Biden urged to take on Big Tech amid lobbying fears

first_imgThirty-two advocacy groups today penned a letter to Biden urging him to hold companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to account, arguing that their business practices harmed American consumers and the economy. President-elect Joe Biden has appointed a number of tech executives to his transition team Share The letter was signed by groups campaigning for consumer and labour rights, antitrust reform and progressive causes, including Public Citizen, American Economic Liberties Project, Open Markets Institute, and the Revolving Door Project. They also called on the newly-elected president to reject the influence of Big Tech on his administration. US president-elect Joe Biden has been urged to confront Big Tech amid concerns about the number of tech executives linked to the incoming administration. whatsapp President-elect Joe Biden has appointed a number of tech executives to his transition team Also Read: Biden urged to take on Big Tech amid lobbying fears Monday 30 November 2020 9:06 pm Earlier this month Reuters reported that Biden had appointed more tech executives than tech critics to his transition team, sparking suggestions that his administration will take a favourable approach to Silicon Valley. In the letter, the advocacy groups said executives, lobbyists and consultants working for or with tech firms should be kept out of the White House. center_img “We believe that eliminating the decades-old revolving door between Silicon Valley and your administration will only help your cause.” James Warrington Biden urged to take on Big Tech amid lobbying fears Show Comments ▼ “We believe that your administration must confront the threats posed by the monopolistic Big Tech companies… however, we can only bring these companies to account if you do not rely on affiliates of these very companies to make up your government,” the letter said. President-elect Joe Biden has appointed a number of tech executives to his transition team Also Read: Biden urged to take on Big Tech amid lobbying fears Silicon Valley has already tapped into UK politics in a bid to bolster its political sway. In 2018 Facebook hired former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg as its head of global affairs and communications. whatsapp It comes at a crucial time for the sector as authorities contemplate tougher regulation in a bid to curb alleged anti-competitive practices. Tags: Facebook Google Joe Bidenlast_img read more

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Biden to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by 11 September

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About 300 BP union employees will keep their jobs — for now

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Arctic | Business | Economy | Energy & Mining | Interior | North Slope | SouthcentralAbout 300 BP union employees will keep their jobs — for nowSeptember 27, 2019 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:BP’s operations center at Prudhoe Bay. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)About 300 BP union workers at Prudhoe Bay will remain in their jobs, at least through the end of their current contract.That’s according to Hilcorp, the oil company set to take over BP’s entire business in Alaska.But the leader of the union representing those workers said he remains uncertain about Hilcorp’s relationship with labor going forward.“We haven’t had any formal meetings with them yet,” said Kristjan Dye, president of United Steelworkers Local 4959.“Until we really sit down and talk to them, I don’t know for sure,” Dye said.Prudhoe Bay is split, in terms of workers. On the west side of the oilfield, BP Alaska has about 300 United Steelworkers employees. On the east side, all employees are at-will. That’s a legacy from when Prudhoe Bay was owned by two separate oil companies, before BP purchased Arco in 2000.Dye said his union negotiated its latest contract with BP in January, and it includes an agreement that the 300 workers have jobs for three years, even if BP sells to another company.Which is, of course, exactly what happened in August, when Hilcorp announced it intends to buy all of BP’s Alaska business for $5.6 billion.BP moves to exit Alaska, relinquishing role as operator of Prudhoe BayIn an emailed statement, Hilcorp spokesperson Justin Furnace said, “Hilcorp will honor the existing labor contracts governing union employees associated with the acquisition.”But Dye said he still feels uncertain about union workers’ long-term prospects with Hilcorp.“The interesting time may come when the contract has to be renegotiated. Then, we’ll just have to see what happens,” he said.Hilcorp did not respond to emailed questions about what happens after the contract with United Steelworkers ends, or if the company currently employs any union laborers.Dye said he doesn’t know if the union’s relationship with Hilcorp will be much more difficult than its relationship with BP. United Steelworkers sued BP last year over a contract dispute. And, he said, some workers were frustrated that BP wasn’t exploring for oil more aggressively.“Right now, people have kind of mixed emotions because on one hand, they realize we’re getting a new employer and that they aren’t really union friendly,” Dye said. “But on the other hand, they would like to start making oil again and Hilcorp does have a reputation for making oil.”BP’s sale also included the company’s interest in the trans-Alaska pipeline. Harvest Alaska, a Hilcorp affiliate, will take BP’s place at the owner’s table when the sale is finalized.And Alyeska now employs a blend of union and non-union employees, according to Michelle Egan, a spokesperson for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.“Changing a TAPS owners does not change the union make-up of our workforce or the workforce of our contractors,” Egan said in an email.Hilcorp’s Harvest Alaska will be part of the group of owners that approves contracts going forward, which also includes affiliates of ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Unocal.In a follow-up email, Egan said, “I can’t speculate about what might happen in the future,” and described Ayeska as “agnostic” on unions, adding, “we don’t dictate the terms of any contractor’s relationship with their employees.”Other BP employees may be leaving Prudhoe Bay much sooner than their union counterparts. They have been given three options — to apply for jobs with BP outside Alaska, to request to leave BP with a severance package or to apply for a job with Hilcorp.Internal email casts uncertainty on future of BP Alaska employeesShare this story:last_img read more

