LOS ANGELES — Max Muncy won’t be hitting any home runs into the water on Thursday night, but that didn’t stop the slugger from wearing a specially-designed “Go Get It Out Of The Ocean,” shirt during batting practice at Dodger Stadium.Muncy’s shirt features the comment he made to Giants ace Madison Bumgarner after launching a solo home run off the lefty that landed in McCovey Cove on Sunday, June 9.Is Muncy’s taunting good for the rivalry? Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t seem to think so. …
13 February 2009 Twenty-five countries surveyed provided little or no budget information. These included Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua, the Kyrgyz Republic, China, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. “The worst performers tend to be low-income countries that often depend heavily on revenues from foreign aid or oil and gas exports, and that have weak democratic institutions or are governed by autocratic regimes,” Idasa said. A low score on the Open Budget Index suggested that decisions about public spending were made behind closed doors, which excluded meaningful participation by citizens, Wildeman said, adding that governments that restricted access to budget information could be hiding unpopular, wasteful and corrupt spending. Only the United Kingdom gained a higher score, with 88 points, while France also scored 87. “Providing the public with comprehensive and timely information on the government’s budget and financial activities empowers people and allows them to judge how their government is managing public funds,” Wildeman said in Pretoria this week. “It also creates opportunities for citizens to participate in decision-making, which can strengthen oversight and improve policy choices.” South Africa has been placed second only to the UK on the Open Budget Index, an international measure of public spending transparency. The survey is directed by the International Budget Partnership, based in Washington DC, and is conducted by independent civil society organisations in the participating countries. The Institute for Democracy in SA (Idasa) is the index’s partner in South Africa. Access to information The least transparent countries were mostly located in the Middle East and North Africa, with an average score of 24, and in sub-Saharan Africa, with an average score of 25. Source: BuaNews According to Idasa, the index is a comprehensive survey of 85 countries that evaluates whether governments give the public access to sufficient, reliable budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process and hold their governments accountable. Only five countries of the 85 surveyed – France, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the US – make extensive information publicly available, as required by generally accepted good public financial management practices. The International Budget Partnership described the state of budget transparency around the world as “deplorable”, with the average score for the survey being 39 out of 100 – an indication that, on average, countries surveyed provided minimal information on their central government’s budget and financial activities. Good financial management Idasa economic governance programme head Russell Wildeman explained that transparency in budget decision-making meant that citizens had access to information about how much revenue was being collected and how it was allocated to different types of spending. South Africa scored 87 out of a possible 100 points on the Open Budget Index, which is based on responses to a set of survey questions and assess eight key budget documents that international good practice requires all governments to publish.
Even as the Congress government in Punjab is preparing to roll out its much touted farm debt waiver scheme on January 7, several farmer groups are alleging that the State is resorting to “favouritism” in preparing the “eligibility list”.The politics surrounding this issue has also started gaining momentum ahead of the launch of the scheme with the Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday accusing the Congress of betraying the beleaguered farmers of the State.As many as seven farmer unions, including Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan), Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakunda), Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari), Punjab Kisan Sangrash Committee (Azad) and Kirti Kisan Union, have threatened to launch protests if the government plays “politics of favouritism” while implementing the farm debt waiver scheme.List scrutiny“They (Congress) promised complete loan waiver to farmers during the Assembly election campaign but after coming to power they took a U-turn and announced to give partial waiver. Now, even while giving this partial waiver if they deliberately ignore genuine beneficiaries (farmers) it is most unfortunate and shameful,” said Surjit Singh, State president of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari).Mr. Singh alleged there have been several instances where farmers, who are eligible for the waiver, have been left out of the list being prepared under the debt waiver scheme. “We have decided to collect and scrutinise the eligibility list of beneficiaries from villages across the State to ensure that only genuine farmers get the benefit. We would launch State-wide protest if the government tries to give benefit to the ineligible,” he added.SAD demands inquiry The Punjab government’s scheme in its first phase envisages to waive off debts of marginal farmers, having land up to 2.5 acres and with a loan up to ₹2 lakh. Loans given by cooperative banks would be waived under the scheme.Former Akali Minister Bikram Singh Majithia has accused the Congress legislators of hijacking the crop loan waiver scheme by “leaving out small and marginal farmers from it”.“The farmers themselves have exposed this fraud by revealing how the Congress favourites have been included in the scheme, even as eligible indebted farmers with less than five acres of land have been kept out,” he said. “There should be an independent inquiry into what seems like a scam and the perpetrators, who are making money out of the misery of indebted farmers, should be brought to book,” said Mr. Majithia.
