Paper apologizes for column tying Peterson case to slavery

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)GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ A Wisconsin newspaper is apologizing for a columnist who connected Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson’s child abuse case to beatings suffered by slaves.Green Bay-Press Gazette columnist Pete Dougherty’s remark came in a column calling for the Packers to consider signing Peterson.Referencing the charge Peterson faced for disciplining his son with a wooden switch, Dougherty wrote that Peterson “likely is descended from slaves who suffered savage disciplinary beatings generation after generation after generation. It excuses nothing but also can’t be ignored.”The Press-Gazette removed the paragraph Thursday night and apologized to readers. In a statement Friday, editor Robert Zizzo called it “a huge mistake in judgment by a reporter and failed oversight by editors.”The column was also carried by USA Today and the affiliated PackersNews.com.Dougherty didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.last_img read more

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Are Pittsburgh’s Black youth getting more into baseball?

first_imgFUTURE STARS—From left: Joshua Dalton, Zion Hickman, back, Caleb Dalton, middle, and Kimere Mack, after a practice for the Paulson Jr. Pirates youth baseball team in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Rob Taylor Jr.)When the Pittsburgh Pirates faced the Boston Red Sox in a make-up game at Fenway Park last Thursday (April 13), they had three Black players in the lineup: Andrew McCutchen (RF), Josh Harrison (2B) and Josh Bell (1B).You’ll hurt your eyes trying to find another team with as many Black players starting a MLB game.Of the eight starting field positions for the Pirates, three are occupied by African American players. According to MLB.com’s depth charts of all 30 teams from April 13, no other team in the National League had more than two Black starters, and only one team in the American League, the Oakland Athletics, had three. There were four teams that had no Black players as starters (Astros, Padres, Nationals, Rockies).CHARLES SAUNDERS, LOCAL RBI DIRECTORA report by USA Today revealed that African Americans made up just 8 percent of MLB opening day rosters in 2016.[pullquote]The Pittsburgh Pirates have more Blackeveryday players than any other team in the National League, but some say more must be done to keep Black youth interested in the game[/pullquote]But with McCutchen as the face of the organization over the past seven seasons, and the emergence of Harrison and Bell, does this translate into more Pittsburgh Black youth becoming interested in baseball?There are kids like Lincoln resident Caleb Dalton, 9, a member of the Paulson Jr. Pirates, who told the New Pittsburgh Courier he likes playing baseball, especially hitting. “I like how I play, and I like how I succeed in baseball,” Dalton said. “(Hitting) feels wonderful.”Caleb has a brother, Joshua, 7, also on the team. Their mother, Monique Dalton, said her sons playing baseball “teaches them discipline, following direction, team-playing, resilience and not giving up.”last_img read more

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Silverbacks touch down

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT THE Pakenham Silverbacks just continue to create history. On Sunday at Heatherbrae Reserve in Officer, the first…[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

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Poc Fada 2017 Winners

first_imgArron Dolan – Craughwell. Being presented by James Burke. Coisté Iomána na nÓg. 1st 2ndPatrick Burke – Oranmore/Maree.Being presented by Kevin Egan, Coisté Iomána na nÓg. 3rdAdam Nolan –  Kilnadeema Leitrim.Being presented by John McDonagh. Coisté Iomána na nÓg.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

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Glorious Galway – Galway 0-22 Tipperary 1-18 – All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final 2017

first_imgFor the next few weeks, Galway Bay FM will be looking back at some recent glory days celebrated by the county. Before the Tribesmen ended their 29-year wait for the LiamMcCarthy Cup, they first had to overcome defending champions Tipperary in thethird instalment of their stunning trilogy of semi-finals over consecutiveyears.We all remember the winner, Joe Canning’s wonder point thatput Galway back into the All-Ireland Final.Relive a modern classic with Galway Bay FM’s commentary team of Sean Walsh, Conor Hayes and Liam Hodgins.Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/ALL-IRELAND%20SENIOR%20HURLING%20SEMI-FINAL%202017.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.==To get all the match reaction from this unforgettable semi-final, click HERE.==And to relive the 2017 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final and Galway’s victory over Waterford, click HERE.==Scorers – Galway: Joe Canning 0-11 (6 frees, one ’65, 1 sideline), Conor Whelan 0-4, Conor Cooney 0-2, Johnny Coen 0-2, Cathal Mannion 0-1, Joseph Cooney 0-1, Padraic Mannion 0-1 (free).Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 0-5 (3 frees), John McGrath 1-0, John O’Dwyer 0-3, Noel McGrath 0-3, Brendan Maher 0-3 (2 frees), Padraic Maher 0-2, Seamus Kennedy 0-1.Galway: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Niall Burke, Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion. Subs: Jason Flynn for Niall Burke (45), Jonathan Glynn for Cathal Mannion (53), Shane Maloney for Conor Cooney (69).Tipperary: Darren Gleeson; Donagh Maher, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Dan McCormack, Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath.Subs: Jason Forde for Michael Breen (34), Niall O’Meara for Jason Forde (61).Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Photo (c) gaa.iecenter_img Episode 7, by popular demand, goes back to the 2017All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final.last_img read more

