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Football team set for annual spring scrimmage

first_imgAJ MacLean/Herald photoThe Wisconsin Badgers football team will play its annual spring football game Saturday at 1 p.m. at Madison La Follette’s Lussier Field. This marks the second consecutive season the Badgers have played at Lussier Field while Camp Randall undergoes renovations. Last year’s starter John Stocco will take to the pocket for the first-team offense, while redshirt sophomore Tyler Donovan will start for the second-team offense. Backups Craig Meier and Bryan Savage will take the remaining snaps as they jockey for a position on next season’s depth chart. While Donovan will surely see time with the first-team offense during the intrasquad scrimmage, the decision to start Stocco appears to have cemented the junior’s place as next year’s starting quarterback.“He has a lot of good experiences to fall back on,” Wisconsin quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton said. “He did a lot of things right for us last year. We’ve got to get him more consistent throwing the ball, and he’s really spent the time in the offseason to work on that. I expect to see a big jump between his sophomore and junior years.”It was at this time last season that Stocco made the biggest jump of his young career. With a solid performance in the 2003 finale against Iowa, Stocco entered spring practice last year sparing with senior Matt Schabert for the 2004 starting job. While it appeared the sophomore would win the position entering the spring, Stocco wasted no time cementing his hold on the position. The Richfield, Minn., native outplayed his senior counterpart all spring, quickly becoming a fan favorite and the new face at quarterback that would lead the Badgers into 2004. Oh, what a difference a season makes.With one starting season in the books, Stocco is no longer enjoying the endless love exuded by fans last year. Instead, the quarterback finds himself again fighting during spring practice — not for a job, but for respect from the fans.Some have been quick to jump on Stocco for his performance last season, claiming the then-sophomore did little to spark the offense. Yet Stocco looks at his experience — fan criticism and all — as an advantage for this season.“It’s always hard your first time in there, but experience helps you so much,” Stocco said. “The more experience you get, the more it’s going to help you. I’ve been in pretty much every situation now. I’ve played very well, and I’ve played not very well.”But as quickly as the critics jump on his performance, Horton is equally quick to discuss the positive qualities the junior demonstrated last year.“He eliminated sacks (we cut them in half from the year before); he protected the football; he had only seven interceptions, which is way down from where we’ve been in years past,” Horton said.Still, numbers aren’t everything. Last season Stocco enjoyed the luxury of playing with a bevy of savvy veterans as he worked to learn the offense. But this year is different. With a season of experience under his belt, coach and player both acknowledge the latter’s need for an increased presence in the huddle.“It’s a little bit different of a situation this year,” Stocco said. “Now I’m one of the older guys, and we’ve got some younger guys coming up. So I feel like my leadership role has gotten bigger. I feel like playing quarterback, you’ve got to be a leader. That comes with the territory.”But while Stocco understands and embraces his increased responsibility, Horton remains diligent in his attempt to increase the junior play caller’s leadership qualities.“Just because you’re the starting quarterback, that’s not good enough. You’ve got to be a leader on this football team,” Horton said. “I think those are things that he’s tried to work on and exude through the offseason and through spring practice.”The same can be said of Donovan. After seeing sporadic playing time behind the durable Stocco last year, Donovan needs to step up in his second season as Wisconsin’s top backup play-caller.Donovan has shown an increased understanding of the offense since the end of the fall season. While play calls, blitz recognition and pocket presence have all improved Donovan, the Hartland, Wis., native still has a long way to go.“As his position coach, I’m not totally comfortable playing him for long stretches until he proves to me that he knows exactly what is going on,” Horton said. “He’s one play away from being the guy that has to lead us to victory.”But Donovan is on his way. After admittedly struggling with the flood of information he was forced to digest last season, the sophomore is slowly grasping his offensive responsibilities while getting back to basics.“I’ve got the reps and everything, and I just feel a lot more comfortable. Just knowing my progressions and [those] types of things really helps,” Donovan said. “I’m just playing football again, playing like I’m in the backyard because I know what I’m supposed to do.”Stepping into Stocco’s fan-favorite shoes this year has been Savage. Though young and inexperienced, Savage’s physical abilities combined with the intangibles he possesses have endeared him to fans. But Horton is quick to caution that the freshman is far from ready. “He’s a true freshman that didn’t run any of our plays last year. He ran everybody else’s plays, and he’s still trying to understand a little bit what we are trying to do,” Horton said. “That’s something that will come.”last_img read more

