Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has urged the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to implement the most crucial reform aspect of the Patterson Report.Telling the WICB president Dave Cameron that reform was the “duty of his generation”, Sir Hilary pointed to Carlos Brathwaite’s heroics of four sixes off the first four balls of the final over in the men’s final which fired West Indies to victory over England and stressed that it was now left to the regional governing body to complete the process.”All that is now required is for the WICB, president and directors, to complete the over,” Sir Hilary said in a letter to media.”There are two balls left to face, one is to accept the governance reform that calls for the Council of Stakeholders as set out in the Patterson Report, and the other is to recognise that by accepting the governance interdependence of cricket and society is not to lose autonomy.”The players have done their job on the field. It is now for the president, whose heart resides in cricket as much as any one of us, to do his and lead his board boldly into the rest of the decade with public support and popular legitimacy.”The Patterson Report, commissioned by the WICB and authored by former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, was produced in 2007, but its main recommendations have been ignored by the WICB.Among these proposals are the implementation of a Council of Stakeholders, comprising 23 members and, according to the Report, “representative of a wide cross section of stakeholders and will determine policies and strategies and provide guidance for the development of West Indies cricket”.This council would appoint the president, vice-president and the executive directors.West Indies cricket is being destroyed by “internal conflict and acrimony.”Without this reform, West Indies runs the risk of being razed to the ground by internal conflict and acrimony,” he pointed out.”The golden monument we have all built as a tribute to our cultural tenacity and collective wisdom must come first. This is your task, Mr President. It’s a duty of your generation.”Noticeably, Sir Hilary made no reference to the most recent Caricom-commissioned Governance Report, which last year called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB.Speaking last November after the report was made public, Sir Hilary said he believed institutions like UWI and the WICB needed to be “preserved for posterity”, but also adapt to changing times.- CMC
THE NAOMH CONAILL GAA club made a donation in memory of the late Manus Kelly on a highly-emotional evening in Glenswilly.The gesture was made before Glenswilly’s first All-County League Division One game since the tragic death of the popular father-of-five, who lost his life while competing in the 2019 Donegal International Rally.Naomh Conaill players funded a donation of €250, which will go towards Donegal Down Syndrome – a charity that was close to Manus’s heart. Naomh Conaill Chairman David Kelch presented a cheque to Manus’s parents, Donal and Jacqueline at Pairc Naomh Columba.Glenswilly’s team included Leon and Caolan Kelly, while members of the Kelly family were among the large attendance at a game won by Naomh Conaill 3-19 to 0-13. Naomh Conaill remember the late Manus Kelly on emotional night in Glenswilly was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 All-County Football League2019 Donegal International RallyCaolan KellyDonal KellyglenswillyLeon KellyManus KellyNaomh Conaill
Imagine an alien landing on Earth and trying to figure out two groups of people. One group wields spears and arrows and decides that those who interfere with their traditions are enemies to be killed. Another lives in penthouses and universities and explains the behavior of the other group as evolved tendencies from their animal past. Would the alien necessarily agree that the latter group was more honorable? The following two stories may enlighten the question. Anthropologist Meredith Small wrote in Live Science about hunter-gatherer tribes in New Guinea and South America. She seemed to echo the evolutionary view of researchers who denied that the warrior culture granted reproductive success: “Waorani warriors did worse in terms of reproductive success and their killing was for naught, in evolutionary terms,” they found. Small noted that revenge seems to work and fail: “In one group, the Yanomamo, the killings resulted in times of peace and love and more babies, and in the other, the Waorani, endless revenge was leading to the end. That gave her a morality lesson to end on. Since evolution has produced tribal cultures that are successful within their own realms, who are white people to judge? “Maybe people should be left on their own to live or die, to kill or be killed, left to live under their own rules and moral structures, regardless