No Aguero, no Silva, no Kolarov – so who’s in? Predicted Manchester City XI v Bournemouth

first_img 11 11 17. Kevin De Bruyne (attacking midfield) 11 11 Manchester City welcome Bournemouth to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with the home side aiming to remain at the top of the Premier League table as Arsenal and Manchester United sit just two points behind.And there is significant news on the Citizens’ squad.Wilfried Bony, who has described the past 12 months as ‘the worst year of my career’, is expected to lead the attack in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero. Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that the Argentine would be out for four weeks with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty.David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov too suffered a similar a similar fate for Spain and Serbia, respectively.The former injured his ankle just 10 minutes into Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Luxembourg, while the latter limped off late on during Serbia’s defeat to Portugal.There is good news, however, as Vincent Kompany, who risked the wrath of his manager after playing for Belgium midweek despite not being fully fit, escaped unscathed and is poised to return to the City line up.With such changes thus expected, talkSPORT has predicted Pellegrini’s XI to face the Cherries.Take a look by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.  15. Jesus Navas (right winger) 11 5. Pablo Zabaleta (right back) 11 7. Raheem Sterling (left winger) 11 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – to see our full line up, in squad number order, click the yellow arrow above! What do you think of our predicted line up? Let us know by leaving a comment below 11 42. Yaya Toure (centre midfield) 11 25. Fernandinho (centre midfield) 11 4. Vincent Kompany (centre back) 3. Bacary Sagna (left back) 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) 11 14. Wilfried Bony (striker) last_img read more

What caused this employee to claim disability discrimination on her second day of work?

first_imgWhen was the last time that you trained your managers and supervisors on how to address disability accommodation requests? Or, how about the last time that you reminded your supervisors and managers that an employee with a disability needs to be treated respectfully?If it’s been a while (or, maybe, I dunno, forever), have I got a case for you!Yes, Boudreau v. Bethesda Foundation of Nebraska is your wake-up call.Oh, you have an anxiety disorder? ***Shakes elevator***Carly Boudreau was hired for a housekeeping position. Prior to her hire, Ms. Boudreau did not disclose that she had Tourette’s Syndrome and anxiety disorder.On her first day of work, Bethesda Foundation assigned Ms. Boudreau to work with a lead housekeeper for training. To say it didn’t start off well would be an understatement. Allegedly, upon learning that Ms. Boudreau had a disability, the lead housekeeper told her that her disability was “all in her head” that she should “get off pills” and that the lead housekeeper would “fix” her.It gets worse.Ms. Boudreau also claimed that when she disclosed that her Tourette’s Syndrome, the lead housekeeper asked questions like “Does that mean you say ‘shit’ and ‘asshole’ all the time?” And, after learning of the anxiety disorder, the lead housekeeper jumped up and down in the elevator to make it shake. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the lead housekeeper supposedly denied Ms. Boudreau’s requests for more direction regarding her work duties and expectations.A policy not worth the paper it’s printed on.To its credit, Bethesda Foundation had a disability-accommodation policy. Any employee with a disability could request a reasonable accommodation from a supervisor or Executive Director of Resources. Unfortunately for Ms. Boudreau, when she tried to reach the housekeeping supervisor on her second day of work, he was out of the office. So, Ms. Boudreau bolted!Subsequently, Ms. Boudreau’s mom contacted the housekeeping supervisor to request an accommodation on her daughter’s behalf. Namely, she wanted the lead housekeeper to be less of a ghoul.Sounds reasonable to me. Even the housekeeping supervisor conceded that the lead housekeeper could be “gruff.” So, he told mom to tell her daughter to “sit tight until I get back on Friday.” So, naturally, Carly Boudreau sat tight, did not return to work, and called the housekeeping supervisor on Friday to discuss her work situation and next steps. Except, when the housekeeping supervisor answered her call, she claims that he immediately informed her that she was terminated for her unauthorized departure from work.You can guess how this one turned out…Yep, we’re going to trial.The first element of a failure to accommodate claim is whether an employee put her employer on notice of her disability and the need for an accommodation. Did that happen here? Probably.In her deposition, Plaintiff’s mother relates her telephone conversation with Al Austin. She described to Mr. Austin “an interactive problem” between Plaintiff and the employee conducting her training and explicitly referenced her daughter’s “disability.” Specifically, she characterized her daughter as “something like high-functioning autistic.” She also indicated that anyone training Plaintiff would need to work slowly and use appropriate descriptors.And what about the defendant’s argument that it had no duty to accommodate because the plaintiff quit? For god’s sake…Plaintiff has alleged facts suggesting Defendant responded to the initiation of an interactive process by terminating its employee, a move clearly at odds with an employer’s duty to engage the interactive process in good faith.Don’t let this happen in your workplace.Make sure that your anti-harassment policy and respect-in-the-workplace training address treatment of employees with disabilities.Have a disability-accommodation policy.And train your supervisors and managers how to address disability-accommodation requests. Originally posted on Employer Handbook Blog.last_img read more

Throwback Thursday: Jill Scott’s Philly Picks

first_img Since Miss Jill will be hitting the stage at Made in America this weekend and will be gracing the cover of the October issue of Essence, we thought we’d do a throwback with a Q&A she did about her fave spots in Philly. While you’re here in town this weekend, try to stop by some of her picks. Jill Scott’s Philly Picks You can find just about anything in Philly, and Jill Scott knows all about it. She may be a mega-hot soulstar but she still has lots of love for her hometown. From hot hair dos to fabulous facials, she has the scoop on who does it best. The Philadelphia Daily News caught up with Jill while she was in town to talk about some of her favorite hot spots. In fact, we learned a thing or two. Duafe Holistic Hair 3502 Scotts Lane, Unit #29 (Inside Sherman Mills Art Studios) A favorite of Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett and FOX 29 television personalities, Duafe in the East Falls section of Philadelphia specializes in natural hair care with services that include locs, twists, coils and transitional hair styles. Duafe also offers products that meet the needs of natural hair styles. Insider Tip: This salon is owned by Philly 360˚ Creative Ambassador Syreeta Scott! Ayurveda for Modern Living 255 S. 17th Street, 29th Floor When Jill needs a little R&R, she heads over to Ayurveda for Modern Living. It’s a spa and wellness center specializing in Ayurveda, which is a holistic system of health management that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. To view the full article, visit the Philadelphia Daily News website. Café Ole 147 North 3rd Street Jill’s coffee shop go-to is Cafe Ole, an Old City coffee house with international swag.  Material Culture 4700 Wissahickon Avenue FIlled with international finds and decor items, Material Culture is a favorite with some of our Creaitve Ambassadors. Material Culture houses antiques, art and furninshings from all over the world. Insider TIp: Jill hosted her annual Blues Babe Foundation fundraiser in this space.  Jill Scott(Courtesy of Blues Babe Foundation) Meredith Sabir – Makeup Artist Call (215) 715-2640 Philadelphia makeup artist Meredith Sabir is one of Jill’s favorites and keeps her looking fresh and fierce. Look out for her. Insider Tip: Makeup by Meredith will be featured in one of our upcoming fashion shoots with Fashion Insider and Ambassador Rakia Reynolds. The pics and makeup are fierce! Jill Scott’s Philly Hot Spots & Go-Toslast_img read more

Stories from Mary Part I: 3 basic ways to win a donor

first_imgThis weekend, I’m sharing stories from Mary Holmes of the Cumberland Community Foundation. She often sends me wonderful emails in response to my posts, recounting her experiences as a fundraiser. She agreed I could share some of her tales in two posts, along with my commentary on what they mean for us. Thanks, Mary!Mary says…“Several years ago, our board member Ellie brought a synagogue friend to our Summertime Kids luncheon. It’s a free event, funded by board member donations. The total event cost was around $500– no decorations, no handouts, no perks, just a good, simple lunch. There was a board member seated at each table to provide community foundation information. A few grantees presented their stories, shared how children’s lives were changed, and thanked those present for their support. That friend donated to Summertime Kids the next year and has given every year since then. The friend opened a donor advised fund and made another gift. And then the friend told another friend about the community foundation.”Here’s a simple story about how and why people come to give with great loyalty. Note: there was no lavish event; no magic messaging, no glossy publication. That’s not what drives dollars. Instead:1.) RELATIONSHIPS: A board member introduced the friend to the foundation by bringing the person to an event. Learning about a cause through a friend or family member is the most powerful way to be introduced to it.2) EMOTIONAL, PERSONAL MESSAGING: At the event, the focus was on giving time for the foundation’s champions (its board members) and the people who had benefitted directly from the foundation to connect with the attendees. This did something very important: It gave donors the feeling they were part of an important cause.3.) GRATITUDE: The lunch focused on giving supporters the credit for positive change, and they were thanked for their accomplishments. This creates a great feeling among donors and makes them want to keep supporting the foundation. It’s critical for donors to feel their involvement is appreciated. When they do, they are happy to spread the word because they know their friends will also have a great experience as a supporter.Simple? Yes. Effective? Very.Don’t get so caught up in shiny tools and fabulous events that you lose sight of these basics! Ask Mary: they work.last_img read more

Hannah Davis, Derek Jeter Delayed Halloween Celebration To Watch End Of Michigan Game

first_imgHannah Davis and Derek Jeter wearing Halloween costumes.hannah davis derek jeter michiganPerhaps former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter really is a true Michigan man. Saturday night, Jetes, who was raised in Kalamazoo, apparently delayed celebrating Halloween to catch the end of the Michigan vs. Minnesota game. His fiance, Hannah Davis, posted an Instagram photo of him anxiously watching a television while she was ready to go out. The photo, which shows Jeter dressed up as a devil, is amazing.Michigan won the game on a goal-line stand, so Jeter was probably in a good mood. Guy has a decent life.[The Big Lead]last_img read more

US stocks snap higher on hopes of USChina trade resolution

first_imgU.S. stocks climbed in early trading Monday as hopes grew for progress in resolving trade frictions between the U.S. and China. Technology companies, health care stocks and retailers drove much of the broad gains on the last day of a volatile year on Wall Street that has the market on track for its worst showing in a decade.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 15 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,501 as of 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 205 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 23,267. The Nasdaq added 45 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 6,630. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks climbed 5 points, or 0.4 per cent, 1,343.Trading has been highly volatile in December, capping a year of turbulence for markets. The major indexes closed last week with their first weekly gain in what’s been an otherwise painful month. The indexes are still all down around 10 per cent for the month and on track for their worst December since 1931.US-CHINA TRADE: Investors drew encouragement from a tweet from President Donald Trump on Sunday, in which the president said he had a “long and very good call” with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump added: “Deal is moving along very well. If made, it will be very comprehensive, covering all subjects, areas and points of dispute. Big progress being made.” Meanwhile, the official Xinhua News Agency cited a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying that “China stands ready to work with the United States to move forward the China-U.S. ties which are underpinned by co-ordination, co-operation and stability.”Stocks also got a boost in early December when the U.S. and China agreed to a truce on trade, but then plunged when it was unclear what exactly both sides had agreed upon.LOUSY YEAR: The S&P 500 index, the market’s main benchmark, is on track for a loss of 6.5 per cent this year, or 5.2 per cent once dividends are included. The last time the index fell for the year on that basis was in 2008 during the financial crisis, when it lost 37 per cent. The S&P 500 posted tiny losses in 2011 and 2015, but eked out small gains in both years once dividends were included.THAT HEALTHY FEELING: Health care stocks were among the biggest gainers. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals rose 2.4 per cent to $371.40.TECH RALLY: Big-name technology companies, a big driver of the market’s gains before things deteriorated in October, also rose. Advanced Micro Devices picked up 2.6 per cent to $18.29.READY TO SHOP: Traders bid up shares in department store chains and other retailers. Best Buy gained 2.1 per cent to $52.41.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil gained 0.9 per cent to $45.73 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the benchmark for international prices, rose 1.3 per cent to $53.90 a barrel in London.BOND YIELDS: Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.73 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar dipped to 109.99 yen from 110.41 yen on Friday. The euro weakened to $1.1439 from $1.1442.OVERSEAS: In Europe, the CAC 40 of France rose 1.1 per cent, ending the year down about 11 per cent. Britain’s FTSE 100 closed down 0.1 per cent for an annual loss of 12.5 per cent. Germany’s DAX, which was closed Monday, has been one of the worst-performing European indexes. It ended in a bear market, down 22 per cent from a high in January and 18 per cent from the start of the year.Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.3 per cent, while India’s Sensex gained 0.2 per cent. Australia’s S&P ASX/200’s benchmark slipped 0.1 per cent. Most other markets were closed for the New Year holiday.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Moroccan officer given 3 years in prison for espionage for Algeria

first_imgFez- A Moroccan military officer was sentenced by the military court of Rabat to 3 years in jail and a MAD 500 fine for espionage for a foreign country. According to the Moroccan daily news Assabah, a border guard was sentenced by Rabat’s military court to three years in prison. He was convicted of spying for Algeria.According to the same source in its edition of December 26, the officer was in charge of border security at the Zouj Bghal border between Morocco and Algeria. But the military officer says he is innocent and denies the charges leveled against him. According to Assabah, the soldier was arrested by the Algerian military and subjected to an aggressive interrogation, which focused on Morocco’s war arsenal of and the logistics used by the Royal Armed Forces.After the interrogation, the Moroccan officer was brought before an Algerian court, which sentenced him to a two month suspended sentence. After he was expulsed by the Algerian authorities and as he was about to resume his work in the border, he was arrested by the Moroccan authorities and brought before the military court of Rabat. Following an interrogation, he was accused of “violating the secrecy of National Defence” and “non-compliance with military rules,” according to the same source. But the officer claims that he did not disclose the secrets of Moroccan defense to Algerian intelligence services.last_img read more

Detroit And Minnesota Are Saving Thanksgiving Football This Year

This year’s Thanksgiving slate of NFL games is … not great. Only the game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings has some juice to it. As you’ll see in the video above, that’s surprising! The Lions are usually the team holding Thanksgiving football back, not making it exciting.Check out our latest NFL predictions.

Alabamas Offense Is Now As Terrifying As Its Defense

92016Baker MayfieldOklahoma91.8 12018Tua TagovailoaAlabama97.8 For years, Alabama’s offensive blueprint seemed like a relic from the 1980s: Run the ball on the first few downs, attempt a short- to moderate-length pass, and move the chains or punt to play the field-position game. It was a Ritz Cracker offense that, at times, appeared premeditated to suck the entertainment out of the sport entirely. It worked: Alabama has had 11 running backs/fullbacks and 13 offensive linemen drafted over the past 12 years. RKSeasonPlayerTeamTotal QBR Tagovailoa vaulted into Alabama lore last season when, as a freshman, he was inserted into the national championship game after halftime and led the Tide to a come-from-behind win over Georgia in overtime. Now the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, Tagovailoa has performed like a video game character in his sophomore campaign, accounting for 1,033 passing yards, 14 total touchdowns and zero interceptions. He can feather a ball onto the chest of a full-sprint receiver 40 yards downfield and Houdini his way around would-be tacklers bearing down on him in the pocket — execute and improvise. ESPN has been calculating Total Quarterback Rating, which seeks to value quarterback play on a 0-to-100 scale while adjusting for the strength of opposing defenses faced, since 2004. The left-handed Hawaiian is in line to produce the top single-season figure ever — by nearly four points. 82008Sam BradfordOklahoma91.9 52018Dwayne HaskinsOhio State93.7 32011Russell WilsonWisconsin94.1 72017Khalil TateArizona92.0 22018Kyler MurrayOklahoma95.6 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Tua is on historic paceSingle-season leaders in Total Quarterback Rating, 2004-18 The engine powering college football’s pre-eminent outfit over the past decade has typically been a blue chip-laden, pressure-oriented, versatile defense. In Tuscaloosa, where Nick Saban has helmed the Alabama Crimson Tide since 2007, that engine has only gained steam in recent years. The winner of 87.2 percent of its games and five national titles since the diminutive kingpin’s arrival, Alabama is the only program to qualify for the College Football Playoff in each of the first four years.Much of that sovereignty is attributable to the historically great fortresses that Alabama closes off its end zone with. There have been six instances since 2007 of a team holding opponents to five or fewer rushing touchdowns over an entire season. Alabama accounts for four. Some have even claimed the team’s stockpile of 18- to 22-year-olds could be competitive on Sundays. Baseless claims notwithstanding, the Tide have sent more talent to the NFL than any other team over the past decade. Since Saban’s arrival, 41 members of the Crimson Tide have been selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft. More than 60 percent of that pool came from the defensive side of the ball. All 11 defensive starters in Alabama’s 2016 season opener were selected in the past two drafts.However, four games into the 2018 season, all anyone can talk about is the Crimson Tide offense — and for good reason. Saban, it would appear, finally has an offense as ostentatious and dynamic as his defense, a horrifying development for the rest of the country.Spearheaded by starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and under the direction of first-year offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, the Tide offense is crashing down on its competition like a tsunami. Alabama has outscored its four opponents by an average margin of 41 points. The Tide have played 16 quarters of football and failed in just two to put more points on the scoreboard than their opponent, and in both cases it was the fourth quarter of a blowout.1A 7-7 fourth-quarter tie against Louisville when Alabama led 44-7 entering the fourth, and the final frame of its blowout win over Texas A&M, when it ceded a touchdown while leading 45-16.Locksley’s offense has been so devastatingly effective that Saban, a well-established curmudgeon who cares not for style points, beseeched the press to “look at some of the things we didn’t do so well” following Saturday’s 22-point win over then-No. 22 Texas A&M. One can only be so sated by a unit averaging 53.8 points and 539.5 yards, after all.Alabama’s offensive efficiency — a metric graded 0 to 100 that controls for quality of opponent and “garbage time” — scores a 98.02. That’s the top mark of any team measured by ESPN Stats & Information since Saban’s arrival. Its defensive efficiency of 94.24 ranks a lusterless fourth since 2007, behind the current Georgia team and two other versions of Bama. According to College Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, Alabama is 49.71 points better than the average Football Bowl Subdivision team this season. However, in Saban parlance, “our team needs to do a lot of things to improve.” 102014Marcus MariotaOregon91.3 42010Andrew LuckStanford93.8 2012Johnny ManzielTexas A&M91.3 62017Baker MayfieldOklahoma92.3 However, that bland cadence hasn’t manifested under Locksley. Considering the second half of Alabama games have largely been a formality — the Tide have outscored opponents 148-20 in the opening 30 minutes — let’s assess first-half play calling. Alabama is taking to the air on 53.9 percent of plays, which ranks 38th nationally. That mark is 13.9 percentage points higher than last season’s average, which ranked 110th nationally. On first and second downs, Alabama’s pass percentage is 40.5 percent, up from 34.5 percent a season ago. Compared with previous seasons under Saban, this year is a clear aberration, like the Indiana Pacers suddenly learning the value of the three-point shot.“(Locksley) really is doing a good job of mixing up the run, the pass, the play-action screens,” tight end Hale Hentges said. “And he’s making a very natural flow to all of our plays and that’s what has made us have success. … He’s an offensive genius.”What once were almost always Mark Ingram carries on second down have been replaced by deranged sequences of Tagovailoa evading a pass rush to heave a cross-body rocket to the back of the end zone for a touchdown.Alabama has already attempted 17 passes that traveled at least 20 yards downfield, in line to finish the regular season with 51, according to data provided by TruMedia. Last season, the team accounted for 50 in 14 games. Only Hawaii (with 27) has accounted for more passing plays of 20-plus yards this season than Alabama’s 25. In turn, the Tide rank third in expected points added on passes (79.34) and second in adjusted offensive expected points added (98.2), according to data provided by TruMedia.“We feel like as a group, collectively, when we go out, we’re unstoppable,” wide receiver Henry Ruggs III said.Unstoppable isn’t far off. Alabama has scored a touchdown on 48.1 percent of its drives, the top mark of any SEC team. Locksley’s unit has only gone three-and-out eight times, in line to produce the lowest three-and-out percentage (15.4 percent) by an Alabama offense since Saban’s arrival by nearly three percentage points, according to data provided by ESPN Stats & Information.The onslaught of points hasn’t gone unnoticed by pundits like Kirk Herbstreit and Tim Tebow, who knows a thing or three about leading an explosive offense in the SEC. Both have posited that this year’s Alabama offense has the makings of the best in program history. Alabama no longer just suffocates its opponent with defense; in 2018, its offense brings the reckoning. read more

Ramos receives a commemorative shirt for 150 matches

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos received a commemorative shirt for his 150 matches at international level, moments before their 6-1 win over ArgentinaMarcelino Maté, president of the Management Board of the Spanish Football Federation, was on hand to present Ramos with the award in recognition of his achievement. The Real Madrid captain was greeted to a standing ovation by the Spanish supporters at the home of arch-rivals Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.1⃣5⃣0⃣ ??? Sergio Ramos was given a special shirt before kick-off to mark his 150th cap for ??Spain, which he made ? Germany last week ¡Felicitaciones, Sergio! pic.twitter.com/9fccUIuCIk— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 27 March 2018Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Notably Ramos’ ex-Real teammate Gonzalo Higuain failed to join in on the applause for the Spaniard.Since making his debut at international level for Spain, back in 2005, Ramos has since gone on to win both the European and World championships in his 13 year spell.  In his now 151 appearances for Spain, the defender has also scored 13 goals.last_img read more