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Monday, March 31, 2014
Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen

Corinthians eliminated in Sao Paulo championship

- Defending champion Corinthians has been eliminated from the Sao Paulo state championship after a goalless draw with minnow Penapolense on Sunday.

The draw, along with Sao Paulo's 1-0 home loss to Ituano, sealed Corinthians' elimination with one round left in the qualifying stage of the traditional regional championship.

The results mean that Corinthians, the 2012 club world cup draw december 6 champion, will not be among the eight teams playing in the knockout stage.

The elimination of the popular Brazilian club comes as a surprise because the top four Sao Paulo teams easily advance to the competition's final stages nearly every year. Sao Paulo, Santos and Palmeiras had already secured their spots in the quarterfinals several rounds ago.

Palmeiras can finish the first stage with the best record - and secure home-field advantage - with a win or draw against second-place Santos in the last round next weekend.

Corinthians would have kept its chances alive if Sao Paulo had at least drawn Ituano at Morumbi stadium, but Sao Paulo allowed an early goal and couldn't recover under a pouring rain.

Corinthians striker Romarinho accused Sao Paulo of not playing as hard as possible.

"Sao Paulo lost on purpose, everybody knows that," he said.

Sao Paulo coach Muricy Ramalho maintained, however, that his team had nothing to do with Corinthians' elimination, saying it was up to its rival "to do its part" during the rest of the competition. The coach blamed the heavy rain and bad pitch for Sao Paulo's poor play on Sunday.

Sao Paulo beat Corinthians 3-2 at Pacaembu stadium last weekend.

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil striker Fred scored a second-half equalizer to help Fluminense draw Vasco da Gama 1-1 at Maracana stadium. Both teams had already advanced to the semifinals of the state's championship, along with Flamengo. Botafogo was eliminated last week.

The Brazilian football season begins with teams playing regional championships in the first few months of the year. The national league starts in April and goes until December.

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Monday, March 17, 2014
Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen

Garland accuses former fire administrators of cheating on tests

Two former Garland Fire Department administrators accused of cheating on Deal Today exams from 2009 to 2013 are being sued by the city for more than $1 million.

Former Assistant Chief Todd Peele, 43, and former Capt. Michael Cates, 45, are accused of using smartphones and hidden Bluetooth equipment to gain an unfair advantage over others who were testing for departmental promotions.

A third conspirator is not named or included in the suit as part of the city's legal strategy, according to the city attorney's office. All three have resigned from the Garland Fire Department.

Peele could not be reached for comment. Cates did not return a phone message. Both served the department for more than 20 years. Neither has submitted an answer to the lawsuit filed last week in Dallas County.

"By defrauding the city and cheating on their promotional examinations, Peele and Cates were paid tens of thousands of dollars in money they did not deserve," the suit said.

The city also asks that they be denied retirement benefits. The city claims it is also owed exemplary and/or punitive damages because it has suffered injury by promoting Peele and Cates over more deserving candidates.

By state law, promotions are by competitive examinations only. A department must give 90 days' notice before testing and must list source materials from which the questions will be asked. The test results determine who gets promoted.

"Each Garland firefighter has every right to expect that their brother and sister firefighters, the people with whom they entrusted their very lives, would compete for the limited promotional positions honestly and without cheating," the suit says.

Instead, the suit alleges, the three devised a means for a person taking an exam to get help from co-conspirators who had the source materials available outside the testing site.

When promotional exams were announced in early 2009, the suit says, Peele asked Fire Department officials for permission to read questions aloud during the exam, "falsely alleging that it was necessary for him to read aloud to himself to properly understand the questions."

The person taking the test would read the questions while having a cellphone line open to the co-conspirators. They would look up answers and provide them through a small, hidden Bluetooth device in the test taker's ear.

It won't be easy to fix things for those who missed promotions in the five tests in which cheating is alleged. Runners-up who score a passing grade are put on an eligibility list to be promoted in case of a vacancy. But state law also prescribes that those lists are to be kept only one year.

And those who missed the battalion chief spot Peele gained in 2009 wouldn't have the rank to have tested for assistant chief three years later.

Assistant City Attorney Michael Betz said the city is bound to Chapter 143 of the local government code in filling the vacancies.

"Whether anyone would be promoted retroactively is entirely dependent on 143," he said.

Betz said the city is not aware of any qualified potential fire administrators who have since left the department.

The law also states that a person commits an offense by knowingly or intentionally revealing a part of a promotional examination to an unauthorized person or receiving from an authorized or unauthorized person a part of a promotional examination for unfair personal gain or advantage. The penalty is a fine of at least $1,000 and up to a year in county jail.

Prosecution of any crime related to cheating on civil service exams would be separate from Garland's civil case and would be handled by federal or county attorney's offices.


April 7, 2009: According to the city's suit, the unnamed co-conspirator had outside help from Peele and Cates during a test to earn a promotion to fire driver.

April 8, 2009: The suit alleges Peele had help from the co-conspirator and Cates and scored a 98 on a test to earn a promotion to battalion chief.

May 26, 2010: The suit alleges Cates had help from the co-conspirator and scored a 95 on a test to earn a promotion to fire lieutenant.

May 23, 2012: The suit alleges Peele had help from Cates and/or the co-conspirator and scored a 98 on a test to earn a promotion to assistant chief; Cates called in to work sick that day.

