US ArmyBy LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News(FORT HOOD, Texas) — After a two-day visit to Fort Hood, Texas, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said the murder of Spc. Vanessa Guillen will lead to changes to prevent cases like hers from happening again. McCarthy said the Army’s broad review of the culture at Fort Hood will help identify and fix the “root causes” that have led to the high number of violent acts at the base.“I’m angry, I’m frustrated, I’m disappointed, we’re heartbroken,” McCarthy said candidly in describing his thoughts about Guillen’s murder at a press conference wrapping up his visit to the sprawling base.“Vanessa was our teammate; we let her down, we let her family down, and it hurts,” said McCarthy.“We’re going to do everything we can to prevent these types of things from happening again, to learn from this, and to move on,” said McCarthy. “We will do everything we can to protect her legacy by making enduring changes.”During a visit to Fort Hood, McCarthy held what he called “incredibly candid” meetings with soldiers of all ranks to discuss issues of concern at the base.McCarthy has ordered a broad independent review of the command culture and climate at Fort Hood that was prompted by concerns from Guillen’s family that the 20-year-old soldier was too intimidated to step forward with claims of sexual harassment.The recently named panel carrying out that review will visit Fort Hood in late August. McCarthy said the review will look at “the root causes associated with the rise of felonies and violent acts, to better understand why this is happening at this installation” so that they can be fixed.“The numbers are high here; they are the highest and some [of the] most cases for sexual assault and harassment and murders, for our entire formation in the U.S. Army,” he said.“We’re going to put every resource, and all of the energy we can in this entire institution, behind fixing these problems,” he said.On Wednesday, Fort Hood announced the death of Pfc. Francisco Gilberto Hernandezvargas in a boating accident, marking the eighth non-training death at the base since March 1.Guillen was last seen on April 22, but investigators did not find her remains until June 30. Her alleged killer, Spc. Aaron Robinson, took his own life as investigators closed in on him. His girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, has been charged with helping him dismember and bury Guillen’s body. She pleaded not guilty last month.McCarthy said Guillen’s death had left him “markedly disappointed and saddened,” because it was “a shot at the system and it rattles the system of the trust that you have to have in this profession.”“The only thing we can do is come together and have very hard conversations and invest in each other and learn about each other so that we know who our teammates are,” he said.He said a focus will be on improving the quality of the people coming into the Army, noting that the Army reflects the nation and that sometimes some bad apples make into uniform.“At times, some people infiltrate our ranks; we got to find them, we got to root them out,” said McCarthy.Various investigations continue into the case, including an Army investigation that looked at the family’s claims that Guillen was sexually harassed.McCarthy described Guillen’s murder as “an inflection point” for service members and victims who have stepped forward with their own stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault with the “IAmVanessa” hashtag.Noting how Guillen’s death had resonated throughout the Army, McCarthy said that during a recent trip to Poland and Italy soldiers there asked him about the case.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Crystal Palace manager Roy HodgsonLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson praised the video assistant referee (VAR) system after its debut in English competitive football following initial confusion around Brighton’s winning goal.Brighton’s Glenn Murray scored a late winner in the home side’s 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat of Palace on Monday but, with suggestions of handball, there was confusion among players, fans at the ground and TV viewers over whether VAR had had any influence on the decision.According to Hodgson and Brighton manager Chris Hughton, match referee Andre Marriner had been in contact with fellow official Neil Swarbrick, working with VAR from a London studio, about the goal.That Marriner did not indicate as such or use the pitchside VAR monitors contributed to the confusion, and Hodgson said: “We had suspicions. The people close to it seemed to be incensed, and from our angle it looks as if he’s guided the ball in with his arm.“You’ve got to congratulate the system: when you watch it lots of times like they’ve been able to do, from different angles, it would have been very harsh (to disallow it).