Cartoon: January 22, 2016

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Bertram Collins College student crushed by truck

first_imgAn 18-year-old cyclist is now dead and his pillion rider was injured after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a truck at Industrial Estate, Ruimveldt, Greater Georgetown.The scene of the accident on Tuesday eveningDeshon Morris of Lot 4 East La Penitence, Georgetown was pronounced dead on the spot while Keon Granville, 27, of Phase 2 Lot 1 East Ruimveldt was treated and sent away.Based on information received, the accident occurred at about 20:00h and involved motorcycle CJ 6021 and motor lorry bearing registration number GTT 2073 with trailer number TEE 6391 owned by Muneshwers Limited.Police preliminary reports stated that the motorcycle was proceeding north and as the truck approached the intersection in the vicinity of National Hardware, the driver failed to stop.Dead: Deshon MorrisAs such, the vehicle ended up into the path of the motorcycle. As a result of the collision, both Morris and Granville fell onto the roadway and received injuries about their bodies. Morris was subsequently pronounced dead.Guyana Times understands that the young man was a student of Bertram Collins Collage. He was reportedly heading home when the accident occurred. The truck was laden with pipes.Nevertheless, the young man’s body is at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary awaiting a Post-Mortem.At the scene, the mother and other relatives of the dead teenager were inconsolable. The driver of the truck was taken into Police custody and is assisting with investigations.last_img read more

South Africa’s new ‘awesome foursome’

first_imgSo close was the finish that none of the crews knew who had won for a while, but when they saw the result up on the board, South Africa’s new “Awesome Foursome” found enough energy to celebrate a memorable triumph. With South Africa having won three gold medals so far, the country has – within the first week of competition – matched its best gold medal return since it came back to the Olympic Games from international isolation in 1992. That total was achieved in Atlanta in 1996, when Penny Heyns won the 100m and 200m breaststroke and Josiah Thugwane won the men’s marathon. Suddenly it became clear that the white boat of South Africa was making inroads on the three yellow boats in the chase for medals. They had moved ahead of Australia and Britain and were racing Denmark for gold. With the finishing line in sight, it was too close to call. As they had done in the semi-finals, the very experienced Danish team got away from the other five teams at the start on Lake Dornay. Approaching the 1 500m mark, Denmark’s lead was down to about half a boat length over Australia and Great Britain. They went through the three-quarter distance in 4:31.7, a mere 0.2 ahead of Australia. Great Britain were just one second behind the leaders, and South Africa trailed by 1.3 seconds. South Africa’s men’s lightweight fours rowing team of Matthew Brittain, Lawrence Ndlovu, John Smith and James Thompson pulled off a sensational victory at the London Olympics on Thursday afternoon to capture the country’s third gold medal at the Games and its first ever in rowing. The Netherlands struggled from the start and were not a factor in lane one. Meanwhile, South Africa, Australia, Great Britain and Switzerland were bundled together, chasing the Danes. 500 metresAt 500 metres, Denmark led, in a time of 1:29.2, with Australia in second, 1.4 seconds off the pace, South Africa in third, a further 0.2 seconds back, Switzerland in fourth 1.9 seconds behind the Danes, and Great Britain 2.2 seconds off the lead. Denmark’s lead over Australia was down to 0.7 seconds at halfway, which they reached in 3:00.1. The home team, Britain, was 1.8 seconds behind, and South Africa 2.1 seconds adrift. Behind them, it was difficult to separate South Africa and Great Britain, as Switzerland fell back a touch. 500 metres to go Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material As Denmark pulled, they drew ahead, but when South Africa pulled, they now had the lead, which was exchanged a number of times. But then, the men in green and gold inched clear of the Danes, with Britain still challenging, as the noise of the crowd lifted even louder. Great Britain sneaked ahead of Denmark to win silver in 6:03.09. The Danes finished in 6:03.16 and took bronze as a mere 0.32 seconds separated the three medal winning boats. 2 August 2012 It was an incredible final, as close as could be, but the South African crew from the University of Pretoria came through with an amazing late burst of speed to take victory after entering the last 500 metres in third place. Unlike in the semi-finals, Denmark were unable to build up a big lead as Australia, the world champions, made a strong push as the race neared the 1 000 metre mark. Brilliant victoryIt became clear South Africa had an edge over the other challengers and they held on to it, crossing the finishing line in 6:02.84 to take the win and claim gold. It was a brilliant race and an outstanding victory. The crowd, with Great Britain in the running for a medal, was roaring loud support as a tremendous dice unfolded in front of their eyes.last_img read more

