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Why is H2H being done at such a critical juncture?

first_imgDear Editor,Having established that the accuracy and integrity of the National Register of Registrants DataBase (NRRDB) is intact and supported by a recent statement by GECOM CEO Keith Lowenfield that it can be used for elections and only needs a “Claims and Objections” exercise to update it for enfranchisement of all possible electors, the question of the ongoing House-to-House Registration exercise is raised. Why is it being done at such a critical juncture? The answer lies in an examination of Mr Lowenfield’s statements of July 23, 2019:Lowenfield was asked whether the expired list is considered “bloated”.He responded, “We have a list that was expired… as of April 30… that was used for our election, for registration, etc. Bloat is not a word I’ll affix to it.”Lowenfield was then asked: “Can the list, if refreshed, be used to conduct a free and fair election?”“That’s correct,” he responded, “Always has and always will.”First, we must understand the difference between the Official List of Voters (OLV) and the NRR; The NRR being a dataBase of all persons registered in Guyana, a mandatory requirement upon achieving the age of 14, and usually done during a cycle of Continuous Registration (twice per year). The OLV is extracted from the NRR and does not include persons who would not have attained age 18 before an election date. The OLV is not created until an election date is announced. An OLV expires 6 months after use; hence the OLV that was used in the 2018 Local Government Elections expired on April 30, 2019. The NRRDB however, never expires and is available for use in many more elections in the near and distant future, with continuous updating of course.Therefore, to create a new OLV, an election date must first be set, only then can a ‘cut-off’ date be set to ensure all registrants who attain the age of 18 on or before polling day are enfranchised.Mr Lowenfield also mentioned preparations for General and Regional Elections on or before the constitutionally mandated September 2019, were being done “concurrently”. It is here we must ask the question why? If the NRRDB is intact and a list can be extracted and any disenfranchisement issues solved with a brief period of Claims and Objections, then why would a House-to-House exercise be necessitated? The short answer is that it is not.The GECOM Secretariat has two separate but related functions; (1) the Secretariat is responsible for the administration and conduct of elections in Guyana. (2) The Secretariat also performs the tasks of the National Registration Centre under the National Registration Act, Chapter 19:08 and the CEO acts as the National Commissioner for Registration. The National Registration Centre has responsibility for the registration of electors and maintenance of the registers.Mr Lowenfield is wearing two hats and has been given two tasks with separate budgets; $3 billion for General Elections and $3 billion for House-to-House (H2H). Mr Lowenfield received a directive for conduct of H2H from then Chairman James Patterson and is executing same. Mr Lowenfield also seems aware of the responsibilities placed on his shoulders by the Constitution and is ‘concurrently’ spending the other $3 billion on preparations for General and Regional Elections in September 2019. We have been all led a merry dance complete with smoke, mirrors and no doubt a fair share of pliers and batteries!I have seen no evidence that Mr Lowenfield intends to disenfranchise the masses by ‘scrapping’ the NRRDB and certainly no move to replace it before September 18, 2019. I look forward to having my arguments confirmed when Mr Lowenfield meets with the new Chair and her Commission.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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Robber shows he has a heart but continues his pilfering

first_imgALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – A gunman robbing a convenience store allowed the clerk to call 911 and apologized after the woman said she might be having a heart attack. But he still took $30 and cigarettes, authorities said. The masked man entered the Kangaroo Express store early last Saturday in this Orlando suburb and pointed what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun at 60-year-old clerk Mary Parker, according to surveillance audio/video released Thursday. He told her to empty the cash register into a bag. He then pulled up a stool for her to sit down and told her he was doing this because no one would hire him and he had bills to pay. She started hyperventilating and pleaded with the gunman for help. “I have heart trouble. Help me,” Parker said. “I’m sorry, ma’am,” the gunman replied. “I have heart trouble,” Parker told him. “Ma’am, it’s going to be all right,” the gunman said. “I’m probably going to have a heart attack,” Parker said. “Oh my, ma’am, please do not have a heart attack. Please do not have a heart attack. Please don’t, ma’am,” he said. The gunman let Parker call 911, and when the store phone didn’t work, he let her get her cell phone. She told the operator she was having a heart attack, but didn’t mention the robber. She then sat back down on the stool. A customer came in and, without seeing the gunman, tried to calm Parker. She handed him the phone, and he spoke to the 911 operator. The gunman then reappeared and told the man to get into the beverage cooler. He then grabbed his loot and apologized again. Police said Parker is OK.last_img read more

