Tony Becca | Cricket needs an overhaul

first_imgOh, for something like India’s Supreme Court. Ever since the West Indies Cricket Board of Control was formed in June 1927, West Indies cricket has been considered the most important thing in the region. It has been said, by numerous people – by politicians, by influential people, and mostly by the man in the street – that cricket is the link between the territories, between the islands, and that it is the force that keeps the West Indian islands and their people together, that binds them all together. It is considered even a greater force of togetherness than the University of the West Indies, which was formed in 1948 by 18 countries in the region for the “higher education” of the people with the “aim of unlocking the potential for the economic and cultural growth”. The West Indies Cricket Board was formed mainly because each island was not strong enough to take on neither England nor Australia and they needed to come together and form one team, to select that team, and in the age of colonialism, that was important. Simply put, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, or British Guiana could not compete in Test cricket. Alone, each was not good enough. To play England as one team, to beat England, the colonial masters, was the ambition of every West Indian, and when the team did beat them, it was everlasting joy all over and outside the West Indies. Cricket, therefore, took on an importance of no ordinary meaning. The cricketers were stars, the administrators were successful and well – respected people in the society, and because of all that, cricket was almost a law unto itself. Anything cricket wanted, from anywhere, and probably regardless of who or what suffered, cricket got, and all because of the wishes of the people. At the height of the West Indies’ success at cricket, people talked about Caribbean unity and the spirit of the Caribbean people. It was, to almost everyone, all for one and one for all. In the days of glory, it did not matter who played on the team, be it nine Barbadians, black or white, or seven Jamaicans, black or white, etcetera, etcetera, or whether a “small islander” was in the team. In today’s disappointing days, however, it matters a great deal who plays – black, white, or Indian – whether, for instance, they are from Barbados or from the Windward Islands, and the team is stripped to the bone each time it is announced, and especially each time it is beaten. Everything seems to have gone wrong in the Caribbean, but nothing has changed, except for the captains, the players, the coaches, and the selectors. Cricket, it is said by many, is still the heart-beat of the Caribbean, and to most of the territories, it still remains so. Why then has cricket continued to be the most important sport in the region, or there about, and yet it is allowed to be used by the few, to be controlled, totally controlled, by one man, or by a few men. True, the president, and the board members are voted into office by members of the fraternity, but for an association that consists of six-member boards, and when only 12 persons, two from each member board, are allowed to cast a vote, something must be wrong, or could be wrong, with such a system. One does not need to be a genius to see what can happen in such a situation. The board members are answerable to no one, and so is the president. If the president, by whatever means, manages to control seven votes, he is in, and he is in for as long as he wants. Whether he does a good job, or whether the people feel that he has done a good job, it does not matter. There is nothing above the board member to which they are answerable. They are a law unto themselves, once they control the limited number of votes. Some time ago, the Jamaica Cricket Association’s executive voted unanimously not to support the West Indies board president’s bid for a second term in office. But he was a Jamaican, and some members of the executive and members of the association saw it as such, and they called a special general meeting at which the association voted overwhelmingly to over-turn the executive committee’s vote. The reason for doing so, it was said, was that the president was a Jamaican. In the final analysis, the law of the land is supposed to protect the people of the land, especially for something as important as cricket to the people of the land. The West Indies, however, is a region in which 12 sovereign countries, with 12 different constitutions, among other things, form six-member boards, and it is simply not so. There is not a single entity to deal with what is supposed to be a common problem for the people, and any attempt to try and solve it by one of the entities that make up West Indies cricket would lead to destruction of that entity. It would lead to all sorts of mayhem, and insularity would show its ugly head. There is something called “CARICOM”, however, but that is nothing more than just a figure head, or something like that. “CARICOM” is a sort of federation. It has tried to act. It has talked a lot, but nothing has ever come from all the talk. And the board knows this, and that is why it virtually ignores anything “CARICOM” tries to do. West Indies cricket needs help, and it needs help quickly. Oh, for something like the Indian Supreme Court. Although it does not sound right, and although it happens in places like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and in Pakistan, where the governments are deeply involved in sports, it is needed in the West Indies, or something like it. West Indies cricket needs something to look after its interest and the interest of the people. In India, cricket is part of the people’s business. Cricket is big. Cricket means money and money means cricket, and the Indian Premier League is based in India. In India, cricket is protected by the laws of the land, and the Supreme Court in India has been called upon to rule on things such as conflict of interest, corruption, and other things in the interest of the people. It has removed men from office, it has stopped men getting into office, and it is now about to rule on the members of the BCCI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, following the board’s refusal to make certain changes to cricket in India as recommended by the Lotha Committee. The Supreme Court of India checked with the International Cricket Council, the ICC, to find out if it would be interfering with cricket in India before it moved to protect cricket in India and the people of India. The ICC said no. The BCCI was not interfering with cricket, not according to its rules, which refer to government interference in sport. In India, cricket is truly for the people of India, and India is looking out for its people. It is time the West Indies, or CARICOM, do something for its people. The West Indies Cricket Board, as big as it is, must be answerable to someone.last_img read more

