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first_img We figured that the club should ask for five or 10 per cent of fees that any player received through cricket after they had reached the stage of regional and international representation. We talked to the JCA about it many times, but nothing came of it. We thought of doing it alone, but then we figured that would not make sense since all the players had to do was, maybe, join another club. It is over 20 years now that that suggestion was made, and ignored, and now I understand that the JCA will be holding a meeting shortly to discuss the same topic. He who feels it knows it. The West Indies Board needs money, the clubs need money, West Indies cricket needs money, and one way of getting it is through the skill of their players, or whicever players they may be, once they are West Indians. Once upon a time, West Indies players were so good, so great, that they would make millions of dollars for playing cricket anywhere in the world. This time around, and in this sort of cricket, there are some nuggets still around, including Gayle and Russell, Pollard himself and Carlos Brathwaite, but the West Indies Board had better be careful. It had better trod gingerly. This move was badly timed, and this move, as good as it seems, appears rushed. It seems like a move designed to get back at certain players for saying certain things, and that would defeat the whole purpose, and all the good intentions. Some things are not as bad as they sometimes seem to be. Most times, it depends on how they are said, or written, or how they are presented. In-demand players The West Indies must be careful, especially as a free for all, with everybody paying in a tit-for-tat formula, could end up benefitting no one at all and, in particular, the West Indies, who have so many overseas players in their own CPL league. It be could be penny wise, and pound foolish. On top of that, what would happen if the organisers really objected to paying the money? Would the West Indies Cricket Board then call on the players to pay it from their fees, or would the board then suspend them, or ban them from West Indies cricket? Back in the late 1980s, 1990s, and the early 2000s, during my time as the president of Melbourne, in the days of the Milo – Melbourne Festival, plus the President’s Luncheons, fish fries, bingo parties, and dances, back in the days when money was tight and it was difficult making ends meet, the committee came up with what we thought was a beautiful idea. We were at that time, and even up to now, producing a fair number of first-class players and Test players, including the great Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh, and we thought it would be a good idea if we were to get back a little of what we spent in developing these players into what they had become. Free for all Money, it is said, especially by those who do not have it, is the root of all evil. To those who have it, however, especially a lot of it, money, if it is used properly, is the key to happiness and success. The West Indies Cricket Board has no money, or very little. It has no success on the field recently, or very little. It wants some money in a bid to find success, and it plans to get that money one way or another. With the dwindling gate receipts hurting West Indies cricket, the board’s only source of revenue is its share of revenue from the ICC and from television. The problem of the board is where to find the money. The money should come from the players, but therein lies the problem: the WIBC does not control the players. It has no players. As the body governing West Indies cricket, the board selects the West Indies team. The member countries, however, are the ones that parade them in regional competition and then leave the West Indies Board to select the best of them for international competition. It is as simple as that, or it should be as simple as that. Even though this seems to have been forgotten, or ignored, over the years, this is how it was meant to be, and this is how it should be. West Indies cricket, made up of 12 different countries and six members, and with no one to control it, is a complex and confusing thing. The players all belong to the member countries and to the respective clubs in the member countries. They are the ones who discover the players, who nurture their talent, and put it on display in local and in regional competitions. The West Indies Cricket Board is in a bind. They are short of money to do what should be done, e.g., to pay the players properly and to administer cricket properly – to provide proper coaching, especially at the youth level, to provide good facilities, and to assist the clubs in some way. The board say that its players are in demand, that they are all around the world playing in T20 cricket and that they are making money doing so, and they have decided that they want some of that money. First of all, Kieron Pollard is the player the West Indies Cricket Board refused the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in Bangladesh although Pollard is not on the West Indies team, although Pollard is not a contracted player with the West Indies board, even though the board should have no control over him, and even though other West Indians are playing around the world without even a murmur. This seems a case of double standards. The Board has since clarified its position by saying that the 20 per cent it is asking for is to be paid by the organising board and not by the player, or players, and has back-tracked a bit since by “releasing” Pollard. This all started with the West Indies Cricket Board’s refusal to sign the NOC for Pollard to go Bangladesh to play and the objection to the demand by the international players association Cricket South Africa, and Cricket Australia while saying that it is a restraint of trade and that they are willing to fight it. The West Indies Cricket Board, however, claims it is not a restraint of trade