December 12, 2019 /Sports News – National MLB removes marijuana from drugs of abuse; will now test for opioids Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — MLB has become the first major American sports league to remove marijuana from its list of drugs abuse.The league, in association with its players union, announced the changes to its Joint Drug Program on Thursday morning. The drug will still be tested for and could result in punishment similar to its alcohol and violence policies.“Natural cannabinoids (e.g., THC, CBD, and Marijuana) will be removed from the Program’s list of Drugs of Abuse,” MLB said in its release. “Going forward, marijuana-related conduct will be treated the same as alcohol-related conduct under the Parties’ Joint Treatment Program for Alcohol-Related and Off-Field Violent Conduct, which provides mandatory evaluation, voluntary treatment and the possibility of discipline by a Player’s Club or the Commissioner’s Office in response to certain conduct involving Natural Cannabinoids.”The changes go into effect when spring training begins in 2020.Many players in other professional leagues have campaigned for similar changes in their sport. The NFL announced in May it would be working with the players association to create a Joint Pain Management Committee that would “conduct research concerning pain management and alternative therapies.”Among those alternative therapies, the NFL said, are cannabis, cannabinoids and CBD.MLB also overhauled several other aspects of its drug policy — some targeted at preventing the tragedy that befell Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Tyler Skaggs in August. The 27-year-old was found dead in his hotel room in Texas while on a road trip. His cause of death was later determined to be due to a mix of fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his system.On Thursday, the league announced it will begin testing players for the presence of opioids, fentanyl, cocaine and synthetic THC. Players will not be suspended, however, unless they do not work with the league on a treatment plan.“Any player who tests positive for one of these Drugs of Abuse will be referred to the Parties’ Joint Treatment Board (composed of medical professionals specializing in substance abuse and representatives from the Office of the Commissioner and the Players Association) for an initial evaluation and, if appropriate, formulation of a personalized treatment plan for that Players going forward,” the league said. “Only Players who fail to cooperate with their initial evaluation or prescribed treatment plan may be subject to discipline.”All players and team personnel will also be required to attend programs outlining the dangers of using opioids for pain management during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, the league announced.“Players are overwhelmingly in favor of expanding our drug-testing regimen to include opioids, and want to take a leadership role in helping to resolve this national epidemic,” Tony Clark, executive director of the MLBPA, said in a statement.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Home » News » Associations & Bodies » RICS/Macdonald & Company Salary Survey 2019 previous nextAssociations & BodiesRICS/Macdonald & Company Salary Survey 2019Gender pay gap disappears for those starting their career in property but it’s still an issue at senior level.Sheila Manchester18th March 201901,540 Views The annual survey by RICS remains upbeat as those with formal qualifications are still ‘held in high regard in the marketplace.’Gender pay gap disappears for those starting out, still exists at more senior levelsRICS qualified professionals earn an average of 39% more than non-professionally qualified counterpartsCompanies more likely to increase hiring staff than decrease, but Brexit is more likely to decrease availability of skilled talentThe 20th RICS and Macdonald & Company Rewards and Attitudes Survey has found that property professionals are ‘mostly positive about the outlook for 2019, despite Brexit,’ with more than half expecting their companies’ revenues to increase.RICS professional qualifications were again reported to command a higher industry salary, and the gender pay gap has narrowed in some sectors, but far more needs to be done across the board with bonus payment disparity still large.Sean Tompkins, CEO RICS, said, “In recent years RICS has used our leadership role to ensure the awareness of surveying and the built environment as an aspirational career path for a diverse audience, and we’re encouraged to see progress in the gender pay gap, as well as RICS professional qualifications being held in high regard in the marketplace.”Brexit: At a company level, there is general positivity for the year ahead, as 34% of respondents expect their company is likely to increase hiring of new permanent staff (rather than decrease). However, Brexit is likely to cast a shadow over the industry as the availability of skilled talent is likely to decrease.Professional Qualifications: An RICS qualified professional earns a median salary of £48,600, compared to the median salary of a non-qualified professional of £35,000.Sean Tompkins, CEO RICS, added, “RICS Professional qualifications, with our members working to international standards, have once again been seen to command a higher salary. The Rewards and Benefits Survey 2019 shows that attaining skilled workers will likely be harder post Brexit, despite