Marilyn Manson may have to undergo deposition in lawsuit by former bandmate

December 30, 2019

first_imgA hearing on the law firm’s motion is set for Nov. 5. Bier’s lawyers also want to depose lawyer Allen Grodsky, a member Grodsky & Olecki.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Bier’s attorneys say Manson is avoiding their deposition efforts and that they will travel on Halloween to Las Vegas, where the entertainer is scheduled to perform, in order to accommodate his tour schedule while deposing him. Manson’s lawyers argue that all routine gathering of information — including the taking of depositions — in preparation for trial of the lawsuit is halted because of an earlier dismissal motion filed by former attorneys for Manson and Bier who are also defendants in Bier’s lawsuit. Olaf J. Muller, an attorney for Bier, told Stern previously that he and his colleagues want to take Manson’s deposition to help them oppose the law firm’s dismissal motion. The motion by the law firm of Glovsky & Olecki asks that the firm be dismissed as defendants. The firm’s court papers state that comments by one of its members about Bier were made in an attempt to try and discourage him from suing and therefore cannot be the basis for claims against the law firm that include breach of fiduciary duty. Marilyn Manson likely will not know before Monday whether he will have to undergo a deposition in a lawsuit brought by his band’s former keyboardist because a judge today took the request under submission. Stephen Gregory Bier Jr., better known by the stage name Madonna Wayne Gacy, filed a breach of contract suit on Aug. 2 against Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner. Bier, who is seeking more than $20 million, alleges the shock rocker used money from their former band partnership to buy items ranging from Nazi paraphernalia to a $150,000 engagement ring for ex-wife Dita Von Teese. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael L. Stern said today he wanted more time to think about the request by Biers’ lawyers to depose Manson and will likely have a ruling by Monday. last_img read more


December 24, 2019

first_imgAfter progressing to the quarter-finals of the FAI Ford Cup last weekend, Finn Harps return to league action on Friday night when Shamrock Rovers ‘B’ visit Finn Park (kick-off 8.00pm).After three games on the trot away from home, Harps will be looking forward to playing at Finn Park once again on Friday. And home games are a bit of a rarity these days for Ollie Horgan’s side who will face another three away games in succession after the Rovers game this weekend.Harps, who knocked Wexford Youths out of the FAI Cup at Ferrycarrig Park last Friday, go into Friday’s game on the back of an unbeaten run of nine games. Indeed, Horgan’s side have lost only once now in fifteen games and will go into the game against Rovers on Friday in confident mood. As usual though, Horgan is urging caution as his troops try to force their way into an end of season play-off place.“Shamrock Rovers have won their last two games, including putting six past Cobh”, said Horgan.“They are a very confident young side that have a new freshness and excitement about them. Chris Lyons has scored in each of last two games including a hat trick, as has Cian Kavanagh, a talented young player among many others.“They have already beaten us in Ballybofey so they won’t have any fear of coming there again”, he said. Including Rovers on Friday and Cobh the following weekend, Harps will play the bottom two sides in the Division. However, Horgan says that means nothing to him and he and the squad won’t change how they approach games.“Every game is a game we try to get something out of and the next few games are no different,” he said.“I think we have had a lot of ‘must win’ games before that we didn’t win! And we know how difficult Friday’s game will be.”Last Friday, Harps defeated Wexford Youths to progress to the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup for the second season in succession. Standing between them and a place in their first semi-final in fifteen years is a meeting with either Avondale or St. Michael’s next month. The victors of the all non-league tie will be decided on Saturday.“First half in Wexford we played well and deservedly took the lead,” said Horgan of the 2-1 victory at Ferrycarrig Park. “Second half, Wexford had to come out and had most of the possession but we caught them high up the pitch for a second goal. “However from there in, we were under serious pressure, conceded a goal, added to a sending off and eight minutes of injury time but we just about held out,” he said.Friday’s game will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season, and the second at Finn Park. All three previous meetings have finished with the away team the victor. Harps will be hoping that home advantage counts this time.On the team front, Darragh Black (shoulder) remains sidelined while Packie Mailey is a doubt with a knee injury. Otherwise, Horgan will have a full panel to choose from.CUP HOPEFULS HARPS HOPING TO REIGNITE LEAGUE FORM AGAINST ROVERS was last modified: August 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfinn harpsFinn Parkshamrock roverslast_img read more


