Why one set of rules for the PPP/C and another set for APNU/AFC?

first_imgDear Editor,As a citizen of Guyana who has voted in several elections, I wish to make some comments on a few issues I have observed within the past year of APNU/AFC assuming the seat of power. In addition to my right to vote, this is also my right to question what is going on in this country, more so the blatant double standards and dual sets of rules for two different political parties.When the PPP/C was in government, I observed just how elements of the then opposition, the APNU and AFC, along with support groups of these parties had made governance of Guyana almost intolerable and difficult for the PPP/C.The media became another thorn in the flesh of the PPP/C, observantly, carrying out directly and indirectly the mandate of the APNU/AFC. Every mistake – real and imagined – of the PPP/C resulted in party officials and government ministers being brutally flogged and crucified by the media, the APNU and AFC politicians, and many different social and interest groups.Protests were held, throngs of people holding placards for prolonged periods were seen, abuse was heaped on ministers, and much unrest was created.Almost every sector of society – from the NGOs, women’s groups, socio-political groups, legal fraternity and others – were on bashing, criticising, cursing and denigrating PPP/C ministers.Not only were resignations called for whenever a PPP/C minister or official blundered, but brute actions were taken in the streets and the media belted out its string of attacks daily to ensure that PPP/C ministers were shamed and humiliated and the harshest punitive actions were taken against them.When the labour unions didn’t get their way or their demands met for wages and salaries increase, the country was shut down as the unions engaged in massive and prolonged protests to bully the PPP/C government to grant them what they wanted.Now there is a new government and the then opposition is in the seat of power. What do we observe? Do we observe the same alacrity to crucify wrong-doers when similar blunders are made? Do we see the media and its columnists gunning after the APNU/AFC ministers as they once did the PPP/C ministers? Do we hear from the international bodies, the private sector, business groups, social groups, etc on these blunders? How strong has been the call – if any at all – for any APNU/AFC minister to resign from his/her post for blunders?Why is one set of rules used on the PPP/C when it was in government and another used for the APNU/AFC? Why is the APNU/AFC allowed to get away so easily with their blunders when that same party and media and others didn’t allow the PPP/C to get away with mistakes they made? Why did the labour unions make the country ungovernable and hindered the growth of the economy with great militancy, aggression and force under the PPP/C but now is taking an inert approach towards the APNU/AFC?I would love to hear the answers.Yours sincerely,Daren J Harishlast_img read more

