Florida Senator Marco Rubio to Head Senate Intelligence Committee

first_imgSenator Marco Rubio is taking over the Senate Intelligence Committee. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Florida Republican will serve as acting chairman in Richard Burr’s absence. North Carolina’s Burr stepped down last week while the feds investigate his stock trades ahead of the coronavirus pandemic. Rubio’s first day in charge will be Tuesday.last_img

Evergreen President Stepping Down in 2015

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeThe Evergreen State College President, Les Purce, will retire in 2015.Dr. Thomas L. (Les) Purce announced today he will step down at the end of August 2015 from his position as president of The Evergreen State College, where he has served since July 1, 2000.  He is the longest serving president among Washington’s public baccalaureate institutions.“Serving as Evergreen’s president continues to be one of the great joys of my life,” said Dr. Purce.  “The college is fortunate to have extraordinary faculty, staff and students.  We have accomplished much together.”“Les has made an enormous contribution not just to The Evergreen State College, but to higher education in this state and across the nation,” said Keith Kessler, chair of Evergreen’s board of trustees. “Under his leadership, Evergreen has updated and enhanced its buildings and technology, sustained the vitality of its distinctive interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, continued its service to students from a wide range of economic and social backgrounds, and adapted to drastic changes in state funding for higher education. Les has been an effective leader, ambassador and champion for the college and its students.”Evergreen’s board of trustees will begin a nationwide search process in May 2014.Since opening its doors in 1971, the college has become nationally recognized for its innovative academic programs that combine subjects that are traditionally taught separately.  America’s top college guides regularly rank Evergreen as one of the nation’s best institutions for its strong academics, nurturing community and reasonable cost.  Sierra magazine and the Princeton Review have repeatedly named Evergreen as one of the top “green” colleges in the nation for its commitment to sustainability and achievements in sustainable practices, operations, academic programming and community outreach.Evergreen serves more than 4000 students at its main campus in Olympia, through its Tacoma program, and through a unique reservation-based program for Native American students at several locations around the Puget Sound.Prior to accepting the presidency at The Evergreen State College, Dr. Purce served as vice-president of extended university affairs and dean of extended academic programs at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.   Between 1989 and 1995, Dr. Purce served in several roles at Evergreen, including vice president for college advancement, interim president and executive vice president.Before coming to Evergreen, Dr. Purce was at Idaho State University as special assistant to the president and director of the Research Park and economic development. Dr. Purce, an Idaho native, was the first black elected official in the state, serving as city councilman and then mayor of Pocatello. He later served as director of Idaho’s Departments of Administration and Health and Welfare. In the private sector, he served as partner and chief operating officer of Power Engineering Inc., one of the fastest growing electrical engineering firms in the Northwest.Dr. Purce holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Education, and a Doctor of Counselor Education from Idaho State University. He also attended Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. In May 2009, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of North Carolina, Asheville recognizing his national work promoting public liberal arts. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo on May 17, 2014.Dr. Purce served on the board of directors for the Association of American Colleges and Universities for two terms and is a past president of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges board of directors. He currently serves as a board member for the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, the Northwest African American Museum, and Washington Campus Compact. In addition, he is currently chair of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Council of Presidents.Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of The Evergreen State Collegelast_img read more

Irish Blog — Bombers win opener on Ireland Rugby Tour

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers are currently traveling the roads of Ireland on Rugby tour.The team, which has been raising money to help offset the costs, left last week from Nelson.LVR Vice Principal Frank Marisco, who is with the team on the tour, is going to blog the tour for The Nelson Daily.Here’s his first contribution.Tries by Connor Butler, Sean Hickson, and Daigan Cairn, with a pair, along with Kevin Lewis kicking one penalty and two conversions, led the Bombers to a 27-5 in their opening game of the tour.Maverick Seed and Jake Lock had great games and were very impressive in all aspects of the game, especially tackling. The man in charge of Youth Development Rugby for Leincster Province was there and he was surprised and impressed by our level of skill and fitness. It was blustery and windy but a nice day. After the game the boys were treated to soup and sandwiches at the Balbriggan clubhouse. Today we are on the pitch for a training session with (coach) Mr. Joyce after a tour of the new Aviva Stadium. Tomorrow we head for Galway and expect to play a much stronger team there.last_img read more

