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Eusebio craves for a solid Roma

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco praised Roma’s effort and unity in their win against ChievoStephan El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko and Kolarov were all on the scorers’ sheet at the Bentegodi, to wrap a 3-0 win.“We started strong, Chievo fought back and gambled everything, but we were always in control and could’ve had a few more goals,” the Coach told Football Italia.💬 | Tonight’s captain – and goalscorer – on the performance… #ASRoma #ChievoRoma pic.twitter.com/cSC97QTVAY— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 8, 2019“You can leave 20 minutes to the opposition during a 90-minute game, no matter who you are up against, as long as you defend well and remain solid. We didn’t do that.“Chievo were very aggressive and ran big risks at the back as a result, so we had to make more vertical passes and cut their defence open. I have told the players that in those situations, if there is the option for a through ball, we should take it.“It’s fundamental to play this way that the forwards help the team, that we remain solid and don’t leave gaps between the lines. There are risks with through balls, we often read it well tonight and caught Chievo offside repeatedly.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.Kolarov bowed to the fans. Was it sarcastic or a genuine attempt to make up with the ultras?“I think it was a great gesture, to apologise to the fans after what happened, but once again I need to point out this lad played for a month with pain-killing injections. He could barely walk when he arrived at training and would play because we needed him.“He can say the wrong thing sometimes, but he’s a great professional and nobody can complain about his approach on the field.”Dzeko found the net and hit the crossbar, but still has only five Serie A goals this season.85′ | ♻️ | Third and final substitution for the Giallorossi…⬅️ Stephan El Shaarawy➡️ Justin Kluivert0-3 | #ChievoRoma pic.twitter.com/kvD7gWsR5h— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 8, 2019last_img read more

Police issue costly tickets for scooter riders without helmets on San Diego

first_imgPolice issue costly tickets for scooter riders without helmets on San Diego boardwalks Posted: June 6, 2018 Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo 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) — San Diego Police are getting tough on motorized scooter riders who aren’t wearing helmets.The helmets are required by law, but many riders either don’t know or don’t care about the regulation.The requirement is spelled out in the California vehicle code that covers motorized scooters. It’s also in the fine print on the ride-sharing app that’s used for the “Bird” or “Lime Bike” scooters.On the Pacific Beach boardwalk, the word is spreading about the more vigorous enforcement of the helmet law by San Diego Police. A ticket for not having a helmet can range anywhere from $190 to $250. Even though it’s the law, many riders seem to be ignoring the helmet requirement.The scooter companies offer to send a free helmet to users, but as a practical matter, it may be difficult to persuade someone to refrain from a scooter ride, as they wait for a helmet to arrive.One Pacific Beach bike shop, “Swings and Things” has seized the opportunity to make a few extra bucks, by renting bike helmets to scooter riders for $5 a day. center_img June 6, 2018 Updated: 10:22 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bicyclist suffers critical injuries when hit by truck in El Cajon

first_img July 17, 2018 Bicyclist suffers critical injuries when hit by truck in El Cajon Posted: July 17, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A bicyclist struck by a truck at an El Cajon intersection remains hospitalized Tuesday with critical injuries, authorities said.The collision happened at 10:28 p.m. Monday at the intersection of North Second Street and Pepper Drive, California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow said.The 40-year-old bicyclist was peddling eastbound on Pepper Drive when a Ford F-150 traveling northbound on Second Street entered the intersection and struck him from the right side, Garrow said.The victim was ejected from the bike onto the roadway and the driver, a 60-year-old man, immediately stopped to render aid, Garrow said. Their names were not released.The cyclist was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital.The collision remains under investigation, but alcohol or drugs are not believed to be factors, according to Garrow. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Soy Growers Welcome Bill to Lift Cuban Embargo

