St Catherine High school coach, Lennox Lindo, says winning the ISSA Southern Conference Under-16 high school basketball title proves that with a proper programme and the right application, schools can still win trophies by developing their own talent.In recent times, recruiting and transfers have become a major part of the local high-school sports landscape, but Lindo, who led St Catherine’s junior team to a 2-1 series win over St George’s College at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Friday, says development can still lead to titles.”I am really proud of these guys because they have been developing for quite a while. Most of them have been together for three, four years, so it’s good to know that development can still win championships,” he said.”They have come up gradually through the stages, so that is what I am really proud of. They came up through Under-14 together; last year they lost in the Under-16 semi-finals; and now, this year the hard work had paid off,” he told The Gleaner.In Friday’s 59-57 game-three win, Daniel Jones scored 21 points for St Catherine, while Swayveon Henry had 14 points and eight rebounds. Akeem Ellis top-scored for St George’s with 12 points and 10 rebounds.BEATING THE FAVOURITES”St George’s were the favourites as they were unbeaten up to the final. We played them in the zone at their school, and they beat us by ten points, so I knew we could compete against them. After (losing) game two, we changed our tactics,” he added.Meanwhile, the Under-19 final will go to a decisive game three after defending champions Calabar levelled the series 1-1 following a 57-52 win over Camperdown.Shamar Shand, with a game-high 18 points, and Maliek McCarthy, with 13 points and 12 rebounds, were Calabar’s leading players. Kemar Hurd top-scored for Camperdown with 13 points.Game three will be played tomorrow.read more
Arsenal defender Mustafi: I’ve become an irrational targetby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Shkrodan Mustafi admits he’d be open to moving to the Bundesliga.Mustafi planned to leave Arsenal in the summer, partly because of massive criticism from supporters. “I can deal with tough criticism as well. But the criticism has become escalated and irrational. I’ve become a target,” he told Der Spiegel. “At some point people blamed me for a defeat I did not even play.”The centre-back was therefore thinking about leaving the Gunners this summer. “But there was no option that would have satisfied all sides. If I change somewhere where it does not really fit, the situation could not improve much. So I stayed.”For the future, I’m open – even for the Bundesliga.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your sayread more
Dennis Ward APTN Face To FaceShe may be the only Cree, opera singer in the world. Rhonda Head grew up in Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba but the Mezzo Soprano didn’t discover her voice until she was 18 years old.Head has battled back from brain tumours to play on some of the world’s biggest stages including Carnegie Hall in New York City. She joins Face to Face to tell her story.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The audience for the second week of ABC’s “Roseanne” reboot was down, but not by much. The Nielsen company said that 15.2 million people watched the show on Tuesday night.That’s off 16 per cent from the 18.2 million who watched the show’s premiere last Tuesday. With delayed viewing, that first show has already been seen by more than 25 million people.It has to be heartening to ABC that so many people who sampled the sitcom stuck with it. The audience is roughly triple what ABC drew for “The Middle” when it aired in the same time slot a year ago.President Donald Trump has taken some credit for its popularity because Roseanne Barr’s character supports him in the show.
OTTAWA, O.N. — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is accusing the Liberal government of rigging its review process in favour of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.And if he’s wrong, Singh wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to release any and all documentation to prove otherwise.Singh and NDP energy critic Guy Caron have written to Trudeau about media reports that suggest the government had decided to go ahead with Trans Mountain long before the evaluation process was complete. In their letter, released today, they say the approval was based purely on a political calculation, rather than on whether or not the project would be in the national interest.Kinder Morgan declared earlier this month it was halting all non-essential spending on the controversial expansion, which has been beset by protests and is at the centre of a fierce dispute between the governments of B.C. and Alberta.The expansion – which B.C. is blocking – would twin an existing pipeline from Alberta’s oilsands to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., where diluted bitumen would be loaded onto oil tankers for export.“These revelations throw into question the legitimacy of the government’s entire review as they point to an approval based on political interests,” the letter reads. “To address these serious concerns, we urge you to release all relevant documentation associated with the review process, including those subject to cabinet confidentiality.”read more
Lucknow: With the Election Commission Sunday announcing the Lok Sabha poll schedule, the ball was set rolling in Uttar Pradesh where the stakes of the ruling BJP is high as the state sends the highest number of 80 MPs to the lower house of Parliament.With a major part of the gruelling exercise falling in the hot summer months of April and May, the fierce battle of ballots in all likelihood will scorch the electoral arena across the state. The keenly watched contest will test the popularity of the fledging opposition alliance of once bitter rivals Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, who have joined hands to take on the BJP, which had scooped a massive 73 seats in the 2014 election along with its ally, the Apna Dal. The state will have seven-phase polling on April 11, 18, 23 and 29 and May 6, 12 and 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23. With the announcement of the poll schedule, the Model Code of Conduct came into force with immediate effect Sunday. Interestingly, hours ahead of the Model Code coming into effect, the Uttar Pradesh government hurriedly announced the names of top office bearers of certain commissions, councils and corporations by nominating people owing allegiance to the ruling BJP or its ally Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP). A