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Suspended Brady Makes His Case

first_imgNEW YORK — After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL’s Park Avenue offices June 23, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady’s defense.It was growing dark when Goodell left the league headquarters after he heard Brady and representatives from the players’ union during the lengthy meeting. League security said Brady also had left.No details of the hearing were immediately available. “I think we put in a very compelling case,” Kessler said, adding that no timetable on a decision by Goodell had been given.Kessler said he would have no further comments, and neither the union nor the league immediately commented.This was the latest step in the protracted “Deflategate” scandal, and no decisions were expected imminently.Indeed, it is uncertain how soon Goodell will announce anything; he could decide to keep the suspension as it is, reduce it or completely wipe it clean.With training camps set to open in five weeks, the commissioner has some time to consider the evidence presented at the hearing. But the Patriots also can’t finalize training camp practice plans for the quarterback position until they know Brady’s availability for the 2015 season.Should Goodell keep the four-game ban — or even if he reduces it but doesn’t dismiss it totally — Brady could go to court. That could delay any solution for months.On June 23 as Goodell was hearing a myriad of testimonies, Brady supporters were outside, some wearing “Free Brady” T-shirts. At least until the rains came, that is.Some reporters joked that the meeting lasted so long because a summer storm was hitting the city and no one wanted to leave the building in such weather.But just past 8:30 p.m. EDT, the principles headed out.The NFL Players Association had asked Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he could not be impartial and might be called as a witness. But Goodell said it was his responsibility to oversee the hearing to protect the integrity of the league.Based on the league-sanctioned Wells report, Brady was suspended and the Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks.Among the key elements of Brady’s appeal: who ordered his four-game suspension and whether science supports the league’s findings about deflated footballs.The NFL says Goodell authorized the discipline that was imposed by league executive Troy Vincent, who signed the letters sent to Brady and the Patriots informing them of the penalties. The NFLPA challenged Vincent’s power to issue punishment, citing Article 46 of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.Goodell dismissed the union’s claim.“I did not delegate my disciplinary authority to Mr. Vincent; I concurred in his recommendation and authorized him to communicate to Mr. Brady the discipline imposed under my authority as Commissioner,” Goodell said in his letter to the union on June 2. “The identity of the person who signed the disciplinary letter is irrelevant.”The penalties were announced after investigator Ted Wells found that the Super Bowl champions illegally used under-inflated footballs in the AFC title game.Goodell issued punishments to Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice in recent, high-profile cases involving players violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The league doesn’t consider Brady’s case similar because it involved rules of the game.Scientific arguments also were a major part of Brady’s defense. Brady’s lawyers tried to shoot down the findings of an independent firm hired to provide scientific analysis of the air pressure inside the footballs used by the Patriots and Colts during the AFC title game.Brady’s side claimed:— The evidence collected in the Wells report doesn’t prove Brady violated any NFL rules.— The punishment is harsher than for similar violations.While Brady is fighting his punishment, Patriots owner Robert Kraft declined to appeal the team’s penalty, though he defended his franchise player and denied any wrongdoing by team employees.___By Rachel Cohen. AP Sports Writer.AP Pro Football Writers Rob Maaddi and Barry Wilner also contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IOC bars India from hosting future sporting events after Pakistani shooters denied visas

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee have suspended all Indian applications to host future events and urged international sports federations not to stage competitions in the country after two Pakistanis were denied visas to compete in New Delhi.The denial of entry visas for two shooters due to take part in a World Cup event in the Indian capital this weekend followed last week’s attack by a Pakistan-based militant group in Pulwama, which killed at least 40 CRPF paramilitary police.India has accused its neighbour of not doing enough to control the militant groups responsible for the Kashmir attacks. Pakistan has denied any involvement.The IOC said the refusal of visas for competitors went against the principles of the Olympic charter relating to discrimination and political interference from the host country.”Since becoming aware of the issue, and in spite of intense last-minute … efforts … and discussions with the Indian government authorities, no solution has been found to allow the Pakistani delegation to enter India in time to compete,” the IOC statement said.”As a result, the IOC Executive Board also decided to suspend all discussions with the Indian NOC and government regarding the potential applications for hosting future sports and Olympic-related events in India,” it said.The body also urged all international sports federations not to hold events in India, or grant hosting rights to the country for future competitions, until the government had provided “clear written guarantees” to ensure access for all athletes.The Indian Olympic Association last year laid out an ambitious roadmap to host the Youth Olympics in 2026, the Asian Games in 2030 and the Summer Olympics for the first time in 2032.advertisementThe shooters were scheduled to take part in the 25m pistol event and the IOC said two spots at next year’s Tokyo Olympics that had been up for grabs in that competition had been revoked.The International Shooting Sport Federation said on Wednesday it faced “an urgent situation as Pakistani athletes cannot get entry visas to participate in the competition” because of the Kashmir attack.The IOC said Olympic berths would still be up for grabs in other events.”The IOC restricted the withdrawal of recognition as an Olympic qualification event to the 25m rapid fire pistol competition in which the two Pakistani athletes were supposed to participate,” it said.”This happened in the interest of the other 500 athletes from 61 countries participating in the other events who are already in India for their competition.”Also Read | ISSF hints at scrapping Olympic quota at World Cup, India hopeful of solutionlast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019: Tamil Thalaivas beat Telugu Titans, Gujarat Fortunegiants crush Bengaluru Bulls