March 5, 2013: The suit alleges Cates had help from Peele and/or the co-conspirator and scored a 96 on a test to earn a promotion to fire captain.

SOURCE: Dallas County court records

Friday, March 14, 2014
Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen

RECESS Announces 2014 Campus Tour

Young entrepreneurs and EDM fans, rejoice! There's a new festival just for you. RECESS, the nationwide "music and ideas festival," has just revealed the details of its 2014 spring tour.
Adapted from the popular Glowfest series, the four-part event will travel to a number of universities this spring with an eclectic mix of rising startups and electronic artists for a day of "networking, thought-pushing, and live music."
Part One, known as the "Recess Playground," is an interactive networking event that gives students the opportunity to network with some of the biggest entrepreneurial names in the business, including:, Deal Flicks, MobileX Labs, Instaradio, Do Cool Sh*t, pandora las vegas, WillCall and more. Later in the day, students will also have the opportunity to hear a handful of guest speakers from these companies during the "Study Hall" portion.
The student attendees and young Zuckerbergs can also participate in a March Madness-style "Pitch Competition" where groups can pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. The winners will receive a paid trip to Las Vegas to pitch to a group of advisors, mentors and investors. The festival will conclude each day in the best way possible: with performances from high-profile artists such as Diplo, Paper Diamond, Robert Delong, Sage The Gemini and more.
RECESS will kick off March 21 at University of The Pacific in Stockton, CA, with Diplo as the musical headliner. Other campuses on the tour include Indiana University, University of Maryland, New York University, Cornell University, and UC San Diego.
For full details on the event, check out the official website

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen

Tools 2 Succeed Announces $30 Promotional Discount on All e-Learning Purchases - from HRCI Recertification Credit to PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation to PMI PDUs

Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) February 27, 2014

Tools 2 Succeed is offering a $30 Coupon discount on all e-Learning purchases for a limited time. Use discount code TOOLS30 in the shopping cart on checkout. To see all available packages, visit

It is well-known that businesses of today operate in a fast-paced environment that requires quick learning, just-in-time training, and instant access to knowledge and information. Each of the Tools 2 Succeed e-Learning courses is developed by Skillsoft using a rigorous set of criteria that includes quality content, extensive interactivity, appealing graphics, a consistent course interface, and interspersed questions that combine to make learning fun, interesting, and effective.

The Tools 2 Succeed e-Learning package offerings include:

HRCI e-Learning Package: 60+ HRCI recertification credit hours. Take as many or as few courses as you wish. Meet all PHR or SPHR recertification requirements with this low-cost package developed by Skillsoft.

HRCI Certification Preparation e-Learning: Study for the PHR or SPHR exam online at your convenience with interactive e-Learning courses including practice exams. Courses were developed by Skillsoft. Suzanne Nelson, PHR said, "I was thrilled to be able to use the Tools 2 Succeed e-Learning package to recertify my PHR."

Project Management Institute PDU Credit: Skillsoft, the developer of the courses, is a Registered Education Provider for PMI, the world's leading project management association. Our approved project management-related courses can be used as study guides to prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and can be submitted as Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward any of the PMI credentials.

Sexual Harassment Prevention: These courses developed by Tools 2 Succeed educate supervisors and managers as well as staff-level employees about the causes and effects of sexual harassment in the workplace. The Sexual Harassment Prevention for California Supervisors course complies with California Government Code 12950.1 - AB 1825. Courses are also available for California Employees, U.S. Supervisors, and U.S. Employees.

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About Skillsoft Corporation

Skillsoft provides cloud-based learning solutions for customers ranging from global enterprises, government and education customers to mid-sized and small businesses. Their courses, books and videos have been developed by industry-leading learning experts to ensure that they build talent and develop a more knowledgeable, productive and valuable workforce. Their customer support teams draw on a wealth of in-house experience and a comprehensive learning e-library to develop both packaged and custom learning programs tailored to their customers' needs.

They currently serve more than 19,000,000 learners worldwide.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen

TA Plays Live: Tomorrow's Games Today - 'Final Fantasy VI', 'Eliss', and More

<Super Salep> I've been streaming a ton on Twitch lately, but the Wednesday streams are my absolute favorite. Here's what we do: I download all the new games from the New Zealand store on my iPad, and play through them live. Most games typically get between anywhere between 15-20 minutes of play, or maybe less if they're not very good. Afterwards, depending on what time it is, I'll go back and hit the games that seemed particularly great.

Anyway, if you haven't yet, please follow us as it's the best way to get notified when we're streaming.

To tune into the TA Plays Live stream you've got three options:

  • The easiest is to just scroll down to see the embedded video stream and chat below. Make sure to turn the volume slider up if you want to hear game audio and commentary.
  • Visit the TouchArcade channel on Twitch directly and watch over there.
  • Download the Twitch.TV app [Free] and either hit this link on your device or simply search for the channel TouchArcade.

I usually stream until around 7:00 Eastern, at which point I toss the videos up on YouTube for everyone to see that missed the stream.

Here's the games I'm going to be streaming, in order, so if you join late you'll know where we are in the stream. Oh, also, prices are displayed in stream are in New Zealand dollars, which are worth about 80 cents US to the NZ dollar.:

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen


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