In Surprising Twitter Chat Serena Williams Says She Desperately

The usually tight-lipped Serena Williams opened up on Friday about several personal issues, saying in a Twitter chat that she desperately would like to settle down and start a family.The 33-year-old tennis star starting the Q and A session off tweeting “Today is Friday. Is anyone feeling a quick #SerenaFriday ?? If so ask anything you want. I’m here and ready. Hurry before I get too busy. :)”  Fans were invited to tweet Williams anything they wanted with the hashtag #serenafriday to which Twitter users wasted no time, asking her a barrage of questions and vying for her attention.The questions ranged from what hair color she preferred on herself to more intimate questions about her relationship status. She admitted to “desperately” wanting to start a family and saying that her “time will come.”The 18-time Grand Slam singles title holder revealed that if she wasn’t playing tennis, she would try to delve into the world of acting, which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as we saw her on the silver screen along with her sister in the 2004 film Hairshow, in addition to a starring appearance on an episode of “Law & Order.”Getting more intimate, user @rabas2004 asked Williams what her worst habit was. She responded by saying that she has a tendency to look after people and forget to think about herself first. She even went on to say that her single status was not by choice.Though she may be having some hard feelings about being on her own, Williams’ exes seem to have nothing but kind words to say about her.“Point blank she’s just a good person and when we broke up, it was one of these things where we just weren’t ready at that time,” her ex-beau rapper Common told the International Business Times earlier this past July. “I probably would be at a new place, she would be at a new place and it might work out.”According to her twitter chat, the star is taking a break from more than just relationships as she told fans that she is taking some time off from tennis training right now. read more

These Arent Your RegularSeason Cavs

The Cavs’ second-most-used lineup this postseason, which features José Calderón in place of George Hill, is also without precedent. Cleveland is the only remaining team in the playoffs that has given more than 20 percent of its postseason minutes to a lineup that didn’t see any time together in the regular season.2Although it should be noted that only about half the total playoff field gave more than 20 percent of the team’s minutes to any one lineup of any description. In addition to the Cavs, the Raptors, Pelicans and Rockets have all leaned heavily on a single lineup.Midseason trades and injuries are the primary reasons for this. Right around the time Cleveland acquired George Hill at the trade deadline, Kevin Love missed 20 games with a fractured hand. By the time Love had returned from injury, J.R. Smith had been moved out of the starting lineup to run the team’s second unit. A short while later, Kyle Korver took a leave of absence to deal with a family issue and a nagging foot injury. The lineup had no opportunity for chemistry-building before the playoffs. And even then, George Hill missed three games during their series with the Pacers due to back spasms.Having Hill in the lineup unlocks a major component of Cleveland’s offense. Not only does it give the Cavs another person (besides James) to bring the ball up the court, it also allows Hill and Love to run a pick-and-roll that creates defensive mismatches that are easier to exploit than the mismatches created by the James and Love version of the pick-and-roll. After last night’s game, Love said in the postgame press conference, “And for me personally, setting a 1-5 pick-and-roll, that was something that I missed, especially in the first series when [Hill] was out with his back.”After Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, LeBron James was asked how happy he was with his team’s chemistry thus far. James noted that it was just their ninth game in the postseason together, but in some ways it was just the ninth game ever for this iteration of the Cavs.Of the seven remaining playoff teams, the Golden State Warriors are the only other club that has been using untested lineups. But now that Steph Curry has returned after rehabbing a knee injury, the Warriors are back to using lineups like the “Hamptons Five,” which they’ve featured throughout the last two seasons.How you view Tyronn Lue, Cleveland’s head coach, colors how you view his postseason lineups. If you think Lue is in over his head, you might believe that he’s making things up as he goes. But if you have more faith in his abilities, you might believe that this has been Lue’s plan the entire time. One piece of evidence in favor of the latter theory is that Lue hinted before the end of the regular season that he had something up his sleeve that he was saving for the playoffs. “We’ll probably do things we haven’t done all season when it comes to the playoffs, things we’ve been working on all year,” Lue told Cleveland.com.The playoffs are meant to be the culmination of everything that teams work on over the regular season. Coaches spend 82 games fine-tuning their schemes, rotations and lineups to find out what works and what doesn’t. By the time the playoffs arrive, there aren’t many stones left unturned. Which is why the way that Cleveland swept Toronto with an untested lineup is so surprising for the Cavaliers and so disappointing for the Raptors.In previous years, when people explained why the LeBron-led Cavaliers improved during the playoffs compared to the regular season, they usually chalked it up the to the team giving more effort — or flipping the proverbial switch. The difference this year is their lineups.Check out our latest NBA predictions. The Cleveland Cavaliers that swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors out of the postseason in dominant fashion looked completely different from the Cavs team that eked out 50 wins in the regular season. And with good reason: The bulk of Cleveland’s postseason minutes have gone to, quite literally, a different team. Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Cavaliers have leaned heavily on a five-man lineup that had never shared the court before.In the team’s series against the Pacers and Raptors, Cleveland’s most-used lineup has been George Hill, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, LeBron James and Kevin Love. So far this postseason, they’ve logged 110 minutes together. That’s 110 more than they played together in the regular season. Compared to the Toronto Raptors, whose most-used lineup in the playoffs1OG Anunoby, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. logged 801 minutes together in the regular season, Cleveland looks like it’s experimenting on the fly. But it’s working. Cleveland’s most-used postseason lineup is outscoring opponents by 41 points, good for third-best in the playoffs. read more

