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Touch Footy Show – NYC Edition

Touch Footy Show – NYC Edition

first_imgIn this edition, Mark Spear, Adam Raptis and Glenn Hayes discuss the upcoming event – the favourites, who to watch out for as well as celebrating the Touch Footy Show’s first birthday. To view the video please click on the link http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865 or locate ‘MyTouch TV’ on the Touch Football Australia homepage.last_img

Video: Louisville’s Rick Pitino Thrashed A Student Reporter During Thursday’s Press Conference

Video: Louisville’s Rick Pitino Thrashed A Student Reporter During Thursday’s Press Conference

first_imgRick Pitino in a press conference.Louisville’s men’s basketball team went one-and-done in the ACC Tournament, losing its quarterfinal game to North Carolina Thursday afternoon. Following the contest, Cardinals’ coach Rick Pitino held a brief press conference with reporters. The first question came from Derek Brightwell, a reporter for the school’s student newspaper, the Louisville Cardinal. Brightwell asked Pitino why his team has struggled against the zone so much this season; Pitino was apparently not impressed with the question. The question starts at the 0:56 mark.  It is fairly clear why Louisville has struggled against the zone this season; they don’t shoot the ball well, which is typically a requirement for good offense when facing a zone defense. But Pitino pulled the I’m a big-time college basketball coach and you’re a student reporter that doesn’t know anything move, and he came across as a pretty big jerk in the process. The student reporter was apparently OK with it, though. Got thrashed by Pitino at the presser, but the @CardChronicle comment section was talking about me. Also picked up 4 followers. #illtakeit— Derek Brightwell (@derekbrightwell) March 12, 2015Louisville will learn its NCAA Tournament fate Sunday night.[Courier-Journal]last_img read more

