Leadership training for Uni students scrapped

The Minister also dismissed the criticism on the new Government over the decision to expand the cabinet.He said that, unlike before, now the Government needs Parliament approval to expand the cabinet to more than 30 members and that shows Parliament has more authority than the Government or the President. (Colombo Gazette) The Government has decided to cancel the leadership training exercise introduced by the former Government for University students.Universities and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the new Government will also look to have talks with the University students and address their concerns. “What was that training exercise introduced by a certain Minister?…. Leadership training….we will scrap that,” the Minister said while speaking to reporters in Kandy.Kiriella said that he feels it is best to introduce an international language course for the students instead of leadership training. He noted that University students continue to face several issues and the Government is willing to have discussions with them to resolve those issues. “The intention of the new Government is to create an environment where students can do their studies without facing any issues,” he said. read more

Eastern Washington rolls after blocked kick beats Nicholls

CHENEY, Wash. — Sam McPherson ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns and No. 3 seed Eastern Washington scored 39 straight points to beat Nicholls 42-21 in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.The Eagles (10-2) will host the winner of No. 6 seed UC Davis and Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals next weekend.Eastern Washington trailed 14-3 after the Colonels (9-4) scored touchdowns on their first two possessions and Nicholls looked to add to the lead with a 37-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half. But Dylan Ledbetter blocked the kick and Kedrick Johnson scooped it up and returned it 55 yards for a score.The Eagles never looked back, scoring on five of their first six possessions of the second half, four of them touchdowns. Ketner Kupp’s 95-yard interception return with 3:34 left in the game made it 42-14.Eric Barriere passed for 162 yards, a touchdown and an interception and ran for 54 yards for Eastern Washington. Andrew Boston caught five passes for 89 yards and a score.Chase Fourcade passed for 146 yards and ran for 89 yards and two TDs for Nicholls. The junior quarterback became the program’s all-time leading passer, surpassing Doug Hudson (7,690 yards, 1986) on a 16-yard completion to Damion Jeanpiere Jr. Dontrell Taylor ran for 112 yards and a touchdown.The Associated Press read more