“It was a genuine goal, and the referee was helped by the fact he had Swarbrick in the VAR studio making a judgement that’d help him out, so I have no complaints.”Hughton said he was “under the impression that VAR was used. That’s what I am led to believe: that it was used and there was not a decision to be made. At the time I wasn’t aware some thought it was handball.”VAR system under control. FILE PHOTOThe VAR system is currently being trialled in Italy and Germany and was employed for the first time in an official game in Britain during the international friendly between England and Germany in November, when it was not called on. Criticised by some fans for slowing the game down, it is used for “clear and obvious errors” relating to goals, penalty decisions, straight red cards or mistaken identity for red or yellow cards.The VAR automatically checks every relevant incident and informs the referee if necessary. The referee has the power to change the original decision based on new information provided by the VAR or watch a replay on the side of the pitch.Marriner did not feel the need to consult the pitchside monitor after Murray’s goal as he felt it was legitimate. The system allows for dialogue between the on-pitch referee and the VAR without a formal review.Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: “So VAR so good.”But former Palace forward Mark Bright said the referee should have looked into the incident more carefully. “The debate in the boardroom is did the ball or did it not touch Glenn Murray’s arm before it went into the net?” he tweeted.“Clearly & Obviously missed? Should have been viewed #VAR.”Share on: WhatsApp
TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $378,187 INTO THURSDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD EXCEED $1.5 MILLION ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2016)–In her first-ever try down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course, English-bred Prize Exhibit proved gamest late, as she prevailed by a nose over Shrinking Violet to take Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes under Santiago Gonzalez. Trained by Jim Cassidy and owned by Deron Pearson’s DP Racing, Prize Exhibit got the 6 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:12.96.“She’s a superior horse,” said Gonzalez. “She runs better races than these other horses regularly and she showed her class today. She has a lot of speed. I can wait, and wait with her and I know she can still get there with her speed.”A close fourth after the first half mile, the winner hit the front crossing the dirt at the top of the lane and wouldn’t be denied late as she battled head and head with the runner-up the final eighth. Off at 7-1 in a field of 11 older fillies and mares, she paid $17.80, $7.60 and $4.20.A 4-year-old filly by Showcasing, Prize Exhibit was most recently sixth, beaten 3 ½ lengths in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 29. The Monrovia is her third graded stakes win and her sixth overall victory from 20 starts. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she improved her earnings to $530,800.“I didn’t think she’d have any problem (coming down the hillside turf) unless she started idling, trying to figure out what the heck this is all about, which she has a tendency to do,” said Cassidy. “I was a little upset we were that close, but when it opened up for her, he rode her perfect and she’s a hard horse to ride. You could see down the lane she was out there in the clear and kind of looking around, so she can be difficult, but she got it done.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Shrinking Violet was well back in eighth position after a half and rallied inside the winner turning for home, but was just outrun late. Off at 6-1, she finished a half length in front of favored Ageless and paid $7.40 and $4.00.“She’s not fond of soft ground,” said Desormeaux. “I think she ran her eyeballs out, but she got beat a nose in a situation she doesn’t care to be in. Not to mention, she’s been of a while (Sept. 14) so I don’t think it would have mattered as much if she was racing with one (race) under her belt.”Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Ageless came off a pair of turf sprint stakes wins at Woodbine and Keeneland and was making a steady late gain wide-out but never threatened the winner. Off at 6-5, she paid $2.60 to show.“No real excuses,” said Leparoux. “The course is the same for everybody. She had a little layoff (Oct. 9) but she ran her race. It looks like she came back good and hopefully, she’ll be good for the rest of the year.”Fractions on the race were 21.33, 43.52 and 1:06.64.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, and there is a hefty two-day Pick Six carryover of $378,187. Thursday’s total Pick Six pool should exceed $1.5 million. First post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Coach of reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions Arnett Gardens FC, Jerome Waite, says his team is ready for the challenge in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships in order to move on to the CONCACAF stage.Arnett will depart the island next Sunday for the Dominican Republic where they will participate in Group Four alongside Atletico Pantoja of Dominican Republic, America des Cayes (Haiti) and Notch (Suriname).Waite is already looking forward to the CONCACAF stage, where the club has participated in the past.”Well, first and foremost, we have participated in the CONCACAF round twice, but have not passed the quarter-final stage. Our aim is to win the CFU group stage and qualify for the semi-finals, then be among the top three that will advance to the CONCACAF,” Waite told The Gleaner.”I’m