News story: Carillion: Official Receiver’s update

first_img In total, to date 11,739 jobs (64% of the pre-liquidation workforce) have been saved and 2,340 (13%) jobs have been made redundant through the liquidation A further 1,121 employees have left the business during the liquidation through finding new work, retirement or for other reasons This information does not include jobs attached to contracts where an intention to purchase has been entered into but has not yet formally occurred Just under 3,000 employees are currently retained to enable Carillion to deliver the remaining services it is providing for public and private sector customers until decisions are taken to transfer or cease these contracts Further information about rights in redundancy is available on gov.uk A spokesperson for the Official Receiver said: To be notified of future updates from the Official Receiver please register to receive an email alert. We continue to discuss with potential purchases for Carillion’s remaining contracts, as well as remain committed to engaging with staff, elected employee representatives and unions as these arrangements are confirmed. Further information Secure on-going employment has been confirmed for a further 101 members of staff who are transferring to new suppliers, taking the total number of jobs saved to 11,739. Regrettably eight job losses are being announced and those leaving the business this week will be provided with every support to find new work by Jobcentre Plus’ Rapid Response Service.last_img read more

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As Japan reopens, coronavirus testing slowed by bureaucracy and staff shortages

first_imgAt the beginning of April, a young Japanese sumo wrestler known as Shobushi came down with a fever. His coaches tried calling a local public health center to get him a coronavirus test, but the phone lines were busy.For four days, he was turned away by clinics in Tokyo overwhelmed during a surge of COVID-19 cases. He was finally admitted to hospital on April 8 when he began coughing up blood, but died of the disease on May 13, the Japan Sumo Association said.Shobushi’s death caused a public outcry over Japan’s testing limitations and reliance on overstretched public health centers at a time when most experts say widespread virus checks are crucial to contain the pandemic. Critics say vested interests and bureaucracy inside Japan’s health ministry caused bottlenecks at overworked public health centers, and officials waited too long to allow private labs to run tests.”It is true that announced figures for infection and deaths are low, but those are based on the tests that were curbed,” said Yasuharu Tokuda, the director of the Muribushi Okinawa Center for Teaching Hospitals. “It is clear that there are quite a few [cases] that have fallen through the cracks.”Even the government’s top advisor, Shigeru Omi, told parliament “nobody knows” whether the true number of coronavirus cases “could be 10 times, 12 times or 20 times more than reported.”Omi’s panel of experts has called on the government to speed up testing, including of people with mild symptoms.The health ministry said it is ramping up the use of private labs to reduce the workload on public health centers.”Our stance that tests should be conducted on people in need has been consistent from the beginning. We have had testing capacity increased continuously,” Takuma Kato, a senior health ministry official, told Reuters.”Not enough” testsPublic health centers are at the forefront of Japan’s response to the pandemic. While South Korea bolstered its public health system in the wake of past epidemics, Japan has halved the number of public health centers since the 1990s.Struggling with overworked staff and flooded with calls, public health centers have asked the government to allow more private clinics to administer polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.Japan says it can run up to 22,000 PCR tests a day, but less than a third – around 6,000 tests – are actually conducted on a daily basis. About 75% of tests have been processed through public health centers and government institutions, according to the health ministry.In a previously unreported May 6 letter, the association of public health centre directors urged Katsunobu Kato, the minister of health, to overhaul Japan’s testing policy.”Currently, there are not enough PCR tests conducted for the coronavirus,” they wrote in the letter seen by Reuters.Some regional governments have begun running temporary testing stations with the help of local medical associations in April, bypassing public centers.Idle labs, unused machinesWhile public health centers are overwhelmed, university labs are sitting idle.Shinya Yamanaka, a Nobel Prize-winning stem cell biologist at Kyoto University, has offered his lab to boost testing capacity.”If we can make good use of resources at places like university labs, PCR testing can exceed 100,000 [per day], far more than 20,000,” Yamanaka said in an internet TV debate with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 6.The health ministry welcomed his proposal, but said further considerations were needed.”We are grateful for their offer of help at this time of emergency. We want to work together, carefully matching our needs to their offer,” Masami Sakoi, the assistant health minister, told Reuters.Critics say testing was limited, in part, by health ministry technocrats who wanted to maintain a tight grip on information, rather than cooperate with private institutions.Kenji Shibuya, who heads the Institute for Population Health at King’s College London, said officials wanted to gather high-quality research data using public health centers.The health ministry denies suggestions that ministry technocrats are intentionally curbing testing, and say their approach has proven successful so far.Sakoi from the health ministry said it was important to carry out PCR tests that doctors deemed necessary, and pointed out Japan’s public insurance system started covering the tests in March as part of the government’s effort to make them more accessible. “When we think about using the test results to form policy measures, the current method needs to be maintained for the time being though concerns that it lacks flexibility for boosting the number of tests is understandable,” Sakoi said.Still, the approach is alarming some experts.”It’s safer to assume that Japan has just been lucky than to believe it has taken the right steps,” said Tokuda, the epidemiology expert. With Japan lifting its state of emergency and reopening its economy this week, its pandemic response has been hailed as an unlikely success. In a global death toll of more than 300,000, Japan has confirmed around 800 deaths from 16,000 cases.Yet at the same time, Japan ranks the second lowest in its testing among OECD countries.As of May 20, Japan conducted 3.4 tests per 1,000 people, far below Italy’s 52.5 and 39 in the United States, according to Oxford University data. South Korea has carried out tests on 15 people per 1,000 people.In more than a dozen interviews with Reuters, public health officials, doctors and experts warned Japan’s slow scaling up of tests could mask the scale of infections and make its population vulnerable to future outbreaks.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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NASCAR lineup at Talladega: Starting order, pole for Monday’s postponed race without qualifying

