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first_imgIt would absolutely and significantly enhance the simplicity of our existence if all men and all women were actually and literally created equal. The fact of the matter is that equality and parity, generally and specifically as it relates to income generation in all spheres of life including sports is a million miles from reality. Parity and equality in earnings are mythical even among men in sport, meaning that even in an all male team or all male sport some individuals earn more than others based on the value they bring to the team and or the sport. Lionel Messi for example earns three or four times what some of his star teammates earn at Barcelona. The same applies to NBA superstar LeBron James, whose salary and earnings are significantly more than any of his teammates at the Cleveland Cavaliers. The notion of equal pay and parity of earnings in sport is based more on emotionalism, more than a touch of feminism and a throwback to the old socialist ideals, than any semblance of appreciation for the modern reality. IRRATIONAL AND NAIVE In the current market driven global space it is irrational and naive to argue for example that the women cricketers should be remunerated at the same level as their male superstar counterparts. The disparity being too wide is a more reasonable cause worth exploring, but women’s cricket is still relatively new in terms of impact, popularity and income generation and is still a major work in progress. Let us not get too carried away by the impressive success of Stafanie Taylor and her team in lifting the ICC World T20 title. Being crowned champions will no doubt enhance the cause of the women’s game across the region and in the rapidly evolving world of cricket our top women players are already being offered contracts to play in the emerging leagues across the world. This represents steady and commensurate progress of the women’s game and stars of the women’s game. But to argue parity or equality is ridiculous. Remuneration must be value and productivity based. Failing that the economics of the situation will not hold. If tomorrow morning women’s cricket becomes more popular and generates more money than men’s cricket, by all means the women should then earn more than the men. In women’s tennis, for example, where there is equality as it relates to prize monies, it is fully deserved again based on value in that Serena Williams is no less of a money spinner and a tennis superstar than Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic and quite rightly the market has spoken in that regard. There is also the unique case of the USA women’s soccer team. They have chosen the courts as the avenue to settle their remuneration disparity dispute with the USA men’s soccer players. In that case the American women might very well have a credible case because the women’s game is hugely popular in the USA when compared to the men’s game, certainly in terms of participation there is parity between men and women in that country, while in terms of international success the American women have long and continue to outperform the American men. THEY ARE WORTH IT If a credible case can be built around the value of the USA women’s team bringing greater value to the market than the men, then by all means the American women should be commensurately remunerated. Fundamentally, that is because they are worth it and not simply because they are women. Equality between the sexes and even among the sexes is a mythical platitude. When the rubber hits the asphalt of real life nothing is further from the truth. Generally each individual is rewarded for the value he or she brings to the organisation or the team. If a female athlete brings more value to the cause than the male, she should be commensurately rewarded more than the male. If a male athlete brings more value to the cause than the female then he should earn more. It can get no more basic and equitable than that.last_img read more

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first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Clarendon College edged closer to gaining a berth in the inter-zone round of the 2015 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup as Group H winners, following a 1-1 draw at Lennon High yesterday.After seven matches, the defending champions are on 15 points and yet to lose a game. They are two points in front of a resurgent Edwin Allen High, while the faltering Lennon have 11 points from six matches.The Paul Davis-coached Clarendon College have racked up 30 goals and only four against to dominate the group, and with the return match against second-from-bottom Thompson Town to come on October 10, they are in pole position to be amongst the teams to participate in the cash-rich FLOW Super Cup, which will have its launch today in Montego Bay.Over in Group D, former winners Godfrey Stewart High defeated The Manning’s School 1-0 in the Savanna-la-Mar derby to jump into the lead on 11 points. Previous leaders Petersfield (10 pts) were idle and can retake the lead when they clash with Little London tomorrow.Manning’s remain third in the group with nine points and will have a tough time amassing enough points to keep either Godfrey Stewart or Petersfield from advancing.Knox College’s 1-0 win over Bellefield left Group G in a bind, as apart from leaders Holmwood, who tagged Alston 3-1 for their 14th point of the campaign, four of the remaining teams are locked on 11 points.Knox, Spalding, Alston, and Christiana are neck and neck in the race to advance – along with favourites Holmwood – from the group.last_img read more

