No-No! A’s Fiers Throws 2nd Career No-Hitter, Beats Reds (Vid)

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — A light malfunction almost stopped Mike Fiers’ night from getting started. A high pitch count nearly prevented him from finishing it.Good thing Fiers was allowed to take the mound and stay there all game because he made history doing it.Fiers overcame the early delay and managed the high workload to pitch his second no-hitter of his career, getting help from two spectacular defensive plays from his Oakland Athletics teammates to shut down the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 Tuesday night.“Amazing. That’s really all I can really say,” Fiers said. “Things like this just happen.”This one almost didn’t.A bank of lights in left field was only partially lit before the scheduled start of the game, leading to a delay of more than 90 minutes before the teams and umpires determined there was enough light to play a full game.The pitch where Fiers completes the no-no. This is what baseball is all about. ?(via @Athletics)— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) May 8, 2019Then after getting through seven innings with 109 pitches, Fiers was told by manager Bob Melvin that one more baserunner would end his night even if he still hadn’t allowed a hit. He then breezed through the final two innings, following up his 2015 gem for Houston against the Dodgers with a 131-pitch masterpiece to become the 35th pitcher with multiple no-hitters in his career.“I’m just really thankful for him leaving me in and trusting me,” Fiers said. “I told him I felt great. I felt like everything was working. It wasn’t a matter of being tired. I had adrenaline at that point.”He walked two, struck out six and ended the 300th no-hitter ever in the majors by fanning Eugenio Suarez with a big curveball.The A’s poured out of the dugout to mob Fiers in celebration after the final out in front of a few thousand fans remaining after the lengthy delay. Fiers tipped his hat to the crowd and raised his arms in triumph as he walked off.“It was a great night obviously for him, for our fans, everyone wants to see a no-hitter,” Melvin said. “It was no fun for me once he got past 120 pitches, I promise you that. But he deserved it.The 33-year-old Fiers (3-3) raised his lifetime record to 57-58. The right-hander began the night with a 6.81 ERA this season, and has been a journeyman for much of his career.Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers, center, celebrates with Matt Olson (28) Chad Pinder (18) and Matt Chapman (26) after pitching a no hitter against the Cincinnati Reds at the end of a baseball game Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)A journeyman with a special place in the record book, that is.“It’s pretty cool,” Fiers said. “I saw a little bit of the list. I’m just grateful to be here and get the opportunity to play. I remember when I was getting drafted I wasn’t too high on the charts. I was a guy throwing 88 to 90 (mph) down in South Florida. I’m one in a million down there. … I’m just blessed to be here.”The first no-hitter of the 2019 season didn’t come without tense moments as Fiers was bailed out by back-to-back great defensive plays in the sixth inning. Second baseman Jurickson Profar ran a long way to making a diving catch on Kyle Farmer’s popup into short right field for the second out, prompting Fiers to throw up his arms in celebration.Joey Votto followed that with a deep drive, but flashy center fielder Ramon Laureano reached above the fence to pull the ball back and rob the Reds star of a home run.“Ramon’s catch he’s done that once or twice. That’s a normal play for him,” Fiers said. “Profar, another amazing play.”This was the 13th no-hitter in the history of the Athletics franchise, which started in Philadelphia, moved to Kansas City and shifted to Oakland. Sean Manaea pitched the previous no-hitter for the A’s on April 21, 2018, at home against Boston.Manaea, fittingly, gave Fiers an ice bath on the field when this one ended.“It was way more nerve-wracking then I was doing it,” Manaea said. “I was shaking on the bench. I don’t know, it was crazy seeing him do it. It was awesome.”The Reds were no-hit for the 10th time, most recently by Jake Arrieta of the Cubs in 2016.Fiers became the seventh pitcher to throw no-hitters for multiple teams — Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Cy Young are among the others. Ryan pitched a record seven no-hitters overall.Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Homer Bailey and Arrieta are the other active big leaguers with two no-hitters. Fiers clearly was aware of what was at stake in the later innings.“I knew. I don’t like when guys are like they don’t know,” Fiers said.The no-hitter came almost exactly a year after the past one in the majors, by James Paxton for Seattle at Toronto last May 8.Fiers issued his only two walks in the seventh, but also got Jesse Winker to hit into a double play. Fiers needed only nine pitches to get through the eighth and zipped through the ninth, retiring rookie Josh VanMeter on a popup, getting Votto on a routine grounder and striking out Suarez.A’s catcher Josh Phegley neatly blocked the last pitch and tagged Suarez to make it official.“I felt like he was hitting with all his pitches where he wanted it and when he wanted it,” Phegley said.Fiers’ other no-hitter came on Aug. 21, 2015, in Houston, three weeks after being traded from Milwaukee to the Astros. He threw a career-high 134 pitches in that game.The only other Reds batter to reach was Winker, who got aboard on an error by Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman in the fourth. Chapman was near second base on a defensive shift and the grounder hit off his glove and landed in the outfield.The game started after a 98-minute delay because of a lighting problem at the Coliseum. A bank of lights above the upper deck in left field had been only partially lit, causing the delay. Those lights began to flicker on as the game started.Fiers, however, turned them out on the Reds.“It was impressive to watch but tough to watch for us,” manager David Bell said. “It’s one game but you have to give him a lot of credit. You don’t see this very often, especially anymore. To do it against our lineup is very impressive.”It was the second straight day the Reds have had a game delayed at the start because of unusual circumstances. Their game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday in Cincinnati was briefly halted due to a swarm of bees.The A’s scored in the second against Tyler Mahle (1-6) when Stephen Piscotty raced home on Profar’s double into the right field corner. Profar added a solo homer in the seventh.TRAINERS ROOMReds: LHP Alex Wood will not throw for two weeks after getting a second opinion on his back injury.Athletics: 1B Matt Olson went 0 for 3 in his first game back since undergoing surgery on his right hand. . DH Khris Davis was a late scratch because of a left hip contusion. The slugger bruised his hip when he ran into the railing near left field at Pittsburgh on Sunday. . Manaea threw all fastballs during a 20-pitch bullpen session, his first since shoulder surgery last September.UP NEXTRHP Sonny Gray (0-4, 3.89 ERA) starts for the Reds on Wednesday in his first appearance at the Coliseum for the first time since 2017. The former A’s ace won 44 games during 4 ½ seasons in the majors with Oakland before being traded to the New York Yankees. Gray allowed five runs in five innings in his only appearance against the A’s on May 11, 2018. Oakland counters with LHP Brett Anderson (4-2, 3.89).By: Josh Dubow, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Iniesta: Coutinho would be ‘great’ for Barca

