first_img The administrators of West Indies cricket, once they assumed power, seem to have taken the view that once they assumed power “no guy can chat to me”. In fact, on one occasion the president of the board complained that he came in contact with players who didn’t even acknowledge him! This attitude, which has traits of the ‘baccra massa’ style, became the hallmark of every confrontation with the players and their representatives. This superior and condescending attitude appeared to have got stronger when the president’s friend and fellow Jamaican ex-Test cricketer became president of the Players’ union. Dispute after dispute with the players failed to reach any satisfactory conclusion until agreed arbitrators or the courts ruled in favour of the players. These so-called rulings were then followed by a slew of rule changes, which could be seen as being designed to render dissatisfaction by any player. Older and wiser heads in the Caribbean took note and encouraged the board to engage experts to review the state of West Indian cricket. But even after agreeing to the formation of different review boards, their conclusions were largely ignored, eventually reaching the ultimate insult of accusing a committee of prime ministers and other dignitaries that their considered opinion re the actions necessary to save West Indies cricket were faulty. ASSUMED POWER The West Indies cricketers have completed the ‘rolling triple’ by winning all three international competitions scheduled for 2016. The Under 19 cricketers are World champions, the women’s T20 are World champions and the men’s T20 are World champions … again, the only team in the world to have that distinction. To the fans and supporters who got up at 4 a.m. in Jamaica and at 5 a.m. in the rest of the Caribbean to watch both matches on television, congrats. Your support and dedication is the stuff of which legends are made. West Indies cricket has been suffering for years, as the best cricketers of the region were denied time and time again the opportunity to express themselves regarding their concept of right and wrong. PROPLEMS FACED The result was that the present World T20 champions played this year’s competition with what can be described as ‘the passion of the wronged’. The speech at the presentation ceremony by victorious captain Darren Sammy catalogued some of the problems the present team faced in the preparation for the tournament. Sammy praised those that contributed to their victory, including Rawle Lewis and coach Phil Simmons, for their work behind the scenes, as well as the support of the CARICOM Committee, for its support and words of encouragement which, as the captain pointed out, was conspicuously absent from the Board led by President Dave Cameron. As is now usual, the statement of the board after Sammy’s tirade promises to “look into his complaints”. How much longer will we the Caribbean cricket fans allow these men in suits to continue to lead cricket into oblivion, as the victorious captain has expressed doubt about whether any of these men’s World T20 heroes will be selected to represent the West Indies in upcoming competitions. Local cricket boss Billy Heaven has promised a suitable reception for the victorious Jamaicans on their return. When that will be is uncertain as international commitments will ensure that the men’s return will be fragmented. No such fragmentation is expected when the victorious members of the women’s team returns. An arrangement to host such a reception in the arena or the indoor sport centre must be mandatory. We have to show these cricketers (in real terms) what their victory means to us, Jamaicans and West Indians. We are champions!last_img read more

first_imgFurthermore, the contract was drafted in a way that would avoid any such conflict, Garcia said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – The Rosemead City Council on Tuesday approved a contract for an attorney whose firm also represents a school district suing the city. Bonifacio “Bonny” Garcia of Los Angeles-based firm Garcia, Calderon and Ruiz, was hired April 3, after longtime city attorney Peter Wallin resigned. Garcia has been working without a contract since then. Councilman John Nu ez recommended that Garcia, who has been a lawyer for more than 25 years, serve as city attorney. The council did not consider any other attorneys. “He is very good at telling people when you are wrong, and he is fair,” Nu ez said Wednesday. Nu ez said he also appreciates the ethnic diversity at the firm. Nu ez said he encouraged Garcia to apply for the position. The same day that Garcia’s appointment was approved, 3-2, he sat in a closed session meeting that discussed anticipated litigation against Nu ez for an alleged sexual harassment claim, although a separate attorney has been assigned since then to handle that lawsuit. While some staff members and residents previously expressed surprise at the council’s decision not to take the contract out to bid, others said they wondered whether the firm’s representation of the Garvey School District, which is suing the city over the construction of Wal-Mart, was a conflict of interest. Though the law firm is the general counsel to the district, none of its attorneys has ever represented the district or have privileged information regarding the existing lawsuit, according to the contract. last_img read more

