PAKISTAN Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq received the Test mace, given to the world’s best side in the format, from the International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday in Lahore.Speaking at the ceremony at Gaddafi stadium, the 42-year-old said, “This is an exciting occasion for us, for me and for the team as well, to receive such an honour for our country.”He added: “We are really happy about it that finally we are number one.”This is the first time a Pakistani captain has received this award.Pakistan rose to number one in the longest format of the game after drawing 2-2 against England in England. They currently have 111 points, just one more than arch-rivals India who are second in the rankings. The third position is shared by Australia and England who have 108 points each.Talking about the achievement, Misbah said that what makes this reward all the more satisfying is that Pakistan have gained a top rank while playing all their matches on foreign soils.“We have played all our matches on grounds which are foreign to us,” he said.“Even Dubai and Abu Dhabi are foreign grounds.“Nevertheless, we are the number one Test side in modern cricket where teams usually rely on home advantage to increase the rankings,” he added.Pakistan last played a Test in the country in 2009 before the Sri Lankan cricket team attack which claimed the lives of seven police officials and injured seven players. Since then, almost all home games have been played at neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates.“There can’t be a better location to receive the mace than the ground where we last played a home Test seven years ago,” said Misbah in the post-eremony press conference.“It is ironic for both the players as well as the fans that the journey to the number one position has been outside Pakistan.“The players have missed on the crowd support, while the spectators have been unable to watch live some magnificent team and individual performances. But I am confident that things will change and international cricket will soon return to Pakistan.”The Test captain added that he was delighted to hold the mace in the twilight of his career.ICC Chief David Richardson, who presented Misbah with the mace, congratulated the national side as well.“The ICC Test Championship mace is a symbol of excellence and a recognition of a side’s outstanding performance in the purest format of the game,” he said.Pakistan are deserving recipients of the mace and it is all the more impressive that they have reached the number one Test ranking despite not being able to play a series in front of their home crowd since 2009.“On behalf of the ICC, I want to congratulate the Pakistan cricket team and Misbah in particular for the way he has led his side. I hope that the team will continue to go from strength to strength.”The mace was valued at £30 000 in 2001 and automatically passes from one team to another as results confirm a change of leadership in the ICC Test Team Rankings table. (Express Tribune)
Parking meter project…BY ALEXIS RODNEYWith no clear solution seemingly on the horizon for the predicament the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has found itself in regarding the controversial parking meter project, political commentator, Dr David Hinds has suggested that it could be a wise move if Central Government steps in but only to mediate.Since the announcement of its plans to introduce parking meters in the city, there has been widespread division within the new Council, which was elected just about three months ago. Councillors stand divided, many branding the project as one blanketed in secrecy.While there has been some intervention by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, and more recently a call for greater transparency by President David Granger, there is nothing much central government can do since the Council is led by the local government system.Hinds, speaking to Guyana Times recently said, while he agrees that central government should not be involved in local government decision, he believes in the instance of the parking meter fiasco, central government should intervene to mediate the situation.“Clearly there are two views on the Council; one led by Sherod Duncan and then the Mayor and others. The parking meter issue is of national importance and central government should intervene, not to direct, but to mediate”, the political commentator told this publication.Political commentator, Dr David HindsHe continued “I do believe that Government should keep out, but there are times when you have crises like this, central government should use its influence to try to mediate the situation. I think it is of national importance”.Meanwhile, Hinds said the controversy raises two fundamental concerns. One has to do with transparency, which he said resounds as a problem in Guyana’s politics for a very long time, while the other speaks to consultancy.