UNP urges Ravi to stop functioning as Assistant Leader

However he says the Commission of Inquiry has decided that the Attorney General and the Bribery Commission should determine whether action should be taken against Ravi Karunanayake, MP, under the Bribery Act or other appropriate legislation in respect of their findings that he had derived a substantial benefit from the lease payments made by Walt and Row Associates (Pvt) Ltd., which is an associate company of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd., which is owned and controlled by the same persons who owned and controlled Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. The United National Party (UNP) has called on former Minister Ravi Karunanayake to stop functioning as the Assistant Leader of the party.UNP General Secretary Kabir Hasheem said in a statement today that in the report of the Commission of Inquiry on the issuance of Treasury Bonds, there are no findings against any member of the United National Party including Ravi Karunanayake in regard to the issuance of Treasury Bonds. The Commission has also stated that the Attorney General or other appropriate authorities could also consider whether the evidence given by Ravi Karunanayake is shown to have been incorrect and in that case whether there are grounds for prosecution under Section 179 and or under Section 188 of the Penal Code or other relevant provisions of the law, read with Section 9 the Commission of Inquiry Act No. 17 of 1948. In view of this, the Committee appointed by the United National Party has recommended that until a finality is reached by the Attorney General and/or the Bribery Commission that no legal action is to be filed against Ravi Karunanayake or if such action is instituted, until the conclusion of such action, steps should be taken to ensure that Ravi Karunanayake should not exercise any duties as an Assistant Leader of the United National Party, Kabir Hasheem said.Hasheem said the report will be presented to the Working Committee to be held in mid February. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Opinion Urban Meyer unseated Nick Saban as best college coach with 3rd

Above: Urban Meyer lifts the College Football Playoff Trophy after defeating Oregon in the national championship game Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor Below: Alabama coach Nick Saban addresses the media after the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl against Ohio State in Louisiana. OSU won, 42-35. Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorIn the wake of winning his third national championship, Urban Meyer has sent a statement to the world of college football: Not only is Ohio State the best team in the nation, but he is the best coach.For years, Nick Saban has owned this de facto title from his stronghold in Alabama. However, with Meyer’s triumphant return to college football glory — with a team on its third-string quarterback, no less — the flow of power is beginning to shift.Now what makes Meyer a better coach than Saban, excluding his head-to-head victory on New Year’s Day? I believe the best college football coach in the nation would have to excel in three distinct categories: success at multiple schools, winning at a consistent and high level, and recruiting and working around injuries.The first category is what separates these two historic coaches from the rest of the pack. Meyer and Saban are the only coaches in college football history to win the national championship at two different schools: Florida and OSU for Meyer, and LSU and Alabama for Saban. However, their overall career records differ significantly.Throughout Meyer’s career, he has been successful from the Mid-American Conference to the Mountain West Conference, Southeastern Conference to the Big Ten. His record was 17-6 at Bowling Green, 22-2 at Utah, 65-15 at Florida and now a stunning 38-3 at OSU: an overall winning percentage of about 85 percent.Saban, meanwhile, went 9-2 at Toledo, 34-24-1 at Michigan State, 48-16 at LSU, and is currently 91-17 at Alabama, for an overall winning percentage of 75.4 percent. That’s a difference of about 10 percentage points, giving Meyer the definite edge in this category.Now, the common counter to this is Saban’s four national championships compared with Meyer’s three, along with his immense amount of success since he began coaching in the SEC with LSU. However, Saban led a Michigan State team, which finished in the top five in back-to-back seasons, to multiple seasons of not exactly stellar finishes. Meanwhile, Meyer proved his mobility by going 24-0 in Big Ten play since arriving in Columbus, after dominating in the SEC with Florida as well.Meyer has three undisputable championships, along with an undefeated season at Utah in 2004, and an undefeated season at OSU in 2012. Meyer has also been a head coach for six fewer years than Saban, and has plenty of time to earn even more success.Both Saban and Meyer have proven time and again to be top-notch recruiters, but what Meyer did this season with an OSU team beset by key injuries is what cements him as the best coach in college football. Most teams struggle to find even one quarterback, while Meyer used his third-string signal caller to overcome three teams ranked in the top 13.So time to step off your mantle, Nick Saban: It’s Urban Meyer’s time to shine. read more