Dear Editor,Recently, President David Granger, along with some senior People’s National Congress (PNC) members and former Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Executives, who have since returned to their PNC fold, have been clamouring for all past Presidents to be recognised.This is good – even excellent – but why only now? What has it taken them so long to realise that this must be done? Or, have they now found their long last love and loyalty for their past Presidents, who once belonged to the PNC party?Former President LFS Burnham passed away since 1985 and the PNC remained in power until October 1992 under President Desmond Hoyte. It begs the question: why didn’t Hoyte and his PNC party recognise Burnham then?Then, after the 1992 elections, Hoyte became Leader of the Opposition. However, during his lifetime and up to this day, no one did anything for him.In fact, the only thing the PNC did for those past Presidents was to turn the beautiful Botanical Gardens into a burial ground with all the paraphernalia.Bear in mind though, the cremations that were done for former Presidents Dr Cheddi Jagan and his wife Janet Jagan were at a burial ground in Babu John – not a violation of any beautiful tourist or historical site or a place where parents would take their children for outings on weekends.Now that the PNC has awakened and learnt from the People’s Progressive Party how to show respect and recognition to their leaders, they want to play ‘follow pattern’, and in their spiteful, covetous and vindictive ways, they want to get rid of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre.Yours sincerely,Chandra Shekar Azad
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Following months of intense preparation, Australia’s best Touch Footballers will converge on the C.ex Coffs International Stadium in Coffs Harbour this week to compete in the 2014 Touch Football Australia X-Blades National Touch League (NTL) and Elite Eight Series. The event will feature 117 teams spanning the breadth of the country across 12 divisions, all striving for national championships honours; commencing on Wednesday, 12 March through to finals day on Saturday, 15 March. The Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011 and is now in its third installment, will feature the best-of-the-best Men’s and Women’s players in Australia. The Elite Eight Series will feature eight teams in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions vying for respective national titles: four teams from New South Wales (reigning Men’s champions, Country Mavericks, reigning Women’s champions, Mets, Scorpions and Rebels); three from Queensland (South Stingrays, Country Outlaws and Chiefs); and one from the rest of Australia (the Alliance).The NTL, which is conducted in parallel to the Elite Eight Series, returns again to its original home, Coffs Harbour. Prior to last year, Coffs Harbour previously hosted the event from its inception in 1997 through to 2008, with the venue set to also host the 2014 and 2015 NTL events, as well as the 2015 Federation of International Touch World Cup in April/May next year. Teams from seven states in Australia as well as seven international teams, from Japan (four teams) and Papua New Guinea (three teams), will compete in the NTL event. Approximately 2,000 participants will take part in the event, with divisions ranging from T League (teams with a combination of up to 10 under 20’s players and six over 20’s players) through to Men’s 55’s.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated Links2014 X-Blades NTL
On Monday (June 6), celebrity philanthropist Annie Lennox joined more than 30 mayors and health officials from around the world to discuss a new Fast-Track Cities Initiative aimed to end HIV/AIDS on a city-by-city level by 2030.Annie Lennox joins NYC Mayor de Blasio, Nancy Mahon of the MAC AIDS Fund, Michel Sidibe of UNAIDSAs the UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, Annie shared her vision for a world without HIV/AIDS and the epidemic’s disproportionate impact on women and girls.“We are now at a crucial point where we have the ability to end the AIDS epidemic once and for all in our lifetime. This is the time to drive things through, otherwise all the gains we have made will be reversed. We need action now – more than ever,” said Annie Lennox. “Today’s UNAIDS meeting on “Fast Tracking” the end of AIDS offers an historic opportunity to bring together representatives of cities from all over the Globe to bring about the change we desperately need to see.”“Today offers a unique opportunity to partner and explore how we can work together to educate, treat and prevent the spread of HIV, and here in New York City, we echo those efforts through our work, including increased funding for HIV/AIDS prevention services and health care” said Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio. “We are deeply proud of this work, but we must do more — I commend Mayor Hidalgo and the other mayors of great cities involved for their partnership in the global response to HIV.”“The tools, experience and knowledge needed to end the AIDS epidemic exist,” said Nancy Mahon, Global Executive Director of the MAC AIDS Fund and SVP of Global Philanthropy, Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability for The Estée Lauder Companies. “Building upon more than two decades of investments in local responses to end AIDS, the MAC AIDS Fund has scaled up our commitment to cities – investing over $6 million in targeted efforts like the Fast-Track Cities Initiative and local public-private partnerships in New York City, San Francisco, Paris and beyond. MAC Cosmetics and the MAC AIDS Fund are deeply invested in supporting men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.”