December 22, 2019

first_imgA HOT blast of summer weather is set for a return!Forecasters say it might even reach 20C in Donegal this weekend as an area of high pressure settles over Ireland – and will continue right through next week.Above is the predicted weather sequence for Monday. And the good news is the best of the weather for Ireland will be in the west and north west.It is good news for farmers who have seen the harvest delayed by cooler and wetter weather throughout September.But it looks like the final week of the month is going to be a cracker.The only downside is that it will be colder at night. Weekend: Dry with some sunny spells at times, but some cloud also. It will be very mild. Maximum daytime temperatures 15 to 19 Celsius, in mostly light to moderate south to southeast winds.Monday to Friday: Dry and settled, with some sunny spells each day. Very mild, especially from Tuesday to Thursday, with temperatures up to the high teens in many areas, but a little cooler at times along exposed east coasts. The winds mostly moderate, southeasterly at first, becoming northeasterly after midweek and decreasing light to moderate. Nights quite cool, with mist and fog patches. HOT BLAST OF SUMMER SET FOR RETURN, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: September 25th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhot weathersummerweatherlast_img read more

QPR wait for news on defender

December 21, 2019

first_imgLuke Young will undergo a fitness test before QPR boss Mark Hughes names his line-up for today’s game against Everton.The defender has been sidelined with a hamstring problem but returned to training this week and Hughes is optimistic he will be available for selection.Young is expected to at least make the bench for the match at Loftus Road, which Rangers badly need to win as they battle against relegation.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Photos: Former Warriors exec, NBA great sells Hayward home

December 20, 2019

first_imgNBA legend Jerry West has sold his Hayward, Calif. home for $1.585 million.Click if viewing from a mobile device.West, who had an illustrious career as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and as the team’s coach and GM, became an executive board member of the Golden State Warriors in 2011. He was key in bringing in Dubs cornerstones Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant.West’s leaving behind a 3,468-square-foot Bay Area home with four bedrooms and five baths. It features a master and …last_img read more

