The Wright View: JADCO need to come clean

first_img What is known, though, is that Brown has not played a first-class cricket match since the March 16, 2015, when he played for Jamaica against the Leeward Islands. Was Brown suspended from playing cricket, or did he voluntarily give up the sport? Were other international athletes who missed three drug tests suspended until their case was heard? The embattled West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced most definitely that Russell WILL play in the T20 World Cup. That seems to be on the basis that JADCO has not set a date for the hearing, and the WICB is certain that a hearing will not be scheduled to coincide with the dates of the tournament. I find this to be completely unacceptable. The public of Jamaica (and indeed the world) has a right to be given information when ANY of our citizens run afoul of the rules and regulations of sports. There cannot be one rule for Odean Brown and another rule for AndrÈ Russell. Every West Indian cricket fan, thirsty for the pleasure of watching a strong West Indies team competing in the World Cup, would like to see AndrÈ Russell play. But the question is: Should his appearance in the competition be in defiance of the WADA code as regards missed tests? With the present board of JADCO and its executive director refusing to even explain the Whereabouts Rule to the media and the public, speculation as to why an international star and icon would miss three scheduled drug tests in 12 months will continue. This, I do believe, will be to the detriment of the cricketer. “The strongest human instinct is to impart information. The second strongest is to resist it.” COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE An American writer, Kenneth Graham, once said: “The strongest human instinct is to impart information. The second strongest is to resist it.” I am reminded of that quote as I try to make sense of the news that came out on March 2 this year, when chairman of the disciplinary tribunal of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commis-sion (JADCO), Kent Pantry, said he had received notification two weeks prior that Jamaica and West Indies T20 cricketer, Andre Russell, had missed three drug tests in 12 months. Pantry told the media that he had appointed a disciplinary tribunal to hear the case. This has serious repercussions for the athlete, and indeed Jamaica and the West Indies cricket team, now in the Far East preparing for the T20 World Cup. Since then, I have not heard an ‘official word’ from JADCO re this very serious case, other than the fact that he has not been suspended, so he is free to continue playing until his case is heard. When the present chairman of JADCO was appointed (Danny Williams) two years ago, I distinctly remember him stating that transparency would be the order of the day and that a liaison officer would be appointed to keep the media informed regarding the important work of his association. His remarks were necessary because the previous chairman, Dr Herb Elliott, was criticised by many (including this newspaper) about his penchant for coy and unhelpful statements. I was sure that the ‘new’ JADCO would be not only new, but different. Missed tests in sports are considered a serious offence and are usually associated with severe sanctions. When Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu missed three drug tests in a 12-month period, her excuse was that she had moved house and “messed up”. This excuse was apparently not accepted and she was banned. The same WADA rule apparently applies to athletes in other countries except Jamaica. On August 15, 2015, Jamaican cricketer Odean Brown was reported in the press as having missed three tests and was to appear before a disciplinary tribunal headed by Pantry and included Professor Archie McDonald, head of the Department of Surgery, University Hospital of the West Indies, and cricketer Maurice Foster. The next news via the media was that the case was postponed until September 4 as a result of a request from the lawyers involved. To date (March 15, 2016) there is absolutely no word as to what the outcome of that hearing is.last_img read more

