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Tony Becca: Gayle guilty as charged, but …

first_img My experience West Indies Board members and others knew about these and other things that were done by West Indies players, but nothing was ever done or said about them, not to anyone’s knowledge. They happened and they were brushed aside without even a word of caution, or remorse. Gayle’s action was poor, to say the least, but had some attention been paid to similar or other indiscretions in the past, it may not have happened this time around. Ian Chappell, the legendary Ian Chappell, has called for a ban on Gayle, and he may be right in doing so, but he is the last one who should make such a call. Ian Chappell was the Australian captain who hit Guyanese Vic Insanally on the steps of the members pavilion at Bourda one early morning during the Super Test in 1979. Ian Chappell even appeared before the court to answer charges for assault. I was there, and I reported on it. I was one of the few people who saw it. Gayle’s behaviour on Australian television was outrageous and appalling, but I dare say, not criminal, not by any means whatsoever. It was simply the sort of behaviour not expected from any well-thinking young man, and certainly not one coming from a co-educational school as Gayle does, certainly not one coming from a family, including a mother and a sister, and not coming from a sportsman and from one who has been so good and so great that he has travelled the world, or a great part of it, many, many times. Gayle’s problem, it seems, is that, as a cricketer, he is great, he is famous and popular, he is rich and attractive, and he knows it. More than that, however, he probably feels that he has a right, or the right, because of who he is, to behave like he is better than other ordinary mortals. Probably, when all is said done, Gayle believes, based on my experience with many cricket stars, that cricket is so important to the West Indian people and to the world that, because of their prowess in the game, because of their contribution to victories from time to time, they are not only sports stars of the people, but heroes of the people. Sometimes this leads to obnoxious behaviour by those who are treated in this way because they know no better, or simply because they feel they have a right to act that way. Maybe both reasons apply to Gayle, maybe sports stars move to a different beat. While Gayle is guilty of conduct contrary to good behaviour, however, or to accepted good behaviour, and must pay the price, he is not alone in soiling his name, his family’s name, his school’s name, and his country’s name. Cricket West Indies should share some of the fallout of the Gayle issue. West Indies cricket has always been, or mostly been, controlled by the territories who have the big boys on the team. It has oftentimes been a case where the respective politician moves to the music of the big boys, and it has always been a case where the big boys get away with almost anything, and whatever they want. Remember when a West Indies captain did not take his place in the field one morning during the Test match against England in Antigua, remember the time, late in the evening, when a West Indies captain ran down the pitch and bellowed an appeal for a leg before wicket decision in a Test match against England at Kensington Oval? Remember when Courtney Walsh, captain of Jamaica and the West Indies, refused to spin the toss at Chedwin Park with another territory’s player who was the captain of his team and wanted the captaincy of the West Indies team, and do you remember the final of the regional four-day competition, when a Jamaican player did not play the match between Jamaica and Guyana at Kensington Oval because he played a benefit match in Antigua? Remember also the time when the West Indies team went to South Africa, went back to London, and called the president to a meeting over fees? There were many other times when West Indies cricketers played the wrong stroke without correcting it, and got away with it. There was also the time during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, on a morning flight from Kimberley to Johannesburg, with the Kenya and West Indies teams on board, and a West Indian player opened up, loud and clear for all to hear, against the West Indies manager. It was nasty. I was sitting beside the manager. For years now, some other journalists and I have been talking about grooming potential territorial and West Indies cricketers, talking to them about things they are likely to expect on and off the field, and how to deal with them. From my experience, some West Indies players have always behaved like they are better than the people who pay to watch them play and their attitude has been way below expectations, some West Indies players’ behaviour, their language, in public places like airports, have been embarrassing, their appearance, their dress, in restaurants at home and abroad, have been disgraceful, and their general behaviour, their attitude, towards women, have sometimes been deplorable. West Indies players, some of them, have always behaved like they should dress how they want to dress, speak how they want to speak, go where they want to go, and do whatever they want to do whenever they want to. Not expected Respective politician Indiscretions There are two kinds of people in this world: there are those who think of others in whatever they are doing, and there are those who simply do not. Recently, Chris Gayle got himself in hot water way Down Under, in far-away Australia, when, during an interview with a beautiful television reporter, he misread the situation, the time and the place, spoke too openly, too flirtingly, and too invitingly to her, and got scalded for doing so. Almost every woman, every man, and every child took on Gayle for his lack of respect to the woman, a professional woman; and he did so while she was doing her job, and on the air, and in public at that. Gayle’s timing was impeccable, as usual, on that day, and he got what he deserved for his atrocious behaviour. What is a joke to one man is something else to another man. On another day, and in another setting, it may also have been complimentary. On that day, however, it was totally disrespectful, regardless of Gayle’s popularity, or of his own inflated ego, and whether he realised it or not. It was not funny at all. For whatever it was worth, and whether he meant it or not, Gayle apologised for his flirtation with Mel McLaughlin. Following reports of previous transgressions, or like transgressions, however, some people followed up the so-called apology and a fine of US$10,000 with calls for him to be fired from his job as a member of the Melbourne Renegades Big Bash T20 cricket team. As a man, a son of a woman, a brother of sisters, a husband, and a father of daughters, I do not and cannot condone Gayle’s behaviour. I, however, would not go as far as to try and interfere with his employment as Ian Chappell has done, not for this blunder.last_img read more


