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first_imgSome people may now be questioning the reason for this headline, The Australian inspiration. After all, the West Indies did go from 1976 to 1995 losing only one Test series against all comers, they defeated Australia mercilessly in seven series from 1980 to 1993 and during all those years there skill was such that they were considered the greatest set of cricketers ever to play the game. Maybe the headline reflected the 4-1 defeat in 1951-52 when Australia first played the West Indies, or maybe it brought back memories of the 3-0 thrashing they dished out in 1955 when they first toured the West Indies. No, it could not have been. Those defeats, and others, were well and truly avenged during the 19 years of ascendancy and the many thumpings that Australia received from the West Indies during that time, even though those victories are nearly as far away and as long ago as the wonderful and historic 3-1 victory against England in 1950. The headline is for another reason. Back in those days, cricket was popular among the six or seven countries which really played the game, and Test cricket was what other cricket was judged by. Whenever stumps were driven into the ground and two men in white walked out of the pavilion, it was the signal for the people to turn out in their thousands, or for rain to come tumbling down. People loved the sport, and they used to revel in who wins and the successful performers were the toast of the day, as they are today. In that atmosphere, with everybody, toddlers to grandparents, probably even to great grandparents, involved in the game, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the West Indies, India, and Pakistan were happy. They won series and they lost series. They produced good players. Everybody was playing, young and old. They played in the backyard and in the front yard. They were seen on television enjoying the Test matches, and by playing everywhere and anywhere, and by playing every day and everywhere, the young players were in a position to replace the stars whenever their time came to step aside. They had the numbers. That was how it was in those days. While it is basically the same in the other countries, it is no longer so in the West Indies, and certainly not so in Jamaica where a cricket match, almost any cricket match, is like a ghost town. Today, the team, the West Indies team, still wins a few matches, but they are few and far between, and mostly against teams as low as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. And they are gradually catching up with the West Indies. Their performers are few and far between, and with one like Chris Gayle and probably another like Dwayne Bravo not involved, the relatively good performers are Darren Bravo, Kirk Brathwaite, and Marlon Samuels, and they are so only now and again. The reason is that those who are equipped to take the places of the stars are not around, or by playing only now and again, they take too long in getting there. It is difficult these days to spot, not only another Brian Lara or another Curtly Ambrose, another Shivnarine Chanderpaul or another Courtney Walsh, but also a player who really looks like for one for the future England, Australia, South Africa, and especially India turn these type of players out almost every season. They flow like off a production line, Alistair Cook, Ian Bell, Steve Hamison, Joe Root, Jos Butler, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Steven Finn, Michael Clarke, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Finch, Michael Johnson, and Mitchell Starc, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Hashim Amla, Quinton De Kock, Faf Duplessis, A.B. De Villiers, Makhaya Ntini, and Dale Steyn. And from India, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinka Rajane, Rohit Sharma, R. Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Suresh Raina, and many more. It is almost like you hear about them today and by tomorrow they are gone, and not because they are not that good enough, but because a better one appears on the scene. One of the reasons why England, Australia, South Africa, and India keep producing more and better players more often than the West Indies is because their cricket fraternity really loves cricket. Young players Competitively Based on what I have seen they go to cricket from they are young until they are old, and during that time, they play cricket, in the backyard, in the front-yard, and even competitively until after their 75th birthday. The Australians, who were in Jamaica two weeks ago courtesy of Paul Campbell’s Sports Innovation Group, played four 20-over games against a Kingston CC Masters Invitational X1, a Melbourne CC Masters Invitational X1, and two games against a Paul Campbell Masters Invitational X1, were from Victoria. They came to Jamaica from Mexico and Cuba, and they were heading to Vancouver in Canada before going on to Philadelphia in the USA for a seven-match series in five days to end the tour. The Philadelphia series has been going on for the past 20 years. The reason for the headline is this: the tour was an eye-opener for the Jamaicans, certainly to regulars like former Jamaica nationals Delroy Morgan, John Gordon, Terrence Corke, and Odelmo Peters and to regular master league players like Mark English and Myron Chin. The local players were, however, nowhere near 60 or 75 years old, and while there were maybe a few of them, who may play five or six games a season, the Australians number thousands, who play a minimum of 15 competitive games a season. It is because of that why the Jamaicans were astonished by these older Australians, who, while were attired in the green and gold of Australia, ran sprightly and smartly between the wickets, something which is almost foreign to West Indies cricket these days. “Boy, these guys certainly taught us a lesson. Imagine, 70 and 75 yeas old and still playing, and playing two games a day on top of that,” said one of the Jamaicans who was just pushing his 50th birthday. That’s what made cricketers like Clarke and Smith, and also others like Johnson, Starc, and company. “These guys really love cricket, man. We really have to take a leaf out of their book if we are to match them,” said one of the Jamaicans who required a substitute fielder half way through the match at Melbourne Oval. If the West Indies played cricket like the Aussies, they probably would not have suffered so badly for so long: 1995 to 2016 at the bottom, or near to the bottom, of the Test and One-day rankings.last_img read more


