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Collective Bargaining Agreement hampered WICB, says Riley

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC): West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director, Conde Riley, has blamed the contentious Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for some of the controversy which has plagued the regional game in recent years. The outspoken Barbadian administrator made the point while speaking during the feature address at the Guyana Cricket Board’s Awards ceremony. He said that the eventual renegotiation of the agreement two years ago allowed the WICB to make transformational changes to the game. “Successive presidents and boards were stifled by a Collective Bargaining Agreement which was designed at the time when Sir Wesley Hall was president, to give players a voice in their professional management through the West Indies Players Association (WIPA),” Riley told the Guyana Chronicle. “The WICB finally got approval to renegotiate the old Collective Bargaining Agreement with WIPA and moved swiftly to spread the 25 percent of its revenues which is set aside for players’ salaries from 15 players to an additional 90 players and we also brought 10 ladies on board.” The CBA was at the centre of many of the disputes which erupted between the WICB and players union, WIPA, and which had to be eventually resolved by the law courts. The agreement served as a labour contract, outlining the rights and responsibilities of each party with respect to terms and conditions for engagement of players, match fees, grievance procedures and several other issues covered under industrial relations. Under the articles of the CBA, the old agreement would remain in force until a revised one was agreed to by both sides. Riley said it had been in WIPA’s interest in the past to leave the CBA in its original form. “It suited the then leaders of WIPA to hang on to an outdated document that should have been renegotiated many years before the High Court in Trinidad said enough is enough and ruled that a new CBA be negotiated between the WICB and WIPA,” Riley said. With West Indies experiencing a steady decline over the last two decades, Riley said the WICB had been aware of the need to professionalise the domestic game, as the lack of such a structure was feeding the results at the international level. “The board was aware that amateurs don’t beat professionals and whilst the richer members of the ICC had moved to professionalise their game decades before us, we were stuck by a combination of factors,” Riley said. “Over the last 10 years, following the domination of the Clive Lloyd and Vivian Richards’ led teams, the decline in performance of our senior teams in ODIs and Test cricket has been slow and painful.”last_img read more

Germany crashes out of World Cup after 2-0 loss to South Korea

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES 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 Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16. South Korea was also eliminated despite the victory.It was the first time Germany has been eliminated in the first round since 1938.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownKim Young-gwon scored the first goal in the third minute of injury time. Originally called out for offside, the goal was then given after video review.Germany’s Mario Gomez on the pitch after the group F match between South Korea and Germany, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)Son Heung-min made it 2-0 in the sixth minute of injury time after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came up the field to help his teammates outside the South Korea box. Son tapped the ball into an empty net after a long pass from Ju Se-jong. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees South Korea’s players celebrate a goal during the group F match between South Korea and Germany, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)KAZAN, Russia  — Germany is out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage.The four-time champions lost to South Korea 2-0 Wednesday, allowing a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because of the result in the other group match.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MPBL: Navotas nips Caloocan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Besides Germany this year, France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014 were the previous defending champions to get eliminated in the group stage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

A Story of Weaving

first_imgOnce upon a time, there was a perfect world. No one wore clothes because the weather was, of course, perfect. And everyone’s body was very beautiful.Then one day a village elder saw a huge, spectacular, beautifully beautiful, unbelievably magnificent spider web. Its color was radiant and the design indescribably intricate and striking.The wise elder decided to come every day to the spot. She was hoping to see the spider that was the weaver – the artist. After several days she finally saw the grandiose and glorious weaver of the web. Instantly, she knew this was the last time she would see the web or the spider and she began studying the design to memorize all she could of it.Sure enough, the next day the spider and web were gone. The creative elder began gathering all the materials she could think of to create a beautiful piece of art like the spider’s web. She worked for many weeks, but couldn’t get her circular shape to hold together like the spider’s web did and she finally gave up. Yet every night she dreamed of the beautiful web. Then one night she realized that she should go back to the spot where she first saw the spider’s web. She carefully carried her own design to the same place and hung her unfinished attempt at weaving in the very spot where the beautiful web had been and she returned home. Deciding to be very patient, she waited. The day she quietly returned to the site, she saw it! A new magnificent creation! But wait! On closer inspection she saw her own piece skillfully woven into the new design. This web was NOT a circular shape, but a perfect creation for a perfect world. That’s how weaving and wearing changed this perfect world forever. LIBERIA HOLDS THE KEYShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Libby found guilty in CIA leak case

