What are you seeing that you are accepting?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Several years ago when I was an executive at a financial institution, one particular copy machine in the marketing department kept breaking. Almost on a daily basis, something would go wrong with it. It was such a commonplace occurrence for it to break that I was on a first name basis with the repairman.One day when I hit “print”, I could hear the noise of yet another unfixable paper jam. I flew out of my office saying all the choice words your mother told you to never use at work. Once I calmed down I realized the real problem wasn’t with the copy machine—it was with me.I had accepted that the copy machine was going to break all the time. It was just the way we were doing business. I was not doing anything (like replacing the machine) that would solve the long-term problem.So what are you seeing in your credit union or bank that you are just accepting? Here are a few areas to explore. continue reading »last_img read more

Exotic Smithfield “tree house” a labour of love for Rob and Sandy Jackson

first_imgRob and Sandy Jackson are living in a FNQ “tree house”. Rob lost his arm after he was electrocuted last year, but that didn’t stop him from continuing to renovate his beloved home. Picture: Marc McCormackA SHOCKING injury did not deter Far North DIY guru Robert “Jacko” Jackson from pouring his heart and soul into a majestic tropical “tree house”.Over the past decade Mr Jackson, 71, and his wife Sandy, 69, have devoted countless hours into bringing the best out of their four-bedroom home at 80 Stanton Rd.A colossal outdoor deck is the centrepiece of this leafy Smithfield property which, set among tall trees, features views of the Cairns skyline.“We spend all our time on the deck. It has a bar, so we seem to entertain a lot,” Mrs Jackson said.A freshwater creek running through the property is one of many new additions made by the retirees in recent years.“Some of our friends had these big rocks, and Jacko spent weeks travelling to their place, loading up the truck and coming home,” Mrs Jackson said. “I helped him unpack the rocks and now we have this amazing waterfall.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoMrs Jackson said “Jacko”, who hails from Sydney, was a “diehard spearfisherman” and always loved the tropical lifestyle.But the couple suffered a major setback in October last year when Mr Jackson lost his right forearm after coming into contact with powerlines.“I’m lucky to still have him with me,” Mrs Jackson said.But her husband, an experienced and meticulous DIY enthusiast, has continued to ensure his beloved home remains in perfect condition. “He also lost two fingers on his left hand … but he has managed to repaint every door frame in the house,” Mrs Jackson said.“Nothing has stopped him, and I’m very proud, but the worst part is that he can’t spearfish anymore.”Now, after a rewarding 10 years, the couple has decided to sell the home, which is listed by Cairns Property Office for offers in the low $900,000s.While sad to be moving, Mrs Jackson said the accident had left them with little choice. Call Shane Trimby on 0431 067 637 for more information.last_img read more

Qld’s eye-watering sales for 2019 so far, and the listings that could topple them from top spot

