Calls for Govt to resign continue

first_img– as WPO urges Govt to respect Constitution, set election date– former President warns that instability threatens economyBoth the Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) and former President Donald Ramotar have issued calls for the Government to respect the constitutional provisions after it lost a no-confidence vote brought by the parliamentary Opposition.Former President Donald RamotarAccording to the WPO in a statement, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Cabinet should resign with immediate effect, in keeping with Article 106 (6) of the Constitution of Guyana.The Organisation, which is the women’s arm of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), also urged that a date be set for general and regional elections, which are constitutionally due within 90 days of the December 21 no-confidence vote.It reminded that President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had promised they would abide by the constitutional provisions. The Organisation quoted Granger verbatim, noting that he said on December 22, 2018 that his “government will abide by the stipulations which have been imposed on it following the passing of the no-confidence motion…”“In the National Assembly on the night of the 21st December, 2018, the Leader of the Government business in the Parliament, the Prime Minister, recorded similar sentiments immediately after the motion was successfully carried,” they added.“The Government fell and lost its right to manage the affairs of the country. Baseless and frivolous arguments are now being touted by those who seek to confuse and give a false sense of hope to their supporters. No amount of spin can cast any doubt of the demise of the Government and the ensuing resignation which must occur.”The women’s organisation, therefore, called on the Government to “stop the charade” and to meet urgently with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in order to ensure elections could be held.Economic recessionLongstanding WPO Chairperson Indranie ChandarpalMeanwhile, former President Ramotar warned that continuing uncertainty about Guyana’s political situation could have disastrous effects on the country’s economy. According to Ramotar, APNU/AFC is trying to frustrate the Constitution and the country as a whole, which will in turn affect investor confidence.“They must resign now! (Current Foreign Affairs Minister) Carl Greenidge in a comment when, in 2014 the AFC tabled a no-confidence motion, put it over strongly. He said that when a no-confidence motion is passed, the Government should resign immediately and prepare for elections!  This is what the APNU/AFC Government must do now! This is the law!“I wish to recall that in 2014 when the no-confidence motion was put against the government that I led, I had prorogued the Parliament. I explained that I did this to allow some discussions between the Government and the Opposition in the interest of Guyana,” the former President stated.According to Ramotar, APNU/AFC refused to talk back then. Ramotar noted that having failed to get them to the table, he decided to call General and Regional Elections rather than extend the prorogation and his Government’s tenure.“I did that, because I was aware that with the best of intentions that my administration had, such an act could have led to political instability. Political instability would have negatively affected the economic progress of Guyana. For me that was unacceptable! To me, nothing should be done to affect the welfare of our people.”“If the leaders of the APNU/AFC have an iota of concern for our people, they must demonstrate this by resigning immediately and allow for the mandated general elections within the 90 days’ period as stipulated by the Constitution. If this is not done now, the confidence in the economy will decline even further.”Ramotar warned that if money from investors dried up, unemployment rates would increase since no investments equated to reduced job creation. As such, he urged Government to do the “lawful and decent thing” and resign.On December 21, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the PPP/Civic – against the Government succeeded when Charrandas Persaud, a former AFC Member of Parliament, broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”last_img read more

Athletics’ Sean Manaea to start Sunday against New York Yankees

first_imgNEW YORK — Sean Manaea’s been with the Athletics on the road since Kansas City, throwing some bullpen sessions and working with pitching coach Scott Emerson through the final days of his rehabilitation from the shoulder surgery he had last September.Manaea will start Sunday’s final game against the New York Yankees, his first big league action since last August.“We’re at the point where we need to get him into a game,” manager Bob Melvin said. “He was really effective his last time out. …last_img read more