More “Candy” Found in Junk DNA

first_imgPowerful regulators that play a crucial role – this is how non-coding sections of DNA are now being described.  A story in Science Daily says that these regions of “junk DNA” once dismissed as “gene deserts” actually orchestrate the expression of genes during development.    In a related paper in PNAS,1 researchers found regulatory roles for many conserved noncoding elements (CNEs).  “We identify nearly 15,000 conserved sites that likely serve as insulators, and we show that nearby genes separated by predicted CTCF sites2 show markedly reduced correlation in gene expression,” they said.  “These sites may thus partition the human genome into domains of expression.”  They found one family that might have a “broad role” for gene expression, and other “striking examples of novel functional elements.”    This realization is opening eyes to a new realm of genetic marvels.  “Right now it’s like being a kid in a candy warehouse,” said one geneticist.  Others who looked at transposons and jumping genes as nuisances that were “messing things up” now see them as useful.  Evolutionists are invoking the E word in various ways.  Transposons might be a “major vehicle for evolutionary novelty,” said one, while another remarked about emerging new view of junk DNA, “It’s funny how quickly the field is now evolving.”1Xie et al, “Systematic discovery of regulatory motifs in conserved regions of the human genome, including thousands of CTCF insulator sites,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0701811104, published online before print April 18, 2007.2From the above paper, “CTCF, a protein containing 11 zinc-finger domains, is a major factor implicated in vertebrate insulator activities.  An insulator is a DNA sequence element that prevents a regulatory protein binding to the control region of one gene from influencing the transcription of neighboring genes.  When placed between an enhancer and a promoter, an insulator can block the interaction between the two.  Several dozen insulator sites have been characterized, and almost all have been shown to contain CTCF binding sites.  In some cases, the CTCF site has been directly shown to be both necessary and sufficient for enhancer blocking activities in heterologous settings.  The known CTCF sites show considerable sequence variation, and no clear consensus sequence has been derived.”It’s not funny.  For decades, Darwinian preconceptions have held back a promising field of genetic research with their falsified notion that most of the genome is composed of evolutionary leftovers.  Now that we see the design that was there all along, can we get on with what science should have been doing?  Away with this new plot line that junk DNA is a source of “evolutionary novelty.”  Darwinians, you have been exposed as usurpers.  Get out of the way.  The field is not evolving.  Intelligent design is taking back its rights.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Yahoo Perks Up Amid Q4 Growth And Mayer’s Plan To Right The Ship

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#business#Yahoo Related Posts Yesterday In its fourth quarter earnings call, Yahoo reported its first revenue growth spurt in four years. The company saw 2% year-over-year growth for the first time since 2008, with a net income of $272.3 million in the fourth quarter. The numbers beat out Wall Street estimates by 30%, with shares opening at $20.87 – the highest point Yahoo’s stock had seen since its 2008 era highs. All eyes are on CEO Marissa Mayer, former Google engineer and executive, who is widely credited with jump-starting Yahoo’s stock into late 2012. Confidence in Mayer has inspired a much-needed morale boost for the company, which is still struggling to find its footing among massive, savvier competitors like Google and Facebook. On the call, Mayer focused on the changes she’s enacted since taking the helm of the ailing web giant. Emphasizing speed and change – two of Yahoo’s enduring conceptual hurdles – Mayer noted that the company has been implementing a new major corporate initiative every other week. She admitted that the Yahoo’s bureaucratic roadblocks have made it “confusing and cumbersome” for clients to do business with the company, and that breaking down the existing bureaucracy will be an ongoing challenge. Mayer put a strong emphasis on bringing new talent into the fold and her desire to make Yahoo the “absolute best place to work”. In December, Yahoo named PayPal cofounder Max Levchin to its board, and has all intentions of revamping its image and attracting more big name industry players.Mayer and the new Yahoo crew have an uphill battle on their hands – but if you ask Wall Street, the company looks more alive than it has in years. taylor hatmakercenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Rajasthan Royals to challenge BCCI order

