Women’s Hockey: Badgers seek to continue winning streak against Long Island University

first_imgThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (6-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) ventures out of conference play to face off against the Long Island University Lions (0-2-0, 0-0-0 NEWHA) this weekend.The Badgers are on a roll this season, as they advanced their winning streak to six after their bout last weekend against No. 9 The Ohio State University.Key to Wisconsin’s win over the Buckeyes was sophomore Sophie Shirley, whose stellar performance notched her the 50th point of her career last weekend. The sophomore gained her 14th point of the season, including four goals and 10 assists in six games, tying her for second-most points on the team with senior Abby Roque.Women’s Hockey: Badgers continue to set gold standard after championship seasonLast March, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team was on top of the world. After defeating the Minnesota Golden Read…In addition to Shirley’s dominant play, three Badgers were named WCHA Player of the Week, as senior goalie Kristen Campbell, senior captain Mekenzie Steffen and junior Daryl Watts earned the honors after their two-game sweep.Campbell currently leads the NCAA with six wins and three shutouts, while her 0.948 save percentage and 0.88 goals-against-average rank near the top in the country.Steffen is coming off her best weekend of the season as she scored three goals and three assists during the Badgers’ trouncing of the Buckeyes. Steffen set a career-high with five points Saturday, in addition to scoring the game-winning goal. Watts gained her first WCHA Player of the Week honors as she is coming off a seven-point weekend, amassing five goals and two assists during the sweep. Scoring in each of her first six games as a Badger, Watts is now tied for the tenth longest goal streak in program history. Watts also leads the NCAA in scoring this season with 18 points, including seven goals and 11 assists. In addition to successful individual play last weekend, the team as a unit dominated in the two matchups against Ohio State, as they scored on all four of their power-play opportunities Saturday en route to a 7–3 victory. Currently, Wisconsin leads the nation with a .520 power-play success rate.The Badgers look to continue their dominance this weekend with a two-game series against the Long Island University Sharks. The game will be played in Syosset, New York, and puck drop is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The game can be followed live on Twitter @BadgerWHockey.last_img read more

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CBN Tennis: Oyinlomo Quadri Upsets Top Seed Blessing Samuel

first_imgUpcoming junior tennis sensation, Oyinlomo Quardri Thursday created a major upset at the on-going 41st Central Bank of Nigeria Open Senior Tennis Championship when she defeated tournament top seed, Blessing Samuel 2-0 ( 6-1, 6-1) in their quarter- final clash to book a semi-final ticket.Unseeded Oyinlomo who entered the tournament through a wild card granted her by the Nigeria Tennis Federation, kept no one in doubt about her mission in this year’s tournament.She defeated Number 3 seed, Airhunwunde Osariemen 6-0, 6-0 in one of the second round matches to come face to face with the Number 1 seed Blessing Samuel whom she equally sent to the cleaners.Having proved bookmakers wrong, Oyinlomo said she wasn’t surprised beating the top players having defeated her at the National Sports Festival held in December 2018 in Abuja. With the top seed out of the way, 16-year old Oyinlomo said she now has her eyes fixed on the CBN trophy plus the N.7million star prize money but hopes to take the rest games one at a time.Women seed 2, Christy Agugbom did not disappointed her fans as she recorded a two straight win of 6-1, 6-3, over another junior player, Omolayo Bamidele in their quarter final match up to move into today’s semi-final.Also Blessing Anuna beat Bukola Olowu 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 to also move on.Aanu Aiyegbusi outplayed Jumai Mohammed 6-2, 6-3 in another quarter final encounter to also claim a semi-final ticket.According to the fixtures, giant killer, Oyinlomo Quardri will face Blessing Anuna in the first women singles semi-finals while Number 2 seed, Christy Agugbom battles Aanu Aiyegbusi in the second semis which promises to be a titanic battle between the two top players in the country.In the men’s singles category, top seed and defending champion, Sylvester Emmanuel, defeated Oche Adeyi, 7-5, 6-0 to cruise into the quarter-finals and same goes to tournament seed 2, Imeh Joseph who beat Christian Paul 6-2, 6-3. to move into the last 8 as well.Six times winner, Abdulmumuni Babalola beat Joseph Iyorhe 6-2, 6-3. Nonso Madueke outclassed Idoko Emmanuel 6-3, 6-1 while Thomas Otu stopped Albert Bikom 7-5, 6-3, as old warhorse, Shehu Lawal dropped Uche Oparaoji, 6-2, 6-3.The men’s singles quarter-finals and semi finals will be played today while the men’s and women’s doubles finals as well as the wheelchair events finals also comes up today ahead of Saturday’s grand finale which holds at the package ‘B’ of the MKO Stadium, former National Stadium Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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The Alpena Road Commission is reminding residents to be careful where they leave plowed snow

