As confusion surrounds the application of the 2 per cent withholding tax imposed by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and concerns grow over the devastating impacts this new fee will have on the business community locally, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, an economist by profession, told reporters on Monday that the withholding tax will eventually “eat up” the cash flows of businesses that are mandated to pay the charge.The Parliamentary Opposition had argued against such a tax when the proposal was made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan during the 2017 Budget Debates in January.The withholding tax, meant to be deducted from every payment made to contractors by those who had contracted them and remitted to the Guyana Revenue Authority, was designed to broaden the tax base by bringing in the loop more avenues for taxes to be paid into the treasury. But there is currently some confusion about how this measure is to be applied, and proper interpretations from the relevant authorities are not immediately forthcoming. Taxpayers are still confused as to whether the tax would be applied to all “contractors” in the traditional sense, or all transactions involving contracts.GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia“If it is on all contracts then it will be disastrous, because if you sell something, (for instance your motorcycle) then it will be disastrous,” the Opposition Leader reasoned.He noted that even if it is just on contractors in the traditional sense of the word, then such a tax will still have negative impacts on the cash flows. “Even if it is the narrower definition — only contractors and suppliers — then it will still have a serious repercussion on businesses, and it will eat into people’s cash flow,” he explained.Jagdeo noted, too, that this measure is another in the line of administrative pressures being introduced by this government.Questions regarding the application of this tax include whether the 2 per cent will be paid on the amount over $500,000 or the overall sum once the contract exceeds $500,000. Businessmen have told this newspaper that this new measure will pave the way for lots of underground transactions to occur, resulting in an increase in tax evasion. Persons have also questioned whether this 2 per cent withholding tax is Government’s way of recouping the 2 per cent it removed from the Value Added Tax (VAT).The GRA, in its only statement thus far on the matter, has said that the law which applies to payments to resident businesses, individuals and companies with written “contractual arrangements” is not applicable to regular day-to-day commercial activities involving the trade in goods and services. Consequently, payments such as those made by rice millers to rice farmers for paddy purchased are not subject to the two per cent withholding tax.However, the phrase “regular day-to-day” activities leaves much for interpretation, as the GRA cannot define what is not taxable by such ambiguous terms; because what is “day-to-day” for one firm may not be “day-to-day” for another.The GRA had also explained that the withholding tax is applicable to non-resident disbursements and payments, noting that rates range from 10 per cent to 20 per cent, depending on the country of residence.The 2 per cent withholding tax, which took effect on February 1, is applicable to individuals and companies receiving more than $500,000 for the supply of services, goods, materials, equipment or personnel in the furtherance of services. The two per cent withheld for all contractors must be remitted to the GRA on a monthly basis, or within 30 days of making the payment to the contractor.This publication understands that some Ministries have already begun deducting the two per cent withholding tax from money paid to suppliers. However, this is not applicable to foreign trade companies, but, as per prevailing public opinion, rather serves as a discriminatory measure to local businesses.