During the 2004 NTL’s, they will eat 13kg of bananas and 5 boxes of lollies per day. They will drink 30 litres of water per timeslot and 200 tea bags worth of tea. They will use 18 bags of ice per day, and they are some of the fittest athletes that touch has to offer. Whether you love them or you hate them, nobody can deny that referees are an integral part of any touch tournament. For the past 20 tournaments, Alan Williams has been the Assistant Manager of the referees, a position which requires him to work alongside Referees Manager, Mike Harris and attend to the needs of the referees during the tournament. Although his job is a tough one, Alan comes back to his referees simply because he loves doing his job. “I just love being here, the referees really appreciate what you do for them. I can’t referee myself anymore so it’s great to just come here and help out, just as others did for me when I was a referee”, he says. During tournaments such as NTL, referees are divided into teams, a tactic which many referees believe contributes to the strong friendships and sense of comraderie established amongst them. “You wouldn’t believe the friends I’ve made through refereeing at national level,” says NTL 2004 Referee Richard “Tickets” Lawry. “It’s all about mateship and watching the younger referees move up through the ranks.” Fellow referee Colin “Casper” Farlow also highlights how friendships drive most of the referees to come back each year. “The friendships we make during NTL are unbelievable!” This sense of mateship can be shown through their “Elders” system. Team members, who are Level six referees and identified as “Elders” can make younger referees, known as “assistants”, make donations and do tasks. Examples could be wearing a crazy wig for making mistakes, such as not taking all equipment to games or knocking a player over. The donations collected during the tournament are given to a charity decided by the players. This activity is just another example of team building exercises that the referees take part in. Sadly, one of Australia’s and also the World’s, best referees will end his national career at this years 2004 NTL’s. Rick Borg has been the top referee in Australia for 13 years, and the Number 1 in the world for the past nine years. His teammates and also officials describe Rick as a legend of the game, an unassuming leader who helps to guide the younger referees. So, whenever you’re about to question a referee, take a moment to remember what fine athletes they are, and like the players are here to do their best…and have a bit of fun at the same time! Lisa Plummer
Don’t even think about poking the Nebraska men’s basketball student section in the eye today, Adam Woodbury. The Huskers have come prepared. In an obvious attempt to mock the Iowa big man, a notorious eye gouger, three Nebraska students are sporting protective eye goggles for the Huskers’ game against the Hawkeyes this afternoon. Check it out: Students in the @HuskerRedZone wearing protective goggles today, just in case Adam Woodbury gets too close. pic.twitter.com/bYM6rnpAGH— Robin Washut (@RobinWashut) February 22, 2015That’s just fantastic. Nebraska (13-13, 5-9 Big Ten) and Iowa (16-10, 7-6 Big Ten) are set to tip off at 3 p.m. E.T. The Huskers will be wearing special throwback uniforms for Legends Weekend.
CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli decided to rank what he believes to be the five most difficult schedules heading into the 2016 college football season Friday afternoon. #FridayFive: The five teams with the most difficult schedules in 2016 https://t.co/BLaRUUprr1 pic.twitter.com/aSJ99tGp1l— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) June 10, 2016With a lot of schedules to work through, these are the five he came up with.1. Wisconsin 2. USC 3. Alabama 4. BYU 5. AuburnA couple thoughts: There’s no way Wisconsin’s schedule is more difficult that USC’s. The Trojans have one of the most daunting slates in recent memory. In case you missed it, we ranked our 15 most difficult schedules for 2016 earlier this year and you can find that here.What do you think, college football fans? Did he get it right?
