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first_img:10 Hold up wait a minute…let’s get something fixed. Right here and right now! Rise AAU Youth Basketball Organization coach Toni Allen did not play for Allderdice. She played for the Westinghouse Bulldogs and is “A Bulldog for life.” Let’s not make that mistake again!! (Come on people upstairs in the editor’s office, let’s get it together) I’m sorry coach, it won’t happen again but can you answer a question for me, why would anybody want to be a bulldog for life? Oops my bad. Just kidding…just kidding.:09 I don’t know a lot about a lot of stuff as you already know if you read this column every week, but I do know this. I know a buy-out when I see one and the city’s trying to buy you out Jordan Miles! Don’t take the $75,000 they’re trying to give you. That means they’re worried. Wait for the $1 to $3 million you got coming. And that, my people you can truly take to the bank!:08 Did you hear about the Blantons? Well here we go. First of all the late great Mr. Blanton, was quite simply the nicest man you would ever meet, bar none. Secondly J.B., the son who played basketball at Pitt won a slam dunk contest at the old Fitzgerald Field House back in the day and Demetrius Gore, Jerome Lane and Charles Smith should have stayed home that night…that’s right I said it! And I know it’s true because I was the M.C. the night that J.B. shook up the world! But this is about “Mrs. B.” She reads Overtime every week. Not only that, she likes it. Go figure. “Mrs. B.” you’re now in the Locker Room. What? …I don’t know if they have a dog or not!:07 Hey Kobe, I bet you know who Jeremy Lin is now, after he dropped 36 on you.:06 How can Michael Jordan, the 2nd greatest player of all time, not run a better team than the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. I don’t get it. M.J. c’mon man!! (Who’s No. 1? Wilt Chamberlain fool. We’ve been over this).:05 Hate to be the one to tell you this. Denzel’s new movie “Safe House” is safe from never being considered a good movie. Slow, weak and unbelievable. (SPOILER ALERT!) And why does anybody think that it’s ever a good idea to kill Denzel off. (Oops my bad! but don’t worry, the movie dies long before Denzel does—funny, they never kill off Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris or Tom Cruise. and Arnold always comes back…house­maid and all) I’m just saying. I give “Safe House” 1-1/2 basketballs. I got ya, you wanna see a good one go see “Man on a Ledge.” I give it 3 basketballs. (Yeah, I double up on the movies for the price of one…oh shut up you know you do it, too. Hey, I ain’t in there by myself…and I do it for my readers, it’s not for me!:04 Anyway, here we go! The Top 10 list ya know and love. Top 10 Denzel Movies: No. 1 “American Gangster”; No. 2 “Training Day”; No. 3 “Man on Fire”; No. 4 “Malcolm X”; No. 5 “Glory”; No. 6 “Book of Eli”; No. 7 “Philadelphia”; No. 8 “Remember the Titans”; No. 9 “Devil in a Blue Dress”; No. 10 “Déjà vu.” (And Alia Carter and Lorana Mitchell signed off on it. Now run and tell that!!):03 Where did the Memphis Grizzles get them god forsaken, ugly as your best friend’s dead grandma, uniforms. You got to be kidding me!:02 Update No. 1—You can add Gabriel Union and Laila Ali to any Top 10 list. No. 2—These guys were below the radar stars but would punish you the same; Alex A.J. Johnson, Terry Knight, Mark McCloud, Chip Harris, Stu Lyons (shut up B.B.), Kenny Lewis, Reggie Cox, Reggie Dukes “The Count” from East Hills, Jimmy Cox and Mike Goosby.:01 “At The Buzzer” You gotta be at Cambria Suites Hotel Feb. 17 for the “Champions Forever” Tip-Off Reception 2012—Black History Month theme honoring Pittsburgh’s African-American authors. Special guest Jim O’Brien, nationally acclaimed writer, B.B. Flenory, Rayco “War” Saunders and The Diamond Models—free parking—6-9 p.m.—cash bar & kitchen—fabulous meet and greet! $20 donation benefits the Kenny Durrett High School All-Star Basketball Classic.Don’t miss The Diamond Models Meet & Greet Fashion Show at the magnificent Savoy Restaurant Feb. 23, upstairs where it’s hot! Get your photo taken with The Fabulous Diamonds—cash kitchen & bar—$20 donation benefits the Kenny Durrett High School All-Star Basketball Classic.DOUBLE OVERTIME:00 Tyler Scott is the new all-time leading scorer at Gateway High School. Now he and his sister share those titles for the Gators, and they are well deserved. Hear me and hear me loud and clear, in two years Tyler Scott will be a recognized Div I star and in three years Barnett Harris will make his mark. You heard it from “Coach Neal”TRIPLE OVERTIME:000 Eddie “E.J.” Jefferies is getting better by the day.~ Game Over ~last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir: Virat Kohli doesn’t have the ability of ABD, Kallis or Lara!