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Dance on TV Gets its “Chorus Line” Moment

first_imgTVUncategorizedDance on TV Gets its “Chorus Line” MomentFor the first time, the choreography Emmy will be presented during the Primetime telecast. We briefly consider its past.By Renee Camus – September 16, 2013917ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItTelevision’s biggest night, the Emmy Awards, is right around the corner. It’s always a big event, but this year, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced an important change. In a first for Emmy history and for dance, the award for Outstanding Choreography will be presented during the Primetime Emmys, on Sunday, September 22.Emmys producer Ken Ehrlich recognized the popularity of televised dancing and decided to celebrate those who make it happen. He announced to this year’s Emmy-nominated choreographers that they would be collaborating on a number built around the show’s host, Neil Patrick Harris, an accomplished singer and dancer. After the number, the choreographers will stand on stage while the winner is announced. It’s a Chorus Line moment for dance on television.The 1976 Tony award-winning musical by Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Bennett is a landmark in musical theater history. After decades of large, nameless choruses populating the background of musicals, A Chorus Line was the first major production to introduce the individual personalities and histories of the ensemble.Until now, the choreography Emmy, if presented at all, was given during the Creative Arts (or behind-the scenes) Emmys—which comedian and self-proclaimed D-lister Kathy Griffin affectionately calls the Schmemmys—often telecast on PBS the week before “the real Emmys” and only summarized in soundbites on the primetime show. (This year’s Creative Arts Emmys, which were held yesterday, will be telecast on the new FXX channel on September 21.)Not only is this a first for the primetime telecast, but the award for Best Reality Show Host is bumped to the Creative Arts Emmys to make room for it. The choreography Emmy was first presented in 1955, when June Taylor won for The Jackie Gleason Show, and again the following year but then skipped to 1959. (It was presumably lumped under the Best Musical Contribution category in 1957 and ‘58.) Not a single award was given for choreography during the dry (and apparently motionless) 1960s, but the category returned in 1970. Since then, every year saw at least one, sometimes two, awards in choreography; in 2007 there were three. Because it’s a juried award, chosen by a panel of experts, there have frequently been ties.We are in a new era for dance on television. Dancing With the Stars brought in approximately 15 million viewers in its May finale and kicks off its 17th season on Monday. So You Think You Can Dance just finished its 10th season, raking in over four million viewers. Other dance shows like America’s Best Dance Crew and Dance Moms are sprinkled across cable TV, and relatively new shows like Breaking Pointe spring up frequently. Ehrlich is smart to take advantage of it.To celebrate these artists, we’re interviewing the nominated choreographers for So You Think You Can Dance: Sonya Tayeh, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, Mandy Moore, and Travis Wall. Read about these talented, hard-working pros and learn more about the individuals often hidden within the ensemble. TAGSA Chorus LineAcademy of Television Arts and SciencesChoreographyDanceDancing With the StarsEmmysHistoryKathy GriffinKen EhrlichL.A CultureMusicalsSo You Think You Can DanceSYTYCDTelevisionPrevious articleMusician Sunny Levine is the Epitome of L.A. ChillNext articleMy LA To Z: Zak WatersRenee Camus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORDid Sean Spicer Troll the World with Jesus Talk After ‘DWTS’ Debut?Alan Turing Died by Poison Apple. Now His Life Has Become a Fairy Tale for the StageThe Backlash Against Sean Spicer’s ‘DWTS’ Casting Reaches a Fever Pitchlast_img read more