The landscape has changed little since Mandela’s infant years in the 1920s, and it is still dotted with hutted homesteads, cattle kraals and women cooking over fires. The tour overnights in Mthatha before travelling through the gentle hills of Thembu tribal Transkei to the village of Qunu. Mandela moved here with his family when he was just two years old. It is where he grew up and to where he retired. Here, the tour visits the heritage museum. “We always use local guides and local knowledge,” explains Jasmin. “This is important as we are interested in allowing people to explore the culture and customs.” Mandela remembered a carefree boyhood in Qunu of sliding down rock faces and fulfilling his traditional role as a herd boy. “We visit the sliding rock at the museum and walk through the rolling hills to see the remains of the church where he was baptised, and visit the Mandela family burial site.” The walk is an hour’s easy stroll, but it gives some idea of the terrain so loved and known by Mandela as a boy, and later as an elder. Mandela is not buried in the original family burial site, Neil stresses. Mandela is buried across the road, and the grave cannot be visited at present. Plans are under way to create a garden of remembrance, where people will be able to pay their respects to Tata. Lunch is eaten with a local family, and consists of the traditional dishes that Mandela’s mother would have made – samp (cooked white corn) and amasi (buttermilk). “Our guide, Zimisele Gamakhulu, has fascinating and amusing anecdotes about the great man and the history of the area.” Jasmin adds: “Throughout the time spent in rural Transkei, we visit the small villages and rural homesteads, and immerse ourselves in the culture. The idea is cultural tourism; what we see is not staged but is the age-old rural way of life – it is the way of life led by a young Mandela.”Mqhekezweni, the Great Place A highlight is the trip to Mqhekezweni, the “Great Place” of the Thembu tribe that made the great man. After his father died when he was nine, Mandela and his mother walked to Mqhekezweni, or “place of learning”, where he was entrusted to the care of Chief Jongintaba, the Thembu regent. Under the regent’s mentorship he received an education and attended university. “Mqhekezweni is key to understanding Thembu culture and custom, but also offers us a look at some special places in the ‘teenage’ Mandela story,” Ukubona Africa writes on its website. “For instance, we can still see the hut he shared with the regent’s son, Justice, and we visit the Bityi train station, from where the two planned to flee to Johannesburg to escape their arranged marriages.” Visitors can stop at the school Mandela attended and the church where he learned to love gospel hymns. They can also picnic under the famous gum trees of Mqhekezweni and listen to the stories of the guide, as Mandela did to the elders of the Thembu tribe. Thembu elders today explain that tolerance of all people is a foundation of their tribe; Mandela was its proudest advocate. It was here, sitting in on and listening to Jongintaba’s council, that Mandela learned his diplomacy – and democracy. Jongintaba gave every person a chance to speak; and everybody had to listen to the other’s opinion, explains Neil. Mqhekezweni is a very spiritual place. It is quite different from anything else you can experience on the more common Mandela pilgrimages.Rhythms of life The main attraction of the Nelson’s Transkei tour is to see how life unfolds. Visitors can follow his journey from Mvezo at birth, to Qunu at two with his family and then to Mqhekezweni at the age of nine with his mother. From there, the tour drives to Port St Johns on the coast, about an hour away, to share in the traditional lifestyle and culture of the Amapondo. Here there are plenty of options for visitors: the sardine run usually takes place between June and August; there are sea safaris, cultural excursions, walks and hikes, and visits to a sangoma, where guests are able to get a better understanding of the Xhosa and Pondo cultures. The idea is that this is authentic learning about the culture that created Mandela.Nelson’s names Nelson Mandela was known by many names and titles: There are many options available to those interested in Nelson Mandela pilgrimage tours – one can visit Vilakazi Street, Alexandra, Liliesleaf and Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, or Robben Island and Parliament in Cape Town. Visitors can learn about the man, his party and philosophy, and the history of the struggle against apartheid. But then there’s the culture that made the man. With its bespoke “Nelson’s Transkei” tour, Ukubona Africa immerses the visitor in the world that sculpted Mandela’s character. Ukubona means “to see” in isiXhosa, explains Jasmin Johnson, the company’s co- owner and co-founder. And the aim of the tours is to open South Africa to visitors so they too can see the beauty and extraordinary people of the country. Johnson, a German by birth, came to South Africa on holiday over a decade ago while still a student. She fell in love with the country – and a South African – and is still here. Her husband, Neil Johnson – who has the isiXhosa nickname Khatazile, or “mischief maker” – is a partner in the company. He was born and raised on a farm in rural Eastern Cape and is fluent in isiXhosa. He has a deep understanding of African custom, heritage and landscape, and of a way of life based on the traditional philosophy of ubuntu – “I am, because we are”. This recognises that people are people through other people. Neil is able to provide an informed and insightful bridge between African and Western ways of interpreting life. Ukubona Africa has designed its tour with Mandela’s