Zapata scores on debut

Zapata scores on debut

first_imgDuvan Zapata scores on his debut for Atalanta.Atalanta came from a goal down to defeat Chiasso 6-1 in a pre-season friendly earlier today.New signings Papu Gomez and Duvan Zapata were on the scoresheet as Gian-Piero Gasperini’s men took empathic 6-1 victory over their opponents.The Italian Serie A side started the game on the wrong foot, conceding an early goal within the first minute of the encounter.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.They responded in fine fashion as a brace from new signing Papu Gomez turned the tie on its head. Gomez then turned provider as Alessandro Mancini scored from his corner.Hans Hateboer increased the lead for Atalanta scoring the fourth goal from Timothy Castagne pull back.Ex-Sampdoria striker Zapata scored the fight goal from close range before Marten De Roon headed in the sixth goal from Josip Ilicic’s free kick.Atalanta have started preparations for the upcoming season after an impressive 2017-18 campaign both in the league and in the UEFA Europa League.last_img read more

Sarri reveals conversation with Klopp

Sarri reveals conversation with Klopp

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed what he and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp were talking about after both teams 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.The two managers were seen sharing a joke as the Reds picked up a point in London courtesy of Daniel Sturridge’s spectacular goal to draw them level after Eden Hazard put the host ahead in the first half.But despite being moments away from losing Liverpool’s first game in the Premier League this season, the former Napoli boss revealed Klopp was having fun on the touchline.“There are moments when the grand spectacle of it all convinces you to put aside any regrets,” Sarri told Corriere dello Sport, according to Daily Mail.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Even if you concede at the last minute or five minutes into stoppage time.”“That was an extraordinary show. Just 10 minutes earlier, I saw Klopp looking at me with the game going on. I asked: ‘Why are you smiling?’ He replied: ‘Aren’t you having fun?’”“I said: “so much” and he added: ‘me too.’ He was losing at the time.’ Even after the equaliser, remembering that moment, we hugged like two old friends. I’m sure he would’ve done the same even if Liverpool hadn’t equalised.”“The Premier League has this joy of football.”last_img read more

Eddie Howe reflects on United defeat

Eddie Howe reflects on United defeat

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe spoke to the press of his disappointment after losing 2-1 at home to Manchester United at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.Callum Wilson opened the scoring for AFC Bournemouth but Anthony Martial equalized before the break, but a stoppage-time goal by Marcus Rashford left Eddie Howe and his team empty-handed.“It’s a tough one for us today. I think a lot of the aspects of our game were really good, especially during the opening period. We passed the ball well and there was a really good intensity to our play.” Howe said at a post-match press conference, via AFCB.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We were disappointed at half-time that we weren’t winning and we felt that we deserved to be leading by more than one. We knew the second half was going to be a different game.“Manchester United changed things and made substitutions but I was pleased with my players attitudes to the game and they gave everything to the match.“It was one of the best first-half performances I’ve seen us have in the Premier League since being promoted. I can’t fault anyone in terms of effort.”last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp heaps praises on Van Dijk

Jurgen Klopp heaps praises on Van Dijk

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praises on Virgil Van Dijk, saying he knew the player would be outstanding.Klopp praises the impact of Van Dijk since the defender’s arrival at the Merseyside club in January 2018.The Netherlands captain is expected to have a key role to play when Liverpool host Everton at Anfield in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.The former Southampton defensive stalwart has led a much-improved Liverpool defence since his move from the Saint Mary’s for a huge fee of £75million whilst also helping the Reds reach the final of the UEFA Champions League where they lost to eventual winners Real Madrid in Kiev.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Klopp insists he always knew the 27-year-old would have a huge impact and positive at the club, and can help the team in their hunt for silverware.“From the first second, he was brilliant,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.“I knew long before he signed the contract that Virgil would be outstanding as a player. His mix of both playing ability and leadership quality makes him outstanding.”last_img read more

