Senator Newby attending Special Meeting of Ministers of Youth in Barbados EducationMarch 19, 2010 RelatedSenator Newby attending Special Meeting of Ministers of Youth in Barbados RelatedSenator Newby attending Special Meeting of Ministers of Youth in Barbados RelatedSenator Newby attending Special Meeting of Ministers of Youth in Barbados Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Senator Warren Newby will attend the Special Meeting of Commonwealth Caribbean Regional Youth Ministers to be held in Bridgetown, Barbados from March 21-23.The meeting will revise the Commonwealth Youth Programme Strategic Plan 2008-2012; analyse policy and capacity gaps towards an effective youth development agenda; examine youth governance and participation for effective youth services delivery; and will serve as a preparatory meeting for the Commonwealth Ministerial mid-term review to be held in Sri Lanka later this year.The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) is an international development agency working with young people between the ages of 15 and 29. It forms part of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and is active in the Commonwealth’s 52 member countries.Senator Newby travels at no expense to the Government of Jamaica.
View Comments The fast-rising English film and TV actor Christian Cooke was Dennis Quaid’s co-star in the recent series The Art of More and has even directed a short film, Edith, starring Michelle Fairley from Game of Thrones. Cook has of late turned his attentions to the stage, first at the Hampstead Theatre in Experience and now at the Donmar in Knives in Hens, a revival of David Harrower’s 1995 play that casts the Yorkshire-born actor as the intriguingly named Pony William. The charming Cooke talked names, and more, in conversation during rehearsals with Broadway.com.Why your interest in the theater after such a good run on screens both large and small?I think it’s just the way things have fallen out during the last few years. I hadn’t done theater since I was a teenager, so for me to have been able to do first the Hampstead and now the Donmar feels like a real privilege. Both these theaters are very intimate spaces, which means that we can really focus on the language. There are no big set changes: it’s just the three of us [Cooke and co-stars Judith Roddy and Matt Ryan] up there.What did you think when you were offered Knives in Hens?When I first read it, I have to admit, “I’m not sure I get this; I don’t really know what it is.” But the play began to have a sort of mysterious hold over me, and I do think I get it now. I can’t believe it was written in 1995 because it seems like it’s from another era—like a Greek tragedy or whatever. On the surface, the dialogue can seem pedestrian and simple, but there’s so much going on beneath the surface.What do you make of your character’s name: Pony William?I just say William! Pony William is a nickname and is what he’s known as by certain people in the village, but it’s not something that would ever be said to his face. When I talk about him, it’s William.What do you think of the process of making theater, after a decade or more working on screen?Having four weeks or more to spend exploring language and text and each other in a rehearsal room—just the three of you and a director—is pretty alien compared to working in TV. In so much of the television work I’ve done, they just rehearse on set; it’s a visual process, whereas theater is very much an actor’s medium.Did theater even seem a possibility when you were starting out?I started acting when I was nine years old and also I didn’t go to drama school, so if you start as a child and you don’t properly train, it can be very hard to get in the door of theater. There’s still a bit of a prejudice against people who haven’t done theater and who haven’t trained on top of that. But, you know, it works both ways: there are a lot of theater actors who can’t get a foot in the door of TV and film. The way I see it, if you’re a good actor, you’re a good actor, and you can be good in both [mediums].Are you getting the theater bug?Definitely! I don’t understand people who don’t want to do theater unless they have left it so long that they can’t out of fear. I’m 30 next month and thought to myself, “F**king hell, I should be doing a play!” I’ve always known this was something I wanted as part of my career.How did you start acting at such a young age?My mum was just looking for that extracurricular thing for me and my brother to do, and my aunt had heard about this amateur dramatics place called Stage 84 [in Yorkshire] that did performing arts and speech and drama. We started doing productions