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“Many people have contacted us but we know from experience that although they start with a lot of gusto, they are not accustomed to this kind of work and it exhausts them,” he said.Out of 40 or 50 workers interviewed and hired for the lockdown harvest, only around 10 remain, he said.In a muddy field, laborers bend to cut the green spears with a long curved knife. They place the asparagus in plastic boxes that are collected by tractor. The vegetable is then brought to the warehouse and bundled ready for sale.In the packing shed is Elena Garcia, a self-employed beautician who worked in a hairdresser’s until losing her job due to the lockdown.”I think it’s harder working out in the field than here packing. Here the work is tough but I get along fine,” she said. Topics : In normal circumstances, Urbina exports part of his produce. But with so much of the crop lying unpicked, Spain is in the unprecedented situation of having to import asparagus from Germany to meet domestic demand, he said.Facing one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the COVID-19 disease, Spain went into lockdown on March 14, closing borders and confining people to home.In early April, the government started an initiative to get more workers into the fields, authorizing temporary hiring of tens of thousands of immigrants or jobless people.But many who have applied to pick asparagus do not have the stamina of the foreign seasonal workers who traditionally move from harvest to harvest across Spain, said Urbina. About half of farmer Jaime Urbina’s asparagus crop lies unpicked in his fields in central Spain as border closures to curb the coronavirus block Eastern European seasonal laborers.Right at peak food-harvesting time, farms across the nation have a shortfall of thousands of workers. Asparagus, especially, requires a lot of labor as it is harvested piece-by-piece.”Everyone here in the asparagus sector has this problem – we don’t have the manpower,” Urbina lamented, standing in a field in Torre del Burgo in Guadalajara province.read more
The university employers representative, Universities UK (UKK), initially appointed Harris to the trustee board in 1991, before he went on to lead the organisation in 1997.In his final months as chair of the scheme, Harris oversaw a debate between the employers group and trade unions over the future of the scheme.The current proposals, set to be implemented by the USS board include fully closing the final salary section of the defined benefit fund and moving all members’ future accrual to career-average benefits.USS opened a career-average section for new employees in 2011, accounting for one-third of the scheme’s members.In addition to dropping final salary benefits for academics, the fund will become a hybrid scheme with defined contribution accrual for all entitlements above a £55,000 earnings cap.The current deputy chair, Kevin Carter, is an independent member of the trustee board and became deputy in April 2014, after the retirement of John Bull. Sir Martin Harris has stepped down as chair of the trustee board for the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) after nine years in the role.He officially stepped down at the end of March, with the scheme set to announce his successor in the coming days.Harris joined the UK’s largest scheme as a director in April 1991, when he served as vice-chancellor of the University of Essex.He became deputy-chair of the £41.6bn (€57bn) pension fund in 2004, taking over as chairman two years later.read more
BATESVILLE, Ind. — Batesville High School AppleCare students will be conducting a free technology training session, “Simplifying Technology – Laptop Basics“, at the Batesville Memorial Public Library ton Tuesday (12/6) from 1:30 – 2:15 PM.The agenda includes: Basic navigation, settings, tools, and launching applications.The session is free.All you need to bring is your laptop.For more information, contact Jackie Huber – email@example.com.
Silva looked to have been seriously injured on Sunday when he was caught in the face by an elbow from West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate. The Spain international received around eight minutes of treatment on the field at the Etihad Stadium before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital for examination. But tests revealed the 29-year-old had suffered no fractures and the club were hopeful he could make swift return to action. That could now be possible with Silva pictured giving cameras a thumbs-up gesture as he returned to training on Tuesday, although he will continue to be monitored this week. City face FA Cup finalists Aston Villa in their next Barclays Premier League game on Saturday evening. News of Silva’s recovery is a boost for manager Manuel Pellegrini given the club’s already lengthy injury list. Captain Vincent Kompany is out with a groin injury and might not be fit to return before the end of the season. Midfielder James Milner, defender Gael Clichy and strikers Wilfried Bony and Stevan Jovetic were also sidelined for the 2-0 win over the Hammers. Manchester City playmaker David Silva has returned to training, the club have reported. Press Associationread more
The Republic boss made his move after seeing Grealish win rave reviews for his performances at club level in recent weeks, persuading him that the time was right less than two months after admitting he was happy to let the situation ride. Asked what had prompted him to change his mind, O’Neill said: “Well, of course he has played a lot of games since then. “He had not been a regular member of the team and when he did play, it was generally as sub. Under Tim Sherwood, he has started quite a number of games – not that I would start pre-empting Tim’s teams – but he has made a very good impression from the start. “Obviously as these games go along, he’ll get fitter too by starting matches – he seems to be lasting longer in the games too and doing a lot of good work – so of course, the last four or five weeks have made a big difference to Jack’s career and obviously to my thinking. “He is seen now as not just part of the squad, but seemingly part of the team, and people’s aspirations change a little bit during the course of weeks, never mind months, so it might be something he might look at differently. “But he did say he didn’t want to make a decision now.” Birmingham-born Grealish has been courted by both the Republic and England, but has already represented Ireland at under-age levels. He indicated earlier this year that he might take the Under-21s route with the Irish, but asked if he was confident the player would declare in his favour, O’Neill said: “Do you know what? I really don’t know at this stage, but I’m sure there’s still a good possibility.” Press Association The 19-year-old Aston Villa midfielder was criticised by both Ireland and England fans on Twitter for delaying a decision on which of the two countries to represent at senior international level, although there was also support from both sides for the emerging talent. An ongoing debate was rekindled on Tuesday when the teenager’s name did not appear in a 33-man provisional squad for the Republic’s friendly against Roy Hodgson’s men and the Euro 2016 qualifier showdown with Scotland next month, with O’Neill revealing he had asked the player if he would reconsider his decision to leave it until the summer to jump one way or the other. Jack Grealish found himself the subject of social media abuse after turning down Martin O’Neill’s invitation to join up with the Republic of Ireland squad. read more
