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.
1 Memphis Depay rejected the opportunity to join Southampton in the summer, according to the club’s assistant manager Erwin Koeman.Depay attracted interested from several sides during the previous transfer window, after scoring 16 goals for PSV last season and netting twice on the Netherlands’ run to the World Cup semi-final.Tottenham and Manchester United were reportedly very keen on the winger and leading the race for his signature, but now Saints’ assistant manager Koeman has revealed that the south coast side were also in talks with the 20-year-old.“We made enquiries with his agent,” Koeman told Dutch news outlet Metronieuws.“With his style of play he would fit into England well. Memphis is fast, focused and physically strong.“Southampton would have been an excellent springboard for him to get to the very top of the Premier League, but he did not want to sit down and he chose to stay at PSV.“Too bad for us, but also for him.” Memphis Depay
A meeting of Donegal’s island fishermen was held today on Arranmore Island to discuss sustainability of the industry and ideas for moving forward in the sector.Jerry Early called a meeting on Arranmore Island for Donegal Island Fishermen.The meeting came in the wake of a recent report by the Joint Sub-Committee on Fisheries which looked at promoting sustainable rural coastal and island communities.The meeting which seen up to 50 fishermen in attendance from different Donegal islands was called by an action group made up of people who work in the industry which had formed several years ago following a ban on salmon fishing having a detrimental effect on the coastal communities of Donegal. Speaking following the meeting, spokesperson for the group and Arranmore Islander Jerry Early said he was very heartened by both todays meeting and the report by the Joint Sub-Committee on Fisheries.“Todays turnout at the meeting just goes to show the passion with which the fishing communities on Donegals islands have for what is not only their industry but their way of life. Their support to protect it and indeed see it grow shows that we can have great hope for the future and the content of the recent report by the Joint Sub-Committee gives us great hope for the future” Mr Early said.The meeting, held in Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh and which went through the contents of the report seen much positive interaction from those attending and the topics discussed ranged from making the industry sustainable to safety.The meeting also discussed ways of moving forward and from that it was decided that the group would form to become an organisation so that Donegals native islanders and people living on the islands who had an interest in the fishing industry could join together and work for their common goal. “Following on from the report we are very positive that the government and the EU have an interest in seeing our communities survive now” Mr Early said.“The ban on salmon fishing has had a huge and negative effect on the islands communities and has caused both job losses and the forced emigration of our youth in search of work who in the past would have stayed at home and made a living from fishing.“It means a lot to us that the report acknowledges that the decisions in the past made by our governments in relation to fishing have had a detrimental effect on Donegals islands and we appreciate the fact that the authors of the report seem willing to help us re-bulid our communities once more.“The islands fishermen have always known the importance of how marine protection and sustainability of our industry go hand in hand and we are glad that the report also acknowledges that our community organising within itself to make that sustainability happen is the way forward.“The report has come from the continued efforts of those in our community who have fought long and hard for several years for the government to recognise us and our requirements for survival. It has been a long hard road of meetings, both at local, national and European level. “It has involved many people, not just the fishermen, but supporters within our communities and everyone from those who made space available to us to have meetings and those who simply showed up to make tea and show support. But despite many knock backs and dark days everyone stuck with it and we now see a light at the end of the tunnel.”Concluding, speaking of the new organisation called ‘Donegal Islands Marine Resource Organisation’ (DIMRO) Mr Early said “DIMRO, the organisation of Donegals island fishermen we have formed, will continue on now to build our industry back up and continue to fight for the rights of our fishermen, their families and communities and we hope that other fishing communities will follow suit and if so we really look forward to engaging with them also and building and even bigger support base for the fishing industry and ensuring the sustainability of that industry and our marine resources.”DONEGAL’S FISHERMEN MOVE FORWARD WITH MEETING ON FUTURE OF INDUSTRY was last modified: February 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalisland fishermen
Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book.OAKLAND – The Warriors’ newest star player has yelled at officials over calls, teammates for not passing the ball and coaches for not featuring him correctly. But with DeMarcus Cousins finishing the final stages of his rehab of his left Achilles tendon, the Warriors do not sound worried one bit on how they will manage Cousin’s emotional outbursts.“DeMarcus is a great guy. …
Here’s an old “evolutionary puzzle” to challenge your local Darwinist: explain living fossils. Many living animals and plants were known only from the fossil record, thought to have gone extinct many millions of years ago, only to turn up in a local meat market or remote forest. Science Daily tackled this question in the Nov. 17 issue.1 Perkins told the story of three famous cases of “Lazarus” species that came forth from the dead: coelacanth, Laotian rock rat, and Wollemi pine. Sifting away the extraneous facts, what was the kernel of evolutionary explanation for these organisms, some of which supposedly spent up to 93 million years of evolutionary time alive and well, without leaving a trace in the rocks? Here are the three leading suggestions:Many scientists contend that the simultaneous reappearance of so many Lazarus taxa indicates that the fossil record from that era can’t be trusted, says [Margaret] Fraiser [U of Michigan–Milwaukee]. Others suggest that the missing creatures simply became so rare that they weren’t captured in the fossil record. Yet others propose that the creatures survived only in small areas and that their fossils haven’t yet been discovered.Fraiser and her colleagues put these ideas to the test by surveying fossil counts before and after the Permian extinction. They concluded that the fossil record is trustworthy. Richard Twitchett, a paleoecologist from U of Plymouth, concluded, “These Lazarus taxa must have been somewhere, maybe in [rocks] that paleontologists haven’t sampled yet. Or maybe their fossils have been misidentified or overlooked.” Perkins did not discuss a related evolutionary puzzle. Why did the living forms look identical to the ancient forms after so many tens of millions of years of evolution?1. Sid Perkins, “Back from the Dead? ‘Resurrections’ of long-missing species lead to revelations,” Science News, Week of Nov. 17, 2007; Vol. 172, No. 20, p. 312.This is not science; it is religion masquerading as science. They did not even consider the possibility that living fossils falsify long ages and evolutionary theory. But if they want to play the “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” game, creationists can, too. If an evolutionist asks you to show you a Precambrian rabbit or Silurian human, show them this story. Of course, we know what the Darwin Party would do if they did find a Precambrian rabbit: they would say, “Well, what do you know? We were wrong! This rock isn’t Precambrian, it’s Pleistocene!” (cf. 09/19/2007). Have faith, brother, and you will see miracles: Lazarus species rising from the dead.(Visited 114 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Why 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 hatmaker 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 Market
A Religious Freedom Bill passed by the Rajasthan Assembly in 2008, aimed at banning forcible religious conversions, is still awaiting the presidential assent. The State has requested the Centre to get the Bill cleared as early as possible, the Rajasthan High Court was informed on Tuesday.The Bharatiya Janata Party government filed an affidavit in the court here in response to its notice issued last week on a habeas corpus writ petition seeking production of 22-year-old Aarifa, who has converted from her religion and married a Muslim youth. Ms. Aarifa was allowed to go with her husband.A Division Bench of the High Court had raised questions about Ms. Aarifa’s conversion and the inter-faith marriage during the preliminary hearing on the petition on November 1. The court had asked the State government if there was any law or procedure in force in Rajasthan that governed conversions.“People cannot change their religion based on an affidavit over a stamp paper of ₹10,” observed the Bench, comprising Justices Gopal Krishan Vyas and Manoj Kumar Garg, though it recorded in its order that Ms. Aarifa had denied that she was under threat or inducement by anyone.In its reply affidavit, the State government said the Bill of 2008 had been “legally vetted” and was as per the constitutional provisions as well as the Supreme Court’s judgments. The government was in communication with the Centre to get the Bill cleared and the last request was made in June, stated the affidavit.