In the early days of the Chris Gayle “Blushgate” I agreed that his comments were unprofessional and cringe-worthy and supported the fine from his employers.Chris behaved similarly in the past and simply got away with it.The response of his employers this time ensures (in my mind) that he will refrain from making similar gaffes in the future.I really do believe that every human being, unless severely mentally retarded, works out the cost/benefit of his actions prior to committing them. Therefore, Chris WILL NOT make a similar gaffe again. More than a week later, I still have the same sentiments.However, on reflection, I took a look at the phenomenon known as T20 cricket, the format that has transformed this enthralling game, cricket, which originated in England and which was played mainly by Commonwealth countries until very recently.This form of the game has attracted sponsors, expanded television coverage, and most important, new fans. It features music, cash incentives for fans, dancing girls in form-fitting outfits (or skimpy outfits), and a liberal, consistent supply of alcohol.NO PLACE FOR weaknessThe game thrives on the raw power of the participants, and ‘mamby-pamby’ players who don’t understand the ‘formula’ are soon discarded and replaced by those who are prepared to bang the ball around the ground.Christopher Henry Gayle is by far the world’s best T20 player. His services are in demand worldwide. His presence ensures a massive gate for the promoters, and he wins matches and breaks records. Most importantly, he is rich and willbe richer every time he signs another contract.Media houses cannot wait to interview him, and prime ministers are prompted to ensure that he stays in the game and in the limelight. As a result, when he is not playing cricket, he is photographed and quoted at all the hot spots of the ‘glitterati’. Women can’t wait to be photographed with him, and he wears garments (T-shirts) that have recently portrayed an attitude to women that is acceptable to some and repugnant to most.With this background and his previous interview with a female reporter in Antigua being ‘pooh-poohed’ by the media and society at large, can we really blame Chris?Isn’t Christopher Henry Gayle rewarded (handsomely) for portraying the persona that revealed itself in a worldwide television interview?RAW POWERThe game of T20 encourages free-flowing alcohol, skimpily dressed women, and raw power on show. The players who hit the ball all over (and out of) the ground are hired to promote this triumvirate. This is, whether we like it or not, where the money is.”Blushgate’ has now escalated into calls for a lifetime ban from cricket for Gayle. That won’t happen. However, I do think that this is the time for us as a people to take a long, hard look at T20 cricket and how it is promoted to see if this form of the game, the saviour of the game of cricket, can continue its successful path without the free flow of alcohol and the portrayal of women as sex objects.That revolutionary move would minimise the possibility of similar occurrences, where women at the game are treated with the respect they deserve.The United States of America has pioneered and been very successful at promoting this triumvirate but now finds itself having to deal with the very backlash that we are seeing in cricket, where some of the participants – rich, handsome, and strong – are forced or encouraged to treat women with the respect that they deserve.’Blushgate’ may be the start of something good.
After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “That is football, we knew it would happen,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “He will go with his national team, but we have players and football is about the squad and surely we will find the solution.”Tottenham bounced back from a 3-1 home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, which was their first game since seriously entering the title conversation. If Liverpool loses to City, Spurs will be back in it.“I don’t care,” Pochettino said, when asked about Thursday’s game. “Of course I will watch it, it will be an unbelievable game and I enjoy football.”Cardiff stayed three points above the relegation zone with this latest convincing loss to one of the league’s heavyweight teams. It was beaten 5-1 at Manchester United just before Christmas and was also thrashed 5-0 by Man City at home in September.“When we start off like that, we shoot ourselves in the foot. All the planning goes out of the window,” Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said. “The goals were disappointing but they were too good for us in the first half. But that’s life and you move on.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Starting the year right View comments MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s first goal of the game against Cardiff, during their English Premier League soccer match at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Tuesday Jan. 1, 2019. (Mark Kerton/PA via AP)CARDIFF, Wales — Harry Kane’s third-minute goal set Tottenham on its way to a 3-0 win at Cardiff on Tuesday, ensuring the prolific England striker has scored against all 28 teams he has faced in the Premier League.Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min also netted first-half goals as Tottenham moved back into second place, a point above Manchester City and six behind Liverpool. City and Liverpool play each other on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Kane had failed to breach Cardiff’s defense in his three previous matches against the Welsh club and only did so this time because of a touch of fortune. Cardiff defender Sean Morrison tried to clear the ball out of his area but it struck the midriff of Kane and ended up dribbling over the goal line.It was Kane’s 14th league goal, moving him alongside Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang atop the scoring list and one above current Golden Boot holder Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissEriksen received a pass from Son, took a touch, and sent a precise shot from the edge of the area just inside the post to make it 2-0 in the 12th minute.Kane then played in Son, who found the corner with an angled shot in the 26th minute for his eighth goal in his past eight starts. Son has only one Premier League game left — against Manchester United on Jan. 13 — before he leaves to play for South Korea in the Asian Cup. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “I was pleased that we hung in there because it’s easy to throw the towel down when you’re 3-0 down to a team like this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia
Mr. Pro-Tempore;Mr. President of EBID;Governors;Ministers; The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission; Permit me to first and foremost to extend my profound thanks and appreciation to you, Mr. President, the Chairman of the Board who is absent, to the Management and the Governors for making this day a good one by your presence.Exactly ten years ago, our country was basically starting its journey to recovery and national renewal, picking the broken pieces left behind by a brutal war that destroyed the country’s basic infrastructure. For Liberia today to be hosting this meeting is to us an important event marking another turning point in our relentless pursuit to ensure that the country regains its rightful place in the comity of nations.Despite recent decline and the colossal damage of our civil conflict on the economy of Liberia, the performance of the Liberian economy has been remarkable in the last eight years. Real GDP has averaged over 7%. In 2013, last year, real GDP was estimated at 8.7%, while inflation was contained at 8.5%, reflecting the pass-through of a 14 % depreciation of the Liberian dollar. Inflation is expected to moderate somewhat to 7.0 % in 2014 as we hope international food and fuel prices would remain stable and move toward a downward trend. We do anticipate a slowing of economic outputs in 2014, with GDP growth projected to be 5.9 %, as mining production levels off temporarily as we go to work to operationalize the significant direct foreign investment that has been mobilized. An increase in our iron ore production in latter years is expected to support a broadening of the growth of our space; added to that, our investments in energy, roads, rehabilitation of our hydro plant are expected to spun growth by reducing the cost of doing business in the country.We are making substantial strides in implementing our public sector reform agenda, although low capacity, corruption and the combined effects of our civil conflict constrains the space for much more progress than we would like to see.I am therefore humbled to address this conference, at a time when Liberia is poised to assume the Chairmanship of the Board of Governors of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development. I want to thank all of you Governors that have supported this.When the Authority of Heads of State of ECOWAS established in 1979, the ECOWAS Fund for Co-operation, Compensation and Development, subsequently to be transformed in1999 into a regional holding company called the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) with two specialized subsidiaries, ECOWAS Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ECOWAS Regional Investment Bank (ERIB).It is worth noting that Liberia contributed immensely to the realization of this vision from the very inception of the Bank through its development. Dr. Romeo Horton, may his soul rest in peace, was the Bank’s first Managing Director who played a pivotal role in starting the Bank’s operation. He was succeeded by another Liberian, Dr. Robert Tubman, who sits right there, who was instrumental in ensuring the Bank acquired its own premises.Specifically tailored to address the manifold issues of infrastructure development, regional trade and transport, service delivery, the Bank has gone through a period of structural and institutional changes over the years, culminating in 2007 into a single structure with the objective of harmonizing its activities under a unified administrative structure.Over those years, we have seen critical investments in various projects across the region through financing from the Bank. Projects including the construction of seaports, pavement of highway roads linking sub-regional territories, resorts and agriculture investments have all seen remarkable success over the years.Mr. President, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, while all have worked very hard over the years in positioning the Bank to be an active player in our regional economy, we would all agree that we have a lot more to do if we must realize our collective vision of making the Bank, the principal driver of private sector growth and an effective instrument for poverty alleviation, wealth creation, and job promotion for the well-being of our people of the region.In this connection, let us remind you of some of the pressing and critical issues we need to consider that I’m sure you will cover over the next few days of your meeting.Resource Issues This year marks the end of the Bank’s strategic plan (2010-2014), which aimed to inject about US$1.5 billion into the regional economy over the course of the Plan. However, as a result of resource constraint, especially the lack of concessional resources, the rate of realization of key indicators, such as loan approvals, new commitments, disbursements and resources mobilized, remain below expectation.An analysis of the performance of the Plan as at 31st December 2013 shows [Mr. President, you mentioned some of these] less than satisfactory realization. For example, in loan approvals (66%), new commitments (51%), disbursements (34%), and mobilized resources (25%). With the implementation scheduled to end in December 2014, and given the current rate, it is clear that we need to do more if the objectives of our institution will be achieved.We must all analyze very keenly some of the issues underpinning these result, as we work to derive a more realistic but aggressive strategic direction for the bank, going forward.Community Levy Our Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, at its 40th Session held in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, on February 17, 2012, mandated the ECOWAS Commission to give a certain portion of the Community Levy to carry out development projects within the sub-region. For several reasons, this has not yet been operationalized.We all know it is important if EBID is to play a key role we have envision for it in regional growth and development, the Bank has to be properly resourced. This will require commitment from all stakeholders. This means that Member States should act in concert to ensure that the Bank is well funded. Also, the Bank should be seen by regional institutions and foreign partners as an important player within the sub-region.Opening Up of EBID’s Capital to non-regional members In the face of the slow payments of capital by regional members, it is important that the Bank and the shareholders consider opening up of a capital portfolio to non-regional members and other institutional investors.The admission of non-regional members will enable EBID to contribute to the economic and social development of Member States through low interest loans. With a larger membership, the Bank will be endowed with greater expertise, and the credibility of its partners would allow it to have access to the markets of non-regional Member States.The admission in 1982 of non-regional members to the African Development Bank has greatly enhanced the Bank’s capital base. Many of us were there and we know that although there were many objections. Those objections were finally overcome and the AfDB was able to open up its capital. Today, the AfDB enjoys triple A ratings from all the main international rating agencies. The Bank and Afreximbank experiences should counter any fear we might have that we would lose control over our institution if we were to consider the idea of including non-regional members.Mr. President, Governors, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, I like to wish you a fruitful and constructive engagement and to enjoin you all, that as poverty remains an enduring challenge for all of our respective economies, we must harness our collective know-how and leverage the Bank resources in addressing projects and programs aimed at poverty reduction as strongly articulated in the Bank’s mission and vision statements.Finally, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to you, Mr. President, for the untimely death of his junior brother; may his soul rest in peace.I wish you a very active and resulting meeting as I and my ministers depart to go to work leaving you to do your work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League match against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in London, on December 2, 2017LONDON, Kenya, Jan 12 – Chelsea winger Eden Hazard says he will happily sign a new deal with the club, but wants team-mate Thibaut Courtois to commit first.The Blues will be eager to tie the Belgian duo down to new contracts, with Hazard having two years remaining on his deal while Courtois has just one year left. Both have been linked with moves to Madrid, as reports continue to credit Real Madrid with an interest in Hazard, while Courtois has admitted he wants to return to the Spanish capital, where he previously played for Atletico.“Yes,” Hazard told Mirror Football when asked if he will sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge. “I think Thibaut first. Then I will sign.”Chelsea’s next match is a Premier League clash with Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Supporters of Albanian football team Skenderbeu take part in a rally in support of their team in response to allegations of match-fixing, in the city of Korca on February 21, 2018. © AFP / STRINGERTIRANA, Albania, Jul 23 – Two months ago Albania’s top football club, Skenderbeu, was raising a trophy to the sky as confetti rained down on the team, gleeful after clinching their seventh national title in eight seasons.But that joy is now a distant memory after the side was suspended from all European competitions for a decade — the heaviest ever sanction imposed by UEFA. The European sports body also slapped the team with a one million euro ($1.1 million) fine for what it claims was some of the most rampant match-rigging in football history.“This club has been fixing football matches like nobody has ever done before in the history of the game,” UEFA’s ethics and disciplinary committee wrote in a damning report leaked in March.Any lingering hope of a reprieve was dashed in June after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne confirmed that the suspension would go into force without waiting for an appeal, whose date has not yet been set.For Skenderbeu, the ruling is nothing short of a “death sentence,” said the club’s president Ardian Takaj, who had hoped to bring the team to the preliminary rounds of the Europa League in July.The team, named after the 15th century military commander Skanderbeg, is the only Albanian club to make it to the league’s group stage.Their blacklist from a future in European football has crushed a fervent fan base who gathered by the thousands in the team’s home base in southeastern Korce in February pleading: “Do not kill our dream!”– 53 fixed matches –Relying on its Betting Fraud Detection System (BFDS), which tracks irregular betting movements around games, UEFA estimated that 53 Skenderbeu matches had been fixed since 2010.Those include national, European and “even in friendly matches”, the sports body said, describing the practice as “persistent and recurrent”.Skenderbeu officials and players continue to insist on their innocence, but more than a few matches have raised suspicions over the years.For example, in July 2015, Skenderbeu was leading Northern Ireland’s Crusaders 2-1 at the end of regular time in Belfast before their fortunes suddenly turned.At the end of the match “hundreds of thousands of dollars” were put on the bet that at least four goals will be scored, according to UEFA.The Northern Ireland side then scored twice in a minute during the added time, thanks to slip-ups by Skenderbeu’s defence and goalkeeper (3-2).“If there is not a UEFA investigation into our game tonight, then there is something wrong,” the Crusaders’ goalkeeper, Sean O’Neill, tweeted at the time.– A report based on ‘rumours’ –Club president Ardian Takaj, who owns a seaside hotel and used to run a TV channel, is furious over UEFA’s allegation that he holds an “an influential role in illegal activities of Skenderbeu,” including links with betting companies.The 54-year-old firmly denies any wrongdoing and argues that UEFA is taking advantage of Albania — a “small country, a small club with a small budget” — to “promote its (BFDS) system”.“I do not think that UEFA would dare to take such a measure against a Western team… on the basis of doubts emerging from movements of the ratings,” he told AFP.The team’s recently retired goalkeeper-turned-coach, Orges Shehi, said he was also offended by a report “founded not on proof but on rumours”.UEFA noted suspicious results in at least 46 of the former player’s performances.“The football is not an exact science, we see even more serious mistakes all the time,” the 41-year-old said.– ‘Who should go to prison?’ –Justice now rests in the hands of Albania, a gambling-mad country rife with corruption and impunity for elites.Armando Duka, the president of Albania’s football federation since 2002, says he is following up on the UEFA report and has asked the prosecutor’s office to open investigations.Match-fixing “is not an Albanian phenomenon, but a European phenomenon,” said Duka, who celebrated with Skenderbeu when they lifted the Albania Cup in May.But Artan Shyti, president of the country’s betting companies federation, notes that Albania has been slow to probe such crimes in the past.UEFA tried to start a joint investigation with Albania seven years ago, but was met with “a lack of cooperation from the authorities,” said Shyti, who is also a rector at the University of Sports in Tirana.There are 4,000 betting offices the country of 2.8 million, not including the illegal bookmakers and websites that are of the biggest concern, said Shyti.While Prime Minister Edi Rama has said he intends to shutdown those online betting rings, calling them a hub of “economic crime”, the task is easier said than done.Shyti says one solution would be to shift some tax revenue from legal betting to the clubs in order to diminish the temptation of “illegal financial sources”.But before that, key questions about Skenderbeu remain.In fact, the UEFA report left much unanswered: “Who was betting? Who won? And who should go to prison?” Shyti asks.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
LANCASTER – Nearly 60 high school and middle school students who ditched school Friday were caught walking along streets, loitering in store parking lots and at other teen hangouts, sheriff’s deputies said. Most of the teens caught in the first of what is expected to be regular large-scale truancy sweeps through the rest of the school year seem to be habitual offenders, deputies said. “I talked to some who said they had been absent 13, 14, 15 times this semester,” Sgt. Darrel Brown said. But deputies also collared a Lancaster High School junior who told them she was a straight-A student and that this was the first time she had ditched school. One of the Parkview boys was taken back to school, but then hauled away to Challenger after he acted up, Brown said. “He said he was going to beat up the principal and beat up our deputies and created a big scene there,” Brown said. Truants will be brought to court and can be fined $195, double that for a second offense and triple that for a third offense. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 email@example.comWant 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “She was upset,” Brown said. The 57 truants included both high school students and middle school students, arrested by Lancaster Community Appreciation Project, Lancaster School District and Palmdale Partners Against Crime deputies working the special truancy sweep. “It’s just to get out there and make sure kids are in school,” Antelope Valley Union High School District Assistant Superintendent Tim Azevedo said. “If kids are in school, they are less likely to be doing wrong things.” Three teens were taken to Challenger Memorial Youth Center, a juvenile probation camp. One was a runaway from New Mexico found in a small shopping center’s parking lot near Antelope Valley High School. Two others were Parkview Middle School students already on probation for other offenses.
Donegal GAA is in shock following the shock and sudden death of the man who helped lead Naomh Conaill to their recent Senior Championship success.Glenties and many other GAA strongholds are still coming to terms with the passing of Kieran McGurk, the man who assisted Cathal Corey at the helm of the club’s senior footballers.Mr McGurk, 49, died suddenly after taking ill at his home in Kildress in Co Tyrone. Having played for Armagh, he is survived by his wife Geraldine and the couple’s two children.A spokesman for Naomh Conaill said everyone at the club was numb with the sad news of Mr McGurk’s untimely passing.“People at the club who got to know Kieran very well in recent years are just devastated by his passing.“He did a lot of work for this club and he was as proud as any other local person when we won the championship. “He will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his family,” he said.EndsSHOCK AT SUDDEN DEATH OF DONEGAL GAA FIGURE was last modified: September 28th, 2011 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:KIeran McGurkNaomh Conaill
FixturesWednesday, June 12th at 7:30pmDrumkeen Utd. v Derry City Res. Ref. P. Duddy Friday, June 14th at 7:30pm4 Lanterns USLSwilly Rovers v Derry City Res. Ref. T. McAreeSaturday, June 15th at 2pm DPD Couriers First DivisionDrumkeen Utd. v Swilly Rovers Ref. J. McHughKildrum Tigers v Bonagee Utd. Ref. T. McAree4 Lanterns USL at 7pmFanad Utd. v Letterkenny Rovers Ref. C. McLaughlin Sunday, June 16th at 2pm4 Lanterns USLBonagee Utd. v Cockhill Celtic Ref. V. McLaughlinMonday, June 17th at 7:30pm 4 Lanterns USLDrumkeen Utd. v Finn Harps Res. Ref. P. DuddyUSL Table TeamPlayedWonDrawnLostForAgainstDiffPointsCockhill Celtic 5 4 10 14 3 1113Drumkeen Utd 3 3 00 5 2 39Kildrum Tigers 3 2 10 11 3 87Letterkenny Rovers 4 1 21 4 4 05Swilly Rovers 3 1 11 6 3 34Derry City Res. 4 1 12 6 8 -24Finn Harps Reserves 5 0 32 6 10 -43Bonagee Utd 3 0 12 7 10 -31Fanad Utd 4 0 04 2 18 -1604 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE UPDATED FIXTURES LIST was last modified: June 12th, 2013 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:4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE UPDATED FIXTURES LIST
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 The bus was stopped at 3:15 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Hemingway Avenue and Anderson Lane in Stevenson Ranch when the pepper spray was released. Paramedics found that 18 of the 40 passengers experienced watery eyes and coughing, caused by irritation to their throats from the spray. Three juveniles were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital as a precaution until they could be released to their parents. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 firstname.lastname@example.org STEVENSON RANCH – A West Ranch High School student was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of spraying pepper spray on a Santa Clarita Transit bus, sending three passengers to a hospital. The 15-year-old Castaic boy was identified during an investigation that included examining the security videotapes taken inside the bus, a sheriff’s lieutenant said. “He was arrested for releasing injurious or offensive substances in an enclosed area,” Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station said. “Because the pepper spray was discharged on a bus, affecting the driver, it is classified as a felony offense.” Booked at the station, the boy was expected to be released to his parents.