After the dramatic way this World Series played out through its first five contests, is anyone really surprised that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will require the full seven games to determine a champion? LA ensured the series would go the distance with its 3-1 victory Tuesday night, finally getting to Justin Verlander in the sixth inning and shutting down the high-powered Astros bats down the stretch. Now, everything will come down to the outcome of Wednesday’s Game 7 in Los Angeles — and that’s probably how things should be, given the way these teams have jockeyed back and forth with each other all season long.The Astros had their chance to end things earlier than expected. Although they were on the road for Game 6, they sent Verlander — their top starter according to our pitcher ratings — to the mound in a potential closeout game (games in which he’d previously had a 0.78 ERA in his postseason career), and they even held a slim lead for most of the middle innings. According to The Baseball Gauge, Houston had an 87 percent chance of winning the championship at one point in the fifth, their highest mark of the entire series. But Verlander went from cruising early to sputtering in the sixth inning for the second time in the series. Joc Pederson tacked on an insurance homer (extending the record for most home runs in a World Series to 23) that helped seal the victory.Now the Astros have to be wondering whether their best shot at ending the franchise’s 55-year championship drought — the team was founded in 1962 and has never won — has passed them by. They’ve won on the road in this series, but Game 7 will be on a different level. They’ll be facing four-time All-Star and former Cy Young runner-up Yu Darvish, whom LA picked up at the trade deadline, with Clayton Kershaw potentially looming in relief. Houston will counter with Lance McCullers, who won Game 3 but is inferior to Darvish by the numbers.So the championship odds will be stacked in Los Angeles’s favor. We have them pegged at a 60 percent win probability for the Dodgers.But we probably also haven’t seen the end of this series’ many twists and turns. According to The Baseball Gauge, it’s tied for the seventh-most exciting postseason series ever, in terms of its average per-play movement in championship probability added — and that’s without yet having the benefit of a Game 7, where the stakes are magnified to mind-bogglingly high levels. The tension can only rise from here, in a winner-take-all game to crown the champion of one of the most stacked seasons we’ve ever seen.
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.1 teamWith New England’s loss to Denver 30-24 in overtime Sunday, the Carolina Panthers are the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team following (most of) Week 12. We still give the Patriots the highest chance of winning the Super Bowl. [ESPN]20 seasonsLos Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant announced — in a poem! — that this NBA season, his 20th, will be his last. Bryant has been injured often recently, playing in just 41 of 164 games the last two seasons. [The New York Times]32 countriesJapan is trying to figure out how to handle a population that is increasingly elderly, with a huge bearing on the rest of the world: By 2050, 32 countries will have a population with a greater share of senior citizens than Japan does today, according to the United Nations. [The Wall Street Journal]41 percentThe probability Oklahoma will win college football’s national title, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. The Sooners won the Big 12 championship over weekend. [FiveThirtyEight]$100,000Estimate for how much the department store Kohl’s will pay to use a cover of the Beatles song “All Together Now” in a national ad campaign of 15- to 30-second spots. The band’s iconic oeuvre is far from cheap, and securing song rights can take months of negotiation. But by using a cover artist for the song instead of the original recording, the advertising firm Kohl’s hired was able to roughly halve the cost. [The New York Times]200,000 viewsA convicted Czech pirate — to be more specific here, the kind of pirate who uploads movies or software he isn’t supposed to, not the kind of pirate who attacks boats and pillages — got software firms to agree not to sue him if he made an anti-piracy video and got 200,000 views for it within two months. The man succeeded in this endeavor, with more than 400,000 views so far, and now does not have to pay a lot of money to very angry multinational corporations. [BBC]3.38 millionU.S. opening week sales for Adele’s new album, “25,” the first to sell more than 3 million copies in a week in Nielsen’s history of monitoring sales. [Billboard]4.8 millionA breach has compromised 4.8 million records of Hong Kong-based toy company VTech, potentially exposing customer account data to hackers. User passwords were encrypted using a crappy MD5 hash, and what’s worse, hackers can use the data to easily make connections between accounts for parents and their children. It all sounds like catnip for a fear-mongering local news broadcast near you. [Troy Hunt via Ars Technica]$20 billionClimate change talks begin in Paris today, with some early news bolstering confidence in a potential agreement: The U.S. and 18 other countries will double investment in clean energy to $20 billion, according to the White House. The measure has the support of technology and business leaders as well. [The Guardian]??? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ???We’re going for an unconventional digit today. Here is typically where we’d discuss the sales numbers coming out of Black Friday, and how [good/bad] they are and the [exciting/deleterious] effect that might have on holiday spending, which in turn could have an [unspeakable/Lovecraftian] impact on overall consumer spending. But my colleague Ben Casselman set me straight: All the numbers you’re reading about Black Friday sales are unreliable and often useless. [FiveThirtyEight]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.