by saying that they have a right to a percentage of the players’ fees due to their investment in the players’ development. And a precedent has already been set. India, through their Indian Premier League, made a contribution equivalent to 10 per cent of the fees to the countries involved and to the West Indies Cricket Board for Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, and Andre Russell for two years up to the West Indies strike in India a year ago. That may have been a PR exercise, but whatever it was, it was not a part of the players’ fee, as the board’s letter of refusal to Pollard first implied it should have been. A third of the money from the IPL was kept by the West Indies Board, a third was paid to the Jamaica Cricket Association, and a third was paid to the player’s club, to Lucas, Melbourne, St. Elizabeth, and St. Catherine for their role in developing the players. Right or wrong, and although the players do not belong to them, maybe that is why the West Indies Board is looking in that direction this time. Money is short, and he who feels it knows it. Something seems wrong, however. Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa say that the issue of fees was brought up by the West Indies at a recent ICC meeting, but nothing was agreed. Michael Muirhead of the West Indies Board, on the other hand, said he was told that it was agreed upon. It’s all a mess, and especially that despite everything, somewhere along the line, Bangladesh appears to have agreed to pay over 10 per cent of the players’ fees to the West Indies Cricket Board. The West Indies Cricket Board had better be careful it does not have another crisis on its hand. Something disruptive always seems to happen in West Indies cricket every time something good happens. Money is needed, and a fee for the services of top West Indies players playing around the world seems a good idea. But it must be well thought out, and it must be well thrashed out between all concerned before any decision is taken, especially as it concerns the problem-ridden West Indies. Five or 10 per cent feeslast_img read more

first_imgLANGLEY, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School’s Senior Girls Basketball team is competing at provincials in southern B.C.The girls lost their opener to the Abbotsford Seniors yesterday by the score of 101-43. The team led for most of the first quarter before trailing by 18 points at halftime.Their next game is versus Carson Graham at 6:00 p.m. (PST) Thursday.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2276 Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Royal Canadian Army Cadet corps in Fort St. John is in need of support for their “Leave No Cadet Behind” campaign. It’s an extension of last year’s Harley Davidson draw and its goal is to send local cadets to the 100th Vimy Ridge ceremony in France in April of next year.As part of the campaign 50/50 tickets are being sold with draws being held on May 1 and July 1 at 7 p.m. at the Legion. 50/50 tickets are being sold for five dollars each.Tickets are also being sold for a draw where up for grabs will be a 700 Honda side by side, a $2,000 travel voucher, and a $500 pre paid Visa. Tickets for the raffle are $20 each, or three for $50. The draw will take place on July 1 at noon at Centennial Park.- Advertisement -Tickets are being sold at the Legion, the Hair Bin, Revolution Honda, the Fort St. John Trade Show, and at Save-on-Foods on most Friday nights as well as Saturday and Sunday.Cadets will also be having their 17th annual steak and lobster dinner on May 7th. Tickets are $50 each and are on sale at the aforementioned locations. The dinner will be held at the legion with the doors opening at 5:30. There will be a silent auction, dinner, and a dance as part of the evening.last_img read more

first_imgOne of Michael Wempe’s sex abuse victims testified Thursday that the former priest stopped molesting him after they were involved in a 1986 car crash and Wempe “was sent away to pedophile camp.” The 36-year-old witness also said he believes the crash happened when Wempe lost control of the car while assaulting him. He acknowledged under cross-examination by Wempe’s lawyer that he previously said that while he “could not rule out the possibility” Wempe was molesting him when he crashed the car, he wasn’t certain. “I am now entirely sure,” said the man, identified only as Lee B. He is an older brother of the man Wempe is on trial for allegedly molesting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Lee testified that the Catholic church paid for the crash and noted that he didn’t see Wempe for a long time afterward. “He was sent away to pedophile camp,” he said, a reference to a monastery in New Mexico that Wempe was dispatched to by the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese. After being treated there for inappropriate behavior with boys without specific evidence of molestation, he was assigned to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as a hospital chaplain. The 66-year-old former priest has acknowledged molesting 13 boys in the 1970s and 1980s, including Lee B. and another of his brothers. But he has denied assaulting the youngest of the siblings, identified in court as Jayson B. Charges could not be brought in the other cases because the statute of limitations had expired, and Wempe’s lawyer has said Jayson fabricated his story in an effort to seek vengeance for his brothers. Jayson, 26, testified previously about being in the car when it crashed, saying he still has a piece of glass lodged near his eye. He said he was in the back seat and couldn’t see much of what was happening in the front seat. Lee was the latest in a string of witnesses to testify about the molestations Wempe has admitted. All of the men said the priest’s enticements included allowing them to drive a car. At one point, he lashed out at the church, saying, “I think the behavior of the archdiocese was atrocious in my case and everyone else’s. They felt more about the reputation of pedophile priests than they did about children.” He was once quoted as saying Wempe’s victims might be tempted to “take things into their own hands,” but he testified Thursday that he would never commit violence against the priest. “He’s taken enough from me already,” he said. “I’m not going to trade my life for committing a crime.” He also said he fell into a deep depression after memories he had repressed for years began to surface in 2002.