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first_imgLiberia is considered the worst hit since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Mano River Union basin with over 2000 confirmed, probable and suspected deaths, but not all of these deaths are Ebola related, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has clarified.The Liberian leader stressed recently that the country’s death rate has reflected high numbers because people who died from other illnesses due to the initial impact on the regular healthcare system have been recorded as Ebola victims due to the circumstances of their deaths.She, however, indicated that requisite systems are now in place to remedy the situation by making sure that basic regular health services around the country are restored.President Sirleaf made the assertion when she spoke at the launch of Youth Action International Coalition against Ebola in Monrovia last Thursday.She admitted that the start of the fight against the Ebola virus disease was rocky and difficult, due to the strange nature of the virus, limited capacity, and the lack of initial tools for healthcare workers who are the front liners in the fight.   But she pointed out that the fight is now well on course.President Sirleaf said  attitude and behavioral change are cardinal to breaking the transmission chain and ending the further spread of the deadly disease in Liberia.She reminded the young people that attitude, behavior, as well as cultural and traditional values remain major challenges to efforts aimed at eradicating the virus from Liberia. She called on members of the coalition against Ebola to go all out and reach to communities and neighborhoods across the country with simplified messages of sensitization and awareness that will help change people’s behavior towards the deadly virus.“We can do all to bring in international help as the case is now. We can build Ebola Treatment Units across the country, establish testing centers, bring in all the medication and personal protective equipment, but if the behavior of Liberians is not changed, the virus will continue to spread,” she warned.“We must follow the preventive instructions from health authorities to save ourselves and our country,” the Liberian leader emphasized.She pointed out that government is giving and will continue to give the deserved attention to ensure that the virus is eradicated from Liberia.She lauded the efforts of heroes such as Montserrado District No. 13 Representative Saah Joseph, Dr. Jerry Brown and his team of the ELWA-2 Ebola Treatment Center, as well as all healthcare workers involved in the fight for their sacrificial services to the nation.The Liberian leader thanked the Youth Action International Executive Director, Dr. Kimmie Weeks, and the young people for the initiative and promised that with all hands on deck, Ebola will soon be history in Liberia.She rejected projections from international organizations that over one million persons across West Africa will die by January, adding that steps are being taken to reverse these pessimistic projections.Speaking earlier, Montserrado County Representatives Acarous Gray and Saah Joseph, Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) head, Patricia Kamara, representatives of the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF) and the U. S. Embassy in Monrovia thanked the coalition of young people for the initiative. They joined President Sirleaf in expressing the hope that the virus will soon be history in Liberia. They committed themselves  to standing with the government and the young people to eradicate the virus from Liberia.For his part, Youth Action International Executive Director, Dr. Kimmie Weeks,  pointed out that the undertaking was not a Youth Action International Initiative, but that of  different youth organizations that have been assembled under the guidance of his organization.He indicated that he made a personal commitment not to leave Liberia until the Ebola virus disease is contained and eradicated from our shores.Dr. Weeks pointed out that all member organizations of the coalition, numbering over 75 with over 6,000 youths, are already working on Ebola-related programs in various communities around the country. The goal, he indicated, is for all people to know how to protect themselves from the Ebola virus disease and thereby break the chain of transmission.