Democracy, debated in Parliament

first_imgLONDON — Is democracy about promoting equality, or ensuring accountability? Is it about representation, or popular will? Or is it about doing the right thing, even when it is unpopular?Michael Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, led members of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons and House of Lords, along with students and members of the public, through a fast-paced, often intense discussion on Monday of these and other questions as part of “Why Democracy?,” a first-of-its-kind program held in the Speaker’s House inside Parliament. The program, broadcast Tuesday on the BBC, kicked off a yearlong celebration, organized by the BBC in collaboration with Parliament, titled “Parliament in the Making.”This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta (magnacarta800th.com) and the 750th anniversary of de Montfort’s Parliament. A series of events throughout this year is designed to encourage debate about the origins and the future of democracy, in the United Kingdom and around the world.In his introduction of the program, John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, hailed Sandel as a “celebrated and cerebral figure in the sphere of political philosophy,” well-known to many because of his books, the free and online distribution of his course “Justice,” and his participation in the BBC’s “public philosopher” program.Members of both houses and various parties then squared off in debating one another and members of the public on thorny issues such as the role of money in politics, the realities and limitations of the “one man, one vote” ideal, and the differential impacts of the electoral system in England known as “first past the post,” in which the leading vote-getter wins.The intimate setting in the ornate Speaker’s House, coupled with the face-to-face seating arrangement, created the feel of a tightly packed classroom of roughly 100 participants, with Sandel pacing in the narrow space between rows, calling on speakers. Participants hailed from many counties from southern England to Northern Ireland, and from students in their early 20s to M.P.s in their 70s, all offering impassioned — and often competing — views on the essential features of democracy, and the tension, as one M.P. put it, between “what’s fair and what works.”In the wake of the Paris terror attacks on the staff of the humor magazine Charlie Hebdo in response to cartoons lampooning the prophet Mohammed, discussion about the importance of, and limitations on, free speech were particularly pointed. One participant argued for the need in a democracy for “the right to offend,” while another said it is irresponsible to exercise speech that can be expected to incite violence. The discussion focused on whether limitations on free speech should be considered in the context of consequences.Though an ocean away from the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court, the impact of the court’s ruling on the Citizens United case, which relaxed the purse strings on campaign financing, felt both a cause for concern and increasingly close to home for one M.P., who decried the influence of money on U.S. politics and what she saw as its growing influence in the U.K. Another member argued that social media was a powerful counterpunch and a great equalizer in shaping politics and popular opinion; others vigorously disagreed.How to best reconcile the ideals of democracy with the practicalities of governing complex societies? One participant, an M.P. from Eastleigh, cautioned that it always involves compromise. “Anyone who thinks there is an ideal system,” he said, “is talking rubbish.”To hear the full broadcast, visit the BBC Radio website.last_img read more

Wendell Named MVC Player Of The Week For Second-Straight Week

first_imgWendell and her teammates will host Loyola on Jan. 20 with tipoff set for 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast via The Valley on ESPN3. Wendell, the MVC’s scoring leader this season at 22.1 points per game and the league’s top scorer as a sophomore and junior, has scored 20 or more points in a league-high 58 contests. This season, she is among the league leaders in assists (4.1, 3rd), steals (3.1, 2nd), field goal percentage (54.2, 3rd), all while averaging only 29.4 minutes per game, which ranks 16th in the MVC. Wendell averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks in Drake’s two big wins over Bradley and Illinois State this past weekend. Wendell made a combined 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) field goals, including 3-of-6 from behind the three-point line, and 6-of-6 from the free throw line in 27.5 average minutes. In the win over Bradley, Wendell poured in a game-high 24 points and added a career-tying seven steals and three blocks along with five rebounds and three assists. She followed that performance with a game-high 17 points to go with five assists and three rebounds in the win over Illinois State.  Print Friendly Version Wendell, who has earned the honor for the second-consecutive week and third time this season, has been named MVC Player of the Week 12 times in her outstanding career. Her total ranks second all-time in MVC history behind Jackie Stiles of Missouri State (18). ST. LOUIS – Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period of Jan. 9-15, the league office announced Monday afternoon.last_img read more

LaVar Ball wants son Lonzo to shoot more: ‘You’re not going to make it if you don’t take it’