of how we judge them.” Sometimes evolutionizing one’s fellow sentient earthlings can backfire. Michael Balter reported in Science that popular evolutionary science author Jared Diamond is finding that out.1 Diamond recorded conversations with New Guinea tribespeople and wrote a piece for New Yorker magazine that explained their vengeance culture in evolutionary terms, “to draw an overall lesson about the human need for vengeance.” Apparently, his subjects took offense at that characterization. Some of them are not so primitive as he portrayed them; some have good-paying jobs and internet access. Diamond found himself slapped with a lawsuit by a couple of these New Guinea tribesmen (see Balter’s Blog for a summary). They are asking $10 million in damages. In addition, Diamond has been investigated by Rhonda Roland Shearer, an artist and the widow of evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, whose website StinkyJournalism.org criticizes Diamond for bad anthropology and bad journalism.1. Michael Balter, “Science and the Media: ‘Vengeance’ Bites Back at Jared Diamond,” Science, 15 May 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5929, pp. 872-874, DOI: 10.1126/science.324_872.It’s not “Coming of Age in Samoa” anymore. Anthropologists can no longer evolutionize their fellow human beings with impunity. The internet has changed things. Evolutionists are now accountable to the people they label as primitive, less-evolved members of the human race. In an evolutionary context, like Small writes, who is to say one culture is better than another? Why not live and let die? If she really believes that, she has no grounds to fight terrorism. Notice that it’s Christian missionaries who bring medicine, healing, and peace to these people. They believe that we are all of one blood, corrupted by sin, and in need of a Savior. Choose which analysis you think produces good fruit. It would be a shame if Jared Diamond loses his freedom to write candidly. He has provided three of the best examples of evolutionary propaganda in our Baloney Detector. Search on his name there and enjoy.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar gave away a brand new BMW car to India’s most successful shuttler Saina Nehwal at a function in Hyderabad on Sunday night.The batting maestro, who arrived here along with rest of the team to play the first test against New Zealand starting here Aug 23, gave away the car to Saina, who won a bronze medal in the London Olympics.The car was presented by Sachin’s close friend and former Andhra Ranji captain V. Chamundeswaranath to Saina, who became the first ever Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal.Sachin also gave away Maruti Swift car to young shuttler Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, who won the girls’ singles title in the Asian Youth Under-19 Championships last month. She is also the first Indian to achieve this feat.”I am very happy to receive the second car from the god of cricket,” said Saina, who was accompanied by her coach Pullela Gopichand.”I am glad to congratulate Saina and Gopi. This medal means a lot for India and it has not come without hard work, dedication, focus and vision. I congratulate you for making us all feel proud,” said Sachin while congratulating other medal winners at London Olympics.The cars were given away at glittering function attended by sportspersons, film stars and other eminent personalities from various walks of life.
Explore further Waymo CEO John Krafcik arrives for the start of a trial against Uber over the alleged theft of self-driving technology trade secrets A raucous Google-Uber fight is finally heading to trial Two tech giants racing for a lead in autonomous driving clashed Monday in court as former Google car unit Waymo’s lawyer argued that Uber’s boss deliberately chose “to cheat” to get a leg up on competitors. The accusations flew in the opening day of a blockbuster tech sector trial in which Google parent Alphabet’s Waymo division is seeking at least $1 billion over the theft of secrets from its self-driving car program.In opening remarks before the jury in San Francisco federal court, Waymo lawyer Charles Verhoeven maintained that Uber’s founder and former chief executive Travis Kalanick made the decision to use stolen trade secrets to enable the global ridesharing giant to move into autonomous driving. “He made a decision and the decision was to cheat,” Verhoeven said.”He made the decision that winning was more important than the law.”Uber has denied the allegations, which stem from a lawsuit claiming that former Google car executive Anthony Levandowski took thousands of files before leaving the unit for a startup called Otto later acquired by Uber.Verhoeven said Kalanick—who was ousted as CEO last year amid a move to reform Uber’s workplace culture—realized his