Judge takes Peterson arbitration arguments under advisement

first_imgNO RED FLAGS–In this Aug. 1, 2014, photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson gives his son Adrian Jr. a kiss following an NFL football training camp practice in Mankato, Minn. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest dispute between the NFL Players Association and the NFL over the league’s personal conduct policy was aired Friday in federal court, as Adrian Peterson listened to arguments about his suspension that the union is trying to have overturned.“I felt like I got a fair hearing, for once,” the Minnesota Vikings running back said to reporters on his way out.It was more criticism of the disciplinary process that Peterson and the union have derided as arbitrary and unfair since punishment was levied by the NFL after the running back was charged in a child abuse case involving his son. He resolved the case with a plea bargain last year.Peterson did not speak at the hour-long hearing in front of U.S. District Judge David Doty, who has overseen much of the league’s labor matters over the past three decades. Doty took under advisement the NFLPA’s petition to nullify the decision by arbitrator Harold Henderson to reject Peterson’s appeal of the suspension that is in effect through at least April 15.Doty did not provide a timetable for his decision.“I always like good arguments. They make my job harder, but it’s always good,” Doty told the attorneys in attendance.The basis of the NFLPA’s argument is that the enhanced six-game punishment for players involved with domestic violence, announced in August and finalized in December, was unfairly and retroactively applied to Peterson. The injuries to his 4-year-old son occurred in May.Peterson and the union would prefer a ruling before March 10, when the league’s free agency and trading period starts. If the Vikings decide not to bring Peterson back for the 2015 season at his scheduled $12.75 million salary, the process of trading or releasing him or redoing his contract will be complicated by the expiration of the punishment put in place by Commissioner Roger Goodell.Peterson, for his part, said he wants to return to the Vikings.“Of course,” was his answer to that question, smiling as he turned to walk with his wife and agent toward their waiting ride.About a half-dozen fans with various Vikings clothing, one holding a sign that said, “Come Back AP,” shouted their support for the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player.“It’s good to be back in Minnesota,” Peterson said.NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler accused Henderson, a former league executive, of being biased and straying from the collective bargaining agreement in his ruling on the appeal with “his own brand of industrial justice.”Another point Kessler made to Doty was that the NFL did not have the right to mandate Peterson participate in the league’s assigned counseling per the terms of the punishment that Goodell laid out. Peterson and the NFLPA have said he’s seeing a psychologist they picked, to discuss parenting and more appropriate methods of disciplining his children.“The CBA doesn’t give the NFL that authority,” Kessler said.Peterson was on a special exempt list, essentially paid leave, while the child abuse case played out in a Texas county court. Soon after the plea deal was reached, the league announced the six-game suspension to cover the remainder of the season. But Kessler argued that the exempt list served as “pre-discipline discipline” that Goodell did not have the right to impose.“Because of public pressure, because of the world, the Commissioner decided to make up a new rule for Mr. Peterson,” Kessler said.The NFL’s primary response to the claims is that the collective bargaining agreement holds power over the dispute, not the court. Judges rarely overrule arbitration decisions.Dan Nash, a lawyer for the league, told Doty that Kessler was simply trying to “re-litigate” the merits of Peterson’s appeal that were already rejected by Henderson.“We’re here on the review of the arbitration award. We’re not here for other labor grievances they might have,” Nash said, often looking to his right in Peterson’s direction when he mentioned the player’s name.Nash called the retroactivity argument “a red herring” and said proving “evident partiality” by Henderson was impossible.At one point, Doty pressed Nash about league executive Troy Vincent’s conversation with Peterson while the disciplinary process was unfolding.“Don’t my lying eyes tell me that Mr. Vincent told Mr. Peterson that he was going to get two games?” Doty asked.The union’s claim is that Vincent told Peterson he’d only receive a two-game suspension under the old policy. But Vincent testified to Henderson during the appeal hearing that he did not make that guarantee. Nash argued that, even if Vincent’s promise were true, it was irrelevant because of a lack of evidence that Peterson acted on that advice.Kessler used his brief rebuttal time to compare Nash to a read option quarterback, running “misdirection” plays with the facts. He also alluded to Doty’s work in fostering labor peace between the sides for years and years until the 2011 lockout.“You can be the person to bring it about again,” Kessler said, “and we hope you will.”___AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLCopyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