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:45Gordon on commute dare: ‘I don’t want be laughing stock like Panelo’02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next View comments Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, front, passes the ball past Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson defending during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 113-93.  AP/Kyusung GongThe youthful Los Angeles Lakers currently hold a 5-5 record, thanks to their uptempo offense led in part by the team’s sensational facilitator, Lonzo Ball.But as much as the former UCLA Bruin has dazzled distributing the rock, this year’s second overall pick has mightily struggled to make a basket—shooting a drastic 29.9 percent from the field in his first 10 games.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Danny Seigle named as Alab team consultant Speaking to reporters after the Lakers’ victory against the Brooklyn Nets over the weekend, Ball’s eccentric father, LaVar, urged his son to beat the funk by taking more shots.“You’ve got to shoot the ball,” Lavar, who witnessed his son tally 6 points, 5 boards and 7 assists, told Bleacher Report. “You’re not going to make it if you don’t take it.”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 Ball patriarch also made it known that he wants more consistent minutes in the rotation for his eldest son.“Let him play the whole fourth quarter and bet you’ll always win. He’ll get into a better flow,” he said. “The in and out, sitting out six to 10 minutes? He’s not going to take no shots because he’s not in the flow. He don’t want to hurt the team by shooting.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ball, meanwhile, has proven his ability to score in the grand stage, where he poured in 29 points in his second regular-season against the Phoenix Suns.Since then, the 20-year-old point guard has struggled to crack double digits in the scoring department, punctuated by a scoreless game against the Portland Trailblazers where he only took two shots.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Coach Luke Walton: It ‘would be silly’ to tinker with Lonzo Ball’s shooting styleADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Chris Mullin St. John’s Hoop Choice

first_imgNEW YORK — St. John’s has decided its basketball future rests with the best of its past.Chris Mullin, St. John’s all-time leading scorer and still the face of its basketball program three decades after his career ended, has agreed to coach the Red Storm, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on March 30.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no formal announcement.Mullin, who led St. John’s to the Final Four in 1985, has never coached at any level. He replaces Steve Lavin who agreed to leave last week, after five seasons during which the Red Storm reached the NCAA Tournament twice.Lavin had an 81-55 record at St. John’s and the Red Storm went to the NCAA Tournament in his first and last seasons. His teams compiled a 2-9 postseason record in the Big East Tournament, NCAA and NIT. Lavin had one year left on his original six-year contract.Mullin, a New York native, was a five-time All-Star with Golden State, a member of the USA’s gold-medal winning Dream Team in 1992 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. He was presented for induction by his coach at St. John’s, Hall of Famer Lou Carnesecca.“This is a great day for St. John’s, the whole university,” Carnesecca said. “He has always represented St. John’s well and I’m sure he’ll do a fine job as coach. People seem to be worried about his lack of coaching experience but how many people have had the basketball education he has?”It was during Mullin’s years at St. John’s that the program enjoyed its greatest days. Mullin and Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing were the key parts of the early domination of the Big East Conference.In 1985 the Big East had three Final Four teams, St. John’s, Georgetown and national champion Villanova. The Redmen and Hoyas were both ranked No. 1 during the season.Mullin and his sweet left-handed jumper became part of the lore of New York City basketball. The agreement was first reported by CBS Sports Network.(JIM O’CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

2011 Colley Reserve Five-a-Side Championships

first_imgA pair of X-Blades runners for the quickest Male and Female in the X-Blades Run Scoop and Score Race thanks to our friends at X-BladesTo nominate a team please download the attached form. The conditions of entry are also included in the nomination form. Please Note: All participants must complete, sign and return a participant declaration (attached).For more information, please visit Touch Football South Australia’s website – www.touchsa.com.au Related Filescolley_reserve_nomination_form___coe-pdfparticipant_declaration-pdf Nominations for this event are now open and close on Monday, 7 February 2011.This year’s event features a total cash prize pool of $2000 with an additional $1000 in prizes to giveaway on the day including:10 tickets to the 2011 International Rugby Sevens Adelaide for the best dressed team thanks to our partners, SA Rugby Union last_img read more

