Opposition MPs irritated over unpreparedness of Govt members

first_imgOpposition Members of Parliament (MPs) grew infuriated over the unpreparedness of Government parliamentarians in the National Assembly.During the sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday, the Opposition MPs raised concerns over the answers provided by the Government members to pertinent questions being asked on public affairs.The Government MPs would respond by promising to deliver the requested information at a later date, claiming that the data is not available at hand.PPP/C MP Juan Edghill questioned whether the Government MPs are diverting from parliamentary practice to bring along technical personnel in order to provide information to the National Assembly.He contended that if they continue in this vain, then no information would be disclosed for the public.Subsequently weighing in on the situation, PPP/C Chief Whip Gail Teixeira contended that such occurrences never prevailed in the House before.“Your inability to answer questions is not fair… These are simple questions being asked and the Ministers are totally unprepared,” she expressed.She reminded that the Government Ministers are accountable to the taxpayers of this country and therefore they have a reasonability to answer the questions posed by Opposition MPs who represent the rights of a significant portion of the population.Teixeira asserted that the Government MPs’ approach in the National Assembly sends the wrong message. “(It is) a level of arrogance… it’s like you’re saying we don’t have to answer you, we don’t have to account to nobody,” she said.Teixeira added, “When the Ministers answered this way, we have to be irritated, we aren’t fools sitting in this House.”last_img read more

AFC has the numbers once again

first_imgMaybe Rex Grossman is the answer in Chicago. Maybe Eli Manning is the next, umm, Payton Manning. Maybe Joe Gibbs still has the magic 13 years later. Maybe we’re underrating Seattle. Maybe Carolina and Tampa Bay can win the Super Bowl with defense. Maybe you’d like to throw all your hard-earned cash in the Pacific Ocean. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Why should anything change? Three of the four teams to win 12 games or more come from the AFC. The six AFC playoff teams all won five or more games on the road, compared to two in the NFC (Carolina 6, Seattle 5). The AFC set a record in 2004 for best interdivision mark, winning 44 of 64 games. While the margin in 2005 was much smaller, (34 of 64), the six AFC playoff teams were a stunning 20-4 in games versus the NFC. The six NFC teams went 12-12. A power rating scouting report using a points system: One point for each win, road win, game versus a winning team, win versus a winning team, and net wins in games decided by a touchdown or less. In the AFC: Denver (13-3, NFC West, No. 2 seed), 37 point: Which Jake Plummer will show up for the playoffs, the one that threw just seven picks and completed 60 percent of his passes this season or the Jake whose career postseason record is 1-3? The Broncos went 7-3 versus winning teams, explaining their edge on Indy in points, and were 4-2 in games decided by a touchdown. It’s been seven years since Mike Shanahan became a genius with back-to-back Super Bowl wins. Indianapolis (14-2, AFC South, No. 1 seed), 36 points: The Colts have more questions than the SAT. How did losing an unbeaten season impact them? How will the passing of Tony Dungy’s son affect the team? How does their past playoff foibles factor in this time? The Colts won seven road games, were 5-2 against winning teams, and routed most everyone, with just three games decided by a touchdown (all wins). Dungy’s playoff record is 5-7. Jacksonville (12-4, wild card, No. 5 seed), 33 points: The Jags are hard to gauge. They won six road games and were 8-2 in games decided by a touchdown, but nine of their last 10 wins were against teams with losing records. Does beating the 49ers, Titans, Browns, Jets, Cards and Texans by a touchdown or less qualify as good wins? Ex-Trojan Jack Del Rio will be coaching his first playoff game. New England (10-6, NFC East, No. 4 seed), 31 points: Three Super Bowl titles under Bill Belichick earn you the benefit of the doubt, and the Pats opened with four of their first six on the road, five versus 2004 playoff teams. They went 6-2 the second half, won five games on the road and were 5-1 in games decided by a touchdown. Cincinnati (11-5, NFC North, No. 3 seed), 30 points: The pluses are six road wins, a 4-1 record in games decided by a touchdown, and an offense second only to Indianapolis. They’ve scored 27 points or more in six of their last eight games. The Bengals also were just 3-4 against winning teams. Marvin Lewis, an assistant at Long Beach State in 1985-86, will also be making his playoff debut. Pittsburgh (11-5, wild card, No. 6 seed), 27 points: The Steelers won six games on the road but were 2-4 in games decided by a touchdown. They have a robust running game when healthy, but while Ben Roethlisberger began Sunday ranked second in the NFL in passing, he’s limited by Bill Cowher’s offense (23 attempts per game, and just 17 Sunday). Cowher has one Super Bowl appearance and has been to the playoffs 11 of 15 seasons, but he’s 1-4 in AFC title games. First-round picks: Cincinnati over Pittsburgh, New England over Jacksonville. In the NFC: Seattle (13-3, NFC West, No. 1 seed), 33 points: The Seahawks are sort of like a non-BCS school making it to one of the big bowls. No one knows how good they are. They won five on the road, were 4-2 against winning teams and 6-1 in games decided by a touchdown. Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander had career years, and they’ll have home wet field advantage throughout the postseason. Mike Holmgren was 9-5 in seven postseasons in Green Bay but is 0-3 in Seattle. Tampa Bay (11-5, NFC South, No. 3 seed), 32 points: The points system rewards Tampa for a 5-3 record against winning teams and 6-3 mark in games decided by a touchdown. But two of those victories against winning teams were versus Minnesota and Miami, and the Bucs lost to the Jets and 49ers. Going to Chris Simms at quarterback was a bold move by Jon Gruden, but the Bucs got here via their defense. Chicago (11-5, NFC North, No. 2 seed), 29 points: The Bears pick up points for a 5-1 record in games decided by a touchdown, but they were just 3-4 against winning teams and split on the road. They have the best defense in the league and worst offense of all the playoff teams. Grossman is the X factor. Lovie Smith makes his playoff debut. Washington (10-6, wild card, No. 6 seed), 29 points: Joe Gibbs was questioning his decision to return to coaching after three straight heartbreaking losses (Tampa by one, Oakland by three and San Diego in overtime), but they’ve won four straight. Otherwise, they’re ordinary 5-5 against winning teams, 4-4 on the road, 5-5 in games decided by a touchdown or less. Gibbs won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks (Joe Theisman, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien) and had a 16-5 playoff record in his first stint in Washington. Carolina (11-5, wild card, No. 5 seed), 28 points: The Panthers win on defense, reflected by allowing under 17 points a game and 14 or less in eight of their last 10. They won six games on the road game but were 3-4 against winning teams and one win came against Minnesota. Wonder if Al Davis wishes he had hired John Fox as head coach when he had the chance? Fox was briefly on Long Beach State’s coaching staff in 1981. New York Giants (11-5, NFC East, No. 3 seed), 27 points: Fraud alert. The Giants won just three road games (San Francisco, Philadelphia and Oakland) and were 4-5 against winning teams. They lost twice in overtime and beat up some bad teams they outscored the Cards, Saints, Rams, 49ers, Eagles and Raiders 194-97. They lost to the Redskins 35-20 after beating them 36-0 early. Manning also has the lowest pass efficiency rate of all playoff QBs. First-round picks: Tampa over Washington, Carolina over New York. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img If there’s any trend in sports that appears to be a lock, it is that whatever team the AFC sends to the Super Bowl will send the NFC representative back to its dressing room just happy to have been part of the show. The AFC representative has won six of the last eight Super Bowls, and the results weren’t exactly life-affirming the two times the NFC team won. St. Louis barely outlasted Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV, a game in which the Rams were expected to romp, and Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXXVII against the dysfunctional Raiders. last_img read more