Local petition calls for expanding education on structural and systemic racism

first_img(WBNG) — A petition quick to gain nearly 2,000 signatures is calling for the Maine-Endwell Central School District to include curriculum discussing structural and systemic racism. “We have this program, it’s called mix it up. Kids in a lunch room, they have to go sit with other people. Sometimes those kids have different backgrounds, they’re a different religion, and they might be a different skin color,” said Symons. “Before you get to college, that’s when your opinions and your ideas about things are beginning to be formed. If they haven’t been formed with information, they really feel cheated,” said Bailey. “For 14 years now, I’ve been hearing students say, ‘I never learned that in school, I wish I learned this in school,'” said Binghamton University Professor of History Anne Bailey. Bailey is also the director of the Harriet Tubman Center for the Study of Freedom and Equity. With system and structured racism more widely discussed, and many demanding for an end to racism, academics say it stems back to education. Academics say with the proper expanded education on these topics, society could look a lot different.center_img Now, teachers are looking to incorporate today’s issues and discussions into how we understand modern day history. Local high school history and economics teacher Scott Symons says now is the time students need to be in school the most. He says education on these topics requires more than simply reading from a textbook. “I think sometimes students are understandably a little uncomfortable with the period of slavery because of the way we teach it,” said Bailey. “We teach it as if it was this time of oppression, and of course it was, but at the end of the day, people of African descent contributed to the building up of American society.” “We want everybody’s voice. By talking to different kids, whether it’s in the classroom or the lunchroom, you get different, varying opinions, and I think that only makes us a stronger community,” said Symons.last_img read more

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Siemens Pensionsfonds to invest in firms with above-average ESG rating

first_imgSiemens Pensionsfonds will continue to selectively invest in liquid asset classes through two special alternative funds (Spezial-AIF), with a focus on companies scoring an above-average environmental, social, and governance (ESG) rating, a spokesperson for Siemens told IPE.In July, Siemens’ shareholders approved the spin-off and listing of the energy business Siemens Energy in an extraordinary virtual general meeting. Its IPO is set for 28 September on the Prime Standard Segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.Christian Bruch, president and chief executive officer of Siemens Energy, said yesterday at the Siemens’ capital market day, that the company is fit to face the challenge of energy supply and transition, but performance has to improve.Siemens Energy is reviewing a phase out of its business from CO2-intensive coal-fired power generation. Siemens Pensionsfonds will hold a 9.9% stake in Siemens Energy. The holding company, Siemens, will continue to have a 35.1% stake in the energy company, with the plan to gradually reduce it over the next 12-18 months.Asked about the benefits for Siemens Pensionsfonds to hold a stake in Siemens Energy, the spokesperson said it reinforces the Siemens Pension Trust e.V. pension assets and the employees’ long-term pension provisions.The Siemens Group monitors the investment process of pension assets in line with an ESG framework, the spokesperson added.The management board of Siemens Pensionsfonds has adopted an ESG policy, which continues to pursue sustainability in its investment process by signing the United Nations’ Principle of Responsible Investment (PRI).Siemens’ internal asset management company, Siemens Fonds Invest, is also a member of the PRI framework.According to its 2019 financial statement, the in-house manager handles various investment funds: Siemens Global Growth, Siemens Quality and Dividend Europa, Siemens Quality and Dividend USA, Siemens EuroCash, Siemens Euroinvest Corporates, Siemens Absolute Return and Siemens Diversified Growth, whcih invests in fixed income, corporate bonds and equities.For the Siemens group, pension provisions and similar obligations rose to €7.9bn in Q3 2020, up from €7.5bn at the end of March, mainly driven by lower discount rates assumptions, partly offset by a positive return on plan assets, it said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

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A 48-team World Cup, but who can host it?