Heads held high, Banyana exit Olympics

first_img1 August 2012Banyana Banyana departed the 2012 London Olympic Games on a high as they held Japan, the reigning world champions, to a goalless draw in their final match at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Tuesday.Drawn in the toughest four-team pool of the three, South Africa’s national women’s football team found the going tough in their first visit to the Olympics; apart from Japan, they faced world number four Sweden and number seven Canada. Yet, by their last game, some lessons had clearly been learnt.The loose marking and a touch of tactical naivety that had cost them early goals against Sweden and Canada were gone, and even though Japan enjoyed the better of their contest on Tuesday, they could not find a way through the South African defence.Considering that Banyana entered the Olympics ranked 61st in the world, the losses were not unexpected, but the draw with Japan showed that the competition has been of benefit to the team.Amateurs vs professionalsConsidering, too, that most of the Banyana players were amateurs up against Swedish and Japanese sides with many professionals (Canada’s professionals also outnumbered those in the Banyana team), the South Africans gave a good account of themselves.Even though South Africa managed only one goal in their three games, Portia Modise’s wonder strike against Sweden, from a good 45 metres out, could turn out to be the goal of the Olympics, in either the men’s or women’s competition.In that opening match, Banyana looked somewhat overawed to be on such a big stage and they quickly found themselves 3-0 down with barely 20 minutes played. Somehow, though, they lifted themselves to match the Swedes and reduced the gap to two goals thanks to Modise’s brilliance.Sweden, though, hit back almost immediately to secure a comfortable 4-1 victory.CanadaIn their next outing, Banyana faced Canada. Early on, in the seventh minute, poor defence allowed the Canadians to round South Africa down the right flank and centre the ball for Melissa Tancredi to steer the ball into the net for an early lead.Once they had gone behind, however, Banyana’s game improved. They managed to create some decent opportunities without managing to find the back of the net.In the second half, Christine Sinclair slotted home a rebound off her own shot to double the Canadians’ advantage. They then exposed the centre of South Africa’s defence when Sinclair beat the off-sides trap to run clear and score Canada’s third goal four minutes from time.InvaluableOn Tuesday against Japan, the same mistakes that had cost South Africa in their earlier games were not evident, which suggests that despite the losses, the experience gained in London will be invaluable to Banyana Banyana in the future.Qualifying for the Olympic Games -only 12 teams made it to London 2012 – was a big step forward for Banyana. Now the next step would be to qualify for the World Cup and continue making the encouraging strides they have made under coach Joseph Mkhonza.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New Study Confirms China Is the Chief Source of Banned Gas

first_imgTwo industrialized provinces in eastern China are responsible for most of an increase in emissions of a banned chemical that depletes the Earth’s ozone layer, scientists say in a recently released report. New observations confirm the suspicions of scientists who said last year that they had detected increased emissions of CFC-11, a chlorofluorocarbon once widely used as a blowing agent in foam insulation. The chemical was phased out as part of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, and levels have been gradually declining. At the time, scientists said they thought the new emissions originated in east Asia, but they couldn’t be any more specific than that. In a report published in Nature on May 22, researchers said they now believe that at least 40% to 60% of the global increase in CFC-11 could be traced to the northeastern Chinese provinces of Shandong and Hebei.RELATED ARTICLESA Banned Threat to the Ozone ReappearsChina is Alleged Source of Illegal Blowing AgentEPA Warns Against Unapproved Refrigerants in Air ConditionersA New Blowing Agent With a Lower Environmental Impact “We find no evidence for a significant increase in CFC-11 emissions from any other eastern Asian countries or other regions of the world where there are available data for the detection of regional emissions,” the authors of the study said. They added that the increases that have been detected are likely the result of new production and use of the gas, which should have been phased out by 2010. The levels of CFC-11 in the atmosphere have fallen sharply since the mid 1990s as manufacturers switched to alternatives. The uptick in emissions will slow the eventual recovery of the ozone layer by a decade or more, The New York Times said in an article about the new study. The Times said its own research found evidence that factories in Shandong were producing or using the chemical as a blowing agent in insulation. CFCs, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were also used as refrigerants and solvents. They were originally developed in the 1920s as safer replacements for methyl chloride, a refrigerant. Chlorofluorocarbons are non-toxic, but in the upper atmosphere they decompose into inorganic chlorine and destroy ozone. A loss of ozone allowed more harmful UV-B radiation to reach the surface of the Earth, which increases biological damage to plants and animals. In addition, CFCs are powerful greenhouse gases. Those discoveries led to the worldwide ban mapped out in the Montreal Protocol. New pressure on Chinese government The report is likely to add pressure on the Chinese government to root out illegal use of the chemical, The Times said. Last year, when preliminary reports were published, the government said it would stop any illegal production and use of CFCs but said it didn’t appear to be a serious problem. The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment told the newspaper that it was preparing answers to questions about the new observations. Originally, observations of increased levels of atmospheric CFC-11 came from Hawaii, some 5,000 miles away from the suspected source. The more recent data come from monitoring stations on islands just a few hundred miles from the Chinese coast. Still, scientists are not able to account for all of the new emissions. Some could be coming from South America, Africa, or even other parts of China, but researchers don’t have enough information to know. The Environmental Investigation Agency, a nonprofit advocacy group, also looked into the problem after the initial announcement last year. In response to the new study, the organization said the findings underscored the need for better enforcement of the Montreal Protocol: “The fact that scientists cannot pinpoint the source of the remaining emissions demonstrates the lack of sufficient monitoring capacity in other parts of the world,” EIA’s assessment says. “This cannot be treated as isolated cases in China and underlines the need to fundamentally revisit the Montreal Protocol’s monitoring and enforcement regime, including expanding approaches to tracking the supply chain of controlled substances.” The new study found that CFC-11 emissions from eastern China increased by 7,000 tons per year after 2012, the equivalent of 33 million tons of CO2, EIA said. Illegal production between 2013 and 2017 may have created nearly 4 gigaton of CO2 equivalent in polyurethane foam production, much of which hasn’t even made it into the atmosphere. Getting rid of hidden stockpiles of the chemical would require a “significant and sustained intelligence-led enforcement effort in China,” the group said.last_img read more

