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Veteran forward Loul Deng led the Bulls in minutes played with 46, finishing the game with 21 points and seven rebounds. Rose still led Chicago with 28 points, but some of the Bulls’ biggest shots came from reserve players like forward Taj Gibson, who scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.Forward Joakim Noah added 9 points with 14 rebounds, along with a swarming defense in the paint that helped limit Miami’s offensive production in the second half. Chicago outscored Miami, 24-15, in the third quarter, leaping out to a double-digit lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.“We just stayed consistent on defense,” said Deng, who passed up credit for holding LeBron James to just 15 points. “[I did] nothing [special], he just missed some shots tonight. He’s a great player. There’s nothing I can do to stop him. He just missed some shots.”Despite James’ struggles, Miami received positive production from Bosh, who finished with 30 points and 9 rebounds; Wade finished with 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting in the loss.Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled on Wednesday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. (NNPA)—The Chicago Bulls crushed the Miami Heat, 103-82, on May 15 to take a 1-0 series lead in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.Most viewers expected to see a slug-out between Bulls’ MVP guard Derrick Rose and the Heat’s star trio of forward LeBron James, guard Dwyane Wade and forward Chris Bosh, but it was Chicago’s role players who stole the show in Game 1. IN CONTROL—Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah grabs a rebound over Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh during the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, May 15, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Security Sector Reform Action PlanOne year after it was announced that the United Kingdom (UK) will revive the multimillion-dollar Security Sector Reform Action Plan (SSRAP) here, works to have the project rolled out are processing, as such, Guyana will be welcoming a security advisor from Great Britain to assist in its implementation.British High Commissioner Greg QuinnBritish High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn, told Guyana Times on Friday that the process is currently ongoing to recruit the advisor who will be in Guyana for a one-year programme.“The programme will be guided by the President and what the President wants to do; but it will be focusing on the broader needs and security sector reforms,” the UK Diplomat explained.The High Commissioner could not say exactly when the security advisor is expected here; however, a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency on Friday evening revealed that the expert would arrive in Guyana in November.“As the Government continues to address the incidence of crime in Guyana, the country will be welcoming a security advisor from the United Kingdom (UK) next month, who will be working closely with the Administration on the implementation of the Security Sector Reform Action Plan (SSRAP),” the release outlined.Moreover, High Commissioner Quinn explained to this newspaper on Friday that over the past year, a lot of ground has been covered as it relates to restoring the Security Sector Reform Action Plan.“There is a variety of other people who have been out working on various bits on the broader security sector reform. There is a team that has been looking at immigration, on Police… so there is a selection of different groups and different sort of people, who are working on specific areas of the security sector reform,” the top UK envoy stated. Since assuming office in May 2015, President David Granger had indicated that his Administration is intent on having the SSRAP reintroduced and has since met with former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and High Commissioner Quinn on the matter. He believes every facet of the local security sector will be strengthened under the UK-funded action plan.“I would say (that) in the last 16 months we have covered a lot of ground to restore the Security Sector (Reform) Action Plan as fast as we could; and within weeks it is going to be happening,” the President said in a previous interview.The Security Sector Reform Programme (SSRP) was launched in 2007 but was scrapped two years later, after major disagreements between the then Bharrat Jagdeo Administration and the UK Government over some of the conditions of the plan. Guyana virtually walked away from the programme, saying that aspects of the project threatened to encroach on this country’s sovereignty. However, the British had contended then that the Guyana Government proposed a “fundamentally different” programme, focused on Police modernisation rather than the holistic reform originally requested.The UK’s proposed project had aimed to build a sustainable foundation for improving national security and reducing serious crime in Guyana by 2011.However, after it was agreed last year that the programme will be revived, it was noted that before the process can kick into effect, a new assessment will have to be done on the security sector in Guyana as its dynamics would have changed significantly since the last assessment was done.That assessment has been completed and the analysis handed over to Government back in May.The analysis focuses on the current state of the local security sector and contains an action plan going forward, as well as how the UK government can assist in executing the plan.However, the British High Commissioner had pointed out that even though his Government took responsibility of the assessment, the final say as to the next step lies in the hands of the Guyanese Government. He noted that once Government would have considered the contents of the assessment, then they would say what they want the UK to help them with.
