Holloway sees rough ride with referees

first_img The Eagles’ return to the Barclays Premier League was settled when debutant Roberto Soldado opened his account for Spurs with a second-half penalty that Holloway vigorously contests. But his real anger was reserved for the officials’ failure to spot what he views as a deliberate foul by Nacer Chadli on Stephen Dobbie shortly before referee Mark Clattenburg awarded the spot kick. Holloway was significantly delayed in arriving for his post-match press conference after waiting 38 minutes to speak with Clattenburg about an incident that soured his afternoon. “I’ve got to learn what a foul is because I thought Nacer Chadli deliberately body-checked Stephen Dobbie, smashed him down and ran off with the ball,” Holloway told the BBC. “If the referee didn’t see that, the assistant should have. You have to ask if he’s good enough if he didn’t see that. I don’t see how he can miss it. “It’s going to be a long, hard season for me with these people (referees). I had this with Blackpool. Certain clubs get fouls and others don’t. Tottenham will feel that if they play Man United. “Do I think I would have got that at Tottenham? No I don’t. I just want a bit of fairness. I want a foul like anyone else would have got one. I’ve got a horrible taste in my mouth after that.” Holloway also took issue with Clattenburg’s decision to award a penalty after Dean Moxey handled Aaron Lennon’s cross with an outstretched arm in the 50th minute. “That was a completely and unbelievably dubious handball. Was it deliberate? I don’t think he had a chance,” he said in his press conference. “Yes his arms came up, but he was diving on the floor. I’ve never seen someone fall with their arms by their sides. He didn’t have a chance in hell of getting away with it. Ian Holloway declared that Crystal Palace face a “long, hard season” at the hands of officials after his frustration at the manner of Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Tottenham boiled over. “Referees are always right aren’t they, with the greatest of respect. I’ve got no problem with the referee and I don’t want to get into trouble, it’s our first game back. “Overall, I’m disappointed with our lack of belief in our movement and passing. We normally play a bit better, quicker and sharper than that with the ball.” Tottenham manager Andre Villa-Boas felt the penalty was the correct call. “I have been told it was clear-cut, although I haven’t seen it again. People tell me that just before that shout there was one on Paulinho as well so that’s the information I have – that his arm was stuck out,” he said. “Although it doesn’t look deliberate his arm is quite some distance from the ball. The referee decided wisely.” Villas-Boas refused to comment on the future of Real Madrid target Gareth Bale, but revealed that the foot injury that forced the Wales winger to miss Sunday’s victory will sideline him for two further matches. The Portuguese stated that Spurs may buy a defender before transfer deadline day and was pleased with the performance of new signings Soldado, Paulinho and Chadli. “Bearing in mind that for all of them the Premier League is a different proposition in terms of intensity and passion, I think they did extremely well so I am extremely pleased with that,” he said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Education Ministry to address ill treatment of teachers – CEO

first_imgthe Education Ministry has indicated that it is prepared to have discussion with the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) to address the challenges faced by public school teachers, specifically the recent allegations of ill treatment meted out by Regional Education Officers (REOs).This was according to Chief Education Officer Olato Sam, who informed Guyana Times on Monday during a telephone interview that the Ministry is open to discussions with the Union to have the cases raised and analysed so that solutions can be derived.This came as the union and teachers are protesting the ill treatment of public school teachers, who are reportedly being harassed by their REOs in Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and 10 (UpperChief Education OfficerOlato SamDemerara-Berbice).However, he additionally reported that thus far, the Ministry has not received any reports by the Union with regard to the issues raised by the teachers at the Union’s conference last week.“They never actually brought these reports to the Ministry’s attention. The Union could bring the cases and we will have those addressed but so far, they haven’t done that,” Sam affirmed.The Chief Education Officer further stated that the there are specific dates on which the Union meets with the Ministry to have current issues discussed and addressed, noting that the GTU is welcomed to have the current matter presented at the meeting.Following a meeting last week between public school teachers and the GTU, the topic of ill treatment by REOs was brought to the fore for discussion.According to the Union during an interview with this publication last week, the teachers had vented their frustration at the manner in which the Region Three and Region 10 REOs were running the education sector of those regions and violating the rights of teachers, as well as being disrespectful.On the list of issues affecting the teachers due to the inefficiency of the REOs, who are placed in the position by the Ministry to overlook the educational affairs of the various administrative regions, was the manner in which teachers are spoken, to as well as the lack of proper communication to discuss matters.Matters relating to leave passage and transferrals to other departments and schools were also raised at the meeting. The Union had described this nature of action against the teachers as being “worst than slavery.”The teachers had indicated that this is not only a burden to them in terms of a reduction in their productivity level, but also for the students who will be indirectly affected by the ill treatment.As such, the Union appealed to the Education Ministry to immediately intervene so that the ill treatment against the teachers could be eliminated.Meanwhile, REO of Region Three, Penelope Mackintosh, had denied having knowledge of information pertaining to the issue. She had informed that she is oblivious to the allegations and had not gotten reports about the administration being fingered in the matter.All attempts to contact Region’s 10 REO were futile since she was out of office.last_img read more

