Data and statistics often hide the real picture

first_imgLocalNews Data and statistics often hide the real picture by: – August 9, 2011 Dr. Francis Severin, Head of UWI Open Campus.Head of the University of the West Indies, Open Campus in Dominica, Dr. Francis Severin, told a youth symposium yesterday that data and statistics in relation to crime and violence often hides the real picture.Dr. Severin was one of the facilitators of a “Youth and Violence” Symposium for youths from across the Caribbean Region including Antigua, Bahamas, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, St. Vincent, Jamaica, and Dominica.“Very often data and statistics tend to hide the real picture, because indeed there is a dark side of crime. Whether there is; and that sounds clichéd, there is one murder or two murders, or one aggravated assault, or one forcible rape someone, in fact several people by the multiplying effect, are impacted negatively. And therefore what statistics and data can tend to do is to trivialize and minimize the emotional impact, the socio-economic impact, the sensibility of well-being that people experience,” he said.Dr. Severin noted that while some may be of the view that the rate of crime in Dominica is not as bad as in neighboring islands, we need to be more sensitive to those who have been affected by them.“Quite often articulated sometimes in radio programmes where people call to say oh well Dominica or Grenada is not as bad as St. Lucia or Jamaica and so on and so forth. That to me is being extremely rude to those people who have been victimized by crime and other violent acts.”Dr. Severin is of the view that statistics tends to ‘shroud the human element that is affected by crime and violence.”Dominica Vibes News 29 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Wildcats Netters Place 2nd At New Castle

first_imgThe Franklin County High School Tennis team struggled at the New Castle Invitational for their season opener.In their first match, they faced the Hamilton Heights Huskies (2-0). The Wildcats were able to squeak by the Huskies by opening up the tournament with a narrow 3-2 victory.They then were set to face the host, New Castle Trojans (3-0). The Wildcats had a hard fought match, but they came up just short as they fell 1-4. Braydon Ertel and Dylan Little were the only Wildcat win at #1 doubles.The Cats finish runner-up in the tournament for the second straight year. They look to improve on these matches next week in their two home matches.Next week’s schedule is Tuesday vs. Richmond at 5:30, and Thursday vs. Centerville at 5:00. Good luck to the Wildcats and come out and support them in their two home matches next week.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Landon Bundy.last_img read more

Bulldogs Finish 2nd at Madison Invitational

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs travelled to Madison Saturday morning to compete in the Madison Small School Invitational. Both teams swam well and earned a second place finish.MadisonInvite“This was a great meet for us. Madison, Silver Creek and North Harrison are always pushing us to improve. Overall, we swam a few season best times and really put ourselves in a great position.”“Our goal from the start of the season was to improve from where we were last year and we definitely did that today.”Batesville finished 4th (men’s) and 3rd (women’s) in 2017-18 and were able to accumulate enough points to finish in second place behind North Harrison (women) and Madison (men).Event winners for Batesville High School included Kate Poltrack (500); – Sean Callahan (500); – 200 Free Relay (Maria Lopez, Sonja Gaulin, Gwen Martin, Poltrack); – Maria Lopez (100 Breast).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Greg McMullenlast_img read more

