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Moyes: no point risking Rooney on Far East tour

first_imgBy Mike CollettManchester United manager David Moyes said there was no point in risking Wayne Rooney on the team’s tour of the Far East, which is why the injured striker was returning home just hours after arriving in Bangkok.“We won’t take any chances, there is no point in taking him any further around the world,” Moyes told Manchester United TV (MUTV) from the Thai capital, explaining that Rooney suffered the injury before leaving England.“The day we left, he just felt his hamstring tighten up right at the end of training and we thought there would be no problem,” the Scot added.“But after the long flight, we decided we’d get him tested and scanned and have a look at things and there is just a small grade one injury there.“He didn’t train yesterday. We won’t take any chances – there is no point in taking him any further round the world so we’ve sent him back for treatment.”The 27-year-old faces a month on the sidelines after suffering the injury and is doubtful for the Community Shield against FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic at Wembley on August 11 and England’s friendly against Scotland three days later.United begin their Premier League title defence at Swansea City on August 17.Rooney has been the subject of transfer speculation since retired United manager Alex Ferguson said at the end of last season the England forward had asked to leave the club.However, Moyes has reiterated that the striker was not for sale and would not be leaving Old Trafford.United open their tour against a Singha All-Star XI in Bangkok on Saturday and will also play in Sydney, Yokohama, Osaka and Hong Kong before facing AIK in Stockholm on August 6.They have left Manchester without captain Nemanja Vidic, who is struggling with sciatica. The club said it was not serious and expected the Serbia centre back to join them at some point.last_img read more

Classic Empire is early 4-1 favorite for Kentucky Derby

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Trained by Todd Pletcher, Always Dreaming drew the No. 5 post, which has produced nine Derby winners, most recently California Chrome in 2014. Blue Grass Stakes winner McCraken will break from the No. 15 hole. The last of five winners from there was Triple Crown champion American Pharoah two years ago.Casse is one of three trainers with multiple horses in the race. He also trains State of Honor.Todd Pletcher and Steve Asmussen have three starters each. Pletcher is seeking his second Derby win from the trio of Always Dreaming, Tapwrit and Patch.Asmussen has yet to win the Derby in his long career. He’ll saddle Lookin At Lee, Untrapped and Hence.Irish War Cry is the fourth choice at 6-1 odds and drew the No. 17 post. No horse has ever won from there, but trainer Graham Motion was pleased.“Being in the auxiliary gate keeps you in the clear, keeps you away from the craziness,” he said. “You don’t have to stand in the gate that long.”The main starting gate holds 14 horses and has a six-stall auxiliary gate that is attached. Horses are loaded into the gate two at a time, beginning with posts one and 11, which spend the most time waiting for the start.Four horses are listed at 15-1: Girvin, Hence, Gunnevera and Gormley.Six horses are 20-1 shots: Lookin At Lee, Thunder Snow, Irap, J Boys Echo, Tapwrit and Practical Joke.Lookin At Lee drew the dreaded No. 1 hole in the starting gate. His sire, Lookin At Lucky, had the same spot in 2010. He was the 6-1 favorite that year but was pinched at the start and got banged against the rail before finishing sixth. Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption There are even bigger odds for bettors who like extreme long shots. Untrapped, State of Honor, Battle of Midway, and Patch, the one-eyed horse, are all at 30-1.Patch, whose left eye was removed because of infection, drew the No. 20 post on the far outside. He won’t be able to see the rest of the field to his left.“He’ll get to see the crowd when he leaves there,” Pletcher said.The longest odds in the field belong to Fast And Accurate and Sonneteer, both at 50-1. Fast And Accurate is part-owned by Olympic skier Bode Miller. Sonneteer has yet to win a race in his career. If he wins the Derby, he’d be the first maiden to do so since Brokers Tip in 1933.Doug O’Neill, who trained last year’s winner Nyquist, is back with Irap.A total of 22 horses were entered, two more than the maximum limit of 20. Also eligible are Royal Mo and the Pletcher-trained Master Plan, who would need defections by early Friday morning to get into the 1 1/4-mile race.The owners of Fast and Accurate paid the $200,000 supplemental fee to make the colt eligible for the Derby and as a result, the other two Triple Crown races.The extra money from Fast and Accurate’s supplemental entry raises the Derby purse to $2,395,800, if 20 horses start. It would be the second-richest purse in the race’s 143-year history, behind the $2,399,600 awarded in 2005. The winner would earn $1,635,800. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Exercise rider Martin Rivera gallops Kentucky Derby hopeful Classic Empire at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. APLOUISVILLE, Kentucky — After he endured hoof and back injuries and a reluctance to train, things are looking up for Classic Empire.The bay colt was made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time), with just four of the 20 horses listed at single digits in a wide-open race.ADVERTISEMENT Classic Empire will break from the No. 14 post on Saturday. Just two horses have won the Derby from there. The last was Carry Back in 1961.Classic Empire’s sire, Pioneerof the Nile, finished second in the 2009 Derby.“We couldn’t be in a better place right now,” Casse said.Recent history is on Classic Empire’s side, too. The favorite has won the Derby each of the last four years. It’s the longest such streak since the 1970s.Always Dreaming and McCraken, a three-time winner at Churchill Downs, are co-second choices at 5-1.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Classic Empire was idle for three months after winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and being named 2-year-old champion last year. He made his 3-year-old debut with a third-place finish in the Holy Bull Stakes in February. Then came two more months off, and twice during that time, the colt didn’t want to train.“It’s been a crazy road, but we’re right where we want to be,” trainer Mark Casse said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnClassic Empire restored Casse’s confidence in him by delivering a half-length victory in the Arkansas Derby in mid-April.“With the average horse you couldn’t do what we have done,” Casse said. “You need so many things to go right and the good news with this horse is he’s so talented he can overcome a lot.” LATEST STORIES Tony Romo to try qualifying for US Open Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadlast_img read more

