Govt to move Walter Roth Museum, staff by December

first_imgThe Ministry of the Presidency is planning to remove the Walter Roth Museum and its employees to the National Museum by the end of the year, a source has revealed.The Walter Roth MuseumAccording to the source who is acquainted with the affairs of the museum – which is the oldest museum of anthropology in the English-speaking Caribbean – the administration was informed by the “military” that the staff would be relocated to the National Museum by December on an order from President David Granger.“We were told that the President wanted the place,” the source said.When Guyana Times visited the museum on Tuesday, employees also confirmed that they would be relocated. The employees stated that they were told the President thought it was better for all of the museums to be in one place.The museum was founded with the collections of Guyanese Archaeologist, Dr Denis Williams and in 1980, the ethnographic collections of Dr Walter Roth, Mr J J Quelch and Sir Everardim Thurn were transferred to the museum from the National Museum. The museum’s collections also include dug up artefacts from all 10 administrative regions.In an invited comment on the issue, Former Culture Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony, also stated that he heard of the museum being moved. “We have to see what this is all about… it is an institution and instead of dismantling it, we have to be preserving it and growing it because it has a very important role to play in Guyana,” he said.He stated that he does not think that the President is aware of the space the National Museum has, since it has been overcrowded with its artefacts.“They cannot display their current holdings because there is a lack of space and to move an entire museum and somehow cram it into the space of the National Museum I don’t think that is possible,” he said.Anthony added that if it is true that the President wanted all the museums in one place then the Government would have to build another building and he does not believe that they are rebuilding the current museum and “if they are doing that, where are they getting the budget from because there was no budget voted in 2016 for it.”The Walter Roth Museum was established in 1974 but did not open to the public until 1982. It is located on Main Street, Georgetown. It is famous for its journals in some of the leading universities of the world.last_img read more

Pico Rivera boosts city manager’s salary

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSalcido said Fuentes is not qualified for the job because of his lack of education and experience in city administration. He also said the city manager’s political entanglements have interfered with his job. “The mayor and Chuck sit together in his office for hours,” Salcido said. “We used to work, we used to have an organization.” Fuentes has worked in politics for many years, aiding in campaigns for Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, and later for Beilke, Gallegos-Smith and Archuleta. Fuentes said he is qualified as city manager, and that efforts to see him removed are politically motivated. “(Salcido) is a miserable malcontent,” Fuentes said. “He’s constantly trying to stir up animosity amongst the staff and amongst the council. That’s just his style.” PICO RIVERA – City Manager Chuck Fuentes got a $25,000 salary bump Tuesday night via a 3-2 vote by the City Council. The hike means Fuentes, who doesn’t have a college degree, will receive $175,000 annually. “I’ll earn my stripes, which I’m already doing,” Fuentes said. “I believe that this city is definitely moving in the right direction and every month we’re making more and more accomplishments.” Fuentes, 55, has faced criticism by some council members who said his allegiance rests with a 3-2 voting majority made up of Mayor Ron Beilke, Councilwoman Gracie Gallegos-Smith and Councilman Bob Archuleta. “He is an agent of the mayor,” Councilman Gregory Salcido said. “That manifests itself daily. If Ron Beilke didn’t exist, he would never have been interviewed for this position.” According to Beilke, cities with similar populations pay their city managers an average of $187,000 each year, meaning Fuentes’ salary is still below the norm. The previous city manager, Dennis Courtermarche, was fired nearly two years ago after his requests for a salary increase would have placed his pay at more than $200,000 annually. Fuentes said he was promised a raise by Beilke, Gallegos-Smith and Archuleta when he took the position in March, six months after being fired from the same job. “I wasn’t demanding a raise at the earliest opportunity,” Fuentes said. “I had indicated that I wanted to be compensated at the level of a city this size.” Fuentes’ tenure as city manager has been tumultuous. He was fired from the position in September of last year and rehired in March. “They were sworn in on a Tuesday, and on Thursday they put Chuck back in as city manager,” Salcido said. “There was no interview process, they didn’t go through a search.” Beilke said the decision to bring back his ally was one the people of Pico Rivera supported by electing Gallegos-Smith and Archuleta in March. “It’s just sour grapes,” Beilke said. “At the end of the day, I think that the best argument is that the voters put in three new people. They wanted this.” The issue of giving the city manager a raise was talked about in closed sessions before two City Council meetings. Salcido and Armenta said they had hoped to delay any salary increase until Fuentes’ job performance could be better investigated. Salcido moved to delay the vote on Tuesday. He said that residents had not been properly informed of the change in pay. The City Council agenda had stated that an adjustment would be made to the city manager’s contract, but did not indicate what kind of change would be made. “Those are the appropriate legal definitions that have to be placed, and nothing further,” Fuentes said. “Everybody knows what that means. It means if I’m doing a good job, I’m gonna get a bump.” Salcido said he hopes to work with Fuentes effectively in the future. “I get upset with myself if I get unnecessarily confrontational at the dais,” Salcido said. “I’ve always tried to work with him.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

