Former College President Jan Cervelli files civil suit against Saint Mary’s

first_imgObserver File Photo Jan Cervelli, pictured, resigned as Saint Mary’s President on Oct. 5. Tuesday, Cervelli filed a lawsuit against the College claiming she was pressured to resign and the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees did not honor its settlement agreement with her.The lawsuit claims that Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees chair Mary Burke pressured Cervelli to resign and that the College has not honored its settlement agreement, which stated Cervelli would receive status as a tenured professor and adequate pay and benefits in lieu of her resignation, with the possibility of a buy-out of her position.The Board of Trustees said in a statement Thursday that the Board has fulfilled its end of the settlement agreement with Cervelli.“The Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees is aware of, but not surprised by, the complaint that has been filed by former president Janice Cervelli,” Burke said in the statement. “We obviously disagree with the allegations raised by Ms. Cervelli’s lawyers, their descriptions of the agreements and their account of the facts. The Trustees have honored all of its agreements with Ms. Cervelli and has fulfilled all of its obligations to Ms. Cervelli as a tenured member of Saint Mary’s College faculty.”In the statement, Burke said the Board will “file a written response to the allegations with the appropriate court in due course,” and looks forward to resolving the dispute.According to the filed complaint, Cervelli claims Burke came to her around Sept. 30 with an “undated and unsigned” separation agreement calling for Cervelli’s immediate resignation. Burke required Cervelli to accept the resignation agreement by Oct. 5, or, according to the complaint, the Board would have terminated Cervelli without cause. In the complaint, Cervelli also claimed she had no indication of a desire for her resignation before being asked by Burke.During the Sept. 30 meeting, the suit alleges, Burke told Cervelli to not report to work and to tell everyone that she was on sick leave, which, according to the suit, was not true. The complaint also asserts Burke suggested Cervelli lie and attribute her resignation to caring for her mother.Burke said the College will not comment regarding specifics of Cervelli’s resignation.“As a matter of employee confidentiality and in accordance with Ms. Cervelli’s contract with the College, we will continue to refrain from commenting on the specifics involving her departure from the College,” Burke said.In her count alleging breach of contract, Cervelli argues Saint Mary’s has neglected their obligations set in the settlement agreement regarding her position as a tenured faculty member, her right to compensation and employment benefits, her right to reinstatement to faculty and her right to severance payments.Cervelli and the College entered into a settlement agreement where both parties agreed that Cervelli would “continue her position as tenured member of the faculty” and would be paid “in an amount equal to the highest paid professor at Saint Mary’s.” The agreement also stated the College would “pay Cervelli certain severance pay and benefits for twelve months, beginning Jan. 1, 2019.”On Jan. 31, according to the lawsuit, Cervelli’s counsel sent a letter to the College demanding payment for the unpaid wages. The lawsuit claims that to date, Saint Mary’s has not paid Cervelli the unpaid wages.Cervelli is petitioning for tenure, all compensation and employment benefits, and is requesting that the court either orders her reinstatement to the Saint Mary’s faculty where she can continue her employment until her resignation or retirement, or continued severance payments under the settlement agreement.Cervelli is also suing the College for breaching its duty of good faith and fair dealing for three reasons: the College‘s failure to pay her salary, refusal to recognize her position as tenured faculty and attempts to prevent Cervelli from disclosing her position as tenured faculty, according to the complaint. The lawsuit is currently pending.Tags: breach of contract, Jan Cervelli, lawsuit, resignation, Saint Mary’s College Former College President Jan Cervelli filed a civil lawsuit against Saint Mary’s on Tuesday, alleging members of the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees pressured her to resign and did not honor their settlement agreement with her.According to the complaint filed in the St. Joseph County Superior Court, Cervelli is suing the College on counts of breach of contract, declaration of rights and injunction, violation of Indiana’s Wage Payment Statute and breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing. Cervelli is requesting compensation for damages resulting from the College’s breach of contract and a declaration of her rights pursuant to her contracts, the complaint said.The complaint details the events leading to Cervelli’s resignation and asserts Saint Mary’s has not honored the terms of her employment agreement. The suit also revealed Cervelli and Saint Mary’s entered into a settlement agreement at the time of her resignation.last_img read more

34-Year-Old Arrested After Allegedly Fleeing Police Responding To Domestic

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A 34-year-old Jamestown man was arrested after allegedly fleeing police responding to a domestic dispute on Sturges Street Monday afternoon.Jamestown Police say Christian Knisley was taken into custody with help from police K-9 Kal after fleeing through several backyards.It is alleged Knisley struck and then placed his hands around the neck of a victim during the dispute.Furthermore, officers say the altercation happened in front of a three-year-old child. Police say the man also had an order of protection to stay away from the location.Knisley was taken to Jamestown City Jail where he was charged with second-degree harassment, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, endangering the welfare of a child, first-degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