Andrew Miller Doesnt Have Any Saves And Hes The Best Reliever In

Jared HughesMIL200+0.3 Goose stats through Thursday, June 1 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Pedro BaezLAN222-0.5 Peter MoylanKCA302+0.5 Jason MotteATL101+0.1 Luis AvilanLAN212-0.1 Craig BreslowMIN010-0.4 Neftali FelizMIL840-0.4 Jose AlvaradoTBA513+0.4 Tyler PollNYN010-0.4 Hector RondonCHN721+0.2 Tony WatsonPIT1432+0.8 Joaquin BenoitPHI930+0.1 Robby ScottBOS206+0.3 Travis WoodKCA331-0.6 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Hunter StricklandSFN710+0.6 Chris DevenskiHOU1551+0.3 Brandon KintzlerMIN1221+1.1 Pat NeshekPHI612+0.5 Andrew MillerCLE1711+2.3 Fernando RodneyARI1233+0.6 Tyler ClippardNYA434-0.5 Source: Seamheads.com Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Carlos EstevezCOL100+0.2 Alex WoodLAN301+0.4 Jacob BarnesMIL1222+0.9 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Matt BelisleMIN713+0.7 The Cleveland Indians’ Andrew Miller is the sort of pitcher we had in mind when we developed the goose egg, our replacement for the save stat that rewards pitchers for throwing scoreless relief innings in clutch situations. Miller isn’t the Indians’ closer — that distinction belongs to Cody Allen — and in fact, Miller doesn’t have a single save yet this season. But no reliever has contributed more to his team’s bottom line so far.Miller has appeared in 23 games, usually entering in the 7th or 8th inning. All but a handful of those appearances have come in high-leverage situations. He’s yielded just two runs — one of them unearned — while striking out 37 batters and allowing just 5 walks and 13 hits in 26.1 innings. He’s been as unhittable as pitchers get. But while Miller hasn’t earned any saves for his efforts, he does have 17 goose eggs, tying him for the major league lead. He also leads the majors in goose wins above replacement (GWAR), having added 2.3 wins to Cleveland’s tally so far. If his performance so far is the source of any disappointment, it’s that, unlike during last year’s postseason, Miller hasn’t been used in many multi-inning appearances — but that’s on manager Terry Francona, not Miller.The co-leader in goose eggs is the Brewers’ Corey Knebel, who started out as a setup man but worked his way into the closer role. We’re more interested in pitchers with less conventional usage patterns, however, and a couple of them have fallen off the pace slightly. The Astros’ Chris Devenski, who we highlighted last month for often working multiple innings at a time, is up to 15 goose eggs, but he also has 5 broken eggs (the goose equivalent of a blown save). And the Reds’ Raisel Iglesias, who’s mainly used as a closer but who often enters the game in the 8th inning instead of the 9th, is stuck on 12 goose eggs, mostly because the Reds have been playing like crap and not providing him with enough clutch situations to pitch in.You can find a complete rundown of goose stats in the table below. We’ll continue to update these numbers once a month or so. Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Ross StriplingLAN541-0.8 Austin PruittTBA200+0.3 Dellin BetancesNYA1010+1.2 Diego MorenoTBA010-0.4 David RobertsonCHA1020+0.7 Chris HatcherLAN110-0.2 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Derek LawSFN1021+0.6 Arodys VizcainoATL1031+0.3 Bryan ShawCLE912+1.1 Steve CishekSEA011-0.4 Darren O’DayBAL722+0.3 Ken GilesHOU721+0.3 George KontosSFN531-0.5 Fernando AbadBOS300+0.5 Sam TuivailalaSLN320-0.3 Edwin DiazSEA1321+1.2 Scott ObergCOL310+0.1 Carl EdwardsCHN811+0.7 Bryan MorrisSFN300+0.4 Heath HembreeBOS324-0.3 Jorge De La RosaARI831+0.0 Alex ColomeTBA1622+1.6 Roberto OsunaTOR841-0.3 Brad BrachBAL1520+1.5 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.1 Mike DunnCOL501+0.8 Frankie MontasOAK100+0.1 Dan JenningsCHA012-0.4 Kelvin HerreraKCA1131+0.6 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Asher WojciechowskiCIN100+0.1 Richard BleierBAL210-0.1 Liam HendriksOAK411+0.2 Ryan MadsonOAK721+0.3 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 Erasmo RamirezTBA702+1.0 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 Carlos TorresMIL431-0.6 Ryan DullOAK422-0.2 Enny RomeroWAS733-0.2 Keynan MiddletonANA100+0.1 Jerry BlevinsNYN805+1.1 Aroldis ChapmanNYA600+0.9 Al AlburquerqueKCA010-0.4 Nate JonesCHA410+0.2 Oliver DrakeMIL110-0.2 Jake McGeeCOL402+0.6 Marc RzepczynskiSEA304+0.4 Michael FelizHOU100+0.1 Hector NerisPHI1111+1.2 Kyle BarracloughMIA611+0.4 Joakim SoriaKCA1431+1.0 J. J. HooverARI621+0.1 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Shawn KelleyWAS620+0.1 Greg HollandCOL1200+1.8 Aaron LoupTOR104+0.2 Miguel SocolovichSLN101+0.1 Austin BriceCIN300+0.4 Santiago CasillaOAK931+0.2 Donnie HartBAL313+0.1 Mike MontgomeryCHN911+0.9 Chase WhitleyTBA521-0.0 Jumbo DiazTBA232-0.8 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Brad HandSDN1232+0.5 Fernando SalasNYN422-0.2 Addison ReedNYN1343+0.3 Bud NorrisANA850-0.7 Brandon MaurerSDN850-0.8 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Sergio RomoLAN230-0.9 Ryne StanekTBA013-0.4 Ryan GartonTBA030-1.1 Jeurys FamiliaNYN412+0.2 Oliver PerezWAS402+0.6 James PazosSEA613+0.5 Jose TorresSDN130-1.0 Alex ClaudioTEX524+0.0 A. J. RamosMIA411+0.2 Casey LawrenceTOR010-0.4 Raisel IglesiasCIN1200+1.7 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Casey FienSEA100+0.1 Deolis GuerraANA720+0.3 Ty BlachSFN101+0.1 Tony CingraniCIN110-0.2 Adam WarrenNYA421-0.1 Ryan PresslyMIN420-0.1 Anthony SwarzakCHA400+0.6 Matt BarnesBOS513+0.4 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 David PhelpsMIA440-1.0 Andrew ChafinARI033-1.1 J. C. RamirezANA020-0.7 Keone KelaTEX530-0.3 Kenley JansenLAN1201+1.6 T. J. McFarlandARI400+0.6 Jose AlvarezANA543-0.8 Cam BedrosianANA303+0.4 Nick VincentSEA613+0.5 Chasen ShreveNYA301+0.5 Wandy PeraltaCIN810+0.8 Luis GarciaPHI300+0.4 Jeanmar GomezPHI411+0.2 Craig KimbrelBOS1210+1.5 Jason GrilliTOR331-0.6 Jeremy JeffressTEX131-0.9 Tony BarnetteTEX630-0.2 Adam OttavinoCOL1132+0.6 Xavier CedenoTBA013-0.4 Blake WoodCIN220-0.5 Koda GloverWAS712+0.6 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Jonathan BroxtonSLN120-0.6 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.8 Matt GraceWAS110-0.2 Blake TreinenWAS320-0.3 Steven OkertSFN524-0.1 Josh SmokerNYN722+0.2 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Jacob TurnerWAS520-0.1 Dominic LeoneTOR223-0.4 Hansel RoblesNYN422-0.2 Chris YoungKCA100+0.2 Zach PutnamCHA200+0.3 Cody AllenCLE1022+0.9 Blake ParkerANA731-0.1 Joe KellyBOS412+0.3 Brad ZieglerMIA412+0.2 Jean MachiSEA101+0.1 Kevin QuackenbushSDN110-0.2 Brooks PoundersANA100+0.1 Drew StorenCIN212-0.1 Zach BrittonBAL600+0.9 Matt StrahmKCA221-0.4 Wade LeBlancPIT112-0.2 Scott AlexanderKCA210-0.1 Miguel DiazSDN010-0.4 Wade DavisCHN1001+1.4 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.5 Jim JohnsonATL930+0.1 Juan NicasioPIT522-0.1 Sean DoolittleOAK412+0.2 Francisco RodriguezDET272-2.3 Luke GregersonHOU620+0.1 Ryan BuchterSDN742-0.6 Blaine HardyDET121-0.6 Justin GrimmCHN101+0.1 Seung-hwan OhSLN1612+1.8 Jake JunisKCA100+0.2 Matt AlbersWAS413+0.2 Jonathan HolderNYA300+0.5 Brian DuensingCHN300+0.4 Joe SmithTOR1011+1.2 Josh FieldsLAN201+0.3 Ryan TeperaTOR1120+0.9 Tyler DuffeyMIN410+0.2 Daniel HudsonPIT332-0.7 Jordan LylesCOL110-0.2 Danny BarnesTOR120-0.6 Koji UeharaCHN832-0.0 Tommy KahnleCHA820+0.4 Ian KrolATL311+0.0 Paul SewardNYN100+0.1 Tony ZychSEA321-0.3 Matt BushTEX1020+0.8 Randall DelgadoARI300+0.4 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Emilio PaganSEA110-0.2 Mychal GivensBAL922+0.6 Jose LeclercTEX110-0.2 Will HarrisHOU1020+0.7 Kirby YatesANA/SDN111-0.2 Michael LorenzenCIN1010+1.0 Edubray RamosPHI060-2.3 Joe BiaginiTOR432-0.5 Sammy SolisWAS110-0.2 Bruce RondonDET010-0.4 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Corey KnebelMIL1722+1.6 Felipe RiveroPIT1412+1.6 Trevor RosenthalSLN1220+0.9 Josh OsichSFN012-0.4 David HernandezANA601+0.9 Shane GreeneDET612+0.5 Tommy HunterTBA310+0.1 Cory GearrinSFN210-0.1 Rafael MonteroNYN131-1.0 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Nick WittgrenMIA300+0.4 Pedro StropCHN413+0.2 Eric O’FlahertyATL110-0.2 Neil RamirezNYN002+0.0 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Bryan MitchellNYA010-0.4 Junichi TazawaMIA120-0.6 Chad QuallsCOL100+0.2 Josh EdginNYN522-0.1 Dustin McGowanMIA201+0.3 Robert GsellmanNYN210-0.1 Stefan ChrichtonBAL010-0.4 Chris RusinCOL412+0.2 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Justin WilsonDET1120+0.9 Yusmeiro PetitANA712+0.7 Chad GreenNYA001+0.0 Mark MelanconSFN820+0.3 Mike MinorKCA1021+0.8 Brett CecilSLN621+0.1 Joe BlantonWAS120-0.6 Jesse ChavezANA010-0.4 Daniel CoulombeOAK011-0.4 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Warwick SaupoldDET001+0.0 Dan AltavillaSEA321-0.3 Taylor RogersMIN622+0.2 Jose RamirezATL920+0.5 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Kevin SiegristSLN610+0.4 Grant DaytonLAN011-0.4 Matthew BowmanSLN1023+0.6 Danny FarquharTBA732-0.1 Sam DysonTEX361-1.7 Boone LoganCLE002+0.0 Joely RodriguezPHI514+0.3 Alex WilsonDET743-0.4 Archie BradleyARI1121+0.9 read more