More Tangled Branches that Confound Darwinian Trees

first_img(Visited 335 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Darwin’s branching “tree of life” diagram made for a nice, simple, easy-to-understand, convenient myth. It has sent scientists on a wild tree chase ever since.MitochondriaRedefining the origin of the cellular powerhouse (Science Daily). Mitochondria produce most of the energy for the cell. That’s where the ATP synthase rotary engines work to generate ATP at the end of a chain of complex molecular machines. You may have heard the evolutionists’ favorite story for the origin of mitochondria, the ‘endosymbiont’ theory. This claims that mitochondria are evolutionary remnants of a microbe that ingested another microbe that knew how to run the powerhouse, and the two lived happily ever after. What you may not have heard is that there is a “fierce debate” that has raged between evolutionists about the details of this account.Evidence from the past few decades strongly supports that mitochondria evolved via endosymbiosis, a process in which a free-living bacterium is taken up by a host cell. Yet, both the identity of the mitochondrial ancestor, as well as the nature of the endosymbiosis, are subject of fierce debates.The Darwinists at the University of Uppsala decided to enter the debate and see if they could understand the reasons for it.“We believe that there are two main reasons for the lack of consensus on the identity of the mitochondrial ancestor,” says Thijs Ettema, researcher at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at Uppsala University who led the team conducting the study. “First, it is possible that present-day relatives simply have not been found yet — if they even still exist. Second, the reconstruction of the evolutionary history of the mitochondria is extremely challenging, and can easily lead to very different and hence conflicting results.“Their divination efforts may only increase tensions, because their proposed common ancestor is not even a member of the most popular candidate group, the Alphaproteobacteria. Where did the ancestor go? It seems to have disappeared into the misty realms of the unobservable past. Ratcheting up the perhapsimaybecouldness index, they speculate freely:Unexpectedly, their analyses supported a new position of mitochondria, which were now placed outside of the Alphaproteobacteria.These results indicate that mitochondria are not the closest relatives to any of the currently recognized alphaproteobacterial groups, including the Rickettsiales. Rather, the mitochondria evolved from an ancestor which later gave rise to all currently recognized Alphaproteobacteria.“We suspect that the popular Rickettsiales-related ancestry of mitochondria is the result of a methodological artefact.” explains Martijn. “Mitochondria and Rickettsiales have evolved under very similar conditions, which could have resulted in very similar but independent modes of evolution and sequence patterns. This in turn may have complicated previous efforts to determine the evolutionary origin of mitochondria.”The study failed to identify any present-day relatives of the mitochondrial ancestor.Disappointed, the researchers hope the ancestor will be found some day in Tomorrowland.SpidersPhylogenomics, Diversification Dynamics, and Comparative Transcriptomics across the Spider Tree of Life (Current Biology). In this paper, seven Darwinians tried really hard to get spiders to fit into a Darwinian tree. They claim success:Photo by David Coppedge.Dating back to almost 400 mya, spiders are among the most diverse terrestrial predators. However, despite considerable effort, their phylogenetic relationships and diversification dynamics remain poorly understood. Here, we use a synergistic approach to study spider evolution through phylogenomics, comparative transcriptomics, and lineage diversification analyses. Our analyses, based on ca. 2,500 genes from 159 spider species, reject a single origin of the orb web (the “ancient orb-web hypothesis”) and suggest that orb webs evolved multiple times since the late Triassic–Jurassic. We find no significant association between the loss of foraging webs and increases in diversification rates, suggesting that other factors (e.g., habitat heterogeneity or biotic interactions) potentially played a key role in spider diversification. Finally, we report notable genomic differences in the main spider lineages: while araneoids (ecribellate