See more NBA predictions Things That Caught My EyeKane sure looks like the best striker in the worldHarry Kane on the Tottenham Hotspur got his 100th goal in the English Premier League two weeks ago, with only Alan Shearer accomplishing it in fewer games. This season alone, Harry Kane is at the top of the five European leagues, with 23 goals from 61 shots on goals in 26 games. [FiveThirtyEight]The Dutch came here to skate with alacrity and not much elseAs of the end of competition on Wednesday, players from the Netherlands have won 121 medals of which 42 were gold in the Winter Olympics. Of those, 95.4 percent of the golds and 94.2 percent of the total medals were in the sport of speedskating, making them the top one-trick nation in the games. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Kim gets Gold and Gold gets BronzeAmericans Chloe Kim and Arielle Gold medaled in the halfpipe snowboarding competition, with the seventeen year old phenom Kim taking a gold medal and Gold, who suffered a freak injury in Sochi, dislocating her shoulder on the flukey halfpipe at that games, taking third place. [The Washington Post]Yeah, well, we’ll get ’em in the rematchTwo of the best teams in the world, Canada and the United States, had a tumultuous first game in women’s hockey at the Olympics, with Canada’s 2-1 victory meaning they clinch the top seed in pool play. The two teams could very well face off against one another in next week’s final. Meanwhile, Team USA stomped the Olympic Athletes from Russia, with Jocelyne Lamoureaux scoring two goals in six seconds, an Olympic record. [ESPN]Try out our brand new super fun quiz, Which Winter Olympic Sport Is Best For You? I got ski jumping!The men aren’t doing that wellMeanwhile, the U.S. men lost 3-2 to Slovenia in overtime after coughing up a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. The good news is that that game just helped to figure out the seeding for the knockout rounds, but that concludes our good news regarding the men’s U.S. hockey team for the time being. [Deadspin]She doesn’t even go here!About six percent of Olympic athletes do not actually live in the nations they represent, which adds up to an estimated total of 178. Of those 178, at least 37 of them are Americans playing for other teams. Typically these folks have either dual citizenship or have fast-tracked naturalization in their chosen nation. [ESPN]Big Number29.6 percentThat’s the percentage of alpine ski race runs that are unfinished. While skeleton certainly looks like it’s designed for people to wipe out all the time, only 0.6 percent of races end in DQs. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: natesilver:wow BIG curling comeback for the USAwe were down 6-1 and now its 6-6against Italywalt:DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLESlinda.tutovan:yay curlingwalt:[i do not]tchow:italy just hit a great shotneil:OMG you guys are watching too???We’re watching in the alcoveThis match has been crazy3+ points in almost every end, multiple stealsgalen:the USA outfits are cuteneil::us:Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetWhat are the men scared of? We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters
“When I’m away I try to set out for 10 to 15 pubs or bars in a day,” Stephen, from Kirkby, tells Telegraph Travel. “I read TripAdvisor and glean information on where might be good to go then I make my own mind up. I do the research so I know roughly what I’m going to go, then I give a positive review.“I try to do three or four [reviews] a day, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, one in the evening. I never get bored doing it.” “There was one in Prague,” he said. “I just said be a bit wary of it. I think in a lot of eastern European cities if there’s not a menu outside the bar or restaurant you need to be a bit wary. Pay up front because you might get ripped off.”To what does he credit his fortune of only visiting four or five-star establishments?“I look at the places I go beforehand so I tend to avoid any that don’t look great. I know in Budapest there’s a few places on the main tourist street, Vaci Utca Street, to avoid,” he says.“But most of the time I go somewhere I get a positive vibe.” TripAdvisor has also commended seven other members of its website, including awards for Attractions Expert of the Year, Hotel Expert of the Year and New Contributor of the Year.This year’s Restaurant Expert of the Year award also belongs to Stephen, owing to his thousand-odd contributions to the culinary aspect of the site.The global winner of Review Contributor of the Year is one Bernardo Famorca, who has submitted more than 2,000 critiques over the past 12 months. Budapest’s Vaci Utca Street is a main tourist dragCredit:Alamy Since joining TripAdvisor in February last year, Stephen Kelly has written 1,915 reviews.Across 31 European cities, the Liverpudlian has penned his thoughts on 42 hotels, 1,517 restaurants and 356 attractions. That averages out at publishing about three reviews a day for 22 months. In 2016 he has published 988, maintaining pace for his daily output.It is Stephen’s prolific reporting for the review website that has earned him the accolade of British Review Contributor of the Year in the 2016 Ollie Awards, TripAdvisor’s celebration of its most valuable reviewers, now in its second year. “Superb jazz bar”, “Very modern and cool establishment”, “Classic Polish pub with great views”.But Stephen also has the north of England covered, with a wealth of reviews in places such as Birkenhead, Doncaster and Hull, not to mention his native Liverpool.However, don’t expect to find many scathing takedowns or brutal critiques. Of Stephen’s 1,915 reviews, only three are less than four or five out of five, and they are three out of five. The three three-star (or “bubble”) ratings, that equates to average on the site, make up 0.15 per cent of his reviews. The unfortunate recipients of Stephen’s undistinguised tag are two bars in Amsterdam, and one in Prague. Stephen, 51, works in the NHS and uses free time in his shift patterns to travel to European cities, preferably in eastern Europe, he says, and often with his twin brother, who first got him into reviewing TripAdvisor.“I do prefer eastern and central Europe. The architecture is so different from what I’m used to, and there’s a different culture and atmosphere,” he says. “I think Poland is my favourite country. There’s a lot of rich history, a mix of old German and new Poland.”He’s just returned from Krakow and his TripAdvisor profile page is bulging with thoughts on cafes, bars and restaurants from the Polish city. “With more than 120 million travellers eligible for an award, the competition this year was tougher than ever,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for the website. “Every single winner of an Ollie award has dedicated an incredible amount of time and energy to their reviews. It is their efforts… that help improve the travel experience for the wider community. They fully deserve their moment in the spotlight.”TripAdvisor’s place in the travel industry is not without controversy. The value and validity of the site’s reviews have come into question in the past.In 2012 the Advertising Standards Authority ruled that it could not claim all the reviews on its website were “honest, real or trusted” after finding that it was possible for “non-genuine content” to appear on the site. Birkenhead on the Wirral: reviewedCredit:Alamy Stephen Kelly, TripAdvisor’s UK reviewer of the year Of Stephen’s 1,915 reviews, only three are less than four or five out of five The site has also developed something of a cult status, with hilarious and bizarre reviews providing entertainment as much as its informative content. Indeed, Telegraph Travel has collated some of TripAdvisor’s users underwhelmed by the biggest tourist attractions on the planet.So what are Stephen’s tips for reviewing for the site?“Do a little bit of research before you start,” he says. “Have a look at other people’s reviews, then hone a style of your own. If you have a structured way to do a review it will save you time.”