2018 Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience

December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentOhio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Class IX and Young Ag Professionals group spent an educational three days in Washington, D.C. Sept. 11-13. The purpose of the trip was to share their ideas with members of Congress and to learn about international agriculture and how to grow personally and professionally. The trip included a visit with congressional representatives, meeting with American Farm Bureau staff members for industry and issues updates, a behind-the-scenes look at how Washington really works, networking with other young professionals, and exploring a world view of agriculture during a visit to an embassy.Day 3, Thursday, Sept. 13 The third and final day of the Leadership Experience was focused on congressional visits. The hallmark of the trip is the opportunity for our members to meet with their representatives, bringing relevancy of the national issues facing agriculture to their farms and businesses in Ohio. Before heading up to the Hill, the group had the fortune to tour the White House. Participants were amazed by the history and tradition of the building, and marveled at the fact that many of the areas are still in active use for receptions, diplomatic meetings and other activities. The security lines and tour were so efficient that it allowed for extra time before heading to the Hill, which gave the group the opportunity to visit Iwo Jima.The group at the Iwo Jima memorial“The best part is getting to meet all the other individuals from the other counties and see the different operations. The diversity of the programs, backgrounds and operations that everybody has come from is very interesting, and I’ve learned so much just from that.” – Jenna Gregorich, Coshocton County Young Ag ProfessionalBetween congressional visits, attendees were able to spend time networking and discussing issues of local interest from their farms. Overall, the participants deemed the meetings a success. The attendees were impressed at how receptive the congressional leaders were to their questions and hearing about the issues presented. Some were pleasantly surprised to see how familiar staffers were with agriculture and how understanding and supportive they were of the industry and its struggles.“Just to know that the lobbyists in Ohio are working with American Farm Bureau and for Ohio farmers, connecting all the messages. One voice is truly is heard here, and we get to be part of that, and that is truly something special.” – Bailey Morrell, Wayne County AgriPOWER participant There were a total of 14 Congressional visits, including Rep. David Joyce,  Rep. Bill Johnson and Rep. Bob Latta.Later in the afternoon, the group had the privilege to hear from key staff from the Senate Ag Committee to learn more about the process of how the farm bill comes to be written. They received reassurance that discussions are continuing and there is earnest interest to complete the work and send the farm bill to the president for his signature.“It’s always great to see farmers and agricultural leaders from across the state coming together to learn about public policy and advocating on behalf of our industry. I’m thankful to work for an organization that has so many passionate people,” said Jack Irvin, OFBF senior director, state and national affairs.Day 2, Wednesday, Sept. 12Betty Ann Bryce, senior policy advisor at USDADay two began with a somber but informative discussion on the opioid epidemic, focusing on the particular struggles in the rural U.S.  The group welcomed Betty Ann Bryce, senior policy adviser at the United States Department of Agriculture and staff lead on Opioids Initiatives. While opioid misuse is primarily a public health and safety concern, USDA Rural Development’s involvement in working on solutions, particularly pertaining to rural communities, is a perfect complement to the other agencies currently involved. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed report challenges with the opioid epidemic, and one segment that is largely affected is employers. Difficulties in staffing a workforce result in companies and farmers either importing employees or leaving a community, which can affect local, rural economies. Bryce’s team is working on increasing dialogue in these communities, identifying treatment challenges and addressing issues that stall progress and change, such as shame and stigma, access to treatment and even disagreement on treatment options by community leaders. Tactics that have been successful include illustrating through personal stories and testimonies of how opioid addiction has touched the lives of many, illustrating how no one and no community is immune, and helping leaders to see that the epidemic has a ripple effect, as communities become no longer worth investing in. Norman Borlaug, “Father of the Green Revolution”After the morning session, the group headed to Capitol Hill for a tour and photo opportunity. The tour guide was prepared for the Farm Bureau and she included details directly pertaining to agriculture from our forefathers and even the architectural features in the Capitol Building. She specifically pointed out the statue of Norman Borlaug, “Father of the Green Revolution”.    U.S. Grain Council’s vice president and chief operating officer, Kimberly AtkinsA strong Ohio FARM economy is a strong OHIO economyThe day’s lunchtime presentation was from the U.S. Grain Council’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kimberly Atkins. This nonprofit organization promotes the global use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products worldwide including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles. Its strategic goals include trade diplomacy, securing funding through MAP (Market Access Program) and FMD (Foreign Market Development), demand growth and increased ethanol exports.The day concluded with an informative and entertaining visit to the Embassy of Chile. The group learned a great deal of facts and details about the country, including its major exports and growing environment. Chile stretches a large portion of the west coast of South America and has a diverse geography, climate and production. The country has 16 different climates and sub-climates, and most closely resembles California in its agriculture. Because of its isolation due to the Andes Mountains and coastline, it is free of most disease and pests that can affect trade. The country has free trade agreements with 80 countries. It is the No. 2 producer of salmon, and because its pork industry is growing, the country relies heavily on feed imports. Thank you to Eduardo Santos, Javier Chaud and Felipe Gajardo for being excellent hosts.   Day 1, Tuesday, Sept. 11Day one in Washington, D.C. was filled with excitement and anticipation. The AgriPOWER and Young Ag Professionals groups were eager to meet each other and learn more about the different programs and each other, as well as familiarize themselves with the scope of national issues confronting agriculture. The group’s first day was focused on preparing for productive congressional visits. American Farm Bureau staff, clockwise: Paul Schlegel, director of public policy;  David Salmonsen, senior director of governmental relations; Veronica Nigh, international trade and environmental issue economist; Andrew Walmsley, director, congressional relationsRepresentatives from American Farm Bureau presented details on a variety of issues including trade, immigration and the farm bill. These three topics have a major impact on agriculture through the country, however each individual farmer has varying knowledge and concern about each area. While migrant labor is a great concern for local produce growers, trade and tariffs are more concerning to the commodity farmers. The participants appreciated learning more about their own areas of concern, but also gained a greater understanding of their fellow farmers’ perspective.After the AFBF briefing, Jack Irvin, OFBF senior director of state and national policy, led a discussion on how to take the broader national issues down to a local level. Everyone then broke off into groups to discuss and prepare for the week’s congressional visits.A full first day ended with a delicious BBQ dinner at Hill Country, followed by an entertaining and educational night tour of the national monuments.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