Neville believes Pogba would have left United

Neville believes Pogba would have left United

first_imgFormer Manchester United player Phil Neville believes Paul Pogba would have left Manchester United if Jose Mourinho was still the manager.The former United defender insists the breakdown in the relationship between Pogba and Mourinho would have meant the Frenchman would seek greener pastures elsewhere when the transfer window reopens in January.The fall-out with the former Chelsea manager took a major turn at the start of the season when he was stripped of the captain’s armband in September, following Pogba’s comments in the aftermath of United’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford.The World Cup winner was also dropped from the starting lineup at the start of December including United’s disappointing 3-1 loss to Liverpool, which was Mourinho’s last game in charge.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.When asked if Pogba would have left the Red Devils in January, Neville said, according to Daily Mail:“I think they would (have lost him). The relationship was gone (with Jose Mourinho). It was clear at that point.”“He was sat on the bench at the end. But in the last few games he has been fantastic.”last_img read more

Delano Williams gets more kudos named newspapers Person of the Year

Delano Williams gets more kudos named newspapers Person of the Year

first_img Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! Related Items:delano williams, person of the year Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Jan 2015 – Congratulations are in order again for the country’s ‘Golden Boy’ and world class sprinter, Delano Williams. His big bright smile is sported in a photo headlining the newest edition of The Turks and Caicos Weekly News as the 2015 Person of the Year. There will likely be no contention about that title since Williams performed in finest form in track and field in 2015, as he pursues a marketing degree at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Delano Williams was a gleaming part of Team Great Britain at the IAAF World Relays held in Nassau, Bahamas and a bronze medal performance came again from the quartet in the 2015 IAAF World Games, held in Bejing, China. The 4x400m relay team’s achievement made them automatic qualifiers for this year’s Summer Olympic Games set for Rio in July. Delano is headed to the Olympic Games, and will be the first Turks and Caicos native to do so. The Grand Turkian, who has a twin sister, is 22 years old now and was among the first to be awarded the Turks and Caicos Islands National Young Achievers Medal at the inaugural ceremony in October 2015. Williams, who is already endorsed by Nike, also signed a $60,000 dollar endorsement deal with LIME in 2015. You can read more about Wiliams’ accomplishments and feelings going into 2016 in that article in the TC Weekly News. The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympian Delano Williams return home postponed due to weatherlast_img read more

Grand Bahama tourism not dead says Tourism Director

Grand Bahama tourism not dead says Tourism Director

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Bahama, Bahamas, February 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama is now in damage control mode since Memories Resort and Casino announced that it is pulling out for sure.  Russell Miller, Chairman of the Grand Bahama Island Tourist Board says there are still resorts open, there are still activities for guests to engage, there are still ways for guests to get to the island and there is still tourism in the nation’s second city which suffered a catastrophic blow in Hurricane Matthew.“We are open and operational; we had some setbacks with some of our hotels under renovation but we are open and we are taking and accepting visitors.”   Russell talked too about linkages of Grand Bahama via sea and air;  he called scheduled ferry service from Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach lifelines for the island.  Nine resorts were listed as opened for business including Lighthouse Pointe, Flamingo Hotel, Island Seas, Old Bahama Bay, Fortuna, Pelican Bay and Royal Islander.Airlift from 11 states will also come in a Summer travel program, actually managed by Sunwing Travel and new to Freeport, Delta with daily service from the world’s busiest airport, Heartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, which is the hub for Delta.#MagneticMediaNews #GBTourism Related Items:#GBTourism, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

US Hurricane Awareness Tour lands in TCI

US Hurricane Awareness Tour lands in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 27, 2017 – Providenciales – For the first time in history, the National Hurricane Center touches down in the Turks and Caicos as a part of a hurricane awareness tour and their host is the country’s Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies.The US Air Force is a part of the tour and has brought its Hurricane Hunter Aircraft.  The historic happening begins on the runway of the Providenciales International Airport with remarks and viewing of the aircraft by officials and media.  The CHAT or Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour will also feature, Dr. Rick Knabb of NOAA and move into the schools later.#MagneticMediaNews#USHurricaneAwarenessTour Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #USHurricaneAwarenessTour Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Police Investigate Aggravated Burglary