orb-weavers and their allies) reveal an enrichment in genes related to behavior and sensory reception, the retrolateral tibial apophysis (RTA) clade—the most diverse araneomorph spider lineage—shows enrichment in genes related to immune responses and polyphenic determination. This study, one of the largest invertebrate phylogenomic analyses to date, highlights the usefulness of transcriptomic data not only to build a robust backbone for the Spider Tree of Life, but also to address the genetic basis of diversification in the spider evolutionary chronicle.If you read past the confident claims, you notice that up till now this family tree has been “poorly understood” and can only be reconciled with tricks of the tree-building trade, including novel placements, convergent evolution [Darwin Flubber] and storytelling (“the spider evolutionary chronicle”). Surely orb-web building is one of the most complex phenomena in zoology, requiring both incredible expertise in materials science and in behavior. Can anyone really accept their claim that “orb webs evolved multiple times” without comparing it to belief in miracles?YeastGenome evolution across 1,011 Saccharomyces cerevisiae isolates (Nature). This paper talks about another huge tree-building effort, but it’s just for one species: the common yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Yeast has been an important organism for people groups, involved as it is in the making of bread and beer. The 21 authors looked for differences in over a thousand members of this one-celled eukaryote and found some interesting things:Large-scale population genomic surveys are essential to explore the phenotypic diversity of natural populations. Here we report the whole-genome sequencing and phenotyping of 1,011 Saccharomyces cerevisiae isolates, which together provide an accurate evolutionary picture of the genomic variants that shape the species-wide phenotypic landscape of this yeast. Genomic analyses support a single ‘out-of-China’ origin for this species, followed by several independent domestication events. Although domesticated isolates exhibit high variation in ploidy, aneuploidy and genome content, genome evolution in wild isolates is mainly driven by the accumulation of single nucleotide polymorphisms. A common feature is the extensive loss of heterozygosity, which represents an essential source of inter-individual variation in this mainly asexual species. Most of the single nucleotide polymorphisms, including experimentally identified functional polymorphisms, are present at very low frequencies. The largest numbers of variants identified by genome-wide association are copy-number changes, which have a greater phenotypic effect than do single nucleotide polymorphisms.Sanford’s book examines the impact of mutations that are invisible to selection.What they found is a surprising lack of evolution. The biggest differences were single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which are neutral mutations. As John Sanford explained in his book Genetic Entropy, the accumulation of neutral or nearly-neutral mutations puts a mutational load on any genome, scrambling the original information and degrading it. Undoubtedly lineages went extinct that degraded too much, or did not survive in the first place. The other major change observed in the study was copy-number changes, including aneuploidy (chromosome duplications), which do not create new information.Nothing in the study claimed yeast made evolutionary progress in any way. There were no innovations or cases of positive selection mentioned. Evidence of “purifying selection” was mentioned, but that results from repair mechanisms in the cell that try to get rid of bad mutations—an example of intelligent design.While it’s helpful to perform genetic studies such as this to tease out effects of mutations and domestication, no Darwinian evolution was observed. No mutations were selected for a fitter kind of yeast. In the end, the “tree of life” for all 1,011 isolates were still yeast. Not only that, they were still one species of yeast: Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Where in any of these examples do we see the Origin of Species by Natural Selection?See also yesterday’s entry for three other examples of tree-building exercises by Darwinians. The results in both these entries would do nothing to convince an impartial observer to believe that bacteria evolved into humans.last_img read more