Kapil Dev wins Lifetime Achievement award in UK

first_imgThe award was constituted by the Indo-European Business Forum (IEBF).Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at a ceremony in the House of Lords here.The award, constituted by the Indo-European Business Forum (IEBF), was presented to the former India World Cup-winning captain on Wednesday evening for his contribution to the sport and for his work in the field of upliftment of poor and destitute communities through the Khushii society.”I am very proud to be an Indian. Today India is ready to do business with anybody in the world,” Dev said in his acceptance speech.”I used to hate England because they ruled my country but I am happy they gave us the game of cricket, which they can’t play very well, and the English language, which I can’t speak very well,” he added on a lighter note.Arguably the greatest pacer bowler and all-rounder India has produced, Dev led the country to its maiden World Cup triumph in 1983, beating the then formidable West Indies in the title clash at Lord’s.With 434 scalps, the 55-year-old Dev held the record for most number of wickets in Tests for some years before being eclipsed by former West Indies captain Courtney Walsh in 2000.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract release

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract releaseby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe is leaving Besiktas after terminating his contract by mutual consent.Marca says an official announcement has not yet been made but the Portugal international, whose deal was due to expire in June, is now free to sign for another club.Reports in Turkey indicate that Besiktas are going through economic issues and have been unable to pay the high salaries of many of their players, including Pepe.The 35-year-old played 17 league game this season and managed an impressive five goals, with three coming in domestic action and two in Europe.Pepe moved to Besiktas from Real Madrid. last_img read more

Video: ESPN Aired An Incredibly Emotional Tribute To Chris Fowler

first_imgThe College GameDay crew in Columbus Ohio.ESPN College GameDayAfter serving as the host of ESPN’s College GameDay for 25 years, Chris Fowler has moved on to focus on his duties as play-by-play announcer for ABC/ESPN’s prime time Saturday night games. While Rece Davis should fill in admirably, GameDay definitely won’t be the same. To pay tribute to Fowler, GameDay put together an amazing feature piece, narrated by Tom Rinaldi. After the piece, Fowler joined his old GameDay crew, and Davis, on stage. Things got pretty emotional when Fowler discussed his relationship with Lee Corso, who he spent all 25 years with on the show. He even gave Corso a kiss on the cheek.It is getting a bit dusty in here this morning. We’ll miss you, Chris.last_img read more

