Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBethune-Cookman (12-12, 6-4) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (3-21, 2-7)William P Hytche Athletic Center, Princess Anne, Maryland; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: MEAC foes meet as Bethune-Cookman squares off against Maryland Eastern Shore. Both teams last played this past Monday. Bethune-Cookman won easily 87-68 at home against Howard, while Maryland Eastern Shore is coming off of a 68-67 overtime loss at Coppin State. VETERAN PRESENCE: Both of these teams have relied heavily on their seniors this year. AJ Cheeseman, Da’Shawn Phillip and Ahmad Frost have combined to account for 36 percent of Maryland Eastern Shore’s scoring this season and 49 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Bethune-Cookman, Isaiah Bailey, Cletrell Pope, Malik Maitland, Wali Parks and Leon Redd have combined to account for 70 percent of all Bethune-Cookman scoring, including 74 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.RAMPING IT UP: The Hawks have scored 59.8 points per game and allowed 67.4 points per game across nine conference games. Those figures both represent moves in the right direction from the 66.5 points scored and 76.4 points allowed per game to non-conference opponents.BRILLIANT BAILEY: Bailey has connected on 29.5 percent of the 44 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 10 over his last five games. He’s also converted 78.3 percent of his foul shots this season.YET TO WIN: The Wildcats are 0-6 when they score 65 points or fewer and 12-6 when they exceed 65 points. The Hawks are 0-21 when they fail to score more than 67 points and 3-0 on the season, otherwise.COLD SPELL: Maryland Eastern Shore has lost its last three home games, scoring an average of 55.7 points while giving up 72.DID YOU KNOW: Bethune-Cookman has attempted 23.4 free throws per game this season, the 15th-highest rate in the country. Maryland Eastern Shore has gotten to the line far less frequently and is averaging only 14 foul shots per game (ranked 286th, nationally). Associated Press February 13, 2020 BCU, UMES meet in conference play ___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.com
–A few years ago, I was at the Berekum Golden City Park for a CAF Champions qualification clash between the Blues and CotonSport Garoua from Cameroon.Chelsea had taken the Ghanaian league scene by storm. The deep pockets of millionaire businessman Emmanuel Kyeremeh transformed the side from also-rans to one filled with the crème de la crème of players on the domestic front, including Emmanuel Clottey (pictured below). The big guns including Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Hearts of Oak and Ashgold could simply not compete with the newfound wealth and fame of the provincial club. How money makes a difference the globe over. Incidentally, London side Chelsea who were perennial FA Cup and League Cup winners come to mind. Enter the millions of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and they simply have not been the same since the turn of the millennium. Money can’t buy classFor Berekum Chelsea, this was a period to make a statement and rub shoulders with some of the very best on the continent. Moise Katumbi had revamped giants TP Mazembe to win back to back African honours in 2009 & 2010 and even make it to the final of the FIFA Club World Cup against Inter in the United Arab Emirates. Berekum Chelsea couldn’t be that far off as long as Kyeremeh pumped in millions into the administration of the club.I left Accra with my crew hoping to catch a glimpse of the heroes that had made the side a fearsome one in the previous twenty four months here in Ghana. Top guns from FA such as President Kwesi Nyantakyi, current Black Stars management committee chair George Afriyie and others were at the Stadium, which looked more like a community park at the time. Just when we touched down at the match venue, we were instructed by a top official of the club that we could not film the game. I did not necessarily have any qualms with that. My curiousity got me to further proceed by asking why that was the case. The answer I was given shocked me to the core. Hear him: “The ref [Ali Lamyagari from Mauritania] has told us that he does not want to see any cameras at the stadium. The cameras would make it impossible for him to help us. Since we need a healthy lead to take to Cameroon for the second leg, we cannot sacrifice our huge investments for you. You would have to stop filming now.” PerplexedI’m not too sure if that made sense to me, a journalist who had travelled well over eight hours to get to Berekum. I am not too sure what exactly the referee was going to do in their favour either. I’d heard and read all kinds of dubious means deployed especially by African clubs to advance in continental club competitions from allegedly bribing match officials to various modes of intimidation but this was new. At a time where the passion for the game on the continent was literally dying and western football taking over the screens, I thought this was a great time for soccer fanatics beyond Berekum to fully appreciate their effort on screen via our coverage even if it was just going to be highlights the day after. European football and the lads who are adored all over the globe has hit the zenith due to television. Qualifiers of Europe’s first and second tier continental club football competitions (Champions League and Europa League) are broadcast all over the globe. Is it an irony that my five-year old nephew can mention the top players of the various European clubs off his head and cannot do same for the First Capital Plus Premier League? But for season 2014/15 where games are relayed on DSTV, we barely get to see the local lads in action. Not to talk about the financial challenges in acquiring satellite TV! With thousands cheering the team to victory, Berekum Chelsea squandered all the opportunities that came their way and to add insult to injury, the referee on the day was so fair I wondered what he may have been supposedly been asked to “take care of”.Happening againFast forward a few years down the line and this sadly was to be repeated. Hearts of Oak, down from a 4-0 deficit in the first leg against