High steaks for littlest grill master

first_imgBy Mitchell Clarke At just six-years-old, Jaxon Shaw is one of the country’s absolute best on the barbecue. The Kooweerup kid grew up…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

SUBWAY Basketball Schools Cup Final Schedule Announced

first_img15.15 – U16 B GirlsColaiste Oiriall (Co. Monaghan) v Cross & Passion Kilcullen (Co. Kildare) Basketball Ireland have revealed the details of the SUBWAY Schools Cup Finals that will take place at the National Basketball Arena from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th of January. 12.15pm – U16 A BoysSt Joseph’s The Bish (Co. Galway) v St Malachy’s (Belfast) SUBWAY School’s Cup Finals Schedule: January 23rd-25th 2017  (Connacht Schools in Bold)Monday, January 23rd, 201710.30am – U16 B BoysOur Lady’s Castleblayney (Co. Monaghan) v Colaiste Pobail Setanta (Co. Dublin) 13.45 – U16 A GirlsCresecnt Comprehensive (Co. Limerick) v Scoil Chriost Ri Portlaoise (Co. Laois) 15.30 – U19 B BoysSt Mary’s Diocesan School (Co. Louth) v Colaiste an Phiarsaigh Glanmire (Co. Cork) Tuesday, January 24th, 201710.30am – U19 C BoysLarkin CC (Co. Dublin) v Blackrock College (Co. Dublin) 12.15pm – U16 C GirlsCastlerea Community School (Co. Roscommon) v Holy Child Killiney (Co. Dublin)center_img Galway are represented this year by Gort Community School in the U19 B Girls, Colaiste Na Coirbe Knocknacarra in the Under 16 C Boys and by St Joseph’s The Bish in the Under 16 A Boys. 12.15pm – U19 B GirlsGort Community School (Co. Galway) v Loreto Crumlin (Co. Dublin) Wednesday, January 25th, 201710.30am – U19 A GirlsDunshaughlin (Co. Meath) v Holy Faith Clontarf (Co. Dublin) 13.45 – U16 C BoysColaiste na Coiribe (Co. Galway) v Castleknock Community College(Co. Dublin) 13.45 – U19 C GirlsSt Joseph’s Community College Charlestown (Co. Mayo) v Coláiste Íde an Daingean (Co. Kerry) 15.30 – U19 A BoysColaiste Choilm Ballincollig (Co. Cork) v St Aidan’s CBS (Co. Dublin)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Solomons suffering 0-9 halftime with PNG

first_imgIt has been a one sided contest so far as PNG runs in easy points.Doubles have gone to PNG’s William Ken and Bobby Vavona.The Solomon Islanders were disallowed a touch down which has been their only big moment.last_img

