When democracy feels like bungee jumping

first_imgCommunity writers this week expressed hope, fear, fatigue, warning, and forgiveness—a gamut of reactions many of us felt simultaneously or cycled through hour by hour as vote counts jerked upward and Republican did their worst to reverse the will of voters. These stories reflect the Daily Kos Community’s mood and thoughts about what we can accomplish during the high-risk months before the 2021 inauguration. Four years ago, I barricaded my heart against election sorrow, and was able to resist both Blue Wave! and All Is Lost! hysterias. The media affirmation of the Biden-Harris win—and my elation over our first woman VP—allowed me to lower my barricade with joy tempered by the snarl of Republican trickery and the reality that 72 million voters still backed those monsters. Check out what the Community had to say in this week’s rescued stories and, in the poll below, tell us how you feel right now. Rescued Stories from 7PM EST Friday Nov. 6 to 7PM EST Friday Nov. 13, 2020Community Spotlight’s Rescue Rangers read every story published by Community writers. When we discover awesome work that isn’t receiving the attention it deserves, we rescue it to our group blog and publish a weekly collection—like this one—each Saturday. Rescue priorities and actions were explained in a previous edition: Community Spotlight: Rescuing your excellent stories for over 14 years. You also can find a link in Meteor Blades’ “Night Owls” series, which publishes daily between 10-11PM EST. – Advertisement – Houyhnhnm takes a reflective mood, offering a perspective that compares waiting for the perfect autumn leaf display with the perfect election outcome. “I saw all the tsunami memes on Twitter. I observed the highest turnout I’ve ever seen at my polling place. And I let my fancy run away with me.” The story, published before the media announced a Biden-Harris win, notes the disappointment of not getting everything we want. “The deplorables are still with us, as are those who always seek to make the perfect the enemy of the good.” She ends by tying the election results back to the hope for autumn leaf colors. A 16-year DK member, houyhnhnm has written 223 stories. Her profile page offers her gender, date of birth (1950), occupation (retired secondary science teacher), and DNA ancestry profile.It’s been a wild ride LordNoxie presents the fascination of a distant observer who can do little more than sign petitions. A Spanish citizen, their interest in American politics began with the 2016 election. “I have been very interested in the history of far right politics since my college years … I think it’s half morbid curiosity, half desire to understand my (and humanity’s) enemy in order to better fight it. So Donald Trump’s victory (because even then the Spanish people knew what kind of politician he would be) shocked me quite a little bit. The far right hadn’t achieved that much power in the world stage since the 1930s. I had to do something. I had to learn.” LordNoxie, who joined in 2019 and has written 4 stories, wrote that they have no American friends, but commenters to this story corrected that deficiency.- Advertisement – I will not forget, but I will open my heart to the possibility of forgivenessFishOutOfWater contemplates how to heal himself and our nation in this piece. His story begins with the massacre at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church: “I would not and could not have found a way to forgive the murderer of those beautiful believers who shared their love with the hateful young man who turned on them like a snake in the grass.” After whipping through examples from U.S. history, Fish observes, “Anyone who has been paying the slightest bit of attention knows exactly what the Republican Party is and who its members are.” He ends by explaining why he will embrace forgiveness. Fish, who has a Ph.D. in geochemistry, joined in 2006 and has published 775 stories. His DK profile page offers this bio: “Left USNRC nuclear waste safety research planning & management to body surf Kauai. Now living in North Carolina.”Anticipation- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT is dedicated to finding great writing by community members that isn’t getting the visibility it deserves.To add our rescued stories to your Stream, click on the word FOLLOW in the left panel at our main page or click on Reblogs and read them directly on the group page. You can also find a list of our rescued stories by clicking HERE or using the link in Meteor Blades’ Night Owls open thread that publishes daily between 7-9PM Pacific time.An edition of our rescue roundup publishes every Saturday at 1 PM ET (10AM PT) to the Recent