first_imgManjeet Chhillar and Rahul Chaudhry produced the goods as Tamil Thalaivas notched up a 39-26 win over Telugu Titans in the first southern derby of the Pro-Kabaddi League season 7 here Sunday.Manjeet with a high five and Rahul with a super 10 were the chief architects of the Thalaivas’ victory.Rahul proved to be the nemesis for his old side as he showed immense strength to power through the Titans’ defence throughout the match.On the other hand, Siddharth Desai had a quiet match by his standards and could score just five raid points.Rahul opened Tamil Thalaivas’ account in the first minute itself, while Telugu Titans forced a super tackle in the fourth minute to trail 3-4.It took six minutes for Siddharth to open his account for the Titans. It looked like an evenly-matched contest in the first 10 minutes as Telugu Titans led 7-6.Pro Kabaddi 2019 highlights: Tamil Thalaivas, Gujarat Fortunegiants clinch dominant wins on Day 2But Shabeer Bapu turned the tide in favour of Thalaivas first with a super tackle and then with a two-point raid.Rahul got a two-point raid and in the 16th minute, the Titans inflicted an all out to lead 16-7.Ajay Thakur then produced a super raid in the 18th minute as Titans led 19-8.At the end of the first half, Tamil Thalaivas led 20-10 and their defence showed strength and toughness to contain Siddharth.Mohit and Manjeet were rock solid at the back for Thalaivas.With less than 10 minutes to go in the second half, Tamil Thalaivas led 25-17 and looked on course for a win.advertisementRahul made three consecutive successful raids as Thalaivas led 33-20 with just five minutes left in the match.Thaliavas inflicted another all out in the 36th minute to ensure that they ran out comfortable winners in the end.last_img read more

Pulisic stays grounded amid increasing hype

first_imgUnited States Pulisic moves into second year of stardom trying hard to stay grounded Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 09:29 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Pulisic United States WC Qualifying 060817 Matthew Stockman United States United States v Costa Rica Honduras v United States WC Qualification CONCACAF The U.S. national team star is putting the finishing touches on what has been a roller-coaster year and the 18-year-old is determined to keep his head NEW YORK — Christian Pulisic isn’t quite Nuke LaLoosh, the cliche-spewing young pitching sensation from the classic sports movie “Bull Durham,” but you can hear the polished media training in his interview responses.After a whirlwind year that saw him go from Borussia Dortmund prospect to impact player, from U.S. national team newcomer to focal point of the team’s attack, you can understand why his teams have prepared him for the inevitable media wave that has followed his skyrocketing career.Still, the American sensation — who is set to turn 19 in three weeks — couldn’t help but reveal a bit of how the past 12 months have really been like when asked by Goal about the whirlwind ride he’s been on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “For me everything happened a little bit too fast,” Pulisic said at a Manhattan news conference ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. “The past year has been a roller coaster. Being able to play at club level at a high level, and then getting called into the national team, it’s amazing. But I’m just trying to stay as level-grounded as I can, finding a balance.”As calm and composed as he is on and off the field, even Pulisic can sound a bit frustrated when asked about the wave of expectations and hype that was destined to follow him once it became clear he was more than just another talented American teenager.He isn’t interested spending much time thinking about whether he’s the future of U.S. soccer. He just wants to focus on playing, winning and improving.”Of course I hear about all this stuff people talk about,” Pulisic said. “This kid, there’s hype, whatever. I just try to keep it out of my mind as much as I can because that doesn’t really matter to me. I put enough pressure on myself. I don’t need all this outside tension or whatever. I just try to do the best I can for myself and the people around me.”Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund 081917Pulisic has continued to impress teammates, opponents, fans and media alike with his fearlessness, skill and maturity — traits that have helped him make such a smooth transition into a marquee role for club and country.”He has surprised me, for sure, just in terms of how good a player he is and ultimately how quickly he’s been able to find the right ways to come into our team and make a real impact, even at this level,” U.S. captain Michael Bradley said.”I can remember watching him with the Under-17s at the World Cup with [U.S. assistant coach and former U-17 head coach Richie Williams] and you could see his talent, his ability,” Bradley added.”That was so clear. But you never know for sure how quickly some of the other stuff comes along. From the first camp that he’s come in with our team he has found a really good way to fit into the group. You can see what a good kid he is, how much he loves to play, how much he enjoys the time with our group. And as Bruce said, we want to put him in the best possible condition so he that he can play, enjoy himself and ultimately make the biggest difference for our team. That’s on everybody to make sure that we can continue to find the right ways for that.”Arena is no stranger to developing young American talents. Going back to the likes of Claudio Reyna, Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley, Arena has helped mold some of the best players in U.S. national team history, and he sees similarities between those U.S. legends and Pulisic, though even Arena acknowledges Pulisic is well ahead of the curve.Christian Pulisic US World Cup Qualifying 060817“Christian’s a little bit more accelerated in his professional career than they were,” Arena said. “At this point Christian has much better support than perhaps Landon had at this time, and Claudio, because he’s got a very experienced group of players who really are our leaders such as Michael [Bradley], Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and DaMarcus Beasley, so it takes a little bit away from the pressures on Christian to be a leader in our program as well.”Right now he’s a very gifted player that we’re allowing him the room to grow, both as a player and a person,” Arena added. “He doesn’t have that much responsibility in that regard, but simply because of the fact he’s such an outstanding player there’s some responsibilities on and off the field that he has to assume and he’s done that, but I’m thankful we have such great leaders like I mentioned to take some of that pressure off of Christian.”At a certain point, you can’t protect a young star from the glare of fame and heightened expectations. Success leads to a bigger spotlight, and right now no American soccer player on the planet is basking in a brighter light than Pulisic. His responsibilities are growing for the U.S., as well as for Dortmund, where he will be asked to help pick up the slack for the departed Ousmane Dembele.Pulisic doesn’t seem at all fazed by the growing expectations. After all, he spent the past year swimming in the deep end, and after a while you stop thinking about how deep the water is.That might explain why Pulisic has looked even more comfortable, and even more dangerous for Dortmund early in the new Bundesliga campaign. Experience, familiarity and confidence groomed over the course of a dream year have led to an even better Pulisic, even if he doesn’t admit to there being much of a change this season.”I don’t think there’s too much different. Maybe we lost a player or two, but I kind of have the same role on the team,” Pulisic said of his place at Dortmund. “Whenever I’m on the field, similar like I do with the national team, [my focus] is being effective, being dangerous. Helping my team to create and score goals. I understand that, and I’m excited for this new season. Whether there’s more responsibility put on me or not I’m going to go out and I’m going to try to do the same things and be effective.”Both Dortmund and the U.S. are counting on Pulisic to continue to shine, and improve. Friday’s qualifier against Costa Rica, being played in the shadow of New York City, will serve as Pulisic’s next big challenge. It will be up to him to determine whether it will be a peak or valley along the roller-coaster ride his young career has become. So far, that ride has had far more highs than lows.last_img read more