More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers

More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers

first_imgWASHINGTON – FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.Those employers and many others are quietly taking what once would have been a radical step: They’re dropping marijuana from the drug tests they require of prospective employees. Marijuana testing — a fixture at large American employers for at least 30 years — excludes too many potential workers, experts say, at a time when filling jobs is more challenging than it’s been in nearly two decades.“It has come out of nowhere,” said Michael Clarkson, head of the drug testing practice at Ogletree Deakins, a law firm. “I have heard from lots of clients things like, ‘I can’t staff the third shift and test for marijuana.’”Though still in its early stages, the shift away from marijuana testing appears likely to accelerate. More states are legalizing cannabis for recreational use; Michigan could become the 10th state to do so in November. Missouri appears on track to become the 30th state to allow medical pot use.And medical marijuana users in Massachusetts , Connecticut and Rhode Island have won lawsuits in the past year against companies that rescinded job offers or fired workers because of positive tests for cannabis. Before last year, courts had always ruled in favour of employers.The Trump administration also may be softening its resistance to legal marijuana. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta suggested at a congressional hearing last month that employers should take a “step back” on drug testing.“We have all these Americans that are looking to work,” Acosta said. “Are we aligning our … drug testing policies with what’s right for the workforce?”There is no definitive data on how many companies conduct drug tests, though the Society for Human Resource Management found in a survey that 57 per cent do so. Nor is there any recent data on how many have dropped marijuana from mandatory drug testing.But interviews with hiring executives, employment lawyers and agencies that help employers fill jobs indicate that dropping marijuana testing is among the steps more companies are taking to expand their pool of applicants to fill a near-record level of openings.Businesses are hiring more people without high school diplomas, for example, to the point where the unemployment rate for non-high school graduates has sunk more than a full percentage point in the past year to 5.5 per cent. That’s the steepest such drop for any educational group over that time. On Friday, the government is expected to report another robust jobs report for April.Excluding marijuana from testing marks the first major shift in workplace drug policies since employers began regularly screening applicants in the late 1980s. They did so after a federal law required that government contractors maintain drug-free workplaces. Many private businesses adopted their own mandatory drug testing of applicants.Most businesses that have dropped marijuana tests continue to screen for cocaine, opiates, heroin and other drugs. But James Reidy, an employment lawyer in New Hampshire, says companies are thinking harder about the types of jobs that should realistically require marijuana tests. If a manufacturing worker, for instance, isn’t driving a forklift or operating industrial machinery, employers may deem a marijuana test unnecessary.“Employers are saying, ‘We have a thin labour pool,’ “Reidy said. ” ‘So are we going to test and exclude a whole group of people? Or can we assume some risks, as long as they’re not impaired at work?’”Yet many companies are reluctant to acknowledge publicly that they’ve dropped marijuana testing.“This is going to become the new don’t ask, don’t tell,” Reidy said.In most states that have legalized marijuana, like Colorado, businesses can still, if they wish, fire workers who test positive. On the other hand, Maine, which also legalized the drug, became the first state to bar companies from firing or refusing to hire someone for using marijuana outside work.Companies in labour-intensive industries — hoteliers and home health care providers and employers with many warehouse and assembly jobs — are most likely to drop marijuana testing. By contrast, businesses that contract with the government or that are in regulated industries, like air travel, or that have safety concerns involving machinery, are continuing marijuana tests, employment lawyers say. Federal regulations require the testing of pilots, train operators and other key transportation workers.Dropping marijuana testing is more common among employers in the nine states, along with the District of Columbia, that have legalized pot for recreational use. An additional 20 states allow marijuana for medical use only. But historically low unemployment is driving change even where pot remains illegal.After the Drug-Free Workplace Act was enacted in 1988, amid concerns about cocaine use, drug testing spread to most large companies. All Fortune 500 companies now engage in some form of drug testing, according to Barry Sample, a senior director at Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest testing firms.In Denver, in a state with just 3 per cent unemployment, 10 per cent of employers that screen for drugs had dropped marijuana as of 2016, according to a survey by the Employers Council, which provides corporate legal and human resources services.“It’s because unemployment is virtually non-existent” in Colorado, said Curtis Graves, a lawyer at the council. “People cannot afford to take a hard line against off-duty marijuana usage if they want to hire.”That’s particularly true in Colorado’s resort areas, where hotels and ski lifts are heavily staffed with young workers, Graves said: “They can lose their jobs and walk across the street and get another one.”FPI, a property-management firm in San Francisco that employs 2,900 around the country, from leasing managers to groundskeepers, has dozens of jobs listed on online boards. Its ads say applicants must pass a “full background check and drug screening.”But it adds, “As it relates to marijuana use, FPI will consider any applicable state law when dispositioning test results.”FPI didn’t respond to requests for comment, which isn’t unusual given that companies that have dropped marijuana tests aren’t exactly billboarding their decisions. Most still seek to maintain drug-free workplaces and still test for harder drugs.“They’re pretty hush-hush about it,” Graves said.AutoNation, which operates dealerships in 17 states, is one of the few that have gone public. The company stopped testing for marijuana about a year ago. Marc Cannon, a company spokesman, said it did so mostly in response to evolving public attitudes. But it also feared losing prospective employees.“The labour market has tightened up,” Cannon said.AutoNation heard from other business leaders, Cannon said. They said things like, “‘We’re doing the same thing; we just didn’t want to share it publicly.’”Relaxed attitudes among employers are spreading from states where recreational marijuana is legal to those where it’s lawful only for medical use, such as Michigan and New Hampshire.Janis Petrini, who owns an Express Employment staffing agency in Grand Rapids, Michigan, says that with the area’s unemployment rate below 3 per cent, employers are growing desperate. Some are willing to ignore the results of drug tests performed by Express, which still screens for marijuana and won’t place workers who test positive.“We have had companies say to us, ‘We don’t worry about that as much as we used to,’” Petrini said. “We say, ‘OK, well, we are still following our standards.’ “One of Reidy’s clients, a manufacturer in New Hampshire, has dropped marijuana testing because it draws some workers from neighbouring Massachusetts and Maine, which have legalized pot for recreational use. Another client, which runs assisted living facilities from Florida to Maine, has stopped testing its housekeeping and food service workers for marijuana.The stigma surrounding marijuana use is eroding, compounding pressure on employers to stop testing. Sixty-four per cent of Americans support legalizing pot, a Gallup poll found, the highest percentage in a half-century of surveys.In Las Vegas, where recreational use is legal, marijuana dispensaries “look almost like Apple stores,” said Thoran Towler, CEO of the Nevada Association of Employers.Many high-tech companies have been moving from California to Nevada to escape California’s high costs, and they’re seeking workers. Towler says the most common question from his 400 member executives is, “Where do I find employees?”He estimates that roughly one-tenth of his group’s members have stopped testing for marijuana out of frustration.“They say, ‘I have to get people on the casino floor or make the beds, and I can’t worry about what they’re doing in their spare time,’” Towler said.___Contact Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber___Follow AP’s marijuana coverage here: https://apnews.com/tag/LegalMarijuanalast_img read more