first_imgThe verdict was read on the 10th day of deliberations. Libby faces up to 30 yeaerrs in prison, though under federal sentencing guidelines likely will receive far less. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered a pre-sentencing report be completed by May 15. Judges use such reports to help determine sentences. Libby faced two counts of perjury, two counts of lying to the FBI and one count of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he discussed Plame’s name with reporters and, fearing prosecution, made up a story to make those discussions seem innocuous. Libby’s defense team said he learned about Plame from Cheney, forgot about it, then learned it again a month later from NBC newsman Tim Russert. Anything he told reporters about Plame, Libby said, was just chatter and rumors, not official government information. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said that was a lie. But Libby’s defense team had argued that it would be unfair to convict Libby in a case where so many witnesses changed their stories or had memory problems. Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted Tuesday of obstruction, perjury and lying to the FBI in an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was accused of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity to reporters. He was acquitted of one count of lying to the FBI. Libby had little reaction to the verdict. He stood expressionless as the jury left the room. His lawyer, Theodore Wells, said they were “very disappointed” with the verdict. Wells said he would ask the court for a new trial by April 13. Such requests are common following criminal convictions. “Despite our disappointment in the jurors’ verdict, we believe in the American justice system and we believe in the jury system,” Wells told reporters outside the federal courthouse. “We intend to file a motion for a new trial and if that is denied, we will appeal the conviction. We have every confidence that ultimately Mr. Libby will be exonerated…. We intend to keep fighting to establish his innocence.” Libby will be allowed to remain free while awaiting sentencing, which is set for June 5. As the verdicts were read, Libby’s wife choked out a sob and sank her head. Moments later, she embraced the defense attorneys. The jury acquitted Libby of one count of lying to the FBI about his conversation with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

France bank on Griezmann to come good at World Cup

first_imgWhile he scored from the penalty spot in an opening 2-1 win over Australia, his sluggish start to the tournament mirrors his early travails at Euro 2016 where Griezmann finished as top scorer.“I think he will get stronger, I hope he does. That was the case at the Euros, he started slowly and finished very strong. I’m not worried about him,” said Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud.Griezmann scored six goals as France finished runners-up to Portugal at the European Championship, clicking into gear as the competition progressed and netting five times in the knockout stages.“He has had a long, gruelling season. He’s played a huge number of matches,” added Giroud, with Griezmann helping Atletico claim a third Europa League title.“When you have a bit less in your legs, it’s harder to be at ease on the pitch, but he’s still very important for us.”Griezmann himself admitted there is room for improvement as France target a deep run at the World Cup.“I’m going to get better and I’m sure the level everyone expects, including myself, is going to come quickly,” he told French TV channel TF1.– ‘Avoid Croatia’ –Didier Deschamps’ side are already qualified and would clinch first place with a draw in Moscow, a result that would also send Denmark through as runners-up irrespective of Australia’s result against Peru.Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso is keen to avoid Croatia in the last 16, even if finishing top could mean a blockbuster clash with Lionel Messi’s Argentina.“Croatia will come out of Group D, so above all we have to avoid finishing second to avoid meeting them,” said Tolisso, who started the first game against Australia.“Between Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina, they are all good teams.“We know the Argentines have very strong individuals, notably Lionel Messi,” he added. “You never know what’s going to happen in a match. But we know the last 16 will be difficult, regardless of the opponent.”Second-placed Denmark beat Peru 1-0 in their first game before a 1-1 draw with Australia to extend their unbeaten run to 17 matches.Age Hareide’s side are looking to reach the latter stages at a World Cup for the first time since 2002.“France may be considered among the favourites and have six points but they have not been finishing off opponents,” Hareide told Danish newspaper bold.dk. “They have been pushed to the wire to get the points.”“They played well in the friendlies, but have not played well so far in the World Cup,” he added.Yussuf Poulsen is suspended after he collected a second booking in as many outings against Australia, the forward picking up a harsh yellow card following a VAR-awarded penalty.Denmark are hopeful midfielder William Kvist will return at some stage after breaking two ribs and suffering a punctured lung against Peru, although it won’t be in time to face France.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann scored five of his six goals at Euro 2016 in the knockout rounds © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – World Cup contenders France are waiting for star striker Antoine Griezmann to hit his stride as they aim to secure top spot in Group C against Denmark on Tuesday.Griezmann signed an extension with Atletico Madrid through to 2023 last week despite strong interest from Barcelona, but the 27-year-old has yet to find his best form in Russia.last_img read more

