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Jurgen Klopp Dyche clash over Gomez injury

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Burnley counterpart Sean Dyche clash on the touchline following Joe Gomez injury during Burnley’s loss to the Reds.Klopp had a heated exchange with Dyche at full-time after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor, with both managers later moving to play down the incident.However, the Liverpool boss says he was incited by the nature of the home team’s tackling, claiming referee Stuart Attwell should have done more to curb their aggression.Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was tackled aggressively by Robbie Brady before a strong Ben Mee challenge saw the England international hurdle off the pitch, before being stretched off midway through the first half.Klopp said, according to Daily Mail:“I said to the referee after the first sliding tackle (made) over six or seven yards, when he got the ball and everyone liked it: “Please, tell them they cannot do that.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It wasn’t a foul but they cannot do that. It’s like bowling because then four or five times it happened. Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit.”Liverpool experienced power failure inside their dressing room before the start of the game and were left anxious by of some tackles they faced throughout the whole game.“Aggression is a part of football but be careful,” Klopp added. “Sliding over six or seven yards: these times are over. Usually someone will not let you do that.“We all want to win and you can choose different ways but someone needs to say: ‘Stop doing that’. Make two more steps and then you are in a normal challenge.”“Don’t go five yards before you see the player when the grass is wet. It’s unlucky what happened to Joe but the referees have to make sure it doesn’t happen consistently. That’s not how it should be.”last_img read more

Technical Difficulties Caused Temporary Closures of Select California DMV Locations

first_img , 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 SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) – If you’re heading to the DMV, there’s a good chance it’ll take most of your day. Wait times have doubled- even tripled in some parts of California. Getting there early to avoid the lines didn’t help much Monday morning.Shortly after opening their doors, the Department of Motor Vehicles in El Cajon temporarily closed up shop for part of the morning due to technical difficulties. Some people turned around and left. Others didn’t want to call it quits.It’s probably not the way you want to start your Monday. Folks woke up at the break of dawn to beat the long lines at the DMV Monday morning.“The line is really far away already,” said Julea Osorno, Resident of El Cajon.“The DMV is always frustrating because of it’s archaic system,” said Robert Velaso, Resident of Santee. “Eventually they’re going to catch up with the times.”Their strategy was to get there earlier than the next person, like Robert Velaso and his son. They showed up at 9:15 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. appointment.“Expect the unexpected and be patient,” said Velaso.Things at the DMV took an unexpected turn. This time it was not the lines. It was the system.“They just said the system got shut down completely and they said we have to wait,” said Alex Torres, Resident of El Cajon. “It was pretty horrible.”The DMV said multiple DMV field offices, including the El Cajon branch, experienced technical difficulties that affected customer transactions. Customers said the DMV stopped letting anyone in at around 8:30 this morning.The people waiting in line thought the worst.“I was mad because I wanted to take my written test and I studied really hard for it, so I was bummed,” said Karissa Kaye, Resident of East County. “I thought they weren’t going to let me in.”“When you take a day off of work, you want to take care of the one thing you needed to do,” said Velaso.Some people turned around and left because they thought the DMV was calling it a day.Others didn’t give up. They had every intention of waiting it out, no matter how long it took.“We don’t have a choice,” said Osorno. “We needed the license or car renewal, so you know, whatever we have to do in this place, we don’t have a choice.”“If it wasn’t back up when we came, it would have been a bummer because I would have had to take another day off this week, but luckily we got everything done,” said Velaso.The office in El Cajon was back up and running a few hours later by 10 a.m. The people walking out of the DMV that had the chance to take care of business said it was well worth the wait.“We came in there and took his test, took a picture,” said Velaso. “This was the quickest the DMV has ever been. Ever.”Some of the field offices in San Diego County were also impacted. This includes the field offices in Rancho San Diego, San Diego Normal, San Marcos and the San Marcos Industry Business Center.Folks with the DMV apologized for any inconvenience this may have caused customers and they appreciated their patience. They said they’re still looking into the cause, but believe this was an isolated incident. Posted: August 6, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 6, 2018 Technical Difficulties Caused Temporary Closures of Select California DMV Locationslast_img read more

