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Australia to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

first_imgAustralia announced Monday it will begin forcing Google and Facebook to pay news companies for content, in a landmark move aimed at shielding traditional media from the tech giants’ digital dominance.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said a mandatory code of conduct to be unveiled by July would require the firms to reimburse Australian media companies for using their news and other content.”What we want to see is a level playing field. What we want to see here is a fair go for the companies and for the journalistic content that is prepared,” he told Channel 7. “That hasn’t made meaningful progress so now we are taking the decisive decision to create a mandatory code, seeking to be the first country in the world to ensure that these social media giants pay for content,” he said.A similar move by Spain saw Google shut down its News service there in 2014, while the company has threatened to do the same in response to the new French laws.Australia’s new regulations will also cover the sharing of data, and the ranking and display of news content, to be enforced by binding dispute resolution mechanisms and penalties.An estimated 17 million Australians use Facebook each month and spend an average of 30 minutes on the platform a day, while 98 percent of Australian mobile searches use Google. Topics :center_img It comes just weeks after France’s competition authority ordered Google to negotiate with publishers over payments to reuse snippets of content in its news aggregator and Google Search.Google and Facebook have had a huge impact on Australia’s news industry, with the number of newspaper and online journalists falling more than 20 percent since 2014 as digital advertising revenues were overwhelmingly captured by the two titans.The new regulations follow an 18-month inquiry into the power of digital platforms by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which recommended an overhaul of existing regulations.Frydenberg said the government was imposing the measures after discussions on a voluntary code failed to make headway, with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on advertising revenues hastening the need for action.last_img read more

Google ad sales steady after coronavirus drop; Alphabet leads tech share rally

first_imgBut Nicole Perrin, an analyst at ad consultancy eMarketer, said the first-quarter results matched “relatively optimistic scenarios” and left her “cautiously optimistic” about the current quarter.Alphabet’s overall revenue in the first quarter was $41.2 billion, up 13% compared with the same period last year. The average estimate among financial analysts tracked by Refinitiv was $40.29 billion, up 10.87%, expecting the slowest growth since 11.1% in the second quarter of 2015.Alphabet was the first major U.S. internet services company to report first-quarter results, offering a preview of what other companies might report in coming days. Shares of Google’s top rival in ad sales Facebook Inc, which had been down 8.6% this year entering Tuesday, rose 3% after hours.Microsoft Corp rose 1.2% in extended trading after rising 10.7% this year, and Apple Inc rose 0.6% after entering Tuesday down 3.3%. Shares of Amazon.com Inc, up 28.6% this year as shoppers turn to it amid lockdowns, were up 1.25% after Alphabet’s results.Virus challenges A booming economy and rising internet usage have driven Google to record revenues in the last few years. But the virus has split those two trends, with consumer spending now plunging and reliance on internet services surging.While Google tools including Duo video chatting and YouTube have become essential to many users this year, the company largely does not charge for them and instead generates revenue selling ad tools as well as links, banners and commercials on its services and those of partners.But more than 26 million people have filed for unemployment during the last month in United States, Google’s largest market for ad sales, erasing all of the country’s job gains in the last decade. Google’s ads business generated about 83% of Alphabet’s revenue last year. It tends to flow with the broader economy, which explains Alphabet’s slower revenue growth in the first quarter.Google ad sales in the first quarter were $33.8 billion, with about 73% coming from search and 12% from YouTube.”YouTube provided an upside surprise, with growth actually accelerating despite the impact on ad budgets from the lockdowns,” said James Cordwell, analyst at Atlantic Equities.Revenue from YouTube grew 33.5%, slightly faster than during the previous quarter. But Porat warned that the growth rate had slowed to the “high single digits” by late March and continued to decline in April for ads that were not meant to immediately spark a consumer purchase.The company did not release the number of paid subscribers for YouTube services, after revealing it had 20 million last quarter.About 5.5% of Alphabet’s revenue last year came from cloud services for which Google charges businesses, schools and governments. This year, the company has extended various free offers to aid customers affected by the pandemic.The cloud business generated $2.8 billion in revenue, up 52% from a year ago.Alphabet’s total costs and expenses rose about 12% from a year ago to $33.2 billion, down from around 20% jumps in recent quarters. Porat said first-quarter expenses included an increased reserve to account for clients unable to pay bills because of the virus.With usage of Google’s services up but sales down, the company has pared hiring, marketing, office expansions and other spending plans.Google just three months ago had said it would be spending heavily to add staff for its cloud business and other areas where it is challenging to unseat dominant competitors.Alphabet’s first-quarter profit was $6.8 billion, or $9.87 per share, compared with the analysts’ average estimate of $7.21 billion, or $10.40 per share. But Alphabet said search ads, its most lucrative business, saw revenue decline by a mid-teens percentage in late March compared with a year earlier and that the slowdown did not worsen this month.The company also is working to lure money from advertisers that normally sponsor sporting events canceled by the coronavirus.”While, obviously, there’s an impact on the economy and we’re not immune to that, the engagement from advertisers across our products and with our teams has been very robust,” Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told analysts on Tuesday.Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat still warned that she anticipated “the second quarter will be a difficult one” because the early April trends may not hold. A drop in Google ad sales steadied in April and some consumers returned to using the search engine for shopping in addition to finding novel coronavirus information, parent Alphabet Inc said on Tuesday, sparking an 8% rally in shares.The share rally to $1,329.81 after hours brought the stock almost back to where it started the year.Some financial and advertising analysts had estimated ad sales declines of up to 20% in the coming quarters, with hotels, airlines, film studios and other big spenders cutting ad buys because of the coronavirus pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Leafy retreat for family going under the hammer in Shailer Park

