Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders was fined $50,000 by the NFL for faking an injury during a game in Cincinnati on Oct. 21.Sanders initially played coy in public comments about the incident, but in recent weeks has said the matter was being handled internally.Also fined on Friday by the league were Panthers safety Haruki Nakamura and Packers tight end Ryan Taylor, $21,000 each; Titans safety Michael Griffin, $20,000; Raiders cornerback Tyvon Branch, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, and Cardinals linebacker Quentin Groves, $15,750 each; Ravens LB Dannell Ellerbe, $10,000; Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn, and Steelers safety Will Allen, $7,875 apiece.During the Steelers-Bengals game, NBC announcers openly discussed their belief Sanders apparently was deliberately feigning an injury for the purpose of saving a timeout.Anderson said it found no evidence the Steelers, on an organization-wide basis, were instructing or condoning the faking of injuries for competitive purposes.“If I believed that to be the case, the discipline would be substantially more,” Anderson said. “Instead, it reflects the commissioner’s strong view that it is the responsibility of the club to insure that its players are familiar with and in compliance with the league’s competitive rules.”In an open letter to Sanders and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, Anderson cited video evidence to the contrary of Sanders’ contention that he was in severe pain while lying on the ground, before or after the play.Sanders sat out one play — a team trainer attended to him — and then returned to the game for the next play, a Pittsburgh punt. Anderson noted that Sanders outran his teammates and downed the ball.“The video of the play shows Sanders running swiftly and effortlessly toward the punted ball, and then leaving the field with no sign of discomfort,” Anderson wrote. “Sanders also played the rest of the game without difficulty.”The NFL sent out a memo to team general managers and coaches in September that said, “The Competition Committee deprecates feigning injuries.” The league reiterated it had the power to fine players, coaches or teams or even take away draft picks.This is the first punishment the league has handed out for faking an injury.When asked two days before his meeting with the league if he thought the NFL had a problem with faking, Sanders said “Not that I know of.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 13, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government will commence a street-signage programme in three parishes in January 2018, which will herald the start of a nationwide beautification and community development initiative.“We will be rolling out the project in Manchester, Westmoreland and St. Thomas, and then get the necessary funds to take the street signs right across the country,” the Minister said, as he addressed a property tax town hall meeting on November 8 in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.He said this programme will address concerns that many communities across the island are hard to identify, as there are no signs.“Some of the work of the municipal corporations, when it comes to beautification, includes identifying communities. There are many communities in Westmoreland (that) when you drive in them, you don’t even know the name of the roads because the street signs don’t exist,” the Minister noted.The Minister said the signage programme was conceptualised based on data gathered by the 2,700 youngsters across the island who were employed by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development last summer to undertake audits of street lights and street signs.Mr. McKenzie appealed to citizens to pay their property taxes, as this is the only way the local authorities will be able to provide them with the basic services, amenities and infrastructure for modern-day living. He reminded the audience that taxes are collected in all countries of the world, and Jamaica is no different.He said that while the Government has a responsibility to serve the nation, the citizens themselves “have to become partners with us in this mission”, adding that in excess of $16 billion is owed in arrears for property taxes island-wide.He congratulated landowners in Westmoreland, who have demonstrated an “encouraging level of compliance” over the last three years by making concerted efforts to pay the requisite taxes. He said of the $607 million that was set as the Westmoreland target for the 2017/2018 financial year, more than $291 million has already been paid.“I find it difficult when people say they are not getting any benefit out of the taxes. While there may be weaknesses in some of what we do, there has been significant improvement in service delivery in this country. We are working hard to make a difference, but we can only do that if you buy into the reality that taxes are necessary in order for you to live in a decent and a clean country,” he said.
Close Easter holiday plans were hit by a strike of French air traffic controllers on 8 April as 40% of flights were cancelled in a dispute over working conditions.The strike called by the SNCTA union affected not only flights to and from France but also some through French airspace, and was due to last into Thursday.Pariss main airports of Charles de Gaulle and Orly were both affected but with advanced warning given by airlines the atmosphere was calm in the departure terminal of CDG on Wednesday.Among the companies hit were Ryanair, Easyjet and Air France.Air France said it was running almost all of its long haul flights, most of its medium haul flights but that it would only guarantee 30% of departures from and arrivals to Orly, Pariss second airport.
