Women of Troy look for revenge against Golden Bears

first_imgThe USC women’s tennis team returns to action today with a highly anticipated match against the visiting Cal Golden Bears.The Women of Troy enter the match ranked No. 6 in the nation with a 15-2 overall record. The team returns home following a successful road trip that saw two Pac-12 victories over Washington and Washington State, respectively. The conference victories put USC at 4-0 in Pac-12 play.USC is looking for redemption against the Bears. Since losing to Cal last month, the Women of Troy have won seven straight games. Moreover, the game will serve as the rubber match for bragging rights between the two, as USC was victorious over the Bears at the ITA national team indoor championships in Virginia earlier this year. While USC head coach Richard Gallien understands the importance of treating every match the same, he knows that certain matches hold more weight on a team’s psyche than others.“Inherently, [the team knows] there are important matches,” Gallien said. “We don’t have that many matches, so we try to play as hard as we can regardless of who it is.”Following the Cal match, the Women of Troy will square off against Stanford. With only a handful of matches left before Pac-12 tournament play begins near the end of next month, the team is attempting to round into form for a potential NCAA championship tournament run. Winning against the Bears and the Cardinal, both ranked in the top 10,  would go a long way in doing just that.“I felt like we were sort of struggling at the beginning of the year,” Gallien said. “We were doing real well but didn’t have much to show for it … and then we beat UCLA at UCLA. Winning … matches rewards ourselves for our hard work. At the very least it shows ourselves that we are very hard to beat.”While the team as a whole attempts to continue its success, many of the individuals have already proven that 2013 has been a great campaign for them. Sophomore Zoë Scandalis was recently awarded Pac-12 player of the week for her performance during the week of March 11-17, which included dominating solo victories against Texas, Colorado and Utah. With her award, she became the sixth member of the team to be given the award.The Women of Troy also continue to do well in the individual rankings released by the ITA. Sophomore Sabrina Santamaria ranks second in the nation in singles play while senior Danielle Lao, a model of consistency, is ranked No. 7. In terms of doubles play, USC continues to boast the top-ranked doubles duo in the nation in Santamaria and junior Kaitlyn Christian.Gallien has been most impressed by his girls’ individual success in spite of a laser focus on achieving team goals.“They want so desperately to win this team title in an individual sport,” Gallien said. “I give them credit for blending in and trying to put individual goals aside. They’ve just been really great.”The match against the Bears is set to start at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium.last_img read more

NBA: Kyrie Irving, Kristaps Porzingis and other debuts to take note of

first_img FOLLOW US Written By Colin DCunha Last Updated: 30th October, 2019 00:19 IST NBA: Kyrie Irving, Kristaps Porzingis And Other Debuts To Take Note Of NBA: Quite a few stars made their debut for their new teams already in the 2019-20 season. Here’s a look at their displays after some exciting season openers. 10 months ago NBA: Scores, updates and highlights from all the games on October 24 10 months ago NBA anti drug: Deandre Ayton and other times when players were banned WATCH US LIVE First Published: 30th October, 2019 00:19 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Kristaps PorzingisA total of 23 points may seem low compared to Irving’s 50-point showing, but Kristaps Porzingis did enjoy a productive debut for the Dallas Mavericks. Kristaps Porzingis had not played in over 600 days, but if there was any rustiness, it did not show. The former New York Knicks star started the game with a comfortable first bucket and ended the game even better, after netting a basket from distance. center_img LIVE TV 10 months ago NBA: Kyrie Irving among players with 50-point game in season opener 10 months ago NBA 2019-20: Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks player ratings Al HorfordFacing your former team on a debut for your new team could be a daunting task for some. For Al Horford, however, it was just another day in the office. The former Boston Celtics star started the game in typical Al Horford fashion, scoring 16 points in just over 31 minutes of action. Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderOklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander enjoyed a fruitful debut against Utah Jazz. After moving from the Clippers, Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 shot attempts on his debut. He also finished with 26 points in the game despite ending on the losing side. Also Read | NBA: Player Ratings From Clippers’ Dominating Win Over The WarriorsMarkelle Fultz12 points, six assists and two steals summed up Markelle Fultz’s debut for Orlando Magic. The former No 1 overall pick saw 24 minutes of action and made his presence felt in his first game after nearly a year. Could the former Philadelphia point guard propel his new team to the Eastern Conference playoffs?Also Read | NBA: Scores, Updates And Highlights From All The Games On October 24Julius RandleA reported three-year $63 million contract meant that there were expectations resting on the shoulders of Julius Randle. An efficient display on his debut for the New York Knicks will mean that the move could very well pay off. 25 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals summed up a fruitful debut for the former Pelicans power forward.Also Read | NBA: Portland Trail Blazers Vs Denver Nuggets Player Ratings, Result COMMENT WE RECOMMEND It’s safe to say that 2019-20 season of the NBA has started with a bang. After an off-season that saw plenty of trades and switches, there were quite a few debuts to look forward to. And the NBA did not disappoint. Here’s a look at some of the stars who stole headlines on their debuts for their new teams in the NBA this season.Also Read | NBA: Kyrie Irving Among Players With 50-point Game In Season OpenerKyrie IrvingWho better to start with than a man who went down in the history books after his debut? Much was expected of Kyrie Irving before the Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves game. Interestingly, Irving surpassed these expectations. The former Boston Celtics star netted 50 points on his debut for the Nets, thus setting the record for most points registered on NBA debut.  10 months ago NBA 2019-20: Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors player ratingslast_img read more

