×Former Chief Zacche Former Chief Zacche JERSEY CITY – Phil Zacche, who retired as Jersey City police chief last April, confessed on Friday to collecting thousands of dollars inappropriately from the Jersey City Housing Authority.The 38-year veteran of the Jersey City Police Department admitted to accepting money to work off duty as security for the housing authority, shifts he said in Federal Court that he did not actually work.“We have been aware of this for quite some time, and we were the ones that provided the allegations to the prosecutor’s office in the first place when this was brought to our attention in 2015,” said City Spokes Kim Scalcione, in a statement issued by Mayor Steven Fulop. “We have zero tolerance for corruption or misconduct and today’s actions speak to this. We will continue to work with the federal authorities to root out corruption.”Zacche became chief in 2014 after the city demoted the previous chief in a power struggle over reorganization of the police department.Zacche faces a potential 10 years in jail, and a possible fine of $250,000. He also agreed as part of a plea deal to pay back $24,700.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The “Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act,” S. 1137, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 16-4 vote Thursday.Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy D-Vt., were joined by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in introducing the bipartisan legislation in April.NAFCU believes the legislation is a step in the right direction and that it will reduce the abusive behavior of sending vague and deceptive demand letters, but the association will continue to work toward improvements to the bill such as making permanent the Covered Business Method program.In advance of the hearing, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged leaders of the committee to do further work to “enhance the language to curb deceptive demand letters, as well as work to ensure that meaningful opportunities exist for all sectors to challenge low-quality patents and have them reviewed by experts at the Patent and Trademark Office for validity.”NAFCU, with other financial trade organizations, has presented lawmakers with principles for patent reform to address the issue of demand letters and deceptive patent troll behavior. They include: continue reading »
Tweet 10 Views no discussions Share LocalNews Meeting between WAWU and Roseau City Council officials reported a success by: – August 25, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Share Secretary-Treasurer of WAWU, Kertist Augustus.An official of the Waterfront and Allied Workers Union has reported that a meeting held with officials of the Roseau City Council regarding issues affecting sanitation workers there as successful.The employees protested for two hours two weeks ago for what they said was the council’s failure to address salary issues, medical visits and uniform allowances.WAWU’s Secretary Treasurer Kertist Augustus says the Council officials are looking forward to the resolution of the matter.“We met with a four member delegation from the Roseau City Council and the position is that we have to follow up in relation to two of the issues which is the payment in relations to the uniform and the scheduling of the medical visits. We had to do this because what were supplied to us is just the overall figures indicating that 46 workers were paid uniform allowances in the fiscal year of 2000/2009. It must be understood that our collective agreement runs from January to December,” he said.He said the other issues relating to the scheduling of vacation must be looked at again.“The information that was conveyed was wrong and the management apologized for doing that. We have to revisit this matter,” he said.Dominica Vibes News
RIVERA: Do MLB owners care about baseball?As Bauer asked on Twitter, “What changed between those statements?” His answer was that Manfred, and by extension the owners, just don’t want to pay players for anything more than one-third of a 162-game season so as to protect their bottom lines.Manfred’s comment came after MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark, frustrated over a lack of progress in negotiations to start the season, told MLB to “tell us when and where” the season would start.Manfred can unilaterally set a season length under the terms of a March agreement between players and owners that establishes players’ play and safety conditions for starting the season. Players would see Manfred setting a 50-game season now as bad-faith negotiating.To that end, The Associated Press reported Monday that MLB told the MLBPA in a letter that it wouldn’t start the season unless the union agreed to not file a grievance claiming the owners violated the March agreement. In Bauer’s mind, that threat and Manfred’s comments are a stalling tactic until Manfred and the owners can safely set a two-month regular season that would end on Sept. 27. isn’t it Rob? Because then you’d have to explain why you’re only going to impose 50 games when we could easily play 70+ right now. The tactic is to bluff with “no season” again and delay another 2-3 weeks until you clear the risk of “not negotiating in good faith by trying to— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) June 15, 2020obvious to everyone what you were trying to do. And no one would think that was a “representative season” so you’d risk not getting your precious playoff money. Nope, can’t have that. So gotta make it more than that. But not too many…you’ve gone as high as about 55 games full— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) June 15, 2020Yelich, after reading Bauer’s thread, came to the same conclusion:If you’re a baseball fan and really want to know what’s going on. Look no further 👇🏻 https://t.co/2EvsVs0aPP— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) June 15, 2020Clark weighed in after those statements by claiming Manfred and the owners are continuing to negotiate in bad faith:Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark today released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/ibyOqB93WC— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 15, 2020No new negotiations are planned after the sides rejected each other’s most recent proposals, a development that led to Clark’s “when and where” comment. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t finished negotiating through the media, a sign that club owners are willing to continue their fight with players over money while the 2020 season remains stalled by the coronavirus pandemic. And in some players’ minds, Manfred is ready to keep up the public campaign until those owners, aka his bosses, get their preferred outcome: maximum payroll savings.That’s the impression, at least, Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer and Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich got from Manfred telling ESPN’s Mike Greenberg on Monday that he’s “not confident” there will be a 2020 season. Just last week, Manfred said before the MLB Draft he was “100 percent” confident a season would be played.
