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. read more

Boys Area Basketball Scores (2-2)

first_imgBoys Area Basketball ScoresSaturday  (2-2)Batesville  73     Madison  69Columbus North  58     East Central  43Oldenburg  49     Triton Central  44Greensburg  82     Jac-Cen-Del  40Lawrenceburg  43     North Decatur  42Hagerstown  47     Franklin County  31Connersville  41     Lawrence North  39Heritage Christian  72     Hauser  51SW-Shelby  59     Rising Sun  52Crothersville  40     Edinburgh  38Union County  77     CC Lincoln  56last_img read more

Rose in contention in Akron

first_img “If I go back to (Friday) I was really pleased with the way I played. I drove the ball phenomenally well and had wedges in my hand all day,” Rose, who won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans a fortnight after finishing joint second behind Jordan Spieth in the Masters, told Sky Sports 4. “I felt like I could have birdied most of the holes out there and it just didn’t happen. It would have been easy to get frustrated (on Friday) and go backwards, but I think (Saturday) was a product of staying patient (on Friday) and still believing I was playing well.” Asked if his form was pointing toward a second major title ahead of next week’s USPGA Championship, the 2013 US Open winner added: ” I would say yes. “If I look at the Masters, that was huge shot in the arm in terms of confidence as I had not played any good golf before then. Jordan was incredibly hard to beat that week, but take him out and I felt I put in a major-winning performance. “Going into the final round at St Andrews (at the Open Championship) I was nine under par – the same mark as Marc Leishman and Zach Johnson, who made the play-off, so I just needed that hot Sunday. At least I am knocking on that door a little bit again, which is nice.” Furyk has recorded nine top-10 finishes at this tournament, including five in a row from its inception in 1999, and memorably lost a seven-hole play-off to Tiger Woods in 2001. The world number six also squandered a one-shot lead with one hole to play in 2012, carding a double bogey from the middle of the 18th fairway to lose out by a shot to Keegan Bradley. Consecutive rounds of 66 meant Furyk began the third round with a four-shot lead and he briefly enjoyed that cushion again following his third birdie of the day on the 11th. England’s Justin Rose fired a flawless 63 to claim a share of the lead after the third round of the W GC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club. Press Association However, the 45-year-old bogeyed the next and was unable to find any more birdies on the closing stretch to end the day tied with Rose, two shots ahead of playing partner Shane Lowry. Lowry was within a shot of the lead after his fourth birdie of the day on the 12th, but bogeyed the next two holes before a birdie on the 16th helped the 28-year-old card a third-round 67. “Obviously this is a massive tournament and it’s going to be a big day for me tomorrow,” Lowry told Sky Sports 4. “Going out here in contention is a lot different than going out in contention in a smaller event back home, but we’re going to try and hit the first tee shot down the middle of the fairway and take it from there.” Australia’s Steven Bowditch had set the early clubhouse target after a superb 63 and was joined on five under by Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and double Masters champion Bubba Watson. Poulter carded seven birdies and two bogeys in his 65 and said: “It feels pretty good. I have not played my best golf over the last couple of months but got off to a nice start today which was what I needed. “I did some good putting practice last week at Woburn and had a little swing change two weeks ago at my brother’s centre in Newport Pagnell and am hitting it better and putting better as well.” World number two Jordan Spieth has his work cut out to replace Rory McIlroy at the top of the rankings with a victory on Sunday, the 22-year-old carding a double bogey on the 18th to shoot 72 and lie nine shots off the lead. Rose had carded 17 pars and one bogey in a second round of 71 in Akron, extending an unwelcome streak without a birdie to 30 holes to start the day six shots off the lead. However, the Ryder Cup star made amends in brilliant fashion with seven birdies – four of the them in the last six holes – to finish nine under par alongside halfway leader Jim Furyk, who returned a 69. last_img read more