The looming shadow of dictatorship

first_imgAttorney-at-Law and former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall, is contending that “not unacceptable”, as per the constitutional requirements for guiding the choice of chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), means that Presidents of Guyana are not required to find a person on a list, presented to him/her by the Leader of the Opposition, who is ‘acceptable’ as an individual acceptance, but has to make a choice of someone whom he considers fit the requirements of Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana.This opens the door for compromises in the national interest. It is quite possible that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Presidents, and even former President Desmond Hoyte, when faced with having to make that choice, even if reluctant and not fully comfortable with the list of names presented to them, they did not digress from the Carter Centre formula, which paved the way for a smooth appointment of Chairmen of GECOM since elections of 1992.The current imbroglio over the choice of a GECOM chairman could have been avoided if President David Granger had acted in good faith and chosen a chairman from the nominees submitted by the Opposition Leader, all of whom were well-respected Guyanese who have served in various capacities that required the stamina – mental and physical, for the arduous responsibilities mandated to the GECOM Chairman.Obviously, his unilateral pick, after rejecting 18 eminent Guyanese, has been found wanting of many qualities required of a person who is chosen to lead Guyana into initially Local Government Elections, then General Elections that are due in 2020.Clearly defined in the Constitution is the onus to find someone who is “not unacceptable” to him. The fact of his rejecting so many well-respected, highly-accomplished, eminently suitable members of Guyanese society as ‘not acceptable’ is a direct assault on the professional integrity of the persons whose names were proffered on the three lists submitted by former President and current Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo.No President, or anyone for that matter, can violate a country’s Constitution without serious consequences; and the President’s mandate to appoint a GECOM chairperson is circumscribed by Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana. President Granger is, therefore, bound to make that choice from the list – ideally the first list, presented to him by the Opposition Leader.When the President requested the Opposition Leader to submit a list of names suitable for the position of chairman of GECOM, he was binding himself to submission to Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana. However, his subsequent actions and rhetoric, culminating in the high-handed unilateral imposition of a chairman of his choice on the nation, drew the ire of Guyanese across all the divides, including some prominent members of his own party, which has precipitated a legal challenge to the appointment of Justice Patterson, clandestinely done at a time and on a day that pre-empted any legal action to forestall this indisputable assault on Guyana’s Constitution.It is highly likely that this battle will reach the Caribbean Court of Justice, and this time it will be a battle between the nation and the State, because only a holistic approach by the widest stakeholder aggregate can achieve the sustained sacred bastion of democracy in our nation. This assault on the highest level representing our fledgling democracy has to be repelled; and this is not a political issue, but a national dilemma.Only those au fait with the decades when our freedoms were held hostage can recognise the gravity of this looming national disaster.Our freedoms were hard fought for and dearly won, even at the cost of the lives of freedom-fighters. Our freedom-fighters today need to engage in battle on every front – especially in the streets, at international and national fora and in the courts. Without a victory over this dire threat to Guyana’s democracy, our nation is doomed forever to live under the shadow of dictatorship.last_img read more