Heynckes: I’m not out of touch with modern game

first_imgBayern München Heynckes: I’m not out of touch with modern football Joe Wright 20:48 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jupp heynckes - cropped Twitter @FCBayernEN Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti Bundesliga The returning Bayern Munich manager insists he has kept up with the latest developments despite being a 72-year-old veteran of management New Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes insists he has not lost touch with football during four years away from coaching.The 72-year-old has been appointed as head coach until the end of the season following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti last Thursday.Heynckes has been away from the dugout since leaving Bayern at the end of the 2012-13 season, during which he steered the club to their first treble of Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League wins. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But the former Real Madrid boss says he has kept up with developments in the European game and is fully prepared for what lies ahead between now and next May.”I’ve watched the most recent developments, be they in the top foreign leagues with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus or the Premier League. I’ve also been very busy with the Bundesliga,” he told a news conference.”There were several reasons [for my comeback]. There’s the friendship with [president] Uli Hoeness and the contact with [chairman] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, which has never been broken down the years.”I also have a lot to thank Bayern for. They were the springboard to an international career, which then continued in Spain.”I thought 2013 was the end of my coaching career. I’ve had several offers from top European clubs since the treble but they were never an option for me.#MiaSanMia! #Jupp #Heynckes— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 9, 2017″Critics say I’ve been out the game for four years but football’s not been re-invented. I’ve followed very closely.”Age is a number and nothing more. Some feel old at 45. I’ve not changed. I feel young. I have the resting heart-rate of a 60-year-old!”My job is to analyse the situation. Despite the difficult situation, I’m confident we will soon show a different face.”Heynckes also defended Ancelotti in the wake of his departure, insisting he deserves the highest regard for his record in football.”The man won the Champions League three times. Every coach understands this situation,” he said.Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich“I respect him very much and I would like to say this much: I’ve been through a similar situation in my career to the one Carlo is in now. I still have the highest opinion of him.”Hoeness said of Heynckes’ comeback: “During various talks, we came to the conclusion that Jupp is the best solution. Personally, I’m very glad to have my close friend back at Bayern.”Rummenigge, who described Heynckes as “an absolute master of his profession”, added that talks will be held with previous interim boss Willy Sagnol over his future.”I told him he would not be in Jupp’s coaching team. However, we’ve arranged an appointment for this week in which we’ll clarify his possible future within our club,” he said.last_img read more

