About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard not afraid to play Chelsea youngsters against Valenciaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard has no qualms about playing his Chelsea youngsters for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia.Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham all started and scored in Saturday’s win over Wolves.And Lampard says he won’t change his selections for the club’s first Champions League clash of the season.”I won’t consider age,” Lampard said. “I don’t consider it because they’ve shown confidence, personality in the group. That’s easy. I just pick them on merit.”Confidence and momentum is great. It’s not quite momentum yet but it is a good feeling to see the team play how they did. We need more clean sheets and we continually need to work on that.”The Champions League is the top club competition in world football and I’m sure Mason, Tammy, Tomori are all excited for it. All the players should be. I’m looking forward to it, my debut as a manager.”
Omaze.com and hip-hop legend, Nas have come together to offer one lucky winner, and a guest, VIP passes to the Governors Ball Music Festival.Until May 31st, anyone can enter to win a chance to be flown to NYC and hang with Nas backstage, then galavant around summer’s hottest music festival with VIP artist passes – so after you wake up from your dream experience with Nas, you can also check out Kanye, Kings Of Leon, and the rest of the all-star line-up.The best part? Its all for an amazing cause: UNICEF’s efforts to save and improve children’s lives world wide. Anyone can enter to win this dream day by visiting Omaze.com and making a $10 donation to UINCEF.Hang with Nas in New York CityOmaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user-friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5 or $10. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, Omaze collects all the entries and selects the winners through a third party computer-generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so participants can see how their donations are impacting lives.
CALGARY — Husky Energy Inc. says its second-quarter financial results were dragged by a heavy maintenance schedule, non-routine write offs and expenses, but those negatives were partly offset by a one-time tax benefit.The integrated oil and gas company had $370 million of net earnings in the quarter, including a negative impact from $77 million in after-tax adjustments that were offset by a $233 million benefit from Alberta corporate tax reductions.The profit amounted to 36 cents per share, down from 44 cents per share, or $448 million overall, in last year’s second quarter. However, net income was above the consensus estimate of 32 cents per share from financial markets data firm Refinitiv. It didn’t provide a revenue estimate for Husky’s second quarter.Husky says its revenue net of royalties was $5.30 billion, down from $5.88 billion in last year’s second quarter. Funds from operations dropped to $802 million or 80 cents per share from $1.21 billion or $1.20 per share.The Calgary-based company says it’s on track with a plan outlined at its recent investor day.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)The Canadian Press
Los Angeles: Actor Joel Edgerton has signed on for a role in the Barry Jenkins series “The Underground Railroad”. Edgerton will play the part of Ridgeway, a slave catcher. He joins previously announced cast members Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon and Aaron Pierre, reports variety.com. The role will mark Edgerton’s first regular TV role in some time. He previously starred in the series “The Secret Life of Us”, in his native Australia early in his career in addition to a handful of other TV roles. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Nowadays, Edgerton is known for his film work. He most recently starred in, wrote, and directed the film “Boy Erased”, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. He made his feature directorial debut in 2015 with the thriller “The Gift”, in which he also starred and wrote. His other film roles include “Loving”, “Red Sparrow”, “Bright”, “Jane Got a Gun” and “Midnight Special”. Based on Colson Whitehead’s book of the same name, “The Underground Railroad” chronicles young Cora’s (Mbedu) journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumoured Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Jenkins will direct all 11 episodes of the one-hour series in what will be his first attempt at directing a TV series in its entirety.
Kolkata: There seems to be some respite in sight for South Bengal that may get the much-awaited relief from the scorching summer heat early next week as the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore has predicted thundershowers for a couple of days from Tuesday onwards.The Nor’wester is likely to hit various South Bengal districts on Tuesday bringing moderate rainfall accompanied with gusty winds. The entire South Bengal has been under intense heat spell for the past few days with the mercury touching 42 degree Celsius in the Western districts. A heat wave has also been sweeping through districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Jhargram and East Midnapore. The poll-bound districts where elections will be held in as many as eight constituencies on Sunday may continue to burn on poll day, the MeT office warned. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Rain and thundershowers are likely to take place in various South Bengal districts including Kolkata during the afternoon hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rains will push the mercury down by a few notches. People will have some respite from the excessive heat in the later half of the week,” a senior official of the Alipore MeT office said. The districts including West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia were among the others to have registered highest temperature on Saturday with mercury hovering over 40-43 degree Celsius. In case of other South Bengal districts, the mercury remained between 35-37 degree Celsius. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, two poll personnel including a presiding officer fell ill in Bankura and East Midnapore respectively on Saturday. A polling person who went to the distribution centre at Bankura Christian College to collect the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) fell ill. He was admitted to Bankura Sammilani Hospital. On the other hand, another presiding officer also complained of heat-related discomfort at the distribution centre in East Midnapore’s Tamluk. He was taken to the Tamluk district hospital for treatment.
