Applying global criteria to tracking data to define important areas for marine conservation

first_imgAim Enhanced management of areas important for marine biodiversity are now obligations under a range of international treaties. Tracking data provide unparalleled information on the distribution of marine taxa, but there are no agreed guidelines that ensure these data are used consistently to identify biodiversity hotspots and inform marine management decisions. Here, we develop methods to standardize the analysis of tracking data to identify sites of conservation importance at global and regional scales. Location We applied these methods to the largest available compilation of seabird tracking data, covering 60 species, collected from 55 deployment locations ranging from the poles to the tropics. Methods Key developments include a test for pseudo-replication to assess the independence of two groups of tracking data, an objective approach to define species-specific smoothing parameters (h values) for kernel density estimation based on area-restricted search behaviour, and an analysis to determine whether sites identified from tracked individuals are also representative for the wider population. Results This analysis delineated priority sites for marine conservation for 52 of the 60 species assessed. We compiled 252 data groupings and defined 1052 polygons, between them meeting Important Bird and Biodiversity Area criteria over 1500 times. Other results showed 13% of data groups were inadequate for site definition and 10% showed some level of pseudo-replication. Between 25 and 50 trips were needed within a data group for data to be considered at least partially representative of the respective population. Main conclusions Our approach provides a consistent framework for using animal tracking data to delineate areas of global conservation importance, allowing greater integration into marine spatial planning and policy. The approaches we describe are exemplified for pelagic seabirds, but are applicable to a range of taxonomic groups. Covering 4.3% of the oceans, the sites identified would benefit from enhanced protection to better safeguard the threatened species populations they contain.last_img read more

Chadron State Bests Dixie State, Moves Ahead of Trailblazers in RMAC Standings

first_imgOctober 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Chadron State Bests Dixie State, Moves Ahead of Trailblazers in RMAC Standings FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHADRON, Neb.-Dalton Holst completed 23 of 35 passes for 260 yards and a pair of scores and the Chadron State Eagles bested Dixie State for the first time in school history, prevailing 30-18 over the Trailblazers at Elliott Field at Don Beebe Stadium Saturday.With Chadron State nursing a 23-18 lead late in the 4th Quarter, tailback Kevin Coy Jr. exploded for a 97-yard touchdown run, giving him 101 rushing yards on the afternoon, to place the Eagles ahead of the Trailblazers in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings.The win gives the Eagles a 5-2 record, as they are 5-2 in RMAC play while Dixie State fell to 5-3 and 5-2 in RMAC games. Because of their head-to-head victory this afternoon, Chadron State moves ahead of the Trailblazers in the standings.In defeat, Michael Sanders completed 39 of 60 passes for 527 yards, one touchdown and one interception for Dixie State.Sei-J Lauago ran for 65 yards and a score on 16 carries for the Trailblazers while Dejuan Dantzler (5 rec, 126 yards) and Kasey Allison (7 rec, 105 yards, TD) were Dixie State’s leading receivers.Next Saturday evening, the Trailblazers are in action again as they travel to Grand Junction, Colo. to face the Colorado Mesa Mavericks in another RMAC contest. Tags: Chadron State/Colorado Mesa Mavericks/Dalton Holst/Dejuan Dantzler/Dixie State/Elliott Field at Don Beebe Stadium/Kasey Allison/Kevin Coy Jr./Michael Sanders/Sei-J Lauago Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Alex Morgan one of “Sports Illustrated” Swimsuit Issue’s cover stars

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMeg Oliphant/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Professional soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan is one of the new cover stars of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.“Alex Morgan stands for feminine strength and power, using her voice to fight for gender discrimination and equal pay,” said MJ Day, editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, in a press release.Morgan joins 45-year-old supermodel Tyra Banks as one of three cover stars.Banks, who was the first African-American model to appear on the cover of this publication alongside model Valeria Mazza in 1996, came out of retirement for the 2019 issue.“There is this stereotype that only a 20-year-old woman in a bikini is hot,” Banks told Sports Illustrated. “Like once we reach a certain age, we are no longer desirable. But I want to show that modeling has no age. I’m coming out of retirement to practice what I preach.”Sports Illustrated rookie and former Patriots cheerleader Camille Kostek rounds out the trio of cover stars. The model and dancer appeared in the 2018 swimsuit issue as part of the company’s model search through Instagram and is now a cover star.The 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue features 34 women. Day told ABC News’ Good Morning America that the upcoming issue is “one of the biggest and broadest samplings of beauty that we’ve ever featured.” It is on newsstands now.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. May 8, 2019 /Sports News – National Alex Morgan one of “Sports Illustrated” Swimsuit Issue’s cover stars Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Tory Peer rebels against the Chancellor’s buy-to-let plans

