It has been like a broken record on repeat for the USC men’s basketball team in the past few weeks.Late game errors, bad shots, and, even worse, fouls plagued the Trojans (16-13, 8-9) down the stretch once again, this time as they fell to Arizona State 59-54 in Tempe, Ariz. Senior guard Mike Gerrity and junior guard Marcus Simmons led USC with 11 points each, but it was not enough to quiet the Sun Devils’ offensive attack.Resurgence · Junior guard Marcus Simmons scored 11 points against the Sun Devils on Thursday, his best performance since he scored 11 against Loyola Marymount in November. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanSun Devils’ forward Rihards Kuksiks was a catalyst for his team’s offensive success, coming off the bench to score 24 points on 8-13 shooting. He made six of nine attempts from the three-point line, including several late threes to keep Arizona State ahead.Both teams showed their defensive prowess early in the game, limiting the scoring and preventing either team from pulling ahead by a large margin. The Sun Devils (21-9, 11-6) stretched their lead to five on a Kuksiks three-pointer with eight minutes left in the half, but points from six different Trojans helped USC keep the score within two going into the break.Spurts of offense from both sides finally appeared in the beginning of the second half, punctuated by three more Kuksiks three-pointers in the span of four minutes. USC managed to stay within three points of the Sun Devils up until the two-minute mark, but several costly errors sunk the Trojans — an untimely foul by sophomore guard Donte Smith allowed Ty Abbott to sink three free throws and widen the lead for Arizona State, and a minute later sophomore forward Leonard Washington was called for offensive goaltending on an easy layup by senior guard Marcus Johnson.Despite a late three from Johnson, USC could not keep up with the Sun Devils, who remain in second place in the Pac-10 behind conference leader California.Although a late three from Johnson pulled the Trojans within one, USC could not manage to regain the lead as the Sun Devils’ late free throw shooting sealed the victory.While the Trojans shot 42 percent from the field — a vast improvement compared to their miserable 29 percent shooting performance against Oregon State — their 3-point shooting woes continued, as they were only able to convert 27 percent of their attempts.Despite starting the second half of conference play with four consecutive wins, USC has now lost its last four games, dropping the Trojans into sixth place in the Pac-10. The win allows Arizona State to remain in second place behind conference leader California and keeps them in contention for a split of the Pac-10 title.USC, with only one game left to play this year due to its postseason ban, will now travel to Arizona to face the Wildcats on Saturday. The Trojans defeated Arizona in their first conference game of the season 56-50 at the Galen Center.
Photo © – Tipp FM Padraig Harrington and Paul Dunne are both in action on Day 1 of the KLM Open.Harrington is on even par in the early stages while Dunne is currently playing the first.Meanwhile Rory McIlroy tees off later for his first round at the BMW Championship on the PGA Tour.
However, WADA issued new guidance earlier this week which said that athletes who tested positive for meldonium beforeMarch 1 could have bans overturned, as the agency was unable to establish how quickly the drug cleared the human body.The statement appeared to offer a lifeline to Sharapova, who is currently serving a provisional ban, but the ITF saidon Thursday that the Russian still faces a hearing and possible sanctions.The ITF statement read: “In light of the recent notice from WADA regarding the process for dealing with cases involving meldonium, the ITF can confirm that the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme case involving Maria Sharapova will proceed to a hearing in accordance with WADA’s recommendations. “The ITF does not intend to make any further statement until completion of this process due to the confidentiality of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.“The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme is a comprehensive and internationally recognised drug-testing programme that applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA.“Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping rule violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed in accordance with the requirements of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme and World Anti-Doping Code.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram is still facing a hearing after testing positive for meldonium, despite recent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) pronouncements.The drug was added to WADA’s banned list at the start of the year and five-time Grand Slam championSharapova tested positive at the Australian Open.