2016 records dismal economic performance

first_img…real growth only 2% – Minister JordanGuyana’s economic performance this past year was “dismal”, according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, and the country has even failed to meet the projected targets that were already revised downwards at mid-year.The bleak report on the state of the nation’s finances was laid bare in the National Assembly as the Finance Minister on Monday presented a $250 billion Budget for 2017.During his presentation to the members of the National Assembly which was broadcast live across the country, Minister Jordan indicated that gold continued to be the only boon, since “the economy felt the drag of dismal output performances in sugar, rice, forestry, and construction, including housing”.Meagre growthJordan used the occasion to recall that the budget for 2016 projected an overall real growth rate of 4.4 per cent. At mid-year, a real economic growth rate of two per cent was achieved. “However, since several industries and sectors, including sugar, rice, construction, and wholesale and retail trade, were showing signs of distress, already, the projected growth rate for 2016 was revised downwards to four per cent”.According to Jordan, “since then, several unexpected developments, including the downsizing of Barama and Demerara Timbers Limited’s operations in the forestry sector; structural changes and ongoing strikes in the sugar industry; and the slow pace of implementation of the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) conspired to reduce the real growth rate to 2.6 per cent.”Agri returns dismalIn an update on the various sectoral performances, Minister Jordan noted that the agricultural sector has contracted and was expected to continue its downward spiral. He said a dismal performance was expected for all sub-sectors, except fishing and other crops. “Despite an encouraging recovery in 2015, sugar is projected to decline by 18.7 per cent, to reach 188,000 metric tonnes in 2016.” He has blamed the low production on the El Niño dry spell experienced earlier in the year which resulted in lower yields, combined with late planting and the frequency of strikes, during the second half of the year.As it relates to rice, the Minister said due to continued uncertainty in the rice industry, output was expected to reach 600,000 metric tonnes in 2016, representing a decline of 12.8 per cent from the target achieved in 2015.Rice production will remain stagnant for 2017, he added.“The El Niño weather phenomenon and the loss of the lucrative Venezuelan market contributed significantly to the decline in production level.”With regard to the forestry sector, which, over the years, had contributed significantly to overall economic growth, the Minister reported that this was not the case for 2016.Minister Jordan stated that “the forestry sub-sector is expected to contract significantly by 33.3 per cent, principally as a result of Barama halting the production of logs and the UK’s restriction on greenheart logs originating from Guyana”.Gold boonThe mining and quarrying sector has continued to provide buoyancy for the national economy. Minister Jordan reported to the House that “the mining and quarrying sector is projected to grow by 35.7 per cent in 2016, the highest in over a decade”.Gold production, he said, is expected to reach 644,814 ounces as a result of the combined efforts of small and medium-sized miners responding to the concessions granted by Government and rising global gold prices, and the two foreign-owned companies reaching full capacity.“The bauxite industry is expected to grow by 9.6 per cent, while the other mining and quarrying sector is projected to rise by 22 per cent, mainly on account of a 92.5 per cent increase in sand production and a 9.2 per cent increase in stone production.”He did use the opportunity to announce that despite the fears that were promulgated by some suggesting that concessions would be removed, this was not the case.On the matter of the manufacturing sector, Jordan said this was projected to contract by 7.1 per cent, as a result of the dismal performance of the sugar and rice sectors, as well as a small decline in other manufacturing and construction.Construction, he said, declined from a budgeted 10.5 per cent to a projected 3.2 per cent in 2016.“This performance is related to a decline in activity in the housing sector and PSIP…the services sector is expected to expand by 1.3 per cent, with growth driven by the electricity, water, finance and insurance, and transport and storage sectors. The sector’s share of GDP continues to remain above 40 per cent.”InflationThe Minister did report favourably on the inflation rate, which he said remained moderate in 2016.The 12-month inflation rate stood at 1.1 per cent as of October 2016, according to Minister Jordan.He reported too that prices were projected to remain relatively stable through the end of the year, resulting in an inflation rate of 1.3 per cent.last_img read more