Scrapie submissions needed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The good news for American sheep producers is that the industry has scrapie on the run. The bad news is that the current status makes carriers of the fatal disease more difficult to find.“The incidence rate is now very low and finding the few remaining cases becomes more difficult using traditional surveillance methods,” said Wyoming State Veterinarian Jim Logan, DVM. “The best and most appropriate method now is within flock surveillance. It is in the best interest of the industry that we sample as many adult dead sheep and goats that we can find and get them tested.”The only diagnostic tests currently available to determine if a sheep has scrapie require brain or lymphoid tissue. Scrapie is typically diagnosed by finding abnormal prion protein accumulation in the brain and/or lymphoid tissue of infected sheep. A positive test must be confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories. While no new cases of classical scrapie have been reported in the United States since April 2016, there’s still a need to be vigilant.“If producers take this on in a serious manner and get heads to the laboratory, it will help the U.S. Department of Agriculture prove to the international community that the United States is free of scrapie, and we will finally be able to wrap up this national eradication program,” Logan said.The best way for producers to assist in completely eradicating scrapie from American borders is to participate in APHIS’ sample submission program. The program is provided at no cost to the producer, and asks that producers submit samples from adult sheep or goats.“Most producers don’t see scrapie as an issue in their flock,” said Diane Sutton, USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services Sheep and Goat Health Team Leader. “We’re so close to being free of scrapie, but we need to be able to demonstrate that to the world. Slaughter surveillance alone won’t get the job done.”The process for submitting samples is fairly simple. Shipping boxes with packing supplies and shipping are provided at no cost by APHIS. For more information, visit http://Sheepusa.org/IssuesPrograms_AnimalHealth_Scrapie.last_img read more

Fountain: The Future of Screenwriting

first_imgWhat if you could write a screenplay in any word processing application and have it automatically formatted for FinalDraft? Fountain makes it possible.An example of the Fountain markup (click for larger view)For close to two decades, professional screenwriters had only one option when it came to writing screenplays on a computer — FinalDraft. While there were other competing applications, Final Draft was (and still is) the application of choice within the film and television industry. At the end of the day, a writer is expected to work, present, and revise in-progress projects, as .fdx files — the proprietary file format of Final Draft. While there are some utilities that allow a writer to view or translate this document type into something more universal, there is no other application that allows a writer to fully edit an .fdx file other than Final Draft.Further, there hasn’t been many options for starting a screenplay in another application and migrating it to Final Draft for the review and development cycle. You have to start and finish everything in one application on the same computer (because serializing FinalDraft means locking it to a single computer).I don’t know many writers that work this way anymore.Writing happens everywhere: the park, the metro, while driving (dangerous!), in bed, in the bathroom. The device that facilitates these bursts of inspiration is the smartphone. Often a file starts in a simple text editor, moves to something else, then finally lands in a proper screenplay application. With each one of these transitions, a file type translation has to occur. Formatting and notation can get garbled and a lot of “fix-it” work has to be done, losing valuable writing time.What is needed is a universal mark up language — a set of rules and style of writing that exists independent of any one application or file format.Markup Language for ScreenwritersThis is why Fountain is such an amazing development for screenwriters. It is not an application or file type, it is a markup language: ‘a modern system for annotating a document in a way that is syntactically distinguishable from the text.’ (from Wikipedia)Spend a few hours learning the syntax and you’ll be writing screenplays on anything that can edit text. Download any number of Fountain-based apps and you’ll be good to go.‘Fountain is a simple markup syntax for writing, editing and sharing screenplays in plain, human-readable text. Fountain allows you to work on your screenplay anywhere, on any computer or tablet, using any software that edits text files’. (from the Fountain website)What Fountain Looks LikeIt looks like a screenplay from the get-go. For instance, if you want to write a scene heading for an interior day scene in a living room, you just type it like this: int. living room – day.A fountain browser will display that as: INT. LIVING ROOM – DAYStart an action block just by writing normally below a scene heading. And for a character, just write the name in all caps.For every one of these screenplay elements there are ways to force the interpretation. For instance if you wanted to start a scene heading with something other than INT or EXT. You can type a period (“.”) at the start of the line.Using Fountain to go from Google Docs to FinalDraftFinish Your Work in FinalDraftEven with all these great new tools, many of us will still end up in FinalDraft. Thankfully there is a great app from the developers of Fountain called Highland which easily converts a Fountain screenplay into an FDX file. Highland preserves all your existing formatting and structure as you move from Fountain and into FinalDraft. Hopefully soon, FinalDraft will just do that all by itself.last_img read more