PREMIER LEAGUELiverpool captain Jordan Henderson lifted the Premier League trophy on the Kop at an empty Anfield last night to mark the club’s first top-flight triumph for 30 years.Henderson received the trophy from Reds legend Sir Kenny Dalglish, who was manager when Liverpool last won it in 1990, during a spectacular ceremony after the champions beat Chelsea 5-3on Wednesday. Champions of 2019/20 English Premier League Liverpool players celebrating at the Kop shortly after legend of the club, Sir Kenny Dalglish, presented the trophy to Captain Jordan Henderson …last night Liverpool were confirmed as champions of England on 25 Junewith seven games to spare when nearest rivals Manchester City lost at Chelsea, but they had to wait until their final home game of the season to be presented with the trophy.There were no supporters in their 53,000-capacity Anfield home after the Premier League season resumed on 17 June behind closed doors following a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.Merseyside Police had warned fans not to repeat the widespread gatherings that took place on the city’s waterfrontafter the club’s title win last month, amid fears of a spike in infections, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp urged supporters to celebrate at home.A small group of fans, some with red flares, greeted the team coach when it arrived at the ground before kick-off, while fireworks were set off outside Anfield throughout the match.During the game, Merseyside Police announced they had put in place a dispersal order between 21:30 BST today and 21:30 BST on Friday as they anticipate large crowds gathering in Liverpool after the club lifted the trophy.Dalglish, who scored 172 goals in 515 appearances as a Liverpool player between 1977-1990, handed out medals to each player during a ceremony which involved a light show, pyrotechnics and a lot of emotions on display.Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said players and fans will “come together to celebrate” the title “when the time is right”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramread more
In the first of two games this weekend, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team failed to score in a 2-0 loss to rival Minnesota.No. 1 Minnesota (25-0-0, 19-0-0 WCHA) dominated No. 8 Wisconsin (15-8-2, 11-8-2 WCHA) in all facets of the game on Friday.The Golden Gophers controlled the game offensively in all three periods with a constant stream of attacks resulting in 35 shots on goal compared to the Badgers’ 25.UW had numerous chances on net, but UM’s senior goaltender Noora R?tty proved to be too much for Wisconsin’s offensive attack, blanking the Badgers for the second time this season.Wisconsin struggled to keep five players on the ice with a total of six penalties in the game while Minnesota was only charged for three.Two of UW’s penalties came from having too many players on the ice, committing mental mistakes not normally seen from the Wisconsin squad. Minnesota struck early on Friday, scoring in the first five minutes of the game on freshman forward Hannah Brandt’s 24th goal of the season.The Gophers second goal came late in the first period on a 5-3 power play after Wisconsin was charged with two penalties in less than a minute.Wisconsin junior goaltender Alex Rigsby did her best to prevent a Minnesota power play goal, but the two-man advantage proved to be too much for Rigsby, as the Badgers’ defense allowed Gophers’ senior Mira Jalosuo to score from the left circle.UW’s defense was able to hold the UM attack scoreless in the second and third periods, but the two goal deficit was too much to overcome for the Wisconsin attack.Friday’s defeat marks Wisconsin’s fifth-straight loss to Minnesota dating back to last season.The Badgers will have another crack at the top-ranked Golden Gophers on Sunday in the LaBahn Arena.read more
Offense – A : The numbers speak for themselves when you take a look at the Wisconsin offense’s performance against Bowling Green. It would be hard not to award the unit an “A” after setting school records in both total yards and rushing yards. But it wasn’t just Melvin Gordon’s performance that led to the gaudy numbers put up by the offense Saturday. It was an all-around beat down by the offensive unit that also included 100-yard rushing performances from Corey Clement and Tanner McEvoy, and even recently-converted running back, Dare Ogunbowale, who finished with 94 yards. Although the passing game was rarely used, McEvoy did hit Sam Arneson for a 34-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, who finished the day with a team-high 63 receiving yards.Defense – A- : The Wisconsin defense slowed down the fast-paced Bowling Green offense for the most part. It allowed only 17 points against a team that put up 124 combined points in first three outings of the season. Senior linebacker Derek Landisch led the way with two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss, and tipped a pass in the red zone that freshman Lubern Figaro intercepted in the second quarter. The Badgers’ second turnover came when sophomore Vince Biegel forced a fumble that was recovered by freshman Alec James in the second. The Badgers got beat deep several times though and were prone to the big play, with both of Bowling Green’s touchdowns coming on plays of 60 and 35 yards out.Special Teams – B+ : When returner Kenzel Doe gets north to south, he is a formidable return man. He had two big punt returns of 57 and 38 yards that set up the Badger offense up in great field position. Doe’s two kick returns went for a combined 72 yards. He did muff a punt, but managed to recover and limit the damage. Coverage was solid other than a 40-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. Freshman kicker Rafael Gaglianone hit two field goals (43, 28) in the fourth quarter, but missed an extra point in the second quarter.Coaching – A : The Badgers’ coaching staff did an excellent job on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball Saturday. In the early going on offense, offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig called a diverse set of plays that allowed the run game to open up after the first quarter. His use of dual-threat Tanner McEvoy early on forced the Bowling Green defense to have to choose between McEvoy or Melvin Gordon, which really helped Gordon have the day he did. On defense, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda had his unit well prepared for the up-tempo style of Bowling Green. Despite the game being tied at seven early, the defense dug in and seemed to be ready for any look the Falcons were going to throw at them, thanks to the coaches who made sure the right packages were on the field for the Badgers.read more