first_imgHome » News » Regulation & Law » Tory Peer rebels against the Chancellor’s buy-to-let plans Tory Peer rebels against the Chancellor’s buy-to-let plans6th January 20160594 Views Lord Flight (left), Chairman of Flight & Partners Recovery Fund, and a former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, joined a chorus of disapproval today as he spoke out against the Government’s plans to raise taxes and limit allowances for buy-to-let investors.He wrote, “I hope the Government will re-think its sudden attack on Buy-to-let this summer and autumn. Otherwise, it risks the very crisis in the buy-to-let housing and lending markets of which the Governor of the Bank of England has recently warned.“Buy-to-let has been an entirely sensible market economy development, in most cases as an alternative to saving for old age via pension schemes. Up to World War II, investing in rented property was the main method of providing for an income in old age. Given the poor performance of the stock market over the last 20 years, it is hardly surprising that many people have opted for Buy-to-let investment as an alternative, and more successful, retirement provisioning investment. Buy-to-let has, moreover, provided some three million homes for those not able yet to afford to buy their homes – especially in London.“Buy-to-let does not enjoy any of the major tax advantages of pension saving: i.e. tax credits on the amount invested and accumulation of income and capital gains free of tax within a pension scheme. The only Buy-to-let “tax advantage” has been the ability for the interest cost to be offset against an individual’s income to determine their tax bills – the very thing which the Finance Act measure has hit by limiting the tax deductibility of mortgage interest to a 20 per cent tax rate. This will hit more modest Buy-to-let investors the most, while many of the more sophisticated have their Buy-to-let properties held via a company.“On top of this came the announcement that an additional three per cent Stamp Duty will apply on new Buy-to-let investments from next April. The risk is self-evidently, that as some Buy-to-let investors are motivated to sell as a result of the reduction in the tax offset of mortgage interest, potential buyers will be put off by the additional three per cent Stamp Duty on top of what are already confiscatory rates of Stamp Duty applying in London (where properties are generally more valuable). More sellers and less buyers clearly has the ability to create a sharp fall in prices, if not a crash. A significant increase in those selling Buy-to-let properties may also put thousands of tenants’ security at risk as buyers will want to sell with vacant possession.“ If the Government’s thinking is that Buy-to-let investment has squeezed young buyers out of the market, this is misconceived. The fundamental problems creating scarcity value have been our nightmare planning arrangements and the hoarding of land with planning permission by developers. Furthermore, the new high rates of Stamp Duty are a major “disable” when first time buyers cannot borrow to finance large Stamp Duty costs. Politically, the Government may lose more votes over this issue than they realise: there are many thousand Buy-to-let investors living in marginal constituencies.“On a wider front, the risks of a significant fall in house prices in London and the South East have risen considerably, partly as a result of the penal rates of Stamp Duty which have already served to reduce, substantially, the volume of transactions. In addition, a recent announcement by the banks indicates that 100,000 or more middle to senior ranking staff are likely to be made redundant over the next year or so. Many will be looking to sell their London properties and move to a cheaper part of the country. Younger buyers cannot afford market prices in London and the South East, and cannot borrow to finance the substantial Stamp Duty costs of acquisition. The flux of foreign buyers is reducing in the wake of substantial extra UK taxation. The coming rise in interest rates will also, inevitably, exert downward pressure on house values.“If there is a crash in property prices in the Greater London area, this will have a major impact on the banks and on the economy as a whole, for which the Government will be blamed. I suggest, apart from anything else, that now is precisely the wrong time to be attacking the Buy-to-let market when the balance of supply and demand is shifting. Moreover, at the least, it would have been much fairer for the reduced 20 per cent allowable offset tax on mortgage interest to apply to new, and not existing, Buy-to-let investments. Changing the tax rules on existing buy-to-let investments is, in principle, retrospective in its impact.”Lord Flight buy-to-let buy-to-let plans Chancellor’s buy-to-let plans 2016-01-06The Negotiator Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Lawyer leading RICS governance probe asks members to help with evidence30th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