Councillor Ron Persaud has written to Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, requesting a retreat of all Councillors to address the growing lack of transparency in financial matters at the Georgetown municipality.Councillor Ron PersaudPersaud, in a letter dated January 24, 2018, said that during the consideration of 2018’s revenue and expenditure, the Finance Committee had difficulty in obtaining information “in a timely and transparent manner.” In this case, he referred to the difficulties Councillors had in accessing the controversial Parking Meter Contract and notes that the information was only made available after several requests and debates.Persaud pointed out in his letter that “The Liability Statement as at December 31, 2017, was only made available after several requests and debates. This statement showed a liability of close to three billion dollars.”“What is worrying to Councillors is that we were asked to consider statements without detailed notes. The unwillingness and sloth displayed by the Administration requires Council to respond deliberately and swiftly,” the letter added.Persaud, a businessman himself, said the liability statement needs to be more detailed since most of the debt was incurred during the tenure of the current Council. He further related that at the commencement of their term, there was a positive bank balance of over $180 million and the liability statements indicates they have expended that.“This statement therefore tells me that we have expended more than around six million dollars per day above all incoming funds. We are now at a point where we have to address how to close the gap and secure more funding to alleviate this backlog. Drastic measures must be taken so that we don’t preside over a failed Council term. My suggestion is we have a retreat of all Councillors with a view to addressing and arresting this situation,” Persaud said.When contacted, Mayor Chase Green indicated that she is just the “political head” of the Council and that Town Clerk Royston King would be responsible for addressing the issue. However, she noted that the report from that meeting and all other meetings, for January, of the Finance Committee is yet to be presented to her.However, efforts to contact King proved futile. City Hall is in the process of fine-tuning their 2018 Budget for presentation at a date to be announced.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The West Holmes FFA chapter traveled to National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana October 29 through November 2nd. Seven FFA members attended convention. The 7 members who attended National Convention were: Natasha Averbukh, Cora Crilow, Phillip Lepley, Ally Ogi, Jayme Pennell, Chloe Shumaker, and Chase Stitzlien. Chaperones Ms. Chenevey and Ms. Miller also joined the members.Ally Ogi, Chloe Shumaker, Natasha Averbukh, Cora Crilow, Phillip Lepley, Jayme Pennell, and Chase Stitzlein with Lacey Quail while touring Michigan State’s sheep farm.On Tuesday, the chapter departed from the school to start off touring Sunrise Cooperative, after touring sunrise they departed for Colmeans Corn Maze in Michigan. They spent that night in Michigan before the first full day.On Wednesday, the chapter started their day in Michigan. They toured the Michigan State University sheep and horse and horse facilities. Members then ate lunch in Michigan State’s Brody Commons. After that, they departed for the world’s largest robotic dairy farm under one roof in Plymouth, Indiana. They saw how a small family ran a huge dairy farm with the help of robots. To finish the day they got to eat at a Japanese Steakhouse in Indianapolis.Ally Ogi, Chloe Shumaker, Natasha Averbukh, Cora Crilow, Phillip Lepley, Jayme Pennell, and Chase Stitzlein with Lacey Quail while touring Michigan State’s sheep farm.On Thursday, Logan Schlauch and Jayme Pennell attended the Proficiency Award Luncheon and interview process. Other members attended the first session where they heard keynote speaker Bob Goff talk about how we can impact others and that kindness is always the route to take. Later, members were able to shop and visit the trade show. Finally, the members went attended the Buckeye Bash, where all the Ohio FFA Chapters get together to have a dance.On Friday, the chapter went and rode horses at Ft. Harrison State Park. Then they supported Logan Schlauch and Jayme Pennell as they walked on stage as a National Proficiency Finalists. Last May, Logan won in Ag processing and Jayme won in Wildlife Management so they got a chance to walk on stage even though they did not win, it was a great opportunity. They each got a pin and $500 and represent .00029% of FFA membership. Then members went to dinner. The chapter returned to the hotel where they watched the 6th session and listened to speaker Michelle Poler who talked about stepping out of your comfort zone and facing your biggest fears.Cora Crilow, Chase Stitzlein, Chole Shumaker, Jayme Pennell, Logan Schlauch, Ally Ogi, Natasha Averbukh, and Phillip Lepley after Logan and Jayme received their awards for being a proficiency finalist.On Saturday, the chapter watched graduates, Marissa Lamp, Thane Kaufman, Juanita Miller, Jake Napier, Sarah Sprang, and Leon Williams receive their American Degrees. The American Degree is the most prestigious award given to anyone in FFA, it is a very challenging degree to achieve, but its rewards are worth it. In order to get this degree applicants must have obtained the Greenhand Degree, Chapter Degree, and State Degree; they also must have been involved in FFA for at least three years; Must have graduated at least one year prior to the National Convention; invested a total of $7,500; have good leadership skill; been involved in a large number of community service activities; and maintained a “C” or higher. They represent 1% of the FFA membership. Congratulations to all members who received their American Degrees. After the session, the chapter went on their safe journey home.
