Patrice Evra explains his strange Instagram video

first_imgThe former Manchester United and Juventus defended posted a video “sucking a raw chicken” and spanking it in front of the cameraFrench footballer Patrice Evra has explained his bizarre Instagram video where he sucked a raw chicken and spanked it in front of the camera.“Yesterday I posted a video and it went wild, it went crazy,” Evra said today as quoted by Football Italia.“It was just for Thanksgiving. Some people find it funny, some people find it weird, some people find it disgusting. We’re all different thank God.”“I just cuddled, I just kissed the meat. Yeah, I went too far when I sucked the toes of the chicken… it was a bit nasty, nasty,” he added.edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…last_img read more

NGolo Kante insists hes not the nicest man in football

first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante insists he is not the nicest man in football, contrary to widespread belief.The France international is often praised for his humble attitude and low key lifestyle but he insists he’s just being himself.Speaking to the Blues’ official magazine, the World Cup Winner said: “I play football and I want to be considered as a footballer.”“I don’t want people paying too much attention about what I am outside of football, what I’m doing, and asking: ‘Who is N’Golo?’”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Just consider me as a footballer, you don’t need to look too much at this and say: ‘Oh, he’s like this, he’s like this, he’s like this.’ Ask me about my football, and not too much else. I just want to be a player among the players.”“I am how I am. I cannot explain it well, but I don’t feel the nicest person, on the football pitch or in life, I’m just myself.”“If I win, I win and if I lose, I lose, but I always try to give my best in any competition. That’s not because I’m nice or something. I’m just myself.”last_img read more

Dyche talks about penalty drama in Burnley match

first_imgThe manager was shocked that the referee didn’t award his team a penalty kick after a first half four over Ashley Barnes.In the first half of the Burnley-Southampton match, Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy fouled Ashley Barnes.But the referee didn’t see it like that and booked Barnes for simulation.Then in the second half, Nathan Redmon gave Southampton the lead, until Barnes was given the chance to take a penalty kick in the last play of the game to even things out 1-1.“I have absolutely no idea, whatsoever, why that penalty wasn’t awarded,” Burnley coach Sean Dyche told the team’s official website.“I’ll just reiterate that when players fall naturally, I don’t think they are getting penalties.”This is the team’s first penalty in 68 English Premier League matches.“I think I’ve been honest enough to speak about that this season, when results have gone against us, such as when Harry Kane should have had one and West Ham should have been awarded one, and I just don’t know where the game is going,” the manager continued.“Dives get given as penalties and real falls are not getting given and just because Ashley hasn’t thrown his arms in the air and rolled around 10 times, he gets nothing.”Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“The keeper comes out trying to do his job. the center forward gets there first and toes it past him, and the keeper brings him down,” he tried to explain the penalty.“It is impossible, in my opinion, that that is not a penalty and I just don’t understand it.”Burnley FC is currently sitting in the 17th position of the standings with just 24 points after 25 matches.The team has only won six games, drawing another six and losing 13.Their next match is on Saturday, February 9th against Brighton and Hove Albion.REACTION | Gaffer gives his thoughts on the two penalty incidents…WATCH MORE ➡️ https://t.co/cL58ew9PZb pic.twitter.com/B0d4OQpnJY— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) February 2, 2019last_img read more