first_imgTransfers Coutinho would be a ‘great signing’ for Barcelona – Iniesta Matt Dorman 01:04 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) philippe coutinho - cropped Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Primera División Premier League A Camp Nou icon has no concerns over the Liverpool playmaker taking his place and has instead urged his club to make a move in the winter window Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta hopes to welcome Philippe Coutinho to the club during the January transfer window.The La Liga leaders are expected to renew their interest in the Liverpool playmaker after having multiple bids turned down in the previous window.Coutinho submitted a transfer request in an attempt to force a through a move, but the Reds held firm in their refusal to lose a prized asset. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Far from being worried about losing his position, Iniesta is eager for the 25-year-old join him at Camp Nou.”I see him as a great player with a lot of talent who uses both feet, creates goals, combines very well and finds space between midfield and attack,” Iniesta told Mundo Deportivo.”He is a player with a profile quite like ours and would be a great signing if he finally arrives.”I do not see him as my competition but as a lift for the club.”Barcelona are currently six points clear in Spain’s top flight and could land a major title blow when they visit Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday.last_img read more

Exeter crush Newcastle and prove folly of England tour selection

first_img Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Read more Share on Facebook Read more Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Two potentially gripping semi-finals, two painfully one-sided outcomes. If Saracens were runaway winners in north London, the rumbling Exeter juggernaut proved even harder to stop beside the M5 on a gorgeous afternoon in Devon. Newcastle had made the long trip south with high hopes of troubling the champions; had their outside backs known in advance how infrequently they would touch the ball they would have been sorely tempted to stay at home.The only consolation for the Falcons is that denying the Chiefs a Premiership final appearance is an increasingly tough assignment. Reaching three Premiership finals in a row may not yet compare with Leicester’s remarkable run of nine but Exeter do not look a team, or a club, who are remotely finished yet. Those who reckon Saracens will regain their title this year should not put their mortgage on it.Newcastle were always dogged defensively but were comprehensively battered in virtually every department. The tackle count was nothing short of wince-inducing from a very early stage, the possession stats almost as bad. By half-time the Falcons had already been forced to make 154 tackles to the Chiefs’ nine, with a mere 10 metres of ground gained. Halting Exeter’s momentum is every opposition team’s objective but, on days like this, it is easier said than done. Newcastle Topics Support The Guardian The Observer Share on LinkedIn Premiership Exeter Even when Newcastle did belatedly score a try, through Alex Tait late in the third quarter, the most enduring image was of Lachie Turner hurtling off the line to charge down Toby Flood’s conversion attempt. As a symbol of Exeter’s fitness and unflagging desire with the game already all but won it was hard to beat.If Tait was also guilty of the game’s biggest howler – dropping the ball in the act of touching down over the try-line with no one anywhere near him – the loudest roar was reserved for the spectacular late line-break by Thomas Waldrom, playing his final game in Devon before heading home. Had he finished it off himself, rather than sending Armand under the sticks, it would have been the perfect farewell flourish but there will be another chance at Twickenham next Saturday. Exeter’s footballers, as last year, will be at Wembley two days later for the League Two play-off final; the region’s sports fans now commute up to the smoke on an annual basis around this time of year. It will take a concerted Saracens roadblock to stop the Chiefs from defending their title. The European champions, Leinster, are probably the only team to have outmuscled them in a big game at Sandy Park this season and even then Chiefs were slightly unlucky to lose. They have such depth these days that international quality forwards such as Matt Kvesic cannot even make the bench and local heroes such as Gareth Steenson and Ian Whitten are mere reserves.It provokes the question: how many more of them should be touring South Africa with England next month? Eddie Jones, as things stand, has decided he can do without Don Armand and Alec Hepburn; whatever the tactical reasons, it seems increasingly like a perverse stance. Dave Ewers and Mitch Lees add significant ballast to any pack and the day when Joe Simmonds joins his brother Sam in an England squad may not, on this evidence, be too far away.If any fly-half would have enjoyed such a luxurious armchair ride, Simmonds typifies Exeter’s continuing refusal to stand still. At the heart of their success, on top of the collective organisation, work-rate and positive intent, remains a determination to give opportunities to talented local lads who want it badly enough. The Chiefs may be high flyers these days but they will never abandon their roots.They are smartly coached, too, aware other teams are working hard on ways to stop their driven mauls and continuity game. There were, accordingly, some little variations to the usual theme, designed to keep the Falcons’ defence guessing. At one point the buzzing Nic White stood five metres off a scrum, collected Sam Simmonds’ pass from the base and slung it back to a charging Jack Nowell to explore the blindside. It did not work but it showed a telltale willingness to do something other than the obvious. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Rugby union features Since you’re here… Exeter ease into final as Don Armand try seals one-sided win over Newcastlelast_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd, Chelsea know Kane unsettled at Spurs

first_imgMan Utd, Chelsea know Kane unsettled at Spursby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane is unsettled at Tottenham.The Times says the England captain fears this Spurs team have reached the end of it’s cycle.And he is now considering his future at the club.Manchester United and Chelsea are monitoring developments closely, well aware that Kane is unsettled.Though it is Spain which is regarded as the favoured option where Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a huge fan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