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first_imgOn Friday, November 28, 2014 Justice in Chambers of the Supreme Court of Liberia, His Honor Phillip A.Z. Banks, slammed a stay order on the ensuing special senatorial elections scheduled for December 16, 2014.A very serious lawsuit was filed about 10 days before the Justice in Chambers to stop the ensuing October 16 special senatorial elections, which were approved both by the Legislative and Executive branches of government.   The stay order was issued pending a hearing by the full bench of the Supreme Court of   a lawsuit jointly filed against the National Elections Commission (NEC) by several institutions and individuals.  The stay order included all campaign activities.The petitioners included the Concerned Group of Eminent Citizens, the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) and some political party leaders.   Others were some Civil Society Organizations by and through their spokespersons, Blamoh Nelson and J. Emmanuel Bowier, John Ballon, Milton and Nathaniel Barnes.They claimed that the ongoing election process was a threat to public health against the spread and transmission of the deadly Ebola virus.But when the full bench of the High Court, which took the lawsuit against NEC very seriously, met last Friday for oral hearings between the contending parties and NEC, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor found to his utter surprise that those who had successfully petitioned the Justice in Chambers to issue to the stay order said they were “not ready” for the hearings.  This is though the High Court had given the petitioners time to file their brief, in time for Friday’s oral hearings.The lawyer for the political parties, Counselor Laveli Supuwood, who is himself a senatorial aspirant in the same elections, told the High Court last Friday that he was unready for the oral hearings.The High Court, to begin with, will have to determine whether this is not a conflict of interest—for an aspirant candidate in these very elections to be the one pleading for cancellation.The Chief Justice was quick to warn the petitioners that the Court would “not accept any more delay tactics from any lawyers in this matter.” He gave them up to Saturday, December 6, to file their brief.We would have thought that these petitioners and their legal counsel, would have realized the sensitive and serious nature and time-bar surrounding this whole electoral matter.  The election, for which these petitioners are seeking cancellation, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 16—next Tuesday.We would have thought further that the petitioners would have realized that millions of United States dollars have already been spent on the preparations for these elections; and that the money came from a government already strapped for cash, given the devastating blow Ebola has dealt to the national economy.  Finance Minister Amara Konneh announced a week ago that the economy had shrunk from the projected 5.8% to 0.4%.So we are dealing here with a very serious matter of grave   implications.  To come now and say that the very petitioners are “not ready” with their briefs for a lawsuit they themselves had enthusiastically filed and received an immediate and   serious response from the Justice in Chambers, makes one wonder how serious these petitioners were about their lawsuit.That is precisely why Chief Justice Korkpor pulled no punches in warning the petitioners that the High Court would accept “no more delay tactics” in this case—a practice that Liberian lawyers over the decades have been well known to employ.    This is definitely one of the reasons so many people languish for years in jail without trial—many of them the victims of “delay tactics.”We hope that Counselor Supuwood and company are ready this morning, Monday, December 8, with their brief.  Should they not be, they run the risk of their petition being summarily thrown out by the High Court.We pray that the High Court will find a way to mitigate (ease) the tension, by first realizing that the elections have been approved by the two other branches of government; and by suggesting ways in which the threat of viral transmission can be minimized.Thankfully, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has already banned mass gatherings, making it mandatory that political parties and candidates find more creative ways to campaign instead of mass gatherings such as the Congress for Democratic Change staged two Fridays ago.