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Apr 6, 2013

Rutgers athletic director resigns over coach abuse scandal

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Rutgers University’s athletic director on Friday became the latest official to exit New Jersey’s largest public college, three days after revelations that its former basketball coach abused players and berated them with homophobic slurs.

The school’s president, Robert Barchi, held the support of Rutgers’ board of governors, and state Governor Chris Christie commended his “decisive leadership” after Barchi fired the coach, Mike Rice, and negotiated the exit of Athletic Director Tim Pernetti.

Apr 5, 2013

Rutgers athletic director out in abuse scandal : reports

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Rutgers University Athletic Director Tim Pernetti will leave his post, U.S. media reported on Friday, making him the latest official to depart the New Jersey school after revelations a basketball coach had verbally and physically abused players.

The Star-Ledger newspaper and ESPN based their reports on sources who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Apr 4, 2013

Pressure builds on Rutgers after coach fired over abuse

, April 4 (Reuters) – Thirteen Rutgers University faculty members have demanded the resignation of the university’s president, and the New Jersey state assembly speaker has proposed public hearings into the abuse of players by former men’s basketball coach Mike Rice.

The faculty members sent a letter to the Board of Trustees on Wednesday demanding the resignation of President Robert Barchi, alleging the school had hidden facts about Rice for months and fired him only after videos, showing him abusing players verbally and physically at practices, were made public.

Apr 4, 2013

Pressure builds on Rutgers president after coach fired over abuse

, April 4 (Reuters) – Thirteen Rutgers University faculty members have demanded the resignation of the university president, and the New Jersey state assembly speaker has proposed public hearings into the abuse of players by former basketball coach, Mike Rice.

The faculty members sent a letter to the Board of Trustees on Wednesday demanding the resignation of President Robert Barchi, alleging the school had hidden facts about Rice for months and fired him only after practice videos, showing him abusing players verbally and physically, were made public.

Apr 4, 2013

Rutgers fires basketball coach after abuse video surfaces

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Rutgers University fired the head of its men’s basketball team on Wednesday after the release of video showing him shoving players, hurling balls at their heads and berating them with homophobic slurs.

The video, which went viral on the Internet, prompted outrage and calls from players, fans and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for the ousting of the coach, Mike Rice.

Apr 3, 2013

Rutgers basketball coach fired after abuse video surfaces

, April 3 (Reuters) – Rutgers University men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was fired on Wednesday after coming under scrutiny for a video that went viral a day earlier in which he was seen abusing his players.

The ESPN sports network released video on Tuesday showing Rice – who was briefly suspended for his behavior last year – shoving players, hurling balls at their heads and berating them with homophobic slurs and profanity during practices.

Apr 3, 2013

ESPN video shows Rutgers University coach berating, hitting players

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – The ESPN sports network released video on Tuesday showing a Rutgers University men’s basketball head coach, briefly suspended for his behaviour last year, shoving players, hurling balls at their heads and berating them with homophobic slurs and profanity during practices.

The video of Coach Mike Rice prompted the office of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to release a statement condemning the coach’s behaviour. Rutgers, home to about 58,000 students, is a public university based in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Apr 3, 2013

ESPN video shows Rutgers coach berating, hitting players

, April 2 (Reuters) – The ESPN sports network
released video on Tuesday showing a Rutgers University mens
basketball head coach, briefly suspended for his behavior last
year, shoving players, hurling balls at their heads and berating
them with homophobic slurs and profanity during practices.

The video of Coach Mike Rice prompted the office of New
Jersey Governor Chris Christie to release a statement condemning
the coach’s behavior. Rutgers, home to about 58,000 students, is
a public university based in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Apr 2, 2013

After “Tan Mom,” New Jersey bans children from tanning beds

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law on Monday banning children under 17 from using commercial tanning beds, a move stemming from the case of a local woman accused of taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth.

Christie said that while he does not favor government regulation of small business, the new law was important for protecting the safety of minors.

Apr 1, 2013

Powerball winner lottery pays $29,000 in overdue child support

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – The winner of the $338 million Powerball lottery on Monday paid $29,000 in overdue child-support payments, a debt that dated back four years, New Jersey authorities said.

Pedro Quezada, 44, informed state Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela that he had paid off the debt, which was the subject of a 2009 warrant, officials said.

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      "I write on and co-ordinate coverage of European consumer goods companies from London. These include food groups such as Nestle, Unilever and Danone, drinks companies like Diageo, Heineken and SABMiller, and cigarette groups British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco. I have previously worked in Milan covering Italian financial news and before that specialised on the car industry and the engineering sector, and also have some experience of commodity coverage."
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