Tony Becca: Better pay does not mean better play

first_img Everyone wants to play T20 cricket to the extent that a No Objection Certificate is required from the country of a player who wants to play it. The No Objection Certificate is to prevent a drain of players on Test cricket, otherwise players would leave the Test game for the lucrative T20 game at the drop of a hat. Right now, especially in the West Indies, there is a war going on between Test cricket and T20 cricket, so much so that many fans believe that the West Indies Test team would have been much better had they had the services of the likes of Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, and Lendl Simmons. The West Indies, because of the schedule of their domestic tournaments and the lack of money to pay their players reasonably well, suffer most of all the Test-paying countries and more than the likes of New Zealand and South Africa. Many of the world’s cricket people lament the fall of the West Indies, however, or so they say, and they keep trying to find a solution to the problem, with many suggesting a “window” for T20 cricket. Nothing has worked. NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE These are changing times. West Indies cricket is in a bind. It needs money to help itself grow, to properly pay the players, and to develop the sport. West Indies cricket was once the best in the world. If the West Indies is to get more money for cricket, it must come from West Indies cricket. It must come from their own sweat and blood, not from handouts, or gifts, or what have you. Hardly anybody watches cricket in the West Indies these days, and in Jamaica especially, hardly anyone remembers cricket, except whenever the West Indies lose a Test match and all the cursing starts. Why, therefore, should other people pay the West Indies to play the game? West Indies cricket will only get stronger if it stands on its own two feet. It must stop employing foreigners in an effort to solve the problem of poor structure and poor performance, stop paying local people to do nothing, and start running a clean and lean ship. The days of bringing in people from England to show the West Indies the way is long gone, by at least 66 years. Money is needed, very much so, but it must come from within, from utilising good, honest, hard-working and knowledgeable administrators at all levels. It must come from the hard work, improved skills, and performances of the cricketers, all the cricketers, from full houses at matches, and from the support of sponsors and others who can benefit from the glory, from the triumphs of a successful and wonderful team. CHANGING TIMES Once upon a time, cricket was played mostly for entertainment and for fun, first-class cricket and Test cricket for a little pay, for one’s country, and for glory. Times have changed, however, and while cricket is sometimes now played for fun, today, it is looked upon as a profession for some, especially the recently popular T20 version. Test cricket, still considered the best of cricket by a vast majority of players and fans, is, however, gradually losing ground, or has lost ground in the popularity stakes. Whereas Test cricket still means something to those in cricket, T20 is the order of the day. It is the thing to play, for young and old cricketers alike, it is the thing to watch, and the thing which everyone wants to play. And the reason for that, apart from the entertainment, the music, including the drums, the dancing girls, the flashing lights, and all the things that greet a towering hit for six or a blinding bit of fielding, is money, lots of money. PAY TO PLAY TEST CRICKET Recently, however, the former England player Kevin Pietersen came up with a suggestion. He called on the powers that be to change the order of things, to improve the pay to play Test cricket in the poorer countries, and Jason Holder, the young captain of the West Indies, quickly supported it. The suggestion was to improve their pay to compete with the pay to play T20 cricket so that the players would play both versions of the game, or at least would not leave Test cricket to play T20 cricket. That sounds good, except for a few things. Cricket, it has always been said, especially recently, is business, big business, and no business pays out what it does not make. Cricket is poor in Jamaica, and the West Indies these days. Hardly anyone watches cricket at any level in Jamaica or in the West Indies these days except when it comes to the privately-owned T20 competition, and West Indies cricket makes no money, at least hardly anyone pays to see cricket in the West Indies. Why, it may be asked, should those countries who love cricket and those who pay to see cricket subsidise those countries who do nothing to develop the game, those countries which do not even go to see it being played? Cricket is no different from anything else in life. What you put in is what you get out, most times. If you put in nothing, you get back nothing. It is as simple as that. On top of that, there is no guarantee, at least not in Jamaica or the rest of the West Indies, that with more money will come greater responsibility and, therefore, more development. The more money, from whatever quarter, will probably, more than likely, only bring greater swagger from the players. Holder has since been denied a No Objection Certificate to play in the Pakistan T20 League by the West Indies Board, and from all reports, he is an angry man. It was a tough call, and it must be rough on both sides. As a young man, Holder needs to look about his future, but as the West Indies Board, the board members must look about West Indies cricket, and as the West Indies captain, Holder is also obligated to do so. He is expected to play in the West Indies domestic competitions so as to get to know the players and also to protect the integrity of West Indies cricket.last_img read more