Lebanese refs charged for getting sexual bribes

first_imgThe charge sheets said the three committed an offence punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act.The three had been due to officiate in Tampines Rovers’ AFC Cup fixture with East Bengal when they were abruptly dropped and questioned by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).Replacement officials were brought in for the game, which was won 4-2 by the Indian team.CPIB said in a statement Thursday they had acted on “prior information of match fixing” involving the three referees.“Subsequent investigations revealed that the trio corruptly received gratification… in the form of free sexual service from three females,” the CPIB said in a statement.“Singapore has always adopted a zero tolerance approach towards corruption, and match fixing of any form is not condoned in Singapore,” it said.The CPIB added that it “investigates into match-fixing through bribery cases and will not hesitate to take action against any parties involved if they had given or received bribes to fix a match”.Singapore has a long record of match-fixing scandals and criminals from the tiny but wealthy Southeast Asian country have been blamed by Europol for orchestrating an international network responsible for rigging hundreds of games worldwide.In February, Singapore came under pressure to act against the cartels, whose activities fuel illegal gambling estimated to be worth billions of dollars, when the head of Interpol called for the arrest of an alleged ringleader.Singapore police later said the suspect, Tan Seet Eng or Dan Tan, was assisting investigations, but he was not arrested or charged with any crime.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SINGAPORE, April 4- Three Lebanese soccer referees were charged Thursday for receiving sexual bribes in exchange for fixing a match in Singapore, the government’s anti-corruption bureau said.Referee Ali Sabbagh, and assistants Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb, were charged before a district court for “corruptly” receiving sexual gratification “as an inducement” to fix the match they were to officiate Wednesday, court documents showed.last_img read more

Unseen video of Lewandowski’s five goals in nine minutes for Bayern v Wolfsburg

first_imgRobert Lewandowski scored a phenomenal five goals in just nine minutes for Bayern Munich against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.Now the Pole has revealed exactly how he lost count of the number of goals he grabbed in a remarkable match.At least, according to our translation*.Take a look at Lewandowski’s interview in the video player above.DISCLAIMER: Like conceding five goals in nine minutes, this translation defies belief!last_img

Torino make formal approach to extend Joe Hart’s loan from Man City

first_img1 Torino have formally requested another year-long loan for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.The England international was unceremoniously sent out to Italy by Pep Guardiola when the Spaniard took over at the Etihad in the summer.Hart, who has made 29 Serie A appearances, has become a firm favourite during his time in Turin but was expected to seek a fresh challenge at the end of the season-long spell.But now, according to Tuttosport, Torino have opened talks with City about retaining the keeper for another year.However, with his contract set to expire in 2019, City know that his value will only dwindle during another season away from the club so they may decide they need to sell this summer.That will come as bad news for Torino as it has been suggested that they would struggle to afford the transfer fee or full wages. Joe Hart celebrates a Torino win with teammate Daniele Baselli last_img read more