D-day for Irish Six Nations squad

first_imgThe side kick off their campaign away to Scotland on Saturday week before a trip to Rome to meet Italy a week later.Jonathan Sexton is expected to be named despite limping out of Leinster’s Champions Cup draw with Castre on Friday with a calf strain.Ireland will be aiming to win their third title in four seasons after back-to-back wins in 2014 and 2015.last_img

Charter cable plans to carry Dodgers after Time Warner deal; no timetable set

first_imgNo timetable has been set for the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. channel being made available to some 300,000 Charter Communication cable subscribers in Southern California as promised after Tuesday’s announcement of Charter’s intent to take over Time Warner Cable in a $55.3 billion deal.TWC spokesman Andrew Fegyversei said: “Charter is committed to carrying SportsNet LA as soon as possible. We’re excited for Charter customers to enjoy the network’s games and in-depth programming.”A Charter spokesman added that the company “expects to launch the Dodgers network to its customers in LA in the coming weeks.”Most of Charter’s customers in Southern California live in the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena, and Burbank, with some in Long Beach and Malibu areas. That is only about 15 percent of the two million TWC cable customers already in this region. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Tom Rutledge, the Charter Communications chief executive who will be in charge of the new organization if it passes government approval, was vague in telling the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday morning that “we are going to get the Dodgers on … we want the Dodgers on every outlet and we are committed to making that happen.”Up to this point, Charter has stood in unison with a group that included DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast, Cox, Verizon FIOS and AT&T U-verse, adamantly resisting the reported $5-per-subscriber monthly fee involved in carrying the Dodgers-owned channel, which is being distributed by Time Warner Cable Sports.DirecTV remains the lynchpin in the process of whether the channel eventually receives acceptance to competing dish and cable systems other than Time Warner Cable, which has agreed to carry SportsNet L.A. since its launch in February, 2014.Time Warner Cable was recently thwarted in an attempt to merge with Comcast Communications. The Charter merger with TWC is not expected to be completed until the end of this year, according to reports.DirectTV remains in negotiations with a merger plan involving AT&T that, if completed, would likely lead to that company reopening talks with TWC on the SportsNet L.A. carriage, but will not guarantee its advancement. The government is expected to approve that DirecTV-AT&T merger in the coming months.last_img read more

Gregg Berhalter pleased with USA progress

first_imgWhile he said there was still work to do for USA, Berhalter was pleased with his side’s performance at Avaya Stadium.”The three benchmarks we had were team building, style of play and competing,” he told Fox Sports.”And from a team-building standpoint, when you see the camaraderie, and you see how these guys are pushing for each other, you can tell that we’ve been working on that. So that’s excellent. United States head coach Gregg Berhalter was satisfied with a “good job” after a 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica in California on Saturday.Late goals from Sebastian Lletget and Paul Arriola saw Berhalter become just the third USA coach to win his first two matches in charge. The #USMNT ends #JanuaryCamp on a high note with a solid 2-0 win vs. ! pic.twitter.com/FUcBZnNMdO— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) February 2, 2019″Style of play we need to keep going, we need to keep improving. There are some good elements, but we’re not there yet. And from a competing standpoint, these guys are animals and you saw today. It’s really nice to see in the second half the urging and the pushing.”It was a good job.”USA recorded wins over Panama and Costa Rica to begin 2019 and have challenging friendlies against Ecuador and Chile to come next month.last_img read more