Baseball great Buck O’Neil dies at 94

first_imgAs a scout for the Chicago Cubs, he discovered and signed Hall of Famers Lou Brock and Ernie Banks. In 1962, a tumultuous time of change in the United States when civil rights workers were risking their lives on the back roads of the Deep South, O’Neil broke a meaningful racial barrier when the Chicago Cubs made him the first black coach in the major leagues. Jackie Robinson was the first black with an opportunity to make plays in the big leagues. But as bench coach, O’Neil was the first to make decisions. He saw Babe Ruth hit home runs and Roger Clemens throw strikes. He talked hitting with Lou Gehrig and Ichiro Suzuki. “I can’t remember a time when I did not want to make my living in baseball, or a time when that wasn’t what I did get to do,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2003. “God was very good to old Buck.” Born in 1911 in Florida, John “Buck” O’Neil began a lifetime in baseball hanging around the spring training complex of the great New York Yankee teams of the ’20s. Some of the players befriended the youngster and allowed him inside. In February 2006, it was widely thought that a special 12-person committee commissioned to render final judgments on Negro Leagues and pre-Negro league figures would make him a shoo-in for the Baseball Hall of Fame. It would be, his many fans all thought, a fitting tribute to the entire body of his life’s work. But when word came from Florida that day that 16 men and one woman had been voted in, he was not among them. For reasons never fully explained, he fell one vote short of the required three-fourths. Several hundred of his friends and admirers had gathered at the Negro Leagues Museum for what they thought would be a celebration. Instead, they stood in awkward, restless silence as the old man once again – (for how many times in his long, eventful life?) brushed bitterness aside. “Shed no tears for Buck,” he told them. “I couldn’t attend Sarasota High School. That hurt. I couldn’t attend the University of Florida. That hurt. “But not going into the Hall of Fame, that ain’t going to hurt me that much, no. Before, I wouldn’t even have a chance. But this time I had that chance. “Just keep loving old Buck.” But among his close friends, few believed that his heart wasn’t really broken. “It is clear the Baseball Hall of Fame has made a terrible error in not inducting Buck on this ballot,” Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said. “It is rare that an entire community rallies around a single person, but our city loves Buck, what he stands for and his indomitable spirit. “Buck O’Neil is a man who has done more than anyone to popularize and keep alive the history of the Negro Leagues.” In the months that followed, O’Neil embarked on an exhausting schedule that had him flying to California, Ohio, Arizona and New York among other stops. He spoke at the induction ceremonies in Cooperstown. In July, he batted in the top and bottom of the first inning of the Northern League All-Star game, making him the oldest man ever to play in a professional baseball game. It was shortly after that when he was first hospitalized. O’Neil has no children; his closest living relative is a brother, Warren O’Neil.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Buck O’Neil, baseball’s charismatic Negro Leagues ambassador who barnstormed with Satchel Paige and inexplicably fell one vote shy of the Hall of Fame, died Friday night. He was 94. Bob Kendrick, marketing director for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, said O’Neil died at a Kansas City hospital. O’Neil had appeared strong until early August, when he was hospitalized for what was described as “fatigue.” He was released a few days later, but readmitted on Sept.17. Friends said that he had lost his voice along with his strength. No cause of death was immediately given. Always projecting warmth, wit and a sunny optimism that sometimes seemed surprising for a man who lived in a climate of racial injustice for so long, O’Neil remained remarkably vigorous well into his 90s. He became as big a star as the Negro League greats whose stories he traveled the country to tell. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsHe would be in New York taping the “Late Show With David Letterman” one day, then back home on the golf course the next day shooting his age, a feat he first accomplished at 75. “But it’s not a good score any more,” he quipped on his 90th birthday. O’Neil had long been popular in Kansas City, but he rocketed into national stardom in 1994 when filmmaker Ken Burns featured him in his groundbreaking Public Broadcasting Service documentary “Baseball.” The rest of the country then came to appreciate the charming Negro Leagues historian as only baseball insiders had before. He may have been, as he joked, “an overnight sensation at 82,” but his popularity continued to grow for the rest of his life. Few men in any sport have witnessed the grand panoramic sweep of history that O’Neil saw and felt and experienced in baseball. A good-hitting, slick-fielding first baseman, he barnstormed with Paige in his youth, twice won a Negro Leagues batting title, then became a pennant-winning manager of the Kansas City Monarchs. last_img read more