Sligo GAA Results May 14

first_imgBenson Cup Group 1 Abbott Cup Group 1 St Patrick’s32015535204 Benson Cup Group 2 Castleconnor G.A.A Club10011420-60 St Farnan’s1001921-120 Drumcliffe/Rosses Point GAA club1100219122 Tubbercurry GAA Club3201444314 Calry/St Joseph’s1100131032 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Cúil Irra/Leathros/CooleraStrandhill32016245174 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 4Fri, 12 May, (Round: Round 1), St Molaise Gaels 0-10 Curry 2-13Fri, 12 May, (Round: Round 1), St Farnan’s 0-9 Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 4-9Sat, 13 May, (Round: Round 1), St John’s 1-7 Calry/St Joseph’s 1-10Sat, 13 May, (Round: Round 1), Castleconnor 2-8 CooleraStrandhill 4-8Sun, 14 May, (Round: Round 1), Coolaney/Mullinabreena 3-15 Owenmore Gaels 1-15 St Molaise Gaels33006532336 Owenmore Gaels30032554-290 Kiernan Cup Group 2 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Cúil Áine / Mullach na Bréine / Coolaney / Mullinabreena1100171612 Geevagh220010554 Abbott Cup Group 2 St Mary’s20021841-230 Easkey10011834-160 Calry/St Joseph’s2101272702 Ballymote Round Towers21105219333 Benson Cup Group 1Sat, 13 May, (Round: Round 3), Bunninadden 1-14 St Patrick’s/Dromard 2-10 Cúil Áine / Mullach na Bréine / Coolaney / Mullinabreena1100241862 Curry/Curraigh1100191092 Eastern Harps21012429-52 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Drumcliffe/Rosses Point GAA club31024752-52 Shamrock Gaels/Gaeil na Seamróige20022632-60 Enniscrone/Kilglass1100173142 Tuarloistreáin/Tourlestrane1100209112 Kiernan Cup Group 2Sat, 13 May, (Round: Round 3), Eastern Harps 1-14 Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 1-10Sun, 14 May, (Round: Round 3), St Molaise Gaels 1-19 St Mary’s 1-5 Curry/Curraigh20022341-180 St John’s10011013-30 Castleconnor G.A.A Club1001922-130 Cloonacool20021237-250 Owenmore Gaels10011824-60 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Cúil Irra/Leathros/CooleraStrandhill1100201462 St Molaise Gaels10011019-90 Eastern Harps2110383263 St John’s1100318232 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 4 St Michael’s/Naomh Mícheál2101917-82 Abbott Cup Group 1Sun, 14 May, (Round: Round 3), Shamrock Gaels 1-4 Ballymote 5-25 Bunninadden2101171612 Benson Cup Group 2Sun, 14 May, (Round: Round 3), CooleraStrandhill 6-16 Easkey 4-6 Kiernan Cup Group 1 Abbott Cup Group 2Sun, 14 May, (Round: Round 3), Cloonacool 1-6 Tourlestrane 0-20 Shamrock Gaels/Gaeil na Seamróige20022766-390 St Farnan’s2101313102 Tuarloistreáin/Tourlestrane22003513224 Kiernan Cup Group 1Sat, 13 May, (Round: Round 3), Curry 0-6 Tourlestrane 3-10Sat, 13 May, (Round: Round 3), Tubbercurry 1-12 Shamrock Gaels 0-10last_img read more

