Month: September 2019

World Cup Crib Notes Day 6

The 2014 World Cup’s host country returns to action Tuesday, but we’ll be watching another game, in search of wunderkinds.Belgium vs. Algeria: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Mexico: 3 p.m. EDTRussia vs. South Korea: 6 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup interactive for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHBefore we get into why Belgium and Algeria is our game to watch, we should note that we cheated a bit in our criteria for Tuesday’s pick. Typically we’ve taken the greatest harmonic mean between competing teams’ SPI scores, which — as of Monday night — would have put the Brazil versus Mexico match atop the list at 82.4. But we’ve already seen both Brazil and Mexico play in this tournament and their matchup is one-sided, with Brazil having an 86 percent chance of winning (Mexico’s is 3 percent). So instead we’ve chosen to watch one of this year’s dark horses, Belgium, in its tournament debut.Belgium currently has the eighth-best chance of winning this year’s tournament (a mere 1 percent chance, but still). It’s the only team in SPI’s top 10 that hasn’t played yet. Its opponent, Algeria, on the other hand, has the lowest SPI of any team in the tournament and likewise a less than 1 percent chance of winning it all. But we think Tuesday’s matchup will be much closer than anticipated — the projected goal differential between the two teams is only 1.2, compared to 2.6 in the Brazil and Mexico match.But what’s most exciting about Belgium (which returns to the World Cup after failing to qualify for the last two tournaments) is its youth: 23-year-old Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, 21-year-old Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 22-year-old Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and 19-year-old Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj all have dazzled in the top leagues in Europe but have yet to play on the World Cup stage. Both Belgium and Algeria feature rosters with 10 players under the age of 25, but Belgium’s youngsters are some of international soccer’s most talented. Hazard averaged 0.4 goals per game with Chelsea this year, and Lukaku averaged 0.45 for Everton.Many analysts discount Belgium’s talent after it breezed through qualifiers against teams like Macedonia and Scotland, so Tuesday’s matchup against Algeria will be the first time we see what these kids are really capable of.YESTERDAYThird time’s a charm. The United States entered Monday’s match against Ghana aiming to avoid becoming the first country to lose to the same opponent in three consecutive World Cups.Punctuated by a quick Clint Dempsey goal, the U.S. had the best of the first 10 minutes, with 66 touches to Ghana’s 52, including a 30-13 advantage in the attacking half. But from the 11th minute onward, not so much. The final score — 2-1 United States — didn’t reflect it, but the U.S. spent most of the game on its heels.Here’s a couple stats:The U.S. ended the match with 88 touches in the defending penalty area, the most by any team thus far in the World Cup. U.S. Goalie Tim Howard ended as the team’s leader in touches with 61, as well as pass attempts with 49. The U.S. recorded 45 clearances as a team. It’s the most by any team in a World Cup match since at least the start of the 1966 World Cup, as far back as ESPN Stats & Info’s data set goes.It was defender John Brooks, making his U.S. men’s national team debut, who scored the winning goal in the 86th minute, becoming the first substitute to score a goal for the U.S. in the World Cup. (At 21 years, 139 days old, Brooks is also the youngest player to score in this year’s tournament.)In the first match of the day, Germany became the first country to play in 100 World Cup matches, and in its 4-0 dismantling of Portugal was the first nation to score at least four goals in four straight openers.Germany had a slight possession advantage over Portugal, amassing 684 touches to Portugal’s 556, but had a big advantage where it counted; Germany had 24 touches in in the attacking penalty area compared to Portugal’s eight. Mario Gotze had more touches (nine) in the attacking penalty area than the entire Portuguese team. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo managed just one touch in the attacking penalty area.The star of the match was Germany’s Thomas Müller, who had his country’s first World Cup hat trick since Miroslav Klose in 2002. Müller made the most of his seven touches in the attacking penalty area, scoring on each of his three shots on target. — Jacob Nitzberg, statistics analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHAlgeria versus Belgium is the most mismatched pairing in Group H, with a 65 percent chance of Belgium winning and just a 12 percent chance that Algeria will claim victory. And this imbalance is no less true in the countries’ trade relationship, at least as far as diversity goes. According to OECD data, Belgian exports to Algeria in 2011 totaled $2.06 billion spread over a wide range of categories — the plurality of which were cars and car parts at 22 percent, closely followed by preserved milk at 21 percent. But flip the relationship around, and a whopping 92 percent of Algeria’s $3.45 billion in exports to Belgium consisted of crude petroleum.Mexico and Brazil, on the other hand, have a much more symmetrical trade relationship. On both sides, a majority of the exports was some type of machinery, which made up about 53 percent of Brazil’s exports (a well-spread mix of everything from cars to sewing machinery) and 58 percent of Mexico’s (of which cars made up a 46 percent plurality).Russia and Korea are another evenly matched trade duo, and the sectors even complement each other. Korea’s biggest export to Russia was machinery (mostly cars and car parts) at 55 percent, while Russia’s was — surprise, surprise — oil, at 60 percent. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGThe U.S. Now Has a Better Shot at the World Cup, But Still Needs a Point Against PortugalWhy Isn’t the U.S. Men’s National Team Better at Soccer?A World Cup Fan’s Guide to Accepting Refereeing Decisions in Your FavorU.S. Soccer Fandom: The Investigation Continues read more

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With Atlanta Hawks A Prime Opportunity Opens For MuchNeeded

Dominique Wilkins, Hawks Hall of FamerFour months later, the Atlanta Hawks’ ownership alliance has decided to sell the team in its entirety and not piecemeal. This step opens the way to accept bids from individuals or groups interested in purchasing the franchise.About time.The real issue now is about who takes over this club that is about as viable as any other franchise in the city. That is to say, it’s a mediocre property, in one sense. In another sense, it’s a precious commodity in that there are only 30 teams in the NBA, and owning one is nice for the portfolio.Thirty teams and one majority Black owner—Michael Jordan. It’s time to increase that number, and the Hawks are the best place to start in the entire league, with its vast population of African-Americans who support the team so much that current majority owner Bruce Levenson revealed in emails his discontent with the lack of white people at home games. Seriously. This is the state of the team: Black people support a slightly above average product and the majority owner has a problem with it. Whatever happened to “the only color that matters is green” in business?Apparently, to Levenson, green means more when it comes from whites and not Blacks, and that’s why he needs to be run out of Atlanta on the next Megabus.The people responsible for accepting and approving bids should give special consideration to minorities in general, Blacks in particular. It would stand to reason that Black ownership would appreciate those who support a team that has been mediocre at best over the last two decades. A diversity specialist has been hired by the team, which is a decent start to addressing a big problem.Still, the ocean-wide gap of white men owning teams made up of mostly Black players has to be bridged, starting in Atlanta.And there are plenty of viable candidates, too. Dominique Wilkins, the team’s Hall of Famer who is the one tangible reminder of the successful years of the mid-1980s, surely is part of a group that will make a strong big.Wilkins has never received the respect he deserved from the organization. When he was a vice president, he was among the lowest paid in the NBA. When he was available to work out and share his knowledge with players, coaches mindlessly rebuffed the idea. Now he serves as a color analyst, probably to stay connected to the team.A Hawks owner would be an ideal scenario, however late, for Wilkins to take his proper place within the franchise.There also has been talk about Chris Webber working with a group to purchase the team and entertainers who will join or create a group to make bids.And there is a young businessman from Washington, DC, Darryl K. Washington, owner of DKW Communications, an IT company that has a gross annual backlog of more than $200 million in the past several years.Washington maintains a home in Atlanta and was in the hunt for the Washington Wizards when they went up for sale a few years ago. He’s the kind of young, fresh mind that wouldDarryl K. Washingtonbe committed to winning and creating a diverse working environment, an element desperately needed for a team where the majority owner sent out a racist email about too much Black involvement at games and the general manager (Danny Ferry) called a player of African descent (Luol Deng) a “liar and a cheat” because of his heritage.The Hawks are valued at about $425 million, according to Forbes magazine’s estimates from a year ago. The owners decided to go with Levenson and sell their portions of the team, no doubt a result of the Los Angeles Clippers being (over)sold for $2 billion after Donald Sterling was forced to sell his team following release of phone recordings of racist rants against Black people.The Hawks are not worth that much. But they merit ownership that represents the city, not the typical NBA ownership that represents a lack of diversity that has to be changed. read more