Hawks end Leafs season with 4-3 come-from-behind win in Game six of Murdoch semi final

first_img“There were a lot of calls that seem to go against us,” Maida added. “I had no idea why some of the calls were made which really hurt us.”The avalanche began early for the Leafs as Connor Brown-Maloski tipped home a point shot past Beesley to start the comeback.Ryan Edwards on the power play cut the margin before the Hawks tied the game up setting the stage for Calvin to pot the winner.“Once we got that lucky one . . . we just needed one to get through and once that happened it was a momentum swing in our favour,” Jones explained.Nelson had a chance to tie the game late in the third when the Hawks took a pair of penalties giving the Leafs a two-man advantage.However, the 5-on-3 looked more like a 1-on-3 as, instead of moving the puck and setting up the power play, individuals tried to win the game on their own and the Leafs failed to mount any pressure on Beaver Valley netminder Zach Perehuoff.“I thought we had a real good season,” said Maida when asked what he liked about the 2012-13 campaign.“We just ran into some bumps we just couldn’t overcome.”“I thought we had a real good playoff . . . we just had some calls that seemed to go against us through the series that we couldn’t overcome,” Maida added.The Hawks get an extra day to rest up before travelling to the Sunflower City Monday for Game one of the Murdoch Division Final against the Castlegar Rebels.Jones said that extra day of rest will definitely come in handy at this stage of the season.“I’ve been around long enough to know it was huge to put Nelson away (in Game six),” Jones said. “If you have to go to seven, number one you never know what’s going to happen, and number two, the winner of the seven-game series is fodder for the team waiting.”BLUELINES: In the final two games of the series, Beaver Valley rallied from 3-1 and 3-0 deficits. . . .Leaf defenceman Blake Arcuri got back into the line for Nelson Friday as Nelson attempted to overcome injuries to key defencemen. . . .The game attracted more than 500 fans, again for the third time of the series for Nelson. The Nelson Leafs hockey season came to a crashing end shortly after 10 p.m. local time Friday.That’s when a goal by Dallas Calvin capped a four-goal explosion to power the Hawks to a 4-3 come-from-behind Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory at the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley wins the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final 4-2.Not only did the Hawks rally from a three-goal deficit Friday but after falling behind 2-1 to the Leafs, Beaver Valley won three straight to take the series in six games.“We just talked about getting the momentum back,” Beaver Valley skipper Terry Jones said from the winner’s bench after the game.“We just needed one shot to go in and be physical and get pucks down deep,” Jones added.“And when we got that first one it seemed to relax the guys because we were really fighting the puck in the first two periods.”Down a game in the series, the Leafs did everything right early.Head coach Frank Maida looked like a genius starting Marcus Beesley in place of Brett Soles in the Leaf nets.The rest of the Leafs responded by scoring twice in the opening frame — Dallon Stoddart and Colton Schell — to take a 2-0 lead.Schell’s marker came on the power play.J.J. Beitel, with his third point of the game, added another power play goal and the Leafs were on their way to forcing a game seven.However, penalty problems by the Green and White in the second  —  Beaver Valley had two 5-on-3 manpower advantages — swayed the momentum to the Hawks.In the third the Leafs just couldn’t put two passes together, forwards were forced out of position and the defence played the puck like it was a hand-grenade.And the penalties just kept on being called on the Leafs.“It was a tough game for us to play,” a dejected Leaf coach Frank Maida said after the game.last_img read more