Community Stories section and to the front page at 6:30PM ET (3:30PM PT). An Open Letter to the Media RE: The Lame Duck SessionDeanDemocrat speculates about hypothetical questions the media has for Joe Biden, and warns about the damage that may result from examining these hypotheticals before Biden can take any official actions. “(T)he GOP has gone off the rails. The Q-Anon Trump Expanded Universe of Conspiracy Theories segment of the nation is dangerously deranged. To save our country we need to pull the GOP back from the fringes.” DeanDemocrat lives “in the High Desert area … a VERY Red part of Southern California. The one without a single Democrat on the ballot due to the stupid top-two system we have here in California.” And they work with “crazy right-wing Romney supporters … (who in 2012) were fasting, praying, and utterly convinced that a Romney presidency was Mormon prophecy waiting to come to fruition.” DeanDem joined in January 2004 and has written 322 stories.Shouldn’t I be more excited?LuvPure claims fatigue, and delineates the reasons why they aren’t popping open champagne. “We’ve turned on the news to an endless stream of WTF stories. We’ve been bombarded with memes and ads with absolutely ZERO basis in fact … I’m exhausted. I could just scream and swear and throw things, but I’m too drained. I could just curl up in a ball and cry for my fellow man, but I’m too tired. I could rejoice and celebrate, but I’m just too damned fatigued.” LuvPur is a new member who joined and wrote their first story on Nov 8.Lessons from the Quebecois: Why Dems Need to Stay True to the Black Women who Put Joe Over the TopDavid B examines the recent election and the role of Black women, through the lens of Quebec’s past history and its votes to secede from Canada. The author asks if “we have to supplicate ourselves to the never-Trumpers in the middle, and ignore not just the demands, but the feelings and the reasons these (Black) women worked so hard to get us here.” Their answer begins by noting that, ”(w)e saw in Quebec what happens, eventually, when politicians pay only lip service to those who voted their way …” David B joined in 2008, and has written 142 stories (14 of them rescued). Their most recommended story announces in the title that David is a tax accountant.I don’t fight anymore, I watch the bees marialba’s post-election mood is described by referencing her mother’s beliefs. “When I was little, my Mom had this notion that if she watched (our favorite) the Argentinean national soccer team, they’d lose.” This year reminds her of that belief and of a TV show. “I worked very hard on this election to win us the Senate and more seats (in) the House and then… they all lost. I had been through it before, when I supported a candidate to become a State House Rep, and he lost too. I am not superstitious, but…” Marialba joined in 2013 and has written 40 stories.  This naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina lives in Chicago, and has “a pollinator container garden in my tiny yard,” where presumably she, too, can watch bees.Was the 2020 Election a Referendum on White Supremacy?Semiller48 answers the question posed in the headline and ends with a warning. “Obviously, yes … But not completely: (N)on-trivial percentages of Black men, Latinos, and immigrants voted Republican.  For them, and for some segment of white Trump voters, something else was going on.” Semiller48 goes on to describe social aspects, such as religion and “hierarchical inequalities,” that affect how voters see themselves and how they create a consensus reality that led the U.S. to Trump. Semiller48 joined in 2016, and in their 9 stories has revealed they “used to teach history” and “grew up Jewish.”A risk manager’s view of Donnie Deathcount’s vote challenges – “asymptotic risk tolerance”Tjlord explores the consequences of operating under the premise that any risk is worth taking for the least amount of success. Tjlord describes “asymptotic risk tolerance,” where anything is on the table because what’s the worst that can happen? They apply this characteristic to the actions of the outgoing administration. Tjlord joined in 2006 and has written 353 stories. They live in Colorado Springs and have “been in financial trading risk management for over two decades.” Their profile adds that they are a “long time experienced executive in energy, green space and strategy.”Mississippi State & Ole Miss Football Players Finally Have a State Flag to Carry ProudlyCharles Jay offers the first non-election-focused story to be rescued this week, although the topic arises from the election. “Last Tuesday, just over 70% of Mississippi voters approved a new state flag to replace the old flag