pretty much confident based on our performance in the local Red Stripe Premier League, where the team has done well,” the veteran coach shared.He admitted that he did not know much about the opponents, but he remains optimistic.GIVE THEIR BEST”A lot of the players have not played at this level, but they should give of their best, as doors can be opened for them. We don’t have any info on the teams, but they will know about us, as the Premier League is broadcast in the Caribbean,” he informed.Waite is yet to name his 20-man squad for the tournament, but disclosed that players such as captain Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson, Renae Lloyd, Marvin Morgan, Kemal Malcolm, Jason Moore, Vishinul Harris, Dicoy Williams, Ranike Anderson, Damion Hyatt, Peter Harrison, Keneil Hyde will be included.Arnett will play against America des Cayes on March 2, Notch on March 3, and Atletico Pantoja on March 5. All games will be at Estadio OlÌmpico FÈlix S·nchez in Santo Domingo.The 14 teams are divided into four groups, and the winners will advance to the semi-finals.Meanwhile, Montego Bay United, the other Jamaican club that has qualified, will participate in Group Three alongside Central of Trinidad and Tobago and Scholars International of the Cayman Islands.
Even while standing at the door of his 100th international century, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is insisting the huge milestone would not be on his mind when India take the field against England in the first Test at Lord’s, London, on July 21.Having cracked 51 centuries in 177 Tests and 48 in 453 One-Day Internationals, Tendulkar feels rather than the records, it’s the impression that he leaves behind is more important.Sachin Tendulkar wants to enjoy batting during India tour of England. AP”I’m not thinking of records. I’m just thinking of enjoying this tour. The secret to any performance is not in chasing records. I think about, ‘What is the best way to enjoy the game, and how can I enhance that enjoyment factor?” he was quoted as saying by London’s Daily Telegraph.”If I enhance the enjoyment then, naturally, the standard of play becomes higher. To me, that is more important. If I’m playing well, things can happen. I don’t need to go around chasing them. It’s a process. You construct a solid foundation and build on it.”Tendulkar said he is keen to contribute to the team’s cause. “For me, it’s not about breaking records or creating new ones. It’s about adding value to my team. Records will be set by me; they might be broken by someone else,” he averred.”They’re not going to stay permanently. But the impression that I leave on people will last forever, I feel. The impression that I leave behind – to me that is important. If I can motivate the next young cricketers, that will be a big contribution.”advertisementIn England for the last few weeks, preparing for the four-Test series, Tendulkar said he is accustomed to the pressure.”I’m used to it. It’s the kind of lifestyle that I lead in India. It began around the age of 16, at the time I would start going out and mixing with friends. But I don’t feel suffocated. I feel extremely comfortable back home in whatever I do. That’s how my life has been, so I believe it’s normal,” he said.”I have been rewarded, and God has been kind to me. I have no complaints. I am very grateful to all the people who have appreciated and supported me over the years, and who have accepted me in the manner that I am.”Tendulkar, 38, who recently changed his hairstyle, often visits England during the summer and he now owns a flat at St John’s Wood in London.”When I spend time in England, it’s different. I get to do certain things that I wouldn’t be able to do in India: to go into the park with my children, to do whatever they want to do, whether it be a game of soccer or cricket. I enjoy the best of both. The idea is to balance life in India with life away from India, to get the best of both and to be a happy man,” he said.The former India captain once again stressed that being part of the World Cup-winning team gave him immense happiness and that retirement was not on his mind as yet.”I was extremely delighted. It was something I had always dreamt about. You start playing cricket, and one day you walk away as part of a world champion team,” he said of the triumph in April in his home city Mumbai.If the last statement gave you ideas about his retirement, Tendulkar was quick to set the record straight. “I haven’t,” he said of a decision on retirement.”I’m enjoying every moment. It has been fun. In fact, I’m looking at how to enjoy the game more and how to improve the standard of play. It’s about getting better. Nobody knows what is going to happen tomorrow. At least today I know that I want to enjoy cricket, to enjoy the moment.”
