In this Oct. 1, 2013, photo, New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball in New York, for his grievance hearing. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez benched himself at his own grievance hearing.The New York Yankees star walked out in the middle of a session Wednesday, furious arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify. The move, followed by angry statements accusing Selig of bias and the entire arbitration process of flaws, appeared to be a prelude to a lawsuit challenging whatever ruling Horowitz makes on A-Rod’s 211-game suspension.Horowitz was in the midst of the third week of hearings on the grievance filed by the players’ association to overturn the penalty given to the three-time AL MVP by Major League Baseball in August for alleged violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract.“I lost my mind. I banged a table and kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room,” Rodriguez said during a 40-minute interview on WFAN radio. “I probably overreacted, but it came from the heart.”Rodriguez has not testified in the grievance and said he had been warned that repeating his denials of wrongdoing on the stand could result in attempts at additional discipline by MLB.MLB argued that it could decide what witnesses it wanted to present to justify the discipline, since the penalty must meet a “just cause” standard. The league said Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred spoke to reasoning behind the discipline during his six hours of testimony.Rodriguez and the union asked Horowitz to compel Selig to testify. After the arbitrator refused, Rodriguez uttered a profanity at Manfred just before leaving the hearing room at MLB’s office, two people familiar with the proceedings said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because what takes place at the hearing is supposed to be confidential.“In the entire history of the Joint Drug Agreement, the commissioner has not testified in a single case,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement. “Major League Baseball has the burden of proof in this matter. MLB selected Rob Manfred as its witness to explain the penalty imposed in this case. Mr. Rodriguez and the players’ Association have no right to dictate how baseball’s case is to proceed any more than baseball has the right to dictate how their case proceeds. Today’s antics are an obvious attempt to justify Mr. Rodriguez’s continuing refusal to testify under oath.”The hearing continued for about two hours after Rodriguez left the room, one of the people said, and it is scheduled to resume Thursday morning.“We have put on evidence. We have more evidence to put on. We are evaluating our options,” said James McCarroll, a lawyer for Rodriguez who also spoke during the WFAN interview. “We haven’t said the case isn’t being completed. We haven’t said that the case isn’t complete.”Horowitz, chosen by management and the union as their independent arbitrator last year, has the discretion to eliminate the suspension or alter it. The statements by Rodriguez and McCarroll made it appear the 14-time All-Star intends to sue MLB and the union unless the penalty is eliminated.Rodriguez already has filed one suit against MLB and Selig, accusing them of a “witch hunt,” and another against the Yankees team physician and his hospital, alleging malpractice in the diagnosis and treatment of a hip injury.Manfred is technically part of a three-person arbitration panel that also includes union General Counsel David Prouty and is chaired by Horowitz“I’m done. I don’t have a chance,” Rodriguez said during the WFAN interview.He issued a statement earlier in the day attacking the procedures established in the agreements between MLB and the union.“I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails,” Rodriguez said. “I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process.“This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the players’ association refused to order Selig to come in and face me. The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”The players’ association was disappointed with Horowitz’s decision but was less confrontational than Rodriguez.“The MLBPA believes that every player has the right under our arbitration process to directly confront his accuser,” the union said in a statement. “We argued strenuously to the arbitrator in Alex’s case that the commissioner should be required to appear and testify. While we respectfully disagree with the arbitrator’s ruling, we will abide by it as we continue to vigorously challenge Alex’s suspension within the context of this hearing.”McCarroll blamed Horowitz for precluding evidence Rodriguez wanted to introduce and hinted of a court fight.“Whether the case is finally decided in this forum, created by Major League Baseball, Bud Selig’s forum, or another forum, nobody is throwing the case out,” he said.Rodriguez denied using performance-enhancing drugs or obstructing MLB’s investigation into the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. Rodriguez was the only one of the 14 players disciplined this summer to challenge his suspension.