New Jersey Allows Email Voting: A Sign Of Things To Come?

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification brian proffitt A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Tags:#2012 election#Government#hurricane sandy#politics#security For the first time in history, nearly every citizen of a U.S. state will be given access to participate in their general election today via email and faxing. But this special event is overshadowed by serious doubts as to security of all types of electronic voting, much less relying on email.The New Jersey ExperimentNew Jersey’s Christie administration made the announcement for the emergency policy change on November 3, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The idea is to permit registered voters in the Garden State to vote electronically using a system that Military and Overseas voters already use under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). Actually, Jersey’s emergency plan is even less restrictive than the state’s existing procedure, which usually requires absentee voters under UOCAVA to mail in a signed affidavit.According to the Governor’s office, “displaced voters may submit a mail-in ballot application either by email or fax to their county clerk. Once an application is approved, the clerk will electronically send a ballot to the voter by either fax or email in accordance to the voter’s preference. Voters must return their electronic ballot – by fax or email – no later than November 6, 2012, at 8 p.m.”New Jersey voters can also vote by provisional ballot in counties other than their original residence if they prefer.The Garden State’s extraordinary efforts come in direct response to Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in New Jersey a little over a week ago and caused widespread damage to polling places and residents’ homes in a critical moment on the electoral calendar.If such a storm had hit at any other time of the year, or even in an off-election year, it is not clear New Jersey would have taken these dramatic steps. For election watchers, though, New Jersey’s move is a grand experiment, a chance to find out how well the process works and what, if any, flaws crop up.Hacking The Electronic VoteThis is a big deal. Online voting is not something that happens with any regularity in the U.S. Currently, only 28 U.S. states allow email and fax voting – even for for UOCAVA-eligible voters. Another five states allow fax-only ballots for the same demographic. Of these 33 states that have electronic absentee voting in place for Military and Overseas voters, only one – Arizona – also provides a Web portal for qualified voters to use.In fact, despite promises of convenience, fast tabulation of votes and improved ease-of-use, there are big issues with all kinds of electronic voting (online or at the polling place). The biggest issue: security. According to Verified Voting, a non-partisan watchdog site, the best election processes are those that include some sort of paper record of voting activity that can be audited if there is ever a question of fraudulent activity. But most electronic voting options don’t leave a paper trail.Given that many state legislatures seem so concerned about voter fraud that they are enacting voter ID laws, it seems odd that the same groups seem more than happy to use voting systems that could be potentially hacked on a much larger scale – with no way to gather evidence to prove whether it happened or not.On Monday, Roger Johnston, head of the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory, posted an article on Popular Science outlining how simple it would be to grab some equipment from an electronics store and execute a man-in-the-middle attack on a touchscreen voting machine – for as little as $10 and a Saturday afternoon.“The attacks require physical access. This is easy for insiders, who program the machines for an election or install them. And we would argue it’s typically not that hard for outsiders,” Johnston wrote. “A lot of voting machines are sitting around in the church basement, the elementary school gymnasium or hallway, unattended for a week or two before the election.”Decentralization Limits The DamageElections in the U.S. are typically handled at the county level, with individual Clerk’s offices managing voter registration and the election process in the various counties and parishes. The good news is that would require hackers to break into a multitude of different machine types – a one-attack-fits-all strategy would not work.The bad news – as mentioned above – is that with the exception of optical scan devices and electronic voting machines capable of printing a record of a voter’s choices, there’s no paper trail to audit. If these machines were tampered with, there is very little chance for such tampering to be immediately detected, unless the hacker is dumb enough to over-weigh the tampered votes of one candidate over another. Given the relative ease in which Johnston and his team created hacks for voting machines, this kind of tampering is very much a real danger.A Really Big TargetThis, more than any reason, is why the U.S. electorate has not attempted a “pure” online election. With electronic voting machines, at least there’s still a physical device you have to hack, which does not scale very well from the attackers’ viewpoint. But a truly online election, hitting one central server? That might be too tempting a target for hackers to resist. And a successful hack could change millions of votes.Take the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethic’s rather daring public challenge in 2010: After setting up an Internet voting pilot to enable overseas voters to cast their ballots, the District invited all comers to try to break into the system and compromise its results.In just a few hours, a team from The University of Michigan found a vulnerability and had inserted fictitious characters into the mock election’s ballot, even gaining control of the cameras watching the election servers to make sure their activity wasn’t visually spotted. The winner of the election? Futurama robot Bender.“Our experience with the D.C. pilot system demonstrates one of the key dangers in many Internet voting designs: one small mistake in the configuration or implementation of the central voting servers or their surrounding network infrastructure can easily undermine the legitimacy of the entire election,” concluded the academic paper outlining the attack.Today’s New Jersey experiment is a last-minute attempt to cope by a state battered by Hurricane Sandy. Given the very real security concerns surrounding electronic elections, don’t expect it to be the norm anytime soon. Hopefully, at least, it won’t be another object lesson in what can go wrong with electronic voting.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Workflow Tip: Use Bundles in FCPX To Archive Your Projects

first_imgArchiving master files of your projects is never a fun task, but using bundles in FCPX makes it a whole lot easier.For years, I had a terrible system for archiving my final cuts of commercial and personal projects. I’d typically only create one master file, which of course meant that if I ever needed that file in a different resolution or codec, I’d need to re-encode it. Not the end of the world in many cases, but in circumstances where I needed that file right away it was a bit of a pain to dig through old archival drives to find, convert, and upload it to a video hosting site.My current method of archiving has become far easier and more streamlined as a result of the bundles feature in FCPX, which effectively allows you to output multiple deliverables with a single click.Currently, most of my projects are shot in 4K, so this is how my bundle is set up to archive final 4K projects:4K Data Master (ProRes HQ)1080p Data Master (ProRes HQ)1080p Web Master (H.264)Both the 4K and 1080p Data Masters will output to my internal drive, while the 1080p web master will not only output to my hard drive, but will also automatically upload to Vimeo with a password. This means that even if a client calls me while I’m on vacation asking for a cut of an old project, I can simply pull up my Vimeo app and send them a link straight from my phone.Bundles are a very powerful way to create masters of your projects in a single click, and you obviously can and should customize your bundle to your specific work needs. Regardless of how you set it up, simply taking the time to arrange a bundle structure in Final Cut Pro X in the first place can save you hours of time down the line, searching for and converting older projects.last_img read more