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Harry Kane believes Spurs are one of the most attractive clubs in world football

first_img1 Harry Kane believes there are few more attractive clubs in the world right now than Tottenham.Spurs bid a dream farewell to White Hart Lane after 118 years on Sunday, with the 2-1 win against Manchester United seeing them end the season unbeaten on home soil and rubber stamp second spot in the Premier League.Finishing runners-up represents Tottenham’s best league finish since 1963, with the progress and promise of Mauricio Pochettino’s side matched by that off the field as their new stadium takes shape.However, such positivity is tempered by speculation about the vultures circling overhead.Many of their key players have been attracting admiring glances, yet Kane is unmoved by such talk given Spurs’ trajectory makes them as attractive as almost anyone.“We’re a family on and off the pitch,” Tottenham’s last goalscorer at White Hart Lane said.“We work so hard as a group and the staff, the manager and, look, there’s not many better teams to be at around the world at the moment.“We’ve got a very bright future, a great squad, a team that’s hungry to win and to learn and to get better.“Of course there’s going to be rumours over the summer, but I think I’d be very surprised if most of us ain’t still here next season.”That bond has been clear throughout the season, with the Lane finale only underlining the link that extends to fans and club greats.Kane called beating United and subsequent farewell ceremony the “perfect send-off”, culminating with cherished moments with his girlfriend and their young child alongside team-mates and their families.“Everyone just has a special connection here,” Kane said, having admitted to claiming a picture of him and Hugo Lloris from the dressing room.“The club legends that have gone past and walked out today, and the team we have got now and the staff and the manager.“It’s a special bond and I don’t think you always get that at clubs, that’s why we’ve got to hold onto that, make that motivate us to hopefully be out there next year at Wembley lifting a Premier League together.“That’s got to be the next step, lifting the trophy and having celebrations like that but with a title or a cup.“That’s got to be our aim and we’ve got to use this as motivation to get there.” Tottenham Hotspur: One of the world’s most attractive clubs? last_img read more

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How old is Kepa, which clubs has he played for and how much are Chelsea paying?

first_img NEW ERA Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes FOOTBALL LATEST With Thibaut Cortois on his way to Real Madrid, Chelsea have acted quickly to secure his replacement.Maurizio Sarri’s side have had a quiet summer, bringing in just Jorginho and Rob Green, but have activated the release clause for Athletic Bilbao’s young talent Kepa. Getty ALTERED Madrid were chasing the 23-year-old in January Getty 2 possible xi Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener center_img How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? The Spaniard is regarded as one of the world’s best young keepers How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How much are Chelsea paying for him?It is that release clause that has allowed the Blues to swoop for the young stopper.Chelsea will shell out an eye-watering £71.6million for Kepa, which breaks the world record price for a goalkeeper.That was broken just weeks ago when Alisson joined Liverpool from Roma for £67m. smart causal Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How old is Kepa?Full name Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta, the young Spaniard is one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in the world.Last season he kept seven clean-sheets for Bilbao and has cemented a reputation as a phenomenal shot-stopper.Born in October 1994 and standing 6ft2, the keeper is currently 23-years-old.Which clubs has he played for?The stopper began his career at Bilbao and has worked his way from the youth setup to the No1 jersey.He played 50 times for the reserve side, before cutting his teeth on loan in the lower divisions with Ponferradina and Valladolid.Such was his talent that the national team came calling early and Kepa has now played over 20 times for the Spanish under-21 side, making his debut for the senior squad in a 5-0 win over Costa Rica last November.Bilbao installed Kepa as their first-choice keeper after he impressed in his top-flight debut in September 2016.Amid interest from Real Madrid in January, he signed a new deal with the club that ran until 2025 – but included a hefty release clause. gameday 2 highlights last_img read more