memories of childhood in mind. It is a thoughtful, intimate wander through some of the places and stories of the great man’s youth, in the Eastern Cape countryside he loved: Madiba is probably his most universally known name, after his surname. Among the isiXhosa, this name is equivalent to an identity or family tree in one, and is more vital than a surname. Two people with the same surname but different isidukos are considered strangers, while two strangers with the same clan name are automatically close family. “Mandela noted that the common bonds of clan informed his appreciation of other cultures and their instinctive need to ‘belong’,” says Ukubona Africa.Details and contacts The tour is a three-night package, but it can be extended. It costs about US$200 per person per day (minimum two people), including some meals, guides and all entrance fees. The price excludes accommodation and some meals. Breakfasts and dinners are usually included in the accommodation prices in Port St Johns. Rolihlahla: literally meaning “pulling the branch of a tree” and figuratively meaning “trouble-maker”, this was his birth name.Mandela: his surname, this was inherited from a kingly Thembu great- grandfather.Nelson: this was the English name his teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave him.Dalibhunga: meaning “founder of the Bunga (council)” or “convenor of the dialogue”, this name was conferred on him by tribal elders and Chief Jongintaba on his initiation in homage to his late father.Madiba: this was his most tribally important name as this “clan” name or “isiduko” linked him to an ancestor, a 19th century Thembu chief.Tata: meaning “father”, this is a term of endearment used by close family and comrades.Khulu: meaning “great one”, this was said in tribal deference.uBawomkhulu: meaning “grandfather”.Black Pimpernel: this was coined by the press when he was on the run.46664: this was his prisoner number. Read more: Mandela’s Mvezo school dream realised Ukubona Africa: ukubonaafricatours.co.zaGeneral enquiries: [email protected]: +27 (0)21 447 6327 Trip to Mvezo Guests fly either to East London, Port Elizabeth or Mthatha, and are collected from the airport for the drive to Mvezo, on the banks of the Mbashe River – and Mandela’s birth place. It is the seat of the Mvezo Traditional Council, and the home of Mandla Mandela, Mandela’s grandson. Mandla has built a museum about Xhosa history and the Mandela family. A hotel and backpackers lodge are also on the cards. There’s also the Mandela School of Science and Technology, built by Siemans after a promise was made to Mandela. “I have the most pleasant recollections and dreams about the Transkei of my childhood, where I hunted, played stick-fighting, stole mielies on the cob and where I learnt to count.” – Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
mike melanson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos As Internet users, we are becoming increasingly dependent on our social networks for a number of daily activities. We communicate with friends and family, share photos, invite and get invited to events and generally interact with the world around us. The social network is becoming the heart and soul of our Internet experience and Gigya will announce a range of new features this Thursday to help websites take full advantage of the roll of social media in today’s online environment.We spoke with David Yovanno, CEO of Gigya, this morning about the different ways people are using the Internet, how this has changed from the old model and how Gigya can help.View imageThe Feed – Our Passively Interactive Web“It used to be, users search the Internet on their own,” Yovanno told us. “Today, they look at what their friends are doing. Only something like 5% of the time you spend online is you actually searching for something.”The big change he’s seen recently, he told us, is the concept of the feed as the center of our online interaction. We spend more time letting information passively approach us, by way of our friends, than actively searching for it. At the same time, by the very nature of the “feed”, we share information for our friends to see, who see it as part of their feed.“Consumers have transitioned or added on top of email the idea of a feed,” he told us.Yovanno said that Gigya has been working with Microsoft recently on its social strategy and he expects to see Microsoft’s take on a feed interface in the near future. Gigya recently changed its direction to focus primarily on social media and interaction, so it’s betting on the fact that the feed will become ever more important in driving traffic.Social Media Is The New SearchIn a recent article, Marshall Kirpatrick showed us how, for the first time, social networking sites had surpassed search engines in driving traffic. Yovanno explained that many website are noting this trend and switching strategies.“Social media is representing a larger and larger mix of traffic compared to search,” Yovanno said. “Sites are starting to wake up to the fact that they need to make some of those same level of investments in social as they did for search.”Whereas search engine optimization was the primary focus of sites in search of traffic, many are now realizing that social interaction is quickly becoming a driving force.What Gigya provides to this end is a way to not only let users login to a website using a number of different social media identities, from Twitter to LinkedIn to Facebook Connect, but also to create content that will be seen on those sites’ feeds without ever leaving the website they’re on. A simple example of this can be seen on this article. If you log in using Facebook Connect to leave a comment, after you enter the comment and click “Send” a little window will pop up allowing you to share your comment in your Facebook feed.Gigya 4 – The New FeaturesThursday’s roll-out of Gigya 4 includes three primary new feature sets – increased connectivity, enhanced user interaction and analytics. Gigya allows users to sign into a website using a number of different social identities, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! and OpenID in more than 20 different languages. One they’re logged in, Gigya also provides a number of on-site widgets to allow for interaction and sharing, from inviting friends from other social media sites to chatting to sharing content in an off-site stream. Then, after everything is said and done, Gigya’s new social optimization platform provides you with analytics on how users are interacting with your content, other users, and their social networks.