India won the 4th ODI by 9 wickets to clinch the series 3-0 against EnglandIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels his side played a “perfect game” today as the visitors thrashed England by nine wickets in the fourth One-Dayer to take an invincible 3-0 lead in the five-match series here.Opting to bowl, India first restricted England to a modest 206 and then overwhelmed the target in 30.3 overs to record their third consecutive victory in the ODI series at the the Edgbaston, in what turned out to be yet another lopsided contest.”Considering the first game, our performance only got better,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.”There is a tendency to lax after win, but we only got better and today was a perfect game,” he said.”The seamers bowled in the right areas and it was crucial because I thought it wouldn’t turn much. The fast bowlers set it up, because they took wickets and when the spinners came the batting was under pressure.”Dhoni praised young Ajinkya Rahane, who came in to open the batting in place of injured Rohit Sharma and scored his maiden ODI century with a 100-ball 106-run knock.Opening the innings, Rahane and an woefully out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan (97 not out) put on 183 runs for the first wicket to set the platform for the victory.Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan added 183 runs for the first wicket against England”The openers, if they can face 10 to 12 overs, it gives us a platform. It was good to see Dhawan back in form. Rahane was always someone who was third in line for the opening slot and he has made the most out of it. He is a good timer which makes it slightly easy for him. It’s a spot that suits him.advertisementRohit is a very talented guy and we are not making any decisions (on opening) as yet. I feel a lot of credit goes to the seniors I played under and the youngsters,” Dhoni said.England captain Alastair Cook feels India outplayed the hosts in all departments of the game.”A very tough day. The sport turns change so quickly. It is frustrating not to play to your potential,” he said.”We were going to bat first anyway. India certainly batted better, fielder better, and bowled better. It is always tough to lose three games in a row and in a manner that we lost,” Cook said.England captain Alastair Cook feels India outplayed the hosts in all departments of the gameCook said with the 2015 World Cup a few months away, England need to pull up their socks to be a contender for the coveted trophy.”There is a World Cup a few months away and you have to show you are hungry. We just need to look at ourselves and improve. There is potential but we need to improve,” he said.He also praised Moeen Ali for his attacking 67 off 50 balls in terms of adversity.”Moeen batted very well. He was the only guy to have a good day today. We are pretty clear on the personnel we need, but if people do not sore runs, or take wickets.. they certainly have the potential.. They need to turn up,” Cook said.Man-of-the-match Rahane, on his part, credited his bowling mates to set up the series-clinching win for India.”Feels really great when you get a 100 and the team wins.Credit goes to the bowlers as well for setting up the match,” he said.”I was batting well after the first few games and I was focussing to stay there. Really happy for Dhawan, the way he batted was special. We just wanted to enjoy the game. It’s a great challenge to open, you have to prepare your mind,” he signed off.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed “Stretch” for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday. He was 80.The San Francisco Giants announced McCovey’s death, saying the fearsome hitter passed “peacefully” on Wednesday afternoon “after losing his battle with ongoing health issues.”A first baseman and left fielder, McCovey was a .270 career hitter with 521 home runs and 1,555 RBIs in 22 major league seasons, 19 of them with the Giants. He also played for the Athletics and Padres.McCovey made his major league debut at 21 on July 30, 1959, and played alongside the other Willie — Hall of Famer Willie Mays — into the 1972 season before Mays was traded to the New York Mets.McCovey batted .354 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs on the way to winning the 1959 NL Rookie of the Year award. The six-time All-Star also won the 1969 NL MVP and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986 after his first time on the ballot.“You knew right away he wasn’t an ordinary ballplayer,” Hall of Famer Hank Aaron said, courtesy of the Hall of Fame. “He was so strong, and he had the gift of knowing the strike zone. There’s no telling how many home runs he would have hit if those knees weren’t bothering him all the time and if he played in a park other than Candlestick.”McCovey had been getting around in a wheelchair in recent years because he could no longer rely on his once-dependable legs, yet was still regularly seen at the ballpark in his private suite. McCovey had attended games at AT&T Park as recently as the season finale.“I love him so much. It’s a very sad day for me. We were very close,” Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda said in a telephone interview. “Willie McCovey was not only a great ballplayer but a great teammate. He didn’t have any fear. He never complained.“I remember one time in 1960 they sent him down to the minor leagues after being Rookie of the Year the year before. He didn’t complain. He was very polite, he was very quiet. He was a great man, a great friend. I’m going to miss him so much. He didn’t say a bad word about anybody.”While the Giants captured their third World Series title of the decade in 2014, McCovey returned to watch them play while still recovering from an infection that hospitalized him that September for about a month.He attended one game at AT&T Park during both the NL Championship Series and World Series. He even waited for the team at the end of the parade route inside San Francisco’s Civic Center.