first_img 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point, is also on the marketBut the high-end sales were not just confined to the inner-ring, with a house dubbed the “ultimate entertainer” at Stafford selling for $3 million in June.On the Gold Coast, the report said beachside and waterfront suburbs attracted interest from “far and wide” this year.“One of the highest penthouse sales in recent years occurred in February 2019 for $8.6 million, comprising the top two floors of an eight level absolute beach front building known as Sea and located at 3533 Main Beach Parade, Main Beach,” the report said. A Sovereign Islands mansion with an eight car basement garage that sold for $6.3 million in March, a riverfront, Hamptons-style home at Southport that sold for $7 million and a Paradise Waters residence that sold for $7.975 million also got a top mention in the report.But those sales could be eclipsed by what is currently listed for sale on the Gold Coast.Alex Phillis of Alex Phillis Real Estate is marketing arguably the sale of the year – a seven bedroom, palatial mansion at Sovereign Islands that is listed for US$30 million. That’s north of $43 million in Aussie dollars. 26-33 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands, could eclipse all sales if it sells for its asking price of US$30 millionAlso for sale on the Gold Coast is 17 Hedges Avenue at Mermaid Beach, which is listed for $12.5 million, and Te Moana at 255 Monaco Street at Broadbeach, which is seeking an offer over $12.95 million.On the Sunshine Coast, it will be hard to beat the record-breaking year that was 2018, when a Sunshine Beach mansion sold for $18 million.But there have still been strong sales in the prestige market this year, the report said.Among them was the $7.1 million sale of 54 Noosa Parade, the riverfront residence at 31 Carwoola Crescent in Mooloolaba (under contract for $4.725 million), and the record sale of a Noosa unit.That three bedroom apartment sold for $8.25 million, or $33,119 per square metre, in August.But even that sale could be squashed if a Noosa Heads apartment achieves its sought after price, which is north of $11 million, or a Mooloolaba penthouse flips for its $12 million asking price.“For units, the larger permanent occupancy style product remains most popular,” the report said. This stunner at 21-23 Webb Road, Sunshine Beach, sold for $18 million last year. SuppliedIn the regions, the prestige market is also looking promising.After 12 months in recovery mode after the mining downturn, high-end properties in Mackay are gaining traction.“On the prestige front, we have seen a variety of properties sell, with the majority of sales around $1.2 million give or take $50,000,” the report said. “The jewel in the crown however belongs to the sale of 30 Beach Road, Dolphin Heads for$1.73 million. This property comprises a large architecturally designed dwelling on absolutebeach front … and represents the highest sale recorded in Mackay in the past 12 months.“Local agents report good interest in prestige property, however a lack of high quality stockis currently holding the market back. “One way we have seen around this is the increase in new construction of prestige dwellings.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoIn the beef capital of Rockhampton, the “longstanding price ceiling of $1.5 million” was smashed with the sale of 50 Agnes Street, The Range. It sold prior to auction for just shy of $1.8 million, according to HTW. In Gladstone, the report said there had been limited sales activity of homes on standard residential lots over the $600,000 price point and unit sale prices had topped out at just over $200,000.But it said the residential market had stabilised after a “very volatile patch”.In Bundaberg, the residential market had “remained typically flat” with the exception of the sale of a waterfront house at Bargara for $4.12 million.It sold to “a local farming and banking identity”, setting a new record for the area.In Emerald, where a big sale is considered one over $1 million, there have been two properties sold above that magic mark, according to the report.The standout sale in Cairns, according to HTW, was a contemporary home on a huge beachfront site that sold for $4 million, and in Port Douglas, it was a trophy property that changed hands for $5.1 million.