Do employees benefit from employee benefits?

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Read full article Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Staff benefits schemes seem to be a hot topic at the moment so I thought I’d chime in with my thoughts….In years gone by the company car, paid phone bill’s or company credit card were pretty much the in domain of the professionals at the top of their game working in the most generous of companies. Now though, almost akin to my blog post on gimmicky long interview processes, companies seem to be using the benefits they offer as a marketing tool, and the list of what is being offered is getting longer and longer. There’ nothing wrong with that, but let’s dissect it a little.In recent times there has been a lot of debate over what is considered a generous benefits programme and what is going too far. For example, I refer to Facebook and Apple who opted for a very polarizing benefit of freezing any female employee’s eggs (most suggest in a bid to allow feeling more at ease delaying having children). Or Google California, as another example who trucked in snow to create a snowy wonderland for its staff. Times are of course changing and our wants and needs are evolving with the times. I totally get that we are not programmed in the same way that we were 50 years ago where social norms almost pre-defined at what ages children would enter our lives, or when we should be allowed to enjoy a brisk walk in the snow, but is this taking a “company benefit” too far?In a few less extreme examples such-as, orgs employing chefs to cook meals each day for staff, full gym in-house or even sleep pods. These all sound amazing, right? And who wouldn’t want a part of that, but something that is also worth thinking about is – Are we then blurring the lines further between our professional worlds and our personal worlds? And indeed, is this a good or bad thing? We have already seen a huge shift towards technology interoperability and never being too far away from a piece of tech that could see us struggle to “switch off” in our personal time, but we are now looking at a new age where the comforts of home-life are being brought to the office.This is not to say I wouldn’t dive straight into a sleep-pod given the chance – just food for thought and I’d be keen to hear other perspective on where boundaries should be in the creation of a solid benefits scheme… Do employees benefit from employee benefits?Shared from missc on 17 Jun 2015 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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2021-05-12

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Top Collaborations We Need To See At Fool’s Paradise