Tressel aims to continue his mastery of Michigan

For many Ohio State football coaches, success isn’t measured in wins per year or bowl victories. Instead, success is measured by a coach’s record against Michigan.The storied rivalry has become so important in part due to the outcome’s national implications year to year. Since 1935, the game has determined the Big Ten champion 22 times and had an effect in determining the eventual conference champion an additional 24 times.Theses statistics have become even more pronounced recently, as either Ohio State or Michigan has claimed at least a share of the Big Ten title every year since 2001.Consequently, many coaches’ careers have been validated or ruined based on their ability to beat that school up north.John Cooper was one such coach who suffered mightily for his lack of success in the rivalry. In Cooper’s 13 seasons as Ohio State’s coach he had a career record of 111-43-4. But he was only 2-10-1 against Michigan and failed to ever win a game in Ann Arbor. Cooper was fired following the 2000 season.Where Cooper failed, his successor, Jim Tressel has excelled. While Cooper downplayed the rivalry, Tressel has embraced it since his first year at the helm.“I can assure you that you’ll be proud of our young people, in the classroom, in the community and especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan,” Tressel announced, shortly after being hired in 2001. That year, Tressel led the Buckeyes to a 26-20 victory. The win in Ann Arbor served as the Buckeyes’ first in 14 years.Tressel has dominated Michigan during his tenure, posting a 7-1 record against the Wolverines. He is one of only three Ohio State coaches to maintain a winning record in the rivalry, among those who coached at least eight games. The other two coaches are Woody Hayes (16-11-1) and Earle Bruce (5-4).“I’ve known before I was even part of the series of the significance of the game, and the excitement of the game,” Tressel said. “It’s part of you if you like football and you’re from Ohio State or you’re from Michigan, if you’re in the Big Ten. You just grow up knowing that we’re fortunate to be a part of this game.”Tressel went on to say that memories of past Ohio State-Michigan games are in the forefront of past players’ and coaches’ minds. Those memories are even more predominant than bowl games and national rankings, and that’s what is at stake every time the teams play.As for this year’s game, Tressel explained the Buckeyes will not be overlooking a struggling Michigan team. “There’s a reality in life that if you’re taking anything for granted, you’re probably not thinking right,” Tressel said. “I’d like to think our guys don’t take anything for granted, although I’m sure we all do take things for granted, but this wouldn’t be one of them.”Tressel downplayed the possibility of the team being overconfident, having already secured a Rose Bowl berth.“I’m not worried about overconfidence because we’ve got enough guys that have played in this game that they know better than that, so if there is and overconfidence, it will get knocked out of their throwback uniforms on the first play.”Tressel’s ability to keep his players from being overconfident has helped lead the Buckeyes to five straight victories over Michigan. The five-game win streak is the Buckeyes’ longest in the history of the rivalry, which they will look to continue Saturday. read more

