The Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has launched a survey with British Bakeries and Northern Foods of workers’ ethnicity and languages. The aim of the study is to produce guidance for migrant workers and for firms keen to boost health and safety and efficiency.Half of the funding of the one-year diversity survey is £34,000 from the government’s union modernisation fund, which will be match funded by the union. The government scheme will also provide £17,000 of match funding for a second six-month study on the BFAWU’s communication with members. British Bakeries and Northern Foods have committed themselves to the year-long survey. Draper said he was also talking to the baker and retailer Greggs about pilot projects.He said the diversity work was not focused only on health and safety issues, despite concern at the BFAWU 2006 annual conference last month about such issues in relation to migrants with poor English. “I would not say it’s led by health and safety,” he said.He also insisted the current large employment of migrants in the baking sector was not a bad thing. I wouldn’t label it as a problem,” he said. “I think in particular areas there are skills shortages.”He conceded that the BFAWU needs to understand better what migrant workers and others from ethnic backgrounds wanted from a union in order to avoid a slump in membership. The union had already put a lot of money into promoting trade unionism among ethnic workers, he said.After the diversity project’s branch surveys of the needs of ethnic workers are completed at the end of next week, the union will use the results to run focus groups mixing different ethnic groups in the companies involved. The final result, said Draper, would be guides for migrants and information on the BFAWU website, including issues such as housing.He said that although the union had already been running successful English language courses for members, these had been put together “without realising what people really want”.On completion of the project, the union’s diversity committee will probably apply for further funding under the government’s union modernisation fund to implement ideas that emerge from the initial work, said Draper.
Advertisement Bayern managed to prevent Liverpool from scoring at Anfield (Picture: Getty)Over two-thirds (21 of 31) of the sides who have drawn the home first leg 0-0 have qualified for the next round of the Champions League and I see it as advantage Liverpool when they travel to Bavaria on Wednesday after the goalless draw at Anfield.The Reds were not at their brilliant best against Burnley on Sunday, but they got the job done and they will be confident of scoring against Bayern who moved to the top of the Bundesliga table at the weekend – albeit on goal difference from Borussia Dortmund.AdvertisementAdvertisementDortmund were no match for Spurs over two legs and Schalke are not in the same class as City. I expect the Reds to make it Bundesliga 0 Premier League 3, but it might just be the Bavarians lack of an away goal that comes back to haunt them in Munich.Michael’s prediction: Bayern 1-1 Liverpool (Liverpool go through on away goals)Europa League: Dynamo Kiev v ChelseaChelsea have a comfortable lead from the first leg and I feel they will do more than enough in Kiev to qualify for the last eight. The Blues dropped two valuable points at home to Wolves on Sunday, but it is possible that Eden Hazard’s late equaliser against Wolves will be vital come the end of the season.Michael’s prediction: Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4) Europa League: Arsenal v Rennes Michael Owen’s European predictions, featuring Bayern Munich v Liverpool and Arsenal v Rennes The Spanish side take a two-goal lead to Turin (Picture: Getty)Juve have never scored against Atleti in their three previous Champions League ties (L2 D1) and I think the La Liga side will qualify for the last eight although the Spanish side have only won one of their last eight knockout games on the road in the competition.AdvertisementAdvertisementCristiano Ronaldo has scored 22 goals in 32 career appearances against Atleti but has only scored once in his six games in the competition so far this season. The Turin side need a big game from their Portuguese superstar who was rested on Friday night when Juve, who have an 18-point lead at the top of Serie A, beat Udinese 4-1.ADVERTISEMENTIt promises to be fast, furious and probably feisty – although Diego Costa is suspended – but I feel it will be the Spanish side who qualify for the last eight.Michael’s prediction: Juventus 1-1 Atletico Madrid (1-3)Manchester City v Schalke Michael OwenTuesday 12 Mar 2019 9:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Four more Premier League sides can book their place in European quarter-finals (Picture: Rex)Two Premier League clubs, Manchester United and Tottenham, are already through to Friday’s draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and now Manchester City and Liverpool are hoping to join them.Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again shares his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on the outstanding second leg ties and Thursday’s Europa League games involving the Premier League teams…Juventus v Atletico Madrid Man City edged a thrilling match in Gelsenkirchen last time (Picture: Getty)Pep Guardiola’s side are still chasing an unprecedented four trophies and it would be a surprise if Schalke – who lost 4-2 at Werder Bremen on Friday – were able to turn around their 3-2 deficit from the home leg.The Bundesliga outfit have scored with their last three shots on target in the competition, but I would be surprised if they made much of an impact at the Etihad Stadium.Schalke have lost their last three games in the Bundesliga by an aggregate score of 11-2 since the first leg and I expect City to make serene progress into the quarter-final.Michael’s prediction: Man City 2-0 Schalke (5-2) Barcelona v LyonBarcelona have won all three home games against Lyon in the Champions League by an aggregate score of 10-2 and I can’t see past another win for the Spanish giants although their lack of an away goal is a slight concern.Lyon have drawn their last six games in the competition, but I expect Barca to make it through to the last eight for an extraordinary 12th year on the run – a magnificent achievement.Lyon have lost their last four away games without scoring a goal in the knockout stages of the competition and I feel the hosts will be comfortable winners at the Camp Nou.Michael’s prediction: Barcelona 2-0 Lyon (2-0)Bayern Munich v Liverpool Rennes pulled off a stunning result against the 10-man Gunners (Picture: Getty)Arsenal face an uphill, but hardly insurmountable, struggle in overcoming a 3-1 deficit against Rennes from the first leg and I feel the Gunners will make it through to the quarter-finals despite history being against them.Since the start of the competition in 2009/10 season only one club has qualified from the knockout stages having overturned a 3-1 deficit from the away leg – Fulham who beat Juventus 4-1 at Craven Cottage having lost 3-1 in Turin.The Gunners had a cracking win against a Manchester United side who looked as if their heroics in Paris had taken its toll on Sunday, but they need to start with the same pace and tenacity against the French as they did in that vital Premier League success.AdvertisementMichael’s prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Rennes (4-3)Will Arsenal make it to the Europa League quarter-finals?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Advertisement
Image courtesy of Eagle LNGEagle LNG has received a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to construct the Jacksonville LNG export facility.Eagle LNG said last Friday that the FEIS was the final step in the environmental review process before the final federal authorization decision deadline and anticipated FERC approval of the project.Sean Lalani, president of Eagle LNG, stated: “Achieving this critical milestone is a significant step forward for Eagle’s Jacksonville LNG export facility as we continue to advance our efforts to supply clean-burning, domestic, and affordable LNG for marine bunkering and small-scale LNG export to both domestic and international markets.”The FEIS is a result of FERC’s comprehensive process that Eagle LNG started in December 2014, and includes the completion of numerous comprehensive environmental, safety, and security reviews involving input from both federal and state agencies and various stakeholders.The proposed Jacksonville LNG project will initially consist of three liquefaction trains, which will be capable of producing up to 1.65 million gallons of LNG per day, or approximately 1 million tonnes per annum.“The Jacksonville LNG facility, with its prime Florida East Coast location, will give us a unique and competitive advantage in helping provide some of the lowest-cost power generation for nearby Caribbean countries. With approximately $500 million of infrastructure investment, this project will continue to generate numerous well-paying direct and indirect jobs in Florida,” added Lalani.