Police Investigate Aggravated Burglary

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have launched an investigation into an Aggravated Burglary report that was made on Tuesday 25 July 2017.At 1:29am police were dispatched to the area of Ralph Close in Blue Hills and met with the complainant who stated that he secured his home around 11pm and went to bed.   He was later awakened by three men dressed in black clothing with guns inside of his home.   The culprits made off with Identification cards, a small amount of cash and jewelry.   Investigations into this matter are ongoing.We are appealing to persons who may have any information that may assist in this investigation to please contact us at 338-5901 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Police investigating threats made against two high schools classes not cancelled

Police investigating threats made against two high schools classes not cancelled

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police are investigating a pair of threats made against two different San Diego high schools Friday.There will be extra security at Point Loma High School and Patrick Henry High School Friday after two separate, nonspecific threats were made towards the campus. Classes will not be cancelled on either campus.The San Diego Unified School District addressed both threats in a statement:San Diego Unified is investigating both of these incidents involving nonspecific threats. Out of an abundance of caution, we have added additional security presence at both schools. Unfortunately, this is the new normal in our country. Our staff is accustomed to handling these situations, and we encourage all students to be in school today so they can continue with their education.These threats come just one day after 21-year-old Kevin Gregory Matlak was arrested for making a threat against Torrey Pines High School, prompting the school to cancel classes for the day.The identity of the suspects who made the threats have not yet been identified.This is a developing story, stay with KUSI.com for more details as they become available. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 1, 2018 Posted: June 1, 2018 Updated: 8:30 AM , Police investigating threats made against two high schools, classes not cancelledlast_img read more

Soy Growers Appreciate Efforts to Offset Ongoing Tariff Damages

first_imgThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details this morning of the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments announced by the Administration in May. MPF will provide up to $14.5 billion to producers, including soybean farmers, in up to three tranches starting with a first round of payments this August.Payment rates vary by county from $15 to $150 per acre based on USDA’s calculated damages from tariffs in each individual county affected – most in the $50 to $75 range per acre, according to USDA. That single-county rate will be multiplied by a farm’s total planted acreage for all MFP-eligible crops in aggregate for 2019, not to exceed total 2018 plantings.Davie Stephens, president of the American Soybean Association (ASA) and soybean grower from Clinton, Kentucky, said, “The county rate for farmers in areas with a higher percentage of crops suffering from negative trade impacts will receive a higher offset for the damages we have seen because of the tariffs. We appreciate the Administration’s effort to determine how the payments will work and hope our soybean growers—no matter where their farms are and what is planted there—feel some relief from this assistance.”ASA is glad that the Administration continues to recognize the ongoing struggle of soybean farmers caught in the middle of the trade war with China. Soybean growers were also pleased with the Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) funding announced by USDA last Friday, as those funds granted to the soybean industry will support new market development. Yet, ASA continues to ask for a quick and positive resolution to the current tariff on U.S. beans going to China that has disrupted the market.Sign-up for farmers with eligible crops begins Monday, July 29, with those who are first to sign up expected to receive an initial payment equal to 50% of what they are eligible for in mid to late August. Second and third payments, each equal to 25% of the total qualifying payment, are slated for November 2019 and January 2020 contingent upon market conditions and trade opportunities. Producers can continue to sign up through December 6, 2019.Farmers who earn 75% or more of their income from agriculture will be eligible for up to the $250,000 MFP payment limit and retroactively eligible for up to the $125,000 payment limit for the 2018 program. MFP payments are limited to a combined $250,000 for non-specialty crops per person or legal entity and a combined $250,000 for hog or dairy farmers per person or legal entity; No applicant can receive more than $500,000 total.last_img read more

State employees take third furlough day Tuesday

first_imgOLYMPIA – The day after Labor Day, state employees who work for nearly 50 state agencies, boards or commissions will have an unpaid furlough day.Tuesday is the third state furlough day to save payroll costs across state government. The Legislature approved 10 days of furloughs for most state workers to save $73 million over the next year. Exempt are public-safety personnel, those who bring revenue to the state and those responsible for protecting the vulnerable.The Olympian reports universities and colleges, agencies headed by independently elected officials and others also are staying open but have used vacancies, layoffs or other alternatives to reduce payroll.last_img

