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Women’s hockey players are protesting playing professionally — but don’t call it a boycott

first_imgWe may represent different teams, leagues and countries but collectively we stand as one. #ForTheGame— Kendall Coyne Schofield (@KendallCoyne) May 2, 2019“This isn’t a boycott,” Schofield said. “This is a gap year.”For years, women have been calling for “one league” — a professional league of local teams between the United States and Canada that would function like the National Hockey League, and, preferably, under the NHL’s umbrella.Instead, they have competed in two separate professional leagues: the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) in America. Last month, the CWHL announced it was folding, and players saw it as an opportunity to form a unified North American league.The NHL, however, has been refusing to step in while the NWHL still exists, although they do offer some financial support.“There is a lot more we need to know before we would be prepared to weigh in at this point,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement to ABC News on Friday. “The NWHL is an existing league with an existing organization and business plan. We do not intend to interfere with their business or their objectives.”“At the same time, we continue to support the objective of allowing for the opportunity of the best Women Hockey Players in the world to play the sport at the professional level,” Daly continued. “We will further explore the situation privately before taking any affirmative position on next steps.”For their part, the NWHL released a statement saying they “are among the players’ biggest fans” and reflecting an offer of “increased salaries and a 50-50 revenue split from league-level sponsorships and media rights deals.”But the players simply aren’t invested in the NWHL. This refusal to play is the culmination of years of unmet demands for better infrastructure for women’s and girl’s hockey, which, Schofield said, is the fastest growing sport in the nation. Beau Lund Written by Female athletes deserve to live the life they envisioned as kids: playing the sport they love, and making a living doing it. I stand with all female athletes in their pursuit of equal pay and a sustainable future. #ForTheGame #OneVoice— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) May 2, 2019Many demands have been directed at USA Hockey, which manages the national team that competes in the Olympics and international tournaments. In 2017, national team players threatened a boycott of World Championships to push USA Hockey negotiations for fair wages and support. They ultimately competed after a positive agreement was signed.Now, the professional league players are using their collective efforts to force the issue of creating “one league.”A popular argument against a unified North American women’s professional hockey league has been that there’s a lack of interest from fans. To that, Schofield says, noting the Canadian and American’s international dominance and 2018 ESPY for Best Game, “Do your homework.”“They always say if you build it they’ll come, and this is a situation where if a sustainable professional league is built, fans will come,” she said. “But fans haven’t had an opportunity to see the best product on the ice for professional women’s hockey — yet.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img May 3, 2019 /Sports News – National Women’s hockey players are protesting playing professionally — but don’t call it a boycott FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kendall Coyne Schofield refused to move from Los Angeles to play for the Minnesota Whitecaps, a National Women’s Hockey League team.Instead, the two-time Olympic medalist would fly in for Whitecaps games and fly back to L.A. afterwards, “because I wasn’t packing up my life and moving to Minnesota for the money I was getting,” she told ABC News.“The treatment of the players, the way the players are compensated, it’s not possible for women to train and prepare to be professional athletes,” she said. “And in the current state of the game, there’s nothing professional about it.”So on Thursday, Schofield joined over 200 fellow athletes — including stars Hilary Knight, Amanda Kessel, Meghan Duggan, Brianna Decker and Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux — in announcing that they will not be playing for a professional hockey league this season.“We cannot make a sustainable living playing in the current state of the professional game,” the players wrote in a statement posted across social media. “Having no health insurance and making as low as two thousand dollars a season means players can’t adequately train and prepare to play at the highest level.”last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 1/15

