In fight over GOP, state parties stand as firewall for Trump

Posted On Feb 8 2021 by

first_imgAs former President Donald Trump faces an impeachment trial on a charge of inciting insurrection, state and county Republican Party committees have rushed to Trump’s defense. That’s highlighting the former president’s firm control of the GOP machinery. In swing states and GOP bastions, state and local Republican committees are stocked with Trump supporters who remain loyal. Trump critics have been pushed out or marginalized. Party committees from Washington state to South Carolina have moved to punish many of the 10 House Republicans who supported Trump’s impeachment for egging on the deadly Jan. 6 raid of the U.S. Capitol.last_img read more


Selective Democracy

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgWhy do Referendums count only when they say they should?last_img


San Jose Sharks: SAP center’s great new food menu (chomp!)

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgWe don’t know what will fuel the San Jose Sharks as their quest for the 2019 Stanley Cup begins, but we know the fans in the stands will sure be eating well.Chomp takes on new meaning this season as SAP Center and its culinary partner, Aramark, unveil a new lineup of food choices. Those include booths from such popular local restaurants as Konjoe Burger Bar, Scott’s Seafood, Nick the Greek, Organic Coup and CREAM as well as the National Hockey League’s first Nachos in a Hockey Helmet (coming …last_img read more


10 months ago​Ex-Watford striker Ighalo wants Prem return

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_img​Ex-Watford striker Ighalo wants Prem returnby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Watford star Odion Ighalo wants to come back to the Premier League.The attacker is playing in the Chinese Super League for Chanchung Yatai.He has managed 36 goals in 55 games for his side.But he wants a return to the Premier League, per Sky Sports.He would cost roughly £20 million, but it is unclear if any teams are interested in the 29-year-old. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Ranking The Top 15 Active Coaches In College Football

Posted On Oct 27 2019 by

first_imgTuesday morning’s edition of SportsCenter brought up the “Who is the best active coach in sports?” discussion. ESPN college basketball analyst had an Ohio State-themed answer.  Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 12.53.12 PMAre Meyer and Saban clearly the top 2 coaches in CFB?With college football’s recruiting season over and the offseason in full effect, we thought this would be a decent time to talk about the “best coach” topic, but limit it strictly to the collegiate gridiron.     Who is the best active coach in college football?              Is it now Urban Meyer, following his national championship at Ohio State with his third-string quarterback? Or is it still Nick Saban, whose Alabama dynasty likely won’t be falling any time soon. Is there an argument to be made for someone else? While Meyer and Saban are almost unanimously thought of as the top two coaches in the country, in some order, it’s tough ranking the coaches after them. Who’s No. 3? No. 4? No. 5? There are probably 10 coaches who have resumes worthy of those spots. Taking into account their championships, overall record, player development ability, recruiting prowess and more, we’ve decided to rank the top active coaches in the sport. Presenting College Spun’s ranking of the top 15 active coaches in college football. Start with No. 15 – Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16last_img read more


Florida State “Garnet Skies” Hype Video Will Get Fans Pumped For The 2015 Campaign

Posted On Oct 27 2019 by

first_imgFlorida State's logo on a wall in its facility.Over the past three years, Florida State has compiled a record of 39-3, won three ACC titles, qualified for a College Football Playoff, and won a national championship. But as we enter the 2015 campaign, FSU certainly has its doubters. Many believe that Clemson is now the team to beat in-conference, and that the Seminoles might be a big “overrated” in the rankings.A Florida State fan who goes by Covas131 (we’ve written about him before) produced an amazing three-minute hype video to celebrate the upcoming season. It’s titled “Garnet Skies.” It’s a very high-quality clip.FSU opens with Texas State on Saturday, September 5.last_img read more


