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Ross heads list of senior players to pledge futures to Welsh

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first_imgWelsh are also delighted to confirm that Players’ Player of the Year Hudson Tonga’uiha, who scored seven tries in 27 appearances in his debut season, has also re-signed. Others to commit to the Exiles include flanker Michael Hills, who scored three tries during the Championship play-offs, and centre Simon Whatling, both of whom return to Old Deer Park for a third season.Welsh will also once again be able to call on the services of former Wasps second row Martin Purdy, Tonga hooker Vili Ma’asi, Ex-Saracens number eight Ben Russell and prolific wing Liam Gibson. Gordon Ross the former Scottish internationalGordon Ross is among a number of experienced London Welsh players to commit to the Exiles for next season.The 33-year-old former Scotland international fly half has proved an inspired signing in his two seasons at the Dragons, and this season helped the club reach the Championship semi-finals for a second consecutive year.“I had a couple of opportunities to move elsewhere but I’ve really enjoyed my time at Welsh,” said Ross. “The squad is certainly improving and the club is heading in the right direction, and if the nucleus of the squad can stay together then hopefully we can build on what we’ve achieved so far.”Ross has made 49 appearances for the Exiles in all competitions since joining the club in 2009, scoring 242 points, but he is just one of several key and experienced players to commit to Welsh.Former England wing Paul Sampson and second row Matt Corker passed 100 league appearances for the Exiles last season, and the pair will both get the chance to add to their appearance tallies next season having agreed new deals with the club. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS CHICAGO – JUNE 21: Gordon Ross #10 of Scotland A looks to pass the ball against the England Saxons during the Cup Final of the Barclays Churchill Cup at Toyota Park on June 21, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. England won 36-19. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Further re-signings to be announced in due course.In addition to Josh Drauniniu, Errie Claassens (both Worcester), Nick Runciman (Gloucester) and Aled Thomas (Scarlets), other players leaving London Welsh this summer include Dominic Shabbo, Waisea Luveniyali and Michael Holford. The club would like to thank all of these players for their efforts and wish them all the best for the future.last_img read more

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Verizon strikers stay strong as solidarity grows