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Prevalence of Low-Wage Jobs Could Be Economy’s Next Problem

first_imgThe argument can be made that, in a period of heightened unemployment, any work is good work. But a new government report on the labor market shows a post-recession prevalence of low-wage, low-skill jobs, and it could present trouble in the future for the U.S. economy.   Of the top 10, only registered nurses, with an annual mean wage of $68,910, had an average wage above the U.S. all-occupations mean of $22.33 per hour, or $46,440 annually. The report also says that annual mean wages for the rest of the 10 largest occupations ranged from $18,880 for combined food preparation and serving workers to $34,000 for secretaries and administrative assistants (except those in the legal, medical and executive fields). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual report on occupational employment and wages showed that most of the 10 biggest U.S. occupations are on the low end of the wage scale. The list includes the two largest professions in the labor force—retail salespersons and cashiers—as well as food prep workers, waiters and waitresses, and customer service representatives.   This is not a knock against low-wage jobs or an effort to marginalize the importance of those positions. But the BLS report echoes a recent trend of “growth on the edges” of the U.S. labor force and the gradual diminishing of middle-class jobs, which will reduce consumers’ overall spending power and weaken future economic growth.  Joseph Coombs is a senior analyst for workforce trends at SHRM.  Fuller said the private sector and higher education industry need to pay closer attention to reports like the BLS’s occupational and wage study. HR professionals have a role as well, and can serve as liaisons between businesses and the schools that provide training for in-demand jobs. “What’s accelerating this trend is the growing percentage of departures from the workforce that are associated with retirements,” Fuller said. “Older workers won’t be replaced by old people. They’ll be replaced by young people at much lower salaries. We’re essentially skipping a generation, because Generation X is not as large. Here at our university, for example, we’re hiring assistant professors at half the salary of those who retired.” Demographics are also at play, he said. One possible avenue for “middle workers,” Fuller said, is entrepreneurship. More people may shift into consulting roles or work as sole proprietors, which would lend itself well to a service-based economy. The plethora of low-paying jobs, meanwhile, has enormous long-term implications for the U.S. economy. The retail sector could see the biggest changes, Fuller said, as well as the housing market. Uneven job growth is occurring not only in highly populated metro areas like the nation’s capital. Recent data from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission are “very similar” to that in the BLS report, said Monty Evans, a senior economist with the agency. “There are significant educational and training implications with this, and it seems like nobody is talking about it,” Fuller said. “Two-thirds of these jobs [highlighted in the BLS report] don’t even require a college degree. There should be renewed focus on vocational education.”center_img The recession, Fuller said, forced many companies to compensate for fewer employees.  Law firms, for example, learned to operate without as many associates, and other companies embraced technological upgrades to handle administrative functions. “That may be the new middle America,” he said.  This movement was already in place before the Great Recession of 2007-09, but the massive economic downturn exacerbated its progression, said Stephen Fuller, economist and director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.  Regarding job growth in the Washington, D.C., region, which, until lately, created tens of thousands of high-paying jobs in most years, even during the recession, Fuller said “Our top end stopped growing after 2012, the low end kept going and the middle just disappeared.” “When things get tight, you learn to be efficient,” he said. “There are very few ‘backup workers’ any more, the ones in the $50,000-$60,000 salary range. Right now, there’s no reason for companies to fill the middle section. I think the middle has been lost for the next 10 or 15 years, or at least the foreseeable future. I’m not sure what’s going to bring it back.” “It may not be a bad thing if there’s a chance of advancement through a career path,” he said. “As salespersons gain experience, training and seniority, they can move to positions of greater responsibility with higher potential earnings. Think of a cashier who could move to retail salesperson and then on to a first-line supervisor and on to sales manager.” To read the original article on shrm.org, please click here. “When there’s not enough wealth accumulation to own a house, you rent,” Fuller said. “We’ll probably need more Ford Focus dealers rather than BMW dealers, as another example. This is a dynamic process, and I don’t see it being short-lived.” “The 10 largest occupations in Oklahoma accounted for more than 24 percent of total employment,” Evans said in an e-mail, “and most of these, with the exception of registered nurses and general and operations managers, were low-paying and didn’t require education of more than a high school diploma or less.” Evans conceded there may not be a “solution” to this issue since there is clear demand for these positions in the labor market. But he added that the jobs must offer opportunities for future career growth to be of true benefit to the broader economy.last_img read more