California Assembly committee backs vaccine exemption law

first_img SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Assembly committee backed new rules for vaccination exemptions on Thursday following a raucous, hours-long hearing in the midst of a national measles outbreak and renewed scrutiny of immunization policies.The 9-2 vote showed support among lawmakers for a modified version of legislation that has spurred heated debate. But the vote also showed division within the Assembly’s Democratic majority.America’s most populous state allows students exemptions from required vaccinations for medical reasons. But proponents of the bill calling for greater scrutiny of the exemptions argue that parents are shopping for unscrupulous doctors who will write one even if it is not necessary.Sen. Richard Pan, a Democrat from Sacramento and author of the bill, argued that greater oversight of medical exemptions is a matter of protection for children.“California cannot allow a handful of unscrupulous physicians to put our children in danger,” he told the Assembly Health Committee.But hundreds of people at the hearing urged lawmakers to vote against the bill.Critics argue Pan’s legislation amounts to government overreach.“It takes the state government and puts it squarely in the middle of the doctor and patient relationship,” said Leigh Dundas of the group Advocates for Physicians’ Rights, which has recently bought Facebook ads targeting the legislation.Several parents told lawmakers they would not comply with the law.The five-hour hearing came to epitomize the heated debate around the bill. A packed gallery jeered, and some threatened Pan.Under the bill, the public health department would scrutinize doctors who grant more than five medical exemptions in a year and schools with vaccination rates of less than 95%.Officials say that threshold is needed to provide “community immunity,” which protects those who haven’t been vaccinated for medical reasons or because they are too young.The measure, which Gov. Gavin Newsom said he will sign if it reaches his desk, comes as measles cases have reached a 25-year high in the U.S.Lawmakers in other states also have been considering changes to confront the increase.Maine eliminated religious and philosophical exemptions, while New York lawmakers ended a religious exemption. Washington state halted most exemptions for the measles vaccine, though legislators in Oregon defeated a measure that would have made it harder for families to opt out.California’s legislation has received national attention after actor Jessica Biel appeared at the Capitol last week to lobby lawmakers against the measure with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent critic of vaccination.Pan initially proposed requiring state health officials sign off on every exemption from vaccinations. But he dropped that requirement in the version of the bill that advanced Thursday.Among the provisions in the revised California legislation:— Doctors can’t charge for filling out a medical exemption form or conducting a related medical examination. They would have to sign the forms under penalty of perjury.— California Department of Public Health doctors or registered nurses would review exemptions issued by local medical providers who issue five or more a year or at schools with high exemption rates.— The state public health officer, who is a doctor, could revoke any exemptions that don’t meet national guidelines.— Parents could appeal to an independent panel of doctors.— Officials could consider families’ medical histories in allowing exemptions in addition to immunization guidelines issued by federal medical authorities.Supporters said the legislation would permit exemptions for the less than 1% of students who should avoid vaccinations because they would have a severe allergic reaction or have impaired immunity from a liver problem, HIV, chemotherapy or other conditions.Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, praised the bill during Thursday’s hearing as “science-based” while still allowing robust medical exemptions.New figures show the rate of kindergartners with permanent medical exemptions has quadrupled since California banned personal exemptions, and more than 100 schools have medical exemption rates exceeding 10%.Public health officials have said they are stymied in investigating these cases because of a lack of oversight. The bill’s backers argue its additional reporting requirements will help the state curb “doctor shopping” and abuses of the exemption system.Still, critics questioned whether the measure would discourage doctors from writing exemptions at all.Those arguments resonated with some lawmakers.“I want the freedom to make choices for my family,” said Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, a Democrat from Marina Del Rey who voted against the bill. AP California Assembly committee backs vaccine exemption law Posted: June 20, 2019 AP, June 20, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASAs WISHH Program Supports Production of HighProtein Fish Feed in Pakistan