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first_imgSince April 13, 40,000 workers, represented by the Communication Workers and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, have been on strike against Verizon in Washington, D.C., and nine East Coast states from Massachusetts to Virginia. There are many issues of contention, such as company plans to freeze pensions, reduce health benefits, eliminate jobs including through outsourcing and offshoring, and force workers to relocate away from their families.On April 28, at the company’s invitation, the two unions returned to the bargaining table. The next day IBEW Local 2222, which represents Boston landline workers, criticized the company’s latest offer, and said, “Calling it the ‘last, best and final’ is just a tired way of trying to intimidate our members into accepting a contract that we can’t live with.”The two unions, which represent workers doing similar work in different parts of the country, bargain jointly with the various phone companies. Both turned down Verizon’s proposal flat-out and made a counter-offer. “Veri-greedy” refused to consider the unions’ proposals. Now workers are hunkering down to fight it out as long as it takes to win contract justice. Very few union members have crossed the picket lines.Verizon aims to have the public and rank-and-file workers believe that the most recent offer contains significant improvements. The company that cries poverty about paying for health care managed to come up with the funds for full-page ads in newspapers up and down the East Coast. Executives sent individual letters to workers trying to get them to agree to the company’s offer. They were sent via non-union FedEx rather than UPS or U.S. mail. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams has personally visited picket lines, including one in the Syracuse suburb of DeWitt, N.Y., to try to win strikers to the company’s side.CWA District 2-13, representing strikers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, has picked apart the company’s position point by point. (district2-13.cwa-union.org) Verizon offered another 1 percent in pay raises over the life of the contract, but the raise will be eaten up by bigger out-of-pocket health care costs. Workers will also face increased transportation costs in a new modification of “forced relocation,” a major sticking point. Under this plan, workers could be subjected to long and costly commutes, but would not have to live elsewhere.As a bribe, the company’s latest offer would withdraw the forced relocation language if workers ratify the rest of the giveback package by May 20.Verizon’s offer still has numerous rollbacks of union gains, including reductions in pensions, paid leave and disability benefits. Job security will be undermined by new “flexibility” language, the closing of call centers and outsourcing of more jobs overseas. (The company already offshores 5,000 jobs.) Injured workers could have more trouble collecting workers’ compensation.Nevertheless, the fact that the company sweetened the pot a little is testament to the strike’s effectiveness. Polls are showing public opinion of Verizon service is falling, as untrained managers and hired strikebreakers are proving themselves incapable of maintaining service or making repairs in a safe or timely manner. Signs are appearing in café windows informing customers that no Wi-Fi is available. Doctors’ offices cannot make appointments due to lack of internet service. Poor service is driving customers away.Strikers’ morale strong, support building The company’s intransigence is meeting stiff resistance. Local 2222 erected bonfires to burn the company’s letters. CWA members in Virginia are marking the FedEx envelopes sent to them “return to sender” and adding additional messages, such as “Shame on you Veri-greedy” and “No scabs or fools live here.” The CWA and IBEW have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board over the illegal bypassing of union negotiators to make an appeal directly to the workers, technically known as “direct dealing.”Support actions are taking place in states where there are no strikes. In Durham, N.C., members of United Electrical Workers Local 150 and Raise Up 15 picketed and leafleted outside a Verizon store in a shopping mall. They then took their protest inside the mall. Before they could reach the Verizon store, they were escorted out by security guards, but continued to chant on the way out. Black Workers for Justice is planning a solidarity action in Raleigh, N.C.Union solidarity is expanding, with the latest support coming from the National Football League Players Association. “The NFLPA stands in solidarity with these striking workers who are seeking a fair and just contract for themselves and their families,” stated DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA executive director, in a letter to the two striking unions written on NFL Draft Day. Verizon makes phone apps available to customers that allow them to watch NFL games on their phones. (Philadelphia Inquirer, April 29)Strike leaders are reaching out to the public, effectively articulating the issues and demonstrating their resolve. Local 2222 Chief Steward Matt Lyons, speaking to a conference on “Socialism in the 21st Century,” said,  “I’ve been there 29 years; this is my fourth strike. My business manager, Myles Calvey, who is a rock star in the labor movement, this is his fifth strike. We’ve won them all so far.”    Dante Strobino and Steve Kirschbaum contributed to this report.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Book of condolence opens in Dungloe for the late Gay Byrne

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first_img Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebook Book of condolence opens in Dungloe for the late Gay Byrne A book of condolence has opened for the late Gay Byrne at the Dungloe Ionad Teampall Chrione.The legendary broadcaster, who died yesterday after a long illness, hosted The Late Late Show for 37 years.A frequent visitor to Donegal, he made his second home in Tubberkeen just outside Dungloe where he spent his free time with his wife and daughters.He compered the Mary from Dungloe Crowning Cabaret for many years and was also an adjudicator.Gay has been described as a very loyal adopted Dungloe man and visited there right up to recent years. WhatsApp Previous articleNew inquest to take place into death of Derry schoolgirlNext articleFrank McGlynn announces inter-county retirement News Highland Facebook Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – November 5, 2019 Twitterlast_img read more

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English Premier League clubs agree on matchday protocols

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first_imgAll 20 Premier League clubs have approved matchday protocols for next week’s resumption of action after a three-month stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.A shareholders meeting on Thursday discussed details of medical and operational measures, including how many backroom staff will be allowed to attend away games. The Premier League’s Project Restart kicks off next Wednesday with the first two of the 92 outstanding fixtures.Manchester City will host Arsenal and Aston Villa welcome Sheffield United.All the remaining games will be played without fans.Also, a limit of 300 people, including broadcast staff, written media, commentators, doping officials and scouts, will be allowed in stadiums on matchdays.Stadiums will be split into red, amber and green zones with the red zone to include 20 players, 12 coaching and medical staff and a further five “essential staff”. Other measures include deep cleaning of corner flags, goalposts, substitution boards and match balls, while medical staff will wear protective equipment when treating players.Players will be tested for coronavirus at their club’s training ground ahead of the journeys to stadiums for matches.Teams will take to the field separately, rather than side-by-side, and games will feature drinks breaks midway through each half.The technical area for managers will be reconfigured to allow for greater social distancing, as will team dugouts.VAR video reviews will be utilised but the Stockley Park centre, near London, which contains the review staff and equipment has also been re-arranged to allow for greater distancing of staff. Substitutes and managers on the bench will not, however, be required to wear masks and players do not have to wear masks when entering the stadium or dressing room.Clubs are being discouraged from using hotels to stay in before games and instead are being asked to make more use of planes to travel to games where suitable.Clubs will also respect a minute’s silence for those who have died during the pandemic and kits will include a heart-shaped badge in honour of NHS and frontline staff during the crisis.Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Tags: ArsenalAston VillaManchester CityMatchday ProtocolsPremier LeagueProject RestartSheffield Unitedlast_img read more