“Over time, the arbitration process in baseball has been amazingly pro player,” MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said. “It was that process which created free agency. It allowed Steve Howe to remain on the field despite numerous drug violations and resulted in the shortening of suspensions like John Rocker’s. The notion that this same process is not fair enough or good enough for Alex Rodriguez is ridiculous.”Rodriguez said he had hoped to testify Friday. MLB had insisted Rodriguez submit to an “investigatory interview” prior to his testimony, but he canceled his scheduled appearance last week, claiming illness. MLB agreed to waive its right to penalize him for testimony during an interview it might deem untruthful, one of the people said.“The system is wrong, and whether you’re in federal court or state court or in kangaroo court that we are today, players need protection,” Rodriguez said on WFAN. “The union has already told me that if I go on on Friday and they think I lied, they can give me say another 100 games, so now you’re to 311. So now we’ll appeal that. In the appeal process, I would say I didn’t do it, so now you’re up to 411, and this can go on for the next seven or eight years.”He repeatedly disparaged Selig, who has been in charge of baseball since 1992 and said in September he plans to retire in January 2015. Rodriguez said Selig wants him as “a trophy” to put “in his big mantel on his way out.”“My only message to the commissioner is, I know you don’t like New York, but come to New York and face the music. He hates my guts, there’s no question about it,” Rodriguez said. “One hundred percent it’s personal, and I think this is about his legacy, and it’s about my legacy, and he’s trying to destroy me.”Rodriguez said four years ago he used PEDs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. He has denied using them since.He briefly discussed his relationship with Biogenesis head Anthony Bosch, who is cooperating with MLB’s investigation.”It was nutrition and it was weight loss,” Rodriguez said. “And Bosch wasn’t the only guy. I traveled the world to see doctors, cutting-edge stuff, but always between the parameters of Major League Baseball. And I have hundreds of e-mails that will be part of evidence which I can’t get into that backs me up 100 percent.”
Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Firmino card only good for CAM sadly. Too slow for ST. pic.twitter.com/NANTiCtYKt— Kuba (@temporaryKuba) September 7, 2018 Roberto Firmino’s FIFA 19 rating Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware BEST OF huge blow LoL Firmino only 86 hes worth around 88— A J I (@AdzhiDs) September 7, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won MONEY REVEALED RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Firmino 61 defending hahaha love that, going to be the perfect CM card honestly— Ellis – Designer (@ETDesigns_) September 7, 2018 no dice REVEALED Bobby firmino should be a higher rating #FIFA19 #Liverpool— Corey smith (@corey_YNWA) September 7, 2018 1 firmino 25 goals—>83 shootingasensio 6 goals–>84 shootingmakes sense— Panos98 (@_Panoslfc98) September 7, 2018 ADVICE England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won impact Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury I’m defo playing this firmino card in CM. 61 defending for a striker is insane. pic.twitter.com/mXz8o2KFwK— The Main Mane (@TheMainMane10) September 7, 2018 Firmino and Ozil the same rating…..I feel sick— Jordan (@Jordan_LFC18) September 7, 2018 The amount of finesse goals I’m going to sack with Bobby Firmino on FIFA this Winter/Fall is going to be absurd. https://t.co/Yy2ICUI5U5— Chris Owen (@chrowen8) September 7, 2018 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Maybe firmino should at least receive an 80 rating for pace. Passing should be upgraded. Defence should be 70.— Lucca (@hughes_lucca) September 7, 2018 This year, Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has received an upgrade from last year’s refreshed 84-rated card and now has himself a nice 86 rating.You think this would appease the masses who love the Brazil star not only for his goals but his stunning work rate.Sadly, this isn’t the case and while some gamers are delighted, Liverpool supporters seem frustrated one of their stars hasn’t been appreciated enough.You can see what the reaction to Firmino’s FIFA 19 having been below. firmino despite getting +2 overral he didn’t get upgraded whatsoever apart from his defending…still think he deserves 5*skills— Panos98 (@_Panoslfc98) September 7, 2018 Latest Football News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The one time fifa don’t do firmino dirty is the one Fifa I don’t get smh— ⛈ (@MRMORGTASTIC) September 7, 2018 FIFA ratings are always controversial and it’s no different this year.Ahead of the release of FIFA 19 on September 28, EA Sports are revealing their Top 100 – but not everyone is happy. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade
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1 December 2011More access to female condoms, protection of commercial sex workers, and provision of HIV information for rural women were some of the requests given to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as South Africa marked World Aids Day on Thursday.Various organisations, including traditional leaders and women and men’s organisations in KwaZakhele near Port Elizabeth got an opportunity to voice their concerns and requests on what they want to see in the country’s new National Strategic Plan for HIV/Aids 2012-2016.President Jacob Zuma was due to unveil the new plan later on Thursday.Sex workers complain of harassmentCommercial sex workers complained to Motlanthe that they were harassed by police officers, and urged the government to intervene to ensure their protection.A women’s group asked for more access to free female condoms so that they would not have to negotiate the use of condoms with their partners.Motlanthe said the government would take up the issue of harassment with the law enforcement units, but emphasised that it was important for sex workers to have access to health services, including counselling and testing.‘We also support programmes for men’“The programme will also include truck drivers, as it is important for them as well to get these services. We also encourage men to accompany their partners when they go and get tested so that they won’t become victims of HIV/Aids,” Motlanthe said, adding that the government supported programmes for both men and women.Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi noted that most of the issues raised by the community were being taken care of in the new plan.“Even before the development of the new plan, we had already instructed all hospital CEOs that when raped woman come to the health care institutions, they must receive help first and ask legal issues after,” Motsoaledi.“We’ve also agreed to accelerate the distribution of female condoms from one- to six-million.School Health Programme“We are still committing ourselves to ensure that by April next year, we will launch the School Health Programme, and about 400 retired nurses have already come forwarded and registered on our database and are prepared to work in the schools.”Motsoaledi thanked the country’s traditional leaders for working in partnership with the government to address issues around traditional male circumcision.One of the community members said she was satisfied with the response by Motlanthe and Motsoaledi, especially on the issue of more access to female condoms.“Sometimes it is difficult to negotiate condom use with your men, and having your own condom will save a lot of lives because one doesn’t have to tell her partner but just put it on,” she said.“The government is trying. The issue of HIV and Aids is challenging because it depends on each one to take responsibility,” said the woman, a 29-year-old who is on antiretroviral treatment and has been living with HIV for more than 10 years.Source: BuaNews
A New York-based supplier of building components used in high-performance construction has released the third in a series of free e-books, this one focused on airtight wood-frame construction.High Performance 2x Framing from 475 High Performance Building Supply can be downloaded from the company’s website. For those who’d rather have a paper copy, the book can be ordered for $20. It’s intended for builders in Climate Zone 4 and up.“As states impose stricter energy codes, jurisdictions nationwide have begun recognizing and mandating greater levels of airtightness,” the company said. “Airtight walls can be up to five times more energy efficient compared with similarly insulated, but leaky, walls.”Techniques described in the book are aimed at increasing performance with little or no increase in construction costs. “Providing greater airtightness provides greater comfort, resilience and cost savings, essentially, for free,” the introduction says.Like other books in the series, this one recommends foam-free construction. Although plastic foam insulation, such as extruded and expanded polystyrene, are common in energy-efficient building, 475 is not a fan, arguing that, among other things, foam insulation is made from toxic ingredients, is a fire accelerant, and suffers from performance degradation over time. “We can do better,” the book says. “We can do much, much better.”The book includes a number of drawings and photos, and 475 also offers free CAD downloads of building details.Continuous insulation is keyThe book emphasizes the importance of both airtightness and a continuous layer of insulation on the outside of exterior walls to reduce thermal bridging.To illustrate, the book compares the heating demand in tight, well-insulated buildings to that for not-so-tight assemblies without continuous insulation. For example, in a house with 2×6 walls and R-21 cavity insulation and an airtightness of 10 air changes per hour at 50 pascals, heating demand is an estimated 39,000 Btu per square foot per year. That compares with 20,000 Btu per square foot per year in a building with R-21 cavity insulation, R-8 of continuous insulation and airtightness of 1 ach50.Estimates were developed with the Passive House Planning Package, the energy modeling software used in designing Passivhaus buildings.Instead of foam on the outside of the building, the text recommends mineral wool, fiberglass or a product called Gutex Multitherm. The Gutex website describes the product as a “hydrophotized” tongue-and groove panel made from spruce and fir with polyurethane resin and paraffin additives. It’s available in thicknesses of up to 7 3/4 inches.475 lists the R-value of Gutex at 3.7 per inch. A 1 9/16-inch thick panel 31.5 inches by 43.3 inches costs $23.94.The book recommends Pro Clima membranes, tapes, caulks and gaskets, products which 475 also sells, although similar products could presumably be substituted.Earlier 475 books dealt with I-joist assemblies and historic masonry retrofits.
