first_imgBUNDORAN Town Council was within its rights to hold a meeting in committee – in other words excluding the public – yesterday, donegaldaily.com understands.The council went into committee when a member of the public – Patricia McCafferty – refused to sign a certain undertaking.She has made a complaint to gardai about the matter today. But sources told donegaldaily.com that the Council acted within the law and “does not have a case to answer.”One insider told us: “We are not sure of the nature of Ms McCafferty’s complaint to gardai but the council acted on proper legal advice.”The row has been ongoing for some time.Council members have objected in the past to Ms McCafferty’s interruptions of council meetings. They had asked her to work within local government rules on future matters but she has refused to given a written undertaking to the authority.Town Manager Gerry Martin said today that he hoped December’s meeting will be held in public.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com BUNDORAN COUNCIL ‘NO CASE TO ANSWER’ IN PUBLIC ROW was last modified: November 2nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bundoran Town Councillast_img read more

Shoot the Messenger follows sex and violence playbook

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In the final seconds, another intercut: Three quick scenes from the next episode pop in and out of the closing credits. In the first, Muslim men chant threats and shoot guns. In the second, a cop witnesses a troubling handshake. In the third, Daisy purrs to co-worker Simon (Lucas Bryant), “You should check out my bedroom.” Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook The Show:Shoot the Messenger, Season 1, Episode 1The Moment: Grabbing eyeballsIn the opening seconds, an intercut: Our hero, Daisy (Elyse Levesque), a reporter for the (fictional) Toronto Gazette, has sex with her cop boyfriend Kevin (Lyriq Bent). Meanwhile, Daisy’s source on a story, Hassan (Araya Mengesha), gets beaten up. “Ah,” Daisy moans. “Ow,” Hassan moans. Sex and violence, coiled together.last_img read more

In A StarDominated Sport Theres Still A Place For Unselfish Basketball

“Those Knicks teams — the ’69-’70 team, the ’72-73 team — when you talk to basketball purists about the greatest teams they’ve ever seen, that little era always comes up,” a radio voice intones early in Michael Rapaport’s “When The Garden Was Eden,” a “30 for 30” film debuting on ESPN Tuesday. “That’s the way you’re supposed to play basketball.”Speaking as a card-carrying basketball purist (or at least a basketball history nut), he’s right — particularly on that last point. The Knicks of that era rank highly among the all-time great NBA teams, but not at the very top. Instead, where they really stand out is in how they won.The 1969-70 New York Knicks, who won the first of the franchise’s only two championships, consistently rank among the most dominant regular-season teams in NBA history, especially relative to the spread of talent in the league at that time. After adjusting for strength of schedule, their per-game point differential was +8.4 (17th all-time); it also outpaced the second-place Milwaukee Bucks that year by 4.2 points per game, the sixth-biggest gap ever between the league leader and runner-up. That was a big part of why the Knicks’ schedule-adjusted scoring margin was 2.4 standard deviations better than the average team’s in 1969-70 — the second-best such mark ever.The 1969-70 Knicks struggled on the road in the playoffs and were taken the distance twice in the span of three series. But the team’s playoff run — which saw New York outlast the Baltimore Bullets (led by future Knick Earl Monroe), overpower a rookie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Milwaukee Bucks, and survive the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game NBA Finals classic — also ranks among the 50 or so best ever, after taking into account whom they had to beat.And the 1972-73 Knicks did even better in the postseason after adjusting for their road to the championship. When I listed the most dominating playoff performances ever back in 2010, that team ranked 11th all-time. With the exception of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs, it’s unlikely that it has been supplanted by more recent champions. En route to the title, New York beat the Baltimore Bullets (+2.9 schedule-adjusted PPG differential) in five games, the Boston Celtics (+7.4) in seven, and the Los Angeles Lakers (an NBA-best +8.2) in five — just about the toughest path any team has ever gone through to win an NBA championship.But bottom-line results are only half the equation when aficionados rave about the Knicks of the early 1970s. Perhaps an even bigger factor is how the team achieved its success, with a reputation for playing one the most unselfish, pass-friendly styles in basketball history.This isn’t gauzy, New York-media-baked myth-making. Among historical NBA champions, the 1972-73 Knicks rank 14th in assist percentage (the ratio of made baskets that were assisted) relative to league average. And, more importantly, they had the most balanced distribution of shot attempts among their starting five players of any championship team ever. During the 1973 playoffs, their leading scorer (the incomparable Walt Frazier) took 20.8 percent of the team’s shots when on the floor, while the fifth-ranked shooter among its starters (Bill Bradley) took 18.7 percent. By comparison, the 1992 Chicago Bulls’ leader — Michael Jordan — took 37 percent of that team’s shots when on the floor, while Bill Cartwright took 11 percent. (Coincidentally, that Bulls team was coached by early-’70s Knicks forward Phil Jackson.)My research shows that most NBA champs are more like Michael and the Jordanaires than Frazier, Bradley, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed. Historically, teams with an uneven distribution of the offensive workload — particularly with regard to the difference between their top two scoring options and the rest of the starting five — tend to win championships at a much higher rate than teams that spread their shots around more equally.That they bucked this trend is probably the lasting legacy of the Red Holzman-coached Knicks. In a sport dominated by singular scorers like Jordan (usually with good reason), New York showed that there’s also a place for unselfish, collectivist basketball in the circle of NBA champions. And as my colleagues Ben Morris and Rafe Bartholomew have noted, the San Antonio Spurs (winners of the 2014 NBA championship) have carried the torch for this phenomenon in recent years.With the 2014-15 NBA season tipping off next week, the Knicks are unlikely to add a third championship banner to Madison Square Garden’s rafters. But Rapaport’s film will recall fond memories of a time when basketball-crazed New York City was the center of the sport’s universe. read more

Press Statement by the Minister of Tourism Environment Culture and Heritage

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 5, 2018 – Providenciales –  The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Culture, Heritage and Gaming hereby states categorically that Taylor Bay and the adjoining Beach accesses are for the enjoyment of the public as they have been for generations.  These assertions are supported by legal advice received.  We will continue our tenacious and expedited efforts to have this situation regularized in short order.The planned Beach Jam for Taylor Bay this Saturday in and of itself would not bring closure to the matter; it requires firm leadership and, an uncompromising position on the part of TCIG, which my Ministry is committed to bringing to this situation, to defend the public’s Interest.   My Ministry and other relevant government departments are working closely together on this matter.To persons who feel like they must attend the event at Taylor Bay this Saturday, should do so in a dignified and respectable fashion.   Similarly, persons anywhere in Our Islands who would seek to prevent Our People and Our Guests from accessing and enjoying our Beaches would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.Turks and Caicos Beaches are known as the Best in the World, bar none, let’s keep it that way.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more