Martinez: Moyes will be welcomed

first_img “We all know he’s the Manchester United manager now and I’m sure that reception will be very much different but as a former Everton manager, every Evertonian has got great memories of the job that he did.” The warm welcome Martinez expects for the former Evertonians will not extend to the game, though, where the Spaniard wants the visitors to feel as much heat as possible, on and off the pitch. “This game probably is the most important game of the season,” said the Everton boss. “The roles that Marouane Fellaini and Phil Neville and David Moyes have, they are well-known figures at Everton, they’ll always be respected, but they’ll be respected after the final whistle. “Now they’re representing Manchester United and that cannot be a nice atmosphere. We all know how important the game is, how vital the three points are. I don’t think it’s going to be a problem to get the right balance.” The game is even more important for Everton because of Wednesday’s surprise loss to Crystal Palace, which ended a seven-game winning run in the league and handed the initiative back to Arsenal in the top-four battle. Martinez felt his side wanted to win too much and believes they need to appreciate what they have already achieved. He said: “It’s very easy from our point of view. It’s making sure we give everything we have and use all the good things we’ve shown over the last 10 months but in a way that we can enjoy this challenge of fighting to get into the top four. “I think to be in the fight with four games to go is a remarkable achievement and we can’t forget about that. “We need to play with that enjoyment on our faces and making sure, especially the two home games we have, we really celebrate with our fans and develop a real strong environment and make it as hostile as we can for the opposition.” Roberto Martinez has no doubt Everton fans will find the right balance when David Moyes makes his first return to Goodison Park as Manchester United manager on Sunday. The first of those is United’s visit on Sunday, and there is far more at stake than simply the return of old faces – former Everton captain Phil Neville is part of Moyes’ coaching team while midfielder Marouane Fellaini could also be involved. Having beaten United at Old Trafford for the first time in the league since 1992, Everton have the chance to end a 44-year wait by doing the double over their rivals. But most importantly three points would also be a major boost to their hopes of winning the battle with Arsenal for Champions League qualification. It will no doubt be a source of great pleasure to Everton’s fans that it is they rather than United who have a chance of sitting at Europe’s top table next season Martinez said: ” Facing the champions is a big enough reason to be excited and to make sure we’ve got the best possible environment at Goodison. “Having the opportunity to do the double on United is something that is not easy to achieve, and then the return of David Moyes. “We are a club full of integrity and style, we are a proper football club, so we will show the respect to David Moyes and what he’s done at our football club. ” I’m sure he will (get a great reception). His job at Everton deserves that. His work has been terrific. Moyes was widely lauded for his 11-year spell in charge of the Toffees but Martinez has become an instant hero on Merseyside. His attacking style of play has been hugely popular and Everton have already surpassed the highest points tally achieved by Moyes in a season with four games left. Press Associationlast_img read more

Windies fight back to share honours on opening day

first_imgHAMILTON, New Zealand, (CMC) – West Indies twice fought their way back into the second Test against New Zealand, to steal a share of the honours on the opening day at Seddon Park here Saturday.Opting to bowl first, the Caribbean side managed to limit the Black Caps to 286 for seven, ensuring that none of their top batsmen surived long enough to inflict irreparable damage.Left-handed opener Jeet Raval top-scored with 84 and the in-form Colin de Grandhomme slammed an aggressive 58 while captain Kane Williamson got 43.A couple other batsmen got starts but the Windies snuffed them out before they flourished.Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel recovered from a poor start to end with three for 79 while Miguel Cummins picked up two for 37.Raval ensured the Kiwis had a strong start anchoring 65 for the first wicket with Tom Latham who made 22 and a further 89 for the second wicket with Williamson.With the Windies seamers too full in length, Raval and Latham played positively and had gathered 47 runs in the first hour with ease.However, West Indies finally got the breakthrough half-hour before the interval when Latham entangled himself with an attempted pull at a short one from Cummins and edged a catch behind to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.Raval, unbeaten on 44, and Williamson saw New Zealand to lunch on 87 for one, before extending their partnership following the resumption to put West Indies on the back foot.The left-handed Raval faced 157 balls and struck 15 boundaries while Williamson counted five fours off 96 deliveries.They kept West Indies without success in the first hour and were threatening to end the session without being separated when the visitors struck twice in quick succession.The right-handed Williamson tried to turn an innocuous leg-side delivery from Cummins and was taken by Dowrich, 25 minutes before tea.And Raval followed three overs later, caught low down by Dowrich, nicking one that Gabriel got to shape away.Left with the task of rebuilding at 173 for three at tea, New Zealand were dealt another blow in the third over following the resumption when Ross Taylor (16) attempted to cut one too close to him from pacer Kemar Roach, and top-edged a catch to Dowrich who pouched it on the second attempt.When left-hander Henry Nicholls (13) was lbw three overs later, missing one angled in, to give debutant left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer his first Test wicket, New Zealand were slumping 189 for five.However, de Grandhomme arrived to repair the damage for the Kiwis, fuelling a 76-run, sixth wicket stand with Mitchell Santner who scored 24.The right-handed de Grandhomme, coming off a maiden hundred in the first Test in Wellinglast week, continued where he left off as he dominated the Windies bowling.He belted five fours and four sixes, including two off Roston Chase in the part-time off-spinner’s 12th over which leaked 19 runs.De Grandhomme raised his half-century off exactly 50 balls when he clobbered stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite over the ropes at backward square in the final hour.The Black Caps were romping towards the finish at 265 without further loss when Gabriel struck twice in quick succession, to engineer yet another Windies fight back.Firstly, he bowled Santner middle stump with the second delivery with the second new ball, about half-hour before the close, before claiming the prized wicket of de Grandhomme – bowled with a full length delivery.NEW ZEALAND 1st innings Raval c Dowrich b Gabriel 84  Latham c Dowrich b Cummins 22  Williamson c Dowrich b Cummins 43  Taylor c Dowrich b Roach 16  Nicholls lbw b Reifer 13  Santner b Gabriel 24  de Grandhomme b Gabriel                 58  Blundell not out 12  Wagner not out 1   Extras                     (nb-10 w-3)               13  Total                      (for 7 wickets, 87 overs) 286 Fall of wickets: 1-65 T. Latham,2-154 K. Williamson,3-159 J. Raval,4-186 R. Taylor,5-189 H. Nicholls,6-265 M. Santner,7-275 C. de GrandhommeTo bat: T. Southee, T. BoultBowling:  S. Gabriel  20 – 3 – 83 – 3(nb-5 w-1),K. Roach 19 – 7 – 45 – 1(nb-1),M. Cummins 16 – 4 – 33 – 2(nb-4 w-2), R. Chase  12 – 1 – 78 – 0,               Reifer 17 – 8 – 36 – 1,K. Brathwaite 3 – 0 – 11 – 0.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s rugby off to best start in past 3 years