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We Have a 1 in 7419071319 Chance of Winning Buffetts Billion

373/22SyracuseOhio St.51.0%1 in 48,817 423/23KansasNew Mexico68.9%1 in 220,941 13/20Ohio St.Dayton75.3%1 in 1.3 303/21KentuckyKansas St.73.9%1 in 3,645 463/23Wichita St.Kentucky55.2%1 in 1,586,448 473/23CreightonBaylor56.4%1 in 2,812,735 583/29ArizonaCreighton69.2%1 in 454,867,222 433/23Iowa St.North Carolina52.0%1 in 425,213 243/21Oklahoma St.Gonzaga52.0%1 in 726 503/27CreightonWisconsin52.0%1 in 9,909,744 413/23VirginiaMemphis71.8%1 in 152,162 63/20OregonBYU64.7%1 in 6.0 213/21Tenn. / IowaMassachusetts67.6%1 in 308 123/20OklahomaN. Dakota St.63.8%1 in 28 543/28LouisvilleWichita St.67.3%1 in 52,420,618 493/27FloridaUCLA74.2%1 in 5,148,674 On Monday, my colleague Carl Bialik looked at the odds of taking $1 billion out of Warren Buffett’s wallet by completing a perfect NCAA tournament bracket.They’re not good.The simplest way to estimate your chances is by assuming that the outcome of each game is equivalent to a coin flip. There are 63 games in the tournament (the four “play-in” games aren’t included in Buffett’s challenge). What are the odds of having a fair coin come up heads 63 times in a row? Just one chance in 9,223,372,036,854,780,000 (one in 9.2 quintillion).But as Carl explains, this simple assumption isn’t a smart one. Many games have a clear favorite, and your odds of picking the winner are much better than even. What if you used the FiveThirtyEight interactive bracket to make your picks, choosing the favorite in each game?Rather than taking any statistical shortcuts, I calculated these odds for all 63 games. The model we use to create our bracket estimates the probability of any team defeating any other team in any given round.The first tip-off scheduled for Thursday pits Ohio State against intrastate rival Dayton. Ohio State has a 75 percent chance of winning, per our model. The next game is a gimme: Wisconsin has a 93 percent chance of beating American University.But it isn’t long before the road gets rougher. Cincinnati will play Harvard early on Thursday, and Harvard is much stronger than its #12 seed suggests. Cincinnati is a favorite, but only barely, with a 58 percent chance of winning.Another game, scheduled for Thursday evening, really is the equivalent of a coin flip: We list Texas as a 50.1 percent “favorite” to beat Arizona State. (You can see your odds of surviving each game in the table that accompanies this post.)You’ll have about a 1 in 85 chance of completing Thursday with a perfect bracket if you follow FiveThirtyEight’s recommendations.Things get much worse from there.As the tournament proceeds — and also-rans are eliminated from the field — the games become more competitive. On average, favorites in the first round have a 78 percent chance of winning. That probability drops to 68 percent for the second round and 61 percent for the Sweet Sixteen and beyond.By the time the national championship game is played, your odds of winning Buffett’s money are just 1 in 7.4 billion.So, you’re telling me there’s a chance? One chance in 7.4 billion is a lot better than one in 9.2 quintillion; it’s more than a billion times better. (CLICK-BAIT HEADLINE: HOW A BROOKLYN MOM BECAME A BILLION TIMES MORE LIKELY TO WIN WARREN BUFFETT’S MONEY.) It’s also toward the low end of the range of estimates that statisticians provided to Carl.Odds are that Buffett’s bracket isn’t worth your time, however. Having a 1-in-7.4 billion chance of winning a billion dollars is worth the equivalent of 14 cents. That’s before accounting for taxes — or for the possibility that the prize pool will be split among multiple winners. 143/20TexasArizona St.50.1%1 in 59 523/27ArizonaSan Diego St.72.7%1 in 21,722,064 183/21BaylorNebraska70.3%1 in 130 333/22VillanovaConnecticut63.6%1 in 8,107 73/20FloridaAlbany / MSM98.8%1 in 6.0 293/21VirginiaCoast. Carolina96.4%1 in 2,695 83/20Michigan St.Delaware91.2%1 in 6.6 233/21KansasE. Kentucky92.4%1 in 378 113/20Saint LouisNCSU / Xavier57.7%1 in 18 133/20VillanovaMilwaukee94.7%1 in 30 313/21Iowa St.N.C. Central81.2%1 in 4,487 173/21DukeMercer92.9%1 in 91 283/21VCUS.F. Austin76.4%1 in 2,598 GameDateFavoriteUnderdogWin %CumulativeProbability 93/20ConnecticutSt. Joseph’s67.3%1 in 9.8 263/21Wichita St.Cal Poly / Tx. So.97.9%1 in 1,349 163/20San Diego St.New Mexico St.74.5%1 in 85 323/21UCLATulsa87.1%1 in 5,153 343/22LouisvilleSaint Louis82.5%1 in 9,828 53/20SyracuseW. Michigan88.3%1 in 3.9 353/22WisconsinOregon74.0%1 in 13,290 403/22Michigan St.Cincinnati70.4%1 in 109,223 153/20LouisvilleManhattan93.1%1 in 63 193/21New MexicoStanford63.8%1 in 204 624/5LouisvilleArizona54.4%1 in 3,956,466,819 203/21ArizonaWeber St.97.8%1 in 209 103/20MichiganWofford95.4%1 in 10.3 614/5FloridaMichigan St.57.6%1 in 2,153,920,866 443/23UCLAVCU67.5%1 in 629,867 563/28DukeMichigan54.3%1 in 185,416,034 273/21North CarolinaProvidence68.0%1 in 1,985 23/20WisconsinAmerican U.92.8%1 in 1.4 573/29FloridaKansas58.9%1 in 314,845,275 533/28VillanovaIowa St.61.6%1 in 35,283,661 43/20CincinnatiHarvard58.0%1 in 3.4 513/27KansasSyracuse62.7%1 in 15,802,666 253/21MemphisGeorge Wash.55.0%1 in 1,321 223/21CreightonUL-Lafayette88.3%1 in 349 393/22MichiganTexas77.4%1 in 76,877 553/28Michigan St.Virginia52.1%1 in 100,626,657 453/23DukeTenn. / Iowa71.9%1 in 875,923 33/20PittsburghColorado72.4%1 in 2.0 363/22San Diego St.Oklahoma53.4%1 in 24,879 593/30Michigan St.Villanova54.6%1 in 832,622,741 603/30LouisvilleDuke67.1%1 in 1,241,647,122 383/22FloridaPittsburgh82.0%1 in 59,519 483/23ArizonaOklahoma St.73.6%1 in 3,819,148 634/7LouisvilleFlorida53.3%1 in 7,419,071,319 CORRECTION (March 18, 7:15 p.m.): My original version of this post listed incorrect opponents for games #47 and #48. These have now been corrected. However, my error also affected the overall odds of a perfect bracket (which were originally about 1 in 6 billion). Sorry, folks. read more