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Alpena Road Commission is reminding residents and business owners to be mindful of where they are leaving plowed snow.Michigan law says plowing or shoveling snow into the road or highway is illegal. That includes moving snow or ice into the shoulder lane.Snow left in the road can pose hazards to drivers and cause damage to snow removal equipment. Police can issue tickets for such offenses.For more information on safety and plowing tips, visit alpcrc.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena Road Commisson, snow, snow removalContinue ReadingPrevious Officials attempt to locate a man thought to be stranded on Lake HuronNext Photo of the Day for Friday, January 25last_img read more

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David Stern’s impact remembered before Thursday’s Clippers-Pistons game

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 EARLY ALL-STAR RETURNSClippers forwards Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are third and fourth, respectively, in fan voting for Western Conference frontcourt players, the NBA announced Thursday.Leonard, a three-time All-Star who is averaging 25.6 points per game and career highs in both assists (7.6) and rebounds (5.2), has garnered 740,657 votes.George, an All-Star six times previously, has received 280,894 votes. He’s averaging 23.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest.Related Articles There was another way that Stern affected the course of Rivers’ career, the coach said, chuckling heartily as he responded to a question about Blake Griffin’s contribution to the positive momentum of the Clippers’ franchise almost two years after they traded him to Detroit.“Blake and DJ (DeAndre Jordan) really are the two – and David Stern,” Rivers said. “I just thought about that.”Rivers was alluding to Stern’s 2011 veto of the Lakers’ three-team trade proposition to acquire Chris Paul from the then-New Orleans Hornets. At the time, Stern occupied the temporary role as governor of the Hornets (the NBA temporarily was running the team).Paul then was traded to the Clippers, for whom he proved a key piece on six consecutive playoff teams. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum LOS ANGELES — David Stern remained in the thoughts of those who showed up to work at Staples Center on Thursday, a day after the world learned of the death of the former NBA commissioner.The man who helped expand the league, including influencing the direction of both the Clippers and Lakers franchises, died Wednesday, three weeks after he was hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage. He was 77.“To be drafted into the NBA, and play in the NBA, it’s always (a dream) to shake the commissioner’s hand,” said Clippers forward Patrick Patterson, who was among those who had that opportunity when he was drafted 14th overall in 2010 by the Houston Rockets. “He did a lot for basketball, for getting it out there to the public across the world and help bring everyone together.”Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey was focused on the strides the league made during Stern’s tenure, between Feb. 1, 1984 and Feb. 1, 2014: “The No. 1 thing with David was the fact that he did more for race relations, diversity for women, than any commissioner in sports, and he did it with his actions. As far as opportunities in this league for coaches and players, front office people, he made it known that that’s what he wanted was the diversity aspect of it and he made it happen.” Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The Lakers’ LeBron James (1,020,851 votes) and Anthony Davis (955,246) are the leading Western Conference frontcourt vote-getters. The Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (1,073,957) and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (1,073,358) lead the NBA and their respective conferences.Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the NBA All-Star Game, which will be held at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16. All current NBA players and a media panel both account for 25 percent of the vote. Clippers coach Doc Rivers also credited Stern for changing the trajectory of the NBA in profound ways.“He was the sheriff, as I’ve said earlier with love,” Rivers said. “People don’t remember this league when he came in, this was a tough league, this was a drug-infested, image-problem league, and David Stern came in and cleaned it up and kept it going. He’s the most influential person to ever be involved in this league other than players – and he’s in the top 10 if you include players.”Rivers also recalled Stern being hands-on in ways that he didn’t expect.“David Stern was my first call when I was fired as a coach,” said Rivers, who was let go by the Orlando Magic after a 1-10 start in 2003. “I actually had never been fired, so you know I get home and David Stern’s on the phone and I’m thinking, ‘Wow this is a cool thing. When you get fired the commissioner calls!’ But what he was calling me to tell me was that tomorrow ABC was going to offer me the job and I better take it.”Rivers did, working with Al Michaels as a TV broadcaster for one season before returning to coaching with the Boston Celtics.last_img read more