first_imgThe starting grid for Monday’s race at Talladega, scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox, features three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers in the first four starting spots as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup.MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series scheduleAs for pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it is ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous race, followed by new entries in order of points. So Homestead winner Denny Hamlin had the first pit stall selection for Monday’s race at Talladega and chose the No. 1 stall.Cup pit stalls for Talladega. Selection order from Homestead results. Draw for lineup Thursday. #nascar ⁦@NASCARONFOX⁩ pic.twitter.com/v6lvO6YAsE— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 17, 2020Below is the starting lineup for Monday’s NASCAR race at Talladega and how it was set.Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Talladega?For the second consecutive week, a JGR driver is on the pole thanks to a random draw for starting positions. Martin Truex Jr. will roll off first at Talladega, and he will be surrounded by his own teammates.Denny Hamlin, who drew the pole for last week’s race at Homestead on his way to a victory, will join Truex on the front row to start the Talladega race. Behind them will be teammate Kyle Busch, who drew the No. 3 position, and Hendrick Motorsports’ Jimmie Johnson.Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Talladega: (UPDATE: Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega was postponed to Monday due to severe weather. The race will start at 3 p.m. ET on Fox.)The starting lineup and pole for Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway were set by the same procedure that determined the starting lineup for the last four Cup Series races, all of which were scheduled to run without prior practice or qualifying sessions. Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners pointsNASCAR starting lineup at TalladegaThe same protocol that set the lineup for Monday’s Talladega race will be used for all NASCAR Cup Series races currently confirmed on the 2020 schedule. NASCAR is proceeding without qualifying and practice sessions prior to races in an effort to limit time spent at the track amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The only exception will be next week’s Sunday race at Pocono, which is the second leg of a doubleheader. An front-half inversion of the results from the Saturday race will determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race.As for Monday’s race at Talladega, the draw for the starting lineup took place Thursday. Below are the results:Pos.DriverCar No.Team1Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing2Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing3Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing4Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports5Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing6Brad Keselowski2Team Penske7Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing8Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports9Joey Logano22Team Penske10Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing11Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports12Ryan Blaney12Team Penske13Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing14Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing15Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing16Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing17Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing18Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing19William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing21Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing22John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports23Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing24Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports25Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing26Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports27Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports28Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing29Gray Gaulding27Rick Ware Racing30BJ McLeod77Spire Motorsports31Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing32Quin Houff00StarCom Racing33Ty Dillon13Germain Racing34JJ Yeley53Rick Ware Racing35Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing36Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39Brendan Gaughan62Beard Motorsports40Garrett Smithley78B.J. McLeod Motorsportslast_img read more