Gaana looking to breakeven in next 45 years

first_imgNew Delhi: Music app Gaana expects to achieve break-even in the next 4-5 years with 100 per cent year-on-year revenue growth and traction of paid users on its platform. The company is also planning to invest in non-music genre to increase the engagement time of users on the platform. Industry will become profitable when 50 per cent of Indian people start using streaming apps, and ‘paid music’ as a model becomes the norm, Gaana CEO Prashan Agarwal told PTI. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “Our revenue have been growing 100 per cent year-on-year. We expect to reach break-even at this rate in next 4-5 years,” he added. The Times Internet Group firm expects to double the number of monthly active users on its platform to 200 million in the next two years representing around 50 per cent share of the overall market. “In next 3-4 years, we expect 500-600 million users will start using music app out of which we expect 30 million to start paying for music. This will take music streaming segment towards healthy profits. We will maintain our share of over 50 per cent in this kind of market as well,” Agarwal said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The company raised USD 115 million last year, which includes USD 100 million from Chinese company Tencent and USD 15 million from Times Internet. Besides music, Gaana is now expanding non-music content to enhance user engagement. “We are basically focussing on content from motivational speakers, meditation, workouts, comedy and story telling. This will enhance engagement of users on our platform,” Agarwal said. Gaana has also partnered with Google Playstore to launch an instant app for listeners who want to experience the app without actually downloading it. “This feature is targeted towards the next 100 million users coming online. We have registered a 5 per cent surge in app installs per day as more people are realising the convenience of being able to listen to their favourite songs anytime anywhere even before they download our app,” Agarwal said.last_img read more

Why Gretzky Had It Easy

One of the most interesting statistical nuggets I ran into while researching a piece about NHL goalies was the improvement in leaguewide goaltending over the past 30 years. It hasn’t just been a small improvement — the league’s save-percentage leaders during the 1980s and early 1990s put up statistics that would rate below-average in recent seasons.Here’s the league’s average save percentage since the 1983-84 season, when the NHL began tracking shots against:Save percentage rapidly increased during the so-called dead-puck era of the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s no coincidence that over that period, the NHL’s rate of scoring also dropped sharply. A lot of fans blame strategies such as the neutral-zone trap and left-wing lock for triggering the dead-puck era, but more of the blame belongs to better goalies.As for why goalies are so much better now, well, that’s a subject of much debate in hockey circles. One of the most popular explanations is that the sheer size of goaltending equipment has exploded since the 1980s. That’s hard to argue when you look at how pads have grown over time. But since pad size first became a talking point in the mid-to-late 1990s, the league has gone to some lengths (no pun intended) to police the dimensions of puck-stopping technology — and it’s had scarcely any effect on save percentages.Instead, I think a bigger reason save percentages improved so sharply in the 1990s was a dramatic change in the goaltending techniques being employed.During the 1980s, the prevailing style was still the so-called stand-up method, in which a goalie largely remains upright on his skates while making saves, using his stick and skates to stop low shots. In the middle of the decade, though, goaltending phenom Patrick Roy made his NHL debut. Emboldened by recent advances in arm and chest protectors, Roy used a different technique — the “butterfly” — wherein the goaltender drops to his knees to make saves, effectively sealing off most shooting targets along the bottom third of the net.Using the butterfly, Roy was sensational — he backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup as a 20-year-old in 1986 — and it wasn’t long before the butterfly style spread throughout the league. The effect was profound. Stand-up goalies who were the mainstays of the mid-1980s were almost completely phased out of the game within a decade, replaced by a younger generation who used the butterfly or at least a hybrid technique featuring butterfly elements.In retrospect, this seems like an obvious tactic — it’s a goaltending truism that the majority of goals are scored on shots at or near ice level — but older equipment made dropping low a dangerous proposition. Once falling to the ice became safer, goalies no longer had to rely purely on reflexes, instead being able to stop a greater percentage of low shots on technique alone. It’s no surprise that save percentages skyrocketed when one of the most common subsets of shots suddenly became much tougher.One final note: Watch the Wayne Gretzky highlight reel below and pay particular attention to the goalies in the early portion of the video, when the Great One was with the Edmonton Oilers.Compared with today’s game, you can really see the difference in goaltending technique (notice how many of the goalies tried to stop Gretzky’s shots without dropping to the ice). Modern goalies are more athletic and mobile, and, yes, their pads are plainly bigger. But they’re also using a style much more grounded in the probabilities of where pucks are shot. read more

Carvajal Lopetegui is the best Coach Ive ever had

first_imgDani Carvajal recently revealed that Julen Lopetegui is the best manager he has ever worked with and wasn’t lucky enough in Real Madrid.Carvajal worked under Lopetegui through Spanish youth teams and for two years with the senior squad, before their time together in Madrid.“Lopetegui is the best Coach I’ve ever had,” Carvajal told Football Espana, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.“Unfortunately he has not had that bit of luck with us.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“His way of seeing football, his way of managing the squad, his way of being with the players, I share these ideas.“I have an idea of ​​watching football and I said it before Lopetegui was appointed the Coach of Real Madrid and I will say it again now that he is no longer with us.”Madrid returned to winning ways during the weekend clash under Solari and would be hoping to continue on that run when they play CSKA Moscow.last_img read more