Community News Caltech Responds to Black Worker’s Claim He Resigned Due To Racial Harassment CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 3:12 pm Make a comment Caltech will “vigorously defend” itself in a lawsuit brought by a Black former worker who sued the institute, alleging he was forced to resign in 2020 due to racial harassment by co-workers and because his employer denied him accommodations for a back injury, according to a university statement released Tuesday.The allegations in James Garmon’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, filed Monday, include racial discrimination and harassment, disability discrimination, failure to provide reasonable accommodations, whistleblower retaliation, constructive termination and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.Garmon seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.“Caltech does not tolerate any act of unlawful harassment, discrimination or retaliation,” the Caltech statement read. “The Institute is committed to fostering an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible environment where all members of the community have the opportunity to realize their full potential. We will vigorously defend the institute’s case in this matter.”Garmon was hired in April 2013 as an assistant lead steward and was later promoted to lead steward, the suit states. From the start, Caltech staff members “engaged in discriminatory and hostile behavior based on Mr. Garmon’s race,” creating what he believed was a “hostile, intimidating, and/or abusive work environment,” according to the complaint.About five non-Black Caltech workers called Garmon such racially charged names as the “N-word,” “negro,” “monkey” and “black bean,” all with the “full knowledge of Caltech’s upper management,” according to the suit.“Caltech employees used racial epithets towards Mr. Garmon openly in the workplace and often in the presence of Mr. Garmon’s supervisors, who took no action to stop such harassment,” the suit alleges.Garmon was given unwarranted verbal warnings regarding his work from his boss, but non-Black employees were not similarly criticized for their substandard performances, the suit states. As a result, Garmon was denied employment bonuses and salary increases, according to the suit.In July 2019, Garmon heard one co-worker use the “N-word” in reference to the plaintiff while talking with another employee, the suit states. Although an investigation took place and the employee was found to have in fact used the racial term, no probe was done when Garmon complained that another of his supervisors had also used the offensive term, the suit states.When Garmon developed severe back pain he allegedly was not granted his request to avoid lifting heavy items on the job. Garmon’s discomfort became so severe he was forced to take medical leave in February 2020, the suit states.The combination of Garmon’s injury, Caltech’s alleged refusal to allow him to avoid lifting heavy items and the stress he suffered from racial harassment caused him to resign Feb. 5, the suit states. More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs You Want To Stay With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Subscribe Community News
Exxon-Sonangol deal Separately, ExxonMobil last Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with Sonangol with an intention of signing the risk service contracts for Blocks 30, 44, and 45 located in the Namibe Basin.The memorandum was signed by Carlos Saturnino and Andre Kostelnik, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sonangol and General Manager of ExxonMobil in Angola, respectively.Saturnino emphasized that the memorandum was part of the Angolan government’s strategy to attract foreign investors and mark the beginning of a new era and relaunch of the oil exploration strategy in Angola.Angola has developed a strategic plan to attract new players to its oil and gas sector, promoting a licensing round at Angola Oil & Gas Conference in June 2019 and opening up marginal fields based on new 2018 legislation. Oil majors BP and ExxonMobil have each signed deals with Sonangol for operations offshore Angola.Greater Plutonio FPSO. Image: BPBP said on Monday it had signed an agreement with Sonangol to progress to final investment decision the development of the Platina field in deepwater Block 18, offshore Angola.The two companies also agreed to extend the production license for the BP-operated Greater Plutonio project on Block 18 to 2032, subject to government approval, and for Sonangol to take an 8% equity interest in the block, BP said on Monday.Platina would be BP’s first new operated development in Angola since the PSVM project in Block 31 began production in 2013. It would be the second phase of development in Block 18 – the Greater Plutonio project started up in 2007.The agreements were signed in Luanda on Monday by Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sonangol Carlos Saturnino and BP group chief executive Bob Dudley.Saturnino said: “These agreements are a positive sign of the work being done by Sonangol and the Angolan government to generate more investment in our oil industry and take us a big step closer toward increasing production from Block 18.”Dudley said: “The signing of these agreements represents an important milestone in our relationship with Sonangol. It is a major step towards new investments for BP’s business in Angola, extending production from Greater Plutonio and boosting