American workers aren’t taking vacation

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Kate RogersWho doesn’t love a nice vacation? American workers, apparently.A new report shows the average worker only uses half of their time off and paid vacation each year.  What’s more, three in five workers (61 %) admit to doing some work while on vacation, and 75% of workers aren’t using up all of their time off, the survey from  online career resource Glassdoor finds.Fifteen percent of workers say they have not taken any vacation in the past year, and 40% say they’re take off only a quarter of their allotted time, or less.Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert, says workers are still suffering from a post-recession hangover. “When we first started asking this question in 2009, we got a startling number of responses of people saying ‘If I leave I will get laid off,’” Rueff says. “No one would take a vacation back then. Today, there’s a reticence that is part of it.”He adds that workers have more vacation time than they did 50 years ago. “They think, ‘if I can bank a bit of it for insurance that is a good way to go’” he says of workers’ mentality of taking less time off to protect their job. continue reading »last_img read more

Dorniden just misses second NCAA title

first_imgDorniden just misses second NCAA title Chris LempesisJune 14, 2006Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWhen Minnesota’s women’s track and field coach Gary Wilson describes his team’s 19th-place finish at last week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships, it’s easy to see, despite lower placement, the Gophers performed well.“That’s the fourth time (in school history) we’ve been in the top 20,” said Wilson, who was named Midwest District and Midwest Region Coach of the Year at the NCAAs. “And there’s 325 Division I schools, and only 77 scored, and we were 19th, so you can’t fault that.”Minnesota tallied 14 team points in the championships – held in Sacramento, Calif. – and it becomes even tougher to fault the Gophers’ finish when looking at some of the individual performances out West.Minnesota had three competitors reach final events; topping that list was the showing by freshman Heather Dorniden.Dorniden finished second overall in the 800-meter finals with a time of 2:03.02, less than a second behind Oregon freshman Rebekah Noble (2:02.07).The result was a flip-flop from the same event at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, when Dorniden bested Noble by eight one-hundredths of a second.Dorniden said she wasn’t able to top Noble’s kick near the end of the race.“My pace was fine going through the 400 (meter mark),” Dorniden said, “and then I was still up until the last like 30 meters or so. Then she had that kick again, except it started a little bit earlier this time.”While Dorniden – named Midwest District and Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year at NCAAs – wasn’t able to pull off the indoor and outdoor sweep, but Wilson said he wasn’t disappointed one bit.“I couldn’t have been happier with what she’s done this whole year,” he said. “For a freshman to be first and second in the nation in two seasons is really something.”Junior Emily Brown turned in another strong finish for the Gophers in the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals. Brown finished fourth overall and broke the school record she set at the Big Ten Championships last month with a time of 9:56.62.“Every time she runs, she seems to set a record,” Wilson said. “I mean, nothing surprises me. She’s obviously a quality athlete and has done a great job this year.”Minnesota’s other finalist was junior Liz Alabi, who finished 12th overall in the hammer throw.While not a finalist per se because there were no preliminaries, sophomore Liz Roehrig had a solid showing in the heptathlon, finishing eighth. Although these performances were not quite enough for the Gophers to break into the top 15 as a team, all nine competitors that went to the championships will be back on the team next season to give it another go.That group – coupled with some talented incoming freshmen and some current team members whom Wilson believes will improve over the next year – has Minnesota thinking it could be looking down at whoever finishes 19th at NCAAs next year.“We could take as many as 15 kids to the national meet next year,” Wilson said. “And with that I think we can move up maybe into the top 10, which would be great.”Men finish tied for 22ndMinnesota’s men’s track and field team also brought nine competitors to Sacramento last week.The Gophers finished with 11 points, enough for a four-way tie for 22nd place with UCLA, Washington and South Alabama.“You’re always hoping for a few more points,” coach Phil Lundin said. “I was hoping to maybe break into the top 15 nationally – but, I guess, that’s the way it is.”Minnesota’s top performer at the NCAAs was senior thrower Karl Erickson.Erickson closed out his career at Minnesota on a high, finishing fourth in shot put and discus.Those finishes earned Erickson his sixth and seventh All-Americam honors, giving him the new school mark for All-Americam honors in men’s individual events. The previous record was held by thrower Ron Backes, who had five from 1984-1986.Erickson said he wasn’t even aware he had set a new mark until someone told him in Sacramento.“Obviously we’re going to miss him dearly,” Lundin said of Erickson. “But he represented Minnesota very well.”The Gophers had three other competitors reach final events – junior Aaron Buzard (eighth in the 400-meter run finals); senior Kevin Netzer (12th in high jump finals); and junior Derek Gearman (12th in triple jump finals).“I don’t think we had the results in the final that we wanted with those guys,” Lundin said. “But still, overall, it wasn’t bad.”last_img read more