with the school, and the lady that ran it sent us to auditions for TV and film—mainly things that were shot locally in Yorkshire, like soaps or whatever. So I got TV at an early age and thought then that I don’t want to do anything else. I had a kids’ TV show when I was 11.Were you a child star?If you have a kids’ show age 11 in America, all of a sudden you have 100 million followers, but I don’t think it’s quite like that in England. My first proper job when I was nine or 10 was a Birds Eye beef burger commercial, which is one of my all-time favorite things.Did you get paid in burgers?Yeah, exactly! The poor lad I did the advert with ended up eating like 70 burgers during the commercials—we were all put off by watching him.Do you ever feel a permanent pull toward L.A. given the amount of work you have done Stateside?I do go out a few times a year, and I have a lot of friends there. But I don’t think it’s somewhere at the moment that I would like to relocate to permanently. I’ve been in London now 10 years and just love it; I think it’s the best city in the world. And the beauty of the internet and self-taping and Skype is that you don’t have to based in one specific place these days: I can have as good a chance at a part in L.A. as the people who live there.Do you feel you’re in a pretty good place for yourself as you approach 30?Yeah, I guess so. I’ve had leaps of progress and moments of stagnation and other moments of fulfillment. My agents, particularly in America, have always told me that things will start to change for me in a positive way when I get into my 30s and 40s, so I’ve not got any issues with getting older. Let’s just see what life brings!
Tweet 27 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Dominica to celebrate independence milestone by: – September 4, 2013 (L-R): Culture Minister Justina Charles, Community Development Minister Gloria Shillingford and Chief Cultural Officer Raymond LawrenceDominica has made significant strides since gaining Independence 35 years ago the Culture Minister, Justina Charles has said. Mrs Charles told the Media Launch of the 2013 Independence celebration at the Government Information service (GIS) on Wednesday, 3rd September that citizens must show greater appreciation for the work being done in the country. “When we reflect on the past and recognize the progress we have made as an independent nation, we will exhibit a greater appreciation for the work that is being done in this country”.This year’s celebrations will he held under the theme “One Mission, One Dominica, Celebrating 35”. “Fellow Dominicans, we have made significant progress in development of our human resource by promoting and facilitating learning through our local learning institution as well as other parts of the world,” Mrs Charles noted.She highlighted infrastructural developments and a “progressive foreign policy” among the progress which the country has made.She also called for unity among citizens during the celebration of Dominica’s 35th Independence celebration. “As we celebrate that freedom from our colonial masters, we must unite our efforts over the next several weeks by being park of the wide range of activities which have been detailed by the chief cultural officer,” she said.On October 28th 2013 Dominica will join other Creole speaking countries in celebrating International Creole Day. A Creole symposium and exposition will be held here to mark this milestone.The Culture Minister has described this observation as “an important milestone with respect to Creole”. Meanwhile, Community Development Minister, Gloria Shillingford called for greater unity in preserving the Nature Isle. “Let us all unite in the fight against crime and violence, child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, attack on our tourist, wanton littering and pollution of the environment among other things”. Mrs Shillingford noted that if these are left unattended they could cripple the country’s development. “Let us keep Dominica clean, beautiful, safe, and peaceful and a happy country to live in,” she cautioned.Dominica Vibes News Share
Bob Ursel rink of Kelowna managed to claim the top prize at the Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cashspiel Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead, Fred Thomson of Nelson, won $2,100 by defeating Myron Nichol of Castlegar 6-2 in the A Final.The Ursel rink now prepares to challenge for the BC Senior Men’s title in Enderby. Mallard’s Source for sports wants to spotlight not only the Ursel rink with Team of the Week honours but also the entire organizing committee of the Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cashspiel.