MISC Refutes AET Sale Speculations

first_imgzoom Malaysia-based MISC Berhad has dismissed claims that have emerged recently on the sale of its  wholly owned petroleum tanker subsidiary AET Tanker Holdings Sdn Bhd.“In response to recent market speculation, MISC confirms that petroleum shipping is a core element of its current and ongoing business and, as such, has no plans to divest itself of its petroleum tanker subsidiary,” the company said.The statement comes amid rumors on MISC’s plan to sell its tanker division to the US-listed Teekay Tankers Ltd.AET Tanker Holdings owns a fleet of 74 crude oil and product tankers and it assets are estimated to be worth RM 3.3bil (around to USD 921 million).Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) sold AET to MISC in 2003.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Will ONOP tackle defections

first_imgThe spokespersons of both BJP and Congress were probably right in their comments on the political instability in Karnataka. While Congress alleged that BJP was “buying” the ruling alliance’s MLAs to grab power in the state, BJP asserted that it could not be blamed if the Janata Dal (S)-Congress government could not keep its own house in order. The phenomenon of the legislators on the lookout for greener pastures has been an unsavoury aspect of Indian politics, since the “aya Ram, gaya Ram” days of defection in Haryana in 1967 (and elsewhere afterwards) which now features in the Wikipedia. The reference is to a footloose Haryana MLA who changed parties thrice in a fortnight. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe rebellious Karnataka legislators belonging to Congress and Janata Dal (S) have been less adventurous. But they have kept their party bosses on tenterhooks about their intentions ever since the two parties, which fought against each other in the last assembly election, came together to form a government to keep out BJP. But it was a quest for power and not any ideological opposition to BJP which made them form a coalition. Since then, it has been a fragile arrangement and has become even more frail after BJP’s resounding successes at the national level this year and also in Karnataka where it won 25 of the 28 seats in the latest parliamentary polls. With the political winds clearly blowing in BJP’s favour, some of the ruling coalition’s MLAs are apparently wondering whether their earlier career choices were all right. Also Read – Insider threat managementBJP has also apparently not hesitated to woo them with various inducements–ministerial and otherwise–in an exercise which has been called Operation Lotus. The lotus, as is known, is BJP’s symbol. But what is worth considering in this unedifying context is to what extent operations of this kind are compatible with Narendra Modi’s pet project of ushering in an era of “one nation, one poll” (ON-OP) where there will be simultaneous elections every five years at the assembly, parliamentary, and municipal levels. The objective, as has been explained by BJP, is to dispense with the present practice of elections at the assembly and municipal levels in various states virtually almost every year which entail considerable expenditure and interfere with purposeful governance. There may be a case for ON-OP, but how will it fit in with Operation Lotus? The ON-OP concept assumes that, once elected, the Central the state governments as well as the municipal bodies will function uninterrupted for five years. But the state governments can hardly do so if an Operation Lotus is launched, for the latter’s objective is to wean away the power hungry MLAs from the ruling party or alliance and form another government. Since an operation of this nature can only take place in the midst of a five-year term in a state, it cannot but disturb the ON-OP system. Even if the government which assumes office halfway through a five-year term proves to be reasonably stable, its political legitimacy will still be open to question because of its dubious route to power. The ousted parties will have every right, therefore, to call for an election. At the root of the problem are obviously the fickle loyalties of today’s politicians. As long as ideology takes a backseat and the lure of the perks and privileges of office in a ruling dispensation remains the main reason for switching sides, the poachers of the most resourceful of the parties will have an advantage over their rivals in winning over the greedy. Avarice is at the core of the floor-crossings which the anti-defection law has done little to curb presumably because the defectors move in herds. However, it remains a mystery, as Milan Vaishnav says in his book, When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics, “how democratic elections and large numbers of elected officials tied to illegal activity can comfortably coexist. “After all, democratic theory suggests that one of the crucial functions of elections is to provide a reliable channel through which voters can weed out badly behaving politicians … If, however, candidates tied to wrongdoing are rewarded, rather than rejected … it means something is amiss in the functioning of democracy”. Since defections take place on the promise of “rewards”, it is obvious that exercises like Operation Lotus harm the democratic structure. But will ON-OP lead to restrictions being placed on such operations so that the projected virtually fixed five-year terms of the legislatures are not disturbed? No unambiguous answers are available because curbs on such manoeuvres will mean that the covetous legislators will have to turn over a new leaf where morals are concerned. It is possible, therefore, that just as the parties have continued to field the so-called history-sheeters because of their influence in their respective constituencies, the “aya Ram, gaya Ram” phenomenon will remain a part of Indian politics in the foreseeable future. (The author is a political analyst. Views exprAmulya Ganguliessed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Infrastructure bank looks to avoid distraction from election talk CEO says

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The chief executive of the federal infrastructure financing agency says the pitched political debate about the future of the Crown corporation doesn’t reflect behind-the-scenes talks on projects with provincial governments of various partisan stripes.Pierre Lavallee says staff at the Canada Infrastructure Bank are trying to block out the electoral debate about the agency’s future to avoid getting distracted from delivering on their mandate.The Liberals gave the agency $35 billion in federal financing to help fund new water, transit and energy projects nationwide by enticing private sector cash to ease the fiscal strain on the federal treasury.Conservatives and New Democrats have been explicit in their desires to see the agency dismantled if either is elected to govern after voting day on Oct. 21.The agency’s public announcements will cease during the writ period when the campaign officially takes place, giving the bank one month to prove its value to parties and taxpayers.This week, the bank unveiled its latest investment in an energy project in Richmond, B.C., and Lavallee says there will be more announcements as August rolls on.last_img read more