“Young people are most times efficient, but often get limited with no support. The international community and the government must ensure the empowerment of youth-based organizations that are committed to playing critical roles in the fight against the further spread and eradication of the virus,” Dr. Weeks urged.He admitted that the Ebola battle is a fight for life and survival and that all must be done to the end the devastation of the country by this disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgTwenty-two-year-old Rickland Bovell of Swan Village, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, was committed to stand High Court trial for the murder of David Toney.Toney, 18, was killed during an argument over the non-payment for the transport of cabbage in April 2019.Rickland BovellBovell was not required to plea to the indictable charge, which stated that on April 19, 2019 at Timehri Docks, East Bank Demerara, he murdered Toney.When the matter was called on Monday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, she ruled that having considered the prosecution’s evidence, the court is of the opinion that a prima facie case has been made out against the accused. Hence, he was committed to stand trial at the next practicable sitting of the Demerara Assizes.Bovell remains on remand until the hearing and determination of the trial in the High Court.Reports are at approximately 03:30h, Bovell, a vendor, was engaged in an argument with Toney and his parents over payments for the transport of cabbages.It was reported that the now-dead teen’s parents would usually hire young men in the neighbourhood to load their produce into a canter truck to transport the vegetables to Georgetown.However, on the day in question, Bovell and two others turned up at the victim’s home and there was an argument over payment between Toney’s father and two of his workers.Shortly after, a fight ensued between Toney’s father and the men when Toney intervened. Bovell allegedly pulled out a knife from the waist of his pants and stabbed the teenager to the abdomen.The teen fell to the ground and was picked up and rushed to Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival.last_img read more

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first_imgAmaila Falls Hydropower Project…… but while in Opposition, Ramjattan also did sameThough his A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) can be deemed guilty of same, Minister of State Joseph Harmon has accused the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) of being unpatriotic, after the party, though the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, wrote the Norwegian Government complaining about being left in the dark when it comes to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP).Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira on August 24, 2016, wrote to Per F I Pharo, Director of the Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative, at the Norwegian Environment Ministry, expressing concerns of lack of inclusivity and transparency.“Guyanese people were being sidelined in the implementation of the Guyana/Norway Partnership agreement,” the letter stated.Teixeira also pointed to the lack of progress on several fronts explaining that the new Government had usurped the functions of the stakeholder bodies that were established under the PPP administration to consult with the people, meet and make recommendations about the projects and general implementation of the partnership agreement.“We feel that this (delay) in the Governance of the Guyana-Norway Partnership Agreement could damage Guyana’s prospects for a generally transformative shift to a low carbon green economy”, she warned in the letter.Teixeira also lamented the need for the urgent shift to cleaner energy as she reminded Norway of the Opposition’s unmoved commitment towards supporting all initiatives in the agreement and the Amaila Falls in particular towards the achievement of this goal.The Amaila Fall Review was called for repeatedly by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo after Government decided to put the project on hold because of concerns it had about both the economics and design of the project which was devised under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) tenure.The review was to be done by the Norwegian company, NORCONSULT. The company has since requested more time to complete its report.Anti-nationalisticHowever, Harmon, at a post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday described the PPP/C missive as anti-nationalistic. He explained that all information on the Amaila Falls review is in the public domain and that the Government provided full disclosure to the parliamentary Opposition members during in a Select Committee.In this regard, the Minister of State said the move to take the matter to the Norwegian Government is against the country’s national interest.“It is very fortunate that they’ve taken an antinational stance on this matter,” he stated.Minister Harmon disclosed that Government is currently engaged with the Kingdom of Norway and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on the way forward for the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP).“It is clear that the decision which was taken was between the Government and the Kingdom of Norway, that they will set up an independent assessor to determine whether it is going anywhere… They (Norway) are still in the process of engaging finally the assessor, so it is not that there is no transparency, and all of this is in the public domain,” he stated.HypocriticalHowever, critics have railed into Harmon and the Government, labelling them “hypocritical” for referring to the Opposition as anti-national when while in Opposition, the AFC, a major partner in the Government coalition did exactly the same thing, wrote to the Norwegian.Back in December 24, 2014, AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan, now a Vice President and Public Security Minister in the coalition Government had dispatched a similar letter, also to Pharo expressing concerns that there might have been “fundamental breaches” of the Guyana-Norway forest protection agreement as it relates to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project. At the time, Ramjattan, like Teixeira, was calling for the release of information.