Ohio State volleyball sweeps weekend competition

Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) winds up to serve in a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-1 Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For the LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team swept through a trio of matches over the weekendOSU went into Oxford, Ohio, and won the Miami (Ohio) University Invitational. The Buckeyes (9-3) have now won nine of their last 10 games.In four non-conference tournaments this season, the Buckeyes swept competition in two and won three. All three tournament victories came within Ohio.In their third and final match of the tournament against Miami (Ohio) (7-5), the Buckeyes lost their only set of the entire tournament, but still took down the Redhawks with an attack percentage of .234 in four sets (20-25, 28-26, 25-16, 25-17).Junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell led all players in kills with 25, followed by sophomore outside hitter Kylie Randall and freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer, who each had 12. Senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner led all players in digs with 25, while Schirmer contributed 10. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players in assists with 46, while sophomore setter Maggie Heim added 10.In their second match of the tournament, and first on Saturday against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (5-9), the Buckeyes completed a clean sweep against the Jaguars in just under 90 minutes (25-18, 29-27, 25-20).Four Buckeyes had double-digit digs against the Jaguars. Sophomore defensive specialist Valeria León led all players with 17, followed by Schirmer with 14, Sherwin with 12 and senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger with 11. Sekinger also led all players in kills with 22, while Schirmer followed with 12 of her own. Sherwin had double-digit assists with 39.Against the University of Alabama-Birmingham (3-9), the Buckeyes completed a clean sweep in just 77 minutes (25-17, 25-22, 25-16).Two players totaled double-digit points against the Blazers for OSU, as Sekinger led all players with 11 kills, followed by Mitchell with 10. Sherwin had double-digit assists with 31.The team also combined for an attack percentage of .286 against the Blazers.Sherwin was named tournament MVP, while Sekinger and Mitchell were also named to the all-tournament team.Sherwin led all players in assists with 116 over the two-day event.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open Big Ten competition on Wednesday as they’re scheduled to take on Minnesota (10-1) at 8 p.m., followed by a trip to Wisconsin (9-1) on Sunday to take on the Badgers. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. read more

London Chess Classic Super Rapid Major upset as Sussex schoolboy Alex Golding

first_imgThe London Chess Classic Super Rapid in memory of Michael Uriely attracted 45 GMs in search of the first prize of £5,000 put up by an anonymous donor.The event began with applause for Michael, and his sister Noga made the ceremonial first move on board one. Michael Uriely, was an extremely talented young chess playerCredit:Lennart Ootes/London Chess Classic Answer:31.Rxf7! Rdd8 (31…Rxf7 32.Ra8+ Kh7 33.Qxf7)  32.Rxg7+! Kxg7 33.Qg4+ Kh7 34.Qg6+ Kh8 35.Qxh6+ Kg8 36.Rg6+  1–0 P Batchelor vs S GordonCredit: 45…Kf8! (45…Rf6 forces a draw immediately after 46.Re8+ Rf8 47.Re6 Rf6 48.Re8+ as 45…Rf6 46.Rg4 Kf8 is clearly good for Black) 46.b4 Rf6 47.Rg4 Rf2 48.Kb1 Ke7 49.a4 Kd6 (Black has a better rook and more active king, he is pressing. White tries to reduce the number of pawns remaining) 50.Rg5 Kc6 51.Re5 Rf6 52.Rg5 cxb4 53.Kb2 Rf3! 54.Re5 Rg3 (54…Re3 55.Rb5 d3 56.cxd3 Rxd3 57.Rxb4 Rg3) 55.Rb5 Rxg6 56.Rxb4 Rd6 57.Rb3 g5 58.Rg3 Rg6 59.Rg4 Kd5 60.Kc1 Ke5 61.Kd2  I gave twelve English junior players the opportunity to face grandmaster opposition in the first round and 13-year-old Alex Golding of Sussex drew with number one seed GM Hrant Melkumyan of Armenia rated 2736.Golding actually stood better in a rook and pawn endgame. H Melkumyan – A GoldingCredit: It was great to see him try and win rather than force a draw, which he could have done at several points.H Melkumyan – A GoldingScotch Game1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.Nc3 Nge7 7.Qe2 0–0 8.Be3 d6 9.0–0–0 f5 10.Kb1 fxe4 11.Nxe4 Bxe3 12.Qxe3 Ne5 13.f4 Ng4 14.Qd2 Nf6 15.Ng5 h6 16.Nf3 Bg4 17.Nbd4 c5 18.h3 Bd7 19.Nb3 Ne4 20.Qe3 Bc6 21.Ne5 Nf5 22.Bc4+ Kh7 23.Qe1 Qe7 24.Nxc6 bxc6 25.g4 Nd4 26.Nxd4 cxd4 27.f5 Qe5 28.Bd3 d5 29.Rf1 Rae8 30.Qa5 c5 31.a3 Rb8 32.Ka1 Qe7 33.h4 Qb7 34.Rb1 Qb6 35.Qxb6 axb6 36.Rbe1 Rbe8 37.Rf4 Nf6 38.Rd1 Kg8 39.g5 hxg5 40.hxg5 Ne4 41.g6 Re5 42.Re1 Rfxf5 43.Rxf5 Rxf5 44.Bxe4 dxe4 45.Rxe4  H Melkumyan – A Golding A crowd watches the endgame P Batchelor vs S Gordon A crowd watches the endgameCredit:Lennart Ootes/London Chess Classic 61…Kd5 (Black could try 61…Kf5 62.Rxd4 Re6 cutting off the White king but White holds after  63.Rd5+ Kf4 64.a5 bxa5 65.Rxa5 g4 66.Ra8 g3 67.Rf8+ Kg4 68.Rg8+ Kf3 69.Rf8+ Kg2 70.c4 when his king and pawn will force Black to give up his rook. However 61…Kf5 62.Rxd4 g4 63.Ke3 g3 would have forced White to find 64.Rb4! which seems to the only way to draw as 64…g2 can be met by 65.Rb5+ and king back allows Rxb6+ and Kg4 allows Kf2) 62.Kd3 Ke5 63.Re4+ Kf5 64.Rxd4 g4 (Now White’s king can reach g1 before the g-pawn and that ensures he can draw)  65.Ke2 g3 66.Kf1 Ke5 67.Rb4 g2+ 68.Kg1 Kd5 69.Rb5+ Kc4 70.Rb3 Kc5 71.Rb5+ Kc6 72.Rb4 Rg5 73.Rf4 Kc5 74.Re4 Rg6 75.Rf4 Rg5 76.Re4 Rg6 77.Rf4 Rg5 drawPeter Batchelor vs GM Stephen GordonLondon Chess Classic Super Rapidplay. There doesn’t seem to be much danger and Black is well centralised.White delivered a powerful blow and wrapped the game up in a few moves.What did he play? H Melkumyan – A GoldingCredit: H Melkumyan – A Golding Michael Uriely, was an extremely talented young chess player Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Carriers will be sunk without more patrol planes former RAF chiefs warn

first_imgBritain axed its troubled Nimrod patrol plane programme as part of the 2010 cost-cutting defence review. The Ministry of Defence announced in 2015… The letter from four former RAF officers with significant maritime aviation experience comes as the new warship costing more than £3bn has recently begun trials in the North Sea. In a letter published in Thursday’s Telegraph, former senior officers say that the current plan to buy nine aircraft is not enough and at least three more are needed.center_img Britain’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will go “straight to the bottom of the ocean” in any future hostilities unless more maritime patrol planes are bought to protect her, retired RAF leaders warn.last_img

