Hull City’s Mohamed Diame struck an unstoppable long-range shot to beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Saturday and secure a money-spinning return to the Premier League.The game is billed as the richest in world football, with at least 170 million pounds ($248.59 million) for the winners, and with the stakes so high both teams put safety first.However, Wednesday goalkeeper Kieren Westwood had to be at his sharpest to deny Abel Hernandez in the first half.It was always going to take something special to beat the Irishman and Diame, who hit the post just before halftime, produced it after 72 minutes with a superb shot which curled under the crossbar.It was a goal that recalled memories of Dean Windass’s stunning strike that secured Hull’s first playoff triumph in 2008.Wednesday, who have been out of the top flight since 2000, finished with four strikers on the pitch but Hull held on to secure a return to the Premier League after one season.
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SUNRISE, Fla. — Whenever the New York Islanders got behind, they fought their way out of trouble.And when they finally got the lead, they didn’t give it back.John Tavares had a goal and two assists, including one that set up Kyle Okposo’s go-ahead goal early in the third period, and the Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 in Game 1 of the teams’ Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on April 14.Thomas Greiss survived a shaky beginning and made 42 saves for the Islanders in his first playoff start — the last of them coming off the stick of Jaromir Jagr after Florida pulled its goalie for an extra attacker in the final moments.“It wasn’t our best game but we certainly found a way,” said Tavares, who was shaken up after getting hit in the leg with a puck but insisted postgame that he was fine. “We have to build on the win and know we can be better.”Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen and Ryan Strome added goals for New York. And now home-ice advantage in the series now belongs to the Islanders, who can take a 2-0 lead back to Barclays Center if they prevail when the series resumes in a quick turnaround on Friday night.“You knew it was going to be a battle, they would come out hard, and they did,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “At the end of the day, we didn’t quit and were resilient. We got some timely goals tonight.”Reilly Smith had two goals, Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists and Teddy Purcell also scored for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 21 of 26 shots, losing his seventh consecutive postseason start going back to 2011.“Made some big mistakes, but we did a lot of good things in the game,” Florida defenseman Brian Campbell said. “We’ve got to clean some stuff up. It’s obvious things that we see. That’s the frustrating part. I felt we had our game going tonight.”Florida took the lead on three occasions in the first two periods, and the Islanders came back and tied it every time.The Panthers — somewhat predictably, since the franchise hadn’t played a postseason game in four years — came out flying, getting on the board just 1:55 into the game when Purcell tapped a perfect pass from Jiri Hudler into a wide-open net to start the scoring.Later in the first, Jokinen deflected Campbell’s shot from the high slot for Florida’s second goal, and Smith got his first of the night 1:31 into the second period. And after each one, the Islanders seemed most unfazed.Nelson and Nielsen had tying goals in the first period and Tavares sent the teams into the second intermission tied at 3-3 when he took a pass from Okposo and scored his sixth career postseason goal.Tavares and Okposo worked their magic again early in the third, Tavares stealing the puck away from Campbell to set up Okposo and put New York on top to stay.“A great play by Johnny,” Okposo said. “He was able to pick the defender’s pocket … and I don’t think Luongo even saw it.”Strome made it 5-3, before Smith got Florida back within one less than a minute later — slamming his gloved hands into the glass in celebration. Greiss made sure that was the last moment Florida enjoyed, stopping 15 of the shots he faced in the final period.“Had a lot of chances,” Jagr said.(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
OSU is 2-2, and Boone Pickens has already fired a couple of shots in Mike Gundy’s direction before October. The first came before the Southeastern Louisiana game when Pickens called out Gundy for his OU record. It was a big deal at the time, but maybe not as big of a deal as it should have been. You can read about that here.Carson Cunningham and I talked to Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World on our podcast about the entire thing. I thought what he said was incredibly intriguing, but I didn’t want to write about them in detail and stir the pot if this was an isolated incident. It would have felt a little like spiking the ball in the end zone after a touchdown.Turns out, it definitely wasn’t an isolated incident. Pickens called out Gundy again on Tuesday.“I don’t have any conversations with Gundy. I don’t know, but Mike doesn’t handle people relationships very well,” Pickens told the Austin American-Statesman. “And he gets mad about things. I’ve heard he’s written some notes about me that weren’t very complimentary.”So let’s re-visit that conversation we had with Haisten earlier this month because now I feel like it’s more fair to call what is happening between Pickens and Gundy another rift of sorts. You can listen to the whole thing below, but I pulled the most interesting stuff from Pickens talking about Gundy’s poor Bedlam record and Gundy’s reaction which only Haisten saw.