Kroenke joked about Arsenal ‘winning’ transfer window despite budget

first_imgHe added: “As the second half unfolded of the match, understanding the position that we were in and some of the targets as we headed into the summer from a transfer standpoint, we had to rethink some of our strategy based on that last 45 minutes.“We knew we wouldn’t have Champions League football and certain clubs who attract those type of talents… that’s what they’re after.“We had to rethink just a few of our things, but my main message to [managing director Vinai Venkatesham] and Raul coming back from Baku on the plane, which was a very long flight after that match, and then throughout meetings all day the following day with Vinai, Raul and Unai [Emery], was ‘Let’s head into the summer, let’s be aggressive and let’s find out what’s possible’.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update stalemate Arsenal director Josh Kroenke reveals he joked with colleagues about the Gunners’ performance in the summer transfer window – despite claims of a limited budget.The north Londoners spent more money than any other Premier League club, signing Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz, and Kieran Tierney, with one fan even stopping head of football Raul Sanllehi to christen him their transfer ‘don’. It was suggested the Gunners only had £45million to spend, but those reports proved to be wide of the mark, with the club smashing their previous transfer record to land Pepe for £73m, while they also signed Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid.And Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan, admits talk of ‘winning the transfer window’ in addition to the budget claims amused him and his colleagues in light of their summer business.He told BBC Sport: “I joked with a few of our colleagues back in the States about this topic and as much as I want to win the conversations in July, I really want to win the matches come May and June.“So I think it’s important to have that type of conversation – but whether we’re going to be lauded for our efforts or perceived in a negative light, we want to be doing what we think is right for the club and I think we had a very strong summer. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Arsenal won the race to sign Pepe from Lille 3 Tierney joined Arsenal from Celtic on transfer deadline day, along with David Luiz Getty Images – Getty latest 3 OFF FAREWELL BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship on target LATEST “We addressed certain areas on the pitch for this season and in the years ahead. We had certain age profiles that we were after.“Without Champions League football we weren’t exactly sure, but I encouraged our football operations department to be aggressive and when Arsenal Football Club knocks on a player’s door it’s a different knock.“This summer, even though we weren’t in a position of strength coming out of [the 4-1 Europa League final defeat to Chelsea], I think there were a few people caught off guard that Arsenal Football Club still has the aura that it does. We’re excited to keep pushing that now and into the future.”The vice chairman of Arsenal’s ownership group, Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, also reveals the battering in Baku led to a rethink of their transfer strategy. Kroenke gave a detailed interview to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested deals last_img read more

Salah is only bettered by Messi in incredible Champions League goal stat

first_imgHOW!? 🤯Mo Salah doubles the Reds’ lead with this madness!We could watch this again and again… pic.twitter.com/0q3820Pngw— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 10, 2019You could argue this game was a typical Salah performance as he missed a number of fairly routine chances but also producing a piece of magic when getting on the scoresheet.So this is why this stat that puts the Reds’ forward only narrowly behind Messi is made all the more impressive.Since he moved to Anfield in 2017, Salah has been involved in 27 Champions League goals (19 goals and 8 assists).Only Messi has achieved more with 28. Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future targets Getty Images – Getty Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship The Argentine is not playing in Barcelona’s final group match against Inter Milan as the Spanish giants are already through.But we fully expect both Salah and Messi to add to their involvement in goals stats later on this season. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta latest rookie error appointed Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff center_img Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ He can be frustrating in front of goal but Mohamed Salah is still just behind the great Lionel Messi in an incredible Champions League goal stat.We saw the good and bad side of Salah as he helped Liverpool qualify for the last-16 of the Champions League with a 2-0 win at Red Bull Salzburg. Salah bagged another crucial goal as Liverpool got the better of Salzburg Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti update on target Naby Keita opened the scoring with a header before the Egyptian sealed the victory with an incredible finish from a tight angle.Below you can see Salah’s moment of magic which confirmed the Reds’ place in the knockout stage. stalemate statement Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son last_img read more

