Notice to Mehbooba on “illegal recruitments” in J&K Bank

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Sunday served a notice on former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti asking her “to explain her position before it regarding the illegal recruitments in the Jammu and Kashmir Bank”. Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) detained Engineer Rashid, an MLA.During the course of investigation of case FIR No. 10/2019, it has surfaced that some appointments were made by the Chairman J&K Bank on references and recommendations of a few Ministers, said the ACB notice.“It may please be clarified whether such references had your endorsement, verbal or otherwise for appointments in J&K Bank,” it added. A PDP leader confirming the letter told The Hindu that the party “was expecting it since the PDP is at the forefront of unifying political parties in J&K”.Ms. Mehbooba in her tweet said: “Not surprised to receive a letter from the Anti-Corruption Bureau. Concerted efforts are being made to browbeat mainstream leaders & thwart potential efforts for a collective response. I am too small an entity vis-a-vis the cause that unites us today. Such tactics won’t work.” Earlier in the day, Ms. Mufti called for a meet of all political parties, including separatists, at 6 p.m. in Srinagar.In a separate development, Peoples United Front leader Shah Faesal said the NIA had summoned Awami Ittehad party chief Engineer Rashid to Delhi.“Er. Rashid’s credentials as a public person are known to everyone but his outspoken nature and a unique stance on Kashmir seems to have rattled some interests in Delhi. It’s surprising that a person who has been an elected MLA is being treated in the most unfair manner,” said Mr. Faesal. He demanded that the NIA should immediately conclude the investigations and send Mr. Rashid back to Srinagar as the Kashmir valley was missing him in this moment of crisis when a war-like situation had been created.last_img read more

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Phoenix open to more trades after failed PBA Govs’ Cup bid

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It’s really painful, disappointing conference for us. It’s more painful knowing it’s our first time to miss the quarterfinals. A lot more sleepless nights especially that we’re going to have to wait until December for the all-Filipino before we can play again.” Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Phoenix has had a busy season after being involved in several trade deals.The Fuel Masters, however, aren’t done yet in revamping their roster especially after a failed campaign in the 2017 Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “Obviously, [we have] a need for additional big man in the draft. We don’t need just one, we need two more big men. Doug (Kramer) played well today, but we don’t have any more big man yet to complement, especially in the all-Filipino,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia after a loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday eliminated the Fuel Masters from playoff contention.“Our bigs like Willie Wilson, Eriobu are small bigs. We’re looking at the draft and of course, we are open to trades. We always discuss with management whatever comes our way that’s how we rebuild.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Fuel Masters made several moves this season. They traded second-year playmaker Simon Enciso to Alaska for veteran guard RJ Jazul, before acquiring former national team mainstay Jeff Chan from Rain or Shine, who got Mark Borboran and a future second round pick in return.Phoenix have also unloaded flashy guard Cyrus Baguio and got Dylan Ababou and NLEX’s 2020 second round pick. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The team also took part in a three-team deal that sent TNT’s Ranidel de Ocampo to Meralco on Monday where the Fuel Masters let go of rookie Norbert Torres and ended up with the Bolts’ first round pick in this year’s draft and the KaTropa’s second round pick in 2019.Phoenix had a promising start this conference, winning its first two games. But the Fuel Masters’ campaign took a turn for the worse after their explosive import Eugene Phelps suffered a foot injury last month and star swingman Matthew Wright missed five games due to national team commitments.“Honestly, we didn’t know that Eugene’s injury was a stress fracture on his left foot. He was playing with pain and he wasn’t the same,” Vanguardia recalled. “We had to make a change, and Brandon (Brown) wasn’t in shape yet. We lost that long preparation we had before the conference.”“We also didn’t get lucky with the schedule. Our national team player missed the most out of our games. He missed five games this conference. It was tough because we saw how he can deliver when he’s with us for long stretches,” Vanguardia said of Wright.Wright unleashed 36 points while Brandon Brown added 33 points and 20 rebounds, but despite their big production, Phoenix still went on to drop its eighth straight game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PVL: San Beda thwarts St. Benilde for second win View commentslast_img read more

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Joshua Pacio looks to thrive under pressure in chase to regain belt

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH U14 girls team qualifies for ITF World Juniors Championships ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Team Lakay has been under a microscope ever since the famed stable lost all of its four World titles in ONE Championship in a span of three months at the start of 2019.ADVERTISEMENT “If there’s an opportunity for a knockout, I’ll go for it. But based on experience, you can’t look too much for a knockout cause it usually turns out the other way around,” said Pacio. “If we’re going to look at it in the point system, I still feel like I won. But if you’re watching the bout, I understand how they feel that Saruta won—he kept moving forward and he was aggressive.”“Now the plan is to be committed with my attack. Last time, I was caught off guard and I wasn’t able to throw what I wanted to.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “This is not a new situation to us, we’re used to it already,” said Pacio. “In situations like this, the pressure is our friend. Now it’s up to us on how we’ll get our belts back.”Pacio was the first Team Lakay fighter to lose his World title after Saruta’s aggression and early control of the fight earned the Japanese the razor-thin decision win.Geje Eustaquio came next, yielding the ONE World flyweight belt to Adriano Moraes.Team Lakay then suffered its greatest defeat when Kevin Belingon lost the ONE World featherweight belt to Bibiano Fernandes and Eduard Folayang relinquishing the ONE World lightweight title to Shinya Aoki on March 31 in Tokyo.Pacio said he’s going all out in his rematch with Saruta especially since he believes he was the true winner of their first fight in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT There is, however, someone who can start reclaiming Lakay’s glorious mystique from 2018 and that is 23-year-old Joshua Pacio.Pacio (13-3) was once the owner of the ONE World strawweight championship but he suffered an unfortunate split decision loss to Japanese fighter Yosuke Saruta (19-8-3) back in January, but he’s focused more than ever to regain the strap that once belonged to him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe strawweight contender will have a chance at his previous title on Friday when he faces Saruta for the rematch in the co-main event of ONE: Roots of Honor at Mall of Asia Arena with thousands of prying eyes set to watch him intently.And Pacio is relishing that attention. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