Marriott International on track for breakthrough year in Asia Pacific

first_imgMarriott International on track for breakthrough year in Asia PacificOn the back of a strong first quarter, Marriott International today announced that 2017 is on track for a progressive year in Asia Pacific with nearly 80 hotels targeted to open, bringing 19,000 new rooms to the region. Additionally, the company will debut two brands in Asia Pacific offering guests a total of 23 desirable brands that will cater to every occasion and traveler; forging ahead and growing its leadership position as a luxury, premium and select service hotel operator.Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director for Marriott International Asia Pacific, said: “2017 is already shaping up to be a great year for Marriott across Asia Pacific. We are looking at nearly 80 new properties slated to open their doors this year, which means an average of two hotels a week from now till the end of the year. With our larger portfolio of individually distinctive brands across destinations, we now provide guests greater access unprecedented choices and unparalleled benefits on their travels whether for business or leisure.”Live the Journey: Recharge and explore with more than 20 brands across even more Marriott resorts and destinations by end of 2017With over 550 operating hotels and more than 170,000 rooms, growth momentum in Marriott’s Asia Pacific business remains strong. Debuting in the region this year is MOXY Hotels, Marriott’s Next Gen boutique-hotel brand for the ‘always on’ and digitally savvy. The brand will mark its entry with the anticipated opening of MOXY Tokyo before end 2017. Furthermore, Delta Hotels, a premium brand distinguished by its rich Canadian heritage, is set to debut with Delta Hotels by Marriott Shanghai Baoshan slated for this summer in suburban Shanghai, China.As members of Marriott’s best-in-class loyalty programs consisting of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards, travelers can now access over 6,100 properties across the globe. Specifically in Asia Pacific, Marriott plans to further enhance its resorts portfolio with 16 new hotels expected to open in 2017. From The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi in Malaysia, Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap in Cambodia to the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay in Fiji, Marriott’s global community of more than 100 million loyalty members will now be able to enjoy enriching experiences and valuable access to local culture, design accents, culinary delights and entertainment.People and Community at the Heart Of Growth: Marriott Solidifies Its Commitment to Developing People and PlacesIn line with its growth vision, Marriott expects that over 140,000 associates will wear the Marriott badge at its company operated and franchised hotels in Asia Pacific by the end of 2017. In China, Marriott is working closely with over 150 hospitality schools and colleges through robust internship programs to help talented youth launch their careers in Asia’s booming hospitality industry. Cementing this commitment, the company will also look to foster a strategic partnership with the Asian University for Women (AUW) based in Bangladesh, with plans to be laid out in mid-2017.Mr. Smith added, “As a company that puts people first, our growth is really a reflection of our talented associates. By the end of 2017 we will have created over 20,000 jobs across Asia Pacific, offering our talented people the chance to grow and achieve their career goals with us.”Hot off the heels following a year of record growth for Marriott, including the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, in late 2016, Marriott International has enhanced its global portfolio of 30 world-renowned brands including St. Regis®, W®, JW Marriott®, The Luxury Collection®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Renaissance® Hotels, Sheraton®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Tribute Portfolio™, Four Points® by Sheraton, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Aloft®, and Element®. Marriott now has over 500 properties in its development pipeline in Asia Pacific which are expected to open by 2021. Marriott InternationalSource = Marriott Internationallast_img read more

Police brought Blanco to the Eversley Hospital in

first_imgPolice brought Blanco to the Eversley Hospital in Mandaue City where the man was declared dead.MORE STORIESnewsinfoRobbery eyed in slay of DPWH official in BulacannewsinfoDennis Sytin to file petition for review of murder chargesnewsinfoBREAKING: Olongapo court orders arrest of suspects in Dominic Sytin’s murderMORE STORIESnewsinfoRobbery eyed in slay of DPWH official in BulacannewsinfoDennis Sytin to file petition for review of murder chargesnewsinfoBREAKING: Olongapo court orders arrest of suspects in Dominic Sytin’s murderRecovered from Blanco’s possession was a sling bag containing 50 grams of suspected shabu worth P250,000./CORRESPONDENTS FE MARIE D. DUMABOC AND CHITO O. ARAGONRead Next Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Yolanda airlift An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A MAN considered as one of the most wanted persons in Cebu was killed by police in barangay Pulpogan, Consolacion town.The fatality was identified as Jeorge Blanco, 29.ADVERTISEMENT Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal MOST READ LATEST STORIES PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time SMC bags Bulacan airport project Senior Insp. Leo Logrono of the intelligence branch of the Cebu Provincial Police Office said Blanco was the third most wanted person in the province for his alleged involvement in several robberies.Last night, police rushed to Pulpogan after receiving a report that an armed man was spotted in the area.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeThe armed man turned out to be Blanco, Logrono said.Logrono said they called out to Blanco to surrender but, in response, he allegedly drew a .45 caliber pistol and pointed it at the policeman, prompting the arresting team to fire shots. View commentslast_img read more