NRC Future tense for the stateless

first_imgNew Delhi: People who have been excluded from the final list of NRC will have to appeal against it at Foreigners’ Tribunals (FT) — a quasi-judicial court and subsequently in the high court or Supreme Court.Meanwhile, the BJP-led Assam government has already ruled out the detention of people who do not figure in the list ‘in any circumstances’ till the time an FT doesn’t declare them foreigners. The Centre has said people whose names don’t appear in the final NRC cannot be declared foreigners till all legal options are exhausted. The government has given 120 days time to those excluded from the NRC to appeal in the court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsOn the other hand, as per media reports, the courts in India will be burdened and get exhaustive as the appeal period is short and cases are far too many which may further clog the process. At present, there are 100 FTs in Assam and 200 more will be functional soon. Suppose, someone who loses his or her case in a Foreigners’ Tribunal as well as in higher courts, he or she will face a possible arrest and the prospect of being sent to a detention centre. Those excluded from NRC will have to prove that they or their ancestors were living in Assam on or before March 24, 1971.last_img read more

51yearold man stabbed in dispute over Walmart parking spot police say

first_imgBRAMPTON, Ont. — Police west of Toronto say a fight over a parking spot has left a 51-year-old man with non-life-threatening stab wounds.It happened Sunday night in a Walmart parking lot in Brampton, Ont., where Peel regional police say the man was involved in a dispute with a 37-year-old man.Police allege the younger man cut the older man with either a small knife or a key, then left the scene.They say they’ve identified a suspect but haven’t yet located him, and there’s no risk to public safety.Paramedics say they took the victim to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.The Canadian Presslast_img

School blocks ChickfilA as dining option cites values

first_imgLAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Students at a private university in New Jersey can eat more chicken as long as it’s not Chick-fil-A.Rider University removed the restaurant from a survey of dining options “based on the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ community.” The fast-food chain was included in previous surveys.Chick-fil-A says it has supported Christian values. Its corporate purpose is “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us.”Rider says it understands some may view the decision as a “form of exclusion.” But the school says it wanted to be “faithful to our values of inclusion.”The university plans to hold a campus forum so that all voices can be heard.Chick-fil-A has not returned a message seeking comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

FB likely to be controlled in Sri Lanka to block hate speech

The Government blocked access to Facebook and other key social media websites since last week following communal violence in Kandy. President Maithripala Sirisena had said in Japan today that a new mechanism will be introduced to prevent the use of hate speech on social media in Sri Lanka. The restrictions are expected to be removed over the next few days. (Colombo Gazette) Facebook usage is likely to be controlled in Sri Lanka to block hate speech from being published.Officials from Facebook are scheduled to meet the Government in Colombo on Thursday with the discussions focused on how hate speech can be filtered on Facebook.

Iraq UN reform top agenda of Annans trip to Japan

The Secretary-General’s trip to Japan will be his first since January 2002 and his sixth visit to the country, according to a UN spokesman.During his stay, the Secretary-General is scheduled to meet the Emperor Akihito, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi.Mr. Annan will also give an address to the Diet for the first time, as well as meet with Japanese business leaders and the press.

UN launches peacekeeping operation in Haiti

The Mission shows the international community’s commitment to Haiti and reflects that commitment in its mandate, size and structure, he said in a speech delivered by Special Advisor on Haiti Reginald Dumas at Haiti’s Police Academy, as authority was transferred from the United States-led Multinational Interim Force (MIF) to MINUSTAH.”The United Nations thus stands ready to work with Haiti and its people to overcome the current critical situation and to ensure a sustainable future,” Mr. Annan said.He noted that weapons have proliferated and the rule of law and public security must be restored, while basic services require urgent rehabilitation and jobs are scarce.”This dire economic and humanitarian situation is compounded by the recent flooding, which took many lives and caused extensive damage,” he said, extending condolences to those who lost relatives and friends in last week’s flash floods.Mr. Annan commended the MIF for its efforts to stabilize a precarious security situation since 29 February, when President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his family left the country, and expressed his appreciation for the support it would provide to MINUSTAH during the 30-day transition period.The UN Mission, under an as-yet unnamed Special Representative of the Secretary-General, is mandated to coordinate its operations with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).Among its tasks, MINUSTAH should establish a secure and stable environment, foster democratic governance and institutional development, assist Haiti’s Transitional Government in organizing free and fair municipal, parliamentary and presidential elections as soon as possible, strengthen the rule of law and support the country’s human rights institutions and groups. “I am encouraged by the political will demonstrated by the Government to succeed in the transition and put Haiti on the path of democracy and sustainable development,” Mr. Annan said. “The international community must do its part and remain engaged for the long term, both politically and financially.””It must seek creative ways to assist Haitians, based on lessons learned, while leaving the ownership of the process firmly in the hands of the Haitian people,” he added.MINUSTAH is the fifth UN mission mounted for Haiti since 1993.Brazilian Lieutenant-General Augusto Ribeiro-Pereira has been named as Force Commander of the new mission, which is receiving personnel from Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, France, Guatemala, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, the United States and Uruguay. read more

