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Tony Becca: Wanted: a vote for cricket

first_img There is an active campaign going the rounds to vote out the president and vote in the secretary, and, as usual, this is causing a lot of ill-will among the board members and the association’s members. Those who love Jamaica’s cricket, those who profess to love cricket in general, and those who have a vote must display their “love” for the love of cricket, and their interest in Jamaica’s cricket, by voting for the man who can help cricket in Jamaica. Jamaica’s cricket right now needs a lot of things. Right now, however, it needs money, and it needs money to do many things. The clubs need money to stay alive, and cricket needs money to keep it going. Money is needed for players to travel to practise and to play games, to pay for gears, to pay for preparation of grounds, to pay the water rate and the light bill, to pay umpires, to pay for meals, and to provide prize-money, and attractive prize-money at that. Cricket, therefore, needs a man, and team members, who, among other things, is known across Jamaica, particularly in the business sector. It needs a man of impeccable reputation, a man who has a strong national image, a man who believes in the saying that work has never killed anyone, and a man who can get money for cricket. It does not need man who, if and whenever he calls a potential sponsor or financier, he hears, who is that? Cricket also needs a man as president who does not necessarily know everything about cricket. Cricket, however, especially at this time, needs a man who knows how to get those around him who knows the game and who knows how to lead the resurrection of cricket in this country. Cricket needs a man willing to look at it and one who is big enough to change cricket and to improve it. Cricket needs a general shake-up. Cricket, competitive cricket, needs to be smaller in order to be better. There should be two types of cricket – cricket for fun and competitive cricket Cricket for fun should be available to everybody, but Senior Cup cricket, for example, needs a change. It needs to go from its present 23 teams to maybe eight or 10 teams as proposed for next year. There is no doubt that would make the competition more manageable and easier to run. It would cost less money to organise, to pay for travelling and umpires, to prepare meals, and to buy balls and other things. Most important, it would lead to improvement. One could then, probably, afford to play more cricket, return matches instead of four group matches, with the best players playing with and against the best players regularly. Jamaica’s cricket is passing through parlous times. The standard of play is poor and it seems to be getting worse and worse despite the presence of a few promising young players. The only thing that can possibly solve the present situation, however, is good management, the kind of leadership at the top which can see what is happening and do something about it. It needs some good people at the top; people who love cricket and who are willing to work for cricket. The election of officers is only a few days away, but instead of trying to find those who know cricket and those who are willing to work for cricket, and hardly anything else, some members of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) are busy trying to find people who are willing to run on the “slate”. It matters not whether they really love cricket, attend cricket matches, or ever lift a hand to assist cricket If the truth be told, some of these people have nothing but a passing interest in cricket. That is the reason, except for a few places, except for some places like south St. Elizabeth, there are so few people at any cricket match in Jamaica, be it at club matches or regional matches. There is a move afoot by some people in Jamaica’s cricket to influence the voters at this week’s election of officers to again change the president and put in one who has served as the association’s secretary for quite some time. Love cricket It seems as if Billy Heaven, the man in office, is suffering a backlash from last year when the JCA’s executive had originally decided to oppose Dave Cameron as president of the West Indies Cricket Board before the association overruled them at a special general meeting. On top of that, although he got more than twice the money, some $109 million for cricket, he remained almost invisible as president. It would be good if he was more visible, but then he had a secretary. Even in a country like Jamaica, it is not necessary, not if the other members voted in are doing their work and the president is leading them. After receiving some 80 votes out of 103 last time, some have turned against Heaven, simply because he has put in place measures to enable the association’s business to run properly and for the association to operate much more cost effectively. One term is also not a long time, and Heaven deserves another term to try and do his thing, to change the people’s opinion of how Jamaica’s cricket is run. On top of that, after the quick removal of Paul Campbell and Linden Wright, and after Heaven’s big victory, following the problems re lack of money, re the use of money, re lack of sponsorship, and badly run competitions, and after the quarrels and infighting, it would be foolish to change again so quickly, especially when it is the secretary running against the president and his reasons given why he is running. Jamaica’s cricket needs support and it needs change. It does not need a change in the leadership of the association, however, at least not yet. It needs a strong man in charge, one who will continue to stand up for cricket and nothing else, especially if he is given some good men and women around him, men and women who know cricket and are willing to work for cricket, especially as volunteers. At this stage, the JCA needs volunteers, good volunteers at that. Backlashlast_img read more

Pool to open Monday

first_imgThe North Peace Leisure Pool will be officially opening on Monday.Karin Carlson, pool manager, says the pool will open at 6 a.m. and everything will be accessible at that time.The pool has been closed for renovations since April.- Advertisement -Originally, the pool was only supposed to be closed for six weeks, but in June it was delayed for another six weeks because of additional problems that had been encountered and needed to be dealt with.Carlson says she won’t know about what effect the delay has had on the project’s budget or on the loss of revenue generated from the pool’s use, but added that some money was being saved from operating costs during that time.The work, however, is not yet finished but she says she is confident it will be completed in time.Advertisement She says tile work and cleaning are some of the main items that will need to be finished by Monday’s early opening.The pool will have a more public opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches on Sept. 18.last_img read more

