In A StarDominated Sport Theres Still A Place For Unselfish Basketball

“Those Knicks teams — the ’69-’70 team, the ’72-73 team — when you talk to basketball purists about the greatest teams they’ve ever seen, that little era always comes up,” a radio voice intones early in Michael Rapaport’s “When The Garden Was Eden,” a “30 for 30” film debuting on ESPN Tuesday. “That’s the way you’re supposed to play basketball.”Speaking as a card-carrying basketball purist (or at least a basketball history nut), he’s right — particularly on that last point. The Knicks of that era rank highly among the all-time great NBA teams, but not at the very top. Instead, where they really stand out is in how they won.The 1969-70 New York Knicks, who won the first of the franchise’s only two championships, consistently rank among the most dominant regular-season teams in NBA history, especially relative to the spread of talent in the league at that time. After adjusting for strength of schedule, their per-game point differential was +8.4 (17th all-time); it also outpaced the second-place Milwaukee Bucks that year by 4.2 points per game, the sixth-biggest gap ever between the league leader and runner-up. That was a big part of why the Knicks’ schedule-adjusted scoring margin was 2.4 standard deviations better than the average team’s in 1969-70 — the second-best such mark ever.The 1969-70 Knicks struggled on the road in the playoffs and were taken the distance twice in the span of three series. But the team’s playoff run — which saw New York outlast the Baltimore Bullets (led by future Knick Earl Monroe), overpower a rookie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Milwaukee Bucks, and survive the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game NBA Finals classic — also ranks among the 50 or so best ever, after taking into account whom they had to beat.And the 1972-73 Knicks did even better in the postseason after adjusting for their road to the championship. When I listed the most dominating playoff performances ever back in 2010, that team ranked 11th all-time. With the exception of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs, it’s unlikely that it has been supplanted by more recent champions. En route to the title, New York beat the Baltimore Bullets (+2.9 schedule-adjusted PPG differential) in five games, the Boston Celtics (+7.4) in seven, and the Los Angeles Lakers (an NBA-best +8.2) in five — just about the toughest path any team has ever gone through to win an NBA championship.But bottom-line results are only half the equation when aficionados rave about the Knicks of the early 1970s. Perhaps an even bigger factor is how the team achieved its success, with a reputation for playing one the most unselfish, pass-friendly styles in basketball history.This isn’t gauzy, New York-media-baked myth-making. Among historical NBA champions, the 1972-73 Knicks rank 14th in assist percentage (the ratio of made baskets that were assisted) relative to league average. And, more importantly, they had the most balanced distribution of shot attempts among their starting five players of any championship team ever. During the 1973 playoffs, their leading scorer (the incomparable Walt Frazier) took 20.8 percent of the team’s shots when on the floor, while the fifth-ranked shooter among its starters (Bill Bradley) took 18.7 percent. By comparison, the 1992 Chicago Bulls’ leader — Michael Jordan — took 37 percent of that team’s shots when on the floor, while Bill Cartwright took 11 percent. (Coincidentally, that Bulls team was coached by early-’70s Knicks forward Phil Jackson.)My research shows that most NBA champs are more like Michael and the Jordanaires than Frazier, Bradley, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed. Historically, teams with an uneven distribution of the offensive workload — particularly with regard to the difference between their top two scoring options and the rest of the starting five — tend to win championships at a much higher rate than teams that spread their shots around more equally.That they bucked this trend is probably the lasting legacy of the Red Holzman-coached Knicks. In a sport dominated by singular scorers like Jordan (usually with good reason), New York showed that there’s also a place for unselfish, collectivist basketball in the circle of NBA champions. And as my colleagues Ben Morris and Rafe Bartholomew have noted, the San Antonio Spurs (winners of the 2014 NBA championship) have carried the torch for this phenomenon in recent years.With the 2014-15 NBA season tipping off next week, the Knicks are unlikely to add a third championship banner to Madison Square Garden’s rafters. But Rapaport’s film will recall fond memories of a time when basketball-crazed New York City was the center of the sport’s universe. read more

What Its Like To Be A Woman At The Sloan Sports Analytics

Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.When FiveThirtyEight offered me the opportunity to attend last week’s MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, I jumped at the chance to geek out on two of my favorite subjects — sports and data.But my heart sank a little when I saw that only one of 30 speakers listed on the preliminary agenda was a woman. (The final speaker count was 22 women and 131 men.) I’ve been to other sausage fests, and they can operate like insular clubs that leave women feeling like outsiders.This year’s conference seemed promising, though. While the honorary executive board was all men, the conference chair was event co-founder Jessica Gelman, a former professional basketball player and the current vice president of customer marketing and strategy at the Kraft Sports Group, owner of the New England Patriots. The other women on the agenda were all-stars, too — like Amy Brooks, executive vice president of the NBA’s team marketing and business operations department; Heidi Pellerano, senior vice president at Wasserman Media Group; Stefanie Francis, co-founder of Navigate Research; and Elyse Guilfoyle, a senior industry analyst at Google.But there weren’t many women on stage or in the crowd. Only one of the 23 people attached to a finalist research paper was a woman, and one of her male colleagues presented the paper. Pellerano and Francis’s presentation on how Hispanic fans consume sports and Guilfoyle’s talk about ticket purchasing analytics were some of the only times that women were in the spotlight.Despite more than 3,000 people at the event, there was never a line at the women’s restroom. Gelman estimates that about 85 percent of attendees were men. That was true of the FiveThirtyEight delegation, too — I was the only woman from our team to attend, and the gender imbalance of our office is something we’ve noticed and that senior members of FiveThirtyEight are working on.When you feel like an outsider, it’s natural to seek out your own, and as I walked through the hallways, I found myself exchanging friendly head nods with the few other women I passed. It reminded me of that little wave that motorcyclists sometimes give each other out on the road, and I started asking these compatriots what they thought of the conference and what it was like to be so outnumbered by men.One of the first women I approached turned out to be Leigh Castergine, who is suing her former employer, Mets co-owner Jeff Wilpon, for gender discrimination (the lawsuit alleges that he fired her for being pregnant out of wedlock). She said she had lots to say but couldn’t talk until the lawsuit was resolved. The Mets deny the allegations.Attendee Valerie Laird, a research assistant at the University of Michigan’s business school, told me that she’d agonized over what to wear. “I want to be taken seriously, but I want to look nice,” she said. Was it better to wear a dress or pants? If she made herself look attractive, would she be taken less seriously, or would she worry that men were approaching her because they wanted her number? Laird’s friend Jessica Edwards told me that considerations about how to dress were part of the ongoing fight for respect. “Guys don’t take you seriously in sports,” she said. “It’s so frustrating because this is what I want to do with my life.”One student who requested anonymity told me that she struggled with what name to put on her conference badge and her résumé. She has always gone by a nickname that’s a diminutive of her already very feminine name. She was there to network, and she worried that hiring managers, who often make quick judgments about candidates, might too easily dismiss or stereotype her based on her nickname.Two other young women who didn’t identify themselves (I’ll call them Jane and Jill) laughed when I asked whether they would mind telling me what it was like to attend Sloan as a woman. “We’ve been talking about this a lot,” Jane said. Like me, they’d noticed that many of the women on stage were there as moderators, rather than speakers. “We would prefer to see more women who are actually talking about their experience as the expert, versus facilitating the conversation,” Jill said.This difference between being the moderator and the expert reminded me of a recent New York Times piece by Sheryl Sandberg that observed that women often do more than their fair share of the unheralded but important tasks around the office — things like organizing and preparing. Moderating is difficult to do well (you have to herd the speakers into serving the audience instead of themselves), but praise about a panel typically focuses on what the speakers said, rather than the moderator’s performance.Yet everyone I spoke to agreed that a session specifically on women’s sports wasn’t the answer. During an informal discussion about women in the industry, Gelman said the decision not to hold such a panel was deliberate.Segregating sports by gender just amplifies inequalities. “We want to integrate and show how women are actively part of the conversation and not just a side part,” Danielle Russell, one of the conference’s student leaders, told me.Jane and Jill, whom I caught coming out of the negotiating panel, had some suggestions on how to achieve that goal. “They could have talked about Brittney Griner’s salary or about deals they’ve done that are related to that,” Jill said, referring to the former Baylor star who now plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.It’s not surprising that the conference focused primarily on the NFL, MLB and NBA, considering the amount of money they generate relative to other sports. But these are also sports with large disparities between male and female opportunities, observed Alison Mehlsak and Melissa Jenkins, graduate students at the University of Virginia’s business school. Creating some panels focused on sports that are more accessible to women could help, they told me. “Sports like tennis and golf, and events like the Olympics, offer rich opportunities to include women in the conversation,” Mehlsak said. As my FiveThirtyEight colleague Allison McCann recently pointed out, women’s sports are the next frontier in sports analytics.The lack of women at Sloan isn’t entirely the organizers’ fault. Professional sports is a male-dominated industry — one that ignores women at its own peril. Women now make up nearly half of the Super Bowl audience, and the latest Nielsen stats show that they represent at least a third of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL audience. The Sloan conference wields a heavy influence, and its organizers have an opportunity to make a difference by seeking out more women’s voices and inviting them into the fold. read more

