FREDERICTON – Twenty years ago Friday, Frank McKenna fulfilled a promise and resigned as New Brunswick premier, exactly one decade to the day after he took power.He did not, however, leave the public stage.Instead, he has carved out a new role — a sort of “premier emeritus” who both cheerleads for the Maritimes and offers harsh truths about its economic malaise.“He’s candid. He says what’s on his mind and he has a very good mind. He has never forgotten New Brunswick and has never forgotten his roots,” said Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison, president of the federal Treasury Board.Brison said it’s no surprise that McKenna continues to speak out on public policy — and that people want to listen.On Wednesday night, he was in Halifax, speaking on trade and immigration at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies.When Energy East died last week, there was McKenna — on BNN, CTV and elsewhere, saying the Maritimes were “royally steamed at losing out of being part of the national dream with all of those jobs and opportunity.”The 69-year-old deputy chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank has pushed for greater immigration as an antidote to a declining population base, and warned about “alarming levels” of government debt in New Brunswick.“Our destiny is looking increasingly desperate. A tsunami is coming and the early waves are starting to hit our shore. It is not hyperbole to say that we are literally facing an extinction event if we do not take action,” McKenna said in a November 2015 speech.In an interview, McKenna said he tries to “pick my spots,” and usually talks to current leaders before he speaks out. But he wants the region to have some needed conversations.“I just feel that I’ve had enough experience and knowledge that I can contribute to the debate and at least provoke the debate,” said McKenna, who lives in Toronto but maintains a vacation property in his home province.“I do think it’s helpful for all of us who have left public life to maintain an interest and be part of the debates. We should have learned something from our mistakes, if not our successes and we should be able to pass that on.”Don Desserud, a political scientist at the University of Prince Edward Island who closely follows New Brunswick politics, said “premier emeritus” is a good way to describe McKenna.“He has a very strong reputation for being a clear speaker, a clear thinker, a person with a lot of integrity, a lot of intelligence. Not everyone agrees with Frank McKenna’s take on economic and political issues, but everyone agrees that he brings thought to it, and brings a sincerity that the public craves,” Desserud said.“You always got the sense that he believes strongly that New Brunswick could succeed, that Canada should succeed, and that everything he said was designed to help and bring some level of greater prosperity to the province and the region of the country.”McKenna was born in rural Apohaqui, N.B. He established a successful law practice in Chatham, N.B., before entering provincial politics in 1982. Three years later he became Liberal leader, and on Oct. 13, 1987, the party captured all 58 seats in the legislature.He quit a decade later, later serving as Canada’s ambassador to the United States and making his mark in business and banking. He has served as chairman of CanWest Global, and on the boards of Noranda, Shoppers Drug Mart and General Motors. He is currently chairman of Brookfield Asset ManagementMcKenna would likely have been the front-runner for the federal Liberal leadership in 2006, but chose not to run in the race to replace Paul Martin. Donald Savoie, a Moncton professor and author, said McKenna would have likely become prime minister had he run.But Savoie said his friend has carved out a valuable role for himself in his political retirement.“His commitment to the province is still as strong as when he was first elected,” said Savoie, Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Governance at the University of Moncton.“He’s still not only saying things, but also doing things. He’s moving TD jobs to New Brunswick, being front and centre on the pipeline debate. There’s no question that his heart is in New Brunswick,” Savoie said.In May, McKenna announced plans for a new TD call centre in Moncton — the bank’s second in the province — that the New Brunswick government said would create up to 575 full-time jobs.“Every day I work on projects that will be good for our region. Even within TD Bank we’ve been able to bring jobs this way and would like to bring more,” McKenna said.“I really enjoy what I do now. I have a lot of freedom to become involved in humanitarian issues and political issues at various levels that I find very stimulating and I love doing it.”
Kolkata: Five artifact collectors from Kolkata will be travelling to Bangladesh, to display their rare collections for a showcase exhibition.It is for the first time that artifact collectors from Kolkata have been invited in Bangladesh to showcase their collection. The programme titled “Chinhamela” will be held at the Shahidullah Kalabhavan of Rajsahi University, one of the premier academic institutions in Bangladesh. The team will leave for Bangladesh on March 9. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersGopal Biswas, a well known picture post card collector in India, is going to Bangladesh with his collection. Picture post cards used to play an important role in the social life of people in the non-digital era. People travelling to other states or countries used to send picture post cards to their near and dear ones, narrating their experience. Many receivers of the picture post cards used to preserve them. Biswas has in his possession a few thousand picture post cards and he will be taking some of the rarest and best ones to Bangladesh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSouvik Mukherjee will display his collection on the development of transport system in Bengal. Some of the tickets of trams and buses will be displayed, along with photographs of horse-driven carriages. People from East Bengal on reaching Sealdah station used to go to the houses of their relatives in horse-driven carriages in the 1930s and 1940s. There were very few taxis and American car brands like Chevrolet, Hudson and Pontiac were used for the purpose. Ujjal Sardar, collector of manuscripts will display some of the rare manuscripts in his collection. Falguni Dutta Roy will display some of the newspapers which carried interesting news items during the freedom movement in Bangladesh in 1971. Chandranath Chattopadhyay, editor of Kinjal magazine and a well known collector, is also travelling with the group. Many rare stamps used before the Partition in 1947 will be displayed, along with letters including those written by the Governor General, matchboxes used during the Swadeshi movement in 1905, letters written by Nawab Salimullah of Dhaka, advertisement designs made by important personalities and booklets of Bengali cinema and theatre. Till the late 1970s, the audience visiting cinema halls could collect the booklets and lobby cards free of cost, containing the storyline of the movie, along with details of the songs. Satyajit Roy had designed the lobby cards of some of his famous films like Nayak and Parash Pathar. “It will be a wonderful exhibition and will strengthen the cultural ties between India and Bangladesh,” Chattopadhyay said.
Caracas: Venezuela’s top court called on the ruling Constituent Assembly Tuesday to strip opposition leader Juan Guaido of parliamentary immunity. The decision by the Supreme Court of Justice could open the way for President Nicolas Maduro’s rival Guaido, recognised as interim president by more than 50 countries, to be prosecuted. The court ruling cited Guaido’s violation of a ban on his travel outside Venezuela when he visited Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay from late February to early March. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIt came as Guaido and Maduro are locked in a battle for power in the oil-rich country, which is facing a crippling and deepening economic and political crisis. The competition has been escalated into a geopolitical struggle, drawing in the United States and its allies that support Guaido, and Russia, Cuba and China backing Maduro. Though unpopular in a country spiraling ever deeper into economic chaos, Maduro has the upper hand at home, thanks to loyalty from his military chiefs and, more recently, the presence of 100 Russian troops. Abroad, Guaido is buoyed by US sanctions against Maduro’s regime funnelling funds his way, and efforts to have his envoys recognized over Maduro’s in diplomatic missions and international organisations. Maduro, who so far has heeded US warnings to not arrest Guaido under threat of unspecified repercussions, appears nonetheless more confident since Moscow’s overt protection.
OSU then-sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) waits for the ball to snap during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorThey were all in redshirt sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince’s head; the often-vicious criticisms, complaints and calls for him to be replaced. These critiques came early and often negatively affecting his mindset which, in turn, resulted in poor play. “Every time I’d make a mistake, I’d hang my head and I’d be so frustrated,” Prince said Monday. “It would just build up play after play after play.”But, Prince is different this year. At least that’s what his teammates and coaches say about the second-year starter.Prince, whose function resembled that of a turnstile against the Penn State defensive line in the fourth quarter of the Buckeyes’ only regular-season loss last season, was called one of Ohio State’s most improved players by coach Urban Meyer at a press conference Monday afternoon.“That’s not just out there in practice, but with (strength and conditioning) coach Mick (Marotti) with the bend and with all the things he’s struggled with,” Meyer said. “He’s a very serious player right now.”The long-term project to reinvigorate the offensive lineman’s mental psyche began months ago. After Ohio State’s thrilling 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan on Nov. 28, 2016, Meyer sat down with Prince to reinforce the confidence he had in the right tackle entrusted to protect redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett.“(Meyer) was just like, ‘You’ve got to keep going, I still trust you to get the job done. It’s your first year starting and you’re going to make mistakes,’” Prince said. “He just gave me that reassuring confidence to go out there and keep going”According to his teammates, that message was well-received.In the days leading up to the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson and, once again, in spring practice, redshirt senior center Billy Price lauded his attitude. Senior left tackle Jamarco Jones barely let a reporter finish his question in an interview Monday after practice before jumping in to extol Prince’s confidence level heading into the 2017 season.“He’s very confident right now. Everybody in the program is confident in him too from what he’s done these first couple weeks,” Jones said. “We always knew what he could do, it’s just a matter of going out there and doing it whether it’s execution of fundamentals or whatever it was.”OSU junior offensive tackle Isaiah Prince (59) walks down the sideline during the Spring Game on April 15. Scarlet beat Gray 38-31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOffensive line coach Greg Studrawa believes the solution to Prince’s struggles with confidence is simple: the right tackle must be shown why he made the mistakes.“When guys start making mistakes, the first thing they do is get down on themselves, Studrawa said. “What you’ve got to do is revert back to your training, trust your technique. And that was his first time starting. He made some mistakes. He saw those, he’s worked on those.”Studrawa said his attention to detail isn’t close to where it was last year. In 2016, the Buckeyes gave up an average of 2.15 sacks per game, the most per contest by the program since 2012. The 28 sacks allowed ranked them as the 71st-best at keeping the quarterback off the grass in the country. Prince wasn’t the only culprit in the weaker-than-normal Ohio State pass protection, but he stuck out in a line including Jones, a true freshman in right guard Michael Jordan and two first-team All-Americans – center Pat Elflein and Price.When looking back on the film, Prince said he has worked on playing lower and improving his footwork as he believed his pass protection skills weren’t where they needed to be last season.Jordan echoed Meyer, praising Prince as one of the most improved players on the team. He added that Prince has honed his ability to drop back in pass protection and has even been working with younger lineman, specifically freshman Thayer Munford.So, after dealing with a year’s worth of criticism, is Prince tired of talking about last year and ready to move on to the upcoming season? He claims he isn’t.“I learned a lot from last year,” Prince said. “I mean, without last year, I wouldn’t have had this growth. I’m just thankful for it.”
Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas (3) sets the ball to redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) during the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win against Loyola on March 29. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 11 Ohio State men’s volleyball team hopes to end its two-match skid this weekend when it takes on George Mason (3-1) and Erskine (0-4) at St. John Arena.The Buckeyes return to Columbus following tough road losses against then-No. 5 BYU and then-No.11 Stanford.Ohio State played close matches, with each of those seven sets won by five points or fewer.Head coach Pete Hanson said that looking at these matches as only losses is missing the point.“Yeah, two losses, but two losses in January against two teams that are legitimately top 10 teams are not anything to panic about,” Hanson said. “We played them close, we played in hostile environments and we’ve got young guys.”Redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson is still adapting to his leadership role among the young middle blockers, this being the first year he’s the oldest in the position.“I feel more responsibility in terms of making sure all the guys are on the same page and living out the set of expectations that the guys before me did,” Leeson said. “I try to provide that support, letting them know it’s a long season and one or two games isn’t going to dictate this whole season.”On Friday, the Buckeyes will face a George Mason team coming off a four-set loss to No. 3 UC Irvine.The Patriots are led by junior opposite hitter Hayden Wagner, who leads the team with 63 kills and 4.50 kills per set. Wagner brings the distinction of Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week into the matchup against the Buckeyes.On Saturday, the Buckeyes will take on Erskine, who’s still searching for its first win this season through four matches.If Ohio State wants to get back in the win column this weekend, they’ll have to do so with a different starting lineup.Junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss is expected to sit out this weekend due to a concussion sustained during practice this week. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore outside hitter Kyle Skinner.Skinner, who replaced Devilbiss in the third set of the match against Stanford, said he’s ready to step up whenever his team needs him.“Whenever I get in, it’s an opportunity for me to perform and show the coaches what I can do,” Skinner said. “Being on the court a lot more this weekend will give me a chance to show not only that I can come in and make a difference, but that I can stay in the game and make a difference throughout the entire match.”Ohio State takes on George Mason at 7 p.m. on Friday and Erskine at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
FC Barcelona is starting to worry about Catalan midfielder Riqui Puig, the young La Masia product who is laying waste in the academy but getting too many fouls.Even Lionel Messi himself spoke about new Catalan midfielder Riqui Puig’s skills with the ball at his feet, FC Barcelona has found a brand new star who has the ability to play beautiful football in the same vein as Andres Iniesta did when he was still at La Masia. All you need to do in order to realize the level of performance that Riqui Puig has for Barcelona B, is tune in and watch the latest Third Division matches his side plays and look at how much the youngster gets fouled during 90 minutes. Riqui is actually going through a similar path that Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior is also experiencing because both are players that are well above their category and the rest of their opponents can only stop them through some unnecessary roughness. Riqui gathers all the greatest qualities that any great FC Barcelona product must have, he likes to play easy when he does it to the back and he also has that unique creativity when he goes on the attack.? Ciudad Deportiva⚽?? Sesión de los jugadores disponibles del primer equipo. También se entrena Riqui Puig del @FCBarcelonaB?? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/IlNsaORYxu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) September 6, 2018The kid’s passing skills are on par with other La Masia players such as Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, and even Messi himself who praised Riqui in his most recent interview with Catalunya Radio. The young player has received Messi’s warmth from the very first day that manager Ernesto Valverde decided to give him more time with the major squad during training sessions, the skipper is taking his role very seriously with every youngster, but he has taken a special kind of care to Riqui due to the unique skills he has: “I already knew Riqui, he had trained with us sometimes last season already, but honestly what he has done this season has been truly spectacular. Now he keeps training with us, I think it’s great that the club is trusting the academy once again and that they are producing these types of players again, these virtues had been lost in the last years,” said Leo Messi during his last interview with Catalunya Radio.¿Qué opinas de Riqui Puig?Messi: “Es bueno que el club esté restableciendo la confianza en la academia y ese tipo de jugadores”. pic.twitter.com/wIjBpQbkbQTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— ❤?declaracionesBlaugrana?❤ (@datosblaugrana) September 3, 2018Riqui’s absence from Barcelona’s training session.The last match that Riqui Puig played for Barcelona B took a hard toll on him, the player gave us all his repertoire during the 90 minutes against Third Division club Ejea. The player really suffered the consequences of playing for this division but he never stopped proving that he is at least two steps ahead of everybody else during these games, Riqui attempted to bring his squad back to the result but they lost in the end. However, there is a great sensation that Riqui will become a regular in Ernesto Valverde’s major squad and they have the idea that it’s only a matter of time before the boss tells the kid that he can no longer play with the academy. The club’s staff actually revealed that the player missed one Barcelona training session this week because of a recovery process he is going through after that match, Puig received a nasty knock on his right knee and he needs some time for the pain to disappear but he didn’t pick up a more serious injury.Manager Ernesto Valverde’s best chance of possibly handing Riqui Puig his debut with the first squad this season might be during September, the Catalan club has two specific consecutive matches in which the player may get the call-up he’s been waiting for. The first game where Puig could feature is against Girona on September the 23rd, then just three days after the Catalan club will visit Leganes for another La Liga match in a very busy couple of weeks that will have Barcelona play five matches in the span of 15 days. Puig can get his chance to play in one of these two matches because the rest of the Barcelona players are going to need some rest if they want to withstand the great burden of playing so many competitive matches in very little time. Puig’s time is better than ever for that debut, Valverde will keep us in suspense until the time comes to publish the call-up lists for those matches.Messi al ser preguntado sobre Riqui Puig: “Está entrenando con nosotros, ha hecho una pretemporada espectacular y es muy bueno que el Club se fije en este tipo de jugadores y vuelva a confiar en la cantera” pic.twitter.com/J8A1O4qCZW— Abuela Culé (@AbuelaCule) September 3, 2018When do you think Ernesto Valverde will give Riqui Puig his La Liga debut for FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Thibaut Courtois joined Real Madrid last month at a £35m price. He recently talked about moving from Chelsea to join the Spanish side.Before the incidents that spoiled up to the point at which the Belgian had to leave Stamford Bridge, Courtois was on the list of the fans’ favorite at Chelsea.When Belgium finished at third place at the World Cup tournament in Russia, Courtois was given more leave time but expected to return to training the day after they lost the Community Shield to Manchester City. However, he never showed up as expected.He had gone on to pursue his move and fortunately got what he was seeking, leaving Chelsea to sign up Kepa Arrizabalaga.However, according to a report by Sky Sports, Football.london, Courtois still loves the Blues: “It makes me feel sad and obviously they don’t know all the truth. I think in March the decision was already made and I thought the club would accept it.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Then because the transfer was closed I did not show up because I thought it better not to disturb the team and the squad.“If I did go there maybe, I didn’t want to be toxic, so obviously it is a pity because I love Chelsea.“I loved playing there and I am happy to have won two Premier Leagues, a league cup and an FA Cup.“Hopefully it will turn around.”