Liverpool’s defence of their Champions League title hangs in the balance after Saul Niguez’s early strike gave Atletico Madrid an aggregate lead going into the second leg of their last-16 tie at Anfield.The Reds were given a dose of their own medicine as Atletico harried and hassled throughout, limiting them to just two clear chances and no shots on target.Those opportunities fell to Mohamed Salah, who headed wide, and Jordan Henderson, whose hooked shot just missed Jan Oblak’s far post.Klopp replaced Sadio Mane and Salah with Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but neither made an impact.Two-time finalists Atletico, who have been on a poor run of form, held on to a fourth-minute lead given to them by Saul. The Spanish midfielder turned sharply to fire home after a corner came off the boot of Fabinho.The return leg is on Wednesday, 11 March.Liverpool attack underwhelm under pressureMinutes before kick-off Klopp referred to Atletico having a similar “intense DNA” to his own side – and unfortunately for him they were at their intense best.What faced the Reds was almost a mirror image – a team that relentlessly pressed and got numbers forward on the counter.The Reds had large spells of possession in the opposition half, but Diego Simeone’s Atletico side are past masters at dealing with teams of that type. They forced Liverpool into several errors when they had possession, and limited them to only two clear chances on goal.In fact, Liverpool had to wait until the 53rd minute for their first opening – Salah’s stooping header drifting comfortably wide.The German coach, obviously not happy with his attacking threat in the first half, had twisted at half-time when he brought on Origi for the under-par Mane.However, the Belgium striker – the hero of last year’s final – was easily marshalled, bar one moment of quality when he hooked in a cross for captain Henderson, who fired wide.Klopp’s skipper came off injured in the 80th minute to cap a forgettable night.Liverpool have it in them to turn this tie around at Anfield, but unlike Barcelona in last year’s semi-final, Simeone’s Atletico will be a tougher nut to crack. Klopp men’s will have to be at their very best in three weeks. Source: BBC
ROTATIONThe Angels’ rotation is the team’s biggest question mark. The Angels are hoping they can get solid production out of the group, but it is filled with pitchers who have had recent issues of injury or inconsistent performance. The only one of the group who has a consistently strong major league track record is Julio Teheran, and it’s still unclear when he’ll be able to pitch. He missed time in camp for undisclosed reasons. Certainly, the pitcher with the most potential to become their No. 1 is Shohei Ohtani, who posted a 3.31 ERA in 10 starts as a rookie but has missed most of the last two years on the mound because of Tommy John surgery. Opening Day starter Andrew Heaney is still looking to return to the way he pitched for most of 2018, before a slow finish. Dylan Bundy has never pitched up to the level of his super prospect potential, but he is still just 27 so the Angels hope he can still have a breakthrough. Griffin Canning showed flashes of being a frontline starter during his rookie year. Matt Andriese has bounced between starting and relieving in his brief career, and he appears set to round out the rotation, at least until Teheran can start. The Angels will also use a sixth starter at times, with Jaime Barria, Felix Peña, Patrick Sandoval, Jose Suarez and Dillon Peters all in the mix for those opportunities. The latter three all missed at least part of camp, for undisclosed reasons.BULLPENPotentially, the Angels could have a dominant late-game trio, with Hansel Robles, Ty Buttrey and Keynan Middleton. Each of the three has had at least a brief stint as a closer in the majors. Robles had a breakthrough in 2019 once he began throwing his changeup, finishing with a 2.48 ERA and 23 saves. Buttrey posted a 3.98 ERA despite a rough second half. Middleton, who missed almost all of last season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, has a career 3.23 ERA, and he has developed a changeup that could push him to the next level. Cam Bedrosian unlocked the key to maintain a consistent slider last year, resulting in the best full season of his career. Left-hander Ryan Buchter brings a career 2.86 ERA to the Angels after spending much of his career as a lefty specialist. The new rule mandating pitchers face at least three hitters will make it more difficult for the Angels to isolate Buchter against lefties. Noé