Toronto hits record close while US markets also gain ground Loonie up

first_imgTORONTO – The base metals and industrial sectors helped Canada’s main stock index close at a record high Monday, while U.S. stock markets also climbed higher as technology companies and banks rose.Stocks were up across North America following positive economic data from Canada and the U.S. last week, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.“I’d say the real catalyst here is a bit of a distraction from what’s been weighing on markets recently, which has been a fear of a budding trade war, and that distraction is coming in the form of some strong and encouraging economic data.”The labour data showed healthy job growth in both countries, while investors are also looking ahead to more positive data coming from the upcoming earnings season, said Fehr.A potentially more trade-friendly version of Brexit from the British government also lent some help to markets, but was more of an additive to the main economic story closer to home, he said.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 80.56 points at 16,452.34, its highest close on record.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 320.11 points at 24,776.59. The S&P 500 index ended up 24.35 points at 2,784.17 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 67.81 points at 7,756.20.The U.S. went ahead with $34 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods Friday with China retaliating with its own taxes on U.S. goods, but the move was already factored into markets and there was no further escalation over the weekend, said Fehr.“I would say it was something that had already largely been baked into the cake.”The Canadian dollar averaged 76.35 cents US, up 0.04 of a US cent. The loonie moved higher last week after the jobs data increased expectations of a rate hike. The Bank of Canada announces its rate decision on July 11.The August crude contract closed up five cents at US$73.85 per barrel and the August natural gas contract ended down three cents at US$2.83 per mmBTU.The August gold contract closed up $3.80 at US$1,259.60 an ounce and the September copper contract was up three cents at US$2.85 a pound.last_img read more

Think you know your taxes Test your knowledge with this tax quiz

Think you know your taxes? Test your knowledge with this quiz.Question: How long do I need to keep receipts and records?A) Three yearsB) Four yearsC) Five yearsD) Six yearsAnswer: The Canada Revenue Agency says you should keep any receipts and documents for at least six years after you file your return. If the government decides to review your return, you will need them to back up your claims.Question: Which of these is not a deductible medical expense?A) Dentures and dental implantsB) Electrotherapy devicesC) Laser eye surgeryD) Blood pressure monitorAnswer: Blood pressure monitor is not an eligible medical expense.What we mean when we talk about the ‘tax rate’ — and how to figure out what yours isHow the wealthy can beat Ottawa’s new rules by becoming low-income to save big on their taxesThree things the CRA has done to streamline this year’s income tax filing processQuestion: When do you have to pay your taxes by?A) April 15B) April 30C) May 2D) June 15Answer: The deadline is April 30, but because it falls on a Saturday this year, the Canada Revenue Agency is giving you until May 2 to pay any tax you may owe this year.Question: How many years do you have to repay money borrowed from your RRSP to help buy your house?A) Five yearsB) 10 yearsC) 15 yearsD) 20 yearsAnswer: You have up to 15 years to repay the amount taken out of your RRSP to help buy your house. If you repay less than the required annual amount for the year, you have to include the difference on your tax return as income.Question: What is the immediate penalty if you owe the Canada Revenue Agency money and you file your tax return late?A) Two per centB) Five per centC) Seven per centD) 10 per centAnswer: The immediate penalty is five per cent owing on the due date. An additional one per cent is added for each full month that your return is late to a maximum of 12 months. However, if you were charged the late-filing penalty for 2012, 2013 or 2014, the late filing penalty may be 10 per cent, plus two per cent for each full month.Question: What percentage of individuals filed their tax returns online last year?A) 79 per centB) 82 per centC) 86 per centD) 92 per centThe Canada Revenue Agency says 82 per cent of people filed their tax returns online. read more

Cleanup of oil spill in Saskatchewan cost 107 million Husky Energy says

Cleanup of oil spill in Saskatchewan cost $107 million, Husky Energy says CALGARY – A major oil pipeline spill last year in Saskatchewan cost $107 million to clean up, a $17-million increase from a September estimate of $90 million, according to pipeline operator Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) of Calgary.The pipeline rupture last July allowed 225,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluent to spill onto the bank of the North Saskatchewan River, with about 40 per cent or 90,000 litres reaching the river.“We haven’t put the pipeline back in service because we want to have all of the investigations finished, particularly at the provincial level,” said CEO Rob Peabody on a conference call Friday.“They want to make sure they’ve actually got to the root cause so we are absolutely sure that any revised installation fully is engineered to avoid any future incident like this.”Husky blamed ground movement for the pipeline rupture in a report issued last year.The Saskatchewan government is continuing with a separate investigation and expects to issue a report by the end of March.Peabody said the increase in cost isn’t related to any single factor but rather reflects actual bills from the cleanup effort. He said he doesn’t think the company will face greatly increased future compliance costs because of the incident.The spill costs are to be borne by Husky Midstream Limited Partnership, a consortium in which Husky holds a 35 per cent interest.Husky said about $88 million has been recovered through insurance.The spill forced North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut their intakes from the river and find other water sources for almost two months, resulting in costs that Husky pledged to cover.Husky reported net earnings of $186 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to a loss of $69 million in the same period of 2015, meeting or slightly beating analyst expectations.It posted a $6-million loss in the quarter after earnings were adjusted to remove the influence of asset sales and other one-time items, versus a $100-million adjusted loss in the same period last year.On the conference call, Peabody said Husky is advancing development options for its proposed West White Rose project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador but he wouldn’t give details. He reiterated that a decision on proceeding with the project will likely be made in the first half of the year.Peabody said Husky’s board is considering reinstating a “sustainable cash dividend” as oil prices rebound. The company switched to paying dividends in shares in late 2015 to conserve cash and dropped them altogether a few months later.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2017 10:07 am MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Iraq UN chief Security Council deplore kidnapping of Turkish diplomats in Mosul

