20 Books to get you through the festive season

first_imgFancy a quiet read when The Sound of Music is on again? Get stuck into this pile of literature…(going left to right…)1. Union, The Heart of Rugby,Stunning photography and insightful interviews with five giants of the game £25 VSP2. World Rugby Records 2012,Chunky and colourful and bursting with rugby records. One for the grandchildren £19.99 Carlton3. RugbyWorld Yearbook 2012,Celebrate the winners of 2011 with the popular yearbook in aid of charity Wooden Spoon £20 G2 Entertainment4. Southern Comfort,A tribute to the rugby passion of the Scottish Borders, and men like Telfer and McLaren £16.99 Birlinn5. Jonny Wilkinson – My Autobiography,Get heavy with the planet’s most famous player. The life story of a tortured soul £20 Headline6. Michael Owen – My story,Ex-Wales captain Michael Owen comes to terms with injury after a sparkling career £17.99 John Blake7. Rugby World Cup 2011,The story of RWC 2011 as it unfolded. You can still hear the sighs of relief in New Zealand! £20 G2 Entertainment8. Alun Wyn Jones’s World Cup YearRelive Wales’ heroic World Cup campaign through the eyes of lock master Alun Wyn £16.99 Gomer Press9. More Thoughts on Chairmin Moore,The irrepressible Brian Moore shares his sporting opinions – and wages war on a stalker £18.99 Simon & Schuster10. Chris Ashton – Splashdown,From Wigan to Wonderman. Ash the Splash talks tries, dives and RWC heartache £18.99 Simon & Schuster11. The Springboks and the Holy Grail,Dan Retief relates South Africa’s journey from outcasts to double world champions £15.99 Zebra Press12. Higgy – Matches, Microphones and MS,Alastair’s Hignell’s rollicking ride in sport and broadcasting – and his battle against MS £18.99 Bloomsbury13. The Greatest Welsh XV ever,Eddie Butler takes on the impossible task – selecting the best all-time Wales XV £16.99 Gomer Press For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 14. Boots & Spikes,The first biography of Welsh legend Ken Jones – 60-odd years after he raced to glory £18.99 Sports Books15. Mad Dog – An Englishman,Regrets? I’ve had a few. England’s World Cup skipper on his rumbustious rise  £20 Hodder & Stoughton16. Engage – The Rise and Fall of Matt Hampson,Tiger burning bright – Matt Hampson’s unforgettable account of life in a wheelchair £16.99 Simon & Schuster17. A Question of Sport Quiz book,You’ve seen Matt Dawson, now put your money where your mouth is. Questions galore! £9.99 BBC Books18. The Rugby Lovers Companion,Jocular fun in a quick read designed for the Christmas stocking. Less than a tenner  £9.99 Summersdale19. Joking Apart,Test rugby is no cakewalk – Ireland star O’Callaghan lets us in on the frustrations £18.99 Transworld Ireland20. World Cup rugby Tales,Laughs and confessions from the World Cup in Dallaglio’s sequel to his 2009 best-seller £18.99 Simon & SchusterThis article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.center_img Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad.last_img read more

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DeSantis Lifts COVID Restrictions, But Thousands Are Being Laid Off