Chris Hani: a selfless leader

first_imgTwenty-two years after his assassination, Chris Hani has become the symbol of humility and selflessness. At the memorial held in his honour, President Jacob Zuma called on South Africans to be as selfless as the struggle hero and unite to solve our issues. Speaking at the Chris Hani Memorial Service, President Jacob Zuma said South Africans must work selflessly to build a better country. (Images: Melissa Javan ) Melissa JavanPresident Jacob Zuma brought a message of unity to the Chris Hani Memorial held at the Thomas Titus Nkobi Memorial Park in Boksburg. The service takes place annually at Hani’s gravesite on 10 April, which is the day he was assassinated.Pole Janusz Walus had shot Hani 22 years ago with a gun arranged by right-winger and former Conservative Party MP Clive Derby-Lewis. It was their attempt at starting a full-scale civil war fought along racial lines and stopping South Africa’s democratic transformation.Zuma said South Africans cannot build a future if they are not united. “We must work harder to build a better South Africa, a better Africa and a better world without selfishness. Let us solve our problems and unite.”Zuma unveiled the Chris Hani Memorial Monument plaque in front of guests that included Hani’s widow Limpho Hani.A pathway had also been built from the plaque to the Wall of Remembrance, which honours South Africa’s struggle heroes. Vincent Maumela, senior manager of the heritage services of Ekurhuleni Municipality, led the tour of the new monument. Struggle is not overZuma said Hani’s death should no longer be mourned but celebrated as the former South African Communist Party (SACP) leader was a committed patriot who lived and died for the freedom South Africans have today. “He understood the fights and the different phases of it. We are still in the struggle.“If we believe the struggle is over, then we will be overwhelmed by our enemies.”Zuma also spoke about the colonial statues that have been vandalised in recent weeks, saying that they should not be destroyed. “We have to follow an order. We have to follow the law. There are consultation processes that need to be adhered to.”He said even though colonial and apartheid statues remind us of pains from the past, it is still part of South Africa’s history. “If you read a history book, you don’t take out the pages that are hurtful to you. We cannot have a selective history.” Media were quick to capture the moment Zuma unveiled a plaque commemorating Chris Hani. Hani an ‘activist of the poor’Minister of Higher education and Training, Blade Nzimande, said Hani was a true revolutionary. “He fought in every terrain. He knew that if he left a terrain open, the enemy would attack…Let us emulate Chris Hani.”Bafana Mahlale of the Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) Veterans Association said Hani was a humble and selfless leader, walking beside people instead of in front of them. “Hani was an activist of the poor. A national asset. He was a true revolutionary. We must commit ourselves as a community to defend the revolution.”He said Hani would stay amongst the lower ranked members in the MK camps and even help solve their problems.Mahlale said many of today’s political leaders lack the selflessness Hani had. “They are celebrity leaders. They show that how they are living does not allow them to do things [for the people.] For them it is ‘all about me’ but nothing about the people.”Ekurhuleni’s mayor, Mondli Gungubele, called Hani a warrior of peace. He said South Africans must follow Hani’s example. “In the absence of peace, prosperity cannot succeed. The future is then not possible. We know violence, we know civil war. Peace must become our preferred option.”  Many of the leaders in organisations like the ANC and the MK Veteran Association remembers Hani for his selflessness.last_img read more

Positive Employee Relations Isn’t For Amateurs

first_imgThe National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently refused to assert jurisdiction over the unionization case involving scholarship football players at Northwestern University. Their decision, or lack thereof, effectively reversed a judgment made by the Regional Director that an election be held to determine the players’ representation in March of 2014. The ballots from the subsequent election held in April of that year will not be counted. In other words, the Northwestern football players will not be unionized, for now. More information on this decision can be found in another recent SHRM post: Northwestern Football Players’ Unionization Drive Halted.However, this certainly won’t be the last time we hear about the possibility of unionization or other labor practices in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  In this latest ruling, the NLRB failed to acknowledge whether Northwestern scholarship football players were employees within the definition of Section 2 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). This opens up the possibility for future decisions in favor of unionization.  Although the NLRB’s decision will most likely discourage scholarship athletes from unionizing, it does not entirely preclude additional union petitions in the future.This decision may actually encourage student athletes to pursue other legal channels to enforce their rights. The current case of O’Bannon v. NCAA, for example, is pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Earlier this month, a federal judge found that the NCAA had violated antitrust laws by preventing players from profiting from the commercial use of their appearance and names.So, what does this all mean for HR Professionals?  It’s just another example of the importance of positive employee relations, or an organization’s good faith efforts to create and sustain effective relationships between management and employees. A positive employee relations program must provide fair terms and treatment to employees while establishing an environment for them to be productive. A clear employee handbook with an actionable and anonymous ethics line is just one example of an effective policy and practice.The NCAA and major athletic conferences, such as the Big Ten and Pac-12, have responded to the threat of unionization with new policies (or negotiations of new policies) around guaranteed scholarships, health insurance for players after graduation, and an allowable increase of monetary stipends for day-to-day living expenses.While it is a step in the right direction, I would urge all HR professionals to think about establishing similarly positive programs to foster and promote improved relationships between management and employees ahead of lawsuits, unionization threat, or employee disengagement. Doing so may help you go from amateur to professional within Human Resources.last_img read more