India says three soldiers killed in clash on Chinese border

first_imgTopics : “A violent face-off took place yesterday [Monday] night with casualties on both sides. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers,” an Indian army spokesman said in a statement.”Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.”An Indian army officer based in the region told AFP that there had been no shooting, and that the officer killed had been a colonel.”There was no firing. No firearms were used. It was violent hand-to-hand scuffles,” the officer said on condition of anonymity. Three Indian soldiers have been killed in a “violent face-off” on the Chinese border, the Indian army said Tuesday following weeks of rising tensions and the deployment of thousands of extra troops from both sides.Brawls and face-offs flare on a fairly regular basis between the two nuclear-armed giants over their 3,500-kilometer frontier, which has never been properly demarcated, but no one has been killed in decades.The Indian army said that there were “casualties on both sides”, but Beijing made no mention of any deaths or injuries as it swiftly laid the blame squarely on India for the incident.center_img Beijing on Tuesday confirmed the incident and accused India of crossing the border and “attacking Chinese personnel”.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Indian troops “crossed the border line twice… provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides.”The Indian army said the incident took place in the Galwan Valley in the high-altitude Ladakh region — which is just opposite Tibet.Thousands of troops from the two nuclear-armed neighbors have been involved in the latest face-off since May.On May 9, several Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in a clash involving fists and stone-throwing.The Chinese foreign ministry said only last week that a “positive consensus” on resolving the latest border issue was achieved following “effective communication” through diplomatic and military channels.In a later statement, India’s foreign ministry had said the two sides would “continue the military and diplomatic engagements to resolve the situation and to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas.”But sources and Indian news reports suggested that India appeared to have effectively ceded to China areas that the People’s Liberation Army occupied in recent weeks, notably parts of the northern side of the Pangong Tso lake and some of the strategically important Galwan river valley.India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have sought to ease tensions at summits over the past two years when they agreed to boost border communications between their militaries.last_img read more

Bastian Schweinsteiger backs Jose Mourinho for Bayern Munich job amid Arsenal interest

first_img Comment Mourinho is ready to management (Picture: Getty)However, Schweinsteiger – who was ostracised by Mourinho at Old Trafford before being reintegrated into the side – says the Portuguese is fascinated by life in Germany and could replace Niko Kovac, who resigned on Sunday.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I can imagine Mourinho in Germany,’ Schweinsteiger told Bild.‘I remember he was always asking me about Bayern and the Bundesliga. During our away games, there was always Bundesliga on TV.‘He really knew every single player, even from the smaller teams. He was also learning German’.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsMourinho had recently been linked with a move to Bayern’s rivals, Dortmund.The multi-lingual coach started German lessons in 2016 but he’s understood to feel he has ‘unfinished business’ in England following the nature of his departure from United.MORE: ‘Uncomfortable’ Liverpool stars ‘argued’ during Aston Villa comeback win, reveals John McGinn Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Nov 2019 11:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link560Shares Advertisement Bastian Schweinsteiger ‘can imagine’ Jose Mourinho at Bayern Munich (Picture: Getty)Former Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger says tipped Jose Mourinho to take charge at Bayern Munich, despite recent reports of talks with Arsenal.The Portuguese coach has been searching for a route back into management since being sacked by United in December 2018.Reports on Saturday claimed Mourinho held talks with Arsenal over replacing Unai Emery but the Gunners have since dismissed the claims.Mourinho has won league titles in England, Spain, Italy and Portugal but is yet to experience German football.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Bastian Schweinsteiger backs Jose Mourinho for Bayern Munich job amid Arsenal interestlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Bill Removing Exemptions for Labor Disputes

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Signs Bill Removing Exemptions for Labor Disputes November 05, 2015center_img Bill Signing,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 874, sponsored by Representative Ron Marisco (R-Dauphin), into law. The legislation, now Act 59 of 2015, removes exceptions to the offenses of stalking, harassment and threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction from those involved in labor disputes.“I believe it is important to allow men and women to come together and have their voices heard,” Governor Wolf. “I also believe that any form of harassment by employees or employers is unacceptable.”Under current law there is an exemption for a person who is involved in a labor dispute as defined in the labor anti-injunction act preventing a person to be charged with one of those three crimes. House Bill 874 simply removes those three exemptions and adds legislative intent to specifically say the legislature intends that the exemptions should not apply in labor disputes moving forward.last_img read more