Paul Clement not ruling out late signings for Derby County

first_img Derby County manager Paul Clement 1 Derby boss Paul Clement says he may still add to his squad before the transfer window shuts.The Rams have already brought in seven players this summer as the former Real Madrid assistant manager looks to make his mark on the team.But Clement has now also revealed that while no deals are close currently, he may still add to his side this summer.“Well things are quiet at the moment and we really want to go ahead now with the squad we’ve got in place,” said Clement.“That is not to say nothing will happen, but at the moment things are quiet. It could be that we do something else and it could be that we don’t.“We are open to it. But as I say, I am happy with the squad I’ve got going into the first games.”last_img read more

FROM ALABAMA TO GLENCOLMCILLE TO LEARN IRISH FOR US SOLDIERS

first_imgTHEY come from all over the world to Glencolmcille for our language, our culture and, of course, the Glen and its people.Even American soldiers are keen to get a grip with gaeilge.Two Military College of Alabama cadets, Gordon Lawless and Travis Connelly along with their professor Rankin Sherling, are the latest to arrive – studying Irish at Oideas Gael in the company of thirty other course participants. The cadets are based at Marion Military College in Alabama.According to Oideas Gael director Liam Ó Cuinneagáin: “We get many interesting people studying Irish with us over the years and it is refreshing to have learners like Gordon and Travis committing to the language, just as their professor Rankin Sherling did six years ago and who is now nearly fluent.” FROM ALABAMA TO GLENCOLMCILLE TO LEARN IRISH FOR US SOLDIERS was last modified: June 24th, 2015 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:LIAM Ó CUINNEAGÁINMarion Military College in Alabama.Oideas Gaellast_img read more

‘Sausage King’ Alexander dies while on Death Row

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – The self-proclaimed “sausage king” Stuart Alexander died Tuesday morning in San Quentin State Prison while on Death Row for killing three meat inspectors. Alexander, 44, was held in a suicide watch cell and was found unresponsive by a guard conducting a routine check, Sgt. Eric Messick said Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at 5:15 a.m. The cause of death was not immediately known but Messick said there were no signs of suicide or foul play. An autopsy was set for later Tuesday. Alexander had been cited repeatedly for problems at his factory, which he took over after his father’s 1993 death. From January to June 2000, Alexander had frequent encounters with inspectors who ordered him to raise the cooking temperature of his meat. The factory owner resisted because he thought the change would ruin his sausages and continued selling them even after he was ordered to cease production. 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Messick said Alexander’s mental health had deteriorated since being sentenced to death in February on three counts of first-degree murder for the 2000 shooting deaths of two federal meat inspectors and one state inspector at his Santos Linguisa factory in San Leandro. The entire incident was captured on Alexander’s surveillance videotape, which was shown repeatedly to jurors during his five-month trial. There was no dispute over the fact that Alexander killed the inspectors – Jean Hillery, 56, Bill Shaline, 57, and Tom Quadros, 52. Instead, the case focused on whether his actions were deliberate or the result of a momentary lapse. Prosecutors called it “mass murder by ambush.” Defense lawyers had argued that Alexander simply snapped and killed the inspectors only after months of harassment. They argued for voluntary manslaughter convictions. last_img read more

J.J REID MOTORS GIVE AN ALL-STAR CAR TO AN ALL-STAR PLAYER

first_imgDonegal star Karl Lacey posing with staff from J.J Reid Motors.Four-time All-star Karl Lacey receiving the keys to his brand new Volkswagen Golf BluemotionJ.J Reid Motors gave Karl Lacey his new Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion car last week, and the four time All-Star endorsed the quality vehicles on offer at J.J Reid Motors situated on the Canal Road.You can check out the video of  Karl collecting his new Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion by clicking on the following link https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=694260820611109&set=vb.337714869599041&type=2&theater. J.J Reid Motors are celebrating their 50th birthday, and as the Volkswagen Golf celebrates its 40th birthday, they’re offering customers a sensational deal to mark the special occasion.They want to give you a Celebration Bonus, with a minimum value of €500 up to €1,500 when you order your new 142 Volkswagen.Alternatively, you can choose to avail of our unbeatable 0% APR Finance offer on the Up new Polo or Golf SV.For more information on any of this contact any member of our sales team today on 074 91 22333. J.J REID MOTORS GIVE AN ALL-STAR CAR TO AN ALL-STAR PLAYER was last modified: July 8th, 2014 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:BusinessFeaturesJ.J Reid Motorskarl laceynewslast_img read more

