first_imgThe student senate voted to postpone the student government presidential runoff election until Feb. 23 and suspend campaigning until Feb. 19 during a meeting Thursday night.Under normal circumstances, a runoff election would take place the Monday following the original election, per the Student Union Constitution. However, out of respect for those mourning the death of Sister Mary McNamara, the Breen-Phillips Hall rector who died Wednesday due to complications following a stroke, the candidates agreed to suspend campaigning and postpone the election.“In light of Sister Mary’s passing, we didn’t think it was appropriate to continue on with the election,” student body vice president Sibonay Shewit said. “And seeing that [Junior Parents Weekend] is not this weekend but the weekend after, and our candidates are all juniors, it seems to make the most sense to suspend campaigning from now through JPW.”Tags: Senate, student body president electionslast_img read more

first_imgNational’s Mark Mitchell accuses Justice Minister of trivialising 3-strikes ‘bottom-pinching’ caseNZ Herald 14 June 2018Family First Comment: “Little referred to the conviction of the first “three-strikes” offender Raven Casey Campbell for indecent assault in 2016 for “pinching the bottom of a prison officer”. National MP Mark Mitchell said the case in question was more serious than Little described it and he belittled the victim, who had to take stress leave as a result. The prison officer had said in her victim impact statement that she felt angry, frustrated and totally degraded and had since felt vulnerable and uneasy at work. The judge’s sentencing notes stated Campbell had “grabbed her right buttock, squeezed it quite hard and held on for 1 to 2 seconds.” He had then refused to leave and had followed the guard to a gate and asked to talk to her. “It beggars belief that the Justice Minister could so callously dismiss this as non-violent. “He even attempted to minimise the offence by describing it as ‘pinching’ and suggested that it shouldn’t have even been categorised as an indecent assault.”National MP Mark Mitchell has accused Justice Minister Andrew Little of “trivialising” an indecent assault in which a prisoner grabbed the bottom of a female prison officer.The case was raised by Little in Parliament on Thursday when Mitchell, National’s justice spokesman, was questioning him about the numbers in prison who were “low-level criminals.”Mitchell had asked for an example of a “non-violent” assault after Little said more than 50 per cent of those who entered the prison system each year were convicted of crimes that did not involve violence.Little referred to the conviction of the first “three-strikes” offender Raven Casey Campbell for indecent assault in 2016 for “pinching the bottom of a prison officer”.He said that left Campbell facing the maximum seven-year prison sentence without parole because it was the Campbell’s third conviction on a serious charge following convictions for robbery and aggravated robbery.“The judge said he was not going to sentence anybody to seven years for pinching somebody’s bottom.”Afterward Mitchell said the case in question was more serious than Little described it and he belittled the victim, who had to take stress leave as a result. The prison officer had said in her victim impact statement that she felt angry, frustrated and totally degraded and had since felt vulnerable and uneasy at work.The judge’s sentencing notes stated Campbell had “grabbed her right buttock, squeezed it quite hard and held on for 1 to 2 seconds.” He had then refused to leave and had followed the guard to a gate and asked to talk to her.“It beggars belief that the Justice Minister could so callously dismiss this as non-violent.“He even attempted to minimise the offence by describing it as ‘pinching’ and suggested that it shouldn’t have even been categorised as an indecent assault.”READ MORE: read more

first_imgThe 2019 Major League Soccer season arrives this weekend, with Toronto FC traveling to Pennsylvania to take on the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium.Perhaps you didn’t see this coming. Since its initial season nearly a quarter-century ago, MLS has had two persistent problems: when to start the season and how to end it. The continued growth of the league has pushed the season opener earlier and earlier, and  now we have action the first weekend in March.MORE: Nani joins Orlando CityIt is a busy time in American sports, with NCAA basketball, the NHL and NBA all approaching the most intense junctures of their regular seasons and baseball’s spring training in full operation. But the American soccer season has to start sometime, and a full slate of MLS games this weekend offers the promise of warmer weather soon to come.With Atlanta United attempting to declare in its third season it has become not only the league’s reigning champion but also its dominant team, and with so many interesting new players