API, IAGC not happy with BOEM’s report on seismic surveys

first_imgSeismic players: Report puts energy in jeopardy The American Petroleum Institute (API) is disappointed with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on seismic surveying in the Gulf of Mexico.API said it had previously joined the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC), the National Ocean Industries Association, and the Offshore Operators Committee to submit detailed comments on BOEM’s Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. It said the final Programmatic EIS failed to take into account extensive industry mitigation efforts and use the best available scientific information in setting new operational measures.“While we appreciate BOEM moving forward in this process, today’s decision is based on a flawed interpretation of scientific data,” said Andy Radford, API Senior Offshore Policy Advisor. “It also disregards the fact that the natural gas and oil industry has been conducting safe, effective seismic research in the Gulf of Mexico for decades with effective mitigation measures that provide strong protections to marine life. We urge BOEM to consider these important facts as this process continues.”API says that seismic surveys are a safe and proven technology that help make offshore energy development safer and more efficient.“Advances in seismic imaging technology and data processing over the last decade have dramatically improved the industry’s ability to locate oil and natural gas offshore. In addition to the oil and natural gas industry, seismic surveys are commonly used by the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation, and the offshore wind industry. A rigorous permitting process ensures that seismic surveys are properly managed and conducted so they have minimal impact on the marine environment,” API, representing, 625 members, including large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms, said.“Our industry remains committed to improving the scientific understanding of the impacts of our operations on marine life,” said Radford.“Seismic surveying in the Gulf of Mexico is a critical part of safe offshore energy development that is necessary if we are to continue to harness our nation’s energy potential for the benefit of American energy consumers.” The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued the final programmatic environmental impact statement regarding the proposed geological and geophysical surveys in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.According to Earth Justice, an environmental group, the four-volume, 2592 pages, BOEM document, concluded seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico would cause significant harm to marine mammals.The analysis finds that as many as 31.9 million marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico will be injured and harassed by oil and gas seismic surveys. This includes 80 percent of the Gulf’s endangered sperm whale population, estimated at 763 animals. Sperm whales will experience as many as 760,000 harassing exposures to airgun blasting over the next decade, Earth Justice said.“Oil industry airgun blasts harm whales and dolphins rather than giving them the protection they deserve. We can’t keep treating the Gulf of Mexico with such flagrant disregard,” said Miyoko Sakashita, ocean program director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Trump’s promises to expand offshore drilling will amplify the damage we’re doing to whales and other marine animals.”The draft estimates that seismic blasting would cause as many as 588 injuries to the Gulf’s Bryde’s whales—of which only 33 individuals remain—or about 17 times for each member of this imperiled population.The report, Earth Justice says, estimates that oil and gas seismic surveys will harm whales and dolphins with as many as 4.3 million instances of injury, including permanent hearing loss.The report also outlines possible mitigation measures, including closure areas where seismic blasting would be banned, and reductions in the amount of activity permissible each year.Oil industry disappointedcenter_img International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) President Nikki Martin published the following statement after BOEM issued its final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS):“Today, the BOEM issued a final PEIS that jeopardizes one of the most important regions for energy resources, the U.S Gulf of Mexico (GOM). In choosing its preferred alternative, the agency disregarded fifty years of successful seismic survey exploration alongside vibrant thriving marine ecosystems in the GOM, and issued a final PEIS that ignores the best available science.“While we are still reviewing the details of the final PEIS, it appears to remain overly precautionary with seriously flawed marine mammal effects analysis for seismic activities and is unsupported by best available information, thus leading to the proposed alternative which poses non-scientific and unnecessary restrictions on geophysical surveys.“For nearly eight decades, geophysical surveys have been conducted in the GOM, including extensive activity for the past fifty years, and there is no documented scientific evidence of this activity adversely affecting marine animal populations or coastal communities.”“Mitigation measures for the sake of “precaution” based on unsubstantiated claims from anti-energy development interests should have no basis in U.S. statute or regulation and threaten the economic and operational feasibility of performing geophysical surveys in areas ripe for updated data to support future lease sales and production. Specifically, an arbitrary 4-month near-shore closure in all coastal waters, including state waters, has no scientific merit or environmental benefit and should be precluded from the BOEM’s Record of Decision.“Last year when the BOEM issued its draft PEIS, the industry urged the agency to rely on science and risk-based regulations consistent with existing practices which are both effective and operationally feasible and not bow to the political pressure of the anti-oil and gas agenda which refuses to look at the long-standing history of environmentally safe seismic operations in the Gulf of Mexico.“For nearly eight decades, geophysical surveys have been conducted in the GOM, including extensive activity for the past fifty years, and there is no documented scientific evidence of this activity adversely affecting marine animal populations or coastal communities. Geophysical surveys have taken place alongside multiple industries, including successful fishing and tourism industries, and within a thriving ecosystem with an abundance of marine life.“IAGC will review the PEIS in detail and work with the Trump Administration to encourage BOEM to issue a Record of Decision that reflects the Administration’s commitment to rational decision making based on a clear-eyed review of the best available science and recognizes the positive, critical contributions of geophysical surveys in the GOM for locating and producing safe affordable energy.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