“Boone hesitated after he responded to an expansion question,” said Haisten. “He paused just for a second and he said, and I’m paraphrasing, ‘it’s been 11 years since I gave my big gift. I never said they had to win. I said they had to be competitive. And they’re competitive against everybody but OU.’“I just thought, ‘what?!’ This is a guy that wanted to make a statement. He wanted to come here and say this for whatever reason 17 months after the peace accord at the practice facility. Within the context of OSU football, [that peace accord] was a big deal. I remember quoting an OSU official, and he said ‘I think we will remember this as having been a really important day.’ Because those guys hadn’t spoken, hadn’t made eye contact, in over three years at that point. There was this Cold War rift.“For Boone to roll that back out there [before Southeastern Louisiana] I thought was staggering. I was surprised Boone did it. I’m not sure what purpose it served. I thought OSU’s media people might brief Mike before his postgame. They didn’t. He wasn’t asked about it. I wasn’t going to ask him about it until I walked him to the locker room. I did walk him down the hall, and I mentioned it to him. He was upset. He wouldn’t comment on the record, but he was obviously bothered by it. Whether there’s been any dialogue between the OSU football office and Dallas subsequent to that, I don’t know.”You can listen to the entire thing below from 34:30 to 39:00 below.There obviously has not been much dialogue since before that Southeastern Louisiana game because Pickens would not have said what he said if there had been. I’m not going to pretend like I know what goes on behind the scenes, but it does feel a little chilly, if not downright cold, again in here. The 2-2 start doesn’t help things, I’m sure.I guess the question for me is, “why now?” What happened between the peace accord in the spring of 2015 until now? Lots of teams don’t beat OU. Gundy is literally two plays from being 4-7 against them which would be historically great for OSU. He’s a program builder. He’s, ahem, done everything right. What was the catalyst here? Surely there has to be more to the story than what we’re hearing.Until then we wait. Grab a sweater. You might need it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Borussia Dortmund 2 RB Leipzig 3: Two penalties, two reds in five-goal thriller Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 02:26 10/15/17 Bongarts RB Leipzig inflicted Borussia Dortmund’s first league defeat in eight matches with an incredible 3-2 victory at Signal Iduna Park. Borussia Dortmund’s unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season ended in dramatic fashion as RB Leipzig came from behind to snatch a heart-stopping 3-2 away win.Both sides had players sent off in the second half but Leipzig held their nerve to inflict a first defeat in eight matches on Peter Bosz’s men.The visitors were forced to do it the hard way after falling behind to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early opener with Marcel Sabitzer and Yussuf Poulsen scoring to turn the contest on its head. 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. And Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men looked on course for their fifth victory of the campaign when Sokratis Papastathopoulos was shown a straight red for conceding a penalty which Jean-Kevin Augustin converted.Stefan Ilsanker also received his marching orders, though, and Aubameyang was able to reduce the deficit from the spot as he moved ahead of Robert Lewandowski in the scoring charts.But, after recording their first ever Bundesliga victory in this fixture last season, it was Leipzig who were yet again celebrating another milestone moment.3 – The last time BVB conceded 3 goals in BL at home after 49 min. was in 1997 against 1860 (2-3, 3 goals conceded after 48 min.). Historic.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) October 14, 2017There was a frenetic tempo from the outset and it was Dortmund who scored first through Aubameyang.The striker dispossessed Ilsanker, raced through on goal and coolly buried a fourth-minute opener beyond Peter Gulacsi.Leipzig should have found an instant response through Augustin, but Roman Burki produced a stellar one-on-one save with his legs.Hasenhuttl’s side only had to wait a matter of moments for an equaliser, though, as Marcel Halstenberg climbed high to head a free-kick into the path of Sabitzer, who nodded past Burki to make it 1-1.Aubameyang remained central to the breathless early action as he again found space in the area, only to be denied by a desperate Gulacsi block.And the match took another dramatic twist when Portugal winger Bruma brilliantly raced around his marker on the left and held his composure to find Poulsen for a tap-in.There was still time left in the half for Dortmund to go close to an equaliser, with Gulacsi once more smothering a close-range opportunity for Aubameyang. @YussufYurary puts @RBLeipzig_EN ahead, and puts @BVB behind for the first time this season in the #Bundesliga. #BVBRBL 1-2 pic.twitter.com/4whEjcsVWH— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) October 