The logo of Capgemini is seen at the entrance of the company headquarters in Paris.ReutersThe buzz around the layoffs that have hit the IT sector in India refuses to die down. After industry giants Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra made news for cutting jobs and deferring appraisals, here comes another shocker. It is now being said that 56,000 IT employees could lose their jobs in 2017.Seven IT firms – Indian and multinational brands — are said to be planning to cut jobs this year, which could affect 56,000 workers. The seven firms are Infosys Ltd, Wipro Ltd, Tech Mahindra Ltd, HCL Technologies Ltd, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. and DXC Technology Co., and Capgemini, reported LiveMint.While a few of the named companies have already cut quite a number of jobs this year, claiming that the layoffs were based on poor performance of the employees, a number of them also seem to be paving the way for more sacking.Even as Cognizant refuted news of the layoffs saying that it was “unfounded” and that the firm has no plans of letting its employees go, it is said to have put over 15,000 of its workers on notice by giving them poor rating during the ongoing yearly appraisal.Infosys, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra have all blamed the recent layoffs on poor performance. “The figures reported in the article published today – including the reference to igate – are unfounded. We have not announced any lay off plan,” a statement from Capgemini said.”Each year our employees are evaluated based on strict performance criteria in an objective process, consistent with industry norms, to ensure we are aligned with our customer needs, business priorities, and the overall industry evolution. This leads naturally to a varying number of employees transitioning out of the organization in any given year,” the company added. Wipro KDC campus, KolkataWikimedia CommonsWipro, on the other hand, said: “Wipro undertakes a rigorous performance appraisal process on a regular basis to align its workforce with the business objectives, strategic priorities of the organisation, and requirements of our clients.” Infosys explained that “a continued low feedback on performance could lead to certain performance actions, including separation of an individual and this is done only after feedback.”However, Infosys has reportedly put over 3,000 senior employees under the category of workers needing improvement.Even as performance has been quoted as the reason of these layoffs, the move looks like it has more to do with the slow growth in the IT sector. Automation could be another reason. Infosys campus in Bengaluru.Reuters FileThe firms have been battling issues such as tougher visa norms, a sluggish global economy and the rising popularity of digital services. Infosys has deferred the salary hike for its employees until July and Cognizant may also let go of its senior employees through a voluntary retirement scheme.Meanwhile, automation could be one of the reasons, as most of the companies now rely on digital services. “With automation, the number of people we are hiring in the past will not be the same. It will slow down a little bit,” Indian Express quoted Krishnamurthy Shankar, executive vice-president, group head, human resource development, Infosys, as saying.
United NationsThe year 2019 started off at the United Nations with Somalia brazenly kicking out the UN envoy, followed soon after by Guatemala ditching an UN-sponsored anti-corruption commission.After a tough year that saw the United States, the UN’s top financial backer, cut funding, pull out of the Human Rights Council and scrap UN-backed agreements, the United Nations is taking more hard hits.Some UN watchers are questioning whether the global organization created at the end of World War II to safeguard world peace is facing a slow demise, increasingly under attack by governments with nationalist agendas.Nearing the half-way mark in his five-year tenure, UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned that multilateralism is under fire at a time when the world needs it most.Leading the anti-UN charge is President Donald Trump whose America-First approach to foreign policy has emboldened other governments to thumb their noses at the United Nations, analysts say.”The UN is having a nerve-wracking start to 2019,” said Richard Gowan, senior policy fellow at UN University.While the United Nations may not be on the brink of total collapse, “the Trump administration’s attitude encourages others to defy the UN,” he said.On Monday, the new envoy for Syria, Geir Petersen of Norway, took up his post as the UN’s fourth peace broker, but the United Nations has been sidelined by Russia and Iran in its efforts to end nearly eight years of war.Peacekeeping — at the heart of the UN’s security approach — is under serious financial strain after the United States announced plans in late December to further cut back its budget contribution.Meanwhile, the Security Council is divided over how to respond to the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Both Somalia and Guatemala have cited UN interference to justify their decisions.UN envoy to Somalia Nicholas Haysom was declared persona non grata last week after he questioned the Mogadishu government’s decision to arrest an Al-Shabaab defector who ran for election.Guatemala announced it was unilaterally ending the mandate of a UN-backed anti-corruption commission that had been looking into President Jimmy Morales’ election campaign finances.- US abandons UN -Jeffrey Feltman, the UN’s former political chief who stepped down last year, worries that the United States and European powers no longer have the UN’s back when disagreements like those with Guatemala or Somalia arise.”What concerns me is that there no longer seems to be effective push-back against such decisions,” said Feltman, now a fellow at the Brookings Institution.Member states who would normally be expected to defend the principles have “abandoned traditional positions,” he said, citing the United States, or been consumed with political turmoil such as Britain with Brexit and EU countries with populism.”The UN secretariat, fearful of losing essential member state support, will not speak out forcefully, in the absence of sufficient member state backing,” he added.A potential bright spot is Yemen, where the United Nations has succeeded in bringing the warring sides to the table for negotiations on ending a horrific war — but UN diplomats caution that peace process is fragile.”The UN is being tested like perhaps never before,” said Louis Charbonneau, UN director for Human Rights Watch, who argues that stronger UN leadership is needed to help the world body survive this difficult moment.”The secretary-general should use his bully pulpit to call out abusers by name, no matter how powerful. We need him to be more of a general than a secretary.”Faced with setbacks, Guterres counters that people continue to see the UN as the best platform to address global problems, such as climate change.A major UN climate summit planned for September is shaping up as a key test of the UN’s relevance.
