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Premier League dismisses claims


first_img Press Association The Premier League has defended its working environment after the woman who blew the whistle on sexist emails sent by chief executive Richard Scudamore said she was “humiliated, belittled and disgusted” when reading the messages. A Premier League statement said a review of the matter was under way ahead of a hearing by its audit and remuneration committee on Monday. The statement said: “We do not recognise this characterisation of the working environment at the Premier League, nor do we believe that it can be supported by the facts. “The chief executive has already apologised for any offence caused and a proper review of all the evidence is now under way within the Premier League’s established and rigorous procedures. “This process is not yet concluded and it is therefore not possible to offer comments in detail at this stage. However we will make a further statement in due course “The Premier League continues to be fully committed to treating all staff fairly and on merit, regardless of gender.” The emails referred to women in a derogatory terms, contained sexual innuendos, and made jokes about “female irrationality”. Abraham felt she had a duty to speak out about the contents of emails between her boss and his lawyer friend. “Mr Scudamore has a huge amount of influence and is paid a vast sum of money and has behaved wrongly,” she said. “Having witnessed that I felt I had a duty to speak out. If I didn’t then I’d somehow be condoning his behaviour – just like the other people who saw those messages. “Despite what some people have said since the Sunday Mirror printed the story last week, this is not the sort of thing that goes on in offices these days. “And for those people who’ve attacked me for saying they were just ‘jokes’ I wonder how they would feel if their wife or girlfriend or daughter had to read messages like that. “And how would they feel if those messages were written about their wife or girlfriend or daughter?” Since the story broke a week ago, a number of England women internationals have expressed their outrage at the emails, and FA chairman Greg Dyke called them “totally inappropriate”. Sponsor Barclays has also expressed its disappointment to the league, which has raised the stakes ahead of Monday’s meeting of the league’s audit and remuneration committee, chaired by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck. Buck’s involvement has also raised questions however, as he is known to be a friend and shooting partner of Scudamore’s. The Premier League is reported to have brought in Milltown Partners public relations agency to advise it on handling the crisis, the PR company which also works for Chelsea. Rani Abraham, who worked as a temporary personal assistant for Scudamore, told the Sunday Mirror: “This is not the sort of thing that goes on in offices these days.” It comes after the Football Association’s independent board member Heather Rabbatts, who will chair a meeting of its inclusion advisory board to discuss the case on Tuesday, issued a statement saying Scudamore should consider his position in light of “growing evidence of a closed culture of sexism” at the Premier League. last_img read more

Troy Aikman interested in NFL GM role, doubts ‘stubborn’ Jerry Jones would offer Cowboys job


first_imgTroy Aikman would be interested in a move from the commentary box to an NFL front office position, though he is skeptical such an opportunity will come with the Cowboys.The Hall of Fame quarterback won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys and has not been shy about voicing his frustrations about the direction of the team with whom he spent his entire pro career. Having seen fellow former players John Elway and John Lynch, previously a colleague of Aikman’s at Fox Sports, enjoy success as general managers with the Broncos and 49ers, respectively, the 53-year-old believes a switch to a similar position could be a viable career move.MORE: Ranking the Cowboys’ Jason Garrett replacement candidates”It’s something that I guess I’ve always somewhat entertained,” Aikman told 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. “I’ve had a chance to talk with John Elway in previous years. I’ve visited with John Lynch, and the decision that he made to take on that job in San Francisco, and I’ve said many, many times, I still believe there’s another frontier for me — maybe there’s not — but I believe that there is, and I think that might very well be it.”It’s something that I think would be very challenging. I’d be giving up a lot to leave the job that I have to take on a role like that. It’s an all-consuming job and I certainly recognize that, but I think the challenge would make it worthwhile.”Now whether or not I’m ever afforded that opportunity, we’ll see, but with each year that passes, the likelihood of it happening becomes less and less,” he added. “I understand that more and more teams want to go young and kind of groom somebody that’s going to be there for the long haul, but relatively speaking, I’ve got a lot of great years left and I feel that having been in a championship locker room and knowing what that looks like, what that feels like, and then I guess my job now as a broadcaster, I’ve been in those organizations.”BENDER: Why Urban Meyer coaching the Cowboys makes sense Aikman, though, does not expect the Cowboys to grant him a chance to prove himself in the front office, due to owner Jerry Jones’ desire to remain as the franchise’s chief decision-maker. “I doubt it. I mean, I think that’s a real long shot,” Aikman said of his hopes of being employed by Dallas. “I believe that it’s unlikely that Jerry will ever bring somebody in that can help this football team in that regard just because he’s been real stubborn and steadfast, in that he’s the one in charge. “I think in a lot of ways until that changes, this team’s going to have some problems. Would he ever ask me to come be a part of it? I think that’d be a real leap of faith. I don’t envision that happening, and I don’t envision it happening at any point, quite honestly, no matter who’s in charge out there.”last_img read more