Tiger Woods Sergio Garcia Spat Turns On Fried Chicken

So, it comes out, finally, that Sergio Garcia hates Tiger Woods because he’s black. That’s not what Garcia said in using fried chicken in his latest feeble attempt to disparage Woods. It’s what he inferred, and that’s usually what happens when people have problems with people. They infer.At the very least Garcia, the silliest player to not win a major golf championship, has a problem with Woods’ race. Why else would he answer a question at a dinner in London Tuesday by saying Woods “could come over every night. We will serve fried chicken.”His apologists will say Garcia made a weak and misguided attempt at a joke. For his part, he issued a statement through the European Tour that sounded like it was scripted by “Olivia Pope”:“I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during the European Tour Players’ Awards dinner. I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.”That does not mean it wasn’t racist, even though, for the life of me, I do not understand how fried chicken (and watermelon, for that matter) got to be this “black thing.” White people enjoy it, too; and other races. Right?Anyway, Garcia is fooling no one in saying he did not have racist intentions. He could have named pizza or steak or shrimp and grits. It apparently was too much for him to say, nothing or “He can come over every night. We will serve paella.”Instead he went with the old enigmatic, tired attempt to insult a black man. And therein lies a real problem that we just cannot escape: 16 years after Fuzzy Zoeller ruined his name with a fried chicken “joke” about Woods, here goes Garcia further diminishing his profile.At least Zoeller won a Masters. Garcia has earned millions but has not won on the largest stages. Now, he shows he’s a loser as a man, too.Here’s the sad part: Who among us is surprised Garcia—or most anyone on the non-black-except-Tiger Woods-tour —would go there? Woods’ old caddie, Steve Williams, who made millions off the talent of Woods, called him a “black a——” in 2011 at a caddie event. Imagine what was said about Woods in private places, especially when he was exposed as a philandering husband with an apparent affinity for white women.Having dealt with many PGA pros over the years, I can testify with confidence that Garcia’s and Zoeller’s comments do not reflect on all tour players. Most are seemingly good guys who understand Woods’ value to their sport, even if he has been a jerk or, at minimum, impersonal to many.In fact, all of this is a bit silly because Woods barely acknowledges his blackness. He could have buried Zoeller, but took the high road. Woods said Williams was “certainly not” a racist after he insulted him. It will be interesting to see how he handles Garcia’s gaffe because Woods made it clear he does not like the Spaniard.Whether Woods acknowledges the blackness in his mixed heritage is not the point, though; everyone else does. He’s a black man atop a white man’s sport, and that is part of his magnetism. It also makes him a polarizing figure and target of idiotic remarks by the likes of Sergio Garcia.More to come, you can be certain of that. read more

How Frank Vogel Is Making Terrence Ross Feel At Home In Orlando

Related: Hot Takedown Still, there isn’t much pressure for Orlando in this situation. The Magic — better off losing at this point, for the sake of a higher draft pick — aren’t in the playoff race, so they can afford to give Ross reps regardless of whether he’s logging stellar outings. And because Ross is under contract for two more years, the team won’t have to make a decision on him anytime soon.But thinking about how long it takes for players to adjust to a new setting and cast gives me a greater appreciation for two groups: scouts and execs who can find those players who fit seamlessly and teams who take on multiple players at once. Hell, sometimes it’s hard to bring in one player and have him be on the same page as everyone else. Just ask Evan Turner.Check out our latest NBA predictions. NBA players were consumed by rumors and imagined scenarios last week, as the trade deadline approached and front offices shipped players around the league. But now comes the hard part for teams: trying to incorporate new players in the midst of a season.Lineups have to change. Guys have to learn when and where certain players prefer the ball. Getting up to speed on defense is often a process, too, since figuring out which teammates are (and aren’t) capable of guarding opponents straight-up, without needing to switch, takes time. And while practice would be a great place to acquire that knowledge, day-to-day workouts are pretty scarce in the jam-packed NBA schedule once the preseason ends in October.Which is why Orlando coach Frank Vogel sought to simplify things last week for swingman Terrence Ross, who had just joined the club from Toronto in exchange for Serge Ibaka. Vogel, shortly after coming out of a timeout in the Feb. 23 game against Portland, ran a double screen for Ross to get an open shot — and his first bucket as a member of the Magic.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.After the three, Dante Marchitelli, a Magic sideline reporter for Fox Sports Florida, explained the genesis of the call: “During the timeout, coach Vogel told Terrence: ‘We’re gonna run this play, and it’s exactly the same play you ran in Toronto. Every time you ran it against me, you got a dunk or a three, so I expect exactly the same thing on this play.’ And lo and behold: wide open for a three there.”I confirmed the on-air anecdote by looking at past games between Ross and Vogel. But interestingly, Ross and the Raptors didn’t use this play against the Magic this season. Which means that Vogel must be thinking back to at least last season, when he still coached the Pacers.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It also says something about Vogel’s memory that he remembered getting burned repeatedly by Ross whenever that play came up. Those recollections, paired with Ross’s 52 percent mark from 3-point range against the Magic this season, likely factored into the organization’s desire to acquire him.Although Vogel’s playcall for Ross worked, the rest of the game against Portland highlighted that it may take some time for the 26-year-old to get a feel for the team. He shot just 4-of-17 in his Magic debut, with several of his jumpers looking rushed and out of rhythm. (Then again, he went 10-of-15 in his next game, so Ross may just be a hot-and-cold player.) When Did Sports Become So Political? read more