New Delhi: The government on Friday appointed five superintendents of police in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), according to a Personnel Ministry order. Of these five officers, three — Sudha Singh, Thomson Jose and Jayadevan A — are from the Indian Police Service (IPS), it said. The two other officers belong to the Indian Revenue Service. While Singh is a 2006-batch Odisha-cadre officer, Jose is a 2009-batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre. Jayadevan is from 2008 batch, Madhya Pradesh cadre. Ashok Kumar, a 2006-batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) has also been appointed as SP in the central probe agency. Lalit Mohan Jindal, a 2008-batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax), has also been appointed in the CBI, the order said. All these officers have been appointed as SP for four years, it said. The appointments of IRS officers assume significance as the CBI is probing various high profile financial fraud cases.
Islamabad: The Pakistan government on Monday approved a proposal to establish a corridor that will allow Hindu pilgrims from India to visit Sharda Peeth, an ancient Hindu temple and cultural site in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, according to a media report. The Sharda Peeth corridor, when opened, will be the second religious tract after Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan-controlled territory that will connect the two neighbouring nations. India had already sent a proposal to Pakistan to open the temple corridor, the Express Tribune reported quoting sources in Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “After Kartarpur, a piece of big news is in the offing for Hindus. Some of the government officials will visit the area and will later submit a report to the prime minister,” the sources said. When asked to comment on the development, official sources in New Delhi said India had made this request several times as part of the Composite Dialogue between India and Pakistan. The proposal was made keeping in mind the wishes and the religious sentiments of the people, they said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Established in 237 B.C. during the reign of Emperor Ashoka, the 5,000-year-old Sharada Peeth is an abandoned temple and ancient centre of learning dedicated to the Hindu goddess of learning. Between the 6th and 12th centuries C.E, Sharada Peeth was one of the foremost temple universities of the Indian subcontinent. It is also one of the three famous holy sites for Kashmiri Pandits, the other two being the Martand Sun Temple in Anantnag and the Amarnath temple. Kashmiri Pandit organisations have been demanding opening of the Sharda Peeth corridor for many years now. “Pakistan has decided to open the Sharda temple. Work on the project will start from the current year after which Hindus in Pakistan will also be able to visit the site,” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member of the National Assembly (MNA) Ramesh Kumar said. “I am going to visit the place in a couple of days. I will also send a report to Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he added. In November last year, the Pakistani premier had laid the foundation stone for the 4-km Kartarpur corridor at Shakargarh in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. The corridor is expected to be completed by 2019 and will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur — the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev — with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev.
You see the stories everywhere. “Baseball teams are striking out more than ever,” blared an NBC Sports headline back in April. In 2015, The Hardball Times wrote a story entitled “The Strikeout Ascendant.” And the year before that, friend of the program Ben Lindbergh hosted a “rising strikeout rate symposium” on his popular podcast, Effectively Wild. Clearly, the baseball world is well aware that strikeout rates are up — way up.What’s less well-known, but equally true, is this: Baseball’s recent rise in strikeout rates has little to do with how good batters are at making contact. That’s a bit counterintuitive, I know, because strikeout rates have increased (up nearly 26 percent since 20021That’s the first year for which we have plate-discipline statistics, so that’s as far back as we can look using the data mentioned throughout this article.), and when you think of a strikeout, you usually imagine a batter taking a mighty hack and missing. And indeed, swinging strikes are up as a percentage of all pitches.But keep in mind that this isn’t only about the batters — pitchers also have a big say in the matter.And in 2009, pretty much all of a sudden, they started throwing way fewer pitches in the strike zone, as measured by Fangraphs’ zone percentage statistic.2It’s worth noting that Pitchf/x’s version of the same statistic, which uses a slightly different methodology, shows roughly the same trend, but with a different start date and a shallower slope. From 2002 (the earliest year for which we have data) through 2008, pitchers put the ball through the zone about 52 percent of the time, year in and year out. In fact, over the seven seasons from 2002 to 2008, the league-wide rate of pitches in the zone never dropped below 50.5 percent or rose above 54.2 percent. When it came to tossing strikes, MLB hurlers were a model of consistency.But during the 2009 season, pitchers threw balls in the zone just 48.3 percent of the time. In 2010, that number kept falling — to 45.4 percent! — and by 2011, the league-wide rate of pitches in the zone was just 44.6 percent. In just three years, about one out of every nine pitches that had previously been thrown in the zone started missing its mark. (Since then, MLB’s zone rate has basically leveled off: Last year, it was exactly the same — 44.6 percent — as it was in 2011.)But despite that drastic change, batters haven’t really changed how they react to pitches inside the zone. Batters still swing at basically the same proportion of pitches in the zone as they did in 2002, and they still make contact with those pitches at essentially the same rate.Instead, the big changes have come outside the zone. The trend here is striking. As pitchers started throwing outside the zone