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgSqueezed by a shortage of new hires and the looming retirement of hundreds of experienced cops, Los Angeles Police Department officials said Tuesday they plan to let more officers defer their retirements while stepping up recruiting programs. City administrators, the LAPD and the officers’ union have reached a tentative deal to extend the retirement deferment plan for five years beyond its current expiration date of April 30, 2007. Meanwhile, amid lackluster turnout at some recent hiring events, Chief William Bratton told the Police Commission he is considering changing the recruiting process. “We are looking to refocus on areas we have not gone into before,” he said. The department’s Deferred Retirement Option Plan, started in 2002, was designed to ease the crunch by allowing officers to retire but remain with the LAPD for five additional years as their pension goes into an escrow account. “This allows officers to remain with the department and us to retain their experience,” said Thom Brennan of the LAPD’s Personnel Division. But as the first five-year deadline approaches, the LAPD estimates it will lose 298 employees by mid-2007, leaving it 234 officers short of its planned 10,017 staffing level. The tentative agreement to extend the DROP program hinges on a study to ensure it will not cost the city any additional money. While the deal concerns rank-and-file officers, Bratton said he wants command staff to continue to take part as well. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event To target new recruits, the LAPD has created a new job classification called a community police aide. Aimed at recent high school graduates, the program is designed to bring young adults into civilian police jobs until they turn 20-and-a-half, the minimum age required to enter the academy. The department will also begin focusing on more experienced recruits in different fields who may be looking for a career change, Bratton said. He added that the hiring process, particularly the lengthy background-check process, should be streamlined to avoid discouraging recruits. The measures are the latest efforts by the LAPD to address hiring troubles that are vexing departments across the country coping with low unemployment and stiff competition from other agencies. So far, the city has boosted bonus payments for employees who refer new cops and it is considering helping officers buy houses. last_img read more

first_imgPASADENA – Technological advances like iPods and podcasting are transforming education from a teacher-centric, unidirectional process to one that centers on students and the sharing of knowledge, the keynote speaker at an educational technology conference said Wednesday. “The role of educator is no longer `the purveyor of fixed info.’ It’s about fundamentally changing the learning process,” Tom Galvin told an audience of hundreds at the 11th annual TechEd conference at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. “I encourage you all to be bloggers. Get immersed in the technology to the extent that you can,” added Galvin, who is director of Intel’s Innovation in Education. Galvin’s speech concluded three days of seminars focusing on issues of how to best integrate technology into the classroom without losing the human touch. Topics ranged from tools to stop plagiarism to engaging students through computers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Technology is an equalizer and an enabler,” Galvin said. “If you put it to good use, it will increase your ability to learn. However, technology is neither a panacea nor a curse. “Be reminded always that technology is a tool. It’s all about what you do with it,” Galvin said. “Technology isn’t magic – teachers are.” But many of the educators who attended the conference said that while they embrace the role of new technology in concept, fiscal realities often make it little more than an ideology. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgDD Local – Niall Mor Centre:Stress Control Class starting 29th-5th March 2015 7.30-9pm at the Centre. Contact 07497 41863 to book your place. This 6 session course is FREE.Are you interested in basic/Intermediate computer class? Please contact the Niall Mor Centre 07497 41863 or email We are running a 16 week Intermediate Spanish Class in Feb/March call the centre to book your place.Are you interested in doing a 1 Day Safe Pass Course? We are running it February 2015 contact number above.JC Fitness Classes running Monday – Saturday contact John to book your place on: 087 9617436Citizen Advice Office every Monday from 10am- 1pm Beginners Yoga Class 7.30-8.45Intermediate Yoga Class 6.15-7.30Cost €50.00 or €10 drop-inCall/Text Zia on: 087 6463956Letterkenny Womens Centre offer a councelling service at the centre every Tuesday & Wednesday to book your appointment contact Bried on: 07491 24985. DD LOCAL: YOGA CLASSES EVERY MONDAY MORNING AT THE NIALL MORE CENTRE was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DD LocalFeaturesNiall Mor CentreNoticesYogalast_img read more