a generally positive outlook for 2019, and the standards that our professionals work to that cross markets will be key.”gender pay gap RICS RICS annual survey RICS/Macdonald Sheila Manchester March 18, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Thousands of veterans and civilians gathered in Oxford on Sunday to pay tribute to those who have died in conflict since the First World War as services were held around the country to mark Remembrance Day.The service at St. Giles War Memorial at 10.45am was at the centre of the commemorations, with large-scale ceremonies also held at St. Helen’s Church in Abingdon and at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Botley. Right Reverend John Pritchard, the Bishop of Oxford, was joined by representatives from other faiths to lead a short, multi-faith service, before two minutes of silence were observed at 11am in a gesture of respect co-ordinated across the UK.Veterans from a number of conflicts, from the Second World War up to the present day, laid wreaths. Onlookers applauded as they paraded down St. Giles after the service, joined by dozens of local groups, including the Bugles and Drums Detachment Oxfordshire, Battalion ACF, Oxford University Royal Naval Unit, the Royal Green Jackets association and the Fire Services Benevolent Association.In London, over 10,000 veterans and civilians assembled at Whitehall’s Cenotaph, the centre of Britain’s commemorations, for the Remembrance Day procession. The Queen laid the first wreath on the Cenotaph, marking the 61st Remembrance Day of her reign, while David Cameron was one of four British Prime Ministers to lay a wreath, accompanied by John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. In Wales and Scotland, ceremonies were held at Cardiff’s Welsh National War Memorial and at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.The Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, attended a special service in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, where 446 British troops have died over the course of a 12 year long conflict.“This year’s Remembrance Day Service in Camp Bastion will be the last large-scale act of remembrance in Helmand as we bring more and more of our troops home before the completion of combat operations at the end of next year”, he said.
St John’s College JCR declared war on Lady Margaret Hall JCR yesterday in response to the latter declaring war on Sweden. LMH’s JCR maintains that the Scandinavian country is responsible for the college’s bop ban this term.In the interests of the war effort, LMH has also voted to start a nuclear arms programme and initiate a process of granting their JCR president power to single-handedly pass legislation and to dismiss and appoint members of the executive committee.The St John’s motion stated that “the granting of legislative powers to the president is a worrying move towards dictatorship,” appealing to the college’s duty to “protect the democratic integrity of the University’s JCRs.”The JCR war urged to “honour current and former students’ commitment to preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by any means necessary.”The motion resolved to “mandate the JCR President to commence ‘Operation LMH Freedom’, which will aim to invade LMH, shut down their nuclear programme and restore democracy within the LMH JCR by deposing and bringing to justice so-called ‘Field Marshall Tulloch’.”St John’s JCR President, Christine Jiang, told Cherwell: “As a bastion of freedom and democracy, I’m heartened to see that St John’s JCR have picked up on LMH’s egregious violation of the Rome Statute. We do not accept unilateral declarations of war nor the threat of nuclear arms, and will not stand by idly while Sweden’s national security is undermined.“St John’s currently employs a falcon, Missy, and a falconer, to address the extensive pigeon problem in Tommy White Quad. I expect that Missy will be weaponised as part of our Armed Forces.”A fourth year chemist at St John’s, Dan Sowood, was alone in opposing the motion.Sowood told Cherwell: “Despite my impassioned speech to the contrary, I am sad to say that the Motion passed with large majority. With the small amount of remaining time I have here, I intend to vigorously and wholeheartedly pursue peaceful negotiations between any and all parties as an alternative to the actions proposed in this Motion.”Another St John’s student, Charlie Clegg, told Cherwell: “I’ll admit to being somewhat mercenary in support of or opposition to war against LMH. Having previously stated that war would be good, however, I now agree that peace is better. I hope LMH ceases hostilities with the Kingdom of Sweden, not least because ABBA are re-forming and I’d really hate for anything to jeopardise that.”Whilst others appear to take the coming war quite seriously, Alfie Deere-Hall, the motion’s proposer, sees it as a joke.When asked about how he reconciles his proclaimed pacifism with his motion, he told Cherwell: “I believe that LMH ‘declared war’ on Sweden as a joke; in the same way, my motion to declare war on LMH in response is a joke. Student politics needs to be fun; the laughter which greeted my motion and my speech strongly imply that the joke was funny.“My pacifism does not, I contend, need to be reconciled with my motion.”LMH Field Marshall Josh Tulloch (who until recently held the title of “President”) and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been contacted for comment.