The Nationals Yankees Dodgers And Cubs Cant Possibly Be This Mediocre …

The 2018 MLB season may not even be a month old, but it’s never too early to start overanalyzing how teams have looked so far. That’s especially true this season, when many of the clubs slated to be favorites going into the year have stumbled a bit coming out of the gate. Most of these teams will probably be fine in the end — seriously, it is still very early to know anything about how the season will play out — but just the same, it’s worth checking on which aspects of their struggles should disappear in due time and which might be cause for real anxiety.Washington Nationals (10-12)What’s gone wrong: For a team supposedly built around pitching, Washington currently ranks fifth-to-last in the National League in adjusted ERA — though it hasn’t been the fault of the Max Scherzer-led starting rotation. No, the blame rests with a bullpen that collectively boasts a 5.78 ERA and has performed even worse in clutch situations. (Witness the Nats’ epic meltdown against the Mets last Wednesday.) Some bad early-season defense isn’t helping either, and despite Bryce Harper’s raw feats of power, the offense isn’t hitting enough to make up for the 4.6 runs Washington is allowing per game.Cause for concern? Maybe. The Nats’ bullpen and defense were nothing special last season, either — they ranked 19th and 17th, respectively, in wins above replacement.1Averaging together the versions of WAR found at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. Closer Sean Doolittle has been fine so far, however, and setup men Ryan Madson and Brandon Kintzler are not as bad as they’ve looked in the early going. This lineup should get on track, too, when Daniel Murphy and Adam Eaton return from injury — or when Michael Taylor and Ryan Zimmerman break out of their April slumps. (We’ve seen Zimmerman hit poorly before, but he rebounded last season and has been hitting the ball hard in 2018, despite his bad results so far.)New York Yankees (11-9)What’s gone wrong: For all their immense hype going into the season, the Yankees have been pretty “meh” starting out, scoring only 13 more runs than they’ve allowed (113 vs. 100). Prized new left fielder Giancarlo Stanton is striking out constantly, particularly in front of the home fans at Yankee Stadium, while the team’s pitching has been average at best. They’re wasting a great start to the season by shortstop Didi Gregorius; he’s looked like an MVP over the past three weeks, but the Yankees barely have a .500 record to show for it.Cause for concern? Probably not. Although Stanton is pressing at the plate like some batters have been known to do in the pressure-packed New York media market, swinging at more pitches overall and whiffing on fastballs over the plate especially, he’s simply too good a hitter to not adjust eventually. (The ball he smoked at home on Friday might be a sign of things to come.) Likewise, scuffling starters Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray should be better than the 7.22 ERA they’ve combined for so far, and a bullpen that ranked second in MLB in WAR last year is due for an improvement. Regression to the mean can work both ways, of course — Gregorius probably hasn’t fully made the leap to MVP level, for instance — but the Yankees should also benefit from better luck going forward: According to BaseRuns, which smooths out differences in the timing of offensive and defensive events, New York has been baseball’s fifth-best team so far, despite its record.Los Angeles Dodgers (10-10)What’s gone wrong: For one thing, Los Angeles’s offense is down this year, dropping from second in the NL last year to sixth in 2018, according to adjusted on-base plus slugging percentage. The Dodgers miss the production of third baseman Justin Turner, who fractured his wrist in spring training and has missed the entire season, and many of their other top hitters (Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, the now-injured Logan Forsythe, etc.) are off to subpar starts. But an even bigger problem has been L.A.’s bullpen, which ranks 22nd in WAR a year after finishing fifth. Closer Kenley Jansen, usually the best reliever on the planet, sports a 6.23 ERA, and he’s already blown twice as many saves this year as he did all of last season.2Granted, Jansen only blew one save last season. But it was in 42 chances! This year, he’s blown two in five tries.Cause for concern? Sort of. The Dodgers’ hitting issues should sort themselves out eventually — they’re still projected by FanGraphs to score the fourth-most runs per game in the NL over the entire season, and they ought to be even better than that once Turner comes back in May. The bullpen question may be longer-lasting, however, given Jansen’s struggles. Although he brushed off early concerns about his performance (and he recorded a pair of scoreless innings over the weekend), there were questions about Jansen’s velocity in the spring, which have only amplified a month into the season. According to, Jansen’s sinker is averaging only 93.6 mph this April, compared with 95.7 mph last April and 94.9 two Aprils ago. We know that unexplained changes in velocity may indicate the kind of injury or mechanical problem that leads to cold streaks or prolonged absences, and we also know how important Jansen was to the Dodgers’ bullpen last year (he accounted for 48 percent of their relief WAR by himself). If Jansen suffers a down season, it would seriously affect L.A.’s chances of returning to the World Series.Chicago Cubs (10-9)What’s gone wrong: The Cubs are scoring plenty and they’ve already enjoyed a few memorable moments in 2018 so far, including this ridiculous eighth-inning comeback against the Braves the Saturday before last. But their starting pitching and defense — i.e., the twin cornerstones of Chicago’s 2016 World Series run — have been surprisingly mediocre thus far. Although veteran lefty Jon Lester has basically been his usual solid self, none of the other rotation members have lived up to their previous track records, from club mainstay Kyle Hendricks to newcomers Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood and second-year Cub Jose Quintana. And if Cub pitchers used to generate easily fieldable balls in play, that’s no longer the case: The team is below average in defensive efficiency and ordinary in various other fielding metrics. (When even Jason Heyward is showing up as a negative in the field, your defense has problems.)Cause for concern? Defensively, not really. Heyward may have lost a step in the field — which is worth keeping an eye on — but Chicago started slow on defense last season, too. They eventually managed to finish near the top of the advanced-metric leaderboards when all was said and done. But there might be real cause for concern in the subpar performance of the Cubs’ rotation, even after taking defense out of the equation. Chicago’s starters rank seventh-worst in fielding-independent pitching so far this season, continuing a three-year slide from fourth-best in 2016 to 10th-best last year, and now 24th-best in 2018. The optimist’s case is that this group is too talented to keep pitching so poorly — and walking so many batters, specifically — but the Cubs will have a hard time fending off the Cardinals and Brewers in the NL Central (much less reclaiming their superteam status) if they don’t start getting a lot more out of their rotation soon. read more