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Vlad Jr Is Here Its About Time

Widely considered the best prospect in baseball, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. — the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero — is expected to make his debut for the Blue Jays on Friday in Toronto against Oakland. The event will, at least for the moment, end talk of the Blue Jays suppressing his service time and turn attention to the arrival of one of the most precocious hitting talents of this century. An oblique strain this spring slowed his major league debut, but it was likely to be delayed anyway, given the way MLB clubs have been controlling players’ service time.1A player cannot become a major league free agent until he accrues six full years of service time. Counting off days and game days, there are generally 187 days on a major league calendar. A player needs to spend 172 days of those days on a major league roster to gain a year of service. Even after last season, when Guerrero Jr. became the first player to hit .400 or better at the Double-A or Triple-A level in more than a decade, the Blue Jays claimed this spring that he wasn’t ready for the major leagues.Guerrero’s .367/.424./.700 slash line in eight games this season in Triple-A seemed to give the Blue Jays a change of a heart, along with the fact that they control his bat through the 2025 season.2Fellow top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who broke camp with San Diego, is controlled through the 2024 season if he sticks in the majors. Now healthy and in the majors, the 20-year-old has superstar potential with an offensive profile that Baseball America claims is in the “mold of Manny Ramirez,” and the magazine says “it’s not out of the question that Guerrero could develop into an 80 hitter with 80 power.” An “80” scouting grade is rare, residing at the top of the 20-to-80 scouting scale.It’s not hyperbole to suggest that Guerrero Jr. is an incredibly rare talent. Since 2010, no teenager — and few players of any age, for that matter — did what he did in the upper levels of the minor leagues last season. The slugger had one of the highest marks ever in weighted runs created plus (wRC+) — a metric that measures offensive efficiency and accounts for a league’s run-scoring environment and ballparks. Games playedAt-batBatting AverageOn-base percentageSlugging percentageOPS In 61 games at Double-A New Hampshire last season, at age 19, Guerrero posted a 203 wRC+. Since 2010, Guerrero Jr. is one of only six minor leaguers with at least 200 plate appearances to reach a 200 wRC+ in the upper minor leagues, and he was the only player to do so as a teenager. Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton posted a 204 mark in Double-A in 2010 as a 20-year-old, and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant posted a 220 mark at age 22 in 2014 in Double-A.What’s also remarkable about Guerrero as a hitter is how much his minor-league track record resembles his father’s. Source: The Baseball CUBE Guerrero Sr.2851,055.343.404.581.985 Like father, like sonCareer minor league batting statistics before their major league debuts for Vladimir Guerrero Sr. and his son, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Even their swings are similar. Guerrero Jr.2881,075.331.413.531.944 We wrote earlier this spring that the sons of majors leaguers have an advantage over the general population in reaching the major leagues. While some of that advantage is tied to genetic gifts and financial means, mimicking elite athletic movement patterns from a young age is also thought to be crucial.The debut earlier this year of Fernando Tatis Jr. — son of former major leaguer Fernando Tatis — set a record for the number of sons to debut in a decade (45), according to Baseball-Reference.com data analyzed by FiveThirtyEight. Guerrero Jr. makes it 46, and his former Triple-A teammates Cavan Biggio (son of Craig) and Bo Bichette (son of Dante) could soon increase the number.While Guerrero hits like his dad, he isn’t built like his dad. Vlad Sr. debuted as a lanky and athletic wunderkind, while his son’s weight is already a concern: He was measured this spring at 6-foot-1 and 250 pounds. Perhaps that will push Guerrero Jr. off of third base, but wherever he plays, the expectation is that he’ll hit for years to come.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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Ohio State Athlete of the Week Womens soccer senior defender Lauren Granberg

Ohio State women’s soccer senior defender Lauren Granberg’s hat trick against Nebraska got her something extra in addition to helping the Buckeyes beat the Cornhuskers.After a three-goal effort against Nebraska on Sunday, Granberg was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week.Granberg, who shares the award with Minnesota sophomore forward Taylor Uhl, said she does not mind sharing the title with Uhl and is happy to be credited for her work on the field. Monday’s Big Ten Conference honor is the second of Granberg’s career.“It was still good to put in all that work and finally get some recognition, but obviously I’m excited and enthusiastic about it,” Granberg said. “I will still need to be levelheaded and grounded because the work’s not done yet.”Granberg’s honor is the fifth Big Ten award for the Buckeye team this season. Granberg said the number of awards the team has garnered indicates the team should not be sold short.“I think it just goes to show how hard our team is coming out to work this year and the expectations that we have for one another,” Granberg said. “Having that many awards for our team just shows that our team is not to be underestimated by any means.”The Canada native made Buckeye history on Sunday when the Buckeyes defeated Nebraska, 4-0. The three-goal outing marked the first hat trick of Granberg’s career, as well the 10th hat trick in OSU women’s soccer history.Granberg attributed her hat trick to the help of her teammates.“We focused as a team on shooting and combinational work with each other,” Granberg said. “I couldn’t have gotten any of those goals without my teammates and without their hard work.”Senior forward Tiffany Cameron assisted Granberg on two of the goals and said Granberg’s hard work is what helped her score on Sunday.“(Granberg) has been working really hard and came through for us last weekend when we needed her,” Cameron said. “She is really good at finding the ball and finding space.”Coach Lori Walker also attributed Granberg’s performance over the weekend to her work ethic and leadership.“No. 1, she is our captain …” Walker said. “She works so hard and covers a ton of ground.”Granberg said she is happy with her performance so far this season but she still has goals she wants to accomplish before her senior season is over.“I would love to hit double digits in goals and continue to give my team some assists,” Granberg said. “It would be absolutely amazing to see Tiffany Cameron break the record for goals scored and if I can have any part in that in helping her to achieve that goal along with my goal, that would definitely make me happy.”Granberg and the Buckeyes are scheduled to battle against Michigan on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Ohio State womens soccer misses out on Big Ten Tournament after 20