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Arrow goes through Indian archer’s shoulder bone during training in freak accident!

first_imgImage Courtesy: ANI/NDTVAdvertisement hng4yNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8euWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4tjmc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8wkfkWould you ever consider trying this?😱1sc552Can your students do this? 🌚7sslRoller skating! Powered by Firework A very unfortunate event has occured in the sport of Archery yesterday, as a young archer from Assam named Shivangini Gohain has been injured during training session. The 12 year old has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Science Trauma Centre in New Delhi. Following a surgery today, the teenager has been shifted to ICU for further medical investigation.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ANI/NDTVDuring her practice session at the Dakha Devi Rasiwasia College in Chabua in the district of Dubrugarh, Shivangini met with the accident. The arrow, measuring 15 cm, pierced her shoulder, damaging her shoulder bone and left lung, and lodged itself with a slight contact with the vertebral artery.“She was admitted to the hospital at around 8 pm. Doctors are examining her and she is undergoing investigations. A decision on the course of treatment to be provided to her or performing a surgery will be taken soon,” a senior doctor present at the Trauma Centre said yesterday after her admission.Advertisement Dr. Deepak Gupta, a professor of neurosurgery at AIIMS had spoken to the reporters following Shivangini’s admission. “Around 0.5 cm of the arrow was in front of the spinal cord. It was a very complex surgery,” the doctor told reporters.Shivangini, who hails from Deodhai village, was training alone without the presence of her coach, former Indian archer Mercy Ignatius, as confirmed by the Assam Archery Association.Advertisement The joint secretary, Pulin Das spoke about the occurence of the tragic incident. “There is a SAI contractual coach, Marcy, and he has left for the Khelo India Games in Guwahati.” Pulin spoke to PTI over a phone session.He also added that the principal of Dakha Devi Rasiwasia College was not supervising Shivangini, and local officials were also absent from the spot.He continued: “He didn’t instruct the trainees to stop the camp for some time nor did the college principal, who acted as administrator of the extension centre, looked after the practice,”Brinchi Gohain, Shivangini’s father was present outside the practice arena, and he alone had to take his injured daughter  to the Assam Medical College in Dibrugarh, which is 33 km away from Chabua.“I was told that she had a very tough time as the arrow remained stuck for more than a day. She is a strong-willed girl and she fought. Her father must be a daily wage labourer and he was distraught also,” Das added.The Dakha Devi Rasiwasia College, where the mishap took place, falls under the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Regional Centre of Guwahati. A spokesperson said yesterday that Shivangini was taken to Delhi by air, and SAI will be undertaking the cost of her treatment.Also read-Wriddhiman Saha undergoes surgery for finger injury in MumbaiBoxer Manoj Kumar accuses Sports Authority of India for not providing financial help after injury Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lunch Break Facing Severe Shortage

