NFL’s Roger Goodell ordered by New Orleans judge to face questions over Saints no-call

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS)– When football season kicks off in September, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is going to be sitting down for a deposition.The case, filed against the NFL by a Saints fan who is an attorney, stems from the controversial no-call during the NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams, where an apparent pass interference was committed by corner back Nickell Robey-Coleman on Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis.On Monday, Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Nicole Sheppard said the NFL commissioner and the three officials involved in the call should sit for a deposition in New Orleans, according to nola.com. It comes after the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the judge’s decision to allow the suit to move forward.Attorney Tony LeMon said he brought the suit because he said he wants accountability. LeMon alleges fraud by the NFL and crafted the lawsuit to keep damages low, as to not make the suit a federal civil suit, which could more easily get thrown out.LeMon is seeking $75,000 in damages and says they will go to charity.“I’m ecstatic about it, we’ve waited a long time for this,” LeMon told local station WVUE after Monday’s ruling.There have been numerous other lawsuits against the NFL that have gotten thrown out in federal court, but Ken Schreiber, a lawyer and sports columnist, told ABC News because of the low dollar amount, the suit can stay in state court.“Anything above $75,000 gets moved to federal court,” he told ABC News.The outrage from the no-call led the NFL to admit the officials got it wrong, Rams player Robey-Colman to admit guilt and even a speech from Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy on the Senate floor.The Rams ultimately lost this year’s the Super Bowl to the Patriots, 13-3.“We understand the frustration of the fans,” Goodell said at a press conference in February. “I’ve talked to [Saints] coach [Sean] Payton, the team, the players. We understand the frustration that they feel right now. We certainly want to address that.”“Whenever officiating is part of any kind of discussion post-game, it’s never a good outcome for us. We know that. Our clubs know that. Our officials know that,” he said. “But we also know our officials are human. We also know that they’re officiating a game that moves very quickly and have to make snap decisions under difficult circumstances. And they’re not going to get it right all the time.”Schreiber says that the NFL “still has one avenue left to appeal” by asking for a stay in the case and appealing to the Louisiana State Supreme Court. The lawsuit could ultimately be thrown out, after the deposition happens, but this is all part of the evidence gathering process, Schreiber said.He expects attorneys to grill Goodell on why he didn’t use his power of “corrective action” to change the course of the game and what the process is of choosing officials after highlighting that some of the officials were from the Los Angels area.The NFL has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img July 30, 2019 /Sports News – National NFL’s Roger Goodell ordered by New Orleans judge to face questions over Saints no-calllast_img read more

HMAS Ballarat visits Malaysia on South East Asia deployment

first_img Australian Navy frigate Ballarat visits Malaysia on South East Asia deployment View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Authorities June 19, 2017 Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: HMAS Ballarat Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy frigate Ballarat visits Malaysia on South East Asia deployment Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat completed a port visit to Sepangar, Malaysia, during her three-month deployment to South East Asia.She was in the region to enagage with the Royal Malaysian Navy, and load supplies before she returns to Australia for further exercises.Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said Ballarat’s deployment provided an opportunity to engage with many nations in South East Asia.“Our enduring military to military engagement activities contribute to security and stability in our region,” he said.“Ballarat completed activities with Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam during its three month deployment.”HMAS Ballarat will join exercise Talisman Sabre in the coming weeks. Talisman Sabre is a biennial combined Australian and United States training activity, designed to train military forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations to improve the combat readiness and interoperability between the forces.last_img read more

Kick out the rubbish: Christ Church says no to plastic bags

first_imgA massive plastic bag sculpture was laid out in Christ Church’s Peckwater Quad this weekend, as part of an ongoing campaign to raise environmental awareness.The six foot letters, each made from around 60 bags, were the work of JCR Environment rep Ed Parker. “I reasoned that if you collected plastic bags from the cupboards of your friends, you’d have enough to build, er, a massive sculpture”, he said.He aims to end the use of plastic bags by Christ Church students, by the end of his tenure. Parker stressed the scale of the environmental problem.He said, “If every Oxford undergraduate said ‘yes’ to one plastic bag a day, that would be 4.5 million bags a year.”The sculpture was well received by students, porters, and even tourists. Parker admits his initial plans were grander: “I wanted to carpet Tom Quad in plastic bags. Then I remembered how big it was.”The college has wider plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2050. In the short term, funding has been allocated to give every student a ‘bag for life.’by Oscar Cox Jensenlast_img read more