first_imgSyracuse club rugby is comprised of players from 10 countries, most of which come from different backgrounds — like junior Khang Tran.Tran moved from Vietnam to France with aspirations of being a chef, only to be told by his parents that he couldn’t make a career out of cooking. While studying in France, Tran found the sport of rugby. Tran carried the game with him to Syracuse, where it has tied him in with other players from varying backgrounds.With a team comprised of players from Australia, Bangladesh, England, France, Hong Kong, Spain, South Africa, the United States, and Wales, the sport serves as a link. This year, strong team cohesion has Syracuse men’s rugby 4-1 on the season and atop their league with three matches remaining.“This club is easily the tightest team I’ve been apart,” said sophomore Dillon Wall. “We’re all really good friends and we love to go out and play [the sport] with each other.”Head coach Rob Wilson, who has been with the program since its founding in 1969, admitted that it can be a challenge coaching such a diverse team because of the various styles of play and background experiences. Wilson tries to make the transition as seamless as possible.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We are fairly consistent with our techniques,” Wilson said. “We focus a lot on basic techniques, so I don’t think it’s that difficult for a diverse group of players to understand what we’re trying to do as a team.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorAt practice, the players start with a game of touch, rugby’s equivalent of two-hand touch football. Assistant coach Dave DeSalvia says that touch is a nice way for the guys to warm up and have fun before their stretching exercises. Those exercises set the tone for the rest of practice. Captain Dallas Haskins, who played rugby for the under-20 national team in Hong Kong, urges his teammates to be precise with each exercise.The stretches are followed by a 4 on 4 game of toss. This drill is a condensed version of the game that allows players to focus on the complexity of the pass-catch situation. Though it appears simple, Wilson explains that it is crucial to success.Wilson breaks the drill down into three essential components: communication, alignment and awareness. Communication lets the passer know the direction and distance of their intended target. If the player is in proper alignment, it allows the passer to focus on the positioning of the defenders and make the best play.“All of it needs to get taken care of because the game gets pretty fast and furious,” Wilson said, “and if you don’t have all those details taken care of then you’re going to be losing possession. Giving the ball to the opposition isn’t a good strategy in most sports.”Wilson and SU have finished .500 or higher in each of the last five seasons. Prior to last year, Syracuse finished in the top two in consecutive seasons. Wilson attributed the 3rd place finish to a lot of inexperience paired with a lack of depth.Now a year older, the Hammerheads cite energy and cohesiveness as the driving forces behind their strong start. Wall, a sophomore scrum half from San Francisco, enjoys the camaraderie most.“The type of energy that you bring can’t be taught,” Haskins said. “And that’s really what’s driving the energy and focus that this team brings into games.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2018 at 10:19 pm Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Tipp clubs down to business end of the championship

first_imgThey’ll face Loughmore Castleiney, who by the time the final whistle blows in that match, will have played five senior championship games in just 17 days.Loughmore Castleiney coach Alan O’ Connor says dual clubs in particular just have to get on with it. Tipperary senior clubs are down to the business end of the championship, however for dual clubs in particular, this means playing a lot of games in a short timeframe.Eire Og Annacarthy are one of those clubs – last night their senior footballers lost to Arravale Rovers in the West semi-final.Come next Tuesday their senior hurlers and footballers will have played four championship games in 13 days across both codes.last_img

UKGC outlines tougher sanctions for betting operators

first_img Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Coming into force on 31 October 2018, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has outlined that strengthened sanctions against gambling companies that break advertising rules or breach consumer law. The new regulations come after the UKGC went through an open consultation period and are the latest step as the industry trade body looks to implement its vision for the market, with it aiming to further empower customers to make informed choices when it comes to the gambling industry, as well as enhancing their freedom to enjoy gambling and to feel confident that they will be treated fairly.As part of the new laws, gambling operators will face increased and quicker sanctions over adverts that breach advertising regulations. Additionally, the Commission has emphasised that it will improve the complaints process for consumers, cutting down on spam promotions that are sent from operators to customers. Neil McArthur, Gambling Commission Chief Executive, stated: “Protecting the interests of consumers is a priority for us and needs to be a priority for gambling operators. These changes will protect consumers from irresponsible advertising and misleading promotions, ensure that they can withdraw their money more easily, and will mean that firms have to deal with complaints more swiftly.”The UKGC has also detailed that it will continue to sanction operators for adverts put out by affiliates, an issue that continues to plague the rulings of the Advertising Standards Association, a group that the UKGC says it will continue to work with. It has also revealed it will continue its strong relationship with The Competition and Markets Authority to tackle concerns around unfair terms and misleading practices in the gambling industry. Moving forward it is aiming to strengthen the sanctions with regards to operators not following the rules on changes to customer contracts and unfair commercial practices at any stage of a customer relationship. Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Related Articles Share Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Vanarama National moves towards immediate conclusion

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Share LV BET celebrates Vanarama National League’s return July 17, 2020 Related Articles FA to carry out review of broadcasting rights January 8, 2020 DCMS praises ‘constructive talks’ with FA over streaming rights January 16, 2020 Share Vanarama National League clubs have voted by a ‘clear majority’ to cancel all remaining fixtures for its three non-league divisions.In total 90 per cent of all National League clubs, across its three leagues, responded to the organisation’s proposal to end the playing season for all fixtures scheduled up to and including 25 April 2020. As a result, the National League, National League North and National League South will be concluded effectively immediately. National League Chief Executive Officer, Michael Tattersall, commented: “At a time when the entire country is wrestling with the devastating impact of Covid-19, the cancellation of the remaining normal season matches brings a degree of certainty to our clubs coping with the business implications of the virus.”Clubs that have yet to vote on the decision will still be given the option to voice opinions with the organisation wanting to ‘include as many preferences as possible before the final voting result is declared’. Nevertheless, given the apparent substantial number of clubs which have opted to end the current season, the final decision seems like a formality to show how many teams voted either way. Information regarding promotion and relegation has yet to be announced with a variety of measures still being discussed according to the organisation. The league will possibly use protocols already been implemented by other organisations, looking at how other leagues have handled a campaign conclusion. In Scotland the SPFL declared that the season would end effectively immediately in its second, third and fourth division. The current, and final, standings have then been used resulting in Dundee gaining promotion and Partick Thistle suffering relegation. Whereas, the Football Association (FA) revealed that steps six and below of the football pyramid would be ‘null and void’. The National League divisions have been suspended since March 16 after the spread of the coronavirus in the UK led to all sporting activities being indefinitely postponed or cancelled.last_img read more

Athletic club matching donations to help ‘Toys for Kids’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — It’s been a tough holiday season for the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 583’s ‘Toys for Kids’ wrapping drive. They serve hundreds of families in need and are still shy of their goal to serve all of those children in need before the holidays.Social media posts have been floating around about the nonprofit’s need for toy and monetary donations. Local organizations are already beginning to step in, one of those being Bay Athletic Club.As part of their season of giving, the athletic center is matching toy and monetary donations for the organization that they’ve helped support for many years.“Sometimes, we just need to remember how good it feels to be able to help someone else even if you don’t know who that person is,” said Bay Athletic Club Communications Director Sarah Morrison. “When you’re out shopping, just swing by an aisle and grab something and that can be your donation.”You can drop off donations at Bay Athletic Club in Alpena off of Chisholm Street now through Friday. If you can’t make it to Bay Athletic by Friday. Donations can be made to the ‘Toys for Kids’ headquarters on 2040 Werth Rd. (the Old Ripley Street Fruit Market)“Every little thing you do can make a really big impact,” said Morrison.Toys are donated to families in need throughout Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, and Presque Isle Counties.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Bay Athletic, bay athletic club, holidays, northeast michigan, Sunrise Side, toys for kids, Vietnam Vets Chapter 583Continue ReadingPrevious Rolling into the holiday season with a giving heartNext Alpena Public Schools Request Bond Sales to Update Structures and Security Systemslast_img read more