Granger signs into law tougher money laundering sanctions

first_imgHead of State, President David Granger, has signed into law tougher measures under the contentious Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act.The amendments were successfully piloted by Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams ahead of the recent parliamentary recess by legislators.The President gave his assent at the end of August and the amendments have since been published in the Official Gazette.President David GrangerAt the time he presented the amendments to the 65-member legislative arm of government for its approval, Williams had indicated that the changes sought to amend the principal Act with a view to making money laundering a hybrid offence.He explained, “It can either be indictable or a summary offence.”As a result of the successful amendments, the authorities are now given more time to prepare their cases if they are complex in nature.The amendments also significantly increased fines under the law to not less than $200 million or more than $500 million for offending corporate bodies.As it relates to the time constraints that had been imposed in the principal Act, the House heard that “the Prosecutor could only institute proceedings in the Magistrate’s Court within six months of the offence being committed.”It was pointed out in the explanatory memorandum accompanying the legislative changes that “with the amendments, the offence is now a hybrid one and that the time limit provided for summary offences do not apply to indictable offences”.As a result, as it relates to the instituting of proceedings against suspected money launderers, “the Prosecutor would have a longer time as no limitation for the indictable offences of money laundering is provided for by the statute”.The explanatory memorandum further states, accordingly, “this amendment is important because more time would be given to the relevant personnel to conduct their investigations and prepare their case especially if the matter is a complex one”.Opposition Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall, during the debate, had said that he checked the principal Act and noted there they were legislating to create an offence against a body corporate. An officer must be identified, either a director or company secretary for the purpose of enforcement, he noted.Nandlall said he was under the impression that the bill was intended to treat a particular factual situation, that is, not only increasing the period of time for those needed to be held in custody for potential prosecution but applying this retroactively.If it is applied retroactively, it would be unconstitutional, he stressed.Minister Williams at the time reminded the House, “There is no question of retrospectivity, since there only existed the principal Act when the new government took office”.He said too that within eight months that changed with the passage of several key amendments, four within a short time.Williams questioned why a body corporate could not be charged and noted the need for a longer period to conduct extensive investigations by authorities.Only recently, the AML/CFT legislation was utilised to take action against two Guyanese nationals both convicted in the United States of America for their involvement in a plot to cause an explosion at the John F Kennedy Airport, New York.The order was effected by Minister within the Finance Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma on August 29.The Ministerial Order, which has since been officially gazetted, is titled the “Targeted Financial Sanctions (Specified Persons) Order 2017”.Under that Ministerial Order, it was noted that the two specified persons were identified as a result of being targeted for financial sanctions in accordance with a United Nations Security Council Resolution #1373 and referred to under Guyana’s AML/CFT laws.Abdul Kadir, a former People’s National Congress (PNC) Member of Parliament (MP), is currently incarcerated in a US penitentiary in Pennsylvania, as inmate #64656-0533. He is also identified by the moniker “Aubrey Michael Seaforth”.Abdel Nur, also known as “Compton Eversley”, is incarcerated in a North Carolina State Federal Correctional Institution.The 2007 JFK International Airport attack plot was an alleged Islamist terrorist plot to blow up a system of jet fuel supply tanks and pipelines that feed fuel to the Airport in Queens, New York. These pipelines travel underground New York City in densely populated areas. The alleged plot was foiled when an undercover law enforcement official was recruited to the homegrown terrorist cell.last_img read more


first_imgTerminally ill multiple sclerosis sufferer Marie Fleming has lost her landmark court challenge to the blanket ban on assisted suicide.The Lifford woman was told that right to life under the Constitution “does not import a right to die” in this “very tragic case”, the Supreme Court ruled.Ms Fleming was not well enough to attend today’s brief court hearing. Her partner, Tom Curran, and other family members were in court. While suicide is no longer a crime here, that does not mean there is a constitutional right to suicide, the Chief Justice, Ms Justice Susan Denham, said. There is “no explicit right to commit suicide, or to determine the time of one’s own death”, in the Constitution.There was, accordingly, no constitutional right which the State, including the courts, must protect and vindicate, either to commit suicide or to arrange for the termination of one’s own life at a time of one’s choosing.The principle of equal treatment also does not confer on Ms Fleming, as a disabled person, the right to be assisted in taking her own life, the court ruled.The Chief Justice stressed nothing in the court’s judgment “should be taken as necessarily implying it would not be open to the State, in the event the Oireachtas were satisfied that measures with appropriate safeguards could be introduced, to deal with a case such as that of Ms Fleming’s”. Dismissing other claims the absolute ban on assisted suicide breaches Ms Fleming’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, she said the European court has ruled it was primarily for states to assess the risk of abuse if the general ban on assisted suicide was relaxed or if exceptions were to be created.The complex issue of assisted suicide has been assessed here, and the legislature had legislated by enacting the absolute ban, she said. The court would, consequently, dismiss the claim the ban was incompatible.She was giving the seven-judge court’s ruling today dismissing the appeal by 59-year-old Ms Fleming, who is in the final stages of multiple sclerosis, to the High Court’s refusal to grant orders that would allow her be lawfully helped to end her life at a time of her choice. MARIE FLEMING LOSES CASE FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE was last modified: April 29th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:LiffordMARIE FLEMINGright to dielast_img read more

Carrigart’s digital hub moves a step closer with planning application

first_imgPlans to create a digital hub in Carrigart have moved one step closer with a planning application.The 18 station hub on the town’s Main Street is set to attract small businesses from near and far.Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the announcement. He said “The Carrigart Digital Hub was one of a number of projects in Donegal that got share of a €1.15million Government funding pot back in 2017,” Minister McHugh said.“A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes since then to get this ambition and idea to where it is now.“We are looking forward to a digital hub, on the Main Street in Carrigart, where people can work from with 18 workstations and a meeting room.“This is planning for a future where remote working is more commonplace and it will complement the Government’s plans for rural broadband in every part of the country.” Mr McHugh, Minister for Education and Skills and Donegal T.D. said the Government backed this ambition with a €200,000 grant under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.“It’s great to see that coming to the planning stage and especially with everything that it will bring and the new opportunities for economic growth in a rural area,” he added.Carrigart’s digital hub moves a step closer with planning application was last modified: June 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Carrigartdigital hubplanning permissionlast_img read more

Tyson to announce his fitness center academy in Dubai

first_imgDubai, Apr 19 (PTI) Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has chosen Dubai, Middle Easts top city, to launch his new business venture, a franchise of fitness centres called the Mike Tyson Academy (MTA). MTA has already garnered international interest with academies looking to open in the Middle East, Australia, France, West Africa and China. Tyson held the record of being the youngest boxer to win the WBA, WBC and IBF heavyweight titles at the age of 20. The 50-year-old Tyson will be revealing more about the venture on May 4 to be followed by the launch on May 6. Asked why he chose Dubai to make this announcement, Tyson said the city has established itself on the world map by hosting many leading sporting events and icons, besides attributing it to the residents obsession with fitness. “I strive to maintain consistency across all my centres with trainers that have been certified by me as well as exceptional training staff who will be on site to ensure a certain benchmark is maintained,” Tyson said. The American boxing icon added, “I am positive that this is going to be only the beginning of a long-running successful association between myself and the region.” PTI AH AHlast_img read more

2 days agoJuventus chief Paratici confirms Mandzukic exit plans

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus chief Paratici confirms Mandzukic exit plansby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sporting director Fabio Paratici admits they’re ready to sell Mario Mandzukic.Paratici has opened the door for Mario Mandzukic to start training with another side ahead of a January transfer move.The striker is still being linked with Manchester United.”We are talking to Mandzukic to find the best possible solution,” Paratici told Sky Italia.”We remain open to any scenario, so staying here or going elsewhere. We are discussing it to find the best solution for both parties.”Mandzukic is not training with us, in agreement with the club. If the agreement changes, I am open to everything.” last_img read more

Photos: Former Michigan State Star Magic Johnson Is At The Spartans’ Game vs. Georgia

first_imgMagic Johnson cheers on the Spartans.SYRACUSE, NY – MARCH 27: Former Basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson claps in the second half of the game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Oklahoma Sooners during the East Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 27, 2015 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Magic Johnson, perhaps the greatest player in the history of the Michigan State men’s basketball program, is in attendance at the Spartans’ NCAA Tournament game vs. Georgia this afternoon. Johnson, who starred in Lansing from 1977-79, leading MSU to a national championship his final season, is watching No. 7 seed MSU take on No. 10 seed Georgia in the Second Round. The 55-year-old NBA legend had quite an audience around him at halftime. [email protected], your thoughts on the first half? #MarchMadness— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 20, [email protected] taking time to sign autographs and photos at the half of MSU game #classact #gospartans— Chris Brislin (@brizbear13) March 20, 2015Magic Johnson spending halftime with some Michigan State fans— Kyle Austin (@kylebaustin) March 20, 2015Johnson witnessed a pretty impressive performance by the Spartans in the first half, as they lead the Bulldogs, 35-22, after 20 minutes. Michigan State and Georgia’s game is being televised on truTV.last_img read more