Gayle brings wealth of knowledge – Holder

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, (CMC): The return of the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’, Chris Gayle, to West Indies one-day colours following a two-year absence, is expected to strengthen the Caribbean side’s batting in the upcoming five-match series against England. But while his 9,221 runs from 269 One-Day Internationals speak volumes, captain Jason Holder said yesterday it was the 37-year-old’s wealth of knowledge which would be a major asset to the squad off the field. “Chris is always a guy who shares his advice [and] shares his input. Sometimes he tends to let things happen in terms of giving players the leeway to execute and free themselves,” Holder explained. “We always stress on that in the dressing room where we’re not complicating or clogging players’ minds as to what game they want to play. “And Chris has been a really good exponent of that over the years for himself. He’s been very clear on his game plans and how he wants to go about his cricket, and that’s one thing he has brought to the group – just be yourself and just express yourself.” He added: “He’s been obviously one that players tend to go to in terms of seeking advice and he’s never shy of a word to give them as much advice and guidance as he can.” Gayle, a former Windies captain, is set to play his first ODI since the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, when the West Indies take on England at Old Trafford today. The left-hander has largely plied his trade in the shortest format in recent years but has recently expressed a desire to represent the Caribbean side at the 2019 World Cup scheduled for England. Freed for selection after Cricket West Indies shelved their controversial eligibility rule, Gayle was an automatic choice for the current tour and Holder said he had already brought his flamboyant personality to the camp. “So far Chris seems to be in really good spirits,” Holder told reporters. “He’s always a lively character in the dressing room and he’s been really good for us, so I don’t expect anything different from him in the series.” With Gayle and most of the leading players barred from selection, West Indies suffered adverse results off the field and failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy staged here earlier this year. Those results – they have won just three of their last 20 ODIs – have also left them unlikely to achieve direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup as they languish ninth in the ICC rankings. However, Holder said past disappointments were now behind the squad and the focus was squarely on the current series. “That’s in the past. Obviously we didn’t qualify for the Champions Trophy so it wasn’t ideal but it was the situation,” the all-rounder stressed. “We can’t dwell on that, we’ve got to move forward and shift our focus here now in England. This is the current series we’re up against. We need to take it step by step, game by game and formulate our plans and go out and try and execute them.”last_img read more

The CCJ…

first_img…rules elections by Sept 18The last foot has dropped on the PNC’s desperate moves to hold off elections by using the legal straw they were thrown when some snake oil salesman sold them a theory that 33 isn’t the majority of 65! The CCJ had given its judgements last June 18 that Patterson was illegally appointed by Granger, the NCM was validly passed, thus the Cabinet and President stood resigned! Yesterday they announced the “consequential orders” that flowed from the judgements.Recognising the delicate political ground realities, the CCJ restated what was obvious from the beginning of this contrived contretemps: the Constitution was pellucid on what was to follow passage of a valid NCM in the National Assembly! It’s just the PNC playing the fool!! To wit, according to Art 106 (6) elections had to be held in 3 months. Unless of course, the Opposition PPP was willing to extend the time by returning to the National Assembly to do so with a two-third majority along with the Government.So as the President of the CCJ pointed out in his inimitable style – there was no need to gild the lily of the Constitution when it came to the consequential orders. If there’d been no recourse to the Courts, elections would’ve had to be held by March 21 – 3 months after Dec 21, 2018. The recourse placed the timeline on “pause”, said the CCJ, but once they affirmed the NCM, the finger was taken off the “pause button”!! Elections, therefore, have to be held by Sept 18 – no ifs, ands, and buts, about it!!But if you, dear reader, believe the PNC will go along with that timeline just because the CCJ affirmed that this is what the Constitution demands, then your Eyewitness has a bridge across the Essequibo River to sell you! They’ve already signalled the limb they’ll now jump on exclusively – GECOM!! The PNC’s equivalent to the “33 is not greater than 32” gambit in this area is that GECOM is an independent agency and they have to make their own decisions to fulfil their mandate! So when their hand-picked GECOM Chair Patterson echoed their party line that there needs to be H-t-H registration – which will put elections into 2020— you don’t need to be psychic to know what will be going down over the next few months!!But the CCJ had a plaster for THAT sore!! It pointed out that GECOM isn’t above the Constitution – and, therefore, if the Constitution had said for decades that elections could be held in three months, then they should’ve been prepared for that eventuality.And in the instant case, they’d better be ready for elections by Sept 18, 2019!!…and rules of (political) engagementYour Eyewitness was very disappointed that the CCJ was unwilling to be more specific in directing the selection of the GECOM Chair be consummated within a specified time frame. To ask the PNC to respect the “spirit and letter” of the Constitution – when they’ve done everything but walk all over it – is just avoiding their duty as the final Court of Appeal for this country.As sure as the sun rises in the sky tomorrow morning, the PNC will be stretching out the selection process to get its way on the elections date. Imagine the Opposition Leader was magnanimous enough to suggest that that the President could SUGGEST some names – but Granger took this as an agreement that he was NOMINATING names for himself to approve!! This just illustrates and illuminates the nature of the PNC— in all matters, it’s either THEIR way or the highway!!The PPP will have to bring its supporters into the streets to show the PNC that Guyanese will not stand for another PNC dictatorship be installed in broad daylight. Democracy must be defended at all costs!!Power to the people!! …and the international communityThe ball is also now in the Court of the international community – especially the ABCE countries.Only a legal Govt can secure their (oil) interests!last_img read more


first_imgSophomore standout Emma Armstrong tallied eight kills and 11 digs, while libero Sophia Currier had 13 digs on the night night. Perry, a first-year setter from Coaldale, Alta., shone in her first career start, averaging 11.67 assists per set, while adding five points off of three kills, one ace and one block, and three digs in the victory. Story Links Third-year right side hitter Alina Dormann led all players with 17 points off of nine kills, two blocks and six aces, while also adding a team-high 16 digs. The win puts the Blues at 6-2 in their season thus far, and moves the Lancers to 5-5.center_img Box Score Rayn Perry tallied 35 assists in helping the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-14, 25-8, 25-16) victory over the Windsor Lancers on Friday night (Jan. 12) at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. Rookie Jenna Woock added 13 points on nine kills, three aces and one block, while Anna Feore added 11 points, all coming from kills, and 11 digs in the win. Lancers Lexi Pollard and Paige Phills led their team with six points each.The Varsity Blues are back in action on tomorrow (Jan. 13) as they take on the Ryerson Rams in the OUA Marquee Matchup at Mattamy Athletic Centre. Opening serve is set for 6 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Make Formula 1 more competitive! Red Bull chief urges sport’s higher powers to change

first_img Make Formula 1 more competitive! Red Bull chief urges sport’s higher powers to change rules Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has called on Formula One chiefs to bring an end to ‘predictable’ results by changing the current regulations.Lewis Hamilton has won the last two world championships while Mercedes topped the 2014 and 2015 constructors’ standings.During that time Mercedes have won 32 of the 38 races and clocked 23 one-twos, with Hamilton’s closest challenger for his titles being team-mate Nico Rosberg.Horner believes fans are being driven away from the sport and has urged the likes of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone and FIA President Jean Todt to mix things up ahead of the 2016 campaign.“Predictable, serial results and serial winning is difficult for any sport,” Horner told autosport.com.“Inevitably, with predictability, people get turned off and it needs a rejig to bring it closer together.“You can’t expect the teams to achieve that, that’s for the regulator and the governing body to come up with a set of rules that achieve those objectives.“The regulations are incredibly stable for next year, so Mercedes will inevitably carry on the dominance, such is their margin.“They will find gains throughout the winter and will undoubtedly be near the top of the curve.”Horner guided Sebastian Vettel to four consecutive drivers’ championships between 2010 and 2013 with Red Bull also emerging as constructors’ winners in each of those seasons.However, the 42-year-old insists the nature of those successes did not harm the sport.“We were accused of it, but we enjoyed the continued success and longevity of the sport,” he added.“Two of our world championships went to the last race, and we never finished first and second in a championship.” 1last_img read more

