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Letters to the Editor for Friday, July 26

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first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMany made Music Haven what it is nowIn reference to your article on Mona Golub and Music Haven, Golub certainly deserves accolades for her successful programs offered in Schenectady’s Central Park. She has taken Music Haven beyond what was started by others so many years ago.Without taking away Golub’s well-deserved applause, we must also acknowledge those whose efforts created and made Music Haven what it was in the years before her.Once located near its current site, Music Haven was built to attract area residents to the park through its summer concerts. Back then, Music Haven played host to concerts featuring local musicians and their bands: jazz music by Nick Brignola, Polka and Dixie music by Don Nikolski, 50s and 60s classics of Freddy Randall, and Schenectady Musician’s Union members Abe Rapp, Steve Anthony, Ronnie Pidgeon, Norm Pratt, Tom Brown and others.These gifted musicians graced the Music Haven stage, packing the park lawns and seats for every performance. Let’s also remember the commitment of local restaurant owner Mike Iacobucci, whose very successful Tuesday in the Park festivals filled Music Haven with day-long entertainment.Having grown up in Schenectady, I remember the Music Haven of the early days, and it’s great to see the stage still being used to bring more people to our city. Kudos to Golub for her success, and kudos to those musicians and performers who were there in the beginning. Their music still echoes in the walls of Music Haven, as well as in our own memories.Michele A. DobskiSchenectadyLove what Rivers is doing, but lower ACI have been a customer at the Rivers casino for about two years and have seen several improvements, including complimentary drinks for table game players.My favorite attribute at Rivers are the dealers. They are the friendliest and most professional that I have experienced anywhere. Rivers is doing many things right as it shows in the excellent revenue produced. It is by far the most successful of the new New York state casinos.With all the things they are doing right, why are they trying to freeze the customers and employees? Whenever it’s hot outside and they are air-conditioning the casino, it’s way too cold in the building. If I wanted to keep customers as long as possible, I would want to make it as comfortable as possible. They are certainly not doing well in that department. Please raise the temperature.Tom SingerDelansonSt. Clare’s retirees going through hellI know the St. Clare’s pensioners are having an awful summer. I feel they are going through the worst case of abuse that anyone could ever go through. Due to the actions of the St. Clare’s Hospital, these care-givers were left to care for themselves, to live the rest of their lives with a 25% slash in their retirements or no retirement at all. We are speaking about 1,100-plus pensioners who were very loyal employee’s at St. Clare’s. These are the actual people who cared for our families. St. Clare’s was the hospital that helped all who needed it. These pensioners are living a nightmare. I don’t know how they can sleep at night. Their stress levels must be over the top. They all feel their lives have been ruined. They have been living with this agonizing problem since last year. Their retirements have still not been recovered. These are people like you and me, put in a very sad situation. Everyone knows they are deserving of their retirements, but the hospital left them no way to receive them. It’s a disgrace that they are being treated in this manner. It’s shameful. They are hurting and afraid at what is going to happen to them. No one should be treated this cruel way. This isn’t going to be settled for a long time. How long can these people go through this torture? Please say a prayer for them. They need all the help they can get.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamlast_img read more

Ming’s Optical sponsors cycling prodigy

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first_imgMING’s Optical on Thursday made a timely contribution to cyclist Zaman Khan ahead of this weekend’s Flying Aces Cycle Club event.Sponsorship for the upcoming cycling races was handed over by Dr Michele Ming of Ming’s Optical to Khan, who attends Port Mourant Secondary School.At just 15 years old, he is the current national champion in the Juvenile Category. He has also represented Guyana in the Caribbean.Looking on is Mr Randolph Roberts who is the national coach and Vice-President of the Flying Ace Cycle Club.The action starts at the Welfare Ground, East Canje, Berbice, at noon on Sunday, 13th November.last_img read more

