Giroud ‘pumped up’ for Chelsea returnby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud says he will return to Chelsea “pumped up” after starring for France this week. The 33-year-old striker scored in both of France’s matches against Iceland and Turkey.With a fight on his hands for playing time at Stamford Bridge, Giroud is determined to continue his stellar international form.He said: “[Lampard] will almost certainly watch the matches. In any case, I am going back to Chelsea pumped up.”For different reasons, I have played little since the last national team break. Of course it feels good to make the difference.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd crock Pogba struggling for visit of Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba remains a doubt for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.The Manchester Evening News says Pogba has still not returned to the club’s Carrington training complex, having spent over a week in Dubai during the international break for some warm weather training.Pogba, 26, has missed four of United’s last six games with an ankle injury and flew to Dubai with a protective boot on, and United sources are pessimistic about the possibility of him recovering for the Liverpool game on Sunday.United are hopeful Anthony Martial will be fit to start for the first time since he suffered a thigh injury in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on August 24.
REVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teenby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBernardo Silva was rejected by Manchester City as a teenager.Super agent Jorge Mendes touted the Portuguese star when he was an emerging force at Benfica but City opted not to make a move. In an extract from the book ‘Pep’s City: The making of a Superteam’ published by Goal, it was revealed that Mendes had said: “You need to realise that Bernardo’s going to become the best in the world.”He eventually joined the club for £43m. Silva, 25, has emerged as one of City’s most important players and was nominated on the long list for this year’s Ballon d’Or. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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NEW DELHI: PC Chako, All India Congress Committee in-charge of Delhi, on Thursday said his party will have a direct fight with the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi and asserted that the possibility of a triangular contest is “slowly disappearing” in the national capital. The senior Congress leader also raised doubts about AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s seriousness in defeating the BJP. Chacko said the Congress was getting a good response after the party fielded its candidates for all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12. Also Read – Meeting: Issues related to handling of Airport Entry Passes discussedDelhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Thursday introduced its candidates before the media at its party office here. Talking to reporters, Chacko said he has “doubts” about Kejriwal’s seriousness to defeat the Bhartitya Janata Party in Delhi. “Earlier, we thought there is a triangular fight in Delhi, but (the possibility) of a triangular fight is disappearing slowly in Delhi. We have a direct fight with BJP in Delhi,” the party’s general secretary in-charge of Delhi said. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanAsked about the possibility of any alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party even after both parties announced its candidates, Chacko said that it is now a closed chapter. “It is difficult to get the AAP into confidence because we have doubts about Kejriwal’s intension…without any reason, he (Kejriwal) stepped back that is why we still have doubt about him being serious in defeating the BJP,” the Congress leader said. Asserting that there will be no split of anti-BJP votes in Delhi, he said in the entire country, there is fight between the Congress and BJP. “Anti-BJP votes will come to Congress. In the entire country, there is fight between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi and in view of this, there will be no split of votes,” Chacko also said. Congress president and North-east candidate Sheila Dikshit said that the Congress candidates are familiar with the people of Delhi as they have been serving them for past many years in various capacities.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has “strongly deprecated” the “casual manner” in which Bihar has filed an appeal before it after a delay of over 700 days and said a clear signal has to be sent to the government authorities that they cannot approach the court as and when they please. A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Indira Banerjee dismissed the appeal filed by the Bihar government in a service matter and imposed a cost of Rs 20,000 on the state, saying it was a “complete wastage” of judicial time. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe apex court noted that an appeal against the division bench order of the Patna High Court was filed before it after a delay of 728 days and the state sought condonation of this “extraordinary” delay stating that it took time to obtain all the sanction from the respective departments and receive the affidavit. “We are of the view that a clear signal has to be sent to the government authorities that they cannot approach the court as and when they please, on account of gross incompetence of their officers and that too without taking any action against the concerned officers,” the bench said in its order. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”No detail of this delay of 728 days have been given as if there is an inherent right to seek condonation of delay by state government. The law of limitation apparently does not apply to the state government according to its conduct,” the bench said. Referring to an earlier judgement of the apex court, the bench noted in its order that such condonation of delay is no more admissible on the pretext of “government working lethargy”. The bench also noted that the state had earlier filed an appeal before a division bench of the high court against an order of its single judge in the matter after a delay of 367 days. The division bench of the high court had dismissed the application filed by the state seeking condonation of delay on the ground that there was no sufficient cause shown for it. “We strongly deprecate the casual manner in which the division bench (of the high court) was approached…,” the bench said.