first_imgAdvertisement p0NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsiwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7gm8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) szyWould you ever consider trying this?😱5db6Can your students do this? 🌚xu3r4pRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former India player turned politician Gautam Gambhir has recently shared a shocking comment on the India captain Virat Kohli. He said that Virat Kohli doesn’t have Chris Gayle’s “strength” and AB de Villiers’ “ability” but what he has his stunning fitness level which helps him become one of the most successful players across formats around the world.Advertisement Gautam GambhirVirat Kohli, who has been successful in Tests and ODIs, has also left his mark in the shortest format of the game (T20Is), scoring 2,794 runs from 82 games which came at an average of 50.8. “He (Kohli) was always a very smart cricketer, but then he turned his entire T20 career into a very successful one, just by being supremely fit,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.“Probably because he does not have the strength of Chris Gayle, he doesn’t have the ability of AB de Villiers, he probably does not have the ability of Jacques Kallis or Brian Lara,” he added.Advertisement While the veteran was asked what makes Virat Kohli so effective in the shortest format of the game, Gambhir replied, “The biggest strength he’s got is now his fitness and he’s turned that into his game as well, that’s why he has become so successful, so you got to give it to the guy. The most important thing is that he runs really well between the wickets, not many people do it.”Not only in the international level, but Kohli has also been successful in the Indian Premier League where he has amassed 5,412 runs from 177 games so far. However, Gambhir feels Kohli is more consistent than his teammate and swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma when it comes to rotating the strike.Advertisement “There are very few cricketers in world cricket at this time who can rotate off every ball and that is what Virat Kohli does really well and that’s why he’s different from the rest,” said Gambhir. “You see Rohit Sharma, probably Rohit Sharma doesn’t have that quality which Virat Kohli has to rotate the strike.”“Rohit Sharma has the ability to hit those big shots, but that’s where Virat Kohli is more consistent than Rohit Sharma. Chris Gayle or AB de Villiers don’t have that ability to rotate the strike, especially against spin bowling, but Virat Kohli has that, that’s why he averages 50,” said Gautam Gambhir, one of the vital cogs of India’s title win in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:BCCI clarifies its stance on Asia Cup and IPL 2020Steve Smith reveals why IPL is the ‘best tournament’ he’s been a part of! Advertisementlast_img read more