McPhee teeters but doesn’t fall

first_imgGutsy Sherman Oaks singer Katharine McPhee held her ground on “American Idol” Wednesday, but unexpectedly saw fan support dwindle. McPhee, the subject of kitchen conversation from Calabasas to Glendale, had among the lowest number of votes this week. Her version of “The Voice Within” by Christina Aguilera prompted resident meanie Simon Cowell to knock her rendition as “nowhere near” as good as Aguilera’s. But it was Lisa Tucker, 16, who got the boot Wednesday, with viewers agreeing with judges who slammed her version of 2002 “Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson’s ballad “Because of You.” Tucker’s ouster trimmed the hopefuls to nine. The final “Idol” will be crowned May 24. Until this week, McPhee’s well-trained voice and Broadway moves were paying off, making her the most polished of the remaining “Idol” hopefuls and a firm audience favorite. Her closest competition, according to fans, was bald singer Chris Daughtry. After Tucker, McPhee, 21, and Ace Young, 25, had the next-lowest vote tallies. “The public knows best,” Cowell said. Wednesday’s elimination show featured a sizzling performance by Latin pop star Shakira and rapper Wyclef Jean, who performed Shakira’s latest single “Hips Don’t Lie,” featuring Jean. Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 and fred.shuster@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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


first_imgThe cast of the filmAlecoe Haughey, 11, from Killybegs is pinching herself after landing a role in a star-studded Christmas film. Thousands of young hopeful actors and actresses auditioned for what was a life changing opportunity for the young cast selected.Thankfully Alecoe was one of the very few young actresses chosen to star in the movie “A Christmas Star”. She was put through a rigorous auditioning process, but the young actresses performed exceptionally well throughout the entire process, to ensure she landed the coveted role.11-year old Alecoe attends Niall Mor NS, and her mother Anne said she’s absolutely over the moon to have landed the part.She told Donegal Daily, “From an early age she performed little shows at home with her brother and declared almost from when she could speak that she wanted to be an actress.“Finding out she has been selected for a part in A Christmas Star is just a dream come true for Alecoe. “She has enjoyed every minute of each audition. She has made new friends and hopefully will make a lot more.“With each additional callback her confidence grew and getting the final offer of a part was just a joy beyond words for Alecoe.“She just can’t wait for the filming to begin.The young actress will be starring alongside some blockbuster names in the film industry, most notably Hollywood superstar Liam Neeson, who will provide the film’s voiceover.Other notable names set to appear in the film are, Bronagh Waugh (The Fall) and Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey, The Crimson Field). The film is being produced by Oscar winning film producer, Gareth Ellis Unwin who produced the critically acclaimed film The King’s Speech which starred Colin Firth.The film also boasts the influences of acclaimed director Richard Elson (M.I. High, Shadow Trade, Steffi) and award winning film composer, Patrick Doyle as part of its production team.The film itself, is a classic Cinemagic Christmas film.It’s a heart-warming story of a spirited young girl who charms an entire village. The film is set to hit the screens in early December 2015.DREAM COMES TRUE FOR YOUNG DONEGAL ACTRESS SET TO APPEAR IN STAR-STUDDED CHRISTMAS FILM was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:A Christmas StaractressCastEntertainmentFeaturesHollywoodLiam NeesonnewsProduction teamlast_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL County Councillor has warned Irish Water contractors that local people in his town won’t allow any more meters to be installed.Cllr Gary Doherty was involved in several tense stand-offs with contractors in Castlefinn today.The contractors moved from development to development in a bid to continue their work. But there was a great deal of anger in the town after several driveways were dug up last Friday without any permission being given by home owners.Cllr Doherty however said people power had won out today; and there may well be more of the same this week.“I want to say a huge ‘well done’ to everyone in Castlefinn who stopped the water meters being installed today,” said the county councillor.“It was a long day with plenty of tense stand-offs, but our wee town sent a clear message to Irish Water and the Government that we are against water charges.” He added in a message to residents: “Give yourselves a pat on the back.”Meanwhile around 70 protestors turned out in Letterkenny to protest against water charges as Junior Minister Joe McHugh attended an event at the Mt Errigal Hotel. AFTER TENSE DAY, COUNCILLOR WARNS: ‘THEY WON’T INSTALL WATER METERS HERE’ was last modified: November 10th, 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:castlefinnIrish Watermeterslast_img read more