arriving and a redesigned competition in place for 2019, there are plenty of questions to ask about how the next 8 1/2 months will develop in MLS.1. Is this new playoff format the one that finally will work?The season-ending playoffs have been a challenge for Major League Soccer since it began play in 1996. The league has gone through several format changes, none of which was truly ideal. In recent years, teams in the conference semifinals and finals have played two-leg, total-goals series that have provided essentially no real advantage for the team that finished higher in the regular-season standings.So the league has come up with a new one. Seven teams from each 12-team conference will make the playoffs. The No. 1 seed in each conference will earn a bye to the conference semifinal round. The other teams will be matched according to seed — 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5 — in single-elimination games. The higher seed will be the host for all playoff games. Teams will not be reseeded to accommodate an upset; the original tournament bracket will stand throughout.The season also will end earlier, with MLS Cup arriving on Sunday, Nov. 10, which does not assure ideal soccer weather if the game winds up in a Northern city. But it’s a better bet than it was when the game came a month later.2. Was FDB the right hire for ATL?Atlanta United unquestionably made the correct coaching hire when it joined MLS as an expansion team in 2017. Tata Martino introduced an attractive style of soccer, aided in the construction of a dynamic roster that included Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez and led the club to an MLS Cup title in its second season. Tata then chose to accept the head coaching position with the Mexico national team, which left Atlanta searching for someone to replace him.The choice: Frank De Boer, who managed Ajax in the Netherlands from 2010-16 and won the Eredivisie four consecutive times, the only club to accomplish that in its history. That sounds promising. After things wilted, though, he resigned and took a job at Inter Milan. He was fired in less than three months, having coached 14 games. His next job was in England’s Premier League, at Crystal Palace. He stuck around only five games, four of them in the league, all of which were losses and none of which included a Palace goal.When Atlanta United began its competitive season being shredded on the road 3-1 in the CONCACAF Champions League by Herediano of Costa Rica it was hard not to wonder if Atlanta had been searching more for the name than the game in choosing De Boer.3. Can Toronto FC rediscover its swagger?In early January 2014, Toronto FC signed Michael Bradley as a transfer from AS Roma and the era of TFC ambition began. A year later came Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, and by 2016 the club was in the MLS Cup final. It claimed the title in 2017 and then began 2018 by coming closer than any MLS team ever to winning the CONCACAF Champions League, falling on penalties to Chivas Guadalajara.Then it all fell apart. Injuries limited playmaking midfielder Victor Vasquez to 21 games, Altidore to 13 and defender Drew Moor to eight. TFC allowed 64 goals, second-worst in the Eastern Conference, and finished 14 points out of a playoff spot.MORE: Giovinco questions TFC’s commitment, claims club forced him out Since then, TFC allowed Giovinco to depart along with Vasquez apparently because it didn’t want to offer big contracts to either player. In its 2019 CCL debut, the club was smacked 4-0 by CA Independiente of Panama. It was a shocking result, but only because 2018 was viewed to be an exception to the club’s recent history.The trick is to assure it’s not the new normal, and to do it without two players who ranked with the league’s best.4. What will the league do about the LA Galaxy’s DP overflow?Since 2010, MLS teams have been permitted to have three “designated players”; only a fraction of the salaries of such players count against their team’s cap. This has allowed such teams as TFC and Atlanta United to flourish and attract high-level talents to the league.But you can’t have four, and with the season opener Saturday at home against Chicago approaching, the LA Galaxy have forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and midfielders Jonathan Dos Santos, Gio Dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini.Doesn’t somebody have to go? Or at least have a contract restructured somehow? League rules make that a challenge, so it’s unclear what the Galaxy will do. If anything. GM Dennis te Kloese told the Los Angeles Times all four players will remain with the team. That’s about all that’s clear.The Galaxy sold forward Ola Kamara to a club in China. He scored 48 goals in 90 regular-season games with the Galaxy and Columbus, including 14 in 30 games in his first (and only) season in LA. But that doesn’t really address the issue, and there still hasn’t been any real direction given about