“If you have had Local Government Elections and you are talking about turning a new page, then you have to operate in a way that is different from the past and one of the problems we have had with local government on the past is the lack of transparency. So I think on the issue of transparency, the City Council, the mayor and those who support her, need to be more cognisant of that need”, he said.According to Hinds, there is also need for consultancy. “If you are building parking meters, it’s the first time you are going to do that in this country. It is a fundamental issue. I think the first thing you should have done was have consultation with the people. That’s the first thing. Then having had consultation, at the level of the Council, arrive at consensus”.He said important matters like these should be left to the majority. Hinds remarked that “there must be consensus, so that you consult with the people, let them know the upsides and down sides, hear from them what they feel and then you sit down as a caucus of the Council and decide on some form of consensus.” He also noted that the lack of consultation has obviously led to the lack of transparency; an issue inimical to democracy.Meanwhile, the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) in a statement on the issue said it notes with much concern the ongoing controversy surrounding the contract for the proposed parking meters in Georgetown. The entire issue reflects negatively on the newly elected City Council which had promised a clean break with the old ways of operation.“There seems to have been very little if any meaningful consultation which then leads to a lack of transparency. [The] WPA is alarmed that a project of such magnitude was not first discussed with the citizens of the city who would, in the long-run, be affected by its implementation. The habit of making decisions above the heads of citizens have become so endemic that even a change of guard at City Hall has not made a difference,” the party said in a statement.It said the questions over the suitability and integrity of the proposed contractors and the apparent secrecy in which the matter was handled raise serious questions of transparency. “Transparency is a central tenet of democratic governance and in light of the revelations of the forensic audits, [the] WPA is shocked that the Mayor and her team seem so dismissive of charges in this regard.”The party said it feels that the initiative should be reviewed. There is no credible reason being advanced for the haste to install the parking meters. The proposed fee of $500 per hour, for example, is exorbitant. In this regard, he said the party has agreed with the intervention of Central Government.“While we are against the intrusion of the Central Government in the affairs of Local Government, WPA feels that in light of all the question being raised along with the seeming arrogance of the supporters of the project such intervention is justified. We, however, hope that it is one of mediation and aimed at reinforcing accountability rather than seeking to override the will of the Council”.The party said it salutes those Councillors who have stood up against the majority to bring the matter into the open – this is a refreshing sign. We however urge that, in the spirit of cooperation, the two factions seek consensus going forward.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — National and state agriculture interest groups asked a federal appeals court to overturn a $50 million nuisance judgement against a hog farm in North Carolina, in a brief filed on Tuesday, saying the punitive damages awarded threaten agriculture.Ten plaintiffs were awarded a total of $50 million in the case involving Murphy-Brown contract grower Kinlaw Farms in Bladen County, North Carolina. The plaintiffs alleged odor and truck noise generated by the farms should be declared a nuisance, and a jury agreed.Early in 2018 juries in three separate trials in Raleigh, North Carolina, awarded punitive damages totaling more than $500 million to neighbors near hog farms in the state. The Kinlaw Farms case was part of these trials.“But we first draw this court’s attention to the enormous harm that would be done by allowing runaway punitive damages awards to rural residents who express surprise that a neighboring farm — which has operated for decades — sometimes causes noise and odors,” said the brief filed in the U.S. Appeals Court for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia.“Imposing quasi-criminal punishment on Murphy-Brown for creating a nuisance when its contract grower has operated its farm in compliance with state regulation is not only extremely unfair, but also highly destructive of our nation’s rural, agriculture-dependent economy.”The appeal was filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Producers Council, North Carolina Farm Bureau and the North Carolina Pork Council. Back in May 2018, the federal court that resided over the trial reduced the Kinlaw Farms judgement to $3.25 million.So far, more than 20 lawsuits have been filed by more than 500 plaintiffs who are neighbors of Smithfield Foods hog farms.The ag groups argue in the court brief that allowing the verdicts to stand would set a precedent for all farmers.“Even after reductions to comply with North Carolina limits on punitive damages, repeated verdicts of this measure are crippling; no business could withstand an ongoing assault of this kind,” the ag groups said in the brief. “And small farm operations — which could as easily be targeted using plaintiffs’ legal theories as the processors who contract with them — would be wiped out with a single verdict.“Importantly, plaintiffs’ legal theories do not target rogue operators who flout environmental laws. They challenge operators who comply with the law and carry out ordinary farming practices. It is no exaggeration to say that a plaintiff win in these lawsuits would subject the everyday activities of all farmers to punitive damages.”There are about nine million hogs on 2,300 farms in North Carolina. The brief said those farms generate about $11 billion in economic activity and 46,000 full-time jobs.