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Lamborghini reveals the Aventador LP 750-4 SV Roadster

first_imgLamborghini unveiled its new car, the Aventador LP 750-4 SV Roadster at Pebble Beach and it is as good as the Coupe, if not better. Carrying just 50 kilo extra than the Coupe version, Lamborghini has once again created a car that looks and means business.Under the hood it sports the same 750 bhp producing 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine as found in the Aventador LP 750-4 SV Coupe. Going from 0-100 kmph, the Roadster is just one-tenth of a second slow from the Coupe, reaching 100 kmph in 2.9 seconds as compared to the Coupe’s 2.8 seconds. The car can reach top speeds of up to 350 kmph.Lamborghini made 600 units of the Aventador LP 750-4 SV Roadster Coupe which have all been sold out. The Roadster will see only 500 units made. The entire car is built by hand at Lamborghini’s Italy plant.The different add-ons in the Roadster over the Coupe have been used to create more downforce.last_img read more

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U’khand CM felicitates Laskshya Sen, Kuhoo Garg

first_imgDehradun, Jul 26 (PTI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has honoured Asia junior badminton champion Lakshya Sen by presenting him with a cheque of Rs 5.53 lakh at a felicitation ceremony held at the chief minister’s residence here. At the event held yesterday, Rawat also presented Kuhoo Garg, who won the Lagos International Badminton Classics, with a cheque of Rs 2 lakh. “The children of Uttarakhand grow up in the lap of nature and are therefore strong. They also have the spirit to excel in whichever field they choose. The success of Lakshya Sen and Kuhoo Garg is a victory of our youth who are showing promise in every sports,” the chief minister said. Sen said his efforts would be directed towards bringing glory to his country and state in the future. Since Garg is in Russia nowadays, the cash award was received by her parents. On Sunday, Lakshya became only the third Indian shuttler to win the Asia Junior Championships after late Gautam Thakkar (1965) and Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu (2012). He defeated the reigning world junior champion, Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand, in straight games at the finals in Jakarta, Indonesia. On the same day, Kuhoo Garg and Ria Mukherjee had won the women’s doubles title in the Lagos International badminton tournament in Nigeria. PTI ALMHMBlast_img read more

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Heynckes confirms Muller injury

first_imgBayern München Muller suffers thigh injury in Paderborn thrashing Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 04:40 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) thomas muller - cropped Bongarts Bayern München DFB Pokal Paderborn v Bayern München Paderborn The Germany international was withdrawn early during Bayern’s 6-0 DFB-Pokal victory and his manager has confirmed the problem Thomas Muller suffered bruising to his thigh in Bayern Munich’s 6-0 DFB-Pokal quarter-final win over Paderborn, head coach Jupp Heynckes has confirmed.The Germany international was replaced by Corentin Tolisso after 32 minutes of Tuesday’s match, with Bayern leading 2-0.Heynckes says the forward was taken off as a precaution and expects updates on the problem over the coming days. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Muller has a bruised thigh so we’ll have to see how the injury develops over the next few days,” he said. “He could have carried on, but was restricted and unable to give his maximum.” Muller’s injury did not prove a hindrance to Bayern, with Joshua Kimmich, Tolisso and an Arjen Robben double adding to Kingsley Coman and Robert Lewandowski’s earlier goals to secure their semi-final spot.”Of course, everyone is delighted that we have qualified for the next round,” said Heynckes. “We dealt with the difficult surface very well, scored wonderful goals and deserved the win.”Kimmich was impressed with the way the 3.Liga leaders performed at Benteler-Arena, despite the one-sided nature of the scoreline.”They played really bravely,” he told Sky. “Huge compliments to Paderborn. They tried to play football on this surface.”Paderborn coach Steffen Baumgart added: “It’s impressive how they take advantage of things. We tried, but the opposition was too big for us.”last_img read more

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Tres Maestros An amalgam of representational art

first_imgOrganised by Allure Art, an exhibition titled ‘Tres Maestros’, which is an amalgam of representational art, at a time which has been dubbed as a slowing down period for exhibitions, is destined to become a landmark show of the Capital.Consisting of the works of a formidable triad of artists – Niren Sengupta, Nupur Kundu, and Niladri Pal – this exhibition at the Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre is guaranteed to appeal to every class of viewers from July 22 to 26, 2019. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe representational art from these palettes will have another plus point in their large size formats, which will allow viewers to enjoy the works of these senior artists. Once again, through this exhibition, viewers will be reminded of the vivid details of their strong points as they appear on a gallery wall, and is made known through a common medium of acrylic on canvas. This tripartite pictorial engagement will not be a rehash of old works by these artists, but will sport a collective of fresh canvases that dazzle with the brilliance of colour applications, triggering liberating moods and definable strokes. It is tactile and subliminal, pictorial and perspective-ridden, thoughtful and playful, bearing a strong narrative, knitting them into a holistic yet distinct arrangement. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhile the works of senior artist Niren Sengupta will bear a sensory quality suggestive of the solidity of form, through their squared chunkiness, the instant appeal of his works will come from his colour palette choices, as also the astute placements of his forms that suggest an entertaining theatricality. Ranging from sombre browns to eye-catching blues and greys and ochres, the vision is drawn towards the central plane, of spatial sparseness amidst the accents of colour blocks, orchestrating on the peripheral surrounds. Coming to the works of artist Niladri Pal, the viewer will not be burdened with the task of abstract interpretation, but only up to a point. His flowing images of the youthful female figure central to space has a strong realistic format The stark features of the faces is fleecily covered with dubs of pinks and blues, violets and crimson, ably contrasted against a plain backdrop which too, is dotted with whimsical baubles of colour daubs. The works of artist Nupur Kundu will make your eye travel into deep depths as also expand the vision to take in the panoramic view.last_img read more