As Libyan parties delay naming unity government UN urges steps to end

“Libya is a critical juncture. Determination to start a new chapter must be accompanied by immediate steps to end political divisiveness and address the numerous security, humanitarian and economic challenges,” the UN Support Mission (UNSMIL) said in a statement issued late Sunday.“The formation of a Government of National Accord (GNA) enjoying the support of the Libyans is but the first step,” added the Mission.The UN mission called on all relevant political and security stakeholders to hold Libya’s national interests above all else. “No effort must be spared nor any opportunity missed to utilize the window of opportunity that Libya has to halt any further expansion by terrorist groups represented in Da’esh, Ansar Al-Sharia and Al-Qaida,” the statement read.The boldness with which terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), had launched their latest string of attacks on key oil installations in Sidra, Ras Lanuf and Benghazi was a potent reminder of the need to forge a united front to contain and eliminate the growing danger, said UNSMIL.“The GNA must lead the collective efforts of the army and its leaderships alongside other security institutions and their leaderships, in the fight against terrorism. Likewise, it is vital that the GNA also avail itself of armed formations currently engaged in the fight against Da’esh and other terrorist groups,” the statement continued.UNSMIL underscored that to defeat the terrorist groups, the GNA must prioritize training, arming and equipping the army and police institutions. “Only a collective effort by all patriotic Libyans will save Libya from the scourge of terrorism,” exhorted the UN mission. “Leadership, courage and determination are now needed to send a strong and clear message to the Libyan people that Libya has taken its first step towards peace, security and prosperity.”In cooperation with the international community, UNSMIL stands committed to working closely with the GNA to ensure that the necessary support and assistance is provided to the legitimate Libyan authorities, including through a review of the current arms embargo on Libya.The UN mission urged the Presidency Council to adhere to the new target date it had set itself and emphasised the need for all concerned parties to respect LPA timelines. read more

Irvings 26 points lead Boston past Pelicans 124107

NEW ORLEANS — Kyrie Irving closed out a 26-point, 10-assist performance with a 3-pointer and a tough baseline fade over Anthony Davis, and the Boston Celtics pulled away late for a 124-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.Jayson Tatum, who scored 20, threw down a right-handed dunk while being fouled by Davis with 2:26 left, at which point Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry began subbing out starters and fans started filing out, resigned to just New Orleans’ second loss in 10 home games this season.Davis finished with 27 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks, Nikola Mirotic hit six 3s as part of his 25 points, and Julius Randle added 15 points from the bench, but that wasn’t enough to end what is now a four-game losing streak for New Orleans.Al Horford scored 20 points, and Marcus Morris had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Boston, which punished the Pelicans for their 22 turnovers, converting them into 32 points.The Celtics opened up their largest lead with an 11-0 run that began with three straight three-point possessions: Irving’s floater in the lane as he was fouled, Irving’s 3-pointer and Tatum’s driving layup while being fouled.Terry Rozier’s layup capped the burst and made it 80-60 midway through the third quarter.Soon after, Randle’s free throws and Darius Miller’s 3 ignited an 11-2 Pelicans run to close the period, trimming Boston’s lead to 10 heading to the fourth.Davis scored five straight points on a short fade as he was fouled and a pair of free throws to cut it to 93-87 with nearly nine minutes to play.But Boston never let it get closer than that.New Orleans trailed nearly the entire game, falling behind early because of eight first-quarter turnovers that led to 11 Celtics points. Jrue Holiday, playing point guard instead of shooting guard while Elfrid Payton sits out with a broken finger, turned ball over five times in the opening period.TIP-INSCeltics: Rozier scored 14 points. He also was assessed a technical foul in the second quarter after he tossed the ball aimlessly during a stoppage. … Boston outscored New Orleans 42-34 in the paint. … The Celtics put up 39 3s, hitting 19.Pelicans: Holiday scored 13 points but also finished with eight turnovers. … Coach Alvin Gentry foreshadowed a change in the rotation before the game and forward Solomon Hill saw action for the first time since Nov. 1. He’d been relegated to the end of the bench for 12 games without playing time before his 20 minutes against Boston. He had four rebounds, two points and an assist. … New Orleans was 27 of 29 on three throws, but went 12 of 32 from 3.UP NEXTCeltics host Cleveland on Friday night.Pelicans host Washington on Wednesday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsBrett Martel, The Associated Press read more