“This economic activity is focused in the eastern part of the state which, lacking the commercial and industrial base of other parts of North Carolina and with few urban centers, is especially dependent on hog farming,” the groups stated.“These nuisance suits are fundamentally at odds with the agricultural way of life and the economic and social benefits it brings. The potential practical and economic consequences of successful nuisance suits like the underlying case here are beyond measure. It is with that background in mind that this court should consider whether nuisance suits and punitive damages awards are a permissible method for regulating lawful agricultural practices that are consistent with all prevailing regulations — and thus whether the standards for agricultural practices should be set prospectively by legislators and regulators or retroactively by jurors.”The groups make the case that liability and damages awarded are not allowed by North Carolina’s right-to-farm law.In addition, the brief said because Kinlaw Farms has already been subject to “substantial, detailed” state regulation without citation for violations.“When a farm conducts its operations in compliance with a comprehensive regulatory regime such as North Carolina’s, no punitive damages may be awarded,” the brief said.The groups also suggest the trial location in Raleigh was a concern to rural residents.“The defendant requested trial in the Southern Division, where a jury would have been more likely to have experience with the norms of rural life,” the brief said. “The court could perhaps have eased the unfairness of a Raleigh jury deciding a dispute between farm and residential interests by having the jury visit the relevant sites. But it refused to do so.“The only winners from this litigation are plaintiffs and their entrepreneurial lawyers, who walk away with windfall damages and enormous fees unrelated to any plausible measure of harm. The losers are rural communities that stand to shed dollars, jobs, and economic and social stability, and consumers who lose the benefits of reliable and efficient methods of agricultural production.”Read the court brief here:https://www.fb.org/…Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(CZ/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit So Facebook has reached the impressive milestone of 1 billion active monthly users. What does it mean? Hard to know without a bit more information.In today’s exclusive interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show, Zuckerberg said, “I really only want to go out and talk when there’s something to say.” But that’s not entirely true. Zuckerberg only likes to go out when there is something good to say, and, even then, only when the interview is highly scripted.And that’s why Lauer pressed Zuckerberg harder about his May wedding than the company’s dismal stock performance. Lauer seemed more interested in comparing who has more drawers for their clothes (Zuckerberg one, Lauer considerably more) than digging in deep on how the company plans to catch up in mobile. The interviewer let it go after the CEO pointed out that there are five billion mobile phone users in the world that Facebook could capture as customers.)The tech and business press weren’t much more circumspect. In the most-widely circulated story so far, TheNextWeb’s Emil Protalinski gushed over Facebook’s “big news” and even Bloomberg assumed “the next billion” was a given.Unasked & Unanswered QuestionsI wish Lauer had asked Zuckerberg the following questions. (I’ve been trying to do it myself. I’ll update this post as soon as I hear back.)Facebook officially recorded its billionth signup on Sept. 14. Why the delay after months of predictions that it would reach one billion users in August, if not sooner? (Some reports have alluded to the fact that Facebook has had trouble with phony accounts and was most likely waiting until it was sure it had one billion “real” users. Could be.)What exactly is an active monthly user? It has been widely reported how difficult it is to delete a Facebook account, but I’ve heard anecdotal reports of people deactivating their accounts, either permanently or for long stretches of self-imposed Facebook exile. Is there an uptick in deactivated accounts and, if so, were those counted in the 1 billion figure?How are we to understand the lag time between 900 million and one billion when compared to 800 million and 900 million? To me, it suggests that Facebook has saturated the market.But even those question obscure the bigger issue: 1 billion users is impressive, but it’s an arbitrary milestone. If Zuckerberg is serious about only talking when there’s something to say, now is the time to say something. It’s time to let shareholders know exactly how (whether?) the company hopes to reach 2 billion users and to tell users how their experience will change as Facebook’s status as a public company forces it to focus more on revenue and less on its original mission of connecting the world. dave copeland Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#web