Former Cowboy James Tamou a kind landlord, dropping rent twice

first_imgJames Tamou has owned this investment property in Townsville since mid-2014. He’s had to drop the rent twice on the rental home.The houses are four bedroom, two bathroom, double lockup garage configurations, both have pools and are in the same suburb of Bohle Plains.He’s not doing too badly considering the median asking rent in the suburb is $350 a week — and the investment property is about a decade old this year while the other is half that.Apart from age, perhaps the rental charm was in the fact that the more youthful property was also the home of the former Cowboys star and his young family.Either way, Tamou has described his eight years in Cowboy country as “the best time in my life”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK James Tamou joined the Penrith Panthers, debuting for the club in round 1 2017. Picture: Mark Evans.RUGBY league star James Tamou is not known for dropping the ball too often but when it comes to property investment he’s had to backtrack a little. Tamou, who got his big break into the NRL in 2009 with the North Queensland Cowboys, owns two houses in Townsville — his home for several years that he shared with wife Brittney McGlone and an investment property at Bohle Plains.The home was put up for rent at $450 a week last year after Tamou decided to make the move back to New South Wales — debuting with the Penrith Panthers in round 1 of the 2017 NRL season.Meanwhile the investment property has seen rental demand dissipate somewhat, with the rugby league star dropping the rent from $460 when he first bought it in 2014 to $430 two years later and most recently listing it a full 13 per cent cheaper than he was asking four years ago ($400 p/w). More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoJames Tamou has a few rental roadblocks in his way. Picture: Adam Head.last_img read more

Telcos, PECO pool resources to clear downtown streets

first_imgThe clearing operation is part of thecity government’s effort to “level up” the spectators’ Dinagyang Festivalexperience, said Mayor Treñas. On the other hand, Cable Star Iloilomade available four personnel; Globe Telecom had one boom truck and threepersonnel; Sky Cable Iloilo, two personnel; and Philippine Long DistanceTelephone Co., four personnel. Mayor Jerry Treñas said theperformance routes of participating tribes in the January 2020 edition ofDinagyang Festival were priority areas in the road clearing operation of thecity government targeting electric poles and dangling electricity, telephoneand cable television wires. ILOILO City –Telecommunicationscompanies and Panay Electric Co. (PECO) have pooled their resources to removeredundant poles and “spaghetti” wires downtown. “This is in line with the city mayor’splan for Dinagyang…our priority for clearing are JM Basa and Iznart streets andthe Muelle Loney area,” according to Marcelo Cacho, head of the IloiloUtilities Group (IUG) that is composed of electric, cable andtelecommunications companies that own the poles and wires. The IUG also tidied wires, electricmeters and bundled as well as transferred blue boxes and street lights. “SaPECO, some of the poles we are removing konredundant, but mostly ang amon coordinationlang with the telcos para makasaylo ang mga wires nila sa mga poste namon while at thesame time bundling their wires. Paraat least indi ma-bundle ang electric lines man bala kay amo man na problema last time nag cause sang pole fires— ang pag-bundle sang contractor nila sang ilaelectric wires and telco wires. At least bala coordinated ang tananto clean up the downtown area,” said Cacho. Dinagyang is known for itsparticipants’ impressive choreography and striking costumes that reflectIlonggo ingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry. The highlight of the festival ison Jan. 26, 2020 – the tribes competition. He expressed confidence that theycould fully clear the downtown area before the Dinagyang 2020./PNcenter_img “We deserve a colorful and excitingcelebration of our religion and rich culture,” he stressed. “Bisansa manpower complement the telcoshave also provided kay kalabanan sangbundling is on their side – their wires,” said Cacho. On the part of PECO, Cacho said theyprovided two basket trucks, one boom truck and another one if needed, fourpersonnel, and two line engineers. A total of 27 redundant poles(combined PECO and telcos) have already been removed and relocated between Dec.4 to 10. Non-functioning cable wires or deadwires would also be pulled out, said Cacho. Pastolero recently said an initialcount showed 140 “stranded” poles for relocation and of these, 106 belonged totelcos while 34 to PECO. In a letter to Executive Assistant forPower Engineer Randy Pastolero, Cacho, also the PECO administrative manager,listed the manpower complement from the power utility for pole relocation andtidying up of wires. last_img read more

