Gayle brings wealth of knowledge – Holder

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, (CMC): The return of the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’, Chris Gayle, to West Indies one-day colours following a two-year absence, is expected to strengthen the Caribbean side’s batting in the upcoming five-match series against England. But while his 9,221 runs from 269 One-Day Internationals speak volumes, captain Jason Holder said yesterday it was the 37-year-old’s wealth of knowledge which would be a major asset to the squad off the field. “Chris is always a guy who shares his advice [and] shares his input. Sometimes he tends to let things happen in terms of giving players the leeway to execute and free themselves,” Holder explained. “We always stress on that in the dressing room where we’re not complicating or clogging players’ minds as to what game they want to play. “And Chris has been a really good exponent of that over the years for himself. He’s been very clear on his game plans and how he wants to go about his cricket, and that’s one thing he has brought to the group – just be yourself and just express yourself.” He added: “He’s been obviously one that players tend to go to in terms of seeking advice and he’s never shy of a word to give them as much advice and guidance as he can.” Gayle, a former Windies captain, is set to play his first ODI since the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, when the West Indies take on England at Old Trafford today. The left-hander has largely plied his trade in the shortest format in recent years but has recently expressed a desire to represent the Caribbean side at the 2019 World Cup scheduled for England. Freed for selection after Cricket West Indies shelved their controversial eligibility rule, Gayle was an automatic choice for the current tour and Holder said he had already brought his flamboyant personality to the camp. “So far Chris seems to be in really good spirits,” Holder told reporters. “He’s always a lively character in the dressing room and he’s been really good for us, so I don’t expect anything different from him in the series.” With Gayle and most of the leading players barred from selection, West Indies suffered adverse results off the field and failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy staged here earlier this year. Those results – they have won just three of their last 20 ODIs – have also left them unlikely to achieve direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup as they languish ninth in the ICC rankings. However, Holder said past disappointments were now behind the squad and the focus was squarely on the current series. “That’s in the past. Obviously we didn’t qualify for the Champions Trophy so it wasn’t ideal but it was the situation,” the all-rounder stressed. “We can’t dwell on that, we’ve got to move forward and shift our focus here now in England. This is the current series we’re up against. We need to take it step by step, game by game and formulate our plans and go out and try and execute them.”last_img read more

The CCJ…

first_img…rules elections by Sept 18The last foot has dropped on the PNC’s desperate moves to hold off elections by using the legal straw they were thrown when some snake oil salesman sold them a theory that 33 isn’t the majority of 65! The CCJ had given its judgements last June 18 that Patterson was illegally appointed by Granger, the NCM was validly passed, thus the Cabinet and President stood resigned! Yesterday they announced the “consequential orders” that flowed from the judgements.Recognising the delicate political ground realities, the CCJ restated what was obvious from the beginning of this contrived contretemps: the Constitution was pellucid on what was to follow passage of a valid NCM in the National Assembly! It’s just the PNC playing the fool!! To wit, according to Art 106 (6) elections had to be held in 3 months. Unless of course, the Opposition PPP was willing to extend the time by returning to the National Assembly to do so with a two-third majority along with the Government.So as the President of the CCJ pointed out in his inimitable style – there was no need to gild the lily of the Constitution when it came to the consequential orders. If there’d been no recourse to the Courts, elections would’ve had to be held by March 21 – 3 months after Dec 21, 2018. The recourse placed the timeline on “pause”, said the CCJ, but once they affirmed the NCM, the finger was taken off the “pause button”!! Elections, therefore, have to be held by Sept 18 – no ifs, ands, and buts, about it!!But if you, dear reader, believe the PNC will go along with that timeline just because the CCJ affirmed that this is what the Constitution demands, then your Eyewitness has a bridge across the Essequibo River to sell you! They’ve already signalled the limb they’ll now jump on exclusively – GECOM!! The PNC’s equivalent to the “33 is not greater than 32” gambit in this area is that GECOM is an independent agency and they have to make their own decisions to fulfil their mandate! So when their hand-picked GECOM Chair Patterson echoed their party line that there needs to be H-t-H registration – which will put elections into 2020— you don’t need to be psychic to know what will be going down over the next few months!!But the CCJ had a plaster for THAT sore!! It pointed out that GECOM isn’t above the Constitution – and, therefore, if the Constitution had said for decades that elections could be held in three months, then they should’ve been prepared for that eventuality.And in the instant case, they’d better be ready for elections by Sept 18, 2019!!…and rules of (political) engagementYour Eyewitness was very disappointed that the CCJ was unwilling to be more specific in directing the selection of the GECOM Chair be consummated within a specified time frame. To ask the PNC to respect the “spirit and letter” of the Constitution – when they’ve done everything but walk all over it – is just avoiding their duty as the final Court of Appeal for this country.As sure as the sun rises in the sky tomorrow morning, the PNC will be stretching out the selection process to get its way on the elections date. Imagine the Opposition Leader was magnanimous enough to suggest that that the President could SUGGEST some names – but Granger took this as an agreement that he was NOMINATING names for himself to approve!! This just illustrates and illuminates the nature of the PNC— in all matters, it’s either THEIR way or the highway!!The PPP will have to bring its supporters into the streets to show the PNC that Guyanese will not stand for another PNC dictatorship be installed in broad daylight. Democracy must be defended at all costs!!Power to the people!! …and the international communityThe ball is also now in the Court of the international community – especially the ABCE countries.Only a legal Govt can secure their (oil) interests!last_img read more


