Three Opposition MLCs resign from U.P. Legislative Council

first_imgMoments after BJP national president Amit Shah landed in Lucknow for a three-day organisational visit, his opponents in Uttar Pradesh received a jolt – at least three Opposition MLCs resigned, with two of them lavishing praise on the BJP.While Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh belonged to the Samajwadi Party (SP), the third MLC,Thakur Jaiveer Singh, belonged to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).There were speculations that another SP MLC, Madhukar Jetley, would also be resigning but there has been no official confirmation so far.The resignations, most likely, will pave the way for the entry of top ministers. including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, into the Legislative Council, as they are mandated to become members of the Assembly or Legislative Council within six months of being appointed a minister.Mr. Adityanath, his deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, and a couple of other BJP ministers require to get elected to the Assembly or Council as they are not members of any House.There are hints that the Opposition rebels could head to the BJP or support it.Mr. Yashwant Singh made it clear that he was vacating the seat for Mr. Adityanath. “I dedicate this seat to CM Yogiji,” he said.Mr. Singh, a close aide of Thakur leader Raja Bhaiya, used the nationalism plank to justify abandoning the Samajwadi party. He said he resigned as he was offended by former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s recent comments in the House allegedly gloritying China.”Since that day I developed a feeling that it would not be morally right for me to continue in the party whose national president called India weak, and does not have desh prem, but love for China,” Mr. Singh said.Mr. Nawab said he resigned as he was feeling “suffocated” in the SP over the last one year. Criticising the functioning of the party in recent times, he said the SP reflected an arena more than a party with an organisation. “They should not call it the Samajwadi Party but Samajwadi Akhara (people’s wrestling arena),” he said.Interestingly, Mr. Nawab, a Shia leader, heaped praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Adityanath for their sabka saath sabka vikaas pitch and “good work,” respectively. Mr. Nawab also said he had no qualms about joining hands with the BJP if such an offer came.”If they invite me, then I will go. All options are open,” said Mr. Nawab, who recently foisted a new organisation, the Rashtriya Shia Samaj. He was elected to the Legislative Council for a second term only last year.Political conspiracy, says AkhileshMr. Akhilesh Yadav accused the BJP of luring Opposition party MLCs through a “political conspiracy.” He said BJP leaders were afraid of fighting direct elections and were seeking a safer route through the Legislstive Council.”BJP people can’t muster courage to go to the people. I dare them to go to the people and get elected. But not cheat like you did with the machines [EVM],” Mr. Yadav said at the inauguration of a school in Lucknow.Mr. Yadav resorted to sarcasm to taunt Mr. Nawab, saying not many days had passed since the Shia leader treated him with sewai on Eid. “Bahut mithi thi sewai. Abhi Eid gaye kitne din guzre,” he asked.BJP‘s ‘hunger for power’ has now transformed into ‘lust’, says MayawatiBSP chief Mayawati also cried foul and charged the BJP with misusing power and state machinery to target Opposition parties and their legislators. She said the BJP’s “hunger for power” had now transformed into a “lust.”After Goa and Manipur, and most recently in Bihar and Gujarat, the BJP was now trying the same manipulative tactics in Uttar Pradesh through misuse of State agencies like the CBI and the Income Tax department to run a campaign to paint its opponents as corrupt, she alleged.She urged Opposition party legislators to not surrender before the BJP but resist its “dictatorial, arrogant and oppressive” stance.”Instead of kneeling before the BJP, they should have have fought back against the terror and oppression of the BJP government,” she said adding that “If you don’t fight back, the BJP will get emboldened as they have now tasted blood.”Mr. Maurya said the resignations were the “personal matter” of SP leaders.last_img read more

BJD to support NDA nominee Om Birla for Lok Sabha Speaker’s post

first_imgThe Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Tuesday decided to support the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee Om Birla’s candidature for the Lok Sabha Speaker’s post. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led BJD, which has 12 Lok Sabha members, took the decision at its Parliamentary Party meeting held in Delhi.“The BJD will support the NDA’s proposal of selecting Om Birla as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha since the regional Party stresses on constructive cooperation with the Centre,” BJD Parliamentary Party leader Pinaki Mishra said. He said senior BJP leaders and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi had sought Mr. Patnaik’s cooperation. “We have decided to support the BJP’s proposal,” he added. Replying to a question about speculation doing the rounds that the BJD will get the Deputy Speaker’s post, Mr. Mishra said, “We have not received any such concrete proposal from the ruling Party or the government. Let the Speaker’s election be completed.” If the BJD gets such a proposal from the BJP, the Party president will take a decision on the matter, he added. Asked about Wednesday’s meeting to discuss the idea of “one nation, one election”, Mr. Mishra said Mr. Patnaik has already made his stand clear; the BJD is in favour of “one nation, one election”.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invited heads of all Parties for the meeting to discuss the idea. Mr. Patnaik will be attending the meeting, BJD sources said.last_img read more

