Not that so many people have missed the NHL, but the league and players seem to be finally making some headway in labor negotiations that have claimed the first month of the season.A secret, long-awaited bargaining session has spurred so much hope that there are plans for another meeting in coming days.NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players’ association special counsel Steve Fehr met for long stretches Saturday in an undisclosed location, marking the first time the sides had gotten together for talks in more than two weeks.”We had a series of meetings over the course of the day and had a good, frank discussion on the most important issues separating us,” Daly told The Associated Press in an email Sunday morning. ”We plan to meet again early in the week.”Daly and Fehr hadn’t met since Oct. 18 when both sides rejected offers, but a series of phone conversations this week did enough to produce a new round of talks. It is unclear how long they were together on Saturday, but the discussions lasted well into the night.”I agree with what Bill said. Hopefully we can continue the dialogue, expand the group, and make steady progress,” Fehr said Sunday in a statement.There is a sense of urgency now because nearly two months of the season and the prized Winter Classic have already been called off. The hope of a full season being played is already gone, and if a deal isn’t reached soon, the NHL could be looking at its second lost campaign since 2004.The lockout reached its 50th day Sunday, but a glimmer of optimism emerged. There have already been 327 games canceled – including the outdoor Winter Classic that was wiped out Friday.A big point of contention between the NHL and the players’ association has been the ”make whole” provision, which will ensure that all existing player contracts will be paid out regardless of any changes made to the split of hockey-related revenues or contract language.The NHL appears ready to cover more of the costs of those deals as opposed to making them part of the players’ share of revenue in future years. In its most recent offer last month, the NHL said it would honor the current contracts in deferred payments, but those would be included in the players’ share of revenues. read more

first_imgBALURGHAT: The district administration will make tight security arrangements on the day of election slated on April 23 here. The officials have assured polling personnel to not to worry over security reasons.According to the administrative officials, the safety and security of polling officers on duty is the highest priority of the Election Commission of India. Recently, the polling personnel during the training urged the administrative officials to look into the matter seriously so that the elections are conducted smoothly here. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDistrict Information and Cultural Officer and Nodal Officer of district media cell Shantanu Chakraborty told the Millennium Post: “In various parts of Bengal and in South Dinajpur, there have been apprehensions about the security of the polling officials. I assure there shall be adequate security arrangements at the polling stations under the direct control of the Election Commission of India to ensure proper security and safety of the presiding, polling and all other polling personnel associated with the election process and deputed during the elections here.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe election observers have made frequently visits to oversee the election preparedness in seven assembly constituencies, including Balurghat, Tapan (ST), Kumarganj, Kushmandi (SC), Gangarampur (SC), Harirampur and Itahar (North Dinajpur). Chakraborty said the Central observers might seek information on the poll preparedness across the district from the administrative officials. According to the senior officials, concrete steps will be immediately taken following any grievances by any political party while campaigning or during any poll related issues. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P said instructions have been given to the district administrative officials to cooperate with the observers all along to ensure smooth and fair election in the district. A high-level meeting with administrative officials, various political party representatives along with police personnel was convened to work hand-in-hand to ensure free and fair poll in the district. The district police and the BSF are jointly conducting search operations. An alert has been sounded for the 11 sensitive check-posts of the district covering Hili, Raghunathpur, Patiram, Gangarampur, Rampur, Tapan and Buniadpur. Strict vigilance is being maintained at bus depots, railway platforms and public places. Passengers travelling in long-distance buses and trains are being checked and interrogated thoroughly.last_img read more