first_imgFool’s Paradise is less than a month away, and we’re starting to get excited about all the amazing music that’s in the works for the event! The two-day St. Augustine event promises out-of-the-box collaborations all weekend long, in addition to the already-announced lineup with Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (a special set with Manic Focus & Break Science) The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large. Anyone who went to Fool’s Paradise last year knows that the event is a breeding ground for collaborations. Griz joined Lettuce for a unique collaborative set; Corey Henry used his artist-at-large title to sit in with Vulfpeck; Weedie Braimah added some percussive thunder to one of Lettuce‘s sets, and Chris Robinson invited George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, The Shady Horns, Neal Casal, and more to the stage for his Soul Revue. Of course, who could forget the many members of Lettuce that sat in with Vulfpeck during the “Fools For Funk” late night, which featured members of Lettuce, Vulfpeck, Goldfish, and more. The whole weekend was a non-stop barrage of exciting sit-ins, and we expect this year’s edition of Fool’s Paradise to feature more of the same vibe.With that in mind, we’ve put together a wish-list of collaborations that we’d love to see at this Fool’s Paradise 2017. Check out the list below, and get on our level of excitement for this unmatched weekend of music!1. The Main Squeeze + Antwaun Stanley The Main Squeeze will bring their blend of soul, hip-hop, funk, and rock to Fool’s Paradise, with their aim to blow away the St. Augustine crowd with their addictive grooves, their tight playing, and their positive vibes. With resident Vulfpeck vocalist Antwaun Stanley on hand as artist-at-large, we can’t think of a better combination at Fool’s Paradise. Thinking about Stanley and The Main Squeeze’s Corey Frye trading vocals on a choice cover is giving us all the feels already.2. The Floozies + The Shady HornsThe Floozies know how to throw a party. Their energetic live show attracts new fans at each stop,  winning them over with their infectious electro-funk sounds. What could be better than adding the impressive duo that is The Shady Horns to the mix? Saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and trumpet player Eric “Benny” Bloom will be in St. Augustine with Lettuce, and would make perfect sense as special guests with The Floozies. Their work in the Break Science Live Band, with Gramatik, and with the Coomes Brothers at Brooklyn Comes Alive are proof that these two are some of the most versatile players in the game. We hope they hop on stage and add their inimitable skills to The Floozies’ set.3. The Motet + Nigel HallIf you were on Jam Cruise 13, you had the chance to catch The Motet present “Funk Bingo.” The band would play a classic funk song, and the first fan who guessed the song would win a small prize, while the fan who completed their funk bingo card first won the grand prize. Let’s just say that the fun-loving Jam Cruise crowd wasn’t the quickest to recognize these songs. Nigel Hall was in the room, and was incredulous that the fans weren’t quick to the take on these tracks. He insisted on jumping on stage and, without rehearsal, played keys for each and every amazing funk track that The Motet busted out, one-by-one. We can only hope for more of the same at Fool’s Paradise when The Motet hit the stage on Saturday evening.4. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead + Oteil BurbridgeJoe Russo’s Almost Dead has quickly elevated themselves into legendary status in the modern music scene. Their take on the Grateful Dead is inspired, with a youthful energy that fans have latched on to in a major way. The same can be said about Oteil Burbridge‘s contribution to Dead & Company, a project that has reinvigorated the masses of Deadheads throughout America. With Burbridge set to join the Almost Dead at Brooklyn Bowl for three nights in a few weeks, and Dead & Company organist Jeff Chimenti already set to join them for their set at Fool’s Paradise, one can only imagine that Oteil will be itching to join them once again to form Joe Russo’s Almost Dead & Company!5. Lettuce + The FlooziesTo complete the first night of Fool’s Paradise 2016, Lettuce teamed up with GRiZ for a special set of funk and electronic music that blasted the St. Augustine Amphitheater into the stratosphere. It was a truly special moment watching these funk kings who occupy different ends of the musical spectrum meeting in the middle to create a special experience that could only be experienced at Fool’s Paradise. We hope that these forces combine for a similarly exciting musical journey that can’t be topped when they’re both on the bill on April 1st!Honorable Mention: Members of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead + Eric Krasno & Oteil Burbridge’s “The Infinity Jam”Friday night at Fool’s Paradise, Oteil will team up with guitar maven Eric Krasno for “The Infinity Jam,” a special, one-time only collaboration. While the artists have been tight-lipped about what to expect during this special late night performance, the fact that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will have just finished up their headlining set means that Joe Russo, Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, Dave Dreiwitz, and Jeff Chimenti will all potentially be up for grabs for a guest spot with Kraz and Oteil.We can’t wait for the return of Fool’s Paradise on March 31 & April 1 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre! For more information on the festival, late-nights, and lodging options, head to the website.last_img read more

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2021-03-02

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HKS establishes professorship on the international financial system

first_imgWith the world’s attention focused on global financial reform and responsibility, the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is establishing a professorship dedicated to addressing the challenges of the international financial system. Launched with gifts totaling $4 million, the professorship is named for international financial consultant and HKS alumnus Minos A. Zombanakis, M.P.A. ’56, A.M. ’57. The Minos A. Zombanakis Professorship of the International Financial System will inaugurate a new area of interdisciplinary study at the Kennedy School.The Zombanakis Professorship will support a professor and visiting professors of practice whose research and teaching illuminate major policy issues and challenges of the international financial system and serve as a platform for addressing the international monetary system and financial regulation, the role of multilateral institutions including the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and vehicles for international cooperation such as the G-20 (Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors) forum. The Harvard University Professorship Challenge Fund has provided a $1 million matching contribution.“Harvard Kennedy School is deeply grateful to Mr. Zombanakis and his many friends for this endeavor,” said David T. Ellwood, Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy and dean of HKS. “Addressing the global financial challenges of today is a top priority for policymakers throughout the world. In establishing this timely professorship, the Kennedy School will better prepare and teach future leaders and professionals as they grapple with the complexities of global markets, regulation, and international finance.”To read the full story, visit the Harvard Kennedy School Web site.last_img read more