13 injured in clash between two groups in UPs Muzaffarnagar

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: Thirteen people were injured after a clash broke out between two groups over taking water from a public hand pump, police said on Sunday.The incident took place on Saturday in Sakoti village, which comes under the jurisdiction of Jhinjana police station, said Dinesh Kumar, in-charge of Chosana police outpost.Injured persons were rushed to a nearby hospital, he said.Meanwhile, security was tightened and extra police force was deployed in the village, Kumar added.last_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,504.13 up 77.51 points).ClearStream Energy Services Inc. (TSX:CSM). Energy. Unchanged at 7.5 cents on 16.2 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up three cents, or 0.68 per cent, to $4.41 on 11.9 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 86 cents, or 1.97 per cent, to $44.58 on 9.6 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down one cent, or 0.45 per cent to $2.21 on 6.9 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Unchanged at $8.33 on 6.8 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down three cents, or 0.43 per cent, to $6.99 on 6.8 million shares.Companies reporting:Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B). Up 69 cents or 2.4 per cent to $29.62. Quebecor’s chief financial officer Jean-Francois Pruneau has been appointed to head the company’s Videotron business after the departure of its previous CEO. The company’s new chief financial officer is Hugues Simard, who had been with the company from 1998 to 2017, while Marc Tremblay has been promoted to Quebecor’s chief operating officer. Bausch Health Companies Inc. (TSX:BHC). Up $1.26 or 4.4 per cent to $29.75. Bausch Health is predicting revenue growth this year as the drug maker emerges from a mountain of debt and lawsuits. CEO Joseph Papa said Monday he expects Bausch — formerly known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals — will double revenue from its seven major products to between US$150 million and US$300 million, driving overall sales growth. Papa, in presentation notes ahead of a health-care conference in San Francisco, said he aims to put another US$1 billion-plus toward debt reduction and “bolt-on” acquisitions in 2019. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

ICE Futures Canada Wednesday Canola prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $5.50 higher $511.20; Jan. ’18 $5.40 higher $516.50; March ’18 $5.50 higher $520.20; May ’18 $4.30 higher $521.60; July ’18 $3.80 higher $523.40; Nov. ’18 $3.30 higher $489.90; Jan. ’19 $3.30 higher $490.70; March ’19 $3.30 higher $493.40; May ’19 $3.30 higher $493.40; July ’19 $3.30 higher $493.40; Nov. ’19 $3.30 higher $493.30.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00.Wednesday’s estimated volume of trade: 211,680 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 211,680. read more

UN agencies step up joint response to help droughtaffected northern Somalia

The two agencies are providing an integrated package of life-saving humanitarian assistance to halt the deteriorating food security and rising malnutrition in the affected areas of Somaliland and Puntland, where 385,000 need immediate assistance, while another 1.3 million are on the brink of slipping into a deeper crisis if rains continue to fail and aid is too slow to come.The aid package includes food assistance, nutrition programmes, and health services, as well as support to help communities access safe water and improve sanitation and hygiene conditions.“The communities have lived through four successive poor rainy seasons, and their ability to cope with the drought has been stretched to the limit,” said UNICEF Representative for Somalia, Steven Lauwerier. “Our concerted efforts are needed now to save the lives of tens of thousands of children and their families. Any delay from the international community will put their lives further at risk of hunger and disease,” he addedIn addition to increased malnutrition cases and enrolment in nutrition programmes in the most affected areas, malnutrition-related deaths have been reported in areas such as Awdal region bordering Ethiopia.In response, UNICEF is strengthening services at community level, deploying joint mobile health and nutrition teams to reach pastoral and other hard-to-reach groups. Malnourished children will receive an essential package of primary health care interventions, including emergency immunization. UNICEF is also providing 50,000 households with access to safe water via vouchers in the affected areas, and have repaired seven boreholes.For its part, WFP has provided food assistance and nutrition support for 147,000 vulnerable people in the areas worst affected by the drought, and WFP continues to provide food or cash-based assistance to help families make it through the dry season.“The people of Somalia know all too well the dangers of drought, but a drought does not have to mean a disaster – the world must recognize that we can save lives if we act in time,” said WFP Country Director Laurent Bukera. “It is absolutely critical that we are able to sustain assistance to the people affected by this crisis, so we can stem the damage of undernutrition for mothers and children before it has lifelong consequences.”Together, the two agencies provide specialized nutrition support to prevent and treat malnutrition in pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and young children.Emergency health supplies have also been pre-positioned in regional hospitals, health facilities and with partners to support the response.In Puntland, UNICEF pre-positioned nutrition supplies, including 500 cartons of BP-5 – a high energy biscuit. In Somaliland, 15,000 cartons of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) were provided to the Ministry of Health.Keep children in schoolsWith thousands of children at risk of dropping out of school due to the drought, the two agencies are also working together to keep children and teachers in schools, and prevent exposure of children to the risks of family separation, early marriage, child labour and abuse. This is particularly pertinent as families continue to be forced into migration, in search of food, aid, and pasture for their livestock.The UN has appealed for $105 million to provide humanitarian and livelihood assistance to some 1.7 million people, most of them pastoralists and agro-pastoralists who make up three quarters of the population in Somaliland and Puntland. read more

