Beating Hibs in replay even better prospect for Hearts says Neilson

first_imgRobbie Neilson believes the prospect of beating Hibernian in an Easter Road replay is even greater for Hearts than beating them first time around.The Jam Tarts relinquished a two-goal lead in their Scottish Cup fifth round tie against their Edinburgh rivals, with Paul Hanlon netting a stoppage-time equaliser.Neilson expressed his disappointment at the result, but says another derby clash presents its own unique opportunities.“I expect them to defend a 2-0 lead and to lose two poor goals at the end is disappointing, but it’s happened,” he said. “If the shoe was on the other foot we’d be delighted but the outcome is the same.“It’s another derby game, another money-spinner for both clubs, and a big one for the fans and you guys. Another full house, another game on TV. So, if we can get through that then it’s even better than winning it first time.“We’ll have (Igor) Rossi back from suspension, we’ll have (Jamie) Walker back in and (Abiola) Dauda up to match speed so we will go there stronger than we were today.”Neilson felt injuries hampered his side, although Hibs were also forced into taking off Dylan McGeouch and David Gray. “We had a couple of guys carrying knocks right through, Nicholson and (Miguel) Pallardo, but because we had to take (Prince) Buaben, (Alim) Ozturk and Djoum off, we didn’t have an opportunity to change it,” he said.“I think that had a little bit of a bearing on the game but I have played in these derbies before and it’s never over until it’s over. Especially in a cup game, when you’re 2-0 down you just go gung-ho and you can get a result out of it.“When it went to 2-2 we had a couple of good chances but we should have done that at 2-0.”last_img read more

Lifesaving Gardaí and hero chef honoured at Irish Water Safety Awards

first_imgThree Donegal gardaí and a quick-thinking member of the public have been honoured for selfless acts of bravery at this year’s Irish Water Safety Awards.Rescuers involved in two dramatic near-drowning incidents in Donegal featured in the annual awards on Wednesday.Garda Cormac McClafferty, Garda Dermot Kenny and Garda Michael McHugh received prizes at Dublin Castle for saving a man’s life at Buncrana pier. Niall Cosgrove PhotographyOn the 8th of May 2016, a man got into difficulty in the water. The quick-thinking trio of gardaí immediately made a human chain and swam out to the man, who was going under the water due to cold shock.The gardaí eventually reached the casualty and pulled him back to the pier to safety. He made a full recovery.Another local award recipient was Gerard Lally, Head Chef at the Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran.Gerard Lally. Niall Cosgrove PhotographyGerard became a hero by chance when he saved two lives on Sunday the 27th of May 2018. He was on his lunch break when he saw three people in difficulty in the water at Roguey Point. Lally, who is a skilled swimmer and surfer, rushed to help the adult, a teenager and an 11 year-old boy in the water.Lally instructed both the teenager and the young boy to grab hold of a ring buoy he was able to bring them both to shore, where he stayed with them until the ambulance services arrived and subsequently took over.Meanwhile, the Bundoran RNLI had arrived and assisted the adult and successfully brought him to safety. All three made a full recovery.Thirty-six lives were saved from drowning by all the rescuers honoured at the Irish Water Safety’s National Annual Awards Ceremony.Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural & Community Development presented the Seiko Just in Time Rescue Awards and said: “It is an honour to pay tribute to these courageous recipients. Tragically an average of 127 people drown in Ireland every year and although that’s 127 too many, the figure would be even higher but for the dramatic efforts of these individuals who saved others from drowning and the ongoing work of Irish Water Safety volunteers teaching swimming and water rescue skills.” Long-Service Volunteer Awards were also presented to 63 volunteers, recognising a combined total of 1,315 years of service teaching swimming, water rescue and survival skills in communities nationwide.Minister Canney appealed to all adults to make themselves more aware of the dangers of drowning.He said: “It only takes seconds for tragedy to strike and this can so easily be avoided if people learn about the hazards and take personal responsibility for their own safety. I ask that people encourage friends and family to read Irish Water Safety’s guidelines at so that they have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to avoid becoming a drowning statistic.”Lifesaving Gardaí and hero chef honoured at Irish Water Safety Awards was last modified: November 30th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranabundoranirish water safety awards.last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Christmas Day Hike at Kensington Metro Park