“Townsville’s top end eye candy property is a relatively shallow market with the majority ofprestige stock falling within the $1 million to $2.5 million price range,” according to the report.“These swoon-inducing properties typically offer elevated aspects and ocean views with well above average levels of accommodation and fit out.” This Annandale house is listed for $2.4 millionTo date, the highest settled residential sale in the garrison city for 2019 is a Castle Hill property that sold for just over $1.5 million, but there are several on the market now seeking offers above that pricepoint.A six bedroom, architecturally-designed house in Annandale is currently listed for $2.4 million negotiable. And in Toowoomba, the prestige market for $1 million-plus properties continues to show signs of strong interest and sales results, but is limited in supply, the report revealed.The report comes after a volatile period for the national property market, with Sydney and Melbourne, in particular, feeling the effects of the downturn. Brisbane has largely weathered the storm, but has not been completely immune, with house values marginally down, but now showing signs of improvement, with several experts tipping that the river city will be the powerhouse for increasing values in coming years. Auction clearance rates have also improved, and buyers are back in the market, albeit competing for less stock. The latest CoreLogic-Moody’s Analytics Australia Home Value Index Forecast has Brisbane house prices rising two per cent nextyear, and 3.7 per cent in 2021. Apartment prices are expected to grow even faster after a volatile few years. MORE NEWS: New home sales building in Queensland The riverfront mansion that set a new Brisbane auction record Rental vacancies tighten across Qld Brisbane home values to jump The HTW National Property Clock (houses) also shows Brisbane, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville and the Whitsundays arenow in “start of recovery” mode. Emerald and Hervey Bay are listed as “rising markets”, while the Sunshine Coast is “peak of market”. The Gold Coast is “approaching bottom of market” while Ipswich, Rockhampton and Toowoomba are “bottom of market”. For units, Brisbane is now at the “bottom of market”, according to the report. This Bulimba residence sold under the hammer for a residential auction record of $8.4 millionAgain, the sale was exclusively revealed by the Courier Mail, with Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett saying the battle for the riverfront beauty came down to two eager local buyers. Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett at the Bulimba house the day after the auction. Photographer: Liam Kidston.But it wasn’t just detached houses that attracted some jawdropping prices this year, with a stunning, two-level penthouse at 10/170 Bowen Terrace in New Farm, selling for $6 million. With a view like that, it is easy to see how this New Farm penthouse changed hands for $6 million“If you’ve got deep pockets and are on the hunt for something special, then here are a few current listings worth checking out,” the report said.Among those eyecandy listings is the Shaun Lockyer-designed 33B Harbour Road at Hamilton, which is for sale by negotiation. Originally built for Brisbane property developer Don O’Rorke, of Consolidated Properties, it sold for $11.8 million back in 2015, setting a new price record at the time. 33B Harbour Rd, Hamilton, is for sale by negotiationAnother record-breaker at 1 Leopard St in Kangaroo Point is also back on the market, after setting the current price record when it sold for a wallet-draining $18.488 million in 2016. RELATED: Take a look inside Brisbane’s most expensive house This riverfront Tennyson property sold off market for more than $16 million last monthThe Courier Mail exclusively revealed that the sprawling estate at 1 King Arthur Terrace sold off-market for more than $16 million last month, the city’s second highest recorded single residential sale.At the time Morris, who would not be drawn on the exact sales price, said it had sold to a local family. Broncos chairman Karl Morris (AAP Image/Josh Woning)But it was not the only headline-making sale of the year in Brisbane.The report also highlighted the sale of 95-99 McConnell St at Bulimba, which sold under the hammer for $8.4 million, equalling Brisbane’s highest ever residential auction record set a decade ago. 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James R. Hicks Sr.