Two second-half goals in a 12-minute stretch helped the No. 8 Michigan women’s soccer team defeat visiting Ohio State 2-0 Saturday night.The loss to the Wolverines will prevent the Buckeyes from getting a chance to defend their Big Ten Tournament championship next weekend in Champaign, Ill.The teams played to a scoreless draw in the opening half with the Buckeyes holding a 9-7 lead in shots. OSU freshman forward Nichelle Prince had three of the five shots on goal late in the half.Michigan could not convert on their three corner kicks in the first half, but early in the second half their fortunes would change. Senior forward Shelby Chambers-Garcia found the back of the net off a corner kick from freshman forward Madisson Lewis, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute.OSU would press to tie, but freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin saved shots on goal from senior defender Danica Wu and sophomore defender Marisa Wolf.A little more than a minute after Wolf’s shot, Michigan would add on to the lead as senior forward Nkem Ezurike outran the defense, and netted her 11th goal of the season to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead.The Buckeyes would wind up with a total of 10 shots in the second half, but could not get past Bucklin, who finished the day with seven saves, improving her record to 15-2-1 on the season.OSU will have to wait and see if it gets a berth in the NCAA tournament. The selection show is on NCAA.com at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. read more

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Football Ohio State reportedly hires Alex Grinch to be codefensive coordinator

Former Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. Credit: Courtesy of Ezekiel Nelson | Daily EvergreenFormer Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch will be joining Ohio State’s staff as the co-defensive coordinator alongside current defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported.Grinch will be the 10th assistant coach on the staff and will be the first co-defensive coordinator to work with Schiano since now-Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell in 2016. A rule allowing teams to add a 10th assistant coach to the staff was approved in April 2017. Teams will be able to add the additional assistant coach beginning Jan. 9.He previously served three seasons as defensive coordinator at Washington State since being hired in 2015. The Cougars allowed the 16th-fewest average yards per game (323.3) and were tied for 56th-fewest average points allowed per game (25.8). Grinch oversaw the improvement of a Washington State defense that ranked 114th in points allowed per game (38.6) in 2014, the year before he was hired.Ohio State declined to confirm the report.SOURCES: #WAZZU’s Alex Grinch is heading to #OhioState as the Buckeyes new Co-defensive coordinator. He did a phenomenal job in Pullman and the #MountUnion product is now heading home to work for OSU.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 4, 2018 read more

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Mens Basketball Kam Williams will play Thursday against Penn State

Ohio State senior guard Kam Williams (15) looks to drive in the first half of the game against Penn State on Jan. 25 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will receive a boost to its bench when redshirt senior guard Kam Williams returns from his suspension Thursday against Penn State.Williams had missed the past three games for Ohio State. A reason was never provided as to why Williams was sitting out, but Holtmann said he did not travel for the Purdue game because he had to attend class and finish a project.“Kam is expected to play,” Holtmann said. “We had conversations and meetings that I’ll kind of leave private but he fulfilled those and I don’t know if I can necessarily be certain on what it’ll look like in terms of his role because we’ve played well here in this last stretch and he’ll have to earn his way back to whatever role gives our team the best chance of winning.”Despite Williams returning to the team, he is not expected to regain his starting spot with sophomore forward Andre Wesson projected to maintain the starting spot. In three starts in the lineup, Wesson has averaged 30.7 minutes, 6.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Overall on the season, he averages 2.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.Williams is the fifth-leading scorer on the team, averaging 8.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Though Williams has been the more prolific offensive producer than Wesson this season, Wesson has received praise for his defensive ability and gives Ohio State a better defender in the starting five.The move of Williams to the bench gives the team a source of points on the bench, given that the sixth-best scorer on the team is sophomore center Micah Potter, who averages just 4.3 points per game.Ohio State will travel to State College, Pennsylvania, for a rematch with the Nittany Lions at 7 p.m. Thursday. Penn State gave Ohio State its only conference loss of the season on Jan. 25. read more

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Jeremy Corbyn warned he is facing further warfare from moderate MPs in

first_imgOne even suggested that moderate MPs were “gearing up for round three” – another leadership election – in a bid to unseat Mr Corbyn.Mr Corbyn is expected to appeal for unity after his expected victory in the bitter leadership contest with his rival Owen Smith today, before heading to a crucial meeting of the party’s ruling National Executive Committee where is expected to battle attempts to bring back elections to the shadow Cabinet.Ms Flint said: “If Jeremy is re-elected, then MPs should actually be constructive and work hard to support the Labour front bench, but Jeremy also has to do some things as well.“I think he has to make sure that talk about deselecting MPs is stopped because that will only lead to warfare, not unity.”Mr Corbyn’s allies have repeatedly used the threat of deselection to force moderate MPs to pull their weight behind the leader.She added: “What’s very important is Jeremy can show he can unite the party and I hope he will demonstrate that he is prepared to listen to not only those that supported him, but also those that didn’t, because all of us have it in our interest to form an effective opposition to hold the Government to account, and I hope he’ll show leadership by reaching out.” Last night Mr Corbyn appealed for the party – including “those who have voted. volunteered and campaigned for Owen Smith” – to unite after the campaign so that it can “win the next general election”.He said: “We must now turn our agreement into unity, turn our passion into action, and turn our ideas into reality.”We must win the next general election so that Labour can rebuild and transform Britain – so that no one and no community is left behind. We can and must do that together. That includes those who have voted, volunteered and campaigned for Owen Smith.”This summer, we have had a debate about the future of Labour and the future of Britain. It has been robust, and at times difficult, but it has been overwhelmingly respectful in tone.”He added: “Now, let’s turn our agreement into unity. Let’s turn our passion into action. And let’s turn our ideas into reality.”We must win the next general election so that Labour can rebuild and transform Britain – so that no one and no community is left behind. We can and must do that together.” Jeremy Corbyn has been warned that he is facing “warfare” from moderate MPs in his own party in the wake of his expected landslide victory in the Labour leadership election today.Caroline Flint, a former shadow cabinet member, warned Mr Corbyn to halt talk of deselecting disloyal MPs.There were reports in Westminster that moderate Labour MPs were planning to create a “party within a party” in the weeks after Mr Corbyn’s expected victory.This would see the MPs run their own whipping operation in the House of Commons, deciding each week which Government motions to oppose and which to support independently of the Labour party.However, in a sign of the possible trouble ahead, some of Mr Corbyn’s aides publicly attacked senior critics in the party on Friday accusing them of being prepared to “destroy the Labour party just to stop Jeremy” calling it a “scorched earth policy”. That came as one of his senior aides attacked senior figures such as Lord Kinnock, the former leader, as “relics” who believe they have a “God-given right to control everything”.Earlier this week Lord Kinnock – who helped rebuild the party’s fortunes after the disastrous 1983 general election  – said he could not see Labour winning in his lifetime.However in an interview with The Guardian, Sam Tarry, Mr Corbyn’s campaign director, said: “I think there has been a concerted effort between Owen Smith, the more hard-Right MPs [and] … relics like Neil Kinnock to say that the Labour party will never win a general election. It sounds as if they are gearing up for round three.”He argued that MPs need to learn the lesson of their probable failure in attempting to topple Mr Corbyn.He said: “The timing was wrong. It is the establishment against half a million people. They think they have a God-given right to have control of anything.”James Mills, Mr Corbyn’s head of communications, said Mr Corbyn’s critics were trying to “destroy the Labour party just to stop Jeremy” in a “scorched earth policy”.Separately a YouGov poll for The Times found that more than half of the people who backed Labour at the last general election and then voted to leave the European Union at the referendum have now abandoned their support for the party. Mr Corbyn is expected to appeal for unity after his expected victory in the bitter leadership contest with his rival Owen Smith todaycenter_img We must now turn our agreement into unity, turn our passion into action, and turn our ideas into realityMr Corbyn Mr Corbyn is expected to appeal for unity after his expected victory in the bitter leadership contest with his rival Owen Smith todayCredit: PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Police officers jokingly breathalyse toddler driving pink plastic car