“These matches have to be won by heart or balls …”

first_imgSaúl Ñíguez attended the microphones of Movistar after the tie between Atlético and Espanyol. The midfielder, author of the goal of The rojiblanco team lamented the first half of the team and valued the second. It was all very close. “The game has been very disputed in both areas, with little play in the middle and with a lot of competitiveness. In the first part we have not entered as we had to enter and in the second it has been the opposite. Then having clear chances was difficult because both sides. Each ball was a great dispute and could not be. “ That face B is a lot of ballast … “It has happened many times and we have repeated that we do not want it to happen. But at bad times, if it comes out, we have to know how to take the matches forward. You will not always be well, with positive dynamics of taking the initiative, but when it happens is when you have to take them out. When everything goes well, it’s easy to take them out. When not, you have to take them out with balls, with your heart, whatever it takes. “It costs a lot at home: “It is something to improve, it is what is depriving us of being higher. We have to improve, but it is already late. There are fewer days left, less room to solve this problem and I do not know exactly how to solve it as soon as possible.”But do they feel they are getting better? “Yes, because of the arguments we put in the field. The dynamics are good, if we had started as in the second part, being the rival in the situation that is, it would have been a good option to win.”Savic: “Embarba elbowed me and it was a red copy”Too many draws … “We will do the accounts when the League ends. We tried to recover after getting 1-0, we left in the second half well and Saul’s goal came. We wanted to win, but it could not be done. We have to look forward because there is a lot left to the fight for the Champions … “He suffered a blow from Embarba in the first part: “It is a red manual. The player jumps, does not look at the ball and elbows me in the mouth. I do not understand what the VAR is for if these plays are not reviewed is an exemplary red.”Why does it cost so much at home? “That says the statistics. Espanyol has a lot of need, has come out with all its weapons and hopefully this point serves us for the purpose …”.The fight is pressed above: “There are many teams in one or two points and we know it will be tough until the last day. Hopefully we can catch a winning streak and separate a bit from these teams.”It has cost to enter the match: “They have come out with a lot of intensity and we have not created many occasions. In the second part we have come out better, but it is a shame not to have been able to win.”The good news is that Costa, João are recovering … “It is important that everyone returns, because we are going to need everyone. Diego and João are picking up pace and are decisive players who can solve a match in any situation.” What did they change at rest? “We changed tactical things and the attitude of each player. They were balls played above, balls that you do not control. It is fine in the first plays, but with the passing of the minutes their centrals earned more, we did not win the first or the second day and in the second part we have been able to do it “.Espanyol showed that life was played. “We also need to win. They want to win and they are nervous about their situation and we want to win and be up and we also play without the peace of mind of having the position secured, everything is very close. We all need the points.”They click again. “It is costing us a lot. The support of our people shows a lot and we have to learn. There is less and less time left and away from home many points are decided.” Then, the Atlético player went through a mixed zone.A two-sided Athletic, one in each half … “In the first half, more than the game, which has been direct and was not the best option because we won the first play and we were away for the second. They felt comfortable, then they found the goal and we continued the same In the second one it has been different, we have changed to look for superiorities and find spaces We have felt better, especially for 20-25 minutes, we have managed to score the goal, create chances and be in their field. clear but we were comfortable. It’s the two-sided Atleti, who had not seen each other for a long time and we don’t like him coming back, but we have to know that there will be matches like that and we have to win them the same, even if it gets complicated. , know how to read them to get ahead because we need it … “.last_img read more

Can they force players to train and take vacations or suspend them from employment?