first_imgWhen Infantino met Nigeria’s Buhari. An expanded World Cup is popular in Africa.Paris, France | AFP | FIFA’s decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams starting with the 2026 tournament prompted one major question: who can host the global showpiece in its revamped format?North America is the favourite and in pole position with other former candidates relegated to outsiders. Several harbour ambitions of organising the 2026 World Cup but certain constraints limit the numbers.While the format for the finals faces an overhaul — 16 groups of three before the last 32 — the basic framework will remain similar, with a 32-day timeframe and 12 venues, assured FIFA chief Gianni Infantino, the man behind the reform.The main limitation will be the choice of host countries, with the winning bid to be revealed in May 2020, taking into account FIFA’s rotation principle — it said in October the hosts of the 2026 edition would come from different confederations to those hosting the 2018 and 2022 events, effectively excluding Europe (Russia) and Asia (Qatar).However, a European nation could still be selected “in the case that none of the received bids meet the technical and financial demands”, the FIFA Council added.China President Xi Jinping’s vision of transforming the country into one of the game’s superpowers includes the goal of hosting and one day winning the World Cup, but it too will have to wait its turn.In May 2015 senior Chinese officials spoke of lodging a bid for the 2026 and 2030 events, a source told AFP during the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress in Bahrain.– Joint North American effort –With Asia and Europe sidelined, and South America eyeing a joint bid between neighbours Argentina and Uruguay in 2030 to commemorate the competition’s 100th anniversary, North America are firmly in the hunt.With co-hosting a recent admission, and even encouraged by Infantino, a tandem or tri-nation bid (US, Mexico and Canada) “is a possibility”, CONCACAF chief Victor Montagliani confirmed.Also playing in their favour is the fact the World Cup hasn’t visited the North and Central America region since the US hosted the 1994 tournament, while the three countries in question already boast the required infrastructures. “To organise such a World Cup is positive on the condition that there aren’t too many construction costs,” Jean-Francois Brocard, university lecturer and researcher at the Centre for Law and Economics of Sport (CDES), told AFP.“We saw it with Euro 2016. The expenses incurred were more than offset by the revenues. When you increase the number of teams, that multiplies the costs, but the revenues as well.”Mexican FA supremo Decio De Maria their intention to bid for for 2026 last March. Mexico has twice hosted memorable tournaments, first in 1970 when a magnificent Brazil side featuring Pele and the late Carlos Alberto waltzed to the title, and the 1986 World Cup won by Diego Maradona’s Argentina.The US fell short in their attempt to land the 2022 showpiece controversially awarded to Qatar, but has since made it known they would be interested in staging the 2026 finals.– Trump, Morocco –However, Donald Trump’s election as US President could make negotiating a joint bid trickier after angering Mexicans with his anti-immigrant rhetoric.But other failed 2018 and 2022 contenders appear out of the running due to FIFA’s desire to rotate between continents — removing England, Portugal-Spain, Belgium-Netherlands, South Korea and Japan from the equation.Whether the same applies to Australia is another point of contention. The Socceroos have established themselves as a force in Asia since leaving Oceania in 2006 and on that basis would also be ineligible.But geographically speaking, Oceania is the only continent yet to welcome to the World Cup to its shores.Morocco is also an option. Overlooked on four occasions (1994, 1998, 2006, 2010) it looks the lone feasible African candidate with South Africa having played host to the 2010 World Cup.In November Infantino said Morocco had “all the resources to host a World Cup”, but it still has issues with the number of suitable venues and the repercussions of backing out from hosting the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations over Ebola fears.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Construction of US$23M Capitol Annexes Underway

first_imgThe joint leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the 53rd Legislature yesterday toured the ongoing construction of two annexes at the Capitol Building, which is funded by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The construction of the annexes is being undertaken by the Chinese firm Jiangsu Jiangsu Construction Company, while another Chinese company, the China International Engineering Design and Consult Company Limited, is supervising the engineering component.The project, valued at US$23 million, includes two annexes comprising 300 rooms, two separate chambers as well as a generator house.Vice President Joseph N. Boakai led an array of officials on tour of the construction site yesterday, followed by House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, Senate Pro Tempore Armah Z. Jallah, among other lawmakers. In separate remarks, the Vice President, Speaker and Pro Tempore praised the level of cordiality between the Legislature and the Executive as well as China’s generous aid to Liberia.“We must say the construction of the two annexes and the renovation works are because of the cordial relationship between the Executive and the Legislative branches of government,” said Vice President Boakai while also thanking China for her continuous support to Liberia.The present Capitol Building was dedicated in 1956 under the leadership of then Vice President William R. Tolbert, Senate Pro Tempore Edwin Morgan, leaders of the Senate and Speaker of the House, Richard Henries.The construction, which began in October 2016, is expected to be completed by the end of April 2018, said Sidney Devine, a project engineer at the Ministry of Public Works.Besides the annexes, China has also provided US$60 million for the long-awaited Ministerial Complex which, when completed, will be the second-largest building the Chinese government has so far constructed in Africa, which is also a significant component of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Agenda forTransformation that also includes improving the working conditions of civil servants.China has also provided funding for other projects in Liberia including the Ministry of Health, the Jackson Fiah Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Lower Nimba County and the Monrovia Vocational Training Center, among other projects.In a related development, the Joint Leadership of the Legislature has toured the ongoing renovation of the main Capitol Building. During the tour, it was observed that 80 percent of the work is expected to be completed before President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf delivers her last Annual State of the Nation Address to the Legislature on Monday, January 30. The project is also funded by the Government of Liberia to the tune of US$600,000.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Victims of ‘evil’ priest demand second abuser leave Donegal parish