first_imgJames R. Hicks Sr., 77, of Brookville died March 28, 2020, at Reid Health in Richmond, IN.Jim was born on October 7, 1942 to Bert and Ethel Bryant Hicks. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Jim married Betty Strope on May 7, 1965 in South Bend, Indiana. He had worked at MMI in Harrison, Ohio, retiring after seventeen years of service and was a member of Bernard Hurst Post #77 American Legion of Brookville. Jim enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and family, attending Bluegrass Festivals and playing music. He also loved fishing, having cookouts, going to tractor pulls and the sale barn.Jim is survived by three children: Charlene Robertson and husband, Rick of Milan, Kevin Hicks and wife, Tawnya of Brookville, and James Hicks Jr. of Brookville; nine grandsons; four great-grandchildren; a sister: Billie Maxie of Metamora; and a brother:  Rick Hicks and wife Barbara of Jacksonville, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife  on January 2, 2015, a daughter Billie Jo Upchurch, a sister Jean Hamilton, and a brother Jerry Hicks.Due to the Covid 19 restrictions, a private graveside service will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at a later date to honor Jim’s life. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Bernard Hurst Post #77 American Legion in Brookville. For more information or to send condolences or memories, go to www.cookrosenberger.com. The Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home Staff assisted the family with the arrangements and were honored to serve Jim’s family.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Chiefs have agreed to a contract with defensive end Taco Charlton, the 28th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Charlton flamed out in Dallas and Miami, but his athleticism is a perfect match for coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. The 25-year-old made seven starts for the Cowboys before sustaining a shoulder injury. He was waived just two weeks into last season and was let go by the Dolphins on Thursday.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSecretariat wins Kentucky Derby…againUNDATED (AP) — Secretariat has won a virtual Kentucky Derby against 12 fellow Triple Crown winners, 47 years after the chestnut colt won the real race at Churchill Downs.Secretariat was the 7-2 favorite, although there was no wagering. Instead, fans selecting the winning horse online were entered to win a VIP experience at the Derby this fall. Update on the latest sports — Formula One hopes to finally start the season with a double-header in the naturally isolated environment around the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix. Despite the first 10 races having been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the targeted start date is July 5 in Austria. F1 still hopes to hold 15 to 18 of the 22 scheduled Grand Prix races. One way to make up for lost time would be to have consecutive weekends on one circuit, like the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Its location in the mountains makes it naturally isolated.— The NCAA’s chief medical officer says widespread testing for coronavirus will be crucial to having college sports in the fall, especially contact sports such as football and basketball. Dr. Brian Hainline expressed cautious optimism in an interview with The Associated Press. The NCAA unveiled a three-phase recommended plan for getting sports up and running on campuses this fall. They all depend on schools having students back on campus.— Cycling’s European Road Championships have been postponed until next year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The championships were scheduled to take place Sept. 9-13 in Trentino, Italy, but the European Cycling Union says the “uncertainty of the current health crisis” means there are not enough guarantees “for organizing an event of such magnitude.” The championship will move to either Sept. 1-5 or 8-12 in 2021. The International Cycling Union is expected to announce which dates when it publishes next year’s calendar in the coming months.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BORDER WARKansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football set KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football.The former Big 12 rivals have agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025.The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but it has been on hiatus since Missouri departed for the Southeastern Conference. The schools recently announced a six-game series in men’s basketball beginning with the upcoming season that includes two games on each campus and two in Kansas City, Missouri.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-UCLA-HILLUCLA’s Jalen Hill withdraws name from NBA draft May 2, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSBears pass on Trubisky optionUNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Bears are indicating they are running out of patience with Mitchell Trubisky.center_img Saturday’s 1 1/4-mile race featured computer-generated imagery and was held the same day the 146th Derby had been scheduled until it was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Derby has been re-set for Sept. 5.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Brighton has become the first English Premier League club to publicly oppose plans to try to restart the season in neutral stadiums during the coronavirus pandemic. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says the league’s integrity would be damaged if teams couldn’t play at home. The Premier League sees using only up to half of the 20 stadiums as the most viable way of completing the season, which was suspended almost two months ago. West Ham vice chair Karren Brady says “no one wants” neutral stadiums but government and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority would have to approve the locations of games.— Cologne’s players are continuing to train despite three positive tests for coronavirus that have unsettled the German soccer league’s restart plans. The squad is currently training in small groups. Players and staff around the league began giving samples Thursday as part of a testing process designed to enable teams to return to full training and then to games later this month. Cologne said Friday that three people had tested positive but didn’t name them or say whether they were players.— Scott McLaughlin has won his second IndyCar iRace in a wild finish that saw most of the leaders crash as they rushed toward the checkered flag. Formula One driver Lando Norris was headed for what appeared a 1-2-3 podium sweep for the Arrow McLaren SP entries on the final lap. But Norris ran into the back of Simon Pagenaud and the defending Indy 500 champion, to take himself out of contention. Conor Daly finished second and was followed by Santino Ferrucci, who figured there would be a lot of angry drivers after the 175-mile race. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Bears have declined their fifth-year option on the quarterback for the 2021 season.The move is hardly a surprise considering the way Trubisky struggled in his third season since the Bears drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick. His 2019 statistics sagged across the board from the previous season as he finished with 3,138 yards passing, a 63.2% completion rate, 17 touchdowns and an 83 quarterback rating.General manager Ryan Pace largely staked his reputation to Trubisky when he traded up a spot with San Francisco to draft him ahead of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Houston’s Deshaun Watson.The Bears acquired 2018 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles from Jacksonville in March and plan to hold an open competition for the starting job.In other NFL news: Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Hill is staying at UCLA for his redshirt junior season. A team spokesman says Hill has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft.Hill started 25 of 30 games for the Bruins under first-year coach Mick Cronin last season, averaging 9 points and a team-leading 6.9 rebounds.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