This Week in Walt Disney World Weather — November 17, 2019

first_imgShare This!All of a sudden, all of those Christmas decorations make a lot of sense!The holiday season at Walt Disney World is famous for starting while the air conditioning is still working full blast, but we’ve finally gotten our first truly chilly air of the season. If you’re at Walt Disney World this weekend, or anywhere in Central Florida, you’ve definitely been treated to a little taste of winter. And if the only snowfall is still of the snoap variety, well, that’s fine, because most of the locals are already bringing out the heaviest winterwear they own. How long will the chill last, and how much colder will temperatures get in Florida as we work our way through the holiday season? Let’s dig into this week’s weather at Walt Disney World.The First Strong Cold Front of the SeasonA hint of blue on a cold, cloudy Saturday at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.While we missed the average arrival of our first true cold front by a week or two, this weekend certainly made up for lost time. The arrival of chilly rains and a steadily dropping temperature on Friday gave Florida a gray, northern feel. Saturday started hopefully, with some clouds and sun, but the northwest wind in control brought us cloud cover and dropping temperatures, sinking from a high of 60 early in the day, towards 57 and lower before sunset. The overnight chill in the middle 40s marks the lowest temperatures since April this year.Over the coming week we’ll see dry air in control of Florida weather, maintaining a generally cooler climate than we’ve recently experienced, little to no chance of rain, and a yo-yo of sun and clouds.Sunday, the dry northwest air pouring in will eventually push our clouds away, and as the sun comes out in the afternoon, the temperatures will rebound — perhaps as high as the lower 70s. Overnight, expect lows in the upper 40s to low 50s. Definitely still jacket weather if you’re out and about!Weather will stay dry and cool through Tuesday morning, with highs both days around 70, and low temperatures around 50 degrees overnight.By Tuesday night a trough of low pressure will be lifting northeast away from Florida, allowing high pressure to build over the peninsula. We’ll be enjoying dry air, sunny skies, cool winds from the northwest, and high temperatures in the lower to mid 70s. The dry air sticks around through Wednesday.Thursday the humidity begins to rise, as winds shift to onshore from the Atlantic Ocean. Occasional cloud cover might join us, along with highs reaching the upper 70s, but we’re still not looking for rain chances. Friday, the high might hit a whopping 80 degrees. Every night you can still expect the temperature to drop to a chilly low in the 50s.All in all, the week ahead looks dry, mostly sunny, and a little cooler than the seasonal average. Could it be your perfect vacation week at Walt Disney World? If you’re not here for the swimming and sunbathing, definitely. Just remember to pack your hoodies and sweatshirts for those cool nights waiting for the fireworks, particularly when the dew point rises later in the week. Florida’s damp, maritime air has a way of getting under a person’s skin, particularly when that person is sitting on damp, cold concrete for an hour or two.Tropical Weather OutlookA small potential for tropical development! Courtesy: NOAAI thought we’d retired this segment until May or June, but surprise! There’s something on the chart this week. However, this anticipated area of low pressure, which is expected to develop northeast of the Leeward Islands, will eventually get caught up with a frontal system later in the week. So whether it actually develops into a storm or not is somewhat academic. No tropical systems pose any threat to the U.S. at this time.Central Florida’s Dry Season ForecastDespite getting quite a lot of rain lately, we’ve entered the Central Florida dry season, which will last through May or June of 2020. During this period, daily thunderstorms are no longer a threat. Instead, we will see most of our rain associated with cold fronts—the way most regions experience rain—or in coastal showers blowing in from the Atlantic onshore flow. The mid-afternoon thunderstorm pattern is a wet season phenomenon, lasting from June to October. You can read more about Central Florida’s unique summer weather pattern, called the diurnal tropical monsoon climate, at this post.The National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida, predicts that we’ll have above-average temperatures, near-normal average rainfall, and near-normal storminess during the November-January segment of the dry season. This is based on the El Niño/La Niña state of the equatorial Pacific Ocean, which is currently neutral.Courtesy: National Weather Service, Melbourne, FLWhat does this really mean? Because there is no huge determining factor from El Niño or La Niña in the strength and pattern of low pressure systems, our weather pattern this fall will be mostly dominated by short-range weather patterns — more local weather patterns, so to speak, than big continental ones. This makes long-range weather forecasts tougher to pin down. Florida weather is also affected by a number of other large weather patterns, such as the North Atlantic Oscillation and the Arctic Oscillation, but El Niño and La Niña tend to have a strong influence on the position of the North American jet stream — which dictates the flow of air, and cold fronts, over the continent.However, with the trend for above-average temperatures extending back several years now, we can be pretty confident that we’ll generally have seasonally high temperatures. When we’re affected by strong cold fronts, we’ll run the risk for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, as well as freezing temperatures on the other side of the passing front.As for packing for your trips, you’ll want to pay closer attention to short-range forecasts — three to five days out — rather than seven, ten, and especially fourteen-day forecasts. Coming for a long trip? Pack it all! Just to be safe.last_img read more

