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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


USA advance with Sweden win, Cameroon snatch dramatic last 16 spot

first_img0Shares0000Horan stabbed the Americans in front early on © AFP / DAMIEN MEYERLe Havre, France, Jun 20 – The United States made it a perfect three wins out of three at the Women’s World Cup on Thursday by beating Sweden 2-0 to top Group F, as Chile missed a late penalty to lose out on the knockout stages at the death.The Americans will continue their bid to defend their world title against Spain in Reims on Monday after a win that saw them make it 18 goals for the tournament and break the 24-year-old record for the number of goals scored in the group stage held by Norway. Lindsey Horan opened the scoring when she tapped home Samantha Mewis’ flick with two minutes on the clock, and Tobin Heath made sure of the points by firing past Hedvig Lindahl four minutes after the break.Heath’s strike somehow survived a VAR check from referee Anastasia Pustovoytova despite substitute Carli Lloyd looking to be offside in the build up.Sweden started with a team with seven changes from the side that beat Thailand 5-1 last time out and four players making their World Cup debut, and offered very little attacking threat.However their defeat means that they face Canada next in Paris on Monday and are in an easier side of the knockout draw from the States, who have hosts France, England and Norway as potential opponents further down the line.The only truly top draw side lined up for the Swedes is Germany, who they could meet in the quarter-finals if they beat Canada, who lost 2-1 to Group E winners the Netherlands earlier on Thursday.There was heartbreak for Chile meanwhile, who needed to beat Thailand by three goals in order to pip Nigeria into the knockouts.They were 2-0 up with five minutes left when they were awarded a penalty via VAR, only for Francisca Lara to crash her spot-kick off the bar and see her side knocked out. – Lionesses roar –Cameroon players celebrate after Ajara Nchout’s last-gasp goal saw them beat New Zealand to qualify for the last 16 of the women’s World Cup on Thursday © AFP / Pascal GUYOTJust 10 seconds of the allotted five minutes of added time remained in Montpellier when Nchout curled her team into the next round as one of the best third-placed teams after a slaloming run.Nchout, who plays club football in Norway, had earlier given Cameroon the lead in the 57th minute, controlling with her shoulder before slotting home.However, when Aurelle Awona sliced a Katie Bowen cross into her own net with 10 minutes left, it looked as though both teams were heading out.Instead, Nchout’s last-gasp goal means Cameroon go through as one of the best third-placed sides, while New Zealand return home without a point.The Netherlands will meet Japan in the last 16 after Lineth Beerensteyn turned in a Desiree van Lunteren cross in the 75th minute in Reims to seal their win over Canada and advance as Group E winners.Canada thought they had won a penalty inside two minutes in Reims only for French referee Stephanie Frappart to overturn her decision following a VAR review.The Dutch took the lead early in the second half when Anouk Dekker headed in from a free-kick, but Canada drew level soon after as Christine Sinclair converted at the back post from an inviting low cross by Ashley Lawrence.It was the veteran Sinclair’s 182nd goal for her country, leaving her just two shy of Abby Wambach’s international record with the United States, but wasn’t enough to beat their opponents to first place.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Takeaways from the Giants’ 2-1 victory over Miami on Sunday

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants still are scuffling to score runs, but Johnny Cueto delivered another pitching performance that made everyone feel better.Cueto pitched his second straight scoreless start since returning from Tommy John surgery last summer, and the Giants closed out their homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.The Giants have scored just seven runs the past four games, but they took two of three from the National League’s worst team as they embark on a trip …last_img read more