The World Wide Web of Spiders

December 17, 2019

first_imgWhat to do if you’ve been bitSeek medical help if you think you’ve been bit by a brown recluse or black widow spiderMost spiders bites are non-venomous and require no specific treatment, but if you suspect you have been bitten by a brown recluse or black widow:Seek medical attention right awayRemain calm to keep your circulation relaxedApply a cold pack to the area to relieve swelling and discomfortDo not apply a tourniquetIf possible, bring the spider with you to the doctor’s office or ER for identification SharePrint RelatedHelp Name the Next Geocacher of the MonthJuly 11, 2014In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Geocachers Save A Woman’s LifeNovember 17, 2016In “Community” Guest blog written by avid geocacher (and dedicated nurse) Kelley Piekarek*. A Floridian geocacher was reaching for a cache when she felt something bite her arm. Thinking nothing of it, she signed the log, replaced the cache, and moved on. Shortly thereafter her arm became red, swollen, and felt hot to the touch. The area surrounding the bite began to form what appeared to be an infection; her arm became very painful and she was running a high fever.She went to the emergency room where it was confirmed that she had been bitten by a brown recluse spider. The area was surgically cleaned, she was put on antibiotics, and is now on the road to a full recovery.Most spiders are absolutely harmless to humans. Of the 4,000+ species of spiders found in North America, only two are dangerous to humans—the brown recluse and the black widow. Geocachers are fortunate to enjoy the wonders of nature. But as we all know, nature can be a bit scary sometimes. If you are informed and aware of your environment, you can avoid spiders bites and know what action to take if you’re bitten.Brown RecluseThe brown recluse can be identified by the violin-shaped spot behind its eyes.The brown recluse is ¼ to ½ inch long, and can be identified by the violin-shaped spot behind its eyes. They are native to North America and live predominantly in the Midwestern United States.  What do spider bites look and feel like?The bites from brown recluse (left) and black widow spiders (right)The bite of the brown recluse is usually painless and goes unnoticed, but it may feel like a bee sting or there may be a burning sensation. Symptoms usually develop in 2-8 hours starting with a small white blister at the site of the bite.Many bites will cause a small red mark that will heal without problems or scarring. However redness, blistering, an open sore, and a black area may develop and take months to fully heal. Other symptoms include severe pain at the site of the bite, severe itching, nausea, vomiting, fever, and/or muscle pain.The bite of the black widow is similar to the brown recluse, and initially may look like two tiny Dracula fang marks. It feels like a pinprick, but also may not be felt at all. There may be slight swelling, redness and a spot that forms a target shape. Fifteen to sixty minutes later a dull muscle pain will spread from the bite area to the entire body. If the bite is on the upper body, the pain will be in the chest. If the bite is in the lower body, the pain will be in the abdomen. Black WidowThe black widow can be identified by a red, yellow, or white hourglass shape on their lower abdomen.The black widow can be identified by a red, yellow, or white hourglass shape on their lower abdomen. There are many species of widow spiders found worldwide, but the North American variety is about ½ inch long.Black Widow Distributioncenter_img Where do spiders like to hide?Spiders like to hide in wood pilesBoth spiders are found in similar locations. Inside, they prefer to hide in small, dark locations such as closets, cellars, garages, vents, stored boxes, and within the cracks and corners of walls. Outside they prefer to live like a geocache—underneath rocks, in wood piles, and inside hollow tree trunks. *If the name Kelley Piekarek sounds familiar, it may be from this story that made national geocaching news in February 2015.Share with your Friends:More How to avoid spidersYou’ve probably heard that spiders are more afraid of you than you are of them and that’s true. They’d prefer to avoid contact with humans all together, but they will defend their space. If you live in an area where co-existing with brown recluse and black widow spiders are part of the landscape, take some precautions:OutdoorsWatch for spider webs, which are the most obvious signs a spider is nearbyWear gloves and long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and sturdy shoesMove rocks and debris with a stick when looking for your cache to protect your handsAt Home:Keep your home clean and clutter freeBits of food can attract bugs which will in turn attract spiders, so vacuum and wipe down surfaces often Store your things in sealed plastic storage boxes or plastic bags with the edges taped shutWhen unpacking stored items, shake items out thoroughly before useKeep the sides of your home free of plants and debrisKeep your house clean and clutter free to avoid spidersStay safe out there, my friends. Be prepared and know what to do should a spider bite you, and keep on cachin’! How do you stay safe while enjoying your favorite hobby?last_img read more

