Hinds defends WIPA, WICB deal

first_imgWavell Hinds, president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), has described as surprising, claims by West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, that the organisation has not represented their best interest as it relates to contracts for ICC Twenty20 World Cup in India next month.Sammy, in a recent letter to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), claimed that a reduction in payments for players to participate in the tournament, has ran contrary to their expectations, and, as a result, members squad, are seeking a renegotiation.However, Hinds, whose entity has been at loggerheads with several of its senior playing members, especially since their aborted tour of India in October 2014, has defended negotiated contracts between WIPA and the WICB, saying that what has been arrived at represents the “best interest” of all players in the region.”I am surprised that they (World Twenty20 squad players) are behaving this way, as the information (based on new payments) would have been disseminated to them nine months ago,” stated Hinds.”I was present at all the meetings, and Darren Sammy was not, so I think he is speaking on information he has gotten.”[However], as far as I am concerned the team that I lead, and the executive that I lead, and the members of the (WIPA) negotiating team, did all the best that they could to get the best.”He continued: “This was not just for a selected group of players, but for all the players of the region, including first-class players.”Currently serving his fourth year as president, Hinds explained that the contracts were negotiated based on new payment conditions stipulated by the WICB, as a result of changes at the International Cricket Council (ICC) level.This, he continued, has subsequently resulted in players being offered less money as compared to the Twenty20 World Cup in 2012.LESS MONEY”In February 2014, the International Cricket Council (ICC) agreed to have a new payment scale for its members, and this took effect January 2016,” said Hinds.”The new (players’) remuneration package is therefore based on current commercial revenues available to the WICB, and not that of commercial revenue that obtained in 2012 when the West Indies won the tournament.”There is no specific fees for Twenty20 World Cups anymore. Its ICC Events payments,” he stressed.Hinds also expressed that the disbursement of monies from the ICC has also change with payments now being collectively issued twice per year over a new four- and eight-year period, in comparison, to it’s prior one-off payment regimes.Hinds, in further explaining the new payment structure, also said that player match fees for Twenty20 World Cup has been increased from US$1,750 to US$6,900.This is in addition to an incentive 80 per cent of prize money won, and 50 per cent of sponsorship fees, should there be any.last_img read more

Weeping in Bassa

first_imgIt was a scene of frustration and disappointment when the foreman and members of the empanelled trial jury at the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Bassa County handed down a unanimous guilty verdict against 12 indicted defendants for multiple crimes.The defendants include people who were arrested last year following riot that paralyzed operations at ArcelorMittal site near Mount Tokadeh in Nimba County.It took a few hours for the jury on April 6 to return from their deliberation to announce the guilty verdict against the defendants.Following the jury’s pronouncement, the defendants’ constant silence in court dramatically broke into bitter weeping.The jury further disclosed that the prosecution produced sufficient and supportive evidence to convict the defendants for the commission of the multiple crimes.Those found guilty include Fred Saye, Yei Dokie, Prince Zeaduah, Jerome Zuweh, Wilson Gondo, Wuo Gballah and Peter Zuweh.The rest are Orando Kortor, William Gbanda, Saye Jebolo, Saye Garteh, and Oretha Gono,The multiple crimes included arson, armed robbery, and theft of property, physical obstruction of government function, criminal mischief, riot and failure to disperse.Others are disorderly conduct, obstruction of highway and other public passage, and criminal conspiracy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese Doctor attends training on improving maternal health in Japan

first_imgAs part of the continuous efforts to improve maternal health in Guyana, the Public Health Ministry’s focal person for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, Dr Oneka Scott is attending a one-monthDr Oneka Scott is currently attending a one-month Maternal Health Training Programme in JapanMaternal Health Training Programme in Japan.The training, which commenced on Thursday and will run until July 10, is being conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The main objective of the programme is to improve maternal health and reduce maternal mortality.Dr Scott has been a physician for some seven years and joined the Public Health Ministry as the focal person for adolescent health and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, in September last year.The Ministry, and by extension the Government of Guyana, has a mandate to reduce maternal and neo-natal mortality, thus improving family health as a whole. It is for this reason that it is working closely with JICA to train personnel in the area of maternal health.The one-month training programme in Japan is offered to countries aiming to strengthen their strategies to reinforce “continuum of care” at the community level so as to contribute to the improvement of maternal health.Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the policies and administration of health in Japan, the nursing education system and the roles of various health stakeholders, including maternity centres, health centres, hospitals, and universities.Through the lectures and field visits, participants will gain ideas and garner solutions for solving community health issues in their countries, and make an educational plan for nurses, midwives and health workers.Insight will also be gained into addressing bottlenecks of health systems for maternal and child survival by delivering a more effective package of preventive and clinical interventions for maternal and child health at both community and facility levels.Creating linkages between communities and facilities through the introduction of innovative strategies and scaling-up high-impact child health interventions will also be explored during the training.Rapid progress in some countries demonstrates that when Governments take strategic approaches to safe motherhood, changes can be made to maternal health nationwide.These approaches can ensure the “continuum of care” during the period from pre-pregnancy to postpartum by deploying skilled birth attendants, ensuring adequate essential supplies, making family-planning accessible and providing timely obstetric care.Increasing health-seeking attitudes among the people towards reproductive health and safe motherhood can also play a major role in improving maternal health.last_img read more