with its Confederate iconography.” The story tracks the joyful reactions of Black athletes at Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi. “For years, there had been a battle in Mississippi to remove the Confederate symbol from the 126-year-old state flag. The NCAA and SEC had put pressure on the state by prohibiting postseason events in Mississippi until the flag was replaced. Mississippi’s public universities repeatedly condemned the flag.” Charles, who was also rescued last week, joined in 2018 and has written 59 stories. His profile page says he’s from New York City. “During a 30-plus-year career as a writer and editor for an international news agency, I was barred from openly supporting a political candidate and posting a political opinion on social media. I’m retired and making up for lost time.”Racist Push Polling In Georgia RunoffLexie v was resting, “to recover from the stress of the election, celebrate the Biden win in Georgia (the first time my vote has counted for anything in over 24 years!!),” when a push poll fired up their energy for the Senate runoff election. The nice call center person had never heard of Marxism, so the author taught her how to pronounce it. “Then the questions took a dark turn and I realized that this was a push poll for Kelly Loeffler … there was the question that the poor girl was reading and then she stopped and said ‘Oh no, I can’t read that word’.” The net result – lexie promptly donated to Fair Fight and signed up to volunteer. They joined DK a week ago and this was their first story. The introduction to the story offers a bio: ‘I am a middle-aged, middle class, white, atheist, liberal, northern transplant who has lived for 24 years in North Georgia, in the district that just elected the Qanon-loving Marjorie Taylor Greene.”The Purple Heart Battalion. With a Movie. And a Ghost StoryRandym77 uses a history lesson, a movie summary, and a ghost story to explain why there was a military battalion made up entirely of Japanese-American volunteers, most of them from Hawai’i, after Pearl Harbor. “Japanese in Hawai’i were not put in camps, with a handful of exceptions. They were over one-third the population at the time; the economy would have crashed.” Randym joined DK in 2004 and has written 59 stories covering eclectic topics such as peak oil, politics, and climate change.Thoughts on the Biden-Harris cabinetDelib skips past election-reaction and dives into proposing Cabinet members for the Biden-Harris administration. “There are various reports floating around in the media about possible cabinet picks … I find some on the list uninspiring or too risky.” After citing three principles behind the proposed choices, Delib then names people for each agency and for White House staff, and offers rationale for their choices. “(T)here are 12 women and 12 men in the above list … 13 whites, four blacks, two Asian Americans, two Hispanics, two Indian Americans, one Native American.  Most are below the age of 50. The cabinet will look like America.” Delib joined in 2015, has written 10 stories, and lives in “a very crucial swing state.”Even the King, at the Cost of His Head, Did Not Try to Pardon HimselfTortmaster drops back nearly 400 years to two murderous heads of state held responsible for their actions and beheaded. They then examine claims made by Trump that parallel claims from those two historical figures, and how the U.S. Constitution views the absolute right to self-pardon. “Charles Stuart was brought to trial by the House of Commons, calling itself the supreme court, and it charged the sovereign with murder and treason. For days, the King was brought into court and asked to admit or deny the accusations against him. Instead of doing so, he questioned the authority of the court to judge him, a king.” Tortmaster joined in 2008 and has written 265 stories about a range of topics: politics and current events of course, but also art, science, and a personal story about freeway blogging in Myrtle Beach.The Daily Bucket – Cattle Point & ducks  OceanDiver carries readers to an election-free refuge in nature, as she has done in 659 previous stories. “With an hour to spare to catch the next ferry, we took a jaunt down to the southern tip of San Juan Island to visit Cattle Point.” She describes the island and its history through text and photos. “It was a stormy day but not actually raining at the moment. Big layers of clouds and near nightfall….a classic winter’s day on the Salish Sea.” OceanDiver joined in 2012, and lives “on an island in the Salish Sea. Passions: nature, wildlife, science, learning, diving, kayaking, sailing, floating, photography, beauty, peace, fresh air, and my family.” last_img read more

