Deshapriya said that based on the current conditions in the north he is confident the election for the Northern Prince will be free and fair. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Mahinda-Desapriya-in-Vavuniya-voice-clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “In general by saying the army is intimidating voters in a particular area cannot be taken as a complaint. There needs to be a specific incident reported. But we have not got specific or detailed complaints,” he said. He also said that the army can get involved in election related work to assist the police only if he makes a formal request to the police chief. But so far he has not made such a request. Deshapriya also noted that illegal posters and cut-outs were not seen widely in the north as compared to the other two provinces.He also said that transport and special election centres will be setup for displaced voters on election day. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says there have not been any complaints of the army interfering in election work ahead of the provincial council elections in the north.Deshapriya, who was on a visit to the north, said that even voters have not made any specific compliant of army harassment or threats.
It’s a tough season to be a center in the WNBA.Foul calls are down significantly, dropping by 1.4 fouls per game from 2018. But the “big” bigs — the best fives the league has to offer — have been hit especially hard. Through 32 games, the number of free-throw attempts by Liz Cambage of the Las Vegas Aces, Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury and Sylvia Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx is down 37 percent.The results have been evident. Griner, tired of taking so much uncalled contact, was involved in an altercation last month that resulted in a three-game suspension. Cambage described it, in an interview earlier this summer, this way: “I don’t really see myself playing into my 30s because I don’t want to go to war.” Cambage is still having an elite season, but her overall production is down from last year — her field-goal percentage has fallen from 58.9 to 49.3 percent while her true shooting percentage has dropped from 64.3 to 55.2 percent.But Fowles, through a combination of inter- and intraseason adaptations, has kept her production remarkably consistent. Her career field-goal percentage is 59.3 percent. This season, her field-goal percentage is … 59.1 percent.Another year, same Syl. At age 33, Fowles is this generation’s greatest center, trailing only Lauren Jackson among centers in career Win Shares, but she doesn’t get enough appreciation, to hear her coach and teammates tell it.“Syl reminds me of myself, like no one recognizes her greatness,” said Fowles’s current Lynx and former LSU teammate Seimone Augustus. “But she continues to just get better, year after year. I mean, at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done and she retires, I think people are going to look back and go, ‘Wow.’”By the catch-all stat Win Shares, Fowles has quietly amassed more value than anyone else in the WNBA over the past three seasons. Elena Delle Donne, Griner and Cambage may get more headlines, but only Fowles has more than 20 win shares since the start of the 2017 season. No one else has cracked 19.But while the statistics — at least the topline numbers — would indicate that Fowles is simply the same great center she’s been since her rookie season in Chicago back in 2008, a closer look at how she’s been scoring her points in 2019 reveals the change she made to enhance her game.Fowles is 19-for-34 on shots 15 to 19 feet away from the basket, a 55.9 percent clip that ranks her among this season’s elite midrange shooters. For reference, Fowles was 2-for-6 from that distance in 2018.That didn’t happen by accident. Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve told Fowles in their exit meeting at the end of 2018 that she wanted her to diversify her game, and Fowles worked with Lynx assistant Walt Hopkins all offseason. The daily routine was punishing: Fowles would shoot at the rim, in the paint, from the free-throw and three-point lines, and couldn’t advance to the next spot until she made five in a row, all swishes.Her success this season from all over the court has actually helped Fowles focus on her original strength — that endless array of post moves — and not settle for the jumpers she’s now sinking routinely.“I have to make sure it doesn’t take away what I do best,” Fowles said. “I have to make sure I don’t get too relaxed and shoot jumpers. When I’m open, I shoot. But when I’m not, it’s making sure I do what I used to do, and that’s going to the rim.”But even Fowles acknowledged a frustration with how much harder it has been to earn foul-line trips through contact. Fowles has gotten more than four free-throw attempts in a game just six times all season. In 2018, she shot more than four free throw attempts in 17 of 34 games.I asked Sue Blauch, the WNBA’s head of referee performance and development, about the reduction in both free-throw attempts originating out of the paint and player frustration with it. She acknowledged the decrease in offensive efficiency in the league this season and said “everyone should dig deep and explore” what might be the cause. “We certainly looked at our play-calling data and have addressed any contribution that officiating may have had,” she said.Refs across the WNBA did seem to take note of recent league office guidance. Before July’s All-Star break, the average number of fouls per game was 33.2. Since then, fouls are up to 37.3 per game — an increase of 12.3 percent. That shift toward more fouls in the paint required another adjustment for Fowles, who was sent to the bench early in several games with foul trouble herself.“Now everything’s a foul fest, the last couple of games it’s a foul fest, we have to adjust to that,” Reeve said after a Minnesota win in New York on Aug. 13. “All of a sudden there’s an about-face about how it’s being officiated. And so I told Syl, I said, ‘No complaints now. You know, you gotta get yourself to the foul line.’ Some of it is being patient and not racing through the move, give a defender a chance to foul you, type of thing. So I think she’s got to be a little more poised in the post.”It isn’t easy. Fowles said she huddled with Cambage and Griner during All-Star weekend in Las Vegas about how to handle all the physical abuse. She laughed when asked if she meditates.“Oh, yes,” Fowles said. “I meditate. I talk to therapists. It gets frustrating.” But she doesn’t want to talk about it with her teammates and coaches, to “put out that negative energy.” Instead, she just continues to be Sylvia Fowles.In the three games after that Aug. 13 win, she shot 63.6 percent. She took only one shot from the 15-to-19-foot range. And in her past four games, she’s shot 59.5 percent, going 4-of-7 when 15 to 19 feet from the basket.The rules change, the teams change, the players change. But Sylvia Fowles keeps on doing what she does.
The new head of the TUC last week promised to grow union membership in theUK and broaden its agenda to be relevant to the modern workplace. In his first major speech since replacing John Monks as general secretary,Brendan Barber said the union movement must recruit more members andconcentrate its efforts on the modern service sector. He told guests at City University’s vice-chancellor’s lecture that thedecline in union numbers seen during the 1980s and 90s had halted, but genuinegrowth was still proving illusive. “I want us to be seen as a growing force again. We need to break intothe private service sector, because that’s where the real growth is going to bein the long term,” he said. However, despite claiming partnership agreements had reduced the number ofstrikes, Barber adopted a more old-school stance when defending the recentround of industrial action. “I’m not the slightest bit defensive about strikes. The right towithdraw labour is a fundamental human right and it would be a very strangeright if it was never exercised,” he said. Barber told the gathering that the TUC had already trained 5,000 unionlearning representatives, which gained statutory rights to promote training inthe workplace this year. Barber also hailed the forthcoming Information and Consultation Directive asa watershed in industrial relations which could potentially lead to “hugechanges”. He believes the directive will lead to greater partnership in the workplace,with managers and employees becoming more used to consulting with each other onissues which will affect the business. Unison to vote on co-ordinated action over payThe country’s biggest union isconsidering proposals that could see an increase in co-ordinated industrialaction across the whole of the public sector.Members of Unison, of which there are more than 1.3 millionmembers – mostly in the public sector – will vote on key amendments thisWednesday.They will decide on changes that could see pay claimsco-ordinated across different public bodies such as the NHS and schools.The motion talks of a national approach to pay bargainingacross all services with a consistent approach to: long-term agreements,industrial action and the retention of job numbers. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. New TUC chief pledges relevant modernisationOn 17 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
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