Womens golf falls to back of field after 2 rounds

The Ohio State women’s golf team sits in a tie for 20th place in the 24-team field after two rounds of play at the NCAA Championships in Bryan, Texas. The Buckeyes fired a 303 in round one and a 315 in round two, combining for a 618 through the first two rounds. The scoring system takes each team’s top four individual scores per round and combines them Par for a team in a single round is 288. Leading the Buckeyes is senior captain In Hong Lim, who shot a 76 and 77, respectively, over the first two rounds. Lim’s nine-over par performance was marred by a triple bogey on her first hole of competition in the tournament on Wednesday. Sophomore co-captain Rachel Rohanna, who led the Buckeyes in scoring in the regional that advanced OSU to nationals, struggled on day one, taking nine bogeys and three double bogeys on Wednesday’s opening round to score an uncharacteristically high 86 on the par-72 course She recovered on day two, leading the team with a 77. “You can’t win on the first day, so getting off to a good start would definitely be my first priority,” coach Therese Hession said before the team left for Texas last week. The Buckeyes also struggled early in their regional tournament, but finished in sixth place. Sophomore Susana Benavides and junior Vicky Villanueva led the Buckeyes with scores of 74 on day one, but neither could replicate that performance. Benavides scored an 80 in round two, while Villanueva finished with an 82 on the second day. Sophomore Amy Meier scored an opening day 79, paired with an 82 on day two. UCLA leads the field, firing a 584, just eight strokes over par through the first half of the tournament. Purdue, which won the tournament last year, sits in second place with a score of 587. read more

Ohio State football confidential Urban Meyers secret leadership committee

CHICAGO – ESPN said it had “all access” during its recent run of programing focused on Ohio State football’s fall practices, but there remains at least one element of the team that few have infiltrated. OSU coach Urban Meyer has a hand-picked collective of players on the 2012 Buckeyes squad that have demonstrated leadership abilities. This “leadership committee,” as Meyer and some of the players involved refer to the operation, assembles for meetings under Meyer’s direction and discusses “confidential” subjects related to team business. Meyer appeared at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago July 27, and was accompanied by three players he confirmed to be members of the leadership committee – senior defensive lineman John Simon, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino and senior fullback Zach Boren. Meyer and the three players, who were each named co-captains of the 2012 team along with senior running back Jordan Hall and redshirt senior defensive lineman Garret Goebel, did not seem eager to divulge information regarding the existence or activities of the group. Meyer did say OSU fans can rest assured knowing the clandestine meetings do indeed benefit the football team. “Yeah, it’s not secret,” Meyer said of the leadership committee. “We are very confidential in everything we discuss. Every place I’ve (coached), I’ve had a group of players that are my leadership.” Meyer smirked quickly after finishing that thought – it was all he had to say about the leadership committee. The smile showed the playful nature with which he guards the secret society, and his players follow suit. Simon chuckled, avoided eye contact and ran his hand down his face as he conceded that the group does maintain a level of secrecy, saying “yeah, it’s kind of secret.” Simon wouldn’t confirm the number of players in the leadership committee saying only, “there’s a couple (players).” “Coach Meyer just gets us together and we’ll discuss topics on the team really,” Simon said. “We kind of just sit down and talk.” Boren was more loose-lipped in discussing the leadership committee – he confirmed that eight OSU players of varying class years comprise Meyer’s committee. He also explained how he and his fellow leadership committee members act on Meyer’s call to lead. Some of Boren’s actions as a leader will manifest themselves on the field during the upcoming season – during Big Ten Media Days, Boren said he expects to see more of the football in running situations as a fullback. Off the field, he’s a motivator to young players. “Just preach what (Meyer) preaches. If we weren’t telling guys to get out there and do stuff, we don’t know if they would. So we kinda take it upon ourselves to make sure everyone’s doing the right thing,” Boren said. “Sending out mass texts to guys telling them they have to be, you know, do certain drills here … and pulling them with us. “Instead of doing stuff on our own like maybe we did in the past, you know, now we’re pulling guys with us.” Boren said the members of the committee are quicker to vocalize their concerns too. Speaking your mind, and therefore bettering the team, is part of the deal as a member of the committee, he said. “There’s some guys on our leadership committee that weren’t very vocal in, let’s say, January or February of years past. And now that they’re on the committee they kind of have a, not a sense of pride, but they’re not scared to open up their mouths,” Boren said. “(They) become what we need.” Meyer’s leadership committee, along with the rest of the Buckeyes, will take the field for its season-opening game against Miami University (Ohio) Sept. 1 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Urban Meyer reflects on Ohio State footballs perfect season

Braxton Miller, the sophomore quarterback of the Ohio State football team, is a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, which is awarded to the nation’s best quarterback. Miller might also get an invitation to travel to New York as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding player in college football. His coach, however, believes he still has a long way to go. “Our quarterback fundamentally wasn’t the best fundamental quarterback in America,” coach Urban Meyer said Monday. “If he becomes fundamentally the best quarterback in America, I think he will be the best quarterback in America. He’s not there yet.” Meyer said he would grade the OSU passing offense this season as a “C to C-minus.” “That’s up a little bit from what it was a year before, but still nowhere near what we want, not even in the same hemisphere as far as what’s expected,” Meyer said. “That has to change, and change fast.” Meyer said he puts much of the responsibility of improving Miller and the passing offense on offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman. “Tom Herman and I are going to have a chat. Why didn’t that happen?” Meyer said. “Tom Herman did a fabulous job. But Tom Herman and Braxton Miller understand that they have to get better.” Meyer looked back on other aspects of the 2012 season as well, while looking ahead to 2013, during his season wrap-up press conference on Monday. Looking back on a 12-0 season Meyer said he will remember the 2012 Buckeyes for their “incredible character, determination and genuine love for one another.” “The memory that I’ll always have of this season … is just the complete selflessness,” Meyer said. “Arguably the best I’ve ever seen.” Meyer did not give a definitive response on whether the Buckeyes deserve to finish No. 1 in the Associated Press poll, but said he believes his team can play with “any team in the country.” Will Meyer make coaching changes? Meyer said Monday that he has no plans to make any changes to his coaching staff but realizes that some of his coaches might be pursued for other coaching opportunities at other programs. “I’m not going to make a change,” Meyer said. “One negative thing about success and hiring good coaches is that they’re hot items … I’d like to think at a place like Ohio State, you only will leave here to become a head football coach.” No word yet on Hankins, Roby In addition to losing 21 seniors from this year’s football team due to graduation, two underclassmen who could potentially leave OSU to move on to the NFL are junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. Meyer said he has not yet discussed the possibility of declaring for the NFL draft with either player. Roby said on Nov. 14 that he had discussed his potential decision with OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs. Concerns for 2013 season If history is any indication, the 2013 season has championship potential for the Buckeyes. Jim Tressel, the last coach to spend two or more years leading the OSU football program, won a national championship in his second year in Columbus. Meyer also won one of two national championships at Florida, one of which was in his second year with the Gators. Meyer said that by achieving an undefeated season this year, the “standard has been set” for his second season. “My concern here is complacency,” Meyer said. “If they’re not angry and complacent, this team’s average as dirt.” Meyer said that with the exception of sophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who he called an “excellent football player,” the linebackers are the weakest position group on the team heading into 2013. “Other than (Shazier), I couldn’t tell you who can play,” Meyer said. Meyer said that his No. 1 concern for the offseason is recruiting, and second is the “fundamental development of our players.” Meyer said the team is affected, however, by losing the opportunity to develop players through practices leading up to a bowl game. read more