The West Kootenay Timberwolves kicked off the first of two back-to-back home weekends in Rossland on June 1. The visiting Cranbrook Outlaws were looking for their second win of the season against the Timberwolves. The players did not disappoint the fans, with both teams delivering a strong and entertaining performance. The game ended tied at 6, with neither team able to score in the 5‑minute sudden death overtime. Offensive Technical Coach Kevin Floyd was thrilled with the fan support and the Timberwolves performance. “We had a great turnout for our first game of the season in Rossland. We were hoping for a win at home for the large crowd but were very happy with the come back effort. We hope that the fans who came out to cheer us on were satisfied and continue to support us down the regular season stretch as we try to earn home advantage for playoffs.”Five Timberwolves players found the back of the Outlaws net, led by Castlegar’s Eric Reid who scored twice. Fruitvale’s Konrad Kohl, Rossland’s Alex Forshaw, Castlegar’s Dustin Perepolkin, and call-up player Reece Whitehead each contributed one goal. Defensive Technical Coach Rob Van Beek commended the players’ effort. “The boys played hard. They hit the post five times in overtime but just could not get the winning goal.” The Timberwolves have four regular season games left. They are hosting the Calgary Axemen on June 8 (2 pm) and the Olds Stingers on June 9 (11 am) at the Castlegar Complex. The Axemen and the Stingers will play each other on June 8 at 8 pm. West Kootenay and Cranbrook are tied at 3-3-1 in the Junior B Tier 3 Division standings. Game detailsSaturday June 1, Rossland Arena (Rossland)Final score: 6-6Timberwolves goals: Eric Reid (2), Alex Forshaw (1), Konrad Kohl (1), Dustin Perepolkin (1), Reece Whitehead (1).Attendance: 160
Nelson Mandela’s advocacy of peace, human rights and reconciliation permeates throughout the world. His ideals live on in the good deeds of ordinary people across the planet. Nelson Mandela leaves a positive legacy, with everyone encouraged to improve the world. From Mandela Day, to feeding the hungry and building houses for the poor, every act of kindness counts. (Image: Mandela Day Media Tool Kit) • Mandela Day aiming for 160 countries • Mandela’s presidential years to get book treatment • Newspapers report Nelson Mandela’s release, 25 years ago • The day Nelson Mandela walked out of prison • Places to visit on Madiba’s Journey Priya Pitamber“It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.” Nelson Mandela’s advice has left a lasting impact; his memory, his work, and his beliefs live on in the hearts and minds of South Africans and the global community, in people playing their part to improve the state of the world.In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously agreed that 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, should be declared Nelson Mandela International Day. The purpose of the declaration was to “honour the long history of Mandela’s leading role in the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic South Africa”.Mandela strove to build a better society, wherever he was. As such, the resolution also recognised his “values and dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities”, the UN site reads.It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said international the theme behind the day was “Take Action, Inspire Change”, which highlighted the importance of working together to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world.In South Africa, July is also known has Mandela Month. Areas flagged for improvement are shelter, volunteerism, education, literacy, food and security.Kicking off Mandela MonthMandela Month acts of goodwill started across South Africa at the beginning of the month. In early July, in the Cape Town suburb of Morning Star, a group of prisoners worked with the Department of Human Settlements to renovate and build 16 homes in the township.Deputy Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks, in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services and other stakeholders, visited the site where prisoners put their handyman skills to use in building homes and renovating existing structures. The inmates were from the Goodwood and Pollsmoor correctional facilities.One resident, Simon Filander, was at a loss for words when the inmates and the department showed up on his doorstep, ready to get to work. “This makes things easier,” he said. “There is no word in the dictionary that I can look up to explain how grateful we are that this is happening to us.”Manelisi Hlakuva, an inmate at Goodwood Correctional Centre, was glad to be part of the initiative. “We are here to help this community, also in honour of the late Tata [Mandela],” he explained. “He also valued helping other people and we also decided it was good for us to make a positive contribution to the community.”No matter where you are right now, there is a chance to help someone less fortunate #MandelaDay #Time2Serve pic.twitter.com/bK5rgjl1rI — NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 4, 201567, the charmed numberThe Nelson Mandela Foundation encourages the power of one person to make a change. “Mandela has been making an imprint on the world for 67 years, beginning in 1942 when he first started to campaign for the human rights of every South African. His life has been an inspiration to the world.”The organisation has encouraged people to give 67 minutes of their own time to do something good and to make a positive contribution to humankind. This year, Stop Hunger Now launched the Southern Africa Million Meal Challenge. The meal-packing drive will take place in South Africa’s three major cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. Thousands of volunteers will work in 67-minute shifts to pack a million meals.“This is a world first attempt at a country packaging one million meals in one day with three cities involved and being undertaken completely by corporate volunteers who want to spend their 67 minutes in a manner that is not only fun but also ensuring no child goes hungry,” said Saira Khan, the chief executive of Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa.Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, is the chief patron of the organisation. It has inspired local celebrities Elvis Blue, Roxi Wardman and Chad Saaiman to take part in this year’s Mandela Day challenge.Wardman, the winner of South African Masterchef in 2014, will be doing her part in Durban. She said she loved to get involved to support the community where she could. “I’m hoping to help and feed all those hungry people out there, and meet like-minded individuals who want to change the world slowly but surely.”She said when she thought of Mandela the ideas of equality, unity, rainbow nation, love, and peace came to mind. “I keep his ideas alive, by never judging anyone who comes in my path, and trying to do my part in society.”Changing the world, one book at a time“South Africa’s democratic vision is about making it possible to give our youth a fighting chance – that is, the opportunity to try,” said the chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang. “Education is still the foundation of this opportunity. The most basic building block that holds that foundation together is still literacy.”Corporates have responded to the organisation’s call to donate container libraries to schools across the country. The most recent recipient of books, from the Cotton On Foundation, was Batsogile Primary School in Soweto, Johannesburg.The group believed education was the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, explained the general manager of the Cotton On Foundation, Tim Diamond.“At the dawn of the 21st century, in a world where knowledge truly is power and literacy is the skill that unlocks the gates of opportunity and success, we all have a responsibility as parents, as caregivers, as educators, as leaders and as citizens, to instil in our children the critical drive for literacy and learning so that we can give them the chance to fulfil their dreams,” Hatang said.With every small act of kindness completed, Mandela’s legacy can only continue to thrive and improve the world in every small, or big way, possible.See the Nelson Mandela Foundation website or the Mandela Day website for more information.
Organized retail crime (ORC) is not a new challenge to the retail environment, but it is a criminal element that continues to grow and evolve at a rapid pace. With thieves and the supporting criminal market urgently seeking new and creative ways to pilfer goods and maximize their profits, it becomes increasingly important for retailers to keep pace. A big part of this involves keeping current with both the means and the methods of the professional theft enterprise.In order to maximize profits, organized retail crime networks have long attempted to return stolen merchandise back to the retailer as a “no receipt” return. With many retailers previously providing cash back for returns under a designated dollar amount, this well-known criminal approach basically resulted in criminals selling back the stolen merchandise to the retailers for substantial profit.Most retailers have since changed their return policies, and typically issue a gift card or store credit for the amount of the merchandise, including sales tax, for returns made without a receipt. However, this still offers the thief a lucrative opportunity for gift card fraud; instead of fencing the merchandise for 30 percent of its value on the streets or selling it on the secondhand market for 60-70 percent of its value, they can sell the gift card for on average 80 percent of its market value. Factoring in the sales tax portion of the return—which can bring an additional 5-10 percent in most states—the thief can be looking at an 85-90 percent return on the retail value of the stolen merchandise.