Mercury Orbital Science Begins

first_img This is a historic year for exploration of Mercury.  The three prior flybys already tantalized planetary scientists, but now floods of images and data can be expected for three years.  It’s been a long time since Mariner 10 visited in 1971 with a few brief passes.  Readers should applaud the designers and operators of this successful spacecraft. Note the difference between the discovery and explanation phases of science.  Discovery does not always follow a method.  Discoveries can come by mistake, by accident, by a dream, a hunch, tacit knowledge, abductive reasoning, or planning new ways to get closer to a target of investigation.  The latter might include a ladder, climbing a higher peak, venturing farther into inhospitable environments, or sending better robotic observers where human senses cannot go, as in planetary exploration. Explaining the observations is a different matter entirely.  Observations may suggest explanations, may falsify or confirm predictions, but do not explain themselves in a vacuum.  Remember to keep discovery and explanation distinct when reading articles such as these.  Scientists and their reporters often mix them together, giving the impression there is only one explanation.  That may be the case, but must be demonstrated, not assumed. Often the surprises and anomalies are the most interesting parts of the story.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Now that the MESSENGER spacecraft has settled into its orbit, systematic detailed observations are coming in.  The Carnegie Institution has posted preliminary findings from the orbital science tour, rejoicing that “Tens of thousands of images reveal major features on the planet in high resolution for the first time,” and confessing that the data are confirming some predictions and revealing surprises.  Among the surprises, “Mercury’s surface composition differs from that expected for the innermost of the terrestrial planets, and Mercury’s magnetic field has a north-south asymmetry that affects interaction of the planet’s surface with charged particles from the solar wind.”  Embedded in the review are links to instrument descriptions at the MESSENGER website, where photos and presentations from a press conference have been posted. The mission is managed by the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University. Update 06/20/2011: Live Science posted a list of “The Greatest Mysteries of Mercury.”  It concerns the planet’s density, magnetic field, and atmosphere.last_img read more


South Africa’s National Treasury

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Treasury seeks to advance economic growth and job creation through appropriate macro-economic, fiscal and financial policies.The Treasury supports the government’s macro-economic policy by determining macro limits on expenditure by departments, in line with affordability and sustainability of services. The departments include agriculture and small business development. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa’s National Treasury manages national economic policy, is responsible for managing South Africa’s national government finances and preparing the annual national budget.It falls in the portfolio of the Minister of Finance, as does the South African Revenue Service and Statistics South Africa.Its role is defined by the Constitution and in the Public Finance Management Act.Roles and responsibilitiesThe National Treasury plays a pivotal role in the management of government expenditure, setting financial management norms and standards for state departments, monitoring their performance and reporting any deviations to the Auditor-General.The Treasury also acts as a banker for national government departments; sets and maintains treasury norms and standards to ensure transparency and expenditure control in each sphere of government; and oversees logistical control of stocks and assets.The Treasury supports the government’s macro-economic policy by determining macro limits on expenditure by departments, in line with affordability and sustainability of services. These limits guide and are matched with departments’ budget proposals for the following financial year.Managing of public financesTransforming public-sector financial management is one of National Treasury’s key objectives. To this end, National Treasury has been implementing the Public Finance Management Act since April 2000.The Act has changed the approach to the way in which public funds are managed by introducing a less rigid environment for financial management, with a stronger emphasis on the prudent use of state resources, improved reporting requirements and the use of management information to enhance accountability.Find out moreVisit the National Treasury’s website, which includes information on the Ministry of Finance as well as the budget and links to important legislation.Read our article about South Africa’s Constitution.Sources: National Treasury, South African Revenue Services, Statistics South Africa, and Auditor-General South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more


Western bean cutworm: Final adult moth update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Schoenhals, Mark Badertscher, Lee Beers, Bruce Clevenger, Sam Custer, Tom Dehass, Allen Gahler, Jason Hartschuh, Ed Lentz, Cecilia Lokai-Minnich, David Marrison, Sarah Noggle, Les Ober, Eric Richer, Garth Ruff, Jeff Stachler, Alan Sundermeier, Curtis Young, Megan Zerrer, Chris Zoller, Andy Michel, Kelley Tilmon, Ohio State University ExtensionAs Western bean cutworm (WBC) adult trap monitoring comes to an end for the 2018 season, we would like to thank everyone for their participation including land owners and farm cooperators who allowed us to place traps in their fields. The week ending August 25, 2018 was our final week monitoring WBC adult moth catches in Ohio as very few adult moths are being reported in the bucket traps. Overall, 23 counties monitored 69 traps and resulted in a statewide average of 0.7 adult moths per trap (51 total captured). This is a decrease from an average of 1.2 moths per trap (76 total captured) the previous week.last_img read more