first_imgAfter being thrown out of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Rajasthan Royals management is considering action to protect its investment in the team. The team management on Monday lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saying forcing someone to opt for the legal route was a shame for those who wanted to invest in sport in India. It was also upset that the decision to de-franchise the team was taken without issuing a proper show cause notice. Issuing a statement, the franchise said: “Rajasthan Royals are shocked and surprised by the termination notice particularly without issuance of the show cause notice, described to the media 10 days ago, which was never received.” The Royals said they would need some time to review the termination notice to provide a considered response. The management also claimed that they have conducted themselves in a transparent manner. “We have always conducted ourselves transparently in accordance with our contract terms and only desire fair and unbiased treatment from the BCCI. If the only way to achieve this is through legal recourse, then that is a shame for those that seek to invest in sport in India,” the statement added. The BCCI had on Sunday scrapped two teams — Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab — from the IPL forcing them out of the forthcoming fourth season. The Kochi team, a new entrant to the popular T20 cricket tournament, was however allowed 10 days to sort out its ownership issues to avoid action.advertisementlast_img read more


Stint in US will help in Olympics says Yogeshwar Dutt

first_imgThe Indian wrestlers will train at Colorado Springs in the US and Belarus before the London Olympics, and Yogeshwar Dutt feels the preparation will be a big boost for them.Five Indian wrestlers have qualified for the Olympics. Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Amit Kumar, Narsingh Yadav and Geeta will compete in London. They will leave for the US next week along with the coaches and will train for two weeks before going to Belarus. “Last time we trained at Colorado Springs in January, we could see the difference it brought to our game. It is a hilly place and it has helped us increase our stamina,” Yogeshwar said.”There are quality coaches and good wrestlers to spar with. There will be the teams from other countries as well and we will compete with them. It will help us test our preparedness for the Olympics. We have learnt some good techniques,” Yogeshwar said in a media interaction in the Capital on Saturday.Yogeshwar, who will be participating in his third Olympics, said that his main competition will be with the wrestlers from Japan and Iran.He hoped that India will clinch more than one medal in wrestling this time around. “After Beijing Olympics, wrestling came into the limelight. We have someone like Amit Kumar, who is a very young qualifier for the Olympics. He is one of the talented guys around. Youngsters like Amit want to emulate the seniors, which is a good sign. They want to achieve what Sushil did in Beijing.advertisement”There is a spurt in wrestling in the last couple of years. If you go the villages in Haryana, every Akhara now has a mat. We started on mud and now competing on mat,” said Yogeshwar.last_img read more


The Elders Mourn The Loss Of Shimon Peres

first_imgThe Elders today expressed their condolences at the passing of Shimon Peres, former President of Israel and Nobel Peace laureate, who has died at the age of 93.Together with the late Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres won the Nobel Prize in 1994 for his role in securing the Oslo Accords with the Palestine Liberation Organisation.The Elders hailed his long life in the service of his country and in the quest for peace with the Arab world. He combined steadfast patriotism with a long-lasting belief in a two-state solution as the only way of bringing peace, justice and security to Israelis and Palestinians alike.The Elders recall their meetings with Shimon Peres during trips to Israel in 2009 and 2012 as examples of open and frank dialogue. As President and subsequently, through his work at the Peres Peace Centre, he continued to speak out about the need for an end to Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the creation of a viable Palestinian state.Following the announcement of his death, many Elders recalled their meetings with the late Israeli leader with affection. Among the personal tributes made were the following:Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said:“Shimon Peres was a truly remarkable man who was known not just for his sharp intellect and visionary politics but also for his warmth and sense of humour. His story is inseparable from the history of the state of Israel itself. Never afraid to stand up for his ideals, he laboured tirelessly for peace over violence and dialogue over confrontation. Israel has lost a founding father, the world a great statesman and I have lost a friend.”Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair, who was Prime Minister of Norway at the time of the Oslo Accords:“Shimon Peres showed his commitment to peace and always remained a vocal advocate of the two-state solution even as the political and security situation deteriorated after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. I hope current and future leaders of Israel recall his warnings about the futility of continued occupation of Palestinian lands.”Jimmy Carter, Honorary Elder and former President of the United States who led several Elders’ delegations to Israel and Palestine:“Shimon Peres worked for many years to bring peace to Israel and Palestine, and he showed great courage in his work on the Oslo Accords, which had the potential to transform the region. He was a gracious host during my visits to Israel while he was in office.”Ernesto Zedillo, Elder and former President of Mexico:“One of the remarkable founding fathers of modern Israel, Shimon Peres will be missed immensely – for his wisdom, serenity and unwavering dedication to the peace and prosperity of his beloved nation.”Ela Bhatt, Elder, founder of the Self Employed Womens Association (SEWA), and a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi:“I remember meeting him for the first time at the Histadrut trades union federation headquarters in Tel Aviv. Later, when I met him again, together with the Elders, in 2009, I was impressed to learn that he was familiar with the thinking of the Mahatma about labour relations, especially his principle of trusteeship to ensure good cooperation between workers and managers.”last_img read more