London Olympics: Chekrovolu Swuro learns to soak in pressure

first_imgThough she has represented India at two Asian Games, it will be the first Olympics for archer Chekrovolu Swuro, who is just the second athlete from Nagaland to achieve the distinction.It was T Ao who led the Indian football team at the 1948 London Games, and 64 years later another Naga will make an Olympic journey, coincidentally to the same host city. Chekrovolu is part of a strong women’s recurve team, which also has world number one Deepika Kumari and Laishram Bombayla Devi, who competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The trio made the cut for the Olympics when they won the silver medal at the 2011 world championships at Turin, Italy, where they defeated the formidable Koreans in the semi-finals.There will be some nerves, but the 29-year-old, employed with Nagaland Police, is unperturbed. “There is going to be pressure but our recent form has been good and we are relaxed going into the Olympics.””We use yoga as a means of relaxation and have various visualisation techniques to stay in the best frame of mind,” Chekrovolu told Mail Today.She credits her elder sister Vesuzolu, a national level archer who has competed alongside the likes of Limba Ram, for her introduction to the sport.The family’s association with archery continues with their younger brother Thipovoyi also in national reckoning. The Indian women’s team is one of the strongest medal contenders at the Olympics, and Chekrovolu is full of confidence.”There are many strong teams such as Korea, China, Chinese Taipei and Japan. But we are scoring between 225 and 231, and if we repeat that at the Olympics, a medal is a distinct possibility,” she said.advertisementlast_img read more

Goal VS: New York City FC on FIFA 18

first_imgeSports Goal VS: New York City FC on FIFA 18 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:30 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) eSports Graham ‘GrayzaGoal’ McIntyre took on Christopher ‘NYC_Chris’ Holly in an all-star eSports star clash on EA Sports’ flagship football game In a new series from Goal, our own professional FIFA player, Graham ‘GrayzaGoal’ McIntyre, will take on other FIFA pros from some of the biggest football clubs and eSports organisations across the world.In the first four episodes, GrayzaGoal will face eSports stars from Manchester City, New York City FC and Melbourne City FC.The first episode, which you can watch here, sees GrayzaGoal against Christopher ‘NYC_Chris’ Holly. NYC_Chris picked up his first professional tournament win at last year’s FUT Regionals in Vancouver, and played GrayzaGoal soon after finishing third at the eMLS Cup. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now HandshakeIn other episodes, GrayzaGoal will can be seen challenging Kai ‘deto’ Wollin and Marcus ‘ExpectSporting’ Jorgensen from Manchester City, as well as Melbourne City FC’s Marcus ‘MelbourneCity Marcus’ Gomes. All four matches were recorded at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.All ‘Goal Versus’ matches take place using the FUT game mode in FIFA 18, allowing the players to pick from some of the biggest names in FIFA.GrayzaGoal said: “The City clubs have some of the best players in the world. All four matches were some of the hardest I’ve had but it’s great to compete and test yourself against the best. Now, I’m just looking forward to playing in more tournaments and seeing who Goal lines up next.”last_img read more

