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Tony Becca: Rising pressure on cricket’s Big Three

first_img Control everything Other investigations Overall commitment Following the ICC’s interim chairman Shashank Manohar’s broadsided attack on the cricket coup of 2014, cricket’s unpopular takeover by the ‘Big Three’ of India, England, and Australia is coming under increasing pressure to survive. The coup, which was planned in almost secrecy and which promised the other ICC members, among other things, but more important, better financial returns, took place after a long fight headed by South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, who resisted the takeover to the end. The first to come out against it was Manohar, an Indian. Then there was a protest to “change cricket”, organised by Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber outside The Oval on the first morning of the fifth Test between England and Australia, and then there was a film, Death of a Gentleman, named as the Documentary of the Year by the Sports Journalists’ Association in London last week, which was shown in the House of Commons on Monday evening. The fifth and probably most deadly attack on the coup came a week or two ago, and it was an attack bearing far-reaching implications for the official running of the game, and especially so at this time in the West Indies. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been asked by the British parliament, by a member, to “confirm whether it intends to put forward Giles Clarke, the ECB president, as its nominee for the forthcoming election for the ICC chairman in June, in spite of his prominent role in the ICC structural reforms of 2014 that were widely criticised in last month’s ICC board meeting in Dubai”. The question was asked by Damian Collins, the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, who has called on the ECB to answer six questions pertaining to Clarke’s ongoing role and the board’s overall commitment to good governance that he believes the cricketing public deserves to know. The six questions include: “What is the ECB’s vision for how the ICC should be run? Does the ICC feel that Transparency International has been fair in its criticism of the ICC is failing to adhere to recognised governance standards, including increased accountability and transparency? And, if so, as an influential boat at ICC, is the ECB prepared to publicly commit to tackling these problems? “Will the ECB be putting forward Giles Clarke as their nominee for ICC Chairman? And, if so, does the ECB think it is appropriate to be endorsing someone who played such a prominent role in reforms that have been widely condemned as bullying, inequitable, and ignoring the need for those basic governance standards as noted? “Can the ECB give full disclosure as to the terms of Giles Clarke’s presidency of the organisation? And what does Giles Clarke’s duties as president of ECB entail? Are they limited to representing the board at the ICC?” Clarke’s candidacy, however, received a blow earlier this year when it was understood that neither South Africa nor Australia was willing to support his bid to become the ICC chairman, although, at a recent meeting in Dubai, it was agreed that all nominees had to be either a past or present ICC board member. Clarke, who was chairman of the ECB at the time of the ICC takeover, became the ECB president in 2015, and the feeling is that if he takes over as the chairman of the ICC, it would be seen as a “conflict of interest”. That is why MP Collins, who sits on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Select Committee, wants Clarke before the committee to answer the six questions, especially after the move among sporting bodies towards “transparent and accountable governance” and particularly after the Indian court forced Narainswamy Srinivasan to give up his dual role as ICC chairman and BCCI president after he was found to have ownership of IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings. The committee, it is said by a member of the House of Commons committee, decided to look into the conduct of the ECB in relation to cricket because of the recent scandal in FIFA and because of other investigations it has been doing in football, athletics, and tennis as far as sports governance is concerned. While Clarke’s appearance before the select committee of the House of Commons may come to nought as far as the ‘Big Three’ is concerned, it may be the start of something big. In terms of the British parliament’s influence on cricket in particular, and on sports in general, it may be something probably as big as the impact, not only of 50-over cricket and of 20-over cricket, but also of franchise cricket. Cricket, sports in general, and politics should not mix, not according to the ICC, FIFA, IOC, IAAF, ITF, and many international sporting bodies. In most cases, governments toe the line, especially when it comes to influencing sporting policies and selections. While most countries go along with this quietly, some countries, like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, do not agree with it and sometimes do their own thing. The feeling is that if they control everything else in the country and pay the bill for things to do with sports, and in some cases, all things to do with sports, they should have a say in all sports. In Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, where the sports minister recently made Kumar Sangakkara a selector of the national team, the governments are involved in almost everything and yet the ICC turns a blind eye. In other countries, like the West Indies, the governments follow almost blindly. They toe the line, regardless. Things, however, may change shortly. The tide appears to be changing. With Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh doing their own thing already, with India joining the action, and with Britain seemingly set to follow, it may be, or will be, only a matter of time before it becomes the norm. The West Indies, and their many separate sovereign governments, are probably looking on longingly, hoping for that day to come, and quickly at that, especially after last week’s rejection by the board of the governments’ plan to scrap it. The present confrontation between the West Indies Cricket Board and the heads of governments may have left the governments, the representatives of the people, coming to the conclusion that they who pay the piper, they who pay the bills, especially at the request of the board, have the right to call the tune, not in cases of selection and such technical matters, but especially when it comes to good governance, or as Keith Mitchell, the prime minister of Grenada, said a few days ago, and accountability.last_img read more

