Senior Bihar BJP leader and party MLC Sanjay Paswan on Monday said Nitish Kumar should now step down as chief minister and make way for the BJP.Mr. Paswan said the BJP entrusted him with the CM’s post for 15 long years and now he should reciprocate the gesture.“Yes, Nitish Kumar should now step down from the post of chief minister for BJP…we trusted him for 15-long years and he should now reciprocate the same for the BJP for at least one term”, the BJP leader Sanjay Paswan said. The BJP is a ruling alliance partner of the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) in the State. Mr. Paswan further said that Mr. Kumar “should now do politics at the Centre as people vote for PM Narendra Modi, not for the Nitish model.”Speaking to The Hindu the BJP leader, who was Human Resources Minister for State in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cabinet, said, “When people are supporting the Modi government on all issues like abrogation of Article 370, Ram Mandir and NRC why should Nitish Kumar not relinquish his post for the BJP for one term in Bihar? The BJP should get a chance for the development of the State with the Modi model.” Sources in the BJP also said that while addressing State BJP leaders recently at the party headquarters in Patna, a senior leader formerly associated with the RSS had said that “the political atmosphere has never been conducive like today for the BJP in Bihar and we should seize it.” Recently, the Bihar in-charge of the BJP Bhupendra Yadav visited the State and also had a closed-door meeting with Mr. Kumar. Party sources said Mr. Yadav apprised party leaders about the BJP’s stand on NRC in Bihar, a Cabinet reshuffle, and asserted that the party would emerge as the single largest party in the State Assembly elections scheduled to be held in October-November 2020.Reacting to Mr. Paswan’s remark, JD(U) leader and party spokesperson Nikhil Mandal said, “Only Nitish Kumar will be the face of the NDA in the next Assembly elections in the State and it has been accepted even by the top BJP leaders.” Party leader and chief spokesperson Sanjay Singh too asked Mr. Paswan, “Where were you during the 2015 Assembly poll when the people of Bihar had voted for Nitish Kumar and not the BJP?…Nitish Kumar will be the Chief Minister as long as the people want.” Days back projecting Mr. Kumar as the CM candidate in the next Assembly polls, JD(U) had released its revised slogan “Kyon kare vichar, jab hain hi Nitish Kumar (Why should we mull over, when there is Nitish Kumar).” Earlier, the slogan was “kyon kare vichar, thike to hain Nitish Kumar (why should we discuss over when it’s okay to have Nitish Kumar) but they revised it when the media raised questions over the word “Thike” (just okay). However, no other senior BJP or JD(U) leader came on record to make any comment on Mr. Paswan’s remarks. But, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Tejashwi Yadav dared Mr. Kumar to “contradict” what BJP leaders are saying. “Is it not true that honourable Nitish Kumar got votes in the name of PM Modi without releasing his party’s manifesto and got 16 of his party leaders elected as MPs on BJP manifesto (in the 2019 LS poll)…Is it not true that he has been supporting the BJP on every Bill?…then how come he is different,” tweeted the RJD leader.
Several years ago TNZ and TFA formed a joint venture under the banner of Trans Tasman Test Series and committed to play Open grades each year and Youth and Masters grades every other year. For the first time all three will fall in the same year. There will be 24 international teams from the two countries delivering an exciting display of Touch at its best in the world to a lucky NZ crowd. The venue will again be at the spectacular Trusts Stadium in Henderson, Auckland and will be run from Tuesday, 5 February to Sunday, 10 February 2013.For more information, please click on the attached media release. Related Filessuper_trans_tasman_2013_media_release-pdf
Cardale Jones SpeechOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones took advantage of the Buckeyes’ Monday night opening game over the weekend. He used his free time on Saturday to attend his alma mater Glenville’s game against St. Edward. Jones not only watched the game as a spectator, but addressed the Glenville team in the locker room pre-game. It was a brief speech, but touched on sticking together and winning as a unit, among other things. Very cool of Jones to do this, and it had to be a thrill for the Glenville players. [ Cleveland.com ]
BARRIE, Ont. – Police say they’re trying to track down a man who allegedly stole a puppy and four kittens from a central Ontario pet store.Investigators say the animals were taken from the Barrie, Ont., shop early Sunday morning.They say video surveillance shows a suspect forcibly entering the pet store through the front door and walking directly to the back of the store.It’s alleged he removed the puppy and kittens from their cages and left the store with the animals in a plastic bag.Police say they are concerned for the well-being of the animals as they have only had their first round of vaccinations and require ongoing care.The puppy is described as red-haired nine-week-old cockapoo, while the four eight-week-old kittens are of mixed colour.