first_img Tags: Roundup FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 16SALINA, Utah-Creed Mogle netted 26 points on 11-17 from the field and Braxon Sylvester added 12 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds as the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs surged past North Sevier 68-61 Wednesday in Region 16 boys basketball action. The Bulldogs shot 50 percent for the game in improving to 9-5 on the season and 3-0 in Region 16 play. Burke Mickelsen posted 27 points and 5 rebounds on 11-17 in the loss for the Wolves, who fell to 8-6 and 2-1 in Region 16 play.Region 14LINDON, Utah-Ty Allred posted 20 points, including five 3-pointers as the Juab Wasps routed Maeser Prep 56-34 in Region 14 boys basketball action Wednesday. Matt Miller netted 14 points in the loss for the Lions.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Kevin Clark led the way with 17 points and the Manti Templars clobbered North Sanpete 87-39 Wednesday in Region 14 boys basketball action. Brady Jacobson had 11 points for the Hawks in defeat.Region 18PAROWAN, Utah-Clay Shakespear led the Kanab Cowboys with 18 points in a narrow 57-56 win over Parowan in Region 18 boys basketball action Wednesday. Max Topham netted 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the loss for the Rams.ENTERPRISE, Utah-Tyce Davies stepped up with 15 points and the Millard Eagles got past Enterprise 44-40 Wednesday in Region 18 boys basketball action. Levi Randall led the Wolves in the loss with 11 points.Girls BasketballRegion 20HILDALE, Utah-Brooklyn Syrett posted 20 points and the Bryce Valley Mustangs humbled Water Canyon 47-38 in Region 20 girls basketball action Wednesday. Melissa Jessop had 15 points in the loss for the Wildcats.MILFORD, Utah-Kinsey Williams led the way with 15 points as the Milford Tigers stonewalled Panguitch 53-40 Wednesday in Region 20 girls basketball action. Mataya Barney posted 20 points for the Bobcats in defeat.ESCALANTE, Utah-Kassidy Westwood netted 18 points and the Piute Thunderbirds got past Piute 50-41 in Region 20 girls basketball action Wednesday. Mikki Prows led the Moquis in the loss with 18 points.ORDERVILLE, Utah-Paige Harris led the way with 9 points as the Valley Buffaloes waxed Wayne 40-27 Wednesday in Region 20 girls basketball action. Abby Stevens led the Badgers with 14 points in defeat.WrestlingMONROE, Utah-The South Sevier Rams beat North Sevier 44-33 in a non-region wrestling dual Wednesday. The Rams earned the win on Senior Night, the final home dual of the season for South Sevier. Brad James Written by January 15, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/15last_img read more

Petrobras signs contract for sale of Lagoa Parda Cluster in Brazil

first_img Image: Petrobras plans to sell working interest in the onshore fields of the Lagoa Parda Cluster. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay. Petróleo Brasileiro ( Petrobras) reports that it signed with Imetame Energia Lagoa Parda Ltda, wholly owned subsidiary of Imetame Energia Ltda, a contract for the sale of its entire working interest in the onshore fields of the Lagoa Parda Cluster, located in Espírito Santo state, near the city of Linhares.The sale price is US$ 9,372,466.00 to be paid in two installments: (i) US$ 1,405,869.90 upon contract signature; and (ii) US$ 7,966,596.10 upon transaction closing, not included any adjustments due.The transaction closing is subject to the fulfillment of precedent conditions such as the approval by the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) and the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).The transaction is compliant with the Petrobras’ Divestment Methodology and with the provisions of the special procedure for the sale of the rights to exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas and other fluid hydrocarbons, provided for in Decree 9.355/2018.The transaction is in line with the company´s portfolio optimization and improvement of capital allocation, aiming at generating value for our shareholders.About the Lagoa Parda ClusterThe Lagoa Parda Cluster comprises three producing onshore concessions: Lagoa Parda, Lagoa Parda Norte and Lagoa Piabanha. Petrobras is the operator with a 100% equity interest in all three fields. The current average production of the Cluster is about 300 barrels of oil per day (bpd) and 5,500 m3/day of gas. Source: Company Press Release The transaction closing is subject to the fulfillment of precedent conditions such as the approval by the CADE and the ANPlast_img read more