Sam Yeboah believes winner in Berekum will boost his confidence

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first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak match-winner Samuel Yeboah admits scoring the winning goal over Berekum Chelsea will boost his confidence in coming matches.The experienced striker returned from injury in the match against Kotoko and although he did not have a bad game, he was not able to help the team to a win over our arch-rivals.Yeboah was, however, the match-winner in last Sunday’s 0-1 win over Berekum Chelsea at the Golden City Park. He scored in the 59th minute to help Hearts break a winless run at the home of Chelsea and also to get his first goal since match-day four.“I think it was a very difficult game but we were determined to win the game. The pitch was not all that good but we managed to get the win and that’s what is important,” Yeboah told facebook.com/accraheartsofoak“After the Kotoko game, most of the players were dispirited; our spirits were down because we really wanted to win that game but it is unfortunate we could win that game. The league is long; it is about a year and it is not only about one game. You may lose games and you have to win games if you want to be at the top.”But maybe last week was not for us though we were determined to be at the top last week so maybe it was not God’s will. But you see this week, we are there so everything we give thanks to God because he knows what is best.” Yeboah was happy to get his third league goal for Hearts – and his first on the road for the season – and he believes being back amongst the goals will help him score more.“It is good to score – and as a striker, you have to score,” he said. “I think it’s about three matches that I have not scored because I was injured for some time but it will bring back my confidence and I think my performance will go high. As a striker if you go in and score, it gives you more confidence to score everything time and that is what I am looking forward to.”He concluded: “The fans should keep on supporting the team and put what happened in the Kotoko game behind us. The fans should come to the stadium in their numbers; they should support us. I know it is very difficult because we disappointed them the last time. But come on, it is only one game.”We have a lot of games ahead – even if we had won the Kotoko game, that match would not have brought us the league trophy – so it is important we win all the other games and that I think can give us the trophy. The fans should keep on supporting the team and we are going to give of our best to make them happy.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

No new U.S. classic scrapie cases since April 2016

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the January 2017 National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP) report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service conveyed that no new positive U.S. classical scrapie cases have been reported in either sheep or goats in fiscal year 2017, which runs Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017. Also, no new infected or source flocks have been identified in fiscal year 2017.In fact, the last case of classical scrapie was reported in April 2016. This is the longest period without a positive case since the beginning of the NSEP.As of Jan. 31, 2017, there were two open infected and source flock statuses for classical scrapie. One flock was designated as a Nor98-like source flock in October 2016 as a result of a sheep sampled in September 2016 that tested positive.RSSS started April 1, 2003. It is a targeted slaughter surveillance program which is designed to identify infected flocks. Samples have been collected from 531,701 animals since April 1, 2003. There have been 480 NVSL confirmed positive animals* (471 classical cases and 9 Nor98-like cases) since the beginning of RSSS. As of January 31, 2017, 11,197 samples have been collected in FY 2017, 9,551 from sheep and 1,646 from goats.The January report is available at www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_diseases/scrapie/downloads/monthly_scrapie_report.pdf.last_img read more