ECCB Monetary Council meets in Montserrat

first_imgLogo of ECCB. Photo credit: antiguaobserver.comBRADES, Montserrat — The Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) held its 70th meeting in Montserrat on Friday, under the chairmanship of Reuben Meade, Montserrat’s chief minister and minister for finance.A handing-over ceremony to mark the change in chairmanship from Nazim Burke, minister for finance, Grenada, preceded the meeting. Chairmanship is rotated among the eight member countries on an annual basis at the July meeting, as dictated by the established protocol observed by the Monetary Council.The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Agreement 1983 mandates that “the Council shall meet not less than twice each year to receive from the Governor, the Bank’s report on monetary and credit conditions and to provide directives and guidelines on matters of monetary and credit policy to the Bank, and for such other purposes as are prescribed under this Agreement”.Accordingly, Council was apprised of the recent monetary and credit conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) for the twelve months ended March 2011 and the near to medium term prospects in light of the global economic and financial developments.Monetary and credit conditions in the currency union continued to be negatively affected by conditions in the real sector which had been less than favourable in recent times. Following a decline of 5.4 percent in real output in 2009, the ECCU recorded a second consecutive year of negative growth in 2010 when a contraction of 1.8 percent was recorded. Many sectors including construction, wholesale and retail and financial services continued to decline, albeit at a slower rate than in the previous year.One positive development was a 2.6 percent increase in the hotels and restaurants sector, influenced by a 3.3 percent rise in stay-over visitors. Available data for the first quarter of 2011 suggest that the mild recovery continued, with a modest increase in activity in the tourism and construction sectors.The divergences in global growth evident in 2010 are expected to continue in 2011 and 2012, with economic activity in the emerging market economies far outpacing that in the advanced economies. This uneven pattern of growth will have important implications for economic activity in the ECCU, given the region’s close trading links with the slower growing advanced countries, namely the USA, the UK and Canada.The current elevated global prices for oil, food and other commodities could lead to inflationary pressures, retard the economic recovery in the advanced countries and adversely affect the growth prospects for the ECCU.In these circumstances the Council was informed that the ECCU is projected to grow by roughly 2 percent in 2011 and by 3 percent in 2012, with modest expansions in the major sectors, particularly, construction, hotels and restaurants, and wholesale and retail trade.Monetary and Credit ConditionsThe Council was updated on developments in the variables which define the monetary and credit conditions in the ECCU during the twelve months ended March 2011 and the factors contributing to these developments:• Deposits in the banking system slowed to a growth rate of 2.4 percent from a rate of 3 percent in the previous year, reflecting the continued weak economic conditions.• Total credit expanded by 0.3 percent compared with a rate of 2.1 percent in the previous twelve months also consistent with the low level of economic activity and with commercial banks becoming more risk-averse in the current environment of increased credit risk.• Commercial bank liquidity showed a steady increase during the period as the pace of deposit growth outpaced that of credit expansion.• Commercial bank lending rates continued to decline as economic activity remained subdued. At the end of March 2011, the weighted average lending rate across the ECCU stood at 9.5 per cent, 0.3 percent lower than the rate at the end of March 2010.• The Central Bank’s net foreign assets position continued to be strong, buoyed by official grant and loan inflows for member governments as inflows from private direct investment and travel receipts continued to be below pre-crisis levels.• The ratio of gross foreign assets to demand liabilities, which represents the backing ratio for the currency, stood at 95.5 per cent at the end of March 2011, well above the statutory level of 60 per cent and the operational target of 80 per cent.• Consumer prices continued to rise during the period under review, reflecting higher international prices for oil, food and other commodities.Monetary Policy AssessmentThe Council, taking into account the recent developments and the outlook agreed that, at this time, policies must be geared towards protecting the stability of the financial system and maintaining the credibility of the currency. In the current circumstances the effectiveness of the administered interest rates, that is, the Central Bank’s discount rate and the minimum savings rate in influencing domestic economic activity and supporting the recovery was thought to be minimal.The Council accordingly directed that the Central Bank’s administered rates be maintained at their current levels, namely:(i) The regulated minimum rate of interest on savings deposits at 3.0 percent.(ii) The Central Bank’s discount rate at 6.5 percent.Financial Sector StabilityThe Council was updated on the major financial sector stability challenges and risks facing the ECCU. Recent events in the regional and international markets had underscored the importance of a coordinated regional strategy for maintaining financial sector stability, and a well developed and integrated regulatory framework to handle the complex nature of modern financial institutions, particularly conglomerates.In addition, the Council, acknowledging that the non-bank financial sector constitutes a significant part of the ECCU financial system, agreed that the regulatory gaps in this sector needed to be addressed with some urgency.In recognition of the Bank’s mandate to preserve the soundness of the financial system, the Council agreed to recommend to member governments support for the actions required to address the immediate risks to financial sector stability including:(i) Full operationalisation of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), which was recently established as a majority-owned company of the governments of the ECCU with the following broad purposes:• To provide financial assistance to distressed institutions in restoring liquidity and solvency;• To mobilize and deploy external technical and managerial support for the restructuring of financial institutions; and• To act as a conduit through which the realignment and restructuring of the financial sector in the ECCU will take place.The Council noted that the inaugural meeting of the Board of Directors took place on 08 July 2011.(ii) Strengthening of the regulation and supervision of the financial system by:• The passage of outstanding financial legislation, including uniform legislation for the non-bank financial sector, and in particular, the Cooperatives Societies Bill and the Insurance Act aimed at reducing the risks associated with those sectors; andThe Council agreed that the Central Bank should undertake technical analysis for determining the possibility of establishing a single regulatory body for the insurance sector.Acknowledging that fiscal and debt sustainability are critical in maintaining financial stability, the Council also agreed to recommend to member governments:(i) The adoption of an approach to addressing the debt issue which would result in an adjustment to the debt structure and a more manageable debt profile; and(ii) Active participation on the Regional Government Securities Market (RGSM) by all member governments in order to achieve cost savings on interest expenses as well as reduce the bunching of debt payments.Reports from Ministerial Sub-Committees of the Monetary CouncilMinisterial Sub-Committee on InsuranceThe Council was updated on developments related to the CLICO/BAICO resolution strategy. In particular, the Council noted the actions taken to date, including the sale of the BAICO property portfolio and the launch on 18 May, 2011 of the ECCU/BAICO Health Insurance Support Fund. Work on the sale of the traditional life insurance portfolio was now underway.The Council noted that the ultimate resolution of the BAICO/CLICO issues was dependent on the available funding. Accordingly, the Council considered funding options for the resolution programme as well as different compensation scenarios for addressing the financial obligations to policyholders and depositors. The Council agreed