Hass: Syracuse fans should start to worry after 3rd loss in 4 games

first_imgCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Two weeks ago, Syracuse was undefeated.The Orange was letting teams hang around, but disposing of them in the final minutes.Everything was golden in Syracuse.But now, after surrendering 48 points to No. 12 Virginia (25-5, 16-1 Atlantic Coast) in the second half and losing 75-56 on Saturday night, No. 4 Syracuse (26-3, 13-3) has dropped three of its last four games.Syracuse is still fully capable of winning the ACC tournament. It’s still capable of getting a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance. And it’s still capable of cutting down the nets in April.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Orange needs to play better if any of those three things are to happen. Much better.Without a healthy Jerami Grant, a consistently clicking offense or an effective 3-point defense, Syracuse is more vulnerable than it has been all season.“It’s definitely frustrating,” SU guard Michael Gbinije said. “From a player’s eyes, you kind of look at one game at a time. You just want to win every game.”Now NCAA Tournament games in Buffalo and Madison Square Garden are no longer inevitable.The shirts that prematurely read “All Cuse Conference” are erroneous. It was an “All Cavalier Conference” Saturday night, as one sign read amid a swarm of raucous Cavalier fans that stormed the court.“I thought for a couple of weeks that they’ve been by far the best team,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said of the Cavaliers after the game.In John Paul Jones Arena, Virginia was the better team, by far, as all of the Orange’s glaring weaknesses exposed in the past few weeks reached a new level.Virginia manhandled SU in the second half, hitting seven 3s en route to a 35-16 run to close the game. The score was once tied at 42, but that’s when Syracuse fell apart.Three after 3 soared through the net as the Orange was unable to match UVA’s firepower from downtown.“In two of our three losses, that’s been the difference in the game,” Boeheim said. “We just did not do a good job guarding the 3-point line. Period.”And while Justin Anderson — who led the Cavaliers with three triples — and Co. were canning 3s, Syracuse was rendered inept offensively.It was forced to play the entire second half without Grant for the second straight game. Syracuse survived without him against Maryland, but couldn’t do so against the Cavaliers.It’s unclear how long Grant will be sidelined, but if he misses time going forward, SU’s front line becomes that much thinner. Staying out of foul trouble becomes that much more critical for the oft-out-of-position Rakeem Christmas and Baye Moussa Keita.That means that Tyler Roberson may see some minutes, as he did against UVA.“When (Grant’s) out, guys are going to have to step up and fill that role,” guard Trevor Cooney said. “We’ll be fine.”We’ll be fine.It’s a phrase Syracuse players said when they were winning close games. They said it after the Boston College and Duke losses. And it was the theme of a generally somber locker room after the loss to Virginia.Though the players were somewhat dejected, they gave the same even-keeled answers they have all year.“Just a season of runs. Teams get hot, teams cool down,” Gbinije said. “This is definitely something that we can bounce back from.”It certainly is. It’s only one game. But at some point, Syracuse fans have to worry.This isn’t the team it was a few weeks ago. An aura of invincibility no longer follows the Orange everywhere it goes. As Boeheim mentioned, UVA was the first game all season SU wasn’t within striking distance in the final five minutes.“That’s going to happen some games,” Keita said. “You can’t play great offense every game. I think this was one of those games. We were in a slump a little bit.”But that slump has been painfully dragged out over a month-long stretch. We’ve witnessed a team go from untouchable to battered. From undefeated to knocked-off three times in just 10 days.And from the groom of the ACC to the clear-cut groomsman.There’s still time for Syracuse to go out on top in its first year in the ACC, but the Orange better turn things around quickly.The conference tournament’s less than two weeks away. If SU wants to earn a No. 1 seed, it’ll have to start playing like one.Trevor Hass is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @TrevorHass. Comments Published on March 1, 2014 at 10:53 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Good luck, Raiders: Antonio Brown has turned into the worst kind of player