Skeptical Football DeMarco Murray Is Way Better At Running Than Alex Henery

The second-and-short scenario is noisier than the others (since first-and-10 is far more common), but the difference is pretty clear. If you compare the horizontal gap between the lines, you can compare scenarios. For example, if a running back has the chance to go down after gaining 9 yards when 53 yards out from goal, he should only take the first down if he can get all the way to the 50-yard line. This difference seems to be tightest at midrange distances (which makes sense because the field is compressed), but it’s generally about 2 to 4 yards.So, if it’s first down and you see a rusher or receiver stretch out for that last yard, boo loudly.Gunslinger of the weekThe fickleness of the Hacker Gods5Don’t worry, you don’t need to pray to the Hacker Gods. You need to pray that the Hacker Gods exist. was on complete display last week, as they decided to let interceptions slide: Twenty quarterbacks threw picks at one point or another, and 10 of them won their games anyway.6In Week 2, only one QB won with any interceptions. This past week, Drew Brees had three interceptions, including a pick-6 with his team trailing — the coup de grace of the gunslinger — and his team still pulled off the win!Blake Bortles — the only rookie quarterback who saw any action last weekend — was not among the winners. He threw two interceptions in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ competitive loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.Most notably, on second-and-12, down 10-9 in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars’ coaches called a run, but Bortles called an audible for a pass. That pass was picked off and returned for a touchdown, and Jacksonville lost 17-9.Here’s what Bortles had to say after the game:It was a run. I just saw guys walk up. It wasn’t a good decision. We could have kept the run on and it wouldn’t have been a bad play. It would have given us a shot and it’s something that I can’t make that mistake again and definitely can’t check out of play into a pick-6.No! Don’t listen to the haters, Blake! Your instinct was right. Second-and-12 on your own side of the field is a terrible time to run in general (see our experimental chart of the week, below), and even worse if it’s late in a game you’re losing. Blake, to try to ensure you keep slinging, you get this week’s Gunslinger of the Week award. May it guide you in future games.Kicking awards for Week 5Last week, I introduced my system for evaluating the most and least valuable kickers. It plots points above and below expectation versus how much the kicker contributed to a game’s scoring margin.But then Alex Henery’s 0-for-3 week for Detroit broke the scale:To get it out of the way: San Francisco’s Phil Dawson is the MVK for Week 5. He went 5-for-5 including two 50+ yarders in a close win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Bravo!But on to the fun stuff: Henery essentially produced the Lions’ loss against the Buffalo Bills all by himself. If he’d made as many field goals as he was expected to, all else being equal, the Lions would have won. (The Lions released him after the game.)The three attempts Henery missed were from 44, 47 and 50 yards out (making him 1-for-5 on the season). Historically, this might not seem like the worst stretch imaginable, and Grantland’s Bill Barnwell had this to say about the ordeal:Imagine judging a hitter based on his batting average over a six-game stretch or an NBA player based on his shooting percentage after two games. That’s about what we do when we judge a kicker, who gets 35 chances to test his mettle across an entire 16-game season.But context matters. NFL kickers don’t miss from those distances the way they used to.7The expected value of kicks on that scale is calculated based on a probit regression over every kick since 2001 that includes the year that the kick was taken as a variable. Kickers now make roughly two-thirds of their FGs taken from 50+ yards and four-fifths of those taken from 40 to 49 yards. Based on my expected-value model (which adjusts for the year that kicks were taken), Henery’s -6.73 points below expectation in the game amounted to the tenth-worst single day by a kicker since 2001 (a period that includes more than 7,000 kicker games). But Kris Brown, a longtime kicker for Pittsburgh and Houston, had the second-worst day by a kicker for the Steelers in 2001, and then the best day by a kicker for the Texans in 2007. So a kicker can bounce back.Meanwhile, Detroit fell to 4-for-12 on field goals for the season. The entire league has only missed 44 attempts this year. That’s right, Detroit is responsible for nearly 20 percent of all missed field goals in the NFL this season! The single worst team kicking season since 2001 belongs to San Francisco in 2012. The Niners missed 14 field goals and ran 20.6 kicking points below expectation for the whole year.Through five games, the Lions are already running 16.6 kicking points below expectation. But Detroit signed former Bronco Matt Prater to try to dig it out of this hole. Prater had one of the best seasons by a kicker of all time last year, but he has been inconsistent, posting negative value added in four of his seven seasons in the league. If Prater isn’t in good form, Detroit may be the new bad kicking champions.Experimental chart(s) of the weekRiffing off the play/drive data I used for the chart of the week, I decided to take a look at whether running or passing is more effective in various situations. This chart uses the same