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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

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: FIGHTING IRELAND’S OBESITY CRISIS

first_imgExperts say that nearly half of Irish adults will be obese by 2030 if the current issues with childhood weight and obesity are not tackled.As it stands 31.8% of 7 year old children are either overweight or obese.In Ireland, 300,000 children are overweight and 100,000 children are obese. Ireland currently has the 5th highest rate in Europe for childhood obesity.The cost of tackling this problem can be around €600 per child per year and around €5000 per year for obesity related diseases.For adults the OECD has recorded that 1 in 4 Irish adults are obese (30+lbs over a normal weight).2 in every 3 Irish women and 1 in 2 Irish men are classed as overweight (10% above a normal weight). We have the 2nd highest obesity rates in Europe for adults, with the UK being the highest.The total cost to the country is around €1.6 billion per year for obesity related diseases.A study from the Irish Universities Nutritional Alliance has shown that in adults aged 18-64:
 
39% of Irish people were of a normal weight.
37% were overweight and
24% were obese.In adults aged 65 years and older 49% of women and 59% of men were overweight, 
24% of women and 25% of men were obese.Since 1990 the rate of obesity has increased from 8% to 26% in men and from 13% to 21% in women. The greatest increase in this was shown in men between the ages of 51-64 years.Physical activity levels will decrease with age with those over 65 being the least active.On average, we are watching 18hours of television per week (27% are watching more than 25 hours per week).Of these people, the average time spent in recreational activities averages at only 5.3 hours per week. Shocking statistics… What happened?How is it that as a nation, we are getting bigger and bigger?What is to blame?Is it Carbs? Fat? Low -fat diets? High-Carb diets? Dairy? Gluten?Maybe we are looking in the wrong place.Maybe it’s our hormones, our Thyroid, our glands, our genes?What is the problem and how do we solve it?Is there a way to solve the obesity epidemic that we are experiencing?Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. of the Mayo Clinic in the US writes;

“There is no “silver bullet” and it will take the combined efforts of every segment of society to address this disease. This is nothing new. After all this is what it took to address other public health threats, such as HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, polio, car safety and tobacco.I want to add that the most important aspect of reversing the obesity epidemic is personal responsibility and taking care of ourselves, our family and friends”.Anyone can lose weight when on a diet, but as Zeratsky/Nelson stated above, it is about more than just losing weight.There are habitual changes that have to be put in place first so that whenever someone is ready to begin to change they will be better prepared to succeed.Weight loss is a matter of energy balance.If you burn more energy (through your daily activities and exercise) than you ingest (take in through your diet) you will lose weight.But if you are not ready for change, (and I mean ready as in a smoker being ready to quit smoking) then you will always be fighting an uphill battle against yourself.#TrainSmart
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* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: FIGHTING IRELAND’S OBESITY CRISIS was last modified: July 21st, 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:changedietemmet rushefightinghealthobesitylast_img read more

Partnerships vital to growth: Mbeki

first_img9 June 2003Successful implementation of the agreement signed at the Growth and Development Summit in Midrand at the weekend will depend on durable partnerships based on a common vision, according to President Thabo Mbeki.Addressing delegates at the end of the summit, Mbeki said: “Underpinning this assembly of South Africa’s leaders is the common understanding that successful societies are built on the foundation of common purpose.”Mbeki said the agreement laid the basis and conditions for accelerating economic growth and development.“It is important that the summit secures the active involvement of the social partners to tackle the urgent challenges that we have identified. We have prioritised urgent challenges that can be addressed relatively quickly, but also key longer-term issues. We have a firm commitment to have active participation by all the social partners.”Mbeki added that the key identified strategies would take the country onto a higher growth trajectory, if properly implemented.The summit addressed four encompassing themes identified by stakeholders: addressing investment challenges; creating more jobs; advancing equity and skills development; and local action and implementation.Mbeki said the critical issue was that concrete timelines had been set for the agreements to be implemented.“Certainly, it cannot be business as usual for these industries, on the part of government, labour, business and the community sector. Concrete programmes have to be developed as a matter of urgency to improve on what is already being done,” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more