Accused in 57M fraud remanded to prison

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSoesdyke man slapped with G$2M fraud chargeAugust 20, 2019In “Court”Nigerian remanded on fraud chargesFebruary 11, 2017In “Court”$350,000 bail for Taxi Driver accused of $1.1M fraudFebruary 6, 2014In “Crime” Accused: Rudolph BraithwaiteAfter being slapped with three fraud related charges totaling over $5.7 million, 38-year-old Rudolph Braithwaite was remanded to prison by Georgetown Magistrate Faith McGusty on all the charges when he made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The McDoom, East Bank Demerara resident stood before the courts and denied the charges.The first charge alleged that between April 27 and June 7, 2018 at Imbaimadai Landing, Mazaruni River, Region 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Braithwaite with intent to defraud he obtained a quantity of mining equipment and food supplies valued at $313,000, property of Davika Persaud by falsely pretending that the items were bought on the account of his employer, Rutherford Holding Inc.Another charge alleged that between January 1 and February 28, 2018 at the aforementioned location, with intent to defraud he obtained a quantity of goods and fuel valued at $580,000 property of Grant Ali, by falsely pretending that the items were bought on the account of his employer, Rutherford Holding Inc.The court also hear that between December 1, 2017 and July 9, 2018 at Imbaimadai Landing, he stole 19 ounces of raw gold valued at $4.9 million taken from the account of his employer, Neville Rutherford.Stephen Telford, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), who prosecuted the matter objected to bail on the grounds that the crime is somewhat habitual for the defendant.As a result, Magistrate McGusty made no hesitation and remanded Brathwaite to prison until March 19, 2019.Additionally the matter was transferred to the Kamarang Magistrate’s Court. read more

Bausch Lomb staff vote in favour of cost cutting measures

first_imgSTAFF AT BAUSCH & Lomb in Waterford have accepted proposals from management that could see 200 staff being let go – but a smaller pay cut than initially proposed.The company said it welcomes the outcome of the ballot of SIPTU members on the proposals to secure the future of Waterford’s Bausch + Lomb facility.“We recognise that this has been a difficult decision and we would like to express our sincere appreciation to the SIPTU members for this positive vote.”The SIPTU members voted by 563 in favour to 157 against to accept cost saving proposals which management has stated will secure the long-term future of the plant, said the union.AgreementThe agreement includes a wage reduction of 7.5% in basic pay; elimination of some bonuses; one hour added work per week; a reduction in in the Sick Pay scheme and an improved redundancy package for the 200 workers who will lose their jobs.SIPTU Sector Organiser, Alan O’Leary, said:These proposals were very difficult for our members to accept. However, enhanced compensation means that these cuts won’t be felt for some time. Also, a new gain sharing commitment from the company equivalent to 10% of savings on unit labour costs shared equally among workers provides an opportunity to mitigate the losses. The union has been in intensive talks with the senior management from Valeant, the Bausch and Lomb parent company, since an announcement on Thursday, 29 May, that the future of the plant was in jeopardy unless there was major cost savings,.The talks had moved to the Labour Relations Commission but an agreement was not reached.The company’s final position was outlined in a proposal by the LRC recommending that both sides give it serious consideration.At a general meeting of SIPTU members on Thursday, 12 June, it was decided to hold a ballot on the proposals.O’Leary said they received a letter of commitment from Valeant CEO J Michael Pearson confirming that the company would not seek any more cuts.He also provided a personal commitment to immediately invest in the Waterford plant if our members accepted the terms of the LRC proposal.O’Leary said the union now publicly calls on Pearson to honour his commitment to immediately sign off on investment for Waterford. SIPTU will be writing to Pearson to seek confirmation of this investment.Bausch & Lomb said today:We also reiterate the commitments made last week by the Chairman and CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Mike Pearson, that if this deal is approved we will not ask for more concessions, and we will continue to invest in Waterford in the long term. Our preference has always been and remains to keep the Waterford plant open and viable in the future.The TEEU ballot will take place tomorrow.Originally published 6.21pmRead: Bausch and Lomb workers to vote on plan to cut jobs and wages>last_img read more