first_img@cheshirepolice @mulletrider Not Taxed, No MOT , No Insurance and driving without a Belt on .Throw the book at them…— Andy (@yorkshiregunner) October 21, 2016 When police officers saw this toddler driving ‘erratically’ towards them, they jokingly decided to give her a breath test.Cheshire Police shared the adorable photo of officers pretending to breathalyse the girl driving a plastic pink car on their Facebook page.“Officers asked the driver’s parents if she had been drinking,” they joked. “They replied she’d had a couple of bottles that morning.”The photo has been hugely popular on Facebook, racking up more than 10,000 likes and shares, plus hundreds of comments. @cheshirepolice @ChairWarkPolFed Driver tested positive for Calpol. #Reported— Jake (@PopTarantula) October 21, 2016 @cheshirepolice a little reckless to allow the driver to remain in the vehicle with keys in ignition! Would be an interesting pursuit 😉.— Nantwich Police (@PoliceNantwich) October 21, 2016 “Fantastic picture, love the humour on this page. Think it’s brilliant they took a spare minute to spend some time with this little girl!” commented one.Jim Oliphant joked: “Speeding, underage driving, driving not in accordance with their licence, throw the book at them I say…NO McDonalds for at least a week.”Hayley Goodrum wrote: “I think this is brilliant! Lots of kids are intimidated/nervous around police. I’ve always tried to convince my children the police are around to look after us and help us….as well as take bad people away. Police should be seen as approachable and this light-hearted interaction shows this little girl and onlookers exactly that!”Here’s how Twitter reactedcenter_img A spokesperson for the constabulary told the Chester Chronicle: “We’re here to support communities and we pride ourselves on our community engagement. “Thankfully, the tot’s reading was clear and she was free to go.“This was a great example of showing how officers are human and that they like to talk to all members of the community – no matter how old they are.”Earlier this year, this police team’s attempt to return a ‘stolen’ wedding album backfired spectacularly.  While these officers had to respond to a bizarre call out about men dressed as traffic cones blocking traffic.  @cheshirepolice Check the insurance policy hehe 🙂 It’s not stolen is it ? lol :)— GrandMaster (@GMT25) October 21, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Girl 7 among the dead as Storm Emma leaves trail of devastation

first_imgA seven-year-old girl was among three people who died on Thursday as the treacherous Storm Emma left a train of destruction in its path.The child was killed as she played in the snow when a car collided with a house in Looe, Cornwall, taking the bitter Arctic blast’s death toll to ten.She is understood to have been playing in the snow when a Nissan car skidded and careered into the property at around 2.30pm. Devon and Cornwall Police said an investigation was underway.Earlier, a 75-year-old woman was found dead in a snow-covered street in Leeds and a  46-year-old man from Southampton died in a collision involving a lorry and a van on the A34.A man in Welling, south-east London, who died after falling into a frozen lake trying to save his stranded dog was named as Stephen Cavanagh, 60, a “doting” grandfather who slipped and banged his head on the ice before falling into the freezing water.The body of A Glasgow care worker, Elaine McNeil, was found on Wednesday having been traced by her mobile phone when she failed to turn up for work. A dog takes a tumble in Blackburn, Lancs But as is so often the case, the horrendous conditions also prompted tales of heroism and showcased the best of the human spirit.A woman forced to give birth on the storm-battered A66 near Darlington safely delivered a little girl.Sienna Waring was delivered by her father Andrew as he tried to get her mother Daniella to hospital in terrible driving conditions. She was born near Stockton-on-Tees moments before paramedics arrived at the scene.Mr Waring, from Catterick, North Yorkshire, said: “Having been present at the birth of our two other children, I just copied what I had seen then.”I opened the passenger door and knelt in the snow to deliver the baby.”Three men who came to the aid of motorists in up to 1,000 vehicles stranded overnight in the snow on the M80 in Scotland delivered pizzas, homemade lentil soup and Irn Bru to their cars. And on Tuesday, four people died in two separate road accidents in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire while a 52-year-old homeless man was found dead inside his freezing tent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The M90 near Newbridge Midlothiancenter_img A dog takes a tumble in Blackburn, LancsCredit:SWNS.com A Greggs delivery driver was also praised for handing out cakes, pasties and doughnuts to stranded drivers on the A1 near Lindisfarne, Northumberland.In South Yorkshire, volunteer mountain rescuers got a baby to hospital in a Land Rover after a couple’s car got stuck in the snow high above Penistone.Selfless NHS staff were hailed for their “amazing” efforts to get to work, many trudging for hours through the snow while others slept in hospitals overnight to ensure they were there for their next shift. Andy Renwick, a Glasgow surgeon, revealed that an unnamed female colleague walked eight miles in snow goggles with snow shoes and walking poles so she could operate on a cancer patient.Members of the public stopped in 4x4s to offer staff lifts into hospitals, while some companies offered the use of their 4×4 vehicles and drivers.Meanwhile, hardy St David’s Day revellers braved the snow in Wales to take part in their annual parade – despite the event being called off by organisers.And a “snow day” letter sent to parents of primary school children went viral after a headteacher instructed their children to spend the day having fun. The M90 near Newbridge MidlothianCredit:Katielee Arrowsnmith/SWNS.comlast_img read more

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Man dies after being shot in Merseyside