With an 11-3 record, the Arizona Cardinals were the first team in the NFC to clinch a playoff berth and have already tied their franchise record for wins in a season. All this, despite losing their top two quarterbacks, Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, to injury. With a win Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals would clinch the NFC West and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.But much like the Florida State Seminoles in their run to the College Football Playoff, the Cardinals have eked out wins in a lot of close games. So the question remains, are the Cardinals lucky or good? They’re lucky — Arizona probably isn’t as strong as its record — but also have been one of the most clutch teams in the NFL this season.Let’s begin with the luck. The most unambiguous measure of luck in football is fumble recoveries. They tend to be random acts, and a team with an unusually high fumble recovery rate one year generally regresses to the mean the next. The Cardinals lead the NFL in fumble recovery percentage; they’ve recovered 17 of 27 (63 percent).More generally, Arizona has not controlled games like a team that has won 11 of its first 14 games. The Cardinals have had, on average, a 52 percent chance to win across all of their plays in all of their games this season, which ranks 15th in the NFL. Every other team with at least 10 wins ranks in the top 10 in average win probability.A team with an average win probability around 50 percent would be expected to win about half of its games. Similarly, a team with a scoring margin of +43 — as the Cardinals have through 14 games — would be expected to win about eight games.Pythagorean expectations, which were first popularized by baseball’s Bill James and then translated to the NFL, can be used to estimate how many games a team “should” win based on its points scored and points allowed. By this measure, the Cardinals have 2.7 more wins than would be expected. That is the biggest difference between expected wins and actual wins in the NFL and the largest by a team since the Colts went 11-5 in the 2012 season with a negative scoring margin.A higher-than-expected win total suggests a team is winning close games, which is exactly what Arizona is doing. The Cardinals are 5-0 in games decided by eight points or fewer, the best winning percentage and tied for the most wins in the NFL. Arizona has an NFL-high four wins in which they trailed entering the fourth quarter.Winning close games, however, is not purely luck. The Cardinals have an uncanny ability to perform their best with the game on the line. They lead the NFL in points allowed (43), points margin (+59) and turnover margin (+12) in the fourth quarter. And a metric called win probability added, which looks at a team’s contributions to winning (accounting for late, close-game situations), has them atop the NFL when adding their offensive, defensive and special teams WPA.A mixture of luck and clutch plays have the Cardinals one win away from home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. With a 7-0 record at home, who knows what will happen once the playoffs begin, as the Cardinals look to complete one of the most improbable runs in NFL history.
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is looking to the bright side of things by stating that a squad with no World Cup stars gives the kids the “pre-season of their lives”The Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho has repeatedly lamented the fact that so many so his first-team players are still away on holiday due to their participation at this summer’s World Cup with only a dozen, so far, having returned for pre-season training.Switzerland midfielder Nemanja Matic has now returned to the squad, while new signing Fred and goalkeeper David de Gea are set to join the squad at their US training camp within the week.But United will still have to make do without the likes of World Cup winner Paul Pogba due to reaching the latter stages of the competition.With just 18 days till their Premier League opener against Leicester City, last season’s runners-up will likely have to use academy players like Tahith Chong and James Garner.But Mata is trying to stay positive.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We all know that this is not the squad that is going to be the first-team squad when we start the Premier League in the first game of the season,” said the Spaniard, according to MEN.“But it is what it is. And I like to see it in a positive way, which is so many youngsters are with us.“It speaks very well about how the Manchester United academy is working and it’s an incredible experience for them. So for us, the senior players, it’s about getting some minutes and getting the rhythm of the game.“And for the kids, it’s just the pre-season of their lives, I believe. Because, if I was 19, 20, 18 and I had the chance to play with first-team players of Manchester United, I will definitely try to take my chance.“So, yeah, we are not still all here, but the ones that are here, we are trying to enjoy it as much as we can.”