The Latest: Nats’ Zimmerman, Ross to skip 2020 season

first_imgEnglish started the season with limited status and has risen to No. 27 in the FedEx Cup. He must self-isolate for 10 days, meaning he will miss the next two tournaments.___The National Hockey League says a total of 26 players have reported testing positive for the new coronavirus since voluntary workouts began June 8.Monday’s update includes four additional cases among those tested at team facilities, to go along with the 11 announced June 19. The league says it’s aware of 11 other players testing positive outside the voluntary workout protocol.The NHL said more than 250 players who worked out at team facilities were administered more than 1,450 COVID-19 tests. The Latest: Nats’ Zimmerman, Ross to skip 2020 season Associated Press Harris English is the fifth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus.The positive test for English was part of the pre-tournament screening process at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. English did not play last week at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.Since its return to golf, the tour had no positive tests the opening week in Texas; one positive test in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and three positive tests — plus two positive tests for caddies — in Connecticut.English says in a statement he feels healthy and supports the tour’s additional policy of not letting anyone at Detroit Golf Club until the test results were back. Previously, a player could practice but not enter the clubhouse while waiting on the results. General manager Mike Rizzo said Zimmerman and Ross opted out “for the personal health and safety of themselves and their loved ones,” adding the team supports their decisions.Zimmerman said in a statement his family situation factored into his decision. His mother is at high risk for complications from the coronavirus because she has multiple sclerosis, and he has three young children, including a newborn. He told The Associated Press last week he was still undecided on whether to play.As part of his announcement, the 35-year-old Zimmerman said he’s not retiring.Ross is a 27-year-old right-hander with five years of major league experience, all with Washington.___ June 29, 2020center_img NASCAR still plans to celebrate its champions from the Xfinity Series to the truck series and promises details to come. And NASCAR says the series looks forward to returning to Nashville in 2021. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The camps begin July 20 at www.jetacademycamp.com and can be streamed on any device. Schedule details and pricing are available on the website.Smith has run a camp for 25 years in North Carolina, where he played collegiately. But camps have been limited or canceled in many locations because of rules limiting sizes of gatherings because of the virus.___NASCAR may be racing during the coronavirus pandemic. Celebrating in early December now is off the schedule.The motorsports series has canceled its Champion’s Week and Cup Series awards scheduled for early December in Nashville, citing the uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the industry. NASCAR moved Champion’s Week to Nashville in 2019 from Las Vegas. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Longtime Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and teammate Joe Ross have decided not to play this season. The league and players are in the final stages of agreeing to resume the season. Training camps can open as early as July 10 if an agreement on testing, health and safety protocols and “hub” cities to host the games can be reached.___NBA All-Stars Kemba Walker and Trae Young, and U.S. women’s Olympians Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart will be coaches for an online basketball camp set up in response to coronavirus restrictions.The camp for children of all ages was launched by former NBA player and longtime TNT basketball studio analyst Kenny Smith.Two-time NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo and WNBA star Brittney Griner are also set to work “The Jet Academy,” with more participants to be announced.last_img read more

Lamb’s final-day record underscores Jamaica superiority at 48th CARIFTA Games

first_imgGEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC) – Deshaun Lamb’s record-breaking run in the Under-17 Boys sprint hurdles underlined Jamaica’s dominance as the perennial powerhouse once again showcased their superiority on the final day of the 48th CARIFTA Games here Easter Monday.Jamaica swept all four sprint hurdles and relay finals early in the evening session before returning to put an exclamation mark on proceedings by also winning all four distance relays, at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.In fact, the Jamaicans won 17 of the 21 events in the final session to finish the championship with 85 medals overall – 36 gold, 33 silver and 16 bronze.Lamb’s performance epitomised his country’s swagger as he raced to a new time of 13.54 seconds, eclipsing countryman Vashaun Vascianna’s 13.60 set last year in The Bahamas.Running out of lane four, Lamb was pushed all the way by teammate Niel-Matthew Sutherland, and crossed the line only narrowly ahead.Sutherland took silver in 13.61 while Matthew Sophia of Curacao grabbed bronze in 13.64.Rasheed Broadbell also led a Jamaica one-two in the Under-20 Boys sprint hurdles when he won in 13.26 – just outside of Wilhem Belocian’s five-year-old record of 13.23.Running out of lane three, Broadbell started well, stumbled slightly when he crashed hurdle number three but stayed composed enough to recover and reach the line ahead of Vascianna in 13.32.Kay-Lagay Clarke ensured another Jamaican sweep of the top two spots in the Under-17 Girls when she stopped the clock in 13.68 to win gold ahead of teammate Crystal Shaw (13.72).Ackera Nugent, who claimed silver last year in the Under-17s, grabbed gold in the Under-20 Girls, winning in a time of 13.24.Jamaica also lived up to their high billing in the sprint relays. The team of Shaw, Clarke, Brianna Lyston and Glacian Loutin combined to open the account with victory in the Under-17 Girls age group, winning in a time of 45.63.They were not without a challenge, however, as Trinidad and Tobago pushed them all the way, especially on the anchor leg where Taejha Badal produced a searing run but just missed out.There was no such drama in the corresponding Boys final as Christopher Scott, on the third leg, got the stick to anchor Bouwajhie Nkrumie first, leaving the last 80 metres as a straightforward affair.Double sprint champion, Brianna Williams, then set in train her eventual capture of the Austin Sealy Award for the second straight year when she produced a fluent first leg in the Under-20 Girls final, as Jamaica took another uncomplicated victory in 44.25.Trinidad and Tobago were a distant second in 45.11 with Barbados holding on to bronze in 45.52.Jamaica faced their stiffest competition in the Boys Under-20s with Ryiem Robertson forced to chase down Bahamian Joel Johnson before catching him on the line, to win a thriller in 39.46, which was just outside of the CARIFTA record.The contest on the backstretch seemed between Jamaica and Trinidad until Adrian Curry Jr produced a blistering third leg for The Bahamas to bring them into contention.They were forced to settle for silver in 39.49 while Barbados held bronze in 40.18.For the second straight year, Kevroy Venson of Jamaica took gold in the gruelling Boys 5 000 metres but made it look easy, producing a trademark kick over the last 100 metres to cross the line in 15 minutes 21.30 seconds.The field events were not spared Jamaica’s wrath either. Rajuan Ricketts conjured up success in the Boys Under-17 triple jump when he measured 14.26 metres while Cobe Graham sustained the dominance with a throw of 18.62m to win the Under-20 Boys shot put.In the Girls Under-17 discus, Cedricka Williams measured 47.94m to lead a Jamaica one-two, with Damali Williams grabbing silver with 40.87m.Jamaica also swept the top two spots in the corresponding Boys event as Cobe Lawrence threw 53.32 for gold while Christopher Young took silver in 51.34.last_img read more