US approves highway bill and EXIM Bank

first_imgSenators voted 83 to 16 to approve the highway bill after it cleared the House of Representatives by a 359-65 margin; the bill paves the way for USD205 billion of investment into highway infrastructure and USD48 billion for transit projects over the next five yearsThe passing of the law marks a significant step towards improving the USA’s ailing transport infrastructure. This was the first long-term highway bill signed in a decade.In a bonus for US manufacturers and exporters, the legislation saw the reauthorisation of the US Export-Import Bank (EXIM).HLPFI has reported extensively on developments at the EXIM Bank. Many were disappointed when its charter expired in June 2015, meaning the bank could not engage in any new business. Supporters said thousands of organisations relied on the EXIM Bank to fund or guarantee international transactions deemed too risky by commercial lenders.Despite opposition from Republicans, the EXIM Bank’s charter has been restored until September 30, 2019, subject to a number of regulatory reforms and a lower lending limit. “This bill is not perfect, but it is a common sense compromise, and an important first step in the right direction,” said US President Barack Obama ahead of the bill signing.”I look forward to signing this bill right away, so that we can put Americans to work rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, and transit systems, reauthorise the Export-Import Bank that helps our companies compete around the world, and give local and state governments and employers the certainty they need to invest and hire for the long term.”www.exim.govlast_img read more

Land Registry opens way for compare the conveyancer

first_imgHM Land Registry is considering publishing comparative data about conveyancers to give clients ‘a real picture of how well their conveyancer is performing, and to enable firrms to track their relative performance’. The move into legal comparison territory appears in a five-year business plan published this week, which sets out ways for exploring new technology and making better use of data. The 2017-22 strategy is the most comprehensive forward plan to appear since the registry was spared from privatisation last year. Graham Farrant, chief executive and chief land registrar, said the strategy sets out to implement the ambition ‘to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data’.This will involve exploring the application of artificial intelligence in conveyancing and registration, the strategy says. ‘AI might assist conveyancers by processing and interpreting data from the register and taking unstructured data from documents to automatically identify the main information needed to complete the transaction.’ Blockchain – the digital encryption technology behind digital currencies – will also be investigated. This could enable the register to be distributed among trusted parties such as lenders and conveyancers, ‘giving them the ability to operate and update in a secure and tamper-proof manner’, the strategy states.  Making better use of data is a recurring theme.  A research programme called Digital Street ‘will provide an opportunity to work closely with proptech, fintech and lawtech start-ups and innovative businesses, such as challenger banks, to explore how a digital register might enable new business models to make conveyancing simpler, faster and cheaper’.Last week’s budget revealed plans to set up a Geospatial Data Commission to develop ways of exploiting geographical data held by public agencies, including Ordnance Survey and the Valuation Office Agency as well as Land Registry.last_img read more

Week In Review 09/02-09/6

first_imgFriday 09/06Swan Lake Management Team Prepares For Transition, Sterling Man Arrested In Sexual Assault Case From 2001, Kenaitze Hosting Their Annual Suicide Prevention Walk Tuesday 09/03Tuesday AM Update: Containment Lines Continue To Hold On Swan Lake Fire, Tuesday Afternoon Update: More Rain On The Forecast For Swan Lake Fire Area Monday 09/02 – Closed  Wednesday 09/04Wednesday Update: Crews See Reduced Fire Activity On The Swan Lake Fire, Burn Closure Lifted For Kenai Peninsula, Fill The Boot Fundraiser Raises $21,250center_img Thursday 09/05State Ombudsman Finds BOF Violated Open Meetings Act, Plowing During The Winter In Turnagain Pass Will Be Prioritized Due To Reduced Fuel Tax Revenue, Comment Period Open For Draft Petition For Annexation FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.last_img read more

No challenge for I Am Di One

first_imgLEADING trainer Anthony Nunes’ 1000 Guineas winner, I AM DI ONE, has everything going for her and will be the shortest-priced Jamaica Oaks favourite in years, racing only the clock this afternoon. Foaled by IT IS I, who won the 2008 Governor’s Cup, beating colts and geldings, I AM DI ONE is set to outdo her dam, who finished second in both the 1000 Guineas and Oaks, beaten by eventual Triple Crown winner ALSAFRA. A massive filly, I AM DI ONE easily beat her main rival, LADY BLUE, at her own game in last month’s 1000 Guineas, going gate to wire at a mile in only her second start. She has beaten nine of her 10 rivals, mainly in the Guineas, and now gets 10 furlongs, which makes her unbeatable in the Oaks. The battle for second place should be interesting, especially for I AM DI ONE’s stablemate, PRINCESS AVA, who was used up and finished seventh trying to keep pace in the Guineas. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta’s LADY BLUE proved herself a real little battler in the Guineas but was no match for I AM DI ONE, who had her chasing another horse for the first time in seven starts. Sired by sprint stallion Blue Pepsi Lodge, LADY BLUE still managed to stay on for second after chasing splits of 22.4, 45.1 and 1:10.0, which, understandably, resulted in a final time of 1:40.4. Gary Subratie’s CASUAL DRINK and Nunes’ ENVISAGED finished fourth and fifth, respectively, neither playing any part in the early fractions, which afforded them overly flattering strong finishes, ahead of PRINCESS LAUREN and PRINCESS AVA, who were third and fourth from the off to the last furlong. Considering I AM DI ONE made all to beat LADY BLUE at a mile, there is absolutely no reason to change the race plan, which could leave DaCosta’s Guineas runner-up at the risk of being overhauled going two furlongs longer. However, LADY BLUE has a big heart and could very well secure the $540,000 second money for DaCosta, if ridden specifically to beat the others, because I AM DI ONE would have to fall to lose the $1.62 million winners’ purse.last_img read more

