Originally posted on HR Box. I’ve been with the same company for the last 15 years and I’m nearing early retirement age. I always assumed I would welcome this but – like a dog finally catching that car it’s been chasing for years- now that the time has come, I’m getting cold feet. I feel like I’m financially ready, but my gut is telling me “Don’t do it yet”. My employer is supportive either way, although I sense some colleagues would welcome the promotion opportunities that would open up when I leave. What factors should I consider when deciding the timing of retirement?Many people base their decision to retire solely on the state of their finances. If this isn’t a factor in your decision, congratulations, you’re among the lucky few. So, let’s consider the other factors.First, I would promptly set aside whether your coworkers want you to hurry-up-and-retire-already for their own career opportunities. That’s understandable but I would not let that weigh heavily –if at all- in your decision.Second, I would concentrate on what your gut is telling you. I believe in following one’s gut, but not blindly. For me, gut feelings are flags for things that should be examined. It’s your mind and body letting you know, “hey, you should pay attention to this”, dig on this spot, explore where these feelings are coming from and where they point to.For example, you could be over identified with your professional-self and your personal-self may feel vulnerable without having a professional role. This is especially true if you have a fancy title or you think you’re somebody. It can be unsettling to become just one more retiree ordering the early bird special.So, what’s the antidote? Well, you should have the first year of your retirement life planned out as carefully as you’d plan a mid-career hiatus. Consider: Where you’re going to go everyday; who you’re going to hang with; what hobbies you’re going to pick up; which boards you’ll volunteer for; what causes you’ll join; what you’re going to wear and what schedule you’re going to keep. I think once you have a clear picture of “who” and “what” you are going to be when you retire, perhaps your gut will feel more comfortable and instead of telling you “Don’t do it yet” it may tell you “What are you waiting for?”
Related Posts Tags:#Semantic Web#Social Web#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… corvida 1 Today SezWho a universal profile, content discovery, and a sophisticated reputation engine provider, has announced its acquisition of Tejit, a provider of semantic intelligence solutions. The acquisition enables SezWho to provide more precise contextual reputation scores for contributors based on topics of conversation. ReadWriteWeb gives you an in-depth look into SezWho’s latest acquisition and how SezWho measures up to the competition.Sezwho, Tejit, and SemanticsTejit CEO Indus Khaitan began developing Tejit in 2007 as a personal project when he became frustrated reading duplicate content from the 1000+ blogs he had bookmarked. Since then, Tejit has expanded its analysis capabilities across millions of blogs. Tejit’s semantic-analysis engine uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) and semantic matching technology to identify topics, sentiments and entities present in web content. A Flawed TraditionAccording to SezWho CEO, Jitendra Gupta,The traditional method of content discovery based on the similarity of content is not adequate for connecting conversation across social sites in a meaningful way. A new level of context-sensitive, semantic discovery is required to reflect all the layers of users’ participation across the social web, and to track their contributions in a way that is universally relevant both within and across communities.There’s no doubt that the traditional rating system for comments has its flaws. In a post titled “Disqus Clout: Fail!“, Phil Glockner of Scribkin points out one of the biggest flaws of comment rating systems using Disqus as an example. In the comments section, Louis Gray sums up the problem nicely:I would expect it rewards those who comment most frequently, and wouldn’t be so much a subjective view.More Than Just A Rating SystemInstead of replacing your comment system, SezWho aims to augment the conversations. Keeping the aforementioned flaw in mind, SezWho considers two important factors that: distributed conversations and the people behind them. SezWho provides a meta network information around participants and context. The context has information from various platforms to allow data and content to reside within the community. The service captures valuable information about the history and expertise of individual contributors. Community ratings are only a portion of the cumulative rankings for an overall score.SezWho provided us with a comparison chart to better demonstrate the differences between what SezWho offers versus competitors Disqus and Intense Debate, which we’ve previously reviewed. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Adding Noise or Resolving Issues?With all that SezWho adds, it can be argued that some of it will amount to more noise for users. While, we’ve previously used SezWho here on ReadWriteWeb to enhance our community, some of our writers are using the less complicated Disqus platform on their personal blogs. We wonder if the amount of blog coverage has also affected SezWho’s userbase compared to Disqus, which has seen tremendous coverage since its launch. With SezWho, other important issues are being tackled beyond their enhanced reputation system such as keeping track of conversations over a plethora of platforms and enabling a more sophisticated way to discover relevant content. SezWho aims to enhance communities rather than replace them,but can they filter the noise that’s add everyday? A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Verona patron Maurizio Setti claims his club have been made a “scapegoat” as their chief operating officer is “perplexed” by the partial stadium ban for racism. The FIGC ruled on Monday that part of Verona’s curva would be closed for their next game after fans racially abused Mario Balotelli during their 2-1 win against Brescia at the weekend. “We’ve been made a scapegoat,” Setti told Rainews24. The Gialloblu reacted by giving an 11-year ban to ultras leader Luca Castellini, who claimed the racism was all “in Balotelli’s head” and repeatedly referred to him as ‘n***o’ in a controversial interview. Director Francesco Barresi told Sky Sport Italia: “It’s a decision we took after careful consideration on Monday. “We’ve never tolerated and will never tolerate this type of behaviour, while fighting any form of discrimination. “We proceeded to take this measure because the principles and values that the club expects from any of its stakeholders proved to be alien to the subject in question. “As for the section of our curva being closed off, it’s a decision that’s just been made aware to us: we’ll evaluate the action taken and then decide how to move. “However, I must say that the measure leaves us perplexed and even amazed, given we consider it very harsh, especially if we were to identify those few subjects, as specified by the FIGC judge, in the context of a sector that holds thousands of fans. “We want to see this thing through because we believe it isn’t correct to punish an entire sector because of a few individuals, whom we’re trying to identify, to protect the many people and families that have been supporting Hellas Verona for many years.”
Mohammed Ali once said champions aren’t made in the gym but from the dream they have deep within. This is when India dug deep inside its gut to bring the country to its feet. Thirty sporting moments that had India’s collective heart in its mouth. Top of the world with,Mohammed Ali once said champions aren’t made in the gym but from the dream they have deep within. This is when India dug deep inside its gut to bring the country to its feet. Thirty sporting moments that had India’s collective heart in its mouth. Top of the world with Kapil and the Cup1983When Kapil Dev’s Indians, underdogs to start with, were skittled for a paltry 183 by Clive Lloyd’s mighty Windies, no one had a sliver of hope they would lift the 1983 Prudential Cricket World Cup. Until Kapil Dev pulled off a stunner of a catch in the deep to dismiss the belligerent Viv Richards and Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath nailed the coffin shut as they took between them six wickets for just 43 runs.Viswanathan Anand, all of 18, India’s first chess Grandmaster1987Barely of driving age, Viswanathan Anand was nonetheless zipping to the top of the chess world. Nicknamed the ‘Lightning Kid’, he became India’s first-and the world’s youngest-Grandmaster as he stood joint first with Lanka Ravi at the Sakthi Finance International Grandmasters Chess Tournament in Coimbatore.Bhajji, Laxman make Aussies go down under2001At the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India followed on, faltering as they chased Australia’s 445, and Harbhajan Singh’s first innings hat-trick seemed in vain. A four-day finish loomed, until V.V.S. Laxman’s 281 and Rahul Dravid’s 180 took India to 657, the second-highest second innings Test total. Then Bhajji took six wickets as Australia folded on 212, chasing 384.Too Kool Kumble, Howzzat!!!1999At Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, engineer-turned-medium pacer-turned-leg spinner Anil Kumble became only the second player in Test history, after Englishman Jim Laker, to take 10 wickets in an innings. After the fall of the ninth wicket, the bowlers made an effort to keep the ball away from the unpredictable tail-enders-no one dared deny ‘Jumbo’ his perfect 10.advertisementKhashaba Jadhav wrestles a bronze1952India’s first non-hockey Olympics medal came, fittingly, in freestyle wrestling. Not quite a latter-day Gama, bantam weight Khashaba Jadhav nevertheless brought home a bronze from Helsinki.Sunny ‘Tonny’ scores 10,0001987Pakistani off-spinner Ijaz Faqih was late-cut for a not-so-ordinary single. It was the first innings of the fourth India-Pakistan Test match, and it was Sunil Gavaskar’s 10,000th Test run. Later, on the third day, Imran Khan led his team out on field wearing helmets to protest against crowd violence. Things resumed only when Gavaskar requested the audience in Gujarati to “be calm and treat our guests well”.”I’ve done it,” cries Padukone1980Being denied a shot at the holy grail of badminton- the All-England Championships-in 1979 by a heel injury even while being the top seeded player must have been hard for Prakash Padukone. But returning in 1980, Padukone showed what he could have done, when he beat Indonesian Liem Swie King in straight games, pumping the air with a cry of “I’ve done it!” on his lips. Quite. Especially as this was the only All-England title between 1978 and 1981 that King could not win.Ramanathan Krishnan makes it, almost1960After watching Ramanathan Krishnan beat Mexican Luis Ayala 7-5, 10-8, 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships that year, tennis fans at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club were expecting much of the stylish and elegant Indian. Seeded seventh for the year’s championships, Krishnan, however, disappointed as he stumbled at the penultimate hurdle, going down tamely in straight sets to Australian Neale Frasier, who went on to become the eventual champion that year.Gopichand follows his teacher2001Trailing 7-11 in the first game of the All-England Badminton Championships finals against Chinese Chen Hong, Pullela Gopichand was perhaps feeling the weight of the moment. But soon, he settled in and breezed through to a 15-12, 15-6 title victory, becoming only the second Indian after his coach Prakash Padukone to win the title. Age no bar for eveready Amritraj1987A 33-year-old Vijay Amritraj took the court against a much younger Argentinian Martin Jaite, ranked 14, in the Davis Cup first round in Delhi. Defying age and the odds, he took down Jaite in an epic five-setter after being just one point away from defeat, paving the way for a dream run to the finals. India lost the finals to Sweden, but Amritraj’s Davis Cup brimmed over.Taking the Windies by storm1971India beat West Indies in a series played in the West Indies for the first time in 1971. Sunil Gavaskar made a smashing debut, scoring three centuries, three 50s and a double-hundred-an aggregate of 774 runs. This surpassed Dilip Sardesai’s 642 runs, an impressive aggregate also set on the same tour.Like father, like son1996It was an emotional moment for Leander Paes as he climbed the podium to claim his Olympic bronze, just as his father Dr Vece Paes had done as a member of the 1972 hockey team. Falling to Andre Agassi 7-6, 6-3 in the semi-finals before beating Fernando Meligeni 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 for third, he saved India the shame of returning from Atlanta empty-handed.advertisementIndia’s first Test triple centurion2004In typical disdain for both the bowler and the approaching milestone, Virender Sehwag carted off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq over midwicket for a six, becoming India’s first Test triple centurion. And, as if the 309 he hit wasn’t enough, he had it inscribed on his bat, as a silent reminder to any bowler who may happen to forget his name.Paes-Bhupati win the first Grand Slam for India1999Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati overcame the pair of big-serving Goran Ivanisevic and Jeff Torango and tyrant rain-gods to bring India its first Grand Slam. Fighting back from 3-0 in the second set they sealed the French Open doubles title 6-2, 7-5.India’s dream girl, Sania Shining2005Beaten 6-2, 6-1 in her fourth round US Open match with designer diva Maria Sharapova, Sania Mirza was no pushover, winning a billion hearts with a spirited fight. India’s youth found a new icon and she found herself the first Indian in the WTA top-50.Asian women’s champion in table tennis1952Taking up a bat of another kind for India, table-tennis player Gool Nasikwala won in both singles and doubles at the inaugural Asian Table Tennis Championships.Malleswari lifts India high2000A huff and a puff. And it was done. Karnam Malleswari won a bronze in weightlifting in the 69 kg category at the Sydney Olympics. Becoming the first Indian woman Olympic medallist was perhaps more fulfilling than the record-breaking triple-gold she won at the 1995 World Weightlifting Championships.Maninder, out for duck, ties India in knots1986It was the India vs Australia Test match in Chennai. Chasing 348, Maninder Singh, India’s last man, came on strike with one run required off three balls. He played one dot ball. Off-spinner Greg Matthews, who had already taken five wickets for 103 runs in the first innings, got him out LBW the next ball. The scores were even at 347, and despite Singh’s loud protests, it went down as only the second tie in Test history.Home-grown Mohammed Ali2002It was a closely fought match and it went the distance. In the 48 kg light flyweight category boxing finals at the Manchester Commonwealth Games, Mohammed Ali Qamar went into the last round of his bout against Englishman Darren Langley with a 5-point deficit. Letting fly, Qamar forced Langley to take a standing count and eventually triumphed 27-25 to take gold.Narain Karthikeyan becomes India’s First Formula One driver2005After his searing runs in the Formula Three and Formula Nippon racing circuit, Narain Karthikeyan became India’s first Formula One driver when he joined the Jordan racing team. The year, however, ended on a sour note, with him having to retire in five out of 19 races, and being relegated to testdriving for Williams F1.advertisementMilkha Singh flew fast, but not fast enough1960″Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh returned his career best time of 45.6 seconds in the 400-metre event at the Rome Olympics. But it just wasn’t good enough. Merely 0.1 seconds off the bronze medalist, it was the proverbial whisker. In four races, including the semifinals and the finals, he went faster every time-47.6, 46.5, 45.9 and 45.6 seconds.Sach is life. Tendulkar breaks Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test centuries2005At exactly 16:44:19, in fading light on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka, at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi, Sachin Tendulkar became Test cricket’s most prolific centurion. With a flick through square-leg off Chaminda Vaas, he reached his 35th Test century, surpassing Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 34 centuries that had stood for a good 22 years. Ironically, the legendary Gavaskar too had scored his last century against Sri Lanka.Anju Bobby George makes India jump with joy2003Anju Bobby George, with a jump of 6.70 m, became the first Indian medalist at the World Athletics Championships, when she took the long jump bronze in Paris in 2003. Who would believe she is allergic to sand?Mihir Sen crosses the English Channel…swimming1966Kolkata lawyer Mihir Sen became the first Indian to swim the English Channel in September 1958. In 1966, he swam across the Palk Strait, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Dardanelles, the Bosphorus, and the Panama Canal, setting the record for the longest distance swum-more than 600 km in sea/ocean water.A year after shaking England off its back, India trounces them in hockey1948In a match played on a rain-soaked pitch that saw some Indians choosing to play barefoot, India blanked out England 4-0. The country’s fabled hockey team thus won its first post-Independence Olympic gold in hockey in the London Olympics, beating, ironically, their colonisers until not so long ago.Hat-trick by De Souza makes Aussies play spoilsport1956Neville De Souza scored a hat-trick in football for India in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics against the home team as India sailed through to the semi-finals on a 4-2 score line. The Australians, playing spoilsport, called the Indian win a “fluke” and demanded a rematch, which also went India’s way.Shooting star Rajyavardhan Rathore hits a bull’s eye for an Olympic silver2004For Lt-Col Rajyavardhan Rathore, the shooting range of the doubletrap event at the Athens Olympics must have been quite a change after the death-valleys of Kashmir. But his response after becoming India’s first individual Olympic silver medalist was perhaps the same: “If you ask me how it felt, I would say I wouldn’t like to go through that again.”A lanky Azharuddin went out to bat. For himself. And history. Pity about the rest1984When Mohammed Azharuddin, a dashing 22-year-old, took guard for the first time against England in Kolkata in 1984, little would the opposition have known what they were in for. Following a 110 on debut, he went on to get another 329 runs in the next two Tests. The next great exponent of leg-side batting, after Zaheer Abbas and Greg Chappell, was born.Two for win. That’s what happened when India’s past and present captains joined bats to score 3181999When Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly came together in the India-Sri Lanka 1999 World Cup match in Taunton, England, an Indian top-order collapse seemed imminent. But the duo had other plans, as they dug into a 318-run feast. Setting a one-day partnership record for the time, it was fitting riposte to India’s semi-finals defeat at Kolkata in the 1996 World Cup.Taking the cue, Pankaj Advani, just 19, wins the world2005And what better way to do it than by beating the legendary Geet Sethi. In a six-hour final that ended with a 2242-1717 score-line, Pankaj Advani, announced his arrival by winning the World Billiards Championships in Malta. He then went on to complete his billiards double, winning in the points format too.
Discus thrower Krishna Poonia became a national celebrity when she won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in New Delhi in 2010.But that didn’t stop a Bhilwara based multi-level marketing company from duping her of Rs 6 lakh.Soon after her Commonwealth glory, Prem Prakash of Saajan Jewellers Trade Link Private Limited, who knew Krishna and her husband Virendra, approached the couple saying investments in the firm would grow by 20 times in three years. Subsequently on December 1, 2010, the champion athlete gave a cheque of Rs 6 lakh as investment in the company.Later when the Poonias inquired from the company’s director, Rameshwar Heda, about returns on the investment, they were made to wait and even ignored.It soon became evident that the company was involved in a fraud as the Bhilwara police started getting a large number of complaints against it.After Krishna pressured the company, it gave her a cheque for Rs 1 lakh on December 26, 2011. It again gave two cheques for Rs 2.5 lakh each on January 10 and 25 this year. But the two cheques bounced.This prompted the Poonia couple to approach the Jaipur police but the SHO expressed his inability to register an FIR for want of sufficient evidence. Only a complaint was registered.Even a meeting with top police officers of the city failed to yield any result until Tuesday evening, when the complaint was finally converted into an FIR. Sadar police station circle inspector Manoj Gupta said the delay in registering the FIR was because they didn’t have enough evidence. Once the complaint was found genuine, an FIR was registered, he added.advertisementProbes have revealed that the company had promised a fourfold annual return while the principal amount was to increase 20 times in three years.The Bhilwara police have arrested 10 persons of the firm, nine were released on bail but Heda is still in judicial custody. Prem Prakash, who had approached the Poonia couple on behalf of the firm, too, has lodged an FIR against Heda for a fraud of Rs 12.23 lakh.
Share via Email Topics Read more An internal BHA memo from 2015 states: “There are far too many individuals who are renting stables from a licensed trainer and training without a licence, with the licensed trainer accepting payment from the unlicensed person in return for the horses running in the licensed trainer’s name. The licensed trainer registers the unlicensed trainer as an employee of the yard and, at this point, it seems there is very little the BHA can do to stop that individual from acting as a trainer … If nothing is done to put a stop to this practice, then anyone could quite easily set themselves up as a trainer and work behind someone who can get a licence.”For similar reasons concerns exist about pre-training yards, generally seen as a legitimate means of preparing a horse for entry into full training. Pre-training yards are not licensed premises, so BHA staff have no right to enter them or conduct inspections. It is suspected that some horses are, in reality, being trained by unlicensed, unregulated persons at pre-training yards and there is little officials can do about it, so long as the horses are moved into a licensed yard 14 days before taking part in a race. In view of the BHA’s limited powers of oversight, there is every possibility that even this rule is not always complied with.Secret trainers are a problem for the BHA, not least because they may include people who would never be allowed a licence because of previous rule-breaking. They are also a problem for gamblers, risking their money on the basis of misleading information. But they are accepted as part of the landscape by many racing insiders, who regard some instances as benign and have no great concern if a retired trainer continues to look after a horse or two in someone else’s yard.In late 2014 the BHA charged Graham Bradley with unlicensed training in relation to 12 horses based at Brendan Powell’s stable in Lambourn. The disciplinary panel accepted that Bradley brought the horses to Powell’s yard and hoped to train them himself once he had obtained his own licence. It found that, at Bradley’s instigation, they were given different feed from Powell’s other horses and had their own farrier, and that he charged their owners directly through his bloodstock company, sometimes invoicing them under the heading “trainers expenses”. news Thank you for your feedback. Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Was this helpful? Horse racing British Horseracing Authority Talking Horses: sacré bleu! British rulers ask for French name change … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Reuse this content Quick guide Wednesday tips Share on WhatsApp In light of these and other details, the BHA argued Bradley was in effect running his own training operation but the panel was not persuaded, concluding that other evidence showed Powell was in charge. The BHA’s disciplinary team responded to the outcome by dropping another case, pending at the time, that was based on similar evidence. No one has since been charged with unlicensed training.Asked to comment, the BHA responded with a plea for tip-offs. It said: “The BHA has a rigorous licensing process which requires applicants to demonstrate suitability across a number of different criteria. This is in place to ensure that only appropriate individuals are granted licences to train in British racing. The BHA will investigate any allegation of unlicensed trainingbefore the Judicial Panel if necessary.“We would ask any individuals who have concerns and evidence regarding potential unlicensed training practices to contact our integrity team via firstname.lastname@example.org or Racestraight.” Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Catterick2.00 Blitzle 2.30 Whiskey And Water 3.00 Mrs Bouquet 3.30 Ghathanfar 4.00 Lever Du Soleil 4.30 Mercenary Rose 5.00 Lappet 5.30 Chickenfortea (nb)Lingfield2.10 Ragstone Cowboy 2.40 Cherry Cola 3.10 Royal Hall 3.40 Kafeel 4.10 Laikaparty 4.40 Dream Kart (nap) 5.10 Attorney GeneralYarmouth2.20 Magical Ride 2.50 Bubbly Splash 3.20 Soloist 3.50 Fearlessly 4.20 Muscika 4.50 Going Places 5.20 Sonnet RoseKempton5.15 Soar Above 5.45 Recuerdame 6.15 Forbidden Dance 6.45 Skyman 7.15 Airbrush 7.45 Encryption 8.15 Walter White 8.45 RevolutioniseBath6.00 Perfect Grace 6.30 Edged Out 7.00 Conspiritor 7.30 Desert Lion 8.00 Rose Hip 8.30 Toolatetodelegate 9.00 Oborne Lady Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Hide Share on Twitter Followers of British racing are regularly deceived as to who trains certain racehorses, according to documents seen by the Guardian. The sport’s senior officials believe that in many cases horses are being trained by someone other than the person named in the racecard but they feel powerless to act after failing to make charges stick in a high-profile case five years ago.A long list of people have been suspected by British Horseracing Authority staff of training in somebody else’s name in recent years. One has since been jailed. Others have obtained a licence of their own. Three trainers are implicated in multiple cases, meaning they are suspected of allowing more than one person to train horses that are officially registered to their stable. Show
The following Masters teams have been selected to represent Australia at the 2019 Touch World Cup.The 2019 Touch World Cup will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 28th April – 4th May 2019.WOMEN’S 27s Eliza BaddockToni BreezeSophie BroadheadElizabeth BrooksKimberley GrantGrace GriffinJessica HoweElisabeth JacksonJessika JohnstonKelly KennedyRebecca OliverLeah PercyJenaya QuanJenna RowsellNikki StanleyRebecca ThomsenCoach: Danny GoodwinAsst Coach: Leeanne BauerManager: Deirdre MorrowWOMEN’S 35sRachael AddisonSerena AlbertDominique BarlowBo de la CruzGreta DohertyMichelle EvansDavina GalettoKatie GeigerKristy GiteauAnna GleesonLauren McAlisterCristie McTaggartGabrielle RoseKatie ShawErin SutcliffeKym WaughCoach: Michael GrayAsst Coach: Simon BassettManager: Lisa BaisdenMIXED 30sChristian AlonzoMitchel BrownJamie ChanVincent Demaria Justin GossageTahney LuckAmy-Louise Lugg Brad LuggRachel McVicarRoy Prasad Scott PrinceCassandra VincitorioKirstie WakelyManu WakelyCarly WalshLeigh WylieCoach: Michael McDonaldAsst Coach: Glen FlanaganManager: Dean HarrisMEN’S 30sKhanui CoxJesse GreenJames HarringtonPatrick HorganDavid MaherJosh McCormackBeau MontgomeryStewart ParnabyJosh PhillipsTom QuinlivanSebe ReyRyan ShibasakiLuke SimmonsNeal TealeDean ThomasMark TippleCoach: Nick PecchiarAsst Coach: Peter RobinsonManager: Mitch HigginsMEN’S 35sLuke BoultonGraeme ClancyHeath CooperAndrew DaherElies El ChaarMatt GeigerAaron JonesWarren LorgerTrevor MoranTroy NicholsJames O’NeillTim RobinsonBenji WattsRobert WhiteDavid ZanetteCoach: Karley Banks Asst Coach: Patrick BatisteManager: Wayne GoodchildMEN’S 40sChris BenfieldDrew DaviesTony EltakchiAdam FahimWayne GleesonPhillip JarrettPaul MacPhersonTroy MorganAustin PayneDarren ReynoldsonDavid RoseJason ScharenguivelGavin ShukerDean TaylorRobert VellaSimon WebsterCoach: Peter Vincent Asst Coach: Jay Miller Manager: Lyle BarnwellMEN’S 45sAndre BaliMatt BarclayChristian BrowneKevin EckersleyShane FoleyEdward FongCorey McLeodDarren McSpaddenGerard O’KeeffeJarrad ReardonDavid RobertsDarren SwainSteele TallonPaul ThomassonJason TobyAlan WoodsCoach: Chris LothAsst Coach: Joe Schweitzer Manager: Michael McGrath MEN’S 50sAmir AyoubDavid CheungScott CollinsRobin DayDerek DuguidIan JordanDavid KafoaRon KeleherMichael LennonMark LeonardBrandon McDonaldPeter McDonaldShane RigbyJohn SaminBrett WalkerdeneRobert WeatherillCoach: Michael McCallAsst Coach: Tim KitchinghamManager: David AmosPhotography: Glen Eaton
oxford police department ole miss arkansasoxford police department ole miss arkansasArkansas quarterback Brandon Allen is having his way against Ole Miss’ defense Saturday night, as he’s currently 26-of-33 for 339 yards and four touchdowns. The Rebels’ defense has looked so bad, that the police department in town is poking a bit of fun at them.The Oxford Police Department, clearly joking, suggested that fans need to stop calling 911 with requests to kick Arkansas’ quarterback out of the stadium.Asking us to kick the Arkansas QB out of the stadium is not a legit reason to dial 911. #ARKvsMISS— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) November 7, 2015The Razorbacks and Rebels are currently tied 38-38 with 10 minutes to play.
TORONTO – Ontario is seeking to strengthen consumer protection rules around home warranties, ticket sales, real estate practices, and travel services in an omnibus bill introduced Thursday.Changes to ticket selling laws include making so-called scalper bots illegal. The bots purchase a large number of tickets online for a concert, show, or other event, then resell them at a large profit.But those bots often operate from out of the country, which would make enforcement difficult, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi admitted, so the bill also aims to undercut both profit incentive and resale abilities.“There’s no one way, or silver bullet, of dealing with bots,” he said.The bill would ban tickets from being resold at more than 50 per cent of the face value and make it illegal to knowingly resell tickets that were purchased by bots.“Companies like Ticketmaster and Stubhub, which pretty much control about 80 per cent of the market in Ontario, they invest a fair bit of money in dealing with bots because it’s a nuisance for them as well,” Naqvi said.Ticket sellers would also have to display an itemized list of all fees, taxes and service charges, and resellers would have to disclose the face value of the ticket. Those rules, as well as the resale markup limit, provide an easy point of enforcement, Naqvi said.“We took a very pragmatic view as to how can we create laws within our own jurisdiction that create a level playing field and rules that we can actually practically enforce,” he said.Catherine Moore, a University of Toronto adjunct professor of music technology, said the scalper bot ban itself sounds difficult to implement.“If the person who is behind or the company and the people who are behind the bots are not based in Ontario or are not based even in Canada, how can you prosecute them, how can you fine them?” she said.Ministry of Government and Consumer Services agents would get the power to do inspections and lay fines against violators of the act. Companies themselves would also get the power to sue other companies for losses resulting from the use of bots.Both Ontario’s opposition parties said they support the bill, but New Democrat Jennifer French said the Liberal government created a loophole for scalper bots in the first place, “so it absolutely is incumbent on them to fix it.”The government changed the Ticket Speculation Act in 2015 to make it legal to resell tickets above their original face value.Ticketmaster did not return a request for comment, but StubHub said it supports the legislation, though it is wary of the cap on resale prices. It told the government during consultations that more regulatory burdens on the ticket market will drive sales off mainstream platforms that provide certain protections.“Price caps displace tickets from secure sources, therefore exposing fans to higher instances of fraud, less transparency around fees, non-existent customer service and reduced ability for enforcement,” Laura Dooley, the company’s senior manager of government affairs, said in a statement.The omnibus bill would also separate the provider of Ontario’s warranty program for new homes from the body regulating new home builders. It would also make the dispute resolution process easier for homeowners who discover a problem in their new home’s construction.A 2015 review found fault with Tarion Warranty Corp.’s complex structure and over-arching mandate — it has overseen nearly all facets of the home building sector for the past 40 years — with both builders and homeowners questioning Tarion’s objectivity.At the time of the review Tarion said all of the review’s recommendations, which included splitting its responsibilities, would weaken consumer protection, increase costs and create barriers to entry for builders. On Thursday, it said it will support the province on a “smooth transition” and delivery of its plan.The bill also tackles the issue of double ending, in which a real estate agent represents both a buyer and a seller in a transaction, though specifics are being left to regulations. Ontario Real Estate Association CEO Tim Hudak said it will allow for greater transparency and consumer protection.Real estate sellers, brokers and brokerages would also be subject to stiffer fines if they violate a code of ethics, up from $25,000 to $50,000 and $100,000 for brokerages.In the travel industry, the bill would create new rules for out-of-province travel sellers and set new registration requirements for travel salespeople.
MONTREAL – Workers at Montreal’s Molson plant voted on Sunday to accept a new contract offer from their employer.Union spokesman Stephane Lacroix said 55 per cent of employees voted in favour of contract.Just over half of the bottling and delivery workers voted to reject the employer’s previous offer on Feb. 25, and 87 per cent then voted in favour of authorizing strike action.The workers refused another one of the employer’s offers two weeks earlier by a margin of 57 per cent.The main issues in dispute were the pension plan, group insurance, outsourcing and wages.The union says over 438 workers attended Sunday’s meeting.