that given the limited fiscal space of the ECCU member governments at this time, priorities would have to be set with regard to the implementation of the resolution programme.The Council reiterated that the regional approach being taken by the ECCU member countries was critical, but that co-operation from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago was of utmost importance in finalizing a compensation scheme.Ministerial Sub-Committee on BankingThe Council noted the report on the Ministerial Sub-Committee on Banking which updated members on the immediate challenges facing the banking sector. The Council was apprised of developments related to the operationalisation of the Resolution Trust Corporation. The Council also noted that the ECCB was collaborating with technicians from the IMF, the World Bank and the CDB in exploring various regional options for addressing the issues.Ministerial Sub-Committee on DebtThe Council was informed that the ministerial sub-committee on debt held its inaugural meeting on 12 July 2011 and confirmed its terms of reference as well as those of the technical committee formed to provide advice and technical support to the ministerial sub-committee. Council noted that the sub-committee focused on three critical policy issues during its first meeting, namely, the debt situation and its impact on the banking system; a regional approach to debt management and debt restructuring; and the role of the regional government securities market (RGSM) in debt management.The Council reiterated that given the prevailing economic and financial conditions, debt management and debt restructuring must be pursued aggressively and collectively with institutional arrangements at the political, technical and country levels.Ministerial Sub-Committee on Credit UnionsThe Council was updated on developments in the credit union sector since the last meeting of the Council. The Council noted the status of the Revised Cooperatives Societies Bill and agreed to urge those member countries which had not yet done so, to take the necessary actions to bring the legislation into effect. The Council further noted that the inaugural meeting of the ECCU Association of Credit Unions took place on 7 July 2011. The association is expected to form a partnership with ECCU member governments to create the context and conditions favourable to the development of the credit union sector.Ministerial Sub-Committee on International Financial ServicesThe Council was updated on recent developments in the international financial services sector, which focused on the status of the peer reviews which are being conducted as a requirement of the OECD’s Global Forum in assessing whether countries have the adequate legal infrastructure for the exchange of information for tax purposes. The Council noted the importance of completing the reviews as the peer review reports become public documents which serve as a guide for doing business internationally.Policy Implications of Rising Food and Oil PricesThe Council noted the impact of the global commodity price shock, currently underway, on domestic prices and in particular, the increases in the food sub-index and the fuel and light sub-index of the ECCU consumer price index which rose by 4.2 per cent and 8.3 percent over the period March 2010 to March 2011. The Council further noted that because of the importance of these items in basket of goods, the overall consumer price index rose by 3.3 percent over the current review period compared with an increase of 0.9 percent a year earlier. The Council considered the options available to member governments in trying to achieve a balance between fiscal sustainability issues and meeting social welfare objectives and noted the steps being taken by some member governments to mitigate the impact of the rise in prices on domestic consumers.Being fully cognizant of the fact that ECCU member governments are fiscally constrained, the Monetary Council agreed to recommend that member governments: (i) Maintain the pass-through pricing mechanism for petroleum products; (ii) Institute measures to enhance productivity within the agricultural sector as a means through which price gains may be passed on to both producers and consumers. The Council agreed that the ECCB should conduct an analysis of LPG pricing in the region to inform a more transparent approach to the implementation of the subsidy on this type of fuel.The ECCU Eight Point Stabilisation and Growth ProgrammeThe Council considered an implementation strategy for the ECCU eight point stabilisation and growth programme, which had been agreed to by member governments in response to the protracted negative impact of the global financial and economic crisis on the economies of the ECCU.The Council noted the elements outlined in the implementation strategy including the benchmarks, targets and monitoring indicators as well as the action plan.The Council recommended that member governments adopt the proposed strategy for the implementation of the ECCU eight point stabilisation and growth programme and aim to integrate it into their national strategies and programmes.Publication of Member Governments’ Fiscal TargetsAs another step towards fiscal transparency and accountability, the Council noted that the 2011 annual fiscal targets agreed to by member governments were published on the ECCB’s website. The Council considered the review and reporting processes for monitoring fiscal developments and agreed to report on the fiscal performance for 2011 relative to the targets at the meeting of the Monetary Council in February 2012.Recommendations of the Pension Commission: Update on National ConsultationsCouncil noted the action to date on the report of the commission on pension and pension administration reform, which had been established to examine the pension arrangements in the ECCU and to make recommendations for reform. Among the recommendations and in the context of the Economic Union were that:• There should be as much standardization of plans as possible within the jurisdiction and across the region and between plan types.• There must be immediate vesting of benefits and full portability of plans to reflect the spirit of free movement of labour.• There should be a move towards the standardization of the retirement age for the region which should be applicable to both public and private sector employees.The Council noted that the consultations on the recommendations of the report had begun in some of the member countries of the Currency Union and recommended that member governments, which had not yet started should commence the national consultations as early as possible.The Council further noted that steps were currently being taken to recruit consultants to address the legal and administrative issues required for the implementation of the recommendations of the Pension Commission.Update on the Public Expenditure Review CommissionThe Council noted the update on the work of the Public Expenditure Review Commission, which was established to investigate and make recommendations on appropriate ways of rationalizing public sector expenditure in the currency union.The Council further noted that the Commission would be holding consultations with representatives of the public and private sectors throughout the ECCU to obtain input on critical issues related to public expenditure reform.The Council was informed that the final report of the Commission is expected to be presented to the Monetary Council in October 2011.Update on the Debt, Growth and Development Task ForceThe Monetary Council noted the update on the debt, growth and development task force, which is a collaborative effort between the ECCB, member countries of the ECCU, the OECS Secretariat, the CDB, the World Bank, the IMF and the IFC, aimed at examining the prospects for growth in the ECCU and to recommend a path for stimulating and sustaining growth.The Council noted that the Task Force held its inaugural meeting on 11 March 2011 and is expected to present a report to the October 2011 meeting of the Council.Upgrading of EC Dollar NotesThe Council approved the addition of a Braille feature on the EC dollar notes to facilitate easier use by the visually impaired. The feature would be included in the new notes, which would be available for circulation in 2012.Date and Venue of the next meeting of the Monetary CouncilThe Council agreed that the next meeting of the Monetary Council would be held on 21 October 2011 by videoconference.Caribbean News Now Share LifestyleMoney ECCB Monetary Council meets in Montserrat by: – July 18, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 185 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Changes in grant submission for RSRF