first_imgOur family has a tradition of hiking the trails at Kensington Metro Park, near Milford, Michigan, on New Year’s Day.We spend our time birdwatching, looking for tracks in the snow, and taking in the beauty of the winter woods.This year, since we couldn’t all be together on New Year’s Day 2017, we moved our hike to Christmas Day.With gray, cloudy skies, few people were on the trails today. We enjoyed the serenity and quiet of the woods on our hike.Happy holidays!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Sandhill Cranes for the New YearI may not have found Sandhill Cranes when I took a road trip to mid-Michigan the weekend before Christmas. But I was thrilled to see these two birds New Year’s Day on the Nature Center trails at Kensington Metro Park near Milford, Michigan. If you’re from Michigan, you know it’s…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Autumn Grasses and WeedsFor the day after Thanksgiving, our family took a walk in the woods at Kensington Metro Park near Milford, Michigan. It was the perfect way to enjoy the afternoon: relatively warm autumn weather, bright sunshine, and an escape from the constant Black Friday sales promotions. Not many birds to be…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Tufted TitmouseHiking and bird watching in Kensington Metro Park in Milford, Michigan is one of my favorite things to do in the winter. With no leaves on the trees and few birds overwintering in Michigan, it’s a lot easier to spot and identify the birds. This Tufted Titmouse (and his friend…In “Nature”last_img read more

A promising start

first_imgDespite a loss to Stevens Point, young and veteran talent looks poised to elevate Tigers softballBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield softball team looks like it could be on the rise in the Wisconsin Valley Conference this year.After an impressive 3-0 showing at Mauston last Friday and Saturday, which included a WVC win over Wausau West and nonconference victories over sectional foes Eau Claire Memorial and Memonine, the Tigers ran into the buzz saw that is perennial state powerhouse Stevens Point on Tuesday, falling 17-5.The Stevens Point game aside, the Tigers have shown that with a mixture of a few veterans and a number of varsity newcomers, they are a team that should be much improved from last year’s squad that finished just 9-17 overall and 4-8 in the WVC.“The more time we can get on the field, the more reps we take, it’s only going to help us,” Marshfield coach Mike Voss said. “We’re working on the things we need to do because we are a young team but also building confidence by playing games. Every time we make a mistake, hopefully we learn from it and don’t make that mistake a second time.”Marshfield’s top returning player is Lexi Dupee, a second-team all-Wisconsin Valley Conference selection at catcher last season after she hit a team-high .514 with two home runs, nine RBIs, and nine runs scored in league play.Dupee has moved to shortstop this season to make room for one of four freshmen on the varsity roster as Emily Draeger has taken over the catching duties.Megan Donahue will serve as one of the Tigers’ pitchers, and fellow freshman Morgan Nordbeck has started at second base so far this season. Another freshman, Kaitlyn Konrardy, is also on the roster.Donahue will share pitching duties with senior Caitlyn Kozik, a Viterbo University recruit, who is in her fourth varsity season.Both Donahue and Kozik have been among the top hitters for Marshfield thus far this season as the Tigers were off to a 3-1 start and a 1-1 mark in the Wisconsin Valley Conference heading into Thursday’s game at Wisconsin Rapids.Senior Kayla Kluge returns at first base, and junior Mary Kloos and Donahue share time at third base. Sophomores Melissa Roberts and Alyssa Ede and junior Alyssa Wilhelm are all new starters in the outfield.With so many new faces, Voss said he knows the team is a work in progress but the great start last weekend will only help fuel the team as competition heats up over the next month or so.“We got off to a nice start at 3-0, but at the same time, as a coaching staff, we knew there are always things we need to work on,” Voss said. “SPASH is a good measuring stick. The bad thing is we played them the fourth game of the season, and we have a young team that is still adjusting to learning different positions and getting used to playing together. Now we know kind of where we fit.“We can only do so much in practice, and it has to show in games too. The more we play, which in the next four weeks is going to be a lot, hopefully it starts to show eventually.”Marshfield’s next home game is Tuesday against Merrill at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Paul Lecker is publisher of, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at read more