In a typical year, the NBA’s All-Star break offers the league’s most dysfunctional contenders a chance to reset, take inventory and right what ails them heading into the final stretch before the playoffs. This season, thanks to Cleveland’s moves at the trade deadline, the post-All-Star watch likely will fall to the Oklahoma City Thunder and how it weathers the loss of Andre Roberson, the beating heart of its defense.After an offseason that included acquiring Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to combine with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook, the Thunder expected to compete at the highest levels. It hasn’t worked out that way. The team is 33-26 at the break and has lost six of its last nine games. There are all manner of reasons for this, from the obvious difficulties of integrating three high-usage stars to the decline of key players on an already-thin squad. (Offseason acquisition Patrick Patterson, who was a reliable stretch 4 for years in Toronto, has disappointed and tanked the offense while he’s been on the court.) Despite all that, the team seemed to have figured something out by January, when it ran off eight straight wins on the strength of its defense and a newly thriving offense. But late in that stretch, Roberson went down with a ruptured patellar tendon. He was lost for the season, and the Thunder had a whole new sort of crisis.Roberson is a singular player in the NBA. He is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, and at 6-foot-7, he has the size and quickness to guard four positions. Roberson’s effect on the Thunder defense is tremendous. He can switch practically any matchup, cover opposing stars and not only challenge their shots but also dissuade them from even attempting them. His defensive Real Plus-Minus — a stat that heavily favors big men — ranks fourth in the league. Overall, the defense was 12.5 points worse per 100 possessions when he left the floor. His effect doesn’t grade out at quite the same level of Golden State’s Draymond Green or Utah’s Rudy Gobert, but he just about maximizes the impact a perimeter defender can have on a game.Or as Westbrook put it: “I think people outside our building, people across the world always complained about different things Andre didn’t do instead of embracing all the great things he did do. I’ve always embraced Andre and I was always very, very happy he was on my team because of things he did on both sides of the ball. Setting screens, cutting, running the floor. A lot of things that you can’t teach.”Those “things Andre didn’t do,” of course, refer to Roberson being one of the worst regular offensive players in the league. Roberson is a notoriously inept and unwilling shooter. He is shooting 22 percent from the 3-point line this season on a diet of wide-open shots the opposing defense is thrilled to see him take. And yet, his overall effect on the offense doesn’t seem to have been as dire as advertised.Since Roberson went out, Oklahoma City’s defensive rating has been 112.3, which would rank 27th in the league, ahead of only the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. That’s extreme though not unexpected with Roberson no longer there to cover for weaker defenders like Westbrook or Anthony. But here’s the kick in the head: The team’s offensive ratings has barely budged despite losing one of the worst offensive players in the league, going from 110.9 before Roberson’s injury to 111.8 after it. This is much harder to explain.Roberson didn’t simply deprive his offense of a player who could do a better job of shooting, passing or dribbling. He shrank the court, allowing defenders to roam guilt-free, to harass ballhandlers and make life difficult for anyone establishing post position or running around off-ball screens.So clearly the team would be expected to show more improvement than it has in his absence. But while the overall offense has been flat, the individual stars have thrived with Roberson out. With Roberson on the floor, the Thunder pick and roll barely worked at all, producing just 87 points per 100 chances, according to data from Second Spectrum. It didn’t much matter if it was Westbrook handling the ball (90 points per 100 chances), George (73), Raymond Felton (91) or Carmelo Anthony (94). Without Roberson there, the team’s pick-and-roll points jump to 95. Westbrook and George see especially large jumps without Roberson, landing at 100 and 91 points per 100 chances created on the pick and roll, respectively.It gets stranger: George produced only 77 points per 100 chances on drives with Roberson on the floor; without him, that shot up to 96 — on a significant number of shots. Westbrook, too, goes from 98 points per 100 chances to 105, or the difference between Ish Smith and Victor Oladipo this season. And while Roberson didn’t actually affect the team’s effective field goal percentage overall, both Westbrook and George suffered large drop-offs in their shooting numbers when they shared the court with him.But the Thunder have yet to capitalize on the additional space available with Roberson out. Westbrook has played well in some ways, creating at James Harden/Chris Paul levels on the pick and roll, and poorly in others, shooting just 43 percent from the field and 