Lobby groups clash over PEPP inflation protection proposal [updated]

first_imgLobby groups have clashed over the structure of the EU’s proposed pan-European personal pension product (PEPP).Two groups of European parliamentarians have weighed in to the discussions about the PEPP’s rulebook, arguing in favour of inflation protection on top of capital guarantees.The committee for Internal Market and Consumer Protection has supported a guarantee “at least to equal the contributions paid, including all costs and charges and after inflation”. The parliament’s employment committee, meanwhile, has also called for inflation protection in the PEPP, which it said could be capped at 4% annually. The European Parliament building in BrusselsInsurance Europe also called for politicians to be more specific with their proposals for capital protection. The European Commission’s current wording states that the default investment option for the PEPP should be protected through “risk mitigation techniques”. However, definitions have been left to ‘delegated acts’, meaning that a final decision would be made after PEPP negotiations have concluded.The insurance sector group argued that, if left unresolved, this could mean levels of consumer protection varied “depending on the PEPP provider”.In addition, the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), which represents the interests of potential asset manager providers, argued that nominal capital protection was “highly misleading” because it did not take into account the erosion impact of inflation. However, instead of inflation protection, EFAMA has argued in favour of life-cycle investment strategies, which it has claimed would give vastly better returns to almost all PEPP savers and address Better Finance’s concerns about inflation.An obligation to provide a financial guarantee would also limit insurers’ access to the PEPP market, EFAMA said. This outcome would be highly unattractive to consumers, the association said, because a key goal of the PEPP initiative was to increase competition and enhance choice in Europe’s personal pensions market.Fees and costsSeparately, Better Finance also demanded “an overall fee cap of 1% for the default life-cycle option” for the PEPP.However, Bernard Delbecque, EFAMA’s senior director for economics and research, told IPE that “a better approach would be to unbundle costs”.“This would allow for transparency between the different types of fees, such as investment management, distribution, and advice costs,” he said. The PEPP’s intended single market would also achieve scale economies and reduce costs, Delbecque added. Despite PEPP’s “mixed complexity”, the Commission has declared itself confident that PEPP rules would clear through the Brussels machinery on time and claimed that discussions on the proposal were “progressing well”.It has also stated that there was no risk of the PEPP discussions delaying the progress of its flagship Capital Markets Union programme.ECON is due to finish its work on the PEPP rulebook next month. Discussions between the parliament, the European Commission and member states will follow with the aim of an set of rules by the end of this year.This article was updated on 20 August to clarify Insurance Europe’s comments. The committees’ comments follow calls from consumer campaign group Better Finance for politicians writing the PEPP rulebook to include protection against inflation in real terms, if possible.Failing this, PEPP documents “should at the very least include a prominent warning about the devastating impact of inflation”, Better Finance said.The PEPP rules are currently being debated and drafted by the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs committee (ECON).Pensions industry trady body PensionsEurope in its feedback to ECON said that the wording regarding guarantees was “not clear enough”, but stopped short of calling for inflation protection.Instead it suggested that the PEPP rules include “a guarantee on the capital invested, as provided in the applicable legislation of the PEPP provider”, and that “when a capital guarantee is provided, it should be a long-term guarantee provided at the end of the accumulation period”.   LimitationsHowever, insurance industry trade body Insurance Europe countered that “covering inflation on top of the capital invested would be extremely challenging – if not impossible”.Consideration had to be given to “inflation’s fluctuant nature and the fact that it is not known at the time when [any] guarantee is issued”, it added.last_img read more

