Foster’s Fairplay | Darren Bravo was duly punished

first_img Invitation withdrawn West Indies cricket continues to attract the spotlight. Once upon a time – and the memory is dimmed on that – this headline billing was the case, but then it was for the right reasons. Nowadays, it is like the low performance level of the team, more so in Test matches, is stuck with their fans as a constant companion. Even in the shortest version, where the team is supposed to be ‘ruling the roost’, whenever there is a glimmer of hope or a gain in confidence, the inevitable gloom comes hard on its heels. Yes, earlier in the year, under the now deposed Darren Sammy, the World T20 trophy was taken, the second such success on the trot. But a 3-0 washout to Pakistan a few weeks ago was not far adrift. As if all the sordid tales that the region is being asked to embrace, are not enough, here comes the highly reported Darren Bravo remarks. The man who from the onset of his career mimics his idol, the magnificent Brian Lara in so many ways except runs on the board, has run a ‘one short’ on the type of behaviour that should obtain in a working environment. He took to his Twitter account to take on West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President, Dave Cameron. His ill-timed and ill-advised outburst was on the back of his being offered a C Contract and not the A of which Cameron said he was not worthy. On regional television, the President went on to outline statistical qualifications which, according to him, Bravo had not met. Foster’s Fairplay thinks that to question the boss’ judgement and willingness to speak the truth, is not altogether out of line. It is in keeping with what goes on at the workplace in these more liberal and permissive times. But, it is the view of this columnist, that they must be boundaries. By any yardstick relative to discipline and decorum, it cannot be tenable for a worker, as the batsman is in this scenario, to describe the top man in his organisation in the disrespectful terms in which he did. The tweet read: “You hav been failing 4 d last 4yrs. Y don’t u resign and FYI I’ve neva been given an ‘A’ contract. Big idiot.” The action taken by the West Indies Cricket Board has been to withdraw the invitation to Bravo to be a member of the region’s squad for the upcoming Tri-Nation One Day International Series, which includes Sri Lanka and home team Zimbabwe. The dismissed player will head home to the Caribbean, when the camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa breaks. Foster’s Fairplay has little concern for whether or not Cameron misrepresented the cash amount of the contract that Bravo was offered in the past. That, from where this columnist is positioned, is beside the point. The real issue here is the Trinidad & Tobago-born batting stylist’s post on his social media platform. There are persons who are given the authority to make decisions and rulings that affect the careers, and by extension, the lives of others. Cameron and his colleagues in the hierarchy have been given that role. This is not to say that the workers, one of which is Bravo, must follow slavishly or blindly, all decrees from above. The board supports and always has an ear open to the player’s representative body, the West Indies Players Association . If Bravo is not a member of this group, he can have an agent who adopts a similar role. By virtue of the number of matches which Bravo has played, it is reasonable to view him as a senior player. As such, he is expected to provide guidance and advice to the younger ones. What type of standards is he setting for them? It was an intemperate remark, bordering on insolence and he was duly punished. In addition to dismissal from the series, Bravo was instructed to remove the offending tweet from his Twitter account and if he failed to do so by 3p.m. Jamaica time last Saturday, he could face further action including referral to the Disciplinary Committee. Clearly, the WICB has decided, to their everlasting credit, to throw the book at him. He deserves it. lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

Austin, Oddman shine again

first_imgRomaine Austin of Special Olympics Jamaica won his second gold medal at the World Winter Games in Graz, Austria yesterday after he topped the 333 metres speed skating event.Austin had earlier won gold in the Division 15 500 metres speed skating event on Thursday.Dave Oddman also mined his first gold of the Games in gold in 333 metres speed skating after capturing silver in the Division 23 222 metres on the ice skating rink earlier this week.Jamaica’s team at the Games has now won a total of five medals – three gold, a silver and a bronze. The floor hockey team placed third and earned the bronze medal.last_img read more

