Lone dog: No. 11 Loyola joins list of regulars at Final Four

first_imgLoyola-Chicago guard Ben Richardson leaves with a piece of the net in his teeth after leading his team to a 78-62 victory over Kansas State in a regional final of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Atlanta.(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)Three teams that need no introduction. One from out of nowhere.Though the 2018 NCAA Tournament produced the biggest upset in the history of the event along with a seemingly endless string of wild finishes and unexpected results, the Final Four will look very much like it has over the last handful of seasons.In one of next Saturday’s semifinals, it’s a barnburner of a matchup between top-seeded programs with rich histories: Villanova vs. Kansas.In what will quickly become known as the “other” semifinal, it’s an upstart vs. another school that knows this road: No. 11 Loyola-Chicago vs. No. 3 Michigan .Remarkable as Loyola’s run — and this tournament — have been, this marks the fifth time over the last six seasons that three teams seeded 1 through 4 have been joined by another seeded 7 or higher.The four previous times, the underdog has bowed out in the semifinal.“Why not us?” Ramblers coach Porter Moser said, repeating his team’s oft-used mantra this month — one he hopes can lead to yet another history making upset. “You have to have high-character guys that believe to truly do that.”The teams will have trouble topping the show Kansas and Duke put on Sunday with the last spot in San Antonio up for grabs. The Jayhawks topped the Blue Devils 85-81 in overtime to send Kansas back to the site of its last national title, in 2008.The Kansas-Villanova matchup is sure to re-ignite calls for some form of reseeding heading into the Final Four. The winner between the top seeds will almost certainly be favored in the final. This year’s most-notable underdog — outside of Maryland-Baltimore County, which beat Virginia in the tournament’s first week to pull off the first 16 vs. 1 upset — is Loyola-Chicago.Urged on by their 98-year-old nun, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the Ramblers are the fourth 11th seed to make college basketball’s final weekend — joining LSU (1986), George Mason (2006) and VCU (2011).A look at some of the history behind these Final Four teams:LOYOLA-CHICAGO: It’s not totally accurate to say the Ramblers are from nowhere. This program won the title in 1963 in one of the most significant championship runs in the sport’s history — including a game known as the “Game of Change.” The Ramblers, with a mostly Black roster, defeated an all-white team from Mississippi State, which served as prelude to the better-known title game in which Texas Western and its all-Black starting lineup defeated Kentucky. Loyola went on to beat Cincinnati in overtime for the title. After the win Saturday, Les Hunter, a member of the 1963 team, said the Ramblers are capable of bringing home another championship. “I think they’re the best right now,” Hunter said. “They work so well together. They can play with anybody — anybody — right now.”MICHIGAN: All the freshmen dominating today’s game should pay homage to the Fab Five — the group of five freshmen, including Jalen Rose and Chris Webber, who made baggy shorts the rage and took the Wolverines to the Final Four in 1992. This year’s Wolverines were a middle-of-the-pack Big Ten team in early February, after a loss at Northwestern dropped them to 8-5 in the conference. They haven’t lost since, and their 13-game winning streak is second in the country only to the Ramblers, who have won 14 straight. “We don’t get caught up in the win streak that we’re on,” guard Charles Matthews said. “We didn’t even know we were on a 13-game win streak.”VILLANOVA: Juniors Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges were there for Villanova’s national title two years ago. They are the team’s leading scorers. The Wildcats haven’t been seriously pushed yet in the tournament, winning every game by double-digits and paying no mind to the upsets that have busted brackets for the past two weeks. The key to all this success? “At this point, you don’t really try to figure out why,” coach Jay Wright said. “You’re kind of saying, ‘Why us,’ you know, and just soaking it in.”KANSAS: Since winning it all in 2008, the Jayhawks had been seeded No. 1 five times and failed to make the Final Four any of those times. If Grayson Allen’s shot at the buzzer in regulation hadn’t gone in and out — twice — this might have marked No. 6. But Malik Newman scored all 13 of Kansas’ points in overtime to help the Jayhawks top Duke. “There’s a lot of players out there who deserve the best of the best,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. “They get to experience the very best there is. I’m happy for them.”___More AP college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org ; https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 and https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-special-eventslast_img read more