Ramirez has been effective as a multi-inning reliever with high strikeout rate. Jacob Barnes, who had been with the Milwaukee Brewers, and Mike Mayers, who had been with the St. Louis Cardinals, both impressed Manager Joe Maddon when he managed the Chicago Cubs.INFIELDThird baseman Anthony Rendon is still waiting to play his first game with the Angels after signing a seven-year, $245-million deal in December. One of baseball’s best all-around players, Rendon will anchor the infield and the lineup. He and shortstop Andrelton Simmons will form arguably the best defensive left side of the infield in the majors. Simmons is looking to bounce back after an injury-marred 2019, just in time for the final two months of his contract. The other side of the infield figures to be something of a revolving door. Tommy La Stella will get most of the action at second base and Albert Pujols will play most of the time at first. Against left-handed pitchers, expect David Fletcher to start at second. Fletcher will still get plenty of action against right-handers, but at other positions. At first, Matt Thaiss or Jered Walsh or maybe even La Stella will get some action when Pujols is at DH or on the bench.OUTFIELDCenter fielder Mike Trout and left fielder Justin Upton are locked in to their positions. Trout is, of course, the best player in the majors, coming off his third MVP season. Although he said before camp he was unsure about playing amid the coronavirus, so far he’s set to be active. He still is likely to miss at least a few days when he and his wife welcome a baby in August. Upton is trying to rebound from a season lost to injury. The Angels certainly would hope to see him return to his status as a productive middle-of-the-order hitter. In right field, there are a numerous options. Brian Goodwin, who had a breakthrough season in 2019, seems to be the first choice. But expect Fletcher to get some opportunities in right as the Angels try to wedge him into the lineup wherever they can. And Jo Adell, one of the top prospects in baseball, figures to be their right fielder of the future, which could start at any time. If he’s not there on Opening Night, he’ll be a phone call away throughout the short season. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros CATCHERIn Jason Castro and Max Stassi, the Angels have two of the better pitch-framers in baseball. The team is banking on that skill paying dividends for a pitching staff that has numerous question marks. Castro hits left-handed and Stassi hits right-handed, so they could form a straight platoon. Castro is the better hitter. Stassi has retooled his swing after hitting .136 last year, and he hit the ball well during intrasquad games this month.BENCHAt least one of these three — Fletcher, La Stella or Goodwin — will be on the bench each day, giving the Angels an accomplished player to pinch hit. They also figure to have Michael Hermosillo available to pinch-run. When Pujols is starting, either Matt Thaiss or Jared Walsh will be available off the bench.MANAGERMany Angels fans have been waiting years for Maddon to come back to manage the team, and it finally happened when they signed him to a three-year deal in October. Maddon figures to have the Angels playing an aggressive style. The 60-game season will put a premium on strategic decisions, from bullpen usage to situational baseball. Maddon will also be tested to keep the Angels in the right place mentally during a unique season.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Wellington 6 Andale 5Andale 010 003 1â€” 5 6 1Wellington 150 000 xâ€” 6 11 3WP – Jenkins.Oathout 2/2 1 RBI, one run double.Hefley 1/3 1 run.Buck 1/3 2 RBI 1 run HR.Jenkins 4/4.P Adams 1/3 1 RBI.Mullen 1/4.Cornejo 1/3 1 run.Hamel 0/1 1 run.McComb 0/2 1 RBI 1 run.Zavala 0/.0 Wellington 6 Andale 0Andale 000 000 0 â€” 0 3 1Wellington 100 203 x â€” 6 8 0WP – Hefley.Oathout – 1/2 1 run 1 RBIHefley – 1/4 1 runBuck 1/3 1 RBIJenkins 2/2 dbl 2 RBI 1 runP Adams 0/3Mullen 1/3Cornejo 1/2 1 RBI 1 runCollins 0/2McComb 1/2 1 run Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€”Â The Wellington girls softball team may be the biggest story of the spring season so far – going 4-0 against two impressive opponents: Mulvane and Andale.On Monday, Wellington would beat Andale 6-0 and 6-5 at Worden Park.The Crusaders controlled both contests up until the final two innings of game two, when Andale pulled off an improbable triple play in the bottom of the fifth inning. With Wellington leading 6-1, the Crusaders would get girls on second and third with no outs looking to put an end to the game with a run-rule. But Andale’s center fielder caught Shanlyn Hefley’s fly ball, who would then throw home to pick off Lexi Zavala at the plate. McKenna Oathout then got thrown out going to third.