Cork City FC says no breach to regulations after TD was removed

first_imgIn an initial statement to, An Garda Síochána said that its members intervened “following a complaint of a minor assault” at the stadium. This was later updated to the following: Source: CCFC Independent SLO/Twitter Apr 13th 2019, 11:47 AM Following a minor incident where a flag was seized by staff at Turner’s Cross football stadium last evening, Gardaí on duty at the stadium assisted security staff in escorting a man out of the grounds. Following discussions with the man he was readmitted to the ground.“No arrests were made and the situation was resolved. No injuries were reported,” they added.Cork City FC released an updated statement this afternoon in which it says the club has since reviewed CCTV of the incident and spoken to all parties involved in the matter.“At lunchtime, members of club staff and the Board of Management met with Mr Jonathan O’Brien TD, who was, for a short time, removed from the stadium last night. Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 5:31 PM 95 Comments Having spoken to Mr O’Brien and reviewed the CCTV footage, the club wishes to confirm that there was no breach of stadium regulations by him. This was a frank and positive discussion, and both parties are happy that the matter is now concluded to their mutual satisfaction.The statement concluded that following its meeting with O’Brien, the club now plans to have further discussions with all key stakeholders involved in advance of its next home fixture “with the intention of ensuring the best match night experience possible for our supporters”.John Delaney is the former CEO and current Executive Vice President of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). On Wednesday, he and other representatives of the association voluntarily appeared before the Oireachtas Sports Committee to answer questions about the suspended Sports Ireland funding due to financing and governance issues.Delaney is now expected to leave the FAI, with an announcement confirming so being made as early as tonight. With reporting from Adam Daly  53,715 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Cork City FC says ‘no breach to regulations’ after TD was removed from stadium amid Delaney protest Gardaí said that they intervened “following a complaint of a minor assault” at the stadium. Unacceptable and heavy handed treatment of loyal @CorkCityFC Supporters tonight. We feel it’s important to highlight the unacceptable treatment of our Supporters during a peaceful protest. #CCFC84 #LeagueOfIreland— CCFC Independent SLO (@CCFC84_SLO) April 12, 2019 Short URL Turner’s Cross Stadium. Image: Google Maps Turner’s Cross Stadium. Image: Google Maps Updated Apr 13th 2019, 5:31 PM CORK CITY FC has said there was “no breach of stadium regulations” after it reviewed CCTV footage of an incident which involved the seizure of an anti-John Delaney banner and the removal of a TD from a match in Turner’s Cross stadium last night.Earlier today, Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien accused the gardaí of an “over-the-top” reaction to protesters who were holding a “Delaney Out” banner at a League of Ireland match between Cork City and St Patrick’s Athletic. The Cork North Central TD was attending when he intervened in the incident. Videos and eye-witness accounts indicate that protesters refused to hand the banner to stadium security personnel. When the situation escalated, O’Brien intervened. Gardaí then asked the TD to leave the football ground.He was later allowed back into the grounds, Sinn Féin said in a statement.O’Brien said that it was “an absurd situation that sees public order police attempt to take a banner from football fans, simply because it criticises the former CEO of the FAI”. This evening’s tactics from the Gardaí were way over the top. Fans have to be allowed to express their opinion.“I was ejected from the ground simply for intervening as an elected representative of many Cork City fans,” he added. Share188 Tweet Email last_img read more

Une nouvelle technologie pour vieillir les photographies

first_imgUne nouvelle technologie pour vieillir les photographies Un étudiant de l’université canadienne Concordia a mis au point un programme informatique permettant de vieillir les photographies de façon plus précise et efficace, et ainsi prévoir l’apparence future d’une personne. Une avancée qui pourrait être extrêmement utile lors de la recherche de personnes disparues, ou de criminels en fuite.C’est dans le cadre de son mémoire que Khoa Luu, Doctorant au Département d’informatique et de génie logiciel de Concordia, travaille sur de nouvelles méthodes permettant d’évaluer l’âge et de prévoir l’apparence future avec plus de précision. “Nous avons développé une technique innovatrice combinant deux approches existantes, soit les modèles actifs d’apparence et la rétrogradation de vecteur de soutien. Cette combinaison a considérablement amélioré la précision de l’estimation de l’âge. Lors des essais, notre méthode a obtenu les meilleurs résultats de toutes les recherches publiées”, s’enthousiasme l’étudiant, dont les propos et recherches sont rapportés par le site Planet-techno-science.À lire aussiDécouvrez 20 images impressionnantes du corps humain observé au microscopeAujourd’hui,les travaux de vieillissement d’images sont en majeure partie réalisés par des artistes judiciaires qui, s’ils sont formés en anatomie et en géométrie du visage, ne peuvent pas fournir des estimations vraiment scientifiques et précises. Pour une même personne photographiée, les prédictions des artistes peuvent ainsi s’avérer très différentes les unes des autres.Le programme informatique développé par Khoa Luu “s’appuie également sur une combinaison de techniques existantes”, explique-t-il. “Le visage humain évolue de différentes façons au cours de la vie. Durant la croissance et le développement, la structure physique du visage s’allonge et s’élargit. Dans la phase adulte du vieillissement, les principaux changements du visage affectent les tissus mous. Des rides et des lignes se forment, et les muscles commencent à perdre leur tonus”, souligne-t-il. Toutes ces données doivent être intégrées à un algorithme informatique, et deux fonctions de vieillissement ont dû être développées pour prendre en compte ces deux différentes périodes de vieillissement lors desquelles les visages évoluent de façon tout à fait distincte.Recherche d’enfants ou d’adultes disparus, enquêtes de sécurité nationale, recherche de fugitifs : cette technologie pourrait s’avérer très utile dans de nombreux domaines, et ce même dans l’industrie cosmétique, souligne Khoa Luu.Le 19 mars 2011 à 19:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Anonymous les hackers hackés