Crisis Management: The Ultimate Test of a Leader

first_imgThe sudden, unexpected and potentially catastrophic event that threatens a business is a CEO’s greatest challenge. Ever since the Tylenol tampering recall 30 years ago, the performances of companies in crisis have come under public scrutiny. The entire world was touched by the most environmentally destructive business crisis of all time — BP’s oil spill in the Gulf. Everyone watched as CEO Tony Hayward made blunder after blunder while their crude killed. Three weeks after the explosion, Hayward called the spill “relatively tiny” in comparison with the size of the “ocean.” Six weeks later he said he’d like his life back, and six weeks after that, BP’s shell-shocked Board of Directors finally put him out of his corporate misery. How is it possible for three months of crisis management ineptitude to occur in an organization the size of BP with a product as environmentally toxic as oil? You’d think a company drilling on the ocean’s floor would be adept in risk management planning. Whether Hayward was a part of a risk management plan or not, the guy failed at the moment his employees, his shareholders, his fellow human beings and the planet needed him most. Politics aside, I’m willing to bet Rudy Giuliani was never briefed on how he might handle the possibility of a terrorist attack on New York City. On that tragic day in September, Mayor Giuliani had little time to react to the horror. In a time of chaos and uncertainty, he establishedhimself as a courageous leader by calming, consoling and urging the public to return to their normal lives; this was how Americans could stand up to the terrorists . . . this was how to deny them their goal. Compared to Giuliani’s challenge, a business crisis should be a cakewalk for the organization’s leader. But it is not. Those who excel under fire do so because: They have the right values and beliefs. Great leaders live by a set of principles that guide them when the need arises. They are inherently courageous. There is not an absence of fear, but the management of fear. Anyone who has overcome intense fright will tell you that there isn’t a better rush. They are prepared. Their organizations are disciplined to assess threats and map out ways to mitigate, to deal with the potentiality when it occurs. The CEO has to believe this day will come, and when it does, the company will be prepared to cope from the moment the crisis occurs to the point that recovery procedures begin. They know how to communicate. Getting the right ideas into the heads of others is paramount. In the case of a recall or an environmental disaster, the first concern is public safety, not the financial interest of the shareholders. They live and breathe the company culture. If the culture is right, the decision-making is so much easier.  At the outset of the Tylenol crisis, J&J CEO James Burke was guided by the company’s “customer-first” credo written by Robert Johnson in 1943. How Burke and J&J dealt with the crisis has set the standard for all to follow — to be prepared for that inevitable day when disaster WILL strike. Prudent leaders prepare for calamity. And yet, despite pervasive recall awareness, we have CEOs of companies that have the capacity to maim the domain of life with their heads in the sand. Not many years after the Tylenol fiasco, a massive batch of sour coffee that made some people nauseous became my ultimate test of leadership. Without hesitation, I sacrificed the company’s annual profit target by immediately issuing a national recall. Like James Burke, my guiding light through the high-anxiety was the company’s core value of “doing the right thing” for the consumer. In the end, we got through the sour coffee crisis successfully. As for how I handled myself as CEO, my feelings are the same as they were all those years ago. I loved every minute of it. Now, why would I say that? Quite simply, it gave me the opportunity to be the leader my employees expected and the leader I’d always dreamed of becoming.last_img read more

First-Annual CyberSecurity International Symposium to Launch in July

first_imgThe new CyberSecurity International Symposium, which will take place in Chicago on July 10–11, will take an in-depth look at the latest cyber security threats and trends, as well as real-world strategies for securing critical networks and data in enterprise, commercial, government and industrial environments. The event will bring together industry practitioners, researchers, regulators and solution providers for two days of focused networking and information sharing at the cutting edge of cyber security.Companies confirmed to speak to date include: GreyCastle, Tripwire, Fireglass, Cryptzone, CloudPassage, Sixgill, SecurityScorecard, Trend Micro, CounterTack, Lastline, Arbor Networks, Cyber adAPT, UpGuard, VMware, Sumo Logic, Lacework, Indegy, Hexadite, AsTech Consulting, Coronet, Ixia, Sonatype, Aetna, SecureKey, HYPR, and GigaTrust.Topics to be addressed include:- Sponsor – Asymmetric Cyberwarfare — The Business Case for InsecuritySecuring the Enterprise Network: New Strategies for a New World of ThreatHackers and Emerging ThreatsIoT and Mobility SecurityCompliance & Regulatory ConsiderationsUsing the Cloud to Secure the CloudLeveraging Analytics and Big Data to Bolster SecurityEmerging Technologies and DevOps Success StrategiesData Protection and PrivacyAnd more!For more information and to register, check out the listing on the LPM Events page or visit www.cybersecurity-symposium.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