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2021-03-01

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Triumphs against smallpox, polio, AIDS

first_imgAs Harvard celebrates its 375th anniversary, the Gazette is examining key moments and developments over the University’s broad and compelling history.Over Harvard’s history, researchers and physicians have played key roles in vanquishing disease, from testing and distributing the first American smallpox vaccine in 1800, to the breakthrough in the 1940s that led to a polio vaccine, to the myriad advances of today’s broad-ranging medical research.In just the past few decades, labs on Harvard’s campuses, at its affiliated hospitals, and in research centers have been the birthplace of key findings against disease, from the 1980s characterization of a frightful condition called AIDS, to new ways of fighting cancer by choking off its blood supply, to pioneering stem-cell-based approaches that use a cell’s innermost secrets to attack degenerative ailments.Harvard’s disease fighters today share the mission of those who preceded them, but they wield weapons that would be foreign to doctors of yesteryear. They use stem cells to create disease-bearing tissues for lab study, advanced imaging equipment to peek inside the body, genetic techniques that probe a cell’s DNA, and vast statistical databases from which researchers pick out rare anomalies and open doors to understanding.The list of Harvard’s medical and public health advances includes many vital contributions, from the first use of anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1846, to the invention of the iron lung in 1927, to the discovery in the 1950s that vitamin A is essential to vision, to the invention of the heart pacemaker in 1952, to the first human organ transplant in 1954, and many others.“Harvard has certainly been a leading center for research and therapeutic innovation,” said Scott Podolsky, assistant professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and director of HMS’s Center for the History of Medicine.HMS faculty members began fighting disease almost as soon as the Medical School started. In 1800, one of the institution’s first three professors, Benjamin Waterhouse, was the first person in America to test Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccine, developed in Britain two years earlier.After reading Jenner’s account of milkmaids’ immunity acquired by a mild infection with cowpox, Waterhouse sent for a sample. He tested it on his 5-year-old son, Daniel, and then inoculated his family and servants. He became a smallpox vaccination advocate, gaining the ear of President Thomas Jefferson.In the decades to follow, many ailments stalked the American countryside. One, puerperal fever, killed as many as one in five new mothers in European hospitals. In America, where hospital delivery was rare, deaths would follow doctors as they went from delivery to delivery. Caused by streptococci bacteria, it was carried from patient to patient by physicians’ poor hygiene habits in an era before germ theory became standard.Boston doctor Oliver Wendell Holmes, who was HMS dean from 1847 to 1853, wasn’t the first to suspect puerperal fever was contagious. But his 1843 pamphlet, “The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever,” went a long way toward convincing a skeptical medical establishment that it was carried by the physicians themselves.Podolsky said Holmes is an example of another important Harvard medical contribution: skepticism. Holmes pointed out flaws in how things were done at the time, as did a later skeptic, Maxwell Finland, who regularly debunked ineffective antibiotics.In 1926, HMS faculty members George Minot and William Murphy tackled another deadly ailment: pernicious anemia, which often killed sufferers within three years. Their study showed that a diet heavy in raw liver improved the sufferers’ condition. Later studies isolated the active ingredient, vitamin B12, that today is given routinely. Minot and Murphy, together with George Whipple, shared the 1934 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for the work.Even as progress was made against other diseases, polio was a stubborn holdout. Polio could cause paralysis just hours after infection, and, if the paralysis involved breathing muscles, death. Because the disease attacked nerve cells, researchers found it difficult to culture in the lab.In 1948, HMS Professor John Enders, along with colleagues Frederick Robbins and Harvard School of Public Health Professor Thomas Weller, were trying to grow chicken pox virus in a mixture of human embryonic skin and muscle tissue. In a nearby cabinet was a sample of polio virus, which they decided to try in the new culture. The successful result set the stage for the development of polio vaccines by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, and netted Enders, Robbins, and Weller the 1954 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.In the early 1980s, the world struggled to understand a mysterious ailment raging through the gay community. In the Harvard lab of Max Essex, researchers were connecting the dots gleaned from his research into feline leukemia, a disease of cats that has startling parallels to human AIDS. Caused by a retrovirus — which carries its genetic information as RNA rather than DNA — feline leukemia often doesn’t cause that actual leukemia but instead suppresses the immune system so other diseases can attack.Essex, the Lasker Professor of Health Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative, was the first, with Robert Gallo, to propose that a retrovirus causes AIDS. His lab contributed several other major findings in AIDS research, including the discovery of GP 120, a protein on the virus’ surface. That finding enabled development of an AIDS screening test, and the protein remains a focus of vaccine research. He also traced the development of HIV in hemophiliacs to HIV-positive blood donors, identified HIV-2, a less virulent strain of the virus mainly found in West Africa, and an HIV analog in other primates called simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV, which has provided an important laboratory model for how HIV works in the human body.Today Essex, whose contributions won the 1986 Lasker Award with Gallo and Luc Montagnier, continues to work on AIDS as part of a broader research community that is seeking to understand the human body — healthy and ill — and devise new ways to combat disease.last_img read more