CUPE calls off Flair Airlines job action citing job security concerns

CUPE calls off Flair Airlines job action citing job security concerns

first_imgThe Canadian Press BURNABY, B.C. — The Canadian Union of Public Employees has called off a job action by 139 Flair Airlines flight attendants that was set to begin at midnight tonight.The union cites concerns for the job security of members of CUPE Local 4060 for its decision. It says in a release that Flair Airlines issued memos to employees advising that anyone taking part in the job action would not be scheduled for further work.It also says the company offered an additional $150 pay per day to anyone crossing the picket line to get to work.The union says it’s going to challenge Flair’s move at the Canada Industrial Relations Board before proceeding with any job action.Contract negotiations have been ongoing for more than a year, and CUPE issued the strike notice after mediated talks on Wednesday failed to resolve outstanding issues involving wages, pensions, time credits and scheduling.Flair Airlines flies out of Vancouver, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.last_img read more

Fluoride content in Gurugrams groundwater rose by 17 per cent

Fluoride content in Gurugrams groundwater rose by 17 per cent

first_imgGurugram: Data released by the district public health engineering department (PHED) has stated that the concentration of fluoride in groundwater in Gurugram rose by 17 per cent between 2016 and 2018. Fluoride concentration in Gurugram’s groundwater in 2016 was recorded at 4.7 milligrams per litre (mg/litre). This number rose to 5.5 mg/litre in 2018. Such a high concentration of fluoride can lead to several health problems, particularly oral health issues such as dental fluorosis. While it causes discolouration in the initial stages, severe fluorosis can lead to permanent physical damage to teeth. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to a report, doctors practising in these areas have asserted that the fluoride concentration in water has led to a noticeable rise in cases of oral health problems, particularly among children and young adults. Impure drinking water and presence of a large number of minerals in the groundwater reserves seem to be a major concern in districts of South Haryana. The worse impact of this is being felt in the Mewat region where a large number of cancer cases is being reported due to consumption of contaminated water. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThis issue was recently raised in the budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha. Speaking on the issue, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar advocated the formation of the committee of Southern Haryana districts led by Gurugram and Faridabad to deal with the challenge. Medical experts highlight over 30 per cent of the diarrhoea cases in the city were due to consumption of contaminated food and water. Worryingly, there was a large number of minors and infants who were affected by the disease. The seriousness of the situation came to the fore when more than 20 patients from Om Vihar suffering from diarrhoea registered themselves for treatment in the Civil hospital in 2018, on a single day. A 20-year-old died due to the disease. There have been cases in the past where water samples collected by public agencies in posh areas of the city have contained a huge amount of toxic minerals.last_img read more

WhatsApp renames tweaks feature to ignore archives

WhatsApp renames tweaks feature to ignore archives

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp is still developing its previously announced “Vacation Mode”, but has changed its name to “Ignore Archived Chats” and added certain tweaks to its functionality. As part of the further development of this feature, WhatsApp’s beta version for Android 2.19.101 shows that the “Ignore Archived Chats” feature would prevent the archived messages from coming on top of the chat if new messages on the chat arrived, WABetaInfo reported on Thursday. Currently, an archived chat automatically unarchives once a new message is recieved on that chat. Announced last October, the old test feature “Vacation Mode” prevented chats from getting unarchived only if the chat were muted. The instant messaging app is also working on also presenting a new “Archived” cell in the main Chats tab, that would appear on sliding down the chat list. Details about the official roll-out of the feature remain unknown. Lately, the messaging app has been testing and adding a plethora of new features for its over 1.5 billion global users. Recently, the app started allowing users to choose a total of 30 audio files to send at once. The platform is also testing the “Forwarding Info” and “Frequently Forwarded Message” feature to check the spread of misinformation on its platform. The app is also working on the much-awaited iPad support.last_img read more