first_imgAnonymous : les hackers hackésSoupçonnés d’avoir piraté le réseau PlayStation de Sony, les membres du collectif Anonymous ont à leur tour été victimes de hackers. Un canal de discussion utilisé par le groupe a en effet été visé par un piratage de grande ampleur.Les sites et, un réseau de dialogue utilisé par les Anonymous, a été touché par un piratage ce weekend, rapporte ZDnet. Dans un communiqué, l’équipe du serveur explique avoir été victime de la trahison d’un ancien administrateur, Ryan, un jeune homme résidant au Royaume-Uni. AnonOps évoque un véritable “coup d’état contre la structure de commande sans leader qu’emploient les administrateurs du réseau”. À lire aussiProduits ménagers, Afrique et obésité, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 15 avrilDésormais, le site est inaccessible, faisant place à une page d’erreur dévoilant après le message “LOL AnonOps Dead”, une liste contenant les adresses IP de centaines de personnes ayant échangé et discuté sur le réseau de dialogue instantané (IRC). Des informations qui devraient permettre l’identification de certains d’entre eux avec l’aide des FAI (fournisseurs d’accès Internet).AnonOps déconseille alors aux internautes d’utiliser et “L’utilisation ou la connexion à un serveur sur ces adresses peuvent comporter des risques”, prévient l’équipe du canal de discussion, qui renvoie vers l’adresse, épargnée par le piratage.Le 10 mai 2011 à 15:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Geek Plays State of Decay 2

first_img Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.This week, we’re playing State of Decay 2, a game about turning a zombie house into a zombie home and the latest open-world exclusive for Microsoft. Watch us put poor Nate out of his misery.Subscribe and watch’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Purchase State of Decay 2Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games Stay on targetlast_img read more

Herrera Beutler plans telephone town hall

first_imgU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, will host a telephone town hall at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Residents of Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District are invited to join. Herrera Beutler will speak about health care, taxes, the economy and other topics.Residents can join by calling 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365.Interested participants can be placed on the call list by calling 360-695-6292.last_img

Havas opens wellness lounge for 2000 Londonbased employees

first_imgAdvertising and public relations agency Havas has opened a new wellness lounge for the 2,000 employees working at its Kings Cross office, as part of its broader wellbeing programme, Havas Equalise.The HKX Wellness Lounge was officially opened on Wednesday 16 January 2019. It aims to provide a dedicated, technology-free space to help staff switch off and take time away from technology and screens during the working day.Havas Equalise is a broader initiative that seeks to help employees achieve balance across their work and personal lives, in both mind and body.Ewen MacPherson, people director at Havas Group Media, said: “This is the latest initiative to launch as part of our ongoing holistic health and wellbeing programme, Havas Equalise. The wellness lounge is a place our people can retreat to, to unwind and recharge as and when they need.”The wellness lounge features tablets loaded with mindfulness and meditation apps for staff to use. Moving forward, the space will also be used for the organisation’s Wellness Wednesday events, which include hourly guided meditations and mindfulness sessions.Havas, which has 22,000 employees across the globe, hosted a launch event in its auditorium to communicate about the new wellness lounge to staff. Employees were given free fresh juices and smoothies and were able to listen to a keynote address delivered by Geoff McDonald, wellness consultant and former vice president of HR at consumer goods organisation Unilever.MacPherson added: “We’re excited to offer staff this dedicated space and continue to provide them with the tools and strategies they need to become the best version of themselves.”As part of Havas Equalise, the organisation has also trained 28 mental health ambassadors, via charity Rethink, and hosted activities around Time to Change Day, Mental Health Awareness Week, World Mental Health Day and Suicide Prevention Day. Havas also held an anxiety themed month last April, offered resilience training in September 2018 and contributed to the Mental Health Foundation’s Curry and a Chaat initiative.last_img read more