Ohio State mens basketball walk the line in Indianapolis

Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) fights to get a shot off during a game against Michigan March 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU lost, 72-69.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — Down by as many as 16 points early against Michigan (25-8, 17-4) in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals, it was like nothing had changed for the Ohio State men’s basketball team.One day after completing an 18-point comeback against Nebraska in the final 13:45 of the game, OSU allowed Michigan to come out hot and seemingly shut the door on the Buckeyes early.Although OSU (25-9, 12-9) came close to pulling out another victory — even taking the lead with less than three minutes to play — the Wolverines hit their shots down the stretch and pulled out a narrow 72-69 win.So what went wrong for those first few minutes? Why do the Buckeyes continue to put themselves in deep holes?“It starts from the beginning of the game, and you don’t know why guys aren’t ready to go,” senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said after the loss to Michigan. “I don’t know why that is and it’s something I’m obviously not used to. As a senior, that’s leadership — we need to try and make sure guys are ready to go when we tipoff … Those are situations where it’s tough and you come over and talk to the coaches and say ‘We don’t have it right now, we don’t have the juice,’ and coaches can’t do anything about that, and that’s on us out there.“I can’t think about the whole team and I’ve just got to fight and hope a spark will get lit.”Coach Thad Matta said against the Cornhuskers, the Buckeyes were completely to blame for allowing themselves to fall behind. But against Michigan, it was hard to stop the Wolverines from shooting so well.“I was not happy yesterday (against Nebraska),” Matta said. “I think today the way they (Michigan) came out and played that first 13 minutes was … I would venture to say they would be up by double digits on most anybody in college basketball.”Junior guard Shannon Scott, whose career-high tying 18 points was a major part of the comeback, said it’s hard to stop a team that shoots so well for long stretches.“Michigan hit some crazy shots,” Scott said. “I’ve never seen shots like that happen honestly. I feel like we have a great defense, we played our defense, they just hit some great shots. We can’t really stop that.”Junior forward LaQuinton Ross — who finished with a game-high 19 points in the loss to the Wolverines — was quick to add the hot shooting didn’t last the whole night, as OSU found its way back into the game.“But we fought back — we fought back and got in the game. That’s what we’ve been doing this whole tournament and it came down to the end, couple of plays that we didn’t make and that’s on us,” Ross said.Adversity spurs growth though, and that is something Smith Jr. said he fully expects to come out of the way the Buckeyes battled back.“Once we get these (little things) corrected, I’d be afraid of us,” Smith Jr. said. “We’re definitely going to be a better team because of it. We take that with the type of fight this team has, and the effort we’re giving to dig ourselves out of holes, I think that’ll be something good for us.”Junior forward Sam Thompson said part of allowing themselves to get down was lacking the mentality to keep fighting.“We got a little soft, we started feeling sorry for ourselves, we started pointing the finger instead of looking in the mirror and hunkering down, coming together and being a tough basketball team,” Thompson said. “That’s who we are, we’re a tough basketball team. We’re a team that’s not going to give up, that’s not going to allow one play to affect the next and that’s what we need to be the next few weeks.”OSU, a six seed in the NCAA Tournament, is scheduled to take on No. 11-seeded Dayton (23-10, 10-6) in the second round of the tournament Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y. at 12:15 p.m.“Every game this tournament, we dug ourselves into a hole, we’ve got to stop doing that. Once we get that in our heads, it will be all right,” Scott said. read more

Opinion The return of LeBron James means everything to Cleveland

2013 NBA Champion for the Miami Heat and Akron, Ohio native LeBron James stands on the sidelines at the Wisconsin football game Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Lantern file photoI will never forget where I was four years ago, when LeBron James broke the collective hearts in Cleveland by announcing his decision to join the Miami Heat.I sat in a Florida hotel lobby as the “King” made his announcement to take his talents to South Beach, and the lobby let out a collective roar. I sank in my chair knowing that the chances of a championship happening in Cleveland were, once again, dashed.Flash forward to today — I sat in my bedroom. Not my school bedroom but my bedroom back home. The bedroom in which I grew up, and I heard the news that James was returning home.It felt surreal.I ran downstairs to make sure it wasn’t a dream. It wasn’t, and I couldn’t be happier for fellow Cleveland fans and for the King himself.Nothing beats coming home. No matter how far away you are, nothing is better. My favorite place in the world is, and always will be, Columbus, Ohio. However, nothing is better than making the two hour drive up I-71 to come home to Brunswick, Ohio, which is located just 30 minutes south of downtown Cleveland, the place where I have always called home.The same seems to stand true for James. In a letter written to “Sports Illustrated,” James said, “I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there.”Words can’t describe how much those words mean to Clevelanders. No one chooses us. No one seems to want to play in Cleveland. But now, the best player in the world chose us. If you are not from Cleveland, you can’t understand, and we don’t expect you to.Cleveland has endured The Drive, The Shot, The Fumble and even The Decision — but now, we have The Return. We have something to give us hope — something we haven’t had in a long time.I wrote two months ago that the month of May could prove to be the turning point for Cleveland sports, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Today is the day.The drafting of Johnny Manziel to the Browns was great and brought some excitement, but nothing compares to this. The Cavaliers winning the draft lottery and ultimately selecting Andrew Wiggins was fun, but again, doesn’t compare.James is an Ohio guy. Manziel and Wiggins, while great players in their own right, are not from here. They don’t know our desperation for a winner. James does, and his return to a city with a 50-year title drought means more than words can describe.Let me be clear: Just because James is back in Cleveland still doesn’t guarantee us a championship, but it doesn’t have to. While we want a title, to see James likely finish his career with his hometown team means a lot.So as I, a 21-year old man, sat in the house I grew up, watching the news on James unfold, I admit tears came into my eyes because nothing has ever meant this much to a generation of Cleveland sports fans.Welcome home, LeBron. We are excited to see you back in the wine and gold. read more