Real Madrid don’t know defeat under referee for PSG game

first_img CET RELATED STORIES The week’s other games see Juventus host Tottenham and Basle welcome Man City to Switzerland. Then on Wednesday the other match is Porto v Liverpool. Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi, 44, will take charge of the week’s big game – Real Madrid vs. PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu on February 14.  Los Blancos beat Manchester United in the European Super Cup under his supervision last season. They also had him in charge of games against Apoel, Man City and Wolfsburg. El Real Madrid no suele perder con el árbitro designado para el partido contra el PSG IN SPORT.EScenter_img Roger Mitats However Rocchi has only refereed PSG once, with the French side losing to Schalke 04 in 2008. Madrid have only lost one of the four games with him in charge.  12/02/2018 Upd. at 17:15 Marcelo: Neymar will play for Real Madrid one daylast_img read more

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Senior and Intermediate Football and Hurling Championship Fixtures Confirmed

first_img(E.T. if Necessary) The Galway Football and Hurling Boards have confirmed the fixtures for the remaining round three games and three of the preliminary quarter finals of the County Senior Football Championship, games in the intermediate football championship and Preliminary Quarter Finals in the County Senior Hurling Championship This Weekend. In Football, The action will get underway on Saturday afternoon with two round two intermediate football championship games with Glenamaddy taking on Ballinasloe in the losers section at 3pm and Dunmore McHales facing Athenry in the winners section at 4.45. Both games in Tuam Stadium. In the Senior football relegation section, there is a preliminary quarter final with St James playing Carna/Cashel in Pearse Stadium at 4pm followed by the first of the Senior Championship Preliminary Quarter Finals between Corofin and Am Cheathru Rua at 5.45.On Sunday there will be three County Senior Football Championship Round three matches. Salthill/Knocknacarra will play Caltra in Tuam stadium at 5pm followed by St Michaels and Cortoon Shamrocks at 6.45. At Pearse Stadium, Killannin and Milltown play at 6.45pm. A game preceded by the Preliminary Quarter final between Caherlistrane and Maigh Cuilinn at 5pm. There will also be one Preliminary Quarter Final in An Spideal with NUI Galway taking on Michael Breathnach at 6pm. The Intermediate Football Championship games between Monivea/abbey and Williamstown and Oileann Arann and Kilkerrin/Clonberne will be played the following weekend.The Fixtures in Football are… V Tuam Stadium18:30Muine an Mheá-Mainistir Pearse StadiumTBCOileáin Árainn Tuam Stadium15:00Gleann na Madadh Referee:  Gerry Guinan V Senior Football Relegation Referee:  Pádraig Mac Donncha Senior Hurling Championship Duggan Park16:00Ceapach an tSeagail (E.T. if Necessary) Referee:  Leonard Fay V V Round 3 Prel Quarter Final Baile Liam Cill na Díoma-Liathdroim V 27-08-2016 (Saturday) An Spideal18:00Coláiste na hOllscoile Gaillimh Corafinne Tuam Stadium17:00Bóthar na Trá-Cnoc na Cathrach Referee:  Frank Kinneen Senior Football Championship (E.T. if Necessary) Prel Quarter Finals (E.T. if Necessary) Referee:  Muiris Mac Gearailt 02-09-2016 (Friday) V 04-09-2016 (Sunday) Mícheál Breathnach Prel Quarter Final (E.T. if Necessary) (E.T. if Necessary) Referee:  James Molloy Maigh Cuilinn Intermediate Football Championship (E.T. if Necessary) Referee:  John Keane (E.T. if Necessary)Referee:  Shane Hynes V Round 2(L) (E.T. if Necessary) Round 3 Cealltrach (E.T. if Necessary) Pearse Stadium17:45An Cheathrú Rua  Ath An Ri. Cárna-Caiseal Vcenter_img Referee:  Gearoid O Conamha print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Senior Hurling Championship Intermediate Football Championship Prel Quarter Final Senior Football Championship Seamróga Chortúin Intermediate Football Championship V (E.T. if Necessary) Pearse Stadium16:00Naomh Séamus V Prel Quarter Final V Referee:  Richard Mc Nicholas V Tuam Stadium16:45Dún Mhór Mhic Éil 28-08-2016 (Sunday) (E.T. if Necessary) V 27-08-2016 (Saturday) Cill Chiorín-Cluain Bhiorain While in Hurling….. Béal Átha na Slua Tuam Stadium18:45Naomh Mícheál V Pearse Stadium18:45Cill Ainín Referee:  Michael Dolan V Kenny Park16:00Saighleáin Kenny Park12:00Beithe Referee:  Shane Hehir (E.T. if Necessary) (E.T. if Necessary) Referee:  Christopher Browne Round 2(W) Referee:  Gerry Daly Round 3 Referee:  Tommy Faherty   Baile an Mhuilinn Final Kenny Park18:00Na Sairséalaigh Béal Átha Gártha Naomh Thómais (E.T. if Necessary) 28-08-2016 (Sunday) In hurling, Duggan Park will host a double header on Saturday evening with Cappataggle taking on Mullagh at 4pm followed by Tommy Larkins and Padraig Pearses at 5.30. There is also one game in Kenny Park on Saturday evening with Sarsfields playing Kilnadeema/Leitrim at 6pm. Then on Sunday the remaining Preliminary Quarter Final sees Beagh and St Thomas meet in Kenny Park at 12 Noon. The Under 21 C Final between Sylane and Ballygar has also been confirmed for Saturday next in Kenny Park at 4pm. Duggan Park17:30Tomas Ó Lorcáin An Mullach U21 C Hurling Championship Pearse Stadium17:00Cathair Liosgreáin Pádraig Mac Piarais Vlast_img read more

