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

Fighting for Survival

first_imgThirteen-year-old Fernice Thomas from the Ashmun Street Community is fighting for his life at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in the Congo Town, due to “failed kidneys.”Fernice Thomas, who has had a difficult past three years since he was diagnosed with failing kidneys at the age of 11, now finds himself chronically ill, yet with the hope that someone will come to his aid and save him from the inevitable.Jessie Nyenploe, the mother of the chronically ill child, has explained that her son has been battling this sickness for years. She is now reaching out to the media in hopes of finding financial assistance to get her son treated abroad where kidney problems are better treated.“The doctors say that my son’s two kidneys are no longer good and that he needs to be sent to Ghana for them to wash the urine from his system.” She explained.According to Doctor Mahmoud, the doctor of the child, Fernice’s life span will be limited without the immediate treatment of kidney dialysis.“If he is left untreated without any medical intervention, he has less then a month to live, his kidneys are completely destroyed. As each day goes, another day has to come, and he is not guaranteed those days” he added sadly.Fernice Thomas is clearly in a lot of pain and agony as he is barley able to keep his eyes open or breathe steadily due to the excruciating pain. But despite what fate might have in store for him, the child keeps a positive outlook.“I am strong” he whispered to his mom whenever she inquired about how he felt.Mrs. Lah Lah, a relative who has shown support to Fernice’s mother throughout her hospital stay, gave her opinion on what would be necessary to get Fernice on the path to recovery until a kidney replacement can be given. “The only way we can do anything is by getting him to Kenya where they have the dialysis machines. It cost US$575 a week for such cases, and the hospital where he would have to stay during the dialysis would cost about US$175 a day”According to Mrs. Nyenploe, the family has been in the hospital for more then one week since her son fell sick yet again.“ I rushed him to the hospital last week. He had a fever and was very weak in the body; that’s then we brought him. The doctors did the test and said that he has kidney failure and that his kidneys were not functioning. Since he has been in the hospital they have been treating him, even though the Doctor says nothing can be done. They are treating him the best way possible. They say the only way to save him is to fly him out of the country. So now I am depending on the media with the grace of God.” She added tearfully.Fernice’s two kidneys are said to no longer be functional and therefore will need a special medical procedure known as dialysis that can prolong the patient’s life span until they are able to find a replacement kidney.Dialysis is a process for removing waste and excess water from the blood, and is used primarily as an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Dialysis may be used for those with an acute disturbance in kidney function“They say damage to his kidneys is what has him swollen up. His system will need to be washed out with a special machine. In fact, he took one pint of blood from his older brother. Since then he has been okay a little bit, but we need to carry the man to Ghana,” his mother repeated.If anyone has the financial hand and or heart as a parent would for their own child, you are asked to please contact 00231886631025 and 00231886531797  so that little Fernice can have an opportunity, like every child should, to live.“I am appealing to anyone to help take my son out of the country for further treatment so that he can get well. I know by Jesus’ name he will get well, because when we arrived at the hospital, the doctor said Fernice only had two days to live. Through the press and the grace of God, he is still alive. Fernice is a smart boy and very playful, his father passed away years ago from chronic infection. He is a strong kid and wants to live; he deserves to live” she cried.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

All of the teams knocked out of the 2018 World Cup already

first_img Russia have scored eight goals in their first two game 4 Group CPeru were eliminated after losing 1-0 to France thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s first half goal during their game on Thursday.The result also means Didier Deschamps’ side are through after their win against Australia on Matchday 1. Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring his first World Cup Finals goal 4 4 So which teams have been knocked out of the 2018 World Cup?Group AEgypt and Saudi Arabia are both now out, with zero points from their first two games. Uruguay and Russia are through to the knockout stages.Group BCristiano Ronaldo’s goal after just four minutes was all Portugal needed to win their game against Morocco in Group B.The result has seen Morocco become the first team to be knocked out of the competition.After holding on for a draw against Carlos Queiroz’s side on Tuesday night, Portugal advanced from group B at the expense of the Iranians.Spain topped the group and will face Russia, while for the Euro 2016 winners a tasty clash with Uruguay awaits.center_img Seven days have already passed and for some teams, the World Cup is already over.The second round of group stages have begun and there is yet to be a goalless game at the tournament with the ‘good’ teams being bad and the ‘bad’ teams being good. Luka Modric and Gylfi Sigurdsson 4 Group DFollowing Nigeria’s win over Iceland, here is the state of play ahead of the final round of fixtures.Qualification is still out of Argentina’s hands.Croatia are already through and ALL of the other three nations can advance.Argentina MUST beat Nigeria in their crucial final game, but their progress will still depend upon Iceland vs Croatia.Iceland currently have a better goal difference than Argentina, so if they defeat Croatia and the win is better than Argentina’s they will qualify.In the World Cup group stage teams’ tiebreakers are decided on goal difference not head-to-head like the Euros.The last time Argentina were knocked out of the World Cup at the group stage was 1962. Group ECosta Rica have been eliminated after their last minute defeat to Brazil.Group FAll teams are still in with a chance of qualifying.Group GPanama and Tunisia are already out.Belgium and England play one another on June 28, with the winner taking top spot in the group.Group HPoland are out, but every other side is in with a chance of qualifying on four points.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

Fernandes would like 45,000-capacity stadium for QPR

first_imgQPR chairman Tony Fernandes insists he would have no qualms about the club building a new stadium with a capacity of up to 45,000.Speaking on the club’s London Call-In show, Fernandes said the pursuit of a new home for Rangers was “progressing” and dismissed concerns about the potential size of the ground.“I’ve always felt anything from 35,000 to 45,000,” he said.“If we’re playing good football and have a good stadium, if you get a good product, people will come. And London’s a great city.“The message to our architects was to keep what’s good [at Loftus Road] and try to make it a bit bigger.”  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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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

Unemployment insurance expands

first_img23 July 2008The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) registered a staggering R27.8-billion in collections at the end of March 2008, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana told delegates at a labour workshop in Pretoria last week.“This figure shows a massive growth from the R7.031-billion reported in April 2004,” he said in a statement issued by the Labour Department.“When I came in 1998, the fund was technically bankrupt.”The Unemployment Insurance Act and Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act apply to all employers and workers, but not to workers working less than 24 hours a month for an employer, learners, foreigners working on contract, workers who get a monthly state pension, and workers who only earn a commission.‘Almost half’ of SA’s workers insured“During the period April 2004 and March 2008, over 2.2-million beneficiaries were paid UIF benefits of R11.02-billion,” he said.He said the number of employees registered on the UIF database stood at 7 392 493.“This is almost half the number of working people in South Africa,” Mdladlana said. “This is the information you don’t get anywhere.”He added that the number of employers on the UIF database was 1 166 467.Long queues eliminatedAt the same time, Mdladlana said, the long queues associated with the signing of the UIF register and collection of payment benefits have been eliminated since the introduction of the electronic payment system.He added that the number of claims processing centres in the country had increased from 14 in 2004 to 57 in 2008.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Be sure to check out Ohio State Fair results at ocj.com

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Once again, Kalmbach Feeds will be “Feeding you the results first” for the 2015 Ohio State Fair Junior Livestock Shows. The online coverage at ocj.com will include results, photos and videos with the winning exhibitors on the day of the show.The 2015 Ohio State Fair coverage includes:• Junior Boer Goat Show, 8 a.m. July 25 mid-morning with final results posted that afternoon.• Junior Market Lamb Show, 8 a.m. July 29 with breed winners posted through the day and final results posted in the evening after the final drive.• Junior Market Barrow Show, Aug. 7 with the purebred show at 1 p.m. and Aug. 8 with the crossbred show at 8 a.m. Final results will be posted the afternoon of Aug. 8.• Junior Market Beef Show 1 p.m. Aug. 8 Final results will be posted that evening.• Sale of Champions 2 p.m. Aug. 9 with results posted throughout the event.last_img read more

76ers escape Knicks

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Joel Embiid scored 26 points for the Sixers, who were coming off a 123-121 home loss against Atlanta on Friday night. JJ Redick added 22 points, and Jimmy Butler finished with 16.Simmons called his team “too soft” after the loss to the lowly Hawks. He answered his own challenge with a pair of big plays late in the fourth quarter against New York.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Knicks pulled within two on rookie Kevin Knox’s 3-pointer with 3:02 left, but Simmons pulled down an offensive rebound and fed Redick for a key jumper.A defensive rebound for Simmons set up Redick’s two foul shots with 20 seconds left, lifting Philadelphia to a 106-98 lead. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Knicks: G Tim Hardaway Jr. was sidelined by a left hamstring injury. He got hurt during Friday night’s 121-106 loss to Atlanta. … C Enes Kanter was held out due to what coach David Fizdale described as “flu-like symptoms.” … G Frank Ntilikina played 28 minutes after missing his last three games due to a sprained left ankle. He had eight points and six assists. … Mudiay scored 19 points in 28 minutes off the bench.UP NEXT76ers: Host the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.Knicks: Will play the NBA’s ninth regular-season game in London when they face the Washington Wizards on Thursday. “I thought especially the offensive rebound at the end of the game that led to JJ’s 3, I thought that was the game,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “They made it close at the end, but I thought his overall performance was dominant.”New York’s Emmanuel Mudiay missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.Knox had career-high 31 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and 19 of 22. Luke Kornet had a career-best 23 points.At 19 years, 155 days, Knox became the sixth-youngest player in NBA history to score 30 points in a game, joining Kobe Bryant, Devin Booker, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kevin Durant and LeBron James.“Those are some legendary players,” Knox said. “There’s a lot of other players on that list, but it just shows the work (I’m) putting in is paying off. Those are some great guys (to share) company with.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Big Boi, Travis Scott to join Maroon 5 in Super Bowl show MOST READ New York trailed by as many as 24 points in the second quarter, but closed to 83-82 on Kornet’s basket with 11 seconds left in the third.The 76ers responded in the fourth, beginning the quarter with an 11-0 run. Simmons capped the spurt by finding a driving Butler for a layup that made it 94-82 with 6:22 left.“We have to lock down on defense and offensively take care of the ball,” Simmons said. “I think that’s really it. Everybody needs to be locked in.”HOME SWEET HOME?New York has lost eight in a row at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks’ last home win was Dec. 1 over Milwaukee.COMING UPFive of the Sixers’ next six games are against teams competing for a playoff spot. They host Minnesota on Tuesday night, and then visit Indiana on Thursday. They play Oklahoma City, Houston and San Antonio during a three-game homestand beginning on Saturday against the Thunder.“I’m excited,” Embiid said. “We’re going to see how good we are and how good we can become or how bad we are. The next three weeks are going to shape our season.”TIP-INS76ers: Embiid also had eight rebounds and blocked six shots in his return to the lineup after missing the loss to Atlanta. Embiid was sidelined by left ankle soreness. … It was Philadelphia’s seventh straight win over the Knicks. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons reacts after dunking during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Ben Simmons backed up his tough talk with a big day.Simmons had 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks 108-105 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Reduction in Work Permits Granted to Foreigners

first_img Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said that 1,334 permits were granted for the period April to June, 2018 and of that number, 831 were new applications and 503 were renewals. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is reporting a reduction in work permits granted to foreigners. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is reporting a reduction in work permits granted to foreigners.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said that 1,334 permits were granted for the period April to June, 2018 and of that number, 831 were new applications and 503 were renewals.“For the corresponding period last year, we issued 1,675 permits; 835 of them were new applications and 781 were renewals,” she informed.Mrs. Robinson was speaking at a quarterly press briefing held at the Ministry’s North Street Offices on Tuesday (September 4).She said that the granting of work permits is critical in realising the nation’s economic growth.“It is a mechanism to plug the gaps in skill sets needed to provide sizeable manpower investments in tourism, construction and infrastructure. Many projects being carried out across the island require specialised skills that may not be available locally in adequate numbers,” she explained.The Minister said she has insisted on a thorough review of all applications for work permits to ensure that these are not been issued for skills that exist locally, and, as a result, the numbers are trending down.“As your Minister, I do believe that we have a responsibility to find the balance between facilitating investment opportunities as well as meeting the employment needs of our citizens,” she noted.Meanwhile, the Ministry, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has developed a project to modernise the work permit system.Mrs. Robinson noted that this will replace the existing legacy system with a new client-focused, web-based work permit software.“The new regime will be designed to cut the processing time for work permits, analyse the database of skills in Jamaica and help to simplify the process of doing business,” she noted. Story Highlights “For the corresponding period last year, we issued 1,675 permits; 835 of them were new applications and 781 were renewals,” she informed. last_img read more