“… it is in the public interest of Norwegians and Guyanese to know what is happening…” Ramjattan said in his letter, referring to the Amaila project.At the time, Ramjattan had said that the AFC was concerned that there may be violations and fundamental breaches of the Norway-Guyana Agreement, a five-year pact under which Guyana received up to US$250 million to keep its forest intact.Ramjattan had claimed that the then Government was not making much informational available and that a number of criteria were not met under the agreement.The AFC leader had said that at the time he was writing Pharo “in the public interest of Norwegians and Guyanese”.“I do so in the firm knowledge that it is in the public interest of Norwegians and Guyanese to know what is happening between Norway and IDB especially so when firstly, our National Assembly has been undemocratically prorogued with the consequence that it will not be in session so as to permit our parliamentarians to call on our Ministers to account and explain; and, secondly, when our Guyanese Commissioner of Information, one Mr Charles Ramson SC, will be so haplessly helpless in providing same,” Ramjattan said.The Amaila Falls Hydropower Project is the flagship of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy. Amaila was expected to deliver a steady source of clean, renewable energy that is affordable and was envisioned to meet approximately 90 per cent of Guyana’s domestic energy needs while removing dependency on fossil fuels.The Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Plant was expected to have a 165MW (installed capacity) hydropower generation facility that will be located in West-central Guyana, approximately 250km South-west of Georgetown.However, the project hit a dead end when the APNU and AFC used their one seat majority while in Opposition to vote against budgetary allocations for the project.The main developer, Sithe Global pulled out of the project and stated that it would have only continued if there was national consensus.last_img read more

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first_imgStarting today, Canadians can opt to have their number striken from the lists of telemarketers. The CRTC’s new Do Not Call List will function in much the same way as its counterpart in the US, allowing certain groups such as charities and political parties permission to contact those on the list. However, these groups will also be restricted in the hours they can call during.After signing up, the CRTC will allow telemarketers 31 days to get the number off their lists. After that, the CRTC will levy fines of up to $15,000 for each call to numbers on the list.- Advertisement -Unfortunately, the flood of eager people signing up for the the CRTC’s Do Not Call List has clogged both the signup phone line and website, prompting the CRTC to ask Canadians to have patience and try again later.last_img read more

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first_img In addition, the report recommends conducting an independent audit of all oil and gas water use in B.C., suggesting consulting companies on actual water use and disposal. Pembina wants to assess the accuracy of current reports as well as better understand the scope and scale of water access arrangements. To read the rest of Pembina’s findings and recommendations, consult the report attached below. The report looked into the impacts of shale gas extraction on water resources in B.C. Because hydraulic fracturing usually requires a large amount of water, it depletes water resources, as well as contaminating the water in the process. The report also found that there are potential surface and sub-surface contamination risks. To address these concerns, the Institute made many recommendations.- Advertisement – These include requiring licenses for all ground water withdrawals. Currently, oil and gas companies and required to optain permits for water source wells, while others are not. The report says this means companies can make arrangements with those other users to access water without government oversight. Pembina also recommends requiring companies to publicly disclose what chemicals and additives they use in fracturing. Currently, B.C. does not require this practice. The report argues the public has a right to this information.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch has a $5 billion crush on the owner of The Wall Street Journal, Reuters PLC is the apple of Thomson Corp.’s eye, and Microsoft Corp. is again apparently flirting with Internet icon Yahoo Inc. The media mating dance that broke out this week is part of a mad scramble to find the right mix of technology, business savvy and content to remain relevant and profitable amid the sociological and financial upheaval wrought by the rise of the Web. “Media companies are trying to adapt quickly and they are looking for some help,” said Ryan Jacob, a money manager who runs a fund specializing in Internet stocks. Even mighty Microsoft – the world’s most valuable technology company and a catalyst in the personal computer revolution – seems uncertain about its ability to cope on its own. Any discussion about the media’s