Mark Sanchez was placed on short-term injured reserve Saturday, the New York Jets announced.Placed on IR, by rule, the quarterback must miss six weeks of practice and eight games.Head coach Rex Ryan said earlier in the week that it was “realistic” for Sanchez to play again this season. Team doctors advised Sanchez that surgery is not necessary at this time, and that he could rehabilitate the shoulder.The QB tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder after he was drilled by New York Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin. The injury happened while Sanchez was going through an intense summer-long competition with rookie Geno Smith for the starting quarterback spot.General manager John Idzik said in a statement on Sept. 4 that “we’re not looking at (injured reserve). We’re looking at Mark continuing to rehab. He’s day to day.”Sanchez told the NFL Network Thursday that he would try his best to play again this season.
Free agency is becoming less lucrative for MLB playersAverage value per contracted season for MLB free agents through the first 100 days of the past six offseasons Our pool of available free agents includes any player with major league experience who was granted free agency or released in October and November of each season. That excludes players signed internationally or those waived by a club before the season ended or later in the offseason.Source: The Baseball Cube 2018-195408015.01,066.81238.7 2015-165788214.02,298.318212.6 free agentsContracts OffseasontotalSigningsshare signedtotal valuetotal seasonsAvg. Value per season FanGraphs forecasts that payrolls could decline for the second straight year this season, while revenues grow and values of franchises soar.Moreover, the percentage of one-year deals signed has spiked. Of the 80 free-agent deals signed through Feb. 5 this offseason, 51 — or 63.8 percent — were of the one-year variety. That’s the greatest one-year contract share since at least the 2013-14 offseason, perhaps suggestive of players lessening their contract expectations.So how would restricted free agency help beyond getting players to the market earlier? It should also increase their share of revenue.Players with more than three years of service time but less than six are eligible for arbitration. The first year of arbitration eligibility is supposed to garner a player about 40 percent of their open-market value, the second year 60 percent, and the third year of arbitration approximately 80 percent, though that estimate does not always apply. While arbitration earnings are far greater than pre-arbitration salaries, which are typically near the minimum salary, they are still short of market value.The type of restricted free-agency system that owners attempted to implement in 1994 seems increasingly beneficial to players today. That system could have made young star Francisco Lindor a 25-year-old free agent this winter and Mookie Betts a 25-year-old free agent last winter.While clubs would likely fight today against something they proposed a quarter-century ago, free agency isn’t working as intended for many players. The union might need to be more creative and dig in for change.“As we approach the next round of collective bargaining, we’re going to be considering all aspects of the system, as we always do,” an MLBPA spokesperson told FiveThirtyEight in November.And perhaps that should include an examination of an idea that originated from the other side.Neil Paine contributed research. The average age of position players last season (28.1 years) was the youngest since 1979. That age has gradually declined from a peak of 29.3 years in 2004. The average age of pitchers has also declined from a free-agency-era peak of 29.2 years in 2005 to 28.4 last season, tied for the third-youngest this century.Yet the average debut age for hitters and pitchers has remained static.The average debut age last season was 24.3 years for hitters and 24.6 for pitchers. For hitters, the average debut age has ranged between 24.0 and 24.6 years since 2000, and for pitchers, it’s ranged between 23.8 and 24.9 years.What it all means is that hundreds of age 30-plus seasons have gone missing from baseball. In 2004, there were 250 players age 32 or older who recorded at least 100 plate appearances or faced 100 batters on the mound. Last season? There were 190 such players. There have only been four seasons — 1915, 1917, 1965 and 1975 — in which age 32 and older position players accounted for a lesser share of wins above replacement than last season, at 12.9 percent. The fifth-lowest share was 2017’s 13.1 percent.This youth movement is likely tied to performance-enhancing drug testing that began to be attached with penalties in 2004 as PEDs were thought to extend careers. But teams have also never had more data to understand how players age. Clubs seem increasingly unwilling to spend on 30-something free agents.And while the back end of careers are being squeezed, clubs are often accused of manipulating the service time of players, particularly elite-level prospects, on the front end of their careers to push down wages in prime earning years and gain more controllable years over players.While this offseason has warmed after an even colder start than the previous winter, the 2017-18 class was considered to be a weak crop of free agents. This year’s class was long considered elite, with some forecasting that the total contract amount would set a record, with $3 billion or more guaranteed to players. But the total dollars guaranteed through Feb. 5 — or 100 days after the World Series — hit just $1,066.78 million, which fell well short of the totals through the same point in recent offseasons, excluding the winter of 2017-18. And it’s not just total dollars that are off those of the not-so-distant past, but also the annual average value of contracts. 