first_imgBrown has morphed into the worst kind of player — a shaky teammate who can’t be trusted to act professional — and he is now Oakland’s problem.2019 NFL DRAFT:Plan for Raiders | Plan for SteelersPro sports team owners and management fear social media precisely because of the forum it gives “me” guys like Brown. I dealt with plenty of big-ego players in my years as a team executive, but it was different then with no Twitter or Instagram. In my work today for an agent firm, I caution our players to be careful in their postings.This is life in the fish bowl, and anything they say could become news instantaneously.In his sniping at Ben Roethlisberger, Brown seemed to have a method to his madness. He wanted to leave Pittsburgh and make more money in the process, something the Steelers were not going to provide after signing him to a $17 million-per-year contract in 2017. Mission accomplished. Brown is the rare player to force a team’s hand and come out smelling like a rose.But why would he, then, continue to taunt the Steelers with mean-spirited tweets? His most recent target is former teammate and fellow receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.This is not a calculated move to tick off management; it is a jealous swipe at a player who was voted 2018 Most Valuable Steeler by his teammates, and it was in response to a Pittsburgh fan tweeting a graphic with the Smith-Schuster MVP statement in response to Brown telling fans to “keep your emotions off the internet.”Talk about thin skin.It is also testimony to the idea that Brown has to be the center of attention at all times and craves celebrity status. I agree with the assessment of Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter, who on his FS1 show said, “I’m embarrassed for AB. You know what it did? Gave JuJu a lot of fans.” Early in his Steelers career, the descriptions of Brown generally were that he was a hard-working, sixth-round draft pick who was a good teammate and an intense competitor whose skills as a returner and receiver improved dramatically in his early years. Then, at some point, an ego-driven diva was created.I thought it began after his stint on Dancing with the Stars in 2016. Or maybe during the 2016 season, when he drew Mike Tomlin’s ire by posting the Steelers coach’s derogatory locker room comments about the Patriots on Facebook Live prior to their AFC title game matchup.Not so, apparently.According to his former Pittsburgh teammate Ryan Clark, Brown’s change for the worse began when he received his first big raise to $8 million per year in 2012. Clark says Brown started screaming at the Steelers’ defensive players in the ensuing training camp: “Don’t touch me. I’m the franchise.”BROWN vs. BECKHAM:Who was bigger offseason pick-up?Yes, Brown is a seven-time Pro Bowler who has more receiving yards (11,207) and receptions (837) than any player since he entered the league in 2010. At age 30, he appears to still be at the top of his game, as he is coming off a season with 104 catches for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns. And those numbers were over 15 games because he decided to skip the final week.But how can his new Raiders teammates, especially QB Derek Carr, believe Brown will not throw them under the bus if it fits his mood and brings him more headlines?Will he complain about Gruden’s game plans if he is not targeted 15 times each week?MORE STEELERS:Pittsburgh’s failures with Brown will endureIf I were in charge of the Raiders, I would have a serious chat with Brown about his behavior on social media. I would tell him he needs to put the Steelers in the rear-view mirror and focus on being a great player for his new team. Any tremors felt in the Bay Area this week were less likely to be any type of earthquake and more likely to be emanating from the offices of Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock, where the Raiders’ leaders were shaking as a result of the tweets spewing from recently acquired star receiver/diva extraordinaire Antonio Brown.The second-year coach and first-year general manager had to be thinking, Can’t you lay low and just play ball for awhile, AB? That would have been my hope after parting with a couple draft picks and paying Brown an additional $11.2 million to accept the trade. Meanwhile, the Steelers have to be reminding themselves that a leopard can’t change its spots, and Pittsburgh is better off without the receiver.center_img The reality, though, is such admonishments likely would go in one ear and out the other. It is only a matter of time before Brown posts a damaging tweet about one of his new coaches or teammates, or inflames the opposing team with a taunt.This is who Antonio Brown has become. And it’s unbecoming for any professional athlete.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL.last_img read more