Juventus director Beppe Marotta believes that they have “put together a very competitive team because we want to go all the way in all our objectives.”Juventus is playing their first home game of the season today against Lazio, and Ronaldo was handed his home debut too.Juventus director Marotta is confident that with the signings they have made, that Juventus can win all the trophies they compete for this season.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“In this squad there is no classic divide between first choice and substitutes, they are all co-starters here. We put together a very competitive team because we want to go all the way in all our objectives,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia, via Football Italia.“The club supports the work of the Coach on a daily level. The players understand they can’t always start and are all very professional, so the frequent squad rotation allows them all to be in good shape and mentally engaged.“It takes real intelligence to get the players to accept and embrace that situation, certainly more so than in recent years.”
Argentine legend Jorge Valdano, analyzed Real Madrid’s defeat at Sevilla in detail this Thursday and how The Best awards affected the squad.There are many authorized voices that usually talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona with objectivity, but very few of them tend to be as poignant as Argentine legend Jorge Valdano who has a long history with Los Blancos.The former striker started his career as a manager after football but he soon realized that his place was more helpful for the beautiful sport as an analyst and a scholar, today Valdano has written many books about football and he also has a unique point of view about the biggest names in world football.Just last week, we could see him conducting an interview to Pep Guardiola on his ‘Universo Valdano’ show that airs on Spanish cable. This Thursday he was invited by renowned Spanish journalist Jose Ramon de la Morena, to his radio show ‘El Transistor’, where he discussed many interesting topics but the most interesting one was the Spanish giants’ La Liga defeats this past Wednesday.Both Barcelona and Real Madrid lost their matches against Leganes and Sevilla, respectively. As a football analyst, these types of matches usually peak Jorge Valdano’s interest because we don’t get to see grand clubs like these losing on the same day.Valdano’s analysis was more about Real Madrid because losing 3-0 was more shocking than Barcelona’s defeat, the Catalan club’s result happened due to isolated mistakes, whereas Los Blancos were demolished by Sevilla.Valdano en @ElTransistorOC: “El Sevilla encontró pasillos por todos los lados” https://t.co/OnScnFUTwO pic.twitter.com/jJzG4U6GKw— MARCA (@marca) September 27, 2018During the space in which he spoke about Real Madrid’s odd result from last Wednesday, Valdano spoke in detail about the reasons he thinks this happened and he also hinted at the possibility of The Best award ceremony affecting their performance during the same week.“We could see a vastly more tired Real Madrid during the second half of this match, Lopetegui told the players to stay in the back in order to protect the result.”“The Best awards are a distraction from modern football and they are never great for when the team needs resting time, and it possibly doesn’t help in the game’s preparation either.”“There has to be an explanation about the cold manner in which Real Madrid went out and played that game.”“There was once chance from Sevilla before the 15-second mark and then the Andalusian squad offered an exhibition that found the best holes on the wings, Real Madrid couldn’t defend from the sides. The Sevilla players appeared to be more focused, they also looked quicker.”Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“When Real Madrid received the first blow, it was impossible for them to get back in the game. They suffered too much after that.”“They did improve during the second half, but it simply wasn’t enough. Today both Real Madrid and Barcelona can feel bad for their own result, but they can also feel salvaged by their rival’s loss,” said Valdano during the interview on ‘El Transistor’ for Radio Marca and Onda Cero.Last night, both Barcelona and Real Madrid lost on the same day for the first time since January 2015. pic.twitter.com/xr53bRyqbB— Football Factly (@FootballFactly) September 27, 2018Both Spanish giants lose on the same day, three years laterThe last time that Real Madrid and Barcelona lost on the very same day was three years ago, exactly 1,361 days later during the 2014-2015 season. During that time, Carlo Ancelotti was the Real Madrid manager and he was coming out of the historic ‘Decima’ (Real Madrid’s 10th European Cup).Los Blancos really struggled to find their center during that season and they had an overall forgettable performance, they lost 2-1 in Mestalla on the 4th of January, 2017. But FC Barcelona’s situation was a lot different after that Sunday, they lost 1-0 in Anoeta against Real Sociedad in a weird day for manager Luis Enrique who oddly left Lionel Messi on the bench from the start of the match.That defeat served the Catalan club as a moment of clarity, that was good enough for them to win their second treble in history by the end of the season. Messi’s absence at the start of that game would be a warning for Luis Enrique, who never imagined what a historic season the Argentine player would have in every competition he played.Three years later the same thing happened to both clubs, it should be interesting to see how they perform throughout the current season and if one of both clubs will have a historic year. Valdano was right to point out that both clubs losing left everything the same, but Real Madrid has a much more difficult weekend as they face Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu.Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga this season 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/MCDJiQqIMo— SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 27, 2018Which of both clubs will finish the season with more trophies, Real Madrid or Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Related Items:christmas eve party, wheeland Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Dec 2015 – It is Christmas Eve and it is just hours now to a long holiday weekend and the time of year to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, a most prominent season on the Christian calendar. While there will continue to be shopping and saving for the consumers across the islands, there are still some community parties planned including one to be hosted by Wheeland District, Member of Parliament Hon Delroy Williams. Williams says the event will take place at the recently refurbished and named Kareem Walkin Basketball court in the community. ‘Christmas in Wheeland’ is set for 4:30pm to 8pm later today and features games, toys, food and bouncing castle. Monday is also a public or bank holiday in the Turks and Caicos. Hot PNP race pegged for Wheeland District PNP supporter ‘no-show’ at Wheeland Claims & Objections Overgrown bush moved by MPs and TCEM
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory, which is in effect until 2pm Tuesday, but could be extended depending on fire behavior. Sean Baines with the National Weather Service: “Smoke will likely be dense along the highway along Cooper Landing to Sterling along the highway. Not only should be people driving be careful, but those with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside and are advised to use caution.” Interior Kenai Peninsula, including the Sterling Highway corridor from Sterling to Cooper Landing. Smoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times. A dense smoke advisory means fires will create widespread smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. Air quality monitors have been set up near the fire area. Data from monitors in Cooper Landing can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y3rsbkr5. The monitor in Sterling can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y5ens5fv.
Money held by Indians in Swiss Banks fell to a record low of Rs 8,392 crore (1,217 million swiss franc) at the end of 2015, said latest data by Swiss National Bank (SNB). The fall was nearly by two-third of the Rs. 23,000 crore stashed in December of 2006.This was the lowest amounts held by Indians in Swiss Bank since the data was officially released in 1997 for the first time. Last year too (2014), the fall was a record number, with amount hovering around 1,776 million Swiss francs.Press Trust of India noted that SNB’s data on “amounts due to their clients” or “liabilities” do not mean or indicate anything to do with India’s hotly debated black money numbers. Neither does it factor in accounts kept by Indians under names or entities registered outside India in a foreign country.SNB data said the amount held by all foreign individuals and entities saw a near 4 percent fall to 1.41 trillion Swiss francs (about Rs. 98 lakh crore) from the previous year.”PM Modi gets Switzerland’s support to tackle tax evasion”Account Break UpGiving a break down in the accounts held by Indians, SNB said while the total amount held directly by Indians was 1,206.71 million Swiss francs, fiduciaries or wealth managers managed accounts of another 10.89 million. Fiduciaries accounts too saw a 71 percent fall from 37.92 million Swiss francs stashed at 2014-end; it used to be in billions till 2007, noted PTI.Savings and Deposit account liabilities saw a 61 percent fall to 425.8 million Swiss francs in a year period. However, the money held through other banks doubled to 270.4 million Swiss francs. Funds held in the form of securities by Indians grew from 297 million Swiss francs to 510.4 million.”Money held by Indians in Swiss Banks: Rs 8,392 crore”Regulatory Mechanisms The news agency added that regulatory crack down from countries across the globe, including India, had led to a fall in Swiss amount. It noted that the Swiss’ secrecy wall was crumbling for Indians who are under scrutiny by many measures back home.A supreme court monitored special investigative team (SIT), a new law to clampdown hoarding black money abroad, anti money laundering act and compliance window offer by government of India was tightening the noose, said the agency.India is one of the early adopters of the Automatic Exchange Of Information (AEOI) standards approved by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Switzerland is set to adopt the standards by 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited the European nation past week stressed for an early start of negotiations on AEOI.