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Warriors’ Draymond Green to play vs Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Warriors forward Draymond Green will play in Monday’s game against Charlotte Hornets two days after spraining his left ankle against the Houston Rockets.“He’s good to go,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr.So is Warriors veteran guard Shaun Livingston, who will play despite nursing left hamstring tightness. Warriors second-year forward Jordan Bell will sit, though, after missing practice on Sunday because of the flu.Kerr said that Bell has stayed at the team hotel in Charlotte, but …

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TripAdvisor names SA’s top 10 destinations

first_img1 April 2015As part of their Travelers’ Choice Awards 2015, TripAdvisor recently released a list of the top 10 places to visit in South Africa, nine of which can be found in the Western Cape.The only destination outside of the province is Johannesburg, which features in the fifth position.The destinations were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.Cape Town Central tops the list, followed by Knysna in second position and Franschhoek at number three.The Mother City also found itself in the 10th position among TripAdvisor’s to 25 places to visit in 2015, beating popular urban destinations such as New York City, Barcelona, Dubai and Hong Kong to the top 10.Cape Town “glistens at the southern tip of the African continent”, TripAdvisor said, offering “picture-perfect views at Blaauwberg Beach and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.”TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest online travel community in the world, with more than 315-million unique monthly visitors, and more than 200-million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.5-million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, operating in 45 countries worldwide.The top 10 destinations in South Africa, according to these users, are:Cape TownKnysnaFranschhoekPlettenberg BayJohannesburgConstantiaCamps BayHermanusPaarlStellenboschSource: traveller24.news24.comlast_img read more

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Pumaren’s double duty for Adamson, GlobalPort up for discussion by PBA Board

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters But the PBA Board of Governors is apparently leaning toward allowing coaches to hold concurrent head coaching positions in the pro and varsity level, though it has not been made official.“It has been previously tackled by the Board before the season started, but they have yet to discuss it again,” said PBA media bureau chief Willie MarcialFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFor UAAP’s part, it doesn’t have a rule prohibiting Pumaren from splitting time between the two teams, according to UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag.“It depends on the school. If they’re willing to let the coach divide his time equally, it’s an internal issue. We’re not here to second guess the wisdom of the administration on who they want as the coach,” said Saguisag. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pumaren opened his second season at the helm for Adamson on Saturday, where the Soaring Falcons fell to Ateneo, 85-65 in the opening day of the UAAP Season 80.He is still manning the sidelines for GlobalPort, which sits idle with a 3-5 slate in the ongoing 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.Marcial said the PBA Board will meet again for a final decision on the Pumaren’s case. Until then, there seems to be no immediate problem with Pumaren wearing two hats.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFranz Pumaren’s role as concurrent head coach for Globalport and Adamson has been a source of confusion for some discerning fans.In the past, a head coach in the PBA is not allowed to hold the same post in the collegiate level at the same time.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side TNT KaTropa turn emotional as ‘brother’ Ranidel moves on after 9 years Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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NPSC Steps Up Efforts to Equip Parents with Coping Skills