Farmers choir from remote village leaves China for first time for Royal

first_imgThe choir’s song bookCredit:Glenn Gratton The Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concertCredit:Glenn Gratton  Remarkably, they have perfected a varied repertoire after learning popular English Hymns and well-known musical numbers from Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Beatles.The Farmers’ Choir, part of the Miao minority ethnic group of China, is based in a remote village in the country’s Yunnan Province.Performers have learned skills passed down the generations, with their ancestors introduced to choir singing as Christianity and churches came to the village in 1937. The performance will be conducted by Long Yu, the acclaimed principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra who regularly works with the world’s leading orchestras and concert halls. The choir's song book The Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concert Telegraph readers are offered a 25 per cent discount on standard adult tickets. To book, call the Philharmonia on 0800 652 6717, book online at philharmonia.co.uk/concerts /2050, call the Southbank Centre on 020 3879 9555 or book online at southbankcentre.co.uk quoting CNY25 when prompted. Xiaoshuijing Farmers’ Choir Credit: Glenn Gratton Xiaoshuijing Farmers’ Choir  Around 50 singers, men and women of all ages, will now perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and a selection of traditional folk songs for audiences at the Royal Festival Hall to celebrate Chinese New Year.The March 1 show comes at the end of a tour which has included concerts in Oxford, Liverpool, Birmingham and Lincoln Centre in New York, put on with support from the KT Wong Foundation to promote cultural links between UK and China. A farmer’s choir from a remote Chinese village has left its home country for the first time to star at the Royal Festival Hall, after building an unlikely repertoire practising English hymns and showtunes.The Xiaoshuijing Farmers’ Choir is to join the Philharmonia Orchestra perform for audiences in London, decades after their ancestors learned to sing choral music under the influence of Christian missionaries.Members of the choir have received no professional training and speak limited English, having never travelled outside China before.last_img read more

Shoreham air crash pilot appears in court for first time charged with

first_imgVictims of the Shoreham air show disaster The pilot whose plane crashed during the Shoreham Airshow disaster, killing 11 men, has appeared in court for the first time to indicate not-guilty pleas over the tragedy.Andrew Hill faces 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and one count of endangering an aircraft under air navigation laws.The 54-year-old, of Sandon, Hertfordshire, appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a 14-minute hearing on Thursday morning at which he confirmed his name, date of birth and address, and indicated a not-guilty plea to all charges.He will be expected to formally enter pleas at the Old Bailey next month.The crash occurred when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet plummeted on to the A27 in West Sussex during a loop-the-loop stunt at the Shoreham Airshow on August 22, 2015. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Victims of the Shoreham air show disaster in August 2015 The trial is due to last up to eight weeks. Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot released Mr Hill on bail until his next appearance at the Old Bailey next month. Mr Hill, a trained Royal Air Force instructor and fast jet pilot, was thrown clear of the aircraft, taken to hospital with serious injuries and placed into an induced coma before being discharged.The 11 men who died were: wedding chauffeur Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton; retired engineer James Mallinson, 72, from Newick, near Lewes; window cleaner and builder Mark Trussler, 54, from Worthing; cycling friends Dylan Archer, 42, from Brighton, and Richard Smith, 26, from Hove; NHS manager Tony Brightwell, 53, from Hove; grandfather Mark Reeves, 53, from Seaford; Worthing United footballers Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, both 23; personal trainer Matt Jones, 24; and Daniele Polito, 23, from Worthing.last_img read more

Prince Harry and Meghan Markles order of service The significance behind the

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. FOLLOW LIVE COVERAGE OF THE ROYAL WEDDING HERE Before long, as she says her vows to Prince Harry, that time-honoured tradition will give way to striking modernity, with the soaring voices of a gospel choir singing music from Ben E King and Etta James. Saturday’s Royal wedding ceremony, with each detail chosen by the couple, will blend the best-loved elements of British pageantry with a modern outlook that reflects the Prince… Read on for full details of the order of service for today’s wedding When Meghan Markle enters St George’s Chapel to begin the last steps in her journey to join the Royal family, the state trumpeters will sound a fanfare that has accompanied its brides for generations. read more