Baseball Ohio States bats roar to life in third game for sweep

Ohio State sophomore infielder Conner Pohl (39) takes a swing at a pitch in the fourth inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State Buckeyes’ pitching staff roared with life in first two games against the Penn State Nittany Lions, surrendering one combined run for a pair of wins. Then it was the offense’s turn to produce with 11 runs in Game 3 and lead the Buckeyes (24-10, 6-3 Big Ten) to a sweep of the Nittany Lions (7-22, 1-11 Big Ten) in State College, Pennsylvania.Game 1Neither offense earned a single run in Friday’s game.That said, calling the 1-0 Ohio State win a “pitcher’s duel” might be a stretch because although only one runner scored, 24 were left on base.Ohio State senior closer Seth Kinker entered the one-run game in the sixth inning needing nine outs to deliver the Buckeyes the win and secure his eighth save of the season. Penn State threatened in the ninth after a double by center fielder Jordan Bowersox put runners on second and third with two outs and arguably Penn State’s best hitter, junior catcher Ryan Sloniger, at the plate. On a full count pitch, Kinker got Sloniger to fly out to center field and seal the victory. It was the sixth time a runner was stranded on third Friday.An errant throw on a failed pickoff attempt in the fifth inning by Penn State starter Justin Hagenman allowed the lone run to score when Ohio State sophomore right fielder Dominic Canzone scored from second.That run was Hagenman’s only blemish in 6.2 innings of work.Junior Connor Curlis started for the Buckeyes and threw 4.2 shutout innings, but walked four batters. Senior Kyle Michalik took over next and picked up the win, his first of the season.Game 2Through six innings, Ohio State junior starting pitcher Ryan Feltner showed why he is regarded as one of the Big Ten’s top MLB draft prospects.He went six shutout innings allowing only five hits and walking just three batters with five strikeouts. The quality start earned him his fourth win of the season as the Buckeyes took a 5-1 game two win.The bulk of Ohio State’s offense came in the fourth inning. Junior designated hitter Brady Cherry homered for the second time this season as part of a four-run outburst. An error by Penn State left fielder Braxton Giavedoni assisted in the effort and meant two runs were unearned.Penn State made it a 5-1 game in the eighth on an RBI single by Giavedoni, but Michalik entered for the ninth and retired the Nittany Lions in order to secure the victory.Game 3Ohio State head coach Greg Beals mentioned before the series began that he felt Penn State was ripe for Ohio State’s offense. And in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Buckeye offense was finally fruitful.Sophomore first baseman Conner Pohl and senior left fielder Tyler Cowles combined for seven RBIs in the 19-8 win, with each delivering two-run home runs.The Buckeyes jumped out to an early 6-3 lead in the third inning after Cowles singled home a pair of runs. Two more runs scored by the end of the frame to extend Ohio State’s lead to 8-3. Junior Penn State first baseman Shea Sbranti teed off on redshirt senior starter Adam Niemeyer for a three-run bomb in the second inning, and the Nittany Lions brought the game back within three on a two-run single from freshman designated hitter Parker Hendershot in the third.It was all Ohio State from there.The Buckeyes added three more in the fourth assisted by the Pohl home run, part of a string of nine unanswered runs.Niemeyer finished with five earned runs in five innings and earned the win, his third. Redshirt freshman Dante Biasi started for Penn State and fell to 1-5 on the year after allowing seven earned runs in 2.1 innings. read more

Football No 2 Ohio State stunned by Purdue rolled 4920

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana- All the talk all week was about the potential of Purdue being the trap game on Ohio State’s schedule.The Buckeyes did not look in control in recent wins over Indiana and Minnesota, and Purdue came in with three-straight wins and a top 10 offense in yards.It was a night game, it was on the road and Purdue had weapons in the pass game that looked to exploit Ohio State’s pass defense. The momentum was not in favor for the Buckeyes. These storylines were talked about all week. The Buckeyes knew about the storylines all week. It didn’t matter. Purdue exploited all of them in a 49-20 victory over No. 2 Ohio State.“How surprised? Very surprised, I thought we had a good week of work, the glaring shortcomings we have, like you said were exposed,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “you gotta score points. We never had this issue so we’re gonna get a real thorough evaluation of that.”Redshirt senior quarterback David Blough challenged the Ohio State defense all night, and threw two touchdowns in the first half to give the Boilermakers a lead early in the game.After both Ohio State and Purdue combined for four punts to start the game, the Boilermakers opened up the scoring on a 15-play, 98-yard drive, leading to Blough finding senior wide receiver Isaac Zico on a 13-yard play in the corner of the end zone.On a perfect catch and throw, Zico managed to avoid the solid coverage by redshirt junior cornerback Kendall Sheffield, and bring down the ball with one hand, putting Purdue up 7-0 late in the first quarter.This set the tone for the Purdue offense against Ohio State, which used slant routes and short throws up the middle to open up a part of the defensive that the Buckeyes have struggled with all season.Just before halftime, Purdue drove eight plays for 80 yards, capped off with Blough finding freshman wide receiver Rondale Moore in the endzone with 29 seconds to go in the second quarter to lead 14-3 at half.Before Blough found the endzone, Purdue successfully executed a fake field goal to get the ball down inside the 10-yard line, eventually leading to the Moore touchdown.“Obviously we have a little bit of a tendency there, and they executed and we did not, so those are all part of things I gotta evaluate,” Meyer said.Blough threw 25-for-43 with 378 yards and three touchdowns, with freshman wide receiver Rondale Moore being his main target all day, catching 12 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns.The Boilermakers went into the first half leading with 256 yards of total offense to the Buckeyes’ 207.But Ohio State has been a second-half team all season, not allowing a point to Minnesota a week ago, and coming back from down 12 in the fourth quarter to Penn State.The third quarter started as expected, Ohio State drove all the way down to the red zone with a quick set of plays, but could only muster a field goal.Purdue took advantage, with redshirt senior running back D.J. Knox pounding it through the Boilermaker offensive line for a touchdown, advancing the Boilermakers’ lead to 21-6.The Buckeyes again looked like they could stop the train, driving down to the 2-yard line before getting stopped again in the red zone. This time Ohio State went for it on fourth down, targeting redshirt wide receiver K.J. Hill on a screen. But the pass was broken up, resulting in a turnover on downs.“A lot of missed opportunities tonight that resulted in this loss, but nothing to do with bad play calling or bad scheme,” Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins said. “It’s just play better.”Purdue finished off any chance Ohio State had of coming back with a 42-yard touchdown run by Knox on third and nine to put the Boilermakers up 28-6.Knox scored a second insurance touchdown with less than seven minutes ago, this one from 40 yards, to keep Purdue up 22.Knox finished the day with 15 carries for 131 yards and three touchdowns.Haskins answered between the Knox touchdowns with a 32-yard score to redshirt senior Johnnie Dixon with 9:36 to go to cut the lead to 28-13.Haskins connected again with less than five minutes remaining to redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin from 34 yards to bring the game to 35-20.Haskins continued his string of strong numbers, completing 48 of 72 passes for 470 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The completions and yards were both Ohio State records.“I never thought I would have to throw 72 times to win the game,” Haskins said. “You got to do what you got to do to win and this ended today, so we have to figure out what we have to do for Nebraska.” The Haskins interception by junior linebacker Markus Bailey was returned for a touchdown, sealing Purdue’s 49-20 win.The Buckeyes’ run game continued to struggle, combining for only 76 yards on 25 carries for 3 yards per rush.“I look up at the board and I see the rushing yardage again and we’re just gonna, you know we just gotta get something going, you can’t just throw for 400 yards,” Meyer said. “Down the stretch here we gotta get some run game.”Ohio State finished with 546 total yards to Purdue’s 539.Junior wide receiver Austin Mack left the game on a cart with an undisclosed injury in the third quarter. He finished the game with one catch for 24 yards.Redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette did not play in the game due to injury he suffered last week against Minnesota.“We’re 7-1, and our objective is get to be 8-1 and find a way to get these things fixed in the bye week and get some guys healthy,” Meyer said. “We’re on fumes in the back end of our defense right now, so we gotta get some guys healthy.”Ohio State has a bye week, and will next face Nebraska on Nov. 3 at Ohio Stadium.Story updated at 1:22 a.m. to include postgame quotes read more