Indiana Drowning Rate DecliningIndiana Conservation Officers have recorded a thirty percent decrease in the number of annual state drowning victims over the past 2 years when compared to the previous five years.“Although the DNR Law Enforcement Division continues to encourage the use of life-jackets and promotes water safety messages such as Wear It and Operation Dry Water through various media and social media sites, the decrease in drownings is attributed to the fact that our citizens are applying good water safety practices”, said Lt. Larry Morrison, Outdoor Education Coordinator.Indiana recorded 50 drowning deaths in 2010, 66 in 2011, 52 in 2012, 60 in 2013 and 54 in 2014. The Law Enforcement Division recorded a decrease in 2015 to 43 drowning deaths and 37 to date in 2016.“With the turning of the season quickly approaching, Indiana’s outdoor enthusiasts, waterfowl hunters and paddling sport citizens must remain focused on water safety techniques and practices”, said Major Terry Hyndman, Operations Commander. “The colder water temperatures during fall and winter must also be prepared for by those who continue to recreate on or near waterways.”To maintain safety on the water during the fall and winter months the following tips are offered:-Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard Approved life Jacket when on or near waterways-Dress in layers appropriate for the weather-Remain aware of the changing weather patterns-Carry a U.S. Coast Guard approved throwable device on board all watercraft-Make a plan before you go-Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return-Carry a survival kit and a first aid kit“We hope that the trend in reduced drownings continue across the state of Indiana”, said Danny L. East, Law Enforcement Division Director. “As our citizens become more aware of water safety concerns and prepare themselves well before recreating, we could see a decrease for many years to come.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Huhtamaki’s (Skelmersdale, Lancashire) disposable cups can be personalised with a logo or company name for no extra cost.If you order the minimum quantity from the range of Bioware tumblers, printing is free, says the company.The range of PLA Bioware tumblers are fully compostable and are available in seven sizes: 200ml; 250ml; 300ml; 400ml; 500ml; half-pint; and pint. They are suitable for all soft drinks from juices to smoothies.With the increasing popularity of takeaway, the printed tumblers can be a moving advert for bakery outlets in the high street, says Huhtamaki. Bioware tumblers can be printed in up to four colours. They are shatter proof and, under the correct conditions, will compost to soil within 60 days, claims the pack-aging supplier.
Starbucks has confirmed that the head of its UK and Ireland operations has stepped down. Managing director Phil Broad has been replaced by Darcy Willson-Rymer, previously vice-president of Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa. Willson-Rymer’s appointment was confirmed as managing director on 8 August, effective immediately. He will report directly to Martin Coles, president of Starbucks Coffee International. A statement from Starbucks said Broad “has decided to step down for personal reasons”.“Darcy is a great appointment for the Starbucks UK and Irish business, having been a pivotal figure in the development of our EMEA business in recent years,” said Coles. “Phil has made important contributions to Starbucks UK and Ireland and we want thank him for his leadership and wish him well in his future endeavours.” “We believe that Starbucks international business will continue to be a good growth engine for the company. We have seen steady, consumer-led growth in the UK for the last 10 years and remain excited by opportunities in the UK and Irish markets,” he added.
Scottish Bakers has launched a new Google and iTunes app, which includes a training module to help staff learn how to cut waste and save money.The app was developed with Resource Efficient Scotland, which helps organisations to tackle their resource use. It includes supplier information and news through a forum area, as well as dates for the diary with an events calendar.The resource efficiency sections of the app provide advice for members on how to avoid wasting money on ingredients, water and energy. These cover facilities, buildings management and processes.The Scottish Bakers Members app is available for download on android in the Google Play store and in the iTunes store. Some 152 of the 350 Scottish Bakers’ members have already downloaded it.Resource Efficient Scotland is part of Zero Waste Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low-carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.Business supportScottish Bakers became Ambassadors of the Resource Efficiency Pledge last year, committing to embedding resource efficiency in business operations, assisting its network to achieve sustainable growth for their businesses and throughout their supply chain, and actively contributing to achieving a low-carbon economy for Scotland.Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, said: “The way we work is changing and in today’s world, technology is a great enabler, allowing information to be shared, knowledge to be promoted and business to be done. We are confident that our members will find this resource both fit for purpose in the modern world and a great support in a drive to resource efficiency throughout our industry.”Marissa Lippiatt, head of Resource Efficient Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to launch this sophisticated but simple-to-use new app with Scottish Bakers, which will help its members to tackle resource use and save money, while developing skills for staff.”Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) was launched in 2013 to help businesses, the public sector and the third sector save money by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Zero Waste Scotland.Zero Waste Scotland has six delivery priorities for 2014-15. These are: supporting a circular economy; harnessing the value of recycling; transforming attitudes to food waste; reducing the impacts of litter; implementing resource efficiency savings; and accelerating the development of low-carbon heat.