Competition fuels summer pulling events

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The rumble of the engines, the belching black smoke and the undeniable power of pulling competitions make them a staple of many fairs and events through the summer and fall months. Diesel fuel powers the machines but it is the spirit of competition that fuels the events, said Joe Singer, president of the Darke County Tractor Pullers Association.“It’s like a drug. Once you get that in your system to be a competitor, you are going to do it — ‘black smoke ‘til I’m broke.’ It’s an addiction, within reason. I’m not saying that it is bad, but you can get hooked on it. When I pulled a little, we took four antique and farm stock tractors. All four tractors won the championship of their classes two years in a row. It was all about the competition. That’s what makes the world go ‘round,” Singer said. “When you start talking about the national level competitions, it is the same bunch of people that run the circuit. You run into them at each national event, and even some regional events over and over again.  A lot of the good competitors travel all over the country to compete against each other. Some even share trailers and they may be the best of friends off the track but they try to beat each other on the track at every event.  They loan parts off of their vehicles to help a fellow competitor out, but they are still focused on competing. That is just the way it is. It is a good bunch of people.”Of course, the trucks, tractors and drivers get all of the attention at the pulls, but the excitement would not be possible without the sleds. Singer is the owner of Singer Sled Rental in Darke County and has a fairly unique perspective on pulling competitions in the region after a lifetime around tractor pulls and decades of working behind the scenes.“I never really did a lot of pulling but I have always had an interest since I was really little. My dad always made sure we’d go watch. He never pulled but he liked to spectate and help put the event on,” Singer said. “We were putting on an event and a sled operator came in and asked if I knew anyone who wanted to purchase a sled. I made him an offer and it went from there and before long I owned a worn out, older pulling sled. That was in 2000 and it allowed me to get started.  We have since rebuilt and purchased other sleds. That first one cost $30,000, but today if you buy one they are $300,000 for a new one and that doesn’t include weights, the truck to pull it, scales or any of that.”Singer farms full time with his brother and spends his winters hauling grain and scheduling events. The majority of his summers are spent on the road at pulls in Ohio, Indiana and surrounding states.“We have 108 events booked for this year. Scheduling is tough because we do all that from December through April. You have to not only book the dates but you have to see if you can physically make it from one event to the next one and back to another one. Some events I can get there, but I can’t get back in time,” he said. “It gets tough in the spring because of planting season. Scheduling events in May and the first of June is always hectic, but you need to schedule events then to make the business work. In July we have a lot of pulls during the week because it is prime time fair season. My son runs a sled too. He drives truck for a living and works for a very understanding company.  They allow him to take a large number of days off work so that he can be running a sled.  I have four other people, with full-time jobs too, that help run the machines as well. I can’t do it alone, I’m too busy.  Last year I went 10 miles outside of Wheeling, to the suburbs of Chicago, then to a few miles outside of Tennessee, and finally to Bowling Green, Ohio. I appreciate everyone that helps both on and behind the scenes.”In addition to the logistics of simply getting from place to place, Singer also must constantly monitor the details required for maintaining the sleds and hauling heavy loads over many miles.“Most places we take one sled, but there are some venues that take two sleds. Sometimes we take a sled and someone else brings others,” Singer said. “You have to look stuff over after the shows so you are ready to go the next time. Sometimes things break, you can’t help it.  You just buckle down, be prepared to fix things and do it all over again the very next day.”The sleds hook up like a detachable gooseneck trailer.“I’ve got several semis for this and I use them for the farm work also. A sled weighs 32,000 pounds empty and every weight weighs 2,000 pounds. We carry eight to 11 weights while we are traveling to an event,” Singer said. “An unlimited modified tractor or super semi takes 13 or 14 weights to get them stopped. We can’t carry enough weight legally to stop some of this stuff. Normally if you’re at an event with that type of vehicle, there are two sleds there so you can borrow weights back and forth.”Though the appeal of pulling has always been the power and competition, there have been changing trends through the years.“Pickup trucks are very popular. The kids today didn’t grow up on John Deere 4020s and International 806s like we did, but they can relate to that pickup truck. Every kid, boy or girl, in rural America drives a pickup truck to school or wants one. They relate to trucks,” Singer said. “Personally, I like the tractors the best, but that is what I grew up with. Even the kids on farms that plant beans with a four-wheel drive tractor don’t relate that to a pulling tractor going down the track. But they relate to that pickup truck they drove home with. That is the trend of the future — trucks.”The agricultural economy also has a significant influence on the popularity of pulls.“There is a lot of agriculture involved with pulling.  When agriculture is good, pulling is very good. When prices are lower, like now, numbers fall off,” he said. “Events, competitors, and audiences change from year to year and you just have to adapt.”The high dollar game of pulling competitions also depends on the success of the events that hold them.“For fairs, it can be tough to draw spectators during the week and it takes spectators to pay the bills. Fairs need to make as much money as possible to pay the bills, and the way they do that is by getting people through the gate,” Singer said. “There are sponsorships, which are great and are helpful, but they do not cover everything.”And while the crowd is cheering the pullers on the track, Singer enjoys the satisfaction of seeing his sleds perform the way they should night after night.“I love the speed and the competition and trying to get the machines set so the fans, pullers, and promoters get the results they want. It’s a delicate balance.  If it is a 300-foot track I need to get them stopped in that range. You don’t want them stopping at 180 feet or 400 feet, so you have to know how to set your machine for each class that’s pulling.  We have standard settings that we use and then we go from there changing the gears, changing the drop on the pan, adding a weight or taking a weight out,” he said. “That is what my job is to get that desired result for the track.”And once the smoke clears and the dust settles Singer loves to be a part of pulling because of the people.“It is in my blood. My son was born going to pulls right away. My wife goes to some events and helps and thinks it is fun,” he said. “There are so many family and friends that help out along the way I couldn’t do it without them, from late night mechanical work, to the laser measurers who can’t move all day, and the numerous secretarial duties, everyone is greatly needed and appreciated. My best friends are in the pulling community, whether they are officials or competitors. These are people I know, people I like and this is where my family and friends are.”last_img read more