London borough cracks down on short-term lets via Airbnb

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » London borough cracks down on short-term lets via Airbnb previous nextRegulation & LawLondon borough cracks down on short-term lets via AirbnbSouthwark says it is sending leaflets out to all its leaseholders and tenants warning that “homes are homes”.Nigel Lewis19th June 201702,390 Views Renting out a property via Airbnb has become a useful source of income for tens of thousands of landlords in London, and several agents including Portico have branched out to service this new short term lets management market.But one London borough is striking back after experiencing a deluge of Airbnb listings by its leaseholders and tenants.Southwark has revealed that it saw a 139% increase in the number of homes rented via Airbnb since the Deregulation Act 2015 loosened the rules for short-term lets of up to 90 days.Before the new regulations were introduced, leaseholders in London had to seek planning permission before being able to rent their properties out via home ‘sharing’ websites such as Airbnb.Now, Southwark says it is to clamp down on its leaseholders and tenants who advertise their properties on Airbnb.Beach of conditionsLeaflets are being sent to both groups to remind them that “renting out their homes on any short-term holiday let website breaches the conditions of their lease and could result in legal action”, it says.People who have purcahsed properties from Southwark via Right to Buy are being reminded that their leaseholds stipulate that their homes should not be “used for any purpose other than as a private dwelling house”.“We are aware that a growing number of leaseholders are letting their properties, on a short-term basis, through platforms including but not exclusive to Airbnb, Housetrip and Gumtree,” says Councillor Stephanie Cryan (pictured, left)“As far as we are concerned our homes are homes, not hotels. We want people in our council homes and on our council estates who are a part of the community, not visitors passing through.“In addition, noise nuisance, over-occupation and damage to communal areas can all result from the use of properties as short term lets and this can be damaging to local communities.“We welcome visitors to our borough and we are aware there are circumstances where short-term lets are appropriate, but with a growing demand for council homes we cannot tolerate the use of our properties as short term lets.” London Borough of Southwark gumtree housetrip airbnb Stephanie Cryan June 19, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

NAVAIR Awards F135 Propulsion Systems Contract

first_img Authorities NAVAIR Awards F135 Propulsion Systems Contract Back to overview,Home naval-today NAVAIR Awards F135 Propulsion Systems Contract View post tag: contract October 15, 2014 View post tag: awards View post tag: Naval View post tag: NAVAIR View post tag: F135center_img View post tag: americas United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engine has been awarded a $591,9 million modification to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F135 propulsion systems contract, announced the United States Department of Defense.This modification provides for the procurement of 19 F135-PW-100 Conventional Take Off and Landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Air Force; six F135-PW-600 Short Take-off and Vertical Landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Marine Corps; and four F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the U.S. Navy.In addition, this modification provides for five F135-PW-100 propulsion systems, one F135-PW-100 spare propulsion system and one F135-PW-600 propulsion system for international partners, including program administrative labor, engineering assistance to production, initial spare modules and long-lead hardware.The majority of work will be performed in Middletown, Connecticut (67 percent) and it is expected to be completed in September 2016.This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (41 percent), the Navy/Marine Corps (40 percent), international partners and foreign military sales.The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.[mappress]Image: United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engine View post tag: propulsion View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Systems Share this articlelast_img read more

Plush faces racism allegations

first_imgOn Friday of 6th week, black student Khomosto Moshikaro was refused service at The Plush Lounge by the bar staff. Moshikaro claimed that the denial of service was racially motivated.Kameel Premhid, Moshikaro’s friend who was with him on the night in question, recounted the events in an affidavit he sent to the nightclub, complaining about his friend’s treatment by bar staff, stating, “I attempted to buy drinks for my friend Khomotso Moshikaro and myself. Upon receiving my drinks order, [the staff member serving me] proceeded to inform me that I was able to order drinks [for myself] but no longer able to order drinks for my friend. The justification offered by said staff member… was that my friend was ‘too drunk’ and did not need any more alcohol. After said bar staff member made such pronouncement as to the state of sobriety of my friend, she proceeded to serve me subsequent rounds of drinks with little or no regard to my state of being.“At no [other] point was any concern raised directly and/ or indirectly about the state of sobriety of myself or my friend. In fact, no issue was made as to our continued presence at Plush other than when the bar was approached. In the absence of any concern being raised, I would like to know upon what basis – if any – any judgment was made with respect to the sobriety of my friend.”The Plush Lounge issued a statement in response to the alleged racial discrimination, stating, “Plush Oxford is owned and operated by members of a minority community with an equally diverse workforce. Our aim is to provide a safe and inclusive environment regardless of sexual orientation, age, gender, race or colour of skin. The suggestion that institutional racism exists within our organisation is strongly denied and upsetting.“As an experienced and responsible licensed retailer of alcohol, we take very seriously our obligations in respect of the sale of products to members of the public deemed to be intoxicated. The law places requirements on both the premises management and serving staff, both of which could face criminal proceedings for failing to observe the law. We will not comment on specific situations, but can confirm that a recent matter has been brought to our attention and we are now in dialogue with the individual concerned regarding this matter.”Premhid responded, “How does Plush refute claims that its staff exercise, whether directly or indirectly, racially discriminatory policies against those discernibly identifiable as black given the unjustified discrepancy in treatment by its own bar staff of non-black and black patrons on two different occasions?“Oxford is by and large a liberal, progressive, and tolerant place. We would be fooling ourselves to think, however, that all forms of prejudice have been eradicated, even in places we would otherwise be happy to consider to be safe.”Marc Shi, an Oxford student, commented to Cherwell, “While I see that this is just an allegation, it unfortunately wouldn’t surprise me at all if this turned out to be true, and also wouldn’t surprise me if the club continues to deny that anything ‘racist’ was happening.“I think living in a society in which racism and colonialism are entrenched in almost every system and social interaction means that along with coming out in obvious, violent ways, it also comes out in these subtle, easy-to-miss ways.”last_img read more