first_imgDonegal TD and Fianna Fáil spokesperson for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue is today calling on the Minister for Agriculture to immediately reconvene talks to address the continuing beef crisis.The beef sector has been engulfed in a dispute over prices for farmers, with protests continuing for a second week at a number of meat factories across the country.A new group called the Independent Farmers of Ireland met on Monday night to form a delegation to meet with Minister Creed and discuss a resolution. Deputy McConalogue says it is vital that Minister Creed reconvenes talks to address the continuing crisis.“I welcome the meeting that took place last night to appoint spokespersons to represent protesting farmers in any reconvened talks,” McConalogue TD said.“The Minister must now immediately reconvene talks between Meat Processors and these representatives along with representatives of the Beef Plan Movement and all farming organisations.  It is also essential that talks on this occasion include retailer representatives.“The continuing impasse is adding to the crisis in the beef sector and it is only through talks that progress on key issues can be made.  New talks must comprehensively address issues such as the 30-month rule, 4 movement rule and the 70 day residency requirement. “An outcome of reconvened talks should also include a commitment from the Minister to seek additional market disturbance funding from the European Commission to address losses experienced by farmers in recent months.“The Minister needs to show leadership and bring all stakeholders through this crisis to an agreeable solution. Any continuation of the current situation will not improve the position of anyone involved in the beef sector,” he concluded. McConalogue calls on Minister to reconvene Beef talks was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 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:beef sectorCharlie McConalogue TDlast_img read more

first_imgARCATA >> In some years, Steve Kinder wouldn’t have minded the NCAA-mandated holiday break, having never been something to deal with as he watched his team start to find a groove.This season, the Jacks are hoping a 12-day break from competition will be the cure to their mid-December woes.Losers of three of its last four games, the Humboldt State men’s basketball team has one thing in mind entering tonight’s California Collegiate Athletic Association matchup at Lumberjack Arena against upstart …last_img read more

first_img27 March 2013 South African state oil company PetroSA and China’s Sinopec Group took another step towards creating Africa’s largest oil refinery after the two firms signed an agreement in Pretoria on Tuesday. The US$10-billion Mthombo refinery project is planned for the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The agreement, signed during a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pretoria on Tuesday, will create opportunities for oil and gas exploration. Jinping is in South Africa for the 5th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, which got under way in Durban on Tuesday. “The framework agreement enables the two companies to move forward this global-scale crude oil refinery project,” the two chairmen, PetroSA’s Benny Mokaba and Sinopec’s Fu Chengyu, said in a statement. According to Business Day, the refinery would pump approximately 360 000 barrels per day, while creating 27 500 direct and indirect jobs during construction and 18 000 jobs when it started operating. The agreement follows the signing of a study agreement between the two companies in May last year. Mokaba described the agreement as an important building block in bringing the project to fruition. “[It] gives PetroSA the opportunity to extend a mutually beneficial relationship with a major national oil company,” he said. “This strategic relationship can and will be leveraged to benefit PetroSA’s sustainability and growth programmes.” As part of their growth plans, the companies agreed to include the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in the next phase of the project’s development. Downstream opportunities in southern Africa will also be explored, as will the development of storage and logistical infrastructure. “South Africa is politically stable and economically developed,” Fu said. “Sinopec pays close attention to its business growth in South Africa, and wishes to contribute to local economic and social development.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgFilm lovers rejoice! The Logmar Super 8 is a modern take on the classic 8mm film camera.Just when you think film-based cinematography may be on it’s way out, a new announcement brings excitement to the entire art-form.It seems like almost every day there is a new digital camera released, but it’s not everyday that you hear about a new film camera hitting the market. Enter the Logmar Super 8…The Logmar Super 8 CameraThe Logmar Super 8 Camera is a brand new digital/analog hybrid Super 8 camera designed to bring the joy of shooting on 8mm film to the 21st century. The Logmar is unique because users can record video to 8mm film while simultaneously viewing what’s being recorded via a flip-out LCD screen.The camera comes with ports that allow users to record audio to an SD card and monitor audio with a headphone output port. Among these audio inputs are a 3.5mm stereo, 1/4” jack mono, and a +48V phantom powered XLR input. By recording the audio directly to SD cards users can easily drop audio files into their NLE of choice.The camera accepts C-Mount lenses which are notably cheaper than their digital counterparts.The Super 8 Camera is also WiFi remote controllable, meaning users can have almost full control over the camera without even touching it. Features like recording time, audio adjustments, and camera power, can all be controlled with the included wifi remote.The camera accepts standard Super 8 mm cartridges which go for about $30 bucks on B&H.The following video gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the Logmar in-action.This is the first major announcement of a Super 8 film camera release in 30 years and definitely a testament to the resurgence of love for film-based filmmaking. This new hybrid-style camera is a very interesting concept…we’ll be interested to see if it receives a good reception from the filmmaking community.One of the largest concerns with shooting in 8mm is resolution. At first glance it may seem like Super 8mm film wouldn’t be able to scan at an HD resolution but it can actually be scanned with a resolution of up to 2K, making it usable in professional settings.Pricing and Availability.Beta-testers for the Logmar are expected to receive their cameras mid-January. So we’d expect the Logmar to be available for purchase within the next few months.  The price is currently set at $5,500.For more information regarding the Logmar Super 8 Camera check out it’s product page on Pro8mm’s website.Read More:New Super 8 Camera Boosts Vintage Film With Digital Tech – WiredMeet the Logmar Super 8, the First 8mm Camera Manufactured in over 30 Years – NoFilmSchoolSensational: a new Super 8 camera from Denmark – Filmkornlast_img read more