Pencak silat gives PH 24th gold, 3 more bronzes

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Dines Dumaan won the Philippines’ 24th gold medal in tanding – men’s class A in the pencak silat competitions of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Hall 2.The 22-year-old stopped his Indonesian foe Firman in the Finals to win the 45-50 kilogram division.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mastafa Fitri Masjuri of Malaysia and Muhammad Ridhwan Selamat of Singapore took home bronze in the event.Dumaan’s win capped off a successful day for the Philippine pencak silat team after Princesslyn Enopia, Rickrod Ortega, and Jefferson Rhey Loon all bagged bronze medals in their events.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPlacing third in the 55-60 kilogram division, Ortega came away with the bronze medal in the tanding – men’s class C.Loon, meanwhile, settled for a bronze medal in tanding – men’s class D, finishing third in the 60-65 kilogram division. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH squash team nets two more bronzes MOST READlast_img read more

Photo: Alabama Awarded Broadcaster Eli Gold With A 2014 SEC Championship Ring

first_imgEli Gold has been broadcasting Alabama football games since 1988. In that time, he has seen the Crimson Tide capture four national championships and six SEC titles. To many ‘Bama fans, he is an indelible part of the program. To thank him for his time broadcasting for the program, Alabama football awarded Eli Gold with a 2014 SEC Championship ring.Sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to the U. Of Alabama staff and players for the SEC championship ring.— Eli Gold (@EliGoldBama) August 21, 2015Gold is clearly very touched by the honor, and the response from the Alabama faithful. He responded to the dozens of fans who congratulated him on Twitter.eli gold thanks Congratulations, Eli. You deserve it.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Ethel Bruneau’s tap school is something of an institution, not just in Dorval, but in the wider Montreal dance community.Bruneau, who is now 82, casts a long shadow and has had a hand in teaching hundreds, if not thousands, of young people and adults during her career.This month she’s closing another chapter, as she bids farewell to the dance school she’s run in Dorval for the last 14 years. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Bruneau says the rent on her studio is just too high, and student enrollment in dance classes isn’t what it used to be.“I don’t have the students that I had. Kids aren’t dancing like they used to. There used to be 200, 300 kids in here. Now I’m down to about five,” she said. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Ethel Bruneau opened her first dance school in 1959 in Dorion, Que. Now she’s being forced to close her school in Dorval because she can no longer afford the rent. (CBC) Twitterlast_img read more