UP government spokesperson said names of 72 people have been announced for various posts in 22 commissions, councils and corporations in the state. A notable appointment was of Arvind Rajbhar, who has been made the chairman of UP Small Industries Corporation Ltd, apparently to soothe the ruffled feathers of his father and UP Cabinet minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, whose SBSP has often embarrassed the ruling BJP despite being an ally of the NDA. Another office bearer of SBSP Rana Ajit Pratap Singh has been made the chairman of UP Beej Vikas Nigam (UP Seeds Development Corporation). In a similar fast-paced development, the UP Raj Bhawan gave its nod to a hurriedly brought ordinance on UP revenue code pertaining to lease of agricultural land and succession of land owners. Realising that the route to power at the Centre is through Uttar Pradesh, political parties have been wooing voters even before the dates were announced, with the BJP trying to retain its grand performance in 2014 Lok Sabha and 2017 assembly polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the 71 BJP lawmakers who won in UP. The Samajwadi party won five, the Congress two and Mayawati’s BSP failed to open account. The BJP followed up its Lok Sabha feat by ousting the Samajwadi Party in the state election in 2017. But, this time, the BJP faces a resurgent opposition that has scripted back-to-back victories in last year’s Lok Sabha and assembly bypolls. Two of those wins were particularly sweet for the opposition the BJP lost Gorakhpur, the base of its star campaigner Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and Phulpur, held by his deputy Keshav Maurya. Political observers will like to keenly watch how the alliance of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party performs. The Congress too is into the fray more seriously this time with the grand old party for decades an also-ran in UP announcing the debut of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as its campaign in-charge for the eastern parts of the state, along with Jyotiraditya Scindia in the western belt. Priyanka Gandhi, sister of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, has so far confined herself to Amethi and Rae Bareli, the constituencies of her brother and her mother Sonia Gandhi, respectively. The Congress is banking on Priyanka Gandhi’s charisma and connect and her striking resemblance to her grandmother Indira Gandhi to improve its score in Uttar Pradesh. It managed to retain only the Gandhis’ seats in 2014 and anything more than that will be an improvement. Confronting an aggressive opposition, the BJP has pulled up its socks with party president Amit Shah claiming that the party will win at least 74 this time one more than last time. Over the past few months, Prime Minister Modi has focused on UP and his constituency Varanasi.read more
NEW DELHI: Hitting out at Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri for his “anti-Delhi” policies, the Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday said a person who has nothing worthwhile to show in his performance as a minister is now venturinginto the arena of electoral political analysis. Challenging Puri for an open debate, the AAP said it we will expose the “real face” of BJP and the Union Minister as well as question his anti-Delhi policies in the next seven days. The comments by the AAP comes a day after Puri reportedly slammed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for becoming ‘desperate’ for an alliance. AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said Puri need not worry about the Aam Aadmi Party, but rather tell the people of Delhi about his “anti-Delhi approach”. “For next seven days, we will expose the real face of BJP and Mr Puri and question his anti-Delhi policies. We challenge him for a open debate. New political wisdom has dawned on BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh Hardeep Singh Puri, who was made a minister of state in the Narendra Modi government, 18 months back. Puri, who has nothing worthwhile to show in his performance as a minister, is now venturing into the new arena of electoral political analysis,” Bharadwaj said in a statement. He said it is beyond “any reasonable understanding in which capacity Puri is giving his expert comments on the political situation of Delhi, and why is he so worried about the AAP?” The AAP also asked Puri why did the BJP central government’s nominees on the Delhi Metro Board support the “unjustified” Metro fare hike? “What were the instructions of your ministry to the central government nominees on the Metro Board about the Metro fare hike? Why has the Narendra Modi government stalled approval to three routes of Delhi Metro Phase-IV?” he said.read more
Panaji: The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), support of whose three MLAs is crucial for the stability of BJP-led dispensation in Goa, Tuesday said a “conspiracy” was being hatched by “our rivals” that might force it to move out and align with the Congress to form a new government. The party has three MLAs in the 40-Member Goa Assembly and its senior leader and Marcaim legislator Sudin Dhavalikar is the deputy chief minister in the Pramod Sawant government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMGP president Dipak Dhavalikar alleged one of his party’s officer-bearers was “made to issue a letter” to the governor and speaker declaring authority over entire legislative affairs of the outfit. Dhavalikar said the MGP Central Committee would meet Wednesday to chalk out its future course of action, which, he claimed, can decide the fate of the state government. “There is a larger conspiracy under which one of our senior officer bearers, general secretary Lavoo Mamlatdar, was made to issue a letter to the governor and speaker, in which he stated that he was taking over the entire authority on legislative affairs of the party,” Dhavalikar said. He said his party was the state’s oldest regional outfit but some sections were opposed to its growth. Mamlatdar had last week written a letter to the governor and Assembly speaker stating he was the sole authority in the MGP to communicate party decisions to them. Following the letter, the MGP had expelled Mamlatdar.read more