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A Musical Puppet Show Blames Michael Jackson’s Alleged Sex Abuse on…

first_imgTheaterPop CultureMusicA Musical Puppet Show Blames Michael Jackson’s Alleged Sex Abuse on a Glove-Shaped AlienThe show’s creator claims it offers a ”fun way” to talk about the accusations of misconductBy Brittany Martin – December 4, 20192332ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItA new play opening in L.A. next month is raising eyebrows. For the Love of a Glove: An Unauthorized Musical Fable About the Life of Michael Jackson, As Told By His Glove, the verbose full title of the show, poses a question that, heretofore, you had probably never asked yourself: What if Michael Jackson wasn’t a disturbed person who, allegedly, committed horrible acts of sexual abuse on multiple children, but, instead, was an innocent human under the control of a gang of space aliens that take the form of sparkly gloves and feed on virgin blood? Naturally, it is a musical.According to W, the idea for the play occurred to writer Julien Nitzberg 17 years ago. Nitzberg had been in talks to write a made-for-TV biopic on Michael Jackson. In the course of that project, he and the network reached an impasse over how to address the accusations of misconduct swirling around Jackson even then.Image: “For the Love of the Glove” / Eventbrite“The question came up [about] how to deal with the child-abuse allegations,” Nitzberg reportedly said. “I said, how’s this? Everything MJ has been accused of has actually been caused by his glove, which is actually an alien from outer space [and] feeds on virgin boy blood. They laughed and said, ‘Can you do the normal version?’” Ultimately, Nitzberg left the project entirely.More recently, Nitzberg was working on a film about offbeat ukulele star Tiny Tim, which found him hooked up with Jonny Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil. Rolling Stone reports that project also fell through, but it gave Nitzberg the in to pitch Depp’s team on his MJ concept, which he’d expanded to an entire puppet show musical concept. (Multiple publications reported that Depp was personally connected to the show; Depp now appears to be attempting to distance himself from For the Love, asserting the production company acted in this case without his direct involvement.)Now set to open at the Center for Inquiry in January (tickets are $100), For the Love of a Glove stars Eric B. Anthony as Jackson and Jerry Minor as the glove. The actors will control marionettes on stage. Other characters in the story include Jackson’s siblings, Emmanuel Lewis, Bubbles the Chimp, and actor Corey Feldman, who posted a tweet indicating his displeasure with the entire thing.What would motivate anyone to create a show that seems to make light of the very serious accusations against Jackson, many of which are fresh in the public’s mind from the recent documentary Leaving Neverland? Why create any work that would, even in a satirical or fictional way, appear to divert the blame away from Jackson the person and onto something as ridiculous as a space alien glove?In a conversation with the Hollywood Reporter, Nitzberg says it’s an attempt to heal the trauma–of the Michael Jackson fans who have had to reckon with the allegations.“I think there’s a collective trauma of everyone who grew up as a Jackson 5 fan and a Michael fan,” he told the magazine. “This is a way to process that in a fun way while helping people understand all of the really fucked up stuff that affected Michael’s life.”RELATED: For Michael Jackson’s Legacy, the Fallout Following Leaving Neverland Has Been HugeStay up to date with everything you need to know about L.A. by following us on Facebook. TAGSMichael JacksonJohnny DeppPrevious articleDevin Nunes Shares His Fuzzy Recollections of Those Alleged Giuliani and Parnas CallsNext articleWhy Aren’t There Speed Limits Posted Downtown?Brittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORAccording to Court Testimony, Johnny Depp’s Ecstasy-Fueled Mishap Once Cost Disney $350,000 a DayJohnny Depp Will Likely Be Paid His Full Fee to Not Appear in Fantastic BeastsJohnny Depp Lost His ‘Wife Beater’ Libel Suit Against a British Tabloidlast_img read more