first_imgR.S.N. Janjua, ASA/WISHH Country Representative, shows Richard T. Drennan, Agricultural Counselor, Islamabad, Oryza’s newly produced bags of fish feed; bags of imported U.S. soybean meal can be seen in the background. (Photo by R.S.N. Janjua, ASA/WISHH/PK)ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded FEEDing Pakistan program, is supporting the production of high-protein floating fish feed in Pakistan. The feed, produced by WISHH private sector partner Oryza Organics, is made with imported U.S. soybean meal and is the first of its kind to be produced locally in Pakistan.Oryza has also introduced labeling to the bags of feed the company sells; Oryza is one of the first to include ingredient compositions on their labels – the dairy and poultry feed industries in Pakistan do not include ingredient compositions on bags of feed.last_img read more

ASA joins Agriculture Industry in Joint Letter to Senate Finance on Tax

first_imgASA recently joined several other agricultural organizations in a letter to the State Finance Committee with suggestions regarding tax reform.Addressed to Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, the letter commends the State Finance Committee for thoughtfully tackling tax reform, and states that it is not the group’s intent to represent a comprehensive statement on the issue, instead offering “common sense” suggestions “and guidance on agricultural issues.“While we generally support the concept of creating a simplified pro-growth tax code, it is our goal to provide you with guidance as to how your proposed changes will impact the agriculture industry,” the groups said in the letter.The letter addressed two items contained in the Chairman’s Discussion Draft of particular interest to farmers and ranchers:Cash Accounting vs. Accrual Accounting – The letter states that “the discussion draft proposes a fundamental change to a common practice in most agricultural businesses. According to the discussion draft, agricultural businesses with more than $10 million in gross receipts will be required to shift from the cash accounting method to the accrual method of accounting. Due to uncertain and fluctuating income that results from variable cropping practices, weather conditions, and markets, farmers and ranchers need a tax code that allows them to manage the risks associated with agriculture while complying with tax liabilities under the law.”Section 179 Expensing – The groups also wrote that “the small business expensing provides agricultural producers with a way to maximize business purchases in years when they have positive cash flow” and commended the inclusion of the Section 179 provisions in the cost recovery discussion draft and support maintenance of a $1 million Section 179 small business expensing limitation and $2 million acquisition limit.“As organizations representing small businesses, we are encouraged that Senate Finance Committee members are working to develop a comprehensive tax plan that addresses the needs of a twenty-first century economy and we look forward to working with you to provide insight and direction,” the groups said.To read the entire letter, click here.last_img read more

Putting Panic Into Perspective IARC Says Processed Red Meat Linked to Cancer—What

first_imgEarly this week the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a report classifying processed meats like hotdogs and ham as carcinogenic to humans. The report also classified red meat as “probably carcinogenic” to humans.The International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC) published an article in response to the announcement, breaking down what the classifications do and do not mean. Click here to read.last_img

New Survey Released with Cover Crop Data

first_imgThe Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) has released its spring survey on cover crops, providing new information about cover crop adoption.According to CTIC, “insight from 2,020 farmers from across the country reflected enthusiasm for cover crops and—for the fourth year in a row—found a yield boost in corn and soybeans following cover crops.”Among findings of the study:Acreage planted to cover crops continued its steady rise among survey participants, reaching an average of 298 acres per farm in 2015 and projected to grow to a mean of 339 acres in 2016. Those figures are more than double the acreage survey participants said they planted in 2011.In soybeans, the average yield gain increased from 0.1 bushel per acre after a single year in cover crops to 2.4 bushels after four years of cover crops.A majority of respondents—52 percent—reported that their soybean yields always or often rise after a cover crop of cereal rye; less than 4 percent said their yields sometimes or always decreased after rye.Cereal rye cover crops also proved helpful in other ways, with 82 percent of farmers reporting that the rye helped with weed management—including 26 percent who found it also helped with tough herbicide-resistant weeds.The survey was conducted in March 2016 by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) with help from the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and Purdue University. The full report is available here.last_img read more