District wants campus cop

first_imgLANCASTER – The Eastside Union School District is thinking of hiring a full-time campus sheriff’s deputy at an annual cost of $150,000. The district has been considering such a plan, but it took on more urgency after teachers, one of whom was assaulted by a student and got her arm bruised, showed up at a recent board meeting to express concerns about campus safety. “We’ve been looking at it over a year. Things have been getting tougher. We have had different people come to us and say, we need to consider this,” board President Janette Crawford said. “It’s become more of an issue with the teacher getting hurt. We decided it was time to get really serious. The biggest issue is funding. We don’t have the money.” The board discussed the idea at last week’s board meeting during which representatives from the Sheriff’s Department made a presentation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Besides the campus deputy’s salary, the $150,000 cost covers a package of services, including officers patrolling in nearby parks before and after school and school safety assemblies. The deputy assigned to the district would be stationed at Cole Middle School and would be able to respond to the district’s other three schools. “It will be definitely worth the money,” Crawford said. “The next step is to scour the budget to find out if we have money to pay for something like that.” There is a possibility Eastside could share some of the costs associated with the program with other districts that already use deputies. Staffers will do research and return to the board with options and recommendations, interim Superintendent Cynthia Grennan said. “We were talking about the overall safety and education of kids and how to avoid problems. An officer being right there could deal with it and could respond to another campus,” Grennan said. “With some of the things going on in the nation, though we have a fine community, we don’t know who’s out there every day.” A deputy’s presence on campus could serve as a deterrent to misbehavior, Grennan added. “We also want kids to stay out of trouble. Sometimes a uniformed officer has an impact on young people that we as educators do not,” Grennan said. Teachers showed up at a board meeting in September to express their concern about how the student population has changed, Crawford said. The teacher hurt is a special-education instructor who was assaulted by one of her students at Cole, Crawford said. “She said it’s getting a lot rougher,” Crawford said. Crawford said the community has changed quite a bit. “We have new people moving into our area. The district wants to see the students safe and the staff safe. They shouldn’t have to be fearful to come to work or come to school,” Crawford said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

8 New Year’s Resolutions for HR

first_imgAs a proud member of the HR Community, I was trying to think of things that, individually or collectively, we potentially could do better in 2015. With that background, I came up with following eight resolutions:1.         Avoid HR Jargon.  People appreciate plain English.  Enough with the paradigm shifts, synergistic partnerships, value added relationships and outside the box thinking.  And by the way,  if you are outside the box, you are still defining yourself by the box!  Enough with the box.2.         Learn more about your business.  Learn more about the non-HR aspects of your business, such as your products and services, goals and objectives, and competitors and obstacles.  The more you know, the more effective and well received you will be.3.         Re-Recruit Top-Notch Talent.  Top-notch talent always can move, even in a tough economy.  HR may be blindsided, and blamed, when top-notch talent leaves.  Help retain top-notch talent by increasing recognition and appreciation, focusing on problem solving and by discusssing career paths without guarantees.4.         Re-Calibrate Your Time.  Related to #3, I think we spend 85 percent of our time on our “favorite” 15 percent.  And, of course, by “favorite” I mean the 15 percent for whom we can do nothing right.  No, we cannot reverse it.  But we can move the dial.  We cannot spend the vast majority of our time on “C” players.  We need to spend more time on “A” and “B” players.5.         Manage, Not Avoid, Risk.  There is no such thing as risk avoidance.  If you try to avoid all risk, you will get nothing done and that may be the biggest risk of all. There can be legal risk and business risks in avoiding risk. So manage it and don’t try to avoid it or you will end up chasing your tail.6.         Celebrate the Successes.  We don’t do enough of this.  We just jump to the next crisis.  Celebrating success engenders engagement and all the benefits that go with it. When celebrating, appreciation and recognition are key.7.         Choose Wisely  With Whom You Invest Your Time.  No resource is more valuable than your time. At least when away from work, hang with those who energize you and stay away as much as possible from those who enervate you. I have been spending more time with Aaron Greenberg and my life is the better for it.  Remember him?8.         Have More Fun.  Work is hard.  There is a reason it is a four-letter word.  But there are a lot of ways that you can infuse (appropriate) fun into the process.  When employees are having fun, they are happier, and happier employees are more productive so they create a better bottom line. So, here’s to a fun 2015!   Speaking of fun, I look forward to the first WeKnowNext #Nextchat. Great combination of learning and fun!last_img read more