Man dies in accident off Government Island

first_imgA man died Sunday afternoon after he jumped off a boat in the Columbia River near Government Island and apparently drowned.Paramedic Kevin Stromberg of the Vancouver Fire Department said the man struggled in the water and those in the boat could not get to him. A person on a personal water craft reached him and took him to Government Island, Stromberg said.Stromberg said the call for aid came in about 5:30 p.m.Portland Fireboat 17 transported the man to Vancouver’s Steamboat Landing on the Washington shore, where efforts to revive him failed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.The man’s name, age and residence were not available.Stromberg said the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Port of Portland also responded.Government Island is a popular spot for camping and boating activities.last_img read more

Truck towed boat crash through I5 median barrier near 39th Street

first_imgTraffic on Interstate 5 southbound and northbound was opened up about 8:45 p.m. Thursday after a driver towing a 28-foot boat north near 39th Street lost control and crashed through the concrete median barrier into the southbound lanes.The accident was reported about 7:15 p.m., a Washington State Patrol dispatcher said. No one was reported injured.The collision left debris blocking traffic in both directions. Tow trucks were called to clear it from the roadways.At 8:45 p.m., troopers had opened all lanes northbound and two of four southbound.The driver of the 2001 Dodge pickup, Glen Reddemann, 46, of Surrey, B.C., was headed north when the boat trailer developed a mechanical problem, according to a WSP bulletin. Reddemann lost control and the truck veered left and hit the median barrier.The truck, trailer and boat crashed through the barrier and ended up in the southbound lanes, blocking the two inside lanes, the bulletin said.The cause was equipment failure. Any possible traffic violation tickets were under investigation.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img read more

Areas gas prices continue to defy national trend

first_imgWest Coast and local gas prices continued to climb in the past week, again defying price drops in much of the nation.Vancouver’s average climbed by five cents, while Oregon’s statewide average gains three cents to $4.25.Meanwhile, the national average for regular unleaded dropped four cents this week to $3.64, according to AAA Oregon/Idaho.Oregon’s record high of $4.29 was set on July 3 of 2008, and AAA predicts continued pressure for gas increases due to ongoing problems at West Coast refineries.Washington’s Cherry Point refinery, the state’s largest, was shut down in February after a fire and has been mostly off line since then. Other West Coast refineries have also been hit by unplanned outages.Nationally, this year’s high point for gas prices was on April 6, at $3.94 per gallon. The national average has been dropping ever since, and it fell by 18 cents in the last month, AAA reported.Fifteen states now have gas below $3.50 a gallon, AAA said.last_img read more

Blazers have sloppy preseason opener

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, looks to shoot as Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Monday in Portland. PORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers had 17 turnovers in the first half of their first preseason game and the Los Angeles Clippers took advantage on their way to an 89-81 victory on Monday.Nicolas Batum was Portland’s leading scorer with 12 points in 27 minutes, while Damian Lillard scored 11 points and dished six assists in 25 minutes.“I can’t remember the last time I saw 17 turnovers in a half,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said.DeAndre Jordan was dominant for the Clippers in the first half with 14 points, six rebounds and four blocks.The Trail Blazers’ sloppiness on the offensive end was exploited by the veteran Clippers, led by Chris Paul and Jordan. The Clippers scored 14 points in the first half off Trail Blazer turnovers. Paul finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists.The Trail Blazers were without LaMarcus Aldridge (quad), Mo Williams (ankle) and Earl Watson (left calf) who all sat out for precautionary reasons.Dorell Wright, who dislocated his right finger last week in practice, also sat. But Stotts said before the game that it was to give him a night of rest.Thomas Robinson started alongside the other four projected starters for this year in Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez.The Clippers showed Monday — even in the preseason — why they are regarded as Western Conference contenders.Led by Paul, the Clippers demonstrated their commitment to the defensive end early and set the tone for the night.“We’ll look at the film and learn from it,” Stotts said.CLIPPERS 89, TRAIL BLAZERS 81L.A. CLIPPERS (89) — Dudley 1-4 0-0 2, Griffin 5-13 4-4 14, Jordan 6-9 4-5 16, Paul 3-7 9-10 15, W.Green 5-8 3-4 14, Crawford 0-4 0-0 0, Mullens 2-10 0-0 5, Collison 2-7 1-3 5, Jamison 3-5 0-0 7, Hollins 2-2 1-1 5, Wayns 0-4 4-4 4, Amundson 0-3 0-0 0, Farrakhan 0-2 0-0 0, Davies 1-2 0-0 2, J.Green 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-81 26-31 89.PORTLAND (81) — Batum 4-8 2-2 12, Robinson 1-5 3-4 5, Lopez 3-9 2-4 8, Lillard 3-10 5-5 11, Matthews 2-10 2-2 6, Bost 3-8 0-0 7, Freeland 2-6 0-0 4, Leonard 3-7 4-5 10, Crabbe 2-7 1-2 6, Claver 2-3 0-2 5, Barton 3-5 1-1 7. Totals 28-78 20-27 81.last_img read more