- Sponsor – Online sales currently provide the best mechanism for thieves to sell these gift cards. With various e-commerce “buy it now” options that enable a quick turnover of a gift card, eBay has been a popular auction site for the sale of these cards. However, the cost of auction listings and Paypal fees eat into profits. Furthermore, with retail loss prevention teams now working closely with eBay investigators, the thief may also risk exposure to the criminal paper trail and the increased potential for detection and prosecution.As a result, Craigslist has become a preferred option for the sale of these gift cards—and potential gift card fraud. This free classifieds site is popular in the United States, with most transactions completed with an in-person meeting that is almost always cash-based and untraceable. The seller can quickly eliminate the paper trail by deleting the Craigslist ad once the gift card is sold.Below is an example of a $3100 department store credit being advertised on Craigslist for $2570. While the sale of gift cards at these highly discounted rates is not in itself proof of criminal intent, the brazen solicitation of high-valued store credits such as these only further underscores the need to raise awareness of the magnitude and severity with which the secondhand gift card marketplace has grown, and the need for retailers to monitor and investigate these listings on Craigslist and similar online classifieds sites for gift card fraud.In order to validate the potential impact of this secondary selling market, we’ve compiled some statistics to support these concerns. While definitive conclusions cannot be made on the origin of these cards and/or the intentions of the seller based simply on the available data, there are some clear trends that warrant our attention.Data AnalysisFigure 1The statistics documented in this article are taken from the following data analysis:1. All Craigslist “For Sale” ads from Jan. 20 – Oct. 30, 2014 throughout the United States that contained the keywords “gift card,” “store credit,” or “prepaid debit card.” About 95,000 ads were pulled that matched this criteria.2. Obvious duplicates (ads with the same title, location, and price) were eliminated and irrelevant content (offers to purchase gift cards, gift cards in combination with merchandise, bartering offers, gift-card-making machines) was cleaned up. About 65,500 ads remained after this cleanup effort, which is labeled Part I data.3. The retailer name, asking price, gift card value, location and phone number were extracted from these ads. Gift cards that did not contain both a value and an asking price were eliminated. About 33,000 ads remained at this stage of the analysis, which is labeled Part II data.The chances of a store credit being legitimately obtained typically decrease the higher the value of the gift card. However, we must also consider the average purchase price of merchandise in some retailers is lower than the prices at brand-name boutique stores, so comparisons can’t be made unless the retailers are of the same industry or class. That is why gift card values need to be presented in a segmented manner.Overall, the secondhand gift card marketplace on Craigslist totaled about $7 million over the nine-month period and did not include a potential spike during the busy November and December shopping periods. Figure 1 indicates the total values of the gift cards advertised for the top 100 national retailers.20,453 of the 59,578 ads where the store credit’s value was explicitly mentioned were for gift cards that are not considered national retailers, and were eliminated from this analysis.From the Part I data, Figure 2 indicates the top 15 industries appearing in the ads for gift cards and store credits. Ads were categorized by gift card value (1) all amounts, (2) values of $100 and up, (3) values of $500 and up, and finally (4) values of $1000 and up. The retailers that were ranked high in all dollar classes were home improvement and electronics. Some retailers that contained high volume of gift cards below $100 had very few at high volumes, such as specialty apparel and restaurants. Some retailers that were low volume below $100 are high volume at $500 and above, such as jewelry and department stores.Figure 2Figure 3 indicates the top metropolitan areas for gift card ads. Generally speaking, the ranking of each metropolitan area on Craigslist correlates with population rankings, except for Seattle/Tacoma, which is ranked #21 in population, yet is ranked #4 on gift cards.Figure 3Furthermore, the state-wise geographic breakdown generally correlates with population rankings. The largest anomalies of the top 10 states indicated are Oregon (rank #27 in population), Washington (rank #13 in population) and Arizona (rank #15 in population).Figure 4The Part II data was used as the basis for Figure 5, which indicates the gift card price as a percentage of the value. Sometimes the ads contained bogus prices on the listing title, like $1, to help draw in the customer, but when you look at the details of the ad, their asking price is much higher. Any ad where the asking price in the title was less than 10 percent of the value or above 100 percent of the gift card was