Football Wide receivers a key component for success of offense

OSU redshirt freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill avoids a tackle during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLosing Michael Thomas, Braxton Miller and Jalin Marshall from last year’s team was never going to be an easy transition for Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer. The three wide player didn’t put up the most impressive numbers, but they provided a certain amount of explosiveness whenever the ball was in their hands.The 2016 receiving corps came with some growing pains, but maybe not as aching as Meyer and the rest of the staff expected. In the weeks following redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown’s four-touchdown performance at Oklahoma, his outstanding performance looked to be an outlier.However, after last Saturday’s 62-3 thumping of then-No.10 Nebraska, Meyer had a newfound faith in his playmakers.“It is a little relief to know that, right now, I saw some explosiveness that we kind of have been lacking in some positions,” Meyer said after the game. “And I think ‘relief’ is probably the correct word that we’ve all been waiting for that to happen. And like you said, no better time than the month of November to get that thing going.”Meyer went back to the the Woody Hayes Athletic Center the next day and came to the same conclusion as he initially thought: The wide receivers were at their best and were a pivotal factor in the offensive outburst.“They’re coming into their own a little bit. I thought they played fantastic,” he said on Monday. “I thought they blocked well on the screen passes, and that was their best game by far.”OSU wide receivers and H-backs combined for 24 receptions against Nebraska — seven more than they did versus Northwestern and nine more than at Penn State. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett had his best passing game in weeks, throwing for 290 yards and four touchdowns.The most substantial contributor was junior H-back Curtis Samuel, who had 137 receiving yards and two touchdowns.The lack of a downfield attack had been highlighted in weeks leading up to Nebraska, despite Barrett and Meyer believing the passing game was at an OK spot. Barrett finally connected on a deep ball to Samuel on the first play from scrimmage in the second half for 75 yards and a touchdown.Barrett said on Monday that the Nebraska defense showed the same looks in the secondary that Northwestern did at times, but once Barrett completed a pass downfield, that coverage went away. Once downfield coverage switched to more man coverage, Barrett saw Samuel matched up against the nickelback, threw it to a spot and watched six points go on the board.“There was a lot predicated on the coverage,” Barrett said. “I think teams knew we were definitely capable of doing that and knew we were going to try to do that, so they played off of us.”Barrett’s lone-pass completion of more than 20 yards against Northwestern was to redshirt freshman K.J. Hill, which set up the game-winning touchdown. Meyer said that a play like that can give a team confidence heading into the next week of practice and the following game. Hill was used extensively in the late quarters, racking up a career-best five receptions and 66 yards. He was also named a champion by Meyer on Saturday.“He’s earning more and more playing time,” Meyer said. “Very reliable guy, good blocker, always in the right place, very good hands … I’ve seen that happen before. It sparks, energizes the group, and it certainly has.”The Maryland Terrapins rank seventh in the Big Ten in passing defense, allowing 204 passing yards per game. Star cornerback Will Likely tore his ACL in late October, which has affected the depth of the Terrapin secondary.OSU involved five different pass catchers on the first drive of the game — a instnace that truly showed the depth of the Buckeye receivers. One game doesn’t justify the group as one of the top units in the country, or even the conference. However, considering Michigan torched Maryland last week for 387 receiving yards, Saturday’s game in College Park could be an early indicator for The Game. read more