Dictatorship and false promises in local democracy

first_imgDear Editor,The recently held inaugural National Conference of Local Democratic Organs (NCLDO) is definitely a living example of extravagance, and was a complete waste of taxpayers’ money.The huge publicity by the APNU/AFC coalition Government, boasting about the hosting of this NCLDO conference, is to divert attention from the critical issues that are affecting the various Local Authority Areas and to use the opportunity to campaign hypocritically that the APNU/AFC are strong advocates of local democracy, which is way beyond the truth .President David Granger visited Fyrish on March 16th, 2018 and told local officials that his Government is committed to working with local democratic organs (RDCs and NDCs) to find workable solutions. He also announced that he would convene a region- wide conference, engaging regional and local officials with the view to addressing the problems that are being faced at the local level, so that citizens at community level can enjoy a higher quality of service from their respective local democratic organs.These were the commitments made by President Granger publicly, and they were definitely not fulfilled by the hosting of the NCLDO; instead, he inform officials that they have to be self-sufficient, imposing autonomy, which means that in order to sustain the Local Authority Areas, the local leaders must increase burdens such as taxes, fees etc. on the struggling Guyanese people in various LAA areas.Since the first Local Government Conference in 2015, numerous issues where raised by local leaders; to date, Minister Ronald Bulkhan has done nothing to address those issues.He also failed to comply with local democracy, and encouraged REOs in various regions that are being managed by the PPP to disrespect local democracy and impose policies that are not approved by the Regional Democratic Council. This minister has brought the Local Government System to irrelevance since 2015. This is the first time in the history of Guyana that an elected Regional Democratic Council (Region Five) cannot function effectively.President David Granger and Communities Minister Ronald Bulkhan are imposing new NDCs and municipalities down the throats of people in the new LAA areas without any consultation. This is a new form of dictatorship.Imagine, at a meeting by GECOM in a new NDC, Caracas-Wyburg area, the residents were so dissatisfied with GECOM just coming to inform residents about the LGE elections by imposing demarcation of various constituencies without any consultation with the residents. The Government never even consulted with residents that the area would be a new LAA area.On Local Authorities Amendment Bill #9/2018, our Regional Member of Parliament, Cde Zulfikar Mustapha, mentioned in his presentation that there was no consultation in the formation of these specific LAA areas, and about the ‘big stick’ method used by Minister Bulkhan to dictate the formation.The APNU/AFC coalition Government is trying to convince the international communities and the world that they are advocates of local democracy, which is a fallacy.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Ellen Reappoints Duncan Cassell at Ministry of Gender

first_imgGender Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reappointed former Minister of Gender Children and Social Protection Julia Duncan-Cassell at the Ministry of Gender after she lost to Matthew Joe in the representative election in Grand Bassa County District #3.Minister Duncan-Cassell resigned in July this year to meet the requirements of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Code of Conduct that could have stopped her from running.According to section 5.2 (a) of the Code of Conduct, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Directors General, and Superintendents desiring to run must resign 2 years prior to the election, and section 5.2 (b) states that any other officials appointed by the President who hold a tenured position must resign 3 years prior to the election, while Section 5.9 of the Code provides that “Any public official, after due process, who is found guilty of violating any provision of this section should be immediately removed from the position or office he or she held and thereafter no part of the funds appropriated by any law for such position or office should be used to pay compensation to such person.”The Minister resumed work yesterday. With the reappointment of Minister Duncan-Cassell, many Liberians interviewed wondered why the President should single out Duncan-Cassell for reappointment when there are many qualified Liberians who could occupy the post.James Flomo, who deals in dry goods at the ELWA Junction, said the gender minister resigned her post to contest the elections and therefore she did not deserve to be reappointed by the President.According to Flomo, there are many Liberians that are qualified for the said position and therefore President Sirleaf should have appointed someone else, “not someone who willingly resigned to contest the 2017 Representative and presidential elections.”Esther Jones, a political science student at the University of Liberia, said the decision by the President to reappoint Minister Duncan-Cassell was an indication that the President could find no other qualified Liberian to serve in that post.Jones said since the minister willingly resigned from the position, “she must not be called back to the very job from  which she had resigned.”Ruth Johnson, a 12th grade student at the Isaac A. David High School, said the youth must be given a chance by the President to show what they are capable of doing.She said the Minister of Gender is not the only educated Liberian with the knowledge to push gender issues, and though the President has the authority to appoint those she is comfortable to work with and can push her agenda, others deserve equal opportunity to show their capabilities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Community Events for the weekend of August 1st 2009

first_imgHere is a list of community events taking place in Fort St. John and area this weekend.Saturday, August 01st, 200908:00 AM – 04:00 PMNDRA Mud Creek Run XC Dirt Bike Race09:00 AM – 04:00 PMFort St. John Farmers Market08:00 PMRob Szabo in ConcertAll Day Event6th Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt37th World Invitational Gold Panning Championships   All Day EventSunday, August 02nd, 2009All Day Event6th Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt37th World Invitational Gold Panning Championships   All Day Event- Advertisement –last_img read more

