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Fiji’s Veremalua stands out in tournament

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first_imgHe achieved some huge stats across the three-day tournament in Nevada, USA. The Fijian sensation scored a crucial try in the Cup semi-final against USA to secure his side a place in the final. While he did not get on the score sheet against Australia, he did make some crucial breaks and tackles to help the Pacific islanders come back from 15-0 down to win a thrilling final and notch up their second tournament win of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.   Veremalua’s attacking potential was seen in full flow at the USA leg of the series, with 21 carries and nine offloads, contributing to some stunning rugby in front of the packed out stands at the Sam Boyd Stadium. Overall in the series, Veremalua only just snuck into the top seven performers, with his team mate Savenaca Rawaca still leading the way with 102 carries, 18 more than second placed USA star Zack Test. South Africa’s Seabelo Senatla was in fine fettle also in Las Vegas, scoring 11 tries, putting him in third overall.Caption: Fiji’s Jasa Veremalua aiming for the tryline during a match against Australia.last_img read more

Drivers on their own in retirement

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first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brian Vickers hopes he’ll never need a pension. Good thing, because NASCAR isn’t about to set up a 401(k) plan for its drivers. Many drivers, most millionaires, were talking Thursday about pensions and insurance after a series of stories by The Associated Press about the sanctioning body’s lack of pension fund. NASCAR’s policy always has been that its drivers are “independent contractors” who are responsible for their finances, health care, retirement and life insurance. This model is followed in almost every form of motorsports. “I’m a big supporter of some sort of fund,” said Kenny Wallace, younger brother of longtime NASCAR star Rusty Wallace. “A lot of things aren’t in our control. “Sometimes, you hit the wall, and this sport takes your life away from you. For that, you have to have a pension. The whole world has pensions. Every company and Major League Baseball, the NFL. Now’s the time to look at it.” But Jim Hunter, vice president of communications for NASCAR, emphasized the sanctioning body is not structured like other sports, thus it isn’t fair to make a direct comparison on pension plans. “People don’t understand when they start talking about pensions that our whole arrangement is different,” he said. “The drivers are independent contractors. They don’t work for NASCAR. “And any time you talk about money, people want someone else to pay.” Tony Stewart, who said he has used money from his own pocket and from his charitable foundation to help injured and down-on-their-luck drivers, said he doesn’t blame NASCAR for not doing more. “Where do you draw the line?” Stewart said. “If you look at NASCAR and the regional series and weekly racing series, there’s thousands and thousands of drivers. It’s not necessarily NASCAR’s responsibility, and it’s not necessarily a responsibility that I have to put on myself, either. “It’s just something that I feel is the right thing to do, and it just makes me feel good to help. … When we’ve been able to send a $5,000 check to somebody to help with a hospital bill, the letter that you get back, to see how sincere they are and how grateful they are that you’ve done something to help. … That makes me proud to be a racer. Racers help racers.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I was raised to be a pretty responsible person, and, hey, you just take care of yourself and move on,” said Vickers, a 23-year-old NASCAR regular. “It’s not like a big deal to me. “But there are so many people who have come through this sport that, for whatever reason, didn’t have an opportunity to help themselves. There are so many drivers who have done so much for this sport, and they have nothing.” last_img read more

Northern Gas and Power and Skyscanner among 2018s best employers for worklife

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first_imgUtilities organisation Northern Gas and Power, travel website Skyscanner (pictured) and employment agency Goodman Masson are among the organisations featured on the Highest Rated Companies for Work-Life Balance 2018 list, compiled by recruitment organisation Glassdoor.The list ranks UK organisations based on their overall work-life balance rating, which is awarded online, via employee reviews submitted on Glassdoor. To feature on the list, a minimum of 80 work-life balance ratings must have been submitted by UK employees by 12 July 2018.Northern Gas and Power topped 2018’s final list, with a work-life balance rating of 4.7. Energy supply organisation Love Energy Savings ranked in second place and technology firm Chess ICT came in third.Other organisations that feature on the list include estate agency Purplebricks and financial organisation Capital One.The top 20 highest rated organisations for work-life balance in 2018 is:Northern Gas and PowerLove Energy SavingsChess ICTEnvironment AgencySkyscannerEqual ExpertsRHPCapital OneBank of EnglandSytnerM&GCitizens AdviceGoodman MassonBromfordPurplebricksArmVMwareCivicaAnglian WaterThomson ReutersJohn Lamphiere, managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: “While tech [organisations] get a lot of attention for offering amazing perks and handsome salaries, these results indicate that it’s the non-tech businesses which provide UK employees with the best levels of work-life balance.“If [employers] want to attract quality talent, [they] need to be able to provide flexible working conditions and have a management team open to the idea of their employees working from home. We know that a good work-life balance is important to UK job seekers, so being a workplace where it’s valued can be a serious recruiting advantage.”last_img read more