18 percent from the three in the games since Roberson’s injury. George has been hot from the three — he’s hit at least five 3-pointers in four consecutive games — and has averaged 29.6 points on a 62 effective field goal percentage through those 10 games. But Anthony has gone absolutely dormant, and both he and Westbrook missed two games to injury.There’s plenty to be encouraged by over these past few games. George looks like a different player without Roberson, and all may be right if he and Westbrook are both firing at close to optimal levels by the playoffs. Further, second-year shooter Alex Abrines, seeing increased minutes with Roberson out, has run hot and cold, shooting 35 percent on threes overall since the injury. That should improve over time.But even so, the offense taking a dip despite subtracting a guy who may be the single worst offensive player who’s actually allowed to play s troubling, and Oklahoma City doesn’t have an obvious source of those unteachable qualities Westbrook mentioned — the cutting, the running, the screens. The Thunder’s stars may finally have the room to operate as stars, but its problems are now ones not solved easily by star power.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Then-sophomore forward Katie Matheny (23) skates down the ice during a game against New Hampshire on Oct. 4, 2014 at the Ohio State Ice Rink. OSU won, 4-3. Credit: Lantern file photoAgainst the high-scoring Wisconsin Badgers, the Ohio State women’s hockey team failed to sustain momentum after its opening-weekend victories against Lindenwood, getting dismantled twice.The Buckeyes allowed 15 goals on 102 shots in the two games, including a combined five first-period goals. Conversely, the Scarlet and Gray only took a combined 29 shots of its own in the two games.The third-ranked Badgers’ goal scoring opened early on Saturday when sophomore forward Emily Clark tallied a point 30 seconds into the game. The Badgers would proceed to score three goals on the power play in the third period of the first game, en route to topping the Buckeyes 7-0.Special teams play had been an emerging strength for OSU early in the season, but the series against Wisconsin demonstrated that there is still plenty of work to be done. In addition to the three goals the Buckeyes allowed with a player in the box, the Badgers scored a goal while on the penalty kill on Saturday. The Buckeyes went 0-of-4 in power-play opportunities on Sunday, which ended as another lopsided loss by the final score of 8-0.The squad’s strongest period of play from the weekend was the second period on Sunday, when OSU recorded nine shots on goal and successfully killed two penalties, and despite the penalties was able to control the pace of play for much of the period. The Buckeyes will look to get back on track when they return to Columbus for their first home series of the season against Minnesota beginning on Friday. The puck is set to drop in the first game at 6:07 p.m. and 2:07 p.m. the following day.
Tottenham Hotspur’s forward Heung-Min Son revealed who his football role model is, it’s a Manchester United legend who recently hung up his boots.Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son is having a blast as a Premier League player, he recently revealed that he has a role model who played at Manchester United for a long time.There are not too many South Korean players who triumph in European football, but Park Ji-Sung is arguably amongst the most successful ones and the player who inspired younger generations from his country where Son came from.The Spurs player talks about Park as a national hero, and dreams of someday winning as many trophies as the former Red Devil did throughout his illustrious career.“He is a legend for me and was one of the guys who influenced us all in a way because he played for also a big team and was a key part of their success,” Son told The Mirror.“Anytime he played in the Champions League he played very well and represented our country in the best possible way.”“I am still in contact with him and he remains my role model because of the kind of human being he is. It is very hard to find a fault in him and if I need to ask something he is always a phone call away.”“I can never underestimate the role he played in putting our country out there with his performance.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Son also revealed what a joy it is for him to be a Premier League player: “For me it’s still a dream to play in the Premier League.”“The journey is an unbelievable one. Playing in England and playing for Tottenham I don’t think I could have asked for more at this stage.”“I am enjoying playing in here every second, every hour, every day. Look back home in South Korea most of the kids wants to play here.”“Maybe some players had it easy but for me it’s a dream and I treat every game as living the dream I had some years ago,” said the Tottenham Hotspur’s forward. On this day in 2005, Park Ji-Sung was unveiled as a United player following his £4m move from PSV.205 games ⚽27 goals 🎯13 trophies 🏆The big-game performer 👌 pic.twitter.com/z7DZAukLhE— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) July 8, 2018
