Rasheedat Ajibade: A Dream Come True

first_imgLast Sunday, the young forward tweeted: “Every story, every adventure has and must have an ending. My story and journey with FC Robo Queens have come to an end. It’s been an extraordinary nine years journey….. am indeed very grateful to God.”Continuing she said: “From my heart, I want to appreciate all at FC Robo Queens, especially my fatherly head coach Emmanuel Osahon, who tremendously developed me to who I’ve become. Thanks for everything. I promise that you’ll forever be in my heart. In my soul, I will forever be a Robo Queens player. And to everyone that contributed to my progress so far and made this dream come true, thank you all, God bless you and answer your secret prayer.”During her time with Robo, the forward earned invitations to the National U-17, U-20 and senior women’s national team and won the 2018 CAF Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.Having finished ninth in the Toposerien log last season, coach Lena Tyriberget bolstered her squad with the highly rated 19-year-old versatile forward’s signing ahead of the 2018-19 season.“When you look at her age and her merits – been central to the U-20 team and the senior national team, most recently in the Africa championship that Nigeria and Rasheedat won. You realise thatRasheedat is a very promising Nigerian national team player. As a player type, she is typically either number 8 or 10 on the pitch,” said club’s coach Lena Tyriberget last Wednesday.“She is good with the ball, is forward-looking in the game and has a good drive. She is a player for the future. We look forward to having Rasheedat with us for the next two years.”The new league season starts in March and Ajibade will be focused on settling in her new surroundings.The Nigerian international said, “it’s a dream come true” for her after joining Avaldsnes. The 19-year-old was handed a two-year contract in Norway after ending a nine-year stay with FC Robo Queens.Her move came on the heels of her title-winning debut at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana as she scored once in four appearances for the Super Falcons.“I am grateful to God and it feels like a dream come true,” Ajibade told Goal.“I’ve been so excited since I secured my deal, being it’s my first professional contract. Before going to Ghana (for the Africa Women Cup of Nations), I had told myself that I have to go there to fight for my place and prove my worth to everyone.“I also vowed that I will not leave Robo Queens to any other club in Nigeria, but work hard for a good offer abroad comes for me. It’s definitely going to be a stepping stone because it won’t end there as it’s another journey for me.“I think playing for Avaldsnes and being introduced to the European style of play in my game will polish my skills and improve my personality. I just have to go there and perform better, gain more experience than what I’ve had already.“I believe the club will help me improve and also challenge for my place in the Super Falcons ahead of the next year’s Women’s World Cup. With God and my performance, I promise to help my club succeed in Norway and make the Nigeria squad to France.”Ajibade further issued an emotional farewell message to her childhood club, FC Robo Queens, and coach Emmanuel Osahon while pledging to remain a good ambassador of the club.