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Google Changes Could Decrease Downstream Traffic

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#NYT#search#web Google says it gets smarter every day, but today the company made a big enough leap in what it shows to users that an announcement was in order. The company blog post says that today’s improvements are intended to “get you to the web page you want as quickly as possible.” Looking at the changes that were made, though, it seems to us like the result will be just the opposite.A greater number of related queries will now be listed for many searches and longer page excerpts (“snippets”) will be shown in response to longer search queries. Those look to us like ways to keep people on Google longer.It’s pretty simple, really. If you’re shown a link to another Google search query, you’re more likely to perform another search instead of going offsite to visit the first results links you were shown. If you’re shown 3 lines of excerpts instead of two, you’re more likely to get the full answer to your question without having to visit the page that the answer is on, off-site.Google has always had a delicate relationship with the sites that it indexes; caching and excerpts have been deemed acceptable because they serve the larger purpose of driving traffic to indexed sites. But ultimately it’s more in Google’s interest to offer “one-stop shopping” than it is to drive traffic. Google’s search engine is smart enough that users could be given much of what they need right on the Google pages, without ever having to visit the sites the information came from. One academic study has found that 80-percent of searches people perform online are informational in nature, whereas 10-percent are navigational and another 10-percent are transactional. Today’s new search improvements will likely help Google retain a larger portion of the most popular kind of search traffic.We found those numbers by doing an informational search. The top search result was from Search Engine Land, and lucky for that site the Google “snippet” was incoherent enough that we had to click through and read the full article. It’s not hard to imagine snippets getting smarter, though, and sites that provide the information suffering a substantial drop in the largest type of search traffic. Google results are pretty close to that point already and today’s announcement seems like a move in that direction. It’s a move that will benefit users, but could hurt the sites that Google relies on for the information it’s serving up. Who has your sympathy in this case? Related Posts marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Money mismanaged in TCI Sports Commission scandal