Pereira frustrates Lukaku with Belgium snub

first_imgAndreas Pereira has made the Brazil squad for the first time, with the Manchester United star revealing that he has left club colleague Romelu Lukaku frustrated with his snub of Belgium.The 22-year-old was born in Duffel and represented the land of his birth at youth level up to U17.He has, however, switched allegiance to the homeland of his father, with Brazil represented within their U20 and U23 set-ups. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pereira is now in line for a senior debut with the Selecaco, having been called up for friendly dates with the United States and El Salvador.He remains convinced that he has made the right international decision, despite Old Trafford team-mate Lukaku trying to talk him round to a different way of thinking.Pereira told Globo Esporte: “He tried to convince me.“He spoke to me: ‘You have to play for Belgium’. He came to talk to me, he’s always talking to me.“I told him ‘it’s difficult, Lukaku, can’t do it, it’s not the same. Playing for Belgium is something else. Playing for Selecao… It’s Brazil, I feel at home’.“Then he said: ‘If that’s the way it is, you have to follow your heart’. And then he respected my decision.”Andreas-Pereira-BrazilPereira saw his commitment to the Brazil cause tested over the summer when Tite’s team faced Belgium at the quarter-final stage of the 2018 World Cup – with the Red Devils running out 2-1 winners.“It was complicated,” said a man who started the 2018-19 Premier League season inside Jose Mourinho’s starting XI at United.“I was in Belgium watching and it was difficult to see Brazil lose. Everybody messing with me. Wow, it was… I was very angry.“My friend, I have a friend from Belgium, I was watching with him. I couldn’t do it, I left the room, I was very… I got very mad.“And they all messed, my father’s friends saying ‘wow, look at Brazil there, you have to choose Belgium, you have to choose Belgium’.“I said, ‘wow, I can’t do it, I can’t do it’.”last_img read more


first_imgThe investigation is continuing into how an inmate obtained a sheriff deputy’s gun and shot two law officers monday, killing one of them in Council Bluffs.Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker arrived at the county jail shortly after23-year-old Wesley Williams Correa-Carmenaty shot two deputies and stole the jail transport van, crashing it through the jail’s garage door:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….to walk into. ;19A 43-year-old deputy, Mark Burbridge, died at an Omaha hospital.The second deputy, 59 year old Pat Morgan, was shot in the lower torso and is in stable condition.Danker says there are cameras in the sally port that should help investigators learn how the deputies were attacked:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..what happened. :11Earlier Monday, Correa-Carmenaty was sentenced to 45 years in prison for killing a man in a 2016 robbery.Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber says Correa-Carmenaty showed no remorse in court for the man he killed:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…… it as well. :20After his escape, Correa-Carmenaty allegedly shot 30 year old Jerry Brittain of Council Bluffs in an attempted carjacking.He then allegedly kidnapped 31 year old Amy Kanger of Glenwood and forced her to accompany him in her car before releasing her outside of an Omaha liquor store.He was then captured in Omaha after a pursuit.last_img read more