Â That was the impetus to get Andale rolling. The Indians would respond with three runs in the top of the sixth. Wellington’s defense also got a run interference out when a low grounder to the shortstop that hit an Indian runner going to third.Leading 6-4, Wellington’s defense held tough in the top of the seventh, and when center fielder Oathout caught a towering fly ball, the Crusaders had preserved the win and the sweep.Wellington opened the game with a run in the first, and five runs in the second that included a Ryleigh Buck 2RBI home run. The Crusaders held a 6-1 lead until the sixth inning. For the game, Wellington had 11 hits and three errors. Kailey Jenkins was the winning pitcher. She also had four hits on the other side of the plate.In the first game, Wellington would cruise to a 6-0 victory.Wellington would open with 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first by Hefley. Jenkins and Savannah Cornejo both scored runs in the fourth inning, thanks to two consecutive hit pitches. In the bottom of the sixth, thanks to two sensational bunts by Carlie McComb and Oathout, Wellington padded its lead on a Jenkins double between the left and center field gap.Hefley was the winning pitcher. Jenkins reached base three times in the game.Wellington won’t play at Collegiate Thursday BECAUSE COLLEGIATE DOESN’T HAVE A SOFTBALL TEAM BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL OUT FOR SOCCER!The Crusaders will host Winfield, Monday at Worden Park . Win pitcher: Hefley – complete shutout, 6 strikeouts.Losing pitcher: Bugner. Win pitcher: Jenkins. Save: HefleyLose pitcher: Ellis
Commentary by Bobby Wilson, Sumner Newscow â€”Â The KGA Junior Amateur, Who really won.This past week the Wellington Golf Club hosted the Kansas GolfÂ Association Boys Junior Amateur. Â What a week it was. Wellington GolfÂ Club looked like a high priced car all dolled up and ready to beÂ driven to the ball.The fairways were cut, the rough stood tall and the greens shined withÂ anticipation of what could be. The Wellington Golf Club Staff ran byÂ Golf Director Derek Harrison made this tournament all it could be. TheÂ entire staff spent hours preparing for the largest golf tournament toÂ hit Wellington in years. They did not disappoint. Â Bobby WilsonNew water coolersÂ were donated and put up across the course. The newly donated rangeÂ markers were also on display. The course was a beauty.Opening day came and Steve Gill was on the first tee. He won thisÂ tournament 45 years ago. There he was greeting the players andÂ calling out their names and where they were from on the first tee. Â ItÂ reminded me of 35 years ago playing in this same tournament.The venue was in Ark City and as I made my way to the first tee thereÂ was Wellington native Bob Dare. What a proud moment for me as BobÂ called out my name and from Wellington, Kansas!The volunteers that accompany this tournament were unbelievable.Â Wellington had several. It was nice to see our town so wellÂ represented by the likes of David Carr, Chad Renn, Bill Butts, BradÂ Stocking and even 90-year-old Francis Carr, who was in action. Plus,Â what a special moment for my son to have his name called out by DavidÂ Carr and that he was from Wellington.This tournament is run just like a PGA event. These kids are treatedÂ like professionals, but they are also held to a professional standard.There is a dress code, rules and sportsmanship. There was no shortageÂ of great looking golf shirts in about every color imaginable. The kidsÂ were dressed just like their favorite golfers. There is no shortage ofÂ junior golfers that dress like Rickie Fowler. That being said there isÂ always room for the color orange on the golf course Brady Walker.When the second round came around and these young men were seeing theÂ signs that they would not make the cut I observed some grind it out.They played to the finish. Then just like you observe on television onÂ a Sunday afternoon they take off their cap and shake hands like grownÂ men. There was no official on the 18th green saying they neededÂ to do that it is just a given. These kids understood that. TheyÂ understand the game and respect it.In three days I did not observe a thrown club, a massive breakdown ofÂ vulgarity or a rules official having to break up a fight. What I seenÂ were 145 young men take on the test called theÂ Wellington Golf