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Peer support workers on front lines of the OD crisis need support

first_imgVANCOUVER – Trey Helten has known almost every one of the 50 or so people he has treated for overdoses on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside since February.As a former heroin and methamphetamine user who lived in the neighbourhood for three years before getting clean and returning “to do something positive,” he’s one of many peer support volunteers and workers playing a vital role in stemming the overdose crisis that has devastated the province.Unlike professional workers such as paramedics and firefighters, Helten and many peer support volunteers are dealing with the loss of their friends, with no formalized supports in place.“It would be nice if we had regular access to some sort of 24/7 counselling down here. I just knew one participant who came back from his tent and found his girlfriend dead from an overdose. And he didn’t really have anyone else to talk to. It just encourages the cycle (of drug use),” he said.Helten himself had a tough day recently when a drug user reverted to childlike state, asking his mother why she didn’t protect him from his stepfather, but Helten said he managed to avoid relapsing by phoning his Narcotics Anonymous sponsor.“I walked off shift that day feeling like my eyes were vibrating,” he said. “It had really upset me and I felt like I had a contact high.”Consistently, he has heard that peer support workers and volunteers are more trusted by drug users because they have shared experience. He has also heard they need more support than they’re getting.They are often drug users themselves and are being traumatized again by the scope of loss in their community, he said.“We’ve spoken with a number of peers who’ve subsequently left peer positions or moved on from them just because they can’t cope with the stress they’re experiencing,” McNeil said.“They’re both dealing with the stress and hazards of doing the work that they do while also losing people in their community — friends, family members and so on.”The BC Coroners Service said 1,451 people died of illicit drug overdoses last year in the province.Helten said he wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for safe-injection sites and the peer support workers who helped him. So he wanted to return to the Downtown Eastside after getting clean to do his part.“I was an IV heroin and crystal methamphetamine user, covered in scabs, 160 pounds, jaundiced, yellow eyes, very sickly,” said Helten, 35.“Peer support workers were the only people who treated me like a human being while I was in my addiction.”Helten spends at least five hours a day volunteering with the Overdose Prevention Society and receives a daily $10 honorarium for his work.While he doesn’t expect full pay, Helten said more recognition of the role that peer support volunteers play would go a long way.For him, the ideal would be a scholarship fund or education support. He’d like to be a social worker someday.In the meantime, he’s adding the work he does with the Overdose Prevention Society to his resume.Sarah Blyth, executive director of the Overdose Prevention Society, said peer volunteers are often the first people on the scene, reviving drug users with naloxone and other emergency measures.“They’re the unsung heroes for sure in this crisis,” she said.The Overdose Prevention Society provides them with training, a certificate that will hopefully help lead to future employment and connects them with counsellors when needed. Support is often arranged on an ad hoc basis and the society might help volunteers find housing or veterinarians for their animals.“We do what we can. We get concert tickets, everything else that they deserve, we try to get them time off and we fundraise for them,” she said.Blyth said she’d like to see peer workers recognized in a more formal way.“I think making sure that people have, when everything is said and done, support and opportunities to move up and move forward into employment. Because there’s nobody better, nobody more qualified in this crisis than these front-line workers.”There are some supports in place. In June, for example, the provincial government said its mobile response team had provided critical incident support and training to more than 6,000 people working on the front lines.The 13-member team includes counsellors, psychologists, trauma experts and first responders and it has travelled to 57 communities in B.C.“Workers being exposed to frequent traumatic events may be susceptible to compassion fatigue, trauma, and other stress-related harm. The MRT helps people proactively address the cumulative stress of their jobs during the overdose crisis,” the Provincial Health Services Authority said in a news release.The B.C. government has committed $1.7 million for two years for the team.McNeil said initiatives like the team may fill some gaps, but not all of them. Existing supports tend to vary by organization and by the level of employment the peers have, from volunteers to full-time staff.“We just need more resources.”last_img read more

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Hunters kill Albino moose in Nova Scotia

first_imgAPTN National NewsHunters in Nova Scotia have killed an Albino moose, a rare animal considered spiritual by First Nations people.Outrage was expressed by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.Now the hunters have offered to give back the hide of the animal while Chief Bob Gloade is pushing for a ban on shooting white moose and deer.last_img

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Rio Tinto Alcan workers in Alma Que vote to end labour dispute

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 5, 2012 10:50 pm MDT Rio Tinto Alcan workers in Alma, Que., vote to end labour dispute ALMA, Que. – Locked out workers at a Rio Tinto Alcan plant in Alma, Que., voted Thursday night to end a labour dispute which had been running since the start of the year.Workers in three groups voted in favour of the tentative deal with the aluminium company by margins of 82 per cent to 92 per cent.The 780 Rio Tinto Alcan workers were locked out on Dec. 30.One of the key issues in the dispute was outsourcing. The international company wanted to replace retiring workers with sub-contractors that would be paid lower wages.The union said Thursday night that the new contract limited outsourcing, bolstering the interests of the Quebec employees.During the dispute, the union had also denounced the company’s continued operation of its dams and the selling of its electricity production to Hydro-Quebec.“We faced the third-largest mining company in the world and we won,” said Leo Gerad, the international president of the United Steelworkers.“The message to multinational corporations is clear: workers are more determined than ever to defend their rights.”The new contract runs until Dec. 21, 2015. Details of the deal will be announced on Friday, the union said.“I thank our members and their families have never abandoned despite six months of lockout, said Mark Maltais, president of Local 9490.“We can go back to work with heads up.”The company welcomed the positive vote Thursday night.“This is excellent news for our employees, their families, the community, our customers and our shareholders,” said Etienne Jacques, CEO for the North American division of Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal.“The agreement will help protect the competitiveness of the Alma plant in the future.”The company said management will being the back to work process for the employees over the next few days, followed by the restart of the plant smelter’s production cells.The new deal was reached Sunday with the intervention of a Ministry of Labour conciliator.The Alma plant is in Quebec’s Saguenay region, about 225 kilometres north of Quebec City. It is one of Rio Tinto Alcan’s key aluminum smelters, producing about 438,000 tonnes of aluminum a year.The lockout caused a one-third reduction in output at the smelter.Alma’s mayor had said the lockout hit the local economy hard.Marc Asselin had said a positive outcome would bring welcome relief to the community, which has been watching its pennies over the last few months.“In the last six months, people have been careful with their expenses, careful with their investments because they didn’t know when the conflict would end.”Kathleen Voyer, director general of the Lac-St-Jean-Est chamber of commerce and industry, said that prudence was clearly evident.“We saw a slowdown on the construction side, also in renovations and at the level of the car dealers,” she said. “It was the same thing in the beauty treatment sector, for example. These were the sectors that were affected more than the others.”Asselin said economic restraint was also exercised by the town, which was careful about how it spent its funds. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Meeting with developing country leaders Ban stresses universal nature of new sustainability