Jordon Ibe finally breaks his Bournemouth duck to sink Arsenal

Share on Pinterest match reports Bournemouth Alexis Sánchez not in Arsenal squad amid signs he wants Manchester United move Topics Share on Messenger Read more Share via Email Reuse this content Premier League Play Video 0:54 Sánchez could leave Arsenal ‘today or tomorrow’, says Wenger – video Share on Facebook Alexis Sánchez was nowhere to be seen but this was the same old Arsenal in many other respects. A game that was totally in their control with just over 20 minutes remaining, as they led through Héctor Bellerín’s second‑half goal, inexplicably slipped from their grasp after Bournemouth scored twice in the blink of an eye to pile more misery on Arsène Wenger.The narrative feels all too familiar, so much so that it no longer comes as a surprise when Arsenal players troop off the field with heads bowed after failing to see out a match. Once again, Wenger’s team were their own worst enemy, capitulating defensively to gift Bournemouth a route back into a game that they had not looked like getting anything out of for so long. There was, in other words, plenty for Wenger to chew over as he headed back to London reflecting on a result that means Arsenal have gone four games without a win at the start of a calendar year for the first time since 1995 and on the prospect of losing arguably his best player. The Arsenal manager took the decision to leave Sánchez out of the squad because he senses that the Chilean’s departure is imminent, with the 29-year-old expected to sign for one of the two Manchester clubs within 48 hours. Whatever anyone thinks of Sánchez at Arsenal – and he has clearly been a destructive influence at times – his ability to score and create goals leaves a huge void.Bournemouth could have been forgiven for thinking that this was the perfect time to be playing Arsenal, yet it took a long time for Eddie Howe’s team to bare their teeth and they also had to come from behind. Bellerín, running on to the pass that Iwobi slid in behind the flat-footed Charlie Daniels, gave Arsenal the lead with an angled shot that Asmir Begovic got a good hand to but was unable to prevent from bouncing over the line in what felt like slow motion.Other than a Ryan Fraser shot blocked by Chambers towards the end of the first half, Bournemouth had rarely threatened but that all changed in a devastating four-minute spell. First Fraser escaped on the right and delivered a low centre that Petr Cech, rashly, dashed off his line to try to claim. Wilson, alert and unforgiving, got there first to poke the ball into the empty net with two Arsenal defenders watching.Arsenal were still reeling when Bournemouth struck a second. Lewis Cook’s floated pass picked out Wilson, who had so much time and space in the Arsenal area after Holding had stepped up to try to play offside. Wilson took a touch and then another that ran into the path of Ibe, who drilled a low shot past Cech from 18 yards. It was Ibe’s first goal in 52 appearances for the club and gave Bournemouth, who are up to 13th, their first victory over Arsenal. Arsenal Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe accepted the invitation to punish ruthlessly the “surprising mistakes” that Wenger lamented, although the Frenchman was honest enough to admit that Arsenal’s problems start, rather than end, at the back. Wenger described Arsenal as lacklustre as an attacking force and bemoaned the lack of creativity on a day when his team registered only three shots on target and Alexandre Lacazette’s goal drought was extended to nine matches. At times Lacazette, the club-record signing, looked lost.In truth, there are weaknesses all over the pitch and it was hard to think of any Arsenal player who emerged with any credit apart from Jack Wilshere. Making his seventh consecutive league start after recovering from the ankle injury that forced him off against Chelsea in midweek, Wilshere faded late on but ran the game for long periods, using the ball intelligently and generally doing his best to make Arsenal tick with his energy in the centre of the pitch.The supporting cast around him, however, were a huge disappointment. Alex Iwobi produced a lovely pass to set up Bellerín’s goal but offered little else and it is hard to escape the feeling that he would not get near one of those formidable Wenger teams of the past. Danny Welbeck never imposed himself and there is nothing convincing about the three-man central defence of Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers. As for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, it seems almost unfair to expect a 20-year-old defensive midfielder to fill in at left wing-back, and it was no real surprise that one of the Bournemouth goals originated from a raid down that flank. Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp read more

Nova Scotians Recognize Teachers School Staff

first_imgParents and communities are recognizing teachers and school staff for their valuable work with Nova Scotia students during national teacher/staff appreciation week today, Feb. 11 to Friday, Feb. 15. “Teachers and staff in the school system truly put kids and learning first in everything they do,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex.”Teachers work alongside teaching assistants, custodians, bus drivers and other staff to deliver the best possible educational experience for our children. It’s wonderful to be able to highlight their dedication.” There are about 10,000 public school teachers and 6,000 school support staff in the province. “The teachers and support staff in our schools do a remarkable job,” said Vanda Dow, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations. “We believe all children deserve an excellent education, and our vision is only possible through the exceptional work of teachers and staff in the public school system.” The Canadian Home and School Federation has celebrated teacher/staff appreciation week annually since 1988.last_img read more