“It was touch and go for a while,” McCovey said at the time. “They pulled me through, and I’ve come a long way.”McCovey had been thrilled the Giants accomplished something he didn’t during a decorated career in the major leagues.Even four-plus decades later, it still stung for the left-handed slugging “Big Mac” that he never won a World Series after coming so close. The Giants lost the 1962 World Series to the New York Yankees.He often thought about that World Series, and it remained difficult to accept. The Giants lost 1-0 in Game 7 when McCovey lined out to second baseman Bobby Richardson with runners on second and third for the final out.“I still think about it all the time. I still think, ‘If I could have hit it a little more,’” he said on Oct. 31, 2014.In 2012, he said: “I think about the line drive, yes. Can’t get away from it.”McCovey narrowly beat out Mets pitcher Tom Seaver for the 1969 MVP award. McCovey led the NL in home runs (45) and RBIs (126) for the second straight year, batting .320 while also posting NL bests with a .453 on-base percentage and .656 slugging percentage. He was walked 121 times, then drew a career-high 137 free passes the next season.He had been third in the ’68 voting for NL MVP, but after 1969 would never again finish higher than ninth.McCovey and Ted Williams before him were among the first players to really face infield shifts as opponents tried to affect his rhythm at the plate.On Wednesday night, former teammate Felipe Alou recalled inviting McCovey to play winter ball with him in 1958 for Escogido in Alou’s native Dominican Republic.McCovey got homesick, so a still-single Alou moved out of his parents’ home and into an apartment with his dear friend and teammate. They were roommates in the minors and majors, too. McCovey called Alou “Rojas,” his father’s last name. Alou called him “Willie Lee,” McCovey’s middle name.“We had a great relationship. Incredible friend and player and individual,” Alou said. “I have so many good memories.”McCovey was born on Jan. 10, 1938, in Mobile, Alabama. He had spent the last 18 years in a senior advisory role for the Giants.“For more than six decades, he gave his heart and soul to the Giants,” team president and CEO Larry Baer said. “As one of the greatest players of all time, as a quiet leader in the clubhouse, as a mentor to the Giants who followed in his footsteps, as an inspiration to our Junior Giants, and as a fan cheering on the team from his booth.”Said McCovey’s wife, Estela, whom he married this summer: “Every moment he will be terribly missed. He was my best friend and husband. Living life without him will never be the same.”McCovey had a daughter, Allison, and three grandchildren, Raven, Philip, and Marissa. McCovey also is survived by sister Frances and brothers Clauzell and Cleon.McCovey said that 2010 victory, when the Giants won the franchise’s first World Series championship since moving from New York in 1958, helped eased the pain for players like him, Juan Marichal, Mays and Alou. Seeing San Francisco in the Fall Classic again brought those smiles back to McCovey’s face.“We’re kind of getting spoiled,” he said in 2012. “This is two in three years. People don’t realize how hard it is to get here. We’ve been pretty lucky.”McCovey presented the “Willie Mac Award” each season — except in 2014 while dealing with complications from the infection — an honor voted on by the players, coaches and training staff to recognize the team’s player most exhibiting McCovey’s inspirational example both on the field and in the clubhouse. He was there this year as reliever Will Smith was honored.“Something I will cherish forever,” Smith wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “May he Rest In Peace.”When San Francisco opened its new waterfront ballpark in 2000, the cove beyond the right-field fence was named “McCovey Cove” in appreciation of all he did for the organization. There’s a statue of McCovey’s likeness on the other side of the water from where those splash hits land.“Willie McCovey was one of our game’s greatest power hitters. He won the National League MVP in 1969 and, alongside fellow Hall of Famer and Alabama native Willie Mays, was a key part of many memorable Giants’ teams,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “For 22 years on the field and many more after retiring, Willie was a superb ambassador for the Giants and our game.”The Giants said a public celebration of McCovey’s life would be held at a later date.By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Polish-born supermodel and Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa has just sent a letter to Poland Minister of National Defence Tomasz Siemoniak congratulating him for replacing the use of animals in all military medical training exercises with modern simulators after discussions with PETA and its international affiliates.