Show and shine draws all kinds of automobile enthusiasts despite weather

first_imgCanton said car culture has really taken off in the last few decade, which propelled So-Cal Speed Shop to evolve from a shop specializing in hot rod modifications to a retail shop for after-market parts for types of automobiles.”Unlike 30 years ago when it was a few muscle cars and a few hotrods, now it is in vogue to have a collectible automobile, be it an antique, custom car, muscle car or hot rod,” he said. “It’s become a very big business now.”He said he believes Dawson Creek’s show and shine “can only get bigger and better,” but he suggested in order to grow the event the local car club should get local merchants involved. He said not only would that be great for local businesses but it would make the show attractive to family members who might not be into the car culture as much as their loved ones.”Everybody loves a deal,” said Canton. “I think Dawson Creek is ready to go to the next step now and get involved with the local merchants and turn them out.” Though there were perhaps not as many entries as the Mile 0 Cruisers car club was expecting for the show and shine, there was still an impressive showing of automobiles of all makes, models and years. Light showers continued on that afternoon, but the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who gathered to showcase their labours of love, to revel in stories of glories past or adventures on the open road, or just to marvel in the beauty and power of automobile.Neither heavy rains nor the resulting road closures in some parts of the region could stop Don McClure of Quesnel from attending the show for the third year – he said he was prepared to go the long way around through Alberta to get to Dawson Creek if Highway 97 hadn’t reopened. For him, it was a chance to swap stories with fellow enthusiasts and share his passion – a 1962 Ford Thunderbird he has owned for 45 years.”It was a luxury car back in its day,” said McClure. “It’s a nice car to drive, and I’ve never wanted another car.”- Advertisement -He said that is with the exception of his show car, a 1957 Thunderbird, that he would have brought to the show if not for the fact it is a convertible.His “newer” model is still an immaculate car, painted in a very eye-catching blue and with the long body and interesting contours that distinguished that era of ‘T-Bird.’ Besides the exterior paint and the interior upholstery, he said everything is original on the car, including its 390 long-block engine.McClure said he will continue to drive that car “until they take my driver’s licence!”Advertisement Beau Friesen, 13, of Dawson Creek doesn’t even have a licence yet, but that doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy racing and showing his Junior Dragster, a smaller-scale version of the larger class of racecars. Friesen said his dad bought him the vehicle and he has been racing it for the last three years in Fort St. John, Fairview, Alta., and later this month, at the Mission Raceway Park in the Lower Mainland.He said he really loves the sport, especially the feeling of coming off the line, and though he can get up to speeds of 60 miles (97 kilometres) an hour, he is not afraid of the speed. Junior dragsters usually compete on a 1/8 mile track, and he said his best time in that distance is 10.26 seconds.One participant who is no stranger to show and shines is Bob Canton, who was taking part as an events coordinator for the So-Cal Speed Shop Store in Spruce Grove, Alta., the only such store in Canada. Canton said he was very impressed with the quality and diversity of vehicles being displayed on Sunday.”I’ve been in the car show business since 1957, and I can tell you that for our first trip up here to Dawson Creek, I’m somewhat overwhelmed by the response here today, even with the inclement weather,” he said. “It’s quite impressive, the amount of cars, and the amount of enthusiasm local people have regarding automobiles.”Advertisementlast_img read more