Esperance Sportive de Tunis were scheduled to play the Tunisians in the 2nd leg of a crucial final eliminator into the Group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup. The sad events of Berekum happened again as pressmen were “whipped into line” if they dared filmed the tie. I found it ludicrous that a club with a century plus history behind it would stoop that low all in an attempt to overturn a 4-0 deficit. Is it that they did not believe in the capacity of their players to overturn the first leg fiasco? Interestingly, the man in charge of the game – just like in the Berekum case – was one of Africa’s finest in Bakary Papa Gassama (below pictured).Yes, the same man who was in charge of the opening and final games of CAN 2015. As fate would have it again, the Phobians also drew against the Tunisians. Coincidence?It is about time clubs in Africa invested in their playing and technical bodies to translate into results on the pitch. This crude means of achieving results are only short term which would affect the club going forward. The quality of this Hearts of Oak side is nowhere near the standard of Esperance and that was clear from the first leg. Herbert was rightCoach Herbert Addo in a post match interview was unequivocal in his comments when he said that the North Africans were more professional in their approach. How on earth did the Phobians not know – per their own account – that it was this cold in North Africa and that they also needed certain kinds of football boots on matchdays? A healthy loss, perhaps 1-0, in the first leg could have put the Phobians in good stead as far as qualification is concerned if they had adequately prepared.The club is being handled by experienced hands from what I know and this should not be the best way of achieving results by a club as big as Hearts.–Kwame Dwomoh-Agyemang is a Joy Sports producer and has covered Ghana’s football scene extensively.
– mining dominates as main driver of deforestationBy Jarryl BryanA key report recently released by the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) has shown that for last year, mining was the main driver of Guyana’s deforestation rate of 0.051 per cent or 9,227.1 hectares.The state of Guyana’s forests was captured in the MRVS reportThis is according to the Monitoring Reporting and Verification System (MRVS) Year Eight interim report, as part of the Guyana Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) programme.The report covers January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, with data being collected using satellite imagery of Guyana’s forests. According to the report, last year’s deforestation rate was slightly higher than in 2017, which was 0.049 per cent. According to the report, the data was also independently verified.“The 2017 rate was the lowest of all annual periods from 2010 to present. As with previous assessments, the GFC’s deforestation area has been verified by the Durham University (DU) team using a statistically representative independent sample. The area of deforestation reported by DU closely aligns with the values reported by the GFC,” the report states.“The main deforestation driver for the current forest year reported is mining [sites], which accounts for 75 per cent of the deforestation in this period. The majority, 78 per cent, of the deforestation is observed in the State Forest Area. The temporal analysis of forest changes post-1990 indicates that most of the change is clustered around existing road infrastructure and navigable rivers.”To give the rate of deforestation some context, Guyana has a total land area of 21.1 million hectares. As of 2009, the year the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) was launched to help capitalise on the carbon credits Guyana was earning, there were 18.5 million hectares of forest.Other than mining, other responsible sectors for the deforestation rate include settlements and infrastructure. Mining’s nearest competitor is also related to the sector, with the instalment of mining infrastructure accounting for 687.6 hectares of lost forest.Forest fires, according to the report, accounted for 661.2 hectares of damage to Guyana’s forests, while clearing trees for agricultural purposes accounted for 511.8 hectares. Forestry activities, which had just a 1.7 per cent bite of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as of the middle of 2019, accounted for 355.9 hectares.“The findings of this assessment assist to design REDD+ activities that aim to maintain forest cover while enabling continued sustainable development and improved livelihoods for Guyanese. The purpose of the MRVS is to track at a national-level forest change of deforestation and degradation, by change driver,” the report states.“Degradation estimates for mining and infrastructure are computed using new methods developed over the years 2018 and 2019, as a part of moving towards a more comprehensive yet sustainable MRVS implementation post-2020,” the report also explained.Guyana has always had a track record of low deforestation rates, a fact that led to the setting up of a GRIF fund (Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund) under the previous Government. A study done by GFC back in 2011 had found that the deforestation rates were a mere 0.06 per cent from 2009 to 2010.While this minuscule deforestation rate was attributed primarily to mining activities, it has always been acknowledged that mining is a crucial part of Guyana’s economy; representing 21 per cent of the GDP in 2012.As of the middle of 2019, mining accounted for 9.4 per cent of the GDP. Only the wholesale and retail trade, which is a service and not a productive sector, scored higher with a 13.4 per cent share.For 2018, total gold declarations from all sources amounted to 613,073 ounces, which was 6.22 per cent lower than the figures from 2017. Additionally, the foreign exchange value of exports processed on behalf of dealers and the GGB came up to US$443,961,666.It is not just the foreign revenue that mining earns. The mining sector is also a significant source of employment, providing direct and indirect employment for thousands of Guyanese who work as small and medium scale miners or are employed by the large foreign-owned mining companies.