People supreme, Naveen reminds MLAs

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first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday told State legislators that democratic dissent should not eclipse democratic decency under any circumstances.Addressing the inaugural session of a two-day orientation programme for legislators, Mr. Patnaik said that democratic dissent is “a right, however, while exercising this right, legislators must not forget democratic decency”.“The roots of our successful democracy lie in our people and their unflinching faith in democratic values,” added Mr. Patnaik.“Every elected representative must understand this: whatever position you may be in, the people are supreme. Elected representatives should keep the common people at the centre of all their initiatives,” said the CM. Stating that the primary function of the legislature is to make laws, Mr. Patnaik said an appetite for information and education on legislative procedures, and understanding of socio-economic issues and policies is beneficial.“All our Acts and policies are essentially directed towards the greater public good. Legislators should endeavour to bring the Acts and policies to the public domain so that the people can be partners in the process of change,” he added.‘Lead by example’Stating that the legislators must lead by example. Mr. Patnaik said: “Simplicity should be at the core of our public behaviour. Leading a simple life can help us stay connected to the people.”Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro presided over the inaugural session of the programme., which was organised by the Odisha Legislative Assembly in collaboration with the Lok Sabha Secretariat. Deputy Speaker Rajanikanta Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Nayak and Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallick also attended the event.last_img read more