FA reject Mane appeal against three-game ban

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool winger Mane was sent off after catching goalkeeper Ederson in the face during City’s 5-0 win in the Premier League at Eastlands on Saturday © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 12 – Liverpool’s Sadio Mane had his three-match suspension for a red card received for a high challenge on Manchester City’s Ederson upheld on Tuesday, after the Football Association rejected his claim of excessive punishment.Senegal winger Mane was sent off after catching goalkeeper Ederson in the face during City’s 5-0 win in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. “Sadio Mane’s three-match suspension, which was effective immediately, remains in place after his claim of excessive punishment was rejected following an Independent regulatory commission hearing,” said a statement issued by the FA.“The Liverpool forward was dismissed for serious foul play during the game against Manchester City on Saturday.”The 25-year-old Mane will miss this weekend’s Premier League match at home to Burnley as well as next week’s League Cup/league double-header against Leicester City.After the Manchester City match, Mane apologised to Ederson via Facebook, saying: “I hope and wish Ederson a quick recovery. I am so sorry he was hurt during our accidental collision on the pitch and am sorry for him that he could not complete the match because of it.“I pray he heals fast and is back playing very soon!”Ederson had raced out of his area to head clear a high bouncing ball when he was knocked to the ground.He was carried off on a stretcher after receiving treatment on the field for around eight minutes.A photograph of his injuries released after the match showed Ederson had had eight stitches inserted on the side of his face.He returned to the City bench in the second half against Liverpool, and trained — while wearing protective head gear — on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match at Feyenoord.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Critics could destroy Man City if we fail, says Guardiola

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are on the brink of a second consecutive Premier League title © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 10 – Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have to win the Premier League on Sunday or risk being “destroyed” by the critics.City and Liverpool have been engaged in a remarkable and relentless title race that has left the rest of the division trailing. That race reaches its conclusion on Sunday as Guardiola’s team travel to Brighton knowing that a victory will guarantee they retain the title. Anything less, however, and Liverpool would secure the trophy by beating Wolves at Anfield.It is a sign of the remarkable form of both teams that City have dropped just 16 points all season, winning their past 13 league matches, and yet are only one point clear of Liverpool with a match to play.Guardiola says the savage criticism meted out to Barcelona following their Champions League semi-final exit at Liverpool on Tuesday, is evidence that even the most consistently successful teams are not immune to vitriol if they slip up.The City manager told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday: “I don’t change my opinion on what we have done (this season) but to get more credit you have to win.“We saw it in the Champions League, that when you are out, everybody destroys the team, destroys the manager, destroys the clubs.“We know the life we live and I know how we’ll be judged. You have to win.“We are going to travel to Brighton, and we don’t need to look at any other situation. We need to win the game. That is the ideal situation. That is what we will try to do. Afterwards, we celebrate or we congratulate Liverpool.”– 95 points –City have amassed 95 points this season, only five short of the English top-division record of 100 they set in winning the title 12 months ago, and Guardiola is thrilled at the way his team have managed to stay ahead of Liverpool.At the end of December, City trailed Liverpool by seven points and the gap was still five at the end of January, yet, with minimal margin for error, they have clawed their way to the front.Guardiola said: “It’s a dream to be here. I didn’t expect months ago when we were seven points behind this Liverpool team, to be in the position that we are in now. I didn’t expect it.“Now is not the moment to say how well we have done. We have the chance to be champions if we win our game and that’s what we have to do.“We are going to have to play well and be strong mentally. It will be tough, it will be difficult. We will have big, big problems and we know how we are going to react in that moment to try to make a good game.“First of all, focus on the game, how you have to play. The focus is on my team. If the game is going bad, be calm and always be thinking and doing what you have to do.“If you have to be crazy, do it for the last five or 10 minutes, but before that, have a plan and follow the plan to win the game. That is what we have done all season.”Playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, who has missed the past three matches with a hamstring strain, is back in training and could face Brighton, but midfielder Fernandinho will not recover from a knee injury in time.He is aiming to be fit in time for the FA Cup final against Watford next Saturday.Guardiola added: “I see the players, they are training well, they smile, they are relaxed. They are completely focused.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Former Liverpool defender dismisses Premier League return rumours

first_imgMartin Skrtel has ruled out a return to the Premier League, amid reported interest from Newcastle, Stoke and Swansea.The former Liverpool defender, who spent eight years at Anfield, has been hotly tipped to return to England this summer, with a number of Premier League clubs interested.However, the Fenerbahce defender has poured cold water on talk of a potential move, insisting he is happy with the Turkish giants.The Slovakia international told Turkish newspaper Sozcu: “I don’t want to leave.“I have settled in and want to remain at Fenerbahce.”The experienced defender joined Fenerbahce from Liverpool in a £5m switch last summer and still has two years remaining on his current contract. Martin Skrtel [right] insists he is happy at Fenerbahce 1last_img read more

Events scheduled to help youth fight Ohio opioid epidemic

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Four regional Hope for Ohio events will welcome youth, parents, advisers and others interested in helping young people fight the opioid epidemic. A project of Ohio Farm Bureau and other supporting organizations, Hope for Ohio works with 4-H and FFA members to encourage peer-to-peer prevention measures. At each event, speakers will share stories and information that will provide youth with tools needed to be prevention leaders in their communities.The regional events are: Sept. 29: Beck’s research farm facility, London, Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 3: FFA Camp Muskingum, Carrollton, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10: Spencerville High School, Spencerville, Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 17, Batavia Community Center, Batavia, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.These regional events are a follow-up to last year’s statewide Hope for Ohio event held on the campus of Ohio State University and is one of several projects by Ohio and county Farm Bureaus to combat Ohio’s opioid crisis.For more information, or to register, visit ofb.ag/2018hopeforohio.last_img read more