Vinci exits after bad day at the office

first_imgBy Greg StutchburyRoberta Vinci’s third round loss at the Australian Open to unheralded German Anna-Lena Friedsam on Friday was simply a reflection of a bad day at the office, the Italian veteran said.A good day for the 32-year-old could be benchmarked against her victory over world number one Serena Williams in the US Open semi-finals last year, ending the American’s hopes of a calendar grand slam.The pair had been drawn for a possible repeat showdown in the semi-finals at Melbourne Park but Vinci had her hopes shattered by the 21-year-old Friedsam, who won the match 0-6 6-4 6-4 on Hisense Arena.“Yes I won against Serena but now when I go on the court it’s like I’m back at the office,” Vinci told reporters. “And today, I didn’t play so good.”Vinci at least started well as she raced through in the first set in 28 minutes, though she said she found it hard to keep that intensity level up.“It’s always tough when you win 6-0 in the first set,” said Vinci, who added she could not remember losing a match before after winning the first set to love.“Then you have to try again in the first and second games in the second set but my forehand was not good and I was not aggressive.“I had a lot of chances in the third set with so many break points but I played so bad.”Friedsam, who watched replays of Vinci’s victory over Williams to analyse for any weaknesses, had never advanced to the third round of a grand slam before.Facing a potentially embarrassing defeat, the world number 82 said she decided to cut loose from the beginning of the second set.“It was going to be difficult for me to come back, so I just tried to relax and have some fun,” she said. “And it went good.”The simple approach had also helped her at a crucial stage in the third set when Vinci had three break points to take a 3-1 lead, only for the “angry” German to storm back to level it at 2-2.“I was just so angry that I had gone 0-40. That was all I recognised,” she said.“I thought to myself ‘come on this is not good’ and I just tried to focus on the next point. Then the next one. And taking it step by step was the key.”last_img read more