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BUNBEG MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HAVING SHOTGUN AND AMMUNITION

first_imgA Donegal man has been charged with possession of a shotgun and ammunition when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court earlier today.Maurice Boyle, 22, of Dore, Bunbeg pleaded guilty of having the materials which included a 12 gauge double-barrel shotgun on March 1st, 2009 in Dore, Bunbeg.Judge John O’Hagan adjourned the case until the next sitting of the circuit court in Letterkenny in January. BUNBEG MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HAVING SHOTGUN AND AMMUNITION was last modified: November 1st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BunbegLETETRKENNY CIRCUIT COURTMAURICE BOYLElast_img read more

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Light shines for Team Emulsified

first_imgRay Maota Lebogang Ledwaba, Kgotso Mothoa, Siphesihle Madlala, and Tessy Odiley, display their solar lamp prototype, the Emu Lamp. (Image: Junior Achievement) MEDIA CONTACTS • Junior Achievement South Africa  +27 11 331 3150 RELATED ARTICLES • Up-cycling for a better community • Take-away content to help pupils • Rewarding youth excellence • Grooming future leaders: pricelessInspired by recurring power outages and countless fires in informal settlements that disrupt the lives of many families every winter in South Africa, a group of high school pupils from Johannesburg developed an innovative source of light to replace candles and paraffin lamps.Their concept won them the top prize in the Global Social Innovation Relay, earning them the title “Best Innovation 2012”. The young pioneers also won laptops provided by electronics company Hewlett Packard (HP).The challenge was for high school pupils around the world to create new business concepts intended to have a positive social and environmental impact in their communities, culminating in the final announcement of the winners at an event in Brussels in July.Bright ideaTeam Emulsified Environmentalists, which consists of Lebogang Ledwaba, Kgotso Mothoa, Siphesihle Madlala, and Tessy Odiley from Sandtonview High School, developed the Emu-Lamp, a solar-powered lamp made from recycled cardboard and foil.“The lamp absorbs light energy from the sun through the use of photovoltaic (PV) cells. The PV cells convert it into electricity, which is used to power the lamp,” explained Odiley.Mothoa added: “The solar panels also work with artificial lighting. You can charge it for eight hours and the light will last for 100 hours. You don’t have to charge it every day. The solar panels have a life of 25 years.”The relay, now its second year, was born out of a collaboration between HP and global youth skills development organisation Junior Achievement.Although the two organisations have worked together over 20 years, the first relay was in 2010, and the aim was to close the gap in the job market between young people who have opportunities to learn about technology from a young age and those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.Linda McClure, managing director of Junior Achievement South Africa, said they often come across incredible ideas from South African pupils.“We would like to congratulate Emulsified Environmentalists for their win. They have made us very proud,” she said, adding that it is a great opportunity for the country to receive recognition.The first and second runners-up were Team Flower and Egalite from China and Slovakia respectively. Team Flower developed a programme that trains young volunteers to work with the elderly population to document their life stories and help them overcome their loneliness. Egalite’s educational DVD, on the other hand, was designed to raise awareness around issues related to migration.For the Emulsified team, the win means they have achieved their main goal – to help local communities, they said, while on the other hand they also earned their school recognition in the science field, not to mention improving their social awareness skills.The competitionOne of the largest educational initiatives of its kind in the world, the relay has had over 20 000 pupils from 13 countries having participated since its inception. Over 1 500 teams from around the world registered for the 2012 contest.The participating pupils start off with a three-hour workshop, where they learn about social innovation and then complete an online quiz.Following that, they group themselves into teams of three to five members, and are required to develop a socially innovative business idea that would alleviate a problem affecting their communities.Against the backdrop of the contest, a mentorship programme also takes shape as each of the top 20 teams is assigned a coach, usually employed by HP, who serves as a support system. The process continues in the next round, when the 20 teams are cut down to 13 for the final leg of the contest.Jeannette Weisschuh, director of global education programmes, sustainability and social innovation at HP, commented on the good quality of innovative, socially-orientated business ideas that came out of the competition, especially with the help of mentors.“The relay is part of HP’s commitment in applying our expertise and technology to help students everywhere gain vital IT and business skills to solve societal issues,” she said.Making technology accessibleThrough the relay, Junior Achievement aims to bridge the technology gap by bringing innovative ideas and hands-on educational programmes to schools. In this way they equip pupils with technological and entrepreneurial skills for the future.Caroline Jenner, CEO of Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe, said this is necessary for the 21st century economy.“This year’s exceptional entries prove that with the right education and resources, today’s youth has the power to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges,” she said.last_img read more