MAGICAL WEEKEND OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC AHEAD

first_imgMusicians and singers from across the county will share some magical musical moments in Letterkenny this week.A Christmas Market is being held at the Courtyard Shopping Centre on Friday and Saturday with a number of performing groups helping to put you in the festive mood.On Friday evening at the Centre, from 6-7pm Mind Your Quaver will perform followed by the Errigal Singers at 7-8pm. The Errigal Singers will also be performing at Cafe Blend on this evening alongside the North West Writers.The Errigal Groove Orchestra will swing into Christmas on Saturday followed by the Letterkenny Junior Choir and Donegal Chamber Orchestra.On Sunday at Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Mind Your Quaver will “Play for Simon” in aid of North West Simon.The hugely popular annual Family Christmas Concert returns to An Grianán Theatre on Sunday December 14th. Featuring the award-winning Donegal Youth Orchestra, celestial carols from the Donegal Youth and Junior Choir, a heavenly performance by the Donegal Chamber Orchestra and the playful Jazz styling of the DMEP Saxtet.Tickets €10/€5 children, Family Ticket €25 (2 adults & 2 children) can be booked at An Grianán Theatre (074)912 0777 or www.regionalculturalcentre.comCarols at Christmas with the Conwal Singers and special guests also promises to be a joyous evening at Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny on Wednesday December 17th at 8pm.Thursday December 11th 8pm – Cafe Blend, LetterkennyEnjoy some coffee & cake in the company of the Errigal Singers who will be performing alongside the North West Writers. Friday December 12th – Courtyard Shopping Centre6-7pm – Mind Your Quaver7-8pm- Errigal SingersSaturday December 13th – Courtyard Shopping Centre 12-2pm- Errigal Groove Orchestra4-5pm- Letterkenny Junior Choir5-6pm- Donegal Chamber OrchestraSunday December 14th- Letterkenny Shopping Centre4-5pm Mind Your Quaver7pm – An Grianán Theatre, DMEP Annual Family Christmas ConcertWednesday December 17th – Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny8pm-Carols at Christmas with the Conwal Singers.MAGICAL WEEKEND OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC AHEAD was last modified: December 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:letterkennyMUSICWeekendlast_img read more