$10bn pledged in new commitments to protect the world’s oceans

first_imgRepresentatives of governments, the private sector, civil society groups and philanthropic organizations have pledged billions of dollars to protect vast swaths of the world’s oceans.The impacts of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and climate change on the world’s oceans were a focus of recently concluded Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia.Cooperation between governments is needed to prevent the world’s oceans from experiencing devastating damage from an onslaught of factors led by climate change. NUSA DUA, Indonesia — Global participants in the fifth Our Ocean Conference have pledged the highest amount of funding yet for new initiatives and commitments on the protection of a combined expanse of ocean eight times the size of Alaska.The event, hosted by the Indonesian government on the island of Bali, generated 287 pledges in bilateral and multilateral agreements between governments, the private sector, civil society organizations and philanthropic foundations. The pledges were valued at more than $10 billion to protect some 14 million square kilometers (5.4 million square miles) of the world’s oceans, according to Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs.To date, the Our Ocean Conference has raked in commitments totaling $28 billion and covering 26.4 million square kilometers (10.2 million square miles) of ocean.“These numbers are beyond our expectations,” Luhut said in his closing remarks on Oct. 30. “We are thankful for your collective contributions and making our ocean healthier and (more) sustainable.”Heads of government and representatives from the private sector, civil society organizations and philanthropic foundations took part in the fifth edition of the Our Ocean Conference in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Image courtesy of the Our Ocean Conference.The impacts of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and climate change on the world’s oceans were the key focuses during the two-day conference. Data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showed that the value of fish captured illegally was about 26 million tons, or up to $23 billion annually. The world’s maritime resources are valued at around $24 trillion.“Illegal fishing globally still decimates fisheries at an unsustainable pace,” said former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry in his speech on Oct. 29.“Illegal fishing continues on an unmitigated, unsustainable pace and almost one-third of the world’s fisheries are still overexploited,” he said. He added that the remainder of fisheries “are either at peak or nearly at peak with more and more people in the middle class, more and more people with money, more and more people demanding fresh fish on their table in their restaurants in their country.”Kerry said a billion people worldwide depended on fish as their primary source of protein. If the world fails to do more to protect the oceans, there would be “an unrecognizable fishing industry which will pit country against country and promote even more money-driven decision-making than we face today,” he said.“Protecting the ocean doesn’t hurt jobs, it is jobs,” he added.Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for a “mental revolution,” a concept recycled from his 2014 election campaign, to address the challenges facing the world’s seas and to manage them in a sustainable manner.“The ocean’s health is very concerning,” he said in his speech on Oct. 29. “We are aware of plastic waste, water pollution, destruction of coral reefs, warming of sea temperature, the rise of sea levels, and so forth.”He also warned of increases in maritime piracy, human trafficking, drug smuggling and slavery.“The OOC must be the driving engine behind a global mental revolution to nurture our oceans,” Widodo said.Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called for a global “mental revolution” to protect and conserve the world’s oceans. Image courtesy of Our Ocean Conference.Both Kerry and Widodo also called on other world leaders to step up the fight against climate change to protect the oceans. Kerry said cooperation between governments to address climate change impacts would require the same kind of efforts it took to prevent nuclear clashes during the Cold War.“In the 1950s and ’60s, what brought me into public life was the nuclear freeze and arms control, the issues of peace,” Kerry said. “But now, folks, we need to face up to the fact that we’ve got to treat the issue of the oceans, and the protection of the oceans, and the protection of the planet, with the same urgency that we treated arms control and nuclear weapons.“We need a non-proliferation treaty for pollution in the oceans, we need a global agreement where everybody is agreeing on how we’re going to enforce in the high seas, how we contribute. We had to do it in the United Nations, and we do through separate entities, but we need to do that,” Kerry added.Former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry says the fight against climate change requires the same kind of commitment that it took to prevent nuclear clashes during the Cold War. Image courtesy of Our Ocean Conference.He said rising temperatures had changed the basic chemistry of the oceans faster than in the last 50 million years, threatening marine life. Kerry said the damage had reached such extreme levels that there could soon be more plastic than fish in the oceans, short of governments addressing the pressing issues.“You can’t protect the ocean without solving climate change. And you can’t solve climate change without protecting the ocean,” Kerry said.Citing last month’s report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned of a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040, Kerry said he remained optimistic that countries would act to solve the problems.“Twelve years is the target for the governments to become responsible. For leaders to lead,” he said.He urged better collaboration to achieve goals in marine conservation and protection.“It’s a shared responsibility that affects the $500 billion global economy and the livelihoods of 12 percent of the world’s population,” he said. “It’s about the next generation being able to count on the oceans the same way our generation took it for granted until sometimes pushing it to the brink of breaking.”However, Kerry said there were still more than 400 unresolved maritime boundary disputes that had unfortunately compounded the problem of ungoverned spaces.“This is not the time to rest on laurels, not when all over the globe there’s too much money still chasing too few fish, not when [on] the high seas there’s still too little enforcement,” he said.To improve global cooperation, Widodo also called for the enforcement of international law to resolve territorial disputes between countries.“Overlapping maritime claims that if not resolved through negotiations and based on international law may pose a threat to stability,” he said. “International law must be the guidance in the settlement of maritime claims.”More than 90 percent of world trade by volume, and 40 percent by value, goes through the ocean. Similarly, 61 percent of the world’s crude oil production is distributed through the ocean.“No single country can resolve the challenges that we face alone,” Widodo said. “No single country can optimize the benefits of the oceans for the benefit of the entire world alone. Not even the government can solve everything.”Banner image of Layang Layang Atoll, Spratly Islands, South China Sea. Image by Greg Asner/Divephoto.org. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Basten Gokkon Climate Activism, Climate Change And Conservation, Conservation, Environment, Environmental Activism, Global Warming, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Marine, Marine Conservation, Marine Crisis, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Protected Areas, Ocean Warming, Oceans, Oceans And Climate Change center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Guyana’s Gaming Authority: Blame shifting and known unknowns