first_img The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is stepping up efforts to equip parents to properly raise their children.Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kaysia Kerr, tells JIS News that the entity is concerned about the number of parents who are showing low coping skills and are consciously ‘opting out’, not wanting to continue the duties associated with parenting.Over the past month, the NPSC, under its ‘Be the Influence’ campaign, has been placing emphasis on three areas – planned parenthood, substance abuse and corporal punishment.Planned parenthood, as the term suggests, encourages prospective parents to plan before having children and to develop strategies for how to approach parenting.“When you think about parenting, in the same way you think about the career you want, the house you think you want to live in or the other material things you want, and sit down and craft a plan to obtain them, it is the same thing we are saying to our prospective parents,” Ms. Kerr says.She adds that “for those that have teenagers and early teens, we encourage them to sit down, and have the conversation with them about parenting and why it is important to plan”.As it relates to substance abuse, Ms. Kerr says the NPSC is providing assistance where children are purchasing over-the-counter drugs and cough syrup, which she says, are being mixed to make “dangerous cocktails”.“We want parents to explain to children why it is dangerous to ingest these substances. Don’t just say ‘don’t use this particular substance’… .  You need to encourage children on a daily basis… . Remind them when they are going off to school, if they see negative things happening, they do not have to partake,” she says.Ms. Kerr advises parents to develop a relationship with their children, so that they will be comfortable speaking to them about these matters. Parents will then be able to make a report to the school that these substances are being circulated on the compound, she points out.Importantly, Ms. Kerr notes that parents must investigate the reasons their child may be taking these substances, as this may be a sign of underlying emotional issues.“You can explore, because if your child is following a fad, that is perhaps easier to correct than if there are underlying issues and the child is using the substance to self-medicate or cover up the pain that he/she is feeling. Encourage and support them, and you get to delve into whether or not your children are involved in these activities, and what they need to do to stay away from these substances,” she explains.On the topic of corporal punishment, Ms. Kerr says the NPSC is seeking to start a national discourse to eliminate this method of discipline, as it has the potential to escalate to abuse.Rather than flogging, she is encouraging parents to have conversations with children to uncover the underlying reasons for behavioural problems.“Strike a conversation, not your child… .  We really don’t want children to be beaten. We want that cycle to be broken. There are other positive practices that can be employed that will elicit a better response than the potential abuse. Find out why children are behaving the way they are,” she advises.Also, Ms. Kerr recommends that parents encourage discussions about the child’s feelings.“You want to explain to them and you want to get from them what their own feelings are about these boundaries. Where possible, compromise. Parents must be prepared to compromise, but we don’t want beatings to continue,” she says.Other recommendations Ms. Kerr offers is for parents to explain the reasons for the rules they have set and why it is important that the child adhere to these rules for their well-being.The NPSC’s ‘Be the Influence’ campaign is the continuation of a three-year campaign that was launched in 2017 as a call to action for parents to strive to be positive role models in their children’s lives. She adds that “for those that have teenagers and early teens, we encourage them to sit down, and have the conversation with them about parenting and why it is important to plan”. The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is stepping up efforts to equip parents to properly raise their children. Story Highlights The NPSC’s ‘Be the Influence’ campaign is the continuation of a three-year campaign that was launched in 2017 as a call to action for parents to strive to be positive role models in their children’s lives.last_img read more

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Globe PMO pressured justice minister to help SNCLavalin avoid prosecution

first_imgOTTAWA — The Globe and Mail says former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould disappointed the Prime Minister’s Office by refusing to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution.The Quebec engineering and construction giant has been facing legal trouble over allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to get government business in Libya, which would be a crime under Canadian law.As justice minister, Wilson-Raybould could have gotten involved in the case against the company by directing federal prosecutors to negotiate a “remediation agreement,” a way of undoing damage without admitting the company itself was at fault for things particular employees did.The Globe reports that SNC-Lavalin repeatedly lobbied Justin Trudeau’s aides for a deal and Trudeau’s office leaned on Wilson-Raybould to make it happen.No such agreement was ever reached and Wilson-Raybould was moved to be minister of veterans affairs in a January cabinet shuffle.Neither Trudeau nor Wilson-Raybould nor SNC-Lavalin has immediately responded to questions from The Canadian Press about the story.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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