Implementation of the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP) will continue this fiscal year, with an $881.21 million boost.The money has been set aside in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The programme seeks to provide support to the Ministry of Education’s policy to expand compulsory education from age 16 to 18 by providing approximately 2,100 additional secondary school spaces.It also aims to operationalise the new agencies that are key to improving capacity for delivering high quality education; set up mechanisms to mobilise additional resources for the education sector; and garner stakeholder support for the ESTP.Up to February, 2013, physical achievements of the programme include: 526 school inspections and training workshops for inspectors conducted; 243 School Inspectors trained; awareness training workshop with stakeholders in the 10 pilot schools conducted, with approximately 40 participants attending; the continuation of the Teacher Registration process with 23,400 entries currently online; and the development of a Code of Conduct for Teachers.Also, a Master Training Plan and Teaching Standards have been developed. The Jamaica Teaching Council discussion Bill has been finalised, and the revised draft is with Chief Parliamentary Counsel; the National Council for Educational Leadership (NCEL) was established; and the Teacher Management Information System 75 per cent complete.In addition, the trial of concept for new Department of Schools Services (DSS) commenced in Regions 1, 2 and 3; a Ministerial approval has been received to establish the DSS which will manage the regionaloperations; the National Education Trust (NET) has been incorporated and is operational; construction of Cedar Grove High School has commenced; and Cabinet approval has been received for the establishment of the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC) and a Commissioner/Executive Director has been employed.For the 2013/14 period, it is anticipated that the National Education Inspectorate will conduct at least 150 school inspections; the activities for accreditation of Inspector Training by the University Council of Jamaica will be finalised; and activities for implementing an electronic system to support inspections will commence.It is also expected that for this fiscal year, the construction of Cedar Grove High will be completed; the extension of three existing schools will be completed; J-TEC will be launched; activities for the revision and piloting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) will continue; support material for the National Comprehensive Numeracy Programme (NCNP) will be printed and distributed; and services for other activities, including Special Education and Curriculum Assessment, will be procured.Further, the pilot of DSS activities is to continue and activities finalised for its establishment; Cabinet approval is to be obtained for the establishment of the DSS; and software is to be procured for the Education Management Information system (EMIS).The programme, which began in March, 2010 is scheduled to end in March, 2014. It is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter
To raise vital funds for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins’ work transforming lives through music, live music promoters Music Plus Sport – who organise The Jockey Club Live concerts – will be supporting the charity by auctioning a celebrity signed guitar.The Yamaha acoustic guitar has already been signed by Kaiser Chiefs, Status Quo, Boyzone and Madness. The initiatives will also see other artists including Tom Jones, Spandau Ballet and McBusted, who are set to perform at various racecourses across the country as part of The Jockey Club Live, sign the guitar as well.The Jockey Club Live promotes outdoor music events at 15 leading racecourses nationwide including Newmarket, Haydock Park and Sandown Park“The Jockey Club Live is proud to be supporting music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins through our live music events this year, helping to raise vital funds and spreading the word about the incredible impact music can have on vulnerable people up and down the country,” said Andrew Wilkinson, Director of Music Plus Sport.The guitar will be auctioned later on in the year, with all proceeds going directly to Nordoff Robbins’ work transforming lives through music.
Ohio State club tennis Scarlet Team tournament delayed due to Hurricane Matthew. Credit: OSU club tennisThe Ohio State club tennis team was originally scheduled to travel to Hilton Head Island, S.C. for the United States Tennis Association Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational this weekend, but concerns over the proximity of Hurricane Matthew have delayed the event until Oct. 28-30.The delay has caused a few changes for the team and vice president Sigrid Schoerner has acknowledged that the delay affects the state of the team.“Because it’s been moved, our roster is currently under construction,” Schoerner said. “Some people were going to be able to go this weekend, but then some of them can’t go during the week we’ve been moved to.”Despite the roster shake-up, Schoerner is confident that the team will be ready to compete.“We were prepared to go this weekend, but this just means that we have more time,” Schoerner said. “If it had been moved to next weekend, that would have been one thing. I just think that it’s been (moved) pretty far ahead (and) it gives us time to practice with the whole new group of people and get them ready to go.”This invitational is quite exclusive, allowing only 48 intramural and club tennis teams to compete. Alongside OSU, only two other schools from the Big Ten will be represented at the event. The Wisconsin Badgers will be sending their club team, as will the Maryland Terrapins. Scarlet Team Fundraising Chairwoman Isabelle Nejedlik believes that it is an honor for the team to be invited to the tournament given its limited number of entrants.“It means a lot to our team to be invited to some of the bigger events in the country,” Nejedlik said. “Ohio State prides itself on its tennis and since we have such a good varsity team, they are one of the best in the country, both men’s and women’s, we always have expectations to have a really good club team as well.”The reward for winning the upcoming tournament is huge for the teams, with first and second place receiving automatic bids for the 2017 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship in Orlando, Florida, in April of 2017.With such high stakes on the line, Nejedlik believes that the talent and preparation on her team can help them advance to nationals.“We have pretty intense tryouts at the beginning of the season,” Nejedlik said. “Most of the girls currently on our top team were former college tennis players but transferred here. So the level every year has gotten higher and higher.”
Ohio State football freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday morning, according to his personal Twitter account @_ShonL2 Tuesday night.Lattimore has since deleted the tweet.Lattimore, who was a consensus four-star prospect out of Glenville High School in Cleveland, and a U.S. Army All-American, starred on a Tarblooder team that advanced to the Division II Ohio state championship game in 2013.The news of Lattimore’s surgery was first reported by Eleven Warriors.Coach Urban Meyer did not mention Lattimore’s name Monday when he discussed the open corner position opposite senior Doran Grant.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.