“I wish to appreciate everyone at FC Robo Queens for how far and much they have contributed to my development and career success so far.”“I love them and will miss everyone at the club. I want them to know that any day and anytime, I still remain at Robo Queen and will always represent them well anywhere I find myself and will do my best to give back to the club.“To the upcoming players at Robo, if it can happen to me, I believe everyone can have the same opportunity of going far and wide. I will urge them to keep working hard and doing their best.“I also want to thank coach Osahon. He has been the backbone of every success I’ve achieved today and has tolerated and persevered with me. I am very grateful to him,” Ajibade said.Avaldsnes manager Tyriberget believe they have snapped up one of Africa’s most promising young talents ahead of the 2019 Toposerien season which starts in March.Born December 8, 1999, Ajibade has represented Nigeria at U-17, U-20 and the senior national team. She has been playing for FC Robo since the 2013 Nigeria Women Premier League season. In 2014, she was listed as one of the best young talents in the league and in September 2018, she won the Nigerian women football freestyle competition for the second consecutive time.During the 2015 NWPL Week 2 games, Ajibade was listed in the team of the week, compiled by Soccerladuma South Africa, despite her team losing to Confluence Queens during the round of matches.Ajibade won the first edition of Nigeria National Freestyle Championship, which is a competition to promote freestyling football and in 2017, despite Robo not being among teams that finished tops, Ajibade was voted Player of the Season after scoring eight goals to save her team from relegation.In 2018, she was nominated as the Best Player in the 2017 NWPL at Nigeria Pitch Awards.Ajibade scored once as Nigeria won a ninth title at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana and was a joint-top scorer with 10 goals as the Falconets qualified for the Under-20 World Cup this year and also helped the senior B Team to a third-place finish at the 2018 West Africa Football Union title.She is regarded as one of the best female freestyle footballers in Nigeria after winning the competition back-to-back in September.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram For an average Nigerian player, his or her dream is to one day leave the shores of the country and join the big leagues in Europe and for Falcons star, Rasheedat Ajibade, it was a dream come true as she put pen to paper for Norwegian side Avaldsnes on a two-year dealIn spite of the Super Falconets of Nigeria not going past the quarter-final stage at the 2018 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup in France, Rasheedat Ajibade was one of the shining lights in the Nigerian team and it did not come as a surprise as she was named in the Nigerian team to the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations where she won the tournament alongside her teammates.Late last year, Ajibade made a shocking revelation as she left FC Robo after penning a farewell message to the club as she brought an end to her nine-year career at the NWPFL club. The 18-year-old who recently signed for Norwegian side Avaldsnes on a two-year deal, is one of many expected to leave FC Robo before the new league season.last_img read more