With major reservations Murray votes for tax package

first_imgBoth of Washington’s U.S. senators voted for President Obama’s $858 billion tax package Wednesday, but U.S. Sen. Patty Murray vowed to work for the massive bill’s repeal “as soon as possible.”Murray, newly appointed chairwoman of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee for the 2012 elections, called the bill President Obama negotiated with Senate and House Republicans “irresponsible, selfish, and wrong.”“While Democrats offered plans to extend middle-class tax cuts for more than 98 percent of all Americans,” Republican congressional leaders refused to support those plans, she said.“Quite simply, they were willing to play a massive game of chicken with the American people and let all the tax cuts expire unless they got billions of dollars to funnel back to their wealthy corporate backers,” Murray said in a fund-raising missive sent shortly after the Senate passed the tax package on an 81-19 vote.“At the end of the day, I voted for this tax package to protect middle-class families from a tax hike while extending unemployment benefits for 13 months, continuing the sales tax deduction, cutting payroll taxes, and doing everything we can to create jobs,” she said. “But it came at tremendous cost.”last_img read more

Flags at halfstaff for Longview soldier who died in Afghanistan

first_imgFlags at all Washington state agency buildings are at half-staff today in memory of U.S. Army Specialist Mikayla A. Bragg, 21, of Longview.Gov. Chris Gregoire directed that flags be lowered after Bragg died on Dec. 21 while serving in Afghanistan.Citizens and businesses are encouraged to participate in the recognition.Flags will be at half-staff until the close of business Thursday, or first thing Friday morning.last_img

How should family hit brakes on older drivers

first_imgClark County’s Driving Population: 75 and OlderResources for older drivers and their families:Hartford Financial Services Group offers a crash risk assessment, a guide for talking with an older person about their driving skills and other resources.For a state form and guidance on how to report an unsafe driver, visit Washington State Department of Licensing. (The person making the report will not be able to keep their name confidential).Learn how to use Clark County’s public transportation system in the C-Tran Rider Training Program. Travel ambassadors can help guide newcomers in using the system. 360-695-8918 or 360-695-0123.Reserve-A-Ride program for medical appointments and Sponsor-A-Ride from Human Services Council, 360-258-2103.Volunteer Transportation from Catholic Community Services, 360-213-2403.AARP Driver Safety (Training) Program 360-574-2472.50-Plus Travel Program: The Messenger, news@seniormessenger.org, 360-750-9900.Senior Transportation from Southwest Washington Agency on Aging and Disabilities (SWAAD). There are eligibility restrictions for the program. 360-694-9997.SWAAD pamphlets with guidance for families with an older driver, SWAAD office, 201 NE 73rd St. Suite 201, Vancouver.Source: SWAAD andColumbian researchWhen Vancouver resident David Kelly’s 82-year-old mother was seen driving on a street median in Portland, Kelly became the family designee to confiscate her keys.last_img read more

Vancouver may limit fireworks usage to 4th of July

first_imgThe use of personal fireworks within Vancouver city limits could be limited to just the Fourth of July, starting in 2014.A majority of the Vancouver City Council said on Monday they will consider an ordinance that would limit the sale of fireworks to three days and limit the use to one day.The workshop on one of the community’s most controversial topics came after the council rejected a plan in June that would have banned all but “safe and sane” fireworks. The council made that decision at the end of a late-night meeting during which most speakers urged the council not to place additional restrictions on personal fireworks.A date of a public hearing on the new proposal has not been set.Currently, the city has a seven-day period for sales (June 28 to July 4) and a four-day period for use (July 1 to July 4).By state law, any changes to fireworks laws have to be passed 365 days in advance, so it’s too late to change the rules for 2013.While councilors favored shortening the window, a few expressed concerns about the fact that the Board of Clark County Commissioners has not been inclined to tighten regulations. In unincorporated Clark County, fireworks may be sold and discharged from June 28 through July 4.Councilor Jack Burkman said some people who live in unincorporated Clark County but within Vancouver’s urban growth boundary (such as Hazel Dell residents) don’t know if they are in city limits or not.last_img read more

Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher dies at 87

first_imgMilestones in the life and career of Britain’s former Prime Minister Margaret ThatcherOct. 13, 1925: Born in Grantham, central England.June 1947: Graduates from Oxford with chemistry degree.Dec. 13, 1951: Marries wealthy oil executive Denis Thatcher.Aug. 15, 1953: Gives birth to twins, Mark and Carol.June 1, 1954: Qualifies as lawyer.Oct. 8, 1959: Elected to Parliament.June 20, 1970: Becomes education secretary.Feb. 11, 1975: Elected leader of Conservative Party.May 3, 1979: Wins national elections, becomes Europe’s first female prime minister.March 1, 1981: Refuses to concede demands of Irish Republican Army convicts for prisoner-of-war status in Northern Ireland, inspiring a hunger strike. Ten inmates starve to death over following seven months.Sept. 14, 1981: Dumps or reassigns most of her moderate ministers in Cabinet reshuffle.April 2, 1982: Argentina invades Falkland Islands, a British territory in the South Atlantic. Thatcher sends a naval task force that recovers the islands after a 74-day war.June 9, 1983: Wins second term.Oct. 12, 1984: Survives IRA assassination bid after time bomb explodes near her room in hotel hosting Conservative Party conference. Five others killed, 32 wounded.Dec. 15, 1984: Becomes first Western leader to meet Mikhail Gorbachev as he visits London prior to becoming Soviet Union’s leader.Dec. 19, 1984: Signs accord with Chinese Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang to cede the British colony of Hong Kong to China in 1997.Nov. 15, 1985: Signs Anglo Irish Agreement that gives the Republic of Ireland a role in Northern Ireland for the first time. Move infuriates province’s Protestant majority.Jan. 9, 1986: Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns in dispute over moves to rescue the failing Westland helicopter company. Triggers a Cabinet crisis that pushes Thatcher close to resignation.April 15, 1986: Allows U.S. to bomb Libya with aircraft based in Britain.Aug. 1, 1986: Cabinet unanimously supports her resistance to sanctions against South Africa.March 28, 1987: Travels to Moscow for talks with Gorbachev, strengthens role as key player in arms control negotiations.June 11, 1987: Wins third term.Jan. 3, 1988: Becomes Britain’s longest continuously serving prime minister of 20th century.Nov. 22, 1990: Announces resignation after party revolt.Nov. 28, 1990: Succeeded by John Major as prime minister.June 26, 1992: Becomes Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, a member of the unelected House of Lords with a lifetime title.March 22, 2002: Ends public speaking after a series of strokes.June 26, 2003: Her husband dies.April 8, 2013: Dies of stroke.LONDON — Love her or loathe her, one thing’s beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain.The Iron Lady who ruled for 11 remarkable years imposed her will on a fractious, rundown nation — breaking the unions, triumphing in a far-off war, and selling off state industries at a record pace. She left behind a leaner government and more prosperous nation by the time a mutiny ousted her from No. 10 Downing Street.last_img read more