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WOTUS court decision as clear as the mud it governs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and an attorney near CelinaA recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina is clear as mud. And that mud is likely considered “Waters of the US” and governed by the Clean Water Act (CWA).On Aug. 16, 2018, Federal Judge David C. Norton enjoined the suspension of the WOTUS (Waters of the US) Rule promulgated by the Obama Administration. The decision is problematic because it creates a patchwork of states where the WOTUS rule applies and others where it does not. WOTUS is now the law in 26 states, including Ohio. The other 25 are: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Tennessee, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The District of Columbia and U.S. territories are also subject to WOTUS. In the 24 other states, the WOTUS remains blocked by two other federal courts pending their review on the substance of the law.The decision from South Carolina is based solely on procedure. The Court held that the Trump Administration did not follow appropriate notice and comment procedures as it implemented a two-year nationwide delay of the WOTUS rule — form over substance. Following correct procedure is an important consideration in our democracy and a separate issue from the substantive argument in favor of or opposed to WOTUS.WOTUS attempted to define the scope of the CWA, in essence by clarifying which wetlands and small waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act of 1972. If the area in question is considered “Waters of the US” then CWA permits for releasing pollutants are required or potential penalties of $52,414 per day apply. Farmers, industry groups and 30 states have challenged the WOTUS rule. Many dislike the over-reaching impact of the language. Other states, including California, New York, Vermont and Rhode Island, as well as environmental groups, support it.This is likely not the last word on the procedural issues. The National Association of Manufacturers has already indicated they plan to appeal the recent ruling. Other industry and agriculture groups are expected to appeal, as well.Earlier this year, on Jan. 22, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that challenges to the WOTUS Rule, like the one just decided by the district court in South Carolina, belong in federal district court. Both the Obama and Trump Administrations had pressed for functional rather than literal interpretations of the Clean Water Act, thereby enabling the appellate courts to claim jurisdiction. The Supreme Court found that while it may not be the most efficient use of federal resources, there was no question in the law about where challenges to the Clean Water Ruling belong. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the opinion and stated, “Congress has made clear that rules like the WOTUS Rule must be reviewed first in federal district courts.”The choice of court — district or appeals — is significant because it affects the resources needed to litigate the merits of challenges, sets the statute of limitations for filing lawsuits and helps determine whether actions can be challenged in subsequent civil or criminal proceedings. District courts are also more tilted toward overturning government actions, and the recent South Carolina decision is a prime example.Many legal analysts believe the WOTUS Rule is due to the 2006 Supreme Court Case, Rapanos v. United States. John Rapanos of Michigan challenged federal jurisdiction to regulate isolated wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Before the case made it to the Supreme Court, Rapanos served three years of probation and paid $5,000 in fines. His crime? He allegedly filled 22 acres of wetland that he owned with sand, in preparation for the construction of a mall without filing for a permit. He argued that the land was not a wetland and that he was not breaking the law, as the land in question was up to 20 miles from any navigable waterway.While five Supreme Court justices agreed to void rulings against the defendants (Rapanos had a business partner who was also charged), who were prosecuted for impacting a wetland incidental to commercial development, the court was split over further details, with the four more conservative justices arguing in a plurality opinion for a more restrictive reading of the term “navigable waters” than the four more liberal justices. Justice Anthony Kennedy did not fully join either position. Because no single opinion garnered a majority of the votes, it is unclear which opinion sets forth the controlling test for wetlands jurisdiction. The case was remanded to the lower court. Ultimately, Rapanos agreed to a nearly $1,000,000 civil penalty to the EPA without admitting to any wrongdoing. He also agreed to recreate approximately 100 acres of wetlands and buffer areas.Citing the confusion created by Rapanos, on June 29, 2015, the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA promulgated a new 75-page regulation attempting to clarify the scope of “Waters of the United States,” to take effect on Aug. 28, 2015. And that is when the trouble started. Lawsuits were filed with district courts in various parts of the country. When the Trump Administration took over, they sought to delay enforcement by rule suspension. That led to the lawsuit in South Carolina and the recent decision detailing the problems with their procedure.While there will likely more rulings on substance and appeals over procedure, the WOTUS Rule is now law in Ohio. Regarding the ongoing litigation, wise men say “he who slings mud generally loses ground” and, perhaps, triggers the WOTUS rule.last_img read more

