Three players sign WICB contract with resolution in sight

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC): Only three players so far have signed contracts with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to represent the region in the T20 World Cup, just days before a Valentine’s Day deadline runs out. WICB Chief Executive Michael Muirhead made the disclosure late yesterday without revealing the names of those who have put pen to paper before Sunday’s deadline. His revelation came as a fresh contract crisis erupted this week over wages, between the WICB and players selected for the T20 World Cup starting next month in India. “Three have signed and one has indicated that he would not be able to participate because of injury so he will be replaced,” disclosed Muirhead, in an interview with Caribupdate News. “I will not name names at this point until the player is replaced and until Sunday when at that point I will then decide the appropriate time to release such”. Captain Darren Sammy and the players are contending that the remuneration on offer from the board for the T20 World Cup is unacceptable, and have called for a return to the amounts offered under the previous contract. The players concerns were contained in a letter from Sammy to Muirhead rejecting the notion that WIPA was their legitimate representative. However, Muirhead has expressed confidence that the rest of the players would also sign the contract and disclosed that he has received a second letter from Sammy with a conciliatory tone. “I am confident I think they will sign. I think just the tone of Sammy’s letter. I think he almost sound like he is speaking for himself but I assume he is speaking on behalf of most of the players if not all,” said Muirhead. “I assume that most if not all will sign not withstanding they may be some outstanding issues that he may want to take up after but certainly nothing could happen before. So I am confident that they will sign”. Muirhead has also confirmed that the Clive Lloyd led selection committee has already begun selecting a cadre of available players to represent the region in the World Cup, if they are needed. “That’s in the hands of the selectors right now. I am not sure at what stage they are but they have convened,” he said. “They were looking at the cadre of players who are out there and are available and will be putting that list together”. In his letter to the WICB Chief Executive, Sammy had pointed out that the T20 World Cup four years ago, the lowest paid player was guaranteed almost US$60 000 while the highest player stood to make almost US$138 000. He argued that with only US$27 600 on offer for the upcoming tournament, it represented between a 50 and 80 per cent pay cut for players. According to Muirhead, while Sammy’s second letter expressed his intention to represent West Indies at the World Cup he remains resolute that the WICB reconsiders the pay package. “We are not opposed to reconsidering but it would have to be done through the single and recognised representative body being WIPA,” Muirhead said.. “The book is never closed but it cannot be for a single group.”last_img read more