Bank of Canada head underlines potential of Quebec child care for entire

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA – The head of the Bank of Canada is pointing to Quebec’s child-care policies as possible tools to boost the entire Canadian economy, thanks to their potential to unlock the greatest untapped resource in the labour force: women.Bank governor Stephen Poloz dedicated part of a speech Tuesday in Kingston, Ont., to spotlight Quebec’s affordable child-care model as well as its extended parental-leave provisions.He showed he’s put some thought into the possible benefits of a comparable pan-Canadian approach.Poloz credited the province’s subsidized programs for raising prime-age female workforce participation to about 87 per cent, up from 74 per cent 20 years ago. In comparison, he said about 83 per cent of prime-age women participate in the national workforce.“The provincial government identified barriers that were keeping women out of the workforce and they acted to reduce them,” Poloz said in his address at Queen’s University.“If we could simply bring the participation rate of prime-age women in the rest of Canada up to the level that they have in Quebec, that would add almost 300,000 people to our country’s workforce.”Poloz added that the central bank has no role in implementing specific policies designed to break down labour-force obstacles. Governments, not the bank, are responsible for such policies.He noted the federal government’s budget last month made commitments aimed at increasing the labour-force participation of women.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget announced an option that will give new parents the ability to share either five or eight additional weeks of leave following the birth of a child, provided they also share the job of caring for the baby. The measure is expected to cost $1.2 billion over five years.However, some economists and critics have said while the budget moved in the right direction when it comes to raising female labour-force participation, its failure to announce steps towards national affordable child care likely means a significant number of women will remain out of the workforce.The Liberal government made promises in previous budgets to spend $7.5 billion over 11 years to help ease the burden of child-care costs. Part of the goal of the funding was to create 40,000 new, subsidized daycare spaces countrywide over three years.But child-care advocates have said it’s not enough. Before the budget, they asked Ottawa to raise its spending to $1 billion annually to match what the Paul Martin Liberals promised more than 10 years ago.In his address, Poloz pointed to other under-represented demographic groups that could help the economy. He said encouraging more of these people into the workforce would enable Canada to permanently raise its growth capacity without generating higher inflation.Combined with women, he said assisting more young people, Indigenous peoples, recent immigrants and Canadians living with disabilities to enter the job market could help the labour force expand by half a million people. By his estimate, that kind of workforce injection could raise the country’s output by $30 billion per year or 1.5 per cent.“That’s equal to a permanent increase in output of almost $1,000 per Canadian every year, and that’s even before you factor in the possible investment and productivity gains that would come with such an increase in labour supply,” he said.“Clearly, that’s a prize worth pursuing.”When it comes to the potential of Quebec-style child care, a 2012 academic study on the provincial system estimated it had allowed 70,000 more mothers with children under the age of 14 to hold jobs in 2008 than would have otherwise been the case. The estimated four-per-cent increase in the province’s female labour force gave the provincial economy a 1.7 per cent boost.Internal federal analyses, previously obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law, have suggested a similar effect could be had nationally, particularly during a period of strong economic growth that would increase labour demand.New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh weighed in on Poloz’s remarks.“The cost of child care traps many parents in a financial straitjacket,” Singh said in a statement Tuesday to The Canadian Press. “Parents are forced to choose between giving up a source of income or paying as much as $2,000 a month for child care.”Singh said the government has chosen a “timid” approach that is not universal, fails to lower costs significantly and delays funding ten years down the line.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with a file from Jordan Presslast_img read more


Rural policing cash cuts to municipalities Highlights of the Saskatchewan budget

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgREGINA – The Saskatchewan government tabled its budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Tuesday. Here are some of the highlights:— Sales of energy-efficient appliances, as well as used cars and light trucks above $5,000, will no longer be exempt from the provincial sales tax.— The government is backtracking on an earlier promise to cut personal income tax rates by 0.5 per cent, and will no longer adjust tax brackets to match inflation.— The Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement for low-income earners will stop accepting new applications on July 1.— Grants-in-lieu to municipalities cut last year are being restored, but direct support to municipalities is being cut 4.9 per cent.— More municipalities will now have the option of levying a five per cent SaskEnergy surcharge on residents.— Funding for First Nations and Metis organizations is being cut 1.5 per cent.— Funding for school divisions, social assistance and other areas will see increases below the rate of inflation.— Agricultural facilities that spend at least $10 million to increase capacity get a new 15 per cent tax credit.— Almost $5 million will be spent fighting rural crime, including adding 30 police positions.— The budget predicts a deficit of $365 million — down from $595 million last year — and aims to balance the budget next year.last_img read more