how that will be handled.5. What does outflow of great young talent mean for the league?It seems a little like more good young players left MLS than in any recent offseason, but it could be more so that it was about better young players departing.Almiron not only was by far the most expensive player ever sold by Major League Soccer, at $31 million, he also broke the transfer record for Newcastle of the Premier League. Canadian teenager Alfonso Davies went for $13 million, but he also went to one of the most powerful clubs in the world, Bayern Munich.New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams went for only $3.5 million, but to a club in Germany’s Bundesliga, RB Leipzig, where he was expected to make an immediate impact. And he has.All this does seem to indicate a willingness on the part of Major League Soccer to occasionally sell its most promising talents to bigger leagues. That could be viewed as a negative, particularly by American audiences accustomed to seeing their leagues (MLB, NBA, NHL) as destinations for the best players. But it also could encourage top young talents from here or abroad to consider the league as a place to develop.6. What does the inflow of promising talent mean?The Almiron success story has opened doors for prospecting MLS teams, particularly in the Americas, and specifically for Atlanta United. Midfielder Pity Martinez arrived for $17 million from River Plate in Argentina, which he led to the 2018 Copa Libertadores. He was considered one of the best South American-based players and is expected to play a role similar to Almiron.We also have seen high-priced transfers from Romania (midfielder Alexandru Mitrita, NYCFC, $10.4 million), Mexico (forward Raul Ruidiaz, Seattle Sounders, $8.25 million), Portugal (Andre Horta, LAFC, $7.4 million) and Spain (Bryan Acosta, FC Dallas, $3.65 million).The MLS salary and roster rules can be a labyrinth, but it’s clear the talent level in the league continues to rise.7. Is this the year Red Bulls break through?It is a perpetual question for this club. Whether you called them the New York/New Jersey MetroStars or the Red Bulls following their sale more than a decade ago or even RBNY, they have not been able to claim the MLS Cup championship. Oddly, the closest they came was by traveling far away, during the years when teams at the bottom of playoff qualification sometimes shifted conferences. The 2008 Red Bulls wound up winning the Western Conference by upsetting Real Salt Lake on the road and then lost in the MLS Cup final to the Columbus Crew.Since then, they’ve finished first in the Eastern Conference five times and won three Supporters’ Shields (best regular-season record) and never once made it to the MLS Cup final. There are times when this kind of streak becomes almost like another opponent for a team, a mental obstacle the players struggle to overcome. This even can be true when the players involved had no part in constructing that particular history.But, as the Boston Red Sox showed 15 years ago or the Washington Capitals showed last spring, such a “curse” can be broken.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Brownlee orchestrated Ginebra’s late first quarter pullaway, turning a close 18-16 affair with 4:16 remaining to a commanding 29-18 advantage with a killer 11-2 tear to end the opening period.That scintillating offensive display, coupled with Meralco’s offensive struggles, propelled the Gin Kings as they enjoyed a 17-point lead, 40-23 midway in the second quarter after another Brownlee layup.Cone didn’t put too much praise on the way Ginebra defended in the game, saying the result was also decided with Meralco’s paltry shooting from rainbow country.“We hit our shots and they were 2-of-17 from the three-point line in the first half. They’re the number one three-point shooting team and it was an unusual night for them. Let’s give credit to our defense, but they really missed a lot of three-pointers. They’re unfamiliar with the court and the rings and whatever plays into that, but on the other end, we did hit our shots,” he said.The Bolts, though, eventually found their rhythm in the third quarter, unfurling 38 points in the frame to cut the deficit to its lowest at four, 75-71, on a Mike Tolomia four-point play with 4.9 seconds left in the period.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Frustrated Knights focused on own bid amid 3-way tie for no. 4 Read Next But Ginebra was quick to recover as Slaughter squeaked in another dunk late in the period to swing the momentum back in Ginebra’s favor as the crowd favorites rekindled their shooting to established a 21-point lead, 96-75, on a booming Brownlee three with 5:05 left to play.Allen Durham struggled for Meralco as he went 10-of-22 from the field to wound up with 27 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals, while Baser Amer got 14 markers and five boards in the loss.The Scores:GINEBRA 102 – Brownlee 32, Aguilar 15, Slaughter 14, Ferrer 11, Tenorio 10, Devance 9, Mercado 7, Caguioa 2, Thompson 2, Helterbrand 0, Taha 0.MERALCO 87 – Durham 27, Amer 14, Tolomia 10, De Ocampo 8, Hodge 8, Dillinger 6, Lanete 6, Newsome 6, Hugnatan 0, Caram 0.Quarters: 29-18, 49-35, 77-71, 102-87. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Game 2 of the best-of-7 championship duel is on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Brownlee was all over the floor for Ginebra, going for 32 points on an ultra-efficient 13-of-20 sniping from the field, to go with his 19 rebounds and six assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAguilar added 15 markers, four boards, and three blocks, while Greg Slaughter came off the bench and was once again a huge boost for the Gin Kings, scattering 14 points, eight rebounds, and two rejections.“We played really well tonight. I thought we controlled the game from pretty much start to finish but you take everything after Game 1 with a real grain of salt. This is not representative of anything as the series goes along,” said coach Tim Cone. “Last time we played Meralco last year, they won Game 1. That’s a cautionary tale for us. We just want to make sure not to make too big of a deal of Game 1 and move forward to Game 2.” View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESLUCENA — Clicking on both ends of the floor, Ginebra gained a head start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals with a 102-87 beatdown of Meralco on Friday to take Game 1 at Quezon Convention Center here.The Gin Kings exploited their advantage in the frontcourt and pounded the ball in the paint as Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar had their way to help the defending champions establish an early lead they will never surrender.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd manager Solskjaer: Wins cause for optimismby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that winning is keeping everyone happy at the club.Solskjaer has started with two wins out of two games, away to Cardiff and at home against Huddersfield.Now they face another home test against an impressive Bournemouth side on Sunday.When asked about the mood in the camp, United’s interim boss said in his press conference:”Whenever you win games, everyone’s happy so let’s keep that run going, we’ve got a performance against Bournemouth.”These two games have been fantastic, my first game and first game at Old Trafford, that’s new and keep that momentum going against Bournemouth and when you lose a game you won’t see many smiles about.” last_img read more

first_imgRick Neuheisel performing at a South Carolina bar.Rick Neuheisel SingingIn addition to being a former head coach and current college football analyst, it appears Rick Neuheisel is also a performer in his spare time. The 54-year-old Neuheisel took his show on the road to Wild Wings Cafe in Columbia, S.C. this evening, where he’s performing on-stage in a South Carolina hat under the watchful eye of Steve Spurrier and a host of other bar patrons.The HBC looks like he’s having a good time. Neuheisel also broke out the tune “Born in the SEC,” which he has previously sang on the Dan Patrick— Steve Spurrier Jr (@coachspurrierjr) August 8, 2015What do you all think of Neuheisel’s vocal prowess?last_img read more

first_imgSEC Divisions team logos.If the SEC decides to realign its divisions for football, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn would be fine with the Tigers moving to the SEC East. The 50-year-old coach told ESPN’s Chris Low, “I think there will be discussion on that.”The SEC is currently split into two seven-team divisions, with Auburn being in the SEC West, along with in-state rival Alabama. If the SEC shuffles things, @CoachGusMalzahn wouldn’t be opposed to Auburn moving to the East. “I think there will be discussion on that.”— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) April 13, 2016The SEC has already set its conference games through 2025, so realignment before then seems fairly unlikely. A move to the other side of the conference would certainly not end the Alabama-Auburn yearly Iron Bowl game, but it probably would end the yearly Alabama-Tennessee game. Unless the SEC changes its rules with a realignment, there would be only one set cross-divisional opponent for each team. And the Tigers’ opponent would surely be the Crimson Tide. Which team from the SEC East should move to the SEC West if the Tigers do, in fact, switch sides?last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Having already acknowledged that it did opposition research on George Soros, Facebook says No. 2 executive Sheryl Sandberg had asked staff if the billionaire philanthropist had financial motivations against the company.Friday’s statement is in response a New York Times article that describes Sandberg asking Facebook staff to look into Soros’ financial interests in speaking out against the company in January. Facebook said the company was already researching Soros when Sandberg sent an email asking if Soros had shorted Facebook stock. Shorting a stock is essentially taking a bet it will decline.Soros’s Open Society Foundations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.In a Thanksgiving eve post, outgoing executive Elliot Schrage took the blame for hiring the public relations firm doing opposition research on critics.