3 countries + 2 geocachers + 1 geocoin = an incredible twist of fate

first_imgGabi, Mary, and the My Froggy Friend geocoinA German geocacher and a Canadian geocacher walked into a geocaching event… well, they actually met at an event, and through a twist of fate, discovered they had something amazing in common.Last January, Gabi (Whaleshark) travelled from cold, snowy Germany to vacation in warm, sunny Florida. She did a lot of geocaching on her trip, but the crown jewel was logging Florida’s oldest cache, Christmas Cache GCFA. It’s an arduous 3.5 mile hike full of everything you’d expect from a Florida adventure: trails, lush greenery, mud, swamps, deer, mosquitoes, rats, snakes, and alligators. But the publish date of the cache is December 25, 2000 (hence the name Christmas Cache) which helps a lot of people fill their Jasmer Challenge grid. Thus, the desire to find this particular (and popular) cache.The path to GCFA begins easily enough…But along the way… Seriously, there are alligators. Here’s a pic. There are literally dozens of photos just like this one in the cache gallery.After the sweaty and buggy journey of finding and logging the cache, Gabi headed back. Along the trail she spied a piece of plastic partially buried in the dirt. She bent down to pick it up thinking it was merely garbage (any good geocacher knows to always CITO).Gabi at GCFA in January 2017Surprisingly, the plastic bag was packed tightly under quite a bit of dried mud. After some digging, out popped a bag with a Signal the Frog geocoin inside. Gabi thought, “Wow! What a great find again after finding a very historical cache. What a great day it turned out to be!” Gabi planned to clean up the coin and contact the owner once she had a little downtime.Gabi found a muddy geocoinThe very next evening she headed to a nearby Geocaching Event which had been organized, “to celebrate geocacher friendships that develop across borders, connect continents.” About two dozen attendees from many areas came together to meet, mingle, discover coins, and talk geocaching.Gabi, Mary, and other geocachers at the event where they metGabi struck up a conversation with a geocacher named Mary (Muskoka Pearl) who was down for the third year in a row from Canada. The topic of the Christmas Cache came up, and Mary told the story of her trek to the cache with 6 other Canadians the previous year — which also happened to be one of the wettest on record. The trail to the cache was 6 inches deep with water in some areas, and the mud was beyond anything imaginable. She told Gabi of how she had taken trackables to drop into this special cache, but somewhere along the way she lost her favorite one, probably in the watery, muddy path.This is how wet and muddy the path was in February 2016 for Mary & crewMary’s visit to GCFA the year before was the wettest year on record for the areaAt this point Gabi’s eyes widened, “Oh my! Could it be? Wait right here!” She ran to her car, looked in her rucksack, found the plastic bag caked with mud, then rushed back in to show Mary. Yup. The My Froggie Friend geocoin was in sad shape and covered with mud, but it was the exact coin Mary had lost almost a year before. The Froggy GeoCoin when it was brand newThe Froggy GeoCoin after it had been foundThe Froggy GeoCoin after a good cleaningThe women gave each other a big hug because they couldn’t believe the series of events that led up to their meeting. What are the chances of something this amazing happening?As Gabi puts it, “So Mary and me are thinking now, we are two very happy people, come together in an unbelievable, wonderful and miracle way, to get know each other, so this must be a very special friendship, that starts right now…”And as Mary sums it up, “Clothing is wet, but spirits are high. Mission accomplished.”Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedPhenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017December 26, 2017In “Community”August’s Geocacher of the Month: I hope you’re not afraid of awesomeAugust 20, 2014In “Community”Houma Travel GeoTour (GT53)July 3, 2018In “GeoTours”last_img read more

Schoolhouse Funk: Bootsy Collins Launches Online Education Program

first_imgLegendary funk music pioneer Bootsy Collins is starting an online education program for bass players. His Funk University is now accepting enrollments, and classes start July 1.A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Collins rose to fame playing bass with James Brown and with Parliament-Funkadelics. The course at Funk University offers video lectures and audio samples,exercises, articles, tablature, recording advice, community forums, and (something every student appreciates when they have a cool professor) office hours.Online education is becoming increasingly popular, and Bootsy Collins hopes to demonstrate that it’s not just traditional academic subjects that will be taught this way.In Collins’ words, he “couldn’t keep all this funk to myself,” and now bass players will have a chance to benefit from that. Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

When Do I Need to Perform a Load Calculation?

