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St. Louis police sergeant told to ‘tone down your gayness’ awarded $20 million by jury

first_imgMarilyn Nieves/iStock(ST. LOUIS) — A police sergeant was awarded nearly $20 million by a Missouri jury in a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit he filed after allegedly being told to “tone down your gayness” by a police commission board member. The jury sided with Sgt. Keith Wildhaber in the suit he filed against St. Louis County, claiming he was passed over for promotions, and discriminated against and retaliated against because of his sexual orientation.Wildhaber’s attorneys called the jury verdict “historic.”“His bravery and courage in standing up for what is right should be an inspiration for employees everywhere,” Wildhaber’s lawyers, Russ Riggan and Sam Moore, said in a joint statement to ABC News. “Justice was served in this trial, and no client could be more deserving than Keith. The jury acted as the conscience of the community and spoke loud and clear in its verdict.”The St. Louis County Circuit Court jury, which reached its verdict on Friday following a week-long trial, awarded Wildhaber a $19.9 million judgment, including $17 million in punitive damages.Wildhaber claimed in his suit that while conducting a security check on a restaurant owned by John Saracino, a member of the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners, he was allegedly told by Saracino that the police command staff “has a problem with your sexuality.” Wildhaber claims Saracino went on to offer him advice on how to achieve his goal.Wildhaber claimed that Saracino allegedly told him that if he wanted to get promoted, “you should tone down your gayness,” the lawsuit stated.Saracino denied ever saying such a thing to Wildhaber.Wildhaber claimed he was passed over multiple times for promotion despite having “a clean disciplinary history, excellent performance reviews, and a strong resume for being promoted to Lieutenant,” according to the suit.The suit alleged that Wildhaber’s superiors, namely St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, refused to promote him “because he does not conform to the County’s gender-based norms, expectations, and/or preferences.”Wildhaber complained to management numerous times, and in April 2016 he filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Missouri Commission on Human Rights alleging “unlawful employment discrimination due to the County’s failure to promote him based on his sex/gender.”A month later, Wildhaber claims his superiors retaliated by was reassigning him from a day shift to a midnight shift and by transferring him to a precinct that was 27 miles from his home.He filed a total of five complaints with the EEOC and Commission on Human Rights, alleging discrimination and unlawful retaliation.The Missouri Commission on Human Rights eventually issued Wildhaber a notice granting him the right to sue the county.Following the verdict, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page recommended that members of the Board of Police Commissioners and Belmar be replaced, saying, “The time for leadership changes has come and change must start at the top.”“Our police department must be a place where every community member and every officer is respected and treated with dignity,” Page said in a statement he posted on Twitter. “Employment decisions in the department must be made on merit and who is best for the job.”Belmar has not commented on the jury verdict or on calls for him to be replaced, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police told ABC News on Tuesday. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