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here OpinionBy Danielle LaChanceResearch shows that 85% of a business’s customers live or work within a four-mile radius of the business in question. But given our nation’s current health crisis, many organizations have had to rapidly adapt in order to keep afloat. For businesses that depend on in-person interactions — like restaurants, bars, and even theme parks — the pandemic has translated to major uncertainty. But now, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has officially lifted all coronavirus-related restrictions in an effort to strengthen the state’s economy. The question is: is it too late? And will the Sunshine State once again become a hotspot for COVID-19 as a result?Until now, Florida’s restaurants and bars were allowed to provide indoor service to customers at 50% of the location’s legal occupancy. Although there’s no doubt that many business owners lost sleep over the restrictions (and 45% of Americans have trouble falling asleep as it is), these limitations were developed in accordance with guidance from health officials. After all, a recent study found that people who test positive for COVID-19 are twice as likely to have eaten at restaurants in the two weeks prior to being tested, compared to people who test negative for the virus. While nothing was explicitly stopping Floridians from enjoying a meal or a drink at these establishments, particularly because outdoor dining is available throughout much of the year, those restrictions were clearly a thorn in DeSantis’s side.As a result, the governor chose to lift all COVID-related restrictions for restaurants, bars, and other businesses across the state. These establishments can now reopen at full capacity. Further, local municipalities are prevented from ordering those businesses to close or to operate at less than 50% capacity unless they’re able to provide proper justification for a closure (which might include health or economic factors). Counties and cities can allow these facilities to limit their capacity to 50% of their occupancy, however, which many officials have already said they will do. DeSantis’s order also keeps local governments from collecting fines related to public health mandates (like mask-wearing and social distancing) and even suspended all outstanding fines and other penalties that had been issued in such situations.In a statement, DeSantis explained: “We are today moving into what we initially called phase 3… And what that’ll mean for the restaurants is there will not be limitations from the state of Florida. We’re also saying in the state of Florida everybody has a right to work. [Local governments] can do reasonable regulations, but they can’t just say no.”Amusement parks weren’t specifically mentioned in DeSantis’s order or press conference, but since the state has now technically entered Phase 3, many are wondering whether capacity restrictions at Disney World might soon be lifted. In a written statement, Disney noted:“We received the Governor’s executive order and are evaluating it to determine what it may mean for our business. We are not making any immediate changes. As a reminder, face coverings are still required at Walt Disney World Resort.”But Disney has certainly made some other sweeping changes since the restrictions were officially lifted statewide. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the company plans to lay off roughly 6,700 non-union employees starting December 4 — a particularly unpleasant start to the holiday season. It may potentially be only the first round of layoffs, as reports indicate that even Disney performers who are members of the Actors Equity union may also be affected. Hotel housekeepers, ride attendants, and other employees are likely to be impacted, as 28,000 U.S. employees will likely be without jobs when all is said and done. According to the chief of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, around 67% of those 28,000 positions are filled by hourly employees who work on a part-time basis; there are full-time employees and even executives in the mix, as well. Despite the fact that Executive Chairman Bob Iger chose to forgo his salary and CEO Bob Chapek took a 50% pay cut back in March to offset the financial fallout for Disney, officials have maintained that Disneyland’s continued closure and Disney World’s limited crowds have taken a massive toll. Although 92% of employees say vacation time is important to them, travel restrictions and health concerns have translated to even lower attendance than anticipated.That being said, Florida itself is far from being the Happiest Place on Earth right now. Although the number of COVID cases and hospitalizations statewide have decreased on a steady basis since their peak in July, the state now has a total of nearly 700,000 confirmed cases and 13,914 deaths. And with restrictions lifted, it’s entirely possible the Sunshine State could see those numbers creep back up once more. Florida currently ranks third in confirmed cases and fifth in fatalities related to the coronavirus. But whatever happens moving forward, it’s clear that COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere any time soon. The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSCOVID-19EconomyGovernor Ron DeSantisPhase 3ReopeningRestrictions Previous articleOrange Co. frontline workers beat COVID, donate plasma to help others; residents urged to do sameNext articleThe hottest campus job is ‘COVID influencer’ Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Photo by Kyle DeSantis on Unsplashlast_img read more

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Two bloggers held on hooliganism charges