Wellington ends season with 19-0 loss to Ulysses; finishes year at 5-4

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Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Jennifer Hines · 301 weeks ago You have Aaron Hines instead of Jaden Hines. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Harlan Bissell · 301 weeks ago I would like to give RESPECT to the Crusaders. You played a very tough game and held 1 of the premier running backs in the state to under 100 yards. Especially with 8 of your starters out with injuries. From those of us Alums that have strapped up that football helmet for the crusaders you made us all very proud. Great season with all of the odds stacked against you. Congrats and be proud of what you did this year. Thank you for bringing pride to our hometown. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the fourth year in a row, Wellington will be on the outside looking in of the Class 4A playoffs after losing to Ulysses 19-0 Friday night on cold windy night in western Kansas.In a gutsy effort by a depleted Wellington roster, the Crusaders saw their playoff hopes fade away in the fourth quarter when Ulysses pieced together two touchdown drives.The Crusaders, who sniffed the end zone all night but could not get in, would effectively end their season on a screen pass that fell short inside the 20 with a little more than two minutes to play.If defense can’t win you a championship, it can bring you at least respectability. Ian Rudzik, who is getting offers from Kansas State, Oklahoma State and others, was held below 100 yards by the stingy Crusader defense. “Considering with the group we stated tonight, I couldn’t have been prouder,” said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. “We kept the No. 1 rusher bottled up all night… They showed us so much effort especially with two defensive starters out.”On the other side of the ball, the end zone teased Wellington’s offense all night. The Crusaders would effectively start drives with impressive yardage only for them to peter out when they drove deep.Against Mulvane, one could argue Wellington missed Austin Dunn most. Tonight, it most certainly missed Colin Reichenberger.While Wellington may have lost this game, two dropped passes were guaranteed touchdowns. A 19-14 loss would have put the Crusaders in the playoffs, who had to keep the score within 11 points based on the tiebreaker situation. Instead the 19-point loss puts Mulvane in the playoffs. The Mulvane curse continues.The Ulysses game started with each team trading punts. But on Ulysses third possession, the Tigers started inside the 5 yard line and then took a long journey to the other side of the field.Ulysses may not be the most talented offense Wellington saw this year, but they managed the clock better than anyone. And a 95 yard drive was capped with a Rudzik 5 yard touchdown at the 1:33 mark of the first quarter.Wellington missed a great opportunity on the next drive to score a touchdown when the Dukes cruised into enemy territory and a halfback Connor Phelps pass to a wide open Remington Gilkey was dropped.The Crusader drive stalled inside the 30 in what would turn into a trend Wellington could not shake the rest of the evening.Ulysses had its chances too. Late in the second quarter, it appeared the Tigers had scored on a 15-yard tight end pass up the middle. But he fumbled the ball as he reached the end zone. And Wellington got a touchback. The Tigers led 7-0 at the half.The third quarter continued to be frustrating. Wellington opened the half driving the ball from its own 35 to the 15 only to turn the ball over on downs.And then Ulysses would start an 85-yard march that used up nearly 10 minutes of the clock. Rudzik would seal the deal with a 1-yard run, the second of his three touchdowns.The Crusaders were in trouble down 13-0. Remember it needed to lose by 11 points or less.But the turnover monster reared his ugly head on the next drive after Jaden Hines made an impressive 9-yard run at midfield, he fumbled.Ulysses then would score three minutes later to make it 19-0 and win the game.It ended a season that started auspiciously with Wellington winning its first four games. But the Crusaders would falter to 1-4 down the stretch. In the three district games, Wellington for the fourth year in a row would win the opening game, only to see two losses to end the season.But this year, Wellington was inflicted with a severe case of the injury bug more so than in the past 20 or so years. Ryan said Wellington lost eight starters from game one, which is huge for any team.And despite an influx of younger and seniors players stepping off the bench to do a magnificent job, in the end it was probably too difficult of job to overcome.The Crusaders finish the year 5-4 and will lose 19 seniors – including most of its backfield and much of its line. The Crusader coaches have plenty of work to do in the offseason.This picture of this year’s seniors were taken in late August when everyone was healthy. Ulysses 19 Wellington 0Wellington-  0   0   0   0— 0Ulysses – 7   0   0   12 — 19U- Rudzik 5 run (PAT kick).U- Rudzik 1 run (PAT kick no good).U- Rudzik 22 run (PAT run on good).Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