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Appealing for witnesses, Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm officers are in attendance in Netherton following a fatal firearms discharge this evening.”Emergency services were called to Assissian Crescent at around 8pm following reports that a male had been shot.”On arrival, officers found a male with injuries consistent with a firearms discharge.”He was taken to hospital but was sadly pronounced deceased a short time later.”Officers remained at the scene on Thursday night as forensics teams gathered evidence.Anyone with information on the incident or the offender is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.They can also call 0151 777 8706 or 101 quoting incident reference 921 of 7/6/18 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. A man has died following a shooting in Merseyside.Police have launched an investigation into the incident in Assissian Crescent, Netherton, on Thursday evening.Emergency services were called to the residential street at about 8pm where the man, whose name and age have not been released, was found injured.He was taken to hospital where he later died.The shooting comes amid concerns over a rise in violent crime in parts of the country. read more

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Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingstons royal wedding couple share a kiss

The setting was familiar, the traditions the same, and for some of the guests it may have been a case of déjà vu, yet in comparison to its predecessors, the third Royal wedding in the space of a year was a markedly lower key affair today. At Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel Lady Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, married her long-term boyfriend, Thomas Kingston, almost a year to the day since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot in the same venue. The newly wed couple were all smiles as they left the church and kissed on the steps of the 15th century chapel in front of guests which included the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Harry. The Duke…

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UKs most abundant wildflower to be revealed as Plant Life launches bank

Carpets of daisies, dandelions and buttercups herald the beginning of summer in Britain, and this May bank holiday those lazing in their gardens have been asked to count the wildflowers on their lawn.The most abundant wildflower in Britain will be revealed after the first ever national nectar survey takes place this weekend.Gardeners across the country have been asked by charity Plantlife to take part in a “citizen science” project to count blooms in their lawn to work out how valuable our gardens are for butterflies and honeybees.Charities including the RHS have recently asked British people to be gentler on their lawns, letting flowers grow instead of insisting on smooth, unbroken green.This is because nearly 7.5 million acres of meadows and pastures rich in wildflowers have been lost since the 1930s, removing a vital source of food for pollinators, many of which are now in decline.Not only is it worrying for those who enjoy looking at bright blooms when they walk around the countryside, it is terrible news for pollinators. According to Plantlife, one acre of wildflower meadow on a single day in summer can contain three million flowers, producing 1kg ( 2lb 3oz) of nectar – enough to support nearly 96,000 honeybees per day.Now, Britain’s 15 million gardens, many of them with lawns, could become an increasingly important habitat for supporting species of bees, butterflies and other bugs looking for nectar. A daisy reflected in dew To take part in the flower count, garden-owners should throw a ball to pick a random patch of lawn, mark out a metre square area and count the flowers they find, such as common daisies, red clover, dandelions, dove’s foot cranesbill and buttercups.The information will be used to calculate how much nectar lawns are providing and how many bees they could support, and to build up a picture of their support for nature across the country through a “national nectar score”.It will allow Plantlife to see if lawns can be managed differently to increase the national nectar score, what the most abundant flowers are and how they can be encouraged, and help monitor changing trends over time.Plantlife’s botanical expert Dr Trevor Dines said: “Our call for ‘no mow May’ has helped turn our famous trimmed green lawns into riots of colour with buttercups, daises and dandelions offering much-needed food for our starving bees and butterflies.”He added: “Everyone who takes part in ‘every flower counts’ will receive their own ‘personal nectar score’ showing them how many honey bees their lawn can actually support.”We’ll find out which flowers are most prolific on our lawns – will it be daisies, buttercups or clover? – and we will combine the results to produce a ‘national nectar score’, showing just how important Britain’s lawns are for our beleaguered pollinators.”We hope this will make people look differently at their lawns and encourage them to allow more wild flowers to grow in support of millions of bees – because for them every flower really does count.”To find out more, and calculate your own nectar score, click the link here. A daisy reflected in dewCredit:AFP Contributor Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Norwich Cathedral accused of treating God like a tourist attraction after installing

“There’s mini golf in Rochester Cathedral now,” he said. “I took a relaxed view of it. The helter skelter is in the west of the nave – the space within medieval cathedrals which you might not call the holiest part of the building. It was often the area used for leisure purposes in the Middle Ages, so I don’t really see this as a desecration, although I can imagine the sort of people who would.”Professor MacCulloch added that some would think the ride a “trendy”, “dangerous” or “undignified” installation erected in a bid to entice people through the doors of religious buildings as society becomes increasingly secularised. The Cathedral has eschewed accusations that the helter skelter is a sign of being “desperate” to entice visitors through its doors, but rather a “sign of our confidence [that] we know exactly what a cathedral is for”. Adrian Dorber, chair of the Association of English Cathedrals, said that “creative innovation is part of our mission”. “There is a cathedral shaped space out there and we hope we are occupying it in bold, fresh and exciting ways that welcome people, that challenge, that engage with our communities and reach new audiences and that say something about cathedrals being a place for all, while ensuring our buildings will be there for our future generations.”  Many Cathedrals face financial struggles however congregations have risen by about 10 per cent in a decade, with a total weekly attendance of 37,000 people.The Archbishop of Canterbury even told a cathedrals conference last year: “The first thing I want is for people not to be bored. I want them to have fun … If you can’t have fun in a cathedral, you don’t know what fun is.”Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the history of the church at the University of Oxford, has also taken a more lighthearted view of the ride.  Reverend Canon Andy Bryant, of Nowich Cathedral said the idea came to him when he was visiting the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy. The ride has also drawn criticism from Christians and humanists alike. One Twitter user wrote: “Yeah, I’m seeing it as desecration and mockery (and I’m not even Christian).”  Another added: “We need to bring back the Inquisition to England.”Some took it even more seriously, with one user tweeting the ominous message: “One day, God will punish you for this.”The ride is the latest ‘stunt’ to grace holy buildings. Last month Rochester Cathedral opened a crazy golf course in its nave, allowing visitors to putt their way round the 11th-century building. In the past visitors have also skated in the aisles at Gloucester and gazed at the moon in Liverpool The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges and choristers from the boys and girls choir at the launch of the 55ft Helter Skelter  Reverend Canon Andy Bryant, of Nowich Cathedral said the idea came to him when he was visiting the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy.Credit:Jason Bye /Jason Bye  For just £2 a ride, visitors will be able to enjoy a closer look at the medieval roof bosses or carvings which depict Biblical stories from the 40ft viewing platform. However he added: “But Cathedrals don’t have any problem at all getting people in through the doors, so this shouldn’t be seen as a desperate attempt to get people in the building. “I’m not sure I would have done it,” he said, “but its worth seeing what it does.”  The funfair ride has a viewing platform at 40ft which will allow the riders have a unique experience when embracing the cathedral’s 69ft-high roof. It costs £2 per ride, with funds covering the cost of hire from a funfair company and any surplus going into cathedral initiatives. Rochester cathedral  opened a crazy golf course in its nave Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The ride is part of the Cathedral’s ‘Seeing It Differently’ campaign, which was devised by Rev Bryant, with the aim of giving people the opportunity to experience the building “in an entirely new way and open up conversations about faith”.However  the Right Reverend Dr Gavin Ashenden, former chaplain to the Queen, has criticised the Cathedral for making a “mockery” of God. “Instead of allowing a Cathedral to act as a bridge between people and God’s presence, instead it obscures it by offering to entertain and divert people,” he told The Telegraph. They may be renowned for their architectural majesty, historic significance and – at a push – their niche gift shop offerings. Yet in recent years the trend for opening up cathedrals to the public by advertising novelty attractions  – with everything from an installation of the moon to hosting skate festivals – has sparked furious debate.Now Norwich Cathedral is the latest religious building to be accused of “treating God like a tourist attraction”, after it installed a 55-ft helter skelter in its nave. Reverend Canon Andy Bryant, the Cathedral’s Canon for Mission and Pastoral Care, said the idea came to him when he was visiting the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy.“The fun comes in the shape of a helter skelter,” he said. “The serious comes in creating opportunities for reflective, God-shaped conversations. It is playful in its intent but also profoundly missional. “It is the Cathedral doing what it has always done – encouraging conversations about God. By its sheer size and grandeur it speaks of the things of God; it points beyond itself. Its sheer presence helps to keep the rumour of God alive and plays its part in passing on the story of Salvation.” Rochester cathedral  opened a crazy golf course in its naveCredit:IKM PICS/Jim Bennett/Vantagenews /BEN Visitors to Church of England cathedrals The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges and choristers from the boys and girls choir at the launch of the 55ft Helter Skelter  Visitors to Church of England cathedralsCredit:./Church of England Media “There’s a sliding scale between mockery and blasphemy. It’s a mockery because it’s treating God like a tourist attraction, instead of as the creator of the universe who is going to hold us accountable for our ethical failures. “It becomes blasphemy at the point where the cathedrals represent a long line of belief – much of which is martyred belief – people have paid with their lives to believe in Christ and cathedral is corporeal embodiment of Christ.” “To turn this into entertainment,” he added, “is blasphemous to Christ and the people who died for Christ. It suggests cathedrals have lost their responsibility to Christ because they are preoccupied with the demands of society.” read more