“Tomorrow is a historic day. The world will unite around a universal and transformative Agenda to guide development efforts to 2030,” he told a ministerial meeting of the G77 and China, a grouping that now includes 134 states, more than two thirds of the total UN membership of 193. “Developed countries are committing to act not only through their development cooperation, but also through domestic plans and policies,” he told the ministers ahead of the three-day summit being held with the context of the UN General Assembly’s 70th annual General Debate. “It demands to enhance the productive capacity in developing countries, especially in the least developed countries. It addresses the preservation of the planet and the fight against climate change.”“The new programme, Transforming Our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development consists of a Declaration, 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, a section on means of implementation and renewed global partnership, all seeking to build on and expand the eight Millennium Development Goals adopted at a UN summit in 2000. “Mr. Ban stressed that the Agenda focuses on growth and decent employment, while .ensuring the preservation of the planet and the fight against climate change, taking into account the complexity and interconnected nature of today’s most vexing challenges.“The Group of 77 and China has played an extremely important role in shaping this agenda. I am sure you will sustain the same enthusiasm and idealism as we move to implementation,” Mr. Ban said, committing the full support of the entire UN System. “You need to act in your countries to build awareness and commitment to this agenda.” read more

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The Mets Rise And Fall With Doc Gooden And Darryl Strawberry