Obama Right to vote threatened in US

first_imgNEW YORK — In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions of black Americans and other minorities.“The stark, simple truth is this: The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama said in a fiery speech at civil rights activist and television talk host Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference.Obama waded into the acrid debate over voting access in an election year where control of the Senate, now in the hands of Democrats, is at stake, as is Obama’s already limited ability to push his agenda through Congress.Republicans say the voting measures guard against voter fraud, but Democrats say they erode the landmark 1965 law that helped pave Obama’s path in politics.“Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote,” he said, relating anecdotes of voters turned away because they didn’t have the right identification or because they needed a passport or birth certificate to register.last_img read more

WHO 10000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen

first_imgGENEVA — West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent.WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward gave the grim figures during a news conference in Geneva. Previously, the agency had estimated the Ebola mortality rate at around 50 percent overall. In contrast, in events such as flu pandemics, the death rate is typically under 2 percent.Acknowledging that Ebola was “a high mortality disease,” Aylward said the U.N. health agency was still focused on trying to get sick people isolated and provide treatment as early as possible.He told reporters if the world’s response to the Ebola crisis isn’t stepped up within 60 days, “a lot more people will die” and health workers will be stretched even further. Experts say the epidemic is doubling in size about every three weeks.WHO raised its Ebola death toll tally Tuesday to 4,447 people, nearly all of them in West Africa, out of more than 8,900 believed to be infected. Aylward said calculating the death rate means tracking the outcomes of all possible patients — a complicated process since the numbers of cases are substantially underreported and much patient data is missing.last_img read more