first_imgA TG4 documentary will be revisiting the historic paedophile scandals in the Diocese of Raphoe next week.Ahead of the documentary air date on 30th October, Martin Gallagher, who was abused by the late Fr. Eugene Greene has made an impassioned call for a convicted abuser in Gortahork to leave the parish and allow the victims to grieve in peace.by John McAteer Gallagher told the Tirconaill Tribune that the presence of the abuser reopens the hurt and trauma visited on the victims every single time they see him and until he leaves the parish they cannot come to terms with the hurt and suffering visited on them in the West Donegal Gaeltacht.At the same time retired Garda Martin Ridge and victims of abuse in the Diocese have called for a forensic cold case investigation to be undertaken as a matter of urgency to get to the real truth of the facts that saw so many young men abused by Greene and others over many years.Former detective Martin RidgeThe new documentary embraces the era of three bishops and examines how so many incidents went without being investigated.The harrowing reliving of the scandals are part of a sixty minutes TG4 documentary ‘Finné’ and will be screened next Wednesday night at 9.30pm. The producer, Darach Mac Con Iomaire and his team spent lengthy periods in West Donegal in June as they researched the child sex abuse cases in the Diocese.Martin Gallagher and Martin Ridge are central to the production as they recount on different levels, how the abuses were carried out and covered up and what prompted the Garda investigation that eventually led to two paedophiles being convicted on numerous sex abuse charges.Martin Gallagher, victim of Eugene GreeneMr. Ridge said the cover-up and denials continue to part of the pain of every day life for the victims and he believes that many abusers have not had the confidence to come forward.“That is why I believe that this diocese needs a ‘cold case’ investigation because that is the only thing that might bring some degree of comfort and healing for the victims.“These young boys were not only abused in the most horrendous way but they’ve had their lives stolen from them and I fear the Church continues to be in denial of the crimes committed in this country. “What happened here in Donegal has not been fully uncovered because the supremacy of the Church overcame all else and that is now their challenge to resolve in the name of justice. Until the Bishops confront these facts, there will be no justice for the victims,” he said.The programme by TG4 is the 5th instalment of the documentary series and examines in depth the career of Father Eugene Greene, believed to be one of the most notorious paedophiles to have operated in the Raphoe Diocese and that of Denis McGinley who had taught for many years at Derryconnor national school.Fr Eugene Greene“I will never forget Fr. Greene”In a frank interview with the Tribune, Martin Gallagher said: “Fr. Greene raped me when I was a child of twelve and it continued for a whole year. But if the church had dealt with him, I would not have been abused and the same applies to many others. I can never forgive him for his behaviour. What he did could not have gone without notice by his superiors and it is my view that is why he was moved from parish to parish… to continue his evil deeds.“It was like a virus and these priests were being moved around to spread that virus. If those bishops involved claim they knew nothing about the rape of so many young boys, surely these men should never have been put in charge of this diocese. “The church had such power over the people, they tried to convince the abused that they were responsible for the crimes and that has not been addressed in any way at all.“My life and that of many others has been destroyed. Eight young men are buried in Gortahork graveyard and I’m sure there are others who’ve taken their lives because their plight was ignored by the Catholic authorities.“I no longer have any trust in the Catholic Church but I have my own faith and belief in God. I believe that Martin Ridge and his investigation stopped me from committing suicide and I owe him everything.“But as long as we have an abuser in our midst my mind cannot rest a peace, and I know others, who feel likewise. I am calling on that man to leave this parish because he is daily reminder to all of us of the extent of child abuse in this part of Donegal.“I have strong family links to keep me going and without their support I could not survive.”“Come forward in the name of God”He continued: “I am calling again on those members of the clergy who might have information about what happened to come forward and reveal to the Gardai their suspicions. That might give some comfort to the victims. The abusers must be named and shamed because that is part of the victims healing process.“And there is good reason to believe that what has come out in the courts is only the tip of the iceberg. Not for one moment do I think these rapists have gone away… they’ll still be about long after we are dead and buried.“I beg those with any shred of information to pick up the phone right now and have the common decent and respect for the victim. The instinct of those of us who were abused is that there is information out there hidden away in the denial of reality by members of the clergy.