Michigans Lineup Was Gutted How Much Will It Matter

Michigans Lineup Was Gutted How Much Will It Matter

Jim Harbaugh has restored Michigan’s place in the upper ranks of the college-football hierarchy with two straight 10-win seasons. As the team kicks off its 2017 campaign on Saturday against the 17th-ranked Florida Gators in Arlington, Texas, the Wolverines will bring a new sense of optimism and Harbaugh-infused intensity. There’s one thing they won’t bring, though: Many of last year’s players.Michigan, which is ranked 11th to start the season, is perhaps the hardest team in college football to get a read on — and not just because Harbaugh refused to release his team’s official roster until Wednesday. The team was one of the best in the nation last season but sustained heavy personnel losses in the offseason, saying goodbye to seven starters on offense and a staggering 10 on defense. According to college football information guru Phil Steele’s team experience rankings, Michigan ranks 127th out of 130 teams this year. As you might expect, teams who lose numerous starters tend to take a step back the following season — no matter how good the incoming recruits are.With only five starters coming back, Michigan is returning less of its lineup than any other team in the country. And indeed, among Power Five schools since 2001, only Arkansas in 20041Which returned only four starters. brought back a less experienced lineup than the Wolverines, according to data we obtained from Steele. It’s no coincidence that those Razorbacks finished with a losing record after winning nine games the year before, because there’s a pretty clear relationship between how much talent returns to a team and how well it does that season. Using Steele’s data,2Including seasons going back to 2008, when information on returning quarterbacks is complete. I ran a regression and found that every additional starter lost on offense shaves about one-fifth of a win off of a team’s record3Per 12 games, against a neutral schedule. — and that’s if none of those starters played quarterback. Losing a starting QB costs a team about three-fifths of a win per season.Here’s how the number of starters lost would be expected to affect an average FBS team (according to ESPN’s team efficiency ratings, which grade a team on each side of the ball on a 0 to 100 scale, with 50 as average): Michigan’s defense carried an 87.4 rating last season, third-best in the FBS, but my model predicts that they’ll drop to 62.8 — basically the same as last year’s Texas A&M and Penn State outfits — after turning over nearly the entire starting corps. (Only linebacker Mike McCray is back from last year’s starting lineup on D.) Even accounting for the fact that the typical defense loses about 4.5 starters per season, the Wolverines figure to be down 0.9 more wins than average because of their many defensive departures.Add it up, and Michigan’s inexperience has unquestionably caused it to lose ground relative to the rest of the country.But fear not, Ann Arbor. This doesn’t mean that Michigan will immediately plummet back to the depths it reached under Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke after briefly coming up for air with Harbaugh. The Wolverines have some important factors working in their favor, according to the model.Although losing a bunch of players hurts, the single most damaging starter a team can wave goodbye to is its starting quarterback — and Michigan’s incumbent QB, Wilton Speight, is still around this season. (He may not start, but even that might be a positive sign if Harbaugh has another QB on hand that he believes is as good as a returning starter.) Returning a QB can boost a team’s offensive efficiency rating by about 8 points, which is enough to offset the loss of about 3.5 non-QB starters by itself.Another important factor is playing in a Power Five conference. Because a top conference such as the Big Ten perennially dominates the recruiting rolls, its schools always have a deep talent base, which in turn makes them much better equipped than smaller programs to weather a mass exodus of players. When I combined efficiency ratings on both sides of the ball, I found that a Power Five team can expect to win about one more game (against a neutral schedule) than a school not in a Power Five conference, even after controlling for starters lost. Considering how good Michigan’s recruiting has been under Harbaugh, the Wolverines’ next crop of starters should help them survive the loss of the previous one.And, finally, there’s Harbaugh himself. According to my model, teams that bring back a head coach tend to gain nearly a half-win on teams that break in a new one, after controlling for all of the other factors mentioned. Continuity is huge in a sport like college football, in which the status quo reigns supreme — as long as nothing upsets the apple cart too much. Having a consistent system can help player development, for instance, as recruits have the benefit of learning the playbook over the course of multiple seasons. And Harbaugh has to rank among the better coaches in the sport today, having turned around Stanford and Michigan from a combined 6-18 record in the seasons before he arrived to a combined 22-4 in his most recent campaigns with each school. (Not to mention bringing the San Francisco 49ers one first-and-goal touchdown away from a Vince Lombardi trophy.)Harbaugh is a bit of an, um, eccentric coach, and — including his stint in the NFL — he has a tendency to burn his teams out after several seasons of rapid improvement. But for now, he still has Michigan in the ascending phase. In other words, the odds are still high that the Wolverines take a step backward this season, but the drop might not be as steep as it could have been. For a team like Michigan, which notched a (well-above-average) offensive rating of 73.7 last season, the loss of seven offensive starters projects to drop their offensive rating to 63.0 — only about as good as Mississippi State or Colorado State was last season and 7.2 points lower than it would have been if Michigan had the FBS’s average number of non-quarterback starters coming back.4In 2017, that average number is 6.1.That alone would figure to cost the Wolverines a half-win this season relative to average, but the losses on defense could be even more damaging. In Steele’s data set, only one other Power Five team — the 2010 Minnesota Gophers — lost 10 of 11 defensive starters between seasons, and that team’s defensive rating dropped from 58.9 to 22.2. Not every team with defensive losses sees quite so steep a drop-off, but here’s how the number of departing starters tends to affect a defense: read more