“Our business, at the core, is a technology of connectivity,” Yovanno explained. “We create an abstract layer on top of Facebook Connect, LinkedIn’s open platform, Twitter … and we give a website a single API to write to.”The provision of a so-called “super API” is clutch to the emerging social network atmosphere we find ourselves in today. Yovanno pointed out that there are a number of networks available and, even though Facebook is the leading social network, it entirely depends on the audience for what network will be the most popular when users are given a choice. The more choices a website offers, the more likely a user will chose to log in using their social identity and therefor be able to share information about the site on their feed. The “super API”, then, is key to providing as many login options as possible without having to constantly keep up with changing requirements from an ever-growing number of social networks. Perhaps we were a bit premature in saying that Facebook was going to become your “one true login“, as services like Gigya will make sure that you’ll be able to continue using any number of social network identities to sign in and share. In the end, we find it more likely that the number of logins will continue to grow and Gigya’s gamble will ultimately pay off. Related Posts Tags:#Real-Time Web#RSS & Feeds#search#social networks#Social Web#Trends#web#Widgets A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification
I have been advising architects and builders on high-performance design, materials, and construction — particularly for residential buildings — for many years. But to do this work on commercial buildings, a building science training and credentialing program seemed really important (yet elusive).This past November I bit the bullet and spent three days in class, a half day in exams, and several thousand dollars, and fulfilled the requirements for these two certifications:Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP)Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE)Huh? Just what the hell does that mess of acronyms really mean? Here are my key takeaways from the course, the exam, and the experience. Commissioning can be used for any size project, but realistically it is used primarily on larger (and longer) commercial building projects.Commissioning is not inexpensive for the owner, but delivery of a higher-performing building with reduced rework, punch lists, callbacks, and defects can make it well worth it. The overall cost of a project can be less.Commissioning is about guidance and verification of the quality process. The liability and responsibility for the project stays with the architect and engineer of record. About the course instructors and classJohn Davis, PE, of UW-Madison’s Engineering Department administers the course and exams; he runs the ship. His work and background are in mechanical engineering — not building enclosures — so he heads up the introduction to commissioning, following and honoring the work of Chuck Dorgan (retired), who developed the course’s commissioning approach. John makes the course hum with his attention to detail.Fiona Aldous, principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, takes the lead when it comes to teaching about the building enclosure commissioning process. An architect by training, Fiona is a prime author of NIBS/ASHRAE Guideline 3 – The Building Enclosure Commissioning Process , the guidance document for building enclosure commissioning. Fiona is an awesome instructor and lends critical field experience to the course content.Joseph Lstiburek, PE and PhD, a principal of Building Science Corporation, lays the building science foundation for the course. He is introduced as the “North American Dean of Building Science.” It just does not get any better than Joe.Peter Adams, principal with Morrison Hershfield, takes the lead on the topics of field and lab testing of building enclosures. He is wicked smart, unassuming, and brings the testing element of building enclosure commissioning to life. Final takeawaysWith an experienced integrated project team, building enclosure commissioning can be just a part of the high performance process; if the project team lacks either experience or integration, building enclosure commissioning can be an ugly and frustrating babysitting nightmare.It’s the custom and singular nature of building that leads to project complexity, lack of uniformity, and failure to take advantage of lessons learned. These facts ultimately elevate building enclosure commissioning to a mandatory element of high-performance buildings. About the University of Wisconsin Building Enclosure Commissioning program and certificatesNIBS BE Cx? Some of us have been waiting a really long time for the National Institute for Building Science (NIBS) to come out with their Building Enclosure Commissioning (“BE Cx”) program, which