more and more — again, the really big decline in strike-throwing started around 2009 — hitters not only started swinging at more pitches outside the zone, they also started getting much better at making contact on those wayward pitches. Add it all up, and you see that instead of making contact on just 10 percent of all balls thrown outside the strike zone, as they did back in 2002, hitters made contact on nearly 20 percent of such pitches in 2016.3Note that this isn’t the same as the “contact rate” listed at FanGraphs, which only looks at balls that the batter took a swing at. This figure looks at all pitches outside the zone, which will include, for example, some pitches that were essentially unhittable or thrown as part of an intentional walk. That’s double the rate! That’s unbelievable!Let’s step back for a second, because this is a pretty counterintuitive finding. Batters are striking out more often, but they haven’t gotten any worse at their core task: hitting the ball. They’re also not getting as many good pitches to hit as they used to, but they’re about as good as they ever were at making contact on balls inside the strike zone, and far better than they used to be at making contact on balls outside the zone. Normally that should add up to swinging and missing less often, not more often. But because more of the balls they’re swinging at are outside the zone, and those balls are fundamentally harder to hit, the effect on overall contact is just about level. It’s a classic Simpson’s Paradox.So if MLB hitters suddenly started channeling their inner Vladimir Guerrero, making better contact on bad pitches, why are they still suffering so many strikeouts? We don’t really know for sure, and there’s a lot more digging to be done before anything can be said conclusively. For one thing, it’s not entirely clear which came first: pitchers throwing more outside the zone or hitters swinging at those pitches. I tested whether one month’s zone rate predicted the next month’s swing rate and vice versa, but I found almost no case for either.4The r-squared was less than 0.03 in both directions. This suggests that the complex interactions between batters and pitchers are happening on a much smaller scale than a month, and that they deserve more granular research.But here’s one possible (as-yet-untested) hypothesis for the big-picture story: Sometime in the late 2000s, pitchers began throwing more breaking pitches outside of the zone — hence the decline in zone percentage.5We know that fastball usage has dropped over the period in consideration, and given the trend in zone rate noted above, it’s not ridiculous to guess that some portion of that drop came from pitches outside the zone. At the same time — possibly out of necessity — hitters became increasingly willing to swing at pitches outside the zone, even finding some reasonable success doing it. But pitchers had another weapon: The fastball on the corner of the strike zone. Perhaps the adjustment that hitters made in order to hit breaking stuff outside the zone also made them vulnerable to hard stuff inside it — for which they were not mechanically prepared — and they started getting called out on strikes by the boatload.Again, that’s only a theory. But the fact is that batters are striking out more on called strikes in the zone even as they’re getting better at hitting pitches outside of it. So the next time you see a hitter preparing for a breaking ball out of the zone, remember: It’s not the pitches you swing at that get you. It’s the ones you don’t.
Two days into the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, veteran PGA Tour golfer Steve Stricker finds himself atop the leaderboard at 9-under-par. “Obviously, I’m happy to be where I’m at,” Stricker said, “but you’ve just got to keep doing the same things I’ve been doing and try to do the same things, play to my strengths.” Stricker, who started on the back nine, capped off his round with a hole-in-one on the eighth hole, and a birdie on the ninth to propel him three shots ahead of his closest competition. “I made the turn 1-over for the round and shot 30 on the second nine,” Stricker said, “so things got going in the right direction.” Four players find themselves three shots off the lead heading into the weekend. One of those four, Rory McIlroy, shot an even-par 72 Friday. McIlroy did not improve on his first-round 66, but is still in contention. “I felt as if I played good enough to shoot something in the 60s, but I just made too many mistakes out there,” McIlroy said. “I made two bogeys on the front nine from the middle of the fairway with a 9-iron and a sand wedge in my hand. You just can’t do that sort of stuff.” Ricky Barnes, Rod Pampling and Jonathan Byrd also find themselves at 6-under-par. One group that seemed to have the biggest crowd all day was the Phil “Lefty” Mickelson, Charl Schwartzel and Luke Donald trio. Donald, the No. 1 golfer in the world, finished his Friday round birdie-birdie, putting himself in a position for a late tee time. Donald is now tied for sixth, just four shots off the lead and will be a factor entering the weekend. “I played a lot of solid golf today,” Donald said. “Some careless mistakes out there, mostly short game mistakes. … A lot of positives though, and I’m still in a great place for the weekend.” Mickelson finished his day at 2-under-par, and played a nearly flawless round. Lefty recorded three birdies and one bogey Friday, putting him seven shots away from Stricker. “There’s some good chances out there,” Mickelson said. “If I can get a good round tomorrow, I hopefully will get in the mix for Sunday, which is the goal.” Seventy-three players made the cut for the Memorial’s final two rounds. Some big names missed the cut, including Stuart Appleby, Trevor Immelman, Martin Laird, Steve Marino, Jim Furyk, Fred Couples, Lucas Glover, Jhonattan Vegas and Justin Rose. Rose, the defending champion, will not be playing over the weekend at the Memorial this year. Rose shot a 3-over 75 Friday to finish 2-over-par for the first two rounds. The cut was 1-over-par. Rose finished the 18th, knew his weekend was over and, without hesitation, handed his putter to a child in the gallery. Play begins at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, and Stricker will tee off with Barnes at 1:40 p.m.