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LETTER Leaders should focus on creating a modern elections commission

Sincerely,Executive CommitteeGuyana Human Rights Association Dear Editor,An impending visit to Guyana by a major delegation from the Trinidad Energy Chamber prompted an article in the Trinidad Guardian (June 9, 2017) captioned “Guyana: trouble again?”The article focused on Guyana’s turbulent electoral history, and culminated in the following manner: “Oil revenues should start to flow from 2020. And 2020 is also election year. Stakes are high.”Linking investor interest in oil and gas to Guyana’s threadbare electoral system captures what is at stake between the leaders of Guyana’s two major political formations in Monday’s meeting, which is aimed at resolving the impasse over nomination of the Chairperson for GECOM.If the exchanges leading up to that meeting are a guide, one side will be haggling about the phrases “fit and proper person”, and “fitness to be a judge”; and the other side will be issuing veiled threats about ‘consequences’. This is neither what the vast majority of Guyanese need nor want. They want national leadership that is aimed at creating a modern, independent, de-politicized Elections Commission; not tribal leadership aimed at prolonging elections as an ethnic census.The Carter-Price Formula has been debased into a tool for prolonging a tribal census. It is outdated, and should eventually be replaced by a modern, professional hiring-and-selection process that is completely out of the hands of the political parties. Nothing less can either guarantee Guyanese their right to genuine democracy, or investors the assurances they need.The Carter-Price Formula, however, still allows huge improvement in the Elections Commission, if the political will is available to so interpret that formula.The formalities of the Leader of the Opposition providing a list to the President, as required by Section 161 of the Constitution, imposes no restrictions whatever on how that list is generated. Nor need it be restricted to the Chairperson. An agreement by both men to create a professional, public, transparent and impartial process which generates a list of people who are capable and willing to be commissioners could then, as a formality, be presented by the Leader of the Opposition to the President for his acceptance.All of this is entirely feasible within the current constraints of Article 161 if the national interest were motivating the exercise.Barricading themselves within a pedantic interpretation of Section 161 of the Constitution, or invoking the need for constitutional reform as a way of avoiding electoral reforms, would be unacceptable to everyone, except the leadership of the two major parties.An authoritative review of electoral practices around the world concluded that “Conclusive evidence from all regions of the world shows that, in 80% of all democracies, elections are run by independent electoral commissions either in a full manner (53%) or by supervising the work of agencies from the executive branch of government (27%).” In other words, Guyana’s current arrangements are associated with the more backward and autocratic minority countries, rather than with the range of modern approaches employed in established and emerging democracies around the world.A reformed selection process could ensure selection of men and women who are perceived to be level-headed; impartial; possessing managerial capacity; collectively understand logistics, human resource management, technology, media and the country’s contemporary history. In terms of character, they must have sound leadership ability, an even temperament, be persons of integrity, and persons who are able to strengthen inclusivity. The key requirements are not legal; legal advice should always be independent, in any case.However, given the bizarre current arrangement of appointing GECOM Commissioners for life, the process outlined above should be accompanied by a request from both leaders to all the current members of the Commission to voluntarily resign.The GHRA is under no illusion that those steeped in ethnic politics would have difficulty finding ample excuses to prolong the current arrangements.However, should the two leaders fail to provide the national leadership required for electoral reform, they must accept the responsibility for the inevitably prolonged race downwards to a 2020 election that is embroiled in ethnic antagonism and fuelled by desperation to control the new El Dorado of oil and gas. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLegal battle looms over appointment of GECOM chairJanuary 12, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: New list will be submitted soon- TeixeiraMarch 29, 2017In “latest news”President will respond to Jagdeo’s clarifications on rejected GECOM listJanuary 11, 2017In “latest news” read more

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Windies fail to retain ICC Under19 World Cup

(Sportsmax) The Windies have failed in their bid to defend the ICC Under-19 World Cup following a 76 run loss to South Africa at the Bay Oval, in Tauranga New Zealand on Wednesday.The defeat was the second in a row for the regional team following an 8 wicket loss to New Zealand on Saturday.  New Zealand, who also defeated Kenya, along with South Africa will now advance to the Super League after two successive wins in Group A.  The Windies and Kenya, following back-to-back defeats, will feature in the Plate Championship.On Wednesday, South Africa’s triumph was set up on the back of wicket keeper batsman Wandile Makwetu’s run-a-ball 99 not out and fast bowler Hermann Rolfes who took four wickets.  Sent in to bat South Africa got a solid 56-0 start from openers Jiveshan Pillay (47) and Matthew Breetzke (18).  The team, however, found itself in trouble at 112-5 before Makwetu’s effort with the bat carried the unit to 282-8.In pursuit, the Windies slipped from 177-4 in the 38th over to be bowled out for 206 in 45.3 overs.  Alick Athanage who added 76 off 100 and Kirstan Kallicharan (44) were the star Windies batsmen as they put on 90 runs for the fifth wicket. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHistoric opening match for Windies U19s at Youth World CupAugust 18, 2017In “latest news”Windies U-19 wallop KenyaJanuary 20, 2018In “Sports”World champs Windies crash to third in ICC rankingsMay 5, 2016In “latest news” read more

