Chris Gayle was wrong, but …

first_imgYES! Chris Gayle was wrong to proposition Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin during the live-television interview.After all, the big Jamaican paid his US$7,000 fine and he apologised to Ms McIntosh, who duly accepted his apology, but somehow this issue just won’t go away.Some of us dare to opine that this issue has been massively blown out of proportion and that the “sin” of pursuing a woman, even though executed inappropriately and unprofessionally, in no way merits the level of vitriolic and fervent attacks and criticisms that have come the way of the swashbuckling left-handed batsman.That position is in some quarters being misconstrued to mean unequivocal support for Gayle.There appears to be an intolerant unwillingness to entertain any semblance of independence of thought on this issue, which has now ballooned beyond the point of the denouncement and condemnation of Gayle’s actions.There now appears to be much more than meets the eye swirling around Gayle’s awkward, almost embarrassing attempt at flirting with the Aussie journalist, with the introduction of agenda-laced terms such as sexual harassment, sexism, and misogyny, which forces one to wonder if the legitimate cries against Gayle’s actions have not now totally lost credibility.DOUBLE STANDARDThere is the glaring double standard and hypocrisy as it relates to tennis superstar Maria Sharapova’s equally unprofessional and inappropriate flirtation with a male journalist in the very same country, Australia. The disparity in how those moments were treated compared to how Gayle’s indiscretions have been treated locally and internationally stinks to the high heavens.Again, some of us dare to ask the question, why?When one prominent Australian commentator, Ian Chappell, the man who, incidentally, committed the far worse offence of dropping his pants in the middle of a domestic game in Australia while he was Australia’s captain, when such a compromised character comes out and advocates a worldwide ban for Chris Gayle, where else can the rational mind go but to a place that says a black man from the Caribbean is prohibited from setting his personal sights on such a symbol of white Australian beauty.Another instructive dynamic is the level of condemnation coming the way of Gayle from his fellow Jamaicans.While understanding the emotional rebuff to a prominent and successful Jamaican man choosing to pursue a foreign white woman, substantively ignoring his black Jamaican girls, outside of the understandable emotional backlash from that dynamic, there seems to be a wider, and more strident, conviction to get Chris Gayle from his very own people.Another stark reminder of our propensity as a people to tear down our own, I think Jamaicans are more expert at doing that than any other nationality in the world. We really do epitomise the ‘crab in barrell’ syndrome. If Chris Gayle was of any other nationality, he would absolutely get more support from his own people.As was the case when he strolled into the middle in the very next Big Bash game after the controversy erupted – where he was welcomed to rapturous applause by the Australian crowd – he was even hugged by an Australian woman. But with all of that healing and reconciliation taking place Down Under, here in Jamaica, the desperate hunt is on for even more of Chris Gayle’s blood. Gofigure!last_img read more

Six of the best Manchester United debuts featuring Rooney, Ronaldo and more

first_imgRadamel Falcao, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw are all set to make their Manchester United debuts this Sunday at home to QPR.With fellow summer signings, Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera just one game into their Old Trafford careers, here are six of the best United debuts in the Premier League era.PAUL SCHOLES vs. Port Vale, September 1994The Paul Scholes story started at Vale Park in September 1994, when the ginger-haired midfielder scored both goals in United’s Coca-Cola League Cup win over Port Vale.His league debut came three days later against Ipswich Town at Portman Road, a game which United lost 3-2, but Scholes scored a consolation goal and the rest is history.JAMES WILSON vs. Hull City, May 2014Youngster Wilson emerged as a star of the future, scoring twice against Hull on his senior bow, to lift some of the gloom around Old Trafford,  following a dismal 2013/14 campaign.The 18-year-old youth product is set to feature in Louis Van Gaal’s plans for this season and he scored all four goals, including a sublime solo effort (see the below video), in United reserves 4-1 win over rivals Manchester City in the Manchester Senior Cup Final, last month.RUUD VAN NISTELROOY vs. Fulham, August 2001The pressure was on after Van Nistelrooy’s £19 million move from PSV Eindhoven. The transfer had been delayed by a serious knee injury, but the Dutch striker endeared himself to United fans by scoring against fierce rivals Liverpool in the Charity Shield.He followed that up with a brace against Fulham on his full league debut, and went on to score 36 goals for United in his first season.CRISTIANO RONALDO vs. Bolton Wanderers, August 2003The Sporting Lisbon winger run rings around the United defence in a pre-season friendly, and that prompted manager Sir Alex Ferguson to pay £12.24 million for the Portuguese teenager.Ronaldo was an instant hit as he came off the bench against Bolton, danced around defenders, won a penalty and showcased his trademark step overs to wow the Old Trafford crowd.Five years later, Ronaldo was crowned FIFA World Player of the Year 2008, the first United player to do so.FEDERICO MACHEDA vs. Aston Villa, April 2009With United 2-1 down heading into the final third of the game, manager Alex Ferguson gambled throwing on 17-year-old Macheda, and the Italian etched himself in United history, scoring a dramatic injury time winner to move the Red Devils a point clear of Liverpool in the title race.The striker was named on the bench for United’s next league game away to Sunderland, and just 46 seconds after replacing Dimitar Berbatov, had the ball in the back of the net for the second successive game.WAYNE ROONEY vs. Fenerbache, September 2004The England captain’s United debut was delayed following injury on Three Lions duty at Euro 2004, but it was definitely worth the wait.The £26million signing from Everton, thrived in his first taste of Champions League football, scoring a sensational hat-trick in a debut that will live long in the memory.Memorable strikes against Newcastle and Manchester City have since been added to the forward’s growing highlight reel on a decade spent at Old Trafford. 1 New Manchester United signings Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind with manager Louis van Gaal last_img read more

Number of smog days up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “If it’s warmer down there, if they don’t get the coastal fog, we see our numbers go up,” said Bret Banks, the district’s operations manager. The South Coast air basin, which includes portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, had 84 days that exceeded the federal standard. The San Joaquin Valley had 72 days over the standard. “The Antelope Valley’s air quality is overwhelmingly influenced by wind-blown air pollutants from the south coast basin – and other upwind urban areas – into the region,” said Chuck Fryxell, the A.V. district’s air pollution control officer. “As emissions continue to decline in the L.A. basin, the Antelope Valley will continue to reap the benefits in the form of cleaner, more healthful air.” This year is the first year in which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has switched from measuring ozone from a one-hour period to averaging it over an 8-hour span. Under the old reporting standard, there would have been one day of ozone excess instead of 31, district officials said. This year was Antelope Valley’s sixteenth without a Stage 1 smog alert. A Stage 1 alert is called when the level hits 0.20 or higher. During a Stage 1 alert, elderly people and children, as well as people of any age who have heart or lung ailments, are urged to stay indoors. LANCASTER – A blistering hot summer is being blamed for pushing up the number of days Antelope Valley’s smog exceeded the federal health standard. The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District reported that the region’s ozone levels exceeded the federal standard of 0.08 parts per million on 31 days this “smog season,” compared with 24 days last year. The smog season runs from May to October. The smoggiest day this year was Aug. 6, when an ozone reading of 0.127 was recorded. The increase is being attributed to the hot weather that hit much of Southern California, including the Los Angeles basin. Most of the Antelope Valley’s air pollution blows in from metropolitan Los Angeles through Soledad Canyon, and over the Tehachapi Mountains from the San Joaquin Valley, so worsening smog there usually means worse smog here. Air quality officials say Antelope Valley smog is far less than it was in the 1980s. The valley’s worst smog year was in 1981, when seven Stage 1 alerts were declared. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more