The Evergreen State College’s Streamlined Teaching Program Aims to Empower Communities

first_imgFacebook141Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeAs kids and teachers learn and work from home during the pandemic, both may have a renewed appreciation for the physical gathering space a classroom provides. Though distance-learning technology makes digital classrooms possible, it also blurs the line between life and school. According to Sue Feldman, director of The Evergreen State College’s newly-redesigned Master in Teaching (MiT) program, teachers and schools have an opportunity to learn from this moment and to build a stronger community that supports students after the bell has rung (or after the window has closed).Since graduating from Evergreen’s MiT program in 1996, Au has gone on to write books like Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of U.S. Curriculum and Unequal by Design: High Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality. Photo courtesy: The Evergreen State CollegeFeldman says this work can involve teachers who see richness in the diversity of the school community and know how to find and share  community resources. “There should be a clear connection between students’ lives inside and outside school,” says Feldman. “Schools are a community asset. The more we can invite the community into schools, the better the schools are.” Evergreen’s redesigned MiT program aims to do just this.Bringing the Neighborhood Back TogetherIn addition to structural changes such as reducing time spent in the program from two years to just one, an emphasis on community building is central to every aspect. Whereas typical teacher education programs place one student-teacher with one experienced teacher for one term, Evergreen’s new placement model aims to connect groups of student-teachers with a school community.During this uncertain time families are looking to schools and teachers more than ever to provide support to students. Evergreen’s MiT program aims to equip teachers with the tools and abilities necessary to become community-connectors. Photo courtesy: The Evergreen State College“We’re moving toward having a long-term partnership with local schools so that our students come as an asset to them,” says Feldman. “The school becomes a mentor site, where every teacher, para educator, administrator, student and parent in the school has something to contribute to an aspiring teacher’s practice.”Crowdsourcing knowledge across a school community in this way can be a lifesaver for new teachers who have so much to learn in such a short period of time. Wayne Au, an Evergreen MiT graduate and award-winning professor at University of Washington Bothell’s School of Educational Studies, says, “In addition to understanding subject matter, teachers need a disposition of critical self-reflection and growth, knowing and caring for their students and communities and a commitment to reaching as many kids as is humanly possible.” For those who have chosen teaching as their path, the gravity of Au’s words is not lost. Evergreen’s MiT program is poised to prepare aspiring teachers as best as possible with a network of support.Textbook EvergreenEvergreen’s redesigned MiT program will connect students to local schools, and their community. Shelby Rose, a student-teacher in the program works with students in Lincoln Options Elementary school in the fall of 2019. Photo courtesy: The Evergreen State CollegeStudents of the redesigned MiT program will work closely with both fellow student-teachers and Evergreen’s expert faculty. A cutting-edge curriculum addressing equity in the education system (something that has long been a part of the program) remains central, as does an emphasis on showing aspiring teachers how to create curriculum relevant to all the students in their classrooms.As usual at Evergreen, the MiT program assesses student-teachers using a system of narrative evaluations from faculty instead of grades. This way, aspiring teachers can more easily see where they’ve improved over time and where they may need to focus their efforts to better support their own students. This feedback joins that from teachers in the placement school to help MiT students improve quickly and to minimize their chances of developing harmful teaching habits.The program has a long track record of successful graduates and a job placement rate of 100% over the past few years. The changes to the program aim to streamline the experience and better prepare teachers while graduating them faster and with less debt.While nobody knows for certain what education will look like after the dust of COVID-19 has settled for good, Au says, “I think teachers are going to come out of this much more valued than they have been in the past.” He adds, “If I’m being an optimist, this experience has expanded our horizons about what is possible.” Feldman agrees, saying, “We have an opportunity to think with schools about what new teachers need to know.”“We are learning all the time,” says Au. “The important thing is what we are learning.”Applications for Evergreen’s MiT program are open now through November 1. The first cohort of the redesigned program will begin classes in spring and summer quarters 2021.last_img read more


first_imgREDDAM RACING’S CALIFORNIA-BRED LISTING TAKES $75,000 DESERT CODE STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS AS GUTIERREZ & CECIL TEAM FOR FIVE FURLONG TURF VICTORY IN 55.21ARCADIA, Calif. (June 9, 2019)–Head and head early, Reddam Racing’s California-bred Listing spurted clear turning for home en route to an authoritative 2 ¼ length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Desert Code Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Ben Cecil, the 3-year-old colt by Square Eddie got five furlongs on turf in 55.21.Breaking from post position two in a field of five sophomores, Listing and New York-bred Rafal were at once engaged in a hot speed duel. Approaching the three sixteenths pole, Listing gained the advantage and went on to win in-hand.“He ran really good,” said Guiterrez, who had guided Listing to a close fourth place finish in the one mile turf Silky Sullivan Stakes versus Cal-breds on April 28 at Golden Gate Fields. “He was sharp today.  I was able to sit pretty comfortably with Baffert’s horse (Rafal) and I was able to move with him before I got pressure from those other horses.”Off at 7-2, Listing, who is out of the Yonaguska mare Marquis Diamond, paid $9.80, $4.80 and $3.40.A two-time California-bred stakes winner, Listing notched his first stakes win in open company today while improving his overall mark to 8-3-1-1. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $225,400.“I think last time we found out maybe a mile is stretching him a little,” said Cecil.  “He was very wide that day and things didn’t work out well, so we thought we would try a sprint, he’s done well sprinting…I expected him to be maybe laying second, I didn’t expect him to put the Baffert (Rafal) away as easily as he did.“This horse runs on anything.  I’ve been so lucky to have Paul and Zillah (Reddam), they basically kept me going in this business and I owe them everything.  I’ve got five Square Eddie babies and they all look promising, so let’s keep it going.”Third to the furlong pole, Legends of War was second best, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Rafal. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Legends of War was off at 3-1 and paid $4.00 and $3.00.Rafal, who tired badly late, just managed to hold off the lone filly in the lineup, 7-5 favorite Ginger Nut, by a nose for third money. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Rafal was off at 3-1 and paid $3.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.24 and 43.61.last_img read more

Vanguardia rues Rice’s 3rd quarter explosion in Phoenix loss to TNT

first_imgAriel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia couldn’t help but watch Glen Rice Jr. put up hotter flames than the Fuel Masters could muster when they lost to TNT, 110-103, Friday in the PBA Governors’ Cup. Rice scored 38 points to lead the KaTropa but eviscerated Phoenix for 20 points alone in the third quarter and that explosion helped TNT take an 86-79 over the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We put multiple defenders on him, and we forced him to drive because we know that he can shoot,” said Vanguardia at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “But today he was on attack mode and we weren’t able to a good job when he attacked.”Rice went 1-of-3 from beyond the arc and just one attempt from mid-range, and the he converted 13 of his 20 shots from inside the paint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’And if Rice got trapped inside, his next move was to kick out to open teammates for jumpers.Vanguardia said they could’ve held on to their slim lead after the first half, 49-46, if they managed to at least slow Rice and TNT down in the third quarter. Phoenix did score 30 points in the penultimate period, a highly respectable mark, but the KaTropa put up 40.“TNT scored 40 points on the third and if not for that explosion in the third quarter it would’ve been better for us because we were leading in the half,” said Vanguardia whose team now sits with a 2-6 record, and riding a six-game skid.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Phoenix import Brown: ‘We’re not a well-respected team’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia diescenter_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Cabinet “throwing Norton under the bus” – fmr President

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is charging there is massive and entrenched corruption by the incumbent Administration with regard to the Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown property it has decided to rent from Larry Singh’s Linden Holding Inc.Jagdeo made the pronouncements on Wednesday when he met with members of the local media corps for a press briefing at his Party’s Freedom House Headquarters.Public Health Minister, Dr George NortonThe former President told media operatives that there was more than met the eye with the $12.5 million monthly rental agreement for the property to be used for the storage of Government’s drugs and medical supplies.Linden Holding Inc has its registered office in Middle Street, Georgetown, in the same building that housed the Sidewalk Café which is owned by Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes and its bond is located at Lot 69 Sussex Street.Jagdeo told media operatives that the entire sordid affair went beyond Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, who is essentially now being thrown under the proverbial bus.“Find out about the people who have been frequenting this place in Middle Street…You will find how deep the connections run,” he said.Jagdeo was adamant that Minister Norton was in fact directed to do what he did, but nonetheless he would not escape, since the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) was committed to having him placed before the Committee of Privileges, since he lied to the members of the National Assembly.Cover-up committeeThe Opposition Leader was also highly critical of the Cabinet Sub-Committee that has been set up by Head of State David Granger to investigate the sordid affair.According to the former President now Opposition Leader, the PPP/C was open to giving the Committee a fair chance to see what it would have come up with following its investigations, but the Party was now of the view that it was merely a “cover-up committee”.Jagdeo said while the Opposition “thought it would not be really objective, but we were prepared to give them a chance”.That Committee was chaired by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.Jagdeo in giving his initial assessment of the findings of the report of the Committee queried when the Natural Resources Minister—an Attorney-at-Law – become a specialist in assessing the standards required by the World Health Organisation and the Pan American Health Organisation (WHO/PAHO) for the storage of drugs and medical supplies.The Opposition Leader has lamented the public position adumbrated by Trotman that the building did in fact meet WHO/PAHO standards and pointed out that at the time of Minister Trotman’s visit, the facility had still been under renovation.He pointed to the fact that the ‘cover-up committee’ said in its recommendations that Larry Singh’s company should be given a year to rake in $150 million if Government were to terminate the contract.This, he said, results in a situation where Larry Singh’s Company bought a building for $25 million and would be paid $150 million per year in rental and the drugs would not be stored properly.“This is a cover up by the Cabinet, huge cover-up by the Cabinet; they are all involved…,” said Jagdeo.Deep connectionsHe threw out a challenge to the media representatives present, saying, find out about the people who have been frequenting this place in Middle Street and you will find how deep the connections run into the Cabinet”.The Opposition Leader said the contract that has been entered into between the Public Health Ministry and Linden Holding Inc, “is not about Norton…Norton was directed to initiate that”.Jagdeo observed too that Government spokespersons to date were yet to tell the nation how Dr Norton knew about the availability of the Sussex Street bond.“They haven’t answered that question, but Norton was directed by members of that Cabinet to negotiate this deal with this individual (Larry Singh) and they all knew about it when it went to the Parliament,” the Opposition Leader claimed.He recalled that Prime Minister Nagamootoo, “said to me it was fully debated at the Cabinet”.On the matter of the promised public apology on the part of the Public Health Minister, Jagdeo asked “if this Cabinet debated that issue, why must Norton apologise”?The former President was referring to another of the recommendations coming out of the Cabinet Sub-Committee that Minister Norton make a public apology over the misleading statements he made to members of the National Assembly.The Opposition Leader was firm in his supposition that “they are throwing Norton under the bus”.The brouhaha came to the fore when the National Assembly scrutinised the advances made from the Contingency Fund to meet unforeseen expenditures and found that $25 million in a security deposit had been fronted to Linden Holding Inc, in addition to $12.5 million for the first month’s rental.It was later discovered that not only did Linden Holding Inc not have any experience in the storage of drugs but that the decision was deliberately taken by Cabinet to sideline the NEW GPC INC which incidentally had been accommodating the storage of drugs and medical supplies purchased from it by Government – free of cost.NEW GPC had taken a decision to request a rental fee from Government since it ended its arrangement with the local drugs manufacturer.NEW GPC’s asking price was calculated to be $237 per square foot in a state-of-the-art facility while Government opted instead to pay in excess of $1200 per square foot for a substandard facility under questionable circumstances.last_img read more