Carlo Cudicini has described Cesc Fabregas as ‘one of a kind’ after his appearance in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Fabregas has been linked with a move to French club Monaco in the January transfer window and his appearance in Chelsea’s FA Cup victory appeared to be his last for the club.The midfielder came off to a standing ovation by the crowd and his team-mates in the second half and came back on the pitch after the game in tears as Chelsea fans sang his name.“I personally don’t know. If it was his last game it was very good that he played in front of his fans and that he was able to have a nice reception. But I don’t know, so I can’t comment,” Cudicini, standing in on press duties for Maurizio Sarri, told Sky Sports.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“What can I say about Cesc? Five hundred games, he is a player who is unique, he has an unbelievable awareness and vision of where his team-mates are on the pitch.“I think he is one of the few that has the ability to give balls behind the defensive line that are so precise.“He is one of a kind player. He has been fantastic for the teams he played for before us and the contribution he has given this club and to this team has been amazing. Cesc is a top, top player.”
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos – January 17, 2018 – Providenciales – Selling ‘weed’ in the Turks and Caicos is an illegal but lucrative business as prices for a gram of marijuana in the TCI, far surpass many nations in the region including Jamaica, Mexico and Colombia. It seems that like most things in the Turks and Caicos, ‘weed’ just costs more; significantly more.TCI Police on Monday in Five Cays made a significant drug bust where some 15 pounds of marijuana was seized and two men – a Bahamian and an American – were arrested. The street value of the drugs, legally identified as cannabis in this jurisdiction, is a staggering $68,000 for the fifteen pounds. This equates to $10 per gram or over $4,533 per pound. Comparatively, the Drug Enforcement Unit of The Bahamas and Drug Enforcement Agency of the United States consistently in 2017 put the street value of marijuana per pound at $1,000 following drug arrests in The Bahamas. The price per pound of the contraband often accompanied Police reports on drug seizures.A 2015 news report on the rising cost of marijuana was among the online posts we reviewed to check and double check the going rates for marijuana per gram and per pound around the world. Price ranges on the marijuana were revealed for six countries, including the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Colombia, Thailand and Mexico and spanned from $600 to $6,000 per pound. California, in 2015 had the most expensive marijuana price tag per pound, getting up to as much as $6,000. However, this price is the top value for top of the line ‘weed’.In the Turks and Caicos, those familiar with the price of a gram of ‘ganja’ told Magnetic Media that the local weed is low grade, nicknamed, ‘babbit’ and costs between $10 to $30 per gram. That figure is staggering, and actually is five times more expensive than even the finest quality of marijuana.“The dope here is garbage mostly, as from what I was told but some pushers do get their hand on good dope sometimes.”Another said, “…the weed ain’t no high grade or Kush. Kush is the highest. (Here) it is low grade and it is called Babbit. Haitian weed don’t be too expensive, Jamaican and American weed is the killer.”What Magnetic Media uncovered in under an hour was concerning and it may answer at least a part of the question of why some young men resist getting a regular job in the Turks and Caicos. If there is that option of peddling marijuana, we can tally up pretty easily that there is far more money to be made, likely in a shorter span of time, though illicitly.The two men arrested during a stop and search on Monday were not only found to be with the illegal drugs, but were found to have entered the Turks and Caicos illegally. Perhaps word is already getting out that one gets more bang for the buck in the TCI for mediocre marijuana and the law must be ready.“The quantity and the quality is important in any case because depending on the type of weed it is, that tells you what the street value is. The highest gets to $20 a gram, the lowest is $5 or $10 a gram.”The explanations to Magnetic Media about the contrasts and street savvy on the illegal trade lends to new ideas about what could be fueling and funding the illegal sloop landings in the Turks and Caicos, for example. The realities also ramp up the pressure upon leaders from all sectors to do more to discourage illegal behavior among our boys in particular.It will be difficult though, as we are awakened even further to the fact that one could illegally earn some $22,665 with the sale of marijuana, equating to a 5lbs bag of rice. This earning reality means that the corner drug dealer is making considerably more than the country’s leaders per month. On the other hand, the punishment for breaking the law is also weighty; one could spend up to five or 14 years in Turks and Caicos prison for illegal drug possession and drug trafficking.Photo credit: Westword