Islamic insurgents seized Iraq’s second largest city on Tuesday following days of fighting against Iraqi Government forces. As many as 500,000 people have reportedly fled Mosul in the wake of the violence, and today, terrorists kidnapped the Consul General of Turkey and several consulate staff working in the city. “This is totally unacceptable,” Mr. Ban said, as he addressed an event at UN Headquarters related to terrorism. “As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am condemning in the strongest possible terms such a terrorist attack against diplomatic officers.”In a separate statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the upsurge in violence in Iraq at the hands of terrorist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which have reportedly taken control of the cities of Mosul, Tuz Khourmatu, Beiji and Tikrit.“Terrorism must not be allowed to succeed in undoing the path towards democracy in Iraq as determined by the will of the Iraqi people,” said the statement. “The Secretary-General urges the international community to unite in showing solidarity with Iraq as it confronts this serious security challenge.”Members of the Security Council deplored the recent events in Mosul, and condemned the recent terrorist attacks that are being perpetrated against the people of Iraq “in an attempt to destabilize the country and region,” Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds the Council’s presidency for June, said in a statement to the press.“The members of the Security Council strongly denounced the taking of hostages at the Turkish Consulate and insist on the immediate and safe return of all personnel,” he added.Council members also expressed grave concern for the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have fled their homes seeking refuge in other areas of Iraq, and voiced gratitude to host communities that have opened their doors to those seeking shelter and food.On the humanitarian front, Iraqi authorities have informed the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that thousands of families have fled Mosul to safe areas surrounding the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Also, more than 2,500 families remain displaced inside Mosul, mostly living in schools and mosques.An estimated 100,000 displaced people have entered Erbil, where UNHCR is mobilizing tents and distributing other essential relief items. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners are providing water and sanitation support in the area. Another 200,000 people have fled to Dohuk, where UN agencies and their partners are preparing to deliver food, water and shelter. Inside Mosul, UNICEF has received reports that none of the five hospitals is functioning, and that shops and markets are closed. The agency is working with partners to meet the rapidly rising needs of displaced families and children, and of those who remain behind. Marzio Babille, the UNICEF Representative in Iraq, noted that the situation facing children is “extremely alarming,” with their lives having been shattered almost overnight by the escalating violence. “The situation is dire and is worsening by the moment,” Mr. Babille said. “We have to reach children with safe water, shelter, food, and protection – they cannot wait.”The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the new wave of displacement from Mosul exacerbates an already severe displacement crisis in the area. Since January of this year, hundreds of thousands people have been displaced by months of unrest in Anbar province. Donor funding has been extremely limited, with only 10 per cent of the required $103 million needed to aid displaced families having been received to date, the Office added. read more

Preparing Africa for ravages of climate change cannot be an afterthought –

For two weeks, the conference has brought together thousands of climate action decision-makers, advocates and activists, with one key objective: adopting global guidelines for the 197 parties of the 2015 Paris Agreement, when countries committed to limiting global warming to less than 2°C – and as close as possible to 1.5° – above pre-industrial levels.Ahunna Eziakonwa, Director of UNDP’s Africa Bureau made the tipping point analogy, while noting that despite major structural inequalities, nations across the continent have achieved “impressive economic, political and social growth in recent decades.”But she argues that “climate change, droughts, floods, changing rainfall patterns and conflict have the potential to unravel efforts to reduce hunger and achieve the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”The UNDP study shows that, should the world fail to limit global warming to less than 2°C, families will find it harder and harder to feed themselves, and the risk of famine and increased poverty will rise along with temperatures.  Higher levels of poverty would further limit the capacity of communities to manage climate-related risks, according to the report, placing further stress on already overstretched coping mechanisms, and could translate into more risky migration patterns, serious epidemics such as the 2014 Ebola outbreak across West Africa, and greater political instability.Drawing on years of data from projects geared to enabling communities to adapt to a changing climate and build resilience, the report shows that as emissions continue going up, support for climate adaptation initiatives must be increased urgently and accelerated across the continent, especially across the 34 African “least developed countries.”“They are among the most vulnerable to climate change, yet the least able to adapt. In many cases, they lack the technical, financial and institutional capacity to identify the best ways to build resilience,” said Gustavo Fonseca, from Global Environment Facility, an institution that has been funding many climate adaptation projects in Africa.Hunger rising along with temperaturesAccording to recent estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), for the first time in over a decade, world hunger is on the rise, affecting 11 per cent of the global population. This is in part due to extreme droughts induced by an abnormally strong El Niño cycle, which led close to 40 million people in Africa to be in need of humanitarian assistance.“Taking reactive approaches to food security and disaster recovery costs the people of Africa billions of dollars in lost GDP, and syphons off government resources that should be dedicated to education, social programmes, healthcare, business development and employment,” said UNDP’s Ahunna Eziakonwa. “It cannot be an afterthought.”“For me the critical component is knowledge and capacity-building,” said Rohini Kohli, who leads Adaptation Planning at UNDP.However, measures to enable communities to adapt to the changing climate is a costly matter that will require creative financial mechanisms and substantial engagement with the private sector to meet. It will require developed nations to make good on their 2015 Paris Agreement commitments to dedicate $100 billion annually to supporting climate action in developing nations.The report analyses a number of noteworthy successes in climate change adaptation in Africa over the past decade, including projects aimed at improving food security in Benin, Mali, Niger and Sudan; supporting governments in having improved climate information and early warning systems to save lives from fast-acting storms; and empowering women to be effective climate action champions. read more