Baby boom for endangered right whales offer researchers a glimmer of hope

first_imgAfter years of increasingly bad news, there’s a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered North Atlantic right whale.There are estimated to be fewer than 420 of the endangered mammals left, and their ranks have been decimated as deaths far outpaced live births — there were no births at all during last winter’s calving season.But researchers have reported seeing seven right whale calves so far this winter off the southern U.S. coast, where the mammals spend their winters before coming north to Canada as temperatures warm.“Seven is definitely better than last year,” said Barb Zoodsma, a fisheries biologist with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).“Last year was dismal with zero, and the year before that, there were five. However when you look at the average number of calves produced in any given year for the last 10 years it has been just under 17 mom-calf pairs. Although we’re at seven, we’re not at the average level yet,” she said.The right whale is one of the largest mammals in the sea, and among the most imperilled.Populations have only slightly rebounded from the whaling era, when the blubber-rich baleen whale nearly became extinct.Zoodsma said the seventh calf was confirmed last week.She said they hope to see more calves between now and the end of the calving season, around mid-April.“Keep in mind we’re on the tail end of an unusual mortality event where we had 18 right whales that died in just a few short years. Seven doesn’t make up that number, so we have a ways to go yet,” she said in an interview from Fernandina Beach, Fla.Zoodsma said healthy females have a calf every three or four years, but recently that has dropped to an average of every 10 years.She said it’s believed a number of factors are to blame, including the shifting location of food sources, and stresses imposed by fishing gear and large vessels.Laurie Murison, executive director of the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station, said food supply is a huge factor.“If the females are not getting enough to eat they will not be reproducing,” she said.She said the number of new calves may be an indication of the supply of zooplankton in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.“It does give us some promise that the food supply is getting better than it was. As well, there were a lot of social interactions that were observed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence last summer, so that bodes well for next year,” Murison said.“I’m hoping that we’re on the upturn now and will be looking at more calves.”The best year on record for calves was 2008-2009, when 39 were spotted, and Zoodsma said they’d love to see numbers like that again.Right whales typically migrate from the North Atlantic to give birth off the coasts of Georgia and Florida from December through March.They then head back north to feed off Canada’s East Coast during the summer months.In 2017, 12 North Atlantic right whales were found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Necropsies on seven of those whales found four died from trauma consistent with vessel collisions while two deaths were the result of entanglement in fishing gear.Ottawa, fearing the permanent loss of Canada’s Marine Stewardship Council certification for the southern Gulf snow crab fishery and additional trade and eco-certification impacts, responded with sharp restrictions on fishing and vessel speeds.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently announced rules for 2019 — building upon rules in place in the Gulf last year, when none of the endangered mammals were found dead in Canadian waters.Beginning April 28, the government will reintroduce mandatory speed restrictions for vessels 20 metres or longer when travelling in the western Gulf.Ships will continue to be allowed to travel at safe operational speeds in parts of two shipping lanes north and south of Anticosti Island, when no whales are in the area.But the area with mandatory speed restrictions will be adjusted this year to reflect data on right whale sightings and to minimize the impact on the cruise chip and shipping industries.Ottawa is also reducing by half the protection area for the season-long closure to the snow crab and lobster fisheries, to reflect where 90 per cent of right whales were spotted last year during prime fishing season.The United States government also extended the duration of a protected area off of Massachusetts to the middle of February to try to keep the right whales safe.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New UN centre informs Colombian refugees crossing into Ecuador on rights

26 May 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has opened a new information centre at a key border crossing point to inform Colombian refugees and migrants crossing into Ecuador about their rights. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has opened a new information centre at a key border crossing point to inform Colombian refugees and migrants crossing into Ecuador about their rights.Opened in cooperation with Ecuadorean authorities, the centre at the Rumichaca International Bridge links Colombia’s volatile Nariño department and Ecuador’s Carchi province. Every year, some 150,000 people – including migrants and refugees fleeing violence and persecution in Colombia – cross the bridge into Ecuador. “The main problems are lack of knowledge about the existence of an asylum system, people’s fear of coming forward, or the concentration of refugees in isolated areas where services and information are scarce or non-existent,” said Marta Juarez, UNHCR’s representative in Ecuador. While there are roughly 180,000 Colombians in Ecuador, only 16,000 have been formally granted refugee status, she noted. The new centre seeks to provide refugees – many of whom are possibly unaware that they can apply for asylum in Ecuador – with information regarding their rights. The new facility opened last week, located in a former Ecuadorian customs building. UNHCR will supply printed material and audio-visual equipment for the new office, which will be manned by two municipal employees who have received training in international refugee law and other related areas. “This will be a great opportunity for people who arrive from now on because they will be able to know about the possibilities that Ecuador offers,” said José, a Colombian refugee who attended the opening ceremony. “They will be able to learn that it is possible to request asylum in this country where I have found freedom and optimism.” read more

Ending visit Security Council praises UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti

In the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, the leader of the 15-member team, Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg of Brazil, said he was confident that the general elections would be held this year, as scheduled, despite the present violence, and benefit not only the international community, but Haiti itself.A new president is scheduled to be installed next February.During the mission, which ended on Saturday, the Council delegation took advantage of its presence to express to the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Juan Gabriel Valdés, “our satisfaction with the excellent work of MINUSTAH,” Mr. Sardenberg said.Re-establishing security was a primary task, the Council said, acknowledging the efforts of the Government to end the violence of armed illegal gangs.The delegation encouraged the Government to proceed with the launch of the national programme of disarmament, demobilization and re-integration (DDR) while giving a concrete response to claims from authentic former members of the Armed Forces of Haiti, disbanded by ex-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in the mid-1990s, the mission said.The delegation also held talks with Interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, who told them that “the problems of stabilization and security are rooted in the poverty and the unemployment of up to 70 per cent of the population,” MINUSTAH said.The Council also visited Haiti’s second city, Cap Haïtien, and the MINUSTAH troops from Chile stationed there, as well as the port city of Gonaïves, which was recovering from widespread flooding that killed some 3,000 people last September.For its part, the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Consultative Group on Haiti, led by the Permanent Representative of Canada, Allan Rock, and which also ended on Saturday its four-day mission to assess the country’s economic development potential, said it would submit a report to ECOSOC.The report would emphasize that the three major axes of long-term Haitian development should be providing education, building infrastructure and repairing the environment, it said. read more

Amid violence glaring lack of hope UN deputy chief urges action to

“We continue to witness illegal settlement activities and settler-related violence. Demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures have continued, including punitive demolitions. Such policies and actions are directly contrary to the Government of Israel’s stated intention to pursue a two-State solution,” said Mr. Eliasson in his remarks to a special meeting of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People ahead of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, marked annually on 29 November. Mr. Eliasson, who presented his statement on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, recalled that the International Year had been established in 2014 to focus on the Question of Palestine and on growing hopes at the time that the international community would engage in finally bringing to an end this long-standing conflict of such consequence to so many areas of the world. However, he noted that today the region continues to witness illegal settlement activities and settler-related violence, including demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures have continued, including punitive demolitions. “Such policies and actions are directly contrary to the Government of Israel’s stated intention to pursue a two-state solution,” said Mr. Eliasson who also warned against religious dimensions to the conflict, after tensions and violence related to the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem erupted in the recent weeks.He stressed the need to preserve the status quo at the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount, in accordance with the agreements between Israel and Jordan and with the special role of the King of Jordan, as Custodian. Further, Mr. Eliasson also welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s repeated assurances that Israel has no intention of changing the status quo and urged the Israeli leader to accompany this commitment by actions to defuse the situation and to restore confidence. Additionally, he condemned the recent wave of “heinous attacks, stabbings, shootings and attacks causing immense suffering among Israelis and Palestinians alike.”At the same time, he acknowledged the security problems Israel faces, but reminded the Israeli authorities that using excessive forces feeds anger and frustration and urged the security services of the country to exercise maximum restraint, particularly, for the use of lethal force.“It is abundantly clear that Palestinians feel deep frustration over an occupation that has lasted nearly 50 years. Similarly, Israelis strongly fear for their security. The lack of a political horizon to achieve the two-state solution seriously increases the risk of the situation spiralling out of control,” said Mr. Eliasson.He also called for greater participation of the international community to break the impasse and urged the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East peace process to continue its efforts to preserve the viability of a Palestinian State and establish conditions for a return to meaningful negotiations.“On 29 November 2012, the State of Palestine joined the United Nations as a non-Member Observer State. Today, 136 countries recognize the State of Palestine and its flag flies at the United Nations next to those of Member States. However, these diplomatic advances are not felt by children in Gaza, or by the Palestinians of Nablus and Hebron,’ said Mr. Eliasson.The UN deputy chief added that the region is gripped with a “glaring lack of hope that their lives will change for the better and that they will be citizens of a State which will ensure their freedom and well-being.”Lastly, ahead of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Mr. Eliasson urged all parties to reaffirm their commitment to bring about peace in the region, which can also contribute to international peace and security.“Simply put, the Palestinian people have waited too long. On this Organization’s momentous 70th anniversary, let us recall the ideals of peace, unity and human rights at the heart of the UN Charter. And let us use those ideals to inspire new momentum to find a lasting solution to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft in his remarks to the special meeting.He noted that key UN principles, namely the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war; equal rights and self-determination of peoples, continue to be violated. In addition, the General Assembly had repeatedly affirmed the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.The General Assembly had also repeatedly affirmed the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem.“I am therefore gravely concerned by the continuing expansion of settlements, the demolition of Palestinian homes, the revocation of residency rights and the eviction and displacement of numerous Palestinian families from East Jerusalem in contravention of international law. Such actions do not contribute to peace. Rather they have become a major impediment and serve only to increase tension,” he stressed, calling on both parties to return to meaningful negotiations with a pre-established timeframe. read more