How does Tesla CEO Elon Musk compare his company’s still-under-development self-driving systems to the competition from Waymo, Cruise Automation and the like? Easy. He believes his company his “vastly ahead of everyone.” This quote comes from Musk’s recent appearance on Lex Friedman’s Artificial Intelligence Podcast, where Musk spoke about topics ranging from how much longer people will need to keep their hands on the wheel (“At least six months from here”) to what question would you ask of a truly sentient artificial agent (“What’s outside the simulation?”). More From Roadshow 18 Photos Outside of a rare few desirable collector machines and seemingly every Porsche more than 20 years old, few cars actually do wind up appreciating in value significantly. And, very few manufacturers would be bold enough to make that a promise of their new cars. But back to autonomy, when will the cars start driving themselves? Musk believes you’ll need to keep your hands on the wheel for “at least six months from here,” raising the question: “How much safer than a person does Autopilot need to be before it’s OK to not monitor the car?” Musk’s basic thesis is that, once Autopilot is proven far safer (perhaps by 200%, he notes), then letting a human take over actually becomes risky behavior. He references the early days of elevators, where a human pilot manually directed them to go up or down with a lever. Now, Musk says, “Nobody wants an elevator operator, because the automated elevator that stops at the floors is much safer.” And what about the competition developing their own self-driving technologies? “To me, right now this seems like game, set and match. I don’t want to be complacent or overconfident, but that is literally how it appears right now. I could be wrong, but it appears to be the case that Tesla is vastly ahead of everyone.” With competitors like Waymo racking up real-world miles for its self-driving systems, that’s an awfully confident statement to make. As ever, the proof will be in the pudding. Auto Tech 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Tags Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for 4 Share your voice Comments Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim But the bulk of the conversation centered around Tesla’s pursuit of self-driving vehicles. Tesla has long offered a $5,000 “Full Self-Driving Capability” package for its vehicles, promising access to an eventual software update enabling the company’s cars to drive themselves. Musk reiterated this promise, saying: “The hardware currently being produced is capable of full self-driving.” However, autonomy won’t be an overnight thing where you drive yourself home from work one day and the next morning, after a little OTA action, enjoy a fully automated commute. “As we refine the software, the capabilities will increase dramatically, and then the reliability will increase dramatically, and then it will receive regulatory approval.” This, however, is where Musk’s position took an interesting turn. Musk believes autonomy will make a car significantly more valuable, perhaps five times more than a normal, human-driven machine. His conclusion? “If you buy a Tesla today I believe you are buying an appreciating asset, not a depreciating asset.” If you buy a Tesla today I believe you are buying an appreciating asset, not a depreciating asset. Elon Musk Tesla Waymo’s autonomous Pacifica cruising through Castle Elon Musk Tesla
She holds extreme views on many subjects and often affirms various conspiracy theories on her personal Facebook page. This week, she put up a few posts suggesting survivors of the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting who have publicly advocated for gun control measures are “crisis actors,” not students, a notion that has been widely debunked.Two Democrats are also running for Hardy’s seat: Carla Morton, a pediatric neuropsychologist and special education advocate in Fort Worth, and Celeste Light, who has no campaign website set up and has not responded to media requests for comment.Decisive primariesThree State Board members — Beaumont Republican David Bradley, Dallas Republican Geraldine “Tincy” Miller and Fort Worth Democrat Erika Beltran — are stepping down this year. In all three seats, a candidate from the incumbent’s party is running unopposed in the primary: Matt Robinson in Bradley’s District 7, Pam Little in Miller’s District 12, and Aicha Davis in Beltran’s District 13.Given their voting history, those districts are unlikely to change party hands, meaning those three candidates will win, said Mark Jones, political science professor at Rice University. “We often talk about how the primaries are decisive. In the State Board of Education, they’re 100 percent decisive,” he said. “There’s no doubt whatsoever about who’s going to win in November because of the way the districts have been drawn.”Bradley, one of those incumbents, is widely considered one of the most socially conservative and most divisive members on the board, supporting abstinence-only education and creationism in science classes.