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Hart and Saugus are now in charge

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first_img Saugus returned the favor by knocking the Indians out of the Southern Section Div. II playoffs with a 2-1 victory in the regular-season finale. The Centurions, who held Coutin without a goal, climbed into a second-place tie with Valencia. The Vikings (6-8-4, 2-2-0), who finished a half-game behind Canyon last season, can improve their bid for an eighth consecutive playoff berth with a victory over the Cowboys today at 4:45 p.m. at Canyon. Valencia was the last team to win a league title before the Cowboys’ run began, accomplishing the feat in 2001. Before that, Hart won seven consecutive league titles, sharing the crown with Saugus in 1995, the Centurions’ last championship. With a 2-0 victory Tuesday over Valencia, Saugus has the league’s longest current unbeaten streak at nine games. Hart has won 12 of 13 games, the only loss being a 4-2 setback against El Camino Real of Woodland Hills in the Dec. 29 championship game of the Indians’ tournament. “Beating Canyon was a big win for us,” Hart coach Louis Romero said. “But it’s very important for us to take it one team at a time, and the next team for us is Saugus.” Not losing hope: Canyon coach Steve Ladanyi hasn’t given up on his team’s bid to win a fifth consecutive title. He knows things must go precisely to form in the final six games for the Cowboys to have a chance at sharing the championship. “The good news is we get to play (Hart and Saugus) again, and they play each other twice,” Ladanyi said. “We need to win out and hope that they split, and then we’ll rely on coin flips (to determine playoff seeding) after that.” Canyon, which has gone 31-1-8 in Foothill play the past four years, lost to Hart and Saugus in a four-day span this season. “Right now, we have to focus on two things, and that’s winning league and making the playoffs,” Ladanyi said. “As long as we’re in the playoffs, I still think we can beat anyone they put in front us. We proved that (by beating second-ranked Buena of Ventura) in the Buena tournament.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The pecking order in Foothill League girls’ soccer has changed for the first time in five seasons. No longer are Hart and Saugus chasing Canyon. Instead, the Indians and Centurions are trying to keep pace with each other. Hart snapped Canyon’s 22-game league unbeaten streak Jan. 10 with a 3-2 victory. Three days later, Saugus ended a 15-match winless streak against the Cowboys with a 1-0 triumph. Although Canyon isn’t out of the running for a fifth consecutive league title, the Cowboys (9-3-3 overall, 2-2-0 Foothill) will complete the first round of play in no better than third place. Hart (17-3-0, 4-0-0) and Saugus (12-1-1, 4-0-0) square off for first place at Hart today at 3:15 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Canyon was our biggest game, emotion-wise, but it wasn’t the game,” Saugus coach Lisa Rollo said. “Anytime we play Canyon, there’s so much hype, so to win is huge. But right now, Hart is our biggest test.” Saugus, which boasts one of the area’s toughest defenses, has given up only one goal in league play and seven in 14 games this season. The Centurions also rely on talented midfielders Betsy Kyle, Dani Morin, Courtney Moses, Erin Ortega and Amanda Terry. Hart, which has 12 shutouts in 20 games, is known for an explosive offense. The Indians have scored 87 goals, led by sophomore Sarina Coutin’s 31 and junior Brittany Clark’s 17. Coutin tied Laura Qualls’ 1997 school record for goals in a season with a pair in Tuesday’s 5-0 victory over Burbank. She has 51 goals in 43 career games. The Centurions lost only once during league competition last season, a 3-2 setback to Hart, in which Coutin scored a goal and added two assists. last_img read more