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2021-03-01

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Senior fund honors former classmate

first_imgBased on overwhelming support from the senior class, the Class of 2012 Legacy Fund decided to dedicate the money it raises to the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund, co-chairs of the Senior Legacy Fund Sylvia Banda and Tommy Montalbano said. Declan Sullivan, a member of the Class of 2012, died last October after a video tower from which he was filming football practice fell. He was double-majoring in marketing and Film, Television and Theatre, and was a videographer for the football team. The Memorial Fund will sponsor a scholarship for a student with demonstrated financial need whose interests align with Sullivan’s, Montalbano said. “It is designed for students who are not only in financial need, but who have demonstrated the traits that made Declan original, whether [it be] an interest in filmmaking, service to under-privileged youth, creative writing or other passions,” he said. Traditionally, the Legacy Fund committee has solicited suggestions for what to do with the fund from students, resulting in a narrowed-down list for students to vote on. This year, however, the high volume of initial responses suggesting the Memorial Fund negated the need for a follow-up survey, Banda said. “That was the runaway winner, so as a committee we decided that this was going to be the [Memorial] Fund,” she said. “We thought this was a unique year so we decided to just announce it.” The Legacy fund will begin taking donations from seniors in January. While graduating seniors are automatically entered into the 2012 football season ticket lottery, they must make a donation to the fund during the 2012 calendar year to be entered into the 2013 season lottery, Montalbano said. Banda said the rate of seniors who donate to the Senior Legacy Fund before graduation typically hovers between 35 and 40 percent. This year’s committee hopes initiatives such as the “USC Challenge” will increase participation. “We partnered with the USC senior class gift group and whoever has better participation rates for their class gift at the end of their school year wins this competition,” Banda said. “Whoever wins will get a trophy we’re having made that will travel from school to school.” The committee also created Facebook and Twitter pages for the 2012 Legacy Fund. On Facebook, Montalbano said the group holds weekly drawings where students who “like” the page can win gift cards to local businesses. “We’re trying to raise attention about the senior gift, encourage students to donate and recruit volunteers,” he said. The page also posts videos, photos and a “bucket list” of activities every senior should do before they graduate. In addition, Montalbano said donors who give over $20 will receive a pint glass featuring the Notre Dame monogram as a reward. Although the Legacy fund is directed at the senior class, assistant director of the Notre Dame Annual Giving Program Tim Ponisciak said anyone is welcome to donate. Seniors are also free to donate to another fund at the University of their choosing. “The number we’ll look at for participation will be any donation that seniors make to Notre Dame,” Ponisciak said. “We really encourage seniors to make donations to the sponsored fund, but if a senior wants to give to their dorm or major that still gets counted as participation for the senior legacy gift.” Banda expects a great deal of enthusiasm from the senior class in response to the fund’s dedication. “We’ve already seen such a great response from seniors,” she said. “This is something we can all rally behind and something that is very unique to the class of 2012.”last_img read more