first_imgRising Sun, IN—Rising Sun Regional Foundation is announcing a change in the submission of grant applications, starting with the January 15, 2020 grant deadline. All applications must be submitted via email to the following email address: risingsunregionalfoundation@gmail.com. Grant deadlines remain the same, with the next deadline on January 15, 2020 by 4:00 pm. If you have questions, please email or call Jascia Redwine at RSRF at 812-438-4490.last_img

UC Irvine looks to extend streak vs CSUN

first_imgTEAM LEADERS: Lamine Diane is averaging 22.8 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Matadors. Terrell Gomez is also a primary contributor, maintaining an average of 19.9 points per game. The Anteaters have been led by Collin Welp, who is averaging 13 points and 5.9 rebounds.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Diane has either made or assisted on 45 percent of all Cal State Northridge field goals over the last three games. The junior forward has accounted for 28 field goals and 10 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: UC Irvine is 0-6 this year when it scores 61 points or fewer and 21-4 when it scores at least 62.UNBEATEN WHEN: Cal State Northridge is a perfect 6-0 when it turns the ball over seven times or fewer. The Matadors are 7-17 when they record more than seven turnovers. UC Irvine’s forced 10.7 turnovers per game in Big West play and 10.6 per game over its last five.DID YOU KNOW: The Cal State Northridge offense has recorded a turnover on only 16 percent of its possessions, which is the 22nd-lowest rate in the nation. The UC Irvine defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 17.1 percent of all possessions (ranked 300th among Division I teams). Associated Press March 3, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img UC Irvine looks to extend streak vs CSUN Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCal State Northridge (13-17, 8-6) vs. UC Irvine (21-10, 13-2)Bren Events Center, Irvine, California; Wednesday, 10 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UC Irvine looks for its 12th straight win in the head-to-head series over Cal State Northridge. In its last 11 wins against the Matadors, UC Irvine has won by an average of 16 points. Cal State Northridge’s last win in the series came on Feb. 22, 2014, an 81-75 victory.last_img read more