Clark County political puzzle waiting for pieces to connect

first_img Sheriffo Chuck Atkins, Republican; Money raised: $18,590o Ed Owens, Independent; Money raised: $8,001.50o Shane Gardner, Nonpartisan; Money raised: $14,466o John Graser, Republican; Money raised: $10,639.49Auditoro Greg Kimsey, Republican incumbent. Money raised: $26,352.30Prosecuting attorneyo Tony Golik, Democratic incumbent; Money raised: $0CLERKo Scott Weber, Republican incumbent; Money raised: $2,270o Deanna Pauli-Hammond, Democrat; Money raised: $0ASSESSORo Peter Van Nortwick, Republican incumbent; Money raised: $2,000TREASURERo Doug Lasher, Democratic incumbent; Money raised: $0SOURCE: Washington Public Disclosure CommissionIn a community where for decades political leadership was predictable, county commissioners have entered a puzzling time.And as the filing period for local candidates approaches this week, extending from Monday through Friday, there comes the promise that, perhaps, some of the political pieces will fit together.When Democrat Steve Stuart announced in January he wouldn’t seek re-election, it signaled the next big shift for the three-member board. Stuart, after all, had served for a decade, the longest tenure among the commissioners. Only six months ago, the question wasn’t when he would step down. Instead, it was a milder variation: Would he seek re-election?When Stuart instead announced he’d seek a job as Ridgefield’s city manager, he characterized the position as a dream job of sorts and a way of escaping the acrimony of divisive politics. His departure from the board signified the latest compelling shift in county politics, observers say. He was, in the words of political activist Jim Mains, “a skilled leader who is able to work with people with widely differing views.”As the filing period for local candidates draws near, and as the commissioners prepare to name a replacement to Stuart’s seat on May 27, the picture of county politics is set to change yet again.And still, questions remain.Leading up to this week’s filing deadline, Craig Pridemore, a Democrat and former county commissioner, has announced his intention to run. He was joined Friday by Republican Jeanne Stewart, a former Vancouver city councilmember. Click to enlargelast_img read more

Vancouver man gets 5 years for sexual abuse of girls

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced to more than five years in prison for sexually abusing two minor girls whom he met on Facebook.Juan Diaz-Velazquez, 35, pleaded guilty June 6 to two counts of commercial sex abuse of a minor, communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Diaz-Velazquez told Vancouver police that he created a fake Facebook account in order to spy on his girlfriend but then began using it to communicate with the victim, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court.In the fake account, he allegedly posed as a woman named Kenzie Dasilva. The victim told police that she befriended “Kenzie” on Facebook. During one of their conversations on the social media site, “Kenzie” asked the victim if she would like to be paid for having sex with men, court records say. After the victim said she was interested, “Kenzie” arranged for her to meet a man for sex on Dec. 9, 2012, at a Shell gas station at 4905 N.E. 94th Ave., court records say.Driving a blue truck, Diaz-Velazquez allegedly picked her up and drove her to a state liquor store at 13875 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. and bought some alcohol for her. According to court records, he then drove her to his residence in the 200 block of Northeast 148th Avenue, where he served her alcohol and had sex with her.After the encounter, he dropped her off while she was still under the influence of alcohol at the WinCo at 11310 N.E. 119th St. Money was never exchanged between the victim and the assailant, court records say.last_img read more

FBI says agent impersonated AP reporter

first_imgSEATTLE — FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility.In a letter Thursday to The New York Times, Comey said the agent “portrayed himself as an employee of The Associated Press” to help catch a 15-year-old suspect accused of making bomb threats at a high school near Olympia. It was publicized last week that the FBI forged an AP story during its investigation, but Comey’s letter revealed the agency went further and had an agent actually pretend to be a reporter for the wire service.Comey said the agent posing as an AP reporter asked the suspect to review a fake AP article about threats and cyberattacks directed at the school, “to be sure that the anonymous suspect was portrayed fairly.”The bogus article contained a software tool that could verify Internet addresses. The suspect clicked on a link, revealing his computer’s location and Internet address, which helped agents confirm his identity. “That technique was proper and appropriate under Justice Department and FBI guidelines at the time. Today, the use of such an unusual technique would probably require higher-level approvals than in 2007, but it would still be lawful and, in a rare case, appropriate,” Comey wrote.last_img read more