“I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state,” he said, before the board voted to adopt more right-leaning social studies curriculum standards in 2010. “I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.”In 2016, he sent an email proposing board members walk out of a discussion about a Mexican-American studies textbook that advocates and academics considered racist, in order to “deny the Hispanics a record vote.”Bradley’s likely replacement is Robinson, a Friendswood ISD board member and physician, the only Republican running for the District 7 seat. Bradley endorsed Robinson a few months after he filed paperwork to run.“Generally speaking, if you voted for David Bradley in the past, you’d feel good about voting for me,” Robinson said. “If you didn’t, you might still be happy with me.”Robinson said schools should teach abstinence-only sexual education: “I think that should be the limit of what they do.”He supports state subsidy programs that would help parents pay for private schools, such as vouchers or education savings accounts — generally opposed by public education advocates, who see the subsidies as a potential financial drain on public schools.But, unlike many conservatives who support these subsidies, Robinson argues a child who takes state money to a private school should have to take the state standardized test or participate in some other form of state accountability. “It would not really be fair to have no restrictions or oversight whatsoever for private schools where state dollars are going,” he said.Miller, also leaving her seat at the end of the year, is generally considered more moderate than Bradley and is best known for pushing the state’s first law mandating schools serve kids with dyslexia. Miller has endorsed her likely replacement, Pam Little, who is a retired regional vice president at publishing company Houghton Mifflin. Little said she supports abstinence as the first approach to sex education, and has not yet made up her mind on whether health standards should include education on contraception.When Little ran for Miller’s seat in 2012, she said that local communities should be able to decide whether to offer any additional sex education, given the state’s high teen pregnancy rate.Beltran endorsed Davis, her likely replacement, upon retiring from the board. A 2011 transplant to Texas, Davis has been a middle and high school science and engineering teacher for the past decade. But experts say Hardy’s race in particular could help determine whether the board will retain its recent political equilibrium or return to a more polarized iteration characterized by frequent head-butting among the board’s liberal, moderate Republican and social conservative factions, which has earned it national notoriety for decades.“With three open seats, this is a really important election for the state board, because the board has moved closer to the center over the last several election cycles,” said Dan Quinn, spokesperson for left-leaning state board watchdog Texas Freedom Network. “The question is whether it will continue to do that or if we’ll see a swing back to the fringe politics that have dominated the board for the last 20 years, or longer than 20 years.”Whoever wins will be responsible for setting curriculum standards and making textbook recommendations for schools across the state, deciding what 5.4 million Texas students learn.Over the next couple of years, the new board’s responsibilities will include the politically fraught duty of tackling a full revision of health standards, including how schools teach sex education, informing the content for textbooks Texas teachers will use for years.“What students learn about contraception in a state with one of the highest rates of teen birth rates in the nation will be up for debate,” Quinn said.Challenging a swing voteThe State Board of Education has 15 members, each representing nearly 2 million Texans. Though the board is made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats, its debates often divide the board three ways — between Democrats, moderate conservatives and social conservatives. Share Facebook campaign pagesLeft to right: State Board of Education District 11 incumbent Pat Hardy and her two Republican primary challengers, Feyi Obamehinti and Cheryl Surber.Over her 16 years on the State Board of Education, Pat Hardy has rallied for her share of socially conservative measures. She’s endorsed keeping “pro-American” values in history textbooks. She’s backed emphasizing “states’ rights” instead of slavery as the cause of the Civil War. And she’s supported teaching “both sides” of arguments around climate change.But her Republican challengers in the March 6 primaries — Feyi Obamehinti and Cheryl Surber— are telling voters that they’re even further to the right. (Surber’s campaign Facebook page even refers to her as the “Donald Trump of the Texas State Board of Education” candidate.)“It’s probably true!” Hardy said. “Which is funny because I’m very conservative. But they are to the right of me.”The Fort Worth representative, a retired public school social studies teacher, is fighting to keep her seat in one of the most anticipated State Board of Education contests this year. Hardy’s District 11 seat is one of seven up in the 2018 midterms, including three other seats where incumbents are also fending off challengers. Three other incumbents are stepping down, prompting open races. Hardy describes herself as a Republican who doesn’t always fit the mold, often a swing vote on the board.