first_imgSophomore standout Emma Armstrong tallied eight kills and 11 digs, while libero Sophia Currier had 13 digs on the night night. Perry, a first-year setter from Coaldale, Alta., shone in her first career start, averaging 11.67 assists per set, while adding five points off of three kills, one ace and one block, and three digs in the victory. Story Links Third-year right side hitter Alina Dormann led all players with 17 points off of nine kills, two blocks and six aces, while also adding a team-high 16 digs. The win puts the Blues at 6-2 in their season thus far, and moves the Lancers to 5-5.center_img Box Score Rayn Perry tallied 35 assists in helping the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-14, 25-8, 25-16) victory over the Windsor Lancers on Friday night (Jan. 12) at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. Rookie Jenna Woock added 13 points on nine kills, three aces and one block, while Anna Feore added 11 points, all coming from kills, and 11 digs in the win. Lancers Lexi Pollard and Paige Phills led their team with six points each.The Varsity Blues are back in action on tomorrow (Jan. 13) as they take on the Ryerson Rams in the OUA Marquee Matchup at Mattamy Athletic Centre. Opening serve is set for 6 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Make Formula 1 more competitive! Red Bull chief urges sport’s higher powers to change

first_img Make Formula 1 more competitive! Red Bull chief urges sport’s higher powers to change rules Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has called on Formula One chiefs to bring an end to ‘predictable’ results by changing the current regulations.Lewis Hamilton has won the last two world championships while Mercedes topped the 2014 and 2015 constructors’ standings.During that time Mercedes have won 32 of the 38 races and clocked 23 one-twos, with Hamilton’s closest challenger for his titles being team-mate Nico Rosberg.Horner believes fans are being driven away from the sport and has urged the likes of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone and FIA President Jean Todt to mix things up ahead of the 2016 campaign.“Predictable, serial results and serial winning is difficult for any sport,” Horner told“Inevitably, with predictability, people get turned off and it needs a rejig to bring it closer together.“You can’t expect the teams to achieve that, that’s for the regulator and the governing body to come up with a set of rules that achieve those objectives.“The regulations are incredibly stable for next year, so Mercedes will inevitably carry on the dominance, such is their margin.“They will find gains throughout the winter and will undoubtedly be near the top of the curve.”Horner guided Sebastian Vettel to four consecutive drivers’ championships between 2010 and 2013 with Red Bull also emerging as constructors’ winners in each of those seasons.However, the 42-year-old insists the nature of those successes did not harm the sport.“We were accused of it, but we enjoyed the continued success and longevity of the sport,” he added.“Two of our world championships went to the last race, and we never finished first and second in a championship.” 1last_img read more