Club. Some beat the course and some just tipped theirÂ hats to the lady and smiled and went home.There was not one Wellington Junior Golfer that made the final dayÂ cut. But they all won. When you compete against the best you onlyÂ become better. These kids who put their game on the line made all ofÂ us proud. They competed, they represented Wellington and they madeÂ every competitor around them feel like this was their home course.They observed what it takes to be a champion and there is no price tagÂ placed on that experience.I tip my hat the Kansas Golf Association, what an outstanding job ofÂ running this tournament. Â I cannot sing the praises of Derek HarrisonÂ and Mark Bales enough. What an outstanding commitment to not onlyÂ Wellington Junior Golf but junior golf across the State. I am hopingÂ that it is not another 45 years before this tournament returnsÂ to Wellington. It was just that much fun to watch.Of course this brought back memories for me of walking the fairwaysÂ with Saffell, Simpson, Johnson and the Northbrooks. Â The memory of theÂ old pro, Jerry Gill and his wonderful wife Kathleen. Â The members whoÂ supported us like Holefelder, Lemaster, Renn, Robertson, Whitney andÂ Dare.The tradition was passed to Steve Gill and now Derek is running withÂ it. Wellington has a treasure and it sets on the west side ofÂ Wellington. Â Just drive past the swimming pool and you will find oneÂ of the best places for a kid to grow up on in Wellington. It is calledÂ the golf course.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +17 Vote up Vote down Local · 268 weeks ago Great commentary! It is wonderful the tournament was held in Wellington. Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make it a success! So glad to have a great golf course for our kids to grow up on. Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down Pam · 268 weeks ago GREAT editorial. Proud to have our town showcased with events such as these. The golf course is a beauty and glad to see Mr. Harrison continuing the promotion and care of one of Wellington’s jewels. We are lucky to have Mr. Harrison continuing the dedication to our golf course as shown by Mr. Gill during his tenure. Hats off to both these gentlemen. Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wanda Kelsey · 268 weeks ago Great job WGC…and congrats to Derek on a job well done! Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 267 weeks ago ” Just drive past the swimming pool and you will find one of the best places for a kid to grow up on in Wellington. It is called the golf course.” Is it free? Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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The council’s workshop session starts at 6 o’clock and will be held in Classroom A on the first floor of the Public Library. The council’s regular session takes place in the library’s Mason City Room starting at 7 o’clock. == One of the two topics the council will discuss in the workshop session is the enforcement and effectiveness of the changes made in the fireworks code. The council last December approved only allowing the detonation of fireworks on July 3rd and 4th between 6:00 and 11:00 PM, and that the illegal use of fireworks would allow officers to issue a $250 municipal infraction. The council will also hear a presentation about the Healthy North End Neighborhood Plan. == The council during their regular session will consider awarding contracts for professional services for the River City Renaissance Site and Skywalk preliminary design, as well as for the Performing Arts Pavilion portion of the project. City Administrator Aaron Burnett recommends a contract not to exceed $23,200 with WHKS for engineering services regarding the skywalk between Music Man Square and the hotel portion of the project. Burnett in a memo to the council says WHKS has completed a large amount of work on the project to date and is an expert in this area of design. Burnett also recommends the council approve a contract estimated at $134,480 with Accord Architects to design the Performing Arts Pavilion on the north side of the Southbridge Mall property. The facility would provide a large enough venue to accommodate musical groups outdoors while also having another stage indoors for use during inclement weather. MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight has a full slate, with a workshop session addressing fireworks and the North End prior to considering two professional services contracts for portions of the River City Renaissance project during their regular session.
