International news: car giant backs down from race statement

first_img• Lakeside Toyota has backed off its statement that a senior executivethreatened to fire a director if he hired any more black employees. The companychanged its position after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in theUS added five more names to a federal lawsuit alleging a white supervisorstruck black salesmen with sticks and used racial slurs to address them. Thesuit now alleges all five black salesman, as well as original complainant EddieBoyd, were forced to leave after complaining about abuse by a white used carmanager. The person to whom they complained, used car director David Oseng,reported the matter but was told he needed “an attitude change” andwas eventually fired, the EEOC says. In an earlier court filing, Lakeside Toyotaadmitted a senior manager told Oseng not to hire any more black people or hewould be fired. In the new filing, the company says Oseng was told not to hireany more “unqualified” black organisations top diversity league in US• Thirty-eight per cent of US employers have a formal diversity programme,according to a survey by William Mercer. Large organisations (5,000-plus staffare almost three times as likely as mid-sized organisations (fewer than 5,000staff) to have diversity programmes. Two-thirds of the large employers haveformal programmes, compared to only 24 per cent of mid-sized organisations.Such programmes are more common among services companies (41 per cent) thanmanufacturers (28 per cent) to widen competition in postal services• The European Commission has drawn up controversial plans for opening upthe E80bn ($75.5bn) EU mail market to further competition. It is expected toadopt the proposals on 24 May to liberalise 27 per cent of existing postalmonopoly services by 2003. The proposals are highly sensitive as many nationalpostal services and governments, including France, are strongly opposed to moreliberalisation. The debate about postal competition has become highlypoliticised with warnings of the threat to rural post offices. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. International news: car giant backs down from race statementOn 16 May 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

O’Neill backs forwards to win games

first_img O’Neill said: “International football is a wee bit like that these days, teams not running away with matches much. “It would be nice to be hard to beat because you feel you would have enough ability to create something. “[Aiden] McGeady in the final third has terrific feet and is a genuine danger. His own attacking instinct, he wants to think he can dribble himself out of any position on the park.” Poland represented a significant step up in class after Latvia, but Ireland took the game to them in the early stages and might even have gone ahead when defender Stephen Kelly saw a 21st-minute header loop up off the ground and over the bar. But the Poles stepped up a gear as the game wore on and exerted sustained pressure, although keeper David Forde did not have a save of note to make. O’Neill said: “That’s true, and I should look at that as a positive. The level of opposition was not in question. Poland are a wee bit unlucky not to be involved in play-off games. “It was tough and was always going to be. I made seven or eight changes, getting players into the fold and feeling they are part of it.” The manager, his assistant Roy Keane and their players flew back to Dublin in optimistic mood after a more than satisfactory first get-together, although they will not reconvene until March next year ahead of a home friendly against Serbia. Press Association That is something to which O’Neill, who has spent the past 23 years working day-to-day in club management, will have to get used in between international breaks. He said: “We will get back in the early hours and we are going to a hotel, and I won’t see them for some time. “I’ll have withdrawal symptoms – I’m not so sure it will be the same for the players. “I might be on the phone to them, but I’m not sure they are looking forward to that.” Martin O’Neill is confident Ireland have the firepower to win games if they continue to be hard to beat. The 61-year-old saw his team fight its way to a 0-0 friendly draw in Poland four days after launching his reign with an impressive 3-0 victory over Latvia. Where flowing football was the order of the day against the Latvians, Ireland had to show their once traditional grit at the INEA Stadium in Poznan to keep Robert Lewandowski and his team-mates at bay, and that was a source of contentment for their manager. last_img read more

Cusack to stay with Clare

first_imgDonal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor were ratified for a two year term in charge by the county board last night.Cusack worked under Davy Fitzgerald last year and will remain on for next season.last_img