Financial Planning for Remarriage

December 12, 2019

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Personal Financial Management (PFM) program staff often counsel military families about the financial implications of lifestyle transitions. This includes the decision by service members to remarry after the death of a spouse or a divorce. About three-quarters of divorced Americans eventually remarry.Not only do they merge their financial lives, as all married couples do, but remarried couples also bring with them financial “issues” from their previous marriage(s) such as unpaid debts and payments to, or income from, an ex-spouse for alimony and/or child support obligations. Estate planning is also complicated by remarriage (e.g., providing for both a new spouse and children from a prior marriage).Spouses who previously pooled income with an ex-spouse in a joint account and had money taken without their permission may prefer to keep all their accounts separate the second time around. In addition, a new spouse may feel uncomfortable maintaining a joint account out of which payments are made to an ex-spouse. Money can also get tied up with emotions in stepfamilies such as spending to win the affection of children.Image via are six recommendations to share with service members who are remarrying:Consider a Prenuptial Agreement (a.k.a., prenup)- Interview at least three family law attorneys to prepare a plan. Define assets that each partner brings to the marriage, how they will be titled, how expenses and existing debts will be repaid, and how property will be distributed in the event of death or divorce.Develop a Spending Plan (a.k.a., budget)- Include anticipated income and expenses and decide who will pay what bills. It is generally fairer to all involved to pay current expenses (not those related to a prior marriage) in proportion to each partner’s contribution to total household income.Separate the Past From the Present– Accept the fact that support payments to an ex-spouse are an ongoing “fixed expense.” Remarried couples may prefer paying support obligations and other expenses for children with their personal funds so they are not constantly “visible” to their new spouse.Treat Children Fairly- Develop uniform policies for all children living at home regarding allowances, spending money, payment for services, and equipment purchases (e.g., cell phone). Otherwise, children and stepchildren, alike, are likely to cry “unfair” about differences in the parents’ money management practices.Consider a QTIP trust- Create this legal document to leave income to a spouse for life but distribute assets to children from a prior marriage. Another option is to establish an irrevocable trust funded with life insurance. When a parent dies, the trust’s life insurance policy provides an immediate death benefit to children from a first marriage rather than waiting for the stepparent’s death as with a QTIP trust.Separate Parenting Issues from Financial Issues-Do not deny visitation to a non-custodial parent if a support payment is late or does not arrive. While custodial parents have every right to be angry, they are using their child as a tool to punish the other parent. In addition, research indicates that the less frequently a parent has contact with their children, the more likely they are to withhold support payments. Communication about financial matters is important in all marriages but especially in remarriages which come with more financial complications and where spouses may have developed long-standing money management practices. Otherwise, stresses can build and relationships become strained. The University of Florida Extension publication So You Want to Remarry? has additional information about financial issues related to remarriage.last_img read more