14, 2017 The visitors’ stunning fightback continued immediately after the restart with Sokratis dismissed for dragging down Augustin, who sent Burki the wrong way from the resultant penalty.Their numerical advantage lasted less than 10 minutes, though, as Ilsanker picked up two bookings in as many minutes to give the hosts hope.Dortmund’s comeback truly came to life just after the hour when VAR was used to award a contentious penalty for a trip by Dayot Upamecano on Aubameyang, the Gabon international making no mistake with his spot-kick.But that was to prove their last moment of joy as Gulacsi decisively denied Aubameyang in stoppage time and Andriy Yarmolenko sent the rebound over a gaping target.Key Opta stats:- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 15 goals in 12 competitive matches in 2017-18 – no other player in the top five European Leagues has found the back of the net more often.- For the first time since April 2015 (0-1 against Bayern Munich with Jurgen Klopp in charge) Dortmund lost a match at Signal Iduna Park. Since this loss, Borussia Dortmund were unbeaten in 41 home games in the Bundesliga (34 W, 7 D).- The last time Dortmund lost a game in the Bundesliga at home after leading was in December 2013 against Hertha Berlin (1-2). read more
Official sports drinks partner for MLSby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMajor League Soccer (MLS) has announced a multi-year agreement with BodyArmor, which becomes the competition’s official sports drink partner in the US, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The deal will see BodyArmor be the drink of choice for MLS players at matches and training sessions. In addition, the company’s branding will feature on coolers, cups, bottles and towels across MLS.With the partnership kicking off in 2020, the two parties will collaborate on exclusive custom content featuring MLS players and BodyArmor athlete partners.Carter Ladd, MLS senior vice president of business development, said: “BodyArmor believes in the future of Major League Soccer and is committed to joining us in our ongoing efforts to elevate soccer’s popularity to even higher levels in North America.”BodyArmor’s rise and momentum mirrors that of MLS, and we are excited to kick off the partnership at the Leagues Cup final and look forward to working with them for many years to come.” TagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Mesut Ozil looks like Megan Rapinoe, his Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has joked, after the former Germany international revealed his new bleach blonde hairstyle.Aubameyang posted photographs of the pair side-by-side on his Instagram story, writing: “Now I know how they won.”Rapinoe took home the Golden Boot as she helped the USWNT to Women’s World Cup glory in France, with her netting six times over the course of the tournament, including the opening goal of the 2-0 victory in the final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The 34-year-old scored from the spot in the 61st minute of that game against Netherlands, before Rose Lavelle doubled the USWNT’s lead eight minutes later to seal the win.But Ozil has revealed that he dyed his hair because of an agreement with Alexandre Lacazette, rather than any nod to Rapinoe.Asked what he was thinking regarding his new look, Ozil said: “I lost a bet.“We lost a bet against Laca. Me, Sead [Kolasinac] and Shkodran Mustafi all lost together.”The 30-year-old forward would go on to reveal that the bet was based on the crossbar challenge.Ozil’s future with the Gunners remains somewhat uncertain, with the north Londoners having been open to selling the German as part of a summer clear-out.They do, however, realise that due to a lack of interest from elsewhere and his desire to stay put, it will be difficult to move on their highest earner.Rapinoe, meanwhile, made headlines for voicing her opinions at this summer’s World Cup, aiming words at US president Donald Trump and FIFA president Gianni Infantino.She made headlines for her “I’m not going to the f*cking White House” remark when asked about the potential of an invitation if the USWNT were to go on and win the tournament. And the forward also called for greater pay equality in the sport. When questioned about her views by NBC in the aftermath of the tournament, Rapinoe said: “Do you, you know, believe that all people are created equal?”Do you believe that equal pay should be mandated? Do you believe that everyone should have healthcare? Do you believe that we should treat everyone with respect? I think those are the basics of what we’re talking about.”And I understand people feel upset or uncomfortable. There’s, I think, some feelings of disrespect about the anthem protest or things that I’ve said in the past, but, ultimately, I think I am here, open and honest. I’ve admitted mistakes. I will continue to do that.”I want to have that conversation because I think Trump’s message excludes people that look like me and that are me, of course, but it excludes a lot of people in his base as well. And I think that he’s trying to divide so he can conquer, not unite so we can all conquer.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Your clothes definitely make a difference in how other people respond to you and also in the way you feel about yourself.Blake Smith, co-founder of Cladwell, learned this first hand when he was working for a hedge fund in Cincinnati.