Champions League needs VAR, says Guardiola as City gain from comical penalty

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City needed no help to swat aside Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 to move to the brink of the Champions League last 16, but got a boost with a farcical penalty award that led to even manager Pep Guardiola to call for the introduction of VAR.Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai remarkably pointed to the spot when Raheem Sterling tripped himself up as he bore down on goal midway through the first half with City already leading 1-0 through David Silva’s opener.“It’s not (a penalty),” said Guardiola. “VAR doesn’t exist in UEFA so that is the problem.”Despite some controversial calls, the use of video referees was largely deemed successful at the World Cup and will be introduced in the Champions League next season.However, Guardiola, who was sent to the stands for protesting a goal City had wrongly ruled out in a quarter-final elimination to Liverpool last season, called for it to be used in the competition this term.“The referee must be helped by the technology. It’s not nice to score a goal in that (way) but it happened to us last season against Liverpool so the referee must be helped.”Sterling also apologised to Kassai after kicking the ground as he attempted to chip the ball goalwards.“I went to chip the ball and don’t know what happened,” said the England international. “I didn’t feel contact. I scuffed the ball, apologies to the ref.”Ahead of the game City had been in the news for the wrong reasons in recent days with a series of allegations published by German magazine Der Spiegel claiming the English champions attempted to bypass UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.Whatever storm clouds may be brewing in City’s boardroom, it appears they can do no wrong on the field as they warmed up for the Manchester derby on Sunday by smashing six goals for the second time in four days.– Jesus punishes Shakhtar –A lack of atmosphere had been blamed for City’s surprising record of three defeats in their previous three Champions League games at home. The latest of those to Lyon in front of plenty of empty seats at the Etihad in September has now been long forgotten as back-to-back victories over Shakhtar and Hoffenheim have put City in a commanding position at the top of the group.The fans were in better voice with fewer jeers than usual for the Champions League anthem and they soon had something to cheer when Silva tapped home Mahrez’s cross.Guardiola apologised to Gabriel Jesus for nominating Mahrez as the penalty taker when the Algerian missed from the spot late on in a 0-0 draw at Liverpool last month.The Brazilian started up front ahead of Sergio Aguero with one eye on keeping the Argentine fresh for Sunday, but Jesus may now have played himself into contention by more than doubling his tally for the season.Jesus calmly slotted home the hotly contested spot-kick before Sterling curled in his seventh of the season from the edge of the area three minutes into the second half.Possibly embarrassed by his earlier award, Kassai resisted a few more claims for a City penalty, but did eventually point to the spot once more when Silva was tripped 18 minutes from time and Jesus fired into the roof of the net.Mahrez made it five by sneaking a shot in at the near post on his weaker right foot before Jesus’ chip rounded off the scoring in stoppage time.Guardiola also had the luxury of being able to take off Kyle Walker, Fernandinho and Silva early ahead of United’s visit as City look to go 12 points ahead of their local rivals after just 12 games of the Premier League season. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Thurston Chamber : Celebrate 2011 LTC Graduates at Chamber Forum

first_imgForum is held at Saint Martin’s Norman Worthington Center from 11:30am to 1pm.  The cost is $30 general admission, $20 for members who reserve online and $25 for members at the door. Reservations are requested at 360.357.3362 or The class of 2011 marks a milestone with over 400 participants having graduated from the program since it began. These leaders are now making a difference throughout our community and beyond. Leadership Thurston County (LTC) and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are proud to recognize the Class of 2011 at the June 8 Chamber Forum presented by Anchor Bank. The keynote speaker is Denny Heck, entrepreneur, community philanthropist, founder of TVW and former legislator. Celebrate 2011 LTC Graduates at Chamber Forum Founded in 1992 by local leaders and tailored to local needs, Leadership Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) educational, nonprofit organization. The program develops informed, skilled, and committed civic leaders ready to step up to serve our community. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:David Schaffert, President/CEOPhone: 360.357.3362Email: [email protected] LTC Graduation Presented By: Anchor BankForum Sponsors: Jensen Kokis Erwin and Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston Countylast_img read more

Get One, Give One: Christmas Tree Farm Supplies Holiday Cheer for…

first_imgIn recent years the brothers have regularly supplied towns like Red Bank and Asbury Park with massive Balsam firs to be lit up for holiday events, but the Clarks agree that no tradition has meant more to their family business than the Trees for Troops drive. “It’s a little thing for us to do and we felt like we had to,” Elaine said, after penning a cheerful note to an unknown soldier and pinning it to the prickly branch of one of approximately 200 donated trees collected by Fir Farm personnel over the first weekend in December. “Sometimes you’re just horrified when you hear that healthcare is so poor for our veterans and living conditions on the bases are not what you think they would, or should, be. So this is a small way for us to brighten the holidays for a military family and we’re happy to do it,” Elaine added. The 23-acre Fir Farm at 166 Hillsdale Road has been selling Christmas Trees for nearly 40 years. he Fir Farm’s scenic barn was decorated for the holidays and served as the backdrop forlast weekend’s Trees for Troops effort at the 23-acre Colts Neck farm. Brothers Bob and Mickey Clark took ownership of the grounds in 2003. They have continued the tradition of providing locals with the option of purchasing a pre-cut pine or wandering the parcel to identify and cut down their own Christmas tree. “Two years ago a note that my kids wrote out with pictures of reindeer and Santa Claus was featured on the site,” Bob added. “And to see the joy it brought to that service member, and how thankful they were to have the tree, it’s what the holiday season is all about.” Since its inception, the program has made 208,720 tree donations. The Clarks’ Fir Farm operates in rarified air, as one of just 13 participating Christmas tree vendors around the country, including operations in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. For the past five years the Fir Farm has participated in a program known as Trees for Troops, an initiative founded in 2005 by the National Christmas Tree Association and its offshoot, the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation. Annually Trees for Troops delivers thousands of Christmas trees to families and individuals stationed at domestic military bases, as well as those located abroad in active war zones. Last year there were more than 17,400 trees donated to 70 U.S. military bases and an estimated 250 trees shipped to troops stationed at four different international bases. “It’s always nice to give back, but when you can give back to members of our military, we jumped at the opportunity,” said Bob Clark, whose father served in the Navy during World War II. “It’s military-related. It’s Christmas tree-related. We have the farm. So it just fit our situation like a glove.” “I’ve read them all. It’s very touching,” Bob Clark, left, chats with Elaine and Al Cangiarella, Cliffwood Beach residents andHoliday Express volunteers who ventured to the Fir Farm simply to donate a Christmas tree to a military family to brighten their holiday season. COLTS NECK – When Elaine and Al Cangiarella rolled down the rugged dirt driveway of the Fir Farm in Colts Neck this past Sunday, the couple was in search of a piney Balsam fir capable of bringing the aroma and warmth of the holiday into a home…just not their own. Those who venture to the Fir Farm have the option to attach a personalized note to a donated tree. Upon receiving the donation, troops and their families are encouraged to submit photos and thank you notes for social media publication. “They write the nicest things about their experience and what it means to them that strangers would go out of their way to brighten their holiday,” said Manalapan native Trish Walsh, a volunteer enlisted by Clark to assist with the collection. The Fir Farm is joined by fellow Garden State distributors as Cerbo’s Parsippany Greenhouse and Donaldson’s Greenhouse & Nursery in Hackettstown. For more information about the Fir Farm’s participation in the effort visit read more

Hoodikoff makes it three straight on Zone One Junior Tour with wins at Granite Pointe and Christina Lake

first_imgJordan Hoodikoff is having his way on the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf circuit.The 18-year-old Grand Forks golfer won for the third time this season, sweeping tournaments at Nelson’s Granite Pointe Saturday and his own Christina Lake course Sunday.Hoodikoff opened the season by capturing the top prize at the Balfour Golf Course.Sunday, Hoodikoff looked at home on the 18 hole, 6685-yard Les Furber-designed course, firing a 3-under-par 69.Tyler McKay, from Rossland/Trail, who tried to make it interesting, finished second with a round or 73.McKay, one-under-par through 14 holes, played well but two late bogies led to a one over par round of 73.In flight play Garrett Underwood from Champion Lake and Brenan Moroney from RTCC both carded identical rounds of 76.  The players went to a three-hole playoff before Underwood ended up taking first in the 17-18 year division.  Tyler McKay of Rossland took first in the 15-16 year category with Isaac Janzen from Creston getting second with a 78.  In the 13 -14-year division Braden McKay from RTCC took first with a 77 and Carson Arcuri from Granite Point taking second.   For the first time in years there was a female division with Amber Arnold from Castlegar edging out MacKenzie Field in a two-hole playoff to take first.  Both girls posted identical rounds of 88.Rain doesn’t slow Hoodikoff, Granite Pointe’s Renwick secondSaturday, at Granite Pointe, Hoodikoff overcame a chilly day on the links to finish on top the standings with a 4-over-par 76.Hoodikoff finished three-shots in front of Granite Pointe’s Nolan Renwick.Renwick, competing in the 13-14 year division, carded a 79 to finished first in the flight.  In division play, Underwood  placed first in the 17- 18 division with an 84.Alex Rugg, from Champion Lakes, finished second with an 87.In the 15- 16-year division, Arnold was first with an 88 and Isaac Janzen from Creston was second with a 90.  Braden McKay from RTCC was second behind Renwick with an 84.In the skill prizes Underwood won KP for the 15 – 18 year olds and Ryan Fullerton from RTCC won long drive.  Jeff Ashton from Castlegar won KP in 14 and under and Braden McKay took the long drive.The Junior Golf season continues Saturday when the tour arrives in Nakusp.last_img read more

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