Most WAR in a player’s debut season, 1901-2016 Best under-26 combos in MLB history Kerry WoodCHC53.13.041.142785 2015Kris Bryant23CHC6.50.06.5 Does not include players who, by rule, retained Rookie of the Year award eligibility into subsequent seasons.Source: Fangraphs 1912PHAEddie Collins36.4Frank Baker26.663.0 With Gooden and Strawberry blossoming into megastars, the Mets seemed poised to build on their ’86 Series victory and form a full-blown dynasty. But the duo’s on-field accomplishments were masking a variety of personal demons — issues that would ultimately derail their careers and dash New York’s hopes of long-term dominance.Gooden and Strawberry were both products of alcoholic fathers; Darryl’s was abusive, Doc’s was relentlessly overbearing. And practically from the start of their pro careers, the two plunged into their own cycles of violence and substance abuse. Both men built an ugly legacy of violence against women. Gooden missed the Mets’ 1986 World Series parade because of drugs and tested positive for cocaine the next spring, the opening entries in a long list of personal problems. Strawberry clashed with teammates and spent multiple stints in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. Gooden contemplated suicide; Strawberry relapsed into drug use even after recovering from cancer. They became the faces of decadence, wasted talent and the full range of cultural pathologies attached to star athletes in the roaring 1980s.For a time, both players were able to perform well despite the personal turmoil. (Each was able to produce at least 6.5 WAR — the mark of a strong All-Star or borderline MVP — in 1990, even as their off-field lives were crumbling.) But ultimately, neither player’s career lived up to the expectations set in their early careers. Depending on which WAR variant you use,4Aside from 1985, FanGraphs’ version of WAR held Gooden in higher regard than Baseball-Reference’s in 10 of Gooden’s first 11 MLB seasons. Gooden’s career total fell about 10 wins shy of what could have been expected from similar players as a young pitcher. Likewise, Strawberry missed the career WAR totals of his comparables by 22 wins.Just as the emergence of Gooden and Strawberry fueled the Mets’ surprising turnaround after the 1983 season, their twin downfalls contributed to the Mets’ collapse in the early-to-mid 1990s. After the 1990 season, when Doc and Darryl led New York to a 91-71 record in their last year together, the same next-five-years prediction model from above would have expected 87 wins per year from the Mets’ 1991-95 seasons. Instead, the team averaged 73 victories over that span, the 17th-biggest shortfall of the 162-game era.Strawberry bolted to the Dodgers as a free agent in November 1990 and made the All-Star team his first season in LA, but he was never the same again. Gooden stuck around in New York for a few more years before a drug suspension cost him the entire 1995 season and ended his tenure with the club. And the Mets had the worst record in baseball from 1991 to 1996.It was a stunning collapse for all parties involved and a reminder of how fragile a gifted core of young superstars can be. Just as quickly as extraordinary talent can breathe new life into a flagging franchise, it can also pave the way for disappointment, leaving a generation of fans wondering what might have been.Check out our latest MLB predictions. YEARPLAYERAGETEAMBATTINGPITCHINGTOTAL 1957NYYMickey Mantle52.4Bill Skowron11.363.7 1984Dwight Gooden19NYM0.28.38.5 1922STLRogers Hornsby57.5Austin McHenry10.367.8 WAR Masahiro TanakaNYY64.02.390.97873 YEARTEAMPLAYER 1CAREER WARPLAYER 2CAREER WARTOTAL WAR PLAYERTEAMIPERAWHIPBBSO 1913WSHWalter Johnson45.8Clyde Milan21.467.2 2001Albert Pujols21STL7.20.07.2 By most measures, 1983 was yet another miserable summer in New York for what had become the National League’s worst franchise. The Mets finished dead last in the NL, 23 games out of first place, and came in under 70 wins for the seventh consecutive season. Worse yet, ace pitcher Tom Seaver, easily the Mets’ best player to that point in franchise history, was snapped up by the White Sox after the season because general manager Frank Cashen neglected to protect him from inclusion in the free-agent compensation pool.But 1983 also had bright spots. In addition to the midseason acquisition of 1979 NL co-MVP Keith Hernandez, the Mets had in their minor-league system a pair of prospects who would soon dramatically improve the team’s fortunes. Those players — outfielder Darryl Strawberry and pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden — are the subject of a 30 for 30 documentary that premieres tonight on ESPN, and their story highlights how quickly superstar phenoms can help remake a franchise in tatters.It also underscores how, just as quickly, everything can evaporate.Strawberry was the first of the Mets’ two whiz kids to reach the majors, early in that otherwise ill-fated 1983 season. When he arrived from AAA Tidewater on May 6, the Mets were 6-15 and 10 games out of the NL lead. Things would get worse before they got better. During his first month in The Show, Strawberry hit just .164 and struck out once every 2.5 at-bats. But five weeks into his career, he finally started to figure out big-league pitching: From June 7 onward, Strawberry posted a .936 OPS (on-base plus slugging) — better than eventual league MVP Dale Murphy. After the season, Strawberry was named the NL’s Rookie of the Year.Gooden didn’t make his debut until the following season, but he quickly proved to be Strawberry’s equal as a prospect. In his first two months of major-league action, Gooden struck out 73 batters, one of the highest totals ever in a pitcher’s first nine career starts:1Sadly, we can’t say exactly where it ranked among a pitcher’s first nine starts because Baseball-Reference.com’s game finder tool can only search within a pitcher’s first nine career appearances, whether as a starter or in relief. In the table below, I limited the search to pitchers for whom all of their first nine appearances were starts. 1913DETTy Cobb63.4Donie Bush21.384.7 1988NYMDwight Gooden33.8Darryl Strawberry24.958.7 Jose DeLeonPIT71.02.030.922780 1977Mitchell Page25OAK6.20.06.2 1934PHAJimmie Foxx55.9Pinky Higgins7.463.3 2001Ichiro Suzuki27SEA6.00.06.0 Only includes pitchers for whom their first nine games were starts.Source: Baseball-Reference.com 1962CINFrank Robinson43.4Vada Pinson20.864.2 1935NYGMel Ott53.6Hal Schumacher10.564.1 1949Don Newcombe23BKN0.35.65.9 1977TEXBert Blyleven53.0Jim Sundberg11.764.7 Those five seasons were the apex for Doc and Straw. Strawberry had the effortless power and discerning eye of a young Reggie Jackson. He could also run, swiping at least 25 bases every season from 1984 to 1988. Among a stellar class of young outfielders in the mid-to-late 1980s that included Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Tim Raines and Tony Gwynn, Strawberry was staking his claim near the top of the list.Gooden, meanwhile, was a monumental talent, at his peak one of the most dominant pitchers this side of Pedro Martinez. In 1984 — at age 19! — Doc’s fielding independent pitching (FIP) was 1.69, still the seventh-lowest (relative to the league) ever in a single season. He followed that up with a 1.53 ERA as a 20-year-old, the 12th-lowest (again, relative to league average) ever recorded in a season.It was one of the most masterful stretches by a pitcher ever, and it helped Gooden produce the 20th-best pair of back-to-back WAR seasons by a pitcher in major league history, all before his 21st birthday. It also included the bulk of a magical 50-start span that stretched from late in the 1984 season into early 1986, during which Gooden allowed an infinitesimal 1.38 ERA, struck out 4.6 batters for each one he walked and led the Mets to a 41-9 record when he took the mound.During that five-year run, the Mets won at least 90 games every year, breaking the mythic 100-win barrier twice. They won the World Series in 1986 and came within a game of going to another in 1988. And Doc and Darryl were the driving forces. They finished 1-2 on the team in WAR over that span and became the 20th-most-productive pair of teammates under age 26 in baseball history. Stephen StrasburgWSH54.12.321.071575 Thanks to another 25-homer, .800-OPS season from Strawberry and a strong performance by Hernandez (who finished second on the team — and 14th among NL hitters — with 5.7 WAR), the 1984 Mets ended the season with 90 victories, a 22-game improvement over the previous year.It was the start of a turnaround unlike just about any in modern baseball history. If you’d taken those ghastly 1983 Mets and built a simple regression model predicting how many games they’d win over the next five seasons — based on things like how many WAR they had on the roster (not many); how young their batters and pitchers were2Weighted by WAR. (not very); and the size of the market in which they played3Based on both long-term franchise payroll trends and metro-area population, divvied up for multiteam cities according to the process my colleague Nate Silver used here. (large, but cramped by the crosstown Yankees’ slice of the New York media pie) — you’d have guessed the Mets would win about 77 games per season from 1984 to 1988. In reality, they averaged 98 wins a season over that span, the second-biggest positive differential between forecast and fact since the NL adopted the 162-game schedule in 1962: 1958NYYMickey Mantle61.2Andy Carey11.272.4 Herb ScoreCLE72.02.881.294582 1941NYYJoe DiMaggio46.0Joe Gordon22.468.4 1921NYYBabe Ruth57.7Bob Meusel8.065.7 1942Johnny Pesky22BOS6.10.06.1 Hideo NomoLAD57.02.841.263475 Ages as of July 1 of the season in question.Source: Fangraphs 1939Ted Williams20BOS7.10.07.1 1914WSHWalter Johnson53.8Chick Gandil10.464.2 Dwight GoodenNYM51.13.681.252573 And he was just getting started. Those strikeout-happy first two months actually were the worst stretch of Gooden’s rookie year; he would post a 2.27 ERA from June onward and finish the season second in the voting for NL Cy Young and first in the Rookie of the Year race. Gooden’s rookie campaign was so dominant that, according to FanGraphs’ wins above replacement, it was the most valuable debut season by any player — pitcher or otherwise — since 1901: 1913PHAEddie Collins45.4Jack Barry17.062.4 1929NYYLou Gehrig40.2Tony Lazzeri20.961.1 1943Lou Klein24STL6.10.06.1 1958MILEddie Mathews45.2Hank Aaron28.473.6 1932NYGMel Ott33.2Freddie Lindstrom25.558.7 1985NYYRickey Henderson41.8Dave Righetti17.259.0 1914BOSTris Speaker48.0Joe Wood25.073.0 1911Pete Alexander24PHI-0.47.26.8 read more

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Ohio State womens soccer bound for NCAA tourney