Football Tate Martell to transfer to University of Miami

Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell (18) prepares to run a play in the second half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe quarterback battle between Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Tate Martell and recent Georgia transfer, freshman quarterback Justin Fields officially has come to an end before it ever really started.On Wednesday, Martell announced he will be transferring from Ohio State to the University of Miami six days after he entered his name into the transfer portal.Martell visited Miami and West Virginia before ultimately selecting the Hurricanes.On Dec. 30, Martell was asked about Fields, who was rumored at the time to be looking at the Buckeyes as a location to transfer if redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins decided to go to the NFL Draft.At the time, Martell voiced no doubt about his position on the team if Haskins were to leave, saying he was “100 percent sure” he would be the starter if that time came.Fields announced his transfer to the program on Jan. 4. Martell put his name in the transfer portal six days later.Martell saw time in six games this season, finishing 2018 completing 23-of-28 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.The redshirt freshman’s highlight performance came against Rutgers, where Martell completed all 10 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown, including a 51-yard score to redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin. Martell also rushed eight times for 95 yards and a touchdown in the 52-3 win.A four-star prospect out of high school, Martell went 45-0 as a high-school starter at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, finishing No. 2 in the state in all-time passing yards and passing touchdowns.Ohio State has Fields, junior Chris Chugunov and freshman Matthew Baldwin left at the quarterback position following Martell’s transfer.Fields is awaiting confirmation that he will be able to play in 2019, forgoing the usual transfer rule that requires players to sit out a season between transferring schools. read more

Storm Eleanor creates dramatic new sand cliffs on landmark beaches

first_imgThe raw power of Storm Eleanor has seen millions of tonnes of sand shifted to create dramatic new landscapes on some of Britain’s most popular beaches.The 100mph winds combined with powerful tides brought on by a super moon left a significant mark on the Cornish coastline with 30ft sand cliffs created in some spots.Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteers have warned the public to stay away from the unstable structures and one beach has also been closed due to safety fears.Among the most dramatic changes is a 20ft sheer cliff drop that has been created in the middle of Perranporth beach in Cornwall.The erosion has left the Watering Hole pub, the only bar in Britain based directly on a beach, perched on its own private island.Two bridges on to the beach have also been flattened and pub owner Bob Job said it was difficult for the public to now reach them. Perranporth beach The RNLI’s area lifesaving manager Dickon Berriman warned of the dangers of the new cliffs.He said: “We strongly advise visitors to beaches to stay well clear of the sand cliffs that have been formed by the recent high tides and stormy weather.”They contain huge quantities of heavy sand and are extremely unstable.” He said: “It is difficult to walk past it and we had this once before. It is currently about 20m from our front door and when the tide is right up we are on an island.”It does effect trade as you have to walk across the beach to get here. There are two bridges which have both taken a smashing. They not very safe at the moment. Hidden treasure: a metal detectorist wastes no time on Perranporth beachCredit:SWNS Summerleeze Beach, Budecenter_img Summerleeze Beach in Bude has been closedCredit:Telegraph 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. “We are bringing the digger in this afternoon (Friday) to get away the sharp edges as it is not safe to kids. They will come and level it off.”Hopefully that will alleviate most of our problems.”Elsewhere, a seven-foot drop has been left on Summerleaze beach further up the North Cornwall coast in Bude where 30ft waves were recorded.Visitors to the beach are being urged to take care and part of the beach has been closed.Cornwall Council said: “Please take care if you’re heading to Summerleaze Beach in Bude. The recent storms have created a sand ‘cliff’ on the upper shore leaving a 6-7ft drop in the level of the sand at one of the beach access points.” Crantock beach has also been significantly eroded, with the lifeguard hut being undermined, and 32ft sand cliffs being formed in some sections of the dunes above it.These dunes have also been significantly driven back, making some former access points unusable.Nick Ely, coastal engineer for the Environment Agency in Devon and Cornwall said they were still assessing all the damage.He said “Our post-storm emergency survey teams have been out measuring the extent of change to our beaches to allow us to calculate how much coastal erosion has occurred.”last_img read more