District wants campus cop

first_imgLANCASTER – The Eastside Union School District is thinking of hiring a full-time campus sheriff’s deputy at an annual cost of $150,000. The district has been considering such a plan, but it took on more urgency after teachers, one of whom was assaulted by a student and got her arm bruised, showed up at a recent board meeting to express concerns about campus safety. “We’ve been looking at it over a year. Things have been getting tougher. We have had different people come to us and say, we need to consider this,” board President Janette Crawford said. “It’s become more of an issue with the teacher getting hurt. We decided it was time to get really serious. The biggest issue is funding. We don’t have the money.” The board discussed the idea at last week’s board meeting during which representatives from the Sheriff’s Department made a presentation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Besides the campus deputy’s salary, the $150,000 cost covers a package of services, including officers patrolling in nearby parks before and after school and school safety assemblies. The deputy assigned to the district would be stationed at Cole Middle School and would be able to respond to the district’s other three schools. “It will be definitely worth the money,” Crawford said. “The next step is to scour the budget to find out if we have money to pay for something like that.” There is a possibility Eastside could share some of the costs associated with the program with other districts that already use deputies. Staffers will do research and return to the board with options and recommendations, interim Superintendent Cynthia Grennan said. “We were talking about the overall safety and education of kids and how to avoid problems. An officer being right there could deal with it and could respond to another campus,” Grennan said. “With some of the things going on in the nation, though we have a fine community, we don’t know who’s out there every day.” A deputy’s presence on campus could serve as a deterrent to misbehavior, Grennan added. “We also want kids to stay out of trouble. Sometimes a uniformed officer has an impact on young people that we as educators do not,” Grennan said. Teachers showed up at a board meeting in September to express their concern about how the student population has changed, Crawford said. The teacher hurt is a special-education instructor who was assaulted by one of her students at Cole, Crawford said. “She said it’s getting a lot rougher,” Crawford said. Crawford said the community has changed quite a bit. “We have new people moving into our area. The district wants to see the students safe and the staff safe. They shouldn’t have to be fearful to come to work or come to school,” Crawford said. (661) 267-5744160Want 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

8 New Year’s Resolutions for HR

first_imgAs a proud member of the HR Community, I was trying to think of things that, individually or collectively, we potentially could do better in 2015. With that background, I came up with following eight resolutions:1.         Avoid HR Jargon.  People appreciate plain English.  Enough with the paradigm shifts, synergistic partnerships, value added relationships and outside the box thinking.  And by the way,  if you are outside the box, you are still defining yourself by the box!  Enough with the box.2.         Learn more about your business.  Learn more about the non-HR aspects of your business, such as your products and services, goals and objectives, and competitors and obstacles.  The more you know, the more effective and well received you will be.3.         Re-Recruit Top-Notch Talent.  Top-notch talent always can move, even in a tough economy.  HR may be blindsided, and blamed, when top-notch talent leaves.  Help retain top-notch talent by increasing recognition and appreciation, focusing on problem solving and by discusssing career paths without guarantees.4.         Re-Calibrate Your Time.  Related to #3, I think we spend 85 percent of our time on our “favorite” 15 percent.  And, of course, by “favorite” I mean the 15 percent for whom we can do nothing right.  No, we cannot reverse it.  But we can move the dial.  We cannot spend the vast majority of our time on “C” players.  We need to spend more time on “A” and “B” players.5.         Manage, Not Avoid, Risk.  There is no such thing as risk avoidance.  If you try to avoid all risk, you will get nothing done and that may be the biggest risk of all. There can be legal risk and business risks in avoiding risk. So manage it and don’t try to avoid it or you will end up chasing your tail.6.         Celebrate the Successes.  We don’t do enough of this.  We just jump to the next crisis.  Celebrating success engenders engagement and all the benefits that go with it. When celebrating, appreciation and recognition are key.7.         Choose Wisely  With Whom You Invest Your Time.  No resource is more valuable than your time. At least when away from work, hang with those who energize you and stay away as much as possible from those who enervate you. I have been spending more time with Aaron Greenberg and my life is the better for it.  Remember him?8.         Have More Fun.  Work is hard.  There is a reason it is a four-letter word.  But there are a lot of ways that you can infuse (appropriate) fun into the process.  When employees are having fun, they are happier, and happier employees are more productive so they create a better bottom line. So, here’s to a fun 2015!   Speaking of fun, I look forward to the first WeKnowNext #Nextchat. Great combination of learning and fun!last_img read more