When the 64-team field for the 2011 NCAA women’s soccer tournament was announced Monday, the Ohio State women’s soccer team was included, giving the Buckeyes a chance to follow up last season’s run to the national semifinals. The unseeded Buckeyes (10-8-2, 5-5-1) will take on regional No. 4 seed Tennessee at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in a first-round matchup hosted by the Volunteers (15-6-0). OSU’s postseason hopes seemed to be in some doubt after the team suffered a first-round loss to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. Coming in as the No. 7 seed, the Buckeyes lost, 4-2, on penalty kicks after regulation and two overtime periods resulted in a tie, 1-1. The second-seeded Fighting Illini eventually went on to win the tournament. The Buckeyes concluded the regular season 10-8-1, with a 5-5-1 mark within the conference. A couple of program milestones highlighted the season. The team recorded the 200th victory in program history on Sept. 23 with a 2-1 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. That mark was eclipsed on the team’s alumni weekend. “I’m really happy with where the program is and what we’ve been able to do over the years,” coach Lori Walker, who was at the helm of 164 of the 200 wins to that point, said at the time. “It’s nice to recognize this milestone because it includes everyone who has been a part of it.” The 2011 senior class won its 49th game with a 3-0 triumph against Indiana on Senior Day at Jesse Owens. The victory moved that class into a tie with the 2006 class for the second-most wins for a four-year group in program history. “From top to bottom I think they’re just some of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with,” Walker said. “Anytime you can have nine seniors go from the beginning to the end together, it’s a testament to their strength.” Senior forward Caitlyn Martin, who tallied a goal in the victory, spoke about the close-knit relationships within the team. “We have a great senior group and we’re really close, so it was really special to go out on our last day in the Jesse and get a win and play for each other,” Martin said. “It was a great team effort.” The low point of the season was a stretch from Sept. 29 to Oct. 23, in which the team lost five of seven games, prompting Walker to say the offense was “in the crapper” following an Oct. 16 loss to Nebraska. It was during this slide that the Buckeyes let their postseason hopes almost slip away. In the end, the Buckeyes made the national tournament for the third straight season while several OSU players garnered postseason honors. Senior defender Danielle Scoliere followed up last week’s first-team All-Big Ten honors by being named to the conference’s all-tournament team last Sunday, while sophomore midfielder Danica Wu was named to the second-team All-Big Ten. Senior defender Liz Sullivan was OSU’s Big Ten sportsmanship honoree and also joined senior goalie Katie Baumgardner on the all-district academic third team, announced Monday. The winner between OSU and Tennessee will go on to the second round to play the winner between Illinois State and Milwaukee. read more

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Monty Python comeback show sells out in 435 seconds

first_imgMONTY PYTHON ADDED another four dates to their “one-off” reunion show today after thousands of tickets to their first London live performance sold out in just 43.5 seconds.John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin announced their long-awaited return to the stage last week, sparking huge excitement among fans of the comedians who have not performed together since 1980.They said they only planned to do one show at the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena on 1 July,  and Idle said the intention was “to see if we can fill it”.But the promoters were clearly prepared for the huge demand that saw tickets with a face value of under £100 (€120)  offered on re-sale websites for £1,600 (€1,900) within 15 minutes of the sale opening.“The first show sold out in 43.5 seconds. Four further shows immediately went on sale: 2-5 July,” a spokesman for Monty Python told AFP.The Pythons will perform the most famous sketches from their television programme and films — although advancing age has imposed some limits on what they will be able to do. (PA Archive)Cleese, 74, admitted that a repeat of his Ministry of Silly Walks sketch will be “impossible” as he now has an artificial hip and artificial knee.“I think you can expect a little comedy, a lot of pathos, some music and a tiny bit of ancient sex,” added Idle, 70.The troupe became famous with their irreverent and surreal television show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” from 1969 to 1974, which was sold to almost 100 countries.One of their hit sketches was Dead Parrot, where Cleese tries to return a Norwegian Blue to a pet shop because it is dead. The owner, Palin, responds: “He’s not dead, he’s resting!”.They also made several films including 1975’s “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, a parody of the legend of King Arthur, and “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” in 1979, the tale of a young man mistaken for Jesus which riled religious groups.- © AFP, 2013Read: 11 of the best bits from Monty Python’s ‘ask me anything’ > Read: ‘Monty Python reunion is for real’: Terry Jones >last_img read more

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Where is the national scandal here Callinan defends garda handling of penalty

first_imgHe was appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today in the wake of findings by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) who examined allegations by a garda whistleblower that fixed charge penalty notices had been cancelled corruptly and illegally.“There are many, many allegations being made… but nobody has provided any evidence of corruption or malpractice,” he said.He rejected an initial claim from Labour TD Derek Nolan that this issue is a ‘national scandal’, saying:Where is the ‘national scandal’ here? Can you point your finger to where the ‘national scandal’ is?”‘Bees worrying livestock’Callinan detailed one case where penalty points were cancelled because “bees were worrying livestock”. He said that the person involved was a beekeeper engaged in voluntary work whose wife telephoned him to tell him his bees were “out of control”.He had to get back quickly as livestock and people were in close proximity, Callinan explained, saying that he had been speeding nine kilometres over the speed limit.He said that the garda officer in question took the view that the offence merited cancellation, noting the person in question had no previous transgressions.The C&AG found the rate of terminations for 2011 and 2012 to be 5 per cent and that up to one in five traffic offenders avoided penalties. He also noted that rates of termination appear to be higher than normal in some parts of the country, highlighting “operational difficulties” that needed to be addressed.In his opening statement to the committee this morning, Callinan said he “fully accept(s)” the recommendations of the C&AG and said the gardaí have in recent months implemented “a significant number of measures” in relation to the penalty points system.He said that disciplinary action has been taken against a “small number of personnel” and that “written advices” have been issued to a “further number” regarding the “necessity to conduct matters within policy and procedures”.DirectiveThe commissioner said that in August last year a directive was issued to all members of the force regarding the cancellation of fixed charge notices and said this will “provide greater clarity on the role of the cancelling authority”.Callinan pointed out that an internal garda report by Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahoney, who was also at today’s hearings, found that there was a termination rate of 4.55 per cent compared to a 5 per cent rate reported by the C&AG.But he said that when O’Mahony’s examination of over 66,000 cancelled fixed charge notices excluded terminations for “legal and technical reasons” the cancellation rate came down to 2.57 per cent.He said this equates to an average of 10,571 terminations per year annually.“To put this figure in context, it equates to less than two cancellation notices per week per Garda district,” he said, adding it proves a “efficient and cost effective alternative” to road traffic prosecutions.Callinan said that an internal audit of fixed charge note cancellations in November and December last year showed that “100 per cent of these cancellations were carried out within policy”.Earlier, the committee heard that one of the whistleblowers is to take legal advice before deciding whether he will appear before the committee next week.Callinan was also informed by PAC chairman John McGuinness that further documentation related to the cancellation of penalty points has been given by the Justice Committee to the clerk of the PAC.Read: A broken speedometer, a dying cow and a swarm of bees – how some people avoided penalty points GARDA COMMISSIONER MARTIN Callinan has defended the force’s administering of the fixed charge notice or penalty points system and said that “swift action” has been taken on foot of concerns and recommendations made in recent months.Callinan told TDs today that an internal audit of the gardaí’s termination of penalty points in November and December last year has found that all of these cancellations were carried out within garda policy.“Holistically the system itself is working very, very well,” he said, while acknowledging that the record-keeping had been poor in relation to the input of detail about some fixed charge notices through the Garda PULSE system.He said that when you “look at the totality of allegations…no thread of evidence has been found to date and nobody has come forward and provided that type of evidence” to back-up claims of widespread corruption in the system.Read: ‘The facts as I know them’: 11 things we learned from Martin Callinan’s evidence to the PAClast_img read more