first_imgThe portal specialized in sports law, Iusport, published this Saturday an interesting and extensive article in which they explain the new situation that professional athletes face when they have seen how their competitions were suspended due to the coronavirus crisis. Pere Vidal, labor lawyer and collaborating Professor at the UOC, and Irene Aguiar, legal advisor and attached to the Iusport management, They answer many of the questions that we can ask ourselves now in the face of this unknown situation in our sport.The article highlights that “we are faced with a scenario of absolute uncertainty in which the situation changes every day by leaps and bounds, so it could be the case that the competition could not be finished. “So the questions begin to appear: “If they contract the coronavirus in training – or, if the competition resumes, in a closed game – would it be an accident at work? Can the clubs force them to go to training, or, conversely, to fuck vacation? Can they be suspended from employment? “Here are some of the most interesting questions and answers:If an athlete is infected by coronavirus in training, would it be considered an accident at work?“(…) If the disease is recognized in the list of occupational diseases, it is presumed that the injury is professional (Judgment of the TS of October 20, 2008). In general and with exceptions, the Courts consider that the situations caused by influenza or equivalent viral processes derive from common illness, including with regard to health personnel. (…) Several resolutions of the Social Court of the TSJ of Asturias issued in 2014 – in which he referred to the coronavirus as the mere cause of colds- determines that “in the epidemic period the virus circulates through a wide variety of environments in which people of very diverse conditions and activities are found, who are infected not by the exercise of their profession but by that ubiquity and circulation of the biological agent ”, Which would lead us to rule out the professional nature of an eventual infection during the working day.It should be noted that diseases not included in the table of occupational diseases, but caused by reason of work, are considered an accident at work, as long as the exclusive cause in the execution of work is proven (article 156.2 e) of the LGSS) , at the same time that they will not have such consideration “those that are due to a force majeure that is foreign to the work, this being understood to be that which is of such a nature that it bears no relation whatsoever to the work”, so that a disability process derived from the COVID- 19 could only be considered an accident at work, when the causal link work-injury is proven (STS June 23, 2015 and TSJ of Castilla y León of June 4, 2014) “.In the case of footballers both First and Second Division, Second Division B, and First Iberdrola, it must be borne in mind that, in the event that they incurred sick leave due to temporary disability, the footballer is entitled by agreement to that the club completes the provision of Social Security or Mutual Employers up to 100% of their remuneration until their discharge or the end of the contractual period, regardless of the reason for the withdrawal. “ Can athletes be forced to attend training?“From the Royal Spanish Football Federation it has been recommended to suspend group training and replace them with individual plans” until circumstances allow the return to group training with safety for the health of the soccer players, “but the truth is that it remains At the choice of each club, whether or not to follow this recommendation: Clubs can therefore maintain both collective training sessions, modify them to individual training sessions, and temporarily suspend them entirely.If the club kept training normally, contrary to the recommendations of the RFEF, or if matches were resumed behind closed doors, could the athlete refuse to attend them, considering their health to be at risk?Labor law provides that, in the event that the provision of services in the workplace entails a serious and imminent risk, the worker has the right to interrupt his activity and leave the workplace, as stated in article 21.2 of the Labor Risk Protection Law (LRPL). It is then worth considering whether the risk of contagion by coronavirus can be effectively included in the concept of “serious and imminent risk”.The law itself defines a serious and imminent risk as “one that is rationally probable that it will materialize in the immediate future and may entail serious damage to the health of workers.” However, in the case of the coronavirus it is not clear that the damage caused was serious, since, in principle, and unless the victim belongs to the considered risk population, it is not.Can clubs force footballers to take vacations?“Footballers have the right to paid annual vacations of 30 calendar days, established by the Collective Agreement for both professional football and 2nd B, as well as women’s football, recently signed and pending publication in the Official State Gazette. Before the suspension of the competition, Although it is currently postponed for two weeks, if it were suspended sine die, could the clubs force footballers to take their vacation period?The right to vacations is regulated, in addition and as a minimum standard (necessary right) in article 38 of the Workers’ Statute, of supplementary application, according to which “the period or periods of enjoyment of vacations will be established in common agreement between the company and the employee ”, so there is no room for its unilateral imposition. In addition, the worker will have the right to know the period of enjoyment of the vacation two months before it “The possibility of reducing working hours or suspension of the contract.Another possibility for clubs is to make use of the powers granted by article 47 of the Workers’ Statute to suspend or reduce the workday due to force majeure. The Regulation of collective dismissal procedures indicates, in its article 31, the “existence of force majeure”, as a motivating cause of the termination and suspension of employment contracts or the reduction of working hours, which must be verified by the authority , whatever the number of workers affected, after a procedure processed in accordance with the aforementioned regulation.last_img read more