first_imgRED BANK – Critical shortages of food are now being seen on the empty shelves at Lunch Break.Lunch Break is the first line of defense for thousands of people who struggle with hunger throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties, and is serving more and more people every year.According to Gwen Love, executive director of Lunch Break, the number of hot meals served has increased more than 68 percent in the last few years, and the food pantry distributions have increased a staggering 657 percent.Empty food pantry shelves are the result of a severe food shortage at Lunch Break in Red Bank where food distribution has increased by 657 percent during the past few years.“Last year, we served over 56,000 meals and over 500 families depend on Lunch Break every month for their groceries. Add to that our homebound program where we deliver meals six days a week to the elderly, ill, weak and disabled, and the numbers combined are frightening,” she said.“With summer vacation over and the push to get kids back to school and the signs of fall popping up everywhere, at Lunch Break the sign of fall is bare shelves in the pantry,” Love said. “The toughest times of year for us are September and October as well as February and March where we face critical shortages. We try to plan for these months, but with the daily increase in demand for our services, when the food is gone, it’s gone. It’s heart-wrenching to plan and not be able to meet the need. Right now, our resources are critically low.”A month ago Lunch Break was forced to reduce the amount of groceries provided to families from the food pantry.“It’s an overwhelming feeling,” Love said. “If we don’t get food, people are going to go hungry. We’re almost to the season of giving, but we’re not quite there yet. In November donations will really start to pick up, but right now, even though it’s a season of harvest, people just don’t stop to think about the need and that is why we are reaching out to the community. When people realize the need, they are tremendously generous,” Love said.Giving is very easy and safe by donating funds online at www.lunchbreak.org, and the organization also welcomes personal checks or cash at the Lunch Break facility at 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd.Monetary donations give Lunch Break the opportunity to plan meals weeks ahead of time and also give them immense purchasing power. People can also visit the website for the wish list of food items to be donated.“Unfortunately, it’s a sign of the times,” Love said.In a study released recently by the Legal Services of the New Jersey Poverty Research Institute, it concluded that more than 2 million people in New Jersey struggle to meet their basic needs. That represents a significant increase of more than 300,000 since the beginning of the economic recession.Nationally, the poverty line is defined at about $23,000 for a family of four. The study put the threshold at double that number because New Jersey’s cost of living is dramatically higher than the national average.“The worst part is,” Love said, “the study showed that children suffer the most.”Love added that many don’t know that Lunch Break is Monmouth County’s first and most accessible soup kitchen and food pantry, and this year celebrates 30 years alleviating hunger.“Our guests come from near and far – from Keansburg, Keyport, Union Beach, Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant, Neptune and Asbury Park – to name a few. We are open six days a week and we are so much more than a meal to so many. Our Suited for Success program last year outfitted over 125 individuals for job interviews, and we accept new and gently used clothing,” she said.“We provide families with holiday food baskets at Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas; we offer cooking classes for children; a toy program for children over the December holidays and we partner with over a dozen local social service organizations to provide health screen­ings, visual testing, affordable housing referrals, veterans assistance, and more, all in our facility in Red Bank,” Love said.Lunch Break is located at 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd. in Red Bank, and can be reached at 732-747-8577. For more information about Lunch Break visit www.lunch break.org.last_img read more

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Archers unleash fury after Ayo fumes

first_img“There were lots of distractions, I can say that, in the first round,” admitted Ayo, whose team finished at No. 2 with a 12-2 slate. “But we were able to overcome them and we were able to focus when the second round came. It’s just being focused and being committed to the objective, which is to win the championship,” he said.The Green Archers head to the Final Four against No. 3 Adamson riding a seven-game winning streak.Ayo is confident coming into the duel but he is also wary of the challenge the Falcons present.“It will be a dogfight, for sure. They’re going to prepare against us. Our last game in the second round was close, it was decided less than a minute or two. So for sure, it will be difficult for us. We’re going to prepare against them.”Armed with a twice-to-beat edge, the Green Archers take on the Soaring Falcons on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT And that proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back for Ayo, who took off his jacket and slammed it to the floor in frustration.“I always thrive in anger and hatred. I’ve always been there. My players can say that and that’s how I was raised,” he said. “Personally, anger or hatred fuels my adrenaline and it helps me in making right decisions.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHis players responded as La Salle got its act together and went on a decisive 10-0 run to finish the game and hack out a 79-76 victory.“They executed the game plan because we’re not going to quit. We’re not just going to wait there and allow them to beat us. We’re going to do our part, we’re going to compete, and we’re going to do whatever it takes, just to win, in the right way, of course,” he said. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Go moves on from costly miss in Ateneo loss to La Salle OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson De La Salle coach Aldin Ayo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAldin Ayo couldn’t seem to solve what’s puzzling La Salle that it can’t shake off Ateneo on Sunday.Whatever the Bicolano mentor did for the first 30 minutes wasn’t working and the Green Archers found themselves down 12 in the fourth quarter and by seven, 69-76, with 2:24 remaining.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Sisi Rondina takes tough UST loss in stride ‘as long as we learned something’

