ICC responds to McCullum’s criticism, says trying to restore players’ faith

first_imgResponding to Brendon McCullum’s criticism of its “casual” handling of match-fixing evidence, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said it is trying to regain the trust of the cricketers by constant review of its anti-corruption activities.Former New Zealand captain McCullum, during his ‘MCC Spirit of Cricket’ lecture yesterday in London, slammed the ICC for the manner in which the game’s governing body handled issues of corruption.His particular reference was to the case against his former team-mate and idol Chris Cairns, in which McCullum gave evidence, which was leaked during the course of the trial.The ICC today said it could never figure out the exact source of the leak, which according to McCullum, shook his faith in the body. Cairns was cleared of any involvement in match-fixing at the end of a nine-week trial in November last year.’RESPECT FOR MCCULLUM’The ICC, reacting to McCullum’s outburst, said it respects the former New Zealand captain’s contribution in the fight against corruption.”The ICC commended Brendon McCullum two years ago – and continues to do so today – for his brave, courageous and principled stand against corruption in cricket.”The ICC also understood and shared his dismay at the leak of his confidential statement, which prompted a thorough and detailed investigation by the ICC,” an ICC spokesperson told PTI.”While the probe proved that the origin of the leak was not from within the ICC, it failed to establish beyond doubt the actual source. Nevertheless, the ICC has already put strong measures in place to ensure this type of incident is never repeated,” he added.advertisementPROCEDURES FOOLPROOFThe official said the ICC has worked towards making its anti-corruption procedures foolproof.”In 2014 (and unrelated to the leak of confidential information), a comprehensive review of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit was carried out to review its processes, functions and resources.”The review was conducted by the ICC’s Integrity Working Party (IWP), which included independent corruption experts. All the recommendations of the IWP were reviewed and adopted by the ICC Board during the 2015 ICC Annual Conference in Barbados,” the official said.The ICC spokesperson said the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) is more strengthened than before.”Every event or incident provides an organisation with opportunities to review its structures and measure its operations against best practice. This is exactly what the ICC has done in this particular case – it believes the outcome has been processes, procedures and resources which have been further bolstered and strengthened,” he said.”The ICC reconfirms that it is doing absolutely everything in its power to fight the threat of corruption in the sport and will continue to do so. It also reaffirms its commitment to gain and retain the complete trust of cricketers, and to work in close cooperation with all stakeholders in cricket,” he added.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

Man Utd midfielder Lingard not slacking off during summer break

first_imgManchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard isn’t slacking off during his summer break.Lingard has squeezed in some training while in between various holidays in Dubai, Las Vegas and LA.The 24-year-old posted a picture of himself at 1am rehydrating after a late workout.The players will head back to Carrington on July 8, a day before they head out to the USA for their preseason tour.last_img

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first_img Comments   Share   Kevin Kolb or Marc Bulger? Marc Bulger or Kevin Kolb? That seems to be the question the Arizona Cardinals will be facing when the NFL lockout finally ends.According to ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton, it’s just a matter of the Cardinals deciding who they want.“That’s what it comes down to for the Cardinals,” Clayton told Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf. “What is the priority? Is it Kolb or is it Bulger?” If they decide on Bulger, Clayton thinks the Cardinals can easily get him. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

Young blood restores vitality in the elderly

first_img Source:https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0457-8 Related StoriesStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingHealthy blood vessels could help stave off cognitive declineNew findings may help kick-start aging immune systemThis new study by Professor Partridge injected older mice with blood from younger mice in the laboratory. The elderly mice showed maintained cognitive abilities and also did not develop age related diseases.She and her colleagues Joris Deelen and P. Eline Slagboom, then injected the younger mice with blood from older mice and saw an opposite effect. According to Professor Partridge there could be certain elements in the blood that could help conserve the physical health of individuals. She explained that blood is one of the commonest investigated human tissues because of its availability. However animal studies have not been conducted with blood before.There have been numerous studies that have tried this premise before. Peter Thiel for example began a company called Ambrosia in San Francisco that started human clinical trials. Older individuals were injected with blood from younger persons.The costs were slated at around $8,000 for 2.5 litres of blood if it proved to be a success. In these Ambrosia trials 70 participants were injected with plasma from young persons aged between 16 and 25 years.After the injections the participants showed improvements in the biomarkers of various major diseases such as a significant reduction in blood cholesterol (by 10 percent) and reduction in proteins such as carcinoembryonic antigens (CEA by 20 percent). CEA levels are raised among certain cancer patients.According to a statement from Partridge it is of importance to search for clues within blood that can conserve physical health calling aging as the “emperor of all diseases”. “The practical accessibility of both the human microbiome and blood system makes therapeutic manipulation a particularly attractive approach, but research in animals is needed to establish the long-term consequences and possible side effects,” she said.As of now experts are sceptical if this could actually become a mainstay treatment. There have been some studies showing worsening of elderly who received blood from younger volunteers. Image Credit: Kiselev Andrey Valerevich / Shutterstockcenter_img By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDSep 11 2018Bram Stoker’s Dracula survived on blood of young maidens. Now researchers have found that there may have been some truth in this bizarre theory!According to a geneticist at University College London Dame Linda Partridge, blood from a young person can actually aid in alleviating symptoms of certain age related ailments such as heart disease, dementia and even cancer. Her work has been published in the latest issue of the journal Nature.last_img read more