SETI in Reverse

first_imgThe SETI Institute has had to close down its search with the Allen Telescope Array (08/12/2010) due to lack of funds.  But while incoming messages might be missed, outgoing messages are still en route.  The Voyager record is approaching interstellar space.    PhysOrg, Live Science and the BBC News all told about the budget cuts for SETI.  The news comes at a bad time for SETI hopefuls, since 2011 is the 50th anniversary of the first attempt at contact (11/13/2010); but so far, no outcry has been heard from the public or from the aliens, nor has new funding come to the rescue.    Bob McDonald, commenting on CBC News, feels SETI is worth a lot more than the tens of millions spent on the royal wedding.  Just two to three million could have been used to keep SETI going.  “That tiny sum pays for a group of very intelligent and highly accomplished people to look for the answer to a fundamental human question, while many times that amount will be spent on security alone for the wedding of two people who have not really accomplished that much.”    The flipside of SETI, METI (Messaging to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, 02/06/2011) is something humans can control.  The Voyager message to aliens was spotlighted on PhysOrg with a commemorative video from [email protected] that summarizes the twin Voyager spacecraft’s historic missions to the outer planets.  They are now at the edge of interstellar space.    The video ends with the story of the Voyager Record, put together by a team under the direction of Carl Sagan, tasked with encapsulating the sights and sounds of life on earth (09/01/2004; cf. 01/13/2003).  “We couldn’t help but appreciate the enormous responsibility to create a cultural Noah’s Ark with a shelf life of hundreds of millions of years,” said Ann Druyan, team member.  The record could not come within a few light years of nearby stars for at least 40,000 years.  Even then, chances of it being detected and retrieved under the most optimistic circumstances are vanishingly remote.    Notwithstanding the low odds of interception, the Voyager Record served as a statement of earthlings to earthlings.  The video clip from NASA ends, “What are the odds of a race of primates evolving sentience, developing spaceflight, and sending the sound of barking dogs into the cosmos?  Expect the unexpected indeed.“Good grief; the aliens aren’t going to know anything about phonograph records.  They want it on Blu-Ray.  And a cultural Noah’s Ark is doomed without an Ararat to land on.    The real irony of the Voyager Record is that it was put together by materialists, but it presupposes intelligent design (09/29/2010, 12/03/2005).  Natural selection did not create the record; humans did, with purpose and intent.  And they expected it to be received by intelligent beings who, with purpose and intent, would follow the directions and figure out how to use 40,000-year-old technology to play an old-fashioned phonograph.  SETI itself depends on the notion of ID.  We want to hear from intelligent beings who communicate on purpose.  Pulsars and natural sounds cannot fulfill that longing.    So what are the odds of a race of primates evolving sentience, developing spaceflight, and sending the sound of barking dogs into the cosmos?  Pretty low, unless you believe the Stuff Happens Law routinely produces miracles (online book).  The Voyager Record is a lonesome cry for meaning in a senseless universe racing toward a heat death.  But that lonesomeness betrays a spiritual reality that materialism cannot deny (02/02/2011).Exercise:  Debate the proposition that humans are the lone sentient physical beings in the universe (see the “misanthropic principle,” 02/27/2011, bullet 9).  Do materialism and theology lean toward opposite answers?  What are the grounds for the common assumption that the vastness of space demands life be common?  How solid are those grounds from both perspectives?(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Trump regulatory freeze puts hold on ag-related programs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Shortly after he was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump issued an order freezing federal regulations still in the rulemaking process and delaying for 60 days beyond their effective date those that recently took effect.Among the regulations put on hold are two of particular concern to livestock organizations: the Farm Fair Practices Rules and the organic livestock and poultry rule.The National Pork Producers Council wants the rules, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to be rescinded. One of the regulations in the Farm Fair Practices Rules — also known as the GIPSA Rule (after USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration) — would broaden the scope of the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) of 1921 related to the use of “unfair, unjustly discriminatory or deceptive practices” and “undue or unreasonable preferences or advantages.”Specifically, it would deem such actions inherent violations of federal law even if they didn’t harm competition or cause competitive injury, prerequisites for winning PSA cases. NPPC and other livestock groups are concerned that the regulation would restrict the buying and selling of livestock, lead to consolidation of the livestock industry and increase consumer prices for meat.It was set to take effect Feb. 21. The organic rule adds animal welfare standards to the nation’s organic food production law. It would strictly dictate how organic producers must raise livestock and poultry, including during transport and slaughter, and specify, without scientific justification, which common practices are allowed and prohibited in organic livestock and poultry production, thereby eliminating producers’ discretion to make sound decisions about animal care. It also would establish unreasonable indoor and outdoor space requirements for animals.NPPC, which in July submitted comments in opposition to the regulation, said the welfare standards are not based on science and are outside the scope of the organic food production law, which limits consideration of livestock as organic to feeding and medication practices. Additionally, the organization pointed out, animal welfare is not unique to organic production. Some of the standards even could jeopardize animal and public health, said NPPC in its comments to USDA. The provision on outdoor access, for example, is in conflict with best management practices to prevent swine diseases that pose a threat to animal and human health. The regulation was set to take effect March 20.last_img read more

Gad-Zookz! WTO to Allow Copyright Infringement?

first_imgdana oshiro Zookz founder Hugh Marshall launched the site in the belief that the Antigua-based company is not subject to US copyright law until those within the space reach a profit of $21 million dollars. Nevertheless, it’s unlikely that this is the case as it would mean that the WTO would allow Antigua-based websites to simply give away files or sell them at rock bottom prices in order to stay below the limit. While the actual terms of the WTO’s sanction is blurry, John Healey of the LA Times suggests that the annual value limit is likely to represent the loss to US industries rather than the profit yielded. As well, the fact that the site is accessible by global audiences outside of Antigua makes this a particularly suspicious venture. While the site’s 1,500 movies and 50,000 songs represent a relatively small catalogue, it appears that for now, for the price of a Netflix monthly account, Zookz users can access unlimited downloads. Obviously this is tempting. Dubious legality aside, and regardless of how you perceive the RIAA and MPAA, please remember that in this case neither starving musicians nor billionaire record labels receive payment for the downloaded works. If you’re still curious about the service, you can register at Zookz.com. Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#web As reported in the LA Times’ technology blog, the launch of Antigua-based media download site Zookz has raised the ire of the US trade commission as well as the RIAA and MPAA. However, according to the company, Zookz is permitted by the World Trade Organization under a loophole copyright sanction. You read that correctly. The US trade commission and the RIAA / MPAA is challenging Zookz the pirate with the WTO in its corner. Imagine the cage match.Zookz is offering unlimited movie or music downloads for $10 per month (or $18 for both). The company’s low prices can be attributed to the fact that it is not paying licensing fees to copyright owners. The justification as to why Zookz can ignore US claims to intellectual copyrights is a long and complicated one. It seems the WTO ruled with Antigua after a long series of battles over the fact that US restrictions on online gambling were found to violate free trade agreements. Despite the decision, no new forms of offshore online betting were allowed in the US. In retaliation, Antigua received permission from the WTO to suspend US copyright obligations up to a value of $21 million dollars annually. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Gmail Contact Importer Rolls Out to More Users

first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick You’re also given the option to set up automatic forwarding to your new account and the TrueSwitch service outside of Gmail gives users the option of notifying all their contacts of their new email address. That doesn’t appear to be an option with Gmail and that’s probably a good thing.Dear Internet, please offer features like this at every website. The ability to pull in contacts and data from one service provider to another is the dream of data portability. It enables users to try new services, prevents them from being locked-in to old ones, promotes competition between service providers and generally makes the world a better place.Not all Gmail users can see the new Import feature but over the next few weeks that will probably change. GMail is rolling out a new feature to some users that makes it easy to import contacts and archived emails from other email accounts, with other providers, into your Gmail account. The feature is powered by a 3rd party service called TrueSwitch and it really is a breeze. The feature was announced this Spring but the roll out has been slow and many users are seeing it for the first time today. Some still don’t see it.Users are required to give TrueSwitch (through a Gmail interface) the username and password for the old account, then import can take a few hours or days. I pulled in contacts from an old Hotmail account and am now waiting to have them arrive in my Gmail contacts list. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

San Beda cruises to 8th straight; Bolick ejected after scuffle

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Bolick led San Beda with 14 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds before getting ejected, while Davon Potts had his best game this season with 12 markers, four boards, two dimes, and two steals.Javee Mocon also had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds for the 9-1 Red Lions.Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde (2-8) with 25 points and 15 rebounds, as the Blazers suffered their fourth straight defeat.The Scores:SAN BEDA 72 – Bolick 14, Potts 12, Mocon 10, Soberano 8, Tankoua 7, Cabanag 5, Noah 5, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Adamos 2, Doliguez 2, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0.ADVERTISEMENT ST. BENILDE 58 – Leutcheu 25, Domingo 8, Sta. Maria 8, Pili 5, Castor 4, Belgica 2, Dixon 2, Naboa 2, San Juan 2, Johnson 0, Young 0.Quarters: 17-18, 41-28, 63-41, 72-58. MOST READ Things escalated quickly under the basket which led to a disqualifying foul on Young and the ejection of Bolick, who was seen retaliating by the referees during the replay, and Clint Doliguez, who entered the playing court.After the game, a fuming coach Boyet Fernandez expressed disgust with how things were handled during the commotion as he came to Bolick’s defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Where was the closed fist? Check the replay!,” he argued. “You have to see that. The other team only had one foul and we already had six fouls. Then you throw out a player that was tackled. I hope the commissioner will see that. It is unethical,” said Fernandez.“We were up 14 points and then you tackle the other player? Why penalize that guy who did not even punch? My God, that’s wrong. I hope the commissioner will see that. It’s already a won game already.” Brady not thinking of ’08 injury as he prepares for Chiefs View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLooking an unstoppable behemoth, San Beda continued its tear with a 72-58 rout of St. Benilde Tuesday for an eighth straight victory in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The win, however, was overshadowed by an endgame fracas where Carlo Young tackled a driving Robert Bolick down on a fastbreak with 2:28 left.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington Isnt Completely Delusional

A season after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, there’s no getting around how lousy the team has been. With a record of 43 wins and 52 losses, the Red Sox entered the All-Star break in last place in the American League East — nine-and-a-half games behind the division-leading Baltimore Orioles and eight games out of the league’s final wild-card spot. Naive estimates of playoff probability, which treat every future game on the schedule as a coin flip, peg Boston’s chances of qualifying for the postseason at just 3.7 percent.For a team in such a predicament, the media’s attention usually turns to which players it should sell off at the July 31 trade deadline. Sure enough, Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington was asked Thursday about deadline plans, to which he responded:“We’re going to do whatever we feel gives the Red Sox the best chance to be as good as possible as quickly as possible. And we are not conceding 2014 with that statement. … We’ve put ourselves in this position, so the math is working against us a little bit. But stranger things have happened. We don’t see why we can’t win more games than most of the teams ahead of us.”That’s pretty standard fare; Boston wasn’t the only team in such straits to deny the obvious about its deadline-day status. But in Cherington’s case, such a statement might not merely be a case of brazen self-deception. Beneath the Red Sox’s terrible record, there might lurk a good baseball team.The baseball statistics website FanGraphs.com has a mechanism by which it projects — based on the talent of players — the number of wins above replacement (WAR) each team is likely to accrue over the remainder of the season. This process incorporates updated forecasts for each player (using the ZiPS and Steamer projection systems) and playing-time estimates from the site’s depth charts (which take injuries into account).By this measure, the four teams projected to produce the most WAR from the All-Star break onward are the Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics and … Boston Red Sox.The first three teams on that list have won 58.4 percent of their games this season; Boston has won 45.3 percent. But, as Cherington alluded to, the Red Sox do have the talent to play better. Compared to their preseason (per-plate appearance) ZiPS and Steamer projections, Boston’s batters have produced 4.7 fewer WAR than would have been expected before the season, and that doesn’t even take into account injuries suffered by Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli during the season. (Interestingly, all of the Red Sox’s WAR shortfall has come on the position-player side; the team’s pitchers have exceeded expectations by 1.8 WAR.)A study by sabermetrician Phil Birnbaum showed that teams frequently see their players’ performances vary wildly around projections due to chance alone. In Birnbaum’s data, there were 1.5 teams per season from 1960 to 2001 who, through simple bad luck, undershot their “true” talent by the equivalent of 11 wins per 162 games — a hypothesis the FanGraphs numbers are asking us to believe about this Red Sox team. (Note as well that Major League Baseball had 17 percent fewer teams per season over the span of Birnbaum’s data than it has today, so the number of teams falling short because of luck in a 30-team league is even larger than the study’s seasonal average.)Birnbaum’s “luck-adjusted” wins from the previous season track much more closely with a team’s wins in the following season than its actual wins from the previous season, which attests to the value of projections that attempt to filter out random variance. That’s a big reason why FanGraphs’ projections expect Boston to post the seventh-best record in the major leagues from today onward, despite its poor record to date. It’s also why, after adjusting for the Red Sox’s projected talent level (instead of treating future games like coin flips), FanGraphs’ playoff-odds report bumps their postseason probability up to 6.6 percent.It’s always possible that in the roller-coaster world of the Red Sox, last year’s World Series winning squad might be the outlier sandwiched between two terrible seasons. But the best public sabermetric projections available agree with Cherington — this team is much better than its record would have us believe (even if it’s still unlikely to make the playoffs). read more

Ian Holloway slams referee Chris Kavanagh

first_imgFormer Queens Park Rangers Ian Holloway has slammed referee Chris Kavanagh who sent off Nuno-Espirito-Santo for Jurgen Klopp-style celebration.Nuno, who is the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers was dismissed for going onto the pitch to celebrate his team’s late winner, in their 4-3 victory over Leicester City.Holloway believes Nuno was hard-done by Kavanagh who failed to send off Jurgen Klopp for the same actions during the Merseyside derby earlier in the season.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Jim White, Holloway said: “You could see he [Nuno] was itching, he was slapping the hands of his staff and he thought ‘I’m going [to celebrate with the players]’.”“Instead of running on the pitch he ran up the side and then he ran behind the goal and he wanted to say to the lad [Jota] who’s had some injury problems ‘well done’.”Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“But when he gets back, off you go! Now I know rules are rules but I know what happens as a referee.”“The same ref didn’t send off Klopp for doing it against Everton. He didn’t send him off.”“I wish he didn’t send off Nuno because where does it stop? He [Kavanagh] obviously got a ticking off from his bosses and he’s now sent him off.”“I thought it was silly, it was stupid. With the passion, with the pressure managers are under, you should be allowed to celebrate to a point.”last_img read more