“You have a balance on the board, which means that each of those three groups are compelled to work with one of the others to accomplish their goals,” said David Anderson, a longtime education lobbyist at Hillco Partners. “If you lose Pat to one of the other two candidates, you lose a critical part of that balance.” Hardy’s district covers Parker County and parts of Dallas and Tarrant counties.Hardy does not believe Texas should subsidize private school tuition for parents. “I’ve always felt the public school was a unique thing that historically set us apart from other countries because we had free education,” she said. Her opponents argue parents should be able to use state money to go to any type of school they want. Obamehinti, a former public school teacher and current education consultant from Keller, also homeschooled her daughter for 11 years and wants to make it easier for other parents to have the same option.The board has no jurisdiction over whether to approve vouchers or similar programs, but candidates’ views on this issue may indicate whether they want to improve the current public education system or overhaul it in favor of a more free-market approach.Obamehinti also supports teaching creationism in science classrooms and is skeptical of the idea that the state should approve a Mexican-American studies course, a current consideration on the board. She argues she can do a better job of reaching out to constituents than Hardy has done. “I live in District 11, and I have never had any outreach in 16 years,” she said.Surber said she would never be a swing vote on the board. “I’m like the Donald Trump of this race. I want to hear various sides, even sides that might disagree with me,” she said. She said she is not in favor of a Mexican-American studies course for Texas because students are “in the United States of America. We’re not in Mexico. We’re not in Canada. We need to learn American history.”
Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville center Steven Enoch will enter his name for consideration in the 2019 NBA Draft, but will take the necessary measures to preserve his collegiate eligibility and allow a return for his senior year with the Cardinals.”The NBA has always been a long term goal, and this is a wonderful way for me to evaluate myself and find out where I stand,” said Enoch. “I will not be hiring an agent at this time. I am grateful for the continued support I have received since coming to Louisville and I am a Cardinal forever.””The NBA and the NCAA continue to shape the undergraduate process of determining draft prospects in a more refined way,” said UofL Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mack. “I fully support Steven as he tests the draft waters on where he stands in his basketball future. When the time comes to make his decision it will be with feedback straight from the source, the NBA.”Enoch was a double-figure scorer in 17 games for the Cardinals this season. In his last 20 games coming off the bench, Enoch averaged 10.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and made 52 percent of his shots from the field, including 11-of-32 three-pointers (.344), in an average of 19 minutes a game. A powerful player with a soft shooting touch, Enoch was third on the team in free throw percentage (58-of-72, .806). Enoch scored a career-high 22 points against Boston College, while pulling down six rebounds, and he produced his first double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds at North Carolina. He scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament First Round.A junior from Norwalk, Conn., Enoch played his first season with the Cardinals this year after transferring from the University of Connecticut and sitting out last season. The communication major was named to the 2019 All-ACC Academic men’s basketball team. New NCAA legislation in effect in 2019 allows college basketball players to be represented by an agent after the season if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. To maintain collegiate availability, the agreement with an agent must be in writing, disclosed, terminated when the student returns to college, as well as meeting other conditions. Players who request an evaluation, participate in the NBA combine and aren’t drafted can return to school as long as they notify the university by the Monday after the draft.Enoch helped Louisville achieve a 20-14 record against the nation’s third-toughest schedule and participate in its 39th NCAA Tournament. Picked in the preseason to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL attained a 10-8 conference record and earned a tie for sixth in the final regular season standings.Print Friendly Version
Krishnagar, (WB): Prof Punyasloke Bhaduri of the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research Kolkata was awarded the prestigious Swarnajayanti Fellowship by the central government for 2017-18, IISER Kolkata said in a statement. Under this scheme, scientists are provided with generous support to pursue research in the frontier areas of science and technology, the statement said Monday. It is awarded for a period of 5 years. Bhaduri belongs to the department of Biological Science and Centre for Climate and Environment Studies at the IISER Kolkata.