first_imgTHIS grand two-storey house is going under the hammer in Shailer Park. The property at 13-15 Heeler Ct, with five bedrooms and three bathrooms spread across two levels, has been a much loved family home.Geoff and Julie Brown and their two children have called the property home for 16 years.Mr Brown said he had always been drawn to the house and decided he’d buy it if it ever came on the market. “It was so different to any other house in the street,” he said. “When we heard it was for sale, we went and had a look. It was on the market for one day when we bought it.” The updated kitchen has European appliances.In the time the Brown family has owned the Heeler Ct home they have replaced the kitchen, added a back deck and converted the downstairs area into a granny flat. Upstairs there is a formal dining room, lounge and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens to the big back deck.The master bedroom has built-in robes, deck access and ensuite and there are two more bedrooms, both with built-in robes, a family bathroom and a study. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Downstairs is a granny flat with living area, kitchenette and bedroom with ensuite.There is also a six-person indoor spa and a sauna on this level. The living area opens to the back deck.Mr Brown said the deck and kitchen were his favourite spaces in the house. “We do a lot of cooking so we designed the kitchen to be second to none. It’s all Miele and best of everything,” he said. “And the deck out the back is really private because of all the trees.”Mr Brown said the home was in a cul-de-sac and regularly had wallabies and birdlife visiting. “I think I’ll miss the quiet street the most. It’s a beautiful street to live in with extremely good neighbours,” he said. The property is being marketed by Ray Nicholson and Natalia Nicholson from Ray White Shailer Park and will be auctioned of May 27 at 10.30am.last_img read more

Gold Coast sub-penthouse ’smashes’ building sales record

first_imgSleek and sophisticated is one way of describing the kitchen. Admire the city from multiple balconies. Enjoy a home-cooked meal while watching the sunset over the ocean. The freestanding 600-bottle wine cellar is the perfect way to store your favourite drops.The result is a sleek, luxury abode.“I bought it in 2015 when it was totally original, it would have been about 25-years-old then, and I demolished it right back,” Mr Evans told the Bulletin when his property was featured in the Real Estate magazine last month.“I wanted it to be timeless – we lifted all the ceilings, which was a big job to do in an apartment building, just to really bring the ocean and skyline views inside more.“I worked on it for about a year, I thought about the design carefully. I think it’s quite spectacular compared to what it was before.” 185/12 Commodore Dr, Surfers ParadiseA LUXURY sub-penthouse has set a new multimillion-dollar sales record for Paradise Waters’ Grand Mariner building.The apartment at 185/12 Commodore Drive sold for $2.6 million before it was scheduled to go under the hammer on Saturday, March 24. Even the bedroom has views of the ocean. Check out that view! Extensive renovations have refreshed the apartment, giving it a modern style.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMarketing agent Jackson Paradise, of Ray White Prestige Gold Coast, said the building’s previous record was more than $1.8 million while a villa separate to the building held the property’s record after selling for $2 million last year.“It’s just smashed the record price in the building,” Mr Paradise said.He said interstate buyers from Melbourne bought the sprawling skyhome, which occupies more than half of the building’s 37th floor.“They want to use the apartment up here just for holidays,” Mr Paradise said.The apartment’s previous vendor, David Evans, stripped the property back before refurbishing it. You’ll never want to get out of this bath.From the limestone-finished master ensuite to the gourmet kitchen with marble island bench and freestanding 600-bottle wine cellar, the apartment exudes sophistication.Mr Paradise said potential buyers came in droves to catch a glimpse of the property, with some even offering their price.“We had 85 inspections,” he said.“There were multiple offers before and multiple interested parties.”last_img read more

Halliburton Names New President and CEO

first_imgThe US oilfield services major Halliburton elected Jeff Miller, the company’s president and a board member, to the position of president and CEO. Dave Lesar, who has led Halliburton as chairman and CEO since 2000, will continue serving the company as executive chairman. The leadership changes are effective June 1, 2017.“I am grateful to the board and Dave for this opportunity to serve Halliburton shareholders and employees,” Miller said. “I have been fortunate to work directly with Dave for many years and to learn from him as we execute and deliver industry-leading returns by serving our customers and growing our revenue and margins. I look forward to leading our organization as we continue to collaborate and engineer solutions to maximize asset value for our customers.”Miller will provide the day-to-day leadership and management of the company. He will also be responsible for the planning and execution of Halliburton’s strategic direction, financial objectives, and technology development along with Halliburton’s management team who will report directly to him.As executive chairman, Lesar will focus on the strategic direction of the company, advising the Halliburton management team and transitioning CEO responsibilities to Miller who will then continue reporting to Lesar. He will be actively engaged with shareholders and continue working with customers to ensure the company is best addressing their needs. Lesar has entered into a new executive employment agreement that provides that he will continue as executive chairman through mandatory retirement on December 31, 2018, and contains a 4 year non-compete.“Successful careers are about creating opportunities and value for all constituents including shareholders, customers, and employees, and I believe we have achieved those goals during my time as CEO and will continue to do so in the future. As I approach my last 18 months as a Halliburton employee, it’s time to look forward and transition to new leadership,” said Lesar. “I have known and worked with Jeff for almost 30 years and have great confidence that he is the best choice to be the next Halliburton CEO. With the support of our committed management team and the dedication of our outstanding employees, I know he will lead Halliburton to continue to deliver both long-term shareholder value and superior customer service. I look forward to working closely with him as he transitions into his new role.”last_img read more

​Klopp wants Liverpool to lift Premier League trophy with Chelsea win

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hopes his team can get a win against Chelsea before they lift the Premier League trophy. The Reds are preparing for their final home game after losing to Arsenal 2-1 on Wednesday night. And Klopp knows that while they are already champions, going out at home in style and then lifting the trophy would be the ideal way to see out the season. “We have all been waiting ages, some of us 30 years, and we will finally get this Premier League trophy and it will be a big moment for all of us and our families,” said the Reds boss to reporters. “That’s 100%. “Before that, we have to play a game. For five million reasons, we will try to win it.Advertisement “I have had this situation twice in my life where we have got the trophy on the day. “It will be difficult, especially when the other team is Chelsea and they are fighting with all they have to get in the Champions League. read also:Liverpool boss Klopp celebrates Akinfenwa’s Wycombe promotion “After the game, whatever happens, the boys deserve that and we all deserve that. We will have a proper ceremony. “But we have a football game to play before that and I want to win that.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Most Expensive Mistakes In History6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest Car Manufacturers In The Worldlast_img read more

Sturridge return a “real help”

first_img Press Association Rodgers believes the £120million recruitment he undertook during the summer will stand them in good stead, and Sturridge scoring on his comeback against West Ham on Saturday after five months out injured has given everyone a much-needed shot in the arm. “The beauty of him is he is such a good player he makes other players better,” said Rodgers. “When he came on he lifted other players and that is what good players do. “Daniel coming back for the second part of the season will be a real help for us.” Rodgers will, however, resist the temptation to overload the 25-year-old early in his return after persistent problems with thigh and calf injuries. “It is a process with Daniel; he has been out a long time and only returned to training last week but you need to be careful with him,” he added. “We will manage his time and he will build up towards 90 minutes. “He is working hard in training but it is clear to see he is not at that stage yet but he is ready to play a part in the games. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes striker Daniel Sturridge will provide the necessary boost to his squad in the absence of new signings. Throughout January the Reds boss had predicted a quiet transfer window and that has not changed with no arrivals or departures from his first-team squad. There has been interest in Rickie Lambert, whose limited chances have diminished further with Sturridge’s return from injury, but Rodgers does not want the experienced forward to leave. “There is no timeline on it, it is just him getting some hard work in and getting that base of fitness. “He has a good level of fitness so it is just the football fitness and he will get that through playing games.” One player who looks like benefiting immediately is playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who is arguably enjoying his best spell since arriving two years ago. He has already had a significant creative influence during Liverpool’s upturn in results but Rodgers would like to see him add more goals – he has scored just 10 times in 81 appearances – to elevate himself to a different level. “We have seen young Phil come into his own in the last couple of months purely because of the movement in front of him,” said the Reds boss. “He is in a really good moment, his rhythm in his game is good, having a lot of game time, and we’re trying to manage him because he is playing a lot but his performance level is at a really high level. “He still has areas to improve in his goalscoring ability but if he can do that he will get into that bracket of ‘world class’.” There is a greater emphasis on the Brazil international to contribute to the goalscoring tally then some of his fellow midfielders. With Steven Gerrard set to leave for Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer the side will have to replace his annual contribution, but in their current 3-4-3 set-up the responsibility is not with Jordan Henderson (16 in 165 games) or Lucas Leiva (six in 266). “Our two controlling midfielders don’t need to contribute goals,” said Rodgers. “If you are playing with Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson there are five others players we want to score. “Their role in the team will be to secure the team and at times look to break forward. “If we played a different system with a different function then yes but currently it is not a demand for them at this moment.” Deadline day was set to pass with no new arrivals but Rodgers feels they are well-placed, having brought young winger Jordon Ibe back from an impressive loan spell at SkyBet Championship side Derby to bolster their attacking options. “It depends in the moment you are in. Last year we didn’t do any business either,” he said. “Unless there is something you believe will really add to your squad of players then I don’t like to stockpile players. “We needed another player to come into the squad in that area so rather than maybe looking at bringing in a more senior player we have young players we are developing well and Ibe has come in and looked fantastic. “You always have to look for that star quality but if it is not available you work with what you got.” last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-PLAYOFFS BEGINNHL playoffs get underwayUNDATED (AP) — Hockey is back after a hiatus of more than four months. The NHL playoffs got underway Saturday afternoon with Game 1 of the best-of-5 qualifying round between the Hurricanes and Rangers. The Hurricanes got their traditional home-game introduction a thousand miles from Raleigh, North Carolina, with no fans in the stands to appreciate it.The puck dropped, Carolina’s Jaccob Slavin scored 61 seconds in and teammate Justin Williams fought New York’s Ryan Strome a couple of minutes later.Similar fisticuffs could unfold in the other games on opening day when the Edmonton Oilers face the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers face the New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens face the Pittsburgh Penguins and Winnipeg Jets face the Calgary Flames.The dynamics are far different than usual: It’s the middle of summer, all games are being played in empty arenas in Toronto or Edmonton, Alberta, without fans watching in the arena. But players and coaches expect the chase for the Stanley Cup to bring the same level of intensity. If all goes as planned, the Stanley Cup winner will be crowned about two months from now. — The Marlins have acquired left-handed reliever Richard Bleier from the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named. Miami has been seeking to shore up its roster after more than dozen players tested positive for COVID-19. The team has had its season suspended since Sunday. Bleier went 3-0 with a 5.37 ERA and four saves in 53 games last season. This year, he’s pitched three scoreless innings in two appearances.F1-BRITISH GPHamilton takes pole position for British GPSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton set a new track record at the British Grand Prix and clinched a record-extending 91st pole position on Saturday. He clocked a time of 1 minute 24.303 seconds at the Silverstone, England, circuit where he was won a record six times. He was .313 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and about 1 second faster than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Update on the latest sports August 1, 2020 Hamilton needs five more wins to equal Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 91 GP wins. The defending champion is also odds-on to equal the F1 great’s record of seven world titles.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSTennis player tests positive at Palermo Ladies OpenUNDATED (AP) — A tennis player entered for the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy has tested positive for the coronavirus. She is not being named and has withdrawn from the tournament, which is continuing. Organizers say the player is asymptomatic and will remain in isolation “until cleared by a physician per the established protocols.” The WTA Tour says all those who may have been in close contact with the individual are undergoing testing. The tournament marks the return of tour-level tennis following a five-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic.center_img Associated Press In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The organizers of the Madrid Open tennis tournament have been advised by health authorities in the Spanish capital not to hold the rescheduled event in September due to the resurgence of the coronavirus. The organizers said they had requested an evaluation of the health situation in the city and regional health officials “advised not to stage the tournament due to the current trend of COVID-19 cases.” The tournament is scheduled to be played from Sept. 12-20. The organizers said they are “analyzing and closely evaluating all the possible options.” Spain’s biggest tennis event was postponed from the spring due to the severe virus outbreak in the country. MLB-NEWSAP source: Cardinals-Brewers postponed again after 4 more St. Louis positivesUNDATED (AP) — Saturday’s Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee has been postponed, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person tells The Associated Press that one more player and three staff members for the Cardinals have tested positive for the coronavirus. Friday’s series opener was postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive. The team had hoped to resume play Saturday and make up Friday’s game as part of a doubleheader Sunday. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies said they had no new positive results from Friday’s round of COVID-19 testing. Players are being allowed access Citizens Bank Park for staggered workouts beginning in the afternoon. The Miami Marlins also received no new positive results, according to a person familiar with the situation. But second baseman Isan Diaz has decided to opt out of the season, becoming the first Miami player to do so. Diaz consistently tested negative while the season was on hold. He played in two of the Marlins’ three games before their season was halted. At least 21 members of the Marlins’ traveling party have been infected by an outbreak at the start of a season-opening trip. The team hasn’t played since Sunday in Philadelphia but hopes to resume games next week.In other MLB news:— The Cardinals will see if they can begin their series at Milwaukee after St. Louis became the latest team to get shut down by the coronavirus. The Brewers’ home opener was postponed Friday because two Cardinals players tested positive for COVID-19. Six clubs were off yesterday because of the virus and its effects — Miami and Philadelphia had positive tests in their organizations, leaving Washington and Toronto with no games this weekend.— With the Nationals on a four-day break, new reliever Will Harris will get a chance to heal without missing too much action. Harris was put on the 10-day injured list Friday with a strained right groin. The move was retroactive to Wednesday, when he gave up two unearned runs in the eighth inning of Washington’s 5-1 loss to Toronto. If Harris is ready to go when he’s eligible to be activated next Saturday, he will have missed only three games. The World Series champs won’t play again until hosting the New York Mets on Tuesday. Their weekend series at Miami was postponed, and they have days off Monday and Thursday.last_img read more

Hetmyer, Hope search for a place in history

first_imgBy Ben Gardner for the ICC, June 3, 2019IN Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope, West Indies possess two batting talents that have the potential to light up the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.Nevertheless, beware of the easy categorisation. Hetmyer is a left-hander seemingly set in the exuberant Guyanese tradition of Clive Lloyd and Rohan Kanhai. He has a midwicket flick to die for and dances down the track regardless of the format, without a care in the world.According to CricViz, he plays attacking shots almost twice as often as is the norm in Test cricket. But when you ask him if he sees his role as to take the game to the opposition, he disagrees.“At times I can pick up the scoring,” he tells the ICC. “But I don’t really see myself as an attacking batsman. I see myself as a batsman who could pick up the scoring whenever he wants I guess. For me, it is mainly on feelings. I would say I would mainly do that when I am starting to feel a little more comfortable in a match situation or when I am feeling comfortable about myself.”Hetmyer, 22 years old, 16 ODIs young, and four tons to his name already, is just one of a crop of fast-scoring young Caribbean batsmen ready to light up this Men’s Cricket World Cup, with captain Jason Holder also citing Evin Lewis and Nicholas Pooran as potential match-winners.But though he’s only 25, and, with six hundreds since the start of October, possibly the most in-form batsman in the world, Hope doesn’t quite fit in their mould. In many ways he’s already a senior player acting as the foil for his more destructive team-mates. Again however, while Hope admits he’s become his team’s “anchor”, he insists it’s due to necessity rather than nature.“It’s probably more my role to keep the innings together and give us that impetus going into the back of the innings, but it’s about playing the situation of the game,” he says. “I see myself as a guy who can adapt. Regardless of the situation, I think I can play whatever role is required. I’m more of a stroke-maker who plays classical shots.”Still the symbolism is so good you’d almost wince were it written into a sports film. First there’s Hope, the buttoned-up paradigm of responsibility, the top-most fastener staying firmly in place even when carving out an unbeaten 123 in a tie against India in the Visag heat.And in stark contrast is Hetmyer, the floppy-hatted free spirit, his headgear sending Twitter into a flurry of heart eyes emojis whenever he puts it on. He’s well aware of his fan club, but insists the sartorial choice originally came about due to function, not form.“It was something that I picked up mainly in the nets. In the Caribbean the sun is pretty hot so one day I just stepped out, I was batting against spin, and I said, ‘Well because of how hot the sun is I will just try out a floppy and just see how it feels’.“For a little bit it was feeling a bit uncomfortable because it wasn’t something I was accustomed to. The first game I used it was a tour match when Bangladesh came to the Caribbean just before the Test series and I actually scored a hundred and from then on I just kept on using it.”The look of the headgear, as well as the luck, soon grew on him.“It is mainly for the sun,” he insists. “But I do like how it looks actually. I actually had a photo of me wearing it as the wallpaper on my phone the other day.”The reaction from fans around the world is worth exploring, because, as good as Hetmyer looks, there’s something else at play; the adoration is as much about the great West Indian batsmen who have gone before as it is about the potential one right in front of them.“Looking at some of the older cricket matches and some of the older guys from the past I have seen that most of them use the floppy hat,” says Hetmyer. “Me, using it now, it is actually bringing back something from the old days for the people of the Caribbean and for the people of the international cricket world. I think that is probably another reason why most people, they go towards looking at it that much.”Dealing with the weight of that expectation of playing in the shadow of the side in the 70s and 80s that won the first two men’s World Cups and went 29 Test series without defeat is tough, especially as a young player trying to make his way, but also part of the job.“Everyone continuously tells me that I am a young person coming up in the team so I just try as much as possible to just be here and be in the moment and to gain as much experience as I can whatever way possible,” says Hetmyer. “You have to remember you are one person and you can’t be someone else and it is all about you just being yourself playing the cricket you know and love.”“You must be proud, growing up as a West Indian and seeing what they’ve done in the past, knowing that you could be a part of it and even contribute to some of those things,” adds Hope. “I’m sure any West Indies cricketer can say the same; seeing those guys on TV, hearing them on the radio, and having the opportunity to do those things that they did, means a lot. But times change and things evolve. So you need to balance knowing the history and then playing for your own history.”finest hour as an international cricketer to date came at Headingley in 2017, in a Test against England which the Windies came into on the back of an innings-and-209 run thumping, and left resurgent, the Bajan’s twin tons underscoring a famous victory.“That was years ago,” he says. “That’s how I feel about it. It’s a good memory to have in your bank, but it’s long gone. I have to create more moments, more memories.”Now, West Indies and Hope have the chance to. It wasn’t long ago they were on the brink of not even qualifying for the Men’s Cricket World Cup, having to come through a Qualifier fraught with danger.Since then, the reintegration of some of their more experienced players and the blossoming of a crop of youngsters – aside from the batsmen, canny left-armer Sheldon Cottrell and right-arm speedster Oshane Thomas give their bowling attack variety and firepower – have made them many pundits’ dark horses for the tournament.February’s 2-2 series draw with England – the only time in 11 bilateral series the tournament hosts and favourites had failed to win outright – underlined their intent. The pieces might just be falling into place for the West Indies to secure a first title since 1979.“It would mean everything,” says Hope. “Especially coming through the qualifiers. You lose two games and you’re out, so we had to work so hard. There were some instances in the back of our head that if we did muck up, we’d be watching on TV. We knew if we had two bad games, that was it; it was a do-or-die situation. To come from there and see ourselves at Lord’s lifting the trophy would mean the world. Especially to me; I always wanted to play in a World Cup for the West Indies. It would be achieving a lifelong goal.”Childhood dreams achieved, and on their own terms, neither ignoring nor beholden to the past. It would be some story, and thrillingly, it’s in West Indies’ own hands.last_img read more

Syracuse basketball stats: Best and worst from guards after nonconference play

first_img Published on December 29, 2015 at 10:08 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Sam Maller | Staff Photographer Malachi Richardson Best stat: Four or more defensive rebounds in five of last seven gamesFour or more defensive rebounds may seem like an insignificant figure in the bigger picture, but it’s not when considering Richardson’s role on this team. He is playing the wing of the 2-3 zone and, at 6 feet 6 inches, is undersized compared to most of the players he goes for rebounds against. Syracuse, as a whole, has been dominated on the glass all season, and Richardson starting to do his part as a weak-side defensive rebounder can only help the Orange improve in that area.Worst stat: 9-for-53 from 3 in the last eight gamesRichardson started the season, and his college career, 13-for-31 from 3 (41.9 percent) in five games. His 3-point shooting average has since taken a nose dive, as he shot 16.9 percent in the last eight games and is now shooting 26.1 from deep on the season. Teams will inevitably look to get the ball out of Gbinije’s hands whenever possible, which will shift the offensive spotlight onto the freshman forward. He hasn’t handled that spotlight well so far, going a combined 1-for-23 from 3 in the Orange’s three losses — 1-for-7 against Wisconsin, 0-for-5 against Georgetown and 0-for-11 against St. John’s. There will be no point of this season when Richardson can stop taking shots, which makes shooting out of this slump his only option. Comments Related Stories Syracuse basketball stats: Best and worst from big men after nonconference playDougherty: Michael Gbinije, thriving or not, is tailor made for SyracuseTrevor Cooney snaps 0-for-11 slump from deep in strong 2nd half against CornellMichael Gbinije helps push Syracuse past Cornell as distributor, not scorercenter_img Together, Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney and Malachi Richardson have been Syracuse’s collective heartbeat so far this season. The trio is averaging a combined 44.2 points per game, while the Orange is averaging a total 72.9.And with SU’s (10-3) nonconference schedule wrapped up, we now have a 13-game sample size of statistics to judge each of these scorers off of.While numbers never tell the full story, they do give a good indication of certain trends heading into Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Orange opens its ACC schedule at Pittsburgh (10-1) at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and below are the best and worst stats for each of SU’s three rotational guards before the competition stiffens.Michael GbinijeBest stat: 4.3 steals percentage (Kenpom)AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGbinije has scored in double-figures in every game, is Syracuse’s unquestioned offensive leader and is shooting a more-than-efficient 44.6 from 3 so far this season. And because all three of those things have become commonplace — which is what happens when players reach the caliber he’s achieved — his defensive numbers really stand out. Gbinije’s 4.3 steals percentage is 32nd in the country and the best in the ACC, and is extremely valuable for an Orange team that likes to and needs to run. Gbinije’s length is also valuable atop and on the wing of the 2-3 zone, which doesn’t turn up in the stat sheet but has naturally helped SU this season.Worst stat: 92.6 minutes percentage (Kenpom)Because Gbinije was such a good all-around player in nonconference play, his minutes percentage is his most troubling season statistic to date. His 92.6 minutes percentage is the 11th highest in the country (Cooney’s 91.4 is 22nd) and there should be some tempered concern that he could get tired as the season rolls along. Gbinije seems capable of handling such a heavy load, but he’s active on defense and rarely gets a rest on offense. Only two power-conference players (Gbinije and N.C. State point guard Anthony Barber) rank in the top 15 nationally in minutes percentage, and that is because conventional wisdom would say to use any depth you have to rest your best players, to some extent, during nonconference play. But the Orange has mostly gone with a six-man rotation and ranks last out of 351 Division I teams in bench minutes according to Kenpom.Trevor Cooney Best stat: 11 unassisted field goals at the rim (Hoop Math)Cooney hasn’t exactly shot the lights out this season (35.1 percent from 3) but he has shown an effort to diversify his offensive game. According to Hoop Math, he’s made 12 field goals at the rim this season and only one has been assisted on. Last season, he made 32 field goals at the rim and 19 of them were unassisted. It was a common occurrence then for Cooney to create opportunities at the rim with his off-ball movement. Now the fifth-year guard is more capable of taking defenders off the dribble, a dangerous tool for a player with his shooter’s pedigree.Worst stat: 28 percent, 7-for-25, on transition 3s (Hoop Math)Last year Cooney shot 24.6 percent on transition 3s, according to Hoop Math, and that number should really improve more than four percentage points by the end of ACC play. Transition shots are conceivably more open and therefore easier to hit than shots in the half-court offense, and Cooney hasn’t delivered on the fast break. It’s likely that the Orange will run even more when conference play starts, which will only magnify Cooney’s transition 3 attempts and the need for them to go in. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more