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Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association to appeal ruling on funding

first_imgSASKATOON – The Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association says it will appeal a judge’s decision to ban funding non-Catholic students in Catholic schools.The ruling released last week said the province can’t provide Catholic schools funding for students who aren’t Catholic.Association spokesman Tom Fortosky says there have been a lot of concerns from parents and adds funding will not be received for non-Catholics if the appeal is lost in court.The association plans to file its appeal within one month.It could not provide an exact number of non-Catholic students attending Catholic schools.Justice Donald Layh ruled that provincial government funding of non-minority faith students attending separate schools infringes on religious neutrality and equality rights.The dispute started in 2003 when the Yorkdale School Division, now Good Spirit School Division, closed down its kindergarten-to-Grade 8 school in the town of Theodore because of declining enrolment.The division planned to bus its 42 students to the community of Springside, 17 kilometres away.In response, a local group created its own Catholic school division and opened St. Theodore Roman Catholic School.That prompted Good Spirit School Division to launch a lawsuit claiming the creation of the new school division was not to serve Catholics in the community, but rather to prevent the students from being bused to a neighbouring town.Fortosky said the Constitution gives Catholics the right to operate a school system with accordance of Catholic values and beliefs.“We believe that this includes the right to have an inclusive and welcoming admittance policy consistent with the church’s ecumenical efforts since the Second Vatican Council.”Premier Brad Wall said this week that the ruling cannot stand and the province will see what can be done to successfully manoeuvre around it.The premier raised concerns that the ruling means thousands of students could be forced to switch schools and that the viability of some community schools could be at risk.But Public Schools of Saskatchewan called Wall’s comments disappointing, saying any disruption caused by students moving from separate schools “is a product of the unilateral decision of Catholic schools to admit those students.”(CTV Saskatoon, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

House Democrats demand briefing on Russia sanctions decision

first_imgWASHINGTON — The leaders of seven House committees are calling on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to explain why the United States is easing sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. It’s one of the first moves of the new Democratic House to scrutinize President Donald Trump’s actions related to Russia.The Democrats wrote to Mnuchin asking about a December announcement that the U.S. would lift sanctions on the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal and two other companies connected to Deripaska. Mnuchin said that Deripaska would remain blacklisted as part of sanctions targeting tycoons close to the Kremlin, but that the companies would diminish Deripaska’s ownership and sever his control.In their letter, the Democrats say the deal appears to allow Deripaska to keep “significant ownership” of one of the companies.Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Villanova Had The Most Impressive Tournament Win In More Than 53 Years

12/18/1971IndianaNotre DameREG94-29+64 12/29/1972New MexicoDartmouthREG107-36+65 2/27/1994MinnesotaIndianaREG106-56+65 Source: Sports Reference Best men’s basketball wins relative to average expectation 12/9/1955UtahArizonaREG119-45+64 12/23/1998MarylandNorth TexasREG132-57+63 3/3/2008KansasTexas TechREG109-51+67 12/10/1994Southern UtahSouth AlabamaREG140-72+71 DATEWINNEROPPONENTGAME TYPESCOREELO-ADJUSTED POINT MARGIN 12/27/1985North CarolinaManhattanREG129-45+73 Ahead of Saturday’s Final Four matchup between Villanova and Oklahoma, our prediction model had the Wildcats only slightly favored, with a 54 percent chance of winning, and nearly a quarter of the game was as tight as that probability suggests. When Oklahoma led 17-16 after eight minutes, our in-game win probabilities listed the odds as essentially the same as they’d been before tipoff. Fans across the country settled in for an exciting game, perhaps like the one Villanova had played against Kansas in the South Regional final.But from that point on, things were anything but close. ’Nova rattled off a 12-0 run, touching off an eight-minute sequence in which it outscored Oklahoma 21 to 4. By halftime, the Wildcats led by 14 — but they weren’t done yet. After the Sooners briefly cut Villanova’s lead to single-digits with 16 minutes left in the game, the Wildcats scored 49 of the game’s next 63 points, including a 25-0 run that lasted approximately five and a half minutes on the scoreboard (but must have felt like an eternity to Sooner fans).The result was a 44-point landslide win for Villanova, the most lopsided victory in Final Four history. That is a matter of historical fact. But using our Elo ratings (which estimate a team’s strength at a given moment), we can also say that it was probably the most impressive NCAA Tournament win in more than 53 years — and the 10th-most-impressive D-I basketball victory, period, since the 1949-50 season: 1/27/1993OklahomaFlorida A&MREG146-65+63 4/2/2016VillanovaOklahomaNCAA95-51+65 1/12/1952Holy CrossBrownREG100-31+64 3/11/1963Loyola (IL)Tennessee TechNCAA111-42+70 3/12/1993KentuckyTennesseeCTOURN101-40+66 12/17/1986ClemsonArmstrongREG112-39+65 11/17/2009TennesseeUNC-AshevilleREG124-49+64 1/5/1974UCLAWashingtonREG100-48+64 2/27/1956KentuckyGeorgiaREG143-66+65 12/17/1995TulsaPrairie ViewREG141-50+72 12/11/1954DaytonBowling GreenREG109-39+69 11/25/1989DukeHarvardREG130-54+63 Because Elo measures the difference in relative quality between teams going into a game, it can be used (in conjunction with information about the location of the game) to create a predictive point spread. It can also be used to generate a hypothetical point spread that would have been expected from an average Division I team1With an Elo rating of exactly 1500. against the same opponent in a given game. So against Oklahoma on a neutral court Saturday, for instance, Villanova was expected to win by about 2.5 points; an average team would have been expected to lose by 21. That Villanova won by 44 implies that the Wildcats outperformed their own expectations by 41.5 points and those of an “average” team by about 65 points.Suffice it to say that 65 points is an extraordinarily wide margin for a team to beat the D-I average by in a single game. The record since 1949-50 in any game between two D-I schools is 73, set by North Carolina when it trounced Manhattan College by 84 points in 1985. (Elo estimates that an average team, playing at home, would have beaten the 1200-rated Jaspers by about 11 points.) But that also took place in a forgettable non-conference game two days after Christmas.To find an NCAA Tournament win more impressive than Villanova’s romp, you’d have to go back to 1963, when Loyola of Chicago exceeded average by 70 points with a 111-42 opening-round triumph over Tennessee Tech. And before the Wildcats’ win Saturday, no team had beaten average by 60 or more points in an NCAA Tournament game since 1971, when a previous incarnation of Villanova beat Penn 90-47. read more

Mens Basketball Prices for Ohio State basketball could dip for students in

Buckeye fans celebrate following the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State students might receive a price break to watch their men’s basketball team play.Students would pay just $9 for all individual game tickets if the proposal is approved by the Board of Trustees Finance Committee. Previously, students had to pay $13 for Big Ten games and $12 for nonconference game. Ohio State enjoyed a resurgent 2017-18 season, and the success the team found led to an increase in attendance for the team. An average of 13,495 people attended games at the Schottenstein Center during the 2017-18 season, well above the 12,324 average of the 2016-17 season and the 12,283 average of the 2015-16 campaign. Ohio State also hosted crowds above 18,000 fans on two occasions, first against Illinois on Feb. 4 and against Iowa on Feb. 10. The Board is set to go over the proposal at approximately 12:55 p.m. Thursday during the Finance Committee Meeting.The remainder of the tickets will not see a price change from the cost for the previous season. Season-ticket holders will continue to have a 12-percent discount from the price of a season’s worth of individual tickets while faculty and staff will have a 20-percent discount.The Ohio State Board of Trustees Finance Committee will vote Thursday on a proposal to reduce ticket prices for students while leaving the remainder of the tickets the same. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateOhio State is coming off its first season under head coach Chris Holtmann in which it finished 25-9 overall with a 15-3 Big Ten record. The Buckeyes lost just two games at home — 79-65 against Clemson on Nov. 29 and 82-79 on a buzzer-beating loss to Penn State on Jan. 25. The overall record was the team’s best mark since the 2012-13 season.The Buckeyes also reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Fifth-seeded Ohio State lost in the second round to fourth-seeded Gonzaga.Holtmann will hope to find continued success in his second season at the helm despite a litany of losses. His team saw three seniors graduate in guard Kam Williams, guard Andrew Dakich and forward Jae’Sean Tate and watched forward and 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop declare for the NBA draft, forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility.Joining Ohio State will be the 23rd-best recruiting class in the nation, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Guard Luther Muhammad and forward Jaedon LeDee are the only two four-star prospects joining the team while a pair of three star recruits — guard Duane Washington and forward Justin Ahrens — also join the team. read more

New Nature Trail in Middle Caicos highlights Caicos Pine

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Nov 2015 – Seven years of work in the bushes has created a new nature trail experience in Middle Caicos which the crafters of it are calling, the Caicos Pine Yard Trail. Bryan Naqqi-Manco is the Caicos Pine Recovery Project Manager and he explains in the announcement issued yesterday that it is a .45 mile long trek, with 16 stopping points within a native pine yard. Bryan says it a new experience which unravels the life and habitat of the Caicos Pine, found primarily in Middle Caicos. “Each stopping point is related to the corresponding text in the trail guide brochure, providing an explanation about the plants, animals, habitat, threats and conservation measures. The trail can be self-guided (brochure available on site) or guided tours by local ecotourism companies and local guides can be arranged by contacting DEMA’s office in Providenciales.” The Caicos Pine is the national tree of the Turks and Caicos and it is listed in the IUCN Red List of threatened species as ‘vulnerable.’ Related Items:Bryan Naqqi-Manco, caicos pine, Caicos Pine Yard Trail, middle caicos, Nature Trail North to Middle Caicos Causeway behind schedule; residents concerned over Joaquin flooding Recommended for you PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute Middle Caicos has a new man in charge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Japanese artist Obata introduces Aritayaki in India

first_imgYuji Obata is one of the few Japanese artists who presented his work to the Emperor of Japan. Obata’s work in Arita-yaki porcelain carries with it over 400 years of history and tradition yet expresses a fresh originality that signals a future for this ancient art. And now, he has come to India to present a glimpse of the soul of Japan through this exhibition of Arita-Yaki paintings.’Yuji Obata Exhibition-The world of Modern Arita from Japan’ started on August 25 and will last until August 31 at Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Center. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSelf-taught along each step of his creative process, from turning the potter’s wheel and kiln firing to decorating the surfaces of his pieces with delicate drawings, Obata departs from common practice in the Arita-yaki industry to carve out a special place for himself in this traditional porcelain art world. Not like typical Arita Yaki porcelain production, Yuji Obata takes his time, creates the shape, fires, and paints each product all by himself. He uses flowers, fish, and animals as motives. His favorite theme is cherry blossoms for which he uses a special Japanese pigment in pink. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFrom the decorative blocks to the intricate designer vases and decorative plates, he tried his best to present the Arita-Yaki form of painting in its most pristine form. As an artist of the Arita – Yaki style of paintings, Obata has devoted himself to the ethereal beauty of the Sakura tree. His creations captured the world of Sakura tree in all its stages – from full blossoms to the fall of the last leaf.Born in 1961, the artist has kept the traditional purity of the Jin Gama Pottery Klin established by his father. He Graduated from Ayoma Gakuin University in 1984, completed his training from Arita College of Ceramics in 1987 and became the member of the prestigious Japan Kaigi Association and Arita Ceramic Art Association. Obata does not believe in the use of modern machines in the creation of his artwork. He had prepared by his own hands the porcelain on which he composed his Arita-Yaki pieces for the exhibition. “The idea is to give new reach to the traditional style in Arita, especially the distinctive style that is Sakura. Aritayaki which is the oldest form of craft has always had a unique pull for art lovers”, said Obata.last_img read more