House ties pullout to Iraq funds

first_imgWASHINGTON – The House voted Friday for the first time to clamp a cutoff deadline on the Iraq War, agreeing by a thin margin to pull combat troops out by next year and pushing the new Democratic-led Congress ever closer to a showdown with President Bush. The 218-212 vote, mostly along party lines, was a hard-fought victory for Democrats, who faced divisions within their own ranks on the rancorous issue. Passage marked their most brazen challenge yet to Bush on a war that has killed more than 3,200 troops and lost favor with the American public. He dismissed their action as “political theater” and said he would veto the bill if it reached his desk. The Senate is about to take up its own version. The $124 billion House legislation would pay for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this year but would require that combat troops come home from Iraq before September 2008 – or earlier if the Iraqi government did not meet certain requirements. Democrats said it was time to heed the mandate of their election sweep last November, which gave them control of Congress. “The American people have lost faith in the president’s conduct of this war,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. “The American people see the reality of the war, the president does not.” Just over an hour following the vote, Bush angrily accused Democrats of playing politics and renewed his promise to veto the spending legislation if it included their withdrawal timetable, despite administration claims that the money is needed next month by troops. “These Democrats believe that the longer they can delay funding for our troops, the more likely they are to force me to accept restrictions on our commanders, an artificial timetable for withdrawal and their pet spending projects. This is not going to happen,” he said. Congress so far has provided more than $500 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including about $350 billion for Iraq alone, according to the Congressional Research Service. Across the Capitol, the Senate planned to begin debate Monday on its own war spending bill, which also calls for a troop withdrawal – and also has drawn a Bush veto threat. The Senate’s $122 billion measure would require that Bush begin bringing home an unspecified number of troops within four months with a non-binding goal of getting all combat troops out by March 31, 2008. These bills “offer a responsible strategy that reflects what the American people asked for in November – redeploying our troops out of Iraq and refocusing our resources to more effectively fight the war on terror,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. While Friday’s House vote represented the Democrats’ latest intensifying of political pressure on Bush, they still face long odds of ultimately forcing him to sign such legislation. In the Senate, Democratic leaders will need 60 votes to prevail – a tall order because that would mean persuading about a dozen Republicans to join them. And should lawmakers send Bush a measure he rejects, both chambers would need two-thirds majorities to override his veto – margins that neither seems likely to muster. Voting for the House bill were 216 Democrats and two Republicans – Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland and Walter Jones of North Carolina. Of the 212 members who opposed it, 198 were Republicans and 14 were Democrats. Those opposing Democrats included seven of the party’s more conservative members, including Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall, Tennessee Rep. Lincoln Davis and Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor, who say they do not want to tie the hands of military commanders. The other seven dissenters were members of a liberal anti-war caucus who routinely oppose war spending and would accept only legislation that would bring troops home immediately. Fearing that other liberals would join them and tip the scales, Pelosi had spent days trying to convince members that the bill was Congress’ best shot at forcing a new course in Iraq – an argument that was aided when the Democrats added more than $20 billion in domestic spending in an effort to lure votes. Pelosi received a boost this week when several of the bill’s most consistent critics said they would not pressure members to vote against it, even though they would oppose it themselves. The vote was considered a personal victory for the new speaker, whose husband watched the debate Friday from the gallery overlooking the House floor. Anti-war groups remained divided on whether passage of the bill was a good thing, and protesters tried to disrupt debate Friday and pressure members to oppose the bill. 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

Gor hit with hefty fine for Machakos chaos

first_imgThe club has now been ordered to pay a fine of Sh300,000 to the league managers while a further Sh200,000 will be paid to KCB FC for the damage caused to their bus by the stone-throwing fans.A further Sh106,000 will be paid out to the Machakos County Government; Sh56,000 being for the damage of two ambulances while Sh50,000 will be to pay for the repair of a section of the perimeter fence damaged by the fans.“That above amount should be paid within Sixty (60) days from the date of this ruling. In the event of default, the said amount shall be recovered by KPL from the Club’s share of the Premier League Sponsorship by SportPesa for the 2018-19 Club’s entitlement,” said a statement from the IDCC.Meanwhile, the disciplinary body has warned that Gor risk being docked points should any other case of crowd trouble is reported through the season.“The club is hereby warned that severe punishment will be meted out on it if its fans, Members and/or supporters will be found guilty of similar charge in future matches and to be precise, the Tribunal will henceforth consider docking Six (6) League points if similar acts of hooliganism is repeated by member/supporters and/or fans,” the statement stated further.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans show full support for their team during a Kenyan Premier League clash against Nzoia Sugar on Sunday March 11, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have been hit with a Sh606,000 fine for the chaos that marred their 1-0 loss to KCB FC in a league tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on January 27.Gor Mahia were charged by the league’s Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee for failing to control their supporters who threw projectiles into the pitch causing a 15-minute stoppage to the tie.last_img read more