Regulators report unlikely to settle Trans Mountain pipeline expansion battle

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgThe group had asked the board to apply the same standard to the project as it did with the cancelled Energy East pipeline before it submits its final report to the federal government.But the federal regulator said Stand.earth’s proposal missed its deadlines and repeated requests made by several other parties that had already been denied.Meantime, cabinet is under immense pressure to decide the fate of the pipeline before the federal election in the fall.There is also pressure to get the expansion built because Ottawa bought the existing pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion last August, after political opposition to the expansion left the company’s shareholders reluctant to proceed. Vanessa Adams, spokeswoman for Sohi, wouldn’t comment on Thursday on whether a cabinet ruling could be delayed.But she said in an email the federal government wants to “achieve the required public trust” to help move resources to market by first addressing environmental, Indigenous and local concerns.She said a 60-member consultation team in British Columbia and Alberta has met with more than 85 of 117 Indigenous groups impacted by TMX and more meetings are taking place daily.On Tuesday, the NEB rejected a motion by Stand.earth filed on Jan. 21 demanding it add consideration of the project’s upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions to its review of marine shipping issues. CALGARY, A.B. – An environmental group that tried to widen the scope of the National Energy Board’s reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says it fully expects the board to endorse the project again in its ruling today.“I think the NEB has a long record of siding with industry over communities and other concerns … so we have every expectation that they’re going to recommend the project go ahead despite the serious problems with it,” said Sven Biggs, climate campaigner for Stand.earth, a Vancouver environmental group formerly called ForestEthics.Opponents of the project are already planning their response, which will include legal challenges, he said on Thursday.center_img “It’s likely there are going to be more lawsuits and more delays because of them, and if the cabinet decides to go ahead and restart construction, you’ll see protests in the streets and along the pipeline route,” he said.The federal regulator is scheduled to release its recommendations today but the restart of construction of the controversial crude conduit from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., still faces hurdles.The NEB’s 2016 approval of the project was set aside last summer by the Federal Court of Appeal which found that the regulator had not properly considered how southern resident killer whales would be affected by additional tanker traffic because of the increase in crude oil flows.The court also found there was insufficient consultation by the federal government with Indigenous communities.In response, Ottawa ordered the NEB to reopen its review process to fill in the gap on marine life and Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi ordered a new round of consultations with affected Indigenous groups.The NEB report’s delivery will start the clock on a 90-day deadline for cabinet to decide whether the project should proceed, but officials in Sohi’s office have said a final decision won’t be made until consultations are complete, which means delays are possible.last_img read more


SC refuses to stay 10 quota next hearing on March 28

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said it is not in favour of passing an order at this stage to refer the issue of 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections across all classes to a Constitution bench.A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said it will hear the plea on March 28 and will consider whether the matter is required to be referred to a Constitution bench. The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, asked senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who was appearing for the petitioner, to file a short note of the points which they have raised in their application. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The apex court had earlier refused to stay the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent quota in jobs and admissions to poor candidates in the general category. However, the court had agreed to examine the validity of the law and issued a notice to the Centre on the plea filed by businessman and Congress supporter Tehseen Poonawalla. Dhavan, appearing for Poonawalla, had told the bench that his only grievance at this stage was that this quota should not breach the ceiling of 50 per cent as mandated by the apex court. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe top court had earlier issued a notice to the Centre on similar petitions and ordered tagging of the fresh plea of Poonawalla with pending ones. Petitions have been filed by parties, including ‘Janhit Abhiyan’ and NGO ‘Youth For Equality’, challenging the Centre’s decision. The petition, filed by Youth For Equality through its president Kaushal Kant Mishra, has sought the quashing of the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019, saying economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation. It said the bill violates the basic feature of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general category and the overall 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached. In the present form, the upper limit of quota goes up to 60 per cent which violates the decisions of the apex court, the plea claimed. Referring to the nine-judge bench decision of the apex court in the landmark 1992 Indira Sawhney case, the petition said the latest amendment completely violated the Constitutional norm that economic criterion cannot be the only basis of reservation. It also said the amendments fail to consider that articles 14 and 16 form the basic feature of equality, and that they have been violated with the doing away of the restraints that were imposed on the reservation policy, that is the 50 per cent ceiling limit and the exclusion of economic status as a sole criterion.The plea filed by businessman Poonawalla had sought quashing of the Constitution (103 Amendment) Bill, 2019, saying that backwardness for the purpose of reservation cannot be defined by “economic status alone”. The top court had earlier refused to stay the Modi government’s decision to grant the reservation but agreed to examine the validity of the constitutional amendment which paved the way for this quota. In poll year, the Modi government has come out with the constitutional amendment bill giving quota benefits to the poor among general category candidates. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha cleared the bill on January 8 and 9 respectively, and has been signed by President Ram Nath Kovind. The quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation to SCs, STs and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).last_img read more