Antique frontliners receive PPEs from DENR, PRC

first_imgAside from the effort of creating makeshiftface shields, the DENR-PENRO and the Antique National School SecondaryDepartment have turned over empty plastic bottles to the University of Antique,which will be used in creating containers for hand sanitizers, hand dips andfootbaths. Photo by PNA SAN JOSE, Antique – Around 800 faceshields were distributed to the frontliners in various towns of this province. The municipalities of San Jose, Sibalom,Belison, Hamtic, Tobias Fornier, Tibiao, and Pandan were the recipients of thepersonal protective equipment (PPEs), which were provided by the Department ofEnvironment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Antique Response Emergency Action Team(REAcT) in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross-Antique. The initiative served as an expressionof support to the frontliners fighting to curb the spread of the coronavirusdisease 2019 pandemic in the province.center_img The other recipients of the PPEs werethe frontliners working in banks, the public market in this capital town,personnel of the Provincial Health Office, and some of the media practitioners. Meanwhile, DENR-PENRO head Andres Untalis urging both the public and private agencies and institutions to donate theirused public bottles in support to the initiative. Private individuals may alsodo as well. “All these efforts show relevancy ofpublic service during this challenging times and it is of great help if eachone of us is brave enough to take the risk for the benefit of all,” Untal said.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

Frye: Thank a Veteran Sunday!

first_imgGreensburg, In. — On Sunday, Nov. 11, we celebrate Veterans Day. Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to honor and show appreciation to the brave men and women who pledged their allegiance to our country and served in times of both war and peace. This Veterans Day, let’s acknowledge the sacrifices made by those who chose to put their lives on the line to protect ours.The origins of Veterans Day dates back to Nov. 11, 1919, when America celebrated the first anniversary of the end of World War I with Armistice Day. The date became an annual observance in 1926 when Congress passed a resolution recognizing the anniversary. Finally, in 1954, the name of the holiday was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.Indiana is home to nearly 500,000 military veterans. A variety of programs are available to help them take advantage of everything the Hoosier state has to offer. The Next Level Veterans program helps in- and out-of-state veterans put their skills to use in the Hoosier workforce. It works to attract veterans to Indiana and encourages public and private organizations to consider discharged military personnel in their employee search. You can find more information and resources for Next Level Veterans housing and job training at in.gov/veterans.The Indiana Veteran Owned Small Business program promotes business opportunities between the state and veteran-owned companies and works to integrate them into Indiana’s business infrastructure. The Indiana Department of Administration uses the program to meet their goals of allotting 3 percent of state contracts to veteran-owned businesses. To find a directory of Indiana veteran-owned businesses and learn more about this program, visit in.gov/idoa.Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor those military members that sacrificed their time and safety to protect our country. If you have a moment during the coming week, stop and thank those who have served or continue to serve our country every day. To all of our veterans, thank you for your unwavering commitment to keeping our community and country safe.last_img read more

Kingsbarns confirmed for Voltigeur

first_img “Roger will just check his well-being this weekend before committing him to the race. “He’s had one or two disappoint a little of late so he just wants to make sure. “He’ll probably work on Friday or Saturday and then make a decision. “Roger also has Elkaayed who ran in the Gordon Stakes so he’d have a bit of a line through him. “This looks the right race and he has been in good form since Ascot.” Press Association The Coolmore team have a wealth of talent at their disposal, with Queen’s Vase winner Leading Light another in the running for this St Leger trial. Foundry, Sir Walter Scott and Hall Of Mirrors have also yet to run this term, while Fortify, Kingdom and Plinth are the other O’Brien confirmations. One-time Derby favourite Telescope is in the field, as expected, with Sir Michael Stoute seeking quick compensation following the colt’s eclipse in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock last week. Cap O’Rushes won the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood for Godolphin and he is one of two possibles for the owners, along with Secret Number, who finished a close-up fifth in that race. The pair are trained by Charlie Appleby and Saeed bin Suroor respectively. The Gordon third Spillway could try his luck again for Eve Johnson Houghton, while Mutashaded, Nichols Canyon, Royal Skies and Willie The Whipper round out the list of 16 possibles. Roger Varian’s Mutashaded will gallop over the next couple of days before his participation is confirmed. Lightly-raced, he was last seen finishing third behind Hillstar in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on just his third start. Owner Hamdan Al Maktoum’s racing manager Angus Gold said: “The Great Voltigeur has always been the plan. Kingsbarns is an intriguing name among eight Aidan O’Brien-trained contenders in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on Wednesday. Last year’s Racing Post Trophy winner, who still holds an entry in the Juddmonte International on the same day, has yet to race this season after suffering a setback when being prepared for a Classic challenge in the spring. O’Brien had planned to work him after racing at the Curragh last Sunday but the quick ground there forced the Ballydoyle trainer to rethink that plan, although he reported the colt in fine form and progressing well. last_img read more