Negative effects if unions lose power

first_imgOn May 17, Joseph Gibson of Ballston Lake asked “What are limits on paying for silence?”In New York state, if you are a private-sector employee in a non-union workplace, you are employed at will. That means that an employer is allowed to terminate an employee for any reason (that is, without having to establish “just cause” for termination) and without warning.The law goes beyond your employer being able to terminate you without just cause, in that your employer owns any testimony from you or your colleagues that can be used in your defense in a wrongful-termination grievance. The testimony can’t even be subpoenaed, which means the silence is free.The only protection you have is a legally binding union contact. So to supporters of the plaintiff in the case Janus v. AFSCME, the question to be asked is, “What happens when unions lose power, leaving us all at-will employees without legally protected rights?”Frank ColemanScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

World champion Mary Kom joins Boxing Federation of India’s interactive session

first_imgNew Delhi: Continuing the effort to enlighten boxers, coaches and officials during lockdown as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic by staying at home, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) conducted an interactive boxing education programme on Tuesday that busted the myths regarding injuries.Six-time world champion Mary Kom joined Karanjeet Singh, Team Physician, Elite Men Boxing Team, Amol Patil, Team Physician, Elite Women Boxing Team, Aayush Yekhande (PT) and Shikha Kedia (PT), Team Physiotherapists, Elite Women Boxing Team in a special address that was watched by close to 300 participants.In an attempt to boost youngsters, the London Olympic bronze medallist shared her personal experiences of her growing up years and explained how she lacked the awareness or the facilities for the best exercises and their benefits, something that every boxer must know.”I started getting exposed to the team of physios and doctors and interacting with them helped me understand the importance of being aware of the body. How doing exercises can prevent so many injuries and surgery is not always the only answer, I understood much later,” said the legend.The session was intended to give an opportunity to the young boxers to understand the difference between myth and reality and help them avoid making mistakes. The doctors and physiotherapists spoke extensively on some of the most common beliefs — “I am already flexible, so no need to stretch”, “training with weights will aggravate my injuries”, “taping will protect me from injuries” to name a few. IANSAlso Read: Excellent and right decision: Ace boxer Mary Kom on postponement of Tokyo OlympicsAlso Watch: East Siang District Administration in Arunachal Pradesh cautious over coronaviruslast_img read more

Streamline Your Film or Video Project with an Assistant Editor

first_imgIn this post-production guide, we take a look at maximizing your investment in an assistant editor for your film or video project.For many editors, it can be hard to admit when they need help. However, if you’ve been editing long enough, you know just what you can accomplish in a day — and just how many sleepless nights you can string together — before you have to reach out for additional support.I came up as an assistant editor when I was first starting out, so I can tell you that there are people who can help. As long as they’re duly compensated, and you give them the means to advance their careers, an assistant editor can be a great investment — and a huge help when you’re truly bogged down on an edit.So here are some tips and tricks for streamlining your workflow with an assistant editor.1. Finding Assistant EditorsSpeaking from experience (on both ends of this professional relationship), I’ve found that it’s equally difficult to find work as an assistant editor as it is to find a good assistant editor when you’re looking for one.Your best bet is to connect with some sort of community or institution with a younger, eager pipeline of editors who are fresh enough to have the availability and hungry enough to find new projects to grow their careers.I’d recommend reaching out to nearby universities with film or RTVF programs — or connecting with local filmmaking communities, which might offer internships or job placement programs.2. Clear Project DescriptionWhen you do reach out to any of these resources (or post on job boards), it’s important to define your project and its scope. If your project is difficult to understand, no assistant editor will even know if they want to be involved.A good posting for an assistant editor should lay out what the project is and what the workload will entail — along with a schedule or timeline, what NLE or other platforms they need to use, and anything else you’ll need from them.3. Pay Them for Their WorkThis is the most important rule; ignore it at your own peril — and prepare for very few inquiries and poor results. You might even find yourself called out in film communities for exploiting young editors.Assistant editor rates vary pretty wildly across regions — and according to the individual job specifications. Even if you’re on the most bare-bones budget, try to find a way to compensate your assistant editors at a rate that would be fair to you. Don’t just leverage connections or “exposure” in exchange for actual compensation.4. Define Project Scope and EndingOnce you outline the project for your assistant editor, the most important piece of information to include is the scope of their role and when the work is due.The last thing an assistant editor wants to get dragged into is an endless project that delays their payment or keeps them from taking on new projects. Sadly, this happens far too often, and it’s often the assistant editors, PAs, and other minor stakeholders who suffer the most.5. Keep Communication OpenKeep a line of communication with your assistant editor open at all times. If they are just starting off, they may have more questions than you’re used to answering. If you’re truly hiring an assistant and not a co-editor, you should expect to give as much information, advice, and mentorship as it takes to get the job done.And remember — just because you know a project well (especially if it’s one you shot or have been involved with for some time), it doesn’t mean that the big picture is immediately clear to someone just joining the effort. Take some time, and pay things forward.Cover image via KORNBURUT WORADEE.For more freelance and video editing advice and resources, check out some of these articles.How to Organize a Feature Film Edit Like a ProWhat We Can Learn from Editing with the Coen BrothersThe Editor of Green Book Offers Insight into the Art of Balance6 Great Websites for Finding Video Editing Jobs5 Ways to Sharpen Your Film and Video Editing Perspectivelast_img read more