This is Heartcore

first_imgCincinnati sextet The National have been one of music’s best kept secrets over the past 5 years. With the release of their fourth album, Boxer, they have finally started to find the attention their wide-eyed melancholic rock has long deserved. The seeds of their momentum were sown with 2005’s Alligator, an album among the best of the decade so far and a slow-burning critical success. They seemed to exist in a bubble for most of their career, outside hype and fashion, sounding nothing like their peers and drawing instead from the soft romanticism of Nick Cave and Tindersticks. Their albums are quintessential ‘growers’; they have a habit of creeping up on you when you least expect it, in the way that great albums do. Because of this, they have a devoted fan-base. To know The National is to love them. Lead singer and lyricist Matt Berninger is phlegmatic about the gentle trajectory of their career: ‘We had been operating in the dark for so long that we started to just accept the fact that we’d always be overlooked. We’ve tried to just focus on the songs and not worry so much about the rest of it. That being said, we’re very happy that people are now starting to pay attention. We didn’t expect Boxer to get the attention that it has. It’s very satisfying.’ Where do they see themselves fitting in? ‘We tried to start our own scene. We called it “heartcore”’, Berninger replies, ‘but it never caught on.’ After the word-of-mouth acclaim garnered by Alligator and the resulting extensive tour, how did the band cope with the follow-up? ‘Boxer took a very long time to get right. There were moments when we thought we would never figure it out. By the time we finished it we had lost all perspective. It wasn’t until I took it home after mastering and laid down on my couch with a bottle of wine that I realised how good it was. It was a huge relief.’ Berninger’s lyrics have always been intensely personal, and Boxer sees him react to the realities of being in an international touring band. ‘One of the main reasons Boxer took so long was because I needed to reconnect and go back to work and walk around the neighbourhood. A lot of it is about the struggle to stay connected and hold on to the things that matter.’ While many successful artists write about the burdens of touring and dealing with the media, Berninger sings about the struggle to keep grounded in an unpretentiously human way. It is this humanity that forms one of the major appeals of The National. They are everymen. This becomes particularly clear in person. While the band are remarkably adept in the live arena, transforming the dynamics of many of their songs, Berninger remains charmingly embarrassed onstage. ‘I’m not a natural showman. There are times when I wish I could crawl through the floor, but there are also moments of exhilarating happiness. I wish I could control it.’ Yet his deep baritone coupled with the intensity of his fellow musicians make for a compelling live experience. After the plaudits garlanded on Boxer in 2007’s end of year polls, this year sees the release of A Skin, A Night, a short film about the band made by young French director Vincent Moon and an appearance at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Carl Cullinanelast_img read more

Analyst highlights persecution

first_imgChristians are the most persecuted religious group in the world today, according to the International Society for Human Rights, which says 80 percent of all religious acts of discrimination target Christians. In his talk Monday night titled “The Global War on Christians,” CNN’s senior Vatican analyst John Allen highlighted countries experiencing heavy persecution of Christians today and debunked myths about such conflicts while arguing that the American Church can take a bigger role in addressing these heinous acts. Allen’s address was the second keynote address of the “Seed of the Church” conference on Christian martyrs. “We are talking in my opinion about the most dramatic, most compelling, most urgent Christian narrative of our time,” Allen said. Allen said according to the Pew Forum, persecution of Christians occurs in 133 countries. According to Aid to the Church in Need, about 150,000 Christians have been killed in religious conflict each year of the 21st century. “In the hour that we are going to be together tonight, somewhere on this planet, 11 Christians are losing their lives,” Allen said. “This number is not only astonishing but obscene.” One place Allen described as an epicenter of Christian persecution is Iraq. Even though this region was an integral part of the early Church, Iraq’s Christian population has shrunk from between one and a half and two million in 1991 to fewer than 450,000 today, Allen said. “A Church that took two millennia to construct has been gutted essentially in two decades,” he said. Since American intervention in Iraq has exacerbated sectarian tensions, putting Christians at greater risk for persecution, Allen said the American Church has an obligation to assist Iraqi Christians. “Given what we profess as Catholics and given the responsibility we bear as Americans, the fact that the situation facing the Church in Iraq is not a … top-of-the-brain concern for the Catholic Church in the United States is nothing less than a moral scandal,” he said. “Our failure to apply our last best efforts to meaningful gestures of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Iraq is quite simply inexcusable.” Allen said most people falsely believe Christian persecution can only come from regions where Muslim extremism is prevalent. “If somehow tomorrow, radical Islam were to disappear, the threats to Christians would hardly be gone,” he said. “What we face is a bewildering cocktail of threats.” Some threatening groups include radical Hindus in India, nationalists in Turkey and even radical Christians, Allen said. Christians can also be persecuted in countries such as Mexico where they are the overwhelming religious majority, he said. Another myth about Christian persecution is it is a political issue, Allen said. “If we are going to take a clear-eyed look at the global war on Christians, we cannot try to see it through the funhouse mirror of secular politics,” he said. Most of all, Allen said Americans can support persecuted Christians abroad merely by being mindful of their situation. When he interviewed Christian Syrian refugees in Lebanon during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Beirut, Allen said they all agreed on how Western Christians could help them. “Do you want to know the number one must popular answer by far they gave me that they said would make the most tangible and appreciable difference to them?” he said. “The answer was, ‘Don’t forget about us.’ … You and I cannot solve the problems of the world. We can’t make the violence in Syria go away tomorrow, but we can try to find creative ways to broadcast the message that we have not forgotten them and that we are paying attention.” Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more

Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s community members reflect on issues particularly pertinent to women in the age of Trump

first_imgChris Collins Students assemble outside Main Building after the 2016 presidential election to protest Donald Trump’s leadership and to raise awareness about vulnerable populations.The national conversation surrounding the treatment of women in the U.S. continues on campus at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s a year after Trump’s election. From questions regarding potential changes in Title IX to Notre Dame’s flip-flopping stance on contraception coverage, these discussions have gained prominence in recent weeks.Sophomore Jessica D’Souza said the Notre Dame administration’s decision to stop allowing its third-party health insurance providers to cover contraception — a decision the University administration overturned just over a week later — was the first tangible effect Trump’s presidency has had on campus since the election.“The contraception thing is huge,” D’Souza said. “I’ve seen it shared from friends that don’t really know that I go to Notre Dame sharing it on their timelines like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is the first effect that we’re really seeing in a way that directly impacts us.’ And it’s huge. I’ve seen it on news stories and in magazines and stuff.”The decision attracted so much attention after Trump’s rollback of the Affordable Care Act allowed organizations to choose whether or not to cover contraception because Notre Dame was the first university to openly take advantage of the change in policy. Senior Emily Garrett, who wrote an open letter in response to the University’s announcement to no longer allow third-party health insurers to provide contraception for its employees, said she was “disappointed but not surprised” by the decision.“It’s always to disappointing to hear that your employer or your place of higher education is suddenly just not covering your health care because they have a moral objection to it,” she said. “That’s just a weird concept to have to deal with — like something about my body or what I need to do to take care of my body is so offensive to you that you don’t want to help me do it. That’s kind of the vibe that we get, but it wasn’t shocking.”The response to the decision was so strong, D’Souza said, because of the gender politics that would be involved in such a policy change.“I know that people are afraid because … regardless of what your thought on contraception is, this is a policy that overwhelmingly affects women,” she said. “And the fact that the University is rolling back on contraception, to me, says somewhere that they don’t care about my education as much. Because we don’t have amazing pregnancy resources, we don’t have anything in place for women to take care of themselves.”Saint Mary’s senior Christina Herrera, however, said she believes Notre Dame does not have the responsibility to allow its health care providers to cover contraception due to its Catholic identity.“I think that the University needs to remember that it’s a Catholic school first and foremost and do everything accordingly,” Herrera said. “In reality, if women want [contraception], then they can buy it from the store. And honestly, if you can’t afford contraception or birth control or Plan B, you probably shouldn’t be having sex anyway.”This stance, Garrett said, discriminates against lower-income members of the community and does not account for married faculty members who might not want to have more children. She also pointed out that the University would not be paying for anyone’s contraception — third-party health care providers such as Aetna and Meritain would be paying for it.“I want this to be very, very clear — Notre Dame has never, nor will ever, pay for contraceptive care for their employees, students or staff,” she said. “ … I can’t tell you how many people have commented on articles or spoken to me in person and been like, ‘You can’t make a university pay for something they don’t believe in.’ But I’m like, ‘They’re not paying for it.’ They’re literally checking a box that says, yes, let Aetna cover it or no, don’t cover it.”Even if the University was covering the cost of contraception, D’Souza said, University administrators would not have the right to make a decision about someone else’s body and health care. D’Souza said she believes the number of people who spoke out against the administration’s original announcement is what caused the decision to be reversed.“I believe that the University is private and they can make a lot of decisions on their own,” she said. “But … if active members of this community have issues with health care … I think that the University as an entity that constantly talks about how it cares about student well-being, student health, student emotions [and] mental state, all that — I think that in order to uphold that claim, [the administration] also has an obligation to listen to what we have to say about things.”The University’s and College’s identities as Catholic institutions have not only played a large role in the discussion surrounding contraception since Trump’s election, but have also come into play during discussions concerning abortion. Anna Byrnes, a junior at Saint Mary’s who identifies as pro-life, said she has received pushback on her pro-life stance as a student at the College.