Palm oil supplier beefs up bakery support

first_imgNew Britain Oils, supplier of sustainable palm oil, has strengthened technical support in its bakery division with three new appointments.A technical support manager, quality assurance technologist and bakery technologist make up the new roles. British Baker contributor Norman Stark, who has 34 years’ experience in the food industry including 16 on technical support for bakery customers, has been appointed technical support manager. He will provide high-level support to customers on-site and remotely.Quality assurance technologist Caroline Noble’s role will see her overseeing all aspects of quality across the division. She will also hold responsibility for gathering, responding to and acting on feedback from clients to ensure their needs are met at all times and cover legal compliance.Skilled craft baker Charlotte Baden is now bakery technologist following seven years’ experience in commercial bakeries. She will carry out in-house bakery trials, refine product specifications and guarantee fat performance in her new role.The team is overseen by head of technical and bakery sales Adam Thomas, who has more than 35 years’ experience in the sector, with Seven Seas and AAK. He said: “These new appointments mark a significant investment by New Britain Oils into the bakery division, placing our customer care services at the forefront of the sector.“Our bakery products not only come with top-level technical support, but are also competitively priced, benefiting from a direct supply chain which give us absolute control over the raw materials.“I’m pleased to welcome Norman, Caroline and Charlotte on board to further enhance our offer and drive technical excellence.”New Britain Oils produces bakery products, including cake margarine, pastry margarine and shortening.last_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Will Play A Special Private Acoustic Picnic Set Just For You At Hulaween!

first_imgSuwannee Hulaween is just around the corner, boasting one of the best Halloween lineups out there. With three nights of the String Cheese Incident, as well as performances from a diverse assortment of our favorite artists including My Morning Jacket, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Big Gigantic ft. The Motet, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Gramatik, Lettuce, and Greensky Bluegrass, plus spectacular and interactive art installations, this festival has it all.We want to give you the chance to attend the festival, VIP-style, with a little help from Greensky Bluegrass. The bluegrass favorites will perform a special private acoustic picnic set just for you! In addition, you’ll get all that a VIP package has to offer, including separate viewing areas, discounted drinks, golf cart shuttle service, pre-party access, and more.Enter below, then share with friends to increase your chances of winning. Get more info and purchase tickets to Suwannee Hulaween here.last_img read more

Bolivia’s Navy Builds a Maintenance and Training Center in Effort to Improve Capabilities

first_imgBy Dialogo August 12, 2015 The Navy spent $1.3 million bolivianos (about $180,000) to build the first phase of the center, located on La Paz’s altiplano. The Ministry of Defense will handle the second phase of providing equipment, Minister Ferreira added. Creating the maintenance center “is an important step for the Armed Forces regarding its commitment to society, training, and education to foster development,” Minister of Defense Reymi Ferreira said on July 14 at the facility’s opening ceremony, which was also attended by Vice Admiral Waldo Leonel Calla, the Navy’s Commander in Chief. The effort to improve the infrastructure and technological capacities of the country’s Armed Forces has been ongoing and is crucial as the Military confronts the threat posed by transnational criminal organizations that engage in drug trafficking. For example, in September 2009, the government opened an Air Maintenance Center to provide services to the Air Force. Bolivia’s Naval Force (FNB) is planning to build an institute to train Troops and NCOs as mid-level technicians, and will also offer this training to young students from educational institutions in surrounding areas. Building the maintenance center and the training it will provide is part of Bolivia’s strategy to improve its Armed Forces’ technological capabilities. Bolivia’s government recently opened a maintenance and training center, where service members will be trained to repair operational and administrative vehicles and ship engines used by the Navy. The facility will provide training in auto mechanics, welding, lathe operation, electronics, and car body repair and painting, as the complex will provide “skilled labor for the state’s development of society, communities, and production,” Vice Admiral Calla said. The technical school is part of a the government’s broad effort to improve the Armed Forces’ infrastructure; since early 2014, it has developed 14 infrastructure projects for the Air Force and the Army, local daily Página Siete reported. These include the construction of an ecological regiment, the Juan Maraza National Parks Protection School, in the department of Cochabamba; a Transportation Maintenance Center for the Ingavi Regiment in El Alto; a dormitory for 120 women at the Condor School in Sanandita; and another 120 rooms for male Rangers in Oruro. Improving the technological capacities of the Armed Forces The maintenance and training center will also provide training to the personnel from the Navy Improvement Center (Cepena) of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and Sergeant School. After their national service, seaman recruits and apprentices from the Navy Military Police Battalion and other units will take technical courses towards mid-level certification in a profession. last_img read more