first_imgDear Editor,The waffling pronouncements from the Gaming Authority over the last three weeks are logically inexplicable, defying legal specificity, and lacking cognitive clarity; thus taking us into former US Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld’s world of known unknowns and unknown unknowns.One local media house, on September 25, 2017, captioned “Gaming Authority has every right to ensure the integrity of individuals seeking casino licenses”, quoted Roysdale Forde, Chairman of the Gaming Authority, as making the following preposterous assertion: “The Guyana Constitution dictates that any company that is to be granted a casino licence must be deemed wholly ‘fit and proper’.”Deeper down the rabbit hole, we have a contorted article published on September 30, 2017, and captioned “SleepIn, directors asked to submit seven years of tax returns for casino application”. Reference was made in the article to Section 29A and Section 32(1) of the Gambling Prevention Act, stating that the Gaming Authority has the power to request directors’ income tax returns; then by an invisible or undocumented leap of logic, Forde notes that these amendments are contained in Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Act (AML/CFT Act).When did the Minister of Finance appoint the Gaming Authority as the supervising authority for casinos, betting shops and lotteries — an appointment required by the AML/CFT Act? Or can other statutory acts be inverted and subverted to provide legal permit for the Gaming Authority to utilize when assessing an application for casino licences?Amazingly, no specific section of the AML/CFT Act was referenced in the hazy article; only an admixture of half-truths, outright nonsense, and mumbo jumbo, which naturally lacked specificity due to vague references, resulting in an altogether misleading and miseducating article.Then we sally forth to October 10, 2017 for more breaking news that crystallized the lost-at-sea imagery of the Gaming Authority; in the local press, captioned “Lottery Company was advised not to operationalise gambling machines – Gaming Authority”, and in another article of the same date, captioned “Gambling machines at bars part of five-year Govt, lottery company deal”, it was revealed than an agreement (forget the meaningless detail of when the Gaming Authority knew of this deal/agreement) existing between the Guyana Lottery Commission and the Government of Guyana provides for slot machines at bars and restaurants. None of these “bars” have fifteen rooms, much less the one hundred and fifty rooms required by the Gambling Prevention Act that governs the Gaming Authority.In one of the articles, the enlightened or newly empowered Chairman, Forde, seems to have seen the agreement and revealed to the public that the agreement made provision for the right of the Guyana Lottery Company to operate video lottery terminals in Guyana. What takes the nugget is the claim by the Gaming Authority that they advised the Guyana Lottery Commission that the Commission should await the enactment of legislation for the operation of the video lottery terminals, when even Joe Sixpack could have informed the Gaming Authority that the name of the legislation is the Gambling Prevention Act, which happens to govern the Gaming Authority; and the Act explicitly requires that a new hotel with at least one hundred and fifty rooms needs be built before slot machines, or video lottery terminals, or casino machines can be operated in the hotel and casino; subject to the approval of the Gaming Authority.It seems to me that logical fallacy and circular reasoning are given full vent by the Gaming Authority, especially with the utterly and singularly most ridiculous claim that the Gambling Prevention Act (An oximorous name if ever there was one, considering the purpose of the Act is to licence gambling) does not provide sufficient legislation for the conditions under which casino machines or video lottery terminals can be operated in Guyana.To defend the indefensible is now the task ahead for the erudite and ineffable hirelings on the Gaming Authority Board. As the effort is made to justify the unjustifiable, we have subterfuge, obfuscation and quackery coming to the fore from the Gaming Authority during the period that the Gaming Authority is conducting its “review” of the casino licence application it received from Sleep-In International Hotel and Casino Inc. since April 4, 2017.After six months of reviewing the application, the Gaming Authority examinations have resulted in sterile clichés; birthed agreements, or outing of previously unknown agreements; and further revealed inattention and disdain for the Gambling Prevention Act. All this happens as hundreds of millions in investment sit idle at 288-289, Church Street Georgetown. Further adding to the satire, we have a related article, dated October 11, 2017, wherein Chairman Forde is captioned in the article as saying “I did not give Sleep-In’s application to Attorney- General (AG). Is Forde suggesting that another member or representative of the Gaming Authority is responsible for the sordid deed?The sad, gloomy and depressing truth is that the continued denial of the casino licence approval is part of a larger, ominous trend in Guyana!Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

