Published on November 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) will play Boston College (6-5, 3-4) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday with a chance to earn its fifth win. Five wins, sometimes, can be enough to get a team to a bowl game. For SU, it certainly won’t.Here’s why:There are 128 teams in the FBS and 78 available slots in 39 bowl games. For the first time in four years, it appears enough of those slots will be filled by teams that have met the standard requirement of six wins and a .500 record needed to earn a bowl bid. Seventy teams have met that threshold already, including eight from the ACC.That leaves eight spots still available, with 18 teams boasting five wins heading into the weekend. There are four head-to-head matchups between those 18 teams, meaning at least four more have to emerge with a sixth win, bringing the total to a minimum of 74 bowl-eligible teams. And that’s just the minimum — more can and likely will win to make five-win teams irrelevant.But let’s say the minimum happens and we only have 74 teams automatically eligible. Five-win teams would be considered next — a group SU can join by beating BC on Saturday. These teams would be selected in order of their Academic Progress Rating, or APR, a metric the NCAA defines as such:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEach student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.Here’s where SU’s hopes sink: of the five-win teams already sitting above SU, 11 have a better APR than SU’s 968. So unless some of them decline bowl invitations — a rare decision that also turns down both a financial and recruiting boost — SU will be watching bowl games from its collective couch for the fourth straight year. Comments
Accra-based club Hearts of Oak have debunked claims that they have signed former Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari.Speculation has been rife on social media that the club had added the Black Stars player to their ranks.However, Hearts of Oak denied this and stated on Twitter that all their new signings will be announced the club.They urged their fans to only rely on the club’s official social media handles for transfer information.“Hearts of Oak wants to notify the general sporting public that we have not signed Ghana International Sulley Muntari as it’s being reported by the media,” the club’s statement said.“Hearts is a Premier club in Ghana and will continue to set the standards, we, therefore, urge our supporters not to rely on information unless it comes from our official handles.”🗣 | @HeartsOfOakGH wants to notify the general sporting public that we have not signed Ghana International Sulley Muntari as it’s being reported by the media. Sulley is a great player and a friend of the club. We will continue to unveil the players we have signed.— Phobians (@HeartsOfOakGH) April 24, 202035-year-old Muntari has played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Inter Milan and AC Milan, winning the Champions League with the former, but has been without a club since he left Albacete last summer.However, the player appears to be desperate for a return to the game and was recently even eyeing up a call-up to the senior national team.@HeartsOfOakGH is the Premier club in Ghana and will continue to set the standards, we therefore urge our supporters not to rely on information unless it comes from our official handles.🔴💛🔵#AHOSC— Phobians (@HeartsOfOakGH) April 24, 2020He has earned 84 caps for the Black Stars and scored 20 goals.
The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Incorporated, acknowledging that there has still not been noticeable improvement in its customer relations, has promised to work harder this year to improve its efficiency, although still faced with several major issues.GPL’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Technical), Elwyn Marshall, has said that notwithstanding these challenges, GPL has managed to perform commendably inGPL Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Technical), Elwyn Marshall2017, and could only improve from there on.“Credit must be given to the hard-working staff, especially those in the transmission and distribution sections, who have been forced to work under extremely adverse conditions,” he said.One of the major challenges is no growth in revenue or consumption. Revenue fell from 103.7 per cent in 2016 to 93.9 per cent in 2017, with net revenue being $28.4 billion last year, as opposed to$29 billion in 2016.However, according to Marshall, December settlement of Government bills will lead to improvement in the collection rate. Customer growth of less than 2,000, or 50 per cent, is also expected this year.In listing some of the achievements made in 2017, the GPL official pointed to work done to expand the network to provide electricity to unserved areas, which include: Yarrowkabra Housing Development, Den Hueval Housing Scheme, New Savannah Housing Scheme, and Friendship Squatting Area.Marshall said projections for 2018 include the commissioning of generators at Anna Regina (5.4MG), Canefield (5.5MW), and Bartica (3.3MW). Expressions of interest have also been accepted, and bids evaluated for the establishment of a 50MW generation plant capable of utilising natural gas.Further, the company would also be working towards establishing solar facilities at Lima Sands, Essequibo Coast; Naarstigheid, West Coast Berbice; and Kuru Kururu, East Bank Demerara. According to Marshall, there will also be continued engagement on the establishment of a wind farm at Hope, East Coast Demerara.Meanwhile, the Power Producers and Distributors Incorporation (PPDI) has made a commitment to support GPL with quality and ample power. PPDI Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Arron Fraser, said PPDI generated 596,000 megawatts of electricity in 2017, which helped to power several GPL projects.PPDI has replaced Wärtsila, and has since helped GPL to save US$2.1 million. Fraser hinted that the move to take over from Wärtsila was a good one, as the main power company has not only been helped, but a fixed rate of US$16.87 per megawatt of electricity — less than what was charged before – is now being charged.PPDI supportAccording to the PPDI CEO, the company managed to achieve its projected targets, but is still faced with some challenges, among which are understanding the dynamics of the supply chain, and transitioning from a private to a public corporation while convincing consumers to get on board.However, as part of its work programme for 2018, PPDI plans to undertake 10 major engine overhauls; major rehabilitation of plant auxiliary equipment; the implementation of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9000; and cross-plant training with regional utilities by utilising clean technology.Following continuing countrywide power outages over several months in the last half of 2017, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) had criticised GPL. The Commission was quick to point out that GPL subjected the entire country to a series of unannounced and frequently prolonged power outages.Shadow Minister of Public Infrastructure, Juan Edghill, said in a recent letter to the media that Guyanese are yet to be assured of the short-term, medium-term or even a workable long-term solution to ensuring cheap, reliable and renewable electricity.“We all suffered the indignities of constant blackouts during the entire year, and even during the festive season, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day,” he lamented.In mid-2017, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had expressed disappointment at the situation, and had said he would intervene to find solutions. Patterson had told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that he would dedicate the parliamentary recess to intervene and find solutions.“Over the years, our transmission and distribution line has deteriorated. I keep saying this, and I don’t want persons to think that we know the problem and should be addressing it. It’s still functional, and can transmit electricity very efficiently, but we should be able to isolate the disturbances”, he asserted.In other instances, he said it is difficult to identify the troubled area (that is) bringing the entire system offline. “Often, the team may think they found the problem and put on back the system, only to have to take it off back when they realise they haven’t (found the problem); and this has led to the deterioration of the protection system.”Patterson said, however, that GPL is currently financially stable; therefore, monies should be invested towards enhanced generation, so that issues such as tree trimming and burnt generators will not affect distribution.