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Blaming Anushka Sharma for Virat Kohli’s ‘Zero’ Makes No Sense, Says Sania Mirza

first_imgMumbai: Tennis star Sania Mirza said that the practice of blaming the wives whenever a player performs poorly “makes no sense.” Speaking at the India Economic Summit on Thursday in Mumbai, Mirza hit out at those who see wives and women in general as a distraction.Mirza cited the example of Bollywood star Anushka Sharma being blamed whenever her husband, talismanic Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, fails to score in an innings. “Anushka Sharma is blamed if Virat makes a zero, like what does that have anything to do with anything. It makes no sense,” she said. “Many a times, including our cricket team and in many teams I have seen that wives or girlfriends are not allowed on tour because the boys will be distracted.””What does that mean? What is it that the women are doing that is going to distract the men so much?” Mirza asked.Mirza has herself been at the receiving end of accusations of this manner being the wife of former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik. After Pakistan’s heavy defeat to India, Mirza was one of many who bore the ire of fans.”See the thing is that comes from a deeper problem which says that a woman is a distraction she cannot be a strength,” said the tennis star who holds three women’s doubles titles and three more in mixed doubles.”If we address the problem that a woman can be a strength or is a strength rather than a distraction or a weakness we might conquer these issues,” she said. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Anushka Sharmaanushka sharma virat kohlicricketsania mirza First Published: October 4, 2019, 10:32 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Premier League: Riyad Mahrez in full flow ahead of January transfer window