Northern Dough clinches Ocado deal

first_imgLancashire food business The Northern Dough Co has secured a deal to list its fresh dough with online retailer Ocado.Its Original, Chilli-infused, Rosemary-infused and Wholemeal doughs are now available through Ocado, as well as in Whole Foods Market, farm shops and delis across the UK.The firm, run by husband and wife duo Amy and Chris Cheadle, was established in 2011 to address a gap in the market for a ready-to-use fresh dough product, which could be used to make pizzas.The dough is produced and frozen at their bakery in Bacup and can be defrosted, rolled out and topped by customers at home.Amy Cheadle said: “We started the business with a small amount of money and a lot of determination that with a strong idea and a lot of passion for great food we could launch a national brand.“The fact that such fantastic brands as Ocado and Whole Foods have supported our vision by stocking our range is incredibly exciting and, we hope, just the start of our business plans.”last_img read more

Nile Rodgers Reveals He’s Cancer Free, Details Personal Triumphs & Losses In New Video

first_imgIn 2010, legendary producer and CHIC musician Nile Rodgers began a cancer battle following the discovery of a “mysterious growth on [his] right kidney.” In the time since the diagnosis, Rodgers has been living life to the fullest, finding widespread pop success with his collaborations with Daft Punk on 2013’s Random Access Memories in addition to his ever-fruitful career touring and in production. Happily, the iconic musician recently declared “100 percent recovery” following a recent surgery, noting to fans, “You can start dancing, singing and cheering now!”The Hitmaker: An Interview With Legendary Producer Nile RodgersIn an intimate and extended video blog post, Rodgers detailed to fans his journey since his 2010 cancer diagnosis. While the post has an undeniable optimistic tone, the guitarist explains the emotional gravity of and the personal loss during the last two years. As a former producer of other icons like David Bowie, Madonna, and more, he elaborated, “One of my greatest artists, David Bowie, died at the top of 2016; a few months later, Prince passed away; and then George Michael died Christmas Day, 48 hours after I’d just worked on his film and worked on his last record.” He continues, “My friend, musician extraordinaire Chris Cornell, would die this past spring. My young first cousin dropped dead of a coronary with no prior warning … and my mother is currently suffering from Stage-VI Alzheimer’s.”Listen To George Michael’s Reworked “Fantasy” With Nile RodgersWith so much loss immediately present in his life, this cancer-free diagnosis is an optimistic cap on the last few years. While the recent surgery forced Rodgers to postpone his touring plans for 2017, the guitarist obviously has his eyes set on the future, offering that “what will happen next year is beyond any of my wildest dreams.” He ends his post on a jubilant note, stating, “After the last seven years of amazing life, I would have never believed that my body would be invaded by another cancer. … CANCER REALLY? I’m done. 2018 here I come!”You can watch Nile Rodgers’ full video post below, and we’ll see you on the road, Nile! [H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Alec Baldwin Returns to the Stage & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Broadway Backwards Breaks Records The 10th anniversary of Broadway Backwards, hosted by Julie Halston and Rob McClure on March 9, raised a record $466,717 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. The sold-out show at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre included performances from Tituss Burgess, Lena Hall, Norm Lewis and more. Condola Rashad Takes Tinseltown Broadway fave Condola Rashad (Romeo and Juliet, The Trip to Bountiful and Stick Fly) is making it big in Hollywood! According to Deadline, the Tony nominee will take on the role of George Clooney’s assistant in the Jodie Foster-helmed Money Monster. Rashad is additionally set to appear opposite Rachel Weisz, Danny Glover, Kathy Bates and Michael Shannon in an untitled movie about a mysterious woman at a dinner party. And that’s not all! She also just shot a pilot for Showtime, Billions, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. Congrats, Condola! James Houghton Steps Down From Signature James Houghton, the founding Artistic Director of Signature Theatre, will step down next year at the end of the 2015-16 25th anniversary season. He was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer and will be attending to his health and family. Under Houghton’s stewardship, in 2012 Signature opened The Pershing Square Signature Center, the largest new theater center in New York City in nearly 50 years, and was recognized in 2014 with the Regional Theatre Tony Award. A new Artistic Director will be welcomed by July 1, 2016. We at wish Houghton all the best and a speedy recovery. Alec Baldwin Returns to Theater After a tumultuous turn on the Great White Way with Orphans, Alec Baldwin is returning to the boards in All My Sons. The New York Post reports that he will appear opposite two-time Tony nominee and Roseanne star Laurie Metcalf in the Arthur Miller classic in June at East Hampton’s Guild Hall. Hopefully the run off-off-off Broadway will be a calmer one for all concerned and Shia LaBeouf won’t stop by and repeat his behavior at Cabaret.center_img View Comments Watch Tony Winner Mark Rylance in Twelfth Night Miss out on the recent acclaimed all-male production of Twelfth Night, starring Mark Rylance in (yet another!) Tony-winning performance? Well, never fear, the film of the Globe’s 2012 production is available to rent or buy in the U.S. for the first time from March 12 here. Check out an hysterical clip of Rylance and Tony nominee Stephen Fry in the comedy below.last_img read more