Caldwell, Argonia boys teams fall in sub-state semifinal action

first_imgArgonia’s Kolton Koerner gets pressure from Ashland James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Attica blew past Caldwell 67-42, and Ashland nipped Argonia 45-39 Thursday in the semifinals of the a Class 1A District tournament in Caldwell. Attica will face Ashland in the finals Saturday. Girls’ semifinals are sets for Friday night. On the girls side, Attica and Cunningham play at 6 Friday, followed by Caldwell and Norwich at 7:30. The Girls finals are at 6 Saturday, followed by the boys at 7:30.Here is a wrap up of the two games Thursday in Caldwell.Attica 67, Caldwell 42It was the Devon Newberry show in the first half of this game, as Attica took a 20-6 lead at the end of one quarter and never looked back. Newberry scored 22 of his 28 points in the first half.  He had 12 in the first quarter and hit four 3-pointers in the first half. Attica had a total of six in the first half and led 40-17 at intermission.Attica was shooting very well, and their tight defenses didn’t let Caldwell have many shots.The teams traded baskets in the second half.For Attica Jacob Norris scored 17 and Brady Ricke added eight.Colten Ward led Caldwell with 17, and he started each half with a 3-pointer. Dilyn Volavka scored 10 for Caldwell and Jalen Risley had eight.Caldwell closes its season at 12-9 and Attica moves on at 19-2.Argonia’s Evan Dolley gets an inside layup during battle against Ashland.Ashland 45, Argonia 39Ashland scored eight unanswered points in the final minute and a half to win this back and forth game that saw a lot of lead changes. Argonia led 39-37 when Ashland’s Michael White converted a three-point play to put his team in front 40-39.In the final minute, Caldwell had turnovers, and missed shots which Ashland rebounded. Down the stretch the Ashland Blue Jays hit five of six free throws to get the final margin..Ashland led 11-8 after one quarter, but Argonia stormed back. The Raiders ended the second quarter on a 6-0 run to erase a five-point deficit and led 18-17 at the half.Argonia seemed to take over in the third quarter, The Raiders went on a 10-2 run to end the third with a 30-23 lead.That is when Ashland took over. The Blue Jays started hitting shots it had been missing, and began to utilize its size advantage under the basket more.  Ashland rallied and a 3-pointer by Nathan Reimer tied the game at 35 with 2:32 left.Kolton Koerner led Argonia with 12 and Jason Hess scored nine. Kole Konrade led Ashland with 12.Argonia ends its season at 14-7 and Ashland is now 14-6.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Bucks hold on late for 107-104 win over Pistons

