Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *WASHINGTON, D.C. –– The Warriors’ players trickled out of their locker room one-by-one. In a nearby hallway, House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D. Calif) greeted them and expressed admiration both for their 126-118 win over the Wizards on Thursday and for their civic engagement.Pelosi expressed the most enthusiasm toward Draymond Green. After all, Pelosi said she had …
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Samsung has launched a new 16GB storage variant of the Galaxy On Nxt in India at a price of Rs 10,999. The Galaxy On Nxt 16GB storage variant will be available for buying exclusively from online retail website Flipkart from January 3. If you chose to buy the Galaxy On Nxt 16GB storage variant during Flipkart 2018 Mobiles Bonanza sale – between January 3 – January 5 – you’ll be able to get it at a reduced price of Rs 9,999.The original Galaxy On Nxt, with 32GB storage, was launched in India in October 2016. The newly announced variant is essentially the same phone with lesser storage. Which means, much like the original Galaxy On Nxt, the newly announced variant also boasts of an all-metal unibody design — top and bottom ends being plastic with brushed metal finish to accommodate the antennas — with curved 2.5D glass on the front.In typical Samsung fashion, the phone comes with a front-mounted physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch Full-HD IPS LCD display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution and a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor clubbed with 3GB RAM under the hood. The Galaxy On Nxt supports expandable storage of up to 256GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI.Also Read: Samsung investigating possible Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 battery issueThe Galaxy On Nxt further sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/1.9 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. On the front you get an 8-megapixel camera, also with LED flash. The phone is backed by a 3,300mAh battery which is non-removable.advertisementSamsung is also set to launch another Galaxy On range phone in India soon. The new Galaxy On phone, from Samsung, will be an Amazon India exclusive and will focus on design, performance and photography elements. The new Galaxy On phone, in addition, will also allow for users to shop “in a new way” suggest a new teaser page that has gone just live on the e-commerce website.Not a lot is known about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy On phone, but, it will most likely be a successor to the Galaxy On Max which was launched in July. The photography-centric mid-level Galaxy On Max phone was launched at a price of Rs 16,900 exclusively via Flipkart. The new Galaxy On phone will likely be on similar lines but will sell on a different e-commerce portal.
WINNIPEG – The acrimony, distrust and eventual open warfare that crippled the Manitoba New Democrats and almost toppled former premier Greg Selinger is being laid out for the first time by an insider.Gord Mackintosh, who was a cabinet minister the entire time the NDP was in power between 1999 and 2016, details the behind-the-scenes arguments that led to a revolt by other cabinet ministers in 2014 and to a convention at which Selinger hung on to his position as party leader by 33 votes.Mackintosh’s new book “Stories Best Left Untold” comes out May 23 and covers his youth in Fort Frances, Ont., his time as a lawyer advising Elijah Harper on opposing the Meech Lake accord and his service in a variety of cabinet portfolios such as justice, conservation and family services.The book reveals cabinet discussions about Selinger’s controversial move to raise the provincial sales tax and the ensuing effort to dump him to revive the party’s sagging poll numbers.Selinger had promised in the 2011 election campaign not to raise the sales tax, but the government was in a cash crunch and needed money, Mackintosh writes. Weeks before the 2013 budget, cabinet ministers had options they thought would be more palatable to the public: income tax increases on high-earners or a series of smaller tax and levy increases that would, combined, raise as much money.Selinger didn’t listen to warnings the public would be angry at the broken promise and a major public relations campaign would be needed to sell the increase, Mackintosh writes.“Greg was blind to what several of us learned in our first month in office — communications planning and a fine-tuned press release and remarks are good ideas. This wasn’t leadership as I’d come to know it.”The public anger was immediate and lasting. NDP poll numbers plummeted. By the summer of 2014, some in the NDP caucus were telling Selinger to resign so that a new leader would have a shot in the next election.Mackintosh says Selinger should have resigned “for the good of the party,” especially once the revolt broke out in the open toward the end of 2014.“‘For the good of the party’ is an age-old exit ramp.”But five rebel cabinet ministers who tried publicly to force Selinger out did not work to get enough support from fellow caucus members before making their move, Mackintosh writes. A news conference in which they criticized Selinger just gave the Opposition Progressive Conservatives fodder for campaign ads, he suggests.The Tories would win the 2016 election with a modern-day record majority. The NDP were reduced to 14 seats as the official Opposition. Selinger announced on election night he would step down.Selinger, who continues to sit in the legislature, declined an interview request Tuesday. Theresa Oswald, who challenged Selinger for the leadership but did not seek re-election last year, was not immediately available.Mackintosh effusively praises former premier Gary Doer, who led the New Democrats until 2009 and enjoyed continuous high poll numbers. Doer was able to keep a team together, listen to those around him and “bring people in,” Mackintosh writes — a sharp contrast to Selinger.“Like everyone, Greg has shortcomings but one was an apparent belief he bested other members. That’s a problem when it comes to political smarts where advice can help avoid calamity.”Mackintosh, 61, didn’t run for re-election. He teaches political science part-time and spends more time with his family.Talking over a cup of tea in his north-end Winnipeg neighbourhood, he doesn’t seem to miss anything.“People keep saying, ‘Gord, you have to get back into politics,’ but it’s not in my in-basket right now.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version used wrong information provided by the publisher that indicated the book was coming out May 11