Over 4,300 bed days lost at LUH due to delayed discharges


first_imgOver 4,350 bed days have been lost at Letterkenny University Hospital because of delayed discharges so far in 2019, new figures show.A lack of home help hours has been blamed for the number of patients who have to stay extra days in hospital, even though they have been deemed well enough by doctors to go home. However, without a lack of step-down care or community-based respite support they are unable to leave.Figures revealed to Fianna Fáil show 197,160 bed days have been lost for the first ten months of the year nationwide. 6,519 bed days have been lost in the north west’s hospitals at Sligo and Letterkenny since January 1st 2019. Each bed day is a 24-hour hospital stay for a patient. Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Marc Mac Sharry commented, “Until the government get serious on delivering home care supports we are going to see a rise in bed days lost. Since the start of this year we have lost 2169 bed days in Sligo University Hospital and 4350 in Letterkenny University Hospital. We have 6519 bed days lost in the North West.“Behind these numbers are people in hospital, who do not need to be there and do not want to be there, but the required step-down services are not in place to support their discharge from hospital.“As well as the mental health and physical health detriments to the patient there are knock-on consequences for other services in the hospital which become stretched.“What we need is more home support hours, home care packages and respite support for families.  It is only once these measures are in place that we will see an easing of the delayed discharge numbers,” concluded Deputy Mac Sharry. Over 4,300 bed days lost at LUH due to delayed discharges was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

9 Tips for responsible cache maintenance


first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 9, 2011February 9, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”The ghost of caches pastOctober 29, 2019In “Learn”Be a better hiderAugust 21, 2018In “News” Share with your Friends:More Dear cache owner,You hid me under this rock next to this waterfall two months ago. It’s a beautiful spot. I enjoy it very much. But now, after 25 finds, a rainstorm, and an encounter with a moose, my logbook is full, my trackables are damp, and I’m 15 feet away from where I should be. Help!Love,Your CacheSound familiar? Probably not, unless your cache has learned to communicate! Whether you’re a seasoned cache owner or about to hide your first cache, remember that maintaining your geocache is an essential part of cache ownership. Poorly maintained caches aren’t fun for anyone to find, and they risk being archived.Luckily, we’ve made it easy for you to learn the art of geocache maintenance. Follow these 9 tips and your geocache will be thanking you for days. (Or it would, if cache-to-human communication were advancing a little faster.)1. It’s your job (and yours alone)As the owner of a geocache, you are responsible for keeping your cache in good shape. Although kind geocachers may occasionally add a new logbook to a cache, or perhaps dry out your cache’s contents, you cannot rely on finders of your cache to do your job for you. As the cache owner, you know your cache better than anyone else.2. Pay attention to logsEvery time someone logs your geocache, you’ll get an email about it with the text of the log included. Regular “Found It” or “Didn’t Find It” logs may contain hints about the state of your cache, and “Needs Maintenance” or “Needs Archived” logs definitely indicate a problem. These are common scenarios in which these logs appear:A “Found It” log might mention that a logbook was full. Time to replace it!A series of successive “Did Not Find” logs could mean your cache has moved or is missing.A “Needs Maintenance” log means there’s a problem with your cache and you need to visit it. The issue may be simple (wet logbook) or serious (the cache container is damaged and needs to be replaced).A “Needs Archived” log means something about the cache page, cache container, or cache location is no longer acceptable to be listed on Geocaching.com. This sort of log will send an alert a local cache reviewer, who will review the cache page and may take further action to disable or archive the cache.3. Verify the coordinatesThe first few logs on a newly published cache may note that the coordinates listed for the cache aren’t exactly correct. If you see these crop up, you’ll need to visit the cache location (with a GPS device) to collect accurate coordinates. Then you’ll need to update the coordinates on the listing.4. Mark missing trackables as missingWhen someone “drops” a trackable in your geocache online, the trackable will show up in your cache’s inventory. The inventory can be found in the column on the right side of the cache page. If you notice a trackable shows up in your cache’s inventory, but the trackable itself isn’t physically in the cache, you should mark the trackable as missing.5. Keep the cache cleanLet’s face it…caches can get a little gross after a while, especially if they’re not watertight. And while a geocache should never be a receptacle for garbage… well, sometimes one geocacher’s trade item is another geocacher’s garbage. Be a good cache owner, and visit your cache regularly to make sure the contents are dry, appropriate, and actually interesting for other people to find. Need a bit of extra help? Visit Shop Geocaching for supplies to improve or maintain your cache.6. Redesign the container if necessarySometimes a brilliant idea for a cool cache hide just doesn’t work in every location. If your cache has been hidden for a while and is constantly experiencing problems, think about changing the cache container. If that coffee can you were using isn’t actually watertight, replace it with a Tupperware or lock-n-lock that will actually keep the moisture out. If the pulley system you rigged keeps being blown into a tangled mess by the wind, think about creating a container in the same spot that’s closer to the ground.7. Temporarily disable the cacheWhat happens if you’re aware of a problem with your cache, but can’t visit it until this weekend? You can temporarily disable your cache, so that other geocachers won’t try to visit it while it’s in a bad condition. But remember: this action is supposed to be temporary. Caches that have been disabled for a long time may be archived. Once you get your cache up and running again, you can enable it.8. Log “Owner Maintenance”If someone adds a “Needs Maintenance” log to your cache, you’ll see a red wrench icon appear next to your cache in lists. After you’ve done maintenance on your cache and solved the problem stated in the “Needs Maintenance” log, you’ll need to post an “Owner Maintenance” log on the cache. This will clear the red wrench icon, and indicate to other geocachers (and watchful reviewers!) that your cache is in good working order again.9. Archive the cacheSometimes life happens and you can no longer maintain your geocache. You’ll need to archive the geocache listing, which will permanently remove it from the geocaching.com website, or adopt the geocache out to someone else. You must also remove the physical geocache container if you archive it.What are your tips for cache maintenance? Anything we missed? Comment below!last_img read more