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgIn light of concerns raised by local operators with respect to the tendering process applicable for duty-free shops at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the CJIA has said that no new contract was entered into for Arrivals Duty-Free Concession.The Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported that, over the past few years, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation had been publicly advertising and inviting Expressions of Interest for the various concessions available at the airport. This policy decision allows for qualifying individuals and companies to be awarded concessions in a fair, equitable, and transparent manner.Recently, the CJIA engaged in a public process for Expressions of Interest for Arrivals Duty-Free Concession; Departures Duty-Free Concession; Advertising Concession; Provision of Insurance Services; Provision of Legal Services; Ground Handling Concessions; Executive Lounge Concession and Office Rental Concession.Similar to the public tendering process, the qualifying criteria for the various concessions are clearly spelled out in the Expression of Interest document.Once these Expressions of Interest are received, they are evaluated, and a decision is taken based on criteria set out in the document.The Arrivals Duty-Free Concession was publicly advertised, and a conditional award was made to the most responsive bidders. No new contract was entered into for Arrivals Duty-Free Concession.CJIAC has said it values the relationship with its existing stakeholders, and will continue to work with them to ensure that all new awards are done in an impartial and transparent manner.“As a matter of fact, we have had several meetings with stakeholders to provide clarification and guidance on the bidding process”.Notwithstanding the above, CJIAC has said, it has an obligation to provide a variety of services for airport users; and “we remain committed to promoting and supporting our local companies and manufacturers”.“As in any public solicitation process, we are committed to honouring all the conditions set out in the evaluation and award process. Companies and bidders that require assistance/clarification on the tendering process are encouraged to reach out to the management of the airport for guidance and assistance”.It has been reported that several firms had met with Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson last week, and raised their concerns. Thus far, ANSA McAL and Kings Enterprises were given spots at the recently rehabilitated Duty-Free Area.Guyana Times has been told that Banks DIH Limited and Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) have applied for spots, but are yet to be given the green light.last_img read more


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first_img Lantz says while campaigning he will have no part in the operations of the paper, and if he wins the race, he will wash his hands of both the ownership and operations. Bruce Lantz has begun his campaign for mayor of Fort St. John, after announcing his candidacy on Thursday. The Local journalist said last week he believes residents of Fort St. John are looking for choice in the upcoming civic election, and he plans to provide that choice. There has been some question in the past week as to whether or not Lantz still owns the Northeast News. – Advertisement – Documents obtained by Moose FM news last week, show Lantz no longer listed as a director of the company, with Jonathon Kennedy and Orest Smysnuik, both of Glacier Media listed as CEO & President, and CFO, respectively. Glacier Media is the parent company of the Alaska Highway News. But, when Lantz appeared on Moose FM’s issues and answers on Monday morning, he attemped to clear up the misunderstanding. [asset|aid=435|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=0f0eca2b1df584a71baefa6b9fb8703e-bruce-1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgThe last incident was Dec. 2, 2005, inside El Monte High School when student Cruz Lopez, 15, found a marker in the boys restroom and it exploded, leaving him with cuts on his hands. It is alleged Rocha sought revenge for being expelled from Rosemead High School. The District Attorney’s Office said Rocha faces up to 40 years and eight months in state prison. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The question is what’s his mental capability. He did well in school and sophisticated books were found in his room,” Buckley said. “But what’s being questioned is his level of intelligence.” Rocha pleaded guilty in September to three counts of explosion of a destructive device causing bodily injury and two counts of possession of a destructive device near a school. He also pleaded guilty to single counts of sale or transportation of a destructive device; assembling, maintaining or placing a booby-trap device; assault with a deadly weapon; and possession of the ingredients to make a destructive device. Luis Gonzalez, 40, was injured Aug. 24, 2005, while working as a construction worker at Rosemead High School. Gonzalez found a pen on the floor and it exploded in his hands, officials said. Josefa Rosenburg, 49, was injured Sept. 17, 2005, when she picked up a pen that was lying on the sidewalk near Rosemead High School and it blew up. She suffered cuts on her hands and face. POMONA – Sentencing was postponed Friday for a Rosemead man who pleaded guilty to planting exploding pens at local high schools that injured three people. Pomona Superior Court Judge Daniel Buckley ordered Brian Rocha, 18, to return to court April 16 to allow for an IQ test to be given. Buckley ordered Robin Scroggie, Rocha’s attorney, and Deputy District Attorney John Urgo to agree on an expert to give the test and said the victims would be notified about the sentencing date. last_img read more