SWEET SWAP, LIL BIT O’FUN HEAD 12-HORSE FIELD IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF COURSE

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2015)–John Sadler’s Sweet Swap and Phil D’Amato’s Lil Bit O’Fun head a competitive field of 12 older horses set to in Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course.The 6-5 favorite in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlongs turf Daytona Stakes on Dec. 28, Sweet Swap pressed the pace and made the lead at the top of the stretch but tired late, finishing third, a length and a half behind Lil Bit O’Fun, who ran second at 4-1.Fifth, beaten one length three starts back down the hill in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Sweet Swap won the Grade III San Simeon Stakes down the hillside four races back on April 13, 2014 and is 10-4-2-2 lifetime over the course–and thus, will likely be favored again in the Clockers’ Corner.Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, the 6-year-old horse by Candy Ride is 15-6-3-2 overall with earnings of $342,133. Sweet Swap was bred in Kentucky and is out of the Storm Cat mare Fair Exchange.Officially trained by D’Amato in his last six starts subsequent to the retirement of Mike Mitchell, Lil Bit O’Fun rallied from off the pace in the Daytona to miss by a half length. A 7-year-old gelding by Langfuhr, he is 4-2-1-1 down the hill and is 36-7-6-2 overall with earnings of $425,273. Owned by Belmonte, Cohen, Gorman and Sterling Stables, he comes off a productive 2014, in which he won two races from six starts and earned $124,000.D’Amato will also be represented by Hay Dude, who has run well in three consecutive turf miles dating back to Oct. 26, his U.S. debut. A first-out maiden winner going 7 ½ furlongs on turf in September, 2012, the 5-year-old English-bred gelding owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joe Scardino hasn’t sprinted since his fourth career start in England on April 19, 2013.  Hay Dude has an overall mark of 15-3-3-4 and earnings of $99,589.A minor stakes winner over the course, Doug O’Neill’s Pure Tactics cuts back in distance as he pressed the pace and tired to finish sixth, beaten four lengths, in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar on Nov. 28. Owned by Nita Winner, LLC, Pure Tactics is a 6-year-old Texas-bred horse who first came to O’Neill from Fairgrounds in New Orleans eight starts back on Feb. 23, 2014. He has subsequently has a win from five starts down the hill and is 20-8-2-2 overall with earnings of $313,856.Bolita Boyz will make his third start for leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in the Clockers’ Corner and must be a accorded an upset chance. Well beaten in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong Midnight Lute Stakes on dirt Dec. 27, he was an even fifth, beaten 4 ¾ lengths, in a minor stakes down the hillside turf on Oct. 19. Owned by Gatto, GZS Stables, LLC, Schlaich and Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Act of Duty is winless in two tries on turf, but is 10-4-0-1 overall with earnings of $158,061.Although a well beaten ninth in the Grade III Daytona Stakes Dec. 28, millionaire Clubhouse Ride does have a win, a second and a third from six lifetime tries down the hill and the veteran campaigner can never be counted out. Trained by Craig Lewis and owned by Six-S Racing Stable and Niko Petralia, the 7-year-old horse by Candy Ride is 41-5-9-10 overall, with earnings of $1,320,882.The complete field for the Clockers’ Corner Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Lil Bit O’Fun, Rafael Bejarano, 124; Ankeny Hill, Edwin Maldonado, 124; Bolita Boyz, Gary Stevens, 124; Mr. Commons, Victor Espinoza, 119; Sweet Swap, Joe Talamo, 124; Pure Tactics, Mike Smith, 124; Clubhouse Ride, Aaron Gryder, 124; Hay Dude, Kent Desormeaux, 119; Forever Juanito, Tyler Baze, 124; Bahamian Squall, Corey Nakatani, 119, and Heir of Storm, Drayden Van Dyke, 124 (alt.). ALSO ELIGIBLE: Fly Lexis Fly, Elvis Trujillo, 119.last_img read more

WICB ‘dysfunctional’, untrustworthy’ – Holding

first_imgKINGSTON (CMC): Cricket legend Michael Holding has blasted the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as “dysfunctional” and “untrustworthy” and cautioned that the game is in danger of further deterioration if changes are not made. Holding’s public rebuke of the Dave Cameron-led WICB comes amid reports of defiance at the board’s quarterly meeting in St Lucia on Saturday. The WICB said it has retained the services of Dominican lawyer Anthony Astaphan to provide advice on the recommendations of the CARICOM report calling for the dissolution of the board. A WICB release quotes Astaphan as saying that the way forward is for the board and CARICOM to work together to improve the game in the region. “As for the state of West Indies cricket, that will only get worse as long as this current crop of board members remain there and the structure and culture remains the same,” Holding told Fairfax Media. “You cannot have a healthy productive employee workforce while the employer is dysfunctional, untrustworthy and not liked by the employees.” West Indies cricket has been marred by a turbulent relationship between the board and the players and last year the team abandoned a tour of India, leading to a US$42 million lawsuit from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The latest humiliation for the former world beaters came on the weekend when they crashed to an embarrassing innings and 212-run loss to Australia inside three day in the opening Test. – CMClast_img read more