Guardiola challenges City to make 100 points

Guardiola challenges City to make 100 points

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has challenged his players to maintain their concentration on the remainder of their campaign by reaching the 100-point landmarkThe Citizens were denied the opportunity to overhaul Chelsea’s Premier League record of 95 points over a single 38-game season on Sunday when they were held to a goalless draw against a resilient Huddersfield side, who are currently fighting for survival.At 94 points with two matches remaining, City lifted the Premier League trophy at the Etihad Stadium after the game with nearest rivals Manchester United 17 points behind in second-place with a maximum of six points remaining.However, despite having sealed the league title and having no more silverware to gain from this season, Guardiola is now embracing the prospect of reaching the 100-point milestone.“We cannot deny it would be nice, but it’s nicer when you win the Premier League,” said the Catalan, as stated on Daily Mirror.“We’ve spoken about that and these targets help you to be focused.“We lost a bit of focus today, but we have another chance on Wednesday and hopefully we can make a good performance.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Guardiola warned Cty that things will harder next season: “It looks easy when you win games, but next season will be even tougher,”“They’ll all want to beat us and we have to be focused. We have to understand how difficult it will be next season.”Despite the personal trauma of the premature birth of his son, a delighted David Silva hailed the achievement of his side.“With what happened to my son, I’m very happy,” said the 32-year-old.“He’s getting better, we’ve won the title and I’m happy.“I feel good, even having to travel back to Spain and back to England, but we got it – we are the champions.”City will next face Brighton at home and then an away fixture against Southampton as they bid to reach a historic 100 points.last_img read more

Neville Mourinho looks tired and fed up

Neville Mourinho looks tired and fed up

first_imgSky Sports pundit Gary Neville thinks Jose Mourinho is clearly fed up and tired considering his recent short press conference that lasted three minutes.The Red Devils are on a four-game winless run and currently occupy 10th position in the Premier League table after last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham.However, the Portuguese manager admitted his team’s levels have not been good enough ahead of what he dubbed a tough clash against Newcastle United at Old Trafford.“I have to say he looked fed up,” Neville said on Friday Night Football, before explaining constant media focus can take its toll on managers. “Obviously it’s not been a pleasant few weeks.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“But we’ve seen over the last five or six years being on television here, sometimes you see managers who have had that run of bad results and you can see they’re aware of fatigue, of coming into press conferences.“I experienced it at Valencia in that last couple of months. Jose Mourinho has had seven matches in the last 18 to 20 days, he does a press conference pre-match and a press conference post-match, so 14 times he’s got to sit in that room and answer those questions when his team aren’t playing well, when his team aren’t getting the results.“He just looks worn to me. Looking at that footage, he looks tired. It’s sad to see actually, it’s not great to see.”last_img read more

Father candidly shares on 15 year old son gunned down Tuesday in

Father candidly shares on 15 year old son gunned down Tuesday in

first_img #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 19, 2017 – Nassau – It is difficult to read the account of a father about his dead 15 year old son in the NassauGuardian; gunned down not far from his home and on his way to do an innocent errand, when he was killed in ice cold blood.   Shot three times, including once in the eye… and then the gunman, who pulled up to the boy in a Honda vehicle doubled back to shoot the youngster three more times.A turf war which followed the teenager to every school, finally landed him in the hottest war zone, against his biggest enemies of the Kemp Road area.  A father and mother say they begged the Ministry of Education to find an alternative school for their boy, they admit he got into a lot of fights but the one at the start of this school year was a huge fiasco.The 15 year old had not been to school since, five weeks later he was still targeted, still followed and still murdered in the street in a heartless, brazen homicide that takes the murder count for The Bahamas to 114.   Wellington Anthony Francis Smith Junior was still breathing when his father found him.   He was described as a ‘nice kid, very headstrong.’   He was shot around 8pm on Tuesday on Prison Lane and later died, at hospital.#MagneticMedia#WellingAnthonyFrancisSmithJrPhoto credit: Nassau Guardian T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Related Items:#WellingAnthonyFrancisSmithJr, magneticmedia Recommended for you TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more