Umpire’s call should be removed if DRS is available worldwide-Ian Gould

first_img‘UMPIRE’s call’ should be removed from the decision review system, says former umpire Ian Gould.The DRS was introduced into Test cricket in 2009 and it is now used in all three international formats.Gould said umpire’s call, which relates to an lbw decision, should not be used if DRS is available worldwide.“You have to have DRS worldwide and if you do that, I’d take umpire’s call out,” said Englishman Gould, who stood in 251 international matches.If a player reviews an lbw decision and less than half the ball is hitting the stumps, the on-field umpire’s call stands.Teams no longer lose a review if a review is shown to be umpire’s call.“My argument is you can’t go to one place and have 37 cameras on every decision you make, then you go somewhere else and there’s only 10,” Gould, 62, told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show.“It’s unfair. It doesn’t equal the game up.”The use of DRS is irregular in women’s cricket. Global tournaments run by the International Cricket Council tend to have the technology, but bilateral limited-overs series do not.In the men’s game, Cricket Ireland could not afford the technology for their Test against Pakistan.Gould, who retired last year, said umpires were “not massive fans” when the technology was first introduced.“If a batsman came forward and was hit on the pad, then it was not out,” he said.“Then all of a sudden you were seeing these things in front of you.“That was the hard bit. When I first joined, a lot of senior umpires felt as though they were being shown up.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Russian Athletes Banned from Rio Paralympics Games

first_imgDOPE SCANDALRussian athletes have been banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympics following the country’s doping scandal.The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) had opened suspension proceedings following the McLaren report, and has now confirmed the ban.The report, published last month, claimed Russia had operated a state-sponsored doping programme.The Russian Paralympic Committee will reportedly appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).In contrast to the IPC, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose not to give Russia a blanket ban from the Olympic Games.The Rio 2016 Paralympics begin in 31 days time and 267 Russian athletes across 18 sports will miss the Games.“The anti-doping system in Russia is broken, corrupted and entirely compromised,” said IPC President, Sir Philip Craven, at a news conference in Rio yesterday.“The Russian Paralympic Committee is unable to ensure compliance with and enforcement of the IPC anti-doping code and the world anti-doping code within their own national jurisdiction and they cannot fulfill its fundamental obligation as an IPC member.“As a result, the Russian Paralympic Committee is suspended with immediate effect.”“Tragically this situation is not about athletes cheating a system, but about a state-run system that is cheating the athletes. The doping culture that is polluting Russian sport stems from the Russian government.“The Russian government has catastrophically failed its Para-athletes. Their medals-over-morals mentality disgusts me. The complete corruption of the anti-doping system is contrary to the rules and strikes at the very heart of the spirit of Paralympic sport.“It shows a blatant disregard for the health and wellbeing of athletes and, quite simply, has no place in Paralympic sport. Their thirst for glory at all costs has severely damaged the integrity and image of all sport, and has certainly resulted in a devastating outcome for the Russian Paralympic Committee and Para-athletes.”The McLaren Report found that Russia’s sports ministry manipulated urine samples provided by its athletes.The report identified 27 samples relating to eight Para sports, five of which are summer sports, including some governed by the IPC.The IPC has also found evidence that samples were swapped during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games and they plan to re-analyse every Russian sample from Sochi.The IPC allowed the Russian Paralympic Committee to present their case before they decided on the ban.The IOC was widely criticised for ignoring the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommendation to ban Russia from the Rio Games.Instead, each individual sporting federation was given the power to decide if Russian competitors were clean to compete.A three-person IOC panel then had the final say.In the end, more than 270 Russian athletes were cleared to compete at the Olympics.MONDAY SCHEDULE· Archery Starts at 13:00· Basketball Starts at 02:30· Boxing Starts at 15:00· Canoeing Starts at 16:30· Diving Starts at 20:00· Equestrian Starts at 14:00· Fencing Starts at 13:00· Football Starts at 02:00· Gymnastics Starts at 00:30· Handball Starts at 01:50· Hockey Starts at 00:30· Judo Starts at 14:00· Rowing Starts at 12:30· Rugby 7s Starts at 16:30· Sailing Starts at 17:05· Shooting Starts at 13:00· Swimming Starts at 02:03· T/ Tennis Starts at 00:00· Tennis Starts at 14:45· Volleyball Starts at 00:30· Water Polo Starts at 13:00· Weightlifting Starts at 14:00Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Clippers prepare for Thunder by focusing on closing out games