Most Of UConns Games This Season Were Over At Halftime

Mike Pesca knows just how dominant Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has been this year. He lamented recently on Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” podcast (around 49 minutes in) that every time he tuned in to a UConn game while working out at the gym this season, usually with 10 minutes left on the clock, the game was already effectively over.By just how much have the Huskies been draining the drama out of Pesca’s workouts? A lot, and by a whole lot more than their predecessors did.At halftime of the average UConn game this year, the Huskies were winning by 25 points. That’s staggering — so staggering that it blows away four of the best teams in recent history: the last four UConn teams, which all reached the Final Four. The last two won the title. Those two championship teams averaged halftime leads of a mere 20 points; the Huskies’ average halftime lead was even lower in the two years before that.By five and a half minutes into the second half, this year’s UConn team averaged a lead of more than 32 points, compared to less than 26 points last year and 24 points or less in the prior three seasons. (Just four teams other than UConn this year beat opponents by more than 20 points per game. And that was their margin at the end of games, not soon after halftime.)But at that 5:30 mark we begin to see a dip. At that point, the ultracompetitive Huskies showed a tiny fraction of mercy. If they’d carried on at the same rate for the whole game, they’d have won by an average of 51 points. Instead they won by only 42 points per game. By the time Pesca was tuning in, UConn led by an average of 35 points. (This is all based on data provided by ESPN Stats & Information, supplemented with play-by-plays from the UConn website.)We also looked at the data another way: How often this season was UConn, say, trailing? Or winning by 40 points?The Huskies established dominance early: By six and a half minutes into their games this year, they were tied or trailing just once. And they led for the entire second half in most games, though Stanford tied things up in regulation and then dealt UConn its only loss, back in November. More than half the time, UConn led by at least 30 points two minutes into the second half. That all adds up to lots of minutes of Mike Pesca doing bicep curls with dull basketball on in the background.This doesn’t necessarily mean this year’s UConn team is the best UConn team of the last five years. The school shifted to the American Athletic Conference two seasons ago from the Big East, which has made for easier conference games and more blowouts. And the previous seasons’ stats include NCAA tournament games, some of which were close — though many were also blowouts.Even so, it’d take a whole lot of NCAA tournament drama to undo all the meaningless second halves the Huskies have played so far this year. Our forecast currently gives them a 74 percent chance of winning the title, before they’ve played their first game. That doesn’t leave much room for nail-biters.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

Letter MCCs consultations should cater for working folks

Dear Editor,I have noted many advertisements put out by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) regarding  public consultations as it pertains to the garbage situation.  While it good for the M&CC to have these consultations, I noticed that the consultations are at 10 am on the dates specified and also they are held at City Hall.  I tried to go to one of the consultations for an area next to mine (my area was not included in the consultation list by the way), however, I had a work meeting clash that I could not get away from.  This is my point. How serious can M&CC be about talking with citizens if they put the meetings at a time that most cannot attend? Why not hold meetings after work hours or on weekends? Also why not have teams or the Councillor representatives have meetings within their areas so as to ensure a proper engagement? I hope that this can be considered by the Council, especially for engagements on other issues,  particularly those that are directly community related, in the future.Kind regards, Dr Raquel Thomas-Caesar Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident to M&CC: Consult, not dictateJuly 25, 2016In “latest news”Punitive parking meter measures, clamping vehicles, issuing fines suspendedFebruary 10, 2017In “Business”Letter: Leaders have to remember they are there to serve the peopleJanuary 23, 2017In “Letters” read more