Warriors’ Damion Lee a candidate for team’s 15th roster spot

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *SACRAMENTO – The original itinerary entailed Damion Lee preparing for a G-League game. Then, that changed with one phone call.The Warriors informed Lee on Nov. 16 they would need him for a game against Dallas the following day amid injuries to Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. So instead of playing for Santa Cruz against the South Bay Lakers, Lee flew to Dallas …last_img

Will Hardcore Scientism Warm Up to Artificial Religion?

first_imgLive Science reported on a series of papers presented in Washington on the subject of science and religion. One might have expected warfare from the title, “God and Science Collide in Nation’s Capital”; indeed, Robin Lloyd portrayed the usual take-no-prisoners attitude of some scientists: “Scientists hate God. Or find God very disturbing. In fact, modern science has found no evidence of God and so it’s stupid anymore to think God exists.” But then she re-opened the forum with, “The above statements are often presented as conventional wisdom, but are they true?” A booklet was prepared with 13 short essays, sponsored by the Skeptics Society (Michael Shermer) and the John Templeton Foundation. They included essays by William D. Phillips, Michael Novak, Ken Miller, Mary Midgley and Stuart Kauffman. The points of view varied from atheist to Muslim to Methodist. Judging from Lloyd’s report, it appears the group leaned heavily against religion. The following line was presented as the “standard scientific line” – “Science has failed to find natural evidence of God. Natural evidence is all there is. No God. Case closed.” Only slightly softer is the view that science has eliminated the need for God, or that God is a “failed hypothesis.” Some of the essayists pointed out that science does not have all the answers. Some argued that science and religion are not necessarily at odds. And Stuart Kauffman seemed to want to soften the pointlessness of an evolutionary universe:Kauffman, director of the Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics at the University of Calgary, takes a slightly New Age tack, saying we must “heal” the schism between science and religion by “reinventing the sacred” and evolving from a supernatural God to a “new sense of a fully natural God as our chosen symbol for the ceaseless creativity in the natural universe.”With adamant anti-creationists like Michael Shermer and Ken Miller in the forefront, both of whom have fought both creationism and intelligent design for years (while allowing for the possibility of a remote Deity), it is unlikely anyone at the symposium would have had much ear for the likes of a Ken Ham, to say nothing of a Phillip Johnson.Foolishness. This is like a bunch of leopards pretending to be sensitive to their prey, and saying maybe the prey would like them better if they washed off some of their spots or maybe didn’t growl so hard before pouncing. “After all, we’re not the only predators in the jungle,” they say to one another. “Just the coolest, sleekest and best!” Whom does Live Science and Michael Shermer think they are kidding? Live Science never ceases to twist facts to ridicule any idea of God while pushing Darwin inches into miles of storytelling. This party was of Darwin-worshipers, by Darwin-worshipers, and for Darwin-worshipers. True worship requires two things this crowd doesn’t have: spirit and truth. Sorry, no deal. God does not share the stage with idols. All idols must go. That includes Darwin and scientism. Only when they stop telling God what to do, and telling Him what He must act like, and start listening to Him in humility, will they begin to stop committing idolatry. “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me,” the eternal Creator said. The Creator makes the rules. The Creator defines reality. The Creator is the Truth. All else is lies and idolatry, and there is no compromise. We don’t need Kauffman’s Neanderthal Dance around the Naturalistic Campfire to drum up some phony sense of the sacred. We need the Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy. One does not get sacredness (holiness) while worshiping one’s own reason and inventing one’s own philosophy. One gets there by dropping all one’s baggage and humbling oneself before the Creator, who declares, “I am.” The question to be asking is not “How can we scientists, who already know it all, be nicer to stupid people of faith,” but “Is there a Creator?” and “Who is He?” For those questions, ample empirical evidence is available to the true scientist (seeker of knowledge) and philosopher (lover of wisdom).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