Touch Football Tasmania has introduced a new tournament to its state program in 2011, with the Club Championships to be held on Saturday, 19 November at Prospect Park, Launceston. The Club Championships is a new initiative designed to increase participation and create an opportunity for both a high standard of competition, as well as social participation. The event will see teams compete across three divisions – Men’s division one, Women’s Open and Men’s division two. Sunday will see the 2011 Junior State Cup take place again at Prospect Park, with six divisions competing in the event. Teams at the Junior State Cup will be eager to take to the fields on Sunday, following last year’s event being cancelled due to bad weather. The under 18’s Girls division has been added to the line-up and will join the 12’s Girls, 16’s Girls, 12’s Boys, 14’s Boys and 16’s Boys at the event. There will also be a focus on referee and coaching development across the tournament, with Touch Football Australia National Referee Panel member Ian Matthew in attendance at the event. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 Club Championships and Junior State Championships, please visit the following website:www.tastouch.com.au
Inter Milan boss Conte defends Lukaku: He’s trying his best!by Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte defended Romelu Lukaku after defeat to Juventus.Lukaku struggled to make an impact on the night.But Conte insisted: “He is definitely a player who has to train, he has an impressive physical size, he needs to train and play to be in great condition.”In the beginning he had this problem in his back. “I think he gave everything, it is inevitable that with Barcelona we lacked Lukaku.”Romelu is committed, he has tried to do his best. I hope he overcomes these small problems.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Brighton manager Potter: We must take care of Connollyby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton manager Graham Potter believes the club must ensure they are protecting teenager Aaron Connolly.The youngster got his first chance to shine for the Republic of Ireland during the recent international break.It has been a rapid rise for the teenager, who played his first Premier League game two weeks ago.And Potter wants to ensure the 19-year-old is protected.”He’s had quite a couple of weeks, hasn’t he? He’s 19-years-old, we have to look after him, make sure that he has a long successful career,” said Potter to reporters.”But he was great in the (Spurs) game for us, not just his goals, I thought his overall contribution to the team was really good, pressed well, defended well.”And then just for him to get that international debut, it’s fantastic for him – disappointed obviously for him and the Irish boys that the result wasn’t what they wanted.”But that’s part of life as well, he has to deal with that and it’s now case of recovering him and seeing how he is for the weekend.”
The packages were handed over by JIS Chief Executive Officer, Donna-Marie Rowe, at a ceremony at the JIS head office on Friday (June 16). The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has donated a series of its culturally-relevant publications to the Jamaica Intensive Reading Clinic (JIRC), which will, this summer, be hosting reading camps island wide. The books are expected to be used in the camps, targeting children age six to 17, who are struggling with mastery of literacy. Story Highlights The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has donated a series of its culturally-relevant publications to the Jamaica Intensive Reading Clinic (JIRC), which will, this summer, be hosting reading camps island wide.The books are expected to be used in the camps, targeting children age six to 17, who are struggling with mastery of literacy.The publications donated to the JIRC are: A Different Hurricane And Other Stories; Emancipation Tit Bits; Freedom Story; Jamaican Folk Customs And Beliefs; Proud To Be Jamaican: Activity Book 1; The Right Excellent Nanny Of The Maroons; What Is Our National Heritage?; and Wheel An’ Tun.The packages were handed over by JIS Chief Executive Officer, Donna-Marie Rowe, at a ceremony at the JIS head office on Friday (June 16).“Education is so important to the growth and development of our young people and for our nation. Without young people being literate, their development is stymied,” Mrs. Rowe said.She noted that JIS’ donation to the JIRC fits very well into the Agency’s corporate social responsibility activities and reflects a commitment to contributing to the development of the Jamaican society and promotion of the country’s heritage.“The donations we made, our titles on Jamaica, its heritage and culture will impact the young people, JIRC’s target group, positively. It will help them to feel better about us as Jamaicans, about themselves, about what makes us Jamaican, and just being able to appreciate where we are coming from as a people,” the CEO said.JIRC Executive Director, Santana Morris, expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that the nature of the material is in line with the organization’s thrust to promote reading through the use of texts and stories highlighting Jamaican culture and heritage.“We appreciate this very much and it will help us in getting children to have a better understanding of their culture,” she said.The summer reading camp, to run from July 24 to 28, is expected to cater to some 1,500 children and will be held at 18 locations across the 14 parishes. It aims to help children in need of literacy intervention and will address the five main components of literacy – fluency, comprehension skills, vocabulary development, phonemics and phonological development.Literacy specialists and principals have been engaged to recommend students most in need of the intervention. Registration forms will also be available online for parents to register their children for participation.Some 800 volunteers, including 300 teachers, have been accepted to help in the teaching and running of the camps.