ASA Announces CAB Campaign—Call About Biodiesel

first_imgIt’s time to plant soybeans and corn across much of the United States, and the American Soybean Association (ASA) is encouraging farmers to pick up their cells phones and make calls next week, April 26-30, from their tractor cab to promote passage of a retroactive extension of the vital biodiesel tax credit.”Call your Senators and Representative and ask them to contact their respective Leadership to stress that the biodiesel tax incentive extension must be enacted before the Memorial Day recess,” said ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio. “We realize that at this time of year many soybean farmers are spending long hours in their tractor cab planting crops, and this is a perfect opportunity to stop and take a few minutes at the end of a field to call your elected representatives in Washington about the urgent need to extend the biodiesel tax incentive.”All soybean farmers are urged to participate in ASA’s C.A.B. Campaign: Call About Biodiesel. Contact the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with your Senators’ and Representative’s offices.The biodiesel tax incentive expired on December 31, 2009. Since then, biodiesel production and consumption has dramatically declined, biodiesel production facilities have closed, thousands of biodiesel industry workers have lost their jobs, and surplus soybean oil stocks continue to increase as a result of lower demand.”It now has been over 112 days since Congress allowed the biodiesel tax credit to lapse,” Joslin emphasized. “We need soybean farmers to send a strong message to Congress that the biodiesel tax credit needs to be extended before the Memorial Day recess.”The U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 4213, the Tax Extenders Act of 2009, in December 2009, and the Senate passed its version of H.R. 4213, the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act in early March 2010. Both versions of the bill include retroactive extension of the vital biodiesel tax credit through December 31, 2010. The House and Senate must now reconcile the differences between the two versions of the bill approved by the respective chambers.Helpful Points:Farmers should personalize and explain the impact the credit expiration is having on you, your business, and your state:Biodiesel production has stopped and Green Jobs are being lost.The resulting negative impact on State and Local Economic Development.The detrimental effect expiration of the credit is having on Your Bottom Line (estimated impact of $0.25 per bushel).From a Nationwide standpoint, Green Job creation, Energy Security and Environmental Benefits associated with domestic biodiesel production is being lost.Biodiesel reduces our Dependence on Foreign Oil.The Biodiesel Industry creates Green Jobs and Makes a Positive Contribution to the Economy.Biodiesel is Good for the Environment.”Please take a few minutes next week to make three phone calls,” Joslin added. “Your two Senators and your Representative need to know that you care about this issue and how it impacts our economy and your profitability.”ASA member John Hoffman, a producer from Waterloo, Iowa is familiar withtaking just a few minutes to stop and make calls to his Senatorsand Representative from the cab of his farm equipment.last_img read more

EUs Exclusion of Agriculture Disappointing for Soy Growers

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is disappointed that the European Union has voted on a mandate to move forward with an EU-U.S. Free Trade Agreement that excludes agriculture. The EU is a critically important market for U.S. food exports, including soybeans.Soybeans exported to the EU in 2017 were valued at $1.6 billion. ASA applauded the initial decision to launch comprehensive negotiations between the U.S. and European Union in order to liberalize trade and investment in a variety of sectors.“We had high hopes that some of the longstanding concerns regarding the EU’s policies on agricultural biotechnology and on revising the EU’s pesticide laws would be addressed,” said Davie Stephens, Kentucky soy grower and ASA president. “With the EU now formally excluding ag, it will be difficult if not impossible to address these non-tariff barriers that severely inhibit trade between our countries.”ASA maintains that the EU approach to biotechnology, gene editing and pesticide regulation needs to be risk-based and consistent with international practice under the Codex Alimentarius (Codex), which is the foundation of internationally-accepted standards and guidance. The current and emerging EU regulatory approaches lack alignment with Codex, are based on hazard rather than risk–based assessments, and represent barriers to trade.ASA urges the U.S. Administration to push back on the EU and insist that these vital agriculture issues are addressed either in the context of an FTA or through bilateral discussions.last_img read more

Schools sex offender policies questioned

first_imgWhen Bill Stephens attended his daughter’s band concert at Jemtegaard Middle School in Washougal last month, he was surprised to see a familiar face in the audience. Not the face of another child’s father, but that of a registered sex offender.Stephens was not only surprised, he was upset.“My biggest concern is people don’t know,” Stephens said. “They think a convicted sex offender wouldn’t be allowed on campus.”But, as it turns out, area school districts don’t have policies to prohibit registered sex offenders no longer bound by the restrictions of supervised release from stepping on school grounds.Supervised release usually includes conditions, such as staying away from children. Once a person is no longer under supervision, though, the person is only required to register as an offender and abide by any court protection orders in place, said Gelinda Amell, community corrections supervisor for the state Department of Corrections.That’s not to say schools don’t have the right to implement policies.A state law adopted in 2006 (RCW 9A.44.193) gives schools and other public or private facilities with the primary purpose of education, care or recreation of children the right to ban certain Level II and Level III sex offenders. The law outlines offenses that qualify an offender, such as child molestation and rape of a child. The law requires entities to give the offender written notification of the policy and protects the entities from civil litigation.Fort Vancouver Regional Library learned about the law a few years ago and implemented a policy prohibiting Level III offenders from entering its libraries.last_img read more

Police Sleepy driver crashes near Battle Ground

first_imgA 42-year-old woman was sent to the hospital as a precaution Thursday after her car left the roadway on state Highway 502 west of Battle Ground.According to a Washington State Patrol release, Toni M. Shearer of Battle Ground was driving a 2003 Honda Civic east on N.E. 219th St. around 7:30 a.m. Her car left the road to the right, went into a ditch, hit a mailbox and came to a rest in some shrubs, the release said.Shearer was sent to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center as a precaution.State patrol said the crash was caused by a sleeping driver. Shearer was cited for second-degree negligent driving.Clark County Fire & Rescue responded to the crash.last_img read more

Herrera Beutler on House GOP Its time for my colleagues to face

first_imgAs the federal government shutdown entered its third week, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler said Tuesday that it’s time for her Republican colleagues in the House to face reality and support a spending plan that doesn’t fight the 2010 health care reforms. In a statement, the Camas Republican called attacks on the Affordable Care Act a poison pill that’s preventing Congress from reopening the federal government. Until Tuesday, she was mum on the House GOP’s budget negotiations, saying she wanted to give her leadership time to craft a solution. “If this shutdown lasts much longer, negative impacts could be widespread,” Herrera Beutler said, noting the potential impact to veterans’ benefits, food assistance for low-income women and children, and permits for professional crabbers and fishers. “In Longview, people who are critically injured must now wait for life flights to come from Oregon,” Herrera Beutler said, because “the local hospital’s helicopter can’t get (Federal Aviation Administration) certification during a shutdown. I can’t stand by and let this happen any longer.”Herrera Beutler said she still opposes President Barack Obama’s health care reforms. “But this president will not bend or compromise on this issue even if the shutdown lasts until the end of his term, and this continued fighting is making it less likely that we can make progress on the issue, or on improving our economy or lowering our debt,” she said.last_img read more

Weather Eye Pleasant days will follow scattered showers cool temperatures

first_imgStrike up another one for the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands. A beautiful day for the parade with dry pavement and temperatures in the comfortable range. There were a few sprinkles early in the morning, and I held my breath, but the rest of Saturday was another fantastic May day in the great Northwest.Now, today is another story with scattered showers, cool temperatures and a rumble of thunder here and there. This will linger into Monday, then high pressure rebuilds for pleasant weather Tuesday through Thursday with highs in the 70s.It will be cold enough aloft for snow in the higher ski areas today and Monday. Just when the snow begins to melt at the higher elevations, we get more snow. That’s OK; we will take all we can.Thirty-four years ago it was a clear, sunny day and a calm morning when Mount St. Helens erupted. I was outside looking the garden over before church when I heard the distant boom and noticed the towering plume of smoke and debris reaching for the heavens. I was surprised, and then not so much, as the mountain had been rumbling and shaking for a couple of months. A day one will remember forever.The coming holiday weekend appears to start off damp Friday and Saturday, then pleasant and dry. Stay tuned. The pattern this month has favored sunny, warm weekdays and cloudy, damp weekends. We’ll see if we can turn that around come June.last_img read more

Grieving mom fights for changes to Utah justice

first_imgMelissa Kennedy never imagined she’d be caught up in a controversy unfolding in a town more than 750 miles away from her home in the Sunnyside neighborhood.But when the Vancouver woman’s daughter was shot and killed by police in Utah nearly two years ago, her world shifted.“I never thought I would be in this situation. … I always lived in my little bubble,” Kennedy said. Kennedy’s daughter, Danielle Willard, was living in Utah after completing a drug treatment program. While parked in her car, Willard was approached by two undercover police officers. She tried to drive away when the officers shot and killed her on Nov. 2, 2012. “Once they killed my daughter, they broke my bubble,” Kennedy said. “You don’t kill my daughter on my watch and get away with it.”On Thursday, the Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced that the officer responsible for firing the fatal shot will face a charge of second-degree manslaughter. Kennedy said that from the moment she learned how her daughter died, she had thought the officer had acted recklessly. So when she heard Thursday’s news, she burst into tears.last_img read more

71 quake hits Indonesia waters tsunami minimal

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia — A strong undersea earthquake hit eastern Indonesia today, triggering a small tsunami and some panic but no casualties or major damage.The 7.1 quake occurred west of Halmahera island, which is about four hours’ flight from the capital, Jakarta. The earthquake had an initial magnitude of 7.3 but was downgraded slightly by the United States Geological Survey.Indonesia’s meteorological agency said a tsunami wave of 3.54 inches washed onto the small island of Jailolo but caused no damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later lifted its advisory for potential hazardous waves for coastal communities. The quake was strongly felt in several cities in eastern Indonesia, sending many people to run from homes and other buildings, officials and residents said. The world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In 2004, a monster quake off the tip of Sumatra Island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 6 and 12 October 2016 were:British Gas Court of Appeal decision confirms inclusion of commission in holiday payEXCLUSIVE: Central government to launch online benefits platformFollow the action at Employee Benefits Live 2016Government to develop single body for pensions and debt guidanceCould the smell of technology enhance the employee experience?33% feel comfortable talking to their employer about mental health issues65% would take a pay cut for a better work-life balance81% who experience mental health issues see adverse impact on physical healthOrganisations should embrace transparency to reinforce employer brandSiemens builds family-friendly culture through promotion of shared parental leavelast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Countrywide changes employee share scheme for 8300 staff

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Property organisation Countrywide has amended its employee share scheme provision to launch a new sharesave scheme (SAYE) for 8,300 eligible UK employees.The new scheme, which was implemented in April 2018, has replaced the organisation’s previous share incentive plan (SIP). It offers eligible employees a three-year sharesave plan that enables them to purchase organisation shares at a 20% discount on Countrywide’s current share price at the conclusion of the three-year period. If employees do not wish to buy shares at the end of the three years, then they can receive back the money they have saved.To be eligible for the sharesave scheme, employees have to be employed by Countrywide on a permanent basis and have completed at least six months of service. There are approximately 8,300 eligible employees who can take up the scheme at Countrywide, compared to its total workforce of 11,000 staff.Countrywide introduced the new sharesave scheme in order to counteract a decrease in its SIP renewal rates. The SIP was originally introduced in 2013 and then improved in 2016 to offer employees more matching shares. However, from March and April 2017, the organisation observed that renewal rates on the plan were falling from the membership peak of 25% of eligible employees in 2016.The organisation sent out a bespoke benefits survey to employees in the summer of 2017 to understand the reasons behind the drop in SIP renewals. It found that they wanted an employee share scheme that provided more security for their savings.Neil Goodwin, reward director, HR at Countrywide, said: “[The bespoke benefits survey] was to establish why take-up was falling for the share incentive plan and the main reasons for that was people wanted more security for the money they were putting in each month. With a [sharesave scheme], whatever happens to the share price, [employees] can still take the money back that [they have] paid in at the end of the three years whereas with a share incentive plan, if the share price goes down, [it could potentially affect employees’ investment], so that was the main driver behind the changing plans, because employees said that they want more security for their savings.”To launch the new sharesave scheme, Countrywide undertook a variety of communications including writing to employees’ homes, posters, information on the staff intranet, online blogs and emails. The organisation also engaged senior managers within the business as champions of the scheme and utilised employee representatives, which are called Agents of Change, to help further promote the new plan locally across Countrywide’s 1,300 national branches.Madeline Howlett, reward manager at Countrywide, added: “The key to the success of the plan was engaging early on with our employees. In a business as dispersed as Countrywide, delivering a message can be a difficult task, therefore we engaged with SAYE champions across the business, made up of our senior leaders and employee representatives known as Agents of Change, to help promote the plan within their area.”More than 1,519 employees took up the sharesave scheme in its initial three-week launch window. The next window to join the plan will be next year.Goodwin said: “[Countrywide is an advocate] of having [a] relatively small number of benefits that have [a] very wide appeal [and] that are also aligned with business strategy. We’ve got Under One Roof, which is our employee discount scheme, which has been really successful and I see the [sharesave scheme] being another one of those core benefits that is available to everyone, with the exception of those with less than six months’ service, that really aligns and directly supports our strategy and gets people on side and bought into the business.”last_img read more