“I am proud that my home country recognizes that the lives of animals matter and that there are more humane and effective ways to teach people how to perform lifesaving medical treatments than by hurting animals”, Krupa writes. “I know that the momentum created by Poland’s progressive example will encourage the five remaining NATO countries — Canada, Denmark, Norway, the U.K., and the U.S. — that still shoot, stab, burn, and kill animals in their military training drills to modernize their practices.”Polish military officials cited information about the benefits of simulation technology provided by PETA and protest letters from supporters of PETA and its international affiliates as the motivation behind the shift. Studies show that medical-care providers who learn trauma treatment using life-like simulators that replicate human anatomy and physiology are better prepared to treat people than those who are trained by cutting into animals who have been shot and dismembered.Poland’s decision means that more than 80 per cent of NATO nations are now training service members without harming any animals, leaving only a handful of countries, including the UK, still using animals.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Life was going well for Christopher Partee when the woman approached him in tears.The forklift operator had recently been made a permanent employee at a Memphis warehouse newly opened by a supply-chain logistics company. His new supervisor was friendly to him, giving him special assignments and sometimes grabbing lunch with him. Partee thought perhaps he himself could eventually become a supervisor.But he was about to make a decision that would upend his life. The woman, Tiffany Pete, asked Partee if he would serve as corroborating witness in a sexual harassment complaint against their supervisor. Partee was apprehensive but says he had seen his supervisor make lewd comments to women at the warehouse nearly every day, telling them what to wear and propositioning sex. He agreed to help and to speak directly to the supervisor.Within days, Partee was fired, along with Pete and two other women who had complained about being harassed.“I was thinking about not getting involved because I had a feeling that something like this would happen, and it did,” said Partee, who eventually won a lawsuit against the company filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “But if a woman is crying, I’m not just going to sit there and do nothing. I’m not going to walk away and not do something about it. I’m just not that type of person.”Caught in the middle of workplace sexual harassment are often people like Partee: witnesses who struggle with how to respond. The scandals sending shockwaves through Hollywood, and the media and political worlds have left in their wake people who have expressed remorse for failing to do more to stop the inappropriate behaviour of powerful men.Among them are Charlie Rose’s executive producer, Louis C.K.’s longtime manager, and Billy Bush, who has apologized for laughing along when President Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women’s genitals on the “Access Hollywood” tape. NBC is conducting an internal investigation into why anchor Matt Lauer’s alleged misconduct wasn’t stopped earlier. The director Quentin Tarantino has said he knew enough about Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour to have done more.Lost in the conversation are the stories of people in more ordinary work places who do speak up — and what happens next.Often, according to lawyers who litigate sexual harassment cases, they end up facing the same repercussions as the victims they were trying to protect. Some are labeled disloyal and denied career advancement. Others are fired. While the law prohibits retaliation against witnesses who oppose sexual harassment, it can be difficult to prove their case in court. Lawsuits typically take years to resolve.The dynamic ensures that many people stay quiet, particularly among working-class people who can least afford to lose their jobs, said Faye Williams, the regional attorney for the EEOC who oversaw the lawsuit on behalf of Partee and the three women against the company, New Breed Logistics.“We find in our work here at EEOC, including our sexual harassment cases, many employees in the workplace often look the other way or choose not to get involved,” Williams said. “One can understand why. They are generally low wage workers, earning minimum wage, single parents, and desperately need to work to survive.”Still, Partee is far from the only witness that EEOC has represented in recent sexual harassment cases.In a case settled in 2015, four men lost their jobs at a dried fruit processing plant in California for helping their female co-workers file a complaint about supervisors who were making lewd comments and rubbing up against them. Two of the men had organized a meeting with management to allow the women to voice their complaints.In Mississippi, a janitor was fired after she corroborated a co-worker’s sexual harassment complaint during an internal company investigation. In Texas, a recruiter for a physician services provider was let go after he accompanied a woman who filed a complaint about their division CEO.It took years for those lawsuits to result in verdicts or settlements mandating compensation for the plaintiffs. In the meantime, some of the workers struggled financially.Two of the dried-fruit plant workers said in court statements that it took them three years to find permanent work. One of them said he frequently argued with his wife about