first_imgUniversity Associate General Counsel Brent Benrud objected to the $5,000 penalty during last Tuesday’s hearing, arguing that the phone had already been examined and found not to contain relevant evidence.While Rotenberg conceded that erasing the phone’s memory had been a mistake, he disagreed with the claim that the University destroyed evidence.“We should have kept the phone,” he said. “But that is not the same thing as destroying relevant evidence.”Harris hired Brenny, 32, as associate women’s head golf coach in August 2010.In mid-September 2010, the University gave Brenny a new job description that essentially stripped her of coaching duties.Brenny met with then-athletics director Joel Maturi the next month. Maturi allegedly gave her two choices: to quit or comply with Harris’ demands. Brenny resigned in late October 2010 and sued the University’s Board of Regents and Harris three months later.The suit hasn’t gone in Brenny’s favor thus far.The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in May 2012 that Brenny couldn’t sue Harris because his actions fell within his duties as a University employee. Brenny did not appeal the decision.Last month a judge threw out Brenny’s claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation. Only the sexual orientation part of the suit remains intact.A civil trial is scheduled to begin April 29, but Mark said the suit could go on for a while.“I’m not optimistic it’s going to end anytime soon,” he said. U fights $5,000 penalty in Brenny caseFormer women’s golf coach Katie Brenny is seeking compensation for legal fees resulting from her 2011 discrimination lawsuit. Nate GotliebJanuary 22, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe University of Minnesota argued in Hennepin County Court last Tuesday against paying $5,000 for mishandling text messages as part of a 2-year-old discrimination lawsuit filed by former women’s golf coach Katie Brenny.Brenny sued the University’s Board of Regents and former director of golf John Harris in January 2011, alleging that the University and Harris violated her rights as a member of a protected class under the state Human Rights Act. The lawsuit claims that Harris did not allow Brenny to perform the role of associate head coach and relegated her to administrative duties once he found out she was a lesbian.The text messages in question might have contained evidence in Brenny’s case against the University and Harris, according to Brenny’s lawyer, Donald Chance Mark Jr.“We wanted to look at what discussions Mr. Harris had had regarding Katie Brenny and particularly her sexual orientation,” Mark said.The University disagreed that the text messages were pertinent to the case.“We had already examined the cellphone and determined that there was no relevant evidence about this case on it,” University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg said.Mark had asked the University to preserve evidence for the case, including Harris’ text messages, in December 2010. He said the University didn’t originally object to his request.Mark said he later submitted two requests for documents, which included specific requests for Harris’ text messages.He said the University objected to his first request for the text messages and responded to his second request by saying it had produced all relevant evidence.Mark said the University didn’t tell him the data on Harris’ phone had been erased until September 2012.“It’s inappropriate to destroy evidence, particularly when you’ve been put on notice to preserve it,” Mark said.A specially appointed judge ruled last month that because the University had wiped data from Harris’ phone, it should pay Brenny’s $5,000 legal fees as a punishment.last_img read more

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first_imgInterMoor announces the appointment of Duncan Cuthill to the role of General Manager of InterMoor Marine Services Ltd.Cuthill will report directly to Alan Duncan, MD of InterMoor Ltd. and will be responsible for the InterMoor Marine Services Business in the UK and Mediterranean regions.Cuthill holds a University degree (BSc) and is a qualified Master Mariner with extensive experience in the offshore oil and gas industry. Following a 17 year seagoing career he joined Trident Offshore in 1992 at an early stage in its development and remained with the company for 10 years, 5 of these as Operations Director. During his time at Trident Offshore he was instrumental in developing the business and in establishing the company in international markets.Following his departure from Trident Offshore, Cuthill worked in senior roles in a number of marine businesses in Aberdeen culminating in a period of 4 years at Viking Seatech (formerly Viking Moorings) in the role of Managing Director UK and Africa and a member of the Global Leadership Team.Cuthill returns to InterMoor (who purchased Trident Offshore in 2009) bringing considerable marine experience and management expertise to further strengthen the management team within the UK business.“I am very pleased to have been appointed as General Manager of IMSL. While the roots of IMSL were within Trident Offshore it has developed significantly to the point where it is the clear market leader in its sector and I am joining the company for the next exciting phase in its development.”InterMoor also announced the appointment of Lesley Maxwell to the role of Group HR Manager.Maxwell holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management, a Post Graduate degree in Employment Law and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD).She is also an accredited coach and mediator.Maxwell has over 25 years’ senior HR experience across a number of sectors including energy, science & technology, pharmaceutical, further education and new technology. She brings a wealth of experience in strategic HR practices, operational management, project management and leadership and development. She has extensive experience in senior roles within the UK and internationally, in particular working in the Middle East.Maxwell says: “I am delighted to join Intermoor at an exciting period of growth in an already successful and dynamic company. In particular I look forward to the challenges ahead both strategically and operationally with our local and international offices, in particular Singapore. “The company has a unique culture where passion, drive and energy are at the forefront of the business and where everyone is working to the common goal of success now and for the future.”[mappress]Press Release, April 03, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgTiger Woods had five drugs, including the opioid painkiller hydrocodone, in his system when he was arrested in May on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a toxicology report released Monday.A urine test revealed four other medications along with hydrocodone — which is sold under the brand name Vicodin.Also present were the powerful painkiller hydromorphone; anxiety drug alprazolam (also known as Xanax); sleep drug zolpidem (also known as Ambien) and THC, which is a chemical component of marijuana.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office made the results public on Monday.“As I previously said, I received professional help to manage my medications,” Woods said Monday. “Recently, I had been trying on my own to treat my back pain and a sleep disorder, including insomnia, but I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance.“I am continuing to work with my doctors, and they feel I’ve made significant progress. I remain grateful for the amazing support that I continue to receive and for the family and friends that are assisting me.”The 41-year-old Woods was arrested early in the morning May 29 in Jupiter, Florida. Police found him asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by the side of the road near his home.He later said in a statement that his condition was the result of a reaction to mixing several prescription drugs.It was not immediately known if Woods had prescriptions for all of the medications.Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and agreed to enter a diversion program that will allow the 14-time major championship winning golfer to clear his record if he completes the program.In June, he completed a treatment program to help him manage medications he was using to combat back pain and insomnia.At the time of his arrest, Woods was unable to tell officers where he was, stumbling through a field sobriety test. Woods told officers he was taking Vicodin and Xanax to deal with pain from April back surgery.The diversion program would call for Woods to spend one year on probation, pay a $250 fine plus court costs, attend a DUI course, perform 50 hours of community service and attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged or affected.Woods has 79 career PGA Tour victories but isn’t currently playing after his latest back surgery — his fourth overall.He won 14 majors, but the last one was in 2008 when he won the US Open at Torrey Pines by outlasting Rocco Mediate in a memorable 19-hole playoff.last_img read more