DCMS appoints Mims Davies as new UK Sports Minister

first_img Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share The UK government has confirmed that Eastleigh MP Miriam ‘Mims’ Davies will join the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) as new UK Sports Minister replacing Tracey Crouch.Crouch, who had served as UK Sports Minister since 2015, resigned last week in protest of the government’s ‘delayed’ FOBTs £2 wagering reduction, which had been confirmed for October 2019 following the publication of the UK’s 2018 Budget.Davies is promoted to DCMS from her current position as Junior Wales Office Minister and will be charged with overseeing the UK government’s relationship with the betting/gambling industry, as well sporting organisations and UK charities.The MP Eastleigh Wales since 2015, Davies has previously worked as a communications executive for the BBC, AA and national police force.Cross-party pressure continues to mount on the UK government to move its FOBTs reduction forward for 2019.This week, Chancellor Phillip Hammond and the UK Treasury were accused of ‘prioritising betting jobs before concerns for vulnerable UK citizens‘ by sticking to its October 2019 FOBTs cut.Supporting the Treasury, Phillip Hammond maintains that the government’s FOBTs decision does not constitute a delay as the original wagering reduction was set to be implemented on April 2020.Furthermore, the Chancellor outlines that a transition period is needed for the UK betting industry to adjust to new business conditions which could lead to 15-20,000 UK jobs being lost.“I have absolutely no love for these machines,” said Hammond. “I think they are terrible things. But Government has to manage this process in an orderly and sensible way. We are looking at a measure which will have a very significant impact on the industry.” GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

Louis van Gaal consults Wayne Rooney about Man Utd team

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he speaks to striker Wayne Rooney about team selection.England captain Rooney is in his 12th season at the club, and was also named captain at Old Trafford last year.Van Gaal believes he can trust the 29-year-old to give an honest opinion on a wide range of topics – even cooking.”Things like the selection and the kitchen and the members of the staff, everything you can mention, he is involved,” Van Gaal said in the Sun. “I think he trusts me so that is also very important and I trust him. So when he comes to me and has remarks I always pay attention.”Rooney has started every Manchester United game so far this season and scored his first goals of the campaign in the 4-0 Champions League qualifying play-off win at Club Brugge on Wednesday –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Angels’ loss to the Chicago White Sox is not poetry in motion