Cops: Man Ransacked Oyster Bay Cove Home, Killed a Pet Cat

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 23-year-old Huntington man who lost control of his vehicle Wednesday morning in Oyster Bay Cove and plowed into a snow bank is accused of ransacking a nearby residence after the crash, killing a pet cat, and menacing drivers with a kitchen knife taken from the home, Nassau County police said. The bizarre incident ended with police apprehending Nicholas Patrikis around 11 a.m., after he entered a school a bus and allegedly robbed two students for a school bag and video game, a police spokeswoman said. Patrikis also resisted arrest, police alleged. Patrikis was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation and released. Patrikis will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead on at least 10 different counts, including burglary, robbery, criminal mischief, and aggravated cruelly to animals, among other charges. Police said the Huntington native was driving a 2000 Jeep Wrangler northbound on Cove Road when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to slam into a snow bank and a fence. After exiting the Jeep, Patrikis allegedly scaled the fence of an unoccupied home, broke the front glass door and entered the home. That’s when he allegedly ransacked several rooms and proceeded to destroy property and grab an unknown amount of jewelry, police said. Patrikis is also accused of killing a pet cat. Police did not say how the cat died. As he exited the home, Patrikis allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife, which he used to menace drivers on Cove Road, police said. Police could not immediately say which school district the students on the bus belonged to. No injuries were reported, police said. Patrikis was also charged with menacing, possession of a dangerous weapon, unauthorized use of a vehicle and resisting arrest.last_img read more

‘Say cheese’ with First Tech Federal Credit Union’s ‘Selfie Pay’ pilot program

first_imgJust about everybody enjoys taking a “selfie” now and then. They’re fun, spontaneous, and now secure. Secure?Well, let me explain: This recent headline grabbing pilot program from First Tech Federal Credit Union aims to use one of today’s most common past times, taking selfies, to become one of a credit union member’s security steps to ensure quick and safe mobile transactions. continue reading » 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Become more nimble using ‘Agile’ methodology

first_imgAmid today’s rapid pace of change in financial services, many credit unions strive to make their operations more nimble so they can pivot their products and services to meet members’ evolving needs.“Agile” methodology provides the perfect framework for that capability, according to Melanie Gillen and Andy Schuman of CUNA Mutual Group.They’ll tag-team on a preconference workshop at the upcoming CUNA Lending Council Conferencethat explains Agile’s advantages and offers a pathway for credit unions to use it as a project management tool. Registration for the workshop remains open through Nov. 12, the day it will be held in Nashville, Tenn.“When you start with an idea and want to create value, this methodology and mindset is critical,” says Gillen, a capability leader director. “We’re approaching two years of using Agile within our Transformation area, and it has enabled our teams to bring value to our credit union clients and their members much faster. We are focusing on the right things because we’re constantly working with customers to validate and test our solutions.” continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Binghamton secures $481,000 in grants to support police positions, more

first_imgMayor David added the grants and funding can only be used for these purposes. The grants will provide over $481,000 in funding to support new police officer positions, expanding crime prevention efforts and their community policing capacity. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced alongside Police Chief Joe Zikuski two grants have been secured by the city’s police department Monday. Chief Zikuski says adding personnel will give the department more opportunities to connect with community. We never turn down an invitation to a neighborhood meeting if people would like us to come and speak to them so that’s going to free up more officers to attend those meetings going forward,” he says. “We have to pull details or certain people on patrol, “So obviously we have more manpower, that frees up two more body’s that we can put on a bicycle or a foot patrol, or other community events.” Zikuski says. $250,000 U.S. Department of Justice Community Policing Services$231,285 New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Gun Involved Violence Elimination Initiative The grants are: The grants have to be voted by the City Council to accept them.last_img read more