Video: Sensational backheel goal from French lower league player

first_imgJordan Blondel, a playmaker for French third division side US Avranches, scored the cheekiest of goals last weekend in a league clash with Marseille-Consolat. Check it out above.last_img

Hamburg make £9.5m bid for wantaway Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko

first_imgHamburg have tabled a bid for wantaway Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to reports in his native France.Sissoko revealed last week that it would be his ‘dream’ to join Arsenal this summer but the Gunners are not understood to be interested in the French international having already snapped up Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka.Chelsea and Liverpool are also possible destinations for the 26-year-old as he vies to find top-flight football next season.But, according to L’Equipe, Hamburg have offered Newcastle £9.5million for Sissoko and the Championship club are apparently seriously considering selling to the Bundesliga club.Sissoko is one of the players Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is keen on offloading this summer as he prepares his squad for life in the Championship.The Frenchman joined Newcastle for a shade under £2m from Toulouse three years ago and has made over 100 appearances for the Tyneside club. Moussa Sissoko wants to leave Newcastle 1last_img read more

Attempts for history are both no-nos

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Light-hitting catcher Jose Lobaton spoiled Smith’s no-hit bid with a one-out double in the ninth. No JetHawks pitcher has thrown a no-hitter. Smith became just the second pitcher in franchise history to throw a nine-inning one-hitter. The JetHawks only other one-hitter came in a seven-inning game. The standout individual performances typified a stunning JetHawks turnaround. Lancaster, which a month into the season had minor league baseball’s fifth worst record, extended its season-best winning streak to five games with a 11-4 victory over Rancho Cucamonga on Monday, and has won eight of its past 10 games. “They’re finally starting to get locked in,” JetHawks manager Brett Butler said. LAKE ELSINORE – Hitting for the cycle and pitching a no-hitter are considered among the most unusual accomplishments in baseball. The suddenly torrid JetHawks nearly accomplished both feats in a three-game series sweep of Lake Elsinore over the weekend. Pitcher Greg Smith came within two outs of a no-hitter in Friday’s 4-0 victory over the Storm. Left fielder Brandon Burgess was 3 for 4, with a homer, a triple and a single in Sunday’s 7-2 victory. Steady arm: Amid all of the JetHawks ups and downs to start the season, Smith has been the team’s biggest success story. Smith (6-0) ranks second in the league with a 2.00 ERA, an especially impressive accomplishment for someone who pitches at hitter-friendly Lancaster, where he is 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA in five starts. Smith’s breakout season comes in his first full year of pro ball. Last season he was 8-5 with a 4.16 ERA at rookie-level Missoula (Mont.) after being drafted by the parent Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth round out of LSU. “He always seems to come through with guys on scoring position late in the game,” JetHawks pitching coach Jeff Pico said. “He just seems to turn it up a notch.” Trying too hard: Burgess had a chance to complete the final leg of the cycle when he came to the plate with two outs in the ninth of Sunday’s game, but he struck out swinging on a Kyle Stutes high fastball. “(JetHawks center fielder Jereme Milons) came and told me after I hit the triple `you’re a double away (from the cycle),’ ” Burgess said. “If he hadn’t told me it would have been easier. I think I was probably trying too hard.” Brooks is back: Former JetHawks outfielder Doc Brooks (2004) has resurfaced in the California League with the Modesto Nuts, where he is batting .240 but is among the league’s leaders with eight homers. Brooks spent last season in the Washington Nationals system, after being selected in the Rule 5 draft in the 2004-05 offseason. The Modesto parent Colorado Rockies acquired Brooks as the player to be named later in exchange for outfielder Preston Wilson. By the numbers: Burgess has broken out of his slump with a vengeance. He was 4 for 5 with a homer on Monday, and is 7 for 10 with two homers over his last two games. He was 1 for 14 in his previous six games. & The JetHawks improved to 15-12 in May on Monday, assuring themselves of a winning month after a dreadful 7-17 May. &The JetHawks are batting .315 in May compared to .270 in April. They’ve pitched much better too, posting a 4.85 team ERA compared 5.62 ERA in April. (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img