South Africa pours cash into infrastructure

first_img18 June 2015By the end of 2014, South Africa had spent R1-trillion on developing its infrastructure.“The expenditure was in areas such as energy, water infrastructure, sanitation, rail, road-based public transport, and hospital revitalisation, among others,” said Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe.Speaking on Wednesday during the Vision 2030 Summit, Radebe highlighted the work that was under way as part of implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) specifically in infrastructure development.The NDP is aimed at eliminating poverty and inequality by 2030.He said investments in infrastructure would expand South Africa’s economic opportunities.Investments in the energy sector, he told delegates, included the construction of Medupi and Kusile power stations and Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme.“South Africa has enabled significant investment in the renewable energy sector totalling some R168-billion in the four bidding windows announced to date,” he said, referring to the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.South Africa was regarded as a global leader in renewable energy, having approved 79 independent power producer projects totalling 5 243 megawatts.Last year, Transnet announced a R50-billion investment to manufacture more than 1 000 locomotives.“The plan is that all locomotives except for the first 70 will be manufactured in South Africa and delivered by 2019. This will significantly expand Transnet’s general freight capacity to support economic activity as well as expand the country’s industrial capacity.”In 2012, Transnet Freight Rail announced the expansion of the Sishen iron ore line for R28.6-billion. The project was under way.In addition, R7-billion had been earmarked for investment in the country’s ports by Transnet Ports Authority as part of Operation Phakisa, which is aimed at unlocking the economic potential of the its oceans.“A further commitment of R9.2-billion of public and private investment for the construction of a new berth in Saldana Bay, the extension of the Mossgas Quay and the refurbishment of the Offshore Supply Base has also been made,” Radebe said.The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) had awarded a tender for new rail rolling stock estimated to cost R51-billion. Prasa would spend R4-billion on new hybrid locomotives over 10 years. “A rail passenger factory will be established in Nigel, Ekurhuleni for the manufacture and assembly of locomotives and trains. It is expected that over 65 000 direct and indirect jobs will be created.”An upgrade of the Moloto Road was also recently announced, costing R1.1-billion, to improve safety and mobility on this road. The notoriously dangerous road, the R573, links Tshwane with Mpumalanga and Limpopo.In other expenditure, South Africa would spend R13-billion on the Research, Development and Support Programme through the Department of Science and Technology.The department would also make transfers to the National Research Foundation of R2.7-billion to support 4 539 researchers, 15 918 Masters students and 9 615 doctoral students.“It is important that we understand that initiatives by [the] government are not undertaken in isolation and form part of a broader mandate to expand economic opportunities and improve the lives of our people,” Radebe said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Bank Login-Stealing Botnet Found Hiding in Amazon Cloud

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jolie odell We’ve all heard security nerds complain about the vulnerabilities of cloud computing; here’s the news they’ve been waiting for.Black-hat hackers got into an unnamed website hosted on Amazon’s servers then proceeded to install an illegal command and control infrastructure. Named America’s number one most wanted botnet, Zeus was discovered on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) by security researchers yesterday.The Zeus Trojan is a keylogger designed to steal data such as login credentials, account numbers and credit card information. It creates fake HTML forms on banking login pages to allow hackers to steal user data. This particular botnet has been linked to around $100 million in bank fraud in 2009.Although we don’t yet have details on exactly how the website in question was hacked, we have learned that the software has been removed from the Amazon cloud. This incident is the first example of malware being found on AWS’ infrastructure.As we were warned by black hats in April this year, cloud computing carries certain risks and opportunities for exploitation. Our own Sarah Perez wrote:In another part of the Sensepost presentation, they looked specifically at vulnerabilities of Amazon’s Web Services. To start off, they detailed the process involved in setting up a new instance on EC2… While Amazon has provided 47 machine images they built themselves, the remaining 2721 images were build by other EC2 users. Can you really believe that all of these images were built securely? Basically, the template directory is just a big archive of user-generated content. And you know what user-gen content is like… risky.As John Pescatore told the Financial Times, “The security of these cloud-based infrastructure services is like Windows in 1999. It’s being widely used and nothing tremendously bad has happened yet. But it’s just in early stages of getting exposed to the Internet, and you know bad things are coming.”Will hackers continue to employ web services to carry out their schemes in 2010? Twitter, Facebook, Google Apps, and now Amazon Web Services have all been used for evil this year. How can websites, corporations, and end users be smarter about online security to avoid personal and financial loss next year? Let us know what you think in the comments. Tags:#cloud computing#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more