Le marché du CO2 cible dattaques cybercriminelles

first_imgLe marché du CO2 cible d’attaques cybercriminelles La Commission européenne vient d’ordonner le gel de toutes les transactions sur le CO2 au sein de l’Union européenne, et ce jusqu’au 26 janvier prochain. La raison de cette suspension du marché carbone : des cyberattaques ayant permis le vol de droits à polluer dans plusieurs Etats, puis leur revente sur le marché.Ce gel est entré en vigueur hier à 19h00, et ne sera pas levé avant le 26 janvier. Comme le rapporte l’AFP, cette suspension a été décidée suite à la découverte d’attaques cybercriminelles visant les registres comptabilisant les quotas de CO2 émis en Autriche, en Grèce, en République tchèque, en Pologne et en Estonie. Des droits auraient ainsi été volés par des hackers, qui les ont rapidement revendus.À lire aussiLes bousiers, les seuls insectes qui se déplacent en galopantD’après la Commission européenne, “les attaques étaient concertées. Elle se sont déroulées sur plusieurs jours avec pour but de voler des crédits pour les revendre sur le marché spot (marché en temps réel) sur lequel les transactions sont immédiates”. Le gel d’une semaine a été décidé afin de permettre aux Etats de renforcer la sécurisation de l’accès à leurs registres.Cette attaque n’est pas la première à viser ainsi le marché du carbone européen. En février dernier, une plateforme avait été piratée et des hackers avaient réussi à voler des certificats d’émission de CO2. De nombreux états, dont l’Espagne et les Pays-Bas, avaient alors gelé toutes leurs transactions, et les mesures de sécurité avaient été renforcées.Le 20 janvier 2011 à 15:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

San Ysidro athletic field receives 17 million worth of improvements

first_img Posted: July 26, 2017 KUSI Newsroom July 26, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, San Ysidro athletic field receives $1.7 million worth of improvements SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — City officials Wednesday unveiled $1.7 million in improvements to Larsen Athletic Field in San Ysidro. The park received new play equipment, drought-tolerant landscaping, picnic tables and benches and additional parking, according to the mayor’s office. Paths were upgraded to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The work was partially funded by a $1 million federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and came two years after the city made major improvements to lighting at the park. “When we invest in our parks, we breathe new life into our communities,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This beautiful park will go a long way toward creating a fun, accessible and safe environment for everyone in San Ysidro,” Faulconer said. “We’re improving parks across San Diego, and this project shows that communities that have waited a long time for infrastructure investments are getting the attention they deserve.”  Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Metro Bank engages employees with business growth through share options