Finally getting rid of Arsène Wenger

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first_img Facebook Read more Share on LinkedIn RECOMMENDED LISTENINGFootball Weekly will be in this general direction.THE FIVEЯYes, it’s our not-singing, not-dancing World Cup Fiver. Out every Thursday lunchtime BST, here’s the latest edition, on VAR.SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVER LETTERS“Now that Ailsa from Home and Away has failed in the attempt to get two sides relegated from the Premier League in a single season, I think it’s only fair to turn attention towards Phil Brown’s achievements at an entirely different end of the spectrum. Kudos to him for stringing together a series of results to safely steer two clubs away from the play-offs. At Southend, he was sacked after a mid-season run of one win in 10; had we had the foresight to get rid just two games earlier then his successor, Chris Powell, would almost certainly have got the same squad into the League One top six. Dropping down a division, Phil was brought in by a Swindon side on the cusp of the play-offs but his two wins in 10 meant they avoided a highly stressful climax. Understandably, Phil has been rewarded by Swindon with a new contract so I guess he can relax in the sun this summer and reflect on two jobs [not] well done” – Bryan Matthews.“In these saddest of times for Stoke City, perhaps the management team can learn from a local 13-year-old, who felt a need and went shopping on the internet. Surely there’s a striker listed out there somewhere” – Paul Benveniste.Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Bryan Matthews.THE RECAPGet the best of Big Website’s coverage sent direct to your inbox every Friday lunchtime (GMT). Has the added bonus of being on time. Sign up here.BITS AND BOBSCASH CASH CASH! NOW NOW NOW! That’s how we imagine Mauricio Pochettino’s meeting with Daniel Levy will start, the Tottenham manager is apparently insistent he wants extra bunce or he’s going to load himself into the Do One cannon and fire himself somewhere less parsimonious. Pinterest Topics Reuse this content Football UNWENGERLIKE BEHAVIOURConsidering the vast amounts of money so many people pay to spend their leisure time at football matches, The Fiver struggles to understand why so many of them seem to hate being at them. There are infinitely cheaper ways of reducing oneself to the state of angry, snarling, mouth-foaming maniac over the course of two hours, as anyone who has ever been put on hold by [insert pertinent energy/airline/mobile/insurance company name here] will readily testify. So on a fairly pointless final day of the league season that had about it an air of “School’s Out”, The Fiver’s c0ckles were warmed by almost unprecedented scenes at Huddersfield, where a Premier League football match was staged and almost every single person present seemed deliriously happy. Pinterest Twitter Share via Email Perhaps. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images Twitter Twitter Terriers fans were happy, because their club is staying in the Premier League, having pulled off the admittedly not-quite-as-impressive-when-you-look-at-it feat of not being as rubbish as Swansea, Stoke and West Brom. Arsenal fans were happy because they’re finally getting rid of Arsène Wenger, who in the course of 22 years at the club brought them unprecedented amounts of silverware, but whose most recent triumph at the club involved successfully zipping up his padded overcoat. Wenger was happy, because he would no longer have to contend with the abuse and cat-calls of various ingrates, many of whom have recently been tying themselves in knots in an effort to point out that wishing somebody well for the future having spent three years verbally abusing him in the nastiest possible terms does not make one a hypocrite. And finally, local light aircraft pilots were happy as there were so many planes trailing banners that the sky over the stadium resembled a scene from Dunkirk.In other unprecedented scenes, Wenger engaged in much unWengerlike behaviour: milking applause from all four sides of the ground, bowing with a flourish and gambolling across the pitch and down the tunnel, giving it a McCartney-esque two-thumbs aloft for the last time as Arsenal manager. “I should have announced every week I retire,” he said. “People are so nice since I said that. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special and I will cherish that. I had fantastic human experiences at the club, above the results, it was a human adventure.” On Sunday Wenger found himself drenched in the milk of universal human kindness. It was uncharacteristically warm, gloopy, civilised behaviour unbecoming of a football match and The Fiver didn’t like it.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Jacob Steinberg from 7.45pm BST for hot MBM coverage of Fulham 2-2 Derby County (agg: 2-3).QUOTE OF THE DAY“Hopeless. We were training for cakes and Irn-Bru every day when we needed to be preparing for big games in the Premiership … His track record wasn’t great. He had a couple of relegations under his belt. But I don’t want to bad-mouth him too much” – Ross County midfielder Michael Gardyne fails pretty substantially, as he describes Owen Coyle after the club’s Scottish Premiership relegation. Pinterest Share on Messenger The Old Lady has no plans to abdicate, writes Paolo Bandini, but perhaps she can have a word with whichever of her minions came up with the “My7h” T-shirts the players were given after winning the Scudetto and next year’s inevitable 8hite.Flares raining down, plumes of smoke and police all over the pitch: Andy Brassell on a spicy end to an iffy Bundesliga season.Sid on Seville.As someone who claims to have been a goalkeeper at “a reasonably high level”, Sean Ingle reckons they ought to be valued more highly.Nick Miller had a crack at previewing the second leg of Fulham’s play-off defeat but got caught up pondering Ryan Sessegnon’s tattoos by mistake.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!LAST LINE For some mysterious reason, it sounds like West Ham fans aren’t happy about being called “keyboard warriors and malcontents” by the club’s vice-chair. As such, its been suggested Karren Brady might want to give her Sun column the elbow.The season is over so the more important business of transfers can now commence and first off the rank is Pablo Maffeo, politely invited by Manchester City to journey in the direction of Stuttgart.Ailsa fancies sticking around at Southampton, but will they fancy that? “The club will make a quick decision one way or the other,” he parped. “If it involves me, I will be delighted but I was given a short-term contract to come and do a job and that’s what I’ve done.” The tension is entirely bearable.And Tranmere Rovers are back, baby. “We’ve suffered, people have lost their jobs and to get the club back into the league is an unbelievably proud moment for me,” cheered Micky Mellon after their preposterous win over Boreham Wood.STILL WANT MORE?It’s end-of-season gongs day! Deep breath … player of the season, manager of the season, goal of the season, match of the season, young player of the season, signing of the season, gripe of the season, flop of the season, pundit of the season and innovations we need. features Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Memories. Photograph: Gary Calton/The Observer Facebook You’re more interested in the flops, aren’t you? Composite: Getty, PA, Rex, Reuters Arsène Wenger bows out with a light heart at end of 22-year Arsenal affair Facebook The Fiverlast_img read more