first_imgBucks: Khris Middleton scored 22 points and Bledsoe added 17. … Antetokounmpo actually played 6:03 in the first quarter despite the early fouls. He played 31:11 for the game.Pistons: Andre Drummond had only 10 points to go along with his 14 rebounds and had a dunk attempt blocked by Antetokounmpo late in the first. … Reggie Bullock scored 10 points in the first quarter and finished with a team-high 24.INJURIESMilwaukee was without guard Malcolm Brogdon for a second straight game because of left hamstring soreness.Ersan Ilyasova also missed the game for the Bucks with a nose contusion. The Pistons were without guard Ish Smith (right adductor tear), forward Glenn Robinson III (left ankle sprain) and forward Henry Ellenson (left ankle sprain).IN RESERVED.J. Wilson, a second-year player for Milwaukee who played college basketball at nearby Michigan, came back from a G League assignment and scored a career-high nine points.Sterling Brown also scored nine points off the bench.“They were huge,” Bucks center Brook Lopez said. “Having that kind of energy from the young fellows and having them come out with that kind of confidence, especially defensively, it’s so big time. It was great that they were ready for that opportunity.”BIG QUARTER “No matter how many fouls I have, I’ve got to be aggressive. If I get the third one, I get the third one,” Antetokounmpo said. “Whenever I stop being aggressive, I don’t make plays.”Antetokounmpo made plenty of plays down the stretch, finishing with 32 points and 12 rebounds, and the Bucks held on for a 107-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night when Blake Griffin missed a last-second 3-pointer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGriffin actually missed two 3s in the final 14 seconds. The Detroit star already had a triple-double after three quarters, but it was a difficult fourth for him. Griffin finished with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but he also had 10 turnovers.“We’re not going to win games by 10 turnovers and by making the poor decisions like I did down the stretch,” Griffin said. “I feel bad for these guys because they played so hard and got us back in this game. I wasn’t there for them tonight.” The Pistons rallied from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit and took an 89-86 lead in the fourth when Stanley Johnson connected from 3-point range. Milwaukee was up 100-99 when Eric Bledsoe of the Bucks missed three straight free throws — but Antetokounmpo briefly took over after that.Antetokounmpo put Milwaukee up by three with a dunk, then added a three-point play and another dunk to make it 107-100.The Pistons rallied and had the ball with a chance to tie. Griffin missed from beyond the arc, and after Jose Calderon came up with an offensive rebound, Griffin missed again.“I was unbelievably awful tonight,” Griffin said. “I thought we had a chance to tie it tonight despite everything I did.”TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Johnson finished with 20 points for the Pistons and made four 3-pointers, all in the fourth period.“I thought the second unit came in and played with energy and played hard,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “They got us back into the game.”UP NEXTBucks: Host New Orleans on Wednesday night.Pistons: Visit Minnesota on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates a basket with Sterling Brown (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT — Giannis Antetokounmpo was called for two quick fouls, and with 9:02 remaining in the first quarter, he went to the bench.When he returned, there was still plenty of time for the Milwaukee star to make an impact.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Suns use big 3rd quarter to beat Knicks for 3rd in a row Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

49ers report card: Garoppolo bails out ‘humbled’ defense

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Here is how the 49ers (8-0) graded in Thursday night’s 28-25 win at the Arizona Cardinals (3-5-1):PASS OFFENSE: AJimmy Garoppolo’s four touchdown passes provided the points, and fittingly they came in clutch situations — third-and-3 to George Kittle, third-and-6 to Kendrick Bourne, fourth-and-1 to Emmanuel Sanders and third-and-7 to Dante Pettis. Perhaps the sweetest pass he’s thrown as a 49er resulted in a 22-yard dime to Sanders. Garoppolo still needed to come through …last_img

What’s The Best Time Of Day To Send Emails? [Infographic]

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Email blasts may seem like the out-of-touch old fogey of online marketing, but there’s a reason they keep hanging around: They still work. But that doesn’t mean most businesses understand how to get the most out of them. One of the biggest, hardest-to-answer questions has always been: When is the best time to send out messages? Finally, we have some hard information.As an editor at a number of publications over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to maximize the effectiveness of email newsletters. And I’ve ended up in endless discussions of what time would be best to send them out. And there are literally millions of articles on the Web trying to answer that question.Should it be early in the morning so the email is waiting in recipients’ inboxes when they first log on? Or maybe at lunch time, when people might be more receptive to reading it? How about on weekends, when there might be less competition from other email? Everyone has a theory, but no one seems to really know.This Infographic from GetResponse sheds new light on the question. The email marketing company claims to have analyzed 21 million messages to track open rates and click-through rates (CTR). There’s a lot of information here, but the bottom line seems to be that sending messages at “8am – 10am and 3pm – 4pm can increase their average open rates and CTR by 6%.” And that after 24 hours, the average email open rate approaches zero.Who knew? IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#marketing center_img Related Posts fredric paul Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Suresh Kalmadi walks off TV interview