a month agoTottenham chairman Levy: Refinancing will not affect transfers

first_imgTottenham chairman Levy: Refinancing will not affect transfersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy insists their transfer funds remain as deep as ever.Levy has insisted that the refinancing of Tottenham’s stadium debt will not impact the club’s activity in the transfer market.Spurs borrowed £637million in loans from various banks to help finance the development and construction of their 62,062-seat ground, which opened in April.Levy told the Financial Times that the new arrangements will not alter the way the north London club is run.He said: “The refinancing will have no ­bearing on how we run the club… and no bearing on those types of short-term movements [like transfers].” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The 5 Most-Underrated College Football Teams By The Oddsmakers Entering 2016

first_imgCollege Football Playoff trophy on top of sportsbook board.National TitleYesterday, we ranked the five most-overrated college football teams in the country based on the odds the sports books are giving them to win the national championship. Twitter/Playoff.Twitter/Playoff.You can see those five teams here. Now, we’re ranking the five most-underrated teams by the oddsmakers. These are five teams whose national championship odds are a little too low, in our opinion. So, yes, these five teams – in our opinion – would be good teams to bet on to win it all. As we did with the five most-overrated teams’ feature, we’re using Bovada’s national title odds, which you can see here. Here are the five most-underrated college football teams in the country heading into the season. Start With No. 5 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

Video: Dez Bryant Says Cowboys Aren’t Hazing Ezekiel Elliott, They “Need His Mind Right”

first_imgDez Bryant seen on TMZ sports.Despite 2016 being running back Ezekiel Elliott’s first season in the NFL, don’t expect the Cowboys rookie to be picking up any massive dinner checks this offseason. With the playoffs in mind, they want the former Ohio State star’s head to be clear of distractions. On Tuesday, TMZ Sports posted this great video to YouTube of Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant saying that the Cowboys don’t playfully haze rookies anymore and that Elliott will escape the tradition altogether because they “need his mind right.”With so many weapons on the field it’s easy to see why. The addition of Elliott behind one of the best offensive lines in the country provides endless possibilities in Dallas. Bringing balance to the potent offense could really open things up for Tony Romo.last_img

Seanergy Maritime to Raise Funds for Vessel Acquisitions

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk shipping firm Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has announced the pricing for its USD 15 million public offering, saying that it will used the net proceeds vessel acquisitions, debt repayment and general corporate purposes.The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used for debt repayment, vessel acquisitions in accordance with the Company’s growth strategy and general corporate purposes.The public offering consists of 10 million common shares and class A warrants at a combined price to the public of USD 1.50 per common share and class A warrant.Seanergy Maritime Holdings, The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used for debt repayment, vessel acquisitions in accordance with the Company’s growth strategy and general corporate purposes.The offering is expected to close on or about December 13, 2016. The company estimates that the net proceeds from the offering, after deducting the underwriting discount and offering expenses, will be around USD 13.38 million.Maxim Group LLC is acting as sole manager for the offering. The company has granted Maxim Group LLC a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 1.5 million common shares and/or 1.5 million class A warrants to cover over-allotments, if any.last_img read more

Any Site C dam option will cost billions for BC

first_imgTina HouseAPTN News The B.C. government has three options to deal with the troubled Site C dam in the northern part of the province and they all involve billions of dollars.The controversial dam along the Peace River was a dream project for former premier Christy Clark, but the current government is dealing with a project that may be out of date before a single kilowatt is produced.“The project’s not on time, not on budget, and it’s export capabilities are severely limited,” said Bob McCullough, who heads up McCullough Research, a B.C. think tank.When John Horgan and his NDP government took power six months ago, one of his first acts was to have the B.C. Utilities Commission review the project – something the government under Christy Clark didn’t do.One of the highlights from the review is that the former B.C. Liberal government overestimated the need for the power that would be generated from the Site C dam.That’s music to the ears of everyone in Victoria who delivered a boatload of petitions, letters, and information to the steps of the B.C. Legislature the day after the review was released.McCullough said that First Nation communities are far too often ignored when it comes to projects like this.“They tend not to get the input that they should in my opinion,” he said. “Clearly these changes in their environment need to be taken very seriously.”The estimated $8.8 billion project would be the third dam on the Peace River and flood more than 100 km of prime agricultural land.Now, according to the B.C. Utilities Commission, the government has three options – and they all cost billions of dollars.Continue to build at a whopping cost of $10-billion knowing the project won’t be completed by 2024. Stop the project and remediate the land at a cost of $1.8 billion. Suspend and restart the project at a cost of $3.6 billion.The B.C. government said it will make a final decision by the end of 2017.last_img read more