Track and field heads to NCAA preliminaries

first_imgThe Women of Troy will begin their quest to repeat as national champions after narrowly securing the title by a single point last year. “We’re changing the culture,” Gilbert said in an interview with Pac-12 Network. “We’re developing a program, not just a team.” On the men’s side, freshmen Brendon Stewart and Daniel Robinson will compete along with junior Alexander Barnum in the 100-meter dash. Robinson and Stewart will also compete in the 200-meter sprint alongside fellow freshman Eric Allen Jr. In the 800-meter sprint, junior Isaiah Jewett and freshman Sam VanDorpe will run for USC. Redshirt junior sprinter Angie Annelus was named Women’s Track Athlete of the Year. Annelus earned the most points of any single Trojan athlete at the championships by winning the 200-meter sprint event, placing second in the 100-meter dash and competing on the first-place 4x100m relay team. She is the second consecutive Trojan to win the award after Kendall Ellis received the honor last season. In the 100-meter hurdle event, sophomore Chanel Brissett, senior Dior Hall and juniors Anna Cockrell and Mecca McGlaston will race for USC. Cockrell will also compete in the 400-meter hurdles. The Trojan women will also be competing in the 4x100m and 4x400m races, where they are favored to win. Freshman sprinter and jumper Lanae-Tava Thomas was named Women’s Freshman of the Year. Thomas led USC freshmen in points at the Pac-12 Championships, finishing second in the 200-meter sprint and third in the 100-meter dash; he also competed on the winning 4x100m relay team. Track and field director Caryl Smith Gilbert was also named Women’s Head Coach of the Year. This is the third time that Smith Gilbert has earned a coaching distinction and the second consecutive year that she was named Women’s Coach of the Year. At the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, Annelus and Thomas will be joined in the 100-meter dash by sophomore Twanisha “Tee Tee” Terry who qualified with a time of 11.09 seconds — the fastest qualifying time. The trio will also compete in the 200-meter event. Sophomore Kaelin Roberts, junior Kyra Constantine and freshman Bailey Lear will represent USC in the 400-meter sprint event. USC’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will head to Sacramento to compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships Thursday. The event comes on the heels of impressive performances at the Pac-12 Championships earlier this month where the women’s team won first place and the men’s team placed fifth. This is the second consecutive year the women’s team has earned the Pac-12 title for Southern California. Freshman Omotade Ojora and senior Marquis Morris will be competing in the 110-meter hurdle event while sophomore Cameron Samuel will run in the 400-meter hurdle event after having qualified with the fastest time. “It is great to know that we can [win the national championship], and we’ll use that as fuel to go forward,” Gilbert said. “But as I said before, last year was last year. It’s 2019 now.” After competing in the Pac-12 Championship, the women’s team currently ranks second in the nation while the men’s team ranks 10th. They look to continue their successful seasons at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in order to qualify for finals, which will be held in June in Austin, Texas. Sophomore Twanisha “Tee Tee” Terry had the fastest qualifying time for the 100-meter dash at 11.09 seconds. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) Freshman hurdler and multi-event competitor Ayden Owens was named Men’s Freshman of the Year. In April, he set a USC record in the decathlon event with 8,130 points at the Bryan Clay Invitational, and currently leads the NCAA in this event. Since the Pac-12 finals, several Trojans have been recognized by the conference for their stellar performances this season. last_img read more

Clippers’ demise came long before playoffs started

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That’s not to mention that Testi is a popular guy in the locker room. As good as Chris Paul is at being diplomatic and not speaking ill of a teammate, the future Hall of Fame point guard could not have been one bit happy with Griffin.Think about it. Could anyone imagine Paul tearing apart a team employee at a restaurant in Toronto? Exactly.Griffin had his ups and downs on the court upon his return. When he came through with a fine performance in a Game 1 win over Portland – 19 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and plenty of ferocity – one had to wonder if perhaps the Clippers could get past all of the other stuff and give Golden State some grief in the second round.The Clippers and their fans never got a chance to find out.Griffin’s fire slowly dissipated. His play in a Game 2 win and Game 3 loss was not close to what it was in Game 1. There was good reason, and it came to light on what was the worst day in Clippers history – at least on the court.It was April 23, Game 4 in Portland. Paul fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand in the third quarter, and Griffin and his quad tendon went down in the fourth. Neither played again, and that was all she wrote.As much heart as Austin Rivers showed in the series-deciding Game 6 loss on Friday in Portland after having his left eye butchered by an Al-Farouq Aminu elbow, he is no Chris Paul.Paul is this team’s leader. Without him, more than anyone else, the Clippers were not going to go far. The real problems began when Blake Griffin partially tore his left quad tendon on Dec. 25. On Jan. 23, he beat the daylights out of team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi in what was nothing less than a sign of tremendous immaturity on Griffin’s part.Rivers said, at the time, “This type of stuff shouldn’t happen, but it did and it’s real life and you have to deal with real-life stuff sometimes in our make-believe world.”What Griffin did was very real. However, there was really no way to trade him even though the trading deadline was still nearly four weeks away at the time. He was, after all, injured and didn’t even play again until April 3 because his quad tendon never did heal. The rumor mill worked overtime, though, and it had Griffin being sent packing before next season.Again, dealing with this kind of drama is not how a team goes about winning a championship. Not even close.Let’s remember that the Clippers are now owned by Steve Ballmer, a winner’s winner. To this day, it figures he’s ticked at Griffin because he gave his organization a figurative black eye by giving Testi a real one.center_img It would be easy to just say the Clippers’ season ended because Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were injured in Game 4 of their first-round 4-2 series loss to Portland. That would be ignoring other season-long issues.In revamping his bench this past summer, coach/president of basketball operations Doc Rivers brought in forward Josh Smith and swingman Lance Stephenson. Smith, who killed the Clippers in the playoffs the previous season, was shipped back to Houston in January. Stephenson was traded to Memphis for forward Jeff Green in February.Stephenson, an electric player, put up numbers for the Grizzlies similar to those he had for Indiana in his best season in 2013-14. Green showed flashes of solid play both in the 27 regular-season games he played for the Clippers and in the playoffs, but there was a disturbing level of inconsistency.It’s not a good look when your two biggest offseason acquisitions are gone before the playoffs are even near. But neither Smith nor Stephenson fit into Rivers’ way of doing things.last_img read more