A gang of robbers allegedly raped four women after committing burglary in a house at Karnafuli in the port city of Chittagong on 12 December, reports UNB.After five days of the mugging, a case was filed with Karnafuli police station in this regard.During the robbery no male members of the family were present in the house.The victims alleged that the muggers stormed into the house around 1:00am after cutting the grills of windows and snatched jewellery, valuables and cash money.Later, at gunpoint, they raped three sister-in-laws and one of their female relatives, who was visiting them on the day.Local Union Parishad chairman Didarul Islam blamed the non-corporation of law enforcers for the delay in case filing.Victim’s family members said on 13 December, police sent them to Patia thana while they went to Karnafuli police station to file a case, and Patia police again redirected them to Karnafuli.With the interference of state minister for land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, police finally took the case and arrested two people in this regard.Meanwhile, Karnafuli police station officer-in-charge Syed Mostafa said firstly they (victims) did not mention about the rapes and referred a different name of their village that actually falls under Patia police station.After one or two days they corrected the name of their village and the case filed accordingly, he added.
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the country’s first metro rail will formally be launched on 16 December 2021, reports UNB.The minister came up with the information after a meeting on the progress of work of the project at its Agargaon site office.Quader said, “We shouldn’t think traffic jam will disappear on completion of the construction of MRT Line-6. It’ll come down only on completion of the total six routes of the metro rail project by 2030.”He went on saying, “It took 25 years for Singapore to complete its metro rail construction and it will take less than 18 years for our country.”The minister said the construction of the 20-kilometre long MRT Line-1 from Kamalapur to airport will start soon.The country’s first underground metro rail will be built on this route, he said adding that the cost of the project will be equal to that of Padma Bridge and MRT Line-6.MAN Siddique, managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL), highlighted the progress of eight packages of the project at the meeting.
Share President Trump is set to announce his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, fulfilling a promise he made to social conservatives on the campaign trail to name someone like the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative icon whose seat has been vacant for almost a year.The White House moved up the announcement by two days, a step that observers saw as an attempt to change the subject away from the president’s controversial immigration order. The order has provoked widespread criticism in the U.S. and among allies abroad, not to mention among leading Republicans in Congress.Whoever the president selects, the confirmation hearings are likely to set up a full-scale attack from Democrats on some of Trump’s immigration policies.The leading contenders for the nomination are said to be three federal appeals court judges: all very conservative, all relatively young, all millionaires and all nominated to the bench by President George W. Bush.The two who seem to be at the head of the line are Neil Gorsuch, a well-regarded 49-year-old judge on the appeals court based in Denver, and Thomas Hardiman, a popular 51-year-old judge on the appeals court based in Philadelphia. Hardiman is said to be well-liked by Maryanne Trump Barry, the president’s sister, a judge on the same Philadelphia court.Gorsuch and Hardiman seem in some ways to be the flip sides of each other: Gorsuch is a scholarly Ivy Leaguer and Hardiman is a longtime litigator with lots of experience trying cases, who is said to have a “practical approach.”The diplomatic Ivy LeaguerGorsuch, a Colorado native, is proof that you can acquire a personality that is diametrically different from your parents. His mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, was a highly controversial, take-no-prisoners head of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Reagan administration, and known for being quite the bomb thrower.But lawyers and judges alike describe her son as unfailingly polite, diplomatic, a good listener and a good colleague — to the point of being obsequious.Gorsuch is a reliable conservative on social issues. His best-known votes are in decisions siding with challenges to regulations requiring employers to provide birth control coverage for women under the Affordable Care Act.He earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, where he co-founded a newspaper aimed at rebutting what he considered the dominant liberal and “politically correct” philosophy on campus. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he also earned a doctorate in legal philosophy at Oxford University, where he studied as a Truman Scholar.In private practice in Washington, D.C., Gorsuch represented mostly corporate clients, and in 2005 he became principal associate attorney general in the Bush administration Justice Department. A year later, Gorsuch was nominated to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where he has earned a reputation as a cerebral conservative with a flair for vivid and clear writing that is similar to — though not as sharp in tone as — Justice Scalia’s.He is known as a critic of a decades-old Supreme Court legal precedent that requires courts to defer to reasonable agency interpretations of ambiguous language in broad statutes. In that sense, he is more conservative than Scalia, who supported that precedent.The “down to earth,” pro-Second Amendment nominee In contrast to Judge Gorsuch, Judge Hardiman is not an Ivy Leaguer, but as one of his friends put it, he went to the “Catholic Ivy Leagues” — Notre Dame University for his undergraduate degree and Georgetown for his law degree, where he helped put himself through school driving a cab.He was initially nominated by President George W. Bush to the federal district court in Pittsburgh and was later elevated to the Philadelphia appeals court.His conservatism has demonstrated itself most prominently in gun cases, where he has ruled often in favor of the right to bear arms. For instance, he dissented from a decision that upheld New Jersey’s restrictive law on who may receive a permit to carry a gun. The Supreme Court left that decision in place by refusing to review it.It did review — and uphold — a decision Hardiman wrote declaring that jails were justified in conducting strip searches of individuals arrested but not yet convicted of any charge, even a minor traffic charge.Hardiman is one of those people who is well-liked by associates of all political stripes. He is described as “down to earth” and smart; he is, as a friend put it, “a closet scholar.” He “knows the Hobbes and Lockean philosophy behind the Federalist Papers.”Friends and associates describe him as “a devout Catholic,” one who “knows Thomas Aquinas.”Several people noted that because of his many years as a trial lawyer and trial judge, he has more experience trying cases than most of the other Supreme Court justices.The nominee who would cause an uproar The third contender for the vacant Supreme Court seat is Alabama’s William H. Pryor Jr., who sits on the federal appeals court based in Atlanta. He was the odds-on favorite going in, in part because he is a protege of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for attorney general.But Pryor’s record is by far the most controversial. Among other things, he called Roe v. Wade the “worst abomination” in American jurisprudence. As Alabama state attorney general, Pryor urged the Supreme Court to uphold state laws that criminalized private consensual homosexual conduct.While Judges Hardiman and Gorsuch were both confirmed without dissent, Pryor was blocked by Democrats and was only confirmed in a later deal. So a Pryor nomination would undoubtedly spark a major donnybrook.Democrats, of course, are in the minority in the Senate, which must confirm the president’s nominee.Many Democratic senators view the Supreme Court nomination as one that was stolen from them when Republicans, in a precedent-setting move, refused for almost a year to even consider President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the seat left vacant when Justice Scalia passed away.Already, some Democrats are promising to filibuster any nominee. The filibuster is still in place for Supreme Court nominees, meaning it would take 60 votes to confirm.But Republicans could change that rule pretty much any time they want. Some Democrats may want to save that card for the next battle — when, if there is a vacancy, President Trump would likely be replacing, not a conservative like Scalia, but a more liberal justice, thus changing the balance on the Supreme Court for decades. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Photo via Wikimedia CommonsMajor League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay’s ICON A5 went down about noon Tuesday near Holiday, Florida.The sheriff’s office marine unit responded to the downed plane and found Halladay’s body. No survivors were found.They said they couldn’t confirm if there were additional passengers on the plane or say where it was headed.Halladay retired in 2013 after 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays followed by four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. Share
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet farmers of the national Capital in the wake of unseasonal rains, which have damaged the standing crops in North India. Besides, Kejriwal is likely to lay out his government’s roadmap for the dwellers of the unauthorised colonies in the capital, government sources said. “The Chief Minister will address the Sahyog Rally in Mundka on Saturday. He would listen to their problems especially of those whose crops have been damaged by rain,” he said. The rally will be held at Mundka in north west Delhi where a sizeable number of farmers live. “Kejriwal will also share with those living in unauthorised colonies his government’s plans for them,” an official said, adding that he will meet them and listen to their problems on Sunday.