Prince William tells of things that cannot be unseen ahead of final

first_imgHe said: “As part of the team, I have been invited into people’s homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief.”I have watched as incredibly skilled doctors and paramedics have saved people’s lives. These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services…” The Duke of Cambridge has described how “there are things that cannot be unseen” as he carries out his final shift as an air ambulance pilot.Paying a personal tribute to the nation’s emergency services, Prince William spoke of his “profound respect” for its men and women who deal with experiences “on a daily basis that they will carry with them for life”.The Duke joined the East Anglian Air Ambulance service in March 2015, after serving for nearly five years as a helicopter pilot with the RAF’s Search and Rescue Force, and began piloting his first operational missions in July that year.  He also mentioned another young man involved in a road traffic accident: “His uncle in the car with him sadly didn’t survive, and I was sure that from what we were faced with he wouldn’t either – but thanks to the skills of our medical team he is alive today.”We were first on scene and in such circumstances we all had to pitch in to fight to save the young man’s life. It is days like this, when you know you have made a difference, that give you the determination to keep going.”The Duke announced in January he would be leaving the EAAA and has clocked up more than two years flying medical crews to emergencies from a base at Cambridge Airport. Pilot William Wales and paramedic, Jemma Varela at the morning briefing. The Duke of Cambridge has appeared in an online BBC documentary posted today chronicling his work as a pilot  The Duke added: “From the moment I joined, when that phone rang at the base for the first time, it was clear that I was a fellow professional, a pilot with a job to do – in such a team there can be no other option, but still I am grateful to my colleagues for accepting me so readily.”Speaking about the difficulty of dealing with harrowing experiences, the Duke wrote: “You need to be physically and mentally fit to do this job properly and so we are encouraged to talk through the things we have seen, to share the trauma within the team.”I now know though that there are things that cannot be unseen and experiences that our first responders deal with on a daily basis that they will carry with them for life.” Prince WIlliam and paramedic Jemma Varela during a morning briefing at the air ambulance headquartersCredit:Olivia Howitt/BBC/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duke of Cambridge as he begins his new job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance Writing in the East Anglian Daily Times, the Duke said he had “been so proud to serve” with his crew mates and was “grateful to my colleagues for accepting me so readily”.center_img Since then he has responded to dozens of call-outs alongside his colleagues, attending road accidents, rescues and suicide attempts and landing his helicopter in residential gardens, car parks, beaches and roadsides across the region.His life as a full-time working royal will begin after his final shift ends at about midnight, with the expectation the future king will carry out more royal duties in support of the Queen and his own charity work and causes. Out of the many emergencies he has attended, he highlighted two: “One of the first call-outs I made was to a young man who had committed suicide; it was an incredibly tough day and had a profound effect on all of us, not least in my determination now to draw attention to this issue.” He joined the organisation as a pilot in March 2015 and, after completing an initial period of job specific training involving simulator, aircraft and in-flight skills training, he began piloting his first operational missions in July that year.He has flown as part of a team including specialist doctors, critical care paramedics and pilots providing emergency medical services across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.Patrick Peal, EAAA’s chief executive, said about the Duke: “To us, he has simply been another hard-working member of the team; one of eleven highly respected pilots who help us to save hundreds of lives each year.” On his final day at work, the Duke will arrive for a night shift and attend the handover briefings from the day team as usual. He will then join his team-mates at the helicopter he has flown for the past two years for a group photograph. Show more The Duke joined the East Anglian Air Ambulance service in March 2015Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PAlast_img read more

Burton says pension changes will give certainty

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Social Protection says that she believes that new legislation changes to defined benefit pensions will create a more certain landscape for customers.Joan Burton told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that she hoped that the mechanism, which will see the Government bridging the gap in insolvent funds, would be used only in rare cases.“Those with pensions up to €12,000 will be protected and there will be a sliding scale for those with pensions over €12,000.“My aim is to create the maximum level of protection for all parties.“In the case of a double insolvency(where both the fund and company are insolvent) , there is a European directive that says the State has to pay 50 per cent of the fund. We’re hoping that this is such a rare event that this is an eventuality that will not occur.“In the Budget, I secured the agreement that the Pension Levy could be used to provide this backstop.”Burton said that efforts have been made to normalise the funding of the schemes.Read: New legislation to protect pensioners with defined benefit schemesRead: Union boss warns that ESB industrial action could hit power supplieslast_img read more

EU directive will make it easier to freeze and confiscate criminals assets

first_imgRULES TO MAKE it easier for national authorities to trace, freeze, manage and confiscate criminals’ assets across the EU were backed by the Civil Liberties Committee yesterday.This endorses an informal European Parliament and Council deal struck on 27 November.AssetsThe directive requires member states to enable the confiscation of criminal assets following a final conviction and would enable authorities in countries across Europe to confiscate assets even if the suspect or accused person is ill or has left the region.A joint declaration by Parliament and Council is also seeking permission from the European Commission to study the feasibility of introducing non-conviction based confiscation.The agreement would allow member states’ to confiscate assets acquired through crimes such as corruption in the private sector,  active and passive corruption involving officials of EU institutions or of the member states, participation in a criminal organisation, child pornography or cybercriminality.OffencesThe Commission is looking to add new offences to the list of those to which extended confiscation may apply also.The directive also allows that assets that are transferred to a third party, in the belief that it would escape confiscation, may also be recovered by the authorities.In 1996, The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) was established in Ireland, which already has the remit to carry out investigations into the suspected proceeds of criminal conduct.CAB identifies assets, either directly or indirectly from criminal conduct and is permitted to take appropriate action to deprive or deny those persons of the assets and the proceeds of their criminal conduct.The European directive is looking at how confiscated assets can be used for public interest or social purposes.The agreement is to be put to a plenary vote in Parliament in February 2014 and formally approved by the Council shortly after. Once approved, member states will have 30 months to transpose the directive into their national laws. Ireland will take part in these arrangements, but the UK and Denmark will not.Read: The Criminal Assets Bureau has a really good rating on eBay>Read: CAB selling criminal’s Rolex…on eBay>last_img read more

Election results in for GOCMV

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bill Papastergiadis has been elected again as president of the Greek Orthodox Community for the next three years following the elections for the new GOCMV committee held last Sunday The current committee was reelected while both “opposition candidates” John Lioupas and Zisis Pouros were not elected to the committee.Lioupas received 187 votes and Pouros received 179. After the election, the committee said they would ensure to follow through for a positive outcomes for the Greek community, with many key projects already on their agenda including the development of the Cultural Centre. The full list of results in alphabetical order include: Jim Bossinakis 677 Nick Dallas 676 Dimitrios Iakovakis 592 Paul Iliopoulos 681 Tammy Iliou 671 George Kallianis 641 George Koletsis 676 Alexis Kosta 679 Nick Koukouvitakis 677 Costas Markos 665 Theo Markos 668 Spiros Papadopoulos 676 Bill Papastergiadis 623 Nick Parthimos 664 Marinis Pirpiris 660 Zisis Pouros 179 Kostas Tsoumbakos 633 Philip Vassiliadis 680 Leonidas Vlahakis 678 Vasso Zangalis 673last_img read more