SaaS: Sun’s Vision for the Clouds

first_imgWith the backdrop of Oracle’s likely acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Sun’s James Gosling recently commented on technology and a variety of Sun’s initiatives.Gosling said that Sun has been planning a SaaS strategy for some time. Not too unexpectedly, Sun’s SaaS architecture is structured around Java and the Java APIs.Gosling said that Sun’s SaaS platform would “look similar to EC2 but it will feature higher level services. EC2 is mostly raw storage, raw compute power. Ours will also provide higher level facilities. For example the new version of OpenOffice understands the concept of cloud storage, so you can start to store a tree of documents to the cloud, instead of on your own storage arrays.”Gosling also had comments around SOA. He thinks that SOA is the right path for enterprise software development, and he said that “Object oriented programming is SOA. SOA is OO in the large, and it’s a very sensible way to design systems.”Gosling also said that he thought that agile style of development was superior to the traditional waterfall approach to development, but the tools for managing agile just aren’t there yet.last_img read more

Scotland Yard questions seven Pakistan cricketers for alleged match-fixing

first_imgYet another scandal rocked Pakistan cricket on Sunday engulfing its captain Salman Butt, brilliant pace duo of Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir and four other players, leading to the arrest of a bookie in London and questioning of the players by the Scotland Yard after a tabloid sting.Captain Salman Butt is supposed to be the ring leaderScotland Yard detectives visited the Pakistan dressing room immediately after the third day’s play to question the players after the tabloid sting operation exposed ‘spot-fixing’ and the alleged nexus between the players and bookies.”Scotland Yard detectives had visited the team hotel where they had taken statements of captain Salman Butt, fast bowlers Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir, and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal,” Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed told PTI.The ‘News of the World’ tabloid alleged that a Pakistani man Mazhar Majeed, who is now under arrest, had paid bribes to the players to bowl no-balls in the series and the Lord’s Test.The video evidence that the tabloid has presented also shows Majeed talking about his links with Indian bookies.”I deal with an Indian party. They pay me for the information,” Majeed is quoted as saying.The International Cricket Council said it was aware of the developments but made it clear that the fourth day’s play of the Test will continue as scheduled.”No players nor the team officials have been arrested in relation to this incident and the fourth Test match will continue as scheduled on Sunday.”As this is now subject to a police investigation neither ICC, ECB, PCB nor the ground authority, the MCC, will make any further comment,” an ICC statement said.advertisementYawar admitted that the investigators had also spoken to him but denied that the rooms of the players were raided. He also denied seizure of money, laptops and phones of the players from their rooms.”The police have also spoken to me and we are trying to cooperate with them in every way possible and we are giving them whatever information they want,” Yawar said.But sources said the Scotland Yard detectives gathered some evidence from the hotel after raiding the players’ room.The embattled Pakistan team has also gotten in touch with their High Commission in London for assistance. Confirming this Yawar said, “the High Commissioner is also in touch with the Scotland Yard in this issue. We are cooperating with them.”Besides Majeed, an accomplice of his has also been picked up by the police for questioning. Majeed, 35, was arrested late last night after the tabloid handed over details of its sting operation to the Scotland Yard.The bookie claims to have paid some players in excess of 150,000 pounds to fix the Test match.”The police have carried out preliminary questioning of some players. Majeed is an old associate and friend of many Pakistani players and is settled in London. He has been seen regularly with the players on the tour,” one source said.”The sad part for the Pakistan cricket is that several leading players are said to be involved in this new scandal which could cause untold damage to Pakistan cricket,” he said.Pakistani TV channels reported that the players had been sounded off about the inquiry when the third day’s play ended.”That is why the players left early for the hotel without anyone attending the mandatory post-play press conference,” a source said.Pakistan had reduced England to 47 for five and then 102 for seven on second day at Lord’s but Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad scored centuries to share a record eighth-wicket partnership of 332 runs.The two Pakistanis who bowled no-balls allegedly on directions from Majeed were Asif and Aamir. Both bowlers delivered three no-balls on Thursday and Friday.The two bowlers delivered the no-balls “at precisely the moments promised to our reporter,” the tabloid said.”Our undercover team was posing as front men for a Far East gambling cartel. In return for their suitcase of money Majeed then calmly detailed what would happen – and when – on the field of play next day, as a taster of all the lucrative information he could supply in future,” it reported.Pakistan was bowled out for 74 yesterday and made to follow-on and were reduced to 46 for four at stumps facing certain defeat and a big series loss.While match-fixing is fixing the result of the whole match, spot-fixing is fixing events within a match, on ball-by-ball basis.The names of Pakistani players cropped up in match fixing earlier this year as well.advertisementAfter the tour of Australia, former Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam and assistant coach Aaqib Javed (who is still with the team) had expressed suspicions about Kamran’s involvement with bookies after assessing his performance in the Sydney Test.Meanwhile, Iqbal Muhammad Ali who heads the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports blamed the PCB and its Chairman Ijaz Butt for the humiliation Pakistan cricket was facing.”We and the Senate sports committee had warned that if some players were suspected of having ties with bookies they should be dropped from the team and disciplined.”But no one paid heed. If these players are now guilty we want to see them behind the bars because this conduct is unacceptable,” Ali said.last_img read more