Login/Register With: Facebook “When she walked that first catwalk every single person in the audience appreciated her,” Stuart said. “It truly was the first time she was accepted.”Madeline’s drive has not let up this year. She just finished strutting down the runway for seven designers during the 2018 New York Fashion Week and is continuing the fashion circuit to walk for seven more designers during 2018 London Fashion Week.The fashion world more recently has embraced nontraditional models who are not typically white and thin. From top magazines to designers, more women of different races, sizes and abilities are being hired for runway and print work.“I must say, I think things are getting a lot better, especially for Madeline,” Stuart said.Like most models, Madeline starts off her day with a healthy breakfast then proceeds to her outfit fittings, gets her strawberry blonde hair and make-up done and prepares for her next runway appearance. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Madeline Stuart | Source: @madelinesmodelling Twitter NEW YORK, United States — Rosanne Stuart recalls attending an annual fashion parade with her daughter, Madeline, in their hometown of Brisbane, Australia, in 2015. In the midst of the high-energy glamour on the runway, Madeline, who has limited speech, turned to her mother and firmly announced that she would like to be a model.Stuart, 46, who described her daughter as the kind of tomboy who would slip on a pair leggings and “throw football with the guys,” said that it was not something she had expected from Madeline, but she immediately supported her.More than four years later, Madeline, now 21, is the first person with Down’s syndrome to ever stride down a runway as a model during New York Fashion Week. With more than 60 catwalks under her belt in cities including London, Paris and Dubai, Madeline’s disability has not appeared to be a hindrance. Advertisement
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Fortis Inc. reported its profit edged down compared with a year ago, when it received a one-time boost as its revenue improved by seven per cent.The electric and gas utility says its profit attributable to common shareholders amounted to $276 million or 65 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30.The result was down from $278 million or 66 cents per share a year ago when the company received a $24-million break fee related to the termination of its Waneta Dam acquisition.Revenue totalled $2.04 billion, up from $1.90 billion a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Fortis says it earned 65 cents per share, up from 61 cents per share a year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 63 cents per share and revenue of $2.135 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story (TSX:FTS)
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – There was a slight dip in unemployment numbers last month.However, overall, Statistics Canada says there was little change. The unemployment rate fell 0.1 per cent to 5.8 per cent, .The rate edged back down to its four-decade low, as job growth was essentially flat and fewer people looked for work.In British Columbia, the jobless rate dropped to 4.1 per cent in October, from 4.2 per cent the month before. B.C. had the lower rate across the country, with Newfoundland and Labrador seeing the highest at 12.7 per cent.Jobs miss:“Employment was little changed in October” says Statscan. Consensus estimate was for a gain of 15,000. “The unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage points to 5.8% as fewer people searched for work.”— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) November 2, 2018According to Statistics Canada, the country added 11,200 net new jobs in October, but the numbers were too low for the agency to consider them statistically significant.Economists had expected an increase of 10,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 5.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The jobs report also says year-over-year average hourly wage growth, which is closely watched by the Bank of Canada, continued its steady decline in October to 2.19 per cent — its weakest reading since September 2017.Experts have expected wage growth to strengthen in the tightened labour market _ but it has dropped every month since May when it was 3.94 per cent.The report also says a dip in the labour force participation rate helped nudge the jobless rate down from its 5.9 per cent reading in September to match the reading’s 40-year low for the seventh time in last 12 months.
Sydney: A vast and powerful cyclone made landfall Saturday along a remote stretch of the northern Australian coast, bringing fierce winds and heavy rains amid safety fears for a small number of residents who’ve stayed in the area. A category 4 storm, with 5 being the strongest, Cyclone Trevor crossed the Gulf of Carpentaria coast at 9:50 a.m. local time (2250 GMT) in the far east of the Northern Territory, near its border with Queensland state. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Most of the sparsely populated area has been evacuated, with more than 2,000 people put up in temporary accommodation in the Northern Territory capital Darwin, and the nearby town of Katherine. But with the cyclone bringing wind gusts of up to 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour), and with flash flooding expected as heavy rains meet hard-baked lands recently hit by drought, authorities have issued safety warnings for the small number of people who have stayed put. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Northern Territory Emergency Services spokesman Jason Collins said anyone remaining in Trevor’s path needed to have supplies to last at least three days, to take shelter and stay away from waterways. “Turn around, don’t drown. We may not be there to save you,” he said. “Emergency services are stretched.” Those remaining in the area, mostly farm holders, mine workers and local residents who opted not to leave, are believed to number less than a couple of dozen. Moving in a west-southwest direction, Cyclone Trevor was expected to weaken to category 2 by late Saturday. Meanwhile Cyclone Veronica, another category 4 system, was expected to cross the northwest Australian coast late Saturday night, bringing wind gusts of up to 230 kph (143 mph). Residents of Western Australia state’s coastal Pilbara region, which is also only lightly populated, have been warned to take cover. Cyclones are frequent in Australia’s tropical north and rarely claim lives. But two such large storms as Cyclones Trevor and Veronica crossing land on the same weekend is rare.