company was lagging in efforts to develop autonomous technology and decided to take a dishonest route.Kalanick told his colleagues that “this all about winning,” the lawyer argued, and that Uber knew it could not catch Waymo because the Google car unit was “ahead of the pack.” – ‘No conspiracy’Uber attorney Bill Carmody sought to downplay the accusations and said the evidence would prove “there’s no conspiracy.”Carmody said evidence would show Google and Waymo were failing to invest enough to keep the most talented staff, enabling Uber to hire them.The Uber lawyer pointed to one email shown in court in which the former head of Google’s car unit complained that “we have stopped playing to win” and noting that Uber “is acquiring the people I suggested we hire 1.5 years ago.”In this context, Carmody said that for Uber, “spending hundreds of millions for (Otto) to get trade secrets, it doesn’t make sense.”If Waymo prevails, the trial could deal a severe blow to Uber’s efforts to widely deploy self-driving vehicles as part of its ridesharing operations—a field that also includes Waymo and other rivals.The trial comes with Uber seeking to turn the page following a series of scandals over alleged misconduct and a cut-throat workplace culture, as new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi strives to get the company on course and prepare for a stock market debut in 2019.With Uber’s scandals becoming increasingly public over the past year, Judge William Alsup felt compelled to tell the jury to focus on the facts, not on Uber’s reputation.”The central issue in this case remains whether or not Uber misappropriated Waymo’s trade secrets, not whether or not Uber is an evil corporation,” the judge said in written instructions.The trial could last up to three weeks, with witnesses likely to include Kalanick, Levandowski and key Google executives.To prevail, Waymo must show not only that documents were misappropriated but also that they were used for “unjust enrichment.”Documents introduced in court showed that Levandowski downloaded 14,000 documents from Waymo the same day he met with Uber in 2015.John Krafcik, the current CEO at Waymo, testified Monday that Levandowski’s departure “was a complete surprise to me,” and added that “I felt some disappointment with him leaving without telling me.”Krafcik said the company is suing because “parts of our technology was taken from us.”Documents showed Uber wanted to deploy 100,000 autonomous cars by 2020 but needed to catch up with Google, which had been testing the technology for seven years.One document said to have come from Kalanick suggested Uber find “cheat codes” to help advance its program and added that “it is war time.”Kalanick is expected to be a witness in the trial, and some top Google executives including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin may also testify. Citation: In court clash, Waymo says Uber decided ‘to cheat’ to get ahead (Update) (2018, February 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-court-clash-waymo-uber.html © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Citation: Swiss vote to block foreign-based gambling sites (2018, June 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-swiss-vote-block-foreign-basedgambling-sites.html © 2018 AFP A full 72.9 percent of voters came out in favour of the new gambling law, final results showed, also indicating that only about a third of eligible voters cast their ballot.The vote spells a crushing defeat for the opponents who gathered the 50,000 signatures needed to put a law change to a referendum, warning the law’s internet restrictions pose a serious threat to liberties online.The Swiss government says the Gambling Act, which has already been passed by both houses of parliament, updates legislation for the digital age, while raising protections against addiction.The law, which is set to take effect next year, will be among the strictest in Europe, allowing only casinos and gaming companies certified in Switzerland to operate in the country, including on the internet.It will enable Swiss companies for the first time to offer online gambling, but will basically block foreign-based companies from the market.This aspect of the law in particular spurred a coalition made up primarily of the youth wings of various political parties to launch the referendum.’Dangerous precedent’Opponents have slammed Bern for employing “methods worthy of an authoritarian state”, with a measure that they claim is “censorship of the internet.””This sets a very dangerous precedent,” Luzian Franzini, co-president of The Greens’ youth wing and head of the campaign against the new law, told AFP before the vote.Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga, however, insists that allowing only Swiss-based companies to sell gambling services is “indispensable” to ensure that everyone adheres to strict rules, like blocking known addicts.According to Addiction Switzerland, some 75,000 people in the small Alpine nation of 8.3 million inhabitants suffer from gaming addiction, costing society more than half a billion Swiss francs (half a billion dollars) annually.Bern also wants all of the companies’ proceeds to be taxed in Switzerland, with revenues helping fund anti-addiction measures, as well as social security and sports and culture programmes.According to the government, Swiss gamblers spend around 250 million Swiss francs annually on unregulated betting sites abroad that pay nothing into public coffers.Sommaruga has said that the new gambling law was needed “to stop this hemorrhaging.” According to GREA, an association that studies addiction, Swiss gambling and betting companies pulled in nearly 1.7 billion Swiss francs in 2016, of which more than half went to “the public good”. ‘Jackpot’ for Swiss casinosBut opponents claimed Switzerland could make more money by issuing concessions to foreign companies that agree to be regulated and taxed, and charge the law is basically a windfall for Swiss casinos.”Swiss casinos have won the jackpot” with the new law, Isabelle Chevalley of the Liberal Green Party, told public broadcaster RTS after the vote.Switzerland’s new gambling law was only one of several issues facing popular votes Sunday at the national, regional and local levels as part of the country’s famous direct democratic system.Voters across the country resoundingly rejected an initiative on so-called “sovereign money”, with 75.7 percent of voters opposing it, according to near final results.That initiative would have legally barred any institution besides the central bank from creating new money, in a bid to rein in financial institutions and avert crises like the one the world suffered in 2008.But opponents warned the measure would threaten Switzerland’s financial stability.On Sunday, the Swiss Bankers Association hailed that voters had so clearly rejected “a radical alteration of the monetary system.”In southern Valais canton, nearly 54 percent of voters meanwhile snubbed a bid for the town of Sion to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.Switzerland, home to the International Olympic Committee, has not hosted the Games since 1948. Swiss to place bets on gambling law in high stakes referendum Explore further Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved Sunday blocking foreign-based betting sites in a high-stakes referendum on a new gambling law designed to prevent addiction, but which opponents said amounted to internet censorship. Around three-quarters of those who voted backed the new gambling law but voted down a “sovereign money” initiative, which would legally bar any institution besides the central bank from creating new money This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
First company to $1 trillion: Apple zeroes in on historic market cap for ultimate ‘icing on the cake’ For a long time, Apple appeared to be flying solo to a $1 trillion market value, but Amazon is right at its heels—and experts have no fears of a tech bubble. Explore further Apple, at $939 billion, remains the highest-valued private company on the global markets—and could well cross the $1 trillion finish line after it releases its quarterly results Tuesday.But Amazon is right behind: on Friday, its market cap reached $917 billion, before finishing at $882 billion, thanks to quarterly figures well received by investors.Google’s parent company Alphabet ($886 billion) and Microsoft ($827 billion) are also on track, while Facebook ($505 billion) is out of the race, having shed $119 billion in value after results released Thursday.The biggest traditional economic players—billionaire Warren Buffet’s holding company Berkshire-Hathaway ($492 billion) and bank JPMorgan Chase ($395 billion)—have been relegated to mere spectators.State oil company PetroChina briefly broke the $1 trillion barrier in 2007 during its initial public offering, but has since dropped back down.Safe havenAccording to TDAmeritrade’s mid-year review, online commerce giant Amazon’s stock was the most popular buy in the first half of 2018, with Apple the second most popular sell.”The retail trader who is buying that stock is also the same person who is probably an Amazon client,” said JJ Kinahan, a chief market strategist for TDAmeritrade.”They see a stock that has plenty of upside and benefitting from the money people have to spend with the economy and the job market improving,” he added.But Apple, which unveils record high after record high when it comes to quarterly results, holds its lead.Ken Berman, Gorilla Trades strategist, is convinced that Apple will reach the $1 trillion mark after its Tuesday results, thanks to its range of iPhones, growing interest in the iPad and strength