SEATTLE – A sheriff has ordered a review of the 911 calls made about a woman who spent more than a week missing before search crews found her trapped in the wreckage of her sport-utility vehicle. King County Sheriff Sue Rahr’s order comes after Tanya Rider’s husband complained that he had to fight to get authorities to launch a search for his wife. Tom Rider said he asked the sheriff’s office last weekend to use cell phone technology to try to find his wife, but was told she couldn’t be categorized as a missing person because she wasn’t a minor, suicidal or mentally ill. Authorities found the Maple Valley woman after detecting the general location of her cell phone Thursday morning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rahr said her department gets up to 700 missing persons reports a year, and the vast majority involve people who fail to come home on time or “an adult who wants to leave on their own accord.” Rahr said she takes Tom Rider’s concerns seriously. “I want to know if he tried to report this and we made a mistake,” Rahr said. “If we made a mistake, we’re going to address that.”
South African chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu is taking local cuisine to the world with the release of her new cookbook, Through the Eyes of an African Chef, to be published in October 2017.South African chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu’s new cookery book is a fresh take on traditional South African food. Through the Eyes of an African Chef is published on 6 October 2017. (Image: Africa Meets Europe)CD AndersonMqwebu runs the Africa Meets Europe/Mzansi International Culinary Festival chef school, skills training company, hospitality service provider. Before this, she spent 10 years training and developing her cooking skills in South Africa and around the world, including at cooking schools and kitchens in New York, London and Ireland.Her first love, though, is African food and in her new book of South African recipes, she writes about her intention to introduce the world to authentic South African food, as well as tell the story of how food plays an important role in the country’s diverse heritage.South African chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu’s new cookery book is a fresh take on traditional South African food. Through the Eyes of an African Chef is published on 6 October 2017. (Image: Africa Meets Europe)“This book aims to introduce authentic South African cuisine for both simple home and professional restaurant cooking. It reintroduces traditional practices and recipes cooked with ingredients straight from an organic garden with modern adaptations and fusion with other cultures who have touched this soil. Food evocative of a nation blessed with generous resources, arable land and inhomogeneous cultures. It is time to prove South African cuisine can rub shoulders with the food currently served in our restaurants,” Mqwebu says in the introduction to Through the Eyes of an African Chef.Mqwebu grew up in KwaZulu-Natal, in a family proud of its heritage and enthusiasm for African cooking. A chapter in the book is dedicated to her father’s favourite dishes, including unique takes on an umhlazi (tomato) and meat broth, as well as oxtail.“[My father] enriched our lives with his Sunday meals… and instilled in us a sense of culinary adventure,” she writes. “I appreciate and acknowledge those who passed on food recipes, styles, preferences, tastes, culture and life through generations… we should continue to honour [this].”Another of the book’s chapters covers the history of Khoisan food culture, and includes recipes for honey-glazed springbok and natural tsamma melon juice.Other chapters feature recipes Mqwebu developed during her travels across Africa and her training in Europe, including her tenure at the Ballymaloe Organic Farm & Cookery School in Shanagarry, Ireland. Here she learned the importance of small-scale organic farming and sustainable farming techniques.Developing small-scale food producersSouth African chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu’s new cookery book is a fresh take on traditional South African food. Through the Eyes of an African Chef is published on 6 October 2017. (Image: Africa Meets Europe)Currently, Mqwebu, through Africa Meets Europe, works with female small produce farmers around the country, developing their farming and business skills to supplement their incomes. On the company’s website, she writes: “producers… are a vital part of our growth and economy. I [want] to showcase unity in food… [and create] a revival and evolution of our food culture [that] pays respect to our history and