ESPN Mistakes Devin Booker For Arrested Notre Dame DB Devin Butler

first_imgESPN accidentally uses Devin Booker photo on Notre Dame report.ESPN.ESPN’s SportsCenter made quite an error in their broadcast of Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler’s arrest last night.First, Butler was arrested yesterday on preliminary felony charges of battery to law enforcement and resisting arrest. Then, when reporting the arrest on Saturday night’s SportsCenter, ESPN managed to confuse Butler with Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker. They very clearly selected the wrong photo for the broadcast.The hiccup definitely didn’t go unnoticed by viewers. Social media lit up, calling out the station for the error..@SportsCenter whoops. @DevinBook pic.twitter.com/sHKYdf1ybT— JTrain (@purplePHXorange) August 21, 2016When they realized the mistake, SportsCenter issued an apology. Anchor Zuban Memento read the statement after the commercial break.You can watch it below:@DevinBook @espn @SportsCenter pic.twitter.com/uAJAgVOWF4— JTrain (@purplePHXorange) August 21, 2016The transcription of his apology is below:“We are back on SportsCenter, and an apology we’d like to make. When reporting on a story earlier this hour on Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler, we accidentally used a photo of the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker. We all here at SportsCenter do sincerely apologize for that mistake.”Butler has since been indefinitely suspended by Notre Dame’s football program.last_img read more

Cabinet Approves Final Draft of National Youth Policy

first_img The Minister added that it outlines and explores areas for action, and indicates six priority areas – education and training, health and well-being, employment and entrepreneurship, youth participation, social inclusion and reintegration, and institutional and youth sector arrangements. Cabinet has approved the final draft of the National Youth Policy by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to be tabled in Parliament as a White Paper. Cabinet has approved the final draft of the National Youth Policy by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to be tabled in Parliament as a White Paper.Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on October 4, Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the policy establishes a framework within which youth can be supported to pursue and achieve their goals.The Minister added that it outlines and explores areas for action, and indicates six priority areas – education and training, health and well-being, employment and entrepreneurship, youth participation, social inclusion and reintegration, and institutional and youth sector arrangements.In the meantime, Senator Reid said Cabinet also gave approval for an updated Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Policy and Implementation Plan, and also for the completion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport/Bureau of Gender Affairs, to be tabled as a Green Paper in Parliament. Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on October 4, Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the policy establishes a framework within which youth can be supported to pursue and achieve their goals. Story Highlightslast_img read more

UK leader deploys ministers to sell Brexit deal to public

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is deploying 30 members of her government throughout the country to rally support for her deal on leaving the European Union.Treasury chief Philip Hammond and Health Secretary Matt Hancock are among the senior ministers who are making appearances around Britain in an effort to win popular support for the agreement and put pressure on lawmakers to approve the deal.May says people in Britain “want us to get on with it,” and that it is important ministers speak with communities to explain how her Brexit deal “works for them.”The House of Commons is scheduled to vote on the plan Tuesday. May has shrugged off calls to postpone the vote despite forecasts that lawmakers are likely to reject it.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Council wont increase the tax rate in 2019

first_imgJoy said, “What is curious is why did BC Assesment increase the property values in the first place and then so quickly revert it back.”Although Commercial buildings were the highest number of rates that changed, Council did not want to punish everyone for a discrepancy that came from B.C. Assessment. Mayor Lori Ackerman said B.C. Assessment may catch on, as Council shared other businesses have the right to file against their property values as well.According to City Staff, in January, each year the BC Assessment Authority provides Local Governments with their projected assessments. Those numbers are used to determine what the annual LEVY will be. The levy is the number of tax dollars the city collects as well as the number used to balance the budget.BC Assessment final numbers are provided to municipalities at the end of the first quarter of the year. Local governments then finalize their budgets — the year. Local governments then finalize their budgets.To watch the Council’s decision, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN – Counc has decided to transfer funds from the City’s tax stabilization reserve rather than increase property taxes.Council agreed unanimously that City staff increase the 2019 Return on Investment Income by $350,000 and transfer $251,514 from the Tax Stabilization Reserve to cover a budget shortfall of $601,514.David Joy, General Manager of corporate services said he received a final report from the B.C. Assessment Office last week.  Assessment appeals doubled from 99 in 2018 to 171 in 2019. The appeals saw the total assessed value of properties drop by $37,249,546 from January.last_img read more

