“It’s very hard to play politics with the pandemic,” said David Coletto at Abacus Data, whose poll this week showed the Liberals had lost four points since the previous survey in June, though they still lead the Conservatives. “But an ethics scandal is music to [the opposition’s] ears.”After several months of lockdown, Canada is gradually opening up again. The sense of urgency has passed, Coletto said, making way for additional scrutiny that will slow the creation of future COVID-19 aid or stimulus.”The nature of this crisis is no longer, Move fast!” he said. “Public appetite for a slower, more deliberative process is higher now than it was.”Trudeau lost his majority in parliament in October and depends on opposition parties for support. The latest ethics scandal has united those three parties — at least temporarily — and they have opened their own investigation in the House of Commons finance committee. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s third ethics probe in as many years will bring greater parliamentary scrutiny to his government’s COVID-19 spending, analysts said on Tuesday, as polls showed him losing gains made while managing the pandemic.Trudeau’s Liberal Party was soaring in polls earlier this month after having shoveled more than C$210 billion in direct emergency aid out the door in less than four months and as Canada got the coronavirus outbreak under control.But the tide turned quickly after Canada’s ethics commissioner put the prime minister under investigation for breaking conflict-of-interest rules when his government tapped WE Charity Canada, which had paid significant speaking fees to his mother and brother in recent years, to run a C$900 million student grant program. Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, whose daughter works at WE Charity, have been called on to testify to the committee. Morneau is due to appear on Wednesday. Trudeau has yet to say whether he will go.The government “did have a bit of a free ride for a long time,” said Garry Keller, a former senior conservative staffer who is now vice president at Strategy Corp, a public affairs consultancy. “Now the opposition can control the agenda.”The shift was evident. The House of Commons, which has been mostly closed during the pandemic, has been open this week so the government can pass changes to its wage subsidy program. But Trudeau’s ethics have been the heart of the debate.”Justin Trudeau cannot be allowed to sweep this latest scandal under the rug,” Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said Monday in the House. “We are going to use every tool at our disposal at the various committees.”Peter Donolo, vice chair at Hill+Knowlton Strategies and previously the director of communications for former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien, said there will be additional scrutiny for many months to come.”I’m quite confident that within the year, [the opposition] will be going through this stuff with a fine-tooth comb,” Donolo said. “It’s irresistible. … It was evident from the beginning that when you spend that kind of money, there’s going to be spillage.”Topics :
–president hails support from young athletesBy Clifton RossTitans Table Tennis Club has ventured into the academic stream following the pandemic which has robbed athletes of their playing time.Club president, Dwain Dick, told Chronicle Sport that the club has ventured into the line of providing academic support for youths as well as their young table-tennis players.Dubbed the ‘Titans Virtual Learning Academy’, the virtual online sessions offer classes in human and social biology, Mathematics, English, EDPM, Physics, and Information Technology, among other subjects, with prices ranging from GY$4,000-$10,000 monthly.There will also be Grades 6, 7-11 and evening classes for adults who might be interested in writing CSEC. Since Covid-19 unleashed its havoc a few months ago, table tennis has been dormant due to the respecting of the social distancing and quarantine guidelines.The club president said that due to the state of things, it was important to ensure that while players were away from live action as well as schools, which remain closed, they maintained that balance of academics, which usually goes hand-in-hand with sports.According to Dick, this new format will allow athletes along with those within the general public, to keep that necessary balance needed to perform at a high mental level during these tough times.Also, with a number of the club’s junior national athletes being heavily involved in their academic lives, Dick believes that it strengthens their approach to table tennis, which calls for exceptional concentration, mental prowess and reflexes.By making use of the time away from schools or even regular gatherings at classes, the young athletes can remain fixed in a positive environment amidst the toughest of recent times, which have afflicted sportsmen and women globally.Dick also advocated for the local associations to keep working closely with their athletes during this time of distancing and solitude.He was also strong on associations keeping track of players workout regimes, eating habits and dedication to working on whatever they can with regard to their skillset during lockdown, as to ensure that they are well-prepared to re-enter a normal sport environment.The club’s head further maintained that his players were keeping in good playing shape by their own personal means, adding that he’s eager to get back out there with his tennis players and Guyana’s next crop of top stars.
The ongoing measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in little football of late and, consequently, next-to-no movement in the latest ranking globally.There are no changes in the top five teams in the world with Belgium still in number one position. World Champions France, Brazil, England and Uruguay completed the list of Top Five teams.A whole raft of international fixtures, including qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup and other major tournaments, were postponed, while dates were redrawn for showpiece men’s events such as the Olympic Football Tournament, CONMEBOL Copa America and UEFA EURO.The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 11 June 2020.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The position of Nigeria’s Super Eagles has remained unchanged in the latest FIFA rankings released Thursday in Zurich, Switzerland.Three-time African champion Super Eagles retained their 31st position globally and 3rd best in Africa.Senegal’s Teranga Lions are holding on to the summit of African football from the last rankings and are followed by Tunisia in second position. Algeria and Morocco are fourth and fifth in the continent respectively. Super Eagles
FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian catcher Luis Trevino is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and New Orleans hurler Brandon Mitchell is the Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Hitter of the Week – Luis Trevino, Abilene Christian – Senior – Catcher – Mission, TexasTrevino started the week with a 2-for-3 performance against TCU with a run driven in and a run scored. He followed it up with another two-hit outing in the series opener against UNO, homering off Mitchell for ACU’s first run of the ballgame. Trevino hit .643 (9-for-16) from the plate, reaching base at a .700 clip and slugging 1.571 over four games last week. He set a Division I era school record with three home runs in a 7-3 win over New Orleans on Saturday. The senior catcher and designated hitter drove in six runs, scored six on his own and drew five walks. Pitcher of the Week – Brandon Mitchell, New Orleans – Freshman – Pitcher – Houston, TexasMitchell scattered five hits and punched out seven Wildcats over five scoreless innings before ACU got on the board with a Trevino home run. The Houston, Texas, native responded by retiring six-straight batters and finished his day with just one walk, opposite of 10 strikeouts. Honorable Mention: Colton Cowser, Sam Houston State; Shea Gutierrez, Incarnate Word; Salo Iza, New Orleans; Clayton Rasbeary, McNeese; Chase Talbot, Houston Baptist. The Wildcats (23-23, 10-14 Southland) take on Central Arkansas in a three-game weekend series, beginning at 6 p.m. CT on Friday in Conway, Ark. With a sweep, ACU would match its program record for Southland Conference wins after posting 13 in 2015. Mitchell posted career-high numbers in innings pitched (8.0) and strikeouts (10) in the series opener against ACU last Friday, improving to 3-3 in his first year. His eight innings tied the most by a Privateers starter this season and his 10 strikeouts marked the second-most by a UNO hurler. Honorable Mention: Jared Biddy, Southeastern Louisiana; Jason Blanchard, Lamar; Zach Carter, Houston Baptist; Rhett Deaton, McNeese; David Hodo, Northwestern State. In his first two at-bats of Saturday’s contest, Trevino rounded the bases and added a third for good measure in the seventh to finish 4-for-4. The Mission, Texas, native led off the sixth inning with a base knock and scored on a sac fly for the eventual gamewinning run. Pitchers’ reluctancy to face the slugger showed in the series finale as Trevino drew four free passes, including three intentional walks. The Privateers (24-24, 9-15 Southland) wrap up a seven-game homestand against Southern at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday before hosting Houston Baptist for a three-game weekend slate, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Friday. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.