Racist Ryanair passenger says he simply lost his temper

The Ryanair passenger who launched a tirade at an elderly woman has denied he is a racist, insisting he merely lost his temper in an argument over seats. David Mesher, who is understood to have been disowned by many family and friends, said that the dispute with Delsie Gayle began over getting to his allocated seat.He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I probably lost my temper a bit and ordered her to get up.”Asked if he regrets his language, he replied: “Absolutely. I’m not a racist person by any means and it’s just a fit of temper at the time, I think.”I apologise for all the distress you’ve had there and since.”Footage posted on social media appeared to show a plane passenger calling Delsie Gayle an “ugly black b—–d” and telling her “don’t speak to me in a foreign language, you stupid, ugly cow”.But Ms Gayle and her daughter Carol Gayle rejected the apology over the language used on the plane from Barcelona to London on October 19.Asked if she accepts the apology, Delsie Gayle said: “I don’t think so. You must forget and forgive but it’s going to take a long time for me to get over what he has done to me.” Show more Ryanair passenger (pictured) filmed racially abusing woman on flight is identified by police Ryanair passenger (pictured) filmed racially abusing woman on flight is identified by policeCredit:David Lawrence/PA The airline defended its response, saying it “has a long record of not tolerating disruptive or abusive passenger behaviour”. “David worshipped his elderly mother, so he was always respectful and polite to older people,” the former railway worker said.“I can’t understand why he’s done this.”Barcelona city council has said it will report the incident as a possible hate crime.Ryanair has been criticised for its handling of the incident as Mesher was not kicked off the flight. Instead, Mrs Gayle was moved to another aisle while Mesher was allowed to stay in his seat.Earlier this week, Mrs Gayle, 77, from east London, told ITV: “I feel very low. He pays his fare, I pay mine. So why did he abuse me for that? Because of the colour of my skin.”If I had done that to him, I’m sure they would have called the police.”Ms Gayle is due on Good Morning Britain to respond to Mr Mesher’s apology. Ryanair issued a lengthy statement on Friday making a series of points to “clarify the following facts, to prevent any further inaccurate and/or unfounded media reportage”. Mr Mesher was was questioned by police for the first time on Wendesday as officers visited the 75-year-old at his home in Birmingham as part of a criminal investigation into the incident.Officers spent just under an hour at the sheltered housing flat before leaving without him.Before his retirement Mr Mesher is understood to have worked as a train announcer for London Midland Railways, and as a booking clerk at Waterloo station.He has never married, and lived with his elderly mother until her death in the late 1980s.On Wednesday night a relative, who did not wish to be named, said he hoped Mesher would be sent to prison if found to have committed a crime.“I saw that video and I would have stepped in to help that woman,” he said.“Someone on that plane should have done something. I don’t care if he’s blood. He should be put in a Spanish jail, I reckon.”However a former colleague said Mesher’s outburst was out of character for the man he knew. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Her daughter added: “He says he wasn’t racist, he wouldn’t be saying words like that if he wasn’t racist.”The incident took place on Ryanair flight FR015 at Barcelona Airport on October 19, before it left for London Stansted. read more

Porn sites offer loopholes to get around web ban as BBFC admits

BBFC has said age restrictions cannot act as a ‘silver bullet’ Credit:alamy BBFC has said age restrictions cannot act as a 'silver bullet'  Porn websites are highlighting loopholes in the ban on under-18s accessing them, as the watchdog admitted it will be powerless to stop tech-savvy teenagers circumventing it.The regulator acknowledged virtual private networks (VPNs) will allow users to evade age verification checks from July 15 by allowing under-aged users to create ghost accounts abroad that can access the porn sites.Although most VPNs require payment, MindGeek, the firm behind some of the world’s largest porn sites, has already released its own free VPN service, VPNHub, which allows users to disguise their location.Last year it advertised the service with the claim that it would let the user “access all websites and apps securely and privately at home, school, work or from anywhere in the world.”That description has now been changed, but on Apple’s App Store, VPN Hub boasts it will “mask your true location by routing your data through our full stack of global encrypted servers”.The app is currently available on Google and Apple app stores although MindGeek claimed it would not be available in UK app stores without age verification once the ban came into effect.Asked about the prospect of children using VPNs, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the regulator,  admitted age-verification is “not a silver bullet.” “These are semi-criminal operations that flout the law because they don’t give a hoot. They are breaking the law by sharing content anyway so they are not going to care about age verification,” he said.Myles Jackman, a lawyer expert on pornography legislation, said: “The community that is supposed to be most protected are the most tech literate and will be able to circumvent these rules.”The BBFC said it would report in a year on the effectiveness of the regime “including highlighting any changes in technology and will recommend additional or alternative means of achieving the child protection goals of the legislation.”A Pornhub statement said: “While Pornhub does not support the Act in that we firmly believe that parents are best placed to police their children’s online activity using the plethora of tools already available in modern operating systems, our platform will be fully compliant once the law comes into effect in July.”Our parent company owns and operates a number of different products, which all function independently from each other. The VPN client owned by our parent company was not designed to circumvent age verification, nor is it advertised as a tool to do so.”Furthermore, the VPN is only offered for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app stores rely on PEGI to give them ratings. Currently VPNs are not classified as 18+, if PEGI were to change that rating then our VPN would be restricted to 18+ only.” A spokesman added: “Determined teenagers will find ways to access pornography. However, it will mean young children can no longer stumble across porn on commercial pornographic websites.” Experts also warned that anyone using VPNs risked exploitation of their personal data as controls on privacy and commercial use tended to be more lax.The Government estimates 1.4 million children a month access porn sites. From July 15, anyone who visits a porn site from a British IP address will be asked for “proof” they are 18, which they can obtain from third-party age verification firms or cards that can be bought in shops for £4.99.Experts anticipate the cards or codes that adults obtain from age verification firms are likely to end up being traded among prospective under-aged users.The BBFC is to closely monitor messaging and social media sites such as Reddit, Tumblr and Flickr which are not covered by the legislation but provide a potential route for young users to access porn. It will report in a year on whether further legislative action might be needed.With five million porn sites worldwide, the BBFC admits it will have to concentrate enforcement on the most popular porn sites that refuse to comply with the law, which is likely to leave smaller operations open to savvy younger users.Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said he was particularly worried about torrent file-sharing sites where people can already download pirate copies of films and porn. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Sainsburys becomes first supermarket to get rid of plastic bags for fruit

 Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe said: “We are absolutely committed to reducing unnecessary plastic packaging in Sainsbury’s stores.”Our customers expect us to be leading the way on major issues like this, so I am determined to remove and replace plastic packaging where we can and offer alternatives to plastic where packaging is still required to protect a product.”Supermarkets are jumping on the plastic-free trend, with Waitrose this week unveiling a packaging-free trial in one of its Oxford stores.The supermarket has asked locals in Botley Road to bring their own containers for groceries including fruit and vegetables, wine, pasta, rice and cleaning materials.It is also trialing a “pick and mix” frozen fruit section, and the prices for all the unpackaged goods will be around 15 per cent cheaper than the packaged alternative.Tesco is also trialing plastic-free fruit and vegetable sections in a small number of stores in the UK, as is Morrison’s. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sainsbury’s has become the first UK supermarket to remove plastic for its loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items.By September, paper bags will be available to customers for loose bakery items. Customers buying loose fruit and vegetables will either be able to bring their own bags or buy a re-usable bag made from recycled materials.This alone will reduce their plastic output by 489 tonnes, and the retailer is also reducing the amount of plastic used for its packaged fruits and vegetables.This includes plastic trays for asparagus, sweetcorn, tomatoes, and carrots as well as plastic sleeves from herb pots and plastic lids for cream pots.Sainsbury’s is also removing non-recyclable plastics from its stores, and plans to eradicate black plastic trays, plastic film on fruit and vegetables, PVC and polystyrene trays, plastic trays for eggs and plastic cutlery.Ariana Densham, ocean plastics campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said: “We’ve been urging Sainsbury’s to take action on plastics after it came bottom of our supermarket plastics league table last year.“Sainsbury’s has an annual plastic footprint of nearly 120,000 tonnes, so this pledge to reduce plastics by one per cent is a very small step in the right direction, but nowhere near enough.“It’s good common sense to get rid of plastic produce bags and bakery bags. We hope to see more measures like this from Sainsbury’s, and we urge them to eliminate unnecessary and unrecyclable plastics by 2020.” read more