first_imgBusiness objectives impacting benefitsTo create fans by offering customers a differentiated service.Opening more stores to increase its retail footprint. Benefits on offer at Metro Bank  Pension and group riskGroup personal pension plan. Contribution levels are set according to seniority, starting at 3% employee contribution and 6% employer contribution, then rising to 4% and 8%, with a maximum 5% employee and 10% employer contribution.Life assurance.Healthcare and wellbeingPrivate medical insurance: different levels based on seniority with the option for all employees to trade up or down. Employee-paid for entry-level employees; cover for employee only, employer-paid for the next level; then employee plus partner, employer-paid; and employee plus family, employer-paid.Flu jabs.Discounted gym membership.Employee assistance programme.Member of Bank Workers Charity.Share schemesShare options.Company car and travelCar allowance for job need.Interest-free season-ticket loans.Work-life balanceSixteen weeks’ shared parental leave at full pay.Childcare vouchers.Flexible working arrangements.Holiday for entry-level roles starts at 23 days and increases to 25 days after two full years’ service. For other roles, it starts at 25 days and increases to 30 after two full years’ service.Pay and rewardVariable pay.Bonus exchange scheme.Other benefitsBikes for work.On-site canteen.Sports and social clubs, such as a choir, football, boxing, bootcamp and high-intensity interval training (HIIT).Bank products available to employees. Career historyDanny Harmer, chief people officer, joined Metro Bank in 2012. Previously, Harmer held the HR director role at Barclays, Lloyds and Halifax. In addition, she has held other roles within the businesses, such as regional director and operational roles. Harmer says: “I think it’s really useful to have [held] business leadership roles in any organisation, because you see how stuff lands on the people and that’s really important: what impact is that having in the business? It helps you to be more practical and see it from your customer’s perspective.”While regional director at Halifax, Harmer’s region was ranked top in terms of its overall performance and delivery one year; recognition that Harmer says is one of her key achievements in her career so far. “The feeling of achievement for the team was fantastic. What it really shows is that if you do the right thing with people, you can achieve sustainable fantastic results for the customers and the business.”center_img Still a fairly recent addition to the high street, Metro Bank opened its first branch in 2010 and was one of the first high-street banks to open in the UK for over 100 years.Its employee base has grown steadily year on year to reach 2,700 employees, but with rapid growth a typical way of life, the retail and business bank expects this number to reach 3,000 by the end of 2017. A key differentiator in Metro Bank’s operations is the convenience it offers through its longer store opening hours: seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm on week days.A breakthrough moment in its growth journey saw Metro Bank list on the London Stock Exchange in March 2016. Danny Harmer, chief people officer, says: “The sense of achievement for everybody at Metro Bank of it being a fantastic milestone on our journey from start-up to being [an organisation] that is listed on the FTSE 250 is absolutely amazing.”Reward at Metro BankGoing through the annual reward review cycle at Metro Bank is an opportunity for the reward team to emphasise the culture at the organisation and the role that benefits play in this. Harmer says: “The great thing about working here, what’s unique about us in terms of what we offer [employees], is the fantastic growth and career opportunities because we are growing so fast in a culture that is very enabling and inclusive, and if it’s right for [the employee] then it’s a fantastic place to work. Then, on top of that, we offer a fair salary, pension, variable [pay] and benefits.”A key aim within Metro Bank’s culture is to clearly and simply keep employees aligned to the organisation and its growth, explains Harmer. “The main way we do that from a reward perspective is through our share options so that everyone feels part of the organisation and like an owner, a sort of partnership,” she says.“This is a growth model, we invest for growth and therefore we see profit as something that is a reward for doing our jobs well. In a growth organisation, the value of the [organisation] will grow and therefore [the] share price will increase. So options are the best way of enabling people to share in the success and the growth of the [organisation].”The share options plan, MShares, is administered by Equiniti. All transactions are settled through payroll to alleviate employees’ worries about tax returns. Metro Bank informs employees about the details of the share options, and its other reward and benefits schemes, through video e-learning, and its own employee version of Wikipedia, Metropedia.The share options vest over a five-year period because Metro Bank wants employees to appreciate, and feel part of, the bank’s growth story. It also feeds into the organisation’s overall mission of creating ‘fans’, says Harmer. This mission comes from the bank’s founder, Vernon Hill, whose central idea is that fans, not customers, are essential to a growth organisation, and that great customer experience is at the heart of operations.This helps to shape the bank’s variable pay model. The variable reward, which comprises a cash bonus and share options, is calculated by the organisation’s performance, as well as an employee’s level of seniority, personal behaviours and delivery. Metro Bank’s aim of providing great customer experience in its branches stems from its people strategy of aligning reward with behaviours and delivery.“We’re very clear that the [employees] in our stores don’t have sales or product targets,” says Harmer. “This is absolutely a bonus, not an incentive. If [we] want customers to have the right outcomes, [we] need to make sure that [we’re] not giving [employees] a different message to that, or a confusing message by the way that [we] build any incentive or reward schemes, so we don’t.”Metro Bank offers employees a bonus exchange scheme whereby they can exchange 25%, 50%, 75% or all of their cash bonus before tax for additional share options. “Over a quarter, by amount, of our bonuses switch into share options and it gives [employees] a chance to share more in the growth of the [organisation],” says Harmer.The organisation is clear in its communication of the scheme that employees fully understand they are exchanging cash for a share option. “We are very transparent and straightforward with people about it,” says Harmer.Health and wellbeingMetro Bank partners with Vitality to provide private medical insurance (PMI) and takes advantage of the rewards it offers alongside this in order to promote healthy lifestyles. This includes giving employees a higher level of excess for good wellbeing habits, such as recording a target number of steps through an activity tracker, or buying healthy food and taking part in health screens. For example, the provider will come on site to Metro Bank and measure employees’ blood pressure or test to prove they are not smoking, which boosts their Vitality status. “It’s great from a health and wellbeing perspective, it also engages people in the idea of looking after themselves, which is clearly what we want them to do, both for themselves and for the organisation,” says Harmer.The bank also offers access to an employee assistance programme (EAP) and the Bank Workers Charity, an initiative that offers financial, physical, social or mental wellbeing support to workers in the banking industry.With a further 10 to 12 stores opening this year, Metro Bank’s focus will clearly be set on driving customer experience through its people, behaviours and culture.Metro Bank at a glance Metro Bank opened its first branch in 2010, the first new high-street bank in the UK for over 100 years. It offers retail and commercial banking services, and its stores are open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm on week days. Its London contact centre is open 24/7.Metro Bank has 2,700 employees, 60% of which are aged 30 or under. It has a  50:50 gender split.last_img read more