the nation’s oil output.” Discovered in 1999, the Platina field, in water depth of approximately 1,300 meters, is planned to be developed as a subsea tie-back to the existing Greater Plutonio floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). The final investment decision for the development is anticipated in the second quarter of 2019 with first oil then expected in late 2021/early 2022. The production license extension will enable later life production from the Greater Plutonio fields as well as the future output expected from Platina.BP and Sonangol also signed two further memoranda of understanding (MOUs) regarding potential further access and exploration offshore Angola and co-operation in a planned new products and crude terminal and storage facility in Angola.Under one MOU the companies agreed to progress discussions for further exploration activities in Blocks 31 and 18, to enter discussions for Blocks 46 and 47, and to explore options in Block 18/15.The second MOU enables them to enter discussions regarding financing and construction of the planned terminal and storage facility at Barra do Dande in Bengo province, approximately 30 kilometers north of Luanda. Decline in reserves Subsea tie-back Angola’s oil sector has seen a decline in discovered oil reserves and the maturing of producing fields. The 2019 licensing round, which will include onshore and offshore blocks in the Congo, Namibe and Cunene basins, will boost exploration potential with the ultimate aim to increase production from the country’s current levels of 1.49 million barrels of oil per day.“If we do not conduct the exploration works and finds new reserves, we will not be able to maintain the current levels of production,” said Diamantino Azevedo, Angola’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum.In line with Angola’s decision to promote access to marginal fields, the government has established guidelines for marginal operators by presidential decree. According to the law, marginal fields are characterized by at least one of many factors. These include: recoverable resources of less than 300 million barrels; water depth exceeding 800 meters; and/or income to the state less than $10.5 per barrel. The law also provides different tax structures for marginal fields.“There is an antiquated perception that Angola as an oil and gas market is only for the big boys,” said Guillaume Doane, CEO of Africa Oil & Power, organizer of Angola Oil & Gas 2019.He added: “Through marginal fields, Angola is attracting a greater diversity of exploration and production players that can operate smaller onshore and shallow water resource plays.”Offshore Energy Today Staff
The USC women’s basketball team started its season with a 93-66 home win in an exhibition game against Biola University Tuesday night.“We still got a long way to go, but this was a pretty good first step we took,” USC coach Michael Cooper said.Senior center Kari LaPlante led the Women of Troy with 20 points. Overall, five USC players scored in double digits — freshman forward Cassie Harberts (14), freshman guard Len’Nique Brown (11), sophomore forward Christina Marinacci (17) and redshirt junior Jacki Gemelos (12).LaPlante made back-to-back baskets and junior guard Ashley Corral hit a three-pointer to put the Eagles, members of the Golden State Athletic Conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, in a 20-9 hole within the game’s first seven minutes. Biola fought back to tie the game at 24 before the Women of Troy pulled away once again, this time for good.“We just needed to buckle down and focus,” LaPlante, who had seven rebounds and four steals to go along with her 20 points, said. “We took their first punch and ran with it.”Corral buried another three-pointer with 6:25 left in the half to extend the lead to 30-26. Right before the halftime buzzer, the Women of Troy worked a textbook pick-and-roll as Brown found LaPlante rolling off the pick and fed her down the lane for a layup to make the score 44-33.The Eagles never cut the lead below double digits for the rest of the game.“We have to be a defensive-minded team,” Cooper said. “When we played defense like we did the first few minutes of the game, we were up 20-9. Then all of a sudden we just got away from that and started going strictly on our offense. We just can’t afford to do that.”The Trojans’ defense forced the Eagles into committing 25 turnovers, and seven different players had steals for the team. The Women of Troy capitalized on those mistakes, turning those Eagles turnovers into 27 USC points.Another strength for the Women of Troy was their domination of the paint throughout the game. They outscored the Eagles 46-20 in the paint and outrebounded them, 41-26.“We’ve been working a lot with rebounding because that’s something we’ve had trouble with in the past,” LaPlante said.LaPlante’s seven rebounds led the team, but all five starters were productive on the boards as each recorded at least four rebounds.Corral picked up where she left off last season, leading the Women of Troy with nine assists. Gemelos dished a few passes off herself, finishing with four assists.The Women of Troy face off against No. 22 Gonzaga on Friday at the Galen Center to mark the official beginning of the regular season. Cooper thinks his team is up to the challenge, as long as it focuses on one particular aspect of its game.“We have to play tough defense for 40 minutes. … When we do that, we’re a pretty good team,” Cooper said.