thrown out.Figure 5The peak in the distribution is at 80 percent, with a longer downward tail towards 10 percent. It is unclear to the author whether a low price / value implies that the gift card was obtained via some type of fraud, or whether a legitimate seller is simply desperate to liquidate his/her gift card. If the gift card’s price is below 50 percent of its value, that corresponds to the lowest 3 percent of this distribution.If this is further combined with a high value of $500 or higher, it also could turn into a potential store robbery situation. Many holdups or robberies are triggered by a Craigslist ad where the seller is offering something too good to be true, and where the seller agrees to meet the buyer in a remote location . In many of these gift card ads, the seller offers to meet the buyer at the retailer in question to check the value, or to pay for the merchandise the buyer picks directly with the gift card.Active SellersRepeat sellers of gift cards would also have a higher correlation to illegally obtained gift cards or gift card fraud. About 80 percent of the Craigslist ads are single ads for a single gift card, while the remaining 20 percent of Craigslist sellers have multiple ads for potentially multiple gift cards. Due to the potentially broad nature of the Craigslist postings, it is difficult to determine whether a seller is posting a duplicate ad, a second gift card is available, or a single ad with multiple gift cards. Therefore some margin of error is expected with this particular analysis.Figure 6Among the sellers with fifteen or more multiple gift card offerings, only two of them were offering gift cards from one retailer exclusively, and one of them was offering gift cards from the same group of companies. The majority were offering from multiple retailers, which eliminates the likelihood of an internal theft issue.ConclusionsBased upon the findings of our study, it is clearly worthwhile for retailers and their loss prevention staff to monitor and review the second-hand gift card online market such as those found on Craigslist and similar sites in order to mitigate the opportunity for thieves to exploit the “return with no receipt” method of liquidation.Big-box stores are particularly exposed with seven of the top ten retailers in gift card value sold on Craigslist today. However, a broad spectrum of retailers are represented as part of our statistical pool, whether based on the type of retailer, the size of the stores, the products sold, and other distinguishable characteristics.The average selling price of a gift card found on the Craigslist classified listings is typically 80 percent of its value. California is the biggest single sales state by value and by volume of ads, being three times higher than for Texas, which has the second-highest numbers.The use of gift cards has opened many opportunities for retailers to expand sales options, attract additional business, and serve the needs of their customers. However, this has also opened up doors to store card fraud. As retailers strive to explore new and better ways to serve the customer, it’s important that we always keep our eyes open to the potential opportunities, and use our available tools and technology to protect our goods, our customers, and our profitability.This article was originally published in 2014 and was updated December 8, 2016.1. White paper by the GAO http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-675 2. US city and state population data courtesy of Wikipedia. 3. Online news www.kctv5.com/story/26038628/two-people-injured-in-kcmo-shooting 4. Online news www.dailyherald.com/article/20140924/news/140929271 Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Share via Email Share on Messenger Topics Reuse this content Since you’re here… Steve Hansen is standing down as New Zealand’s head coach after the tournament. If the All Blacks win the tournament for the third successive time, his attack coach Ian Foster would likely step up, but if they fell short, candidates from outside the current management team would be looked at.Eddie Jones’s contract as England’s head coach runs until 2021, but it would be reviewed if the World Cup campaign turned sour. A change at the end of the year would be too soon for Gatland, who has said he will be taking a long holiday: his year with the Lions would start in the summer of 2020.It is understood that Twickenham’s preference should Jones not survive Japan is Mark McCall, the Saracens director of rugby, although he is contracted to the Premiership champions until 2022. If Jones carried on, Gatland would be a contender to succeed him after the Lions tour of South Africa in 2021.It was the uncertainty surrounding England that prompted Wales’s defence coach, Shaun Edwards, to open negotiations with France after turning down the offer of a new contract by the Welsh Rugby Union. As Edwards did with Wigan last year, Gatland has verbally agreed to carry on as the Lions head coach, although the tourists would be unlikely to stand in his way should New Zealand