Sparks spoil Catchings’ emotional night, beat Fever

first_imgView comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “It’s just a blur. My dad was pulling so fast I was just trying to keep up,” Catchings said after the halftime ceremony. “In that moment, literally, every tug was like every year — 2001, getting drafted all the way to 2017. It was like a flash. Seeing my teammates over there, even the ones I didn’t play with, I feel like I played with them as much as I’m around. Really, replaying the years, that’s a flash.”After being drafted third overall out of Tennessee, where she was a four-time All-American, in 2001, Catchings sat out with an injury before being named the Rookie of the Year in 2002. By the time she retired after last season, Catchings was the all-time leading rebounder in the WNBA and was No. 2 (now third) in career scoring. She is also on top of the steals and free throw lists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCatchings was the 2011 MVP and was the 2012 Finals MVP when the Fever won their only title. She was a five-time Defensive Player of the Year and 10-time All-Star as well as winning four Olympic Gold Medals. Now she is Director of Player Programs and Franchise Development for Pacers Sports & Entertainment.She credited the fans for her long stay with the Fever. What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “When you become so involved in your community, it makes it hard to leave,” she said. “It’s like a relationship … I love what the fans bring.”Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and Los Angeles had a 19-0 run in the third quarter.Los Angeles used a 21-5 run to close the first half to take a 46-40 lead then put a damper on the halftime ceremony by scoring the first 19 points of the third quarter to open a 25-point lead.Ogwumike had seven points and Canadace Parker, who had 18 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, added six points in the run that propelled the defending champions to their fifth straight win.Chelsea Gray added 17 points for Los Angeles (9-3). Parker also had seven assists, three steals and two blocks and the Sparks shot 53 percent and went 8 of 17 from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Bader wins light heavyweight title in Bellator’s NYC debut Candice Dupree had 13 points, 10 in the first quarter when Indiana (6-7) took a 23-20 lead. Briann January and Shenise Johnson had 13 points but the Fever couldn’t get closer than 11 after L.A.’s run despite closing the third quarter with 12 straight points and a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Retired Indiana Fever great Tamika Catchings helps hoist a banner with her family as her No. 24 jersey is retired before the WNBA basketball team’s game against the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Star via AP.INDIANAPOLIS — Tamika Catchings was known as a hard worker during her playing career. But as hard as she worked in 16 seasons for the Indiana Fever, she had a tough time keeping up with her dad on Saturday night.Former NBA player Harvey Catchings helped his daughter raise a banner with her No. 24 jersey to the rafters at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the highlight for Indiana in an 84-73 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Oklahoma State Ranks 19th in Country in Most Arrests in Last Five Years

first_imgFormer San Jose Mercury News reported Mike Rosenberg tweeted these college football arrest totals from the last five years recently. OSU ranked No. 19, tied with Arkansas and Michigan with 14 arrests each.Here’s the top 25.Top 25 college football teams for most player arrests in the last 5 years: pic.twitter.com/lS5y2CMFcK— Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) August 18, 2015Rosenberg’s feed has this broken down in a variety of ways (by conference, by wins, etc.) and you should go take a gander if you’re interested. Here’s a look at all of the OSU arrests Rosenberg counted.Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 9.49.12 AMThomas probably shouldn’t count and I think Barnett’s glove box was just overflowing with traffic tickets, but we’re picking nits, I suppose.I was asked for my take on this on Twitter, and I’m not sure I have one. If there’s one to have, I suppose that it’s that I’m surprised programs like OU, Georgia, Florida and A&M rank so high on here. When you’re a big boy school like that, you don’t have to take as many risks as a Purdue or Oklahoma State on dudes with potential character issues.The flip side of that argument is that more highly-regarded recruits are blinded by their own greatness and think they can get away with more things than, say, a James Washington who comes from a 1A school and was barely recruited. That’s not universally true, of course, but it’s one hypothesis.All in all, you don’t want to see any teams have anybody arrested, but it’s part of it. It’s part of life. OSU having 14 arrests over five years doesn’t seem great, but it could certainly be worse.And Gundy has handled the fallout well. Unlike Bob Stoops.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