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Women’s Soccer Hosts Indiana State on Friday Night

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first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team continues its homestand on Friday night as Indiana State visits the Cownie Soccer Complex for Missouri Valley Conference action. First kick with the Sycamores is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Freshman Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa) earned her second career MVC Newcomer of the Wek award the same day as Rodgers was awarded player of the week. Bormann, a forward, assisted on two of Rodgers’ goals in the victory over the Crusaders. In her first season, she leads the team in assists with four and has scored one goal. Bormann was previously named MVC Newcomer of the Week on Sept. 18. Drake is 8-3-1 overall and 1-0 in the MVC after its 4-2 win over Valparaiso in its Valley opener. The Bulldogs have won five-straight matches and are 7-1-1 in their past nine games with the lone loss during that span to then No. 16 Wisconsin. Following Friday’s game, Drake hosts UNI on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. The Panthers are off to hot start at 10-1-1 and 2-0 in MVC play, going into their Saturday match at Missouri State. Drake and UNI have battled to three consecutive draws in the head-to-head series. Print Friendly Version Drake’s defense is another piece to its success in 2017. The backline of seniors Kasey Hurt (Ankeny, Iowa), Brooke Salisbury, Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) and junior Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.) and senior goalkeeper Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa) have recorded four shutouts and held teams to one goal in three other wins. Smith (1st), Salisbury (2nd), Hurt (3rd), Gorom (4th) and Fiorito (5th) comprise the top-five on the team in minutes played. Midfielder Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.) is one of the key pieces fueling Drake this year. Rodgers has claimed back-to-back MVC Player of the Week award winners, the latest coming after she recorded her second career hat trick in the Valpo victory. She has found the back of the net eight times in the past six games, and has nine goals on the season to rank second in the league. Rodgers, who continues to add to her program-leading career goals total, currently ranks 18th in the NCAA in goals/game at .75. Indiana State (5-6-1, 0-2 MVC) dropped its last two matches to Missouri State and UMKC. The Sycamores beat the Bulldogs twice in 2016, including winning in penalty kicks in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals in Terre Haute, Ind. Drake leads the all-time series with a 12-4-2 advantage.last_img read more

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South African voters’ roll at record high

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first_img12 February 2014South Africa registered another 1.2-million voters on the final voter registration weekend ahead of the country’s general elections on 7 May, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula said on Tuesday.Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, Tlakula said new registrations over the past weekend -1 259 560 in total – had increased the overall registration level to 80.5 percent of eligible voters, with a record 25.3-million South Africans now on the voters’ roll.Taking into account the 1.1-million first-time voters who registered in November, some 2.3-million new voters are to be added onto the voters’ roll – about 17% higher than 2-million target set by the IEC, she said.“In total, just short of 3-million people visited our 22 263 voting stations this weekend. That is 16 percent higher than the 2.5-million who visited voting stations in November.”She said it was “encouraging” to see that 79.89 percent (or 1 006 260 people) of all new registrations were voters under the age of 30. This included:691 002 voters aged 20-29;255 398 voters aged 18 and 19; and59 860 voters aged 16 and 17.A further 1.48-million registered voters also used the opportunity to change their voting station, according to Tlakula, while 183 377 people re-registered at the same voting station.New provincial registration totalsIn terms of new registrations, the following are the provincial totals:Eastern Cape – 130 072 new voters (10.33 percent)Free State – 70 161 new voters (5.57 percent)Gauteng – 339 728 new voters (26.97 percent)KwaZulu-Natal – 298 652 new voters (23.71 percent)Limpopo – 86 835 new voters (6.89 percent)Mpumalanga – 97 732 new voters (7.76 percent)North West – 74 389 new voters (5.91 percent)Northern Cape – 25 332 new voters (2.01 percent)Western Cape – 136 659 new voters (10.85 percent)Women comprised 51.50 percent of new registrations, while men comprised 48.50 percent, according to the IEC.Overall registration levels for estimated eligible votersThe overall registration level against estimated eligible population for the provinces are as follows:Eastern Cape – 85.3 percentFree State – 85.8 percentGauteng – 77 percentKwaZulu-Natal – 83.6 percentLimpopo – 81 percentMpumalanga – 77.3 percentNorth West – 78.5 percentNorthern Cape – 84.3 percentWestern Cape – 77.8 percentRegistration is also under way for overseas voters at South African diplomatic missions abroad.“As of yesterday we had received 3 521 applications for registration. According to figures provided by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, we anticipate approximately 700 more applications being couriered to us for capturing,” Tlakula said.Registration conducted at correctional facilities throughout the country last week resulted in 9 949 registration applications by inmates.Registration remains open for eligible voters until 5pm on the day of the official proclamation of the election date, which is expected to be later this month.Eligible voters can still register at their local IEC office until that day, after which the voters’ roll closes. Contact details for IEC offices are available on www.elections.org.za or call 0800 11 8000. Voters who registered this weekend can check their new registration details from Monday, 17 February, by SMSing their ID number to 32810.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Dorthy: Search and Dream in Public