OPINION: Why I’m voting “’No” to Euthanasia

first_imgTimes Online 16 May 2019Family First Comment: Well said, Simeon“…it is clear to me that no system of euthanasia, no matter how carefully designed, can ensure the protection of the most marginalised and vulnerable in our society. This is deeply troubling to me. International precedents show that euthanasia regimes result in the involuntary death of innocent lives, often those who are marginalised and vulnerable. I cannot support a law which allows the state to intentionally kill its citizens, particularly when innocent lives will be lost in the process. The potential for this particular Bill to go so wrong is too big to ignore.”Shortly, Parliament will debate and vote on the second reading of the End of Life Choice Bill, which is being sponsored by David Seymour, MP for Epsom.This is a conscience issue which many people hold strong opinions on. Since the first reading of this bill, I have received thousands of emails on this topic, met with many in Pakuranga who have wished to share their opinion on the issue, spoken with palliative care experts, disability advocates, doctors, lawyers, and I have sat on the select committee to hear submissions on this Bill, 90 per cent of which were opposed.I want to thank and acknowledge everyone who has spent time discussing this topic with me. It is a highly emotive issue and I believe that there are many well-meaning people who hold widely differing views.I will however be voting against this bill for the following reasons.Firstly, it is clear to me that no system of euthanasia, no matter how carefully designed, can ensure the protection of the most marginalised and vulnerable in our society. This is deeply troubling to me. International precedents show that euthanasia regimes result in the involuntary death of innocent lives, often those who are marginalised and vulnerable. I cannot support a law which allows the state to intentionally kill its citizens, particularly when innocent lives will be lost in the process. The potential for this particular Bill to go so wrong is too big to ignore.I have also considered this issue in the context of what our doctors are saying. I join with the overwhelming majority of healthcare professionals in New Zealand – including end-of-life specialists – who oppose euthanasia.I find the New Zealand Medical Association’s comments on coercion particularly concerning: “An absolute guarantee that those who choose assisted dying are doing it voluntarily would be extremely difficult to establish in legislation and ensure in practice. Doctors are often not in a position to detect subtle coercion – as is also the case when trying to identify signs of emotional or financial abuse of elders more generally. Coercion also extends to assumptions of being a burden, giving rise to a sense of an ‘obligation’ to die.”Finally, in a country with dire statistics relating to elder abuse, youth suicide and mental health, euthanasia is a major step backward and represents a threat to the vulnerable in our society.I understand why an individual who has lived a full life and now faces a painful death would want to be allowed to choose when they will go. But I don’t believe we can allow and celebrate that without creating a terrible side effect for many others, for whom this law would not be so benign. Instead of offering a legal avenue for suicide, we need to encourage and strengthen our families and communities to support those who are lonely and suffering.I am encouraged by the rapid developments in palliative care, which has only recently been recognised as a medical specialty. As I have engaged with this sub-sector extensively since being elected, I have only grown in my admiration for their work and belief that we must prioritise their role in enabling people to have ‘dignity in death’, not in romanticised suicide.I appreciate this is a very difficult issue and I know people have many views on this issue, and I always welcome hearing from anyone who wishes to share theirs with me.Simeon Brown  MP for Pakurangahttps://www.times.co.nz/news/opinion-why-im-voting-no-to-euthanasia/last_img read more