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Moscovici warns Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The European Union’s top economic affairs official, Pierre Moscovici, warned on Wednesday that Greece’s latest proposal to cut the cost of its pension system is ambitious but still falls short of creditors’ demands.Reducing Greek spending on pensions is a key demand in Greece’s €86-billion bailout, agreed in July with the country’s eurozone partners after six months of bitter talks.Greece spends more on pensions than any other EU country, and has proposed a wide-ranging plan that has been broadly welcomed by the country’s creditors, but with questions still remaining.“This plan is global and has an ambition that is clearly greater than what has been done in the past,” Moscovici told AFP in an interview at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.“But that said, we believe that serious discussions are still needed to fix the right parameters,” he added.Source: AFPlast_img read more

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Ozil incident wont affect hosting bid

first_imgReinhard Grindel, the president of the German Football Association (DFB), believes the Mesut Ozil incident will not derail the Country’s Euro 2024 bid.The Arsenal playmaker retired from the national team over issues “racism and disrespect” after a disastrous World Cup campaignOzil took aim at Grindel in a statement announcing his retirement, saying that “in the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”Grindel, however, brushed aside the accusations in the wake of his country’s bidHe said: “Everyone in the DFB and in UEFA knows me very well. I have profound trust that they can put this into perspective, so I think there will be no influence on the bidding process.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“In the end, it has nothing to do with whether a player of ours has a migration background or not,” he said.“If a German player would, in an election campaign, make a photo with, let’s say, a far right-wing politician in Germany, we would have the same debate, and we in the DFB would react in the same way.“We stand at the DFB for values: respect, tolerance, fair play, freedom of speech and freedom of press. This picture with Erdogan upset our fans because their President Erdogan doesn’t stand for those values.”UEFA will announce the host nation for Euro 2024 on September 27.last_img read more

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Callum Wilson has shown character – Mark Robins

first_imgAccording to Callum Wilson’s former Coventry manager Mark Robins, he has shown ‘character and determination’ to bounce back from injuries and score on his England debut.Wilson was on target on his England debut as they defeated the United States 3-0 in Wayne Rooney’s 120th and final cap.The Bournemouth striker started his football career at Coventry and despite series of injuries, scored 22 goals in 49 appearances between 2009 and 2014.Robins, who managed Wilson at Coventry says his debut is a proud moment for the West Midlands club.“When I was here the first time around Callum had quite a few lengthy injuries and to come through that and get back to playing, never mind to the level he’s performing at, shows character and determination,” Robins told Sky Sports.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Eddie Howe takes a lot of credit for that because he has molded him and developed him again and obviously he deserves his opportunity in the England shirt because of his performances for Bournemouth.“He’s taken that well and I was delighted for him, I was willing him on to score last night.“I would have liked to see Wayne Rooney score a goal as well with the stick he’s taken for playing in a game like that.“These players who have been stalwarts for England, who have been top, top players and who have broken records for goal scoring deserve that recognition.”last_img read more

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Angry crowd at Seattle police accountability forum

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police accountability forum at City Hall turned into a shouting match at times, and some demanded the resignation of Police Chief John Diaz.KOMO News reports the goal of the Thursday night meeting was to restore trust between police and minorities.Jennifer Shaw of the ACLU said it was very concerning to see “repeated incidents of people of color ending up on the ground with a police officer over them.” The incidents include the shooting death last summer of a homeless woodcarver and racial language used in detaining a Hispanic man.Diaz says there is no pattern of brutality against minorities. He says the department is changing, with racial sensitivity training and body cameras for officers to record contacts with the public.Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/last_img read more

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PLOT TWIST Massachusetts Attorney General DELAYS Ruling On Town Meeting Article Relative