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2021-01-26

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Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel to Honor Lives Lost on 9/11 & More

first_img Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Idina Menzel to Honor Lives Lost on 9/11Idina Menzel will join forces with The Fred Gabler Helping Hand Camp Fund as part of Cantor Fitzgerald’s annual Charity Day on September 11. The Tony winner will help Cantor Fitzgerald’s brokers complete real telephone trades with customers. The fund, which was established in honor of the late Fred Gabler, a former partner and trader for Cantor Fitzgerald—the company that lost the most lives in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center—aids in sending underprivileged children to summer sleep-away camps. Menzel’s If/Then co-star LaChanze lost her husband Calvin Gooding in the tragic events; see her moving a cappella rendition of “Amazing Grace” at this spring’s dedication to the 9/11 Memorial Museum here.Kelli O’Hara, Matthew Morrison & More Set the DateWe now have dates for when we can catch some of our Broadway favorites tread the boards at Carnegie Hall as part of the New York Pops’ 2014-15 season. You will be able to get into the festive spirit with Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison on December 19 and 20. The pair, with Essential Voices USA, will appear in Kelli and Matthew: Home for the Holidays. Meanwhile, Tony winner Sutton Foster will make her solo Carnegie Hall debut on March 13, 2015 in One Night Only: Sutton Foster. We also can’t wait to see Let’s Be Frank, a tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes featuring Chicago vet Ryan Silverman, Tony DeSare, Storm Large and Frankie Moreno on April 10, 2015.Catherine Tate to Headline London’s AssassinsBritish TV favorite Catherine Tate, along with Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman and David Roberts, will star in the previously announced London revival of Assassins. Helmed by Jamie Lloyd, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s classic will run at the Menier Chocolate Factory from November 21 through March 7, 2015. Opening night is set for December 1.Mark Rylance’s New ShowMark Rylance is returning to Shakespeare’s Globe! The three-time Tony winner will star as Philippe V, King of Spain, in Claire van Kampen’s new play with music, Farinelli and the King. The production will premiere in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in February 2015. Worried you won’t be able to cross the pond to witness Rylance’s brilliance in person? You’ll soon be able to savor his star turn opposite Broadway alum Damian Lewis in the television adaptation of Wolf Hall.Audra McDonald’s No Longer a First WifeJessica Hecht, Mary Testa and Julie White will headline a benefit reading of Robert Harling’s screenplay of The First Wives Club at the Mainstage Theater on October 13. Based on the best-selling novel by Olivia Goldsmith and helmed by Trip Cullman, the event was supposed to have taken place on July 7 with Audra McDonald, Sherie Rene Scott and Lili Taylor starring, but there were scheduling conflicts. All proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative so this Club is definitely worth supporting. View Commentscenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

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2021-01-18

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Senate passes gov’t funding extension, NDAA

first_imgThe Senate Friday passed two important pieces of legislation: A continuing resolution to extend federal government funding to Dec. 18 and the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). While President Donald Trump signed the funding bill to avert a shutdown, he has threatened to veto the NDAA; however, the NDAA passed both chambers by veto-proof majorities.Government funding was set to expire at midnight Friday, but the continuing resolution was passed to give negotiators additional time to reach an agreement on a longer-term funding deal. Negotiations also continue on additional coronavirus relief provisions after a bipartisan package was recently introduced, some of which could be added to the larger funding package.NAFCU has urged Congress to include full funding for programs used by credit unions: The NCUA’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund (CDRLF), Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, and small business lending programs. The association is also continuing to advocate for more pandemic relief for credit unions and for Congress to make improvements to the paycheck protection program (PPP). ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

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2020-12-17

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Wilfried Zaha ‘likes’ Instagram post confirming Nicolas Pepe’s move to Arsenal