Half of plastic supermarket packaging cannot be recycled Which survey finds

Credit:Getty Images Contributor Half of plastic supermarket packaging cannot be recycled, a study by Which? has found.Researchers analysed the packaging of 46 of the most popular own-brand items from leading supermarkets including Asda, M&S, Morrisons, and Waitrose.They found that only 52 per cent of the packaging – including cardboard, glass and plastics – could be easily put in household recycling bins.Morrisons was the worst offender, as 61 per cent of its packaging that Which? examined was not easily recyclable.The best supermarkets were Tesco and Waitrose – as only 40 per cent of their packaging could not be easily recycled.The study also found that 42 per cent of the total supermarket packaging was labelled either incorrectly or not at all, making it difficult for well-intentioned consumers and increasing the chances of it ending up in landfill.Which? is calling on the government to make recycling labelling simple, clear and mandatory and ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to make it easy for everyone to recycle.The consumer champion urged all the supermarkets to commit to ensuring a much greater proportion of their packaging is recyclable, rather than continuing to use environmentally unfriendly single-use, throwaway materials. supermarket Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The study also examined the quality of recycling labelling.Iceland had the worst record for labelling, with only 38 per cent of packaging examined by Which? was correctly labelled.The supermarket’s easy peeler oranges which use type of plastic netting that cannot be recycled were not labelled at all, investigators found.Of the other supermarkets, M&S had 43 per cent of their products labelled correctly, whilst Ocado  had 44 per cent and Waitrose 47 per cent.Asda led the way, demonstrating that recycling labelling can be done well, with eight in 10 items of packaging that Which? experts looked at correctly labelled.Natalie Hitchins, head of home products and services at Which?, said: “Our research shows there is a lot more supermarkets and manufacturers can do to banish single-use plastics and make sure any packaging they use is minimal, recyclable and correctly labelled, so that shoppers know exactly how they can recycle it.“To reduce the waste that goes to landfill, the government must make labelling mandatory, simple and clear as well as invest in better infrastructure to ensure that recycling is easy for everyone, regardless of where they live.”According to many leading supermarkets and food retailers, organic waste – including leftover food – has a bigger carbon footprint than plastic and plastic plays an important role in preventing food waste.But Which? investigators said they were surprised at how little consistency there was across the sector in terms of the materials used in packaging, with some products being packaged very differently depending on which supermarket they had been purchased from.M&S British Wiltshire Unsmoked Back Bacon rashers used two pieces of packaging including a tray and plastic film which was correctly labelled to advise that only the tray was recyclable. Whereas Lidl unsmoked back bacon, although correctly labelled, used non-recyclable plastic.The research comes after the Daily Telegraph revealed that some UK supermarkets are charging shoppers more the purchase loose fruit and vegetables compared to those wrapped in plastic packaging.Sainsbury’s was found to be charging 17p for Braeburn apples in plastic packs of six, while lose apples were 28p.Environmental campaigners accused supermarkets of discouraging shoppers from saving the planet by making it more expensive to avoid products wrapped in plastic. read more

A Suitable Boy BBC casts unknown actress as star of The Crown

It has an Indian cast unknown to the average British viewer and is based on a novel that, at 1,535 pages long, has defeated many a reader. Set in the 1950s, A Suitable Boy does not concern itself with the British in India, as classics such as The Jewel in the… But the screenwriter Andrew Davies has reassured audiences that they will relate to his new adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, the first BBC drama to be made without a single British actor – a project jokingly referred to by its director as “The Crown in brown”. The corporation announced today that the six-part drama will star 22-year-old newcomer Tanya Maniktala in the central role, alongside the renowned Indian actress, Tabu.

Police increase presence at Camp Street after transferred prisoners create ruckus

Police officers are presently situated around the Camp Street Prison block in Georgetown after prisoners who were transported to the location on Monday have been reportedly pounding on the walls and shouting.When Inews arrived on the scene, police officials refrained from making comments but confirmed that security had been heightened because of the behaviour of the prisoners.Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels was not immediately available for a comment to the media.The relocation of these prisoners came on the heels of the second prison break in the space of one month which saw the escape of 13 hardened inmates housed at the walled compound of the Lusignan Prison on Sunday evening.Thus far, seven (7) of the escapees have been recaptured.A man hunt is still ongoing for the remaining 6, in addition to the other four who had escaped during the July 9 Camp Street conflagration.The 10 wanted men have been identified as Clive Forde, Shawn Harris, Kerry Cromwell, Pascal Smith,  Kendall Skeet, Paul Goriah, Mark Durant Williams, Uree Varswyck, Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, and Cobena Sephens. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRamjattan assures security tight at Camp St. brick prisonJuly 25, 2017In “latest news”Recaptured Lusignan prison escapees create ruckus, demand “steak” for breakfastSeptember 19, 2017In “Crime”Lusignan prison break: 86 ‘real bad’ prisoners will return to Camp Street today – RamjattanJuly 24, 2017In “Crime” read more

England beat West Indies in 4th ODI

(AFP) England beat West Indies by six runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method to win the rain-affected fourth one-day international at The Oval on Wednesday. Victory saw England take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, with just Friday’s finale in Southampton to come.England, set 357 to win after West Indies made 356 for five, were 258 for five when rain stopped play 35.1 overs.Moeen Ali made a blistering 102 in England’s winThat left them just ahead of where they needed to be on D/L to win at that stage.Moeen Ali, who made a blistering 102 in England’s win in the fourth ODI in Bristol on Sunday, helped get England above the required run-rate with a dashing 48 not out.Together with Jos Buttler (43 not out), he put on an unbroken 77 in eight overs after recalled opener Jason Roy made 84 on his Surrey home ground.Defeat was cruel on the West Indies for whom Evin Lewis (176, retired hurt) and Alzarri Joseph (five for 56) produced ODI-best performances.West Indies 356-5, 50 overs (E Lewis 176 ret hurt, J Holder 77; C Woakes 3-71)England 258-5, 35.1 overs (J Roy 84; A Joseph 5-56)Result: England won by six runs (D/L method)Series: England leads the five-match series 3-0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLewis, Joseph denied by England’s late DLS dashSeptember 27, 2017In “Sports”England beat Windies as Bairstow’s hundred sets up stroll to 4-0September 29, 2017In “Sports”England complete big win over West IndiesFebruary 12, 2019In “latest news” read more