Argentina national womens team calls for equality

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first_imgThe squad will play Panama tomorrow for a chance to play in the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France; they will play before a sold-out stadiumFor the first time in history, the Argentina national women’s team will play before a sold-out stadium in their native country.The Albicelestes will host Panama on Thursday for a ticket to the 2019 FIFA World Cup to be played in France.But the team is calling for equality in a nation that lives, breathes and eats football.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“We live in a soccer-mad country but with a lot of machismo,” Argentina forward Belen Potassa was quoted by Sportskeeda.“Soccer is Messi, [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Diego] Maradona and no one else.”“Women are not accepted in this environment yet. That’s why there’s so much resistance to broadcasting female sports, especially football,” added wingback Luana Muñoz.“It has to be promoted, people need to know that it is being played, they need to know the name of the players, and the tournament has to be competitive.”last_img read more

EEOC files sexharassment suit against Tapioca Express

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first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 13, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Allegations of sexual harassment on the part of the owner of Tapioca Express outlets in Chula Vista and National City has prompted the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to file suit against the Asian-themed fast-food chain, the federal agency announced Wednesday.According to the commission, the proprietor of the two San Diego-area shops repeatedly wrapped his arms around female employees, pressed up against them and made inappropriate comments about their bodies.Some of the alleged victims quit their jobs due to the “escalating sexual harassment,” according to an EEOC news release that did not identify the accused businessman.The commission filed suit in U.S. District Court in San Diego against South El Monte-based Tapioca Express Inc. and two related companies — Edeleen Inc. and Erivera Enterprise — after trying in vain to reach a settlement through a conciliation process, according to the government agency.The lawsuit charges the defendants with failing to prevent and correct the alleged harassment despite numerous complaints, seeks monetary damages for the women purportedly subjected to the demeaning behavior and calls for injunctive relief intended to prevent and correct such discrimination.“Sex harassment remains a persistent problem which requires all employers to ensure accountability, training and leadership to promote a workplace free of harassment,” said Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Los Angeles-area office.According to its website, Tapioca Express specializes in milk tea and other popular snacks from Asia, with stores in California, Nevada and Washington. June 13, 2018center_img EEOC files sex-harassment suit against Tapioca Express Updated: 9:44 PM KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

American Apparel Receives Acquisition Bid from Irving Place Capital Is Dov Charney

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first_imgAmerican Apparel, the famous hipster clothing brand, has reportedly been approached by private equity firm Irving Place Capital for a possible buyout.People familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that Irving made two offers to acquire American Apparel. The company made its first offer a week ago bidding to take over all shares of American Apparel for $1 per unit.After the board of the clothing brand rejected that bid saying the price was too low, Irving Capital made another offer in the range of $1.30 to $1.40 per share. The board is yet to comment on the offer.Shares of American Apparel jumped 45 percent on Thursday after the news of a possible buyout surfaced.Dov Charney Plotting a Return?It looks like American Apparel is headed for some major changes. News of the buyout comes just days after the company confirmed firing its controversial CEO Dov Charney. It also announced the hiring of Paula Schneider, an expert fashion executive who is poised to take over the role effective January 5, 2015.Some news reports are claiming that the acquisition bids are a “plot” to bring back Dov Charney into power. According to the New York Post, Charney is looking for a financial partner to find his way back into the board of the company he so passionately built in the past 17 years.”This whole episode has a lot less to do with pictures of naked women, and a whole lot more to do with a power struggle,” an inside source told the Post.That’s not it. Charney told Yahoo News that American Apparel had offered him a multi-million dollar package to stay!”During the last half year, I have been working for the company in a leadership role. In the recent weeks, I was offered a lucrative multi-million dollar compensation package with the company. I refused to accept the board’s offer, primarily over board composition issues, particularly the refusal of the board to immediately provide the new CEO (whom I am supportive of hiring) with a board seat,” Charney exclusively told Yahoo.Charney also added that 30 executives wrote to the board to not remove him from the post.American Apparel has been grappling with falling revenues and a tarnished reputation given Charney’s inappropriate behaviour and alleged sexual harassment controversies. Experts note that the clothing brand’s troubles extend far beyond just its “sexually charged” ex-CEO. The problem lies in the culture.”The company’s future hangs in limbo. They could well turn it all around, and start treating their models and female staff with the same respect as the people who make their clothes. But, until they finally embrace radical change, I won’t be celebrating,” Alice Nutting wrote for The Independent.last_img read more