come calling.Gatland declined to talk about the Lions last week after announcing Wales’s World Cup training squad. “This is about Wales and I am not going to speak about the Lions,” he said. “I have not spoke to England at all. They are not talking to anyone or making any appointments until after the World Cup. I have had a number of approaches from different places: it is about making the right decision at the right time. I’m not too worried about whether I have a job or not for a while. I’m a great believer in what will be will be.”Before the start of the Six Nations, Gatland suggested his preference would be to return to New Zealand. “I am looking to take a few months off after the World Cup and start looking in the middle of 2020, perhaps some Super Rugby in New Zealand if there was an opportunity. I am also aware that there are not many jobs there so it might not be an option.”The Lions job gives Gatland insurance, but with his track record something longer lasting will emerge. The question is when and his grand slam Wales side may influence the timing of that in Japan. Warren Gatland Warren Gatland’s verbal agreement to head the Lions for a third successive tour will give him time to consider his options after spending the last 12 years as Wales’s head coach.Gatland has established himself as one of the world’s leading coaches but the two plum jobs he would be a candidate for, the head coach of New Zealand and of England, will not be resolved until the end of the World Cup and will hinge on how the two countries perform. Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest British & Irish Lions news Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Read more Danny Cipriani can show the England cap would fit in Saracens play-off
Arsenal completed 459 open-play passes into or within the penalty area to Tottenham’s 310. And yet Spurs have created only about three fewer expected goals from open play.This speaks to an unusually direct attacking style. Tottenham no longer pins its opponents back with a strangling high press but instead builds its attacks quickly to free individual players to run at the defense, in an attacking style that has been compared to college football’s “air raid.” To make passes inside the penalty area, a team must have multiple players already in the vicinity, and if one of these high-risk passes is left incomplete, fewer players are in position to stop a potential counterattack. Without the ball-winners in midfield to recover possession, such a deliberate approach would put Tottenham under too much pressure in transition. So instead, the team works more directly, bypassing midfield and quickly feeding a forward to face a defender one-on-one.This is the attacking style that Liverpool will have to defend against on Saturday in Madrid. Liverpool has consistently been able to use its midfield press to control matches and hold possession. But against Spurs, Jurgen Klopp’s side will have to be particularly wary of the direct counterattacks that have become the team’s go-to play. If Liverpool takes risks to overload Spurs defensively in possession, looking for some of these killer penalty area passes, it will be the Reds who are at risk of being countered.The table may be set for a more slow-paced and tactical Champions League final than either Klopp’s or Pochettino’s reputations might suggest. In the most recent meeting of the two sides on March 31, there were just 2.6 expected goals created from 25 shots. This is almost exactly average for a Premier League match7Averages are 2.64 expected goals and 25.3 shots per match. but is far from the high-scoring barn-burner one might hope for from the matchup. If Liverpool won’t risk sending extra runners to support its forwards, while Tottenham invites some pressure and looks to counterattack, the game may slow down as it did at Anfield in March.The final, then, could come down to one team or the other relying on its superstar forward for a moment of magic. For Liverpool, this is not such a complicated question. Mohamed Salah had a great season, has returned to fitness after a head injury and is expected to be ready to go at full strength. Harry Kane is a bigger question for Tottenham. The English striker suffered his fifth ankle injury in the past three seasons against Manchester City in April and has not played since. He has rejoined the team and traveled to Spain, but can Spurs hope to get a vintage Kane performance?Last season when Kane returned from an ankle injury, his performance fell off badly. He had been running hot, averaging 0.98 expected goals and assists per 90 minutes in the 10 matches before he got hurt, and he dropped to about 0.73 in the 10 matches after his return. The same thing happened again this season after Kane suffered an ankle injury against Manchester United: His shot statistics declined from 0.88 xG+xA/90 to 0.52. But his ankle injuries in the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 didn’t result in such a drastic downturn in performance. In 2017, he seemed to come back stronger than