teaches us how we can best bring life back as it should be in Southern Africa.”At Africa Meets Europe, the ethos is producing and using good, clean and fair food through the promotion and upliftment of small organic producers. The company also specialises in fresh produce market events and food security education.Additionally, Mqwebu is concerned with the advancement of women and young people in the hospitality industry. She teaches and employs new chefs and food industry entrepreneurs, and develops new skills for the community.With Through the Eyes of an African Chef, Mqwebu wants to ignite the world’s passion, as well as rekindle South Africans’ love for the country’s rich and diverse food heritage, through finding “fresh new ways of practising, preserving and upholding Africa’s finest culinary traditions”.Through the Eyes of an African Chef by Nompumelelo Mqwebu will be published on 6 October 2017.For more information on the book, visit the Africa Meets Europe website.Source: Africa Meets EuropeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “What a week it’s been. Absolutely amazing,” Federer said. “The goal was to make the semis and I won the tournament so of course I’m incredibly excited and so, so happy.”The 36-year-old Swiss extended his domination over the player once dubbed “Baby Fed” for the similarities in their playing style, registering his seventh victory in as many meetings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFederer’s third title at the Rotterdam tournament comes a day before he officially returns to the top of the rankings, more than five years after he was last world No. 1.He will become the oldest person to hold the No. 1 position when the rankings are updated on Monday. It’s been more than five years since Federer was last No. 1, and 14 years since he first reached the top spot. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Messi aims to score against Chelsea at 9th attempt Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Federer, who has 20 Grand Slams to his name, said his next target is 100 career titles. He moved a step closer Sunday.Federer said ahead of the final that the more aggressive player would win and Dimitrov started the strongest, winning his first game to love as he slammed powerful forehands and backhands past Federer.But the Swiss great quickly started matching Dimitrov’s groundstrokes and converted his first break point in the fifth game. Federer broke Dimitrov again to go up 5-2 and then served out the set.Federer kept the pressure on Dimitrov in the second set, breaking the Bulgarian in the first game and continuing to dominate on his way to victory in just 55 minutes.Federer won a massive 82 percent of points on his service compared to 55 percent for Dimitrov.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises After his strong start, the Bulgarian appeared to be struggling physically, but said afterward that he simply wasn’t good enough.Tournament director Richard Krajicek said Dimitrov was ill Saturday night and was short on energy on court.“Against Roger in the current situation he is in you can’t play any less than 100 percent,” Dimitrov said. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his victory over Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the men’s singles final of the ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at the Ahoy stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Roger Federer came to the ABN AMRO World Tournament aiming to secure a return to the top of the world rankings. He achieved that goal Friday. On Sunday, he put an exclamation point on a remarkable week by winning the tournament for good measure.Federer overpowered an ailing Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour to win his 97th career title.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments
Amidst of the Maalin tragedy, a historic development went unnoticed in Maharashtra. A path breaking leap that perhaps can be seen a strong step towards the annihilation of caste system and patriarchy that still rules the minds of India.For the first time in its history of almost nine centuries, Non-Brahmin and female priests performed the Pooja of Lord Vitthal and Rukhmini on Friday.The historic transition started with the Supreme Court verdict on January 15, 2014. The apex court had taken away the ancestral rights claimed by the Brahmin families, known as Badve and Utpat to appoint priests.After the verdict the temple trust interviewed 129 candidates for the post temple priests. Highlight of the selection process was that most of the candidates that appeared were non-Brahmins and even 16 women candidates