Shore Conference girls hoops final four is set

first_img And then there was one. While three local high school basketball teams entered the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday, only one emerged victorious and advanced to this week’s semifinal round. The St. John Vianney High School girls basketball team is the top seed in the tourney and the Lancers looked every bit like the teamto beat on Sunday in defeatingNo. 8 seed Freehold, 56-47. Junior guard Katelyn Linney had 18 points to put the Lancers into the semifinals where they were set to face a familiar foe, Red Bank Catholic, in the semifinals on Feb. 26 in Toms River. The two-time defending champion Red Bank Catholic Caseys advanced with a 48- 45 win over St. Rose on Sunday, as senior forward Kristina Danella continued to play like one of the very best players in the state with a dominating 29-point effort. The Caseys have overcome a slew of injuries this year, but remain a tremendous threat to end the Lancers’ title run. In the other girls semifinal, No. 2 seed ColtsNeck will take onNo. 3 seed Rumson- Fair Haven Regional. Colts Neck advanced by knocking off No. 7 seed Raritan, 56-35, in impressive fashion in Long Branch on Sunday. Sophomore guard Lauren Clarke had a game-high 22 points and sophomore point guard Brooke Hampton added 17 for the Cougars, who reached the SCT semifinals for the first time in school history. Junior guard Alexa Ryan led Raritan with 15 points. Rumson advanced to the semifinals with a tough 40-34 win overHowell in overtime on Sunday. Junior Kate Miller scored six of Rumson’s seven points in overtime to bring home the win, and scored 26 of Rumson’s 40 points in the game. This game included some controversy at the end of regulation. Howell’s Denise Crudup sank three free throws with no time left to send the game into overtime after she was fouled on a three-point field goal attempt after Howell inbounded the ball with three-tenths of a second left. The late whistle came as a shock to the Bulldogs, who seemingly had the game won. However, behind Miller’s heroics, Rumson survived in OT. “We just knew that we had to go out in overtime and win it,” Miller said following the win. “On the scoreboard it said we were tied and that’s all that mattered. We just needed to go out there and beat themagain. We’d already beat them once, we just needed to do it again. “The whole series of events kind of helped us,” she added. “We came out in the overtime fired up. We knew that we had to work harder than we had the entire game …and that’s what we did, we played harder and played well.” The winners of Tuesday’s semifinals will meet in the tournament’s championship game on Feb. 23 at the Ritacco Center in Toms River at 5 p.m. As for Raritan, the Rockets will turn their attention to the upcoming NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II tournament, where as the No. 5 seed they will host No. 12 seed Hillside in the first round on Feb. 25. Christian Brothers Academy entered the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals facing what many people are calling the hottest team in the conference, Monmouth Regional High School. After knocking off Central Regional, 65- 50, in the second round, Coach Geoff Billet’s CBA Colts took on a Golden Falcons team that rolled over Toms RiverNorth, 72-46, in its first tournament game. On Sunday,Monmouth Regional continued to roll, handing the Colts a 55-50 loss as sophomore Neil Thompson led the way with 23 points and junior center Joe Willman added 17 points. Senior guard Mike Kuhn led CBAwith 15 points, getting 10 of his points in the second quarter to put the Colts ahead as they closed the half on a 9-2 run. With the win, the Falcons advanced to meet Class B North rival and No. 1 seed Neptune in the SCT semifinals at 6 p.m. at the Ritacco Center tomorrow. Neptune had little trouble with Asbury Park in their quarterfinal game, handing the Blue Bishops a 67-44 loss. In other quarterfinal action, No. 2 seed Monsignor Donovan beat Red Bank, 50-48, in overtime despite 34 points from Red Bank’sWill Sanborn. The Griffins will face Colts Neck in the other SCT semifinal tomorrow. Colts Neck beat Freehold, 58-45, in its quarterfinal behind senior Steve Spinellla’s 30-point effort. The semifinal winners will play for the tournament title on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ritacco Center. CBAwill play in theNon-Public SouthA tournament, where it will face Monsignor Donovan on Feb. 26 in the first round. BY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent last_img read more