he was before the injury, going on a rampage down the stretch with 1.04 xG+xA/90 compared with 0.74 beforehand.Tottenham’s counterattacking style, and the team’s efficiency in turning passes around the penalty area into scoring chances, run best through an elite center forward. If Kane can return to form within a single game, that would give Spurs the best chance at a Champions League update. Getting an upset win probably requires a little bit of good fortune, and there is no better possible stroke of fortune for Tottenham than a fit Harry Kane.Check out our latest soccer predictions. In this same time, Tottenham has managed to increase its wage spending from about $85 million in 2009-10 to $187 million reported last season. The money saved on transfers has, to a significant degree, been reinvested into wages. By carefully managing the club’s incoming and outgoing funds on transfers, chairman Daniel Levy has built up the quality of the squad and paid to keep better and better players.And it’s worked. Tottenham has finished at least sixth in every season this decade, including now four consecutive berths in the Champions League.3A group stage place in the Champions League is now awarded to the top four teams in the EPL. Before 2018, the top three qualified for the group stages, and the fourth-place team had to win a playoff match first. In the previous decade, Spurs finished in the top six only twice (back-to-back fifth-place finishes in 2005-06 and 2006-07). Tottenham has become a regular Champions League competitor through a process of careful business management backing up good player development.This same “do more with less” mentality is reflected in the team’s performances this season under the management of Mauricio Pochettino. Faced with injuries up and down the squad, Pochettino has had to improvise. His team has given at least 1,500 minutes to 14 different outfield players,4The 10 players not in goal. most among the big six sides in the Premier League. Tottenham’s 10 most-used outfield players have covered only 66 percent of the team’s total minutes, the smallest share among the big six.The team’s injuries have hit the midfield particularly hard: Eric Dier missed most of the second half of the season after an appendectomy, Harry Winks has missed time with ankle and groin injuries, Victor Wanyama was unavailable for most of the season with knee problems, and Mousa Dembele was injured in November and has not played for Tottenham since.5Dembele was sold to Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League during the winter transfer window. Dier, Dembele and Wanyama were three of Spurs’ four leading midfielders in tackles and interceptions won per 90 minutes this season; without them, the club had no true ball-winners in the center of the pitch. The loss of these more defensively sound midfielders changed Tottenham’s approach, forcing Pochettino to dial back his preferred high-pressing, high-possession style. The team’s pressing rate has dropped to its lowest level under Pochettino at 47 percent.6Pressing rate is defined as how often the team broke up new opposition possession in open play before the other team could complete three passes. Instead, Pochettino has had to develop a more counterattacking approach.Tottenham has remained one of the best attacking teams in the league, with about 50 open-play expected goals created — good for fifth overall. But unlike the other clubs that rank high in this metric, Spurs complete surprisingly few passes into or within the penalty area. This could finally be the year when a true underdog wins the Champions League again. The last time a club not among the world’s very elite hoisted the trophy was in 2012, when Chelsea won it all.1Even that team — with its gargantuan payroll and roster of aging stars — didn’t totally fit the profile of the underdog. In the six years since, the ruling class of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid captured Europe’s most prestigious club tournament each year. In this context, if Liverpool triumphs on Saturday, despite being clearly among the best teams in the world according to the FiveThirtyEight Soccer Power Index, the Reds would still be breaking ground.But the real underdog here is Tottenham. Spurs rate as the 12th-best club in the world by SPI. And in many ways, the story of Tottenham is the incredible journey it took just to get close to the world top 10. Spurs languished in the middle of the English Premier League table through most of the 2000s, and unlike Manchester City, which also made the leap to the EPL elite in this millennium, Tottenham didn’t luck into an owner willing to spend at a massive deficit to take the club up the ladder. Instead, Spurs had to ratchet up their spending slowly and play the market carefully. Of the Premier League’s current “big six” clubs,2Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham. only Tottenham has come close to breaking even on its transfer dealings over the past decade — receiving about as much money in transfer fees as it has paid out.