first_imgby Cliodhna HarveyLast Wednesday 19th October, Donegal ETB held their Enterprise Day for schools and Youthreach centres from across the county in the LYIT. The aim of the day was to introduce entrepreneurship to students with the support of Donegal entrepreneurs in a fun and exciting way.Highland Radio’s Lee Gooch started the day on a good note with some ice-breaking games, which set the tone of the day. Guest speaker Jenni Timoney took over, telling the students how “with hardwork and resilience, you can do anything”. The faces of the ambitious students proved how inspiring and motivational Jenni’s speech was. Gerard Grant, Vice President of Pramerica followed with a speech of his own on what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Each school was then given a business mentor and an LYIT business student to help and guide them through the day. They were then given items including balloons, sellotape, plastic cups, reflective material, plastic and much more, which they had to use to develop a product.The standard and talent in the room was exhilarating, as each team worked together to create a unique product of their own.Following an action-packed morning, another entrepreneur, Ian Harkin of Lottie Dolls, spoke to participants on how to pitch an idea. After this, teams worked on their pitches and were then taken to deliver their pitches to the judges in a Dragon’s Den set-up.On return, teams were greeted back with entertaining games by staff from Gartan Outdoor Education Centre. While students were playing these games, the judges were struggling with deciding which teams should make the final three, due to the exceptional standard. The three finalists had to pitch their ideas to all 200 students who were taking part in the Enterprise Day. The talent and enthusiasm from each team was excellent, making it a very hard decision for the judges to choose their winner.However, Carndonagh Community School came out on top, with their idea of a pen that you use to highlight your work that would then save the highlighted information into your computer.Every student thoroughly enjoyed their day and walked away with a better knowledge on what life is really like being an entrepreneur.The participating schools and Youthreach centres were Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town; Carndonagh Community School; Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny; Colaiste Chineal Eoghan, Buncrana; Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon; Crana College, Buncrana; Deele College, Raphoe; Errigal College, Letterkenny; Finn Valley College, Stranorlar; Gairmscoil Chu Uladh, Ballinamore; Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore; Magh Ene College, Bundoran; Mulroy College, Milford; Rosses Community School; Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana; Youthreach Buncrana/Glengad and Youthreach Gortahork.Two hundred students do business at Donegal ETB Enterprise Day was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal ETB Enterprise DayDonegal studentsETBlast_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL BOSTON V GALWAYFROM MAJELLA MCFADDED IN BOSTON: Donegal Vs Galway July 7th 2012Donegal 1-14  Galway 3-06Duo Brian White and Brian Donnelly helped Donegal claim another victory and valuable points in last  Saturday’s championship game against Galway. A quick goal in the opening seconds from Galways Padraig O Rourke may have been the kickstart Donegals defence needed.The TirConaill men bounced back with points from Eddie Kelly and Brian Donnelly with a missed goal chance from Ferghal Clancy.O Rourke, nephew of the great Meath footballer, Colm O Rourke played a blinder up front for Galway.  Scoring 2-03 from a total of 3-06, Donegal had a difficult task keeping him at bay!Donegal were dealt a blow just before half time when Garbhan Friel was sent off having received a second yellow card. Half time score – Donegal 1-07  Galway 1-04Galway quickly won possession at the start of the second half and O Rourke takes his points and another goal to give Galway the lead.Ciaran Williams played well up front for Donegal and fists a point over the bar to level up the sides but Galway deliver another blow with a third goal.Donegal quickly retaliate with points again from the mighty Donnelly and Ciaran Williams and Ballyshannon goalkeeper Peter Boyle saves the day blocking a goal which he passes to Mark Canny who sends it out the field. It was a tightly contested game but the final score at the Irish Cultural Center on Saturday afternoon favoured Donegal.Other club news *Donegal Junior Bs suffered defeat to kerry yesterday – Final scoreDonegal 0-11 Kerry 3-08*The Donegal GFC Boston Annual Golf Tournament will be held on August11th at the Cape Cod Country Club in Falmouth.For more information and to register please contact Ricky Rushe 617 799 4814GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC NEWS was last modified: July 9th, 2012 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:GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC NEWSlast_img read more

first_imgJudge Keenan Johnson:A CIRCUIT Court Judge has warned that jurors who fail to turn up in court will be pursued by the law.Judge Keenan Johnson issued his order at the sitting of the court in Donegal Town after a number of jurors failed to show for a jury panel being selected to hear a case. A number of people who did turn up and gave legitimate reasons as to why they couldn’t serve on the jury were excused by the court.However failing to turn up, and not making contact with the Court Service is an offence.Judge Johnson said the high number of absentees from the court was “just not good enough”.He told juror panel members who did did turn up: “I am directing that unless there were good reasons for them not being here, that summonses should issue against them for non-appearance.“There were far too many absentees and it is not fair on those who did turn up.”Under the 1976 Juries Act, a judge can impose fines on members of the public who fail to appear for jury panel selection.The Courts Service will now pursue all those who failed to appear for the Circuit Court cases.JUDGE IN WARNING TO JURORS WHO FAIL TO TURN UP IN COURT was last modified: October 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Failure to appearfinesjudge keenan johnsonJurorjurylast_img read more