Guyanese will soon be able to have customised number plates as the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is moving to make the adjustment following the end of the PZZ series.According to a source at the GRA, the PXX series was a very exhilarating group of letters for many, noting that authorities are yet to decide whether or not the ‘Y’ series will be used on registration plates before ‘X’.Whether or not it is used, the source added that officials at GRA have already started exploring customisable number plates.It was explained that the owners of motor vehicles will be given letters to choose from, while the option of having a name, accompanied by a number, on the registration plates will be accessible “at a small cost”.“It will have specific numbers and letters that you can put … everything is not quite clear as yet because it’s still going through the process through management,” the source revealed.The option of customisable registration plates is nonetheless certain, the source added.Examples of United States customised number plateIn the case of the vehicle being transferred and the original owner has their name on the registration plates, the new owner will also have the option of changing the name on the plates, according to the source.In the meantime, the officials are working on how privately-owned vehicles can be differentiated from vehicles up for hire.Registration plates in the United States have already been upgraded to the system GRA is seeking to implement here.Many states there distinguish their licence plates through distinctive colour schemes and logos, which persist over time. For example, the cowboy logo often associated with the state of Wyoming has appeared on that state’s licence plates continuously since 1936.Meanwhile in Vermont, licence plates have frequently featured a green and white colour scheme, while Alaska has preferred yellow and blue. Other states and territories, such as California, offer simpler schemes, often with a white background and little decoration.
“When you chase it for so long you say ‘finally’,” he told Spanish television.“I feel very happy because in the end the league is very long, it starts in August… and when spring arrives everything is decided, we have passed everything.“We’ve been pursuing it since the beginning, we have been in the lead, we’ve finished well, with a big margin… It’s the first La Liga that I’ve won.”The only blip on the Catalans’ season was the stunning Champions League quarter-final loss at Roma when they blew a 4-1 first-leg lead.“The elimination (by Roma) marked us a little bit because it was unexpected, but out trajectory has been extraordinary,” added Valverde.“There is always a small ‘but’, but we’ll try again next year.”Barca knew they just had to extend their record unbeaten streak to 41 La Liga matches to seal a seventh title in 10 seasons, and Philippe Coutinho fired them into an early lead.Messi’s 38th-minute volley made it two, but Lucas Perez pulled one back for Deportivo before half-time and Turkish winger Emre Colak stunned Barca with an equaliser midway through the second period.Barca finally saw off their stubborn hosts, though, as Messi pounced after a brilliant one-two with Luis Suarez before slotting in to complete his 30th La Liga treble.The Catalan giants now hold an unassailable 11-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, who have just three games to play, and are closing in on becoming the first Spanish side to go through a top-flight season without tasting defeat.“We have managed an almost perfect league campaign, without losing so far. I hope we can continue,” midfielder Sergio Busquets said.Andres Iniesta was surprisingly left on the bench after the midfield great announced earlier this week that he will leave the club at the end of the season.But it was his expected long-term successor Coutinho who broke the deadlock in the seventh minute, bending an exquisite finish into the top corner for his third La Liga goal for the club since signing from Liverpool in January.Deportivo had to win to stave off relegation for another week, but Clarence Seedorf’s men were denied an equaliser when Perez was flagged offside after tapping in from close range.Messi went close to doubling the advantage just before the half-hour mark, only for home goalkeeper Ruben to pull off an excellent one-handed save to turn his free-kick around the post.