Is the GECOM Chairman bowing to political pressures?

first_imgDear Editor,It is the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) secretariat’s statutory duty and responsibility to keep a current list of voters to be in readiness to conduct General and Regional Elections within the constitutional requirement of 90 days, or as such extended time as may be allowed by two-thirds majority vote of the Members of the National Assembly; consequent upon the passage of a no-confidence motion.What is so difficult with a data base of all persons over 14 years of age to be updated daily with the inclusion of all persons attaining 18 years of age, and the deletion of all dead persons reported by the Registrar of deaths? The list of dead persons should be requested /required from the Registrars on a weekly basis. This is a simple common-sense approach given our electoral experience of controversies.There is wide-spread national concern and anxiety over the obvious delaying tactics employed by the Chief Election Officer (CEO) and the staff under his management and administrative control. One puerile excuse of the CEO is that he is awaiting instructions from GECOM which cannot agree to move forward since the Commission is equally divided in deadlock on the next required statutory move. That places the Chairman of GECOM, although unilaterally appointed by the President, to exercise his Constitution duty and promote a mutually acceptable agreement through mediation in the national community interest. As a retired Judge with strong religious beliefs in righteousness, God’s justice and accountability to God, the nation expects him and the Commission’s staff to act justly and fairly within the time frame as outlined in our Constitution. Is the Chairman of GECOM bowing to political pressures and collusion to delay, as long as possible the legally required elections?There can be no excuse for the GECOM’s CEO and staff of GECOM’s secretariat not to be ready to conduct elections in this context, having just conducted successfully Local Government Elections on November 12, 2018, with the validity of the voters’ list until April 30, 2019. Are we seeing gross incompetence, inefficiency, and negligence at GECOM secretariat in political collusion?With thanks,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

Passing Guinea’s Ore through Liberia

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Olympiakos owner charged with drug smuggling

first_img0Shares0000Evangelos Marinakis, the owner of Greek champions Olympiakos and English club Nottingham Forest, has been charged with drug trafficking © AFP/File / LOUISA GOULIAMAKIATHENS, Greece, Mar 24 – The owner of reigning Greek champions Olympiakos and English Championship club Nottingham Forest has been charged with drug trafficking.Evangelos Marinakis is being prosecuted for “possession and trafficking of drugs” and for “associating with criminals”, a source in the judiciary said on Friday. Prosecutors in Piraeus, where Olympiakos are based, have also banned Marinakis from leaving the country because of a probe into the financing of a company that chartered the Noor1, a petrol tanker that was seized off the Greek coast in June 2014 with two tonnes of heroin on board.The heroin was to be transported by truck through Greece and on into western Europe.Marinakis, 50, has furiously denied the charges.He bought Nottingham Forest, the two-time European champions who are now in the second tier of English football, in May 2017 in a £50 million ($70.6 million, 57 million euros) deal.The Greek football league is currently suspended after the owner of PAOK, Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savvidis, invaded the pitch at the end of a match with fellow title contenders AEK with a holstered gun on his belt.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Tottenham are a name at home and in Europe’ – Mauricio Pochettino convinced Spurs can attract star players

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham can attract star names in the January transfer window – not just promising youngsters.Pochettino’s revamping of the Spurs squad has been driven by a strong faith in youth, with the likes of Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli all thriving under the Argentinian.Alli admitted the opportunities for young players was a key factor in his decision to move to White Hart Lane and the club continued that trend with five players selected in the latest England squad.Pochettino is proud of Tottenham’s reputation for promoting youth but believes his team’s progress means they can also lure proven quality as well as up and coming talent.“We only have a few places left. It is impossible to bring 20 or 30 players in,” Pochettino said.“But today Tottenham is a very attractive club, not only for youngsters but all players.“The way we respect the players, the way we try to play – for the big players and the young players it is a fantastic club.“Tottenham today is one of the most attractive clubs in the world for all players, not just young players. We are starting to be attractive.“Tottenham are a name at home and in Europe and now we need to be clever to improve.”last_img read more