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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – FSJ for LNG has made it to Ottawa.Founder Alan Yu says they met with Arnold Viersen, MP of Peace River-Westlock along with Jason Dabrule, a crew member of the LNG or Bust team from Alberta.Although the meeting was primarily about Alberta Oil, Yu is happy with how the meeting went.‘The meeting was more on the Alberta Oil as Arnold is Jason’s MP.He will introduce me however to Oil and Gas campaigners so I can meet with them on my way back.”- Advertisement -The group now meets with Bob Zimmer today in Ottawa.Most of the group will be flying back to Fort St. John, but Alan Yu is continuing the journey East on his own funds.Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgTHE GAA has ruled that a Dublin player DIDN’T bite Donegal star Paddy McBrearty during their team’s National League clash.The organisation said that Dublin’s Kevin O’Brien has been cleared of the biting allegation by the Central Hearings Committee.The allegation came from their clash with Donegal in Ballybofey earlier this month. The body had originally banned O’Brien for three matches; but his appeal has been upheld.A statement from the GAA said that on the basis of the evidence provided and the submissions made on behalf of both parties, the allegation was “not proven.”The Central Hearing Committee said the matter was now “closed.”McBrearty, who was treated for a bite wound at Letterkenny General Hospital, has never spoken about the incident.  NOT GUILTY: GAA CLEAR DUBLIN PLAYER OF BITING PADDY McBREARTY was last modified: April 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NOT GUILTY: GAA CLEAR DUBLIN PLAYER OF BITING PADDY McBREARTYlast_img read more


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first_imgAlitalia plans to cut costs by 1 billion euros ($US1.07 billion) over three years, cut its single-aisle fleet by 20 aircraft and move to a domestic low-cost model in the latest plan to turn around its fortunes.Losing money in an environment where low-cost carriers make up almost half the market and shape consumer habits,  the airline’s board has put forward an ambitious restructuring plan aimed at making it profitable by 2019.The plan is subject to the airline’s fractious trade unions agreeing to job cuts and new work agreements.It will see the Italian carrier fit extra seats to its single-aisle planes, increase aircraft utilisation and cut short- and medium-haul air fares as it tries to boost revenues while reducing costs.  It will also charge for ancillaries such as seat selection, checked luggage and food.But it will stay a full-service carrier on its long-haul markets.Also in train are plans to grow the number of flights from Italy to the Americas by increasing frequencies on existing routes and adding new cities as well as to build a bigger presence in Milan Linate, Sicily and Sardinia.“In the short and medium-haul markets – domestic flying in Italy and throughout Europe – passengers will be able to personalise their journey.’’ Alitalia chief executive Cramer Ball said. “We will simplify air fares and offer customers the opportunity to purchase products such as seat selection, checked-in luggage and priority boarding throughout the booking process, and all the way up to the airport gate.“On flights that are four hours or less we will introduce the buy-on-board concept that is not only commonplace with low-cost carriers but is happening more and more at traditional, network airlines.’’On the long-haul front, the airline said its wide-body intercontinental flights would be based on a full-service model but maintain “an intense focus on costs and efficiency”.The airline will fit new in-flight entertainment and wi-fi to its Boeing 777s and said its new flagship, a 382-seat Boeing 777-300ER, would join the fleet in August.Alitalia, which has been 49 per cent owned by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad since 2014,  has lost passengers as low-cost rival Ryanair grew strongly in the market. According to one analyst quoted by The Wall Street Journal, it is losing 1.5 million euros a day.The airline did not reveal in its announcement how many jobs would go as a result of the change but said it present details of the board-approved plan, including “head-count” measures to the Italian government and then unions. It said the plan’s funding by shareholders was subject to the airline’s trade unions agreeing to a new collective works agreement and the job cuts.The three-year cost reduction plan would be accompanied by a push to boost revenue by 30 per cent to 3.7 billion euros by 2019, when the airline would be expected to be profitable. This included renegotiating contracts in areas such as aircraft leasing, global distribution, in-flight catering, airport ground handling and airports.Ball said the airline had rebuilt its brand and invested heavily in staff training and technology. “The aviation industry is ferociously competitive and never stands still,’’ he said. “Only through radical change will Alitalia’s fortunes be turned around,” he said. “We must transform this business into a dynamic entity that is attractive to customers who have plenty of choice for their air travel needs.”The Alitalia chief expressed confidence the next stage of the airline’s industrial plan would be successful “provided that all interested parties play their part”.“The radical and necessary measures across the entire airline will secure our long-term sustainability which will only materialise if the airline is the right size, the right shape and with the right productivity and cost base,’’ he said.“We must do this, especially in our short and medium haul business in order to provide a platform to grow our profitable long-haul business further in the future.“This is a critical aspect because most of our customers fly on our short and medium-haul planes to connect onto our long-haul services.’’Other parts of the airline’s “four pillar strategy” include plans to build on a 200 million euro investment in technology to develop new sales channels to help boost revenue as well as to improve efficiency and productivity.last_img read more