To lure visitors back to Los Cabos the Los Cabos

first_imgTo lure visitors back to Los Cabos, the Los Cabos Convention & Visitors Bureau launched today ‘Los Cabos a la Carte,’ a promotion in which travelers can select a vacation package of their choice from a menu of incredible savings offered exclusively online at www.visitloscabos.travel.‘Los Cabos a la Carte’ offers include free room nights, resort credits, complimentary room upgrades, dinners for two at award-winning restaurants, discounts on luxurious spa treatments, free rounds of golf on championship courses and more. Each vacation package offers different discounts and services, specific to the participating resort.For more information and to view the complete ‘Los Cabos a la Carte’ menu of vacation packages, please visit the new official website of the Los Cabos Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.visitloscabos.travel.last_img read more

Irish telco Eir is in talks to acquire Dublinbase

first_imgIrish telco Eir is in talks to acquire Dublin-based pay TV broadcaster Setanta Sport, according to local press.According to the Irish Times, talks between the pair are at an advanced stage and are likely to be completed next year, subject to regulatory approval.According to the paper, Setanta co-founder and majority owner Mickey O’Rourke would remain with the company for a period after the deal is closed.Setanta operates two sports channels in Ireland and has a carriage deal with Virgin Media.Earlier this year, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific struck a deal to acquire rugby-focused Setanta Sports Asia. Setanta Africa was acquired by Fox International Channels two years ago.last_img read more