It will be yet another massive weekend of Touch Football across Australia this weekend, with many events taking place in several parts of the country. From the commencement of the Touch Football South Australia League, the finals of the 2012 Cobras Cup competition, the Touch Football Tasmania State Cup and Junior State Cup, the 2012 Wine Rules event as well as the Touch Football Western Australia High Performance camp, there’s something for everyone!You can find out more information on each of these events below. Touch Football South Australia LeagueThis Friday, 16 November will see the much anticipated Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) League kick off under lights at City Touch with the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions all being contested. It is the first time since 2007 that all three divisions will feature in the one series and will see a mix of youth and experience reflecting on South Australia’s growing representative participation. The TFSA League is the best domestic Touch Football competition in South Australia and sees five regional teams – the Defence team, the Eastern Stingrays, the Central Scorpions, the South West Wolves and the Vipers from the north – all fighting it out to be crowned champions. Round one will see the Eastern Stingrays take on the Central Scorpions and the Northern Vipers go up against the South West Wolves at 6.30pm in the Women’s fixtures. In the Men’s division the Northern Vipers will take on the Eastern Stingrays and the South West Wolves will take on the Central Scorpions. The Mixed division will round out the first week of competition with the Eastern Stingrays battling it out against the Northern Vipers and the Central Scorpions going head to head with the South West Wolves at 8.20pm.The TFSA League will run for three months with the season decider to be held on Friday, 15 February. The majority of games will be held on Friday nights at City Touch, with the exception of two Sunday afternoon double headers. For news, information and results, please visit the TFSA League website at:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-701-0-0-0&a=COMPS 2012 Cobras Cup FinalsThis Saturday, 17 November will see the conclusion of the Cobras Cup competition as some of Queensland’s best battle it out to be named Cobras Cup Champion for 2012. Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane will play host to the Grand Finals. Stay tuned to the TFA website for the full preview. WA High Performance CampThis weekend will see Touch Football Western Australia host their High Performance camp, with Western Australia’s representative Touch Football players across all age groups in attendance. Players in attendance will be joined by visiting players and coaches over the weekend including Australian Men’s Open representative Stuart Brierty, who grew up in Western Australia. The junior players will attend the first day of the camp and will undergo practical skill and drill work as well as video analysis and educational programs, whilst the senior players will be present on the Sunday of the camp and work through practical and theory based game planning in preparation for next year’s National Touch League. For more information on the event, head to the Touch Football Western Australia website:http://www.touchwest.com/ 2012 Tasmania State Cup and Junior State CupWentworth Park in Hobart will play host to a big weekend of Touch Football in Tasmania this weekend with the 2012 State Cup and Junior State Cup events being held on Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 November respectively. The State Cup will feature Men’s and Mixed Open divisions, as well as 18’s Boys and Girls divisions. The Launceston, Hobart and Devonport affiliates will battle it out in the State Cup. The State Cup trophy hasn’t left Southern Touch since 1999, so the other teams will be keen to change this at this year’s event. The Junior State Cup will see Boys and Girls Under 12’s, Under 14’s, Under 16’s and Under 18’s all battling it out to be crowned best in the state, and is open to club and school teams. Touch Football Australia National Referee High Performance Advisor, Ian Matthew and one of Australia’s best referees, David Baggio will again travel to Tasmania for the event and will host a forum on Friday night before helping out Tasmania’s referees through coaching throughout the weekend. Please visit the Touch Football Tasmania website for more information and results from the two events:http://www.tastouch.com.au/ 2012 Wine RulesThis Sunday, 18 November will see Wine Rules back for its third year and it is already proving to be bigger and better than previous years. 2012 will see roughly 30 teams take part in the fun yet competitive Touch Football tournament which will allow participants and spectators to enjoy over 60 showcased wines with live music and entertainment the whole family can enjoy. The aim of the event is to raise funds for the St. Mary’s House of Welcome, who support Melbourne’s homeless and disadvantaged. Wine Rules is the perfect event to play your part for charity whilst enjoying the company of family, friends and some of the regions finest wines and entertainment. If you are new to the sport of Touch Football, the experienced staff from Touch Football Victoria will be offering personalised training sessions throughout the day and people of all experience levels will be competing in the tournament. The event will run from 10.00am to 6.00pm at the Elwood Park fields in Elwood, Victoria. For more information on how you can get involved please visit the Wine Rules website or the Touch Football Victoria websites:www.winerules.com.au www.victouch.com.au Related LinksBig Weekend Of Touch!