John Smyth QC in his younger daysCredit: A charity overseen by Mrs Colman’s husband Jamie, the heir to the Colman’s Mustard dynasty, is already under investigation by the Charity Commission after funneling hundreds of thousands of pounds to Mr Smyth over a thirty-year period.Mr Colman has admitted knowing about the abuse claims in Britain and Zimbabwe.Mrs Colman apologised for the donations but said her husband had not told her about the claims against Mr Smyth.Dr Lee Gatiss, the director of the Church Society, said the group had examined its records but had “no reason to believe that Church Society was aware of any abuse allegations of the kind referred to, or indeed that Mr Smyth had any involvement with Church Society”.Mr Jackman, who is a director of Keep Marriage Special, a group launched by the Church Society that claimed that letting same sex couples marry would lead to the legalisation of incest, said he believed he had acted correctly in not notifying police.He said: “I assumed that the matter was being dealt with by the authorities concerned.”Mark Barrell, executive director of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, said the group’s records suggested that, contrary to the Iwerne Trust documents, it had not been notified of the allegations involving Mr Smyth until 2003.A spokesman for the Charity Commission said that as a matter of best practice the group should have made an incident report to the regulator once it was informed, but Mr Barrell refused to reveal whether the organisation had notified authorities.He said: “His membership was terminated that year and he had no further involvement with the LCF.” Charities run by Jamie Colman and his wife Sue, a vicar at the church that oversees the Alpha Course, are under investigation by the Charity Commission David Jackman, then a senior minister at a leading evangelical church also admitted he was told about the allegations at the same time. Mr Jackman went on to become head of the Proclamation Trust, which helps train evangelical preachers,The Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, the legal charity of which Mr Smyth was a member, is also named in Iwerne documents as having been informed.Separately, the Charity Commission has announced that it has launched an investigation into a charity established by Reverend Sue Colman, a trustee of the Holy Trinity Brompton, which oversees the Alpha Course, the evangelical movement backed by celebrities such as Bear Grylls, after she admitted sending thousands of pounds to Mr Smyth via her personal charity. A barrister at the centre of a child abuse scandal committed a series of sickening assaults against young men after leading evangelical groups failed to report him to the police, it is claimed.John Smyth QC, a friend of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is accused of carrying out sadomasochistic attacks on boys he met at Christian camps in Britain and Zimbabwe.The assaults first came to light in 1982, when a victim attempted suicide after being summoned to a beating in the shed of Mr Smyth’s Winchester home. John Smyth QC founded a series of summer camps in ZimbabweCredit: But both the Iwerne Trust, the Christian group that Mr Smyth chaired, and Winchester College, the school attended by some of his alleged victims, did not report the claims to police.The part-time judge then moved to Zimbabwe, where he founded a series of summer camps at which it is alleged he again abused young men.In 1997 he was charged with culpable homicide after a boy was found naked in the swimming pool of one of his camps, but the prosecution later collapsed.It has now emerged that a number of senior figures at high-profile evangelical organisations were told of the claims but did not alert the authorities.David Fletcher, a Iwerne trustee who oversaw an investigation into the alleged assaults, said he told the Church Society, a powerful voice on the evangelical wing of the Church of England, about the claims in 1982. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A fifth of teachers surveyed by ASCL reported that their schools (18 per cent) have also dropped Music and Art as GCSE options in the last twelve months.Researchers from Sussex University’s School of Education and Social Work warned that music “could be facing extinction” in the classroom, following a study which revealed a steady decline of the subject being taught in schools. The survey also revealed more than 80 per cent of respondents said their classes had grown in size in the past year, with teachers reporting that the largest class size was 33 pupils, on average.Malcolm Trobe, the interim general secretary of ASCL said that the survey shows “the impossible choices school leaders are having to make”.“Reduced budgets means fewer staff and, with fewer staff, class sizes have to increase,” he said. “Schools cannot sustain the level of support they provide to pupils, or the range of subject options and enrichment activities.”A Department for Education spokesperson said: “As this week’s Budget demonstrates, the government is determined to ensure every child has access to a good school place and is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential. “The government has protected the core schools budget in real terms since 2010, with school funding at its highest level on record at more than £40bn in 2016-17 – and that is set to rise, as pupil numbers rise over the next two years, to £42 billion by 2019-20. A fifth of teachers reported that their schools have also dropped Music GCSE Ministers say that the EBacc, a flagship policy of former education secretary Michael Gove, helps ensure children receive a rigorous education, but campaigners warn that it is having a detrimental affect on creative subjects which have seen a rapid decline. GCSE courses in design and technology have disappeared from nearly half of schools amid pressure to succeed in core compulsory subjects.Hundreds of schools across the country have axed the subject from the curriculum in the past year alone, according to a poll of teachers conducted by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).Julie Nugent, chief executive of the Design and Technology Association, said the survey results were “worrying”, adding that they have been inundated with phone calls from concerned parents whose children are not able to take up the subject because their school no longer offers it. “We know that the subject itself suffers from a bit of an image problem, people see it as a craft based subject, where you just make a bird box or something like that,” she said.The most recent figures released by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) revealed a ten per cent decrease in the number students taking design and technology as a GSCE.Ms Nugent said that the decline began with the Labour government’s removal of the requirement for pupils to study design and technology at GCSE in 2004, but has accelerated in recent years following the introduction of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) which focuses on a narrow curriculum made up solely of “core” academic subjects. Former education secretary Michael GoveCredit:REUTERS/Neil Hall “We absolutely need subjects like design and technology. It is about innovation, engineering,manufacturing, and the principles of how to improve the world,” Ms Nugent said. “We think this is a really worrying report and is at a time when we need to be developing our technical skills more so than ever before.” “We recognise that schools are facing cost pressures, which is why we will continue to provide support to help them use their funding in cost effective ways, including improving the way they buy goods and services so they get the best possible value.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