“I feel the Church has corrupted themselves and cannot be forgiven until the real truth comes out. I owe those f**kers nothing but I want them to have the courage of their convictions and to put the trauma of the abused as the central part of their ministry,” he added.Ridge recounts downfall of Fr. GreeneThe programme revisits so many of Donegal’s most famed landscapes and Martin Ridge takes the production team down those lonely isolated roads where he believes many of the abuses took place.Ridge recalls on camera that when one of his victims attempted to blackmail him, Greene felt confident enough to call Gardaí to lodge a complaint.He says: “It was to be his own arrogance which led to his downfall and a 12-year prison sentence — not the Catholic Church. He believed he could report the blackmail and get away with it.”But he hadn’t counted on a thorough investigation by local detectives who spent months interviewing dozens of victims and collating their horror in statement after statement.Greene went to Gardaí on December 20, 1997, to make his blackmail allegations. Two years later he faced a series of sample charges relating to the buggery, gross indecency and indecent assault of 26 young boys. He pleaded guilty to 40. The only evidence against Greene was that of his many victims.Not a shred of paper existed on allegationsMany members of the flock reacted with absolute shock and disbelief when it was revealed that not a single piece of paper existed in Raphoe Diocese records on allegations going back three decades even though complaints had been made against him by parents on several occasions.Greene would groom his victims, many just eight years old, by offering them drink and cigarettes and teaching them to drive a car.He would take some of them out to collect turf and allow them to drive his car on the return journey back to the parochial house.One victim would tell Gardaí later: “It was worse than hell. I felt so alone. I had nobody to turn to. I did want to tell my own dad but I said to myself if I told them they would say ‘No’.”Fr. Greene was sentenced to 12 years in prison in May 2000 and was released after serving 9 years. after he pleaded guilty at Donegal Circuit Court to 40 sample charges of indecent assault, buggery and gross indecency out of a total of 108 charges.There were 26 victims most of them altar boys who served Mass with Fr Eugene Greene in County Donegal between 1965 and 1982.€50,000 raised for GreeneThere was uproar from victims when it emerged that former parishioners had collected €50,000 for Greene. Voices of the Faithful, a support group, said the scale of donations to Greene indicated a “most serious state of denial of the most horrific crimes in Donegal”.In his book ‘Breaking the Silence’ Martin Ridge details investigations into three paedophiles. It outlines his investigation into the abuse crimes of Fr Eugene Greene, schoolteacher Denis McGinley and an unnamed third man against boys in various parishes in west Donegal.If any place illustrates the depth and depravity of child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church and why the community is so angry about it – it is this unlikely corner of the country, where among rolling hills of wild heather, castles and fishing villages, predatory priests terrorised children with impunity for decades.Ridge recalled in his book how he opened up a can of worms. “Fighting the IRA was a “conflict you could see with your eyes. This one, you couldn’t. It’s worse than the IRA, because it’s like putting a bomb into a child’s mind.”His superiors were so reluctant to take on sexual abuse cases that Ridge turned a room in his home into an office and bought himself a computer. “They washed their hands of it,” he said. The victims, he added, “were dismissed as if they didn’t matter. The power of the clergy was so strong.”Breaking the SilenceBy the time Father Greene was arrested, Mr. Ridge said, at least 45 men had come forward with abuse accusations.According to ‘Breaking the Silence’ co-written by Mr. Ridge, victims described how they were forcibly stripped, held down and repeatedly raped so violently that they bled for days afterwards.Many victims, groomed to such an extent that they believed sexual abuse was part of growing up, developed drinking problems and other addictions. Donegal is riddled with landmarks of abuse, each telling its own tragedy. ‘Finné’ revisits the child sex abuse issues in the Raphoe Diocese next week and victims hope the programme shines a light on the need for a more detailed forensic investigation that might unravel the web of mystery that surrounds the failure to deal comprehensively with the failures of the Church in this Diocese.Martin Gallagher adds his own footprint to that hope:“Maybe there is a God up there who is saying to the clergy that it is time to end the misery of the abused youngsters in Donegal.”Victims of ‘evil’ priest demand second abuser leave Donegal parish was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EUGENE GREENEMartin GallagherMartin Ridgelast_img read more

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Apple Said to Redesign Apple TV

first_imgRelated Posts mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img One way or another, the Internet is coming to your television viewing experience. Whether it’s talking to friends and family using Skype, keeping up with the world using Yahoo’s widgets for Blu-Ray devices or searching the Web with Google TV, the Internet is here to smarten up your idiot box experience, and it sounds like Apple is looking to jump back on the bandwagon.According to the New York Times’ Bits Blog, Apple’s once-described “hobby” might be “heading for a major overhaul”.The current incarnation of Apple TV sells for $229 with 16 GB, though a late-May rumor posited that a $99 version was soon on the way. The Bits Blog’s Nick Bilton seems rather uncertain on the details, but one thing it seems certain on is that something is surely brewing at Apple headquarters. It cites “several people familiar with Apple’s television-related efforts” as saying that the company is, at very least, “working on an update to its television software” which it might base on its new iOS operating system. Another source tells Bilton that hiring moves at Apple, among other clues, could indicate a new design entirely, not only for the software, but hardware element of Apple’s television endeavor. Could this all be tied to Apple’s move to the cloud? Maybe this $99 device will eliminate storage to drop some of its current price tag? Whatever happens, we’re willing to bet that Jobs no longer views Apple TV as a hobby, as the Internet-connected television race has been heating up all year long and only got hotter with Google’s entry. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#web last_img read more

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Who Is In The Most Trouble Brazil Germany Or Argentina

So what can Germany do? Only with better counterpressing from the forward line and midfield — to prevent opponents from striding through the center of the pitch with ease as Mexico did — can Germany regain its defensive strength. Coach Joachim Low started only two central midfielders, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira, in order to get playmakers Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller into the lineup behind a central striker. A personnel shift that adds another central midfielder to the mix while dropping an advanced creator seems like the obvious next step. Of course, this isn’t as easy as just scribbling a new name on the lineup sheet. Player positions and relationships will have to be reconsidered and restructured. Mexico exposed Low’s first lineup, and now he needs to identify a backup plan and get his players ready to go with it in just a few days. The task is great.A similar tactical problem looms for Argentina. While La Albiceleste did not see its chance of advancing go down by a large margin, it was in trouble from the moment it was placed in a group full of such capable defensive sides as Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria. With a 32 percent chance of being eliminated before the knockouts, Argentina should be worried.And what went wrong against Iceland does not seem easy to solve. Argentina attempted 26 shots against Iceland but generated only about 1.1 expected goals, a rate of about 0.04 expected goals per shot. The only teams in the tournament that have created lower-quality shooting chances are Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.You would expect a team with Lionel Messi to be creating good scoring chances. But Argentina has a problem: Messi is tasked with bringing the ball forward from defense to attack. If Messi must pick up the ball in deep areas, who will make the pass or run near the penalty area to break open the defense? According to the statistical company Impect, which tracks whether passes took a team beyond an opposition defensive player, Argentina’s passes only bypassed a defender 23 times, the fourth-fewest of any team in the World Cup through the first four days.At the same time, Iceland created about 0.9 expected goals on eight shot attempts, a rate of 0.11 expected goals per shot,1Ninth-highest in the tournament so far, only slightly behind Mexico’s 0.13. showing that Iceland was able to create good scoring opportunities despite Argentina’s conservative approach. If Argentina’s defense can be exploited like this, it’s hard to suggest that coach Jorge Sampaoli should bring on a more attack-minded midfielder like Ever Banega and risk opening up further at the back. A counterpress could also work, but Argentina