LONDON: Lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time on Friday, sounding its probable death knell and leaving Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in turmoil on the very day it was supposed to leave the bloc. The decision to reject a stripped-down version of May’s divorce deal has left it totally unclear how, when or even whether Britain will leave the EU, and plunges the three-year Brexit crisis to a deeper level of uncertainty. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAfter a special sitting of parliament, lawmakers voted 344-286 against May’s 585-page EU Withdrawal Agreement, agreed after two years of tortuous negotiations with the bloc. Within minutes of the vote, European Council President and summit chair Donald Tusk said EU leaders would meet on April 10 to discuss Britain’s departure from the bloc. The EU executive, the Commission, said that “a ‘no-deal’ scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario”, Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMay had told parliament the vote was the last opportunity to ensure Brexit would take place. She cautioned that if the deal failed, then any further delay to Brexit would probably be a long one beyond April 12. “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House,” May told parliament after the defeat. “The implications of the House’s decision are grave.” “The legal default now is that the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 12th April,” she said. The British pound, which has been buoyed in recent weeks by hopes that the likelihood of an abrupt ‘no-deal’ Brexit is receding, fell half a percent after May lost, to as low as $1.2977. THIRD FAILURE It was a third failure for May, who had offered on Wednesday to resign if the deal passed, in a bid to win over eurosceptic rebels in her Conservative Party who support a more decisive break with the EU than the divorce her deal offers.
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) runs for a touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Penn State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The goal for any offense is to get the ball into the hands of its playmakers. It’s to give the ball to those athletes in space with the hope of creating a long gain. For the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes, at some times that can be challenging due to the amount of raw talent on the field. But through the team’s first six games, junior H-back Curtis Samuel asserted himself as the most dynamic player on the sideline.When looking back on its loss against Penn State on Saturday, OSU might want to consider using Samuel more.In the first quarter, Samuel registered zero touches and the Buckeyes scored zero points in a quarter for the first time all season. However, the inefficiency of the offense wasn’t an anomaly, and the stagnation begins with not getting the ball in Samuel’s hands.OSU had accumulated just 61 yards of offense after the first quarter, not one of those belonging to Samuel. It took redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett until the under-10 minute mark of the second quarter to get the ball to Samuel, which resulted in a first down and 15-yard gain. His next catch, too, moved the sticks.On that drive, Barrett threw a touchdown pass to redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh, putting the Buckeyes up 9-0.Samuel began to be more involved in the beginning of the second half. It was almost as if OSU coach Urban Meyer remembered how important Samuel is to the offense. The Brooklyn native took his first carry of the night for 74 yards for a touchdown, taking the wind out of Penn State’s sails.Then, all of a sudden, Samuel wasn’t anywhere to be found in the run game. He had just one carry after the touchdown run and he was held to 10 total touches for the game with 139 total yards of offense. The Buckeyes stagnant offense allowed Penn State to get back into the game, with some help from OSU’s special teams, and ultimately ended in a 24-21 loss — the first of OSU’s season.Meyer simply said after the game that Samuel is much too important to the success of the offense to have just 10 touches and two carries.“We got to get him more than that,” he said.The two games where OSU’s offensive inconsistencies were the most prevalent were Indiana and Penn State. Against the Hoosiers, Samuel did not have a touch in the first quarter and did not record a reception. Against Penn State, Samuel surpassed his average of 5.3 receptions per game, but only had two carries, which is seven attempts lower than his season average.Play calling is one factor in an offense that is having difficulty with moving the ball, and execution is another. Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and senior H-back Dontre Wilson are two other dual-threat players who are used in the passing and running game, but the offense doesn’t have an urgency to get one guy the ball over the other.“It’s not like, ‘hey, Curtis has got to touch the ball, Dontre has got to touch the ball, Mike Weber has got to touch the ball.’ We’re not doing that,” Barrett said. “I’m going to tell you that from here on out, there’s not going to be any, ‘hey, let’s get Curtis the ball on this play.’ It’s not going to be like that.” In 2015, OSU had an embarrassment of riches concerning the talent at skill positions. That team struggled in finding the right amount of touches for each player on the offense. This season, in many ways OSU is still finding a balance in its offense. However, it is coming at the expense of neglecting Samuel.Although Meyer said he needs to get the ball to Samuel more, Barrett said that the offense doesn’t function best when one player is singled out to get the ball.“We’re going to run our plays and if Curtis happens to get the ball, then Curtis happens to get the ball,” Barrett said. “Our offense runs very well when that happens. We’re not going to start going backwards into ‘this person has to get the ball, that person has to get the ball’ because then you’re just predictable. That’s not how we play. That’s not good football.”