Companies Are Dropping IE6; Vendors Follow Accordingly

first_imgWhile Internet Explorer 6 collapses in the enterprise, Internet Explorer 8 is picking up fast:“Current data from the exo.repository shows a dramatic spike in IE 8.0 adoption, with over 70% of Windows XP systems – sampled from the exo.performance.network’s IT-centric community of nearly 23,000 registered sites – now running Microsoft’s latest web browser. This compares to the less than 10% of XP systems that are still running the aging IE 6.0, and the roughly 20% who are stuck on the in-between version, IE 7.0.And now Google Apps, Salesforce.com and Atlassian have all dropped support.The Atlassian news appeared on its forums:“Hi guys,We are announcing our end of life of Atlassian support for Internet Explorer 6 on JIRA.This will be effective from the launch date of JIRA 4.2 (target Q3, 2010). This means that JIRA 4.1 will be the last version of JIRA to support IE6. (From JIRA 4.0 to JIRA 4.1, all of the main functionality will work in IE 6; however, some of the visual effects will be missing).”Socialtext is still providing support for IE6. Co-founder Ross Mayfield told us that, “as much as we would like to move beyond IE 6, we have enterprise-wide security-conscious customers that still require supporting it for their users. These are valuable forward looking customers for whom we must be backwards compatible.”Microsoft does not seem to be fighting the effort. They will continue to support the product. Here’s what the Microsoft IE blog states:“Dropping support for IE6 is not an option because we committed to supporting the IE included with Windows for the lifespan of the product. We keep our commitments. Many people expect what they originally got with their operating system to keep working whatever release cadence particular subsystems have.” Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news#Trends Every product sees a twilight. IE6 has reached that point in the enterprise. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Companies are dropping Internet Explorer 6 in droves and vendors are quickly following the lead by sunsetting support.It’s a pretty safe move on the vendor’s part. Data collected by the exo.performance.network shows how quickly companies are dropping the IE6, which was first introduced in 2001. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

The Cloud Services Market is Looking Like a Red Ocean

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams Related Posts Opsource and Rackspace are two well-established companies in the cloud computing space. But the number of providers in the overall market is beginning to morph.John Treadway of Cloud Bzz put together a comprehensive list. He says the market is looking more like a red ocean:“I hope you’ll pardon my dubious take, but I can’t possibly understand how most of these will survive. Sure, some will because they are big and others because they are great leaps forward in technology (though I see only a bit of that now). There are three primary markets for stacks: enterprise private clouds, provider public clouds, and public sector clouds. In five years there will probably be at most 5 or 6 companies that matter in the cloud IaaS stack space, and the rest will have gone away or taken different routes to survive and (hopefully) thrive.” Lots of blood in the water. Who’s going to get eaten first? Earlier this week, Opsource announced a partner program. The news came on Monday, the first day developers could download code from OpenStack, a separate initiative that has had considerable attention this week.Both companies provide cloud infrastructure based upon open source. They could easily be part of a same open-cloud network such as OpenStack. But for now Opsource says it will not join the effort lead by Rackspace. Our guess is Opsource competes to some extent with Rackspace and is looking at other alternatives.Rackspace, Opsource and almost two dozen other companies are now offering a variety of cloud infrastructures. It’s an increasingly crowded market that is due for some consolidation. But for the moment, the market is an example of how companies perceive the opportunities the cloud provides.Rackspace, as we know, provides public cloud infrastructure. Opsource offers cloud infrastructure to the enterprise, service providers and systems integrators.Opsource calls its program a partner ecosystem. These partners include integrators, developers, ISVs, cloud platform companies and telecom providers.Opsource expects 50% of its revenue to come from these partners, and points in particular to telecommunications companies. CEO Treb Ryan:“The feedback we’re getting from the telecoms is that a request for cloud is becoming an increasing part of the RFP’s they are seeing from customers. Usually it comes as a request for bundled services (such as managed network, internet access, hosting and cloud.) One of our European telecoms stated they couldn’t bid on $2 million a month worth of contracts because one of the requirements was cloud.”Ryan says customers want to work with one company:“Most likely it’s a combination of not wanting to go to separate vendors for separate services (i.e. a colo company for hosting, OpSource for cloud, a telecom for network, and a managed security company for VPN’s) they want to get it all from one vendor completely integrated. Secondly, I think many customers have a trusted relationship with their telecom for IT infrastructure services already and they trust them more than a third-party company.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing last_img read more