The FINALE: The Holiday Tale by the Jewish Guy Who Wears a Chai

first_imgThis blog is not legal advice and should not be construed as applying to specific factual situations.Follow me on Twitter at:  @Jonathan_HR_Law. For the past two years, I have told you the story about the “Jewish Guy Who Wears a Chai.”  I am retelling the final version of the story this year, but with some additional information.  Here we go!You walk into your building, and you see that holiday decorations are everywhere.  You pass by a beautiful pine Christmas tree elegantly decorated.  A co-worker responds:  “The tree is inappropriate to the workplace.”Segal:  WRONG.  It is beautiful; Christmas can and should be acknowledged (says the Jewish guy who wears his grandmother’s Chai).  By the way,  Chai means “life” in Hebrew.  Don’t remove Christmas from the holiday season.  But recognize other holidays, too.  A Hanukkah menorah and a Kwanzaa harvest basket would be nice additions.So the employer diversifies its holiday decorations.  But a Buddhist employee correctly notes there is no recognition of Bodhi Day on December 8, a holiday observed by Buddhists to commemorate Gautama’s enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.Segal: It is hard to estimate how many religions are celebrated in the United States. In part, that is because, for employment purposes, religion is defined very broadly.  So make the complicated simple. Ask for input on recognition of and decorations for the holidays. Consider the input you receive, and those who fail to provide input but complain later should be told their input will be considered next year.You head to the elevator, and you hear employees complaining about the holiday party.  What’s the carping?  “I don’t want to go, but feel pressure from my boss to attend.”  Others in the elevator are thinking: “do you think I really want to go, either?” You take your medication because you can feel early signs of a major migraine. You also wonder whether HR professionals in the mile high city have it easier. And, when I say mile high, I mean it in more ways than one. Segal:  Wouldn’t you just love to say: “Please, if you don’t want to go, by all means, we don’t want you either. Your present to me would be the absence of your presence.”  Okay to think it, but please don’t say it (unless you are retiring at the end of  the year!)  In fact, unless the holiday party is during working hours, be careful not to require or encourage too strongly that employees attend, or you may ring in the New Year with a wage and hour claim. Yes, an employee may claim it is work.According to one plaintiff’s lawyer in California, so is unconscious dreaming about work that must get done before the holidays. Not really, but sad that it could be true, no? Let’s put an end to this painful ambiguity.  Let’s pass the Unconscious Work-Related Dreaming Payment Act first thing next year. There really are not enough FLSA claims diverting money from employees to lawyers (on both sides of the litigation aisle).In the elevator, one of the employees mentions that he is upset that it is called a Holiday party rather than a Christmas party.  Another employee, who does not observe any holidays because of her religious beliefs, is upset that there is a party. You immediately push the button so you can get off on another floor. You walk into a holiday party that appears to have been planned by former friends of Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. Your life will never be the same, so you quickly get on the elevator and head to your party.Segal:  Usually, best to call it a holiday party or seasonal celebration to maximize inclusion, but it is more than okay to mention the various holidays celebrated,  including Christmas.  In fact, please do.  Inclusion does not mean eliminating anything which is not universally shared.  That’s called exclusion (brilliant, huh?).So, you open the elevator door, and you see a very large, lit Menorah.  Your receptionist thought it would add meaning to the season.Segal:  First, let’s deal with the fire and blow out the candles (but don’t make a wish, please).  Second, you may want to make it clear that employees cannot put up whatever they want, wherever they want.  Sincerest holiday greeting to the NLRB:  management rights is not an oxymoron. I will refrain from further comment on the NLRB, or I risk a rabid diversion from which there is no return.So, you go to your office, and there are three (3) people waiting for you.  One of the employees is appropriately upset that he was given, as a holiday gift, a thong. Another employee is not thrilled with her gift from Victoria’s Secret. The third employee is upset because temporary employees were not invited.Segal:   Let employees know that gifts must be appropriate and that excludes anything sexual or suggestive or that would otherwise be inconsistent with your EEO policy. The inappropriateness of the Victoria’s Secret negligee, for example, is clear to all, except the guy who was too busy shaving his knuckles to think about it (that is, assuming, for this blog only, that he does, in fact, think).But what about a supervisor giving a subordinate perfume or cologne? Have you seen Calvin’s new perfume and cologne collection: Intellectual? Since the scents are designed to be sexual rather than cerebral, perhaps, and by that I mean absolutely, we should consider a safer alternative. As for temporary employees employed by an agency (as well as independent contractors), they can be included without unreasonable risk so long as you make clear that the invitation is to “employees and other valued guests.”  They are your “valued guests.” Would you prefer “second most valuable resource?”  