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ExxonMobil contract was dealt with we are not going back on

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo questions rationale behind reviewing of ExxonMobil exploration licence …Harmon says Gov’t has a right to review any agreementJuly 2, 2016In “latest news”Govt not satisfied with parking meter contract – HarmonMarch 10, 2017In “latest news”President has use for Dr Mangal’s expertise says HarmonFebruary 8, 2018In “latest news” “We have dealt with the ExxonMobil contract and we are not going back on it, it was dealt with at Cabinet and the President has pronounced on the matter and that is the final pronouncement as far as we are concerned.”Minister of State Joseph HarmonThese were the words of State Minister Joseph Harmon as it pertains to calls from financial experts, stakeholders and the Opposition, among others, for the ExxonMobil contract to be renegotiated.President David Granger, had said that there is no immediate intention to to review the contract between Guyana and ExxonMobil, indicating, however, that the matter is before Cabinet.Harmon however, told media operatives at a Post Cabinet press briefing on Thursday that the contract itself was not a matter discussed at Cabinet. “I would not want to get into the nitty gritty of whats in the contract itself because that is not a matter which we dealt with at Cabinet” he said.According to Harmon “these are not matters which as a Government we have gone back too, or gone back on. We are looking at moving forward, we are looking at the benefits to be accrued from this contract and from all future contracts.”His remarks comes on the heels of criticisms from many experts who after perusing the released petroleum agreement strongly believe that it should be renegotiated since according to them the contract is more in favour of ExxonMobil than Guyana.Petroleum Advisor Dr Jan MangalJust recently Presidential Adviser on Petroleum, Dr Jan Mangal, at an event held at the University of Guyana said that Guyana’s contract with the oil giant can be renegotiated and the royalty Guyana is receiving is too low compared to global standards.Under the renegotiated 2017 agreement Guyana receives two per cent royalty on earnings from ExxonMobil’s oil sales while the US oil giant would not be required to pay taxes on its share of the profits.Moreover, in addition to sharing 50 per cent of the net profits—profits declared after the initial investments would have been repaid from any earnings.According to the President’s Petroleum Adviser that is low compared to global standards. He also raised concerns about the system used to negotiate that agreement and also the expertise of the persons doing the negotiating.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoOpposition leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo had said that the contract in its current form could harm Guyana in the long-run based on changes in four clauses which benefit the oil company more than the country.The four clauses he posited are the extension of the agreement, the stability clause surrounding taxes, the changes to the relinquishment requirement and the regulation of the gas sector.Jagdeo said if the gains for ExxonMobil from those clauses are measured and compared against what Guyana will and has received – which he calculated to be US$3B annually –the country and its people have sacrificed long-term benefits for short term gains because of Government’s unpreparedness and incompetence in negotiating the new oil contract. read more

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Man charged for allegedly assaulting couple

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Ruimveldt technician charged for assaulting manOctober 5, 2018In “Court”Repeat gold chain thief jailedApril 10, 2018In “Court”Teen accused of attempted murder remandedFebruary 20, 2018In “Court” A West Ruimveldt, Georgetown man, who allegedly attacked and wounded a woman along with a man was on Monday morning answerable to the court for the offence.Fifty-eight-year-old, Mark Khan appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and denied to Magistrate Judy Latchman that he wounded Deane Shawn and Faruk Mohammed on July 3, 2018 at West Ruimveldt.The defendant, who is known to the two Virtual Complainant’s (VC’s), showed up at a place where the duo were staying and demanded that they open a door.When Mohammed opened the door, he was allegedly dealt several cuffs by Khan. Shawn who went to the assistance of Mohammed was also allegedly dealt several cuffs to her face.The two were treated for injuries received and Khan was picked up and later charged.He was bailed in the sum of $160,000 to return to Court next on August 13. read more

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Can hosts West Indies hold on to their crown

Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews celebrate West Indies’ victory AFPSquad listStafanie Taylor (capt), Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Natasha Mclean, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Shakera SelmanWorld T20 pedigreeThat old saying, “it is a double-edged sword”, inevitably springs to mind as the reigning Women’s World T20 champions West Indies hope to defend their crown at home.However, if recent history across women and men’s ICC events is considered – albeit in 50-over cricket – playing at home has never been more advantageous. From a time when players would wither under the weight of expectations, we’ve entered a period of unprecedented home dominance, with raucous crowds playing 12th man. Prime examples are India in 2011, Australia in 2015 and England’s women in 2017.If that isn’t a source of encouragement for the hosts, then their own T20I record at home at least should be: West Indies have lost just one T20I series at home – outside ICC events – which was also decided by a one-over eliminator after a tie. Despite playing very few T20I matches, to have sustained their run at home since 2009 is a remarkable feat.In that period, West Indies’ women have lost a T20I bilateral series at home only to New Zealand, who have historically been their bugbear. But they can contemplate crossing that bridge only if they make the knockouts from a group that also features England, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Bangladesh.Recent T20I formThe scars from a four-zip walloping at the hands of New Zealand in New Zealand in March were just about fading with successive wins against South Africa at home, but a loss off the penultimate ball of the final T20I meant that they had to settle for a drawn series in September-October. With only eight completed matches under their belt this year, lack of game time, especially with the cancellation of the bilateral series against India which would have preceded their World T20 campaign, could hurt them. They did play a rain-curtailed warm-up match against India, which they lost.The captain and coachSandwiched between Suzie Bates of New Zealand and Meg Lanning of Australia, Stafanie Taylor is placed second on the ranking for T20I batsmen and has been a regular feature in the WBBL and Kia Super League. Her captaincy credentials match her batting prowess stroke for stroke, having led her team to a thrilling win over Australia in the final to lift the trophy in 2016. She was also the player of the series in that tournament, with the most runs and eight wickets, and has now won the Windies Cricket’s Women’s Cricketer of the Year award two years in succession. Taylor is a star, with whose performance West Indies’ chances are aligned.Hendy Springer, the former West Indies A coach, took over the role temporarily following the axing of Vasbert Drakes after the team crashed out of the 2017 Women’s World Cup, where they won just two matches and were bundled out for an ignominious 48 against South Africa. He remains at the helm of affairs.Best playersTwenty-year-old Hayley Matthews, who recently struck her maiden international ton against South Africa, followed by a 70 in the final T20I; the highest wicket-taker in women’s T20I cricket, offspinner Anisa Mohammed; allrounder Deandra Dottin, who won the T20 Cricketer of the Year award from her board. These will all be central figures along with Taylor.Where will they finish?A neck-and-neck record against England, and historical dominance over South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh makes the home team one of the favourites on paper from group A to progress through to the semi-final. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies Women, England Women to clash in T20IJune 17, 2019In “latest news”WWT20: Hayley Matthews named WINDIES women Vice CaptainNovember 8, 2018In “latest news”West Indies women’s team wins T20 World CupApril 3, 2016In “Sports” read more

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