The World Cup Players Who Step Up Most For Their Countries

M. FellainiBelgium+0.31-0.03+0.28-0.24 J. VertonghenBelgium2.78.2+5.5 The biggest changes in share of team productionWorld Cup players with the biggest increase from share of club team’s expected goals and assists to share of national team’s expected goals and assists, 2014-18 L. ModricCroatia+0.28+0.05+0.33+0.17 R. LewandowskiPoland+0.25+0.01+0.26-1.35 Share of team exp. goals + assists G. SigurdssonIceland+0.38-0.22+0.16+0.20 C. EriksenDenmark+0.53-0.13+0.39+0.29 PlayerCountryGOALsassistsGoals + AssistsExp. Goals + Assists L. PiszczekPoland10.017.1+7.1 E. HazardBelgium+0.30+0.68+0.98+0.45 J. MikelNigeria+0.39+0.41+0.80+0.44 J. KimmichGermany-0.02+0.33+0.31+0.24 T. SilvaBrazil+0.31-0.03+0.27+0.19 The leaderboard is peppered with players who have made a difference in Russia: Swiss mainstays Blerim Dzemaili and Xherdan Shaqiri led their team to the round of 16, while Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric have been the backbone of the Croatian attack. Another quick and crafty midfielder — this one from Colombia — has been very good for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich over the past four seasons, but he’s been downright marvelous for Los Cafeteros: From 2014 to 2018, James Rodriguez scored nearly half a goal more per 90 minutes while wearing the yellow Colombia kit than while donning club colors. In our sample, his difference in expected goals plus assists from club to country is second to only Dzemaili, who plays for Bologna in Italy. It’s no surprise then that Colombia was eliminated by England in the round of 16 when a calf injury sidelined James.Hazard and James are built to wear their national team jerseys. But there are others — two of whom are often invoked in the GOAT conversation — who seem to perform a little worse, or at least score with less frequency, on the international stage. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two best players in the world,4They’ve each won five of the past 10 Ballon d’Or awards, given to the best soccer player in the world. but both have underwhelmed a bit while representing their countries. M. RojoArgentina+0.19+0.12+0.31+0.22 DIfference between club and national team T. MeunierBelgium16.324.9+8.6 When we think of the best soccer players in history, we rarely think about the relatively inconsequential goals they scored for their club teams in midseason matches against their middle-of-the-pack competition. Instead we think about how they played for their national teams, and especially how they performed at major international tournaments like the World Cup. We think of a 17-year-old named Pelé delivering Brazil its first title in 1958; we think of Diego Maradona ripping through England’s defenses (and famously getting a little handsy with the ball in the box) in 1986; we think of the French maestro Zinedine Zidane scoring twice on home soil to topple Ronaldo and Brazil in 1998.Some players just seem built to wear their national team’s jersey.We wanted to know if there are certain players who play well for their club but disappear when playing for their national team — and certain players who raise their production when playing for country. So we looked at the tallies of expected goals and assists per 90 minutes for every player at the World Cup and compared the difference between club stats1Big five European leagues only. and country2Including World Cup, World Cup qualifiers and each confederation’s tournament. since 2014. We also looked at each player’s share of his entire team’s expected goals plus assists.Among the remaining stars at the 2018 World Cup, the best example of one who thrives while representing his country is Belgium’s Eden Hazard — at least based on raw production. The quick and crafty man from Wallonia has a knack for playing his best soccer when the world is watching. From 2014 to 2018, Hazard scored 0.30 more goals per 90 minutes and provided 0.68 more assists per 90 minutes while wearing a Belgium jersey than while repping Chelsea blue — while his expected goals plus assists are 0.45 better for Belgium.Hazard’s exceptional international form has carried over into this World Cup: In three games played, he contributed two goals and two assists — one of which tied the match against Japan after Belgium had gone down 2-0. The diminutive Belgian danced at the left corner of the penalty area, shrugging off a pursuant Yuya Osako before delivering an inch-perfect cross with his left foot to the edge of the 6-yard box and onto Marouane Fellaini’s head. Fellaini scored, but Hazard’s brilliance was responsible.Hazard’s form and contributions are expected. Thomas Meunier’s form and contributions, on the other hand, are a bit of a surprise. The right back has been perfectly competent for Paris Saint-Germain, but he’s been an outright world beater on the international stage: Since 2014, he’s scored 0.32 more goals per 90 minutes and provided 0.73 more assists per 90 minutes while playing for Belgium than for his clubs. The biggest of his 10 international assists was the one he provided to Nacer Chadli to knock off Japan on Monday. Both Meunier and Hazard are among the top seven players at the World Cup when it