Note: this could include vendors, suppliers, customers, etc, too.Consider also how you will deal with gifts of alcohol.  What if you prohibit possession on your premises? Segal: Now, here comes my keen legal prowess.  Send this as an e-mail to employees:  if you receive alcohol as a gift, do not open or consume at work; take it home the day of receipt. You go to the holiday party, and you run right to the bar.  Note to file: file workers’ compensation claims for the employees whom you knocked down, walked over or tackled on the way.You know you need to be professional so you have only one drink: a gallon of vodka. Of course, vodka does not smell. Well, actually it does. You can smell the vodka, but not the gas from the original container.Segal:  Control the amount of alcohol provided (and how much you drink).  Do not allow self-service.  Ensure you serve plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and food, too.  Yes, food, and by food,  I mean egg rolls. Inside joke.  Of course, no alcohol to minors.  Vouchers for cabs. Etc.Consider charging for drinks and donating all of the money, plus more, to a charity.  Minimize legal risk, and help those who need it!Please do not forget this holiday season those who are less fortunate.  We need to open up our wallets along with our hearts.Of course, that starts with people.  But my annual reminder: remember our four-legged friends in shelters waiting to be adopted.  They ask only for love and give only unconditional love in return.  Ignore this suggestion if you have too much unconditional love in your life.  Okay, back to our story.You finish talking with your CEO, and you notice two employees are dancing very tightly.  And when I say tightly, I mean it looks like a passionate embrace.  Nope. Worse than that. They are dry humping, and the dry is questionable.  And, there also is a love train with employees’ hands in the pockets of the employees in front of them. And some employees are not wearing pants. I know, you are probably thinking: don’t the pants come off only at the after-party? Yes, and that’s why you should never go to or sponsor one! Never!Segal:  Every year there is a marathon by plaintiffs’ lawyers:  “Were you groped at your holiday party? Witness employees grinding on the dance floor?  Call:  1‑800-RETIRE.”  Remind employees that your EEO Policy applies to social events, and respond proactively to inappropriate behavior.If music is being played, focus on what it is. At the risk of showing my age, Rod Steward’s “Do ya think I am sexy?” would not be my first choice. Expect employees to ask their colleagues the same. There is no good answer to this question! “Yes” is heard as “sleep with me”; “no,” “you repulse me.”And, Snoop Dogg’s Sensual Seduction isn’t much better.  Only two problems with it: both words.Think about the music you play. Somewhere between sexual lyrics and elevator music is an appropriate middle ground.You leave the party with a massive headache, and you see that the holiday cards have arrived, but there is no message inside.  Why are they blank? Because no one knows what to say.  If you say Happy Holidays, are you declaring war on Christmas?  If you say Merry Christmas, are you disrespecting your Muslim colleagues?Segal:  I got this one covered, I think. Cards ordinarily should be general—Seasons Greetings or Happy Holidays.  But if you know the faith of the recipient, it is more than okay to customize.  I always wish my Christian friends Merry Christmas.  And I like it when people wish me Happy Hanukkah if they know I am Jewish.  I am less happy if they do so because they think I look Jewish.  By the way, I found more than one Aaron Greenberg.  Remember him? We call raw fish sushi because raw fish would have about the same cachet as ordering raw cow.  We don’t need to come up with a euphemism for Christmas.  It is a magnificent and spiritual holiday that should be acknowledged and respected, just not to the exclusion of others.After the party, the Senior Leadership Team meets with their lawyers and decides there will be no more holiday parties. Just too many risks!  I know, hard to imagine: a lawyer focusing only on the risks. Segal:  Yes, there are legal risks, but the risks can be mitigated with careful planning and monitoring. Plus, there are risks in taking no risks. Employees who do not feel connected to or cared for by their employer are less likely to be engaged and all the risks associated with the lack of engagement.So how do I end this tale, at least for now?Segal:  If you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Bodhi day, I wish you a peaceful and meaningful holiday that corresponds with your faith.  If you celebrate another holiday, I apologize for not referencing it by name, but I wish you a peaceful and meaningful holiday, too.  If you celebrate no holidays or a holiday at another time of year, I wish you well just the same.Personal note:  Two years ago, I dedicated the first version of the tale to my beloved grandparents. I wear not only my grandmother’s Chai but also my grandfather’s ring. Last year, I dedicated it to my parents, two of my closest friends. Earlier this year, I lost my dad to Parkinson’s; I miss that man more than words can describe.  So, this year, I will light the Menorah candles with my cherished mom in the wonderful house in which I grew up and hope together we feel the spirit of my dad and of my grandparents.  I know I am not alone in a club that no one wants to join, but, with longevity, membership is inevitable. For those who  have lost loved ones too, whenever that may have been, I hope you too can remember the special times you shared together. May peace be with you.last_img read more