How to motivate carers in the workplace

How to motivate carers in the workplace

first_imgNeed to know:Providing flexibility is one of the most effective ways of retaining and motivating carers in the workplace.Line-manager training is essential to ensure that direct managers understand the different ways in which they can support carers.Internal networks or peer-support groups can help individuals in similar circumstances to connect across an organisation. Viewpoint: True flexibility is essential for carers’ work-life balanceWorking Families published the 2017 Modern Families Index in January. This found that one in five parents and carers who are working full time are putting in five extra weeks a year, the equivalent of their annual holiday allowance, in unpaid work. They are stressed and burnt out. Disappointingly, over 40% of working parents and carers we spoke to have felt the need to bend the truth to their employer about family life conflicting with work. Nearly half would not feel confident talking to their employer about placing boundaries around work. Unsurprisingly, over a third feel resentful toward their employer about their work-life balance.If this is how they are feeling, how can they best be supported in the workplace, not least so they are motivated and engaged? It is vital that employers create a ‘safe’ environment where parents and carers feel confident talking about work-life issues without worrying that it will create a negative impression.Viable options for flexible working are key. We must move beyond flexibility as ‘exceptional’, an unwelcome imposition that hinders getting the job done. A healthy dose of realism when it comes to what can be done in the hours available is crucial. Managers should ensure work is designed in a way that helps both employers and employees find a good work-life fit. Kirstie Axtens is head of employer services at Working Families Statistics:89% of employer respondents want greater emphasis and encouragement from the government towards the provision of employee benefits for carers (Source: Jelf Employee Benefits, January 2017)83% of employer respondents do not think they are aware of all employees who act as carers in their non-work time (Source: Jelf Employee Benefits, January 2017)28% of manager respondents state that their organisation has formal policies and practices in place to support employees with caring responsibilities (Source: Axa PPP Healthcare, September 2016.)38% of employee respondents who balance care and work are uncomfortable discussing caring in the workplace (Source: Carers UK, June 2016)35% of employee respondents do not feel that their employer understands their caring role (Source: Carers UK, June 2016)center_img Lin February 2017, Facebook announced plans to introduce up to six weeks’ paid leave for its US employees to care for a sick relative, as well as paid family sick time comprising up to three days’ paid leave to care for a family member with a short-term illness such as flu.While some employees will inevitably be caring for relatives on a much longer-term basis, initiatives such as these are a positive step when it comes to supporting and engaging those with caring responsibilities.According to Carers UK’s Building carer-friendly communities research, published in June 2016, where employers do not have policies in place to support carers, 72% of carers have reduced their working hours or given up work completely in order to care. The charity’s 2016 data also indicates that there are over three million individuals who currently juggle work with care arrangements, signalling a significant workforce demographic with very specific, yet diverse, caring responsibilities and needs.How to support the growing number of carers in the workforce, thus, helping them to manage a positive work-life balance and motivating them to stay engaged with the business, is a key issue for many employers.Provide flexibilityFlexibility should form the cornerstone for any policies that are designed to help carers manage both their home and work lives. Sarah-Jane Butler, founder and chief executive officer at Parental Choice, says: “The greatest gift an employer could probably give a carer, whether it’s somebody with young children, somebody with disabled children, or [eldercare] responsibilities in terms of their parents, is the ability to be flexible with their time.”Flexible-working arrangements, which could include varying start and finish times, working from home or part-time working, can be arranged on either a short-term, unplanned basis as emergencies or situations arise, or as part of a long-term working structure, to suit regular hospital appointments, for example. These can be arranged on either a formal or informal basis.Flexible working can also tie in to flexible-leave arrangements, which could include a carers’ leave or an emergency leave policy. Employers could also present carers with the opportunity to buy and sell holiday days.Andrew West, human resources manager, reward and systems at the Royal College of Nursing, which offers emergency care leave, terminal care leave, and occasional crisis leave for staff, says: “Those kind of workplace support mechanisms can be woven into the fabric of the workplace quite easily. I don’t really see [a] flexible-working package as a benefit as such; it’s more like a way for us to get the best out of the people we have.”Royal College of Nursing employees with longer-term caring responsibilities can also make use of the organisation’s Smart Working policy, which includes arrangements such as home working, term-time working, temporary reduced hours, and job shares, among others.This give and take between employees and employers can help to decrease stress levels and the distraction of juggling work and home commitments, thereby supporting employee motivation, performance and productivity. “Demonstrating that [employers] understand that people have got lives and pressures outside of [work has] got to be a good tool for increasing engagement and motivation,” says West.Workplace practicesBenefits that employers can make available to their caring population include back-up or emergency childcare, nursery places or in-home care, or support in finding childcare and eldercare. They can also offer support through employee assistance programmes (EAPs) and helplines. Simple adjustments such as permission to keep a mobile phone to hand or a car parking space close to the workplace so an employee can leave quickly in an emergency, meanwhile, can make all the difference.Internal networks, as well as signposts and access to external networks, are also a useful way to help