distance and average points as the earlier chart, but it’s split into first, second and third downs with 10 yards to go.8Going for it on fourth-and-10 is too rare to be meaningful. It then plots the ultimate success of the drive when a pass is attempted versus when a run is attempted in those situations.From this, we can see that passing has led to better results in nearly any long-yardage situation. This is a little surprising, especially on first down. Game theoretically, if teams are selecting whether to run or pass optimally, and defending optimally, the value from each should be very similar. It’s possible that, on the margins, running and passing do have the same value,9In which case, it would be similar to what I’ve said about NBA 3-point attempts. but from the bubble sizes, we can see that the pass/run ratio is relatively even on first down, so it seems more likely to me that teams are just running in this spot too much.Similarly, we can look at short-yardage spots to see if those situations differ. The chart below is the same as the one above, except it looks at second, third and fourth downs with less than 3 yards to go.10Technically, I’m using “and-1” and “and-2” distances, which includes all distances between 0 and 2 yards, and possibly some distances between 2 yards and 3 yards, as discussed in last week’s column. Running data doesn’t always show what it appears to show, and the “eye test” doesn’t help much either. Our meager human eyes can’t really track the multitude of complex variables involved in whether a running play is successful or not. As I wrote last week, whether a team runs the ball is largely a function of whether it’s ahead or behind. A running back’s productivity is even more a function of role, quality of offense, and the situations his team gets into than it is for a QB. This makes it especially hard to judge outliers (and I love outliers).But the Cowboys have been playing competitive games in which Murray has been very consistent, and he has earned his yards in an extremely impressive fashion.One way to cut down on situational factors3Of course, to be even more accurate, it can help to do a situation-for-situation comparison, like I did for Jamaal Charles and Peterson in my NFC West preview. is to look only at first-and-10 runs that aren’t near the goal line. Like so:Murray has gained an average of 6.4 yards on these runs, compared to a league average of 4.4.His distribution of runs has been great as well. I’ve been critical of running backs (like Peterson) who put up big stats by breaking a lot of long runs but who get stopped too often, making their game like a less-efficient version of the passing game. But that’s not the case for Murray, thus far. He is breaking long runs at the same rate as a back like Peterson, yet Murray has only eight runs for no gain or loss of yardage (10.7 percent, or about half of Peterson’s career average of 22.2 percent). Moreover, Murray’s median run has been 5 yards, which compares favorably even to passing in the same situation, with a median distance of 4 yards. Through the first five games, Murray has been the ideal running back: consistently gaining positive yardage, setting up favorable second-down situations (he leads the league in runs of 7 to 9 yards), and still a threat to go the distance.Chart of the weekOne of my favorite mini-stats from the Murray first-and-10 data is that Murray has five runs this year of exactly4Inasmuch as these things are exact. 9 yards, and none of exactly 10 yards.This is smart! Running for 9 yards on first-and-10 outside of 25 yards from the goal is pretty much always better than running for 10. Getting to second-and-short is more valuable than getting a first down because it leads to a flexible situation and forces the defense to prepare for a wider variety of plays.Here’s the easiest way to understand this: A team is trading one down and one yard for the privilege of having only one yard to gain. Since the team will gain that one yard a high percentage of the time, it has a lot of flexibility: It can rush or sneak to try to pick up the first down (and collect bonus yards in the process), or it can launch a deep pass knowing that, barring a sack or a turnover, it will likely still have a short-yardage play on third down. The opponent has to defend everything from short-yardage runs to deep passes at once, meaning it defends each a little worse than usual.Those two yards before first down, then, are a sweet spot for offenses. How sweet is the sweet spot? Using drive data since 2001, I looked at how many points a possession produced on average, given its spot on the field, when it was second-and-short (defined as second-and-2 or less) versus first-and-10: Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is kinda killing it this year. Through five games, he’s leading the league in rushing by more than 200 yards1His 134 yards per game is more than 30 percent higher than second-place Arian Foster’s 101. — and he’s run for 100 or more yards in every game. He’s even getting MVP buzz, and with his help Dallas is 4-1, tied for the best record in football.Normally I don’t care much about running back stats. RBs have crazy seasons all the time, often signifying very little. This level of performance, for example, is pretty out of character for Murray and Dallas (which has been 8-8 in every year they’ve been together). Seasons like this usually come in two main flavors:The outlier running back has a featured role in some fancy new (usually QB-driven) offense. Examples include Edgerrin James and Marshall Faulk with