Paternity leave and pay ‘should be doubled’ (UK)

first_imgThe Guardian 15 June 2014Statutory paternity leave should be twice as long and paid at almost twice the present rate to encourage more fathers to spend time with their newborn children, a thinktank has said.The proposal is one of a number to be unveiled by the centre-left thinktank the IPPR in what is being billed as a groundbreaking report, The Condition of Britain, designed to examine the social issues that have left Britain fractured.The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, will launch the report on Thursday, endorsing its themes, but will not embrace all its proposals.The IPPR proposes that fathers should automatically qualify for four weeks’ leave after the birth, paid at the minimum wage.The cost to the taxpayer is likely to be £150m in 2015-16 and it would ensure that up to 400,000 fathers each year got at least £252.40 a week.The thinktank said one of the main reasons only 55% took off the available fortnight was because they felt they could not afford the loss of pay. Under existing rules fathers qualify for a statutory £138.18 a week, equivalent to £3.45 an hour for a 40-hour week, with employers encouraged to make up the shortfall.http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/15/paternity-leave-pay-doubled-fatherslast_img read more

Rangers Get N1m Per Goal Boost as they Depart for Algeria

first_imgThe Flying Antelopes who are due to depart Lagos for Algiers this morning were promised this mouth-watering bonus by a staunch supporter of the team, Charles Ugwu, during a send-forth meeting Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had with the players and officials yesterday.Ugwu stressed that he is moved to make the promise to the players to boost their chances of progressing in the competition “because Rangers is not just a team but also a movement that has united Ndigbo over the years.” He further assured the governor to mobilise supporters of the club for the task before Rangers.Earlier, Ugwuanyi charged Rangers to display their professionalism and commitment to be able to win the match.The governor also assured the club of the blessings, best wishes and prayers of the whole nation “as ambassadors and flag bearers of our great country Nigeria in this competition”.He said that the state remains grateful to God for bringing Rangers to the competition as Champions of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), adding that with “God on our side, we are confident that you will come back from this competition as Champions of Africa in Jesus Name.“Having lifted the NPFL trophy after 32 years in the wilderness, we have revived the famous Rangers spirit; the spirit of commitment, industry, ingenuity and brotherhood; the Never-Say-Die spirit of Rangers – the true champions.“And as you depart for Algeria today, we pray that the Almighty God will grant you divine protection, guidance and a resounding victory against your opponents”, Gov. Ugwuanyi concluded.In his remark, the captain of the team, Mathew Etim, pledged that the players were determined and going for business in Algeria to make Enugu State proud once again, calling for the support and prayers of the people of the state and fans.The club led by its General Manager, Christian Chukwu, arrived Lagos yesterday en-route Algeria for the match on Friday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Christopher Isiguzo in EnuguAhead of Friday’s first leg, preliminary round game of this year’s CAF Champions Leaguebetween Rangers International Football Club of Enugu and the J.S Saoura of Algeria, the Nigerian champions have been boosted with promise of N1million for every goal scored against the north African team.last_img read more