The Real Qualifier

first_imgYour dream client might spend in a fortune in your segment.They may have the exact set of problems, challenges, and opportunities around which you create a level of value that is literrally unmatched.Your dream client might be leaving a massive amount of money on the table. You may have all the math to prove an unassailable, bullet proof, and guaranteed return on investment the likes of which the world has never known.They may be risking their position in their market. They may be ready to lose their key customers to their rivals.But unless and until they decided to engage in the process of changing what they do, you do not have a qualified opportunity.They might have the budget necessary. You may have a relationship with the person with the authority to bind their organization to a deal. They may have a recognized need.What is missing is engagement in the process of changing. Without this engagement, you aren’t looking at an opportunity; you are looking at a lead.This is why your executive vice president of sales loves the Challenger Model and insight-based selling. This is why you have a top of the funnel problem: your dream clients have a chronic case of latent dissatisfaction.QuestionsWhy do opportunities stall?What makes an opportunity qualified?What causes potential opportunities to go to a “no decision?”last_img read more


Venus Williams rallies to oust 3rd-seed Petra Kvitova at Indian Wells

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Naomi Osaka turns tables on Kristina Mladenovic at Indian Wells Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem She booked a third-round clash with fellow American Christina McHale, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 winner over 30th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who was runner-up to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in January, also reached the final in Dubai last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Czech appeared to have taken control of the stadium court slugfest when she broke Williams for a 4-3 lead in the third.But Williams immediately broke back and Kvitova soon found herself serving to save the match. She took a 40-15 lead in the final game, but two double faults, followed by a lucky netcord bounce for Williams gave the American a match point and Kvitova sailed a ball long to end matters after two hours and 27 minutes. INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 09: Venus Williams of the United States serves against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles second round match on day six of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 09, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPSeven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams rallied from a set and two breaks down to topple third-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday and reach the third round at Indian Wells.“Today I just fought and tried my hardest, waited for opportunities and sometimes created them,” said Williams, currently ranked 36th in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more


Synovial fluid analysis

first_imgDefinitionSynovial fluid analysis is a group of tests that examine joint (synovial) fluid. The tests help diagnose and treat joint-related problems.Alternative NamesJoint fluid analysis; Joint fluid aspirationHow the test is performedA sample of synovial fluid is needed for this test. Synovial fluid is normally a thick, straw-colored liquid found in small amounts in joints, bursae (fluid-filled sacs in the joints), and tendon sheaths.After the joint area is cleaned, the health care provider inserts a sterile needle through the skin and into the joint space. Fluid is then drawn throughthe needleinto a sterile syringe.The fluid sample is sent to the laboratory. The laboratory technician:Checks the samples color and clarityPlacesthe sampleunder a microscope, counts the number of red and white blood cells, and looks for crystals (in the case of gout) or bacteriaMeasures glucose, proteins, uric acid, and lactic dehydrogenase (LDH)Cultures the fluid to see if any bacteria growHow to prepare for the testNormally, no special preparation is needed. Tell your health care provider if you are taking a blood thinner, such as aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin) or clopidogrel (Plavix). These medicines can affect test results or your ability to take the test.How the test will feelSometimes, the health care provider will first inject numbing medicine into the skin with a small needle, which will sting. A larger needle is then used to draw out the synovial fluid.This test may also cause some pain if the tip of the needle touches bone. The procedure usually lasts less than 1 to 2 minutes.advertisementWhy the test is performedThe test can help diagnose the cause of pain, redness, or swelling in joints.Sometimes, removing the fluid can also help relieve joint pain.This test may be used when your doctor suspects:Bleeding in the joint after a joint injuryGout and other types of arthritisInfection in a jointWhat abnormal results meanAbnormal joint fluid may look cloudy or abnormally thick.Blood in the joint fluid may be a sign of injury inside the joint or a body-wide bleeding problem. An excess amount of normal synovial fluid can also be a sign of osteoarthritis or cartilage injury.RisksInfection of the joint — unusual but more common with repeated aspirationsBleeding into the joint spaceConsiderationsIce or cold packs may be applied to the joint for 24 to 36 hours after the test to reduce the swelling and joint pain. Depending on the exact problem, you can probably resume your normal activities after the procedure. Talk to your health care provider to determine what activity is most appropriate for you.ReferencesEl-Gabalawy HS. Synovial fluid analysis, synovial biopsy, and synovial pathology. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, et al., eds. Kelly’s Textbook of Rheumotology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 53.Parrillo SJ, Marrison DS, Panacek EA. Arthrocentesis. In: Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 53.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more