first_img“It’s just growing pains, I guess,” Sandoval said.With color commentator Steve Stone on vacation, the White Sox invited guest broadcasters to take his place for the weekend series. Television producer Michael Schur is calling Saturday’s game alongside play-by-play man Jason Benetti. Mike O’Brien, a “Saturday Night Live” alum and the creator of the television series “AP Bio,” is calling Sunday’s game. Each are avowed baseball fans. Walton, a retired basketball player, asked Benetti whether the third out of a triple play could carry over to the second inning.When Angels manager Brad Ausmus took the ball from Sandoval (0-1) after 4 ⅓ innings, Walton asked Benetti if Sandoval would be thrown into the waterfall in center field. He called White Sox pitcher Aaron Bummer “an asteroid soaring through the universe.”Walton referenced Viagra, Chico Ruiz, Disco Demolition Night, fish overpopulation, Cal State Fullerton, the historical non-fiction book “Devil In The White City,” Richie Havens, Jack Norworth, Albert Von Tilzer, Mt. Baldy and the size of San Bernardino County. He suggested the White Sox bring Trout with them back to Chicago – which would constitute tampering but not Walton’s most egregious misinterpretation of the rule book.The intervening stream of psychedelic imagery was a jovial but unnecessary distraction until the eighth inning. The Angels kept the White Sox within arm’s reach, trailing 3-2, until Chicago loaded the bases against pitcher Ty Buttrey. PreviousChicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, center, tries to turn a double play over the slide by Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Luis Rengifo was safe at first. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout hits a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson watches his RBI single during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsChicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson, center, is called safe at home plate on a wild pitch past the tag by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval, right, during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Bill Walton does commentary on NBC Sports Chicago for the Chicago White Sox’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Walton was calling the game on an invitation from the White Sox and announcer Jason Benetti, right. (AP Photo/Joe Reedy)Chicago White Sox’s James McCann celebrates his grand slam during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani runs to first with an RBI single during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Chicago White Sox’s James McCann watches his grand slam during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Bill Walton does commentary on NBC Sports Chicago for the Chicago White Sox’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Walton was calling the game on an invitation from the White Sox and announcer Jason Benetti, right. (AP Photo/Joe Reedy)Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, center, tries to turn a double play over the slide by Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Luis Rengifo was safe at first. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout hits a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)NextShow Caption1 of 11Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout hits a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)ExpandANAHEIM – Mike Trout launched his 41st home run of the season against the Chicago White Sox on Friday. That leads the major leagues and matches Trout’s career high for a single season. The ball traveled over the shrubbery in dead center field and landed an estimated 438 feet from home plate.“Oh my God,” Bill Walton remarked. “That’s Trout? Swimming upstream, avoiding all the flies, and sending one ricocheting through the universe.”The poetry coming from the NBC Sports Chicago booth Friday inspired more awe than the Angels’ play in a 7-2 loss. David Fletcher tripled and scored on a single by Shohei Ohtani in the third inning. After Trout’s moonshot in the fifth inning, the Angels could not score again. As a team, they went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base.Patrick Sandoval, the rookie pitcher from Mission Viejo High, pitched into the fifth inning and allowed three runs in his home debut. The announced crowd of 39,206 at Angel Stadium included about 40 of Sandoval’s family, friends and teachers who hoped for victory but had to settle for poetry. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img When James McCann pulverized a 1-0 slider from Buttrey to left-center field for a grand slam, the suspense vanished. The White Sox led 7-2. Three of the runs were charged to Buttrey, who saw his earned-run average rise from 3.40 to 3.83. Buttrey has allowed a run in three of his six appearances this month, and six of his last nine.Until then, the Angels could dream on a third straight win. Trout kept the score close with his bat and with his arm.McCann led off the sixth inning with a double. He attempted to tag up and advance to third base on a fly ball to left-center field, where Trout was camped underneath. McCann seemed to have Trout’s 92-mph strike beat by a finger, but he slid past the bag. Angels third baseman Matt Thaiss sprawled on the ground to tag out McCann, a call that was upheld after a 2-minute video review.It was the second double play Trout has started this season and his fifth outfield assist.“I kind of didn’t even get a good grip at first,” he said. “I bobbled the transfer, but Thaiss made a good tag and obviously McCann slid past the bag. I gave it a chance.”Trout has thrown baseballs faster this season. He made a scorching-hot 98.6 mph throw to retire Max Muncy at home plate in a game against the Dodgers on July 23. Friday’s throw was not the most impressive manifestation of Trout’s powerful right arm, which was enhanced by an off-season’s worth of long toss; it was just another reminder of his five-tool game.“That was a nice play and at the time a very big play,” Ausmus said. “It kept the game close and gave us an opportunity to win the game.”Yet it was not enough to ensure victory. Fletcher and Albert Pujols each had two hits for the Angels (60-64), who saw their two-game winning streak snapped.Chicago starter Lucas Giolito, another Southern California native, struck out 11 batters and walked only three in six innings. The right-hander had been friends with Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs since high school. After the game, he admitted it was “weird” pitching in Skaggs’ home park.It was the kind of cosmic moment that lent itself to Walton’s peculiar prose.“They play again tomorrow night?” he asked Benneti. “These same two teams?”Indeed they do.last_img read more