challenges and opportunities these days usually involves Google Inc., whose Internet-leading search engine has become the Web’s biggest moneymaking vehicle as well as an influential gateway to other online destinations. As the operators of the second- and third-largest search engines behind Google, Microsoft and Yahoo obviously may be trying to figure out if they would be better off trying to gang-tackle the industry leader. Even if they were to combine, Microsoft and Yahoo would still trail Google in the lucrative search-engine race, according to the latest data from comScore Media Metrix. Google ended March with a 48 percent share of the U.S. search market, trailed by Yahoo at 27.5 percent and Microsoft at 11 percent, comScore said. “This deal can’t just be about chasing Google in search because that is a losing battle,” said Forrester Research analyst Charlene Li. “It has to be about creating something more powerful, something they could do better than Google.” Google’s whirlwind success after just 9 years in business also has galvanized other media trying to plumb new revenue channels in hopes of approaching Google’s outlandish profit margins. In the first three months of this year, Google earned $1 billion on the $2.54 billion in revenue.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! How else to explain Microsoft’s reported decision to renew its on-again, off-again merger talks with Yahoo? Although neither Microsoft nor Yahoo would confirm negotiations first reported by the New York Post, some investors seem to think the couple could make it to the altar this time. Yahoo shares shot up by more than 19 percent Friday before settling back to finish at $30.98, up $2.80, or 9.9 percent. Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft is reportedly considering paying about $50 billion, or $35 to $37 per share, for Sunnyvale-based Yahoo. Although he doubts the deal will get done, Standard & Poor’s equity analyst Scott Kessler understands why it might make sense for Microsoft and Yahoo to get together. “A merger would address the major problem that both companies have been trying to deal with,” Kessler said. “They both have a lot of users, but their problem has been translating that into higher revenue and profits. Neither has been doing it as well as Google.” last_img read more

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first_img“Any Italian coach would love to be in charge of the national side,” Ranieri, who guided Leicester to their first ever Premier League title in 2016, told Sky Sport Italia.“I have a contract with Nantes for two years and I have not received any messages, so I can’t say anything.“But if I were to be contacted for the Italy job, I’d go to the Nantes president and ask to be released,” said the widely-travelled Ranieri, whose former clubs include Juventus, Napoli and Roma in Italy, Premier League giants Chelsea and Valencia and Atletico Madrid in Spain.He also had a brief stint in charge of the Greek national side.Ranieri joined Nantes this season and the club are in fifth position in Ligue 1, 10 points behind Lyon, who are in the fourth and final European qualifying spot.Italy’s 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden last year meant the Azzurri failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.Former Italy head coach Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini are also among those linked to the coaching job.Italy Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio has been appointed interim coach to oversee friendlies against Argentina and England next month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri has said he would quit French Ligue 1 side Nantes if he is approached to become Italy coach © AFP/File / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUMILAN, Italy, Feb 21 – Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to an unlikely English Premier League title, has revealed he is ready to quit French Ligue 1 club Nantes if he is asked to become Italy coach.The 66-year-old has been one of the names touted as a possible replacements for Gian Piero Ventura who was forced to resign after Italy’s shock failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

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first_imgTHE REVENUE Commissioners have announced €13.2 million in fines and back taxes issued against 72 people or businesses across the country.Four of those who have paid back taxes and/or paid fines are from County Donegal.They are: * Gerard Diver, Cashel, Gortahork, (builder), who paid more than €45k in taxes and more than €24k in penalties and interest. Total paid €70k.* John McConnell, Main Street, Ballybofey, (butcher) who paid more than €24k in taxes and more than €45k in penalties and interest. Total paid €69,888.* Rhona McLoughlin, 16 Upper Main Street, Buncrana (publican) who paid more than €35k in tax and more than €17k in penalties and interest. Total paid €52,323.* John McCrudden, 2 St Mary’s Road, Buncrana (plumber) who paid €77k in taxes and €31k in penalties and interest. Total paid to the Revenue was €108,359.The settlements were made between July and September this year and officially published by the Government. FOUR DONEGAL PEOPLE NAMED IN TAX DEFAULTERS LIST was last modified: December 6th, 2010 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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