New Star Wars Disney attraction will spew soda from thermal detonators

first_img Post a comment 0 Two main elements of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge include The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Smuggler’s Run is the Millennium Falcon experience, which will let riders pilot Han Solo and Chewbacca’s famous ship.Rise of the Resistance will drop guests into the middle of a battle between Leia Organa’s Resistance and the dark First Order. What Disney’s Star Wars land and hotel will look like Star Wars land: What to expect in Galaxy’s Edge More revealed by Disney and Lucasfilm at the panel: Rise of the Resistance at Galaxy’s Edge will see you escaping a First Order Star Destroyer and feature Rey, Poe and Kylo Ren. It’s also the biggest attraction Disney has ever built for its parks. The concept art for Galaxy’s Edge displayed during the panel showed an old podracer engine on its side, being used to cook space meat. The concept art for Galaxy’s Edge shows an old podracer engine on its side, being used to cook space meat (much to @joshgad’s delight). #StarWarsCelebration pic.twitter.com/llayuHVZJM— Sean Keane at Star Wars Celebration Chicago (@SpectacularSean) April 13, 2019 5:26 Tags Now playing: Watch this: More Galaxy’s Edgecenter_img At the Galaxy’s Edge cantina, actor Paul Reubens, best known as Pee-wee Herman, will return as Rex from Star Tours. But this time instead of a Star Tours guide, he’s a DJ.Galaxy’s Edge will feature a new tune from Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, the cantina band.The Play Disney app will be essential to Galaxy’s Edge, used for translation and gaming.Fans will also find out what blue milk tastes like and will be able to get fancy Coke. The containers look a bit like thermal detonators.cokeFans will be able to drink Coca-Cola from containers look a bit like thermal detonators at Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Coca-Cola The holocron on stage contains fans’ Star Wars stories, recorded at Star Wars Celebration, for Galaxy’s Edge.Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens to the public May 31 at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and Aug. 29 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Get even more details in our guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Star Wars Celebration Chicago runs through Monday. Here’s what you should expect from the rest of the weekend.  Target Disney Star Wars Aaaaand here’s a Galaxy’s Edge tune from DJ Rex! #StarWarsCelebration pic.twitter.com/WSqR4IvDaz— Sean Keane at Star Wars Celebration Chicago (@SpectacularSean) April 13, 2019 30 Photos Oga’s Cantina will be a place to unwind, grab a space cocktail and conduct shady business. Disney If you’ve ever wanted to literally step into the world of Star Wars, you’ll be able to with the new Disney Parks attraction Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. According to new details revealed during a Galaxy’s Edge panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, fans will be able to drink blue milk and soda out of thermal detonators, customize lightsabers and listen to new music from the Modal Nodes band in the upcoming Disney Parks attraction. CNET reporter Sean Keane attended the panel and live-tweeted updates.  TV and Movies Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge behind-the-scenes video docks Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge village name revealed Star Wars land opening dates revealed, launching in two phases Fans will be able to customize their own lightsabers.Director and voice actor Frank Oz will yet again voice Yoda.Character Hondo Ohnaka, voiced by Star Wars Rebels actor Jim Cummings, looks and sounds amazing.The Disney Parks crew went to Kenya to track down character Nien Nunb’s original Return of the Jedi voice actor Kipsang Rotich for Galaxy’s Edge. Share your voicelast_img read more