Indianapolis, LaDanian Tomlinson with San Diego or Marshall Faulk with St. Louis.The outlier back’s stats are a kind of corrupt bargain with defenses that are willing to let the back put up big numbers while otherwise keeping the offense somewhat in check. Likely examples include Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders and Chris Johnson.2The year Johnson had 2,000 yards, the Tennessee Titans went 8-8. Of the seven times when a running back broke 2,000 yards in a season, only one player — Terrell Davis for John Elway’s Denver Broncos in 1998 — did so on a team that won more than 10 games (or even made it out of the first round of the playoffs). For short distances, it seems that running — on average — produces slightly better results. I was a little surprised by the second-and-short result, since (as previously discussed) this can be a great down for taking shots downfield. But the difference between the two is small, and the results may also be skewed slightly if teams are more likely to run when their chances of picking up a first down are better (such as in second-and-inches situations).On balance, the charts are fascinating to contemplate, but the takeaway is pretty basic, and so obvious that it’s almost counterintuitive: With long distances to first down passing is generally better, and with short distances running is generally better.Most empirically significant game of Week 6When teams do well despite “bad QB play,” it may not actually mean that their QBs are playing badly. Football is a game of limited resources. If a team’s QB is getting the job done, the GM may devote the team’s resources elsewhere.For example, say a GM has $130 million to spend (around the current NFL salary cap). He spends $65 million on offense and $65 million on defense. He pays the team’s quarterback $10 million, leaving $55 million for the rest of the team’s offense. The QB develops into a big-time stud, which leaves two options: The GM can keep spending the same amount on offense as on defense and end up with an above-average offense and an average defense; or, maybe the QB is good enough to produce an average offense with only a $35 million supporting cast, allowing that $20 million savings to be spent on improving the defense. It might not be pretty (especially for the QB), but whether the team’s wins come through offense or defense doesn’t matter to the GM. Why not have an average offense and a better defense?11Or special teams, or coach, or anything — and this applies to resources other than money, but money is the easiest to examine.This is more than just a thought experiment: The Baltimore Ravens have just $33 million devoted to non-quarterback offensive players — the lowest amount in the league and just 35 percent of their non-starting QB expenditures. In other words, aside from Joe Flacco, the Ravens have distributed their money nearly 2-to-1 in favor of defense. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles have more than $63 million devoted to offensive players other than their highest-paid QB.12Technically, the Eagles’ highest-paid QB is Mark Sanchez. That means Nick Foles is starting out with a 2-to-1 money advantage.13Idea for future article: quarterback ratings adjusted for the salary of the rest of the offense!Which brings us to the most empirically significant game of Week 6: the Carolina Panthers vs. the Cincinnati Bengals.QBs like Andy Dalton and Cam Newton have been eclipsed somewhat by young stars like Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick, but the Seahawks and 49ers rank third and sixth in non-QB offensive expenditures, respectively. The Panthers and Bengals rank 15th and 23rd, respectively, by that measure. The Bengals have 38 percent of their cap space devoted to non-QB offense — as a share of non-QB salaries, that’s the fourth-lowest in football.Newton has about a $6 million spending advantage over Dalton. Seeing these two solid QBs on teams that don’t spend like crazy on offense go head to head may help us understand how financial considerations affect the game.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. read more

Mourinho Juventus have huge quality

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits they had a really difficult time in their 1-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday nightA Paulo Dybala goal was enough for Juventus to take home all three points from Old Trafford and extend their lead at the top of Group H to five points.Speaking afterwards, Mourinho conceded that their Italian opponents are “a team with huge quality” and that United were simply second-best.“In the other side, there was huge quality. Sometimes people look for [Cristiano] Ronaldo or Dybala but in a top team you have to look to [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Leonardo] Bonucci,” Mourinho told BT Sport.“I think Juventus is this type of team that when they are in front it’s very difficult.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…United managed just one shot compared to Juventus’ 10 and had only 30% of the ball possession throughout the match.“I think our attacking players, things were not coming. But everyone tried, everyone was strong mentally to try until the end,” added Mourinho.“Juventus felt it and they ended the game with an extra central defender to add to the amazing Chiellini and Bonucci. It was a really difficult match for us. I thought we could take something but it was not possible.”The Red Devils remain second in Group H, but have only tasted victory once in their last six games now.last_img read more