first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 8, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Organisation June 4, 2021 Find out more Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s decision by judge Rauf Ahmadov of the Sabail district court in Baku to place two well-known young bloggers, Adnan Hadji Zadeh (Gadjizade) and Emin Mili, in pretrial detention for two months. Arrested on 8 July after being beaten up in a Baku café, they are charged with hooliganism under article le 222.1 of the criminal code. News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Receive email alertscenter_img German ambassador Per Stankin said he hoped they would be released quickly. Mili was supposed to work as an interpreter for German human rights mediator Gunter Booker, who was not allowed to visit them despite requesting permission from the authorities. US embassy spokesman Dmitry Dorokhovsky also voiced concern about their arrest. Demonstrations in support of the two bloggers were held on 9 July in Azerbaijan. Journalists and civil society activists are often the target of threats and physical violence in Azerbaijan, which was ranked 150th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. President Ilham Aliev is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of press freedom.” July 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two bloggers held on hooliganism charges News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan to go further News “The judge must urgently reexamine the case because holding them for two months is disproportionate,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is typical of the arbitrary judicial decisions taken with government opponents. They were not allowed to see a lawyer and the charges brought against them are baseless. We are worried about their state of health and call for their immediate release.” Hadji Zadeh, a video blogger and member of the “Ol” opposition movement, and Mili, one of the founders of a youth group called “The Alumni Network”, were in a Baku café when two men in sports clothes came up to them and attacked Mili. When Hacizade went to Milli’s defence, they attacked him too. The police allowed their assailants to leave before arresting them. Hadji Zadeh’s nose was broken in the attack, while Mili sustained injuries to a leg and other parts of the body. The police refused to let them receive appropriate treatment to their injuries. They also refused to let them receive visits from foreign diplomats. News Follow the news on Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Karnataka HC To Hear Tomorrow Two Petitions Against Conducting Of Karnataka Common Entrance Test [KET] Amid Covid-19 Pandemic [Read Petitions]

first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka HC To Hear Tomorrow Two Petitions Against Conducting Of Karnataka Common Entrance Test [KET] Amid Covid-19 Pandemic [Read Petitions] Mustafa Plumber27 July 2020 9:36 AMShare This – xTwo petitions have been filed in the Karnataka High Court challenging the decision of the Karnataka Examinations Authority to conduct the Karnataka Common Entrance Test, during the present situation of COVID-19 pandemic. The petitions are filed by Eric E Steaphens, who is the secretary of NSUI and by one Pradeep Kumar S P and few others, stating that the examinations…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginTwo petitions have been filed in the Karnataka High Court challenging the decision of the Karnataka Examinations Authority to conduct the Karnataka Common Entrance Test, during the present situation of COVID-19 pandemic. The petitions are filed by Eric E Steaphens, who is the secretary of NSUI and by one Pradeep Kumar S P and  few others, stating that the examinations are scheduled to be conducted from July 30 to August 1. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic prevailing in the State, many students are not able to travel from their houses to the respective centres to write the examination. The SOP dated 18.7.2020 issued by the respondents does not protect the right of the students who are required to travel from outside the State of Karnataka. Hence, the action is challenged as arbitrary and issued without application of mind and taking the interest of the students into consideration and hence the same is required to be set aside. Further, the pleas state that many students are residing in various places in the State which are identified as containment zones . They will not be able to come out of their houses and travel to the examination centre. Moreover, students who have tested COVID 19 positive are not granted separate facility and the guidelines of the Government to maintain physical distance cannot be ensured since all the students are required to write the same examination and no separate arrangement is made to students who have tested positive. Students have a fear in their mind about the spreading of the virus in the absence of maintenance of physical distance. The act of the respondents in not providing adequate facilities to the students to write the examination by taking safety measures is clearly violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India, the petitions state.  The petitioners seek to set aside the KEA notification dated May 13 to conduct the KCET exams and  to direct the state government and KEA to go ahead with KCET only after the completion of JEE and NEET exams. The matters are likely to be heard on Tuesday.Click Here To Read Petition 1[Read Petition]Click Here To Download Petiton 2[Read Petition] Next Storylast_img read more

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Rhode Island’s governor calls to quarantine New Yorkers to prevent the spread of COVID-19