WNBA Draft 2019: Aces take Jackie Young No. 1, other prospects follow

first_imgThe Las Vegas Aces sealed her fate Wednesday.It was the third consecutive year the Aces had the No. 1 pick. Young joins a star-studded roster with former top picks Kelsey Plum and A’ja Wilson.Young averaged 14.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 2018.Young’s teammates Arike Ogunbowale and Brianna Turner joined her as first-round picks. Ogunbowale, who hit the buzzer beaters in Notre Dame’s 2018 semifinal and NCAA championship victories, was selected fifth overall by the Dallas Wings.Turner joined the Atlanta Dream as the No. 11 pick, but was swiftly traded to the Phoenix Suns for pro Marie Gülich.Notre Dame made history in the second round when its two remaining starters were picked, making this year’s draft the first time five starters from one team were selected. Jessica Shepard was the 16th overall pick to the Minnesota Lynx and Marina Mabrey was selected No. 19 by the Los Angeles Sparks.Two UConn players went in the first round. Katie Lou Samuelson was selected as the No. 4 pick by the Chicago Sky and Napheesa Collier was the sixth-overall pick by the Lynx.Baylor center and 2019 NCAA champion Kalani Brown will start her WNBA career in Los Angeles. Brown, the daughter of longtime NBA journeyman P.J. Brown, was the seventh-overall pick.”My parents always told me, ‘you don’t want to be known as P.J. Brown’s daughter, make your own legacy, make your own path,'” Brown said.Australian forward Ezi Magbegor went to the Seattle Storm, the 2018 WNBA champions, as the No. 12 pick to finish up the first round of the draft.2019 WNBA Draft ResultsFirst Round 1. Las Vegas AcesJackie Young, Notre Dame2. New York LibertyAsia Durr, Louisville3. Indiana FeverTeaira McCowan, Mississippi State4. Chicago SkyKatie Lou Samuelson, UConn5. Dallas WingsArike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame6. Minnesota LynxNapheesa Collier, UConn7. Los Angeles SparksKalani Brown, Baylor8. Phoenix MercuryAlanna Smith, Stanford9. Connecticut SunsKristine Anigwe, Cal10. Washington MysticsKiara Leslie , NC State11. Atlanta DreamBrianna Turner, Notre Dame12. Seattle StormEzi Magbegor, AustraliaSecond Round13. PhoenixSophie Cunningham, Missouri14. New YorkHan Xu , China15. ChicagoChloe Jackson, Baylor16. MinnesotaJessica Shepard, Notre Dame17. DallasMegan Gustafson, Iowa18. MinnesotaNatisha Hiedeman, Marquette19. Los AngelesMarina Mabrey, Notre Dame20. MinnesotaCierra Dillard, University at Buffalo21. ConnecticutBridget Carleton, Iowa State22. DallasKennedy Burke, UCLA23. AtlantaMaite Cazorla, Oregon24. SeattleAnriel Howard, Mississippi StateThird Round25. IndianaParis Kea, North Carolina26. New York Megan Huff, Utah27. ChicagoMaria Conde, Spain28. IndianaCaliya Robinson, Georgia29. Dallas Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis30. Minnesota Kenisha Bell, Minnesota31. Los AngelesAngela Salvadores, Spain32. Phoenix Arica Carter, Louisville33. ConnecticutRegan Magarity, Virginia Tech34. Washington Sam Fuehring, Louisville35. Atlanta Li Yueru, China36. Seattle Macy Miller, South Dakota State Jackie Young’s draft stock rose over the course of the weekend.After playing in the women’s NCAA championship game Sunday and then declaring for the WNBA Draft a day later, many predictions had the Notre Dame junior as the top selection. last_img read more

The Golden Cadets are a Proof that we are a talented Nation!

first_imgThe president of the FC Zeljeznicar Almir Gredic congratulated yesterday to the cadet basketball national team of B&H.The congratulation, of course, was addressed on the occasion of the winning of the European Championships in Lithuania, which inscribed B&H in the basketball history of the Old Continent in golden letters.“I want to say thanks and congratulations to our cadet national basketball team for the winning of the European Championships. They have proven that the results, of which the worldwide media report, can be achieved by dedicated efforts and hard work”, said Gredic.He invited the members of the cadet team to the next match of FC Zeljeznicar against Velez from Mostar, which is to be played on August 23rd in Sarajevo. Gredic, however, specifically invited Sani Campara, who declared himself as the supporter of the Blues from Grbavica.“We are a talented nation, and all we need is just a little more space and a little more understanding from the people who govern this country, in order for the sport to show its true colors”, concluded the president of Zeljeznicar.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Snap Counts: Phillip Lindsay, Bo Scarbrough, Derrius Guice, more potential fantasy breakouts, busts, waiver pickups

first_imgA week after seeing 12 targets, Everett played 14 snaps Sunday night. Higbee played 42.I don’t know what to make of this. No, I wouldn’t rush to pick up Higbee — and I definitely wouldn’t drop Everett — but another week of this at such a fickle position will leave you stuck with an unreliable TE in the fantasy playoffs. If nothing else, it’s time to grab an insurance policy like Jacob Hollister or even David Njoku (wrist), who should be back within a couple of weeks here. For snap count reactions for every team, click here. WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWe mentioned Scarbrough, too — you should try to pick him up on waivers if you need a running back. It’s just not obvious whether Detroit will just switch everything up on us again. That’s the concern we have with make any rash judgments off the Gerald Everett usage for the Rams, too — his playing time is down, but could it be a gameplan-based aberration?And then of course there’s Derrius Guice. We’ve been writing about him on this site for weeks, anticipating his return. His playing time in his first game back from injury was enough to have us feeling pretty confident about what’s to come for the former LSU star.Check out our 32-team breakdown of Week 10 snap counts here.LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 12 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWBroncos Snap Counts: Phillip Lindsay vs. Royce FreemanThe reports on Sunday morning were curious: Lindsay was expected to get “much more work” than Royce Freeman, according to reporters on NFL Network. We sat there in our office and wondered why that would be. All season, this has been a nearly 50-50 split, and Freeman hasn’t really struggled. Yet by the end of Sunday’s games, those reports were spot on. Lindsay carried the ball 16 times to Freeman’s eight. Lindsay was on the field for 52 offensive plays, while Freeman played for just 24 snaps. That’s the widest gap, by a lot between the two of them this season.Because Lindsay also had a slightly better yards per carry, he didn’t squander away this opportunity. It looks like Denver may be looking to revert to the usage of last year where Lindsay was one of the league’s best rookies and Freeman was an afterthought. It’s probably time to start viewing Lindsay as an RB2 going forward.If this continues another week, Freeman will become basically unusable in fantasy once we’re past the bye weeks. You can’t really drop him this week — a Lindsay injury or return to earlier season usage would keep Freeman having value. But if Lindsay doubles him up in touches and playing time again, it’ll be obvious that Denver has finally handed the keys fully back to Lindsay. WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endLions Snap Counts: Bo Scarbrough vs. Ty Johnson vs. J.D. McKissicIt’s probably foolish to count on anything too concrete from the Lions’ backfield. Matt Patricia obviously likes messing with fantasy owners. But at least Sunday, it was Scarbrough who had the lead in carries and snaps (32). Johnson played 19 snaps and McKissic saw 15 plays. Scarbrough got the first-drive touchdown, too, just to really hammer home that it was his day. He’ll be one of the top waiver wire adds this week.It’s probably warranted. We really have nothing else to go on besides the fact that this has fluctuated a bunch already this season. So, maybe it’s fair to be cautious with Scarbrough, but he should still be added by fantasy owners in need of an RB.It might be worth it to hold Johnson for one more week, no matter how frustrating it may be to own him at this point. There’s a chance, albeit a small one, that Johnson’s workload was limited in part because he’d been less involved in the week’s gameplan with his return from a concussion not certain until Saturday. No one would be surprised if he and Scarbrough flipped places in Week 12 against Washington.MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSRedskins Snap Counts: Derrius Guice vs. Adrian PetersonGuice and Peterson actually both trailed Wendell Smallwood in snaps Sunday. It broke down 31 to Smallwood, with 20 to Guice and 17 to AP. Garbage time likely had something to do with that breakdown, but it’s notable nonetheless. Peterson outcarried Guice, 9-7. Guice did have a 45-yard gain on a short pass that he turned upfield for a touchdown.Washington plays the Lions in Week 12, with Detroit allowing more fantasy points to running backs in 2019 than any other defense. It’d be nice if we could just point to one Redskins’ back and be done with it.The good news is that Guice already played more than Peterson despite Sunday being just Guice’s first game back from injury. You’d figure that, if anything, the younger RB’s workload would rise as the veteran’s would fall. That would favor Guice.If we had to speculate, Guice would see about 10 more snaps and maybe four or five more carries. A day with 12 carries against a bad defense, to go with a catch or two, puts Guice firmly in FLEX consideration. And that could always be conservative — maybe after a week of working him in, his workload will double in Week 12. WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPCowboys Snap Counts: Michael Gallup vs. Amari Cooper vs. Randall CobbCooper played just the third-most snaps among Cowboys’ receivers Sunday as Gallup and Cobb both exceeded 100 yards. Because Cooper has battled injuries all season, that’s a bit concerning.For reference, Gallup played 61 snaps, Cobb played 46 and Cooper played 41. Gallup was the star of the day, as we’ve expected but not necessarily seen in games Cooper has missed altogether. It was also the third straight productive outing for Cobb.These snap counts seem to solidify Gallup as a solid fantasy WR3; it also shows that Cobb truly is a worthwhile FLEX play; and it should give a bit of worry to Cooper owners, who may want to spend a waiver claim on a WR as an insurance policy if Cooper’s health is getting worse and not better.MORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderRams Snap Counts: Gerald Everett vs. Tyler HigbeeI’m writing this section mostly because of how I did a double take when I looked at the Rams’ numbers. I’d written the tight end rankings earlier Monday morning, saw that Tyler Higbee had no targets, knew he had been battling injury and figured that he hadn’t played. But then I saw he, in fact, played — and a lot more than Everett. Earlier in the NFL season, the hope was that looking at snap counts would help us find some waiver wire gems. That could be true this week with Bo Scarbrough, but who really knows with that Lions’ backfield at this point? As we head into Week 12, there’s more data, which means that when something happens outside the norm, it’s either a more drastic outlier or it means a whole lot more. That happened with some different fantasy weapons this week, including Phillip Lindsay and Amari Cooper, and has us thinking one is about to break out in the fantasy playoffs while the other could be a disappointment.Let’s start with Lindsay. Sunday morning reports held true, as he dominated the work in the Denver backfield for the first time all season. In some sense, it’s about time he pushed Royce Freeman aside. Then you have Cooper, who’s battled injuries all season and had a concerningly depressed workload Sunday. Might it be a sign of something more?last_img read more

Take Ian Links in the fourth

first_img The useful but unpredictable GENUINE FRIEND, with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Odean Edwards aboard, is weighed to win the third race over 1200 metres for five-year-olds and up. The 6-y-o mare from the stables of Linton Calder has come down 4.0kg in the weights and if getting it right at the start, should win from the front running EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS with top jockey Dane Nelson up and SEMPER FIDELIS in a field of 11. IAN LINKS, who beat all barring the promising SOL SENOR over 1400 metres in March 5, should go one better in the fourth race over a mile – for maiden three-year-olds – with former champion Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. MR DOITBETTA and HEY CHAMP are twin dangers in a 14-strong field. Briefly, the last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by RAY RAY (Oneil Beckford up) and down in class UNCLE G with apprentice Patterson aboard. Their respective dangers are NO MONEY FRIEND and LEGAL ACCOUNT. With CAPTAIN GRANVILLE (21-1) and ZEEVA (10-1) scoring notable upsets at Caymanas Park last Saturday, the Pick-9 had no takers and the carry-over to tomorrow stands at $3.6 million. This should ensure a Pick-9 payout in excess of $5 million. Both Super-6s on the other hand were cornered and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000. The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over the straight five course to be contested by six starters. Despite the small field, the race promises keen competition, what with the presence of last Saturday’s course winner, ZEEVA, ROCKETEER, FRANKENSTOR and OFFICIAL REPORT, who has beaten better in the not too distant past. Trained by Philip Lee, OFFICIAL REPORT last won over this trip via the Stewards’ Room last August on the disqualification of WOMAN IS BOSS in overnight allowance company and with a mere 48.0kg with apprentice Javaniel Patterson aboard, gets the nod over FRANKENSTORM and ZEEVA. Next on the programme is a maiden condition race for four-year-olds and up, which will more than likely come down to a straight fight between BIG BUCK with apprentice Jerome Innis and MR. TOPPER TOP MAN with in-form Aaron Chatrie aboard. Both finished second and third, respectively, behind FREE RANGE over 1200 metres last Saturday, but with Chatrie replacing female apprentice Andree Powell aboard the Donovan Plummer-trained MR. TOPPER TOP MAN, he should reverse the placings as only three-quarter length separated them at the finish. (1) OFFICIAL REPORT/FRANKENSTORM (20 MR. TOPPER TOP MAN/BIG BUCK (3) GENUINE FRIEND/EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS (4) IAN LINKS (5) RAY RAY/NO MONEY FRIEND (6) UNCLE G/LEGAL ACCOUNT USEFUL BUT UNPREDICTABLE FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more