Onetime Ohio State redshirts look for big role on offense

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. Credit: Courtesy of OSUA typical highly-touted college football recruit hopes to see the field as soon as they arrive on campus, but that doesn’t always happen.Whether a player isn’t big enough, good enough or mature enough to play right away — or if there is simply a more experienced player ahead of them on the depth chart — many have to spend a season looking on as a redshirt.The 2013 Ohio State football team had a handful of hyped-up recruits — and even a couple of returning players — who took a redshirt season. While some of those players still face an uphill battle for playing time, others are set to make an instant impact in 2014.Headlining the group of 2013 redshirts is redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who is slated to start this season for the Buckeyes after senior quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder last week. Barrett, who tore his ACL during his senior year of high school, hasn’t taken a competitive snap outside of practice in nearly two years.“(Barrett) had about 300 competitive throws this fall, where when (former OSU backup quarterback Kenny Guiton) went into the game a couple years ago, I think he had six,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said at a Wednesday press conference. “(Barrett) is a meticulous guy.”Before fall practice, Barrett had limited reps as a true freshman in 2013 and split time with redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones in spring camp and during OSU’s Spring Game at Ohio Stadium. In the Spring Game, Barrett completed 17 of 33 pass attempts for 151 yards through the air.Barrett was a four-star recruit coming out of Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, but still found himself buried behind more experienced players as a freshman. As the depth chart shifts heading into the new season, Barrett suddenly is on the list of key Buckeyes, and he won’t be the only one in that brand-new situation.At OSU’s annual media day on Aug. 10, Meyer rattled off the names of a few different players who weren’t as well-known in 2013 but could make an impact this season.“Dontre Wilson (and) Jalin Marshall are in a heated battle at the H-back position,” Meyer said. “Corey Smith and Michael Thomas have started the battle for top two or three receiver spots, and there is a bunch of guys, just don’t have time to go through them all.”While Wilson is entering his true sophomore season, the other three players Meyer singled out all redshirted last year. Marshall is a redshirt-freshman, Smith is a redshirt-junior after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan before last season and Thomas is a redshirt-sophomore who played as a true freshman in 2012 before sitting out last year.When a player redshirts for a season, they are allowed to practice with the team but can’t play in games, and retain the year of eligibility. Therefore, a player who redshirts their first season will still have four years of eligibility remaining. A player can also receive a medical redshirt if they sustain a season-ending injury. In medical cases, the NCAA determines whether or not the player will be granted the medical hardship waiver and retain a year of eligibility.Even though Smith is fighting for playing time against established players such as seniors Evan Spencer and Devin Smith, he still hopes to find a way onto the field in his first season playing for the Buckeyes.“I plan on having a big role, just do my best in whatever role it is to contribute,” Corey Smith said at OSU’s media day. “But I plan on having a big role.”OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith had high praise for the transfer student as well, calling him “one of the most talented guys” he has ever coached.“He is very talented,” Zach Smith said. “He has bought completely into the system instilled by coach Meyer, (OSU assistant athletic director for football sports performance) Mickey Marotti and myself.”Outside of Corey Smith, Marshall and Thomas, Barrett might have yet another target who redshirted last season.Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh didn’t play in 2013 for his first year on campus and had just one reception for four yards in the spring game, but OSU tight ends coach Tim Hinton said he’s come a long way since arriving in Columbus.“Marcus Baugh has really matured as an individual and as a player,” Hinton said at OSU’s media day. “He’s physically developing. There’s a lot of raw talent.”While Baugh might not be expected to carry the team with senior tight end Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett already on the roster, his development can serve as proof of hard work during a redshirt season.Baugh was initially suspended for the first game of his freshman season after being cited for underage alcohol consumption before eventually redshirting.Like Thomas, redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn saw the field as a true freshman in 2012 before finding himself buried on the depth chart the following year.In 11 games as a freshman, Dunn carried the ball 25 times for 133 yards and even scored a pair of touchdowns, but went into last season behind now former OSU players Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall, as well as now-redshirt-senior Rod Smith and now-sophomore Ezekiel Elliott in the pecking order.After averaging nearly six yards per carry and scoring a touchdown in the spring game, as well as putting on a strong performance in fall camp, Meyer said Dunn, along with Rod Smith, is firmly in the mix at running back this season, even though Elliott is expected to be the No. 1 on opening day.“I give credit to Bri’onte and Rod,” Meyer said Aug. 17. “Every day they’ve worked their tails off.”Even though their college experience might have started off differently than they hoped, each of these redshirts could be looking to come out fresh and strong for the Buckeyes this season.OSU is scheduled to start its season Saturday against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more