Round-up: Blues deals, Costa may be rested, Pato, Pedro, Chery praised, Hogan boost

first_imgRuben Loftus-Cheek has signed a new long-term deal at Chelsea.The midfielder, 20, has had his contract at Stamford Bridge extended until 2021, while promising defender Dion Conroy, also 20, has signed a new deal too.Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is pessimistic about Pedro’s chances of making a quick recovery from a hamstring problem and is considering resting Diego Costa ahead of next week’s Champions League game against Paris St-Germain.Hiddink has revealed that Alexandre Pato is now fit enough to play, but the Dutchman has again suggested that Bertrand Traore is ahead in the pecking order of Blues forwards.Costa could be rested against Norwich or StokeHiddink has also told Baba Rahman he must respond positively to being substituted at half-time after the left-back’s mistake led to a goal in the weekend win against Southampton.Meanwhile, Conroy featured as Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw at Southampton in the Under-21 Premier League.QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says Tjaronn Chery showed a good attitude prior to the midfielder’s recent recall.Chery scored in QPR’s 2-0 victory against BirminghamRangers and the police are investigating a violent incident involving fans and an alleged coin-throwing during Saturday’s game against Birmingham.Brentford striker Scott Hogan scored on his return to action – he played an hour for the Bees’ development side against Crystal Palace.And in snooker, Pinner’s Martin Gould missed out on a second successive title, losing to world number one Mark Selby in the final of the Gdynia Open in Poland.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA looks to fast-track Congo trade pact

first_img29 October 2010 International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has called for the fast-tracking of the Economic Co-operation and Trade Agreement between South Africa and the Republic of Congo. The agreement, which was mooted after South Africa’s trade mission to Brazzaville in May 2010, would see the two countries facilitating mutual business opportunities in fields including trade, tourism, transport, energy and agriculture. Nkoana-Mashabane was speaking at the launch of the first South Africa-Republic of Congo Joint Commission for Co-operation in Cape Town on Thursday. During the first sitting of the commisson, a co-operation agreement on agriculture, fisheries and forestry will be signed. The agreement hopes to promote bilateral trade while addressing food shortages in the Congo. Nkoana-Mashabane said that although months of preparatory meetings had taken place between the two countries, not enough progress had been made in implementation. “We must prove to our peoples that our cooperation can bring about a tangible improvement in their daily lives,” she said. “Such projects should be the nucleus and catalyst of greater joint undertakings in the future.” A twinning agreement between South Africa’s Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the University Hospital of the Republic of Congo was also signed, opening the way for the two countries to work together in many areas of health care. The minister thanked Congo for its support when South Africa was in the running for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. She also congratulated Congo for successfully hosting its 50th independence celebrations. Diplomatic relations between South Africa and Congo date from 1993, with cooperation between the two countries formalised by the signing of the umbrella General Cooperation Agreement in 2003. Representing Congo at the inaugural sitting of the joint commission were Basil Ekouebe, Congo’s minister of foreign affairs, and Rigobert Maboundou, Congo’s minister of agriculture. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Brazen Apple Store Robberies Bracket 2012

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Apple store robberies may not be the crimes of the century, but they should get consideration for crimes of the year. Especially the latest one in Paris on New Year’s Eve, which followed others at the beginning and middle of 2012.A Dumb BeginningOn January 2, 2012, in Scottsdale Arizona, six teenagers smashed in through the front door of the Scottsdale Quarter Apple Store. The armed teens made off with around $80,000 worth of iPads, MacBooks and iPads. Well, three of them did anyway. A taxi driver witnessed the event and followed them. The robbers fired shots at the driver, but missed,and three of them were caught by police shortly after. A Dumberer MiddleIn September, a video of a car smashing into the facade of an Apple Store in California surfaced as perhaps the lowest point of the year in Apple Store crime. At the Apple Store in the Promenade Mall in Temecula, a blue BMW SUV served as a battering ram to the plate glass window of the store. Three men snatched display models of iPhones. This happened a week before the release of the iPhone 5. While this may seem like a clever move, as the thieves rammed their way out of the store, they left one vital clue behind… the car’s license plate. We’ll Always Have ParisThis most recent robbery at an Apple Store in the Opera section of Paris on New Years Eve ranked much higher on the smart scale. Because police were busy monitoring the festivities on the Champs-Elysées, there weren’t a lot of eyes on the back door of the store at 9 pm, as four to five armed men forced their way in. They overpowered a janitor who was leaving for the night and made off with a little over €1 million worth of merchandise. Instead of taking individual items, the robbers grabbed boxes of stock and loaded them into a truck. The whole process took about 40 minutes. While it seems like the thieves were taking advantage of the light coverage of the Opera section of Paris, police officials were quick to tell The Telegraph that the New Years Eve party didn’t deter from the everyday security of other parts of Paris. They did admit, however, that the crew was well organized, adding “Since the essential bulk of police forces were mobilized to patrol the Champs-Elysées, the thieves clearly profited from the opportunity to make their move.” Not All Apple Robberies Happen At The StoreNumbers are still being calculated by officials at Apple, but this is likely the biggest Apple heist since November 2012, when $1.5 million worth of iPad minis were stolen in an inside job at JFK International Airport – reminiscent of the movie Goodfellas. Officials are viewing video of the robbery before releasing more specifics, according to an update fromLe Figaro, the manager of the store will make a statement Wednesday afternoon. Image courtesy of pio3 / Shutterstock.com. Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#crime christina ortizlast_img read more