January 1

Vermont state workers’ union loses court case over layoffs

first_imgA Chittenden County Superior Court judge denied today a Vermont State Employees Association request for a restraining order against the Douglas Administration. The state workers’ union sought the order against the administration to stop it from laying off more than 120 state employees, approximately 100 of whom were scheduled to begin departing state government today.In a written statement, VSEA Director Jes Kraus said: “Our heart goes out to the hundred employees who are being, in our views, unnecessarily forced out the jobs that they work so hard at. VSEA will continue pursuing every option available to us in our efforts to avoid more senseless layoffs.” In any case, the administration maintains that it has the right to layoff workers, as it always has, and will go ahead with its plan to do so. It expects the action to save about $13 million through this job action in the coming fiscal year. VSEA s complaint asserted that the layoffs violate the Appropriations Act, which went into effect June 2 over Governor Douglas’ veto. The Act specifically prohibits the administration from proceeding with layoffs unless they are first submitted as part of a plan that is vetted and approved by the Legislature s Joint Fiscal Committee. However, a companion bill passed Wednesday to the Act (the state budget) somewhat changed the language of that section. Attorney General Sorrell had offered an opinion to legislative leaders suggesting the language might be unconstitutional, which is a point Governor Douglas previously had made. Also at issue is that the state budget technically does not kick in until the start of the new fiscal year July 1, calling into question whether the layoff language, right or wrong, can even be applied during the current fiscal year. Nor has the governor signed nor vetoed the companion bill.center_img In an effort to not have to file this lawsuit, VSEA did send a letter to Secretary Lunderville on Tuesday, asking the administration to rescind the RIFs, but we never heard back, said VSEA Director Kraus. That silence forced VSEA to take the action we will tomorrow (Thursday), as we believe the Legislature s veto override means the governor must now follow the law, whether he approves or not.last_img read more

September 20

Vics puts rivals on canvas

first_imgDermot McLoughlin’s veteran Vics Canvas won the feature Paddy Power Cork Grand National at Cork with supreme authority. McLoughlin said: “I’ve been wanting to run him in a handicap for the last few weeks but have not been able to because of the ground. “He’s had ulcer problems and he’s coming up 12, so we’ve just had to use him up on soft ground. He might go to Navan for the Troytown Chase.” Maxwell added: “I’ve won a good handicap in the past at Punchestown, but this is probably my biggest winner. “He jumped better than he has ever done. I think a lot of it was the ground. He never put a foot wrong and gained lengths at every fence. Today he was spot-on and got the job done.” Press Associationcenter_img Ridden by Conor Maxwell, the 14-1 chance could be spotted travelling easily five fences from home as A Decent Excuse gained the lead from Most Chaste, and it soon became apparent the 11-year-old was in full control once he took closer order. Joining issue three out, he put the race to bed with a fluent jump two out and needed minimal assistance to overcome favourite Dushrembrandt by a yawning 10 lengths. Unoccupied finished third, while Sword Fish was fourth. last_img read more

September 20

ISL: ATK look to get back to winning ways at home vs FC Pune City

first_imgKolkata: Former champions ATK would look to get back to winning ways at home when they take on bottom-placed FC Pune City in a seventh-round Indian Super League clash here on Saturday.ATK are seventh in the ISL standings.The two-time champions suffered their third home defeat last week when they went down 2-1 to Bengaluru FC.ATK have only beaten Chennaiyin FC at home, 2-1.The city-based outfit has only managed to muster seven points from their six outings. ATK will also hope forward Kalu Uche is fit to start the game.The Nigerian had sustained a muscle injury during the team’s 1-2 loss to Bengaluru FC in their previous outing.Uche had to be stretchered off in the first half and the team not having a proper replacement was termed as “an issue” by coach Steve Coppell.Steve Coppell’s side has been inconsistent so far and their star-studded attack force which consists of players like Manuel Lanzarote, Kalu Uche and Balwant Singh are yet to fire on all cylinders.Like any other Coppell’s team, ATK has not been flamboyant in the attacking third but unlike some of the other teams he has managed in India, they have failed to keep a clean sheet this season.For the hosts, Under-17 World Cupper Komal Thatal has been impressive and in the last outing, broke through the high profile Bengaluru FC defence to give ATK the lead.Coming to Pune, they got off to the worst possible start to their ISL campaign this time.They lost four out of their first six matches.Deemed as title favourites before the start of the season, Pune has so far failed to live up to the expectations, leaking 15 goals in six matches.Off the field, Pune had problems too with Marcos Paqueta, who was roped in to replace coach Ranko Popovic, leaving within a week to join Brazilian club Botafogo. Pune then signed former Delhi Dynamos manager Miguel Angel Portugal but the Spaniard departed after a hat-trick of losses.Technical director Pradyum Reddy has since been made the interim manager but they are still in search of their first win, having conceded 15 goals in six matches. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

September 9

Abdullahi Emerges Winner of ‘The Big Bull Rice Man-of-the- Match’ Award

first_imgSuper Eagles right-back, Shehu Musa, was voted the first winner of ‘The Big Bull Rice’ Man-of-the-Match award instituted by TGI Group, the Official Food Partner of the Super Eagles.Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group is an international investment and holding company with diversified interests and investments in Nigeria, Ghana, Republic of Benin, Morocco, UAE, South Africa, India and several other emerging marketsShehu Abdullahi was voted the man-of-the-match for Nigeria in the Super Eagles versus Chipolopolo of Zambia World Cup Qualifier played in Uyo last SaturdayA cheque of N1million was presented to the Nigeria international who plays for Anorthosis club shortly after the match by Mr. Onyekachi Onubogu, Executive Director, TGI Group and Mr. Sumit Jain, Chief Financial Officer, WACOT Limited makers of The Big Bull Rice after Nigeria won the match 1-0 through Alex Iwobi’s goal in the 73rd minute.Congratulating the first recipient of the award, Mr. Onubogu, stated that the award is now to be known as ‘The Big Bull Rice Man of The Match’ with a prize of N1 million cash alongside 10 bags of Big Bull Rice to be donated to a charity of the player’s choice.“We are making the presentation right here on the pitch at the end of the match because we believe this is something that will continue to motivate the players to perform excellently well and encourage a culture of excellence,” Onubogu said.While emphasising the unifying role of soccer in Nigeria, Mr. Onubogu stated that the goal of his conglomerate is to ensure that the Super Eagles does not only qualify for the 2018 World Cup but that the team puts up an unprecedented impressive performance at the competition in Russia.TGI Group was unveiled as the official food partner of the Super Eagles for the next three years last Friday at a joint press conference which took place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and other members of his Executive Committee.Responding, the player commending Big Bull Rice for the award and stated that it will further motivate him and other members of the Super Eagles to give their best to the team.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more