first_imgLeicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has found his form at just the right time.With the January transfer window kicked off, his current form is sure to impress suitors and he may well be able to embark towards his bigger dreams.On Monday night, Mahrez produced the kind of magic that led to the fairytale Premier League victory for Leicester.In Leicester’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town, Mahrez not only scored a goal but it was his agility, precision and movement that saw Leicester completely dominate their opponents.In the close season, Mahrez’s potential move to Serie A club AS Roma broke down and that unsettled the Algerian, who believed by then that he needed to move out of Leicester to further build on his potential.”I am fiercely ambitious and feel now is the time to move on to a new experience,” Mahrez said at the time in a statement.Leicester rejected two bids from AS Roma and as the transfer window shut for the clubs, Mahrez had to settle with Leicester for his fifth season.”We wanted a left-footed winger to replace Mohamed Salah and put it all on Mahrez, but the only reason he didn’t come was because the club (Leicester) wouldn’t sell,” Roma sporting director Monchi had told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.The entire transfer saga seemed to have taken a toll on him and he failed to perform to the standards he had set early in the season.Apart from two assists in his first two Premier League games of the season, he remained quite for the next five matches and did not contribute much.advertisementBut since that dry patch, Mahrez started hitting his target and in his last 15 league appearances, he has been involved in 12 goals — scoring seven and assisting five.But it was to be December, right before the transfer window opened again, that Mahrez found his purple patch and dazzled on the pitch like people are used to seeing him.Not just the goals he has managed to put on board but it is actually the number of chances he has created that carry all the weight.In each of the matches against Burnley, Newcastle United and Southampton, he created more chances than in his 14 previous appearance and his impact shone far more under new manager Claude Puel.Then, after Leicester had an off day in losing at home to Crystal Palace, Mahrez set up Jamie Vardy for the opener against Manchester United, scored in the defeat at Watford and provided another for Vardy at Liverpool before a goal and assist against Huddersfield hours before the January window opens.”I would like to keep all my best players,” Puel said after Mahrez’s fantastic display on Monday. “We will ask him the question. For me I am happy to play with the team with Riyad.”Leicester fans will agree with that sentiment after seeing a player who was so instrumental to their 2015-16 Premier League title success return to his best form.However, with Mahrez having already expressed a desire to leave, he could be angling for a move in the coming weeks. This time, Leicester may just get an offer they cannot refuse.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Rangers Rout The Pens, 5-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist was still wary of the Pittsburgh Penguins even as he and the rest of the New York Rangers dismantled the hottest team in hockey.A three-goal lead after one period was nice. A four-goal edge through two was even better. But a sure thing? No chance.“I didn’t feel safe after 4-0, to be honest with you,” Lundqvist said.The star goalie had no reason to worry in the end. He stopped all 33 shots the Penguins fired his way, and the Rangers cruised to a 5-0 win Nov. 11 that snapped Pittsburgh’s seven-game winning streak and broke New York’s skid at two.“You never know. They can turn things around so fast,” said Lundqvist, who earned his third shutout this season and team-record 53rd.The Penguins haven’t just been winning but dominating — outscoring opponents 33-8 during their streak. Pittsburgh had scored at least four goals in each of its previous four games.“We kept talking about making good decisions throughout the game,” Lundqvist said. “You’re never safe. A hockey game can change so fast. You have to be smart, especially when you play one of the best teams.”Mats Zuccarello, Martin St. Louis and Kevin Klein scored in the first period, Derick Brassard had a power-play tally in the second, and Rick Nash — who had two assists — scored a short-handed goal in the third.The Penguins (10-3-1), who will complete a five-game trip Nov. 14 at Toronto, hadn’t allowed a power-play goal in 10 games, and their streak reached 39 kills before Brassard’s goal.Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots for Pittsburgh, 5-1-1 on the road.“I want to stop the puck, and five went in,” Fleury said. “It (stinks) but you deal with it. They came out strong right from the start.”The Rangers (7-6-2) shook off their lackluster performance in a 3-1 home loss to Edmonton on Nov. 9 and jumped all over the Penguins.“Not one guy in this room was happy or was going to accept the way we played the last game,” defenseman Marc Staal said. “We wanted to respond. We know what kind of team we are. We just have to get the confidence to play like that consistently.”The Rangers are 6-3-2 in their last 11 and 5-1-2 in their last eight at home.New York drew an interference penalty against Sidney Crosby just 57 seconds in. It didn’t produce a goal, but generated four shots and set the tone. Fleury was sharp early and kept the Penguins in it as long as he could.“It’s always frustrating to have a game like that,” Crosby said. “Right from the start we were outplayed.“However many in a row we won, that’s no excuse. We weren’t good enough. Sometimes you don’t have good starts, and you don’t always pay for it. Tonight we definitely did.”Pittsburgh was being outshot 9-3 but nearly grabbed a 1-0 lead when a drive got behind Lundqvist and slid toward the empty net. Rangers forward Tanner Glass alertly swept the puck away from the goal line just in time with 12:18 remaining.“It would have given us a big boost,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said, “but at the same time, we didn’t have the intensity we were talking about to get on those loose pucks.”No one bailed out Fleury.Derek Stepan won a faceoff in the right circle back to Zuccarello, who snapped a drive that beat Fleury at 8:23 for his third of the season — all scored in his past six games. It was also his 100th NHL point.Just 2:36 later, St. Louis doubled the lead with his fifth. Staal’s shot from the left point struck defenseman Robert Bortuzzo in front, and the rebound came to Nash, who quickly slid the puck to his right to St. Louis, who slammed it past Fleury.Klein pushed the advantage to three with 5:13 left in the first. “We were a little more flat,” Fleury said. “It’s unlike us.”The Penguins received their first power play in the final minute of the first, but couldn’t take advantage, even with the benefit of clean ice at the start of the second.Fleury returned to the sharp play he displayed early and held off the Rangers for a while. He even got the benefit of a waved-off goal because of traffic in the crease.But the Rangers broke through the Penguins’ formidable penalty-killers and made it 4-0 while Steve Downie served a roughing penalty. Brassard skated into the circle and deftly snapped a shot that appeared to glance off Fleury and sail under the crossbar with 9:11 left in the second.Lundqvist remained steady and made his best save when he turned aside a quick one-timer from in front by Chris Kunitz with 2:51 left in the second. Nash made it 5-0 with his 12th of the season at 7:45 of the third.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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