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IMF ups Italy’s GDP forecast for the year

first_img IMF ups Italy’s GDP forecast for the year whatsapp Tags: NULL Share Express KCS by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Express whatsappcenter_img Show Comments ▼ THE INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund yesterday slightly raised its forecasts for Italy’s economy this year and next, and said that Rome should take advantage of favourable external conditions to push through much-needed reforms.“A wide-ranging reform to raise the efficiency of public services is long overdue,” the IMF said in its report.The Fund lifted its forecast for Italy’s economic growth this year to 0.7 per cent, from a 0.5 per cent projection in April, due to firmerthan-expected 0.3 per cent growth in the first three months.It raised next year’s growth forecast to 1.2 per cent from 1.1 per cent. Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Kevin Can F**k Himself’ TV Review: Annie Murphy Blows Up the Idea of aThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap Monday 18 May 2015 8:58 pmlast_img read more

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Why is so much cheese being recalled?

first_imgBut most of the recalls can be traced back to one Amish dairy in northern Indiana. The recalled cheeses were produced at Deutsch Käse Haus, a cheese shop and dairy facility in Middlebury, Ind., responsible for processing 400,000 pounds of milk a day. The facility mainly makes colby cheese, with lesser production of colby jack, Monterey Jack, cheddar, pepper jack, and other varieties.There haven’t been any reports of illness or death tied to the contaminated cheese from that manufacturer. Instead, the investigation got underway after agriculture officials in Tennessee randomly tested Amish Classic brand cheese at grocery stores in late January and turned up evidence of listeria.advertisement About the Author Reprints [email protected]tatnews.com The cheese supply chain has been melting down amid a massive recall of dairy delicacies from colby to Gouda.There have been more than a dozen recalls related to cheese in the past month due to contamination from listeria, and they continue rolling out. The recalls included small brands to encompass Sargento-brand slices and, as of Thursday, cheeses sold at some Whole Foods stores.Cheese contaminated with listeria — sold in Whole Foods and other stores — has sickened several people and killed two. Health officials suspect that the outbreak likely originated at Vulto Creamery in New York.advertisement Mayo, wings, butter: ‘Fake milk’ is the latest food fight Related: Step away from the cheeseburger: Fast food may expose diners to dangerous chemical By Megan Thielking March 9, 2017 Reprints HealthWhy is so much cheese being recalled? Listeria is a common source of food poisoning that often gets into food supply via soil and water. The infection can cause fever, headache, and nausea in healthy people. In children, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems, the infection can be serious and, in some cases, fatal. Listeria infection can also lead to stillbirth or miscarriage among pregnant women. First, there was a recall of Amish Classic and Meijer brand cheeses. Then, Sargento recalled seven types of sliced and shredded cheeses also made by the Indiana store. Dairy smorgasbords like the Ultimate Amish Sampler Box soon followed.Then came the stuffed mushrooms, the fruit and cheese snack packs, and the “pre-wrapped Ham Sub on Artisan White Baguette.”Some of the contaminated products are unidentifiable, sliced off of big blocks at the deli counter and “chunked with no bar code,” as the FDA gracefully puts it.It’s not the first time Deutsch Käse Haus has run into trouble with the FDA. In 2009, agency officials cited the producer for improper maintenance and sanitation in the facility. FDA representatives swabbed 25 different spots in the facility and found three that tested positive for listeria.“Listeria monocytogenes within your manufacturing facility presents an increased risk of pathogenic contamination to your food production operations and sanitation,” the FDA warned.The plant was then owned by Guggisberg Cheese Inc., which sold Deutsch Käse Haus in November 2016 to the Michigan Milk Producers Association. The FDA later determined the facility had fixed the concerns laid out in the 2009 letter. The current investigation is still ongoing, and the manufacturer has stopped producing cheese for now.“Out of an abundance of caution, we halted production,”said Mark Hubbard, a spokesman for Deutsch Käse Haus. “We are verifying the believed source before resuming production, which we anticipate will be very soon.”Curious about the safety of your cheese collection? Check out the FDA’s full list of recalls and sign up for alerts of new recalls here. Vigilance is always a Gouda idea.This story was updated with further information about the recalls.  Megan Thielking Related: News Editor Roxanne Ready/Creative Commons @meggophonelast_img read more