She added: “That’s a major, major change in a woman’s life. Just biologically, were designed to have babies at a young age and now we’re having babies when we’re older, which is a physical stress.”The 83-year-old has two children, Matthew and Harriet, with TV producer Michael Bakewell, who she was married to for 17 years.While she has admitted to struggling to balance work and motherhood, she said having her daughter at the age of just 25 meant they are “good friends” now.Speaking at the English National Opera gala in London, she said: “I was married at 22 and had a child at 25. Looking back now, there are advantages to having your children earlier.”My point is, you have them, you can spend a lot of time on them, and then by the time they’re ten you’ve still got your career. Dame Joan Bakewell has issued a stark warning to modern women who delay motherhood, advising them to have children before focusing on their career.The broadcaster, who is a veteran campaigner for gender equality at work, said modern women should not delay motherhood to “have more fun”.The Labour peer added that being a mother later in life also took a toll on women in terms of the “physical stress” it put on their bodies.”Women have shaped their lives differently,” she said. “Women now want to have more of the fun and delay marrying, if they marry at all, as well as having children,” the Daily Mail reported. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “My daughter’s a good friend of mine and she’s only 25 years younger than me. So we’re good friends – my son, too – and I think that has partly come about because I had them when I did.”I didn’t wait till I was in my 40s. You can get all the mothering stuff out of the way.” Dame Joan Bakewell on Late Night Line Up in 1967
Raymond van Barneveld at the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London in December Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. However researchers said that cultural reasons often meant that sports players did not choose the most accurate way of throwing.In American basketball, Rick Barry was famed for his underarm throws, which were dubbed ‘the granny throw.’ But the move has largely died out.“One suspects there are social and cultural reasons you don’t see that practiced too often,” added Dr Venkadesan.The research was published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. Forget manly overarm throws. A slow underarm ‘granny toss’ is likely to be more accurate, whether playing cricket or aiming for the waste paper bin a study has shown.Yale and Harvard universities calculated the chances of hitting a target using different ‘bowling’ techniques.They found that fast throws are the least accurate because any slight deviation in target is magnified by the speed of release.“Once you launch the ball, there’s nothing you can do,” said Dr Madhusudhan Venkadesannkadesan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering & materials science“The ball’s just going to carry out the consequences of what you did.”However the opposite is true for slow and curved flight paths, with small errors in the angle of release having little effect. It’s a trade-off that favors slower throws, said Dr Venkadesan.“What we find is that almost the slowest arc is often the most accurate,” he added.“We’ve compared these calculations to published data of people throwing into wastebaskets; we’ve compared it to a study on dart throwing.“You don’t just want to be fast or just accurate, you want to be fast and accurate, and this work tells us that this is particularly challenging. The faster you are, the less accurate you are, so how can we be both? That’s a question we’re pursuing.” The team found that in cricket fielding players fare better with a fast underhand toss.And if your wastebasket is fewer than three arm lengths away and below shoulder height, an underhand toss is also the best strategy.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A video of a dancing police officer went viral after he was filmed cutting some serious moves at Notting Hill Carnival.
A bus driver has been suspended for refusing to carry passengers on a vehicle adorned with Pride decorations because it “promotes homosexuality”.The man, who works for Norfolk-based company Konectbus, was said to be unhappy about the bus’s number being multicoloured in a nod to the LGBT rainbow flag.Passenger Rebecca Sears said she was kept waiting as the driver insisted on swapping vehicles at Norwich Bus Station, two weeks after the city celebrated a Pride event.The 19-year-old was trying to catch the 501 park and ride service to Thickthorn on August 9 when the alleged incident unfolded.”He said we have to wait a minute, he said I am not driving this bus because it promotes homosexuality,” she said.”I was standing with two other women and we thought he was joking.”She added: “I just hope that he hasn’t said that in front of somebody that is gay. I would hate to think he would say something to them.”He didn’t know if I was gay or the other two women I was with. He just out right said it.”Miss Sears immediately complained about the driver’s behaviour to staff at the front desk.She told them: “You are stopping people from getting home for such a ridiculous reason. It is really bad.” The sixth form student also vented her anger on Twitter, posting a picture of the driver in question and writing: “If you can’t do your job properly because of your bigotry, maybe you need rethink your choices.”Go East Anglia said in a statement: “Go East Anglia prides itself on values that support diversity and inclusion and has been a champion of Norwich Pride since 2017.”We particularly want all customers of whatever background or sexual orientation to feel comfortable on our services.”As a company we do not condone any behaviour from our drivers that does not support this view. “The driver involved in this incident has been suspended and a full investigation is underway.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Show more “I have done that because I am satisfied, having heard the justifications for them, that to make public those matters would assist terrorists in carrying out the sort of atrocities committed in Manchester and would make it less likely that the Security Service and CT police would be able to prevent them.”The balancing exercise strongly favours the material in question for not being disclosed. I will, of course, keep this ruling under review.