Coega IDZ and deepwater port

first_img23 February 2005The Coega Project – a multi-billion rand industrial development complex and deepwater port 20 kilometres east of the city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape – could soon become the logistics hub for Southern African trade.Located on the south-eastern coast of the country, the project is the first, and one of the largest, industrial development zones (IDZs) to be established in South Africa. The project falls in line with South Africa’s vision of becoming a manufacturing centre for the world; President Thabo Mbeki has officially declared Coega a lead project in SA.The IDZ is already well-serviced by transportation networks, a skilled labour force and utility services. It boasts world-class industrial infrastructure, including inter-modal transportation linkages and cost-effective bulk services.Coega is located in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality and is being developed by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on 12 000 hectares of industrial land. Although the CDC is a private company, national and provincial government are the only shareholders.Boosting jobsDuring the construction period, the project will generate additional income of between R1.6-billion and R2.4-billion nationally. Between 36 500 and 57 500 direct, indirect and induced jobs will be affected, either in the form of existing jobs that are sustained or as new jobs that have been created.By February 2005, the total number of people employed during the construction phase of the project clocked in at over 11 300, with a total wage bill of over R90-million.Coega is also complementing the region’s already proliferating automotive industry – Africa’s largest and most successful vehicle assembly and component manufacturing hub.Automotive manufacturers Volkswagen of South Africa and General Motors South Africa, the bulk of the country’s catalytic converters, leather seating and component manufacturers, as well as a Ford Motor Corporation engine plant, are expected to benefit immeasurably from access to the new deepwater port.Reducing costsBusinesses in the southern African region rely on projects like Coega to reduce logistics costs and improve efficiencies.With its central position and customs-secure zones, Coega will be an ideal site for warehousing, assembly and other logistics-related operations, while its deepwater port will offer competitive advantages to businesses in surrounding areas.The area has excellent transport networks, while world-class industrial infrastructure – including roads, rail, bulk electricity and water, sewage and hazardous waste processing facilities – is being provided.Industrial development zonesSouth Africa’s industrial development zones (IDZs) are purpose-built industrial sites linked to an international port or airport and specifically designed to attract new investment in export-driven industries.All companies investing in IDZs will receive tax incentives and duty-free benefits from the government. Each IDZ established in the country will have:A customs-secured area with its own SA Revenue Services personnel, allowing investing companies to import raw materials on a duty-free basis from foreign countries and vat-free from inside South Africa. An industrial and services area for service and supply industries supporting large manufacturers in the custom-secured area, with top-notch industrial and office park environments as well as other services. A one-stop centre to facilitate regulatory procedures and requirements.Deepwater portThe Port of Ngqura, a multi-user deepwater port on the Coega River, is being developed by the National Ports Authority of SA.Construction on the port is already far advanced, with the facility expected to be operational by the end of 2005. It will have a capacity for accommodating bigger container vessels than any of South Africa’s seven other commercial ports.With the depth of the channel and the protected position in Algoa Bay, the port is in one of the best spots for a harbour along the South African coast.A channel carved by an ancient glacier allowed the development of the port to up to 23 metres. Protected from south-westerly winds by a finger of land, the port’s bay has 330 anchor days per year.The port cater to the needs of existing and future investors in the Coega IDZ, provide a conduit to international markets – and could make South Africa the hub of all north-south and south-south sea traffic.New generation smeltersThe government has been in talks with Brazilian mining company CVRD regarding its possible involvement in the Coega new generation aluminium smelter. Some R3-billion was last reported to be needed to develop the smelter.Canadian aluminium producer Alcan remains the lead promoter of the project. Both CVRD and Alcan have aluminium smelting interests in other parts of the world.Meanwhile, a memorandum of understanding with all the major participants involved in the construction of a ferro-nickel smelter could be in place by early next year.The CDC’s Peter Inman says negotiations are under way for the supply of nickel. “Excellent progress has been made – we have been speaking to everyone who is anyone in nickels”, Inman says. “We are looking at a number of ore suppliers ensuring a good geographical spread, and reducing the risk associated with long-term supply.”Inman says the deal to supply the 3-million tons of nickel annually is of very long duration to match the project life – some 25 to 30 years.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more