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first_imgRelated Posts dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img At first glance, the phrase “dream achievement service” conjures images of people in head scarves listening to self-help tapes. Nevertheless, in the case of semantic search service Dorthy, “dream achievement” is about getting good results free from the irrelevant fodder of the regular search experience. In August 2009, Dorthy celebrated its Alpha release and as of this evening it’s opening access to its data. Dorthy claims to be a mixture of “AI, machine learning, natural language processing and common sense reasoning.” Rather than focussing on individual keyword search, the site looks at the combined history of a users searches and adapts to omit and serve specific results. Users are asked to enter their dream or passion and the site offers related Tweets, videos, articles, blog posts and photos. As of today, in addition to the above results, the site also allows users to view each other’s dream pages and subscribe. Once you subscribe to a dream page you can message like-minded users and delve deeper into their content. While sites like Hunch.com match like-minded users via a survey process, Dorthy matches them on their actionable interests. To test this unique approach to search visit dorthy.com. Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Renu Bala gives India first gold in weightlifting

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first_imgRenu Bala Chanu gave India its first gold medal in Commonwealth Games weightlifting event after finishing on top in women’s 58-kg category in New Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium sports complex on Wednesday.Renu Bala outshone all her competitors as she smoothly lifted all the weights before failing in her last attempt of 103 kgs in clean and jerk event, but by then she had already pocketed the No. 1 position.And although Sean Lee of Australia tried to come close to her but she had to be satisfied with a silver medal, while Zoe Smith of England took bronze.Renu Bala looked comfortable from the very beginning. She ended the snatch event with a highest lift of 90 kgs that made her set a new Commonwealth Games record.Ciana Agricole with 87 kgs after the snatch event was placed second but she ultimately finished fourth.Then in the clean and jerk category, Renu Bala lifted 104 kgs in her very first attempt, and followed it up by 107 kgs to make it a total of 197.Lee, who with her successful lift of 106 in her second attempt in clean and jerk plus her 86 kgs lift in snatch event, acquired a total of 192.In her final lift, she opted for 111 kgs to pose some challenge to India but she failed. And that automatically handed Renu Bala the yellow medal.Renu Bala, on her part made an attempt to lift 113 kgs in her third and the final chance but she could not.The bronze medallist Zoe Smith, meanwhile ended with a total of 188 kgs.advertisementlast_img read more

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THE UNITARY MODEL- WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR AFFILIATE?

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first_imgOn 25 June, arguably the most important meeting in the history of the sport will be held. The Special General Meeting will vote on a new constitution that will fundamentally change – for the better – the way the sport is managed and delivered across the country. Let’s assume that the vote is `yes’. What does this mean for the affiliates; for those people actually out there delivering the sport, running competitions? If you’ve been wondering what the answer to this question is, it’s well worth your time to check out the following document… THE UNITARY MODEL- WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR AFFILIATE?last_img
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