Evangelist Takes On Darwin

first_imgWhat would Darwin do?  Just in time for the 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species, his magnum opus has been reprinted with an introduction not by a scientist or historian, but by a Christian evangelist.  He and a Christian movie actor are trying to get their special edition to students at major universities.  Talk about brashness.  Darwin’s defenders are stepping on themselves to condemn this – well, blasphemy.    World Net Daily told how actor Kirk Cameron is taking heat for working with evangelist Ray Comfort to get the “special edition” of Origin on 100 university campuses for the anniversary.  Cameron (Growing Pains, Left Behind, Fireproof) is now unwitting star of a YouTube spoof making him out to be a “willfully ignorant idiot” for taking on Darwin.  Comfort seems to enjoy watching the response.  “The atheists are going crazy,” he told World Net Daily.    Ray Comfort’s introduction to the Origin includes intelligent design arguments, a look at Darwin’s influence on history, and a short gospel message.  Kirk Cameron commented, “An entire generation is being brainwashed by atheistic evolution without even hearing the alternative; and it’s radically changing the culture of our nation.”  The two have gained years of street smarts talking with atheists.    Comfort defends his edition of the Origin by pointing out other printings through the last century have had critical introductions.  You can read his special Introduction to the Origin of Species on His ministry website, Living Waters, where there is additional information about the Origin into Schools Campaign.  Other Christian ministries are participating.Why not?  Darwinolatry is so easy to knock over, anyone could do it with half a brain.  How many degrees are required to point out that design demands a designer?  How much math training is required to show that “nothing times nobody equals everything” is nonsense?  A group of circus clowns could do it.  How much more a couple of sharp, witty, courteous, bold, talented evangelists?    Unlike the Darwin Party hatemongers, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron love people.  They have a lot of experience talking with individuals about their beliefs.  They understand how atheists think.  They know the shallowness of atheist arguments.  It’s not hard to quote Richard Dawkins, the atheist champion, and ask them to evaluate his statement, “The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved literally out of nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice” (The Ancestor’s Tale, 2004).  He’s right.  Trying to do justice to that kind of folly would be mad.  Look at the fodder in our 09/24/2009 entry alone, to say nothing of nine years of reporting here about Darwinist mythmaking, magic wands, Tinker Bell, Yoda and Popeye stories.  All one has to do is quote a few Darwinists to common people and the lights come on.  A small printed collection of Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week awards would not even require any debating skills.  Someone may wish to take that on as a project.    Some Darwin-critic scientists are frankly too stuffy and shy about going on the offensive.  They are worried that unless we argue with scholarly rhetoric and finesse they might disturb the totalitarian dictators of science.  They think this debate needs more nuance.  After all, we wouldn’t want to provoke PZ Myers to spout more toilet talk on his blistering blog or anything.  They wouldn’t want to interrupt the magic act of the Blunderful Wizard of Flaws.  Enough appeasement!  Storm the castle!    It’s refreshing to see some boldness and brashness for a change.  Here are two nice guys willing to go into the Darwin Party strongholds with a smile and the confidence of their convictions.  They’re willing to take the mudslinging that is to be expected from the other side.  They’re only doing what Darwin told them to do anyway.  “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question,” Charlie said in his own introduction 150 years ago.  Ray and Kirk see one-sided indoctrination and brainwashing going on.  They want to give students a rational alternative.  For crying out loud, they’re giving students an entire free copy of Darwin’s book – Darwin gets 300 pages, and Ray Comfort gets 50.  Fair enough?  What’s the problem?    There’s no reason to be shy when the truth is on your side.  Remember the unlearned fishermen who changed the world?  Unlike Darwin, they were not spreading cleverly devised fables.  They were eyewitnesses.  They knew what they were talking about.  They were excited about the good news they had to share.  Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron are showing us that it’s time to be bold to get the living waters to the masses.  More power to them.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New Forbes Africa out in SA