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — The governor of Rhode Island is taking extreme measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in her state by sending law enforcement officers door-to-door to quarantine New York residents.The effort is to stop the spread of the coronavirus to Rhode Island residents by people who were in the epicenter of the viral disease. The number of confirmed cases in the Ocean State reached over 200 as of Friday which pales in comparison to the over 26,000 in New York City.“This is an emergency,” said Gov. Gina Raimondo on Friday where she specified the 14-day quarantine to people traveling from New York to Rhode Island. “That’s a law. That’s an order. It comes with penalties. It’s not a suggestion.”The 14-day quarantine is part of guidelines by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Raimondo made the announcement at a press conference saying that the National Guard will seek out people who are believed to have traveled from the Big Apple to shore rental homes. The troops are expected to enforce the 14-day quarantine by collecting contact information from people entering the state from all modes of transportation.The state police are going to monitor the highways by the Newport Bridge and will pull over cars with New York plates, said Raimondo. The officers will ask for the occupants of the vehicle for their contact information and order them into quarantine if they intend to stay.“What is constitutional in one scenario is different than in another. This is pinpointed, this is targeted, this is a state of emergency, this is limited in time, and it’s going to be enforced in a respectful way,” said Raimondo. “And it’s a public health necessity.”Violators are subject to a fine at first and prison time on subsequent offenses.Raimondo is not the only governor calling for targeted state residents to abide by the quarantine order.The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, signed an executive order to mandate travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14-days once they arrive. He has since extended the order to include Louisiana as their number of coronavirus patients are rapidly increasing.Fines and criminal charges are also a threat for violators of DeSantis’ order.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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How to climb the flexible career ladder

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Flexible working is fast becoming recognised as the modern and effective wayto operate a business, and succession planning is the key to the long-termsuccess of the practice. Graduates enter a business wanting to know what their career path to the toplooks like, and what flexible work options are available to them. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report found that for 2,510 students across11 countries, “balancing work and personal life” was the mostimportant goal. So flexibility and career progression are the two things thatcompanies need to get right to compete in the war for talent. But it’s not just the managers of the future who want work-life balance. Arecent poll of 1,200 managers showed that they are reclaiming their weekendsand cutting down their working week. So how should companies respond when they have traditionally benchmarkedpeople’s dedication to their careers through the hours they work and theircapacity to put work first? It requires an appreciation that it is in the bestinterests of the business to have a healthy, well-balanced workforce and anopen mind when it comes to succession planning. Existing career succession-planning systems can discriminate againstindividuals because they contain a requirement to work at the”coalface”, or to fulfil a stint overseas. In some cases it isassumed that certain individuals aren’t keen to progress because they areunable to tick these things off. We should be looking at changing the model andrewarding experienced gained, rather than stints done. Imaginative thinking is needed to take succession planning forward. A planfor flexible succession planning should include reviewing explicit/ implicitrequirements that conflict with flexible options. How does your career planningprocess happen? Are there any recognised key stepping stones that have to beachieved and is there a more flexible way to do so? Review the history of career succession in the organisation. Is there aroute that has been taken by previous senior managers that has become therecognised way? Look at those benchmarked milestone jobs – do they preclude anyone takingthem up on the basis of gender, race, age or circumstance? Publicise success stories – highlight unusual role models through thecompany literature/publication. Make career planning more open and visible. Also, don’t underestimate the influence of line managers. Crack this groupif you want to succeed. How to climb the flexible career ladderOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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‘Zero-star’ Jericho restaurant to re-open