New Delhi: In a bid to improve the Congress’ position in south India, party president Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala besides his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Veteran Congress leader from Kerala and former Defence Minister A K Antony made this announcement at a press conference here Sunday, saying Gandhi had consented to fighting from Wayanad following requests from the party’s state unit. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The decision is seen as an attempt by the Congress to consolidate its electoral base in south India, especially Kerala which has 20 Lok Sabha seats. Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha seats and Karnataka has 28. “This is a message to the southern states that they are deeply valued and respected. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said he will represent Amethi but will also represent southern states as they are an important part of India’s way of life, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He said Gandhi has said Amethi is his ‘karmabhoomi’ and he will never leave it. The announcement evoked sharp reactions from both the Left and the Right of the political spectrum. Reacting to the development, CPI(M) Politbureau member Prakash Karat said that the decision of the Congress to field Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad shows that the party wants to take on the Left in Kerala. “Their priority now is to fight against the Left in Kerala. It goes against Congress’ national commitment to fight BJP, as in Kerala it’s LDF which is the main force fighting BJP there,” he told reporters. The CPI(M) ex-General Secretary said his party will work to ensure the defeat of Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad. BJP chief Amit Shah also took a sharp dig at Gandhi contesting from two seats at a rally in Uttar Pradesh. “Congress’ votebank politics has worked on playing with the security of the country. It is the result of this that Rahul Gandhi has left Amethi and run away to Kerala because he knows that voters will seek account from him in Amethi this time,” Shah said. Earlier, Surjewala said the state units of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had requested him to contest from south India at a time when there is attack on the language and culture from the Modi government, he said. “This is a fight to espouse the aspirations of south India. This is a fight to give a befitting reply to those forces that attack cultures, languages, way of life and also the deep connect between north and south India between which BJP has created a division,” he said. On BJP’s criticism that Gandhi’s is “not very strong” in Amethi, Surjewala said: “Why doesn’t BJP answer why Moddi ji left Gujarat and went to Varanasi. Does that mean that his condition was bad in Gujarat. Instead of discussing these type of immature things, they should discuss key political issues. Why is BJP so scared.” In a swipe at Union minister Smriti Irani who is contesting against Gandhi in Amethi, he said, “Pehle Delhi mein Chandni Chowk ne haraya, phir Amethi ne bhagaya. Jis mantri mahoyadaya ki charcha kar rahe hain, jinko ticket di hai, ab haar ki hattrick ka mahaul bana hai (First lost from Chandni Chowk, then Amethi. And now, the minister in question has created an atmosphere of a hat-trick of defeats)”. Surjewala said the people of Amethi trust the fact that they are protected with Rahul Gandhi being there. “The BJP has the task of conspiracy while we have the task of construction,” he said. He said Wayanad has a unique geographical feature as it links all the three states of Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiri, Karnataka’s Mysore and has the geographical and cultural representation of the three states. “That is why party decided that Gandhi will, in a way, represent the three states and strengthen the unity between north and south India. Senior Congress leader Antony said Wayanad is situated in Kerala, but also surrounded by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. “In a way it’ll satisfy the requests of three southern states,” he said. There were many requests from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the former defence minister said, adding that one of the major reasons for consideration was that it is a trijunction of the three southern states. “Amethi and Rahul do not have a political relationship. Amethi ke mann mein Rahul baste hain. It is a family relationship and cannot be broken by BJP’s politics,” Surjewala said. He said when the Congress government will be formed with the blessings of 130 crore Indians, Rahul Gandhi will represent every corner of the country in a bigger way. “We will discuss about the future slowly,” he said in reply to a question on whether Gandhi will retain Amethi or Wayanad seat if he wins both. “Don’t question Amethi’s intelligence. Amethi has chosen Rajiv ji, Sonia ji and Rahul ji in difficult circumstances. They trust the fact that this country’s management and Amethi is secure in the hands of Rahul Gandhi. Nobody can break the bond between Amethi and Rahul and least of all BJP,” he said. Congress had won eight Lok Sabha seats in Kerala in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, besides two by its ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and one by Kerala Congress (Mani) and one by Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP). The party is hoping to further consolidate its position this time in the state. Wayanad district is in the north eastern part of Kerala and houses various tribal groups of the state. The area was badly affected due to last year’s floods.read more
San Francisco: Google Assistant is finally coming to G Suite, starting with the Calendar app in beta within Googles enterprise platform. In a blog post, which coincided with the announcement at the company’s Cloud Next conference in San Francisco, the tech giant outlined how the integration will work. “Users with G Suite accounts can start testing with Assistant starting today,” said the company. “G Suite is integrating with Google Assistant, specifically with Calendar,” said David Thacker, Vice President of Product Management, G Suite. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Now when you sign in and switch to your G Suite account, you can use your Assistant to help you prepare for the work day,” he said. Assistant integration for the G Suite Calendar app applies for both mobile as well as desktop users. Since the integration is just an enterprise feature, it would not work on Assistant-compatible device synced to an individual’s personal account. In addition, the company is also bringing other improvements including third-party connectivity in Cloud Search, updates to Hangouts Meet to help businesses stay connected and “connected sheets” feature to let workers collaborate on up to 10 billion rows of data right from within Sheets, the post noted.read more