Educational partnership mixes math with Native design

first_imgA program mixing Alaska Native art with high school math is part of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s latest efforts to promote culture and foster the next generation of Native artists.Listen nowThe partnership seeks to encourage the next generation of artists in the Northwest Coast art traditions of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. Sealaska Heritage Institute, the University of Alaska Southeast and several Southeast school districts have signed on.Funded by a federal grant, Sealaska Heritage is calling the program “Sharing our Box of Treasures.” Partners will work to incorporate the geometry and algebra concepts involved in formline design into high school math classes.It also establishes an associate degree program in Northwest Coast arts at UAS. The goal is for students studying Native art at UAS to then be able to transfer to the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to complete four-year degrees. This partnership is a continuation of one that began last year.“It’s a way that we may not be able to offer the full four-year degree but by offering the two-year degree it creates a pathway for someone who is interested in that topic,” UAS spokesperson Keni Campbell said.At the same time, high school students in Juneau, Hoonah and Klawock will eventually be able to take courses in formline design at their schools while receiving dual credit at UAS.The Juneau School District and UAS will be hiring coordinators to start working on classes next spring.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty in red after Urjit Patels elevation as RBI governor

first_imgThe Indian stock markets did not go berserk as expected on Monday in response to the Narendra Modi government choosing deputy Reserve Bank of India governor Urjit Patel to succeed outgoing governor Raghuram Rajan.Equity benchmarks Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex and National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty were trading in the red after opening with modest gains. The Sensex was down 115 points at 27,962, while the Nifty was trading 38 points lower at 8,628.Bank stocks were down despite the appointment being read as a signal of continuity with regard to the monetary policy, especially inflation. The Nifty Bank index was down 0.65 per cent and the BSE Bankex was also trading 0.64 per cent lower at around 11.10 a.m.”With this appointment, the government has voted for status quo, policy continuity and macro-stability. This is the second instance after the decision to retain the inflation target of 4% (+/-2% range), where the government has demonstrated that inflation will remain a policy priority,” Radhika Rao, economist, group research, DBS Bank, said in a note on Monday.Patel will take charge as the 24th governor of the RBI for a three-year term after Rajan’s tenure ends on September 4.Stocks that were dragging the Sensex included Lupin, Tata Steel and ICICI Bank, while index gainers included Hindustan Unilever and ITC.Among Sensex companies, thermal power producer NTPC will be declaring its June quarter results on Monday. The stock was down 1.35 per cent at Rs. 164.50.Aviation stocks were trading with gains after Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) statistics released last Friday post trading hours showed that domestic air traffic grew 26 per cent in July on a year-on-year basis.Jet Airways was up 2.65 per cent at Rs. 551, SpiceJet 1.79 per cent at Rs. 59.75 and Indigo-owner Interglobe Aviation almost flat at Rs. 880.25.The country’s low-cost and full-service carriers such as IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Go Air, AirAsia India, Vistara and state-run Air India, and few smaller players, flew 85.08 lakh (8.5 million) passengers during the month, an increase of 25.82 per cent, YoY.The Indian rupee opened 13 lower paise at 67.19 to the US dollar on Monday.last_img read more

At least 54 killed as ferry sinks in north Iraq

first_imgIraqAt least 54 people died when an overcrowded ferry carrying families sank Thursday in a swollen river in northern Iraq during Kurdish New Year celebrations, officials said.Another 28 people were missing after the disaster on the Tigris in the city of Mosul, according to an interior ministry official who did not want to be named.”The boat sank because there were too many passengers on board, more than a hundred,” another security official based in Mosul told AFP.The vessel was packed with men, women and children crossing the Tigris to go to a popular picnic area, he said.The authorities had warned people to be careful after several days of heavy rains led to water being released through the Mosul dam, causing the river level to rise.last_img

TxDOT Commission Approves 70 Billion For Congestion Relief And Mobility Improvements

first_img Share TxDOT Screenshot Alan Clark with the Houston-Galveston Area Council speaking before the Texas Transportation Commission.The Texas Transportation Commission has approved $70 billion in new projects. The work will take place over the next ten years as part of TxDOT’s Unified Transportation Program. Officials say it’s the largest allocation in TxDOT’s history. The program will pay for millions of dollars of work in the Houston region. That includes a new Ship Channel Bridge on the Sam Houston Tollway, along with construction of the eastern segments of the Grand Parkway.  There’s also money for bike and pedestrian improvements. last_img