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

Donegal Airport takes off with €1million funding boost

first_imgA major investment of almost €1million has been announced for Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn today.The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has granted the financial backing for a series of upgrades.Donegal Airport, which is the world’s most scenic landing, will receive more than €880,000. It includes €339,757 for runway apron extension; €343,125 for explosive screening equipment; almost €20,000 for air traffic control systems including beacons; €42,350 for a tow tug; €23,250 for a runway/apron sweeper; €44,325 for vehicle screening equipment; €31,500 for CCTV; and €6,129 for fire safety, among other sums.The funding boost was welcomed today by Minister Joe McHugh, who said: “This funding comes on the back of almost €1m that was sanctioned last year to cover costs associated with safety and security and continued development.“Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn is renowned among travel experts and increasingly the public around the world as one of the most beautiful places on the planet to fly in and out of.“Funding like this will sustain and grow the airport and ensures it lives up to its billing. “It is brilliant news year on year to see Government support and it compliments the top class standards and quality service from all the staff at Carrickfinn,” Minister McHugh concluded.Donegal Airport takes off with €1million funding boost was last modified: June 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal Airportlast_img read more

From unemployment to riches: Ex-49er Eric Reid signs huge contract

first_imgFormer 49ers safety Eric Reid, who joined Colin Kaepernick in a collusion grievance against the NFL, has signed a three-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers, the team announced Monday.Sports Illustrated reported Reid signed for $22 million plus incentives.“We always knew he was a solid football player,” head coach Ron Rivera told panthers.com, “and he showed it to us.”Reid joined Kaepernick during kneeling, silent social justice protests before NFL games in 2016. Kaepernick …last_img

Richard Sherman: 49ers courtship of Earl Thomas depends on money

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Only two weeks to go for the 49ers’ possible introduction of safety Earl Thomas as their marquee addition of free agency.Cornerback Richard Sherman is all for reuniting with his former Seattle Seahawks teammate.But Sherman knows it’s not what he says that will win over Thomas. Money talks in free agency, after all. And so might the Dallas Cowboys’ appeal to Thomas’ Texas roots.“There’s serious interest. There’s obviously a clear and easy fit,” Sherman said Wednesday at the NFL …last_img

Sharks lose to Golden Knights, remain winless in preseason

first_imgSAN JOSE — Forward Antti Suomela scored in the second period and goalie Martin Jones stopped 26 of 29 shots in the Sharks’ 3-1 preseason loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday at SAP Center.Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped the first 17 shots he faced before Suomela redirected a shot from Marc-Edouard Vlasic into the upper left corner of the Vegas net at the 14:55 mark of the second period.Fleury finished with 28 saves as Vegas improved to 4-0 in the preseason and the …last_img

Romeo Kumalo: I am an Entrepreneur

first_imgBusiness leader Romeo Kumalo plays his part in promoting entrepreneurship in South Africa, sharing his vast experience in the information and communications technology sector.South African business leader Romeo Kumalo. (Image: M-Net)Brand South Africa’s partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation, Renault, MTN Business and MyStartUp on the ‘I am an Entrepreneur’ programme workshop series is aimed at promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in South Africa.Mentors and business pioneers present very different but compelling stories about their enterprising journey with budding entrepreneurs in a masterclass set-up.The Bloemfontein chapter of ‘I am an Entrepreneur’ held a workshop on 7 October 2017 with business man Romeo Kumalo. He has more than 20 years of experience in the South African information and communications technology (ICT) sector, 10 years of which were spent with Vodacom. Now Kumalo has struck out on his own and is forging a new path to success.Kumalo says he wants to make his own dent in the universe – and he plans to do this through supporting budding entrepreneurs in South Africa.As a member of M-Net’s Shark Tank, he has been afforded the opportunity to get involved with young entrepreneurs and invest in businesses he believes will help solve societal problems in the country. In Shark Tank, budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to five industry leaders who decide whether the idea is worth investing in or not.This was a great platform to amplify the values of Play Your Part as it highlights the goals of the National Development Plan to eliminate poverty and build an inclusive society through, among other things, youth development, skilling and empowering women and entrepreneurship. This ultimately sees South Africa having higher employment rates and a more confident, skilled workforce.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio’s disaster aid levels still uncertain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though the disaster declaration for nearly half of Ohio’s counties extends low-interest loans to farmers, many growers are hoping for changes that could offer more financial help, according to experts with The Ohio State University.The full extent of benefits that come with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s disaster declaration are still unknown. The federal agency has yet to make decisions about the federal disaster aid bill passed in June.Growers want the USDA to approve requested changes to disaster aid packages that would increase payment guarantees to farmers who file crop insurance claims on acres where they could not plant a cash crop, said Ben Brown, assistant professor of agricultural risk management in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).Those changes, if approved, would mean higher payments for farmers hindered in planting this year’s crop as a result of persistent spring rain.Another proposed change to disaster aid would allow farmers who did not have crop insurance at planting time last spring to still potentially get payments on those acres where they could not sow a cash crop.“It’s important to note that the USDA can — but is not required — to make those proposed changes,” Brown said. “Could it happen? Yes. Will it happen? We don’t know.”On July 25, Perdue announced that 40 counties in Ohio can seek disaster relief. In the coming weeks, the USDA is expected to make decisions on the full scope of assistance available to farmers in those counties affected by the unusually challenging growing season.For now, farmers can apply for emergency low-interest loans, but more of them likely will get by instead by using their next payment from the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), Brown said. That assistance helps offset any losses growers experienced as a result of international tariffs on the crops and livestock they produce. The next trade aid payments will be issued in August and will range from $15 to $30 an acre, Brown said.“MFP payments will be significant for farmers in 2019, as they were last year too,” he said.Growers in western and northwestern Ohio were the hardest hit by unprecedented rain levels in the spring when growers typically plant. In Fulton County on the far northwestern border of the state, nearly half the acres that normally grow corn or soybeans won’t hold a cash crop this season, said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Fulton County. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.“I think it’s important that government officials acknowledge the level of hardship that the 2019 growing season has placed on Ohio farmers, particularly those in northwest Ohio,” Richer said.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Dravid should have taken DRS but he was confused: Dhoni

first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that Rahul Dravid should have appealed for DRS after being adjudged caught behind off James Anderson’s bowling during India’s second innings.”He (Dravid) came back in the dressing room confused after being given out. He was convinced that he hadn’t hit anything. From the replays it looked like his bat had touched the shoelaces at the same time when the ball went past the bat,” Dhoni said after the match.Dhoni did admit that Dravid could have gone for a DRS but in confusion didn’t do so. “It looked like he could have gone for DRS but it was such a situation that he got confused,” Dhoni stated.last_img

Bangalore University invites applications for PG programmes

first_imgThe application procedure for admission to post graduate programmes in Arts, Science, Commerce and Law at the Bangalore University and its affiliated colleges for the session 2012-13 has commenced.The last date for submitting completed application forms is August 8, 2012.For information on eligibility criteria, visit: http://www.bangaloreuniversity.ac.in/The application forms can be downloaded from its official website – www.bangaloreuniversity.ac.in/. Alternatively, it can also be obtained in person.last_img