GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Ohio State football insider Jeff Snook, who published multiple reports throughout the Urban Meyer/Zach Smith saga, has published a new story on Facebook today, detailing what happened with the deliberations regarding his punishment.Snook says that he spoke to two members of Ohio State’s Board of Trustees over the past week, both of whom disagreed with the punishment.Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season as a result of the school’s investigation into his handling of former assistant coach Zach Smith.From his report:Two members of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees have told me over the past week they believed Urban Meyer’s suspension “was not warranted according to the facts” that resulted from the university’s six-member panel which investigated whether the head coach had covered up alleged domestic violence by former assistant coach Zach Smith.The “majority” of the trustees disagreed with President Michael Drake’s final decision to suspend Meyer three games and athletic director Gene Smith 17 days and many were disappointed by Drake’s performance “for not being complete and clear” at the ensuing press conference the night of Aug. 22, one trustee said.Neither trustee wanted to be identified and would speak only on the condition of complete anonymity.The board of trustees members say Meyer’s punishment was all about the mishandling of Smith and not any coverup for domestic violence.“This was all about the way (Meyer) mismanaged an employee, an assistant coach,” one trustee said. “(Smith) was late to practice often. He acted up on recruiting trips. He had credit-card problems. He did other things that made him a poor representative of the university. It was easy to determine that Coach Meyer should have had a firmer grasp of this employee.”Another said, “It was obvious Zach Smith had problems, serious issues. Coach Meyer should have known about it and probably fired him (sooner than the July 23 termination Smith was given).”You can view the full report here.Meyer is set to return to the field on Saturday. Ohio State is hosting Tulane.
The Norwegian support to IFRC will help to improve the condition in collective centers with water and sanitation. It will also contribute to clean up the wells and give the people basic household items to restart their lives.The Norwegian Embassy in Colombo is funding an ongoing technical cooperation between the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), for capacity building and advanced equipment to NBRO on landslide prevention, analysis and early warning systems. The support to NBRO aim to save lives and property by early warning systems and comprehensive mapping. The Embassy is in dialogue with NBRO on their needs for increased support. “Human life can be saved, and the cost of prevention is significantly lower than the price of reparation”, Brende stated. The Norwegian Foreign Minister, Børge Brende, has announced that “Norway will contribute with NOK 10 million (LKR 180 million/USD 1.2 million) to the humanitarian relief effort” due to floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.The support will be channeled through United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC). The Foreign Minister stressed the importance of mitigation and prevention of destruction caused by natural disaster and climate change. UNICEF will assist children, women and their families affected by the flood and landslides. Norwegian support will also be provided in the areas of water, sanitation, hygiene, child protection and education. Norway is among the top four donor countries supporting the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) which provide time-critical assistance to UN agencies responding to natural disasters. Norway has contributed with USD 44 million to CERF in 2017. (Colombo Gazette)
Persons who have joined the public service unit will not have to wait three months before receiving their salaries, according to newly appointed minister, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley.This new measure will take effect after July 2019.Currently, new public servants are required to work for three consecutive months before receiving their first salary.“Many public servants have reiterated the issue of having to work for three months before being paid. I have thus far found no rule or policy that substantiates this.”“I find this practice unconscionable and thus should no longer be a practice in any government agency after the month of July. I am working with my staff to remove this bugbear from those who are desirous of joining the public service,” said Sarabo-Halley. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMoTP denies firing PSM staff …but termination letter proves otherwiseJune 5, 2019In “latest news”BoI’s probe into arbitrary firing of PSM staff delayedJuly 1, 2019In “latest news”Govt tight-lipped on findings of probe into ‘arbitrary’ firing of PSM staffAugust 5, 2019In “latest news”