Arsenal boss Emery defends Ozil halftime hook: Nothing personalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has defended hooking Mesut Ozil at halftime for their draw at Brighton.Emery insists the decision was not personal.He said, “It is one decision tactically, and also the decision is because we have [done] it before because we have a lot of matches away when it tactically changes something, not for the player but for the team. A lot of the matches when we play in the second half, for example Iwobi, it helps us with a different situation tactically and helps us to win the matches.”In other matches, when we changed for the second half we took the performance to go to win. Yesterday, my intention was the same, it is tactically to change one player for another and with our analysis before that in other matches, in the second-half sessions is the reason I do that. But for me, it is only tactically and not [down to the] player, and for me every player is the same. “Sometimes I change Aubameyang, sometimes I change Lacazette and sometimes I change Matteo – it happens to every player and sometimes the result is good and the other times it doesn’t give us the result on the pitch. But the decision is only tactical.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
West Brom striker Salomon Rondon: I want Newcastle stayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom striker Salomon Rondon has again declared he wants to sign permanently with Newcastle United.The 29-year-old has scored four goals and provided two assists for the Magpies, despite an injury-affected start to life on Tyneside, since signing from West Bromwich Albion on loan during the summer.Rondon said, “Would I like to stay? Yes, of course. I am very grateful for the effort the club made to bring me in, and for the confidence of the coach, and the welcome of the fans. For all these reasons I’d like to continue, but we’ll see what happens.”I feel really good. I’m really happy here for what we’ve achieved collectively. That’s the important thing.”We have been in good form and have moved away from the relegation zone. I have done my job by contributing with goals.”It’s quite a big contrast [to playing for West Brom last season]. The difference in styles between one team and the other is reflected in the play. A striker likes to have chances and to get crosses into the area.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Norwich sporting director Webber moves to assure Farkeby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has assured Daniel Farke the club will not make a knee jerk decision on his future.An injury crisis at Carrow Road hasn’t helped the Canaries in their Premier League return, with the club second bottom with six points.”From a financial point, we’ll be working three years ahead because we can guarantee what our income is,” said Webber. “In terms of our squad progression, we know exactly who is on what contract and when we’d expect them to leave.”You’ve got to be prepared, but you also have to be realistic. That’s what I think is the best thing for our players and Daniel Farke, the fact we don’t judge everything here purely on results.”It’s about what our performances, the process and the culture are like. Are we building the club along the way, not just purely focusing on results?”If we lose, then we won’t be the club to sack Daniel or go and spend £50m in January.”It’s about the journey, and if we get everything right along the way and we get a bit of luck, then we still think we can be successful doing it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
CALGARY — A rooftop smudging ceremony where herbs were burned and prayers said served as a proxy for swearing in as the oral traditional evidence gathering part of a National Energy Board reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project began Tuesday.Lyne Mercier, vice-chair of the NEB and chairwoman of the three-member panel hearing evidence, welcomed Indigenous presenters from the Louis Bull Tribe about 80 kilometres south of Edmonton as the first to speak as three weeks of hearings started in Calgary.She said the NEB appreciates that the Louis Bull Tribe has a tradition of sharing knowledge from one generation to another through spoken word, noting that two hours had been set aside for presentations but video evidence could also be submitted if time runs short.Presenters including elder Ivy Raine and band administrator and member Allison Adams-Bull described their family ties to other Indigenous communities along the pipeline route to the West Coast and their concern that their traditional hunting, fishing and gathering of medicinal plants could be affected by a pipeline spill.The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down its NEB approval, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on marine environment.The NEB’s rehearing is designed to address the latter issue. The oral traditional evidence gathering continues this week in Calgary before heading to Victoria from Nov. 26-29 and concluding in Nanaimo, B.C. from Dec. 3-6. The Canadian Press