Thats not what I do Kathleen Lynch says she never threatened to

first_imgJUNIOR HEALTH MINISTER Kathleen Lynch has insisted that she never threatened to resign over cuts to mental health services.Speaking during questions to Ministers at the Department of Health this morning, the Labour TD described claims she threatened to resign as “fantasy.”“I never threatened to resign. I never would, and that’s not what I do. I have a job to do and I intend to do it,” she said in response to a call from Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher to “again threaten to resign” over cuts to mental health funding.The Sunday Business Post reported earlier this month that Lynch, the Minister of State with responsibility for mental health, was furious over proposed cuts to the mental health budget and told told Health Minister James Reilly, the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste that she “would not stand” for the proposed cuts.A spokesperson for Lynch declined to comment on claims that she threatened to resign when contacted at the time the story emerged. In the Dáil this morning, Lynch said there was a lot of opposition to the government’s Vision for Change policy which aims to advance mental health services in Ireland. “Everyone is in favour until it’s happening in their area,” Lynch said saying “all of a sudden it’s the wrong way to go and the wrong thing to be doing” is the reaction when it is implemented. She said that staffing mental health services had proved difficult in recent times as a result of a requirement for a “different skill mix” and the “different type of people” needed, saying “a whole range of other skill mixes” are needed.Kelleher said there has been an “awful lot less people” working in the area of mental health than there has been in recent years as a result of the embargo on public sector recruitment and the reduction in overall staff numbers. Lynch earlier said that €20 million in funding for mental health services next year will allow for 250 to 280 additional staff to be employed by the HSE in various mental health schemes, with recruitment commencing in the first quarter of 2014.She added that she hoped the positions would be filled by the final quarter of next year.Read: HSE Service Plan confirms €619 million in cuts across health services next yearRead: ‘No comment to make’ on reports Kathleen Lynch threatened to resignlast_img read more

Local state educators not happy about DeVos confirmation

first_imgThe news of Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as education secretary after a historic vote came just before Evergreen Education Association President Rob Lutz walked into a meeting with other teacher union leaders across the state.“It was pretty somber,” Lutz said.Local teacher union officials shared feelings ranging from disappointment to outrage Tuesday after the 51-to-50 vote confirming DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education.Vice President Mike Pence had to issue a historic tiebreaking vote for the Michigan billionaire, who has been a longtime advocate for expanding school choice. DeVos, however, has little experience with public schools.“This is a situation where this individual is unqualified to do a job,” Lutz said. “That doesn’t make sense to me.”No Democrats supported DeVos’ confirmation, and two Republican senators voted against her as well, making it the first time an education secretary has been appointed without bipartisan support.“This was raw politics, and yet another way that certain individuals, certain groups, are going to try to attack public schools,” said Rick Wilson, executive director of the Vancouver Education Association.last_img read more

Mourinho on Essien I am his white Daddy

first_imgJose Mourinho has declared himself Michael Essien’s “white daddy”  while discussing their special relationshipThe Portuguese coach signed the former Ghana international in August 2005 for a £24.4m transfer fee from Ligue 1 side Lyon in his first season in charge at Chelsea.Together the pair won the Premier League title and the Football League Cup twice and formed a special bond with Mourinho affectionally referring to Essien as his “son”, while the midfielder referred to his coach as his “daddy”.Following Mourinho’s departure in 2008 for Inter Milan, Essien struggled to get back into the starting eleven at Chelsea due to a set of ongoing injury issues that greatly hampered his final years at Stamford Bridge.The now-35-year-old was reunited with Mourinho at Real Madrid after the former Chelsea boss signed Essien on a loan deal and in his final game for Los Blancos, the Ghanan scored his second goal for the club and dedicated it to the coach.“He was not my player, he is my son – I am his white Daddy,” said the Manchester United manager, according to talkSPORT.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Tell you stories? I can tell you more than stories – feelings. That’s the feeling, he is more than a player for me.“He was probably the only one who took me to his home, to the real home. To the place, he was born, to the street where he played football as a kid.“He made me fall in love with Ghana, with Accra where he lived, because then I had a better understanding of his mentality.“I understand why as a player he was ready for everything, he was ready to die for the fellow players, for the club, for the manager, why he was ready to play like he did for me at Real Madrid with a knee that was not a knee anymore.“It was a destroyed knee but with that personality, that desire and that mentality he suffered, always he suffered, but always with a smile. Michael smiles a lot.“I loved so many of my players but I think Michael would be on the podium for sure.”last_img read more

Excoach Mohamed Elneny needs to leave Arsenal

first_imgMohamed Elneny has to leave Arsenal in the January transfer window either permanently or on loan, says his old El Mokawloon coach Hamdy NouhDespite signing a new long-term contract in March, Elneny has been restricted to just the one Premier League appearance this season.Under new manager Unai Emery, Elneny’s minutes have been drastically reduced with summer arrivals Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi instead being preferred in the Arsenal midfield.Now Nouh believes it’s essential that Elneny leaves the Emirates Stadium next month either permanently or on loan to regain his confidence.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He needs to leave Arsenal in the next transfer market, at least on loan to play more and regain his confidence,” Nouh told Goal.“He has been influenced lately by the change in coach and his new style, but I am confident that he will return better than before, because of his great potential and the competitive spirit that will help him get back in.”The majority of Elneny’s appearances for Arsenal this term have come in cup competitions with five in the Europa League and the one in the Carabao Cup.The 26-year-old midfielder has been at Arsenal since January 2016 after arriving from Swiss side FC Basel.last_img read more