Leading hotel boss calls for Japan to create new luxury to attract

first_img Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase The President of Hong Kong’s Artyzen Hospitality Group, Robbert van der Maas, says Japan needs to create a “new luxury” within its tourism industry if it is to attract Asia’s high rollers to the country in the coming years.Van der Maas was speaking at a seminar titled “Inbound High-Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) and Business Opportunities: Luxury Resorts” in Tokyo on Monday, with the impending arrival of Japan’s first integrated resorts among the key topics on the agenda. The seminar was run by Goyoh, which provides lifestyle concierge services for the wealthy class. Load More Giving a presentation on “What does the luxury experience require and what are the emerging trends?”, he emphasized the need to create this “new luxury” which would comprise three key requirements: Cultural experience, fulfilling memories and the ability to enrich the guest as a person.“It is a thing of the past that HNWI will be satisfied with only opulent facilities,” he said.Nicholas Clayton, CEO of luxury hotel group Capella Hotels & Resorts which operates the Capella Singapore on Sentosa Island among other properties, said his company was also looking for more from its new developments in the Asia-Pacific region.“We are delivering luxury hotels that make use of a locality’s historic buildings and natural surroundings,” he said, adding that in Japan Capella is “interested in Okinawa and the surrounding islands … and of course Tokyo and Kyoto.”While Japan’s IRs are a few years away, it is essential to start preparing early for the needs of Asia’s lucrative high-roller market. Suncity Group, Bloomberry Resorts unveil Wakayama IR visions RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR movelast_img read more

Sands Chinas Cotai Strip properties all up in 1Q19 on good luck

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Las Vegas Sands (LVS) saw revenue from its Macau operations grow 8.1% to US$2.33 billion in the three months 31 March 2019, driven by growth across all of its Cotai properties and ongoing strength in the mass market segment.While a detailed breakdown of Sands China’s mass revenue versus VIP revenue wasn’t provided, LVS Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson cited mass revenue growth of 13% compared to the same period last year, with Adjusted Property EBITDA of US$858 million. RelatedPosts Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR The Cotai Strip performed strongly for the company, with the Venetian, Parisian, Sands Cotai Central and Plaza Macao all showing positive momentum.The Parisian Macao booked the biggest growth of the Sands China portfolio, with revenue up 26.5% to US$454 million and casino revenue rising 33% to US$387 million on the back of good luck. VIP volume declined significantly, by 14.8% to US$3.92 billion, but win rate increased from 2.77% to 4.63%. Likewise, mass table drop saw a slight 5% increase to US$1.14 billion but enjoyed an improved win rate of 23.1%.The Venetian Macao saw property-wide revenue increase by 3.3% to US$897 million including a 3.4% rise in casino revenue to US$740 million. Rolling chip was again down by 4.6% to US$7.50 billion, with win rate also down, but growth in mass table drop to US$2.27 billion was aided by a significant improvement in win rate from 23.7% to 28.5%. Slot handle increased 6.5% to US$891 million.At Sands Cotai Central, net revenue was up 5.1% to US$577 million and casino revenues by 6.5% to US$445 million thanks to better luck in both segments. While VIP rolling chip volume fell 19.2% to US$1.94 billion and mass table drop by 3.5% to US$1.70 billion, win rates came in at 4.69% (up from 3.43%) and 23.8% (up from 21.4%) respectively.Ironically, Plaza Macao was the one property to buck the trend of rising mass and falling VIP volumes, with VIP rolling chip booking a 46.9% increase to US$4.49 billion while mass table drop fell 14.4% to US$356 million. Net revenue was up 17.3% to US$224 million.Sands Macao saw its casino revenue fall 2.1% to US$139 million, with bad luck playing its part despite volume increasing in both VIP and mass. Rolling chip was actually up 33.9% to US$1.20 billion but the property suffered from a win rate of just 1.86%.In Singapore, revenue declined 12.0% year-on-year to US$767 million, with casino revenue down 16.6% to US$544 million. There were declines in both segments, with VIP rolling chip volume down 3.3% to US$7.13 billion and win rate also plummeting from 4.77% to 3.13%. Mass table drop was down 3.9% to US$1.34 billion with win rate slightly up to 21.2%.Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson, who has been battling illness in recent months, was quoted in the company’s results announcement praising progress in Sands China’s current Macau developments.“Construction and development work on the Four Seasons Tower Suites Macao and the Londoner Macao is progressing,” he said. “We believe our market-leading interconnected IR portfolio in Macau, bolstered by our investments in additional luxurious hotel suite offerings, destination retail, MICE capacity and entertainment attractions, positions us exceedingly well to continue to contribute to Macau’s economic diversification and to deliver growth in the years ahead.”last_img read more