In This Issue   Currencies back to assaulting

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Currencies back to assaulting the dollar. *  China prints very strong Trade Surplus! *  ECB balance sheet shrinking. *  ECB & Norges Bank meet. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Yellen Says ZIRP Is Warranted! Good Day! . And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’m not in the Tub Thumpin’ mood this morning, but I sure hope you are! I’ll be fighting this awful feeling I have this morning, throughout the letter, until as REO Speedwagon sang, “I can’t fight this feeling any longer.” When I turned on the currency screens this morning, I saw a lot of green. Which reminded me of many years ago, when trading systems first came out, and there was a guy at a booth next to ours, at a trade show, that was selling these trading systems, and I kept hearing him say over and over again for 3 days, “when it lights up green you buy, when it lights up red, you sell, it’s that simple!”  Of course if it were that simple all that bought that system would have been multi-millionaires!  So, it’s all about the currencies again today, after taking a brief pause for the cause yesterday. Yesterday’s Big Event, was Janet Yellen’s first trip to “the Hill” to make the semi-annual testimony to lawmakers on the pulse of the economy. Today, she’ll head to the other side of “the Hill” to repeat her talk.  What I found interesting in her talk yesterday, was that it didn’t stray from the script that was prepared ahead of time for her. She didn’t stray, nor did she drop any bombs like Ben Bernanke did last year, when he first mentioned tapering. What Yellen did say, which was not a change, was that, “. Given the “considerable degree of slack” in labor markets and with inflation still well below the Fed’s 2.0% target, a high degree of monetary accommodation continues to be warranted.” So, in other words. Interest rates aren’t going anywhere for what she once again said, “a considerable amount of time after the bond buying ends”, but would NOT be pinned down on describing “considerable time” this time. And so the markets came away from the meeting feeling as though the ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) was set in stone. And what that thought prompted the markets to do? Sell dollars! And so we have another all-out assault on the dollar this morning, except from one main participant, the Chinese renminbi/ yuan. But the euro is at an 8-week high VS the dollar this morning, and the Norwegian krone has dropped below 5.90 for the first time since last October. (krone is a European priced currency, so the lower the number the greater return is VS dollars) It’s about time the krone got moving,  I can hear you saying to yourself. And yes, I would agree! There have been many mornings that I’ve sat here beating myself up over the krone’s inability to rally.  But that’s here nor there, this morning.  The Norges Bank (Norway’s Central Bank) is also meeting this morning, and there’s not any reason to believe the Norges Bank will change horses in the middle of the stream today. The European Central Bank (ECB) is meeting as my fat fingers type away here, and as I said earlier this week, the drama that has surrounded previous ECB meetings is missing at this meeting. The recent strength of the Eurozone economy has ECB President, Draghi, on hold for implementing any new stimulus measures. And with that, the Eurozone balance sheet gets reduced as countries that have taken out loans, pay them back.  This is an important piece of the puzzle folks. I’ve talked about this before, so this is for all the new readers or for those that missed class that day. But, the euro is receiving love again from all over the world, because of a lot of things, but none so important than the shrinking of the ECB’s balance sheet, while in the U.S. the dollar has to live with the Fed still pumping more air in their balance sheet, although not at the same pace as before, but still pumping. The best performing currency overnight has been the Brazilian real. The real has the best interest rate differential of what’s considered to be the industrialized world. And when the Fed Chairwoman says ZIRP is not changing, real investors see this as an opportunity to make some hay while the sun shines. I would just caution real investors to keep an exit strategy close at hand, for the Brazilian Gov’t has bitten investors once before, which makes me, Once Bitten, Twice Shy, babe. The real has gained 6.5% VS the dollar this year, mostly because of this rate differential thing. But some of the gains are tied to the hopes that there will be a change in Gov’t at the elections later this year. From first to worst. ( I like it better reversed!)  the Chinese renminbi, as described above, was the only currency to book losses overnight VS the dollar, and you have to question the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) as to why that was the case, given the good data from China overnight that saw the Trade Surplus beat expectations!  The Chinese Trade Surplus came in at $18.5 Billion in April, beating the expectations of $13.9 Billion! Both import and export growth were stronger in April than in March. The one I look to is the import growth, which is an indication of how the domestic demand is doing. And in this case, domestic demand must be doing just fine! With the euro at an 8-week high this morning, the Swiss franc also gets to jump up and click its heels together over its move VS the dollar.  And the Commodity Currencies of: Australia, New Zealand, Canada and S. Africa, are all stronger VS the dollar this morning, on not only current rate differential trades, but future rate differentials. (remember, Chuck expects 2 more rate hikes in New Zealand, and maybe 1 before year-end in Australia) Judging from the emails received yesterday, there are quite a few Al Stewart fans out there! I’m listening to On the Border right now, and that’s what reminded me that I talked about his music yesterday morning, and I received some notes. Always great to know that others are out there humming, whistling, or even singing songs that I reminded them of! Gold is basically flat this morning, although up a buck, after falling below $1,300 again yesterday. This back and forth around $1,300 is beginning to give me a rash! . Yesterday, I talked about the price performance of Palladium, and earlier this week I talked a lot about Silver. But today, I’ll stick to Gold. on a sidebar, did you hear that China has demanded Gold as collateral from Zimbabwe should they loan them any money?   