The Touch Football Australia Participation Plan 2011-2015

first_imgTouch Football Australia is happy to publicly release The Touch Football Australia Participation Plan 2011-2015.  The plan is focused on specific priorities for continued and increased participation in the sport of Touch Football throughout Australia, reaching 500 000 registered and contactable members.  It links directly to the Touch Football Australia Strategic Plan 2011-2015, which can be viewed within the ‘Leadership/Governance’ section of the website.  Mike Rush, Chairman of Touch Football Australia, outlines the Participation Plan as ‘the foundation for our efforts, programs and focus over the next five years’.     In the coming months, Touch Football Australia will be releasing new elements linked to the Participation Priorities of Data, Growth and Sustainability.  Please feel free to contact your local state office for more details on any specific areas of the plan.Related Filestfa_participation_plan-pdfRelated Links Participation Plancenter_img Touch Football Australia is committed to the ongoing development of Touch Football as a strong and unified sport for all participants. Touch Football is a sport that provides an unobstructed continuous pathway for all while demonstrating the capacity to thrive at the elite level and develop opportunities for grassroots development. last_img read more

9 days agoNew York Red Bulls winger Josh Sims hopes for Southampton future

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New York Red Bulls winger Josh Sims hopes for Southampton futureby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton loanee Josh Sims still wants a future at St Mary’s.Sims is hoping his loan spell in America with the New York Red Bulls won’t see him forgotten at Saints. He told the Daily Echo: “On paper, it seems a bit of a weird one but there was thought behind it,” revealed the academy lad.“With Ralph (Hasenhuttl), the manager at Southampton, being from a Red Bull team, the way he sort of sets up the team with tactics at Southampton is similar to this.“Southampton are very good. They watch all the games, they ask me how I’m getting on during the week. I’m not just sort of out of sight, out of mind. “That’s a big thing as well because I’m still a Southampton player so I don’t want to be forgotten about. I don’t feel forgotten about.” last_img read more

Alabama Football: Here’s Video Of Nick Saban Dancing To Greek Folk Music

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)As you’d imagine, the photos and video taken at Kristen Saban’s wedding this past Saturday have provided a treasure trove’s worth of content for Alabama fans. So far, we’ve shown you the fireworks at Bryant-Denny, the “Sweet Home Alabama” rendition and the happy couple dancing with Big Al mascot heads. But we saved perhaps the best clip of all for last.Here’s Nick Saban dancing to some greek folk music – presumably to celebrate the heritage of his daughter’s husband.We’ve seen him do the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. This might be the best we’ve seen yet from him, however.last_img read more

Alberta Crown let Metis man plead guilty after RCMP said drugs werent

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN NewsAn Alberta Crown prosecutor allowed a Metis man to plead guilty to simple drug possession in May after the RCMP told him the so-called drugs weren’t real, APTN News has learned.And it appears the RCMP sat on test results showing the drugs weren’t real for over a month.Clayton Boucher, 45, was arrested Jan. 22 after police raided a home where he was staying in Lac La Biche, Alta.After spending four months locked up in the Edmonton Remand Centre, he pleaded guilty at the end of May out of frustration with they system and needing to get out from behind bars. RCMP seized about 130 grams of suspected crack cocaine and sent two samples of powder to be tested Feb. 3 to Health Canada.The results came back negative for drugs Feb. 23 and 24.But Boucher remained in jail.Documents show a large gap between the date of results and when Alberta Crown Erwin Schulz learned of the results.Schulz wrote the RCMP Feb. 22 asking for the powder to be tested  “as soon as possible” apparently unaware that the RCMP had already sent the samples off to be tested. Boucher had also been maintaining it was baking soda and not cocaine since his arrest.There were two samples sent to Health Canada – and both were .4 grams according to the list of exhibits.In documents obtained by APTN News, Schulz claimed his assistant followed up with RCMP Mar. 13 and again April 3, but was told, “there is still no analysis of the drugs as of yet.”This happened again on April 20 but the RCMP, again, said there were no results.Finally, on May 3, the RCMP confirmed to Schulz the powder seized was not cocaine.It is unclear from the documents if the RCMP had those test results when the Crown had repeatedly requested them.APTN has requested this information from the RCMP but has not heard back.On May 4, Schulz contacted Boucher’s Legal Aid-appointed lawyer, Leighton Grey, telling him of the test results. They both agree to meet back in court May 30.But by this point, Boucher was struggling in jail and wanted out.Boucher told his lawyer May 15 he wanted to plead guilty to two counts of simple possession and claims his lawyer had never told him that the test results came back negative.“I only pleaded guilty ’cause my wife passed away and had a horrible time coping while incarcerated. That’s the only reason,” said Boucher in an interview with APTN Monday.APTN contacted Grey for comment, but have not heard back.(Clayton Boucher with his wife Phyllis Favel in an undated photo)Boucher’s common-law wife, Phyllis Favel, 34, died in a car collision April 30, a woman he calls the “love of his life.”Boucher did get to go to the funeral – in a bright orange jail-issued jumpsuit and shackles.“I stood out like a sore thumb,” he said. “It was horrible.”On May 30, Boucher pleaded guilty to two counts of simple possession – he was released the same day.“The Crown based the guilty pleas on the two entries on the exhibit list of 0.4 grams of cocaine wrapped in plastic which was viewed by both the Crown and defence to be spitballs (small packages of cocaine wrapped in plastic),” wrote Schulz in an email last month to the Law Society of Alberta that provided a timeline of events.Schulz said the description and weight were consistent with small amounts of cocaine.But according to documents, the tests came back negative.“I went to bed every night and woke up every morning knowing it wasn’t drugs. It killed me,” said Boucher.When he was released, Boucher went to the Lac La Biche RCMP detachment to get his belongings. He claimed later in a complaint against the RCMP that an officer there told him tests on the powder had come back negative.“The complainant was crushed by this,” his complaint states, “and it quickly dawned on him that the RCMP knew all along that the substance was not cocaine but allowed him to plead guilty regardless.”He told APTN this was the first time he learned not only that there had been a test but of the results.On July 10, Schulz received a call from the RCMP saying Boucher had filed a complaint.“The RCMP advised that the 0.4 grams were not spitballs rather samples taken from the large bags of cocaine which (did not come back as drugs),” Schulz wrote in his email to the Law Society.But the RCMP had already told Schulz the powder came back negative back on May 3 according to documents obtained by APTN.On July 11, the RCMP sent Schulz the lab results confirming, again, two samples sent to Health Canada came back negative.Boucher appealed the conviction – which was filed by Grey – not knowing that Grey had been told about the test results according to documents.On Sept. 26, the Court of Appeal of Alberta overturned Boucher’s conviction after receiving a letter from Jonathan Martin, senior counsel for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.Martin confirmed in the letter the lab results came back negative for all the so-called drugs, meaning Boucher pleaded guilty to possessing baking soda that was found in a kitchen cupboard, according to the exhibit list.“A review of the file and communications from Mr. Schulz and the RCMP establishes that the substances in the counts under appeal did not analyze as controlled substances. The non-existence of this information at the time of the disposition would have been highly relevant to the decision to plead guilty,” wrote Martin.Boucher questions now how the results were non-existent when the RCMP had provided the results to the Crown.Boucher received more documents last week, including the Health Canada lab results, and it was then that he learned the results were completed by Feb. 24.“Last Thursday in Edmonton,” said Boucher of when he finally got the documents.He had traveled there from North Battleford, Sask., where he is currently living, to pick up the documents.“I had been asking for the certificates since my release and I finally got them with disgust,” he said.Boucher said he has a criminal record and at the time of his arrest had an outstanding probation warrant.“But I am not a drug dealer,” he said.He said he already filed a complaint against Schulz and Grey with the Law Society of Alberta, which had been declined on Oct. 4.The Law Society, like Schulz, argued – at least in part – that Boucher pleaded guilty to drug possession.Boucher said he has since sent the Law Society the Health Canada certificates and the file has now been forwarded to the conduct department.APTN asked the RCMP in Lac La Biche to comment Monday and again Tuesday when a spokesperson said the file had been sent to RCMP headquarters in Ottawa.Boucher also claims the RCMP told him that it is taking disciplinary action against several Mounties.APTN has still not received a response from the RCMP.An email to Schulz’s assistant asking why he allowed a man to plead guilty for a crime he didn’t commit hasn’t been answered.Meanwhile, Boucher said he believes if he had been out his wife would still be alive.“We went everywhere together,” he said. “Now I am serving a life sentence. Every day is a horrible day.”But there was one good thing to come from this, he said. After his release he moved to North Battleford with the help of his sister.He was awarded a certificate of bravery earlier this month for alerting a woman that her roof was on fire June 8.She had no idea of the fire when Boucher began pounding on her door.Contact Kenneth here: [email protected]last_img read more

Could the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have been stolen

first_imgRelated posts:Flight MH17 and the role of Ukraine’s rebels Search continues for vanished Malaysian Airline plane carrying 239 people In court of public opinion, Putin goes on trial My client, a CIA torture victim Whenever a plane goes down, experienced air craft investigators look at the general circumstances and mentally draw up a list of the most likely causes – not to leap to conclusions, but to prioritize lines of inquiry and organize competing hypotheses. As information comes in, it should be possible to eliminate those hypotheses one by one until at last a full understanding of the circumstances remains. The goal is to make sure that the problem will never again bring down an airliner. This philosophy works: Year by year, fewer commercial airliners are lost to accidents.The downside is that, as likely sources of aircraft accidents are eliminated, what’s left behind are increasingly arcane and bizarre, once-in-a-million combinations of bad luck, incompetence and malice. And the longer we go without any significant clues regarding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the more likely that its true cause will fall into that category.For instance? Some airline pilots have begun to speculate that one of the flight crew might have intentionally caused the plane to disappear and flown off with it to an undisclosed location. This line of speculation, outlandish as it may sound, was only bolstered when it was reported Wednesday that investigators were actively pursuing the possibility that the plane had been diverted “with the intention of using it later for another purpose.”There’s no telling why someone would want to make off with a plane with 239 souls aboard. But if you did want to try, it’s at least physically possible to succeed. Here’s how you’d go about it.– Kill or incapacitate your fellow pilot. “We have a deadbolt on the inside of the cockpit door,” says Rich Solan, who flies 777-200s for American Airlines.– Wait until you’re over a region with poor radar coverage, then turn off your transponder, ADS-B, and ACARS. There’s a small stretch of MH370’s regular route, midway between Malaysia and Vietnam, that fits the bill. And this happens to be where the flight vanished.– Turn and dive for the deck. Radar coverage gets worse the lower you go, so if you want to stay off primary radar, you’ll fly as low as possible. There’s a drawback to this strategy, however: The lower you fly, the slower you go, and the more fuel you burn. A 777 can go 485 knots burning 13,000 pounds of fuel per hour at 35,000 feet; down at sea level, you’re talking more like 20,000 pounds per hour and only going 310 knots. So if you can go 2,000 miles at altitude you’ll probably only go around 800 miles down low.– Find someplace to land. The 777 is a big plane – once Boeing retires the 747, it will be the biggest in its stable — but in an emergency it can be put down on a relatively short runway. “If I have a fire in flight, I’m prepared to put it down on anything above 5,000 feet,” says Solan. “You could put it on a highway.” A runway wouldn’t even necessarily have to be paved; hard-packed dirt would likely be good enough. Throw some camouflage netting over the plane once you’re on the ground, and you’re good.– Sell it. There’s an active market for used 777s. “They’re worth big money,” says David Rose, who owns the plane-trading website Barnstormers.com. A 1994 model is currently for sale for $37.5 million; another from 2001 has a price tag of $54 million. Or you could play chop shop and break it up for parts. “There’s a big market for second-hand airliner parts,” says Rose. The only problem: All those parts have serial numbers on them, and pretty soon those are going to be the most famous serial numbers in the world. Then again, a cash-strapped operator in a developing country might not care.A major hiccup to a plan like this one: The part of the 777’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System that transmits information about the status of the plane’s engines can’t be turned off by the pilot. Interestingly, the Wall Street Journal reported this week that just this kind of information had been picked up for four hours after all other contact with MH370 had been lost.Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America and Arizona State University.Jeff Wise is a New York-based magazine writer and author of “Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger.” A contributing editor at Popular Mechanics and Travel + Leisure, he specializes in aviation, adventure and psychology. He tweets as @ManvBrain and blogs at JeffWise.net© 2014, Slate Facebook Commentslast_img read more