first_imgRay Maota Patrice Motsepe, South African mining magnate, Mamelodi Sundowns football club owner and billionaire, graces the cover of the first issue of Forbes Africa. (Image: Forbes Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Forbes Africa  +27 860 100 209 RELATED ARTICLES • Law and Order comes to Cape Town • SA actresses make it big in Hollywood • Bieber wins top press photo award • Made in Cape Town: African sci-fiForbes Africa, the latest edition of the world-renowned business magazine, has hit the shelves in South Africa.The launch was held at Montecasino in Fourways, northern Johannesburg, on 29 September 2011.The magazine’s inaugural African edition, which went on sale on 1 October, is published by ABN Publishing and distributed by On the Dot, a leading media logistics company in South Africa.Content for the publication will be derived from a partnership with Africa Business News and TV station CNBC Africa.The business magazine can be found at CNA and Exclusive Books, as well as other selected retailers in South Africa. It will also be available in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mauritius, Botswana and Namibia.Chris Bishop, managing editor of the publication, said: “I am honoured to head up Forbes Africa. It will be a crisp and lucid voice which will resonate wherever people do business – a voice that will articulate the energy, hard work and dreams of the people of Africa.“Forbes Africa is a pan-African magazine that will celebrate and analyse the entrepreneurial spirit in the continent to spark ideas.”Cover manGracing the first issue is South African mining magnate, football club owner and billionaire, Patrice Motsepe.In the issue Motsepe comments on the debate surrounding the nationalisation of mines, money and football.Motsepe said at the launch: “It’s a huge honour to be on the cover of this prestigious magazine, as the people that will feature in this publication will reflect just how excellent entrepreneurship has become in Africa.”The chairperson of Africa Rainbow Minerals and owner of Mamelodi Sundowns, one of the top four football teams in the country, is estimated to be worth US$3.3-billion (R28-billion) and was ranked the 503rd billionaire in the world in 2008.Giving his views on nationalisation as an industry leader, Motsepe said in the first issue that he believes business should be caring about the welfare of its fellow citizens – just as it cares about share growth, competitiveness and the next dividend.Commenting on challenges facing his football team, Motsepe said: “We mainly went into soccer not to make money, but as a means of giving back. Of course we never thought we would lose so much money.“But it’s important for people to know they can relate to you, that you are not an arrogant, aloof, uninvolved person.”The 20 most powerful women in AfricaThe first issue of Forbes Africa also highlights the 20 most powerful women on the continent, ranging from positions in politics, telecoms, finance, mining and aeronautics.In order from one – 10, they are: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweal, minister of finance in Nigeria; Joyce Banda, vice-president of Malawi; Gill Marcus, governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa; Joyce Mujuru, vice-president of Zimbabwe; Diezani Allison-Madueke, minister of petroleum resources in Nigeria; Isabel Dos Santos, an Angolan businesswomen; Maria Ramos, CEO of Absa bank; Mamphele Ramphele, former director of the World Bank; and Linah Mohohlo, governor of the Bank of Botswana.Positions 11 – 20 went to: Nicky-Newton King, deputy CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange; Wangari Mathaai, the first African women to receive a Nobel Peace Prize; Siza Mzimela, CEO of South African Airways; Nonkululeko Nyembezi Heita, CEO of Arcelor Mittal in South Africa; Graça Machel, chancellor of the University of Cape Town; Pinky Moholi, CEO of Telkom; Hynd Bouhia, former director of the Casablanca Stock Exchange; Bridgette Radebe, chairperson of Mmakau Mining; Irene Charnley, non-executive director of the MTN group; and Monhla Hlahla, CEO of Airports Company South Africa.The honour to Wangari Mathaai, Kenyan environmentalist and political activist, comes posthumously as she died in Nairobi at age 71 on 25 September 2011 after a long battle with cancer.She was the first East African women to receive a doctorate in anatomy and the first environmentalist to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for her initiatives in promoting sustainable development, democracy and peace.last_img read more

Is Twitter a Mental Vacuum?

first_imgmike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market When we talk to our less technologically-inclined friends about Twitter, we often run across the objection that they really don’t care what so-and-so ate for lunch today or what movie they are seeing tonight. And every time, we try to extol all the other benefits of the world’s most popular microblogging service. But could we be wrong? Is Twitter mostly people talking about themselves and what they ate for lunch?Well, SemanticHacker, the blog of contextual ad platform Textwise, has crunched some numbers and we may have to eat our hat.Parlez vous Twitterspeak?The blog used Twitter’s streaming API to gather nearly 9 million tweets from over 2 million individual users. Before looking at the data for meaning, the company first took a look at the language distribution of their sample. While the SemanticHacker team expressed their surprise at the language distribution, particularly the strong showing of Portuguese, we at ReadWriteWeb couldn’t help but wonder about the 10% labeled as “Unknown/Misclassified.” Are these tweets simply so horribly misspelled that the language-guessing program they used on the data could not venture a guess? Or could it be that 10% of the Twitter populous is now writing in that contracted form of text message Twitter-speak that it could no longer be classified as a recognizable language? (If you’re looking for a good example, find a 12-year-old and exchange text messages or just give Sarah Palin’s Twitter a look.)What We’re A-Twittering AboutThe folks at SemanticHacker then took a random sample of 1,000 English-language tweets and broke them down into eight categories. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#Semantic Web#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… According to their findings, it seems that Twitter really is full of people talking about themselves. A full 57% of the sample falls into tweets about what a person is doing, or private conversations between individuals. That leaves just 43% for other purposes, but when we take a look at that, the findings seem to become even more dismal. If we take away another 8% for “Other Messages” and “Unknown,” and another 8% for “Spam” and “Advertising,” we’re left with a mere 27% of the information on Twitter having some sort of value.Maybe it isn’t as bad as it looks, though. We’re willing to bet that if we wrote down everything we said in a day, the meaningful parts might not even reach the 27% mark. Oh, did I tell you about the tasty lentils I had for lunch today?last_img read more