RIAA: Putting Your Own CDs on Your Computer is Prohibited

first_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts “The record companies, my clients, have said, for some time now, and it’s been on their Website for some time now, that it’s perfectly lawful to take a CD that you’ve purchased, upload it onto your computer, put it onto your iPod.” “Once Defendant converted Plaintiffs‚Äô recording into the compressed .mp3 format,” the RIAA said, “and they are in his shared folder, they are no longer the authorized copies distributed by Plaintiffs.”Update: A number of people have told me I’m unfairly characterizing what was said. Perhaps someone can explain to me how the location of the file changes its legal status. I can understand changing the format being an issue, but that’s passed the test in the past. Perhaps it’s really just the sharing that’s being objected to, in which case there’s nothing new here – but the way the legal statement reads certainly looks like there are objections to putting the files on the computer at all. Otherwise why mention that part?The blog Recording Industry vs. The People, origin of this and many related stories, pulls the corresponding quote out of the US Supreme Court case MGM v. Grokster: Tags:#music#web marshall kirkpatrick Is the industry’s newest position one of a paradigm on the brink of implosion or an indication of a coming era of greater control than ever before? Is all of this being overstated? Perhaps we can look to our wise leader for an indication. (Hint: The Beatles aren’t available on iTunes, so in all likelihood…) In a statement that directly contradicts an earlier position from the famous Grokster case – RIAA lawyers in Arizona told the defendant in the case Atlantic v. Howell yesterday that he violated copyright law when he put music from CDs he had purchased onto his computer in MP3 format. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Raptors suspend Ibaka after incident with team staff member

first_imgSerge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors reacts after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Raptors defeated the Suns 115-109. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPThe Toronto Raptors didn’t miss a beat without suspended Spanish power forward Serge Ibaka on Friday as 25 points from DeMar DeRozan powered them to a 111-98 NBA victory over the Atlanta Hawks.The Raptors improved to 13-1 on their home court this season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid “Both parties have apologized. We’ve discussed this internally as a team, and we won’t be discussing it any further,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said. “Now we’re focused on moving forward together, and we look forward to having Serge back in the lineup.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ex-football star Weah elected Liberia president by wide margin SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. They took a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter but the Hawks narrowed the gap to 13 points on a three-pointer from Tyler Cavanaugh with 8:30 to play.The Hawks twice trimmed the deficit to nine in the final minute and a half, but the Raptors held on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingKyle Lowry scored 12 points and handed out five assists for Toronto. Jonas Valanciunas scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who announced before the game that they had suspended Spanish power forward Serge Ibaka for the contest after he was involved in an altercation with a team staff member.The Raptors said Ibaka violated team rules in the incident, which took place after the Raptors’ 124-107 loss at Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more


first_imgThe duo was unseparated in a tea score of 166 for 4 in 59 The duo was unseparated in a tea score of 166 for 4 in 59 overs and continued to bat without much trouble post tea to take the score past the 200-run mark in the 70th over. It was no surprise when Tiwary summoned the second new ball as soon as it was due when MP were 235 for 4. But the move did not pay dividends with Bundela and Bhatia batting confidently against the trio of Bengal medium pacers. Veerpratap was the most successful of the Bengal bowling attack to return figures of 2 for 5 while Ojha and Mandal secured a wicket each. But, much to their disappointment, Bengals main strike bowler Ashok Dinda, who had grabbed 31 wickets in the league stage, did not taste success after bowling 20 overs. Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh 254 for 4 (Aditya Shrivastava 65, Naman Ojha 64, Devendra Bundela not out 42, Harpreet Singh Bhatia 51 not out; Veerpratap Singh 2 for 55) v Bengal. PTI SSR NRB AH AH SDMlast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh tries to troll Parthiv Patel on Instagram but gets a taste of…

first_imgAdvertisementIndia’s power-hitter Yuvraj Singh is known for his witty replies to Twitter or Instagram posts. There are also many occasions where Yuvi had tried to troll his fellow cricketers and most of the time he won against them, but this time he had it. Yuvi recently tried to troll India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel when the latter posted his after-gym look. Sharing the picture, Parthiv wrote, “Done for the day…”, along with a picture showing Patel sitting on the trade-mill.See picture below: Yuvi responded on the same saying, “Looks like was a great session! Your sweating a lot.” However, Parthiv didn’t take it lightly and targeted the Indian all-rounder instead saying “I don’t have an editing team which can show my 15 minutes session into 2 hours session.” Advertisementlast_img read more