first_imgIn my last three blogs, I discussed the basics of heat-loss and cooling load calculations. The unfortunate truth about these calculations is that fast methods aren’t particularly accurate, and accurate methods require making measurements, checking specifications, and entering data into a computer program — in other words, a significant investment of time.So how should builders go about making these calculations? There are several ways:There are at least two reasons why we need to perform load calculations: to size heating and cooling equipment (ideally, using ACCA Manual S), and to design heating and cooling distribution systems (using ACCA Manual D). Neither Manual S nor Manual D can be used unless Manual J calculations are performed first.These are valid reasons, so a room-by-room Manual J load calculation makes a lot of sense. If you perform such a calculation, you may save money on your heating and cooling equipment (because it is less likely to be oversized), and there will be a lower chance that the homeowners will have comfort complaints arising from a poorly designed heat-distribution system.In most areas of the country, a room-by-room Manual J load calculation is required by code. If you don’t have the software yourself, you’ll have to hire an energy rater or engineer to perform the calculations. Very few HVAC contractors are capable of performing an accurate load assessment, so I’d be wary of leaving this task to your furnace guy.As long as there is no code requirement in your jurisdiction for a Manual J calculation for the type of work you are contemplating, you may not need a Manual J calculation. To understand why, we need to examine two myths that have long been promulgated by energy experts. The first myth is that rules of thumb are inappropriate;… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Put Everyone On a Plan

first_imgThe poorest performing salespeople are invariably put on on an individual performance plan, or a personal improvement plan. Sometimes this is because the person they work for cares enough about them to help them succeed. Other times, the intentions are not so nice, and the performance improvement plan is the step required by human resources before releasing the under-performer.The highest performing sales people are never put on a plan. They get a lot of individual attention because they make things happen. It’s easy to get attention from your sales manager when you are creating and pursuing a lot of opportunities. By creating a lot of opportunities, you also get the coaching and the resources to help make sure you win them.If 20 percent of the sales force is underperforming, and if the top 20 percent is the top 20 percent, that leaves 60 percent in the no man’s land that is the middle of the bell curve. The people in the middle of the bell curve aren’t doing poorly enough to be put on a plan to improve their performance. Nor are they doing well enough to get the kind of attention normally reserved for top performers.Many in the middle never do so poorly that they are removed from their role, and never do well enough to threaten the top 20 percent. But there will always be a top 20 percent, and there will always be a bottom 20 percent. The goal of the sales manager or sales leader is to move the entire bell curve to the right.If you can imagine a curve with a line drawn right through the middle at the 50 percent mark, your goal would be to move the line that is the 50 percent mark to the right, maybe where the 60 percent mark is now. You would want to pull everyone in that direction. The top performers would perform better than they are now. The next 30 percent would perform better, as would the 30 percent behind them. In the bottom 20 percent would all be a little bit to the right of where they are now.Everyone on your team needs a plan to improve their performance. The top performers are capable of more, and both you and they know it. Some of the bottom performers may struggle, and they may need to find another line of work if you can’t help them perform better. The middle neglected 60 percent can all do better, but they would need some attention to turn in that performance.The top performers need a plan to stretch them and help them reach their full potential. The middle 60 pecent need a plan to grow from where they are, some of whom may eventually end up in the top 20 percent. And until you are certain you’ve done everything in your power to help the bottom 20 percent, you need to invest the time and energy to help those who are willing to perform better.Put yourself on a plan to put all your people on a plan.last_img read more

Spread Pension Funds – Phillips

first_imgMember of Parliament for North West Manchester, Mikael Phillips, is suggesting that the Government utilise more than one pension fund manager to administer public sector pensions when the new pension scheme is implemented. In making his contribution to the debate on the report of the Joint Select Committee on Pension Reform in the House of Representatives on November 20, Mr. Phillips argued that this will lead to increased competition and boost returns on funds. “This will mean that no one pension manager will have all the pension funds under his control and would increase competition for companies to deliver the returns on the fund entrusted to them. It will also help to increase transparency,” Mr. Phillips said. He said the move will also ensure that the future income of public sector bodies will not be put at risk by the concentration of funds in a single fund manager. Mr. Phillips also stated that strong regulations should be implemented to protect public sector pension funds. The Joint Select Committee has recommended that the Government retain the defined benefit model and that a segregated fund be established under trust. It also suggested that new public sector employees should begin paying a contribution of five per cent of their earnings towards their pension as of January 1, 2013, and that existing workers should begin contributing to their pension in the new fiscal year of 2013/14. Under the new pension scheme an actuarial review would be conducted every three years or earlier, if there are any significant changes in the economic environment of the country. The retirement age for all workers will also be raised from 60 to 65 years, except for members of the security forces. The debate was suspended to facilitate contributions from other members of the House of Representatives.last_img read more