John Medeski is a legendary pianist, both in the jam and jazz world—and he seems to be everywhere all the time. Outside of his continually groundbreaking work with his well-loved trio, Medeski Martin & Wood, the lauded pianist seems to pop up on projects and performances all over. He’s one of the busiest men down at the musical Mecca that is New Orleans Jazz Fest each year, collaborating with an absurd array of beloved artists night after night, and stays busy throughout the year playing with a number of different groups and regularly traversing the country to sit-in with other famed artists.In addition to his work with Medeski Martin & Wood, he’s worked on newer projects like Hudson, a supergroup also featuring John Scofield, Larry Grenadier, and Jack DeJohnette, and DRKWV, a collaboration he has with Lettuce‘s Adam Deitch and Skerik. Recently, during Jazz Fest 2018 this spring, Medeski played in the rotating lineup of the Daze Between Band along with Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools and Duane Trucks, The Marcus King Band’s Macrus King and Deshawn Alexander, Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Ghost Light), and more. And these varied projects are just examples of a few of the many projects the pianist is juggling at any given time.Today, on June 28th, John Medeski celebrates his birthday! Given the immense breadth of his work, there is truly an abundance of his music with which we could mark this special occasion. However, we’re choosing to celebrate the day with this throwback performance of Medeski, Martin & Wood at the Newport Jazz Festival back in 2005. You can enjoy the full concert below, courtesy of Jazz on MV.Medeski Martin & Wood – Full Show – 8/13/15For more information about John Medeski’s various projects, upcoming tour dates, and more, head to his website here.
By Sharron HannonUniversity of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia plans to offer two new bachelor’sdegree programs and a graduate degree program at its Griffin,Ga., campus. The degree programs, approved by the UniversityCouncil this week, will be available in the fall if theUniversity System of Georgia Board of Regents approves.The new undergraduate programs are in consumer economics, leadingto a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, andagribusiness, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.The new “math leaders” graduate program, aimed at elementaryschool teachers in the area, leads to Master of Education orSpecialist in Education degrees. It’s offered through the UGADepartment of Mathematics and Science Education.”We’re very pleased to expand University of Georgia programs atthe Griffin campus and look forward to increasing our enrollmentthere this fall,” said Bob Boehmer, who has been named senioradministrator for UGA programs in Griffin. He also coordinatesUGA programs offered in Gwinnett.The agribusiness program becomes the third bachelor’s degreeprogram offered in Griffin by the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. The other two programs, which began infall 2005, are in environmental resources science, leading to aBachelor of Science in Environmental Science, and biologicalscience, leading to a B.S.A.The graduate math program is being offered in response torequests from area school superintendents. The course content forthe new degree offerings will correspond to the same programsoffered in Athens, and the standards for admission will be thesame.The undergraduate programs are upper-division programs open totransfer students or those holding a bachelor’s degree andseeking a second degree. Transfer students need to have completed60 hours of transferable coursework with a minimum grade pointaverage of 2.5.Undergraduate application forms can be downloaded from theGriffin campus Web site (www.uga.edu/griffin).Completed forms, with a $50 application processing fee, may bemailed to UGA Admissions, Terrell Hall, Athens, GA 30602-1633.Applicants for the math leaders program should contact LarryHatfield ([email protected]).The UGA Griffin campus, 40 miles south of Atlanta, wasestablished as the Georgia Experiment Station in 1888. It hasbecome one of the premier agricultural research centers in theregion.Academic degree programs there are expected to expand as a newstudent learning center is built with funds raised through a $10million special purpose local option sales tax. The SPLOST wasoverwhelmingly approved by Spalding County voters last November.Gov. Sonny Perdue and the Georgia General Assembly have includedadditional startup funding for the new degree programs in the2007 fiscal budget. UGA has committed money for repairs andrenovations to existing buildings as space is converted forteaching.”We’re excited about the prospects for future development of theGriffin campus and grateful for the support of the governor andthe local legislative delegation, as well as the people ofSpalding County,” Boehmer said.”I’m appreciative of the excellent stewardship by Dr. GeraldArkin and other personnel at the Griffin campus,” he said, “asthese new degree programs get up and running.”(Sharron Hannon is director of public relations for academicaffairs with the University of Georgia.)