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Key intelligence material about the Manchester Arena bombing must be kept secret otherwise it could “assist terrorists”, a coroner has ruled. Sir John Saunders has granted applications by the Home Office and police for public interest immunity (PII) on the grounds of protecting national security.Part of last week’s pre-inquest review hearing into the deaths of 22 people at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on May 22 2017 was held in private to consider the PII applications over material related to the issue of whether the attack by suicide bomber Salman Abedi could have been prevented by the authorities.On Friday, retired High Court judge Sir John published an open ruling in which he set out the reasons for his decision.He said: “I have upheld the claims for PII by both the Secretary of State and CTP (Counter Terrorism Police North West). He added that, as a consequence, his provisional view was that an “adequate investigation” could not be conducted within the frameworks of the inquests.It is thought that discussions of whether the inquests will now be converted into a public inquiry will be raised at the next scheduled pre-inquests hearing on October 7.Last week Sir John reassured families attending the hearing at Manchester Town Hall that public interest immunity “will not be used as a device for covering up responsibility” and that he will do his “very best” to ensure that does not happen.Lawyers for the families of the 22, who have not seen the evidence the authorities want to withhold, stressed the need for as open an inquest process as possible.John Cooper QC, representing a number of the families, told the coroner that the people making the application “are the very people who could potentially be severely criticised, and the ramifications of that are significant”.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKaieteur News’ ‘malicious attack on womanhood, motherhood’ must be condemned -WPOApril 19, 2017In “latest news”‘Intimidation, bullyism, abuse’ being faced by women in the workplace must end- WPOApril 4, 2017In “Business”WPO calls on Govt to find ‘workable solution’ to save livelihood of sugar workersMarch 7, 2017In “latest news” The Women’s Progressive Organization (WPO) has come out in condemnation of the brazen attack on Leilawatie Mohamed, a mother of two, who was shot and killed during a home invasion at Tain Settlement, Port Mourant, Berbice.Dead: Lilawatie MuhammedWhat is so tragic about this dastardly act was that the three murderers showed no mercy to her when they snuffed out her life right in front of her children said the WPO.Acording to the WPO, every time the issue of crime is raised in Guyana, the Minister of Public Security claims that brutal crimes in Guyana are on the decline.The WPO, said it would like this Minister and his government to provide answers on how they will make the women and children in this country feel safe. “Crimes of this nature only remind Guyanese that their lives are not safe. It reminds Guyanese that while the government is busy increasing taxes and destroying peoples’ economic livelihood, the criminals are busy killing people and making them feel unsafe.”The WPO “would like to extend sincerest condolences to the children, family and relatives of the late Leilawatie Mohamed.”Moreover, the Organization commended the Divisional Commander Ian Amsterdam for his swift response and “urges speedy action to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice.”Following the execution-style killing of Mohamed on Tuesday night, at her Tain Settlement home, Police have come up with a theory as to the motive behind the killing.The dead woman, is alleged to have been involved in a relationship with a wealthy businessman who lives in the community, and investigations have revealed that the man is also married.Following the shooting, Police arrested one man, who according to information, shared a relationship with the businessman’s wife, who is currently overseas.Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner, Ian Amsterdam, said the Police followed the leads from text messages on a cellphone. “We are working on some other information both local and so we need to look into a different direction that it might have been an execution that was ordered by another female,” he said.an autopsy conducted on Thursday on the woman’s body revealed that she died of shock and haemorrhaging due to gunshot wounds to the head.As the investigation continues, Police are hoping to question the businessman. It is not known whether he is in the country. According to Amsterdam, investigators have not been able to get any information from the man in custody.
Dear Editor,I have been charged for stealing books, the subscriptions for which were paid for by the Government of Guyana — which I specifically requested as a condition of my service as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, and which was granted by the President of the Republic of Guyana. The market value of these books is about $420,000.Sometime in the mid-1980s, the then Chancellor of the Judiciary, Mr Keith Massiah, was offered the position of Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs by President Desmond Hoyte, upon his retirement as Chancellor. Chancellor Massiah indicated his willingness to accept the appointment only if he would enjoy the same remuneration package which he enjoyed as Chancellor. This package was more than double what a Minister was paid at the time. Mr. Desmond Hoyte granted that request. Mr Massiah was appointed Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, and was paid that remuneration package for several years, until that administration lost the 1992 elections. The total sum paid even then would have run into millions of dollars.Should Mr Keith Massiah now not be charged with larceny?The coalition Government, as a collective, sat at a Cabinet meeting and made a decision to pay themselves a 50% increase in salary as part of their contract of service. The incredible rationale was that they were earning this level of income prior to their appointment. I challenge anyone of them, publicly, to prove that they were earning this level of income. This increase in salary is a recurring monthly expenditure on the Treasury that runs into millions per month and hundreds of millions annually.Should each of them not be charged with obtaining money by fraud or by false pretenses?Additionally, at the same Cabinet meeting, Moses Nagamootoo demanded that the Prime Minister’s salary, as a matter of principle, must be higher than that of the Attorney General’s. As a result, his salary was increased by a further few hundred thousand dollars to make it higher than the Attorney General’s.Again, this became part of his contract for service. I challenge the Prime Minister to show that he was earning $1.7M per month prior to his appointment. Again, this is a monthly recurring expenditure that is costing taxpayers over $20M annually.Should the Prime Minister not be charged for obtaining money by fraud?On top of this astronomical increase in salaries, I am aware that the Government is renting residential premises in which ministers reside at an average monthly rental of between $500,000 and $1million. This is costing the treasury millions of dollars annually. These rentals are obviously part of these ministers’ contract of service. Should they not be charged with some fraudulent offence as well?Two ministers are currently on scholarships; this must be part of their contract of service. These two scholarships are costing taxpayers approximately $7M. Should charges not be filed here too?By a Cabinet decision, this Government rents from a party crony a house in Albouystown for $14M per month, to use as a drug bond; when a property of similar size and condition and located in the same neighbourhood can be rented for $150,000 per month; and when they refused the same square footage of space offered to them in writing at the New GPC Storage Bond, a world-class storage facility for pharmaceuticals, at a rental of $1.3M per month. Taxpayers continue to pay this $14 million in rent monthly.Why should the entire Cabinet not be charged for this criminal wastage of taxpayers’ money?As President David Granger said to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo recently, “I recognise that Governments change and the shoe is on the other foot.” Clearly, his Attorney General does not understand this reality.Yours faithfully,Mohabir Anil Nandlall M.P.Attorney-at-law Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident, Opposition Leader meet on acting appointments for Chancellor, CJMarch 1, 2017In “Politics”Letter: “Agreement” of Opposition Leader needed for appointment of Chancellor, CJJanuary 6, 2018In “Letters”Law Reform Commission “in its final stage of readiness” – AGJune 25, 2018In “latest news”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: New low…October 28, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Mout’ open…March 21, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Cohesion…May 12, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …for Nagamootoo?For a fella who had disavowed his being “Indian” just before the last elections, Nagamootoo’s certainly been busy commemorating the links between Indians in the Caribbean and India.Some (maybe unkindly?) have suggested that his disavowal might’ve been an effort to please his new partners in APNU. But most of those worthies were very proud of their African roots; and, in fact, David Granger had spent most of his post-army time digging into the history of Africans in Guyana and the Caribbean.So maybe Nagamootoo’s now realised the error of his ways and embraced his Indian roots? Early on, he went over to India as the chief guest at a gathering in Madras, India – the region from whence he originated; then, in March, he joined Granger at Highbury, where the first Indian indentured immigrants landed in the western hemisphere.Evidently encouraged by Granger’s rather open praise of Indians’ contributions to Guyana, he journeyed forth to Trinidad, where he commemorated the end of Indian indentureship at a regional conference.Between those engagements, of course, he’d broken ground for a monument to be erected to indentured Indians at the Berbice village interestingly named “Palmyra”. This was the name of an ancient town in Syria that was filled with monuments 2000 years ago. Anyhow, the base of the monument in Palmyra, Berbice soon crumbled, leaving the structure remarkably like the ruins in the Palmyra in Syria.But back to Nagamootoo. The Chronic this Sunday reported he was all the way in Guadeloupe, in the French Caribbean, to commemorate the end of Indian indentureship with people of Indian origin (GOPIO). Now, most folks don’t even KNOW Indians were sent to Guadeloupe (and its sister island of Martinique) as indentured labourers; so, like your eyewitness said, Nagamootoo’s now doing a good job of spreading a Pan-Indian-Caribbean awareness!!But the Chronic was — not surprisingly — coy about telling it as it is. Your Eyewitness hopes the PM’s Shill’s taking notice of this silencing of his master’s voice. The Chronic didn’t even mention the words “Indian Indentureship” in the headline; they just said Nagamootoo was at a “civic reception”! “CIVIC” reception?? Everybody at the reception — including Henri Nagapin, President of the Chamber of Commerce — was of Indian origin!!So, since the Chronic was so sparing with the facts, allow your humble Eyewitness to fill the gaps. The British weren’t too parsimonious about sending off Indians to labour for the French and Dutch. About 42,000 Indians were shipped to Guadeloupe and 25,000 to Martinique between 1854 and 1889, after the abolition of slavery by the French in 1848. Isolated, even in the Caribbean, they accepted they’re of “Indian origin”!! Will Nagamootoo now come out of the closet??…in the Public ServiceWhen the PPP was in office, the AFC and APNU joined with Patrick Yarde, lifetime president of the GPSU, to denounce what they claimed was an alarmingly burgeoning number of ‘contract employees” in the Public Service. Folks were being hired, but on “contract”; and they were not members of the GPSU. Their pay scales could therefore be — and were — outside the official pay scales. Additionally, they received a gratuity every three months in lieu of a pension.The PPP claimed this was the only way they could attract qualified personnel. Didn’t cut any ice!! The APNU/AFC combined huffed and puffed and promised to scrap the system immediately they get into office, so regular Public Service workers would be better paid — and Yarde could collect union dues! But a funny thing happened in the last two years: while the Govt’s been firing contract workers, their NUMBERS HAVE GROWN!!! What happened??The ethnicity of the new ones hired — after the PPP ones were fired — solved the problem!No objections!!…of potatoesYour Eyewitness is rather excited about us growing “Irish” potatoes. The Jamaican experience should give us hope after the failures recorded during Forbes’s experiments.Just don’t ban the damned “aloo” right away!!
The Supenaam stelling, Essequibo, Region TwoCitizens who rely heavily on ferry services will soon benefit from improved services as rehabilitation works are set to commence shortly on stellings and wharves.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Friday announced that government has granted its approval for a $43M contract for rehabilitation of the Mazaruni wharf and Dockyard, $27M contract for rehabilitation of the Morawhanna stelling in Region one and a $120M for Supenaam stelling in Region two.Earlier in the year at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s end of year review General Manager, Transport and Harbours Department, Marcelene Merchant announced that the Mazaruni Wharf and Dockyard is currently in a dilapidated state and needs urgent rehabilitation. The dock was last rehabilitated on March 27, 2014. She further stated that at the Morawhanna stelling the entire bond and wharf will be rehabilitated and the fender system will be reconstructed.The Minister of State noted that these upgrades are necessary especially for the Supenaam stelling since it is the main point of entry particularly for goods and services into Region Two.“It is important that we always keep it (Supenaam stelling) at a high state of maintenance, several years ago when there was a problem where long lines of trucks were lined up for days trying to get to and from Region Two and it is part of our responsibility to ensure that every region of this country is provided with a reliable form of transportation for their goods and services,” Minister Harmon explained.Some $291M will also be spent on the acquisition and installation of a proportion system for MB Sandaka. A contract of that amount was also approved by Cabinet.In February, 2016 the M.V. Sabanto, collided with the Ro/Ro mooring facility at Supenaam Stelling whilst maneuvering to berth. This collision resulted in the misalignment of the floating pontoon and linkspan bridge, severe damages to structural steel beams and displacement of the mooring cluster piles. Consequently, emergency repairs to the tune of $6.6M were undertaken to correct the defects. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRemedial works to be done at Supenaam stellingMarch 8, 2016In “latest news”Stabroek wharf rehab: Vendors to be relocated next to demolished “Dread Shop”November 8, 2017In “Business”MB Sandaka sails againFebruary 9, 2016In “latest news”
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AFP) — Sri Lanka on Wednesday blocked access to Facebook and suspended internet services in a troubled central district after police warned that rioters were using social media to spread anti-Muslim sentiment.Image captionKandy in the centre of the country has been the focus of the violence (BBC photo)The government declared an island-wide state of emergency Tuesday and imposed curfews across Kandy after days of rioting claimed at least two lives and left Muslim homes and businesses in ruins.Schools were shut across Kandy, a hill station popular with tourists, as rioters defied curfews and clashed with police who used teargas to disperse the mobs.A senior government source said Sri Lanka’s telecoms regulator had asked internet providers to block access to Facebook and other social media platforms to stop the unrest spreading.“This is a temporary measure and we will have the restrictions removed soon,” a top official told AFP on condition of anonymity.He said police had already identified anti-Muslim messages being shared on social networks, including a video posted by a hardline Buddhist monk urging violence against Muslims.Authorities suspended internet access entirely to curfew-bound Kandy after discovering rioters were using online messaging services like WhatsApp to coordinate attacks on Muslim properties.Sri Lankan telecoms providers said they would be blocking certain social networks following an order from the island’s regulator.“Access to certain social media sites and messaging platforms will be restricted with immediate effect until further notice,” Sri Lanka’s largest mobile phone provider Dialog said in a statement.The internet blackout in Kandy, 115 kilometres (72 miles) east of Colombo, has also affected media organisations to get pictures and video footage from the region.Censorship and media oppression was used widely by strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse, who for a decade in power ordered local internet providers to block anti-government sentiment online.His successor President Maithripala Sirisena was elected in 2015 promising an end to draconian government restrictions, but some websites critical of the government remain blocked. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashMarch 6, 2018In “latest news”Sri Lanka attacks: Mass funerals held as nation mournsApril 23, 2019In “Crime”Commonwealth Observers, headed by Jagdeo found Sri Lanka Elections was marked by large-scale abuse of state resourcesJanuary 10, 2015In “World”
The IMF, like most international agencies, work with governments, and as such, have to be diplomatic in their pronouncements. So when they warned the Government not to rush into spending the oil money when it starts flowing in 2020, they couldn’t come out and bluntly say it’s because they’ve concluded most of it would be “siphoned off” into the pockets of friends, families and contributors of the Government! So they instead said the “management systems” need to be improved!!Now, this “management system” to deal with pilfering from the public purse was introduced since the beginning of the new millennium. It’s called the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP), and was in place when the PNC and its soulmate, the AFC, accused the PPP of “siphoning off billions and billions”. So, after three years in office – and innumerable audits — the Government hasn’t closed any loopholes there might’ve been, that allowed the said pilferings??Well, clearly, the IMF doesn’t think so…and from the amount of chicanery going on at all levels, the people also KNOW so. A billion here (D’Urban Park Stadium) and a billion there (pharma contracts) and pretty soon you’re talking about real money!!And the two circumstances – the drained treasury and the coming money spigot – aren’t unrelated. The latter has caused the former. The Government types are so excited about the oil money – and more to the point, what they’ll do once they get their grubby little paws on it – they’ve let the present economy go completely to the dogs. We’re sliding fast into what everybody and their uncle warned about once oil was struck – Dutch Disease. But don’t tell that to the Government. It’s all about getting a (big) piece of that oil money.Now, on the spending, several Government big ones are talking about plunking the money into “infrastructure”, but we’re getting mixed signals on this. The Finance Minister’s talking about PPP – naaah, not their political nemesis, but Public/Private Partnerships — for mega infrastructural projects, but others are pushing the oil money. After what the Government’s doing on the first PPP Guyana tried – the BBCI — they’re whistling in the dark if they think anyone will partner with them!! So we’re back to the oil money.Now, everyone with the least experience with oil has pushed the idea of a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) to receive the windfall funds and invest them wisely, then using the returns for development. But the Government will never go for this. Why? They won’t be able to get their sticky fingers on the money!!…about the Case of the Vanishing Haitians and CubansBack in the day – after Columbus and his cohorts had “discovered” the West Indies — within half a century, the native Tainos and Kalingas (Arawaks and Caribs) had disappeared. And that, of course, is why most of us were brought in to fill the (labour) deficit. But it seems like history’s repeating itself in our dear old Guyana – in which the only significant population of “Indigenous Peoples” survived, but with a twist.Here, it’s been discovered that since the Government took office, thousands of Cubans and Haitians have entered Guyana and suddenly DISAPPEARED!! What’s going on? No one seems to have an answer — especially the Minister of Immigration, who seems to disappear every time questions are asked on the subject! Is there a Black Hole somewhere in Guyana that’s drawing the folks into our country and sucking them into an alternate universe?Or is it payback time for the original genocide?Surely, it can’t be related to padding the electoral rolls?!…addressedYour Eyewitness may’ve earned a reputation for being a cynic on governmental operations. But never let it be said he refused to give credit where – and when – credit’s due.The just-opened up West Coast Highway is of First World standard!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Pilfering…September 19, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Starting 2018…January 3, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Ignoring…August 14, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”
A 24-year-old barber was on Monday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for assaulting and making mockery of a man who is differently abled.Kevin Sookrim stood before Principle Magistrate Judy Latchman and denied that he unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm on Colin Set-Mayer while in the vicinity of Kitty, Georgetown on April 22, 2018.Another charge read to Sookrim stated that on the said day at the said location he also unlawfully wounded Jeremiah Williams with intention to cause him actual bodily harm.However, the prosecution is contending that on the day in question around 11:30h the victims were walking amongst others when the accused started to make fun of his disabilities.It was alleged that the accused then dealt the virtual complainant several cuffs and kicks about his body which resulted in his receiving lacerations to his left side abdomen.Sookim was subsequently arrested and charged.He was granted his pretrial liberty in the sum of $100,000 and $80,000 on each charge, respectively.The matter was adjourned until October 15, 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAgricola resident fined $80,000 for assaulting toddlerJuly 10, 2013In “Crime”One year jail for man found guilty of assaulting ‘child mother’February 8, 2014In “Crime”Sophia man charged with assaulting UncleAugust 26, 2015In “Crime”
Sherwin Melville, 23, an excavator operator of Capoey, Lake Top, Region 2, Pomeroon-Supenaam was found dead on Monday around 05:00h by a relative who went to his home to check on him and found him lying across the doorway with blood on his clothing.Dead: Sherwin MelvilleIt is being alleged that he was killed by stranger he invited home for a holiday drink.According to Melville’s mother-in-law Maria Fredericks, who lives infront of her son-in-law, the family had a little get together on Sunday night and about midnight her son-in-law went to purchase cigarettes from a nearby shop and returned with a young man who he claimed to meet at the shop and invited him for a holiday drink at his home.Meville’s wife Joyce reportedly warned him about bringing a stranger to their home, but he refused to listen to her and they ended up in an argument, she then decided to go over by her mother with her 2 months old baby Shenille to spend the night.About 05:00h a relative saw the door open and decided to check on Meville and saw him lying face down across the front door with blood on his neck.An alarm was raised and the police were informed and came to the scene.When the body was turned over a gash was seen on his neck in the area of his throat.The stranger, now a suspect, could not be located in the community.The man’s mother-in-law in tears said that her son-in-law was like her own son who worked hard as an excavator operator in the interior and treats her like a mother because he is not from the community but from Bartica.The family told this publication that his dream was to complete his home and move over with his family but now everything is left unfinished.Meville’s body is presently at the Suddie Funeral Home awaiting an autopsy while the police are investigating the matter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOne of 2 men in leaked sex video commits suicideSeptember 25, 2018In “Crime”16-yr-old arrested after fatally stabbing rival in love triangleNovember 21, 2016In “Crime”T&T woman, 60, found dead with throat slitJuly 25, 2017In “Crime”
The price of a cup of coffee in the capital Caracas doubled to 400 bolivars ($0.62; £0.50) in the space of just a week last December, according to Bloomberg.Many people have been voting with their feet and leaving Venezuela. According to United Nations figures, three million Venezuelans have left the country since 2014 when the economic crisis started to bite. What there has been is action from individual member states, a co-ordinated effort by the UK, France, Germany and Spain to persuade all EU countries to take the same position.So far more than half of the 28 member states have declared recognition of Mr Guaidó as interim leader.Other members are cautious, concerned about setting a precedent of recognising a self-proclaimed leader.Italy’s populist coalition government is split, and not likely to back any co-ordinated plan because the leaders of one half of the ruling coalition, the 5 Star Movement, have declared that it’s not “for the EU to tell another nation what to do”.Has Mr Maduro responded?The Venezuelan government said it would “fully review” its relations with the European governments who had recognised Mr Guaidó.Venezuelan President Nicolás MaduroA foreign ministry statement said those governments were “officially submitting to the United States administration’s strategy to overthrow the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro”.In an interview with Spanish television programme Salvados broadcast on Sunday, Mr Maduro was asked if the crisis in Venezuela could result in civil war.“Everything depends on the level of madness and aggressiveness of the northern empire [the US] and its Western allies,” he said.President Trump has told US broadcaster CBS that the use of military force remains “an option”.Mr Maduro says he will start collecting signatures from Venezuelans for an open letter to Mr Trump rejecting foreign military intervention.In another development, Mr Maduro has written to the Pope asking for help in renewing dialogue, Vatican officials said.What is the situation in Venezuela?Mr Maduro, who took office in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chavez, has been condemned for alleged human rights abuses and for his handling of the economy.There are severe shortages of basic items such as medicine and food.The annual inflation rate reached 1,300,000% in the 12 months to November 2018, according to a study by the National Assembly.By the end of 2018, prices were doubling every 19 days on average. Mr Guaidó’s mother was among the crowds at protests on Saturday (BBC/EPA)(BBC) The UK, France, Germany, Spain and other European countries have officially recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela.It comes after President Nicolás Maduro defiantly rejected a deadline they set for Sunday to call fresh elections.Mr Guaidó declared himself interim leader last month and won US backing.Russia – a backer of Mr Maduro – accused EU countries of meddling in Venezuela’s affairs.On Sunday Mr Maduro dismissed calls for a new presidential vote, saying he would not accept “ultimatums”. He has denounced Mr Guaidó’s move as a coup.As head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Mr Guaidó says the constitution allows him to assume power temporarily when the president is deemed illegitimate.What have the European countries said?After Sunday’s deadline passed, a flurry of statements was issued by France, the UK, Germany and Spain and the other countries that now recognise Mr Guaidó as interim president.Many of them pressed Mr Maduro to call new elections.French President Emmanuel Macron said Venezuelans had the right to “express themselves freely and democratically”, announcing his support for an EU contact group.Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Venezuela “should be the author of its own destiny”.UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman said that “further steps” were being considered, including the use of sanctions, without outlining what form any possible sanctions might take.While a majority of EU members back Mr Guaidó, others such as Greece and Ireland called for fresh elections but stopped short of recognising him.Russia has attacked Monday’s statements, accusing EU countries of interfering in Venezuela’s affairs and attempting to “legitimise usurped power”.Why no unity from the EU?By Gavin Lee, BBC Europe reporterThe EU doesn’t typically make any decisions on whether or not to recognise a government. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuelans ‘live in dictatorship’ under Maduro, says Juan GuaidóJanuary 29, 2019In “Regional”Venezuela crisis: Maduro given ultimatum by European leadersJanuary 26, 2019In “World”Juan Guaidó flies back to Venezuela despite arrest riskMarch 4, 2019In “latest news”