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In a recent letter to Town Clerk Sharon George, Assistant Attorney General Margaret Hurley announced that the Attorney General’s Office is not prepared to issue a ruling yet on Article 2 from the Special Town Meeting on December 16.Article 2 changed the town’s zoning bylaws to place any future hospitals, nursing homes, and detox centers exclusively in industrial zones with a special permit.“The Attorney General’s Office is essentially delaying their ruling on Article 2, the article to make modifications to the zoning bylaws to address detox centers,” Town Manager Jeff Hull told Selectmen at this week’s board meeting. “They’ve established a new deadline of June 19, 2018. They’re looking to take additional time to review the merits as to whether the article complies with state law and the state constitution.”Hull noted that the other articles (Article 3-5) from the Special Town Meeting were approved by the Attorney General’s Office.  Article 1 was never taken up at the meeting.Selectman Mike McCoy, who was the lead petitioner of Article 2, had a lot to say about the Attorney General’s delay.“I believe if the Attorney General thought the article was discriminatory, the AG’s Office would have disapproved it immediately, but she has not,” said McCoy. “I believe this has become a political football.  That is why, I believe, the Attorney General’s Office is delaying their decision.”“The Attorney General’s Office has heard from the opposing side. Local lawyers and residents have submitted briefs against Article 2,” said McCoy. “The AG has to really realize that — the bottom line is – 1,571 people in this community signed 3 petitions and 85% of the vote at the Special Town Meeting supported Article 2, plus a majority vote from the Board of Selectmen at that time… Now she needs to hear from the winning side.”McCoy made a motion to “have Town Counsel engage with the Attorney General’s Office in order to have Article 2 approved,” noting “Town Counsel needs to defend the vote of Town Meeting.”“We need to put the Attorney General’s Office on notice that if she disapproves it, the town has a right to sue the Attorney General’s Office and bring it to court…. We have that constitutional right,” added McCoy.“I may disagree with a vote of the Town Meeting, but I’ve always accepted it. It is our duty and obligation to fight for a Town Meeting votes passage,” ccontinued McCoy. “Town Counsel Foskett believed Article 1 would not stand up… but felt Article 2 would probably hold water with the AG’s Office.”McCoy’s motion failed for a lack of a second.“I appreciate your passion, but am not prepared to endorse your motion at this time,” responded Selectman Mike Champoux. “When the Attorney General does come back with her findings, it may be a moot point… And if she doesn’t rule [in favor of Article 2], I might give some consideration to your request, but – at this point – I don’t think it’s necessary. We ought to let her do her job.”Selectman Kevin Caira questioned why the town should get involved since it was a citizen-backed petition, not a Selectmen-backed petition.“Why can’t the petitioners (“Mike McCoy and others”) and get the attorneys together to fight, why should the town have to do that?,” asked Caira.“When I walk out the door tonight, the AG’s Office is going to find out what that exact vote was,” said Selectman Mike McCoy. “I’m also going to solicit our legislative delegation – our state senator and our two state reps – to do their jobs and engage with the Attorney General. This has become a political football.  I know local attorneys have submit briefs in opposition in Article 2. Residents have contacted her. Now she needs to hear from the winning side, plain and simple.”Two residents spoke on the matter.“Article 2 has become a political football, largely due to Mr. McCoy’s efforts,” said Mary Giroux. “I don’t believe in name-calling, or bringing up issues that don’t pertain to this particular one. I do believe, from the very beginning, the intent, itself, was discriminatory all along. It does require further review. I’m glad the Attorney General is looking at it. The intent could open up the town to liability later. This really does need to be looked at patiently and thoroughly, not just for the good of the people with substance abuse disorder, but also for everyone in this town.”“We change people’s mind one problem at a time, not with conflict and name-calling.  I hope everyone keeps a cool head on this,” continued Giroux. “I hope we continue to help everyone in our community — not just a group of neighbors — but also those people suffering from substance abuse disorder, as they need our help most of all.”“[Article 2] is incredibly discriminatory, that’s all it is. It’s mind-blowing… Those suffering from substance abuse disorder are a protected class of citizens,” said Michael Gray, who noted he’s talked to the Attorney General’s Office on this matter several times. “I’ve never been more mad or disgusted of the town I’ve lived in for 42 years.”In response to Gray’s plea that the Selectmen stand up against discrimination, Selectman Mike Champoux took umbrage.“It’s our job to see that the government process goes effectively, fairly and equitably,” responded Champoux. “We had a Special Town Meeting where the entire voting population was invited to come and participate in. The fact that the vote didn’t come out the way you liked it, I’m sorry…. Let’s see if [the article] is determined to be constitutional. You may not like that answer too.  It’s called democracy. Sometimes democracy kinda blows, but that’s the way it goes. I prefer it to any of the other systems.”McCoy Drops Another GrenadeTowards the end of the meeting, under “New Business,” Selectman Mike McCoy surprised his colleagues with a possible revelation surrounding the detox facility proposal.McCoy claimed, based on conversations he had with land owners on Lowell Street, that – to lock in the zoning on a property for 8 years prior to a zoning change at Town Meeting –  a plan needs to be submitted to the Planning Department, and stamped by the Town Clerk’s Office, prior to the first posted advertisement date of the joint Planning Board/Finance Committee Public Hearing in the Town Crier. He had previously been under the impression that the deadline was prior to the actual hearing.Paul Kneeland, the lead backer of the proposed Detox Facility Proposal at 362 Middlesex Avenue, submitted his subdivision preliminary plan on November 27. While the hearing wasn’t until November 30, the first Town Crier advertisement date for hearing was November 15.  According to McCoy, Kneeland should have had his plan submitted no later than November 14 at 4:30pm.“The stamp here on the application says November 27,” said McCoy. “This application is null and void. This man can’t go forward to the Planning Board and Finance Committee.”McCoy felt confident his position, but did note he could be wrong. He asked Town Manager Jeff Hull to confer with Town Counsel on this matter.Wilmington Apple followed up with the Town Manager on Tuesday morning via email, asking to be provided with Town Counsel’s opinion. On Wednesday night, Town Manager Hull responded.“I appreciate your interest in receiving the Town Counsel’s legal opinion.  At this point, based upon the advice of Town Counsel, I am not at liberty to provide specific details about the legal opinion,” wrote Hull. “In general, I can tell you that the Board has been advised that the filing of the preliminary subdivision plan with the Planning Board on November 27, 2017 preserves the rights of the proponent to develop the property at 362 Middlesex Avenue based upon the General Business zoning in effect prior to the December 16, 2017 special town meeting vote as long as the preliminary subdivision plan is followed by a definitive subdivision plan within seven months.”It would appear that Town Counsel is disagreeing with McCoy’s assertion that Kneeland needed to submit his preliminary subdivision plan by November 14.Open Meeting Law Violation ConcernsTown Manager Jeff Hull told the Selectmen that more care needed to be given when bringing items up under “New Business.”“The Open Meeting Law is established so that the public can be informed, in advance, of what matters are to be considered before the board and any actions to be taken,” cautioned Hull. “When the board is looking to take up, or instruct me to take up, actions under ‘New Business,’ I’m concerned someone could make a case they weren’t forewarned that the matter was being brought up. ‘New Business’ is not for the purpose of taking up unadvertised items on the agenda.”Hull pointed out that, as an example, two meetings ago, under ‘New Business,’ a motion was made relative to authorizing discussions relative to the acquisition of Sciarappa Farm.“Every once in a while, we get these hand grenades from [Selectman McCoy],” observed Selectman Kevin Caira. “This concern [over the Kneeland application] could have been place on the agenda and the Town Manager could have already found out the answer. Now it drags on… All these hand grenades! You should have brought this forward [prior to the meeting] and communicated with your colleagues.”Selectman Chair Mike Champoux said the agenda is put together on Thursday at 4pm. McCoy said he made this discovery on Wednesday around 2:30pm.“Then it should have been on the agenda. The Town Manager could have done his homework ahead of time,” responded Champoux. “This is not the intent or spirit behind ‘New Business.’”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: Selectmen Call For Special Town Meeting On December 16; Detox Issue Will Come To A HeadIn “Government”GAME CHANGER: Special Town Meeting Votes Won’t Affect Current Detox Proposal As Emotions Boil OverIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: McCoy Calls For Special Town Meeting In Response To Detox Center Zoning ConcernsIn “Government”last_img read more

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