first_imgSGA’s CONFIDENT DEBUTHours before his official NBA debut Wednesday, Gilgeous-Alexander stood before reporters at shootaround and shrugged, smiled and downplayed the dream-come-true moment like a knowing veteran taking it all just one game at a time.“I feel like I’ve gotten comfortable over the past couple preseason games; I feel ready to go,” Gilgeous-Alexander insisted. “It doesn’t feel too much like my first NBA game.”Then he stepped on the court in place of starting point guard Patrick Beverley with 5:30 left in the first quarter, and his play did the talking: Gilgeous-Alexander was comfortable, ready to go, and he looked not at all like he was playing in his first NBA game.Seventeen seconds after he checked in, he delivered the ball to Lou Williams for a 3-pointer and his first assist.With 3:06 left in the quarter, he attacked the rim – hanging momentarily in mid-air – to convert a layup for his first points.A minute after that, he connected on a smooth step-back jumper from 20 feet.Related Articles “You have to,” Rivers said. “When you have a team that you’ve been together two, three years they almost go into end-of-game mode when end of game starts. When you have a team like this, they don’t know what to go into, so you have to work on it.”Rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander acknowledged the Clippers’ shared shortcomings in late-game situations, but he kept it in perspective.“We haven’t really been together for the longest time in those pressure situations,” he said. “But that will come the more we play. I’m not worried about it.” Surmised forward Tobias Harris: “Tough stretch right there.”Rivers reasoned that the crunch-time collapse had much to do with the teams’ disparate levels of familiarity.The Nuggets looked like they’d been there together before, while the Clippers – whose longest-tenured player is Sindarius Thornwell, who joined the organization on June 23, 2017 – botched an out-of-bounds play.“The entire team forgot it,” Rivers said. “I was screaming and you could tell right after they were like, ‘My bad.’ But we don’t get that back. Those are the things (when) not being together hurts you.”With another home game against Oklahoma City looming Friday night, the Clippers planned to dedicate practice time Thursday to end-of-game scenarios. Clippers coach Doc Rivers let loose a sigh following Wednesday’s season-opening 107-98 loss at home to the Denver Nuggets.Before training camp began, he’d wondered aloud how this season’s Clippers would close games. One game in, he still didn’t know.“The thing that stood out to me was what I said before the year – can we close games?” Rivers said. “We didn’t do that. We had a lead, and then down the stretch we really just didn’t get good shots.”Despite trailing most of the game, the Clippers conjured a fourth-quarter surge that put them ahead 92-84 with 5:14 left. Denver took control from there, outscoring the Clippers 23-6. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 When his debut was done, Gilgeous-Alexander had played 28 minutes and wound up with 11 points, four assists, two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot – and the appreciation of Rivers, who credited the team’s youngest player for doing the best job of following the plan of attacking and either finishing or making plays.His teammates were impressed, too.“(He’s) a very, very poised player,” Harris said. “He played really well tonight for his first game.”Across the locker room, Gilgeous-Alexander was asked again to describe that first-game feeling.“It didn’t feel like too much emotions tonight,” he said, explaining, “I work hard every single day. When you work hard and you see results, the confidence just comes with it.” Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more