I tell you that, because I think we’ll see more and more of this, using Gold as a money tool. It’s already being used to pay for Oil (see India), and countries like China and Russia are going to attempt to bring Gold back as the true currency it is! The U.S. Data Cupboard yesterday, showed that Consumer Credit exploded higher in March from $12.986 Billion to $17.529 Billion!  Although I did see that Margin Debt at brokerage houses dropped in March. So, this is confusing data, but  if we look under the hood, we see that Margin Debt had reached an all-time high, it really had nowhere to go but to back off, which it did. I doubt this is a trend, given that everyone and their brother is in stocks right now. Today, we get the usual fare of Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, and that’s about it, besides a Bloomberg Consumer Comfort survey. And tomorrow’s Data Cupboard is pretty bare too. So, the markets are left to  Fed Speak. Yes, as I said above, Janet Yellen will repeat her talk today, but she’s not the only Fed member to be on the speaking docket today. Plosser, Evans, Tarullo, and Bullard will all have something to talk about today. Should be interesting to see if there are any tidbits said outside of the scripts. People ask me all the time, “Chuck, what’s your all-time favorite song?” Hmm. Probably the one that’s playing on the IPod right now, from the Captain and Me album, South City Midnight Lady, by the Doobie Bros. So. there you go! For What It’s Worth. Well, believe it or don’t, I found this article on a link provided by LinkedIn. It’s about the Baby Boomers ( like me!). It’s pretty long, so fill up the coffee cup and enjoy. “For decades, the retirement of the baby boom generation has been a looming economic threat. Now, it’s no longer looming – it’s here. Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65. That’s a trend with profound economic consequences. Simply put, retirees don’t contribute as much to the economy as workers do. They don’t produce anything, at least directly. They don’t spend as much on average. And they’re much more likely to depend on others – the government or their own children, most often – than to support themselves. The recession may have delayed the inevitable for a time. The financial crisis wiped away billions in retirement savings, forcing many Americans to work longer than planned. But the stock market has since rebounded, and there are signs that more Americans are at last feeling confident enough to leave the workforce. The labor force participation rate for older Americans – the share of those 55 and older who are working or actively looking for work – has fallen over the past year after rising through the recession and early years of the recovery. Roughly 17 percent of baby boomers now report that they are retired, up from 10 percent in 2010.1 Now that the wave has begun, nothing is likely to stop it. The Census Bureau on Tuesday released a pair of reports that show just how dramatic an impact the graying of the population will have in coming decades. Nearly a quarter of Americans were born between 1946 and 1964, the typical definition of the baby boom generation. That’s more than 75 million people. In their heyday, the boomers were an unprecedented economic force, pushing up rates of homeownership, consumer spending and, most important of all, employment. It’s no coincidence that the U.S. labor force participation rate – the share of the adult population that has a job or is trying to find one – hit a record high in the late 1990s, when the boomers were at the peak of their working lives. It’s been downhill ever since. The participation rate hit a 36-year low last month, and while there are multiple reasons for the decline, the aging of the baby boom generation is a dominant factor. In 2003, 82 percent of boomers were part of the labor force; a decade later, that number has declined to 66 percent, and it will only continue to fall.” Chuck again. The reason I found this to be interesting, is that, the economy is going to have to find a way to offset all these retiring Baby Boomers. And then there’s also the Unfunded Liabilities number that is just going to keep growing like a week. Today it stands at: $129 Trillion! To recap. The currencies are back to taking liberties with the dollar this morning, except the Chinese renminbi. China posted some very strong Trade Surplus numbers last night, so the overnight depreciation of the renminbi was curious. The ECB and Norges Bank are meeting this morning, but expect no drama. The ECB balance sheet is shrinking while the Fed’s is still getting pumped up, like Hans and Franz. The real is the best performing currency overnight, given their rate differential and Janet Yellen’s speech yesterday in which she emphatically held tight to the thought that zirp is warranted. Currencies today 5/8/14. American Style: A$ .9385, kiwi .8660, C$ .9195, euro 1.3945, sterling 1.6970, Swiss $1.1445, . European Style: rand 10.3770, krone 5.8645, SEK 6.4860, forint 218.15, zloty 3.0050, koruna 19.6605, RUB 35.10, yen 101.80, sing 1.2470, HKD 7.7515, INR 60.07, China 6.1557, pesos 12.95, BRL 2.2155, Dollar Index 79.09, Oil $100.40, 10-year 2.63%, Silver $19.33, Platinum $1,441.80, Palladium $807.29, and Gold. $1,293.50 That’s it for today. WOW, my beloved Cardinals saw their bats come alive last night in Atlanta, and now hopefully those hot bats get packed away and taken to Pittsburgh this weekend! They are 3-3 on this road trip, so taking the series in Pittsburgh is important!  Great news from the Water Polo world. Alex was named 1st team All-Conference!  But even better, son, Andrew was named the Water Polo Coach of the Year in the state of Missouri! WOW! Now they just have to finish in the final 4 of the state playoffs, which begins this Saturday for the Lindberg team.. Hey! I know that I’ve been remiss in reminding you of this, but Sunday is Mother’s Day! Don’t forget! If your mom is still alive, give her a great big hug and thank her, then tell her you love her. You don’t know how many times you’ll get to do that, believe me.  Well, I fought through what was weighing on me this morning, so now it’s time to send this out. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more