2017-18569508.8736.7957.8 2013-145307514.2%$1,527.5m152$10.1m 2016-175438014.71,295.41409.3 In the midst of the 1994-95 baseball strike, 38 players received surprising news: They had been granted free agency. They were a new type of free agent — a restricted free agent. Players with at least four years of service time in the major leagues but fewer than six — which is still required to become a free agent today — could field offers on the market. Their previous teams could match any offer they received, much like teams do in the NBA or NFL.As Major League Baseball remained engaged in a bitter labor dispute that wiped out the World Series, owners had declared an impasse and implemented the restricted free agency plan, along with a salary cap, to replace salary arbitration. The Boston Red Sox even reached verbal agreements with restricted free agents Sammy Sosa and Kevin Appier before the MLB players association filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board and the owners’ new system was scrapped.MLB has not had a work stoppage since 1994-95, its longest stretch of labor peace in the free-agency era. But because free agency seems broken for many players, and accusations of collusion are being levied, there’s growing speculation that labor strife could await when the collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2021 season.To save free agency, it turns out that players could actually benefit from what the owners proposed nearly a quarter-century ago. What players need is a pathway to the marketplace nearer their prime seasons.The MLBPA’s biggest problem with the current free-agency structure is that to become a free agent, a player must accumulate six full years of service time, which players typically reach after age 30. The average age of a free agent signed so far this winter was 32.2 years, according to data compiled by The Baseball Cube.1We used the player’s age as of the start of the season. Since the 2013-14 offseason, the average signing age has hovered around 33 years. That’s well past a player’s prime.Position players generally peak between age 26 and 28. Pitchers peak even earlier. Those years are almost always controlled by the club at below-market wages, unless a player debuts at an extremely young age like Bryce Harper (who was 19) and Manny Machado (20) — unusually young free agents who are entering their age-26 seasons.The other issue for players and free agency is that the game is becoming younger. 2014-155277213.71,558.614211.0
Ohio State redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, sources close to the team told Lantern TV on Monday evening.The Fort Wayne, Ind., native rushed for 549 yards during his OSU career, including 101 yards and four touchdowns on 24 attempts this season. Smith played, but did not touch the ball during the Buckeyes’ 31-24 double-overtime win against Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa.Sources confirmed Smith’s departure to Lantern TV following an initial report by Eleven Warriors.An Ohio State spokesman didn’t have any information to provide regarding Smith’s status with the team.Smith did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Illinois on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
FC Porto’s teenage defender Diogo Dalot is on the verge of completing a move to Manchester United, reports the BBCDespite being only 19 years old, Dalot already has a £17.4m release clause inserted in his current deal at Porto.Jose Mourinho believes that the Portuguese defender can provide United captain Antonio Valencia with some much-needed competition.However, the Red Devils are yet to activate Dalot’s release clause but they remain confident that it will only be a matter of time before a deal is concluded after making contact with Porto.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Portugal Under-21 international has mainly been utilised by head coach Sérgio Conceição as a left-back for Porto since making his debut back in October.The 19-year-old also featured for the Primeira Liga champions in their goalless draw against Liverpool in the return leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League in March, which they lost 5-0 on aggregate.With Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind almost certain to leave Old Trafford this summer, Mourinho is hoping to strengthen his defence in order to challenge Manchester City next season.Tottenham’s Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld has also been linked with a move to United.
Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola claims that their newest loan capture of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus is expected to enable Hazard to feature out wide on a more regular basis.Zola admits that the Belgium international prefers to operate off a striker.“It was very, very similar to when I first came here,” Zola added FourFourTwo.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I had Mark Hughes or Luca Vialli, who when I could play off them it was much better for me because it would give me space and freedom.“I would use their physicality to get the spaces I wanted and we played fantastically, so I understand for Eden. He has a very good understanding with [Olivier] Giroud that we saw yesterday [Thursday]. Olivier had a fantastic game in my opinion. I am sure he will gain the same understanding with Gonzalo Higuain.”
Authorities seek public help to identify Pacific Beach assault suspect KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Authorities Wednesday reached out to the public for help identifying and locating a man suspected of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman at her Pacific Beach home.It happened around 1:45 a.m. Monday at a residence in the 900 block of Chalcedony Street, located off Mission Boulevard, San Diego police Officer Mark Herring said.The suspect entered the house through an open window and sexually assaulted the victim while she was sleeping, Herring said.When confronted, the suspect fled the area in an unknown direction, he said.The suspect was described as a white man who is bald and believed to be in his 40s. He was last seen wearing a short sleeve shirt.Anyone who might be able to help investigators determine the suspect’s identity is asked to call San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.San Diego Crime Stoppers official press release is pasted below:San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate an unknown suspect wanted for a sexual assault that occurred in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego.On October 1, 2018, at approximately 1:45 a.m., an unknown male entered a residence located in the 900 block of Chalcedony Street, in San Diego. The victim/resident, a twenty-eight-year-old female, was asleep at the time. The male entered through an open window. The male sexually assaulted the victim. When confronted, the suspect fled the residence in an unknown direction. Detectives are aggressively investigating this case and are searching for additional witnesses and evidence.The victim described the suspect as a White male, about 40-years-old, and bald. The suspect was last seen wearing a short sleeve shirt.Anyone with information on the identity and or location of the suspect should call SDPD’s Sex Crimes Unit, Detective D. Garren at (619) 531-2210 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 11:46 AM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 3, 2018 October 3, 2018