Character Moments and a Tense Ending are the Saviors of Once Upon

first_imgStay on target As Once Upon a Time attempts to wrap up every story it introduced in season seven before the series finale, some characters have started to feel a little lost. Namely Henry. Think about it, what’s the last meaningful thing we saw the guy do? Start a podcast? The show realizes this too. There are just so many more interesting things to focus on that Henry gets a little lost. This week, they tried to give him back some of his own story. Henry, Cinderella and Hook are partaking in the classic fairy tale activity of slaying a dragon. It doesn’t turn out to be as epic as it sounds. There is no dragon. Just a pile of abandoned treasure and a schlubby guy taking a nap. Henry’s disappointed not only because he missed out on a childhood fantasy, but because he’s denied a story. He wants an epic story of his own to offer Cinderella. You know, older Henry has spent so little time whining about nothing I almost forgot he’s the same kid from the previous six seasons. There’s the obnoxious brat we know and… know.OK, to be fair to the kid, his grandparents did give him a lot to live up to. You can’t blame him for developing a bit of a complex. Fortunately, Hook is here to put a stop to his whining. When Henry says he wants a special, meaningful ring to propose to Cinderella, Hook says he knows just where to get one. But they’ll have to steal the Jolly Roger back from Blackbeard. Sneaking aboard is the easy part, even if the barrels make them smell like pork. The hard part is taking the ship. Though Smee is still loyal to hook, none of his other former crewmates are. Blackbeard gets the jump on them and takes Hook’s map to Davy Jones’ Locker. Which is a real, literal thing on this show. They find a giant treasure chest, and Blackbeard takes a ring for himself.Andrew J. West, Colin O’Donoghue (Photo via ABC)If this is all starting to sound too convenient, it’s soon revealed that it is. Hook and Henry free themselves, and a decent-looking pirate fight ensues. It would be cool if it wasn’t all staged. Yep, it was all a fake adventure set up by Hook. Henry’s understandably pissed, but it looks like they’re about to have a real adventure anyway. A massive storm strikes, and Hook enlists Henry to help sail the ship. The near-death experience helps Henry realize that Cinderella doesn’t want a piece of treasure forged by danger. She wants Henry to come home safe. Henry figures out that the whirlpool is caused by Davy Jones who just wants his magic ring back. Hook drifts along the edge of the whirlpool while Henry climbs the masthead to throw the ring back. I have to give this sequence to the show. CGI water or no, a giant ship sailing through a storm will never not be cool.What’s less cool is Henry’s proposal. Yes, we get it. He learned that simplicity is best and he shouldn’t keep chasing adventure and danger. We didn’t need him to wax poetic on that theme for a whole scene before finally proposing to Jacinda. What could have been a big sappy moment of the season turned into an interminable treatise on simplicity. When Jacinda cuts him off to say yes, it’s out of excitement, but I’m just glad she got him to shut up.Robert Carlyle, Colin O’Donoghue, Andrew J. West (Photo via ABC)In the present, Henry is bumbling around Seattle bouncing off other peoples’ stories in search of his own. He meets Robin/Margot at Roni’s bar, and then runs into Nick, who we now know is the witch serial killer. Nick speaks cryptically about clients just to make the neon “MURDERER” sign above his head a little brighter. Then Henry gets a call with what he thinks is the next chapter in his story. It’s a podcast company in New York who wants to fly him out the next day to interview for a producer job. Because as someone who did move from Seattle to New York, let me tell you that’s exactly how it works. The problem for Henry is if he gets this job he has to move cross=country. That means no more H-Town, no more Jacinda, no more hope of breaking the curse.He awkwardly delivers the news to Jacinda and goes home to pack up. There’s at least one thing that’s going to keep him here. Detective Weaver needs his help. He found Henry’s book at the last crime scene with a bunch of super creepy notes written in it. Weaver makes Henry pour through the notes to decipher some meaning, but he can’t. We get a genuine, sweet scene out of this. One of the elements of this season I really like, one it has that the previous season couldn’t. Henry spent the previous six seasons building up a relationship with these people that he now doesn’t remember. The ones that are awake can then subtly hint at what they used to be. In this case, it’s a grandfather telling his grandson what he always admired about him. That he would always fight for hope and belief. This kind of thing never fails to melt my heart. Because I’m a sap.Robert Carlyle, Andrew J. West (Photo via ABC)It works on Henry too. He dives back into the book, realizing that he wrote himself into the story to connect with the fairy tale. He guesses that the killer is doing the same thing. Digging through the notes, he figures out that the killer sees himself as Hansel, and he’s targeting people he perceives as witches. Also, he’s obsessed with burns and scars. That give Rogers and Weaver enough to go on, and Henry heads to the airport. Because if there’s any place you can really take your time getting to, it’s the airport. Finally, Henry starts to catch on that something is keeping him in Hyperion Heights. As soon as he tries to cross the neighborhood border, he gets a flat tire. And it looks like it was caused by part of a glass slipper.And hey, look who’s here to pick him up. It’s Nick! Henry explains he’s decided to stay in Seattle and go see Jacinda. Nick even offers him a ride. What a nice guy! Henry pulls the total Henry move of unwittingly telling the bad guy everything about where he’s been that day. He spills the whole story of what he’s been working on with the cops all day, which I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t do even if you aren’t talking to the actual culprit. Until this point, the episode has been mostly ho-hum standard Once Upon a Time storylines punctuated by welcome moments of sweetness. In this scene, it gets tense. Particularly when Henry notices the burn marks on Nick’s wrist, and realizes just how bad and how thoroughly he f’ed himself. At that moment, the episode went from just ok to edge-of-my-couch riveting.Tiera Skovbye (Photo via ABC)That’s not to say the episode was bad before that moment. The story didn’t move forward all that much, but the episode made up for that. It used its time to organically build up to these well-done emotional character moments. They were all little things, but if you’re still watching Once Upon a Time in season seven, those little things are almost more important than the overall story. You’re here for the characters, even the new ones. Like Margot and Tilly. It was cool to watch Tilly slowly grow more confident over the course of the episode as she worked for Sabine at the beignet truck. Her story got even better once she started talking to Margot. We know they loved each other in the other realm, and it’s sweet watching them discover that the love still exists in this one. Tilly even convinces Margot to trust her mother a little more, even though there’s clearly something Zelena’s not telling her.It took Once Upon a Time until the end of the episode to get to the good stuff. The rest of it was setting up lessons for characters to learn that we didn’t realize they had to learn in the first place. It’s a well the show goes back to often, and it’s annoying every time. Especially when it involves Henry, who proved he can still be just as obnoxious as an adult as he was in the last six seasons. But then we get to the end of the episode. What an ending that was. The slower pace of most of the episode allowed them to subtly build to this satisfying, scary cliffhanger. Henry realizes that Nick is the Candy Killer, and Nick knocks him out. When Henry comes too, he’s tied up and Nick is standing over him with a knife. And since Once Upon a Time knows it’s a soap opera, it chooses now for Jacinda to call Henry. That’s where the episode ends. As frustrating as cliffhangers are, this one was at least fun. It works too. I know I’ll be glued to the couch next Friday night. Once Upon a Time’s Finale Was Everything We Loved About an Imperfect ShowHenry Screws Everything Up Again on Once Upon a Time last_img read more

Skippings says Youth needs respect not concerts

first_img PDA Leader calls for Ministry of Health to be more visible in their fight against Zika Related Items:oswald skippings, youth PDA to hold Provo rally tonight Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Oct 2015 – There is another politician lashing out at government today for being – as he put it – out of touch with the plight of the people of the Turks and Caicos. Progressive Democratic Alliance leader, Oswald Skippings said the problems many are facing is among the reasons for the high incidence of suicide and attempted suicide. Late last week, there was a report of a suicide attempt in Providenciales. Skippings also said in that Monday media statement that the Government is trying to dupe the youth and he showed obvious disdain for recent events held for young people in the country.“Politicians need to understand that the days are over when the youth could be fooled by imported celebrities and gangster rappers and the likes. The youths have seen and are feeling the effects of the neglect, the joblessness and the marginalization and are suffering the devastating sting of poverty and social displacement.” Mr. Skippings added, “…politicians must be advised that the youth of today are wiser than many of the politicians and they want more, expect more and deserve more than a concert and a party.” The former chief minister called on country leaders to, as he put it, cease their ‘apathy’ and ‘negligence.’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp $50,000 donated by Wine Cellar Recommended for youlast_img read more

Battle Ground drug investigation leads to 7 arrests

first_imgBattle Ground police arrested seven people Thursday after an ongoing narcotics investigation led to a search warrant at a Battle Ground business and residence. Police went to KGB Kustom Glass at 607 E. Main St., where narcotics were reportedly being sold, and to a residence at 407 N.E. 3rd St. Police search both locations simultaneously, where they found 190 marijuana plants along with dried and packaged marijuana, a handgun, a small amount of cash, and a vehicle that’s been seized and suspected of being used to deliver the drugs. In total, police arrested seven individuals while serving the search warrant. o KGB Kustom Glass is licensed to James D. Dunn Jr., 51, who was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm.o April D. Fraser, 28, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver.o Mathew E. Gramling, 41, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver and distributing marijuana to a child.o Rick Walter Johnston, 60, was charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm.o Julia M. Cory, 49, was booked on warrants for her arrest.o Bradford V. Hickman, 49, an employee of KGB Glass, was booked on warrants for his arrest.o A 17-year-old suspect from Ridgefield was charged with possessing less than 40 grams of a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia. Officers are referring charged to the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Detective Unit, the Drug Task Force, Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team, the Department of Corrections, the Washougal Police Department and the Camas Police Department helped the Battle Ground Police Department serve the search warrant.last_img read more

Government extends gender pay reporting requirements

first_imgThe government has extended its gender pay gap reporting requirements to include large public sector organisations and bonus information.The new regulations will make it mandatory for employers with more than 250 staff to publish the difference in average pay between male and female employees.In July 2015, the government launched a consultation to establish what information employers will have to publish, as well as where and when. The consultation closed in September. Details of how the measures will work in practice are yet to be released.A small number of employers are voluntarily disclosing gender pay data ahead of the government regulations. In November, Camden Council published pay data for its workforce, including an analysis of median earnings across pay brackets according to gender, ethnicity and disability.The highest pay variance by gender was revealed to be 12% across zone one of the council’s level-six pay range, where female staff earn a median salary of £57,500 and male employees earn a median wage of £64,645.Across pay levels one-five, which span an average median salary of £18,699-£52,458, variances between male and female pay is below 4%. There is no pay variance in five of the 12 sub-brackets across pay levels one to five and the council’s leadership pay levels.Upon releasing the data, Sarah Hayward, councillor at Camden Council, said: “We believe it’s important to hold ourselves to account and ensure equality is at the heart of organisation and throughout our workforce.”Camden Council plans to update the data and publish it annually.Caroline Waters, deputy chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “Publishing the data gives employers transparency with their staff’s pay, but what they really need to do is find the causes of the gaps.“The government’s measures should improve pay gaps in the long run because a formal requirement moves it to a level playing field.”Colin Leckey, partner, employment, Lewis Silkin, added: “Very few employers have already released their data, but those that have show they’re open and transparent, which encourages employee retention.“Employers need to be aware if they have a pay problem, even if it is through unconscious bias.”last_img read more