More On The Rate Of Domestic Violence Arrests Among NFL Players

In July, I wrote a piece titled “The Rate of Domestic Violence Arrests Among NFL Players,” which has been getting a lot of attention recently — some of it missing the point.I based the analysis in my article on USA Today’s NFL Arrests Database, combined with data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest Data Analysis Tool and some historical data gleaned from the National Incident-Based Reporting System and a variety of BJS reports on domestic violence. The main points I made were:For most crimes, NFL players have extremely low arrest rates relative to national averages.Their relative arrest rate for domestic violence is much higher than for other crimes.Although the arrest rate for domestic violence may appear low relative to the national average for 25- to 29-year-old men, it is probably high relative to NFL players’ income level (more than $75,000 per year) and poverty rate (0 percent).But the article has been cited by a number of people to support the proposition that the NFL does not have an unusually high domestic violence rate. While I think this is a fair characterization of my intermediate results — the arrest rate I noted was 55.4 percent of the national average for 25- to 29-year-old men as suggested by the USA Today arrest data and rough number of players in the NFL — it’s misleading when taken out of context.Let’s be more explicit about the different assumptions that can affect that bottom-line comparison. For that analysis, I generally tried to lean toward assumptions favorable to the NFL, with the intention of showing that, even under those assumptions, the NFL appeared to have a “downright extraordinary” arrest rate for domestic violence.But there are still a lot of unknowns in the data and lot of choices to be made about what exactly we’re comparing to what.Reliability of arrest dataA lot of readers, commenters, emailers, tweeters, media, etc., have questioned the USA Today NFL arrest data. They’re right to be skeptical. There’s a good chance the arrest data is incomplete — particularly when it comes to marginal players who are only attached to the NFL briefly.When I wrote that piece, I was concerned about both over- and under-inclusion: The pool of NFL players who would pop up in the database might be even larger than the estimate based on roster limits (because some players come and go, and players are frequently dropped and replaced throughout the year), but it might also miss some players whose arrests flew under the radar.I hand-sampled a number of cases and found that they appeared to include many marginal players with minimal attachment to the league. With the NFL being so intensely followed, I thought the USA Today data set was probably pretty comprehensive.But some readers have made some good cases for why the arrest count the database produces could be low.On the pure data-collection level, I’ve corresponded with an enterprising reader who compared the frequency of arrests in the USA Today data for players with more games played vs. those with few games played. He found the first group had a much higher arrest rate. From this, he concluded that the database was probably missing arrests for lesser-known players, and he determined that basing the arrest rate on an assumption of 53 players per team (rather than the 80 players per team I used) was the most accurate approach (only coincidentally corresponding to the number of players on the roster during the year).His case seemed strong to me but not conclusive: It’s possible that marginally attached players are arrested at a lower rate. For example, marginally attached players may be younger (unsigned rookies) or older (borderline veterans) than typical players, and thus less likely to have families (younger) or be aged out of the most likely group to commit domestic violence (older). Additionally, we don’t know what’s driving the NFL’s overall domestic violence arrest rate, and I can imagine plausible scenarios in which regular players are more likely to commit and/or get arrested for the offense.Another potential problem, as several readers pointed out, is that virtually any NFL arrest data may understate the equivalent arrest rate in a less privileged population. In other words, NFL players who are involved in domestic violence incidents could be better at avoiding arrests than the general public. Relatedly, it’s possible there have been arrests that were either avoided or kept off the media’s radar because of team and/or league machinations.Whether any of those possibilities are likely or not, we should be explicit as to how our position on them affects our results.An appropriate pool for comparisonIf we want a bottom-line NFL vs. X number, the pool you use for X is obviously quite meaningful. But it’s difficult to figure out which pool we should be comparing to, and even if we do know what pool we want to use, figuring out their arrest rate (especially for domestic violence crimes) can be quite difficult.In my article, I primarily compare NFL arrest rates to arrest rates for 25- to 29-year-old men, and then I compared their arrest rate for domestic violence to their arrest rates for other crimes (it’s about four times higher). While we don’t have arrest data broken down by income, we do have such breakdowns for victimization rates (based on BJS survey data). I compared the relative domestic violence victimization rate for people from households making $75,000 or more to both the overall domestic violence victimization rate (it’s 39 percent as high) and rate for ages 20 to 34 (20 percent as high). It’s impossible to compare this directly to the relative NFL arrest rates with precision, but at least it gives us some benchmark for how income level may affect domestic violence incidents.In addition to inherent murkiness of trying to compare across different types of data, there are a few other possible problems with the $75,000 or more per year comparison.First, NFL players have a number of advantages that your typical member of a household making $75,000 and up each year may not. That’s the highest income group I had data for, but NFL players are typically wealthier than that. NFL players spend a good portion