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed legislation introduced today by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and backed by a bipartisan group of senators including Sens. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that would end the United States’ trade embargo with Cuba. ASA President and Brownfield, Texas, farmer Wade Cowan issued the following statement:“Soybean farmers are, perhaps more than our counterparts in any other commodity, acutely aware of the benefits of growing our international trade relationships. We are the nation’s leader in agricultural trade not because of one large relationship with a major purchaser, but because of our work in emerging economies like Cuba’s, which is why we’re so excited to support—as we long have—an end to the embargo. We applaud Sen. Klobuchar and all the bill’s co-sponsors for their bold approach in introducing this bill, and we fully encourage its passage.“The Cuban marketplace is valuable for our farmers because of its increasing demand not only for soybeans and vegetable oil, but also for the livestock and meat products that make up the consumer of our soybean meal. That said, we have been previously able to sell our products to Cuba, but only under restrictions, so likely the most significant part of the bill is that it allows U.S. farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses to have normal business and trade relationships with importers in Cuba, just like we do with almost every other nation, including normal banking, credit, and market development relationships.  The bill would allow our industry to conduct market development activities in Cuba as well as make available credit guarantee programs.“Finally, the bill would make permanent the elimination of restrictions such as the “cash in advance” interpretation, recently addressed by Executive Order, which have frustrated and bottled up trade. If passed and signed into law, the bill means that not only Cuban buyers would be afforded the same opportunities other nations, but that we as American exporters would be free to access the market like any other trading partner. This gives the legislation the real potential to help build a strong export partner only 90 miles from American soil.”last_img read more

Soy Growers Harden a Champion for Farmers

first_imgU.S Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden. USDA photo by Ken Hammond.The American Soybean Association (ASA) thanked outgoing Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden today for her service to the nation’s farmers. Harden, who announced her resignation this afternoon, served as Deputy Secretary since August of 2013, before which she served as Chief of Staff to Secretary Tom Vilsack. Harden also has a special link to soybean farmers, working for more than a decade in the Washington offices of ASA prior to her public service. Richard Wilkins, president of ASA and a farmer from Greenwood, Del., praised Harden’s attention to the needs of America’s farmers.“Krysta Harden is the kind of public servant that comes along only too rarely. She has blended a personal background, professional knowledge base, and exceptional passion for agriculture into a career that has served farmers at every level. As Deputy Secretary, she has been a visionary leader and a willing partner for soybean farmers across the country as we work to contend with the changing realities of our market, both here in the U.S. and overseas. We are of course sad to see her go, but happy to know that she will continue her service and her outstanding advocacy for farmers and rural Americans wherever she goes. We thank her and wish her nothing but the best of luck.”last_img read more

Lighting a fire of desire to read

first_imgSummer vacation began weeks ago for children across the county. But for nearly two dozen Washougal students, sitting in a classroom is still the norm for eight hours a week.The students are participating in a grant-funded summer literacy program offered by the Washougal School District. And on Thursday, the students had the opportunity to show off their reading skills to Washougal firefighters. The students donned black plastic Washougal Fire Department helmets and gathered in groups with volunteer and career firefighters. Firefighter Carly Shears read “The Lorax” to first-graders Spencer Nicholson and Riley Gardner. After finishing the Dr. Seuss book, the trio opened up “Olivia Loves the Circus,” and Shears encouraged the students to take turns reading, offering reassuring words to a hesitant Spencer.“You know how you get better at reading?” she asked the boys. “You practice. It’s OK to make mistakes.”The firefighters’ visit was just one small event in the six-week program. The district received a $3,800 grant to offer the literacy program to elementary-aged children. The program, “Feed Your Brain,” is funded by School’s Out Washington and runs in conjunction with the summer food service program. Twenty Washougal students in grades kindergarten through fourth attend the two-hour program at Hathaway Elementary four days a week. Feed Your Brain will wrap up Aug. 5.last_img read more