“At one meeting, he realized he was the worst dressed guy in the room,” says Chris Merchich, co-founder and head of fashion.Another guy in a similar position to Smith was dressed better and Smith noticed all the questions were directed to him. That’s when he called up Merchich who then worked for Macy’s. He told him he needed help picking out a suit. He immediately saw the difference in how other people interacted with him when he wore it.The two friends knew they had a winning concept and went to work figuring out how to replicate that experience for other guys. They created Cladwell a couple of years ago, which is a website that gives men trusted friend advice about clothing options suited specifically for their individual preference and lifestyle.It’s free for guys to create an account on Cladwell’s site. Just fill out a survey including clothing goals, budget, amount of time spent in casual clothes as well as dress clothes, climate, body type, hair color, and eye color and you are ready to roll.“One of our goals is to reach a lot of different guys with a lot of different styles,” says Merchich. “We are trying to be a voice for men. We’re trying to tell men they have value and clothes can communicate that value.”“We view ourselves as the trusted confidante, the good friend, in order to put your best foot forward,” says Max Berg, project associate with Cladwell.Once a customer makes his choices, the site reveals wardrobe selections divided into sections: pants, shirts, suits, shoes, outerwear, and accessories. Clothing suggestions come from a variety of retailers and if an item is on sale, you’ll see that information too. Guys can pick and choose the items that appeal to them. If they like the whole wardrobe, they don’t have to buy it all at once. They can add items as their budget allows.Initially Cladwell offered up single recommendations, like finding the right suit to wear to a wedding. This fall, they increased their services to provide a full wardrobe recommendation. That’s caused their membership to double to almost 80,000 guys. On average, they are spending about $340 each on wardrobe updates.“There’s a finish line,” says Berg. “That’s a big part of our message. We recommend buying clothing that’s timeless—30 to 50 items total, and then you can stop. You don’t have to feed into a perpetual buying cycle.”At this point, customers are redirected to individual retailer websites for clothing purchases. There’s no fee to use Cladwell—they make commissions off any recommended clothing item that you buy.“We are focusing over the next three months in incorporating a shopping cart on our website so you don’t have to click through to the retailer,” says Merchich.Also, if you want to drop hints to family members about what gifts you’d love to unwrap, send them to giftfinder.cladwell.com. “We put together a simple survey. Just fill it out and it will generate really cool gift items. We’ve been telling all the people in our lives to use it for us,” says Berg. Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now
zoom Mammoet, a global provider of engineered heavy lifting and transport, is currently employing its Liebherr LR13000, the biggest crawler crane in the world, to install four platform legs on Van Oord’s newest wind turbine installation vessel, the Aeolus.In 12 days the giant crane has been assembled at Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven, Germany. The first of the four 87 meter long steel platform legs, each weighing 920 tons, has already been settled into its jacking position on the 139 meter long and 38 meter wide vessel.For this job, Mammoet designed, fabricated and delivered tailor-made top lifting tools and a tailing frame to ensure that the legs, that have no lifting points, can be lifted securely.In addition to the platform legs, Mammoet will also install four spudcans, using a specially engineered method. This method involves placing the partly rigged spudcans on the seabed, moving the Aeolus over it and connecting the spudcan with the leg with the use of cranes and divers.Execution started on 22 April, and will continue round the clock for a fortnight. The Aeolus is scheduled to be operational in July of this year.Mammoet, April 28, 2014
Biarritz: US President Donald Trump on Sunday backed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the “right man” for Brexit as the two leaders held a warm first meeting at a G7 summit marked by tensions over trade and worries about the Amazon. Johnson and Trump were on obviously friendly terms as they sat down for a working breakfast in the southern French resort of Biarritz where Group of Seven leaders have gathered this weekend. “He’s going to be a fantastic prime minster,” Trump said in their first face-to-face meeting since Johnson took office last month. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAsked what his advice was for Brexit, Trump replied: “He needs no advice. He’s the right man for the job. I’ve been saying that for a long time. It didn’t make your predecessor happy…” Trump’s undiplomatic outbursts often targeted Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May. Johnson replied that Trump’s backing was “on message there”. A new US-UK trade deal after Britain leaves the EU was at the heart of their meeting and both men appeared upbeat about the chances of success after Johnson a day earlier urged Trump to remove the “considerable barriers” impeding UK companies exports to the US. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsJohnson promised that “we are going to do a fantastic deal once we clear some of the obstacles in our path”. Trump replied that a “very big trade deal, bigger than we’ve ever had” was possible “quickly”. In the lead-up to the talks, Johnson had appeared at pains to distance himself from Trump after facing accusations in the past of being too cosy with the American leader. He had also said that US digital giants like Facebook and Google needed to be taxed “fairly and properly” on their revenues. The three-day meeting of the Group of Seven nations that started on Saturday was marked by EU leaders rounding on Trump over his escalating trade war with China and tariff threats to the EU. But Trump denied there was any ill-will and called an impromptu lunch on a hotel terrace French host Emmanuel Macron on Saturday “the best meeting we have yet had”. “Before I arrived in France, the Fake and Disgusting News was saying that relations with the 6 others countries in the G-7 are very tense, and that the two days of meetings will be a disaster,” Trump tweeted on Sunday morning. “Well, we are having very good meetings, the Leaders are getting along very well, and our Country, economically, is doing great – the talk of the world!” he added. But Johnson registered his disapproval of Trump’s trade war with China, which EU leaders have warned is hitting economic growth around the world and risks causing recessions. “Just to register a faint, sheep-like note of our view on the trade war — we are in favour of trade peace on the whole,” Johnson said. Asked if he had second thoughts about his move to further escalate with additional tariffs on China, Trump indicated he was perhaps rethinking his latest actions. “I have second thoughts about everything,” he said. The Basque resort of Biarritz, which at this time of year usually teems with surfers, sunbathers and tourists, has been turned into a fortress for the event with over 13,000 police on duty and its gleaming beaches out of bounds to the public. An anti-capitalism demonstration in nearby Bayonne turned ugly Saturday when the crowd of several hundred tried to get through police barricades and was repelled with water cannon and tear gas. The British leader will also have a midday meeting with EU Council President Donald Tusk after a bitter verbal spat the day earlier. The talks could prove to be prickly after the pair exchanged barbs on Saturday over who would be to blame if Britain left the European Union without a deal. “I still hope that Prime Minister Johnson will not like to go down in history as Mr ‘No Deal’,” Tusk told reporters in Biarritz. G7 summits, gathering Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, were once a meeting of like-minded allies. But they’ve become a diplomatic battlefield under Trump. In a radical break from previous meetings of the elite club, there is to be no final statement. Macron has also invited several world leaders from outside the G7 such as India’s Narendra Modi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who will join the meeting on Sunday.
New Delhi: The government on Monday invited bids for selection of agency that will conduct spectrum auctions in various bands, including 5G, as it set the stage for mega sale of over 8000 MHz of radiowaves. Issuing the notice for ‘Request for Proposal’ or tender document, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said the deadline for submission of the bids would be September 25. The guidelines for auction of spectrum in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz and 3300-3600 MHz bands will be announced separately, the notice said while pointing to an availability of 8093 MHz of airwaves in multiple bands. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Notice for Request for Proposal (RFP) for selection of agency for conducting e-auction of spectrum in various bands was issued by the Department of Telecommunications on August 26,” an official release said. In June this year, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said the government will hold spectrum auction for 5G and other bands in the current calendar year. The notice issued by the DoT on Monday said the bid evaluation will be in three parts — pre-qualification, technical and financial. The normal tenure of the contract for the selected auctioneer would be three years, with provision of a one-year extension by mutual consent, it said. The bidder should not have any equity directly or indirectly in any telecom service provider in India, and vice versa, and will have to declare its Indian and foreign equity holdings. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe selected agency will be tasked with designing, structuring and implementing the overall process of e-auction and also advise on setting the rules for the bidding process. The agency will help prepare bid documents for the auction and also advise on the safeguards in the e-auction system to ensure the security of the entire process, it added. A pre-bid conference will be held on September 2, with prospective bidders. Technical evaluations will be based on criteria such as total value and number of e-auctions conducted in the last seven years, total value of telecom related e-auctions in the last seven years, design of auction process and development of bid document, among others.
Severed ties between the Canadian Labour Congress and Unifor have culminated in the head of the national lobby group for the labour movement accusing Canada’s largest private sector union of raiding another union for members.Unifor’s president says the union’s decision to leave the CLC this week was due to concerns including what it says are some U.S.-based unions stifling workers’ rights to change the group representing them. The head of the CLC retorts that Unifor left so it could lure members away from other unions to boost its own membership, a move that is forbidden under the CLC’s constitution.Just one day after Unifor announced it was leaving the CLC, Unite Here Local 75, which represents hundreds of hotel workers in Toronto and Mississauga, Ont., announced it was seeking to leave its U.S.-based parent union and join Unifor.“Since the disaffiliation, they are now involved in raiding Unite Here in Toronto,” CLC president Hassan Yussuff said.“If you leave the congress, then, of course, you’re free to go and solicit any members that they wish to join their union. And that’s what they’re doing right now.”Unifor president Jerry Dias insisted leaving CLC is not about boosting its membership.“I have zero interest in raiding any unions. We will respond to those that attempt to raid us, but this has absolutely nothing to do with raiding,” he said.The infighting has left some inside the movement scratching their heads over who is to blame and others asking why they are blaming each other at all, given the challenges the entire movement faces, including an overall decline in unionization rates.“There’s some elements of truth on all sides,” said Stephanie Ross, an associate professor at McMaster University’s School of Labour Studies.However, she added, there are many critics within the movement of the CLC’s difficult process to make a change in union representation, and it would be in the movement’s best interest to re-examine its process.“Because a disunified labour movement is a serious problem.”Unifor has recently struggled to expand its membership by attracting new workers, said Ross, pointing to a recent failed effort with some Toyota workers in Ontario.There’s likely some internal frustration that the union is unable to recoup the members they’re losing due to factors such as job losses through new union drives, she said. But whether that is a factor in their decision remains to be seen, she said.Dias said the CLC rules that give disgruntled unionized workers an avenue to choose different representation don’t work, particularly because U.S.-based unions that are also part of the CLC don’t want them to be effective.Among the CLC’s 65 members, there are 33 international unions. The Air Line Pilots Association International, for example, is an affiliate that represents pilots at airlines in both the U.S. and Canada.While unionization rates have fallen drastically over the past two decades in Canada, the drop in the United States has been even larger.For U.S. organizations, there’s financial incentive to keep Canadians in their unions, said Dias, considering 28 states have so-called right-to-work laws that make union dues unenforceable.“Canada is a major cash cow,” he said. “So there is one heck of a push amongst the U.S.-based unions to ensure that their members can never leave their union.”Unite Here Local 75 outlined several frustrations with its parent Unite Here when announcing the vote to switch unions. It said Unite Here put the local into trusteeship in January, removed elected officials and seized the local unit’s assets.Unifor is the product of a variety of unions that broke away from their American parent, said Ross. So their viewpoint is one that is very sympathetic to union members in situations like those that Unite Here Local 75 describes, she said, where they disagree with the parent chapter over the union’s direction, including on upcoming collective bargaining.Yussuff disagreed with Dias’s assertions that the CLC has failed to act on member complaints, adding its received 46 complaints between May and December last year and all have been resolved. The group can’t address complaints it doesn’t receive, he added.If Unifor has issues with the group’s constitution, Yussuff said, the union should have worked within the system to build a consensus around how to improve the structure.“Leaving and interfering in the relationship with other affiliates is not a way to demonstrate your solidarity.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
A meeting is to take place today between United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and UPFA members supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa with regards to moves by President Maithripala Sirisena to reverse his earlier decision to give Rajapaksa nominations to contest the Parliament election.At the meeting Premajayantha is to be told of concerns over the UPFA nominations selection process and the next step in the event President Sirisena formally announces Rajapaksa will not be given nominations from the UPFA. The nominations list of the UPFA is also to be finalised at the meeting between Premajayantha and the UPFA members. The UPFA had last week announced that the President had agreed to give nominations to Rajapaksa. However several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members had opposed the move. (Colombo Gazette) Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya
Cabinet has approved a proposal to sign an agreement with China on transferring criminals.Cabinet spokesman Gayantha Karunatillake said that President Maithripala Sirisena had put forward the proposal to the cabinet. He said that under the proposed agreement, China and Sri Lanka will exchange criminals found guilty in court.The Minister said the agreement had been part of discussions Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had when he visited China last year. (Colombo Gazette)
Japon : fermeture du dernier réacteur nucléaire, quel avenir ?Récemment, le 5 mai 2012, le coup de grâce a été donné au parc nucléaire nippon en fermant son dernier réacteur pour maintenance. Plus d’un an après la catastrophe de Fukushima, le Japon doit plus que jamais repenser sa production et sa consommation énergétique.Avant Fukushima, fort de ses 37 réacteurs en activité, le nucléaire représentait 30% de la consommation électrique du pays. Mais ce 11 mars 2011, la double catastrophe séisme-tsunami entraine aussitôt la mise hors service de trois réacteurs. L’exploitation de l’atome est dès lors radicalement remis en question. Progressivement, les réacteurs ferment, et encore récemment, dans la nuit du 7 au 8 décembre 2011, le réacteur n°2 de la centrale nucléaire de Mihama s’éteint à la suite de fuites d’eau dans le système de refroidissement. C’est ainsi que début 2012, seulement 4 réacteurs restaient encore actifs sur les 54 que possèdent le Japon, soit 7,5% du parc nucléaire.Vers la sobriété énergétique et le choix des énergies alternativesSi le Japon parvient sans trop de conséquences à traverser ce défaut énergétique, c’est en partie grâce aux efforts fournis par les centrales thermiques ou encore par l’augmentation des importations d’hydrocarbures. En parallèle à ces alternatives plus polluantes que le nucléaire, les pouvoirs misent depuis la catastrophe sur une forte campagne de réduction et de sobriété énergétique. De cette manière, 15% d’économie d’énergie ont pu être réalisée dans les entreprises et d’une manière générale la pointe de consommation a chuté de 18%. D’un autre coté, les énergies renouvelables, à l’instar du solaire, ont connu un gain d’intérêt tout comme les efforts de constructions basse consommation et des efforts dans l’isolement, comme le souligne le site notre-planète.info. Mais réinventer une politique énergétique durable paraît indispensable pour ce pays qui comptait sur le nucléaire avant la crise. Dès lors la bataille d’opinion bat son plein entre les promoteurs d’une sortie rapide et totale du nucléaire et les défenseurs d’un abandon plus progressif. “La situation concernant la production d’électricité est sérieuse mais nous ne pouvons pas sacrifier la sécurité. Nous devons faire face à la réalité avec détermination”, a déclaré aux journalistes le ministre du nucléaire Goshi Hosono.Le 18 mai 2012 à 13:23 • Maxime Lambert
The National Republican Campaign Committee, upping the ante in the closely watched 3rd Congressional District race, confirmed last week that it will spend $900,000 on TV ads in the Portland media market to support state Rep. Jaime Herrera. The ads will air from Sept. 24 to Oct. 21. Last week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it had reserved $650,000 in air time for TV ads backing Democratic 3rd District candidate Denny Heck. Those ads won’t begin airing until Oct. 5. “The NRCC’s investment suggests this will be one of the costliest races this cycle,” wrote Jeremy P. Jacobs of Hotline on Call last week. “It also shows that the Republicans are trying to get a jump on the DCCC in the district.”The two parties are also competing to outdo each other in the use of heated rhetoric.“Since it’s clear that ‘militant partisan Democrat’ Denny Heck is completely out-of-touch with Southwest Washington families, the NRCC will take advantage of every opportunity available to remind voters that they could face even higher debt, taxes and unemployment if Heck came to D.C. to promote the same treacherous policies he passed in Olympia,” said NRCC spokeswoman Joanna Burgos in a statement.DCCC spokesman Andy Stone responded in kind.“It’s no wonder that the NRCC is ready to join with the shadowy, right-wing groups that are already spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on attack ads in support of Jaime Herrera because Herrera shares their agenda: protecting tax loopholes for companies that ship American jobs overseas,” he said.
Clark County’s economy expanded in November “at a blistering pace,” the region’s labor economist reported Tuesday, adding 7,000 jobs over the year and posting an annualized growth rate of 4.9 percent.Of all the possible drivers of the county’s and the nation’s robust employment growth, business and consumer spending are doing the heavy lifting, said Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department. “If you think about what is there to lift us out of a funk, there’s household spending, business spending and government spending, and there’s exports,” Bailey said. “We’re still importing more than we’re exporting, and the government has been cutting back on spending. What’s left are businesses and households.”And households, having lowered their debt levels, are spending on goods and services, Bailey added.Theoretically, strong job growth should put upward pressure on wages as employers compete for workers in a tightening labor market. However, the median hourly wage in Clark County (half of all jobs in the county paid more; half paid less) — which was $20.05 in 2013, adjusted for inflation — has essentially remained flat, increasing by about 1 percent since 2002.Bailey said Tuesday the county still has “a ways to go before we’re going to see across-the-board wage increases like we did in the late ’90s.” He added, “I think we still have too much slack in the labor market for that.”Nevertheless, across-the-board employment growth in Clark County made for yet “another positive report” for the region’s labor market, according to Bailey’s monthly analysis released Tuesday.
WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders are delaying sending a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the White House for a likely veto until after the recess break.Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, the chief Republican sponsor, told reporters Thursday it would be better if Congress was in town when President Barack Obama vetoes the bill “so attention is brought to it.”The House easily passed a Senate-approved bill authorizing the pipeline’s construction Wednesday. Republican leaders called on Obama to reconsider his veto threat.The White House has said repeatedly it will wait to make its decision on whether the $8 billion project is in the national interest until after a State Department review concludes. The pipeline, first proposed in 2008, will connect Canada’s tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries.
FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Delta Airline passengers are now up to speed after a weekend of dealing with delays.There are no reported delays at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International or Miami International airports.Sunday, Delta canceled 150 flights, days after severe storms shut down its Atlanta hub. More than 3,000 travelers were affected throughout the weekend.Delta said federal restrictions on the number of hours each crew can fly has hampered its ability to catch up.Delta released a statement that read in part, “We know this is extremely frustrating for our customers, and we apologize for that. Delta teams continue to work around the clock to fully reset our operation and keep customers informed.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Napakiak mourns after two prisoners die in jail fireAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelTwo prisoners died early Sunday morning when flames engulfed the Napakiak jail.Pot could leave black mark on immigration casesLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Federal immigration authorities issued a “policy alert” about cannabis. It’s causing a stir among Alaska immigration attorneys and exposes a gulf between federal policy and Alaska values on what constitutes “good moral character.”Lawmakers are grappling with allowing a $3,000-dollar PFD in the budgetAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSenators were talking about being fiscally responsible — and that Alaska Permanent Fund dividends would be just one slice of the budget pie. Now the Senate Finance Committee has finished its work.Dry weather forecasted throughout much of the stateDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksWarm dry conditions are forecast across much of the state.Fire season kicks off with over a dozen fires statewideAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerThe Alaska Division of Forestry is warning Alaskans in the Southcentral region of the state about high fire danger.Diomede’s outdated water system recovers only partially after failure; residents make do with snow melt and run-offDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeOfficials say a myriad of issues — including rust buildup in the water storage tank, an outdated pressure pump and a failed heating system — caused Diomede’s water system to stop working earlier this month.University of Alaska seeking people affected by data breachAssociated PressThe University of Alaska is attempting to contact people who may have been affected by a computer data breach.The 2019 cruise ship season has begunJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauIt was the first of 20 scheduled visits for the Ruby Princess this season. The last ship of the season, the Norwegian Jewel, is scheduled to arrive on Oct. 2.Alaska attorney general recovering after ‘scare’Associated PressAttorney General Kevin Clarkson says he had “quite the scare” but is on his way to a full recovery.Someone took a sack of crap through Juneau airport securityJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauThe incident became one of the TSA’s latest pun-laden social media posts about absurd things people take with them when they fly.New book packed with history of Southeast salmon canneriesJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgAround a century and a half of history told through the ups and downs of the salmon canning industry in Southeast Alaska is the focus of a new book due to be released in May.Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame induction tomorrowLori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageTen women from across the state will be honored on Tuesday evening in Anchorage during the 11th annual induction ceremony for the Alaska Women Hall of Fame. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews