Dear Editor,The Guyana Islamic Forum for Education, Peace and Religious Solidarity, in association with the Electric Mosque’s Teachings of Islam, wishes to condemn the vicious physically attack on a Muslim young lady in the Corentyne area. An attempt was also made to strip her of her clothes and her Islamic symbol of the Hijab was viciously torn away. She was physically brutalised.The Guyana Islamic Forum for Education, Peace and Religious Solidarity condemns this most vehemently and asks that the legal fraternity takes serious action into this matter so that we can put measures in place to protect all students of all religions with their religious symbols – their outfits, headwear/headgear, religious threads, crosses and any other religious symbol that might be worn by anyone. Guyana is a law-abiding country, in which most of its people are religious people that understand the moral principle of respecting the religious beliefs of others.The Guyana Islamic Forum for Education, Peace and Religious Solidarity, in association with the Electric Mosque’s Teachings of Islam is calling on the Ministry of Social Cohesion, the Ethnic Relations Commission, Guyana Bar Association and all religious institutions and organisations to immediately condemn and intervene in this inhumane and barbaric act before it gets out of hand. We, the Guyana Islamic Forum, encourage counselling for both parties to assist the victim and the aggressor. Failure to act urgently can result in serious repercussions that could bring embarrassment to Guyana and the famous Tagore Memorial Secondary School, in which the undersigned was a student. A simple thing like this can make Guyana look religiously intolerable.We are urgently asking the police and the relevant authorities to seriously look into this matter so that we can resolve the issues at hand accordingly.Kind regards,Roshan Khan
Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/1Why this is the Geocache of the Week:On December 22, we’ll be celebrating our love for geocaching around the world by releasing six new country souvenirs. One of those countries is Italy—and what better way to celebrate geocaching love than featuring a geocache located at a (supposed) site of one of the greatest love stories ever told? Travelers (and geocachers) from around the world come to Verona, Italy to catch a glimpse of the balcony where Juliet called out for her Romeo. Visitors come to stand by the statue of Juliet and to proclaim their love by adding a lock (hint hint) to the nearby fence.Country souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your Geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations. We revealed Croatia will also be among the six new country souvenirs on Tuesday. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. You can view which ones you’ve already earned by checking out your Souvenirs on Geocaching.com.The new Italy souvenir. What the Geocache owner, Fedeb, has to say:“In my opinion this kind of cache should firstly help the geocachers to visit the main turistic attractions in a particular town while geocaching, giving them also accurate informations about these sites. The other target is to bring the geocachers to places that usually are skipped by the normal turistic tours, but should be considered as hidden treasures.When you place a urban cache you should place it in this kind of sites, but for me, the most important rule is to create a unique, original and camouflaged cache according with the surrounding environment and theme…. in this case the “Love, Graffiti and Locks”. This cache was created respecting mainly this rule, mixing those 3 aspects.Juliet’s Balcony is for sure the most visited site in Verona, even more famous than the Arena. The Geocachers must face the fact they’ll have to search and log the cache while besieged by hundreds of muggles and the secret is not to care about them (infact part of the hint is: “forget about the muggles… just log it). My target was indeed to let the seekers believe that this mission is impossible, giving them, at the end, the surprise of doing it quite easily but with a lot of excitation. I think I succeeded according with the logs and I am very happy and proud about it.”Photos:Love locks near the balcony. Photo by geocacher Helli4314These two found love at the balcony. Photo by geocacher toffa&fraJuliet stands near her balcony. This was one of the few appropriate photos. Photo by geocacher GuanacosThe balcony. Photo by geocacher Koalice Do you have a geocaching love story? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou? Photo by geocacher theyoungGeocache Name:Juliet’s Balcony (GC49T24) What geocachers are saying:“What a great experience! It was awesome to find a cache in the middle of so much muggles and nobody cared.” – Jaxi2s Bruder“During our holiday in Verona, we must visit this place of love. The cache was quickly found 🙂 TFTC” – MenF“Found it during my trip in the wine districts. Nice experience to log among hundreds of mugglers. Favorite point of course!” – piapotter SharePrint RelatedIt’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Ahoy New Souvenir! — Pirates Bay – Corfu (GC1X5VF) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 18, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Go Geocaching Like a LocalDecember 24, 2014In “Community”
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now I used to read a blog series by a really smart person. He is also a very good writer. In fact, his writing is what hooked me, and the topics he writes about are interesting to me. If I were to generalize, this writer writes about the human condition, things like economic systems, government systems, the behavior of companies and big corporations, philosophy, and religion.I read a good deal of his writing. Over time, I noticed something: He is extremely negative, disguising it as caring and concern. It is easy to point out the ugly parts of the human condition.It’s easy to find problems with economic systems, especially when the results under the system are distributed unequally.There is nothing easier than criticizing the ineptitude of government and a system that often seems at war with itself. In fact, I think criticizing the government, a right I vigorously support, is a national past time.Companies and big corporations are full of human beings, and because this is true, there are infinite ways for them to make mistakes, to act poorly, and to trade purpose for profitability. Some companies sometime do harm, because sometimes humans do.Over time, I stopped reading this writer. I don’t recognize this dystopian world this writer sees. The economic system we are part of is horribly imperfect, but still the only way that people have been lifted out of poverty in great numbers. Our democratic Republic is still strong, and despite our many and serious differences, the Great Experiment stands strong, regardless of politics and politicians. There is still more opportunity available to those who would seek it, even if it is more difficult for some than others.The world I see is full of basically good and infinitely fallible human beings doing their best, repeating mistakes that should have long ago been learned, and muddling through. In sum total, the good in most of us outweighs the bad in the few of us who are really bad by a margin so great as to defy measurement. Given enough time, we find ways to solve the greatest of challenges, and in doing so, create even greater ones.People get married. Babies are born. Promotions are had. And life is lived, longer than ever, safer than before, and with more abundance than could be imagined by those who came before us. Some of life feels like Summer, and some feels like Winter, but then, that’s going to be true for a long time to come.I no longer read the smart writer. The world looks very much like what you believe it looks like.
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Visits from legends Ray Allen, Robert Jaworksi ‘uplifting’ for Lyceum Pirates Lydia De Vega, once dubbed as the fastest woman in Asia, dispelled rumors circulating on social media that she has passed away.In a conversation with INQUIRER.net Wednesday night, De Vega said she was surprised about her fictional death and that she actually felt sorry for whoever wrote the malicious article.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES “I don’t even know why someone would write such thing,” said De Vega in Filipino. “This kind of joke is not funny. I hope this serves as a lesson that he won’t do this kind of thing again.”A fake news website under the URL houstonchronicle-tv.com broke the so-called story about De Vega’s death, saying that the former Asian sprint queen supposedly succumbed to illness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe two-time Asian Games gold medalist scoffed at the hoax, which she found out when her children called her Wednesday morning to check up on her.“I read the article, and it’s so fake because it said that I was rushed to V Luna (the avenue where the AFP Medical Center is located), but I’m not even in the Philippines,” said De Vega. De Vega is now based in Singapore as an athletics coach for students. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Newcastle manager Benitez blocks Murphy loanby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez is not keen on loaning out Jacob Murphy.The winger has only started three games this season.He wants regular football, but Benitez is not willing to let him go.Per the Chronicle Live, Benitez will only sanction a loan for Murphy and others if he is given money to spend on incoming transfers.The club with the biggest interest in Murphy is Huddersfield, another team battling to stay in the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata cools Man Utd, West Ham talkby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata insists he’s happy where he is.Zapata is being linked with Manchester United and West Ham.He said, “I am not even thinking about the idea of leaving Atalanta. In football, as in life, you do not know what the future holds, but I have no thoughts other than doing my best for Atalanta.“Our only objective is to be protagonists, so we don’t name targets. “My personal aim is to improve consistently and score as many goals as possible. (Gian Piero) Gasperini is a pleasure to work with, even if it’s exhausting.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jay Rodriguez loving the competition between Burnley strikersby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJay Rodriguez is loving the competition between strikers at Burnley.The summer signing has had to compete with Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes this season.He scored against Aston Villa on Saturday and speaking after the game, the Englishman said: “That is football and one of those things, you have to focus on what you can do and be ready when the time comes.”I always want more and more goals and to take every chance I can. I will keep my head down and work hard.”It is healthy competition and everyone has to stay patient and continue to work hard and effect what they can affect.”Woody and Barnesy are great lads and great footballers and they have made me feel really welcome.”I always want to learn off other players and every striker I play alongside.”
TORONTO – Canada’s largest stock index finished in the red for a third consecutive trading session on Friday, as banks and insurance companies lost ground.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 42.83 points to 16,039.26, with the financial sector down about three-quarters of a percentage point.All the big banks reported losses as did major insurers including Fairfax Financial Holdings (TSX:FFH), which saw its shares fall $13.76 or 1.98 per cent to $680.46 at the closing of markets.“The bank group is kind of taking a breather this week in particular after having a pretty good year to date. I think most bank shares are up 10 per cent this year,” said Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“But what I think you’re seeing is investors kind of taking money off the table ahead of 2018, potentially ahead of some mortgage rule changes in Canada which are likely to impact loan growth for 2018. You’ll see lower mortgage originations and potentially lower-than-expected bank earnings.”Canada’s banking regulator reported last month it’s going ahead with a new stress test for home buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance but who will soon have to prove they can make their payments if interest rates rise.The move is expected to reduce the maximum amount buyers will be able to borrow to buy a home, even if they have a down payment of 20 per cent or more, starting in January.South of the border, markets were mixed and relatively flat a day after Wall Street was caught off guard by a proposed delay in President Donald Trump’s proposed tax plans. On Wednesday, Senate Republicans said they’re rolling out their own tax bill, which would delay Trump’s corporate tax rate cut until 2019, instead of 2018 under the House bill.“There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the current regime in the U.S.,” Yie said. “Investors are taking a wait-and-see approach and not reacting right away.”The Dow Jones industrial average declined 39.73 points to 23,422.21 and the S&P 500 index edged down 2.32 points to 2,582.30. The Nasdaq composite index eked out a 0.89 of a point rise to 6,750.94.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.85 cents US, up 0.06 of a U.S. cent. That marks the loonie’s third straight day of gains against a weakening greenback.On the commodities front, the December crude contract gave back 43 cents at US$56.74 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up a cent at US$3.21 per mmBTU.The December gold contract fell $13.30 to US$1,274.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was down a cent to US$3.08 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Kolkata: A businessman was allegedly assaulted by some members of a local club at Byantra in Howrah.According to sources, some local club members had organised Raksha Kali Puja for which they were collecting donations in the locality. It is alleged that they had demanded huge amount of money from local shop owners also. Some had negotiated and gave them money and other gave things needed for the puja. Club members approached Safiulla Qureshi alias Munna, who own a grocery shop located on the Belilious Road in Howrah for donation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey reportedly demand money and a few things. According to sources, Qureshi told the club members that he was not in a position to meet their demands. Hearing this club members allegedly misbehaved with him. Later, they demanded 100 kg sugar for the puja. But, Qureshi again stated that he can’t meet the demands. This time, the club members allegedly abused him and used filthy languages. Qureshi and club members got involved in an altercation. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter a while, the club members left the place threatening Qureshi. It is alleged that on Saturday night around 40 youths attacked Qureshi with iron rods, bamboo and sticks. He was beaten up badly. When Qureshi was bleeding profusely from his face and nose, miscreants allegedly took about Rs 15,000 from his pockets. Later, Rs 10,000 was taken out from the cash box of his shop. Hearing Qureshi screaming for help, other local business persons rushed to his shop. Sensing resistance, miscreants fled the scene. Qureshi was rushed to a local hospital where he was treated and later discharged. Following treatment, Qureshi lodged a complaint at the Byantra police station against the club members. No one was arrested till Sunday night.
But the Question of Kobe has undeniably helped the analytics movement grow. Rather than pretending that basketball was baseball and settling on those initial narratives about supposedly inefficient star players, the second wave of basketball metrics tended to illuminate the first generation’s blind spots — namely, the dynamic aspects of the game, such as a player’s tangible on-court impact, how different skill sets complement one another and what value should be assigned to every bit of real estate on the floor. As a byproduct, the metrics came around again to the old-school realization that scoring workload matters — and few players in NBA history carried a bigger scoring burden than Bryant, particularly in his prime.Of course, some of the new stats co-signed longstanding doubts about Bryant’s game. Despite receiving 11 all-defensive team nods from 2000-01 to 2013-14, for instance, he was only in the 41st percentile of defenders by Real Plus-Minus over that timeframe. But others — such as his No. 4 overall ranking by offensive RPM in the same data set — confirmed that the true benefits of Kobe’s game were being masked by box score metrics wearing true-shooting blinders. Had today’s most cutting-edge metrics — like SportVU’s ability to track a shot’s difficulty (not just its efficiency) — existed during Bryant’s prime, we’d be able to interrogate questions like whether Kobe is the “best difficult-shot-maker” ever.In a lot of ways, we have Bryant to thank for the tools we have available to appreciate the full contribution of stars — like Russell Westbrook — who would have slipped through the cracks during that first wave of basketball analytics, because those tools were at least in part developed to make sense of Kobe.As the ink dries on this final, morbid chapter of Kobe’s career, even the most stats-savvy of analysts have to acknowledge Bryant’s all-time greatness. According to Value Over Replacement Player, a measure of total contribution that tries to emulate RPM for historical seasons,1For technical sticklers: VORP uses as its input Box Plus/Minus, which is premised on estimating a player’s RPM-style on-court effects in seasons before play-by-play data. Bryant ranks as the NBA’s 15th-best regular-season player since 1973-74 and its eighth-best in the playoffs, both of which track with the No. 12 all-time ranking he received in a recent ESPN poll of NBA experts.Those rankings are still probably not as high as many observers would place the Black Mamba. But they do represent a kind of compromise between the traditionalist viewpoint and the first wave of sabermetric assessments that harshly criticized Bryant for his relative lack of efficiency. Bryant’s game had its flaws, and he was certainly no Jordan, but he was a player of undeniable historical importance. His résumé speaks enough to the on-court portion of his legacy, but for statheads, Kobe’s career helps us track the evolution of basketball analytics over time, both in its reaction to his performance and its ability to capture the meaningfulness of that performance in the first place.Check out our latest NBA predictions. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed For a stathead such as myself, tracking Kobe’s career arc has been fascinating because it’s existed in near-perfect overlap with the lifespan of basketball analytics. When Bryant made his NBA debut, on Nov. 3, 1996, the field (if you could even call it that) was in an embryonic state. Dean Oliver and John Hollinger were proto-blogging in relative anonymity; the APBRmetrics forum — an early petri dish of smart basketball folks — wouldn’t even become a discussion group board for four-plus years; there was no Basketball-Reference.com, no Player Efficiency Rating, no Sloan Conference, no Nylon Calculus. Over the past 20 seasons, as Kobe’s career unfolded through its successes and growing pains, analytics did too, with the former serving as a touchstone — and lightning rod — for the latter.The stats were not always kind to Kobe, least of all in his perpetual, mythic struggle against Michael Jordan. Perhaps that comparison would have been less harsh in an earlier era, thanks to a similar ring count and a passing statistical resemblance, but the advanced metrics have consistently debunked the parallel. (They’ve essentially taken on the role of the old noodge at the bar or barbershop, reminding “kids these days” of their historical betters.) Kobe wasn’t nearly as efficient as Jordan, they’d remind; he’d likely never be as valuable no matter what the rings said. Likewise, the numbers always seemed to find some other contemporary upon whom to bestow the “Next Jordan” mantle, be it LeBron James or Dwyane Wade or even Tracy McGrady. As if chasing Jordan’s shadow wasn’t hard enough, the shadow seemed to be armed with the cold, compassionless weaponry of data.It didn’t help that hoops analytics went through its contrarian phase right around the time Kobe peaked. Every sabermetric movement has a period in which its sport’s sacred cows are officially on notice, and basketball’s came in the mid-2000s — known around these parts as the Hollinger Era — when Bryant embodied many bits of conventional basketball wisdom in need of rigorous auditing. Back then, it was fashionable to unearth the deep cuts, the guys like Carl Landry or Gerald Wallace or, uh, Landry Fields, who didn’t get as much play on SportsCenter but contributed efficiently within their roles. Obsessed with efficiency over context, many in the field downplayed the value of Kobe’s greatest skill — relentless, tireless scoring — and went so far as to suggest that an average player could have notched as many points if given the same number of opportunities. (Note: This is, and always was, insane.) Others raised more valid questions about Kobe’s reputation for clutch shooting and lock-down defense, and these cut more to the core of what fans wanted to know about him and players of his caliber. It was a crucial point for basketball stats; perhaps a fractious relationship between Kobe and stat-geekdom was simply the necessary collateral damage. By Neil Paine Kobe Bryant played his final game Wednesday and sent himself off in spectacular style by scoring 60 points (albeit on 50 shots from the floor). It was quintessential Kobe — grabbing the lead headline even on the night the Golden State Warriors set the all-time NBA record for single-season wins. Kobe could never fade quietly into retirement. Listen to our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, discuss the Warriors’ record-setting season. Embed Code