were interviewed.Finally on Friday, five priests belonging to backward classes performed Pooja along with upper caste Brahmins at the historic Vitthal temple and 2 women priests performed pooja at the Rukhmini temple in Pandharpur.In a society that is still dominated by caste system and patriarchy, allowing women and people of lower castes to perform pooja at the temple may be seen as historic and pioneering by many. But those aware of the Maharashtra’s social essence will see this development as a perfect complement to the very quintessence of the medieval Bhakti movement.Poetry, literature and Social reforms flourished in the Bhakti movement. Saint Poet Dnyaneshwar (3th Century BC ) is seen as the pioneer of the Bhakti movement. Several great saint Poets Like Tukaram and Namdev were among others. All these saint poets worshipped Vitthal of Pandharpur.advertisementAt a time when caste system strongly dominated the society, these saints professed the message of equality. It was initially considered unorthodox, as it rebelled against caste distinctions and disregarded Brahmanic rituals which according to Bhakti saints were not necessary for salvation. In the course of time, however, owing to its immense popularity among the masses and even gaining royal patronage it became ‘orthodox’ and continues to be one of the most important modes of religious expression in modern India.The bhakti movement is also seen as a prominent emancipator movement against the Brahminical caste domination. The devotees and the proponents of the movements mostly hailed from Non Brahmin castes. Dnyaneshwar and Eknath were Brahmins but were strictly against caste supremacy. Progressive Thinker and saint Poet Tukaram belonged to the Kunbi Community. Chokha Mela hailed from the untouchable Mahar community. Similarly , Savata belonged to the Mali(Gardener) caste, Sena belonged to Nhavi (Barber) caste, Goroba was a Kumbhar (Potter),Namdev- a Shimpi (Tailor) and so on. Similarly, women Saint poets like Saint Sakhubai, Muktabai, Kanhopatra, Janabai contributed immensely to the Warkari Sect.Given the fact that the Bhakti movement was always above caste hierarchy and Brahmnical assertion, the new development in Vithhal temple of Pandharpur should be viewed as a continuation of the progressive thought that was professed by the great saint poets. From now on lower caste priests and women too have got the right to perform Pooja. A couple of years ago, another decision in Maharashtra was hailed by rationalist and that was allowing women into the main sanctorum of the Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur.Though caste system is abolished in India long ago , the discreet existence of the caste supremacy and patriarchy still hampers the social fabric of the country. But now the step to allow Lower castes and women to perform pooja in Pandharpur will be a giant leap in the long drawn efforts to annihilate caste from the society and giving women equal rights. The humanitarian message in the system is loud and clear, everybody is equal before the almighty. Just as Saint Chokha Mela who hailed from the untouchable caste wrote “Chokha Donga par bhaav naahi donga” which means Chokha may be from a inferior caste, but his devotion is not. Chokha Mela’s thoughts have been given justice in spirit after 900 years.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos will wait until the last minute to decide if winger Ricardo Quaresma can play in Tuesday’s Euro 2016 Group F opener against Iceland.Quaresma is doubtful with a muscle problem in his right leg and trained separately from the rest of the squad at the Stade Geoffrey Guichard on Monday.Asked about the player’s availability, Santos told a news conference: “There are still 24 hours to go and even 12 hours can make a difference. I will decide tomorrow whether he will play or not.”Quaresma, 32, scored twice and set up two more goals in the 7-0 demolition of Estonia last week, Portugal’s final warm-up game.Fenerbahce’s Nani is standing by to replace him alongside talisman Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.Nani started just one of Portugal’s three warm-up games, a 1-0 defeat by England on June 2, and was replaced by Quaresma after 61 minutes.RONALDO FULLY FITRonaldo, who scored 51 goals in 48 games in all competitions for Real Madrid this term, was also bothered by muscular problems at the end of the season.”He is very well. He is really motivated,” Santos said of Ronaldo.Portugal reached the semi-finals four years ago before being eliminated by Spain on penalties.After their opener, Portugal take on Austria on June 18 in Paris and Hungary four days later in Lyon.