20 killed as blast rocks Nigeria’s Yola market

first_imgYola Market blast left 20 people deadAt least 20 people are feared dead after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state in north eastern Nigeria.The blast went off on Thursday evening in the busy Yola market area.No one has claimed responsibility yet, but the attack is widely believed to be the work of Boko Haram militants.The insurgents, who recently took a series of defeats and lost vast territories to the Nigerian military and regional allies, seem to be on a rebound.They have launched numerous suicide attacks across northeastern Nigerian killing scores and injuring many others.The newly elected president of Nigeria  Muhamadu Buhari is widely viewed as the most competent commander in chief to defeat Boko Haram.The blast is said to have occurred just as people were rushing to observe their Isha, the Muslims’ late night prayer in the big city where thousands of the internally displaced persons are camped.Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade is quoted by news sources as having confirmed the blast but stopped short of saying how many people died.The blast in Adamawa came hours after Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and his Chadian counterpart Idris Deby renewed their cooperation to crush the group, which has conducted cross border attacks in the past years.The Nigerian army, which in the past two months had successfully degraded Boko Haram, termed the recent attacks by the militants as “act of desperation” by a group in utter disarray.President Idris Deby of Chad has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his “wise decision’’ to relocate the Nigerian Military Command center from Abuja to Maiduguri, to speed up the defeat of the insurgent group, Boko Haram.The Chadian President said the decision, which was announced in President Buhari’s inaugural address, was a right step towards restoring peace and security to states affected by terrorism, and the sub-region.last_img read more

Mark Ferguson Retirement

first_imgAt the end of this current school year, Mark Ferguson will retire as the Batesville Athletic Director.  Mark has been the A.D. at Batesville for the passed 21 years.  During this time, not only has the number of the student body increased, but so has the number who participate in one or more sport activities.  There are 19 high school sports alone for which Mark has to schedule, hire officials, and hire enough workers for the home contests.  Add to this the liability issues that are so prevalent today, which means that every athlete must have a complete health record on file at the school.  It is the A.D.’s job to make sure every coach has a copy of these at every event.  A few years ago, the Middle School duties were added to the high school A.D.’s job description.  This complicates the job, because they are in different buildings.Ask any coach at Batesville and they will tell you that Mark has been a student/athlete advocate; and if you can justify a need that will help the athletes perform better, he will do everything he can to provide it.  I worked for two A.D.’s at BHS and was very lucky because both Mark and his predecessor, Glen Butt, made my job easy.  Good luck, Mark, in your retirement.  I hope they find someone to fill those large shoes.last_img read more

Area High School Boys Basketball Scores

first_imgWRBI Area Boys Basketball Scores.Wednesday (2-4)East Central  48     Lawrenceburg  35last_img

Falcao blow for United

first_img Press Association Falcao has had a difficult start to life at the club since his dramatic deadline-day loan move from Monaco. The 28-year-old, who is among the top earners at Old Trafford, has scored only one goal so far and he is yet to play 90 minutes for the Red Devils. Van Gaal said initial tests on the player’s left knee proved inconclusive and he will undergo another scan the week after next to determine how long he would be out for. The United boss said: “He has a brace on his knee and 10 days’ rest and then we have to make another scan and then we can say more about his injury. “It is not so bad as the doctor thought after the match but it shall be a long story, I believe, but not six months or something like that. Blind was one of five United players injured on international duty. Luke Shaw felt a tight hamstring and groin while away with England. “Shaw is a question mark,” Van Gaal added. Michael Carrick also suffered a groin problem on international duty, and he will be assessed before Van Gaal decides whether to include the player in the squad for the game at the Emirates. “I have to wait for how he reacts in training, but I expect that he is also ready to play,” Van Gaal said. There was better news about Angel di Maria and David de Gea, who suffered foot and finger injuries while away with Argentina and Spain respectively. “Di Maria has trained today normally so I don’t think that is a question mark,” Van Gaal said. “David De Gea is good, no problem.” Van Gaal’s squad was already hit by injuries to key players before the international break. Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans, Rafael and Radamel Falcao all missed the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace two weeks ago, and it looks like they will miss Saturday’s game against the Gunners too. When asked whether any player who missed the Palace match was available for this weekend, Van Gaal seemed to suggest it would be highly unlikely. “It’s difficult to say if anyone is back because we have to wait for tomorrow’s training session to decide if players are coming back,” he said. “But the players are not coming back in the squad – that’s a different thing. My philosophy is that you have to train at least one week with the squad, but better two.” Danny Welbeck will face his boyhood club for the first time on Saturday since his £16million move. Welbeck has scored 10 goals for Arsenal and England since leaving Old Trafford. Van Gaal, who said in September that he sold Welbeck because of his poor scoring record, thinks the 23-year-old is benefittng from an extended run of first-team matches at his new club. “I think that a player always who is playing mostly fixed in a team, he develops always better,” he said. “So he takes all the benefit that he plays every week. That was a question mark with Manchester United. So it’s very good to see him doing what I thought.” Falcao has not played for United for a month because of a calf problem and he has now suffered another setback, the club confirmed on Thursday afternoon. “Van Gaal tells #MUTV that @Falcao “has a new injury” and is at least two weeks away from a first-team return. #mufc,” a post from the United’s official Twitter account read. “I am getting better, I feel well and I hope to come back to the pitch soon,” Falcao told United’s website. “It is disappointing that I can’t play but I have to be calm and recover because that is important to help the team when I return to the games.” The Colombian frontman said reports that he was struggling for fitness because of a knee injury he suffered last season were “pure speculation”. Even if Falcao had been fit, Van Gaal would still be facing a severe shortage of players for Saturday’s crucial match against Arsenal. The Dutchman could be without seven players after a damaging international break. The biggest casualty was midfielder Daley Blind, who came off in the 20th minute of Holland’s 6-0 win over Latvia with a knee injury. Louis van Gaal’s selection problems deepened on Thursday after it emerged Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will be out for at least a fortnight because of a new injury. last_img read more

Remi Garde staying optimistic despite continued Aston Villa slump

first_imgAston Villa equalled an unwanted record after defeat to Watford but Remi Garde still believes he can revive the club’s fortunes this season. Saturday’s 3-2 loss leaves Villa rooted to the bottom of the table with just five points – matching the lowest haul after 14 Barclays Premier League matches. Swindon in 1993-94, Sunderland in 2005-06 and QPR in 2012-13 also had only five points at this stage of the campaign and all three were relegated come May. Villa are five points adrift of safety and Garde, after three games as manager, is acutely aware of the task facing him but remains optimistic. Told that some will now be writing off Villa’s chance, the Frenchman said: “I heard that already and it will be over if we carry on that way but today I think we deserved a point, to be fair. “Not in terms of the result, but the play was better. And I believe we must play well if we are to win points. “When you always have to run behind in the score it is difficult but we had spells where we were good and I think we deserve better. “But there were mistakes. We lack efficiency in both boxes and maybe we had lack of patience because we knew it was important to win. “Because of this we didn’t keep the balance like we did in first half, giving them chance to counter-attack so easily. “It is difficult as obviously we have a lack of confidence both defensively and offensively. “It is not a criticism but everybody has to improve their levels, and we can.” Press Association It was Troy Deeney who piled on the misery for his boyhood club. Despite being a lifelong Villa fan, Deeney, who began his career at the midlands club before leaving aged 15, clearly enjoyed his 85th-minute header, sliding on his knees in celebration at the Holte End after putting his side 3-1 up. A fourth goal in his last five games looked like giving Watford a comfortable victory but Jordan Ayew got Villa back within a goal in the 89th minute. Garde’s team were then unable to find an equaliser in the 10 minutes of injury time allowed for a second-half injury to Heurelho Gomes. Odion Ighalo gave Watford the lead but Micah Richards levelled just before half-time, before Alan Hutton’s own goal gave the visitors the advantage once more and set up the dramatic closing stages. Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores praised his strike force of Ighalo and Deeney. He said: ” It’s amazing the connection they had during the match. They are able to play on the long ball or on the floor. They cope well with whatever way we play. “It’s amazing what they are doing different. “I have the impression he (Deeney) enjoyed his goal but it’s normal when you come back to play against one team. You try to win always.” The game was stopped for almost 10 minutes following an injury to Gomes, who collided with team-mate Craig Cathcart when trying to cut out a low Hutton cross. The Brazilian received treatment for a lengthy spell before being fitted with a neck brace and carried from the pitch on a stretcher. Giedrius Arlauskis, who played for Lithuania against England in last month’s European Championship qualifier, came on for his Premier League debut. Flores said: “He had a kick to the head but felt something in his neck. I don’t know exactly but we will have scans and see the results.” Gomes was taken to a Birmingham hospital but was able to return home with the rest of the squad on the team coach. last_img read more

NOAA Predicts Near Normal 2019 Hurricane Season

first_imgThe National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration issued an updated forecast Thursday afternoon predicting 9 to 15 named storms with as many as 8 becoming hurricanes.Between 2-3 are expected to grow into major hurricanes of category 3 strength or greater.A Category 3 storm can pack winds of up to 110 MPH.2018 was considered to be an above average hurricane season with 8 hurricanes and 15 named storms.2 of the storms, Florence and Michael, became major hurricanes with Cat. 4 Florence hitting the Carolinas with 150 MPH winds and Michael slamming into Florida’s panhandle with Category 5 winds of over 160 MPH.Hurricane Season runs June 1 to November 30 but for the fifth year in a row a sub-tropical system formed out of season with Andrea forming near Bermuda earlier in the week.Residents are urged to prepare for the upcoming season by getting a hurricane plan together.Stay with News Talk 850 WFTL and our Storm Central page for the latest on the tropics.last_img read more

Franchise League 3-day tournament East Bank, Upper Corentyne take first day honours

first_img… Reifer hit even 100 against GeorgetownBOTH East Bank and Upper Corentyne took first day honours in round five of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Franchise League three-day tournament, which commenced yesterday, with three matches.At the Bush Lot ground, East Bank franchise closed on 161-7, leading West Berbice’s first-innings total of 140 by 21 runs.Sherefane RutherfordThe visitors’ bowlers dominated proceedings and took wickets at regular intervals, with medium pacers Sherefane Rutherford (3-29), Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed (3-49), and off-spinner Steven Jacobs (3-30), being the most successful bowlers. Darshan Persaud took the other wicket.East Bank won the toss and elected to bowl, a decision which proved to go their way. West Berbice openers Raffle Estriado (15) and Arthley Bailey (16), added 31 for the first wicket, but after Estriado’s dismissal, the home team plunged to new depths of misery with an inept batting display as the wickets tumbled quickly thereafter.Javid Karim made 19 before Gudakesh Motie (21) and Andrew Dutchin (28) provided a brief late-order resistance, and were the three other batsmen to have reached double figures.In reply, Jacobs made 61, with eleven fours. Sachin Singh contributed 29 while Rutherford chipped in with 23.At Port Mourant; Upper Corentyne replying to Essequibo’s first inning of 153, were 190-3 with a first-inning lead of 37 runs. For Essequibo, opener Kevon Boodie top-scored with 50. Off-spinner Eon Hooper claimed 5-63 while Shawn Pereira had 3-34.For Upper Corentyne, David Latchya was unbeaten on 66, with Anthony Bramble on 43. Kandasammy Surujnarine (34), Balchand Baldeo (28) and Joshua Ramsammy (5) were the batsmen dismissed so far. Anthony Adams has two wickets while Keemo Paul took the other wicket.Raymon ReiferAt Tuschen; Georgetown closed on one without loss replying to West Demerara’s 333 all out. Raymon Reifer made a composed 100 for West Demerara. He received support from Romario Shepherd (52), Mahendra Dhanpaul (31), Tevin Imlach (28), and 28 runs each from Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Travis Persaud. Bowling for Georgetown, Leon Johnson took 3-67, Robin Bacchus 3-40, Ashmead Nedd 2-40, while Christopher Barnwell and Steven Sankar took a wicket apiece.Meanwhile, the other fifth round game between Lower Corentyne and East Coast will start today at the Lusignan ground.last_img read more