“It’s very discouraging for me, especially in a Catholic community, because I am very pro-life,” she said. “I believe that life is sacred from conception to natural death, and so I’m not sure exactly why there’s so much division. Maybe it goes back to the root of what life is and what our role is in protecting life.”Other students have changed their opinions since coming to college, however. Saint Mary’s senior Olivia Bensett said the intellectual debate surrounding the issue of abortion on campus has led to her rethinking her stance on the subject.“My family is devout Catholics,” Bensett said. “I came to Saint Mary’s, and I was pro-life. But I’m leaving Saint Mary’s pro-choice. We’re constantly talking about the issues that impact women in classrooms, no matter what class you’re in. You could be in a mathematics classroom and still talk about women’s issues. You learn a lot from other girls talking about it.”Students are beginning to expand these intellectual debates even further, with more community members paying attention to the issue of sexual assault. Notre Dame junior and president of BridgeND Christian McGrew said he believes Trump’s election has drawn more attention to sexual assault in the U.S. over the past year.“There’s been, especially recently, a lot more awareness around the issue surrounding sexual assault,” he said. “People are taking it seriously now, which I think is a great thing, and it hasn’t been taken as seriously as in the past. I think that Trump being elected was a wake-up call and raised more awareness around this issue than if he hadn’t been.”In response to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinding Title IX protections put in place by President Barack Obama, students have started a “Stand 4 IX” campaign that asks University President Fr. John Jenkins to pledge to uphold Obama-era Title IX standards. Notre Dame junior Sabrina Barthelmes said her biggest concern relates to the standard of evidence universities are now allowed to use in determining the outcome of Title IX cases.“In my opinion, the worst change is that schools no longer have to use the preponderance of evidence standard — they can now choose between using that and clear and convincing,” Barthelmes said. “Which I think is detrimental to the progress we’ve been making in the fight for survivors’ rights. Notre Dame hasn’t made an official announcement about where they stand on any of this. … I’m concerned about what will happen when Notre Dame finally does decide to take a stance on it — because they’re going to have to.”Notre Dame junior Jeffrey Murphy, treasurer of the College Republicans, said while he believes sexual assault and survivors should be taken “super seriously,” he wants the University to switch to clear and convincing.“I hope everybody feels strongly about sexual assault and rape,” Murphy said. “ … I think the problem is, I don’t think sexual assault should be considered individually from the rest of the law. So I don’t think a more-likely-than-not scenario is good. It’s got to be beyond a reasonable doubt, because if someone is convicted of sexual assault, that’s a life-ruining conviction.”Barthelmes said absolute certainty is almost impossible to reach in cases of sexual assault, however.“I think some people think we can’t accuse innocent people of sexual assault, and I agree, we shouldn’t,” she said. “But I think, due to the nature of the crime, preponderance of evidence is the only standard that should be used. You’re never, ever — in 99 percent of cases, I would say, have clear and convincing evidence.”Only 2 to 8 percent of sexual assault reports are false, Barthelmes said, and the Title IX process involves several steps before a decision is reached.“Some people jump to the rights of the accused … [but] the process of Title IX and reporting and going through the entire [process] up until you get a decision is incredibly difficult,” she said. “ … It is not as easy as people coming from the side of the rights of the accused might think to get a guilty decision. And especially here at Notre Dame, we don’t do that very often.”The issue of determining what can actually be considered sexual assault is also something Murphy said he believes should be clearer, and he said he does not believe the problem is as pervasive as others make it out to be.“I do think sometimes this issue is exaggerated beyond the reality,” he said. “I think the majority of American men and women are good people. For example, I don’t think college campuses — I don’t think Notre Dame has a culture of sexual assault. I think most people here are … good people trying to do good things.”Whether the issue is contraception, abortion or Title IX, however, Herrera said she does not believe any one thing should ever be labeled as a “women’s issue.”“The worst thing you can ever say is ‘women’s issues’ because I think every issue is a women’s issue,” she said. “I don’t think our issues should be degraded down to our body parts, and that’s why it bothers me that some women are single-issue voters based on abortion. There are so many other issues that pertain to women, like tax, economics, immigration. Anything else can relate to them too.”Tags: Abortion, Contraception Coverage, Donald Trump, Pro-choice, Pro-life, sexual assault, Title IX Editor’s note: This is the third story in a three-part series addressing various political issues and their impact at Notre Dame one year after the 2016 election. Today’s story focuses on issues that most frequently affect women at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s.The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets for a series of women’s marches, drawing attention to challenges women face in the U.S. and their concerns that these challenges would increase during Trump’s time in office.last_img read more