Kisner clings to narrow PGA Championship lead

first_img“I’m happy I’m in the position I’m in,” Kisner said. “I had a chance to run away from guys and take people out of the tournament that were four or five, six back, and I didn’t do it. Now I’m in a dogfight and I have to be prepared for that.”Kisner, whose home is a two-hour drive south of the 7,600-yard layout, stood on seven-under par 206 with fellow American Chris Stroud and third-ranked Matsuyama one stroke adrift. Oosthuizen and American Justin Thomas shared fourth on 208.Only 15 players were under par through 54 holes and just one of them, 2010 British Open champion Oosthuizen, has won a major. The South African also has three major runner-up finishes.Hideki Matsuyama of Japan plays his shot on the ninth hole during the third round of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 12, 2017 © GETTY/AFP / Stuart FRANKLINBut the PGA is known for bringing first-time major success. Except for Rory McIlroy, the 2012 and 2014 champion, everyone since 2008 who has lifted the Wanamaker Trophy has been a first-time major winner.That could mean a historic day for Matsuyama, trying to become the first Japanese man to win a major title and only the second Asian male major champion after 2009 PGA winner Yang Yong-Eun of South Korea.“I’m happy to just to be one stroke back and still have a chance,” Matsuyama said.Matsuyama, who matched the best Japanese showing in a men’s major with his US Open runner-up effort two months ago at Erin Hills, fired a final-round 61 last Sunday to win a World Golf Championships title.Since 1947, only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have won the PGA after taking a title the week before.Chris Stroud of the US lines up a putt on the 18th green during the third round of the 2017 PGA Championship, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 12 © GETTY/AFP / Mike EhrmannBut Matsuyama isn’t the only contender who could join that group. Stroud took the last spot in the PGA field by winning a PGA event in Reno, Nevada, last Sunday.“Oosty” is among many who see the title chase going down to the closing three-hole stretch known as “The Green Mile” that has played havoc with the field, Australian 2015 PGA winner and 2016 runner-up Day closing with quadruple bogey to fall seven back.“You can go in three behind and you can still win it with those holes,” Oosthuizen said. “You don’t have to go out and make birdies. You just need to keep everything together.”American Grayson Murray was sixth on 210, four off the pace, with Canada’s Graham DeLaet among those another stroke back. His wild third round included a double bogey, back-to-back eagles, a 46-foot birdie putt and a tap-in birdie after missing a hole-in-one by inches.“It put me in a position where something really special can (happen). You never know,” DeLaet said.Justin Thomas of the US (R) reacts to his putt on the 17th green as compatriot Rickie Fowler looks on, during the third round of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 12 © GETTY/AFP / Streeter LECKAHistoric win bids for British Open winner and world number two Jordan Spieth and fourth-ranked McIlroy have collapsed.US star Spieth, who could have become the youngest to complete a career Grand Slam, has yet to crack par in any round and stands on 216 with Northern Ireland’s McIlroy, who seeks a fifth career major before age 30 but hasn’t won one since the 2014 PGA, on 217.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kevin Kisner of the US plays his shot on the 14th green during the third round of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 12 © GETTY/AFP / Sam GREENWOODCharlotte, United States, Aug 11 – Unheralded local hero Kevin Kisner is targetting a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at the PGA Championship while Hideki Matusyama and Louis Oosthuizen top a host of challengers ready to pounce.A final-round drama was on offer as the year’s last major tournament resumed at formidable Quail Hollow, where contenders Jason Day and Rickie Fowler were swatted aside after late Saturday stumbles and Kisner hung on despite a bogey and double bogey in the last three holes.last_img read more

Neil Lennon confirms he wants second spell as Celtic boss

first_imgNeil Lennon signalled his interest in returning to Celtic after the club confirmed that current boss Ronny Deila would be leaving at the end of the season.Increasing speculation about the Norwegian’s future following the penalty shoot-out defeat to old rivals Rangers in Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park ended with a statement released by the Parkhead club which revealed Deila’s imminent departure.Lennon won three Premiership titles and two Scottish Cups and took Celtic into the Champions League during the four years he spent as Hoops manager before he left in 2014 to be replaced by Deila.Speaking at The John Hartson Foundation charity golf day at Mar Hall, on the outskirts of Glasgow, the former Celtic midfielder, just out of an unsuccessful 17-month stint as Bolton boss, was asked if he would be interested in going back to Celtic Park.“Absolutely,” he said.” I would definitely be interested.“I am not promoting myself for it but you asked me an honest question and I am giving you an honest answer.“I think they will have someone in mind and there will be a long list of candidates for the job now because it is still a very attractive job for anyone.“I was associated with the club for 15 years, I missed it when I left as a player and there are aspects you miss even now at 44 years of age.“And you see an event like Sunday, the passion and the crowd and what it means to so many people, there are not many clubs who can generate that sort of enticement.“I don’t think there is a lot wrong. A couple of tweaks here and there and there needs to be an injection of pace into the team in certain areas.“There is always a huge fall-out from these games. You are the worst team in the world when you lose and the best team when you win.“But I don’t think there is a lot wrong with the team, that a couple of additions would make a lot better.”Deila said in the statement that it was “vital that the club comes first and foremost and instead of me being the focus, hopefully now the team and the club can be the focus as we enter the final important period of the season.”Celtic are eight points ahead of Aberdeen at the top of the table with five post-split fixtures remaining.However, Lennon believes the defeat to a weakened Rangers side, on the back of failing for the second season to take the club into the Champions League, was probably the last straw.The Northern Irishman said: “You know how important Europe can be.“There is always a fall-out when you don’t qualify for the Champions League, there is a bit of a hangover.“Domestically the object was to win the treble and I think there was a fall-out after losing to Ross County (in the League Cup semi-final) as well.“But the acid test was Sunday and although they lost in sudden death penalty kicks, I think the overall performance was disappointing from Celtic’s point of view.“It is a very unforgiving environment at times. But I just think Celtic this season haven’t handled the big games as well as they normally do.“I think Ronny will be far better off with the experience.“If you can manage here for a couple of years or whatever length of time it is, it will stand you in good stead for whatever walk of football you want to go into after that.“I am hoping Ronny will be able to enjoy his last month or two as manager and get over the line with another championship, that would be a nice way to finish off.” Neil Lennon celebrates winning the Scottish Cup with Celtic in 2013 1last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp aims dig at critical ‘Dutch guy’ Raymond Verheijen

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp took aim at the Premier League and fitness coach Raymond Verheijen in his press conference ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United.The Liverpool boss expressed his unhappiness with changes to the fixture schedule that will see his side play twice in 48 hours over the festive period.The Merseyside club’s home match against Manchester City has been moved back to a 5.30pm kick-off on New Year’s Eve ahead of a trip to Sunderland at 3pm on January 2.“Now I have seen the fixtures and I am not too happy,” said Klopp.“We have less than 48 hours between our game against Man City on December 31 and in Sunderland on the 2nd.“Forty-eight hours is an interesting idea but less than 48 hours I cannot believe.“I learn more and more about this league and maybe I have to ask someone if we can ask if there will be another time for us at Sunderland.“Our job is to do everything we can to win games. I understand tradition – I would never say Boxing Day is not a good idea as I love it and I have absolutely no problem (playing then).“But now having a match day with two days between, there should be another possibility.“I don’t know why we play Monday. Is January 2 a special day in England?”Klopp then went on to aim a dig at Verheijen, the Dutch fitness expert who has worked with a host of leading clubs across Europe.Verheijen has in the past accused the German of ‘destroying’ his players with his ‘outdated’ training methods.“Forty-eight hours between two games – how does this work?” added Klopp.“And then you (media) will sit there and say ‘You didn’t perform too well, how did this happen?’ or ‘Injuries. Oh?’ and then this Dutch guy (Verheijen) says ‘The training is not too good’.“How do you prepare a team for this. Do you say ‘only 50 per cent against City because we have Sunderland on Monday’.“It doesn’t sound like it is right. Everyone is asking ‘Why England is not too successful in big tournaments?’“Ask what other big countries are doing at this time – they have their legs on the sofa and are watching English football.”Within minutes of the press conference finishing Verheijen had already responded.“Liverpool manager Klopp caused 20 hamstring injuries in 10 months but keeps blaming external factors for injuries,” he wrote on Twitter. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

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