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first_imgEmployees at Sun are feeling good again.  “Inside the company, the energy level is dramatically different.” said Sun CFO Mike Lehman.  The turnaround is coming after five years of poor to mediocre fiscal performance at Sun.Sun’s financials from last quarter show 18 per cent growth of their SPARC servers (compared to 9 percent average growth in the industry) and good growth in x86-based server sales too.  That’s the first quarterly profit for Sun in more than 1.5 years.  Sun grew market share in the server market by 1.2 per cent, putting it in third place behind IBM and HP.  That’s great progress, but some analysts still think that Sun has a way to go — the cost structure remains bloated and their $2 billion R&D budget lacks disciplined product focus.Sun’s strategy under Schwartz is to target selling into companies who view IT as a competitive advantage rather than as a cost center.  That means higher-end sales and higher margins.  In particular, Sun is providing innovation in the areas of Storage and Web Infrastructure.  Sun’s relationships with AMD and Intel have given it some credibility as an x86 vendor.  Sun is also active in the area of virtualization, and they have come up with innovative ideas like their BlackBox-Project datacenter-in-a-box.Sun has embraced Open Source software as a tool for promoting and selling their hardware.  After the lull from the dot-com bust, web development and deployments have accelerated again and Sun is attempting to position Solaris as the “premiere platform for this environment”.  In an effort to popularize open source Solaris, Sun is offering as an alternative to the popular LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) open source development stack one that is based on Solaris: SAMP (Solaris/Apache/MySQL/PHP).Sun’s open source Solaris hasn’t gotten the buzz that Linux has, and many people don’t yet even realize that it is now open source.  It will be interesting to see if SAMP catches on and if it isn’t too late for Solaris to go after Linux.  Recent departures of two top-level Solaris executives have generated some questions about what’s happening in Sun’s Solaris group.Sun’s acquisition of StorageTek in 2005 looks to have been a good move and has allowed them to round out their offerings of enterprise storage products.  For example, Sun offers a general-purpose x4500 hybrid server/storage box as an alternative to other vendor specialized proprietary systems.Overall, Sun has started a turnaround that few predicted, but they still have a lot of work in front of them.last_img read more


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first_imgSikkim, one of the cleanest and greenest north-eastern States is keen to not just preserve its forest cover but also forge amity between people and trees.Recently the Government of Sikkim came up with a unique way of preserving trees by encouraging people to forge a relationship of brotherhood or sisterhood with trees through a practice locally known as Mith/Mit or Mitini.A recent notification by the Forests, Environment & Wildlife Management Department, Government of Sikkim titled Sikkim Forest Tree (Amity & Reverence) Rules 2017 states that the “State government shall allow any person to associate with trees standing on his or her private land or on any public land by entering into a Mith/Mit or Mitini relationship.” ‘Own child’The notification also states that a person can also adopt a tree “as if it was his or her own child in which case the tree shall be called an adopted tree.” A third way to forge a relationship with a tree is by “preserving a tree in remembrance of a departed relative in which case the tree shall be called a smriti tree.”In case an individual wants to forge a relationship with a tree which does not stand on his or her land but another’s, the person concerned shall execute an agreement with the owner and compensate him or her in terms of the market value of the timber or the wood contained in the tree.In the second scenario if the person desires to enter into a relationship with a tree located on public land then permission from the said department or agency needs to be taken. Specific formsFor every clause, the Sikkim Forest Department has issued specific forms which a person will have to fill up and submit to the forest authorities. The notification states that after verification the Assistant Conservator of Forests will register the tree in the name of the person concerned.Thomas Chandy, Principal Secretary and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, told The Hindu that the idea behind the notification came from Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling. He said the notification is in consonance with the age-old tradition of promoting amity between man and nature, particularly trees.“Soon after the notification the State went for panchayat polls. We will take up the issue in a major way at the upcoming Paryavaran Mahotsav organised by the Sikkim government,” Mr. Chandy said.As per the Forest Survey of India, 2015 the forest cover of Sikkim is 47.80 % of the State’s total geographical area. Over the past few years the State government has also started an initiative of identifying heritage trees where 21 trees of 25-ft. girth and above and 32 trees of 20-25 ft. girth have been demarcated as heritage trees. The Sikkim Forest Tree (Amity & Reverence) Rules also prohibit felling or damage to any tree registered as Mith/Mit or Mitini, adopted or smriti and points out that any such violation shall be treated as a forest offence.last_img read more