Opposition Leader urges prioritisation of national oil spill policy

Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is urging Government to make issues such as formulating a national oil spill policy a priority, lest Guyana ends up repeating the mistakes of other oil producers.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoWith just two years to go before first oil, Jagdeo on Thursday turned on the pressure on this issue.According to the former President, not treating a national oil spill strategy as a priority is to risk Guyana retrogressing over the next few years.“I’m saying to you, if we don’t address these critical issues, if we don’t address the rest of the economy, Guyana will be worst off in the next decade than we are now. You read the experience of many of those countries. Check the assessment of Chad and Nigeria and Venezuela and all those places. And just hear where they are today,” Jagdeo urged.Jagdeo likened the delay in the oil policy to other faux pas’ in the industry; such as the renegotiated Production Sharing Agreement with Exxon’s subsidiary which Government was heavily criticised for.“This is not unique in the sector, in that all the things our Government was supposed to do to protect us, as a people and our interests, they have failed on. They have failed to negotiate a contract, after we established 3.2 million barrels of oil reserves, a contract that was better than the one given to ExxonMobil when we were trying to get them to explore. They did not. In fact Exxon came out ahead in those negotiations and that’s putting it mildly.”“They were supposed to get the Sovereign Wealth Fund to protect our interest and they failed on that. They failed on the Petroleum Commission. They failed on local content. It’s the same pattern. They’re failing to address this issue in a manner that this is an environmental issue and the potential to tackle an oil spill.”According to Jagdeo, Government has instead addressed the issue in a haphazard manner. He noted that Government seemed focused on one thing and that is oil, but he warned against this approach.It is understood that development of the oil spill plan is being spearheaded by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC).In March, a stakeholder session was held to gain input for the draft. CDC’s partners in the process include the Guyana Energy Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency.When it comes to deadlines, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has said that a national oil spill and contingency plan will be established by 2020.Even before Jagdeo’s press conference, there have been criticisms about the slow pace of the plan’s development.To its credit, however, Exxon has organised oil spill management training. This training has including providing information on dispersants, tools used and structure of response strategies among other exercises.Last year, it was announced that the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) would commence – a number of environmental audits in 2018. These audits, Auditor General Deodat Sharma had said, would analyse the capacity of the country’s relevant agencies to protect the environment and endangered species of animals in case of a disaster. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition leader dubs Oil Caucus a PR stunt, says Govt won’t take expert adviceMarch 22, 2018In “latest news”Oil sector: PPP planning to table legislation for greater transparency, accountability- JagdeoJuly 23, 2018In “Business”By mid next year 25,000 will be jobless since APNU/AFC took office- JagdeoAugust 31, 2017In “latest news” read more

West Indies ready to spring World Cup surprise say coaches

File photoWest Indies can cause a shock – and perhaps even win – the World Cup, according to the England and West Indies coaches.While West Indies’ recent record is not promising – they have not won a bilateral ODI series since 2014, have won only two of their last seven completed ODIs and are currently ranked No. 9 in the world – the coaches of both sides in the current series in the Caribbean believe they are a fast-improving, dangerous side who could beat “anyone on their day”.“I know the right West Indies combination with a fully focussed side can beat anyone on their day,” Richard Pybus, West Indies’ interim coach, said. “I wasn’t at the World Cup qualifiers but, with the group of guys we have now, we feel confident could take down anyone on their day.”Key to West Indies’ improved confidence is the return of several high-profile players. Darren Bravo returned in December, Chris Gayle returned for this series – and has responded with a century and half-century – while Andre Russell is expected to return for the fourth ODI in Grenada on Wednesday. As a result, West Indies look as if they have the firepower to damage more opponents.“The West Indies have been playing some decent cricket over the last 18 months,” Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, agreed. “With the size of their batters and the way some of them hit the ball they can be a chance of winning that World Cup.”While he was unable to confirm whether Gayle had done enough to cement his place as opener at the World Cup, Pybus did say he had made a “very resounding case” and defended his somewhat careful starts in each of the first two ODIs.“I can’t speak on behalf of the selectors but I think Chris has put forward a very resounding case,” Pybus said. “He’s just class really. It’s always great having guys in your side who are a bit scary for the opposition who know full well what they can deliver.“In those first two games, Chris was getting a feel for a spongy wicket batting first. It can be a game of two halves in Barbados. He was playing himself through. But, as we have all seen in T20, he can attack that first powerplay brutally. On good wickets he’ll be going hard pretty early.” (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGayle return ‘huge boost’ for Windies — HolderSeptember 18, 2017In “latest news”West Indies cricket 2016: 3 steps forward, 3 steps backDecember 27, 2016In “Sports”World Cup ‘firsts’ still vivid for West Indies hero LloydFebruary 20, 2019In “latest news” read more

Australian call for more clean coal development

first_imgCougar Energy is calling on the Queensland Government to actively encourage a diversity policy in the development of clean coal technologies. Dr Len Walker, Managing Director Cougar Energy, said there is a real risk the Queensland Government could bow to pressure from large mining companies which could see the delay in or, in a worst case scenario, a curtailment of legitimate clean coal technologies in the state.“We’ve already had one clean coal technology company pull out of Queensland,” said Dr Walker. “It would be unconscionable if certain petroleum interests were favoured by the government over local companies which have been developing cleaner coal technologies in Queensland since the 1990s.“Cougar is fully committed to Queensland and has the right underground coal gasification (UCG) technology available right now to deliver enormous energy benefits from coal with a reduced CO2 impact on the earth’s atmosphere,” Walker said.Cougar’s first commercial UCG energy project at Kingaroy will supply sufficient energy to power 400,000 Queensland homes for the next 30 years, plus create 50 new local jobs. A second project at Wandoan has ten times the energy potential of Kingaroy and is expected to play a crucial power generation role in Queensland for the next 30 years.“Cleaner coal technologies will be critical for Australia as we move towards a carbon-constrained future,” Walker said. “UCG is proven technology – Cougar Energy management has more than 25 years experience in UCG and completed a successful trial in Chinchilla in Queensland 8 years ago.“Some suggest UCG cannot exist with other technologies – in Cougar Energy’s opinion, this is categorically incorrect. UCG can easily co-exist with other forms of mining because it produces 25% less CO2 emissions than other forms of conventional coal-fired power generation and requires less than 5% of the surface area required for the extraction of coal seam gas or CSG.“Any moves to delay UCG technology development will be detrimental to Queensland. The future energy needs of Queensland must be the priority with competing commercial and technology interests co-existing for the broader benefit of Queensland businesses and households,” Walker said.last_img read more