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Share Tuesday, November 13, 2018Top afternoon stories:PexelsFreeze Warning Issued For Harris CountyHarris County will see sub-freezing temperatures Tuesday night, prompting the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue a freeze warning for the county.The freeze warning is in effect from midnight to 9:00 am Wednesday, with temperatures expected to drop to 27-32 degrees.To prepare for the cold weather, the NWS says people should take care of the “Four Ps”:• People: Keep warm by dressing in layers. Check on any elderly family or neighbors that may need assistance.• Pets: Dogs and cats get cold too. Bring them inside to keep them healthy and safe. Have plenty of food and water for them.• Plants: Cover or bring in delicate plants to keep them from freezing.• Pipes: Cover exposed pipes to prevent freezing and breaks, and disconnect outdoor hoses.The NWS also recommends having a flashlight, extra batteries, a portable cell phone charger, warm clothes, blankets and a weather radio on hand in case the power goes out.Houston Police DepartmentTroy Finner, executive assistant chief with the Houston Police Department (second from left).Student Shot To Death In River OaksAn 18 year-old Lamar High School student was shot to death Tuesday in the River Oaks area, the Houston Police Department reported.HPD Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner said the shooting occurred around 12:15 p.m. at the 2800 block of Bammel Lane, which is about a four minute walking distance from the high school, which is part of the Houston Independent School District.Finner said the victim and a female were standing and “they were approached by three suspects.” “One suspect walked up and started firing,” Finner added.The male victim was transported to Ben Taub Hospital and was pronounced dead.Finner said he thinks the victim was “targeted” and added he doesn’t rule out the possibility that the shooting was gang related.Ed Mayberry/Houston Public MediaJared Woodfill.Raid At Office Of Prominent LawyerLocal law enforcement raided Monday the office of Jared Woodfill, a prominent Houston lawyer and former chairman of the Harris County Republican Party.The Houston Chronicle reported there are two formal complaints against Woodfill accusing him of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients’ trust accounts.Investigators spent hours searching the office and left with boxes of documents, according to news reports.The Harris County Republican Party said in a statement that “Mr. Woodfill has had no role or involvement in the Harris County Republican Party since he since he was defeated and left office in 2014” and added the matter regarding the raid “is one for the criminal justice system and it would be inappropriate to comment on any pending investigation.”Woodfill was chairman of the county’s Republican Party from 2002 until 2014.
The fifth annual “Feed the DMV 2017 Annual Holiday Homeless Initiative” is scheduled to take place on Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2002 Fenwick St., NE. Volunteers will gather together to prepare and package simple meals and toiletry bags, and then head out to the city to hand deliver them to those in need. All proceeds and donations will go to purchasing the items needed to prepare simple lunch meals and bags of toiletries that will be delivered to the homeless during the event and throughout the holiday season. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
Ms. Santa is hosting a toy drive on December 2nd at Hotskates! Bring an unwrapped toy and the admission will be $1. Bring the children out for some family fun for all ages with Ms. Santa. Call Diane Hocker at 410.554.8243 to donate.