Vermont Country Store reports most venues ‘open for business’

first_imgVermont Country Store,The Vermont Country Store, among the state’s top visitor destinations, is open for business. Both of its stores in Vermont, at Weston and Rockingham, were spared the destruction from Irene and are easily accessible from all major routes. However, other busineses in the same communities were not as fortunate and many lost their homes to rushing water.The national news showed images of devastation to Vermont but thanks to the herculean efforts of so many Vermonters and kind folks from other states we are happy to report that the clean up is well under way and visitors are returning. The response and the concern continue to be overwhelming and is a reminder that the inherent goodness in people is wonderful. The hardest hit communities are working together to get back to normal as soon as possible, to be ready to welcome the millions from across the country to enjoy the spectacular fall foliage that Vermont offers. In fact, most of the Inns, B&Bs and attractions that leaf peepers enjoy are open as well.Eliot Orton, proprietor of The Vermont Country Store, points out some essential truths about Vermont and Vermonters. He said, ‘Vermont is open for business. The Vermont Country Store is open for business. And while we’ve been blessed to have been spared the worst of Irene, make no mistake ‘ these are a people and a community that won’t give up. In fact, we are all committed, more than ever, to make this fall’s visitor experience better than ever.’Visitors can use is external) as a resource for real-time information on everything related to visiting Vermont in addition to links, FB pages, Twitter and Text feeds to allied/partner resources including destinations, status of roads and highways and more.Open for Business: Proprietors of The Vermont Country Store, standing outside their flagship store in Weston, Vt., were spared the wrath of Tropical Storm Irene and are ready to welcome visitors. Pictured (from left) are Eliot, Lyman, Cabot and Gardner Orton. (Photo: Business Wire)About The Vermont Country StoreIn 1946, Vrest and Ellen Orton printed their first catalogue’just 12 pages and 36 products’and mailed it to the folks on their Christmas card list and sixty-five years later continues to be Orton family owned. As Purveyors of The Practical and Hard to Find, The Vermont Country Store operates as a multichannel merchant through its mailed catalogs, e-commerce web site and two retail stores in Weston and Rockingham, Vermont. For more information, please visit is external).last_img read more