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe now defunct Sports Commission was horribly managed and this forced its shut down.  During recent Public Accounts Committee meetings at Parliament, it was exposed in an audit report that hardly any record was kept of monies going out of the coffers of the entity which was set up as a statutory body, with Alvin Parker as its Director.  In 2009-2010, there were 662 transactions but 312 totaling over $123,000 were without proper documentation; by the next year, 2010-2011 the same continued and there were 228 of 605 transactions undocumented adding up to over $234,000; and in 2011 to 2012 again, more of the same as the transactions not documented were 28 and they totaled, over $173,000.  The recommendations exposed that while the TCI Sports Commission was certainly operating way out of the bounds of a responsible organization; no one was watching or noticing which allowed the risky practices to continue for at least three years. Blank cheques were left signed, almost $50,000 reimbursed to the suspended Director, conflicts of interest where Parker’s business partner allegedly also got money from the Commission, where payment was made for things the Sports Commission did not receive; disorder when it comes to security staff logging hours, without a system the audit exposed that anyone could claim any amount of hours and inflate time actually worked and scrutiny was sorely lacking for this publicly funded body.    Related Items: Alvin Parker is on administrative leave during this situation and though the Commission has been dismantled, he continues to receive a salary from TCIG and others have been absorbed in a new entity managing sports, back under the Ministry of Education.The erratic financial management decisions at the TCI Sports Commission were exposed in an audit and includes findings where staff was loaned money, but there was no reporting on the loans; where reimbursements were made for claims without receipts and other reasonable evidence that personal money was spent and needed to be paid back and missing documents including no budgets, no bank reconciliation statements and no register of fixed assets.  Parker has already been found culpable by a special tribunal, Magnetic Media has learned, but he has appealed the case which charges him with mismanaging public funds to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For November 10 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, November 10, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Cloudy early, then gradual clearing, with a high near 46. West wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.Town Yardwaste Recycling Center: The Recycling Center, located off Old Main Street at the Wilmington/Woburn line, will be open for leaf and brush drop-off from 9am to 4pm. Only Wilmington residents will be allowed to use the facility for leaves and brush drop-off. Residents must show an ID at the entrance to the facility. No grass clippings will be accepted. No contractors or commercial vehicles will be allowed. Residents using the Recycling Center must purchase a punch card for $15 which will be good for 5 visits to the center. Punch cards may be purchased Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. Cards purchased previously that have unpunched visits are still valid.In The Community: The Catholic Community of Wilmington and South Tewksbury’s Charities Committee is conducting a Thanksgiving Food Drive to help families in need within the St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s parishes. Donations can be left inside the entrances of both St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11.In The Community: Join Wilmington Boy Scout Troop #136, in support of the Wilmington-based iPods for Wounded Veterans, from 11:30am to 3pm, at the Friendship Lodge (32 Church Street) for an afternoon of community, celebration and support of our veterans and active duty wounded soldiers. Stop by or spend the afternoon writing letters of encouragement and cards with holiday greetings. This is a time to celebrate and say thank you to our veterans that have sacrificed so much.  All card and letter writing materials will be supplied. Refreshments and “light bites” provided. RSVP to troop136wilm@aol.com or 978-758-0412.Also during the event, World War 2 Veteran John Katsaros will be presenting a book talk and signing on his book – Code Burgundy – The Long Escape based as his experience as a 20 year old aerial gunner who was shot down and seriously wounded. He escaped capture with the assistance from the Free French Resistance. In addition, local beekeeper Adele Passmore will have a demonstration on the art of beekeeping and will have local honey samples and available for purchase.In The Community: The Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street) is hosting a breakfast for all veterans to enjoy at 8am in Fellowship Hall. Come on by and enjoy the morning with free food and other veterans. RSVP with Susan at 978-658-4519.In The Community: Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) will host a firearm and knife show, featuring 500 tables, on Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9am-5pm, and Sunday, November 11, 2018, 9am-3pm. Participants can buy, sell and trade sporting, antique, and collectible firearms; custom and high quality knives; and various militaria. The general admission fee for adults is $12. Children 12 and under, with an adult, are free. Parking is also free. Learn more HERE. A $1-off coupon can be found HERE. The event is hosted by New Mart Promotions of Massachusetts and promoted by the NRA-affiliated Westchester Collectors Club.In The Community: The Shawsheen Tech will be holding registration for their upcoming “Winter Learn to Swim” Program. Stop by the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School pool on Saturday, November 10 and Saturday, November 17, from 9:30am to 12:15pm, to register your child for the program. Lessons run on Saturdays from December 8 to February 9 with no classes on December 22 and December 29. Visit the Pool’s website for more information and to download the registration form HERE. Follow the pool on Twitter at @Shawsheen_Pool.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.In The Library: SAT Practice Test at 12:30pm. Pop Up Board Game Afternoon with Jeff Johnston at 2pm. [Learn more and register HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 7, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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2 Rifat murder accused remanded

first_imgRifat Sharif. File photoA Barguna court on Saturday placed two accused in the Rifat Sharif killing case on a five-day remand for interrogation over the gruesome murder, reports UNB.Those remanded are Tiktak Hridoy and Rafiul Islam Rabbi, two FIR-named accused in the case.Senior judicial magistrate Mohammad Sirajul Islam Gazi granted the remand after the investigation officer (IO) of the case Humayun Kabir produced them before his court seeking remand for them.Rifat Sharif, 22, was hacked to death by criminals in front of his wife Ayesha Siddika Minni in broad daylight in the district town on 26 June. The incident was caught on surveillance camera.The main accused, Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in the Sadar upazila on Tuesday.last_img read more

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