Coinvestment rate for apprenticeship training to be halved for small employers

first_imgAutumn Budget 2018: Small employers’ co-investment rate for apprenticeship training is to be cut from 10% to 5%, chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the Autumn Budget 2018.The government is providing up to £240 million of funding to allow for the halving of the rate.Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors, welcomed the move. He said: “The low take-up of apprentices by small businesses has been a quandary for the government since the levy was introduced, and employers will cheer the decision to reduce the co-investment rate for small firms.”The measure follows changes to the apprenticeship levy announced earlier this month, which will enable large employers to transfer up to 25% of their annual apprenticeship funds to smaller firms, including those in their supply chain, from April 2019.Martin said: “Coupled with the chancellor’s recent announcement on levy transfers, this latest move should help to unblock the apprenticeship pipeline for non-levy payers.”Ben Rowland, co-founder of training organisation Arch Apprentices, said: “It’s brilliant that the government is taking steps to reinforce apprenticeships as the way to boost skills and productivity and we hope employers will increasingly recognise them as an opportunity to accelerate their business performance and bring new life to their teams.“Apprenticeships have been proven to create enthusiastic, loyal employees who report greater levels of satisfaction and are more likely to stay at the company long after their apprenticeship has finished.”Ian Brinkley, acting chief economist for the CIPD, meanwhile, believes the latest measure is unlikely to boost the number of apprenticeships offered by small firms, commenting that many lack the capacity to take on apprentices.He said: “The levy is still far too rigid to work in practice for many employers. We need a more flexible training levy that can help organisations fulfil a number of training and development needs rather than shoe-horning funds and efforts into the apprenticeships model alone.“It’s vital that the government continues to review the operation of the levy to ensure it delivers the right results for all businesses and individuals, and that it can meaningfully help address the UK’s productivity challenge. The other big issue on skills is the need to provide small businesses with much more locally provided support on developing people management capability to boost both job quality and firm performance.”last_img read more

Miami Mayor Celebratory gunfire dangerous illegal

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – With the Fourth of July on the horizon, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado held a news conference, Thursday, to stress that celebratory gunfire can have disastrous consequences.Regalado reminded citizens that “One Bullet Kills the Party.”Along with his reminder of the danger of celebratory gunfire, he also stressed how illegal the act is. “If someone fires a gun as a celebratory measure, the police will be knocking on your door in the next hours because of the shots sputtered,” he said.Almost every year, innocent bystanders are struck by bullets that rain down after shots are fired into the air, with some incidents resulting in fatalities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Southbound Turnpike reopens after Deerfield Beach truck accident

first_imgThe accident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – All southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike were reopened to traffic in Deerfield Beach, hours after, officials said, a truck collided with another truck that was parked on the side of the road, sending one driver to the hospital, Tuesday afternoon.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident took place just south of the Sawgrass Expressway. Investigators said a box truck driver had pulled over to the side of the road and had stepped out of the cab when the other truck clipped the side of the victim’s vehicle and hit him.Authorities said the impact tore a hole on the side of the victim’s truck and seriously injured the driver.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue airlifted the victim to Broward Health North in unknown condition. The northbound lanes of the Turnpike were temporarily shut down to accommodate the chopper.Southbound traffic was diverted to the Sawgrass Expressway as cleanup crews cleared the debris on the southbound lanes.Further complicating the commute on the Turnpike, another accident took place on the southbound lanes, near Hillsboro Boulevard, just north of the scene of the truck accident, at around 4:15 p.m. The circumstances behind the second accident are unknown.At around 5:30 p.m., authorities had opened all but one of the southbound lanes to traffic.  The remaining closed lane was reopened shortly after, however. last_img read more

Police aim to strengthen relationship with South Florida community

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida officials took action, Thursday morning, to build a better relationship between officers and the local community.“This is how you get this message across to the people,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley. “Not just this forum. You have to take it to the community.”A panel of experts, including Adderley, participated in a forum to discuss tensions between officers and the local community. They will be addressing topics on how to rebuild trust and confidence within the public.“You have to have the dialogue with the people that just don’t understand, and the more you can educate them, the better for the public,” added Adderley. “And when people realize what the situation actually is, rather than jumping to a conclusion without the facts, then I think you have a much better way of convincing the public whether the officer was justified or not.”The program was held at the Tower Club, on Third Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale, and began at 7:30 a.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Western High School host robotics challenge

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Students at a South Florida school played host to a robotics competition, Saturday.Western High School in Davie hosted the first Tech Challenge Championship.Student teams developed robots to compete with and against other teams in qualifying competitions.Next week, the winners will advance to other robotics competitions in West Palm Beach, where they’ll compete against teams from other states.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Former school bus to be turned into mobile food pantry

first_imgTAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – A former school bus is on its way to South Florida to be turned into a mobile pantry.The used, 72 seat bus made its way from Georgia to Tamarac to be turned into a food pantry.Once renovated, the bus will help a non-profit organization transport more than 80,000 pounds of fresh food and vegetables to students and their families.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more