Inter demand €85m plus Junior for Lautaro

first_img Loading… The Argentine striker is the Catalan side’s top target this summer, but they are unwilling to meet Inter’s demands.Advertisement read also:Inter striker Lautaro Martinez’s release clause expires in July Barca are willing to go as high as €65m, but Inter will not lower their price any further. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Inter have demanded Barcelona pay €85 million-plus Junior Firpo in exchange for Lautaro Martinez, according to reports.last_img read more

TT humiliate Guyana in Regional Under-17 tourney

first_imgTRINIDAD AND Tobago extended their unbeaten run at the Cricket West Indies Regional Under- 17 tournament with a crushing eight wicket win over Guyana at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair Saturday.The Trinidad and Tobago spinners continued their dominant form in the tournament with Sameer and Nicholas Ali ripping through the Guyana batting lineup.They combined for eight wickets as Guyana were dismissed for 38 from 22.3 overs. Trinidad and Tobago finished on 39 runs for two wickets off 17 overs to claim victory.Leg-spinner Sameer bamboozled the Guyana batsmen to finish with figures of six wickets for nine runs from 6.3 overs.Leftarm spinner Nicholas, who has been one of the most economical bowlers at the tournament, had a another miserly spell that yielded two wickets for five runs from six overs. The national Under-17 team picked up invaluable bonus fast bowling points from Jayden Seales and Ronaldo Forrester. Despite the spinners taking the bulk of wickets, the quicks played an integral role in the victory. The new ball pair removed Guyana opening batsmen Alex Algoo (five) and Sachin Singh (duck) to set the stage for the spin attack.Sameer and Nicholas proved to be handful as they bowled with variation and guile. They complimented each other perfectly as the Guyanese batsmen found it difficult to score which was also aided by stellar fielding.Trinidad and Tobago skipper Mbeki Joseph led the way with 23 runs off 29 balls which included three boundaries. The left-handed batsman was caught by Algoo off Junior Sinclair’s bowling, leaving Avinash Mahabirsingh (four not out) and Michael Ambard (12 not out) to see the hosts to their third victory of the tournament.(Extracted from Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday).last_img read more

Ekiti Federal Varsity Loses Head of Sports’ Dept, Ogundele

first_imgVictor Ogunje in Ado EkitiThe head of Sports’ unit of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti(FUOYE), Mr Ogunayo Johnson Ogundele, is dead.Ogundele, 45, died on Friday of undisclosed ailment after returning from a coaching course outside the state.The late coach, who had been buried in his Oye Ekiti countryhome according to Christian rites, was survived by a wife, Abosede and three children. A family source revealed to journalists in Oye Ekiti yesterday that the family were still stunned by the sudden death of the late coach, because he didn’t complain of any sickness before the attack.“He woke up that morning and prayed the way he always did. Suddenly he started coughing and he held his neck as if he was suffocated and he developed complications and died”, the source said.However, the Vice Chancellor of the university , Prof. Kayode Soremekun has described Ogundele’s death as devastating and saddening.The Vice Chancellor, who spoke through the Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Bakji, said the whole university community would miss Ogundele’s coaching expertise and contributions to human capital development in the area of sports in the institution.Soremekun, had however , directed that the late coach’s wife, Abosede be given automatic employment in the university.“As a mark of respect for the late coach and in appreciation of his contributions, his wife is to be offered automatic employment and this is with immediate effect.“The gesture would enable her to be able to take adequate care of thechildren the deceased left behind”, Soremekun said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more