Changes are coming to comments on Columbiancom

first_imgThe Columbian will soon start testing a new commenting system to improve the reader experience on our website and encourage new commenters to join the conversation. In the next few weeks we will start requiring all users to comment on our stories using Facebook. This will promote the use of real names when commenting on our stories and also allow commenters to share their thoughts on local issues with their Facebook friends. Those who wish to remain anonymous will find a place to continue using their existing Columbian login in a separate forum, which we’re setting up.Read our FAQ below for more about Facebook comments and how it will affect you. We welcome your feedback and questions. Leave a comment below, or e-mail Web Editor Libby Tucker (libby.tucker@columbian.com) or Social Media Coordinator Matt Wastradowski (matt.wastradowski@columbian.com). We hope that you’ll join us in the new community.What does this mean for commenters?Anyone wishing to comment on Columbian.com stories will need a Facebook account. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can sign up for one at http://www.facebook.com. Don’t worry – it’s free, quick and easy to do so.Why the switch?The new system holds commenters accountable by linking their comments to their Facebook account and, by extension, real name and face. We’ve found that comments are generally cleaner and more informative on our Facebook page than on the site. This change hopefully will dissuade some troublesome commenters and keep things relatively clean for the rest of us.Do terms of service and community guidelines still apply?Yes. Real names or not, we will continue to ask that all commenters adhere to the community discussion guidelines outlined at http://www.columbian.com/guidelines.last_img read more

Two Vancouver engineers wising up with Einstein

first_imgSudhakar Kudva and Sang Park — both engineers, fathers, and immigrants — met in 2007, when their mutual passion for strong math education attracted them to a meeting to discuss new statewide math standards in public schools. That chance meeting would lead, four years later, to their launch of an after-school education program they call EinsteinWise. The Vancouver-based “brain training center” melds the ancient game of chess and the modern technology of the computer tablet into a K-6 program that encompasses math, Mandarin Chinese, Lego robotics, and even yoga. Kudva , 56, and Park, 52, are in late stages of testing their math software and hope over time to expand to reading and other basic study areas. Longer term, their dream is that their work will be incorporated into public school curriculums.They’ve struggled to promote their business’s first location, tucked in a shopping mall just off 192nd Avenue, resorting to placing fliers on doors in nearby neighborhoods and ads in family magazines. But the two men, highly accomplished in their professional fields, say they want to help raise American technical education standards to match those of rising Asian nations. Drawing on their business backgrounds, they see improved education in math and the sciences as critical to America’s economic competitiveness.“The way I see education, there needs to be a lot of basics built up early — vocabulary, writing, grammar, multiplication, math skills,” Kudva said during an interview with both men at the spacious EinsteinWise school, as a group of children played chess nearby. Kudva is firm in his belief that parents and teachers should insist that students learn the fundamentals of math and other foundational subjects, rather that letting them sidestep basics at an early age to pursue their own perceived talents.last_img read more

UPDATE Rescuers bring injured kayaker to safety

first_imgWhen kayaker Joseph Grudger, 19, rode down a 60-foot waterfall in Gifford Pinchot National Forest late Wednesday morning, the splashy, rolling fun turned to pain. He’d injured himself, possibly his back.Two fellow kayakers came to help, said Chief Ben Peeler with North Country Emergency Medical Service, based in Yacolt.“They got him out of the kayak and laid him down on the shoreline,” Peeler said.With no cellphone coverage there, one friend drove to an area to make a 911 call; the other stayed with Grudger.The call came in to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office about 11 a.m., said 911 dispatcher and assistant spokeswoman Jacqueline Garrity.The friends were in a remote area, in the Lower Falls region of the North Fork of the Lewis River, 30 miles east of Cougar.Sheriff’s deputies were called to help, as were members of Skamania County Fire District 6, North Country EMS and its all-volunteer Volcano Rescue Team.‘High-angle’ rescueGrudger was “conscious and alert through the whole thing” and talking, Peeler said. Rescuers fastened him in a rescue basket.The team, trained and equipped to use rope systems, set up one system to hoist the basket about 15 feet vertically to the top of a ledge, an operation called a “high-angle” rescue. The hoisters themselves were fastened to a rope system uphill, Peeler said.last_img read more

Standing up for farming in a field of varying views

first_imgCurrently, Proebstel farmer Gary Boldt has only flowers to sell.But when he does have lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet corn, Brussels sprouts and other types of produce, he’ll easily fill a 1,000-square-foot roadside farm stand, which he sets up at his 80-acre farm, Velvet Acres Gardens.Boldt, president of the Clark-Cowlitz County Farm Bureau, testified Tuesday to Clark County commissioners that he would like county code to allow 2,000-square-foot roadside farm stands. Under existing code, roadside stands are supposed to be only 200 or 300 square feet, depending on the zone. A proposed code would expand the size to 1,000 square feet and allow the roadside stands in all zones in unincorporated areas, including urban residential zones.But Boldt didn’t feel the proposed size, while bigger, was big enough.And that’s just one example of how commissioners — including Boldt’s brother, Chairman Marc Boldt — thought they were being helpful to farmers when farmers felt they were being hurtful.Commissioners had been scheduled Tuesday to adopt codes regulating roadside stands and agriculture markets (which are different than roadside stands in that they are permanent structures, such as the type found at Bi-Zi Farms), and adopt an administrative form that would be used to keep a record of new agricultural structures.After feedback from farmers, commissioners didn’t do anything except set the controversial topics over to a June 12 meeting.Under the proposal, structures such as barns or personal riding arenas would remain exempt from building permit requirements and there would be no fee to fill out a form. Other counties require a permit or a land-use review for agricultural structures, said Marty Snell, director of the Community Development Department, so Clark County already has a lenient policy. Snell said the county wants a record of the buildings, however. Among other reasons, the county’s code enforcement officers get complaints about non-exempt uses, such as when someone has a human living in what’s supposed to be a barn, and the county wants to have a record of when the structure was built.last_img read more

An empress reigns again Woodland estate opens for weddings

first_imgStevie Saleem, owner of Empress Estate, looks down from the second floor into the Woodland home’s entryway while giving a tour Jan. 11. She and her husband, Zoe, plan to rent out the property for weddings and other special events, and eventually have it be a bed-and-breakfast. Empress Estate, 460 Empress Lane in Woodland, is hosting an open house celebration from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. A drawing will take place that day for a free wedding package. For more information, visit www.theempressestate.com.The mansion on the hill had seen grander days.A thick winter fog clouded Stevie Saleem’s first approach to 460 Empress Lane in Woodland. Walking past a spiky iron fence, under the gaze of two concrete gargoyles, she felt a bit spooked.At that point in January 2012, the 17,000-square-foot chateau-like home had been vacant for three years. The once-manicured lawn had gone sour, vandals had made their destructive marks, a mattress-sized hole in the ceiling caused water to pool in the living room.Life had left Empress Estate.“It looked like a haunted house almost,” Stevie said. “It was pretty eerie.”The foreclosed property, known for hosting lavish weddings, had fallen — as so many have since the Great Recession — into disrepair.But beneath the tarnished surface, Stevie and husband Zoe saw glimmers of opportunity. Stevie strives to be a consummate host, and Zoe is a sucker for a stellar view. Both 50-year-olds envisioned a future after retirement where they would run a bed-and-breakfast.The Empress fit their dreams.Open for businessSnatching up the bank-owned property last March for a steal at $231,000, the Portland couple jumped right into resuscitating the eight-bedroom, three-story home.last_img read more

Wylie Pike propose variety of legislation

first_imgOLYMPIA — Here is a look at some of the bills being proposed by Southwest Washington lawmakers.Today is the deadline for bills to be considered by committees in their houses of origin.Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver• House Bill 1742: This proposal would allow businesses that sell beer growlers to also sell wine growlers.The bill would apply to breweries, restaurants, taverns or wineries. A growler is a glass or ceramic jug that is filled to the brim with beer or wine. Some restaurants sell growlers full of beer while others allow patrons to bring their own growlers for filling.“A lot of wine shops and wineries would like to allow customers to come in and refill their bottles,” Wylie said last week during a public hearing before the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. “It’s a simple idea, recycles the bottles, and there’s a lot of folks that would like to have it.”• House Bill 1195: This bill would repeal state laws that exclude certain primary election candidates from appearing on the ballot.According to state law, if there are only two candidates vying for a local public office, such as a city council seat, then their names are included on the general election ballot but not on the primary election ballot. Wylie’s bill would repeal that rule, and put every candidate on the primary ballot, even if there is only one candidate in the race, said Marsha Reilly, a nonpartisan staff member for the Government Operations and Elections Committee.Also, when a legislator leaves office early, and it prompts an election in an odd-numbered year, those competing to replace the outgoing official are not placed on the primary ballot if there are two people or fewer running. Wylie’s bill would repeal that rule, too.The bill would give candidates more freedom when it comes to fundraising, according to those who testified on the bill last month. Campaign donors can give up to $900 to a candidate for the primary election and another $900 to the candidate for thelast_img read more

Clark County home sales prices increase

first_imgClick to enlarge Clark County home sales increased 10.7 percent in February from the same month a year ago, while the selection of existing houses for sale declined. But signs of change are on the horizon.The median sales price in February of a house in Clark County was $202,000, up 22.4 percent from a year earlier. But the number of homes on the market was down significantly from a year earlier and from the previous month. At the current sales pace, it would take 5.6 months to sell all the homes listed in Clark County, down from an inventory of 6.2 months in January and 7.7 months a year earlier.However, the supply has increased in recent months. In October, houses listed for sale here had reached a three-year low of 4.7 months’ worth of inventory.The recent jump in inventory may reflect homebuilders working fast and furiously to meet growing demand.In February, county housing starts continued to rise, as measured by permits to build single-family homes. The county issued 56 permits in February, according to the Department of Community Development. It represented a 69 percent increase in new home building over the same period in 2012.Meanwhile closed sales improved by 9 percent in the Portland metropolitan area, defined by RMLS as the Oregon counties of Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia and Yamhill. The area experienced 1,376 closed sales in February, up from 1,262 in the same month last year.last_img read more

Weather Eye Rainfree days to continue but temps may drop

first_imgIt keeps going on and on and on — the wonderful autumn weather overhead. No end in sight of our sunny and rainless days. Yes, some days with more low clouds and fog on the horizon, but still dry.Some forecast models are hinting at rain as the month of November rolls in but aside from that not much change. It was in the lower 70s Monday afternoon thanks again to downslope easterly winds. One change possible a week from now is we could get east winds as cold air slides off to the east of us. Then we would have colder east winds fanning across the area. If it was a couple of months from now we may be feeling Arctic air. More winterlike.The white mantle of snow on both Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood is melting away, quickly retreating up the slopes. We will have to reload the snowpack come November when the weather pattern changes. If long-range charts are correct we could get some good rain and mountain snows the first half of November, but that of course is way out there. But we all know the weather will change so soak up the rays while you can.I have been asked by a few snowboarders if we will have some good snows in the Cascades this winter. I think so; skiing for Thanksgiving is on the agenda. We’ll see what some experts have to say about it Saturday at OMSI.At my weather station in Salmon Creek I have only had measurable rainfall on seven days this month, with the bulk of it falling Oct. 2 and 8. That means 14 dry days as of Monday and if we make it through Halloween it will go in the record books with 24 rainless days. Not bad for October.last_img read more

Senate committee OK with study of hemp industry

first_imgSPOKANE — With recreational marijuana use now legal in Washington, state legislators are eyeing whether the state should also allow a hemp industry.Hemp, like marijuana, comes from the cannabis plant but has much less THC, the component of marijuana that makes people high. The hemp plant has thousands of industrial uses and could provide a new cash crop for farmers.The state Senate is considering a bill authorizing Washington State University to study the feasibility and possible value of an industrial hemp industry.“We have a long tradition of hemp usage on our country,” said State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, a sponsor of the bill. “The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.”The federal government outlawed hemp decades ago as part of its efforts to stop marijuana production and use, Kohl-Welles said.Several people supported the bill at a recent hearing of the Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development committee.Aimee Warner, a member of the Washington Hemp Industry Association, said the crop would grow well in the state’s climate.“Our farmers are ready to, and need to, start putting industrial hemp seeds into the ground immediately,” Warner said. “There is an irrational fear of this historically persecuted crop.”Chris Mulick, a lobbyist for Washington State University, said the school is “eager to help the state understand the viability and profitability of growing industrial hemp.”But he warned that the university must comply with U.S. laws in order to keep receiving federal funds for research and student aid.last_img read more

Jacobus named Chamber Ambassador of Year

first_imgThe Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce has named Byron Jacobus of Water & Air Works the 2014 Ambassador of the Year, the chamber said Thursday.Jacobus received the honor from the chamber’s ambassador team. The “Red Coat” ambassador team promotes the business community, including attending ribbon-cutting and networking events.“Getting the vote from so many people whom I respect and have been working alongside all these years makes this one of my proudest accomplishments,” Jacobus said in a news release. “I’m humbled and appreciative.”In 2015, Jacobus will “play a large role” in the chamber’s promotional efforts, according to the news release.last_img

Fishing report 1218

first_imgIt has turned out to be a pretty amazing year for coho, especially the late stock coho in the Columbia River and tributaries.Here are two facts to support the above statement:Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery has had more than 100,000 adult coho return this year. So, add to that all the Cowlitz-origin coho caught in the ocean, at Buoy 10, in the lower Columbia sport and commercial fisheries and in the river.Coho still are fueling a fishery in the Klickitat River where bank anglers averaged more than three coho per rod last weekend.A research net on Monday a mile up the Cowlitz River was deployed for 24 hours and caught 72 smelt. All smelt fisheries remain closed. Spearfish Lake in Klickitat County has been stocked with 100 large brood stock rainbow trout. Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Mid-Columbia — Klickitat River mouth, 10 boat rods with 12 adult coho kept and one released. (WDFW)John Day River mouth, 14 boats with six steelhead kept and 14 released. (ODFW)Cowlitz — Twenty-four boaters with three steelhead kept and one cutthroat trout released; 69 bank rods with six adult coho and three steelhead kept. (WDFW)Lewis — Four boaters and 11 bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)North Fork Lewis — Thirteen boat rods with four adult chinook and two adult coho kept plus one adult chinook released; 48 bank rods with two adult coho kept and one released. (WDFW)Klickitat — Twenty-nine bank rods with 63 adult coho kept and 26 coho released. (WDFW)last_img read more

Macau GGR tumbles 86 in August

first_img JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Big trouble in little China Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts Load More Macau’s gross gaming revenue fell 8.6% year-on-year in August to MOP$24.26 billion – the second lowest amount for the year after June’s MOP$23.81 billion.The decline, which saw GGR miss estimates by some margin, comes in the wake of numerous headwinds for the industry, including negativity surrounding VIP as a result of recent Chinese media reports, the ongoing US-China trade war and transport disruptions owing to the Hong Kong protests. According to JP Morgan’s DS Kim and Jeremy An, VIP GGR likely declined by 26% to 28% for the month with mass up by around 7%, although “the mass segment came as a bigger disappointment as our mid-month checks and Macau trips suggested no sign of mass slowdown.”IAG understands rolling chip volume for Macau’s top four junkets has declined by around 30% year-on-year.August’s results mean that Macau’s GGR for the first eight months of 2019 is now down 1.9% to MOP$198.22 billion.Early estimates have September revenue enjoying a slight 1% to 2% year-on-year improvement.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 81 use benefits as a retention tool

first_imgThe majority (81%) of respondents claim that they use employee benefits as an effective retention tool, according to research by Employee Benefits and Xerox HR Services.The Benefits research 2016, which surveyed 338 respondents in May 2016, found that retention and recruitment are still the top two reasons why respondents offer employee benefits, with 76% using benefits to aid recruitment.This compares with 66% of respondents that used benefits for effective recruitment and 64% for staff retention in 2014.Over the past 12 years, other consistently-popular reasons why employers offer benefits include their role in supporting the employer brand (52%), the way in which they can support employee health and wellbeing (72%), and because industry or regional competitors do (39%).However, not all of the reasons why employers offer benefits have remained quite so popular over the years. For example, this year 26% of respondents claim that they offer benefits because they are good value for money; the same proportion as in 2014.That said, the proportion of respondents that offer benefits because of their value has fallen consistently over the years, from 64% in 2009 to 50% in 2011 and 34% in 2013.last_img read more

Tamsin Webster joins Snatch

first_imgTamsin Webster has joined augmented reality organisation Snatch as chief people officer.In her new role, Webster is responsible for driving learning and development initiatives, as well as employee growth, across the organisation’s London and San Francisco offices.Previously, Webster worked as head of organisational effectiveness, global at Fidelity International, commercial director at YSC, and as global head of talent and performance at financial services organisations UBS and BlackRock.last_img