The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) will on Tuesday (July 18) Liberia’s first-ever National Revenue Symposium, to engage with taxpayers and other stakeholders. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to deliver an opening statement and also serve as a moderator at the symposium, held in Monrovia.According to an LRA press release, the pending symposium aims to: Raise awareness on the importance of Domestic Resource Mobilization; engage with stakeholders on a Domestic Resource Mobilization strategy; and gather taxpayer’s feedback on revenue administration in the country.The symposium also will bring together major stakeholders from across the country as well as representatives of international partners and multilateral bodies including the UN, World Bank, ECOWAS, African Development Bank, USAID, EU and the African Tax Administrative, among several others.In addition, the Revenue Symposium will also serve as the platform to launch the LRA’s Five-Year Corporate Strategic Plan as quick action in fostering effective tax administration for mobilizing resources domestically.The LRA and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will host the one-day National Revenue Symposium at the City Hall of Liberia under the theme “Domestic Revenue Mobilization.”According to the release, during the symposium, findings from four regional dialogues on domestic resource mobilization held last year and early 2017 will be presented to stakeholders. The National Revenue Symposium is an opportunity to hear what the people are saying about tax administration in Liberia and to put forth suggestions for the domestic resource mobilization strategy for the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Submitted by M.P. Jay Hill Bill C-14, the Fairness at the Pumps Act, will ensure fairness when Canadians fill up at the gas pumps. It is estimated that each year, due to inaccurate measurement, Canadian consumers receive a full $20-million dollars LESS gas than what they pay for at the pumps.This new legislation will require retailers to have the accuracy of their machines checked on a regular basis by independent inspectors. As well, the Act brings in court-imposed fines and a formal penalties system.At a time when family budgets are still spread thin, our Government finds it completely unacceptable that consumers could be paying more than they should at the gas station and we are taking this concrete action to ensure businesses are accountable. – Advertisement -Members of our Canadian Forces put their lives on the line for our country and our Conservative Government is proud to stand behind them and their families.Like any worker in Canada, CF members, including reservists, are eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, including maternity, parental, sickness and compassionate care benefits, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. However, currently if our troops are deployed to serve our country, they risk losing the opportunity to draw the 35 weeks of parental benefits they are eligible to receive.This week, our Conservative Government introduced Bill C-13 to extend the EI parental benefits eligibility window to support CF members and reservists who are ordered to return to duty while on parental leave or whose parental leave is deferred as a result of a military requirement.The new measure will extend the period in which they are eligible by another 52 weeks and would ensure our military members have access to an important benefit available to all Canadian workers that assists parent-child bonding and the establishment of a foundation for subsequent growth, development and learning.Canada has an obligation to ensure that our brave men and women in uniform have access to the programs and services they need. Extending the eligibility window for these benefits is the fair and right thing to do.Advertisement Given the value that Canadians place upon our soldiers, our veterans and their service and sacrifice, I was very pleased that a private member’s bill introduced by my caucus colleague, MP Gary Shellenberger, was also on the agenda this week in the House of Commons.Mr. Shellenberger’s legislation proposes to place restrictions on the sale of insignia of military orders, decorations and medals of cultural significance outside of Canada.Bill C-473 prohibits the transfer or sale of these important insignia to non-residents unless right of first refusal at fair market value has been offered to the Government of Canada, through the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization or the Department of Canadian Heritage. The law would not apply to the transfer of an insignia to a near relative of the owner or to an heir of the owner upon their death.And on the subject of fairness, there is one more piece of legislation that our Government introduced this week in the House that I would like to bring to your attention.Advertisement