will include training and certification. After all, the leading industry guide for BE Cx — Guideline 3 2012 — bears the NIBS name. But this has never borne fruit, despite the combined and integrated work of the National Institute for Buildings (NIBS), the ASTM E2813 working group, and the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC).The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Engineering BE Cx program remains the only real game in town and its stature grows accordingly. About commissioningCommissioning (sometimes abbreviated “Cx”) is an owner-driven quality delivery process. It means representing the building owner’s interests in high performance, starting as early as the pre-design phase and extending into as much as one year of building operation.Why commission?Commissioning reduces riskCommissioning proves that systems work at installationCommissioning lends validity to energy efficiency claimsCommissioning improves durability. In addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on avoiding toxic insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter. Paying attention to details and overseeing performance testingMasterSpec Section 01 91 19, Building Enclosure Commissioning, is based on ASHRAE Guideline 3 and weaves review of details in with review of specs.Building enclosure commissioning in the pre-design phase focuses on defining project expectations. The focus switches to quality assurance in the design phase, moves to quality control and verification during the construction phase, and extends to owner training and maintenance in the occupancy and operations phase.Building enclosure commissioning requires reviewing all details and identifying missing details.Building enclosure commissioning includes a review of all mock-ups and submittals; job site quality management of construction details may involve a variety of checklists, including custom, sequential, or construction checklists.Types of performance testing can include: air infiltration, water penetration, water absorption, condensation, thermal performance, accelerated aging, adhesion, anchor pull-out, infrared thermography, and whole building airtightness.If the people in charge of commissioning can’t be at the job site at critical stages of construction, they should set up training sessions ahead of time to ensure that the details get done right. RELATED ARTICLES Residential CommissioningCommissioning Our Heat-Recovery Ventilator Cutting the Gordion Knot of HVAC System CommissioningSimple Methods for Measuring Air FlowDuct Leakage TestingBlower Door BasicsResidential Commissioning to Assess Envelope and HVAC System PerformancePractical Diagnostics for Evaluating Residential Commissioning Metrics Residential Commissioning About the elements of building enclosure commissioningWhat’s driving building enclosure commissioning?LEED V4 (October 2016) – A prerequisite called Fundamental Commissioning & Verification includes a requirement for design review of the building enclosure. It also mentions building enclosure commission in both the Owner Project Requirements (OPR) and the Basis of Design (BOD), and references ASHRAE Guidelines 0 (Cx) and ASHRAE Guideline 3 (BE Cx).ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011 – This standard requires commissioning for any building over 5,000 square feet and includes these systems: Building Envelope Thermal, Moisture, and Pressurization.IGCC – 2012 – Chapter 9 is on Commissioning, Operation, & Maintenance; section 903.1 – Construction or system requiring verification includes: vegetative roofs, subsoil drainage, foundation dampproofing, flashings, and exterior wall coverings.NOTE: According to Fiona Aldous, 189.1 and IGCC are to merge into one document in the next few years.
LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fajardo’s chances for BPC plum slim but still a solid pick for MVP Yes, admitted Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone, there was in fact “a championship feel” to beating fallen Grand Slam-aspirant San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “But we gotta make sure we won’t have a ‘championship hangover’ going to the next series,” said Cone. “It’s easy to have one.”On point as always, Cone said the Gin Kings are moving forward and preparing against whichever team wins in the extended TNT KaTropa-Rain or Shine quarterfinal duel in the PBA Governors’ Cup.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 shutout“Looking ahead we’re gonna have TNT, which handled us with ease last time we played them, and Rain or Shine, which is just playing incredible basketball at the moment,” said Cone late Wednesday after their 104-84 win.That victory denied the Beermen a chance of winning the Grand Slam as the Gin Kings, the conference defending champions, advanced to the semifinals starting Sunday in Biñan, Laguna. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight
Following Vikas Krishan’s ouster from London Olympics, there has been a furore over the boxing rules which Vikas allegedly violated. We take a look ar AIBA rules.Rules on gum shield: All boxers must wear properly fitting gum shields. From October 1, 2009 no red gum shields will be allowed.If the gum shield comes out accidently, it will be washed and replaced.If it is deliberately ejected by the boxer one or two times, the boxer shall be cautioned. A third or fourth offence will warrant warnings.A fifth offence will warrant disqualification. However, Rule 18 under the foul category says, “Deliberately spitting out a gunmshield is a foul”.Rules on holding:a. Holdingb. Holding and hitting or pulling and hittingc. Holding and locking the opponent’s arms or head or pushing an arm underneath the arm of an opponent.
Touch Football Australia (TFA) has recently reviewed and updated the TFA Member Protection Policy, in line with Australian Sports Commission standards. It is a requirement by TFA that all State, Regional, and Affiliate entities formally adopt the TFA Member Protection Policy – June 2012 version of this policy, under the TFA constitution.For more information please click on the attachments.Related Filesmember_protection_policy_release_memorandum-pdfmember_protection_policy_june_2012-pdfRelated LinksMember Protection
Schmeichel slams Liverpool ace Shaqiri for ‘behaving like a child’by Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Schmeichel says Xherdan Shaqiri “behaved like a child” over the Switzerland captaincy row.Liverpool ace Shaqiri reportedly missed Switzerland’s last two Euro2020 qualifiers because he was annoyed over Granit XhakaThe Arsenal midfielder was open to discussing it with Shaqiri, who has been criticised by Schmeichel.”I liked the words of Granit Xhaka in the context of Shaqiri’s absence,” the Manchester United legend said.”I read that the captain question played a role in Shaqiri’s thinking.”Although this has been denied in the meantime, nevertheless I found it strong that Xhaka said: ‘If Shaqiri wants to have the captain’s armband, he should take it.'”Xhaka showed that he wants to be a leader even without ties – and gave the pressure to Shaqiri. That was brilliant of him. In contrast to Shaqiri, who behaved like a child.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ivan Campo has advice for Takefusa Kubo over Mallorca battlesby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIvan Campo says Takefusa Kubo needs to step things up at Real Mallorca.Like the Japanese teen, Campo played for both Mallorca and Real Madrid.He told Marca: “He is not at his best level, but it is normal because he is a very young boy who has to get used to it. He has no experience in our country at this football level and must be patient. “He must learn to move. He is a great player but he still has a lot to learn and room for improvement. If in Madrid they said that it is best that they should be transferred to a LaLiga team rather than stay in Castilla, for example, they saw it very clearly. I think it’s a good idea to be in Mallorca, although things are not going perfect for now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Talk in Columbus during the Blue Jackets offseason often focused on new coach Scott Arniel’s up-tempo, high-octane offensive system. Meanwhile, fans wondered if a new coach would turn the team around after one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. After 15 games, it’s clear that the transition from former coach Ken Hitchcock’s read-and-react style to Arniel’s is still a work in progress. Ideally, Arniel would like to push a defender up the ice to help on the attack, creating offense by controlling the puck and limiting the opponent’s space. “It’s kind of meat and potatoes, get the puck deep and get the puck on the net,” Blue Jackets center Kyle Wilson said. “The way the NHL is these days, sure you see the pretty goals on the highlight reels every day, but 95 percent of them are goals in and around the net. These days, that’s how you’re going to win hockey games.” Former Buckeye and current Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger said the system can be fun as long as the team gets up the ice without turning over the puck. “I think that we have a lot more responsibility, and as long as we’re making smart, sound plays with the puck and protecting it, we get a leash and can go out there and do a little bit more with it,” Umberger said. The Jackets’ defense has been turning in the most impressive performances in the first 15 games. The worry with Arniel’s system is that it can lead to two-on-one breakaways for the opposition, especially when the defenders are moving up the ice and into an attacking position. Yet the team ranks 20th in the league in goals per game, with 2.7, and 10th in the league in goals against, with 2.5 per game. The Jackets are 9-6, good enough for fourth place in the competitive Western Conference Central Division. Right wing Jakub Voracek said the wins column will fill up if the team is more consistent. “We’ll play well for two or three games and then we’ll just have a blowout game,” Voracek said. “We’ve just got to figure this system out and we’ve got to play even better.” Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman agreed with Voracek’s assertion but said he likes where the team is headed under Arniel. “I think the system has been good, you know, obviously it’s getting results,” Stralman said. “We’re a better team this year than we were last year, so we just have to be more consistent and put the effort in every game.” The Jackets will start the week by traveling to Los Angeles, where they will play the Kings on Wednesday at the Staples Center.