Facebook has been down for hours Instagram and WhatsApp also affected

[CNBC] Facebook users around the world are reporting issues logging into and posting on the site as well as on Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook hasn’t given a reason for the outage, and provided minimal information other than acknowledging it is aware services are down in some areas.Facebook shares were relatively unchanged Wednesday afternoon.The company acknowledged the outage in a tweet Wednesday, saying, “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”It later confirmed the problem was not the result of a DDoS attack, which refers to a Distributed Denial-of-Service attack in which a hacker overwhelms a site by flooding it with fake traffic.Reports of problems with Facebook peaked at over 11,000 worldwide according to Downdetector, a website where users can report problems on apps and websites. Downdetector listed zero problems by about 5 p.m. Eastern, but Facebook hadn’t yet confirmed the issues were resolved.Users reported a variety of problems, from being unable to load the site at all to not being able to post comments. Facebook users posted screenshots on Twitter showing error messages when they tried to load the app. When loading the site, some users’ got a message on the screen saying “Account Temporarily Unavailable.”Read more: Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInstagram, Facebook, Whatsapp downJuly 3, 2019In “latest news”Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and MessengerJanuary 25, 2019In “latest news”GTT rolls out ‘Free Basic 4G Services’ – Gov’t lauds initiativeJune 2, 2016In “Business” read more

Medical Council to probe death of children at GPHC

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDeaths of children at GPHC…Guyana Medical Council concludes probe into doctors’ conductMay 12, 2019In “Health”Deaths of 3 children at GPHC: 6 months after, Medical Council still to decide on fate of doctorsJuly 9, 2019In “latest news”Medical practitioners responsible for deaths of leukemia patients still employedMarch 25, 2019In “Crime” The Medical Council of Guyana – a regulatory body – will be launching an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of three juvenile cancer patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).GPHC recently concluded its own probe into the matter, which found that the medical personnel did not follow the established protocol in administering drugs to the three children, who died earlier this year.“We have not received the report but we have asked for the report from GPHC and we are expecting that soon…there has to be certain investigation I would believe because on our part we still have to look into the matter,” explained Dr Navin Rambarran, Chairman of the Council.Parents and other activists have been calling for the suspension of medical licenses from those doctors responsible for the deaths of seven-year-old Curwayne Edwards on January 14 and three-year-old Roshini Seegobin on January 18 and six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca on January 24.Family members of little Mendonca has since indicated their intention to sue the GPHC. read more

Pensioner charged for sharing nude photos of estranged lover

A sixty-five-year old man was on Monday granted bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for sharing nude photos of his estrange lover.Godfrey Taylor, a martial arts instructor denied the allegation when it was read to him on Monday.The charge alleged that while Taylor was at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation on December 15, 2018, he knowingly and without lawful excuse, exposed the nude photographs of Chendra Sewnarine.The prosecution team did not object to bail being granted to the Sandy Babb Street resident and order a probation report into the matter.As such, he was released on $10,000 bail and the matter will call again on March 20. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner charged for placing nude photo of Ex – Lover on BBMJanuary 10, 2014In “Crime”Prime Minister’s son accused of dragging, beating woman; granted $150,000 bailMarch 3, 2014In “Crime”Woman charged for posting nude photos of ex on FacebookAugust 30, 2017In “Court” read more

Every local option was exhausted to resolve constitutional crisis issue –

Having been unable to reach a compromise with the coalition Government regarding a possible date for the next General and Regional Elections, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said the only option left is to internationalise and lobby international organisations, countries and bodies for their support.Jagdeo maintained that there is nothing wrong with doing so. The former Guyanese Head of State said as a patriot, it bothers him that “we can’t resolve our own issues.” The Opposition Leader said he has exhausted every possible means available to him to try to work on a solution to the matter.“Sometimes when you meet all the good-faith efforts and you don’t have a party that is willing to engage like this Government… they started off by saying that we respect the passage of the No-confidence Motion and now they are coming up with all spurious reasons why it shouldn’t apply.”Jagdeo said he felt that President David Granger and his Government were never keen to listen to his party’s concerns, and was insisting that it is business as usual.In addition to that, the Opposition Leader pointed to the fact that when he met with the President, he had made a proposal to him. And instead of consulting with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to find out whether his proposal was realistic, instead he repeated the same old excuses. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo dubs 2018 Budget most “disastrous” one ever presented to nationNovember 28, 2017In “Local News”Opposition Leader clears air on meeting with President GrangerSeptember 9, 2015In “Politics”‘No room for arrogant foreign policy’: Jagdeo urges Granger to meet with Maduro in New YorkSeptember 25, 2015In “Politics” read more

