With only one killing recorded this year, brutality incidents and years of mistrust still mar the city’s reputation
Last Wednesday, Devon Guisherd shot a Philadelphia Swat officer in the chest before the officer returned fire and killed the 27-year-old. Guisherd had been wanted on murder charges tied to the death of 25-year-old Megan Doto, who was struck by a stray bullet in 2014. Doto’s unborn daughter also died in the incident.
Guisherd’s death marked the first time this year a person shot by an on-duty Philadelphia police officer died as a result of their injuries. A few years ago, it would have seemed impossible that seven full months could pass before the city hit this milestone. In 2012, 15 people died after being shot by Philadelphia police, according to the department’s own records. In 2013, 13 people died.
Wherever there is cricket, so there will be rain. This unwritten law might not be pencilled into the big book of cricket laws that govern the sport, but it is part and parcel of the game. While cricket is mostly a summer sport, many countries that play cricket also have summer rainfall.
This peril is mostly negotiated safely. While it cannot be avoided completely, administrators still take their chances. Nobody has started the long process of trying to introduce roofed stadiums in cricket and, until that day, we will be lumped with rain interruptions and lengthy delays. However, one has to applaud the complete lack of logic of whoever thought scheduling a series in the middle of Monsoon season in Bangladesh was a good idea.
Bangladesh and South Africa got lucky during their limited-overs matches. Although a few games were interrupted by rain, none of them were washed out. It was frustrating, sure, but administrators got away with it.
Tests are a different kettle of fish, though. Slight interruptions happen all the time and often add to the nuance of the game. Tests need time to ebb and flow, and scheduling a series right in the middle of rainy season goes beyond any comprehension.
The Monsoon season (in other words rainy season) usually runs from June to October and never before has a Test been scheduled in the months of June, July or August. That is until this year, of course. Administrators also scheduled a one-off Test against India in June of this year. It’s no surprise that was completely washed out by rain, too. It is understandable that schedules are tight, but surely the risk of losing an entire series simply isn’t worth it?
Fans on Twitter were asking the same question after the third consecutive day was washed out between Bangladesh and South Africa.
The worst part about this scheduling is that it stalls Bangladesh’s progress. They have been a team on the up and gave South Africa a good run for their money in the first Test. That was until rain washed out the last two days.
As already mentioned, schedules are tight and in order for teams to play each other regularly, some risks have to be taken. But this was not even a calculated risk, it was just straight up foolish.
So, what is the solution? For one, cricket could just consider roofs on its stadiums. It will be a costly affair, but if the International Cricket Council had cricket’s best interest at heart, they could subsidise it. Roofing on cricket stadia really needs to be considered sometime in the near future. We’ve already progressed to day-night Tests, so surely roofing is not too far off?
Bangladesh could also consider opting to play Tests on “neutral” territory for the months of their monsoon season. This is far from an ideal solution as home advantage plays a massive role. But with schedules so packed, it’s a viable option. Bangladesh’s “dry” months overlap with a number of other countries who are always going to prioritise playing cricket on home turf when they can. Opting for a neutral venue, like the United Arab Emirates for example, will allow them to play the cricket they need to against the teams they want to.
Players sitting around for days on end is frustrating and a complete waste of their time. It does nobody any good. Broadcasters get frustrated because they have to resort to highlights packages which nobody is watching and possibly lose out on advertising revenue.
If cricket was really bold, it would use these rainy seasons to take the game global. From the United States of America to China, there are many cricket pitches dotted around the globe that could use the rainy season to expand the game’s footprint. Cricket, however, is very much stuck in its ways
This month’s Word Cricket Clown of the month has to give a special mention to career clown Graeme Swann. Swann appeared on Willow Talk, a show hosted by Mark Waugh and Matthew Hayden and tried to impersonate Kevin Pietersen. He spent most of his time mocking the former England player, poking fun at his tattoos and his perceived ego, among other things. Take a listen below.
Now, of course Swann is retired and can do whatever he pleases, but if you are going to make fun of somebody then you might want to try a little bit harder to get the accent right. Swann makes one vaguely funny quip where he, in an attempt to impersonate Pietersen, says: “I am ready to play for my country again, or England if they’ll let me”, poking fun at Pietersen’s South African heritage. It’s a tired joke, though, and says a lot about Swann’s comedic prowess (or rather lack thereof)
This past week we gave you a look at Supreme’s forthcoming Jordan sneaker, we dove into the most valuable sneakers of 2015 Q2, Khloé Kardashian stripped down for Complex, and Keith Ape, A$AP Ferg and Waka Flocka came together for the “IT G MA Remix” video. Below you’ll find a roundup of our favorite comments from the week, spanning the aforementioned posts and a few others. Please be sure to keep the funny, interesting and bizarre comments coming, and in the meantime check out this week’s finest below.
Scott Kendall: They are coming to fix our plumbing, add street lights and repair the roofs!!! No they’re gonna paint the whole neighborhood into a rainbow you can only see from 5 miles away up that mountain over there across the river.
Egypt expects to import 28.6 million tonnes of crude oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other oil products worth a total of almost $16 billion in 2015-16, the planning ministry said on Saturday. The government expects to buy 7.79 million tonnes of LNG for $3.55 billion and 6.37 million tonnes of crude oil for $3.51 billion, the ministry said in a handout given to journalists at a news conference on its economic development plan for the current fiscal year, which started on July 1. The Arab world’s most populous country, which recently turned from a net energy exporter into an importer, aims to produce about 695,000 bpd of crude oil and condensates in addition to 4.7 billion cubic feet of gases sold daily.
New Balance continues its exploration of vintage Americana with its fantastic premium Made in USA range. Up next is the New Balance “Connoisseur Rockabilly” pack, which is entirely inspired by 50s Americana. The vintage color palette has been applied to the New Balance 996, 997 and 998. You can purchase the collection now from select retailers around the globe.
By Matt DeLucia CBS2 Meteorologist/Weather Producer
It’s going to be a spectacular end to the first weekend in August and will certainly be feeling like summer! Mostly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 80s to around 90. The good news is the humidity will once again remain low, so while it will be hot, it won’t have that sticky feel.
That changes heading into Monday, as we bump up those dew points. Hot and humid to start off the work week, with highs in the low 90s. There is a chance for some showers and storms as well.
Looks like we’ll clear out for Tuesday and those humidity levels will drop once again. In fact, as we head toward the end of the week, temps will be dropping back into the low and mid 80s. Watching a chance of rain Thursday into Friday.
Check back in soon for the latest. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
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