TCI Daniel Carriere resigns InterHealth Canada Interim CEO Appointed

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 23, 2018 – Providenciales – InterHealth Canada TCI Ltd, the private management company for Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, is saddened to announce the departure of Chief Executive Officer Daniel Carriere who has had to resign for family reasons, effective January 31, 2018.Given these regrettable circumstances, Mr. Gaston Levac, a former Chief Executive Officer of hospital operations within Ontario Canada has been named interim CEO while the Board conducts a search for Mr. Carriere’s permanent successor.  Levac has been brought on-island to facilitate a smooth transition of duties and responsibilities with Carriere’s departure expected this month.Speaking on behalf of the InterHealth Canada Board, John Hyland said: “Daniel’s contribution to the success of the TCI Hospital and its increasing international recognition as an example of how even small hospitals in the region can and should perform, cannot be overstated.  Since joining us in September 2015, he has strengthened the administration, overseen the company’s policy of continuing improvement in performance in all departments, continued the programme of promoting Belongers to positions of greater responsibility within the Hospital, encouraged the attendance of staff at Seminars and other Continuing Education courses, played a leading role in the preparation of plans for the strategic development of the Hospital over the coming years.  Importantly and perhaps for him most memorably, through his leadership by example and with the support of his Senior Management Team, he was able to ensure the continued operation of the Hospital through Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the implementation of the necessary recovery programme.  He leaves with our hopes and very best wishes for the future.”Daniel Carriere said: “It has been an enormous privilege to have led the organization over the past two plus years.  I have immensely enjoyed my experience in this beautiful country with such talented hospital personnel.  I have met such great people both inside and outside the hospital and have experienced so many new and exciting challenges that have enriched my personal and professional life.  I have benefitted from the wisdom obtained from professional colleagues and historical guidance from IHC Board members, many of whom are legacy participants in the original development of the two hospitals in Providenciales and Grand Turk; they remain committed to the hospital and the country of TCI.”Mr. Carriere is a veteran in the health care industry having joined InterHealth Canada as Chief Executive Officer in September 2015. Carriere had previously held several senior administrative positions in Ontario’s health care sector and is recognized for his accomplishments in advancing services and quality of care.Mr. Gaston Levac formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of various health care entities such as the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, Laurentian Hospital and West Nipissing General Hospital in Canada.As a former Surveyor of the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, Levac boasts over 20 years of experience in numerous surveys in Canadian and international health care organizations, including health services offered in various military bases and hospitals in the Caribbean.  Gaston is expected to greatly benefit the organization in preparation for its re-accreditation survey slated for June 2018.Commenting on the appointment, Levac said: “I am excited to have been chosen by the IHC-TCI Board of Directors as the interim CEO of the hospital in TCI.  I have been to TCI on many occasions in the past, so I know that I will enjoy my involvement here.  I am totally committed to working hard with all stakeholders to help continue efforts to provide excellent hospital care to the citizens of TCI and ensure that the company steers a steady course whilst the Board undertakes Daniel Carriere’s succession process.”Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital consists of two state-of-the-art secondary healthcare facilities on the islands of Grand Turk and Providenciales.  The public facility, managed by InterHealth Canada (TCI) Ltd, is one of few Diamond accredited health care providers in the Caribbean region.As recognized pioneers in health care Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), InterHealth Canada is a world leader in healthcare operations and management with diverse activities in planning, management and consulting.  Established by an initiative from two Provincial Canadian Governments, InterHealth Canada was created to export Canada’s intellectual expertise in healthcare to an expanding international market. Press Release: interHealthCanadacenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Applebees offering 1 margaritas throughout October

first_img(WSVN) – Applebees is now offering $1 margaritas for the month of October to celebrate Applebee’s Neighborhood Appreciation Month.Known as the Dollarita, these drinks are available at all participating restaurants from open to close.“We focus on our food a lot, but ‘bar’ is in our name, and it is an integral part of what makes Applebee’s a great neighborhood destination,” said Patrick Kirk, vice president of beverage innovation at Applebee’s. “Our $1 margaritas in October give us a chance to show our guests a little love, giving them a totally unbeatable offer as a gesture of our sincere appreciation for their patronage.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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