first_imgEmbattled CWG organising committee boss Suresh Kalmadi wanted to tell it all in a free-wheeling interview with Headlines Today. But he ended up running away from the cameras. Kalmadi staged a dramatic walkout during an interview with Headlines Today executive editor Rahul Kanwal. WATCH THE INTERVIEW. Kalmadi defied the Congress Party’s gag whip to speak to Headlines Today. But he suddenly lost his nerve when faced with pointed questions on corruption and cost escalations in the Games. Why did the cost of the same plug point swing between a mere Rs 396 to a whopping Rs 2700 for different CWG venues? Kalmadi found the question too hot to handle. He refused to answer. And when he saw the damning evidence on the CWG contract documents, he just walked off in a huff. But before the walkout, he told Headlines Today he does not want another trial by the media. He said: “I will clarify everything before the inquiry committee.” Suddenly the swagger had gone, the unflappable Kalmadi was nervous. The same man who declared to the world that all’s well and this would be the best Games ever. This comes on a day when the Income Tax department raided CWG suppliers and the Enforcement Directorate tightened the noose around the organising committee. To a question on how he felt being snubbed by the PM and Sonia Gandhi at the felicitation of athletes, he played down the issue. Kalmadi said: “I was busy seeing off 10,000 people after the Games. My chef de mission Bhubaneswar Kalita was present. I am not hurt at not being invited.” Kalmadi also tried to deflect blame on the mess surrounding the Games Village. He said: “The Games Village was being handled by the Lt Governor. It was handed over late to the organizing committee. The athletes were given the option to stay in the Village or in the hotels. They all preferred the Village.” Kalmadi also skirted questions on the running feud with Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and her bid to take credit for the success of the Games. He said: “Everybody was doing their job. I did my job well. She did hers. All events took place on time. The Games was a grand success.” He also refused to admit that the income tax department had conducted raids and seized crucial documents on the Games. Kalmadi said: “There were no raids, just the continuing probe process.” Kalmadi is a hot potato for the Congress Party and he has dealt a double whammy on himself. Not only did he embarrass himself by walking out, without telling it all, the Congress too is incensed.advertisementThe party is furious that Kalmadi defied the muzzle order. Highly-placed sources in the Congress Party said that the Shunglu Committee is the only forum to air views on Commonwealth Games.ALSO CHECK: CWG scam: Multi-pronged probe gathers steam | CWG: Pics – Those who made India proud | CWG: Pics – The force behind the showlast_img read more

PM Honoured With Key to Portmore

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, was on Friday, June 28, presented with the key to the Municipality of Portmore, in a civic ceremony that was the highlight of a week long celebration of the municipality’s 10-year anniversaryw.At the function held at the Power of Faith Ministries, the Prime Minister was honoured for her invaluable contribution and service in assisting Portmore to achieve municipal status while serving as Minister of Local Government and Community Development in 2003.Expressing gratitude and delight at the special recognition, the Prime Minister said she was honoured to be marking the special milestone with the residents.She noted that as Portmore celebrates its 10th anniversary as a municipality, it can look towards an even brighter future, as the area stands to benefit from some major investment projects being undertaken by the Government.She cited for example, the planned Caymanas Logistics Centre, located close to the municipality, which is part of the Logistics Hub Initiative.The Prime Minister encouraged the Municipal Council to plan for and position the municipality to take advantage of opportunities that will be created by the hub.“I encourage you to begin preparing your young people to acquire the necessary skills training and certification to take up the jobs when they are created from the investments in the hub,” she said.She noted too that the municipality can celebrate the fact that at Naggo Head, some 750,000 square feet of factory space will be developed into an ultra-modern technology park with the potential to employ some 13,000 persons.She informed that already, one investor, in anticipation of the opening of the technology park, has booked the first 100,000 square feet in the facility.The Prime Minister noted that the community has come a far way in 10 years and encouraged the council and citizens to reflect on the journey and plan for the future.The event was celebrated with pomp and pageantry with marching bands heralding the Prime Minister’s arrival and a guard of honour mounted by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Several members of the diplomatic corps; councillors; government officials and scores of students, also attended the event.CONTACT: ANDREA BRAHAMlast_img read more