Week 11 DraftKings Picks: Best lineup stacks for NFL DFS tournaments, cash games

first_imgWEEK 11 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPWeek 11 NFL DFS Picks: Top DraftKings stacks for cash games     QB Kyle Allen and RB Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers I’m making McCaffrey my top priority in cash games this week on both DraftKings and FanDuel, and it just so happens that pairing him with quarterback Kyle Allen not only offers some nice correlation given McCaffrey’s pass-catching ability, but also provides your lineup with some much needed salary relief at the quarterback position. Allen is coming off his first career 300-yard passing game last week in the snow against Green Bay, and he will face an Atlanta defense that before last week had been one of the worst passing defenses in the league. I don’t see Allen as a huge upside play, but his appeal comes down the nice floor that he should have in this matchup at his price point. As for CMC, he is expensive yet again this week, but I’m more than willing to pay the $10,500 price tag to lock in 25-plus fantasy points in a cash game lineup. McCaffrey has exceeded 25 touches in all but two games this season, and there aren’t many situations that would see him get under that number with Carolina entering this game as 5.5-point home favorites in a game with a 50.5 point total.  MORE WEEK 11 DFS: Values | Lineup BuilderQB Jameis Winston and WR Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Winston, Chris Godwin, and Evans have been popular inclusions in this article all season long. Winston has been remarkably consistent from a fantasy point of view this season, having thrown for more than 300 yards and at least one touchdown in each of his last four games. He is also flashing some sneaky athleticism on the ground in an attempt to limit his turnovers with 13 rushes for 101 yards over his previous three games. The matchup against the Saints isn’t easy given the considerable D-Line/O-Line mismatch that they present to the Bucs offense. Still, this game will be played in Tampa, and with Tampa entering this game as 6.5-point home underdogs, we can expect Winston to be forced to throw upwards of 40 times in this game – only boosting his median projection. I like both Evans and Godwin this week as stacking options with Winston, and this pick of Evans is reliant on the status of Saints’ cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who is dealing with a calf injury. If Lattimore sits, then this could be an explosion day for Evans on the outside. If Lattimore ends up playing, then I like going to Godwin at a slightly cheaper price point. WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 11 DraftKings Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournamentsQB Deshaun Watson and WR Will Fuller, Houston Texans  (UPDATE: Fuller has been ruled out, making Kenny Stills the better and cheaper stacking partner.)I really want to get exposure to the Texans-Ravens matchup and its 49.5-point total. The Ravens’ side of the ball is tough to stack, given how much of the offensive production goes to solely Lamar Jackson, but the Texans’ side has some interesting options to pair with Watson. DeAndre Hopkins is the obvious safe play, but at $8,100 on DraftKings, fitting a Watson/Hopkins stack with Christian McCaffrey is going to be a tough proposition. The more fun stack in from the Texans side of the ball is Watson and Fuller, who looks set to return to the lineup in his first game since injuring his hamstring in Week 7. Fuller’s price point is very appealing across the industry, and I doubt that his ownership gets above 10 percent in large field GPPs given his long absence and high risk of injury. In my opinion, the risk is worth Fuller’s massive upside in this spot, and you won’t have to play more than 20 percent of him to double the field’s exposure. QB Drew Brees, WR Michael Thomas, and WR Ted Ginn Jr., New Orleans Saints It would be great to pay up for the Saints passing game in cash games this week, but they are priced up extremely high due to the prime matchup against the Bucs. Michael Thomas is an eye-watering $9,900 on DraftKings – the most expensive a wide receiver has been since Antonio Brown in 2016. However, it’s hard to argue that Thomas isn’t worthy of this massive price bump given the fact that he leads the NFL in receiving yards and is on pace to break the single-season record for receptions in a season. The price point alone is going to drive down his ownership in tournaments, especially in a week where Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, and Ezekiel Elliott are all in great spots. If Brees is going to score 30-plus fantasy points, then he is likely going to need to throw four touchdowns, which means a Saints double passing stack makes sense here. TE Jared Cook is a viable option, but I want some better point-per-dollar upside. This leads me onto Ginn at $4,100. Ginn is, of course, a boom-or-bust play, but he is the best vertical threat on the Saints, and we’ve seen Tampa get destroyed all year long by vertical passing plays. Look no further than what Christian Kirk did to them last week on the outside.There’s plenty of strategy that goes into putting together a winning DFS lineup, and the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS tools . RotoQL’s Lineup Optimizer is a massive advantage when you’re building lineups, regardless of contest size or site. There have been some difficult slates to handicap this season, but Week 11 may be the toughest to find stacks. At the very top, we have two players in Christian McCaffrey and Michael Thomas, who are priced up nearly as high as we have ever seen players at their positions. We also have two very obvious value running backs in Brian Hill and J.D. McKissic, who open up a ton a salary to afford the high-end players. There are also five games that have a current total of 48-points or higher, so narrowing down the stacking options is not as straightforward as it has been in previous weeks. Expect the Saints (at Tampa), Panthers (vs. Atlanta), and both sides of the Texans-Ravens game to garner the most attention, but don’t overlook other teams with high team totals such as the Bucs, Raiders, Cowboys, and Falcons. For more great gambling and NFL, NBA, PGA, and MLB DFS content, follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj), where I’m always answering daily fantasy questions and providing more DFS analysis.last_img read more