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first_imgUAVs were used in last year’s Funny River Fire to find hot spots at night. CEO John Parker of Integrated Robotics said the parent company of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles that he uses has shown increased interest in Alaska’s drone market. Parker: “ECA Robotics, they’re the oldest robotics company in the world they were formed in 1936 and they have worldwide coverage in over 300 robotics products, of which the IT180 is one. And ECA recognizes the value of doing the manufacturing in the U.S. for the U.S. market, they’re just gaining traction in the U.S. market.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Drone manufacturing in Kenai is moving towards a reality. Parker: “And it was flown at night and the infrared camera can see through the smoke and it can find hot spots and they plotted those. It uses GPS coordinations as well, so they find a hot spot, they coordinate it, that data is transmitted back to the ground station and then it was plotted on a map and given to the Incident Commander. Every morning they had a meeting at 7 o’clock prior to going out and resuming fire suppression, so they had this data each night for where these hot spots where, so they could marshal their resources and move them quicker and more effectively into the fire, and it’s why we didn’t have a real problem with this fire, and it was a huge fire.” Parker added that since a video of amazon dropping a package on someone’s front porch went viral it’s been difficult changing perceptions of drones from that of “invasive and spies” to “helpful”. Currently the IT180 is manufactured in France and he said some testing and evaluation of manufacturing locally will be done within the next month.last_img read more

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first_imgDOHA, (Reuters) – A United States quartet led by Christian Coleman blazed to the 4×100 metres relay title at the world athletics championships yesterday, clocking the second fastest time ever at 37.10 seconds to end a 12-year gold medal drought. Coleman, world 100m champion, put the Americans ahead with a stunning start and 200m gold medallist Noah Lyles completed the job, crossing the line with his arms raised triumphantly in the air as his team mates celebrated wrapped in American flags.“We were all motivated to do something special and it just happened, everybody wanted it,” said Lyles, who will leave his first world championships with double gold.“We all wanted to break the curse, a generational curse and bring on a new era,” he added. “That is the part that feels the most exciting to think the time we break the curse is the time something great happens.“Every time you come across in the relay with the USA it is magical, all of a sudden you get this energy to run around the track again.”Defending champions Britain took the silver in 37.36 seconds, a European record, as Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake failed to catch Lyles on the final straight. Japan won bronze with a time of 37.43 seconds, an Asian record.Joining Coleman and Lyles, the two rising stars on the global sprint scene, were veterans in Justin Gatlin, twice world champion, and 34-year-old Mike Rodgers, who had never before stood atop a world championship or Olympic podium.After a wobbly performance in the heats in which Canada filed a protest against the U.S. for failing to make a proper exchange, the American quartet had a meeting to ensure there were no hiccups in the final. Victims of sloppy exchanges and dropped batons over the years, the message came through loud and clear as the United States made four clean exchanges in a polished effort to come home just outside Jamaica’s world record 36.84. “We had a meeting in the morning,” said Coleman, who also heads home with two golds. “We just got to come together, everybody just got to execute, focus on what they need to do, have an open dialogue about what went wrong in the prelims and what we are going to do better in the final.“If you never have that conversation then you are just going to go there and you kind of can’t expect different results,” Coleman added.“So we just got to talk about what we needed to do and everybody locked in and we got it done.”last_img read more

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