in its services. “The tech sector is the safe haven of the equity market right now.”Analysts insist the situation is a far cry from that in the late 1990s, when several start-ups exploded on Wall Street—only for the “dot.com” bubble to burst.New business model”The big problem with the internet bubble was that the majority of businesses did not have revenues, did not have profits, many just responded to a fashion phenomenon,” said Gregori Volokhine of Meeschaert Financial Services.”That’s not the case with all these companies that today have an essential place in people’s lives,” Volokhine said.”Most of the leading tech companies in the late 1990s were trading at 100 times earnings,” added Edward Jones investment strategist Kate Warne. “Very different than today.”Apple’s price/earnings ratio stands at 18.62, underperforming the S&P 500 (20.86), the index representing the 500 biggest businesses on Wall Street.But even in case of economic crisis, the technology sector is in a good place, according to Maris Ogg, founding principal of Tower Bridge Advisors.”If you start to see the economy slowing, if companies have to cut cost, to fire people, they will invest in technologies towards more automation,” she said.For Nicholas Colas of DataTrek Research, it is also hard for investors to evaluate the business strategies with a fairly new business model.”Equity valuations for FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) stocks and other internet-enabled business models is a fundamentally new challenge for investors,” he said.”At their core, they are ideas created by a handful of people, developed/maintained by perhaps 10,000 coders (and sometimes much less), but then used by billions around the world. This is a new phenomenon, and we suspect equity markets do not yet understand what ‘correct/normalized’ valuations should be.” “I don’t think Apple stock is that expensive,” said Nate Thooft of Manulife Asset Management. © 2018 AFP Amazon is right on Apple’s heels Citation: Apple and Amazon lead the pack to $1 trillion market value (2018, July 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-apple-amazon-trillion.html Apple is the highest-valued private company on the global markets This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
GM has announced plans to reduce its workforce across North America to save money through voluntary redundancies The decision is linked to the American automaker’s plans for a comprehensive global restructuring, the channel reported Sunday, citing multiple anonymous sources.The plant in Oshawa, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of Toronto, was built in 1953, according to the manufacturer’s website.It currently employs approximately 2,800 people and assembles Chevrolet and GMC pickups as well as Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS sedans.”I’m hoping it’s just a rumor,” Oshawa Mayor John Henry said. “Until we hear something, we don’t know.”GM has three other sites in the province of Ontario. It is unclear whether they will also be affected.Last month, the company announced plans to reduce its workforce across North America to save money through voluntary redundancies, and did not rule out the possibility of layoffs.The plans stand to affect 50,000 employees across the US, Canada and Mexico. About 18,000 of them, or 36 percent of the workforce, are eligible for voluntary redundancy.GM’s earnings for the quarter ending September 30 were $2.5 billion, eclipsing expectations in the latest quarter, despite the impact of tariffs and slipping sales volume. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. GM reports strong profits, lifting shares © 2018 AFP General Motors is expected to announce on Monday the closure of a factory in the Canadian city of Oshawa, putting almost 3,000 jobs at risk, Canadian channel CTV reported. Citation: GM to close Canadian factory, putting 3000 jobs at risk: report (2018, November 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-gm-canadian-factory-jobs.html Explore further
Death toll in July 2 Malad wall collapse reaches 30Officials identified the deceased as Abhijit Ganpa Gade (23). advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 01:13 IST Photo for representationA person injured in the July Malad wall collapse incident died Tuesday, taking the toll t 30, a BMC official said.Officials identified the deceased as Abhijit Ganpa Gade (23).He died at BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai Central, the official said.The wall collapse took place in Pimpripada area o Malad East amid heavy downpour across the metropolis.Also read: Four-storey building collapses in Mumbai’s Dongri, 7 killedALSI WATCH| Four-storey building collapses in Mumbai, over 40 trappedFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Next
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