first_imgGoing up against a double block, Rondina tried to squeeze the ball down the sideline but the space was too tight that she connected with the antenna giving the final point to Ateneo, which improved to 7-1.“I just had to laugh earlier because when I hit the ball it was over, I was the one that let my team lose because a lot would’ve happened if I scored that one,” said Rondina. “I’ll accept this loss with my heart as long as we’ve learned something from this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Rondina finished with 35 points, the most a Golden Tigress has scored in a single game in the Final Four era, but she missed a chance to cap the historic performance with a win as UST settled for the third spot in the standings at 5-3.“We always say ‘what if’ but someone has to win,” said Rondina in Filipino. “Someone won, we just have to learn from what we did today. We fell short, that’s it, the kids still lack experience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRondina is on her fifth year and is no doubt one of the most experienced players in the league but her teammates like Eya Laure, Mafe Galanza, Rachelle Roldan, and Kecelyn Galdones—all of whom played in the fifth set—still has some learning to do especially in the collegiate level.Despite Rondina’s heroism, her final attempt was what ultimately doomed UST. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying US figure skater Mariah Bell probed for reportedly injuring South Korean rival Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There were a lot of missed chances for Cherry Rondina and University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.The Tigresses had the chance to get shared ownership of the top spot, but Ateneo came back from a two-set deficit and stunned the Golden Tigresses, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11, despite Rondina’s historic performance.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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CEO removes NCN anchor for “pregnant” image

first_imgThe National Communications Network (NCN) has rejected outright media reports that it has been meddling in the personal affairs of two of its female staff, who have recently been making headlines at the State-run entity.On Monday, NCN said that it was very much concerned about statements being made in the press and online news outlets in relation to employment issues surrounding two of its employees, Natasha Smith and Jocelle Archibald-Hawk.Sports EditorJocelle Archibald-HawkNCN anchor Natasha SmithCEO Lennox CornetteThe State media outlet said it wished to make it known that Smith, an anchor, was not removed from anchoring duties because of her pregnancy or marital status.“NCN upholds the rights of all its employees in relation to their private lives and may only be required to address aspects of personal issues if they impede the employee’s performance on the job,” the organisation stated in a release Monday evening.The organisation came under fire after word got out that it had removed Smith, one of its longstanding anchors from reading the news because she was pregnant out of wedlock, a claim the entity has denied.Meanwhile, Smith also in a response on Monday gave her side of the story.According to her, almost a month ago, she was informed by a senior manager that it was decided that she would be relieved of reading the news.“On the following day I was called by another senior manager who explained to me how outraged he was about what was said in the management meeting of August 8. He told me he believes that as a woman I have a right to become pregnant and bear a child without it being a hindrance to my job since being pregnant does not affect my job in any way.”She said she was called to the office of the Editor-In-Chief (EIC) the following day, and it was explained that she would be relieved of reading the news, “because, quite frankly, the CEO did not like what he sees when he looks at the news”.“She told me that she was given a directive to remove me from reading the news in a management meeting on August 8 because the ‘image’ was not looking good for the news. I enquired if it had anything to do with my pregnancy, she did not respond to the question directly, but asked me to wear bigger clothes. She said the directive came from the CEO and she is just following instructions.”Smith, who has been employed by the State entity for over eight years, has been serving for some six years in the News and Current Affairs Department and two years as an Announcer/Producer in the Production Department. She said this was not her first time anchoring the news while pregnant.“This is my second pregnancy while being anchor. In 2011, I was pregnant with twins and there was never any issue with regards to my anchoring or attire, nor any directive to cameramen to shoot from my breast upwards,” she wrote to colleagues.She continued: “Given the fact that I have to hide a part of my body, makes him seem like something unwanted or to be ashamed of. I likened the situation to one where I took a picture with my child and had to Photoshop him out of the picture.”Smith said she was very much offended and immediately contacted her union representative, who arranged a meeting with the Human Resources Manager (HRM).“The HRM did not deny that the directive was given, but insisted that it was not with immediate effect and that the EIC is misrepresenting what was said.”Smith said she was later informed that there was a new directive for her to continue reading the news until she was ready to proceed on maternity leave; however, she said by this time she had already decided that she would discontinue reading the news because of all that transpired.Meanwhile, NCN speaking on the issue of Sports Editor Jocelle Archibald-Hawk, who was suspended for one month without pay, said due process was followed in arriving at its decision.“While the current issue is about disparaging comments made on social media about her colleague’s work and name calling, several other factors and incidents involving Mrs Archibald-Hawk were considered. NCN will not descend into divulging the details about personnel matters in the public domain,” it said in its release.CEO Lennox Cornette said that it was unfortunate that the issues surrounding the employees have been misunderstood and misrepresented. In the case of Archibald-Hawk, he expressed surprise that “a simple HR matter that was investigated and dealt with, after a report by the aggrieved party has now elevated itself on social media as a denial of freedom of expression.”last_img read more

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