Hasina blasts Kamal for joining hands with BNP

first_imgSome 150 retired officials of the armed forces expressed solidarity with the government of prime minister Sheikh Hasina meeting her at Ganabhaban on Tuesday — Photo: PIDAwami League president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday came down heavily on Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain and his associates for joining hands with BNP.She wanted to know about their intention where they actually want to take the country to.”They’ve joined hands with the corrupt, convicted criminals and killers. Where do they want to take the country to,” she said.The prime minister said this while delivering her speech at a programme where some 150 retired officials of the armed forces expressed solidarity with the pro-liberation forces and the government of prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.Sheikh Hasina said Kamal Hossain and his associates and the civil society people always talk against terrorism and corruption but have got together at a place where there are people who are convicted for graft and embezzlement of orphans’ money, ten-truck arms haul case, terrorism and militants, 21 August grenade attacks.”He [Kamal] is now under the leadership of those convicted people…these civil society people will restore democracy under the leadership of those who are convicts,” she said.The prime minister questioned where actually Kamal and his associates saw the lack of democracy in the country.”This is the ill fate of the country that these people are talking about reviving democracy, but what’s the definition of their democracy? They cannot tell that…my question is to them what type of democracy they want to bring in,” Hasina said.Regarding the rhetoric of Kamal Hossain and his associates about values and principles, the prime minister asked where their principles now are.Where are they taking their nomination papers from,” she questioned.She said Kamal Hossain and BNP repeatedly said they will establish the rule of law in the country.”But they (BNP) never obeyed the rule of law…who had taken the country to the verge of destruction? I don’t know what type of development they will ensure for the country!”Sheikh Hasina wondered how joining hands with the BNP Kamal will be able to ensure development, eradicate corruption, terrorism and bring democracy in the country.Accusing BNP and its allies always of indulging in conspiracy, Hasina urged the people of the country to always remain alert against any sort of plot against Bangladesh.Briefly describing the various development activities taken by her government in the last 10 years, she said the country’s GDP growth is now 7.86 per cent and the aim of the government is to take it to the double digit.”I would like to make the country as a brand in the world instead of wearing various items of various brands.” On the occasion, the prime minister’s security affairs adviser Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique delivered the welcome address.He said the retired officials of the armed forces will work together so that the pro-liberation forces, led by Sheikh Hasina, can return to power winning the next general elections.Some retired officers of the armed forces also spoke at the programme saying they will work for the AL in the coming general elections.Earlier, they greeted prime minister Sheikh Hasina by presenting her a bouquet and joined a photo session with her.last_img read more

Houston City Council Supports Campaign To Help Adoptees Who Lack US Citizenship

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Donna MurpheyJoy Alessi (center) is co-director of the Adoptee Rights Campaign. In this photo she poses holding a proclamation passed by the Houston City Council in support of the campaign on January 23rd 2018.Members of the Houston City Council expressed their support Tuesday for a campaign that is asking the Congress to pass a law that will retroactively grant U.S. citizenship to qualifying people who were adopted in foreign countries by U.S. citizens but were not naturalized.According to the Adoptee Rights Campaign, the Child Citizenship Act (CCA) of 2000, which took effect in February 2001, left thousands of adoptees unprotected in the sense that it did not grant citizenship retroactively.Bills to change that situation have been unsuccessfully introduced in previous sessions of the U.S. Congress and, according to Joy Alessi, co-director of the campaign, another bill with the same goal will be introduced soon.Previous bills established that citizenship would be granted retroactively to adoptees as long as they had been adopted before they reached the age of 18 years old.Alessi, who is an adoptee herself but has become a legal permanent resident and is currently applying for naturalization, says that –according to data compiled by the campaign and provided by the South Korean government and other sources— there could be between 35,000 and 75,000 adoptees who lack U.S. citizenship.“Unfortunately, we have an impacted community in Houston and in Texas,” Alessi, who was born in South Korea, was adopted by U.S. citizens when she was just seven months-old and resides in Houston, assured the Houston City Council after it passed a proclamation, presented by Council Member Brenda Stardig –who represents District A—, in support of her campaign.Several members of the Council addressed Alessi and Hyunja Norman, another adoptee who attended the public session, and said they were not aware of this situation and also pledged their support.“If you need defending any of those citizenship rights, I think you’ll have a unanimous vote here to, to stick with you through the whole process,” said Council Member Jack Christie, who holds the At-Large Position 5.Council Member Michael Kubosh, who holds the At-Large Position 3, also noted he was not aware of the plight of the adoptees and assured the representatives of the campaign that will work “any way” he can to help them.Asked about whether there is fear among the adoptee community that currently lacks citizenship, Alessi responded: “as we know, these days, if you don’t have the right documentation or status you are vulnerable.”Several members of Houston’s Korean community attended the Council’s public session to support the passage of the proclamation. Sharelast_img read more

BRGeorgiaPOV Program

first_imgB&RGeorgiaPOV Program The eastern European nation of Georgia is being featured in B&R’s Places on the Verge (POV) program, for its ‘… potential for curious travellers and lovers of excellent food and wine, and as a destination on the brink of global popularity for tourism.’“Georgia has certainly been on our minds, and for travellers familiar with our POV program, it offers an unbeatable mix of intriguing ancient history, immersive cultural elements and rewarding activity across the entire country,” says Chris Mark, B&R’s Director, Central & Eastern Europe. The 10-day trip covers must-visit regions in Georgia, with a heavy focus on wine-making and tantalising tastings. Not only is Georgia home to some of the oldest traces of wine production (dating back to 8,000 BC), the Kakheti wine region offers tasting experiences in diverse settings such as the Alaverdi Monastery and Orgo Winery. Travellers will also visit Chateau Mukrani, one of Georgia’s oldest and most prestigious wineries, before being welcomed in to the home of a small family-owned winery on the way to Borjomi.The 10 days/9 nights Georgia POV trip runs in September 2018, from AUD$9,480, with single supplements starting at AUD$1,265. last_img read more