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Iranian cancer researcher, detained in Boston, sent home on return flight

first_img Privacy Policy Megan Thielking [email protected] An Iranian cancer researcher who was detained at Boston Logan International Airport while traveling to the U.S. for work has returned to Iran with his wife and three children.The researcher, Mohsen Dehnavi, held a visiting work visa to conduct cancer research at Boston Children’s Hospital. But Dehnavi, his wife, and three children were detained at the airport on Monday and departed for Iran on a Tuesday night flight, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.CBP told STAT that the decision to deny the family entry into the U.S. was unrelated to President Trump’s executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. Dehnavi’s detainment happened just two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration could largely enforce the order. The court also ruled that the ban couldn’t apply to visitors who already held valid visas.advertisement By Megan Thielking July 12, 2017 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. News Editor @meggophone HospitalsIranian cancer researcher, detained in Boston, sent home on return flight Boston Children’s Hospital Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. When Trump’s initial travel ban was put in place in January, some foreign researchers from the affected countries were prevented from traveling to work in the U.S. Samira Asgari, an Iranian postdoctoral fellow who was slated to join a lab in Boston, wasn’t allowed to board her flight in January. Another Iranian scientist, Seyed Soheil Saeedi Saravi, had his visa suspended just days before his was set to travel to the U.S. for a research fellowship at Harvard.Children’s Hospital did not immediately respond to request for comment.advertisement About the Author Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: Tags hospitalslast_img read more

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Smartphone addiction ruins sleep, but not all is lost

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: smart phones Advertisement Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICScenter_img Advertisement“Later time of use was also significantly associated with smartphone addiction, with use after 1 a.m. conferring a 3-fold increased risk,” the authors wrote.There was also a correlation between students who reported using cell phones at a high rate and also reported poor sleep quality, according to the study. The study’s findings are in line with previous studies which have found that overuse of smartphones before bed can be linked to trouble falling asleep, reduced sleep duration and daytime tiredness. Smartphones most likely affect sleep quality when used close to bedtime because they have been shown to delay circadian rhythm, which is the body’s normal sleep-and-awake clock. “In fact, the No. 1 rule is “no computers, cell phones, and PDAs in bed and at least one hour prior to bed time,” Dr. Vsevolod Polotsky, who directs sleep basic research in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told CNN in a recent interview.That’s because “any LED spectrum light source may further suppress melatonin levels,” Polotsky said. Melatonin, often referred to as a the sleep hormone, is secreted in a daily 24-hour circadian rhythm. People sleep better during the night when levels peak. Ways to fight cell phone addiction and catch some zzz’sAre you addicted? Here’s a quiz you can take to help decide. Schedule timeouts. First, turn off your phone at certain times of the day, such as when you are attending meetings, having dinner, playing with your kids and of course, driving.Ban apps from mobile devices. Remove social media apps, like Facebook and Twitter, from your phone, and only check in from your laptop. Try to wean yourself to 15-minute intervals at set times of the day when it won’t affect work or family life.Go gray scale. Experts suggest going black and white. Pretty colors are engaging, while gray is boring.Substitute. Try to replace your smart device time with healthier activities such as meditating or interacting with real people.Improve sleep. Don’t bring your cell phone and its harmful blue light to bed. Use an old-fashioned alarm to wake you. Smartphone addiction leads to poor sleep quality, according to a new study. Published Tuesday in Frontiers of Psychiatry, the study looks at the smartphone use of 1,043 students between the ages of 18 and 30 at King’s College London. Students were asked to complete two questionnaires on sleep quality and smartphone usage, both in person and online. Nearly 40% of students qualified as “addicted” to smartphones, the study found. Researchers used a 10-question scale that was made to assess smartphone addiction in children.“Our estimated prevalence is consistent with other reported studies in young adult populations globally, which are in the range of 30–45%,” lead author and King’s College medical student Sei Yon Sohn and her coauthors wrote in the study. No Content Availablelast_img read more