How to Build a Base of Savings

December 12, 2019

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionFlickr [Piggy Bank by 401(K) 2012, January 20, 2012, CC BY-SA 2.0] Retrieved on January 6, 2015Make Savings Automatic– Automate savings because people are less tempted to spend money if they don’t see it. Automated strategies include: transferring a set amount from a checking to a savings account, making payroll deposits to a credit union, and transferring a set amount directly each month from a bank account to a mutual fund or stock dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP).Complete a Savings Challenge– Aim to finish savings challenges, like the 30-Day $100 Savings Challenge, 15-Week Savings Challenge, 52-Week Money Challenge, and 50-week $2,500 Savings Challenge. Challenges provide a savings goal, a designated time frame, and suggested daily or weekly savings deposits. PFM personnel might consider adding wrap-around briefings and prizes to actively encourage participation.Contribute to Tax-Deferred Retirement Plans– Contribute as much as possible to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) and/or open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). The earlier people start saving for retirement, the more time their money has to grow, even if it is a small sum. TSP and tax-deductible traditional IRA deposits and earnings are taxed upon withdrawal. Roth IRAs have no up-front tax deduction but earnings are tax-free after age 59 ½ for accounts open at least 5 years.Earn “Free Money”- Try to save at least the maximum amount of money that can be matched. This is “free money” that should not be passed up. Dollar for dollar matched savings is like getting a 100% return on an investment. When pay increases, raise the TSP contribution, which can raise matched savings. TSP savings plans in the BRS offer four benefits: employer matching, a federal income tax write-off, ongoing tax-deferral, and automatic deposits via payroll deduction. By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Military Personal Financial Management (PFM) program personnel have an opportunity to change the lives of the military families that they serve. In the case of young enlisted military personnel, the potential exists for them to become millionaires through a combination of regular savings and compound interest.Even small dollar amounts will grow to 5-, 6- or 7-figure sums with decades of compound interest. Math genius Albert Einstein was so impressed with this concept that he called compounding the “8th wonder of the world.”U.S. Air Force illustration/Staff Sgt. Alexandre MontesA savings account for emergencies and a tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) retirement account are two great places to save. Service members who save $4,000 annually (about $77 week) at a 7% average annual return will have almost $850,000 in 40 years according to the Bankrate Compound Interest Calculator.When an employer matches young adults’ savings, they can easily become millionaires! With the new Blended Retirement System (BRS) that went into effect in 2018, service members may receive up to 4% in matching contributions, on top of a 1% automatic contribution, until they reach 26 years of service.Below are six action steps for service members to take to build a base of savings: Save a Dollar a Day- Put a dollar a day, plus pocket change, into a can or jar. At the end of each month, they’ll be about $50 to deposit into a savings account. Financial planners advise saving 3 to 6 months expenses for emergencies but any amount of savings is better than none. As services members’ pay increases, they might save $3, or even $5, a day, plus loose change (about $120 and $180 monthly).Live Below Your Means– Track expenses for a month or two to identify spending leaks and to “find” money to save. David Bach, author of The Automatic Millionaire, calls these expenses the “Latte Factor™” because many people spend $5 (or more) a day on fancy coffees, fast food, and similar “impulse” items. This calculator can help users identify their personal “lattes” so they can save this money instead. Flickr [Piggy Bank by 401(K) 2012, January 20, 2012, CC BY-SA 2.0] Retrieved on January 6, 2015last_img read more

Doping: SAI hits out at sacked Ukrainian coach Yori, says all deals cleared

November 28, 2019

first_imgAfter sacked Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogorodnik’s outburst against the Sports Authority of India for the alleged sub-standard facilities at NIS, Patiala, the sports body has now hit out at the former, dismissing all his allegations as baseless. Speaking exclusively to Headlines Today, SAI director General Deepak Verma insisted that Yuri was not held captive as claimed. “The allegations levelled against SAI is absolutely baseless. We have cleared all deals. We have not held him captive. He is free to go anywhere,” Verma told Headlines Today. Yuri had been sacked by SAI after six of his eight wards had failed dope tests bringing shame to the country. The 79 year-old coach has claimed innocence, while accusing the SAI of mistreating him despite his poor health conditions.  Earlier, Yuri had said his life was under threat and that he did not want to die. The Ukranian had earlier blamed food supplements after six of his athletes flunked dope tests. He had also denied any role in the doping scandal and insisted that it was a set-up and an attempt to tarnish his reputation. Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur, Juana Murmu, Tiana Mary Thomas and Priyanka Pawar – who were being coached by Ogorodnik – have tested positive for methandienone.  Sini, Ashwini and Mandeep were a part of the 4x400m relay team that won the gold at last year’s Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Ashwini had also won the gold in the 400m hurdles at the Asian Games.  The athletes had also blamed the food supplements recommended by Ogorodnik for failing their dope tests.advertisementlast_img read more