first_imgThe Lebanese Restaurant Al-Shami has now reopened following the temporary closure imposed on the business last week.Al-Shami, of Walton Crescent, Jericho, was shut down by Oxford City Council inspectors on 19th March following a routine inspection which found failures in food hygiene management and staff not properly trained in safe food handling practices.In response to the Council’s actions Mimo Mahfouz, owner of Al-Shami, spent over £25,000 refurbishing the restaurant kitchen and installing new fridges and freezers which will now keep raw and cooked meat separate. An additional area has also now been created specifically for the preparation of raw meat.The restaurant was issued with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order on Tuesday 16th March after officers found what the council have called ‘widespread evidence of cross contamination between open raw meat and high-risk ready to eat foods including cooked chicken, yoghurt, cheese and salad’.The order, which was then upheld by Oxford Magistrates on Friday 19th March, dictated that the restaurant be closed indefinitely, until the Council’s Environmental Health Officers were satisfied that any risks to health had been removed.Richard Kuziara, Environmental Health Officer, commented at the time: ‘When dangerous conditions such as these are found we will always take the necessary action to protect the public.‘The premises will only be allowed to reopen when we are satisfied that they can produce food that is safe to eat.’The improvements have been met with praise. Kuziara commented that, having interviewed all Al-Shami kitchen staff, he was satisfied that employees were now well aware of hygiene issues.The restaurant’s food hygiene rating, which totalled zero stars according to last week’s inspection, cannot officially change until another random routine inspection is performed. However, Mr Kuziara commented that the establishment would have achieved a three star rating had the inspection been carried out this week, after Mahfouz had implemented improvements.Mahfouz reflected on the recent events: ‘I feel that I have learned a lot from this and I thank environmental health for opening my eyes to a lot of things.’He added, ‘everybody was shocked that we were closed, but we are concentrating on hygiene now at least 10 times more than before, we owe it to our customers that we are in top condition everywhere’.Despite its recent bad press, students seemed keen to revisit Al-Shami, which has featured in The Which? Good Food Guide for the past twenty years. Claire Jonstone, a student living near to Walton Crescent, commented, ‘If the Council is happy now that the restaurant is hygienic, then I would definitely go – the food there is good’.Another undergraduate from the Jericho area agreed ‘I’m sure Al-Shami will still be fairly popular among students.’Information regarding the cleanliness of Oxford’s various food businesses is available through the City Council’s ‘Scores on the Doors’ scheme, which publishes restaurant information and hygiene ratings.last_img read more

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GALLEMORE, NANCY E. (nee: Harris)

first_img85, a longtime Bayonne resident and dedicated Jehovah Witness, passed away on February 22, 2017. Nancy was born in Jeffersonville, GA and has resided in Bayonne since 1951. She was a former dietician and also worked as a window manufacturer for Ideal Windows in Bayonne. Wife of the late Marshall Gallemore. Mother of Veronica Register, Batunda Gallemore and his wife Jessica, and the late Andrew Gallemore and Marshall Gallemore, Jr. Grandmother of Anthony Ingraham and Emmanuel Register. Great-Grandmother of Andrew and Emma Ingraham. Sister of Anna Carruthers. Aunt of George Riggins. She is also survived by a host of nieces & nephews. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

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Guidance: Organisation testing registration: record of users

first_imgThere’s a new version of the record-keeping (bulk upload) spreadsheet to use from 26 February 2021, above. Register your completed record-keeping (bulk upload) spreadsheet After the organisation-based registration portal is updated, you will not be able to use a previous version of the spreadsheet to register tests.You should download and fill in this spreadsheet now so that you’re prepared for this change. Do not try to register this spreadsheet before 26 February.You can register up to 100 tests on the spreadsheet. You’ll need to complete separate spreadsheets for staff and non-staff.The guidance provides information on completing and uploading the record-keeping spreadsheet.center_img Watch a video demonstration of return box trackingDemonstration of return box tracking.Watch a video demonstration of registering mulitple test kits on the portal.Demonstration of registering mulitple test kits on the portal.See guidance on getting tested.last_img read more

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Graphic warnings on cigarettes effective across demographic groups

first_imgQuitting smoking is a common New Year’s resolution for Americans each year, but research has repeatedly shown it is not an easy task. Some groups, such as racial/ethnic minorities, have an even harder time quitting. New research suggests hard-hitting graphic tobacco warnings may help smokers of diverse backgrounds who are struggling to quit. A new study by researchers at Legacy® and Harvard School of Public Health provides further evidence that bold pictorial cigarette warning labels that visually depict the health consequences of smoking — such as those required under the 2009 Family Smoking and Prevention Tobacco Control Act — play a life-saving role in highlighting the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit.The study is one of the first to examine the effectiveness of pictorial warning labels versus text-only labels across diverse racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Although a growing body of research has shown that disadvantaged groups may differ in their ability to access, process and act on health information, little is known about communication inequalities when it comes to cigarette warning labels.The study authors note that text-only cigarette warnings have been repeatedly characterized as unlikely to be noticed or have an impact, and cite prior research indicating pictorial warning labels are more effective. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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