Jaya Bachchan files Rajya Sabha nomination as SP candidate

first_imgActor-politician Jaya Bachchan filed her nomination for Rajya Sabha as a Samajwadi Party candidate on Saturday. A former Rajya Sabha member, Jaya filed her nomination in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and other party MLAs. Jaya was earlier elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2004 as SP nominee and completed her term in 2010. She, however, refused re-nomination. She is the sixth Samajwadi Party nominee to file her nomination for the Upper House. Naresh Agarwal, Kiranmay Nanda, Darshan Singh Yadav, Brijbhushan Tiwari and Munawwar Saleem had filed their nominations on Friday. Samajwadi Party, which has a strength of 225 (with one Independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya) in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, can send six members to Rajya Sabha. Meanwhile, BJP nominee Vinay Katiyar also filed his nomination papers for the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha. Senior party leaders Kalraj Misra, Suresh Khanna, Hukum Singh were among those who were present on the occasion.last_img read more

21 days agoChelsea manager Lampard announces Jorginho as vice-captain

first_imgChelsea manager Lampard announces Jorginho as vice-captainby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has announced Jorginho is the club’s vice-captain.Last season Gary Cahill was selected as club captain whenever he was on the pitch by Maurizio Sarri, with Cesar Azpilicueta named as vice-captain – but the Spaniard has now become the club captain.Speaking ahead of the game against Southampton on Sunday, Lampard said: “Yes, Jorginho is vice-captain as it stands. [Azpilicueta] is the captain and that was clear at the start of the season and I think his professionalism and career here speaks for itself. “Jorginho, I keep talking about him, is a character and a driver. It is very evident to see on the pitch. That’s the situation as it stands.” While the 27-year-old is not fluent in English, he has been boosting his language skills in a bid to improve his standing as a leader. Lampard says he believes Jorginho is “a character and a driver” on and off the pitch.”It is obviously important, we always try here to push that along as soon as players come in because communication is key on and off the pitch,” Lampard said. “He crosses the borders as it is easy when you come in sometimes to stay within groups of nationalities. Jorginho doesn’t. He is a driver on and off the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Church of Haile Selassie I Gets Legal Status

first_imgThe Government has officially recognised the Church of Haile Selassie I as part of the religious expression of the Rastafarian movement in Jamaica.This follows the passage of the Church of Haile Selassie I (Incorporation and Vesting) Act, 2013 in the Senate on Friday, October 25, after it was approved by the House of Representatives on October 8.Piloting the Bill in the Upper House, Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, noted that the legislative establishment of the Church of Haile Selassie I will further legitimise the faith and religious practices of Rastafarians and their families.Noting that this signals a historic moment in Jamaica, Senator Golding said he is particularly pleased that after spending several years before the Private Bill Committee of Parliament, the legislation “has finally successfully emerged from that process”.The Bill seeks to make provision for the incorporation of the Church of Haile Selassie I and to vest certain assets in the church and to allow it to hold property.Supporting the Bill, Opposition Senator, Robert Montague, said he is pleased that a “home grown” religion, has finally received legal status and state recognition in Jamaica.“The Rastafarian movement has contributed significantly and positively to our history. There have been incidences in the past that would need, maybe, some investigation, and lessons can be learned from that…and to encourage the Minister to reach out to the other sector groups so that they too can be legitimate,” he said.Government Senator, Lambert Brown also gave his support for the Bill, contending that it “has been a long road for the Rastafarians” who have been setting positive examples and have been preaching self-reliance as part of the way forward for the country.“I’m happy to associate with all of the progressive and positive contributions that the Rastafarians (have made to the country).  Despite oppression, despite brutality, despite all the negative things said about them by high society, they have led the way. I’m very happy that today, I can participate where we recognise the religious practices of a group of Rastafarians….I’m happy that we are recognising them today and allowing them to be part of the system, because they have been positive,” he said.Among the aims and objectives of the church are to develop the social and administrative mechanisms to organise and centralise the Rastafarian movement according to the operational guidelines, which the federation and the movement see fit; to achieve official recognition for the federation and Rastafarians,  leading towards democratic representation; and to provide cultural and political education for members of the federation, Rastafarians and for others, who conscientiously wish to become informed about the movement.The Church of Haile Selassie I was formed in 1987, by Brother Emmanuel Fox, a Rastafarian activist along with other brethrens.last_img read more

Nisshin Shipping In for Up to Seven Panamaxes

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Nisshin Shipping has been linked to an order for up to seven 82,000 DWT bulkers at China’s Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industries.The fleet modernization deal, dated last week, comprises five firm orders plus two options, according to the data provided by VesselsValue.The firm Panamax bulkers, valued at USD 24 million a piece, are scheduled for delivery in 2018, while the optional units would be handed over in 2019.Including the latest order, the company has 16 newbuilds on order: five chemical tankers at compatriot Usuki Zosensho, four LR1 tankers at Korea’s Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, and two more bulkers at China’s Jiangsu Hantong and Jiangmen Nanyang, respectively.Out of the above total, six ships are to join Nisshin’s fleet by the end of this year.As World Maritime News reported earlier, the company was busy over the recent period shedding some of its second-hand tonnage, including five Panamax bulkers since December 2016.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more