why he stood up for his co-workers instead of staying silent. The other got divorced.Partee’s case took seven years to make its way through the courts. During much of that time, he relied on odd jobs and food stamps. He was forced to move out of his apartment and into his mother’s house. He fell back on his child support payments.As often occurs in sexual harassment cases, the EEOC had to prove that Partee engaged in “protected activity” under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that deals with sexual harassment. Specifically, the company argued that Partee did not, in fact, oppose sexual harassment because he had not formally agreed to participate in an internal company investigation before he was fired. Partee had also warned his supervisor to stop his behaviour but the company argued that simply asking a harasser to knock it off did not constitute protected activity.New Breed claimed that Partee was suspended for clocking in overtime hours without authorization. It tried to argue that the human resources official who suspended him did not know he had agreed to back up Pete’s complaint. In the end, EEOC provided evidence the official knew Pete had named Partee as a witness.In 2015, the Sixth Circuit Court of appeals in Ohio upheld a $1.5 million verdict against New Breed which has been bought by another company.Partee received $315,000, enough for to buy a modest house and pay back child support and other debt. The father of five children, now grown, has yet to find permanent work as forklift operator, relying on temporary jobs. He does not mention the New Breed case when interviewing for jobs, fearing that it will backfire and he will be labeled a troublemaker.“It would scare them off, like I’m a risk. So I keep my mouth shut,” he said. “A lot of people, they like to call you a snitch. They want to put that around you.”Employment law attorneys say they don’t often come across people like Partee. On the contrary, a major challenge in sexual harassment cases is finding witnesses to back up the plaintiff, said Debra Katz, a partner with the Washington-based firm Katz, Marshall & Banks.“When someone calls me, my first inquiry is, ‘Who are the witnesses who can confirm this individual harassed you?’” said Katz, who has litigated discrimination and whistle-blower protection cases for 30 years. “Retaliation is a real fear. Often what we hear is “Don’t use my name in your letter but when an investigation comes up, I will come forward and say what I know.’”Some advocates are hoping the #MeToo movement will embolden witnesses to speak up. One group of actors, including Anthony Edwards, Tate Donovan and Daniel Dae Kim, have joined the #IWillSpeakUp campaign that calls out men for staying silent about sexual misconduct.“We know that the majority of men are not abusive,” said Tony Porter, CEO of A Call To Men, which launched the campaign along with Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation. “The problem is that the majority of men are silent about that abuse.”But often, people who learn of sexual harassment are uncertain about what to do. Even Jane Fonda, herself a victim of sexual abuse, has said she regrets not speaking out when another actress told her about a troublesome encounter with Weinstein. She has said that at the time, she felt it was not her place to publicize someone else’s experience.That’s a common dilemma for employees in everyday workplaces, said Lynn Bowes-Sperry, a professor of management at Western New England University who researches on the difficulties faced by observers of sexual harassment. She said it points to the need for more rigorous bystander training for employees “that provides them with the skills to take action rather than just basic knowledge regarding legal liability.”Far removed from the #MeToo movement, Partee said he has no regrets.The women “actually thanked me a lot for being there for them,” he said. “Now when I think about it, it sends chills through me because you know when you did something right.”——————————News Researcher Rhonda Shafner contributed from New York City.
VANCOUVER — Pan American Silver Corp. has signed a deal to acquire Tahoe Resources Inc. in a stock-and-cash deal it valued at more than US$1 billion.Under the friendly agreement, Tahoe shareholders will receive US$3.40 in cash or 0.2403 Pan American shares for each Tahoe share. The maximum cash available under the offer is US$275 million and there are 56 million Pan American shares available.Tahoe shareholders will also receive contingent value rights that will be exchanged for 0.0497 Pan American shares for each Tahoe share, payable on the first commercial shipment of concentrate following the restart of operations at the Escobal mine in Guatemala.Tahoe shares closed C$2.90 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday, while Pan American shares closed at C$18.71.The deal, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, requires approval by both the Tahoe and Pan American shareholders.Tahoe shareholders will hold about a 27 per cent stake in the combined company at the closing of the deal. The contingent value rights will increase that to 32 per cent, based on the number of Pan American shares outstanding following the closing of the deal. Companies in this story: (TSX:PAAS, TSX:THO)The Canadian Press