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Weekend Read: A beautiful day in Navan – remembering Laois’s win over mighty Meath in ’92

first_imgHome Sport GAA Weekend Read: A beautiful day in Navan – remembering Laois’s win over… SportGAAGaelic Football By Steven Miller – 8th June 2019 Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twitter Weekend Read: A beautiful day in Navan – remembering Laois’s win over mighty Meath in ’92 Pinterest GAA Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results TAGS1992Hughie EmersonLaois senior footballersLaois v MeathLeo TurleyLong ReadMeathRichie ConnorTony McMahon Twittercenter_img GAA Facebook The Laois team that beat Meath in the Leinster championship in 1992. Photo taken by Alf Harvey and supplied to us by the GAA Programme Collectors page on Facebook At the time Meath were the bluebloods of Gaelic football; they were revered, feared and respected and had not only scaled the peak once but had camped at the top for a number of years.When Laois rocked up to Navan in May 1992 for the opening round of the Leinster championship, they did so as massive outsiders. Meath had been in four of the previous five All Ireland finals, had been back to back champions in 1987-88, had won five of the previous six Leinster titles and won the league twice. From almost nothing, Sean Boylan had built a dynasty.Boylan had taken over the Meath manager’s job in 1982 when nobody wanted it, stuck around for a few years of slogging and grinding, suffered a ten-point defeat Laois in a Leinster semi-final in 1985 before breaking the Dublin/Offaly monopoly in Leinster the following year. They were hated and loved, despised and admired in equal measure in different parts of the country and almost three decades later the names on that Meath team still trip off the tongue comfortably. Lyons, Foley, Harnan, O’Connell, Hayes, McEntee, Beggy, O’Rourke, Stafford, Flynn. All of them great footballers; most of them hardy, ruthless men. While their battles with Dublin and Cork were well documented, Laois shared a certain rivalry with them too. In 1990 Richie Connor – a former All Ireland winning captain with Offaly – took over Laois and went about doing what Laois had failed to do for almost half a century – win a Leinster championship. He would leave three years later without having done that of course and while Laois suffered their usual quota of sob stories during his reign, they enjoyed one memorable day in 1992. One extraordinary afternoon that saw a Laois team go to Pairc Tailteann in Navan on a sweltering hot May day in front of a heaving crowd and dethrone the Leinster champions. The championship was straight knockout then, there was no back door. Meath’s summer was ended there and then and Laois players recall Meath supporters telling them on the pitch afterwards that they had “ruined their summer”. Given that Meath had played 10 championship games in Croke Park the year before in a season that ended with a narrow All Ireland final loss to Down and included a four-game saga with Dublin, to be out of the championship before June had even started was almost unthinkable. Laois had been beaten 4-14 to 0-6 by Meath in the semi-final in 1990 and 1-11 to 0-8 in the Leinster final in 1991 but meticulous preparation and a well-constructed plan brought Laois’s finest day since the League win six years previous. Laois won 2-11 to 1-11 and the day has many happy snapshots. Hughie Emerson at 18 years of age just weeks before his Leaving Cert wearing number 22, playing centre-forward and committing himself easily to memory because of that big bead of hair.The front page of the Irish Independent sport section the day after Laois beat Meath in 1992He was the AN Other on the match programme but by the end of the 70 minutes’ he was well known; Liam Hayes had been controversially dropped for the game but having come on for the injured debutant, John McDermott, got sent off near the end for striking out at Emerson. Hayes was the second player to be sent off after Laois’s Joe Nolan was given his marching orders midway through the second-half. Ten players were booked and an ugly melee broke out 20 minutes into the first half. Mick Turley came on at half-time and hit 1-3 and the crucial winning goal came from Laois ‘keeper Tony McMahon from a penalty after future Laois senior manager Sean Dempsey was hacked down in the square.The Leinster Express coverage of the gameMeath led 0-5 to 0-2 at the break but went four points down after a tremendous Laois surge in the second-half.Tommy Dowd scored a fine team goal in to the town end goal to narrow the gap to just one near the finish it and it looked as if Meath were to stage another of their remarkable recoveries. McMahon’s goal ensured  they didn’t, however. Previous articleREVEALED: 82 positions filled on bodies by Laois County CouncillorsNext articleThree-time All-Ireland winner with Wexford and son of Laois dies aged 87 Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Twenty seven years on it remains arguably Laois’s finest win over Meath. That they went and lost to Louth the next day out darkens the tale