of the year in an extremely structured environment. They have extremely low rates of drug and alcohol abuse (especially relative to arrest rates for drug and alcohol-related crimes), and alcohol and drugs tend to be big risk factors for domestic violence.On the other hand, NFL players didn’t necessarily have the advantages that a lot of $75,000-and-up earners do. NFL players may be more likely than those earners to have come from difficult backgrounds, or to have experienced or observed abuse in their families, and in general to have missed out on the privileges associated with coming from a wealthier background.Finally, there are some differences in the data that we don’t know enough about to say what their effect might be, such as:Are victims from higher-income households more or less likely to make police reports that lead to arrests?How does the extreme wealth disparity between NFL players and their domestic partners affect the power dynamics that may lead to more or fewer arrests?Note: None of this has to be the case, and I haven’t studied these factors or their effects on criminality. But they are questions that affect our assumptions, and affect what type of comparison we should be making and how we should interpret it.Even if we could settle on a perfectly representative pool for comparison, getting even approximate figures for each group is extremely difficult. For example, as I noted in the original article, the BJS’s Intimate Partner Violence reports don’t include breakdowns by income anymore. So we have to make reasonable estimates based on several related numbers. This process has a lot of wiggle room in it as well, so we should be clear to look at what kinds of proxies lead to what kinds of results.Different combinations of assumptionsWith so much murkiness in both our data and our aims, the best thing to do is to look at a range of assumptions and see whether there are patterns that are apparent independent of such choices.Let’s first combine the possible issues with the USA Today data and represent them as a single number — which we’ll call “percentage of arrests captured by USA Today data” — representing its completeness with regards to actual arrests, as well as arrests that were otherwise avoided.Likewise, let’s combine the issues about comparison groups into a single percentage representing the bottom-line arrest rate of our comparable population (whatever it might be) relative to our 25- to 29-year-old average. In other words, we’re using one metric to represent each group by our best estimate for its relative arrest rate (which we can compare to benchmarks).Then we combine these two metrics with the information we have (NFL Arrest Rates in USA Today database, approximate number of NFL players and arrest rates for the general population), like so:We calculate the known NFL arrest rate and scale it to per 100,000 by taking the NFL arrests per year in the database, multiplied by 100,000, and divided by the number of NFL players per year (approximately 2,560).We divide this by the “percentage of arrests captured by USA Today data” (by assumption, per above).We gather data on the known national arrest rate for 25- to 29- year-olds, which is per 100,000.We divide this by our estimated relative arrest rate of a comparable population (by assumption, per above).Finally, we calculate the ratio between 2) and 4) and subtract 100 percent — this tells us how our estimated NFL arrest rate compares to the rate we estimate for a comparable population.Now we can chart the result of this calculation for given values of A and B as heat maps. Even if we assume extremely incomplete arrest data, the NFL’s overall arrest rate is still very low relative to the national average for its age range. But if we hold the NFL to an extremely high standard, we can still find its arrest rate to be subpar.I’ve used the same color scheme for both of these (100 percent = white). So it should be obvious that the NFL’s doing much worse with domestic violence arrests than with arrests overall.Note that the difference between assumptions can be an order of magnitude or more. Under a favorable set of assumptions, the NFL looks better than average; under an unfavorable set of assumptions, it’s doing terribly.For example, if you compare NFL players only to the national average for 25- to 29-year-old men, and you assume that the USA Today database is pretty much complete, you arrive at the 55.4 percent figure.On the other hand, if you assume that the NFL’s domestic violence arrest rate should be proportional to the overall arrest rate, you can see that the NFL has a “domestic violence problem,” whether the USA Today data is complete or not. This was essentially the scenario I was leading to in my initial article. read more

Confident Pellegrini hoping to turn things around

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that his managerial experience has equipped him for adversity as he prepares to face Everton after a four-game losing streak.West Ham sit bottom of the Premier League table after losing all their four matches this season, but Pellegrini insists that he’s no stranger to difficult spells and wants to use that experience to steer West Ham out of danger this season.“Of course I have been in this position before,” Pellegrini told journalists at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Everton.“I started with Villarreal and we had three points from the first 15 and we finished third in the table.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“After that with Malaga when I arrived in the first season, the team was in the relegation zone. We lost five or six games in a row but we continued in the same way. We were improving every day a little bit more until the results arrived.“We recovered by believing more than ever in what we were doing. We kept talking in the same way with the players. We followed the way we believed was correct and we had no doubt in the bad moments.“I am more confident than ever. In the five years, I was at Villarreal, every time I had the same problem. We finished second, we finished third, we finished fifth and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. At every club, you have a bad moment in the season.”last_img read more