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img“If we don’t act, somebody will go to court and the courts will certainly find the minister has a requirement to go to cabinet.”Another finding released earlier this week said the provinces are failing to adequately protect critical habitat for woodland caribou as well. It concluded the provinces don’t require their regulatory bodies to follow federal environmental legislation.Friday’s release acknowledges Alberta and B.C. are taking some steps to help the herds, but concludes they aren’t doing enough.“Such measures are not currently complemented by the significant habitat protection or restoration measures necessary to improve the likelihood of recovery in the long term.” Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said she knew the finding was coming.“We are in a situation where the courts are beginning to lose their patience with the federal government,” she said. “That is why Alberta must demonstrate progress.”Phillips was just back from leading an industry-heavy delegation to Ottawa to discuss restoring caribou habitat. The federal government promised financial help for a socio-economic study and emergency management actions such as caribou maternity pens and wolf culls.She acknowledged that decades of logging and drilling have left some caribou ranges unlikely to be able to support healthy herds for decades to come. But other herds are in better shape.“It is not true that all is lost,” she said.Caribou habitat has been so damaged by decades of industry presence that wildlife managers must resort to extreme measures while they rehabilitate thousands of square kilometres of seismic lines, cut blocks, well pads and resource roads.Meanwhile, local communities have come to rely on current levels of industry to sustain them.Phillips blames the situation on decades of inaction by previous Alberta governments.“We went through about 25 years of the previous government doing precisely nothing, sweet tweet, on this file.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) EDMONTON, A.B. –  The federal government is one step away from moving in to protect dwindling caribou herds in Alberta and British Columbia after finding them under imminent threat.The finding, released by Environment Canada on Friday covers 10 herds in the Southern Mountain population. They are all smaller than 100 animals and continue to decline. Seven are in British Columbia and the rest are all or partly in Alberta.“Immediate intervention is required to allow for eventual recovery,” says a department document.center_img The finding obliges the environment minister to ask cabinet to issue an emergency protection order under the Species At Risk Act if the two provinces don’t do enough to remove threats to the herds’ recovery.Emergency protection orders allow Ottawa to control activity on critical habitat that is normally governed by the provinces. That would include energy development, forestry and agriculture.The federal government has used the power twice before for the western chorus frog and the sage grouse. The protection order for the grouse affected the drilling plans of several Alberta energy companies.The ministry’s analysis was being done as court actions from conservation groups sought to push Environment Minister Catherine McKenna into enforcing provisions of the law, said her parliamentary secretary Jonathan Wilkinson.“In the short term, what it means is that we need to go and have conversations with the governments of British Columbia and Alberta and relevant stakeholders to discuss how we actually move forward,” he said. “There is a high degree of urgency.”There is, at most, a few months to do the work, said Wilkinson.last_img read more

first_imgBoth Dreyer and McLeod feel proud to be taking part in this tour and to help raise funds for such a good cause, such as cancer research.Up next, on Wednesday, the Tour will be moving on to Hudson’s Hope and Chetwynd.Tour de North wraps up on September 23 in Williams Lake. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Cops for Cancer Tour de North kicked off Tuesday in Dawson Creek and ended Day One with a stop in Fort St. John.This year, local RCMP Constable Christiaan Dreyer and local Community Rider, with B.C. Hydro, Sharon McLeod has joined the Cops for Cancer Tour de North.The Tour is passing through communities in the Peace Region to ride an 850 km route from Dawson Creek to Williams Lake and aims to complete a fundraising goal of $310,000 for childhood cancer research and support services at the Canadian Cancer Society.last_img read more