Total pay increases by 07 in real terms

first_imgTotal pay, including bonuses, increased by 0.7% in real terms in Great Britain between November 2015-January 2016 and November 2016-January 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: March 2017 report also found that regular pay, excluding bonuses, increased by 0.8% in real terms between the three months to January 2016 and the three months to January 2017. This is the lowest growth rate since the three months to November 2014, which was recorded at 0.7%.In nominal terms, which have not been adjusted for price inflation, total pay increased by 2.2% between the three months to January 2016 and the three months to January 2017, and regular pay increased by 2.3%. In comparison, both total and regular pay increased by 2.6% between October-December 2015 and October-December 2016.In nominal terms, average regular pay, excluding bonuses, was £477 a week before tax and other deductions from pay in January 2017, compared to £468 a week in January 2016.Average total pay, including bonuses, for employees in Great Britain was £507 a week in January 2017 before tax and other deductions from pay, compared to £499 a week in January 2016.Since January 2000, average pay in nominal terms has increased by 62.9% from £312 a week in January 2000 to £507 a week in January 2017. Over the same time period, the Consumer Price Index has increased by 41%.Mariano Mamertino, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) economist at Indeed, said: “Employers are feeling the strain in a labour market that is now tighter than it has been in decades. Finding the right staff is getting harder by the day as recruiters battle it out for a shrinking pool of available talent.“While many employers are being forced to offer better pay packages to woo recruits, for existing staff pay rises remain modest. Though the 2.3% average annual rise still outstrips inflation, the prospect of real wages falling later this year looms ever larger.”Ian Brinkley, acting chief economist at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), added: “Average earnings growth on regular pay has slowed, suggesting that real wages are falling as inflation increases. This could be a sign that some employers are seeking to offset the impact of the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and increases to the national living wage next month through lower basic pay awards.“With less chance of a pay rise and money not going as far when paying for the weekly shop and bills, UK [employees] will need to watch their spending carefully.”last_img read more

Poll 26 believe dependent contractor status will provide greater clarity

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: More than a quarter (26%) of employer respondents believe the dependent contractor status proposed in the Taylor Review will bring greater clarity.A poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 23 responses, found that 22% of respondents feel the new term will cause confusion.The Taylor review of modern working practices, published in July 2017, was commissioned by the government and led by Matthew Taylor (pictured), chief executive officer at the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA).The review set out to explore whether current working practices and policies are fit for purpose for today’s workforce. This includes the challenges posed by more casual working models, such as the gig economy, which has been the subject of several high-profile legal cases around employment status and employment rights like holiday pay and the minimum wage.The report recommends maintaining the three tier employment status system, which currently includes employees, workers, and self-employed individuals. However, it suggests a new definition for workers: dependent contractors. This term would aim to remove ambiguity around individuals who are not employees but who are entitled to workers’ rights, facilitating greater support for individuals who are not genuinely self-employed.The Taylor Review also proposes a greater focus on the principle of control when determining dependent contractor status, rather than focusing on whether there is a requirement to perform work personally.The straw poll of Employee Benefits readers found that 22% of respondents believe the dependent contractor status would increase costs for organisations, and 13% feel it would result in better benefits for gig economy workers.Read more:Taylor review proposes dependent contractor statusKate Hurn: Taylor Review advocates enhancing rights for dependent contractorsAmanda Steadman: How would the Taylor Review proposals affect employers?last_img read more