first_imgZaha ‘liked’ a post announcing Pepe’s arrival at Arsenal (Picture: Instagram)Last month, Zaha’s brother, Judicael, pleaded with Palace to let the winger ‘realise his dream’ and join Arsenal.‘Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him. It is my brother’s dream, though, to play for Arsenal,’ he said.‘Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal.‘It would allow Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he has supported since childhood.’ Comment Wilfried Zaha plays with Arsenal new boy Nicolas Pepe for the Ivory Coast national team (Picture: Getty)Wilfried Zaha has reacted to Nicolas Pepe’s move from Lille to Arsenal by ‘liking’ a post on Instagram announcing the £72million transfer.Pepe’s big-money switch makes him Arsenal’s record signing and the 24-year-old forward also becomes the most expensive African footballer in the history of the game.The Gunners have been eager to bring in a winger since the start of the summer and after their £40m bid for Zaha was rejected, the club turned to Pepe, a player who took Ligue 1 by storm last season.Zaha, a boyhood fan of Arsenal, subsequently told Crystal Palace that he wanted to move on from Selhurst Park and his future remains in serious doubt, with Everton now favourites for his signature.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, recent reports claim that Arsenal are persisting with a bid for Zaha and hope to sign the 26-year-old alongside their move for Pepe.After Pepe’s record move to the Emirates was announced, Zaha ‘liked’ an Instagram post which said: ‘Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe has joined Arsenal in a club-record deal.’Many believe Zaha may have been hinting at a possible move to Arsenal, while others have suggested that he was probably just happy for his Ivory Coast team-mate.Make of it what you will…  Pepe’s move makes him the most expensive African football ever (Picture: Getty)Pepe has revealed that Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were the players who ‘sprang to mind’ when he knew he was joining the club.‘When I knew I was coming to Arsenal, I immediately thought of the French guys who play here,’ Pepe told Arsenal’s official website.‘I thought of Ozil, the world champions, Lacazette, Aubameyang and many more. Of course, these are the players who sprang to mind because I used to watch them when I was at Lille.‘Also, Lacazette used to play for Lyon and so I have had the opportunity to play against him. It will be an honour to play alongside him.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesEmery has promised fans that Pepe will bring ‘pace, power and creativity’ to his attack ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.‘Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe,’ Emery said.Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.’MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks out on Manchester United transfer plans amid Maguire and Dybala links Wilfried Zaha ‘likes’ Instagram post confirming Nicolas Pepe’s move to Arsenalcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 6:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.2kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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2020-10-18

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Family First start Easter campaign

first_imgHawkes Bay Today 8 April 2017Family First Comment: Famous in Hawkes Bay! Family First have started a campaign against the new law of allowing local authorities to decide whether they want to trade on Easter Sunday.The campaign, Keep the Easter Culture, is about notifying customers and their community that they are putting their families first by not working.Family First president Bob McCroskie said many businesses throughout New Zealand would be closing for Easter Sunday and giving families a break.The organisation believed economic improvement needed to be finely balanced with family and community time.Anzac Day, Easter and Christmas remain as the few times when the country stops and takes a break.“This is not an issue about choice as has also been argued. For many workers, they don’t have the luxury of choice as to whether they work or not. Coercion to work will be a very real threat.”Mr McCroskie said tourists would cope and many countries over the world had public holidays with shops closed.“Tourists can plan around it and accept it as part of the local culture and identity.”“We should keep the Easter culture. New Zealanders deserve the break.”Hawke’s Bay Regional Dean of Waiapu Reverend David van Oeveren was also concerned about the decision to allow trading on the religious significant holiday.Mr Van Oeveren said that Easter Sunday held Christian importance as it was about resurrection, hope and new life.“It also has societal importance like our other Christian holidays and there are only really two days in the year where families and communities can be together without the pressure of work. New Zealand seems to be decreasing the time spent with families and friends.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11833306last_img read more

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2020-09-27

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200 players jostle for Ogunjobi U17 tournament

first_imgRelatedPosts Protest in Osun over killing of youth by JTF Nigerian porn star, five others sent to prison Nigerian porn star arrested for shooting porn with Ifa worshippers’ bead No fewer than 200 players will vie for honours in the maiden edition of late Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi U-17 tournament. The age grade tournament is sponsored by Assistant Technical Director of Nigeria Football Federation, Siji lagunju, to boost discovery of exceptional talents abounding at the grassroots, catching them young in a bid to provide a well defined future for the players. The tourney is scheduled to kick off on January 26, 2020 at Ilesa Government High School, Ilesa, Osun State, with the final billed for February 10, to mark one year remembrance of the former Secretary General of Nigeria Football Federation. Lagunju noted: “We are optimistic that this event will go a long way in discovering hidden talents who will become future stars. “We are persuaded that this initiative will succeed in raising the Mikel Obis of this generation. “We plan to use this tournament to promote the talents of our resourceful youths and showcase them for possible future career. “The tournament will give birth to the stars of tomorrow.” Ten clubs registered would play league format.Tags: Ilesa Government High SchoolNFFOsun StateSiji LagunjuTaiwo Ogunjobilast_img read more

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2020-09-22

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