Regulators and airlines face off on credit card fees

first_imgTravellers Down Under are celebrating the end of punitive surcharges on airline tickets after Australia recently ecame only the second jurisdiction in the world to ban profiteering on credit and debit card fees.But it remains to be seen how airlines and others will react in the long term after the government closed off a lucrative source of so-called ancillary revenue that had been earning them as much as $A68 on an airline booking for a family of four.And the unintended consequences will be closely monitored after the first credit/debit card surcharge ban in the European Union, introduced in December 2015, prompted airlines to introduce new fees to circumvent the government action.From September 1, the four major airlines in Australia have dropped the flat surcharges on ticket purchases of $A7 per booking for Qantas and Virgin Australia and $A8.50 per sector on Qantas low-cost subsidiary Jetstar and Virgin Australia low-cost subsidiary Tigerair.However, in response to “indicative” guidelines published in May by the Reserve Bank of Australia on the cost of transactions that companies such as airlines are now banned from exceeding — 0.5% for debit cards and 1-1.5% for most credit cards, but 2-3% for American Express —  the airlines have adopted widely varying standards that they’re passing on to their customers.On Jetstar, for example, the surcharge for a ticket purchase via debit card – previously a flat $A8.50 per sector or $17 per round trip – is now just 0.48 per cent of the purchase price – 48 cents on a $A100 ticket.Its competitor Tigerair’s fees are nearly double that at 0.88 per cent for debit card purchases.The downside is that many travellers, particularly business class travellers on international journeys could pay substantially more now under the percentage fee system than previously under a set fee, although Qantas now caps the surcharge at $A70 for both debit and credit cards.What’s not known, however, are the consequences for credit card perks after European consumers reported that some of theirs had disappeared. Euro airlines are also applying surcharges that are many multiples of the EU-specified costs of 0.2 per cent for debit cards and 0.3 per cent for credit cards.Airlines in the United Kingdom, for example, have been applying surcharges of 1.5 to 3.0 per cent, as well as set amounts of up to £13 ($US17) on top. It’s not yet clear what effect Britain’s decision to leave the EU will have on UK government policy.The chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, has anticipated the potential for unforeseen consequences.”That’s been a fair bit thought about,” he told AirlineRatings.com. “Obviously this change is a government initiative but we did engage with government trying to think through negative consequences.”The main one was that most people don’t charge a surcharge and this could encourage them to do something they weren’t doing before, but they could have done anything before and they chose to do nothing.”It’s not clear to me that being able to charge 1.5 per cent  is going to encourage them to do that we they could have done even more before. I don’t think we’re going to run into those sorts of problems.”Sims says compliance by airlines with the new regime has been excellent and he doesn’t expect problems.”What happens when you get a law that’s targeted at a particular behaviour, the main companies like the airlines and the event organisers really know the game is up and we have engaged with them extensively and they’ve made the necessary changes,” he says.”They have, I think, realised the game is up and they’ve been very co-operative and the changes seem to be the ones that should be made.Sims says, however, the ACCC will be watching closely.”We’ll see over time,” he says. “I think this thing will be fairly self-policing. That is, you’ve got the companies that were seriously in the gun who have made the changes and other who probably aren’t as visible, if they start charging these sort of things (high fees),  I think there’ll be enough people aware of the fact that’s wrong and will get contact.”All it takes is a couple of contacts to us and we know there’s a problem and we can get onto it.  It should be straightforward to follow up those who are trying to do the wrong thing.”America and Asia, meanwhile, are still relatively free of credit card charging restriction.The US Congress about five years agreed to it agreed to cap so-called “swipe fees” on debit cards. However, lobbying by banks left the cap at around 25 US cents – twice as high as initially recommended by the Federal Reserve and an estimated five times banks’ cost of processing debit transactions.Congress has not yet addressed credit card fees.last_img read more

Brand South Africa partners with Capricorn FM for the 9th youth seminar on entrepreneurship

first_imgBrand South Africa partnered with Capricorn FM for the 9th annual youth seminar, which took place on 24 June.ABSA’s retail CEO, Jan Moganwa was the surprise motivational speaker (Image: Brand South Africa)Ntombi NtanziIn celebration of Youth Month, Brand South Africa in partnership with Capricorn FM hosted the 9th annual youth seminar at the Meropa Casino in Limpopo on Saturday 24 June 2017. The seminar saw over five hundred aspiring and well-established entrepreneurs attend the event to engage and exchange ideas on the latest global business trends and opportunities.The seminar was in line with Brand South Africa’s domestic objective to positively position the Nation Brand through business opportunities as well as celebrate Youth Month to drive nation pride in the business of tourism.“Brand South Africa’s involvement in the youth seminar provided an opportunity to share insights on perceptions of the country’s tourism offerings, which shape and impact directly on the overarching reputation of the country. A country’s reputation plays a key role in influencing tourists and visitors to the country”, said Ms Leigh-Gail Petersen, Brand South Africa’s Researcher.Influential speakers imparted business knowledge, experiences through presentations and panel discussions as well as an emphasis on the importance of young people playing their role in contributing to the country’s economy through authentically South African businesses.ABSA’s retail CEO, Jan Moganwa was the surprise motivational speaker that concluded the seminar and received a standing ovation, “success is not limited to a certain group of people”, said Mr Moganwa.Some social media conversations on the seminar included:#CapricornFmSeminarAfter the seminar I’m feeling more positive…Madikolo Travel and Tours is going to raise the Flag.— SirMogalza Ramoshaba (@SirMogalza) June 24, 2017Thank you @CapricornFM for the wonderful and Inspiring talks we had at the #CapricornFMSeminar Much Appreciated! ??— Kabelo S Komane ? (@kabelo_kayb) June 24, 2017‘If you want to go far, work with others’ #JanMoganwa #capricornfmseminar— (IG @HellenSeabi (@HellenSeabi) June 24, 2017For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Grain prices may not get needed boost from exports

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grain prices during the month of January did little to encourage the bulls. They are holding hard and fast to their 2015 corn as they expect $4 or more yet to come this spring. Likewise those holding 2015 soybeans would like at least $9.50. Corn basis levels remained extremely flat as well during January. A western Ohio ethanol producer reached March plus 36 during the first week of January. By the end of the month, the basis had declined 7 cents to March plus 29. If corn continues to move out of bins in February, we could see additional basis jumps pushed back to near spring planting time.In bearish corn years of the past, we have seen four well-defined price cycles according to Steve Freed at ADM Investor Services. In the past, cycle lows have taken place in February, followed by cycle highs in April, cycle lows during spring planting in May, then finished by highs in July during pollination. It is possible to see 50-cent swings during those four periods. It is indeed something to pay attention to as many are expecting corn to continue to have great difficulty reaching above the $4 mark. Some think corn could fall to $2.90 by year’s end.Declining corn and soybean prices played a huge role in U.S. farm income falling from $120 billion in 2013 to nearly $60 billion in 2015. Land rents were driven higher during the prosperous years from 2008 to 2013 when returns per acre reached historic levels. Cash rent battles pitted farmer against farmer in the desire to farm more acres. Cycles have highs and lows and, at the time, each extreme feels like it could last forever.Further complicating cash rent levels have been the property tax bills of at least the past three years. Landowners have seen property tax bills double or even triple. Ohio’s current structure of determining agricultural property taxes is based in part on crop values years in the past. It will certainly create much discussion in the years to come. Producers and landowners are alike in that their bills can move higher when income does not.U.S. corn exports are currently pegged by USDA at 1.7 billion bushels with the January supply and demand report down 50 million bushels from the previous report. Some have already anticipated corn exports could drop to 1.6 billion bushels in coming months. Why the pressure on U.S. corn exports when they totaled 2 billion bushels or more years ago? Argentina and Brazil are growing more corn in than they did in 2005. They will be exporting more corn in the years to come. In fact, with the election of Argentina president Marci last fall, some are already expecting Argentina to become a powerhouse grain exporter. They have the ability to export 9 million tons each month of grains that include corn, soybeans, and wheat. The U.S. will have great difficulty reaching those export levels seen in the past.From 2005 to 2015 major world crop acres increased by 174 million acres. Those additional acres provided even more production to compete with the U.S. While the U.S. farmers enjoy the great advances that took place in technology and seed genetics, that combination pushed yields higher and higher. In addition, those yield increases were not solely limited to the U.S. During those years world corn acres increased 78 million acres, including a jump of 6 million U.S. corn acres. World soybean acres rose 72 million acres with 11 million of those acres in the U.S. World corn and soybean acres rose a total of 150 million acres in that total increase of 174 million acres.In the next eight weeks traders and producers will see several projections of corn and soybean acres for 2016. The March 31planting intentions report will set the tone for at least two months. The record El Niño currently entrenched in current weather patterns could easily provide a dry weather extreme for the northern one third of the U.S. Corn Belt.last_img read more

Xbox, Not Windows, Is The Future Of Microsoft – Says Steve Ballmer

first_imgTags:#enterprise#Microsoft 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts markhachman IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The Xbox, the Zune, Windows Phone: in ten years, these products will be the model for Microsoft, as it evolves away from a software company into a hardware-and-services provider. At least, that’s the corporate vision outlined by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this weekend.Ballmer formalized the shift in strategy in an interview published by the Seattle Times over the weekend. Among other topics, Ballmer talked about the blurring lines between tablets and PCs – and dropped hints about the price of the company’s upcoming Surface tablets.An Epic Year For Microsoft?Microsoft is updating all of its major product lines this year, with the new Windows 8, Office, Windows Server and Internet Explorer releases, plus ongoing updates to the software used by its Xbox gaming platform. But while Ballmer called the year “epic,” he appears ready to if not jettison those products, at least subsume them in a new wave of devices around which Microsoft can develop platforms.“I think when you look forward, our core capability will be software, [but] you’ll probably think of us more as a devices-and-services company,” Ballmer told the Times. “Which is a little different. Software powers devices and software powers these cloud services, but it’s a different form of delivery….“Doesn’t mean we have to make every device,” Ballmer added. “I don’t want you to leap to that conclusion. We’ll have partners who make devices with our software in it and our services built in… We’re going to be a leader at that.” Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Surface Pricing Secrets?The latest example of Microsoft’s newfound love of devices is the Surface tablet, which will be designed by Microsoft in both the Surface RT and Surface Pro configurations; the basic model will use the Windows RT operating system and an ARM chip, while the more powerful model will use a traditional x86 Intel chip and the new Windows 8 OS.One of the most important unanswered Surface questions has been what Microsoft plans to charge for the devices; analysts have said they believed that Microsoft would be justified in charging a premium, perhaps up to $1,000 for the higher-end surface configuration.But Ballmer’s interview might have given away a little more of his thinking on the subject. Ballmer was asked whether or not the Surface would compete with the Apple iPad on price or on features. Ballmer didn’t reply directly, but framed his answer by noting that cheaper devices are often expected to be less full-featured.“If you say to somebody, would you use one of the 7-inch tablets, would somebody ever use a Kindle (Kindle Fire, $199) to do their homework?” Ballmer answered. “The answer is no; you never would. It’s just not a good enough product. It doesn’t mean you might not read a book on it…“If you look at the bulk of the PC market, it would run between, say, probably $300 to about $700 or $800,” Ballmer said. “That’s the sweet spot.”So will a Surface RT be priced about $300, with the higher-end models running between $700 to $800? Sure sounds like it.Microsoft Moving “Away” From Software?It’s a real stretch to imagine Microsoft ditching its cash cows: Windows, Office and its enterprise products like Windows Server, SharePoint and related services. After all, those produts make up the bulk of the company’s revenues.But a transition to a cloud-based services model does make sense. Today, Microsoft delivers more than 200 online services to more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in more than 76 markets worldwide, the company recently claimed.Of course, the majority of these are delivered by the original computing “device,” the PC. But as rivals like Google capitalize on their own services and advertising-driven models, Microsoft has to take additional steps in this direction. While the new Microsoft Office Web Apps make a conscious effort to avoid giving away Microsoft Office’s value-added features for free, they clearly pave the way toward a services-driven future.Xbox And Beyond In devices, Microsoft manufactures the Xbox, its own platform for online movies and music sales. And though it has done so quietly, Microsoft also sells its “own” PCs: the “Signature” line of notebooks that it buys from its OEM partners, optimizes by removing adware, and sells directly to consumers.Ballmer took pains to avoid stating that Microsoft would in fact, make every device that uses its software. But his statement offers ammunition to those who think that Microsoft may end up buying Nokia, its premier Windows Phone partner which just happens to have an ex-Microsoft exec, Stephen Elop, as CEO. Microsoft’s “Signature” strategy could eventually morph into a Google Nexus-like approach of building a “flagship” notebook that hardware partners could use as a reference model.Windows 8 Is All About MobileBallmer also offered one more telling tidbit: “[Windows 8] also brings us into this world of much more mobile computing and more mobile form factors,” Ballmer said. “I think it’s going to be hard to tell what’s a tablet and what is a PC. Microsoft’s decision to enter the tablet hardware market has already proved problematic for at least one notebook manufacturer, Acer, which has publicly complained about Microsoft’s decision to manufacture the Surface tablet. But Ballmer’s statement can also be read another way: that making traditional notebooks is a backward looking strategy, and those companies who cling stubbornly to their old business models may be passed by.Ballmer photo by Fredric Paul.Money and question mark images courtesy of Shutterstock. 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Federal Court rejects attempt to block bee pesticide lawsuit

first_imgOTTAWA – A lawsuit that says a federal agency has consistently approved pesticides without enough information on their potential harmful effects has survived an attempt to get it thrown out of court.The Federal Court has denied applications from the federal government and four chemical companies to block the lawsuit involving so-called neonic pesticides filed by a group of environmental organizations.“We’re definitely very happy to see that outcome,” said Julia Croome, a lawyer for Ecojustice, which is handling the case for the environmental groups. “(The judge) turned this around quickly and we appreciate that.”In 2016, the groups filed a challenge to federal permits for a series of common pesticides using the chemicals clothianidin and thiamethoxam that some environmental groups say are suspected in large die-offs in bee populations.The David Suzuki Foundation, Friends of the Earth Canada, Ontario Nature and the Wilderness Committee allege in court documents that for more than a decade, Canada’s federal pesticide regulator has allowed neonicotinoids to be registered for use despite being uncertain about their risks.They say that since 2006, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency has expressed concerns about the safety of those products, which are among the most widely used pesticides in Canada. The registrations being challenged involve 31 different products from four different companies.A statement of claim asserts that in 79 cases, the agency requested more information and field studies on the products, then granted conditional registrations. Conditional registrations were repeatedly renewed although the agency has yet to receive any of the requested research, says the statement of claim.The groups argue that means the pesticides have been widely applied across the country for more than a decade without a true assessment of their risks.The federal government has not filed a statement of defence.None of the allegations in the statement of claim have been proven in court.In trying to get the case thrown out, the government argued the 79 cases were separate decisions, not a pattern of behaviour. It added that instead of seeking to have the registrations quashed by the court, the environmental groups should instead turn to the review process the regulator already has.Bees are crucial to agriculture. Published reports suggest about a third of the crops eaten by humans depend on insect pollination. Bees are responsible for about 80 per cent of that figure.Bees have been in serious decline across North America and Europe since about 2006. In Canada, the Canadian Honey Council reports that in 2013-14, beekeepers lost an average of about 25 per cent of their colonies. Ontario’s losses were 58 per cent.The average winter loss is about 15 per cent.Populations of wild bees are also falling rapidly. A recent American study found their numbers fell by about 23 per cent between 2008 and 2013.The University of Guelph’s Honeybee Research Centre blames a combination of disease, parasites, pesticides and habitat destruction.A major U.S. study earlier this year found neonics harmed domestic bees in some crops but not others. Research suggests the pesticides are much harder on wild bees than honeybees.Europe has imposed a moratorium on neonics. In 2015, the U.S. banned new uses for them. Ontario has announced plans to limit their application. Companies such as Ortho and Home Depot have announced they will phase them out.Still, they remain in wide use.The Conference Board of Canada, in a 2014 report prepared with support from the Grain Farmers of Ontario and CropLife Canada, estimated banning neonics would cost Ontario farmers $630 million a year.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitter.last_img read more

A New Learning Center Opened At The Oseta Jolly Primary School

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Caribbean Food and Wine Festival goes to Gourmet Safari Providenciales, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 – An over one hundred thousand dollar investment, and scores of hours in volunteerism by the Amanyara staff. QUOTES. The Amanyara Resort has gallantly come to the aide of the 500 students and their teachers at the Blue Hills based primary school; another private partner on board to support the government school system. Marco Franck, General Manager of Amanyara said they tried to combine a traditional library type setting with a new age feel including computers and soft reading through e-books. School principal Rachel Handfield said the addition is called the Peaceful Place Learning Center. QUOTE. Amanyara will also resurface the kindergarten’s playground as among its projects for Oseta Jolly in this new school year. Also on hand: the Education Minister, the Official Opposition Leader and PTA President Blossom Simons. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Resort Security catches illegals on speed boatcenter_img Related Items:amanyara, blossom simons, marco granck, osetta jolly, peaceful place learning center, rachel handfield Recommended for you RBC & AND Construction make Oseta Jolly playground like newlast_img read more

SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington Public Schools 20192020

first_imgWilmington High School Kindergarten bus stops are not published in the newspaper or on the District’s website. When possible, bus stops are provided close to kindergarteners’ homes. Parents or guardians must be present at bus stops for all kindergartners and are not to be left unattended when dropped off at home. If parents or guardians are not home, the students will be returned to the school.Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns regarding my child’s bus transportation?Sharon Dunnett is the designated Transportation Coordinator for the Wilmington Public Schools. Ms. Dunnett can be reached via telephone at 978-658-1856, 978-943-0389 or via email at Sharon.dunnett@wpsk12.com. Ms. Dunnett logs each message and each parent or guardian receives a response to their question or concern.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington’s Shawsheen Tech Students (2019-2020)In “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 10 New Job OpeningsIn “Education” WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools recently released the school bus routes for the 2019-2020 school year for the Woburn Street/North, Shawsheen/West, Middle School & High School: Wilmington Middle Schoolcenter_img Woburn Street Elementary School & North Intermediate School Shawsheen Elementary School & West Intermediate Schoollast_img read more

Razer CEO confirms development of the Razer toaster

first_imgA Razer toaster is coming, says the PC gaming hardware company.  Razer After thousands of Facebook likes and dozens of tattoos, the fans have spoken and the Razer toaster will become a reality. A joke that started in 2013 led to the creation of the Give Us the Razer Toaster Please Facebook page, and Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said the PC gaming hardware company would create the toaster if the page acquired 1 million likes. Following up on the horseplay, Razer’s 2016 April Fools’ prank was Project Breadwinner, the “first gaming-grade kitchen appliance built for gamers, by gamers.”  23 Photos Razer’s triple threat: The tri-screen Project Valerie… Razer’s mid-2019 Blade gaming laptops glide along the cutting edge Tags Alright now I got to start looking at designing the damn toaster. Gotta get some partners and components involved. @intel, @nvidia @elonmusk any interest? https://t.co/ZZjHu9EHQx— Min-Liang Tan (@minliangtan) May 3, 2019 Razer 2 Now playing: Watch this:center_img 1:22 Share your voice Kevin Allan, senior PR manager for Razer, said in an email Thursday that there’s no internal information yet about the toaster, however, there was, at one time, a prop that could burn the company logo onto toast.  Comments Fans of the idea continued to show support for the gamer-oriented kitchen appliance over the years, with a dozen even getting tattoos of the toaster. On Monday, Tan liked the page and confirmed in a Facebook post that Razer will begin development of the Razer toaster. “Alright — I didn’t think these guys were going to make it — but they did,” Tan wrote. “Well… what can I say. I’ve just officially liked their page — and I’m going to put together my team of designers and engineers. It will take a few years — but I’ll be sure to share the progress — and make it a community affair. A Razer Toaster — For Razer Toaster Lovers. By Razer Toaster Lovers.”Tan tweeted Thursday that he’s looking for partners to help with the toaster components: Small Appliances Culture Gaming Originally published May 2. Updates, May 2: Adds info about the original joke, a quote from Razer’s CEO and comment from Razer. Update, May 3: Adds tweet from Razer CEO.last_img read more

STOP Africa Land Grab Concert

first_imgMajor African artists will perform for the STOP Africa Land Grab Concert at the Warner Theatre located at 513 13th Street N.W. on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. The concert will feature renowned musician Femi Kuti and brings to D.C., for the first time ever, the legendary Mbilia Bel from the Democratic Republic of Congo, artist/producer Didier Awadi from Senegal and emerging artist Hanisha Solomon from Ethiopia, among many others. For more information, visit:  Ticketmaster.comlast_img