already tried that. Sampaoli drilled his players to press high up the field and seek to create turnovers that could give them new possession in advanced areas, but the team’s middling results and underlying numbers from qualifying suggest that has not worked either. It may be that the only real solution is hoping that Messi puts together a truly legendary tournament and covers both creative roles, advancing the ball through the midfield and beating the defenders.By contrast, Brazil’s exceptionally talented roster should not have to depend on one player. But against Switzerland, it did. Although its goal came from a brilliant individual finish by Philippe Coutinho, in general, Brazil tried to ride Neymar to victory. The creative winger was constantly on the ball and, more than that, constantly tasked with beating a man to create space for the attack to move forward. Eighteen times Neymar was involved in a one-on-one with a defender. This is high even for Neymar, who averaged about 10 one-on-ones per match for Paris Saint-Germain. But while Neymar was successful about 60 percent of the time in the French league, here he struggled, winning only five of 18 contests. Switzerland consistently bodied and often fouled Neymar, leaving him unable to progress the ball as he usually does. And while that could just be a fluky bad game from Neymar, Brazil has reason to worry. The draw against Switzerland was Neymar’s first match back from injury, and before the game, Brazilian coach Tite said Neymar was not fully fit. Brazil struggled to break down Switzerland because, time and again, its attack waited for Neymar to beat a defender, and he couldn’t do it.Unlike Argentina, however, Brazil already has the players to lean on while Neymar works himself back into shape. Coutinho and Marcelo are elite passers, while Willian adds about 3.5 complete dribbles per 90 minutes, 12th highest among players in the big five leagues with at least 2000 minutes played. None of them alone can do what Neymar usually does, but Brazil’s starting lineup as a collective can carry some of Neymar’s workload. What will be required for Brazil, rather, is that the team rebalance the attacking load until its superstar is fully fit. Brazil has the talent to continue to roll without Neymar at 100 percent, if it can limit his responsibilities.All of these teams remain favored to escape their groups. But a shocking early exit is possible for Germany and Argentina if they cannot solve some major problems. Brazil should be able to continue and succeed without Neymar at his best, at least for a while. But to reach or win the final, all three teams must make important changes.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. The World Cup has been full of surprises. Of the five teams rated most likely to win the World Cup before the tournament by FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, only France won its first match. Spain, Argentina and Brazil could manage only draws, and worse yet, Germany lost to Mexico. While Spain’s 3-3 draw against Portugal can be excused — Cristiano Ronaldo’s team is rated the eighth-best side in the tournament and has legitimate hopes of winning the whole thing — the other three face larger problems.Germany’s difficulty may be the most acute. While Argentina and Brazil saw their chances of reaching the knockout round go down only slightly (77 percent to 68 percent for Argentina and 89 percent to 85 percent for Brazil), Germany is suddenly at risk of being the third consecutive defending World Cup champion to go out in the group stages. Die Mannschaft’s odds of reaching the round of 16 plummeted from 90 percent to 64 percent.Germany can’t say the loss was undeserved. Mexico created more expected goals, a statistical estimate of the quality of scoring chances, than Germany did, with the Mexican counterattack ripping up the German defense even when it did not create shots. Eight times in the match, Mexican players combined to move the ball straight through midfield — with more than 50 percent of ball movement directly toward the goal — and into the German penalty area. Though only four of those ended in shots, one produced a goal.That Hirving Lozano game-winning goal was the most devastating example of this counterattack. It starts with an open-play turnover, leading to a few quick passes and runs, a couple of defenders beaten on the dribble and a pass into the penalty area. The map below shows the Lozano goal and three other moves like it. If Mexico had been more clinical in creating good shots from these moves, the result could have been even worse for Germany. read more

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Which 2018 Stars Are Doing The Best Impressions Of Pele Maradona And

By analyzing the statistical fingerprints of every performance by every player to appear in a World Cup since 1966,1Excluding players with less than 30 minutes of playing time. FiveThirtyEight’s new interactive tool — 50 Years Of World Cup Doppelgangers — can give a realistic sense of how great or lousy each performance in Russia this month is by comparing them to how other players have done in the past. The best comparison for how teenaged French sensation Kylian Mbappé is performing so far, for instance, is the way Brazilian Ronaldinho played in the 2002 World Cup.Some matches are far less obvious: The performance of Croatian captain Luka Modric through three games is most similar to that of Kuwait’s Abdullah Al Buloushi in 1982 … naturally.But what if we reverse engineered things? Which players in Russia are doing the best impressions of iconic World Cup performances of years past? Some player and tournament combinations do not have particularly close analogues in 2018, including Ronaldo (the single-name one, not Cristiano) in 2002 or Xavi in 2010, but we found eight iconic World Cup displays that have a reasonably close counterpart in Russia this summer:Bobby Moore 1966Cedric Soares 2018 (12th most similar), Santiago Arias 2018 (17th most similar) While Cruyff may have been the best attacking player on the planet in 1974, Franz Beckenbauer, who captained West Germany, was the best defender. His performances were characterised by high defensive involvement, but also an extremely impressive ability to advance the ball, which was demonstrated by the number of progressive passes and dribbles he made.Poetically, the most similar performance to Beckenbauer’s in 1974 is Philipp Lahm’s in 2014 — Lahm also captained Germany to the trophy. Meanwhile, his closest 2018 counterparts are teammates for Real Madrid: Marcelo, who is known for terrorising opposition down the left wing, and Sergio Ramos, an aggressive center-back who is also extremely competent with the ball at his feet.Paolo Rossi 1982Diego Costa 2018 (18th most similar) England is one of the World Cup’s greatest under-performers since the tournament began, but the Three Lions have managed to get their hands on the trophy once. Bobby Moore captained the side to victory when his country hosted in 1966.Though he was technically a center-back, soccer’s most defensive outfield position, Moore was an all-rounder — he got two assists in the final and completed more passes than anyone on the pitch that day. It’s somewhat unsurprising, then, that his closest 2018 analogue is an offensive right-back — Cedric Soares of Portugal, who maraudes down the right wing and is characterised by progressive passes and dribbles (those that advance the ball at least 10 yards toward the opponent’s goal or into their box) and defensive involvement.Eusebio 1966Cristiano Ronaldo 2018 (21st most similar) Though Portugal lost to England in the semifinals in 1966, Eusebio, the dazzlingly fast striker, took home the Golden Boot with nine goals. He owed his impressive offensive display in large part to the number of good scoring chances he got and to his progressive dribbling skills.This pairing of goal-scoring skills and canny dribbling ability is similar to that of James Rodriguez, whose breakthrough 2014 World Cup performance for Colombia was the second most similar to Eusebio’s in 1966, while Ronaldo’s 2002 performance for the Brazilian team is the sixth most similar. Eusebio’s closest 2018 peer? The hero of Portugal’s modern era: Cristiano Ronaldo, who is very much the focal point of their attack in Russia, with four goals already.Pele 1970Edinson Cavani 2018 (9th most similar) Brazil’s 1970 team have gone down in legend as one of the best teams of all time, captivatingly winning their third trophy in Mexico and cementing the beginning of a soccer dynasty. In the process, Pelé became the only player in history to have won three World Cups, and he took home FIFA’s Golden Ball award for being the best player in the tournament.The Pelé that led Brazil’s front-line in Mexico was less dynamic and sprightly than the 17-year-old who burst onto the international scene in the 1958 tournament in Sweden. He was more of a dedicated goal-scorer than he had ever been, contributing four at the tournament. His closest 2018 equivalent is Edinson Cavani, the tireless Uruguayan forward who specialises in getting high quality goal-scoring chances.Johan Cruyff 1974Isco 2018 (5th most similar); Neymar 2018 (9th most similar) Paolo Rossi is one of few players who is remembered more for his World Cup performances than his club ones. He inspired Italy to their third World Cup title in 1982, taking home the Golden Boot with six goals, including an iconic hat trick against Brazil in the quarterfinals.This summer, Diego Costa’s work with Spain is the most similar to Rossi’s 1982 performance; in each case, the players were dedicated goal-scorers who didn’t tend to dribble or create much.Diego Maradona 1986Lionel Messi 2018 (second most similar); Neymar 2018 (fifth most similar) Zinedine Zidane has been both the hero and villain for France on the world stage. In 1998, though, when they were the hosts in one of the most fondly remembered World Cups in the modern era, he was very much the former.He scored twice before halftime in the final as France beat Brazil, while his performances at the tournament in general typified being a creative playmaker. In Russia this year, the performance most similar to Zidane’s 1998 showing is from Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri, who is the star player in a surprisingly dangerous Swiss outfit that is hoping to advance past Sweden in the round of 16. Diego Maradona’s heroics at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico have gone down in soccer folklore as the legend of a star player dragging his team to success by any means possible. Arguably the most gifted dribbler of all time, the diminutive Argentine could tear defenses apart single-handedly, as England learned all too well.Unsurprisingly, fellow diminutive Argentine Lionel Messi, who will only sink deeper into Maradona’s shadow if he doesn’t triumph in Russia, has put in performances that are among the most similar to Maradona’s in 1986. Messi’s 2018 performance ranks second, while his 2014 and 2010 incarnations rank ninth and 10th, respectively. The 2018 performance by Neymar, who is equally talismanic for Brazil, ranks fifth.Zinedine Zidane 1998Xherdan Shaqiri 2018 (18th most similar) Though Johan Cruyff’s contributions to soccer went far beyond his playing career, his performance at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany remains one of his greatest gifts to the sport. In a team playing revolutionary “Total Football,” the playmaker was granted a free role that allowed him to roam the pitch as he pleased.His electric dribbling ability was complemented by supernatural passing vision, and it is these characteristics in particular that have made his closest 2018 peer, Spain’s Isco, his team’s most important player so far in Russia.Franz Beckenbauer 1974Marcelo 2018 (12th most similar); Sergio Ramos 2018 (17th most similar) read more

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Not always greener on the Urban side for Ohio States new coach