somewhat but it was still a great day and one that is fondly remembered.It was the end of that Meath team. The signs were there before the game that Boylan was weeding out some of the old stockAfter the pre-match kick-around, Hayes. Robbie O’Malley and Colm Coyle made their way to the dugout and Gerry McEntee, already retired, sat in the stand.The Laois team as listed in the programme. Thanks to the GAA programme collectors page for supplying us with these imagesA week later, Colm O’Rourke in his Sunday Tribune column wrote under the headline – ‘The end of the affair’ and remembered the good times Meath had had. “Laois dethrone Royals!” was the lead headline on the front page of the Irish Independent sports section the next day. “Navan smash and grab,” was the headline on the report inside. “Magnificent,” was the Leinster Express take a couple of days later. Laois’s win over Meath in 1985 marked the end of their spell in the doldums. They ended a 15-year wait for Leinster glory in 1986 and the dominated until Laois beat them in 1992, a result that opened the door for Dublin to win the next four provincial titles before Boylan came with a new team to win the All Ireland in 1996 and again in 1999. “It was one of the really good days playing with Laois,” recalled Leo Turley – who scored four points from play off Mick Lyons that day – in a feature in the Leinster Express in 2004.“We spent a lot of time analysing Meath,” remembered Richie Connor, also in 2004. “We watched a lot of videos of them playing and we went on a training week to Spain where we were able to concentrate a lot on that.The Meath team as per the programme“Meath seemed to be a big obstacle to us at the time but the main thing I can recall from that game is Tony McMahon scoring a penalty. “Tony was the designated penalty taker, he had a great strong kick and he drove it past the Meath goalkeeper. We were ahead when we got the penalty and it put us in a great position. “Everyone will remember Hughie Emerson for that game, the long hair and being so young and all. Mick Dempsey had a great game in the middle of the field that day but the most unfortunate thing was that we went and lost to Louth then in the next game.“There was probably a lack of maturity about us and we mightn’t have had what it took to beat two top teams back to back like the present team. I think we may have paid a price for paying so much attention to Meath.”“My abiding memory of that game is of Hughie Emerson,” said Mick Dempsey, midfielder on that team and now part of Brian Cody’s backroom team with the Kilkenny hurlers, for that same Leinster Express piece in 2004. “Every time he got the ball he took them on, he ran at them and I don’t think he had any inhibitions at all. The kick the Laois fans got out of that game was unbelievable.Michael Turley scores one of Laois’s second-half goals against Meath in Navan in 1992“They were a brilliant team and for us to go there and beat them in Navan was a great result. “I have great memories of that day. It was great in itself to beat Meath that day but it was a pity we couldn’t have built on it afterwards.”George Doyle, who was corner-back on that team and marked Colm O’Rourke, keeping the Meath legend to just one point, also remembered it fondly. “I think the full-back line (of Tommy Smith, Martin Dempsey and himself) kept the Meath full forward line of O’Rourke, Brian Stafford and Bernard Flynn to just one point from play in total,” he said. Doyle, who was only in his third season at intercounty level and who would go on to play until 2000, recalls how big a name O’Rourke was. “He hit me a box on the back of the head and then lay down himself. The referee came into see was he alright!”“The roar that went up when Dowd got that goal was just unreal,” said Pat Roe who was centre-back.  “But we got a penalty and Tony McMahon came up from the goals and scored it and then had to sprint back.“What I remember most is the intensity of the game and the ferocity of the crowd but it was a very sweet occasion.“There were great scenes afterwards and it is the highlight of my time playing with Laois. It is one of the few highlights and I suppose it is sad when a first round win is the highlight of your career – but at the time it was a great day.”LAOIS: Tony McMahon (1-0); Tommy Smith, Martin Dempsey, George Doyle; Denis Lalor, Pat Roe, Eamon Lacey; Tony Maher. Michael Dcmpsey; Colm Maher (0-1), Hughie Emerson, John O’Connell; Michael l.awlor (0-3, all frees), Leo Turley (0-4), Joe Nolan. Subs: Michael Turley (1-3, 0-1 free) for O’Connell, Sean Dempsey for Lawlor.MEATH: Donal Smyth; Enda McManus, Mick Lyons, Terry Ferguson; Kevin Foley, Alan Browne, Martin O’Connell (0-1); John McDermott, PJ Gillic; David Beggy, Brendan Reilly (0-1), Tommy Dowd (1-1); Colm O’Rourke (0-1), Brian Stafford (1-7, all frees), Bernard Fynn. Subs: Liam Hayes for McDermott, Robbie O’Malley for McManus, Colm Coyle for Beggy.REFEREE: Tommy Howard (Kildare)SEE ALSO – Remembering Laois’s historic 1986 National Football League final win  GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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