Speaking at the official opening of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Head office in Jamaica yesterday (August 9), Prime Minister Holness said while the country grapples with the notion that the process of service must take time in order to be done properly, he argued that it must not be slow. Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness has stressed that there must be a speedier process of bureaucracy in Jamaica in keeping with Government policies and procedures. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has stressed that there must be a speedier process of bureaucracy in Jamaica in keeping with Government policies and procedures.Speaking at the official opening of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Head office in Jamaica yesterday (August 9), Prime Minister Holness said while the country grapples with the notion that the process of service must take time in order to be done properly, he argued that it must not be slow.“Bureaucracy doesn’t mean slow, it doesn’t mean dense, it doesn’t mean pedantic. It means that you have to follow the process but also be quick about it, and it is also in following [the] process sometimes, that you can actually be quick because once you start to look at your processes and start to reengineer your processes for quick delivery for results that is when you’re going to see more buildings like this [IDB Head office] come in Kingston,” said Prime Minister Holness.Using the example of the professionalism and dedication of Jamaican and world record holder Usain Bolt as an example of speed while following the processes in his field to achievement, the Prime Minister said he took note of Jamaica’s ranking in the sub area of the ease of granting building construction and electrical permits in the Doing Business Report.“We are not pleased that we are 98 in the business of permitting for construction. We’re not pleased that we are 68 in the delivery of electricity to new applicants. We are absolutely not pleased that we are 130 in the ease of cross border trading. We are not pleased but we are very happy that we are number 5 for the ease of starting new business,” underscored Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness lauded the IDB for its contribution to Jamaica and the speed at which it took to complete its new building.“It is a great pleasure to be here at this opening and I want to say thanks to our friends at the IDB, during dark times, during difficult times and good times you have been there with us and we don’t forget that and we see this as a sign of confidence and we will continue to work together to make Jamaica the greatest country in the Caribbean,” said Prime Minister Holness.
Carolle Brabant, executive director of Telefilm Canada since 2010, poses for a photograph at the Telefilm offices in Montreal on Feb. 23, 2018. Brabant will be leaving the position in March. “Carolle’s one of the best executive directors Telefilm has ever had,” veteran producer Robert Lantos (The Sweet Hereafter, Eastern Promises) said. Twitter Advertisement If you find yourself with an afternoon to kill at the tail end of this year’s Canadian Screen Week – and possess a high tolerance for exposure to regional box-office statistics – take some time to read Telefilm Canada’s annual reports from the past two decades. Along with all the facts and figures expected in the filings of a federal agency, there’s a curious repetition in the statements from its board chairs and executive directors: “It was an ambitious yet challenging year.” “We continued to struggle.” “Clearly we have many challenges to face.” “This was a year of many accomplishments …” – great! – “but we still face substantial challenges.”Running the 51-year-old institution charged with supporting Canada’s feature-film industry has never been an easy job – and it’s only gotten harder since Carolle Brabant took over as executive director in 2010. Traditional business models have gone sideways. Theatrical exposure for Canadian films has imploded, thanks to threats both foreign (Hollywood’s big-footing blockbusters) and domestic (disruptive digital technology). Ottawa seems to be more interested in playing with Netflix than investing in its own Crown corporation, with its funding of Telefilm largely static.Yet, as Brabant prepares to step down this month at the conclusion of her eight-year tenure, she seems to have met the challenges her predecessors warned of with something resembling success – if such a thing can be had in the easily disagreeable world of Canadian film. Advertisement