At the Fawcett Center on Ohio State’s campus Monday night, some clapped as Urban Meyer was introduced as the 24th coach in OSU football history, but others remain skeptical. The six-year, $24 million contract Meyer signed earlier that day has stirred Buckeye Nation just days after the conclusion of a 6-6 regular-season campaign. The former University of Florida coach arrives at OSU as it awaits a final ruling from the NCAA regarding rule infractions committed by the football program, though OSU’s newest hire also departed a Florida program that was rife with off-field transgressions. The Associated Press reported Monday that 27 UF players were arrested a combined 30 times during Meyer’s tenure in Gainesville, Fla. Meyer said during the Monday press conference that the reports of charges against his former players were inflated. “I see numbers of arrests and the numbers I see are exaggerated,” Meyer said. “We’ve had a pretty good track record. We ran some bumps in the road at the University of Florida. Does that mean we had bad kids? I’ll fight that forever. No, absolutely not ­— we did not have bad guys. Did they make stupid mistakes? Yeah, I’ve made a few stupid mistakes.” George Diaz, a sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel in Orlando, Fla., said that it’s on Meyer to choose to deny documented arrests and cases against UF players that ranged from marijuana busts to domestic violence. “(Meyer) certainly had some issues with discipline and keeping everyone in order,” Diaz said. “That’s on his record. It doesn’t overshadow everything that he has done, which is a lot of great things, but it’s a part of his permanent record.” Tom Green, a UF student and sports editor of The Independent Florida Alligator, said that the off-field arrests and run-ins with law enforcement by UF players made headlines in the Sunshine State. “It got a lot of headlines because of the number of arrests,” Green said. “It got a lot of attention. A lot of the arrests were either marijuana related or underage drinking and, you know, stuff that a lot of college students get arrested for.” Green said he disagreed with Meyer’s claim that the charges against UF players were exaggerated. “(Players) got arrested and it got reported,” Green said. “The arrests just piled up over the years.” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said that should OSU receive a bid to a postseason bowl game, Meyer would not be involved with preparing or coaching the team for the game. Once Meyer takes the reigns at OSU, he said he would apply a set of core values that will help Buckeye players stay out of trouble. “We have a set of core values. Honesty (and) respect,” Meyer said. “Number one, treat everyone with respect. Number 2, no drugs, no stealing, no weapons. Those are core value issues. You’re either dismissed or you miss a good bunch of time playing the game.” Both Diaz and Green said a bitter taste will remain in the mouths of Florida fans because Meyer, who left college football to address health concerns and family issues, returned to the sidelines so soon. “Florida fans are understandably disgruntled and upset and confused,” Diaz said. “There’s a lot of emotions going on. I think (Florida fans) are just upset by the mixed signals he’s sending out by taking the (OSU) job.” Green agreed. “Just from what I’ve seen from friends, Facebook and on Twitter and online, all of the people are mad because they didn’t think that (Meyer) would do that,” Green said. “A lot of them feel betrayed.” Meyer said during his introduction as OSU coach that he would always consider himself a member of the Florida family, having won two national championships in Gainesville. Green said he didn’t think those words would console many Gators fans. “I personally don’t think he lied to (Florida fans),” Green said. “An opportunity of a lifetime presented itself to him and he couldn’t turn that down. (Fans) shouldn’t feel betrayed.” Meyer boasts a 104-23 overall record in 10 seasons as an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision coach, as well as a 7-1 mark in bowl games and a 4-0 record in Bowl Championship Series games. Diaz said OSU fans can look forward to having one of the most talented and capable coaches in the country patrolling the Ohio Stadium sidelines when the 2012 season begins. That isn’t to say there aren’t potential draw backs to having Meyer lead OSU football. “He’s gone through some significant health issues and had to deal with some family matters. He said he’s come out of it differently and will approach things differently,” Diaz said. “Now, we’ll see if that new approach changes what transpires on the field. That’s the great unknown.” OSU (6-6, 3-5) is currently awaiting a postseason bowl bid. read more

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McCarthy tips Declan Rice as future Ireland captain

first_imgRepublic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy says Declan Rice has the quality to be the national team’s captain and has promised to build the team around the teenager.Rice has already received his Republic of Ireland cap under former boss Martin O’Neill, but the 19-year-old is still considering whether he wants to play for England instead.McCarthy revealed that he has spoken with the player and wants to make him an integral part of the Republic of Ireland team.“I had a really good meeting with him,” McCarthy told Sky Sports.“There was myself, [assistant manager] Robbie [Keane], Declan and his dad and it is just up to him what he wants to decide – that’s how I’ve left it.“It’s not my decision as to whether he plays for the Republic of Ireland, it’s my job – if he decides that he wants to stay with us – to pick him.Mason MountRice tips Mount for greater things Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Declan Rice says that Mason Mount is going to match the exploits of Frank Lampard when he was in his prime during his playing…“I think he’s a really talented player. I thought he was a lovely lad, he’s got a really nice family behind him and he has everything about him that makes you want him to play for you. That’s still my case, I want him to play for us.“I’d love to build a team around him. We start in March and that’s my deadline I guess, I need to know by then.“I’d like to build a team around him and he could be a future captain – he’s that type of player.”last_img read more

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