Latest on Tropical Storm Isaias

first_imgTropical Storm Isaias is picking up steam as it moves through the Caribbean.As of this morning, the National Weather Service puts the storm about 100 miles west-southwest of Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect throughout the region, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.It’s expected to make landfall in the Dominican Republic today, before strengthening Friday and Saturday potentially threatening Florida.Latest from National Hurricane Center:Tropical Storm Isaias Advisory Number 8NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092020500 AM AST Thu Jul 30 2020…ISAIAS CAUSING HEAVY RAINS AND HIGH WINDS OVER PUERTO RICO…SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————-LOCATION…17.2N 67.9WABOUT 100 MI…165 KM WSW OF PONCE PUERTO RICOABOUT 160 MI…255 KM SE OF SANTO DOMINGO DOMINICAN REPUBLICMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 21 MPH…33 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1003 MB…29.62 INCHESWATCHES AND WARNINGS——————–CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:The Tropical Storm Warning for St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, St.Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius has been discontinued.last_img read more

Iraq withdraws its ambassador in Lisbon for a scandal with his children

first_imgIraq has decided to withdraw its ambassador to Lisbon, Saad Mohammed Ali, on understanding that “he is not in a position” to remain in the country after the controversy surrounding his children for an alleged assault on a Portuguese teenager.The Portuguese Foreign Minister, Augusto Santos Silva, unveiled this Thursday at a press conference the decision of the Iraqi authorities, who have refused to lift the diplomatic immunity that protects the ambassador’s children, which prevents them from being tried in Portugal. Embassy of Iraq in Portugal. Image: Google They allegedly pleased a Portuguese teenager“It is not in condition”, they have said from the Governmentcenter_img The twin sons of the ambassador, Haider and Ridha, 17, assumed in a television interview to be the perpetrators of a brutal aggression suffered in August by the Portuguese Rúben Cavaco, 15, but are protected by his father’s diplomatic immunity.The Portuguese Government then asked Iraq to withdraw diplomatic immunity from the two young men so that they could be interrogated by the Prosecutor’s Office and even threatened to declare the ambassador “non grata” person and expel him from Portugal if they did not.After months of diplomatic contacts, the Iraqi authorities have decided that “there are no reasons” to lift the immunity of the two young people, Santos Silva explained, who said that the judicial process involving the diplomat’s children will continue from Now in Iraq.The minister considered that the solution found is positive because it prevents Portugal from having to declare the Iraqi ambassador “non grata” person and ensures that the judicial process will continue.The Iraqi ambassador had already reached an out-of-court settlement last week with the family of the attacked minor to pay compensation in exchange for no charges. This agreement, considered “fair” by the family, does not end the judicial process because it is a crime of public aggression.last_img read more

Rey Nambatac grateful for chance to showcase late-game guts for Rain or Shine

first_imgView comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MANILA, Philippines—Rey Nambatac just proved that hard work will eventually reap anyone glory.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bantamweight champ Reymart Gaballo demolishes Japanese foe for 2nd round KO Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title And in some sort of butterfly effect, Nambatac’s bigger role with the team came with Tiu’s retirement right before the start of the conference.“Actually I’ve been preparing myself for Chris’ retirement because once that happens I could get a bigger role with the team,” said Nambatac who finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and two steals.“Of course it’s hard to fill in Chris’ role so, for me, I’ll just stick on defense because that really is my bread and butter.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Despite being drafted no.7 overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Nambatac wasn’t seen as a franchise changer especially when he arrived in a loaded Rain or Shine team that has Chris Tiu, James Yap, Gabe Norwood, and Maverick Ahanmisi in the guard and wing positions.Nambatac, however, displayed a tenacity of someone about to strike gold and this slow grind eventually earned him head coach Caloy Garcia’s trust to put him in late-game situations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsColegio de San Juan de Letran’s alum showed unflappable calm in the final three minutes of Rain or Shine’s 107-100 win over NorthPort in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“I’m glad that coach has slowly given me the break,” said Nambatac in Filipino. “And whenever I’m in the game I just try to fill in the gaps and those are hustle and defense and I never veer away from my role in the team.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I just play my game and whenever I’m in the court I just focus on what I have to do and read the situation so I can do whatever I have to do to get the lead and for us to get momentum.”After James Yap’s gutsy three-pointer over Paolo Taha gave the Elasto Painters a 102-100 lead with 2:50 to play, Nambatac showed his aggressive side by pestering ball handlers and getting to the line a couple of times.Nambatac was able to steal the ball from Sean Anthony resulting in a split from the stripe for the 103-100 lead just 16 seconds after Yap’s three.The sophomore guard once again got a steal, this time at the expense of Stanley Pringle, but his jump shot at the 1:43 mark failed to get in.Nambatac, however, eventually iced the game from the free throw line hitting two of his freebies with 15 seconds left for Rain or Shine’s 104-100 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

The CCJ should reject the flawed mathematical reasoning from Guyana’s Court of Appeal

first_imgDear Editor,This week, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will hear oral arguments regarding whether 34 votes (as opposed to 33) constitutes a “majority” and is required for a successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion brought in Guyana’s 65-membered Parliament, pursuant to Article 106 (6) of the Constitution of Guyana.In March, Guyana’s Court of Appeals (the Court), in a 2 to 1 vote, controversially overturned a decision by the lower court, which previously held that the aforesaid motion filed by Guyana’s Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, was successfully carried by a vote of 33 to 32, thereby warranting the Government’s resignation and new elections.The Government moved to court arguing that 34 votes were needed. The Court agreed, but in doing so, it erred significantly because the Government’s argument is only applicable in legislative bodies with even-numbered membership. Secondly, the Court’s calculation defied two universally accepted methods used for calculation: the median formula and the PEMDAS method of operation.For many decades, 33 has been accepted as a “majority” in Guyana’s 65-membered Parliament, as the Constitution of Guyana is silent as to what it is. The Government resorted to a definition found in the Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu (a tiny island nation in South Pacific Ocean), which says that a “majority” is one-half the number plus one. In mathematical language that is: 1/2 n +1.Using this formula and a two-step process, the Government argued and the Court agreed that 34 votes were needed from a total of 65 elected members of Parliament to defeat the Government by way of a No-Confidence Motion.In the first step, we have 65 divided by 2 or (65/2) which is: 32.5 members. This 32.5 is rounded up to 33 in order to avoid having a fraction or a .5 person. In step two, we add 1 to 33. We add 1 because, as we recall, the Vanuatu Constitution tells us to do so: one-half the number plus one. Thirty-three plus one is 34 (33+1=34). This is how 34 became the new majority of 65.The Court of Appeal’s erroneous mathematical calculationHowever, as already noted, the Court erred in its calculation when it failed to comply with the median formula and the PEMDAS method of operation. The median formula is one half the sum of numbers plus one, or ½ (n +1). PEMDAS is a universally recognised acronym that tells us in what order we are to perform mathematical operations. It is as follows: parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and finally, subtraction.Here, had the Court complied with the median formula and the PEMDAS method, it would have addressed the items inside the parenthesis first; it would have taken 65 and add 1 to get 66, as its first step. Then as its second step, it would have divided this 66 by 2, (66/2), to get 33. Mathematically, 33 constitutes a “majority” in a 65-membered Parliament (as in Guyana).Without the median formula and the PEMDAS order for calculation, the Court’s method of calculation only works for legislative bodies with even-numbered membership. To illustrate, imagine a Parliament has 66 members. What is its majority? Using the Court’s formula of 1/2 n +1, we have half of 66 which is 33 in the first step. In the second step, we add 1 to 33 and that gives us 34. Thus, using the Court’s reasoning, a Parliament with 65 members and a Parliament with 66 members will have an identical majority of 34!Dire effects across the Caribbean and beyondClearly, this flawed method of calculation will introduce unprecedented confusion amongst educational, scientific, and legislative bodies across the entire Caribbean region, if not beyond. The effect is already being felt.For example, retired Professor Emeritus Errol Miller (The University of the West Indies), a recognised expert in elections matters, admitted that should the CCJ uphold the Court’s decision, it will have serious implications for Trinidad and Tobago’s 41-member Parliament. To avoid chaos on such an extraordinary scale, it is important that the CCJ reject the flawed mathematical reasoning upheld by the Court of Appeal of Guyana.Sincerely,Professor Dev Rawana,PhDlast_img read more

8-hour power outages for Regions 3, 4 this week

first_imgMaintenance by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) will result in an eight-hour power interruption across Georgetown and sections of Demerara from Tuesday until Saturday this week.The utility company stated that the activity will commence on Tuesday, July 23, at Newtown, Kitty; Victoria to Nooten-Zuil on the East Coast of Demerara and Timehri on the East Bank of Demerara.On Wednesday, July 24, Canal Number Two Polder will see maintenance works, followed by Kitty on Thursday, July 25.A large network from Leonora on the West Coast of Demerara to Naamryck, East Bank Essequibo, will conclude these activities on Saturday, July 25.Consumers were advised that the works will be undertaken from 08:00h to 16:00h on each day mentioned.Last month, the company had announced its intentions of buying power as they continued to suffer from the challenges of providing reliable electricity.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GPL, Albert Gordon had disclosed at a press conference that they are in talks with both Giftland and Banks DIH Limited to buy power from them to boost the capacity of the interconnected system. GPL was looking to source some five megawatts of electricity during peak hours from both entities.At that time, additional pressure mounted when its submarine cable linking the Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop stations developed technicalities and was de-energised. This affected distribution to the Demerara Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS), resulting in power outages in a number of locations.last_img read more