– Deportivo cause problems –Lionel Messi scored two late goals to end Deportivo’s resistance and wrap up the La Liga title © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPADeportivo were causing Barca plenty of problems at the back, though, and centre-back Fabian Schaer should have levelled as he headed over when unmarked inside the six-yard box.But Messi drilled a curling Suarez cross past Ruben at the keeper’s near post to score his 30th league goal of the campaign, before on-loan Arsenal striker Perez swept home to halve the deficit just two minutes later.Despite the close scoreline, Barca were playing as if the second half was a pure title party, with centre-back Gerard Pique even performing a few ‘keepie uppies’ on the left wing.Their complacency cost them in the 64th minute, as Celso Borges unselfishly squared for Colak to score.Suddenly the champions-elect were desperately trying to hang onto their unbeaten record, as goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a smart stop from another Schaer header.But Barcelona showed their class as Suarez and Messi combined to terrific effect with eight minutes to play — the latter clipping the ball in off the post.Suarez again sent the Argentinian racing clear three minutes later, and the 30-year-old made no mistake to complete a hat-trick.The 33-year-old Iniesta came on to a standing ovation in the 87th minute as Barca closed out a successful title-winning campaign in style.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona won their 25th league title and seventh in 10 seasons © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAMADRID, Spain, Apr 30 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was delighted that his side “finally” wrapped up a 25th La Liga title with four matches to spare, after a Lionel Messi hat-trick secured a thrilling 4-2 victory at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.Valverde’s men completed a league and cup double after thrashing Sevilla 5-0 in last week’s Copa del Rey final, regaining the Spanish crown from Real Madrid and relegating Deportivo in the process.
When Oklahoma State takes the field against Pittsburgh this Saturday morning, they’ll face a team familiar with competing against top-10 competition. The Panthers return home after taking on Penn State on the road last weekend, a game they lost 33-14.While the Panthers aren’t like to be intimidated by the Cowboys, Head Coach Pat Narduzzi knows slowing down OSU’s potent offense won’t be an easy task.“It doesn’t get any easier, as you guys know,” said Narduzzi “No. 8, No. 9 top ranked team in Oklahoma State that we went out and battled a year ago that we know has talent across the board from the D-line back and O-line to James Washington and Mason Rudolph. I mean, they’re very, very talented. ”Narduzzi addressed the media Monday morning, discussing the upcoming game against Oklahoma State. The Panthers are fairly familiar with OSU after the two teams faced off in a weather-delayed contest a year ago in Stillwater which OSU won 45-38. Narduzzi says he’s hoping his secondary has a little added motivation this year after OSU scored on multiple long passing plays against them.“Redemption? Yeah, I sure hope. I do.”Pitt did a good job against Penn State not giving up a lot of big plays. The longest pass was for 46 yards to running back Saquon Barkley, while the longest run was a 36 yarder by quarterback Trace McSorley. Despite that, Narduzzi says he’s still worried about the “big-play” potential of Oklahoma State“I don’t feel good when I look at James Washington out there and Mason Rudolph,”Narduzzi said. “You don’t feel any better because I don’t care who they play, just go put on Oklahoma State; big explosive passes and runs for that matter because as soon as you start playing cover two and trying to put two over that guy, it’s out the gate going 98, and that’s not good, either.”If you remember, Pitt was the only team last year to beat Clemson on their run to a National Championship. Narduzzi had an interesting answer when asked to compare that Tiger team to this team of Cowboys.“To compare Oklahoma State to Clemson, it’s hard. The one comparison I can make is it’ll be orange, so they’re going to bring orange in, okay. That’s my only comparison. And they’re fast. They’re big and they’re fast and they wear orange, so pretty good comparison.”Though, he did go on to say that OSU is as fast as Clemson was, especially Justice Hill.“I think Justice Hill is going to be the fastest tailback we face this year, I’ll tell you that. He’s fast, No. 5, you watch him, he’s fast.”The run game isn’t the only thing Narduzzi knows will be a difficult challenge to defend on Saturday.“James Washington is a different animal. He’s a first-round draft choice next year…. That’s the one that scares me the most, but I’m scared of all of them. They’ve got Washington on one side, and then they’ve got the big guys on the other side, the Lacy kid and then Ateman, a transfer from LSU (Johnson)… So they’ve got them over place.”You can watch Narduzzi’s full press conference below, including his thoughts on Mason Rudolph’s passing style starting at about 19:39. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Man Utd Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs Solskjaer should targetby Phillip Ekuwem10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFollowing Jose Mourinho’s exit, Manchester United are looking to get their season back on track under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guidance going into the second-half of the season. Considering the team’s defensive woes, the one area United undoubtedly need to bolster is their backline, primarily the centre-back position. Eric Bailly’s future at the club is currently uncertain, and the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are evidently not good enough to turn out for United on a regular basis.As such, here’s a look at four centre-backs United could realistically sign in January…Toby AlderweireldIt’s no secret that Manchester United are huge admirers of the Belgian centre-back having made attempts to sign him in previous transfer windows. Alderweireld has been a consistent performer at Tottenham since his arrival at the club, but with his proposed one-year contract extension at Spurs set to trigger a £25m release clause, Manchester United could snap him up at a relatively cheap price.Alderweireld is good with the ball at his feet and even better at preventing players from penetrating his side’s defensive line. He’s one of the best defenders in the Premier League and would be an excellent addition to United’s backline.Video Courtesy of Mathews FootballAndreas GranqvistAndreas Granqvist would be a more temporary option, but a good one nonetheless. The Helsingborgs man has been linked with a move to Manchester United since October.The 33-year-old was one of the best defenders in the World Cup back in June, as he marked players tightly and made key interceptions against highly skilled opponents. He also showcased his ability from spot-kicks, although should he sign for United, it’s unlikely that Pogba will give up his penalty taking duties.Granqvist has previously said that an offer from Manchester United would be ‘very hard’ to turn down, so should Solskjaer’s side table a concrete offer for the Swedish defender he’s likely to make the switch.Video Courtesy of Defence is an ArtDiego GodinGodin has a lot to offer United in terms of leadership and defensive contributions. The Uruguay international has been an integral part of both his national team set-up and Atletico Madrid for many years, so much so that he’s widely regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation.He’s reportedly got a £20m release clause which won’t be any trouble for United to pay, but the main hurdle is getting him to make the switch as he’s rejected offers from the club in the past.Godin would add a much-needed layer of protection to Manchester United’s back four considering his expertise in dealing with tricky and pacey forwards having face a number of world-class attackers with great success throughout his career.Video Courtesy of HN FootballHarry MaguireManchester United’s pursuit of Harry Maguire ended last summer because club chairman Ed Woodward refused to meet Leicester City’s valuation of the English centre-back.United have a much bigger need for a quality centre-back than they did back in August having already played through half of the season with defensive problems. The Leicester man has Premier League experience and World Cup experience so he knows what it is to play under pressure in massive games. Leicester are likely to demand a similar fee to what they asked for in August but whether United would take the same stance they did back then is unknown – one thing’s for sure, though – they need Maguire’s quality.Video Courtesy of Scouting Football TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorPhillip Ekuwem FollowShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool favourites to land Exeter teen Ben Chrisene ahead of Chelsea – after inviteby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are favourites to land Exeter City teen Ben Chrisene – after bringing him up to Merseyside.Midfield talent Chrisene, 15, is already the youngest ever player to appear for the Devon side and an England youth cap.And now the Kop want to beat Chelsea to his signature, with an invite to play for their youth team this weekend, says The Sun.Exeter know their latest discovery will leave and are cooperating with the move as long as they collect a decent sum.Liverpool have been after Chrisene for months but Frank Lampard took a personal interest by contacting the kid who followed Ethan Ampadu through the Exeter ranks.