comes to expected goals plus assists for country versus club. But based on actual goals and actual assists, both Belgians are in the top three.3Only Poland/Wolfsburg winger Jakub Blaszczykowski has them both beat. From 2014 to 2018, Messi notched 0.61 fewer expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes while draped in the vertical blue and white stripes of Argentina. Ronaldo has found it more difficult to score for Portugal: Over the same span, he scored an entire goal per 90 minutes fewer with Portugal than he did with Real Madrid, and he averaged 1.53 fewer expected goals plus assists. And Uruguay’s superstar striker Edinson Cavani has had it even worse: He averaged 2.04 fewer expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes with La Celeste than he with Paris Saint-Germain.The outlook gets brighter for Messi and Ronaldo (but not for Cavani) when you consider their contributions as a percentage of their national team’s expected goals plus assists versus their club team’s since 2014: Messi was responsible for 57.5 percent of Barcelona’s expected output and 63.3 percent of Argentina’s, while Ronaldo accounted for 54.6 percent of Real Madrid’s expected output and 59.4 percent of Portugal’s. They’re not in James or Rakitic territory, but they’re not in the red either. IscoSpain+0.13-0.38-0.25-0.29 B. DzemailiSwitzerland23.431.0+7.6 A. IniestaSpain13.319.1+5.8 J. MikelNigeria5.227.9+22.7 A. GriezmannFrance-0.30+0.12-0.17+0.28 Only players who played 1,000 minutes for a major European team since 2014; national team data is only major tournaments.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group J. BlaszczykowskiPoland+0.52+0.58+1.10+0.50 S. RamosSpain9.615.9+6.3 PlayerCountryGOALsAssistsGoals + AssistsExp. Goals + Assists C. EriksenDenmark36.548.8+12.3 X. ShaqiriSwitzerland42.848.1+5.3 I. RakiticCroatia-0.02+0.30+0.28+0.39 D. MertensBelgium-0.63+0.38-0.25-0.84 J. RodriguezColombia+0.49+0.03+0.52+0.53 M. RojoArgentina7.113.9+6.8 L. MessiArgentina57.563.3+5.8 J. Rodri­guezColombia34.5%58.5%+24.0 KokeSpain-0.21-0.23-0.44-0.27 C. RonaldoPortugal54.659.4+4.8 Only players who played 1,000 minutes for a major European team since 2014; national team data includes only major tournaments.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group E. CavaniUruguay-1.48-0.33-1.81-2.04 D. CarvajalSpain9.714.5+4.8 The club team heroesWorld Cup players with the biggest drop-off in expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes between national team and club team, 2014-18 NeymarBrazil45.658.4+12.8 L. MessiArgentina-0.67+0.11-0.56-0.61 PlayerCountryClubNationalDifference E. BanegaArgentina-0.21+0.06-0.15-0.37 I. GundoganGermany17.332.4+15.1 The national team heroesWorld Cup players with the biggest discrepancy in expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes between club team and national team, 2014-18 Messi and Ronaldo probably only appear to be underperforming on the international level because they’ve spent the past decade thrashing defenses in Spain’s La Liga while playing for two clubs that are lousy with all-world talent. Scoring at a pace of roughly a goal per game is difficult to sustain over the course of a single season; Messi and Ronaldo have been doing it for 10. They’re not performing terribly for their national teams, they’ve just set the bar too high for themselves.But then there’s Neymar, the other greatest player in the world. He has set his bar pretty high during his time with Barcelona and now with Paris Saint-Germain. But unlike the two legends lording over him, Neymar has been able to vault over it — he scores at roughly the same rate for Brazil as he does for his club, and he provides more assists. And Neymar has increased his share of the team’s expected goals plus assists by 12.8 percentage points from club team to national team.Argentina is done; Portugal is done; Brazil and Belgium meet tomorrow in Kazan to decide who gets a spot in the semifinals. So it will be Hazard and Neymar trying to become the next Pelé, Maradona or Zidane.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. P. PogbaFrance-0.11-0.39-0.50-0.26 C. VelaMexico-0.03+0.35+0.31+0.18 B. SilvaPortugal-0.60+0.04-0.56-0.45 A. Di Mari­aArgentina+0.04-0.50-0.46-0.34 B. DzemailiSwitzerland-0.05+0.20+0.15+0.72 I. RakiticCroatia15.835.2+19.4 E. ForsbergSweden+0.27-1.44-1.17-0.49 CasemiroBrazil-0.26-0.13-0.39-0.24 L. ModricCroatia12.925.4+12.5 S. RudyGermany-0.07-0.21-0.29-0.33 PaulinhoBrazil+0.33+0.18+0.50+0.32 Only players who played 1,000 minutes for a major European team since 2014; national team data includes only major tournaments.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group J. VertonghenBelgium+0.20+0.05+0.25+0.18 Y. CarrascoBelgium-0.19-0.43-0.62-0.46 DIfference between club and national team P. CoutinhoBrazil+0.27-0.23+0.04-0.23 PaulinhoBrazil24.530.7+6.2 T. MeunierBelgium+0.32+0.73+1.04+0.50 J. KimmichGermany13.119.2+6.1 J. BlaszczykowskiPolad13.723.9+10.2 C. RonaldoPortugal-1.09-0.57-1.67-1.53 A. KolarovSerbia15.320.6+5.3 X. ShaqiriSwitzerland+0.09+0.02+0.11+0.46 J. Dos SantosMexico-0.14+0.06-0.08-0.24 I. GundoganGermany+0.13+0.00+0.13+0.51 A. GuardadoMexico+0.53-0.24+0.29+0.29 Joao MarioPortugal-0.26-0.23-0.49-0.44 read more