There are four Ohio natives who currently suit up for the Broncos. Redshirt freshman cornerback Antione Stone went to Bedford High School, the same school OSU’s junior safety Tyvis Powell attended. Senior punter J. Schroeder is a Columbus native who attended St. Charles Preparatory School. Sophomore long snapper Wyatt Pfeifer is from Delaware, Ohio, and freshman wide receiver Giovanni Ricci is from the Cincinnati suburb of Loveland.Beyond the Buckeyes After Saturday’s game, WMU will have a week off to rest and prepare for conference play. The Broncos are set to open their MAC slate on Oct. 10 against the Central Michigan Chippewas in the “Battle for the Cannon” at home in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The time of kickoff has yet to be announced. Starting right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor has only lived in the United States for five years. The 18-year-old true sophomore moved to the U.S. from Botswana in 2010. Okorafor, who measures 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds, had not played football prior to his immigration. He learned the game quickly, receiving many collegiate scholarship offers from Power 5 schools, including OSU, before settling on going to WMU. Michigan State’s Joel Heath (92) sacks Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell (11) during the first half at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sept. 4.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe next team scheduled to take on defending national champion Ohio State is the Western Michigan Broncos. The Broncos, who are members of the Mid-American Conference, head into Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium with one win in three tries. Here is a look at the 2015 Bronco squad:Up and downIn its first three games, the Broncos have looked like a different team each week. WMU opened its season against then-No. 5 Michigan State, and surprisingly, the heavy-underdog Broncos put up a fight against their in-state foe in a 37-24 loss. WMU’s redshirt junior quarterback Zach Terrell threw the ball 50 times, completing 33 attempts for 365 yards — the highest regular-season passing total against MSU since Sept. 18, 2010. Even though it was a loss, there were enough positives to draw from the game to give WMU confidence moving forward. However, that would not last long as the following week the Broncos played Georgia Southern and got blown out 43-17. In that game, Terrell threw three interceptions, and the Eagles beat up the Bronco run defense for 413 yards. WMU bounced back in its next game, as it cruised through Murray State of the Football Championship Subdivision by way of a 52-20 victory.Terrell was much improved, throwing just one more incompletion (five) than he did touchdowns (four). The Broncos also hit their stride in the running game, as they totaled 237 yards after just having 43 yards combined in the first two games. It’s been a night-and-day difference for WMU in each of its games so far. Who knows which Bronco team will show up at the ‘Shoe on Saturday.Turnovers Although WMU has been inconsistent overall thus far in 2015, there has been one overarching theme for the Broncos. Unfortunately, it is probably one that coach P.J. Fleck and his players wish didn’t exist: turnovers. The Broncos have had multiple of them in every game they’ve played, and it’s certainly holding them back. Against the Spartans in the season opener, Terrell threw two interceptions. The first one happened early in the game when the Broncos were still deep in their own territory. It turned out to be costly, as it took Michigan State just two plays to go 27 yards for the game’s first score. The turnover total ballooned to four in Week 2 against Georgia Southern.Terrell threw three picks — which on two of them, the Eagles scored on the ensuing possession — and freshman wide receiver LeVante Bellamy fumbled on a kickoff. Last week, WMU coughed up the ball on two fumbles — albeit both were late in the game when the Broncos had all but sealed up the win over Murray State. The eight Bronco turnovers have allowed opponents to score a total 27 points on the possessions directly following them. The Broncos will have to clean up the sloppy play against OSU because as the underdog they can’t afford to give the heavily favorited Buckeyes extra chances with the ball. Brief Bronco biosThe backup quarterback for the Broncos is freshman Tom Flacco, whose older brother, Joe, is the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens.