Lamey unfazed by mounting pressure

first_imgAmateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) President Handel Lamey feels no pressure from moves by representatives of various clubs in Kingston lobbying for a vote of no confidence against him and members of his executive. It was expected that a second vote of no confidence, since last December, would have been lodged against Lamey, treasurer Florence Williams and secretary Lavinia McClure, at Wednesday evening’s council meeting. However, this was not the case, although council members brought up their concerns in the three-and-a-half-hour long meeting. Lamey said that the sign of a good leader is one who does not yield to pressure. “When we are called to positions of leadership, we have to exhibit all the qualities of good leadership, namely: being able to direct and motivate the people around you. Secondly, if there are issues – deal with the issues. We have certain issues presently in the organisation. The problems that we have are not insurmountable, they’re all solvable. We have to come together and decide to work together. The problem is, in the past, there have been seeds of discord and disunity sewn. We, as an organisation, have not functioned according to our rules, regulations and our constitution.” FEELING DISRESPECTED The Gleaner obtained a copy of a document sent to ASAJ saying that on August 23, the Y Speedos Swim Club and Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club had requested a special general meeting with the body to have motions of no confidence against the three members tabled and voted on. Blue Seals Swim Club head coach Cleon Stewart had also confirmed that this document had been sent and no response had been received from ASAJ, leaving the clubs feeling disrespected. “One of the major things that we are experiencing, I think, is a lack of respect when issues are raised,” he said. “For instance, we sent an email for a critical thing to be dealt with and he (Lamey) basically ignored it. That’s one of the major things.” The document also showed that the clubs are disappointed that ASAJ had lost the sponsorship of Wisynco for the last two stagings of the Walter Rogers Age Group Championships. This, the document says, is because of what it describes as Lamey’s “negligence to follow up in a timely manner with the Wisynco Group regarding continuation of this sponsorship”. Lamey said that the most pressing issue brought up, was actually preparations for the 2018 Carifta Games which take place in Jamaica from April 1 to 4. Although Lamey denied that the matter of a no-confidence vote and issues regarding sponsorship were discussed in Wednesday’s meeting, a source told The Gleaner that both issues were actually raised, with Lamey moving for a vote to censor council members from speaking with sponsors and members of the media about council affairs without ASAJ’s permission. rachid.parchment@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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first_img…of Public Sector discriminationThere’s a story in the press about the Bertrand Collins Public Service College, wherein the Director— (Retd) Col Lawrence Paul — says they “face a diversity problem” in their student body!!To be fair to Col Paul, he did say it wasn’t easy figuring out the ethnicity of some recruits. The Director, however, also mentioned that they make a special effort to ensure “hinterland” students are aware of the opportunity. This, of course, is very commendable, because he’s obviously trying to recruit more Amerindians into the Public Service, where they’ve been severely underrepresented from “time immemorial”.But how come Col Paul didn’t also try to directly address the atrocious underrepresentation of other ethnic groups in the Public Service overall, and especially in the cadets being recruited for fast tracking? After all, following a long, convoluted story about the skewed numbers, he acknowledged that, back in 2004, the Disciplined Forces Commission had found the same situation in the institution of which he was part. And had recommended specific steps to rectify the imbalance – namely affirmative action. Did he try then? He certainly hasn’t tried now!!When the Public Service College was launched, your Eyewitness had hoped that in addition to attempting to inject some higher level of professionalism into the Public Service, it would also address the imbalance. After all, in any country – but especially in our institutionally underdeveloped Third World nation – the government services delivered by its bureaucracy is crucial to improving the lives of the masses of the people, and a balanced Civil Service goes a long way towards ensuring that equitable distribution.But, sadly, this PNC-led Government has done reverted to the policies of the Burnhamite regime of the 1970s, when the Bureaucracy and the Disciplined Forces were massively expanded – and staffed from the PNC’s base constituency. The People’s Militia and the Cadet Corps, for instance, have been resuscitated and staffed as of yore.It’s all part and parcel of maintaining the PNC’s authoritarian rule over the country.To cut off the option from the PPP of challenging the PNC’s destruction of the Constitution and democracy.…of suicideSuicide rates in Guyana are once again in the news. Back in 2012, a rate of 44.2 was reported, making us the number 1 country in the world for suicide. Once again we became infamous, as the opportunity was seized by the international media to regurgitate the Jim Jones tragedy. Well, the Clinical Psychologist attached to the Public Health Ministry, Balogun Osunbiyi, has reiterated the Health Ministry’s claim that suicides have decreased — with 2016 figures standing at 29 per cent; and, in 2017, 24.67 per cent. While the data for 2018 isn’t completed, he claimed at least 50 persons less had committed suicide.Now, if these statistics reflected reality, it would’ve been fantastic; but sadly, it isn’t. And the representative of the Caribbean Voice was brave enough to point out (again) that Osunbiyi wasn’t wearing any clothes.Actually, persons ingesting gramoxone and monocrotophos (always fatal, but take several days to die) are discharged.When they do die, the cause of death is then recorded as “heart failure or something”! Sick!…of constitutional floutingThe rate of this PNC-led Government’s traducing of the Constitution has (unsurprisingly) skyrocketed. Once ignoring that the Court can’t stay the clear command of Art 106 (6) for the President and Cabinet to resign, every dictat is illegal!!Fruit of the poisoned tree!!last_img read more

Gareth Bale returns as Zidane holds other stars in reserve

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale attends a training session at Valdebebas Sport City on February 17, 2017 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Feb 17 – Gareth Bale will make his return from a three-month injury layoff when Real Madrid host Espanyol on Saturday, coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed on Friday.However, Zidane has handed a weekend off to a host of other key men as Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas were not included in the Frenchman’s 19-man squad. Bale hasn’t featured since suffering ankle ligament damage in November and is expected to be eased back into action as a second-half substitute.“Bale is with us. He will be in the squad and the idea is that he has minutes,” Zidane said on Friday.“He is an important player. He has quality, pace, we know the damage he can do to the opponents.“We are happy and he is even more so to get back playing. He is desperate to return.”Madrid can move four points clear of Barcelona with a game in hand at the top of La Liga should they record a 10th consecutive victory over Espanyol.However, after the demands of an intense 3-1 Champions League last 16 first leg win over Napoli in midweek and a La Liga trip to Valencia to come on Wednesday, Zidane insisted he didn’t want to take any risks with the fitness of Navas, Ramos, Modric or Benzema.“We have two or three players with niggles. Not significant injuries, but niggles.”Navas’s absence means Zidane’s son Luca is included in the squad as the third choice goalkeeper.Zidane has already handed a first-team debut to his eldest son Enzo this season.However, Kiko Casilla will start in goal, whilst Zidane confirmed that Alvaro Morata will finally get his chance to start in place of Benzema up front.Spanish international Morata has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu come the end of the season after becoming frustrated at his lack of action since rejoining the European champions from Juventus in June.“I don’t want him to go. Alvaro is at home here,” added Zidane.“He has had minutes, although fewer than Karim. Tomorrow he will start and I know that it is not the last game that he will start.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal turned down chance to sign Dimitri Payet, reveals Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal scouted Dimitri Payet – before he joined West Ham.The Frenchman has taken the Premier League by storm since joining the Hammers from Marseille last summer in a £10million deal.However, Wenger has now revealed that Arsenal looked at Payet too but opted not to sign him due to the attacking talents already at the club.“I have known him for a long, long time. He played in St-Etienne and we watched him many times,” said Wenger.“I think he has all the attributes to be a top, top player but he is 29-years-old already. I had these kind of players, we had no need [to sign him].“Historically we have always had a great number of creative players. We have [Mesut] Ozil, [Jack] Wilshere, [Santi] Cazorla, [Aaron] Ramsey.”The free-kick specialist, who was recently recalled to the France squad, will bid to continue his fine form against the Gunners on Saturday. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down the chance to sign Dimitri Payet 1last_img read more

Wow! The 15 most valuable squads in this season’s Champions League revealed

first_img 9. Atletico Madrid: the market value of Diego Simeone’s squad is £459.90m 15 15 13. Napoli: the market value of Maurizio Sarri’s squad is £312.66m 15 15 15 6. Manchester United: the market value of Jose Mourinho’s squad is £509.18m 11. Liverpool: the market value of Jurgen Klopp’s squad is £406.35m 15 4. Manchester City: the market value of Pep Guardiola’s squad is £529.65m 1. Real Madrid: the market value of Zinedine Zidane’s squad is £669.42m 15 15 2. Barcelona: the market value of Ernesto Valverde’s squad is £635.85m 15 14. AS Roma: the market value of Eusebio Di Francesco’s squad is £290.68m 5. Bayern Munich: the market value of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad is £523.26m 7. Juventus: the market value of Massimiliano Allegri’s squad is £484.74m 15 15 12. Borussia Dortmund: the market value of Peter Bosz’s squad is £352.82m 15. Monaco: the market value of Leonardo Jardim’s squad is £227.61m – click the arrow above, right, to see the top 15 in full 10. Tottenham Hotspur: the market value of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad is £443.03m 15 8. Paris Saint-Germain: the market value of Unai Emery’s squad is £469.17m It’s in the Champions League, the most prestigious competition of them all, that coaches and players are so fiercely judged.It’s the tournament where the most valuable squads in football are found and talkSPORT.com has taken a look at the mammoth figures involved. Scroll through the gallery above to see the top 15 most valuable squads in the Champions League, courtesy of figures from Transfermarkt on 12 September 2017. 15 15 15 3. Chelsea: the market value of Antonio Conte’s squad is £552.96m last_img read more

What those in the know say about Championship player of the year Teemu Pukki

first_img Teemu Pukki has 27 Championship goals this season huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… 7 7 “He is a quiet boy. He had a few injury problems as well and at a club like Celtic, when you’re brought in for money, you have to score goals.“And he wasn’t really an out-and-out goalscorer. He played within himself a little bit, I thought. He didn’t really show his capabilities.”Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa“Pukki’s skills are not common in English football,” he said before the two sides played earlier season. “He’s a player who is hard to neutralise, he is always in good positions to receive the ball and makes many movements.“He plays very simple, but he is very efficient. He told The Guardian: “I thought it was all long balls. I would say we play football.“We want to play from behind, with passing. There’s a lot of movements, a lot of running from the guys and a lot of short passing. And we are creating a lot of chances, something that’s really important for me.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The forward failed to impress at Celtic Teemu Pukki’s goalscoring record REVEALED getty no dice Teemu Pukki has been one of the standout players in the Championship this season.The forward has an astonishing 27 goals and nine assists for Norwich City, putting the Canaries on course for promotion to the Premier League, with a seven point cushion over third place Sheffield United. But what do others make of Pukki?Celtic manager Neil Lennon“Listen, he is not going to turn into Superman just because he has got a move to Brondby,” he said after Pukki moved to Brondby. “He still has the same attributes; good feet, okay with his back to goal and he will go in behind as well.“He has never been the most physical of players, he was never that type. He will be a similar sort of player as what you saw at Celtic but maybe a bit more comfortable in the Scandinavian environment. A move to the Scottish Premiership with Celtic followed next and again was not prolific.He hit nine goals in 37 games and won the Scottish Premiership in the 2013/14 season.The forward was loaned to Danish side Brondby for the 2014/15 season and it was later made permanent.It was in the Danish Superliga where he rediscovered his goalscoring touch and netted 69 times in 161 games. “He doesn’t care so much about himself or his individual record but to work for this group and lads.“You only shine as an individual if you are successful as a team.“Even if he did not score in the last eight league games but we are successful as a team I am pretty sure he will be happy.”Former Finland manager Mixu Paatelainen“Can he score in the Premier League? For me, yes,” he said. “He is a quick player who likes to run in behind, so he is made for counter-attacking tactics.“I would assume that if Norwich manage to go up this year Daniel (Farke) will stick with him and he will be very useful for counter-attacking tactics. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS After two years, and just one appearance, he decided to return to Finland for HJK Helsinki.Pukki scored 18 goals in 34 games and earned a move back to one of Europe’s top five leagues.He signed for Schalke on a three-year deal but struggled in the Bundesliga with just eight goals in 47 games. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Pukki has helped by Norwich on the brink of promotion center_img REPLY Norwich City manager Daniel Farke“He deserves all the compliments and the spotlight because he has been outstanding”, Farke said to the Eastern Daily Press.“It is also important he keeps in mind what has brought him into this position.“The most important thing was his hard work. Pukki while playing for Schalke Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Porto vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNapoli vs Arsenal (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds vs Wigan (Friday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Sunderland vs Doncaster (Friday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Sheffield Wednesday (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Southampton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTAccrington Stanley vs Luton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Manchester United (Sunday, 1:30pm) – talkSPORTCardiff vs Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT 7 7 7 BEST OF 7 “He is certainly not fazed by playing against big teams. He scored against Spain for us, when we drew away in a World Cup qualifier. So he can score on big occasions, no question at all.“His pace and ability allows him to do that. He plays on that last shoulder.“Teemu has always been very light on his feet, always very capable of getting in behind defences. His instincts inside the box are sound and he has always been a very good finisher. So I am not surprised at all he is doing so well.” REVEALED Sevilla – 0 goals in 1 gameHJK Helsinki – 18 goals in 34 gamesSchalke – 8 goals in 47 gamesCeltic – 9 goals in 37 gamesBrondby – 69 goals in 161 gamesNorwich – 28 goals in 42 games Pukki has been a revelation for Norwich Pukki had 69 goals in 161 appearances for Brondby LIVE ON talkSPORT Pukki can even end the campaign with more goals than Bolton Wanderers, who are just two ahead on 29.The 29-year-old has had a journeyman career that has, previously, not lived up to the hype that surrounded him as a teenager.Sevilla signed the Finland international as an 18-year-old from his hometown club KTP in 2008. Norwich City manager Daniel Farke is very fond of Pukki. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 7 Norwich picked him up on a free-transfer in June 2018 and has gone on to fire them to the brink of promotion and was named as the Championship’s Player of the Year.The man himself was a little sceptical of joining the second tier of English football at the time. shining ADVICE last_img read more

Africa ‘to target 80% online by 2020’

first_img8 June 2012A medium-term target of 80% internet connectivity across Africa by 2020 has been set, Communications Minister Dina Pule told delegates at the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Indaba in Cape Town on Thursday.“In this connected future, all of Africa’s major cities, towns and villages will be connected to affordable internet, thereby facilitating the continent’s mass entry into the knowledge and information economy,” Pule said in her closing speech.Inter-ministerial meetings held during the indaba yielded a resolution to engage with the rest of Africa on the ICT journey.The support of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in their plans to update regulations would also be provided, Pule said. “[It] should help developing countries to benefit from the frameworks for interconnections and roaming in the telecommunications market.”A team was being set up to monitor the progress and implementation of resolutions made at the indaba, and feedback would be shared with other African countries. Regional and continental organisations would interact with countries which were not represented at the indaba.Pule said that delivering broadband access to every African citizen would accelerate the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals.“Our work will also assist us in identifying and closing the skills gap within our countries.”The benefit of such an approach would be Africa creating its own technologies instead of just being a consumer for them, she said.It was the government’s role, within the information and communications sector, to act as a regulator.”We never abdicate that responsibility to anyone,” said Pule.Working with the private sector and entrepreneurs – especially the youth – could provide further opportunities, though.Sustainable jobs, some of which might not exist today, could also be created if large and small to medium businesses were allowed the space to innovate.“This will help us close the gap between policymakers and the entrepreneurs who are crucial in the creation of jobs,” she said.Expansion of the mobile application industry served as an example of a job creation area which did not exist three years ago, Pule said. “Now it employs millions of people and is making the lives of many easier.”Sapalast_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: October 25, 2018

first_imgNavy man convicted of scamming 2,500 credit card numbersA US Navy man will spend three years and six months in prison for his involvement in an identity theft ring that stole more than 2,500 credit card numbers and fraudulently purchased $340,000 in consumer products in 2012. Jarrod Langford, 27, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft while he was an active duty Navy member at Lemoore Naval Air Base, according to US Attorney McGregor Scott.Langford’s preferred scam was to use the stolen credit card information to purchase vouchers for items through popular online third-party platforms such as Groupon. Langford used victims’ information to fraudulently buy vouchers for mattresses, wristwatches, jewelry and hair removal products. Other cons involved the unauthorized resale of Microsoft software keys on eBay.  Scott says Langford used illegal online marketplaces to procure the credit card numbers and other identifying information, including addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. He would share his methods to endear himself to and build trust with other “prospective customers and co-schemers,” according to Scott.Langford’s conspiracy further involved the use of a virtual private network in an attempt to hide his true location and conceal his criminal activities from authorities. The Florida man was brought to justice after an FBI investigation revealed he had committed the fraud. He was sentenced on Monday in a Fresno courthouse following a guilty plea in June.   [Source: Visalia Times Delta]- Sponsor – Couple charged with 15 counts of shopliftingA Cartersville, Georgia, couple was arrested Monday by the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) charged with a total of 15 counts of theft by shoplifting in what is described as a “tag-swap” investigation. Asset protection associates from Walmart, 101 Market Place Blvd., requested assistance from BCSO investigators following numerous shoplifting incidents between July 21 and  October 11.Surveillance video of the transactions revealed the same male and female using Kool-Aid packets to scan a low price while appearing to scan and purchase larger, more expensive items. The pair would pay using an electronic bank transfer card used by recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, and leave with the expensive merchandise.Zachary Holmes, 41, and Terra Saaed, 38, were arrested Sunday and booked into the Bartow County Jail. Holmes was charged with three counts of theft by shoplifting and Saaed with 12 counts of theft by shoplifting. Holmes posted bond and was released while Saaed is still being held pending bond. [Source: The Daily Tribune News]Consumers will spend 4.1% more than last year during the holidays.Consumers say they will spend an average of $1,007.24 during the holiday season this year, up 4.1 percent from the $967.13 they said they would spend last year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. “The holidays are just around the corner and consumers are ready to shop,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Confidence is near an all-time high, unemployment is the lowest we’ve seen in decades and take-home wages are up. All of that is reflected in consumers’ buying plans. Retailers expect strong demand this year, and are prepared with a wide array of merchandise while offering strong deals and promotions during the busiest and most competitive shopping season of the year.”Tariffs on a wide range of consumer goods from China took effect last month, but Shay noted that retailers imported record volumes of merchandise ahead of the tariffs this summer and said any effect on pricing during the holiday season is expected to be minimal. The consumer survey comes on top of NRF’s annual holiday spending forecast, which takes into account a variety of economic factors to project overall spending rather than per-consumer spending. The forecast estimated that holiday retail sales in November and December will be up between 4.3 percent and 4.8 percent over 2017 for a total between $717.45 billion and $720.89 billion.Consumers will spend in three main categories during the holidays – gifts, at $637.67; non-gift holiday items such as food, decorations, flowers and greeting cards, at $215.04; and other non-gift purchases that take advantage of the deals and promotions throughout the season, at $154.53.   [Source: NRF.com]Casino employee grabbed more than $58,000 from gambling facilityAfter police  in Florida found $58,500 in a car belonging to a Seminole Casino Coconut Creek employee, he was arrested and accused of stealing from the gambling establishment, police say. Former cash operations worker Christomy Christalin, 22, came to the attention of his employers when surveillance video showed him leaning into a kiosk that dispenses money to customers. The video did not show Christalin actually taking money out of the machine, but it later was found to be short $4,600, according to a Seminole police report.On October 10, police watched Christalin on surveillance video recorded while he was at work and driving in a garage at the casino that is at 5550 NW 40th St. in Coconut Creek. He appeared to put an empty money bag in a cart used to bring cash to a kiosk and later was seen removing a bulging money bag that appeared full, the report said. Christalin went to a men’s room, and when he left the restroom, the money bag appeared to be empty. He went to his car and was seen on video moving what appeared to be stacks of money between the seats, police said.When detectives confronted Christalin, he denied stealing from the casino and told them he had $55,000 in his car that came from his gambling winnings. An audit of Christalin’s department found $58,500 was missing. After a search warrant was issued to police to search the car, they recovered the same amount, the report said. Christalin, of Lauderhill, was fired from his casino job, police spokesman Gary Bitner said. “This case shows the pervasive use of surveillance video at this casino and in fact, all casinos,” Bitner said. Christalin was arrested October 15. He faces a charge of grand theft greater than $20,000 and less than $100,000 and was freed on a $5,000 bond, court records show.   [Source: SunSentinal]Scammer sent to prison for ID fraudDavid Romero, 63, pleaded guilty to one count each of identity fraud and forgery, both fourth-degree felonies in September. Ottawa County Judge Bruce Winters sentenced him to 17 months in prison for each charge and ordered the sentences be served consecutively for a total prison sentence of two years and 10 months. Romero originally pleaded not guilty to the charges, but he later accepted a plea deal. In exchange for pleading guilty to one count each of identity fraud and forgery, the other charges were dismissed. Judge Winters reasoned consecutive sentences were necessary to protect the public given Romero’s “history of criminal conduct,” according to court documents.On Monday, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office was given a warrant to convey Romero to the Lorain Correctional Institute, where he’ll serve his sentence. Romoro was originally charged with 50 felonies, which included engaging a pattern of corrupt activity and multiple counts of identity fraud and forgery. The charge stems from a traffic stop on Ohio 2 made by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in March after Romero was allegedly speeding. During the traffic stop, the state troopers allegedly noticed criminal indicators and searched Romero’s van. The troopers allegedly found 26 fraudulent identification cards, 36 fraudulent credit card and about $16,000 worth of electronics.  [Source: Sandusky Register] Apple’s ‘Zombie Check’ tool for iPhone repair fraudLast week, The Information’s Wayne Ma reported about a sophisticated fraud scheme in which organized thieves would buy or steal iPhones, remove valuable components like the processor or logic board, swap in fake components, and return the purposefully-broken iPhones to receive replacements they could resell.Apple became aware of the increasing fraud in 2013 and, in the years since, it has managed to “dramatically reduce” the rate of iPhone-related repair fraud in its retail stores, particularly in China, according to the report. One of Apple’s countermeasures was to develop diagnostic software that its retail employees could use to quickly detect fake parts in iPhones, the report said. To evade this tactic, however, many fraudsters started to intentionally disable the iPhones so they couldn’t be turned on and subjected to diagnostics.Fraudsters even went as far as obtaining Apple customer records, including serial numbers, for iPhones that had already been sold in China. In some cases, the incorrect serial numbers would be etched on the back of the iPhones. To combat the use of stolen serial numbers, The Information reported that Apple came up with a screening method known as “Zombie Check” internally that tested whether serial numbers for the broken iPhones held for inspection were also associated with iPhones still using Apple’s online services like iCloud.According to an internal Apple document obtained by MacRumors, the tool was initially limited to China, but Apple began rolling it out to Apple Authorized Service Providers around the world in February 2018. The aptly-named Serial Number Reader is a simple tool with a Lightning connector on one end and USB-A on the other. It is used to validate the serial number of an iPhone 6 or newer that will not power on by retrieving it directly from the logic board, although a source said it doesn’t always work.Apple’s efforts appear to be working. Apple’s annual Form 10-K indicates that, in 2017, Apple’s warranty expenses decreased to $4.32 billion from $4.66 billion a year earlier. The serial number tool, it would appear, is quite effective.   [Source: MacRumors] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Illinois Proposes Regs on Combined Reporting for Unitary Groups

first_imgIllinois addresses combined apportionment for unitary groups with members that apportion their income differently. In proposed rules, the Department of Revenue addresses 2017 legislation that permits unitary groups to include members that use different apportionment formulas.Industry Specific Apportionment Rules Still UsedThe new apportionment formula, in effect as of January 1, 2018, begins with subrgroups of members that use the same industry specific apportionment formula apportioning income as though they are a separate unitary group. The Department of Revenue’s regulation provides an example of a unitary business group with sales members, insurance company members, and transportation members. The example illustrates how the proposed apportionment changes work.Industry Specific Apportionment Still FollowedComments on the proposed rules must be submitted no later than 45 days after their publication date in the register. The proposed rule is printed in the Illinois Register, as well as the address to submit comments.Proposed 86 Ill. Adm. Code Sec. 100.3600, Illinois Register, Vol. 2, Iss. 45, November 9, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

With present infrastructure of sport, India is doomed to failure

first_img“Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing,” so sang a lonesome bard. Replace the word “flowers” with “champions” and you have the state of sports in India Today. Although the lament of why a nation of 600 million cannot produce a world-beater is born of frustration (which swings,”Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing,” so sang a lonesome bard. Replace the word “flowers” with “champions” and you have the state of sports in India Today. Although the lament of why a nation of 600 million cannot produce a world-beater is born of frustration (which swings to exhilaration when the rarity of a Michael Ferreira’s world title victory occurs), it is not logically valid. For one thing, our sport is afflicted with a deep-rooted canker, the gnawing, strength-sapping plague of callous, self-seeking officialdom.So vice like has been its stranglehold, so firmly entrenched in power have our officials been, so loud has been their yell of “blue murder” at the Government’s well-intentioned attempts at reform, that any solution short of a complete overhaul of the present infrastructure of sport in this country is doomed to failure.But let it not be said that all the blame for the poor showing lies with the power-drunk officials alone. The sportsmen, too, share responsibility. How often has a potential champion had the fans grinding their teeth in frustration at his seeming ineptitude when the chips are down.Why do we always have to console ourselves with the so-near-yet-so-far tag? Take any sport. Talent, native genius, is unmistakably there in the star players. Yet our sportsmen fail to make it to the top internationally because they lack the “killer instinct”, or, more likely, are deficient in that all-important virtue of consistency.Team Spirit: In team games, cohesion and unity are noticeably absent. Yet team spirit is so vital to success that it has made match winners of mediocre sides. How does one explain this basic failing? Why can’t the top stars win titles with the monotonous regularity of their Western counterparts? Why do the teams, ever so often, have the opposition by the throat only to let them wriggle out?advertisementThis then is the time for introspection, an inevitable exercise to look back, not in anger but in sorrow, and ask where is sports in India heading to. It certainly isn’t a time for lamenting, or shedding tears, but a time to focus the mind on the mood of the nation in matters concerning sports, to define drawbacks and deficiencies, and to make positive suggestions.As a people, the Indians do enjoy sport. Where the sheer joy of participation is concerned, the nation is second to none. Where they suffer is in their record, achievement wise. A review of their performance over the years is painful, for the Indians have, as they say in cricket, scarcely troubled the scorers.For argument’s sake, let India step on to the sporting scales alongside of East Germany. A nation of a little over 17 million people, whose state-sponsored “amateurs” bagged no fewer than 90 medals at the Montreal Olympics to finish second in the official medals tally, and where almost every able-bodied citizen is, in one way or another, involved in sport as a player, official or spectator.What of India? How many of the country’s 600 million people are actively involved in sport or are driven by an all-conquering desire to win, to make a profession of it. What facilities exist in our educational institutions, factories and rural areas by way of opportunities, grounds, equipment, coaches, training and nutrition; for talent-spotting, scholarships and commercial sponsorships.The Youth: It is only when the youth are compelled to take to sport, either as part of their educational curriculum or purely as a desirable form of activity, favoured and encouraged by parents and society at large, when the infrastructure in the form of playgrounds, scientific coaching, talent spotting, sports scholarships, etc. is provided, that the country can hope to produce champions in numbers commensurate with the population.The finale of the fifth Children and Youth Spartakiade in which 10,500 boys and girls took partAnd, above all, the young people must be impressed that sport is no longer a pastime. It is a profession where a high order of skill is required, the reward being commensurate with the effort, dedication and single-mindedness of purpose that a player has in him.The Government’s reported decision – little has been heard of it since the halcyon days of the election victory – to make sports compulsory in schools throughout the country is what is needed if we are to come to grips with the problem of sports promotion, not only as a panacea for our sports ills in the matter of winning gold medals and world titles, but also as a means of broadening the sports pyramid that will form the nucleus of future world champions, if any.advertisementPlanned Effort: And if schools cannot afford the luxury of a ground or a coach of its own, as is the case with most educational institutions in the country, whatever facilities exist can be shared. But all this calls for proper organization and planned effort.To make India a sports-minded nation and to produce more champions, the country must devote itself to two courses of action: one short-term, the other long-term.On the one hand, the Government may continue and improve upon the sports promotion programmes now in hand, however inadequate they may be, because it cannot, in its obsession with future plans, altogether forsake the talent presently available to the country. It must not be forgotten that the winning of medals and championships is most important in the matter of capturing the imagination of the masses, of inspiring the youth of the nation, and of drawing them towards sports.There is need for building the infrastructure to develop sport from the grassroots of involving our masses in both urban and rural areas in sports. From this tremendous base will come, one hopes, the champions of the future.The Guidelines: To begin with, changes might be made at the top. Once the right people are involved in sports administration, the much-desired far-reaching changes down the line can be brought about in course of time. The guidelines laid down by the Government are a commendable attempt at cleaning the Augean stables.Whether they will succeed in their objectives or not, remains to be seen. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Government will have to show its fangs and use the ultimate sanction of refusing grants and permission for foreign tours to teams selected by sports associations which do not observe the guidelines.The Government has drawn up guidelines that call for the regular submission of accounts, limitations as regards holding of office, prohibition in the matter of holding of dual office, etc. But, in so far as they handle public money, the federations might be converted into public trusts requiring regular submission of audited accounts.While commiserating with the few disciplined, dedicated and hard-working officials, who have had to relinquish office in one cataclysmic sweep, one is constrained to point out certain shortcomings and loopholes in the guidelines that need to be amended. The gravest danger is that of boss men rule by remote control, of exercising real power from behind the facade of puppets.Sports Ministry: The obligatory provision for trained national coaches and for holding of at least two competitions annually for specified age-groups at the junior and sub-junior levels is indeed commendable. But will they be observed in future? There has also been much loose talk of a Ministry of Sport. Unfortunately, the Government already has a great deal on its plate.And experience of bureaucratic handling of sports matters has been far from happy. As an alternative, the All India Council of Sports might be invested with financial powers and the authority for sanctions against associations and federations whose performance is not what it should be.advertisementThe Council would then be the supreme arbiter of sports disputes between the Government and the autonomous federations. The objective should be not so much to produce world champions or a team to take on all corners, but to make more people take to sports.And this raises the cost factor. Participation in sport on a mass scale costs a lot of money. Kit is expensive. Rackets, bats, balls, shoes and clothing are all highly priced in comparison with the low income standards in the country.Official Help: It is here that the Government and the various sports federations can help. There is weight in the argument that the huge expense involved in organizing prestigious tournaments can be spent more profitably in subsidizing the manufacturing cost of sports goods. Take tennis for instance.Scrap the Grand Prix and utilize the money to mass-produce rackets and balls, build public courts, train more coaches, and send more youngsters abroad. The cheapest racket costs Rs 125. Surely something can be done to bring down its price. Only then will juniors take to the game. The present cost of the racket is enough to put anyone off.Production of sports material is concentrated in the small and cottage industry. Although that sector has undoubted advantages, its ability to cope with large demands is limited. Producing more and bringing down prices is what the Government should aim at. One other way of stimulating production and bringing down costs is for the Government to lift the present exorbitant excise duty levied on manufactured sports goods.last_img read more