Australian envoy pitches for boosting co-op with India

first_imgChandigarh, Jul 25 (PTI) Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu today pitched for boosting economic cooperation with India as she indentified numerous sectors like dairy, sports, scientific research, foodgrains and education where the two countries can work together.With bilateral trade between the two nations pegged at 20 billion Australian dollars in 2015, India is Australias ninth largest trading partner and fifth largest export market, said Sidhu, whose family is originally from Punjab.”Even as these figures are very large, there is a lot of scope for doing more on developing economic relationship,” Sidhu told reporters.She said Australias trade with China is ten times than the size of trade it has with India. “One of my objectives is to find ways to grow economic relationship between two countries (Australia and India) not just in size but also in diversity,” she said.Offering to help Indias agriculture sector, Sidhu said Australian expertise in dairy sector can help raise the milk output and reduce foodgrain wastage in Punjab.Australia was also closely working with India in the field of scientific research and technology besides the smart cities project, she said.The Australian Institute of Sports has partnered with Punjab Institute of Sports for improvement of athletes performance which will involve bringing coaches and experts for excellence in the field.Sidhu said Australia has placed India at the forefront of its international relationships and both are working together more closely than ever on security cooperation.”We concluded civil nuclear cooperation agreement last year that was very a big step forward. Australia is very much supporting Indias bid for entering nuclear supplier group,” said Sidhu.advertisementThe envoy also emphasized on partnership between the two countries in the field of education.She said Australia has rolled out a three-year multiple-entry visa system for India from July on pilot basis.”This will help parents who travel to Australia to spend time with their children and they do not have to apply for visa every time they go,” she said.She said in the last 10 years, India born population in Australia has grown by three times in 10 years.”Many Indians are going for study in Australia. In 2014, there were 46,000 students, in 2015 the figure was 53,000, and this year, it can reach 60,000,” she said.To a question on migration, Sidhu said, “Australia has a global migration programme which we have been doing for four decades. We have set number of people which we take. Migration programme is a global programme.” Sindhu said Australias migration system was very robust and it encourages only genuine applicants. PTI CHS MNG SK MNGlast_img read more