Neymar & CR7 lead CL Team of Group Stage

first_imgUEFA Champions League Neymar and Ronaldo lead the Champions League Team of the Group Stage Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 06:44 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(20) Neymar Monaco PSG Ligue 1 26112017 Gettyimages UEFA Champions League Real Madrid PSG Celtic Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur Beşiktaş Kevin De Bruyne Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Kylian Mbappé Harry Kane The PSG striker is living up to his record price-tag so far at Parc des Princes, while his Portuguese counterpart leads the goalscoring charts ALPHONSE AREOLA | PSGAlphonse Areola, PSGIt must be easy playing behind a defence as watertight as PSG’s, but in six games 24-year-old Areola conceded just four times, against Scottish champions Celtic, and kept a clean sheet against Bayern Munich.KIERAN TIERNEY | CELTICKieran Tierney Celtic Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Aged just 20, Tierney has become a star for Celtic. Linked with Manchester United, the left-back provided an assist against Anderlecht and appeared to shock his Bayern counterparts with a lung-busting, dynamic display against the German giants. He is sure to make the move to bigger things soon enough, and it is all the more remarkable that he has yet to find his best position – he has been deployed at right-back, centre-back, left-back and on the left wing during his short career thus far.  JOHN STONES | MANCHESTER CITYJohn Stones Manchester CityStones has come on leaps and bounds since falling under the wing of Pep Guardiola, and he showed just what he can do with an exceptional group stage as Manchester City qualified with ease. Stones not only defended impeccably in his four appearances, but also got up the other end to score on three occasions – proving his talents as an all-round defender.DAVINSON SANCHEZ | TOTTENHAMDavinson Sanchez, Tottenham Hotspur 09132017Sanchez has become an integral part of Tottenham’s backline in recent months. The summer signing, recruited from Ajax, particularly impressed in each tie against Real Madrid, as he successfully nullified Karim Benzema both in Madrid and London.LAYVIN KURZAWA | PSGLayvin Kurzawa PSG AnderlechtA left-back who scored a hat-trick absolutely merits inclusion in a team such as this. Kurzawa netted thrice against Anderlecht in a 5-0 win for PSG, and has also provided two assists, each against Celtic. It helps, too, that PSG have conceded just once in the competition.KEVIN DE BRUYNE | MANCHESTER CITYKevin De Bruyne Premier League Team of the WeekThe most in-form midfielder in European football currently, De Bruyne has grown to dominate games under Pep Guardiola. Dynamic, incisive and capable of the absolutely sublime, the Belgium international has provided three assists and scored once as Manchester City won Group F.PHILIPPE COUTINHO | LIVERPOOLSadio Mane Coutinho FirminoA marvellous hat trick on the final group match-day sees the Brazilian push his way into contention among the best of this first round. Coutinho netted five times and added two assists to send Liverpool through to the knockouts at the top of their group, and no team on the continent will want to face them with him, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in top formCRISTIANO RONALDO | REAL MADRIDCristiano RonaldoRonaldo has been going through something of a slump domestically, but he has scored nine goals in the Champions League, and is the leading scorer in the leading competition on the continent. He has scored in every single European game Real have played this season, including four over two ties against APOEL Nicosia.KYLIAN MBAPPE | PSGKylian Mbappe PSG Celtic Champions League 22112017Mbappe may well be the most amazing prospect to emerge since the Brazilian Ronaldo in the 1990s. Mbappe has dominated games in the European top-flight, even with Neymar hogging the left flank alongside him, and drew ever more admiring glances after an incredible performance in the 3-0 thrashing of Bayern Munich. Four goals and three assists in six games is a tremendous return; Mbappe will surely add to that tally as the competition progresses.NEYMAR | PSGNeymar PSG Troyes Ligue 1 29112017Maybe the best player in the competition this season, Neymar has transformed the Ligue 1 side into one of the most feared sides on the planet. The Brazilian, the most expensive footballer of all time, has contributed to 10 goals in just six games – six goals, four assists – as the club have progressed from Group B.HARRY KANE | TOTTENHAMHarry Kane TottenhamThe Tottenham striker has long been tipped as one of the best strikers in Europe, but, prior to this season, he hadn’t proved it against the best on the continent. This season, that’s all changed – a dynamic, hungry display against Real Madrid inspired Spurs to a 3-1 win at Wembley, while he also scored home and away against Borussia Dortmund. Tottenham have won their group, and Kane has subsequently become one of the most feared strikers on the planet.UCL TEAM OF THE GROUP STAGETeam of the Group Stagelast_img read more

Prime Minister Announces Several Economic Initiatives for 2013

first_imgPrime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has announced a number of economic initiatives that are scheduled to come on stream during 2013.In a national broadcast on Sunday (January 6), the Prime Minister cited the development of the Gordon Cay Container Trans-shipment Hub and the development of the Fort Augusta Container Terminal and logistics centre as two such initiatives.She informed the nation that Cabinet has also approved the establishment of an enterprise team for the privatization of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT), which is currently owned by the Port Authority of Jamaica and is one of the region’s leading container transshipment ports. Concurrent with the development of the port is the construction of the North-South link of Highway 2000, which is being constructed by China Harbour Engineering Company at a cost of US$610 million. Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that this will create a number of jobs with major development projects along the corridor between St. Catherine and St. Ann.Mrs. Simpson Miller also announced good news for developments in tourism, stating that “there will be an injection of over US$200 million in capital expenditure with projects, including leisure hotels Riu Palace and Fiesta Phase Two, as well as Shanghai and Marriott business hotels.”The Prime Minister said that for tourism, there will be an increased thrust into the Russian and Latin American markets. The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has been making headway into these markets and the first nonstop service flight from Moscow to Montego began last week with the Russian airline, Transaero, making its inaugural flight to Jamaica carrying 320 passengers.Mrs. Simpson Miller asked for unity as the nation builds. “I commit to do everything to make our economy stronger,” she said.last_img read more

A primer on the case that led to landmark Supreme Court ruling

first_imgVANCOUVER – Barrett Jordan was arrested in December 2008 for his alleged involvement in a dial-a-dope operation in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.Nine years later, he is at the centre of the Supreme Court of Canada’s attack on what it calls a “culture of delay and complacency” in the criminal justice system.In late 2008, the RCMP arrested Jordan and charged him and nine co-accused with 14 offences. Jordan remained in custody for two months but was eventually released on bail conditions, including strict house arrest.A preliminary inquiry was scheduled for May 2010, but the Crown realized that four days earmarked for the case would not be enough. Scheduling issues and court delays pushed the proceedings back by a year to make room for an additional five days.By the time the preliminary hearing had finished, it had been 2 1/2 years since Jordan’s initial arrest.It was around this time that Jordan was convicted of prior drug charges and sentenced to a 15-month conditional sentence.Jordan’s trial was scheduled to last six weeks starting in September 2012. A new prosecutor took over the file in July 2011 and contacted the defence, saying she believed the trial would only take two to three weeks and asked about earlier dates. Jordan’s lawyer did not respond.The trial began in September 2012 and Jordan was convicted in February 2013 on five drug-related offences, a little over four years after he was first arrested.Jordan’s lawyer argued for a stay of proceedings at the beginning of his client’s trial, but the judge dismissed the application. An appeal was similarly rejected.Both the trial and appellate judges said Jordan’s bail conditions were not excessive because he had been living under similar provisions imposed when he was given the conditional discharge on his other drug convictions.Jordan appealed to the Supreme Court, which struck down a decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in July 2016.The Charter of Rights and Freedoms says someone charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time.Under the new framework, an unreasonable delay would be presumed should proceedings exceed 18 months in provincial court, or 30 months in Superior Court.However, these benchmarks are not set in stone.The Crown could challenge the notion that a delay is unreasonable by demonstrating “exceptional circumstances,” which could include something unforeseen and beyond the Crown’s control, such as a sudden illness, or a case requiring extradition of an accused from another country.They might also arise in complex cases that involve disclosure of many documents, a large number of witnesses or a significant need for expert evidence.In addition, a delay may be unreasonable even if it falls below the newly prescribed time limits. However, the defence would have to establish that it took meaningful steps to expedite the proceedings and show the case lasted “markedly longer” than it should have.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more