connect carers within an organisation and provide a pool of peer support that can be invaluable in engaging carers with their employer. Katherine Wilson, head of Employers for Carers, says: “People enjoy the peace of mind and the feeling that they are not alone. It helps to make them feel less vulnerable and that there are other people who have been through a similar situation.”Senior staff members who join in with the network can also be viewed as role models, demonstrating that caring responsibilities do not have to impact on career success within an understanding work environment, adds Wilson.Workshops or seminars on subjects such as managing and reducing stress, and general health and wellbeing, can prove popular in tackling specific areas that carers may struggle with, not only providing relevant and useful information, but acting to signpost internal policies or benefits that could be utilised by carers.Carers champions, meanwhile, can raise awareness that caring responsibilities are viewed as an important issue within the workplace, while also providing an extra touch point for affected staff who perhaps do not feel confident or comfortable discussing their personal situation with their line manager.Providing effective policies and tools to support working carers can also create ambassadors for the business, says Alex Bennett, principle in the Positive Ageing team at Mercer. “There is a strong opportunity [for employers] if [they] can support something the right way. [They] can engage [with employees] on a level that is very deep and very personal, and [employers] get a very strong ambassador for [the] business,” he adds.Importance of attitudeAs boundaries between home and work lives blur, it is important for employers to understand issues outside of the workplace that could impact employee motivation, engagement and wellbeing. Recognising that no two caring situations are the same and that assumptions cannot be made about a group as diverse as carers is vital when creating and implementing caring policies.Line-manager training is also key to engaging carers at work because they are often the first port of call if an employee needs help accommodating caring responsibilities. “A line manager may not feel wholly equipped to deal with an issue if they have not come across it before,” says Employers for Carers’ Wilson. “Communication, including caring scenarios and case studies, is very important as part of wider line manager education.”In some cases, providing flexibility and making small adjustments can be a more viable and valued solution than having a physical financial spend on a token scheme, adds West. Flexibility, in terms of both mindset and practicalities, can help to give carers the freedom at work to manage caring responsibilities alongside other commitments.Open communicationCreating a workplace culture that allows for open conversations around caring is key. “If [employees] can have the conversation early, something can often be put in [place] that can support [them], and it means the business retains the key talents and skills of the person,” says Wilson.National events, such as Carers Week, can be a useful way for organisations to highlight the support available to carers, although wider health and wellbeing events and activities can also serve as an opportunity to raise awareness. Organisations can also provide employees with information about how they can support their homelife commitments through channels such as the intranet, staff training and inductions.Family-friendly events, such as family parties in the workplace or bring-your-child-to-work days can also help employers and colleagues to better understand employees’ specific caring responsibilities. This can further demonstrate the wide range of family situations that can exist among a workforce.A strategy to motivate and engage carers in the workplace should centre around providing flexibility and support that enables employees to enjoy a fruitful career alongside caring responsibilities. Demonstrating understanding and empathy, as well as access to benefits that support the physical and mental wellbeing of carers, can help these employees feel recognised and valued at work.As Bennett says: “If you can get engagement, it opens up a whole new world of areas [of] difference. If you think about somebody who [currently] doesn’t have a working carer commitment, but they’ve been introduced into that world and they’ve seen the issues that colleagues might be facing, [that can create engagement]. When we get that level of engagement and we’re keen to show them surprising and innovative things, that kind of grabs people’s attention. The same thing applies for an employer, if they address this issue with their employees, they find that people come forward with some very personal and engaging stories and then the solutions that they might find people deployed are surprising, innovative and grab people’s attention.”Carillion Working Mums Network gives carers a community and voiceMultinational facilities management and construction services organisation Carillion launched its Working Mums Network as an affinity group in November 2012, to create a vocal community for working mothers in the business’s UK branch as part of a wider diversity and inclusion strategy.With approximately 300 members, the Working Mums Network was the first of its kind in Carillion, connecting working mothers within the business through an internal social media network, email distribution list, face-to-face meetings and regional networking events. The group also arranged speaker events, with senior management from within the business delivering talks on their experiences as working parents.In 2013, the Working Mums Network hosted a competition to reward line managers who support working mums on a day-to-day basis, with employees nominating managers who had helped accommodate their caring commitments at work.The group also plays a pivotal role in leadership decisions that may affect working mothers, for example, the network was asked to present a proposal for an enhanced maternity leave policy and also compiled a response to the government’s consultation on childcare legislation.Katarina Fidler, head of innovation, building at Carillion and founder of the Working Mums Network, said: “The network has been instrumental in developing proposals and supporting the senior management team with policy changes, which is basically capturing the voice of the employee and feeding it into the management decisions, which is really powerful.”Carillion won the Workingmums.co.uk 2016 Top employer award for family support (pictured).last_img read more