purposes, with a call for evidence to be announced at the Budget 2017. The government will also consult on employer-provided living accommodation.The national living wage will increase by 4.2%, rising from £7.20 an hour for those aged 25 or over to £7.50 an hour in April 2017.From December 2016, the government will abolish the tax advantages awarded under employer shareholder status (ESS), with the status itself to be closed to new arrangements at the next legislative opportunity.The government will set new bands and rates for company car tax for the lowest-emitting cars, which are set be announced in the Finance Bill in December 2016, ready to come into effect for 2020-21. Tax rates for cars emitting more than 90g of carbon dioxide per kilometre will rise by one percentage point.The standard rate of insurance premium tax (IPT) will increase from 10% to 12% from June 2017.The government will continue to freeze fuel duty at 57.95p a litre from April 2017.The government is to consult on options to tackle pension scams, including a ban on cold calling.The new National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) will invest £390 million by 2020-21 in ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV), renewable fuels and connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). This includes £80 million for ULEV charging infrastructure.From April 2017, employer and employee national insurance (NI) thresholds will be aligned to pay NI on weekly earnings above £157.The government will reduce the money purchase annual allowance from £10,000 to £4,000 from April 2017. A consultation on the change will run until 15 February 2017.Tax-free personal allowance will increase to £11,500 in April 2017 and £12,500 by the end of the current Parliament’s term in 2020. The higher-rate threshold will increase to £45,000 in 2017 and to £50,000 by 2020. From 2020, the tax-free personal allowance will rise in line with the Consumer Price Index rather than the national minimum wage.last_img read more

Chessington World of Adventures recruits for toddlers to join staff

Chessington World of Adventures recruits for toddlers to join staff

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Although the government’s recent Fuller working lives report is encouraging organisations to hire more older employees over the age of 50, Chessington World of Adventures is hunting at the other end of the age spectrum.The theme park is searching for a VIP, or very important pre-schooler, who is aged between one and five years old. The job role will see the lucky successful candidate test how toddler-proof the resort is ahead of the launch of its new Gruffalo River Ride Adventure in March.The advert, posted on the resort’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, highlights the key qualities Chessington World of Adventures Resort is looking for in its next hire, with traits such as being ‘a complete chatterbox’, ‘curious and into everything’, ‘temperamental’, ‘a total hypochondriac’, ‘flexible when it comes to napping’ and ‘passionate about small spaces’ deemed as essential.Other requirements include being ‘no taller than 125 toy building blocks’, ‘able to take a shine to random objects’, ‘unable to filter comments’ and having ‘plenty of time and grime on their hands’.Here at Employee Benefits, we can see the appeal in road-testing a theme park as the day job, even if applicants may need the help of nearby adult to fill out any paperwork. It certainly sounds like a roller-coaster of a career!last_img read more