Modern curriculum for Grades 1 and 2

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana’s experience, oil education among changes to curriculum says Education MinistryNovember 14, 2018In “Business”Govt has no plans as yet for ICT in nursery schoolsJanuary 14, 2019In “Business”Addressing gender inequalities: CDB hands over curriculum, training kit to UWIOctober 4, 2018In “Regional” The Ministry of Education has piloted a retooled curriculum for Grade 1 and 2 learners for the new school year beginning in September.The Ministry, in collaboration with the Guyana Education Sector Improvement project (GESIP), is currently conducting a series of consultation sessions across the country as part of the reformation of the national curriculum.Quenita Waldron-Lewis Project Coordinator, GESIP cited the need to tailor the curriculum for the current global setting in order to adequately endow learners.“We cannot in earnest be trying to train children for the 21st century if the curriculum that we are using is two decades old because then you are not equipping children with modern skills for the world that they’re going to be facing,” Waldron said.This reformation will impact the standard of education taught in schools and is slated to benefit students from the Nursery level to Grade 9.Waldron further explained that the ministry is tailoring the curricula to adopt a more student-centred learning approach and to cater to all types of learners.“What we are endeavouring to do is ideally put the student at the centre of the learning. The education experience will come alive more for children because they are going to be thinking and learning through all of the different modalities through which children inherently think and learn,” she said.The reformed curricula will facilitate the ministry’s push for the development of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Spirituality (STEAMS) in schools.“This curriculum reform focuses on STEAMS is something you’re going to see as a cross-cutting theme throughout the curriculum. We are working with a more integrated approach to our curriculum.”The Education Ministry recently announced that a new Grade Six timetable was piloted in several primary schools that allows for greater subject reinforcement for areas students are weak in. It also serves to introduce the learners to timetabling; a system usually used from Grade 7.“Being able to predict what’s going to happen in your day, from a developmental standpoint is always useful for children. It reduces anxiety, and it improves their preparedness for what they are going to face,” she added.Minister of Education, Dr. Nicolette Henry at the recent commissioning of the Kato Secondary School in Region Eight reminded that the ministry recognizes the challenges facing learners and is actively working to reduce the disparities that exist between the hinterland and coastland schools.In this regard, and in keeping with the ministry’s mandate to deliver equitable educational opportunities to all, the reformed curricula will be made available to every school in Guyana.The local education syllabus has not been reformed since 1976, and these steps taken are considered timely. read more

Opposition MP Adrian Anamayah to resign

Opposition back-bencher Adrian Anamayah has decided to resign as a Member of Parliament (MP).Anamayah, who is also a US citizen, told Inews that he has already informed the head of the list from which his name was extracted and will be submitting his letter of resignation to the Speaker of the National Assembly soon.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo informed a news conference today that Anamayah chose to keep his foreign citizenship due to family commitments.Jagdeo reiterated that the other Opposition ‘dual citizens’ parliamentarians: Gail Teixeira and Odinga Lumumba will be renouncing their foreign citizenship.In fact, he said Teixeira has already started the process. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeixeira, Anamayah resign as MPsApril 17, 2019In “latest news”PPP’s Gail Teixeira prepared to renounce Canadian citizenship …following CJ’s rulingFebruary 1, 2019In “latest news”Govt being “duplicitous” by failing to remove its dual citizenship MPs – JagdeoMarch 29, 2019In “latest news” read more

Labourer stabbed to death by drinking buddy

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner arraigned with murder of drinking buddyFebruary 12, 2019In “Court”Essequibo labourer stabbed to death by Uncle in drunken rowApril 23, 2018In “Crime”Labourer stabbed to death over old grievanceFebruary 7, 2019In “Crime” A drinking session between two friends took a turn for the worst on Saturday resulting in the death of one and the other in police custody.The dead man has been identified as 48-year-old Michael Chu also called ‘Chuman’, alabourer of Charity Housing Scheme Essequibo Coast, Region Two.Chu had been reportedly consuming alcohol with the suspect of Grant Melville ,lower Pomeroon River at Glen Nors ,Lower Pomeroon River, when a heated argument broke out between them.Reports are that the younger labourer, in the midst of the argument, armed  himself with a knife and stabbed Chu several times about the body.A Coast Guard responded to a request for assistance and Chu was transported to  the Charity Hospital in Essequibo where he was admitted.However, he was later transferred to the Suddie Hospital but subsequently succumbed to his injuries. The 28-year-old suspect was arrested and is said to be assisting with the investigation. read more

Misuse of funds probe – Head of SOCU questioned but still

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSOCU probing Demerara River Bridge feasibility study contractSeptember 18, 2018In “Crime”Top Cop signals intention to replace SOCU HeadJuly 17, 2019In “Crime”Investigation into New Demerara bridge corruption probe complete- SOCU HeadJanuary 15, 2019In “latest news” Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) Sydney James has been questioned in relation to the misuse of funds at the entity but remains at the helm as the probe continues.Police Commissioner Leslie James on Monday told reporters that James is on the job but did not respond to questions by the media about his contractual period. However, the Commissioner did say that James’ contract will be made public at the relevant time. He added that he is not aware of the SOCU Deputy Head being replaced as yet but said he will pronounce further also at an “appropriate time.”Amid concerns about possible misuse of funds, Government is unhappy with the Unit’s failure to secure money laundering convictions in court based on the cases SOCU prepares. In an interview on Monday with the media, Attorney General Basil Williams lamented the situation in light of the Caribbean Financial Task Force’s (CFATF) mutual evaluations.SOCU Head, Assistant Police Commissioner Sydney James“I’m concerned that we haven’t had any convictions in relation to anti-money laundering offences. We have to strengthen SOCU, which is the enforcement arm,” Williams said. “You know we lost (former adviser) Mr Sittlington, we lost (former financial analyst) Sheronie James. And we’ve been trying to get a qualified prosecutor for them.”The probe into the operations of the white-collar crime-fighting Unit was triggered when the former British adviser made a number of allegations against the Unit.Following the allegations, James was subjected to questioning over allegations of improper spending. This is in light of the ongoing investigation and audit which stemmed after the termination of the British adviser.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had confirmed that an investigation is ongoing into the matter, where he noted that there were allegations of monies not being spent properly and it is now within the jurisdiction of the investigators to understand the spending procedures at SOCU.Sittlington, after being fired amid a conflict of interest scandal, had revealed that SOCU has not been operating in a manner in which it should and that there are instances of improper spending.The parliamentary opposition has maintained that SOCU, which was set up to fight money laundering and other white-collar crimes, has become a political unit under the APNU/AFC regime.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had said that Sittlington was going beyond his advisory role and taking on executive functions, pointing out that he was going on operations such as raids and arrests.SOCU was also under scrutiny after its Deputy Director, Sheronie James, resigned after a local Magistrate disqualified her as an expert witness based on her lack of qualifications.Ramjattan had said James was recommended by senior officials after she would have indicated her qualifications, which the Ministry thought was genuine.Questions were previously raised about the police investigating James and whether there could be any bias, however, the Public Security Minister had assured that it is perfectly normal and that in addition to the police’s own internal audits ongoing at SOCU, the auditor general can come in and take control of the proceedings.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanHe had stated that the police auditors were seeking to understand better, the systems which have been in place for spending at the agency.This comes even as the parliamentary opposition has expressed concern about SOCU moving away from its original mandate.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has previously said that SOCU’s mandate is not being delivered, especially since it is suspected of taking political directives. He had noted that this was responsible for its failure rate.SOCU has had several of its cases tossed out of the window by the courts, including a number of charges against former Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) executives and Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry (GBTI) directors. read more

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