Sharks defend Todd McLellan in wake of firing by Oilers: ‘it’s not all his fault’

first_imgSAN JOSE — In a rare moment of agreement between a pair of Pacific Division rivals, the Sharks (11-7-3) and Edmonton Oilers (9-10-1) reached a consensus Tuesday morning: it isn’t Todd McLellan’s fault.Less than 12 hours before puck drop at SAP Center, the Oilers fired the Sharks former-coach, replacing him with Ken Hitchcock, the third-winningest bench boss in NHL history. McLellan’s firing came after the Oilers lost six of seven games by a 27-19 margin and just three-and-a-half years after he …last_img

Jeff Duling, June 8

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I feel lucky. We only got two tenths of an inch of rain last night and some areas got one to two inches, so I was pretty happy. We are wet. We still have a corn field and a bean field to plant. It gets close and then they talk about these big rains and you get scared about planting before that. I am going to give that corn a couple more days and then I’ll switch to beans.In the last two weeks we got another 50 acres of beans in and then we got 2.5 inches of rain really fast and it was like a lake out there. The beans made it out OK, though.Last night we drove from the middle of Putnam County to Findlay and everything was beautiful. If you go west of Ottawa it is ugly over by Continental. They are in bad shape over there. There are still a lot of acres not done the first time and a lot of acres going to get redone. They have been hit by a lot of rain over there.Yesterday afternoon I finished sidedressing corn. The corn is at V5 or V6 already and looks beautiful. The rains have been great for that, but from Mother’s Day on it has not been very conducive to planting. We haven’t done much since May 24 when we planted that last field of beans. It has been wet ever since. There are some guys trying to mud it in.The wheat is OK. I got about 80% of it sprayed with Prosaro. It has been humid and muggy so we’ll see how well it works. I think we have good conditions for head scab around here.I am pretty impressed with weed control in this area. Guys are figuring out how to get a handle on some of these problem marestail fields.last_img read more

Punjab CM welcomes Centre’s move on CDS

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has welcomed the creation of a Chief of the Defence Staff post as a vital step in strengthening and streamlining the command structure of the country’s defence services.Hailing the Union government’s decision as the fulfilment of a long-pending demand, first mooted by the then UPA government in the wake of the Kargil war, the Chief Minister said the move would go a long way in improving the command and control system of the Indian armed forces.Capt. Amarinder said that a CDS was suggested back in 2009 by the Naresh Chandra committee under the United Progressive Alliance, as the permanent chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC). The decision, however, then could not be implemented though it was felt that such a post would bring in more effective coordination and cohesiveness in the armed forces.“With the CDS to coordinate them, the three defence services, viz the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, the Indian armed forces would become more integrated, thus enhancing their effectiveness,” the Chief Minister said in a statement.last_img read more

Rep Vaupel supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities

first_img21Dec Rep. Vaupel supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities Categories: News,Vaupel News State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, recently voted for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trade education in Michigan’s public schools.“This is an opportunity to help our children beyond high school while they’re still in the classroom,” Vaupel said. “Our mid-Michigan school districts will have more course flexibility, improved access to experienced instructors and be able to work closely with local business owners. That will ultimately help our state’s students, while giving them better access to post-high school programs and help have more options as future professionals.”The legislation was developed from the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance, which includes state K-12 educators and local employment leaders working together to help strengthen Michigan’s future.The legislation:Creates a K-12 model program that emphasizes career learning and themes for each grade level, while focusing on engaging with parents, community businesses and industry interests;Provides continuing education and professional development credit for teachers who spend time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers;Allows proprietary schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access – with parental consent – to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitment and career opportunities; andPermits schools to more readily hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise.“We’ve got to develop students in the classroom while increasing their educational opportunities because that will prepare them for a successful life,” Vaupel said. “Michigan has many more career opportunities today than it did five years ago. If this legislation becomes state law then our students will be better prepared for five years from now.”House Bills 5139, 5140, 5141, 5142 and 5145 advance to the Senate for its consideration.#####last_img read more