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Windies Impasse … Players reject pay cut ahead of T20 World Cup

first_imgA year and half after the regional team called off a tour to India, there is fresh controversy in West Indies cricket as the players are now opposed to a pay cut ahead of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup. Members of the West Indies squad are demanding that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) improve the financial terms of their contracts for the tournament and have requested an urgent meeting ahead of the March 8 – April 3 competition, set for India. The concerns, which centres around a 75 per cent-pay cut were outlined in a letter from team captain Darren Sammy to the WICB, which among other things, pointed to a fall-off in guaranteed earnings from the tournament compared to previous arrangements. The players are demanding 100 per cent of prize money and a doubling of match fees, which currently stand at $6,900. Fourteen of the 15 members selected to represent the West Indies in India next month are yet to sign their contracts for the tournament with the deadline set for February 14, 2016 and Sammy, who rejected the credibility of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), made it clear that the WIPA negotiated terms will not be accepted by the players. One player on the squad has already signed the WICB’s Twenty20 World Cup contract with Sulieman Benn reportedly putting pen to paper. Referring to a US$8-million ICC payment received by the WICB, Sammy urged the Board to revert to a previous remuneration package, which saw players earning 25 per cent of income received by the WICB for participation in ICC tournaments. He noted that under the previous deal, players would be guaranteed US$133,000 as opposed to the US$27,600 under the current terms if they play in all official matches. “We have collectively discussed the remuneration on offer to participate in the T20 World Cup. Considering that 14 out of the 15 man squad are not part of WIPA – and hence have not given authorisation to WIPA to negotiate on our behalf – and a large number do not receive any significant remuneration from WICB at all, we want the opportunity to negotiate fairly the financial terms within the contract,” Sammy’s letter stated. The 2015 World Cup took place with the WI squad remunerated under the terms and conditions that had been in place for the World Cups previous – that is 25 per cent of income received by the WICB for participating in the tournament was distributed to the squad,” Sammy letter was quoted. However, in a response, WICB CEO Michael Muirhead, underlined that the organisation will only negotiate with WIPA on compensation matters, while outlining that the ICC’s new payment cycle which now sees an eight-year distribution arrangement replacing lump sum payments, means that the WICB cannot identify exactly how much it will be paid in relation to the World Twenty20. “… It is not possible to calculate a percentage to be paid to the Squad, as the ICC distribution is no longer being made in the traditional manner. The WICB, in recognition of this, and in an effort at fairness and transparency, allocates 25 per cent of WICB revenues estimated over a four – year period – including ICC distributions – to players, through a guaranteed minimum revenue pool, out of which player payments are made,” he said. “Anything in excess of this minimum over the relevant 4 – year cycle, will be divided solely among the international players, as agreed with WIPA,” added Muirhead’s response to Sammy. Muirhead also noted that the match fee is three times the usual fee and also noted that players would receive 50 percent net of sponsorship generated for the event and 80 percent of prize money, which has seen an 86 percent increase. In an interview with Hitz 92FM yesterday afternoon, Muirhead also noted that they are prepared to send other players to the T20 World Cup if contracts aren’t signed by the February 14 deadline. There were indications that things were coming to a head when suggestive Instagram posts were made by Sammy and Dwyane Bravo. Bravo, in a post with himself, Samuel Badree, Andre Russell and Sammy, stated: “If U all have any idea what’s going on an what we thinking again sad times but lets see how this one will end.”last_img read more

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WHAT THE CHUCK CORUS RADIO INTRODUCES UNIQUELYEDMONTON STATION 925 THE CHUCK

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: EDMONTON, Canada – Buff up the Talus balls and grab a green onion cake. Corus Radio is bringing a new feel to the Edmonton airwaves today with the launch of 92.5 The ‘Chuck. Rebranded from Fresh Radio, The ‘Chuck is giving listeners more music variety full of hits and surprises, interspersed with irreverent slices of this city that we love.“If you live in Edmonton, you’ll get it. We saw an opportunity in the market to introduce an unconventional and original sound,” says Greg Johnson, FM Program Director, Corus Radio Edmonton. “Edmontonians are proud of their city and this station embodies that passion.”92.5 The ‘Chuck will keep the city entertained on shuffle with an exciting, unpredictable mix of pop rock and variety from the 80s through today. In between the hits, The ‘Chuck’s distinctly local personality will keep things topical with less chatter than any other station in the market. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Join The ‘Chuck Crew out and about this weekend, starting this afternoon in Old Strathcona where they’re dodging potholes and blasting the hits aboard an Urban Pedal Tour team bike. Then on Saturday at the Heritage Festival, The ‘Chuck is inviting Edmontonians to break bread at the city’s largest communal table. Measuring 70 feet in length, take a seat near the main entrance of Hawrelak Park to learn about the brand, check out the local art on the table and enter to win $500 to Skip the Dishes.Tune in to 92.5 The ‘Chuck, or listen live online at 925thechuck.ca Advertisementlast_img read more

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Cabinet approves duty free CCTV

first_img CCTV protocol closer for Jamaica High Grade CCTV for Grace Bay Area; Seven Stars invests $200,000 Related Items:cctv, crime fighting, duty free, video security Cabinet approves private airport for Grand Turk; duty free concessions on CCTV Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Nov 2015 – Video security in the Turks and Caicos Islands is about to get much less expensive as government continues to support a tax break on surveillance equipment. During Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Government went ahead and approved a change to the import duty on CCTV security video equipment for both domestic and commercial use. The tax break will take the import duty rate from a whopping 30% to zero. It is just one of the crime fighting measures as government aims to get a grip on the rise in crime. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Firefighters knock down 13 acre Ramona wildfire

first_img RAMONA (KUSI) – Fire crews have reached full containment of a wildfire that spread over hilly rural terrain east of Ramona Friday afternoon, officials said.The fire destroyed one back-country home and threatened several more before ground and airborne crews could subdue the flames.The non-injury blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 1 p.m. Friday off the 25000 block of Old Julian Highway, near Cinnamon Rock Road in the Witch Creek area, according to Cal Fire.Within an hour, the flames had scorched about 10 acres and engulfed a house, said Issac Sanchez, a fire captain with the state agency.By 2:15 p.m., crews had halted the spread of the blaze, dubbed the Cinnamon Fire. A more accurate estimate showed the blaze had burned about 13 acres by 7 p.m.Firefighters had the smoldering burn area about 100 percent surrounded by about 9:30 p.m., the fire agency tweeted. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 21, 2018 Updated: 12:23 PMcenter_img Firefighters knock down 13 acre Ramona wildfire July 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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SAINTS have announced an exclusive fouryear partn

first_imgSAINTS have announced an exclusive four-year partnership with Robinsons Brewery; one of the UK’s oldest family brewers.Robinsons will continue to be the club’s Official Drinks Partner – a position they have held since 2012.The significant deal will see the Stockport Brewer have exclusive ‘pouring rights’ within the 18,000-seater stadium whilst continuing to brew the rugby club’s popular own Saints Gold; a 4% ABV golden ale.Speaking about the partnership, Mike Rush, Saints Chief Executive, said: “We are really pleased to continue our excellent relationship with Robinsons Brewery.“They are a proactive and a much-valued partner whose values closely align to our own.“Since we moved into the stadium we have worked together to bring innovative products and value for money for our fans and customers. The extension of the contract signifies how pleased both parties are with the relationship.“We look forward to enhancing that over the next four years.”Ben Robinson, Director of Sales for Robinsons Brewery, added: “We’re very proud of our ongoing relationship with St. Helens R.F.C.; one of the biggest club sides in the world.“This partnership allows us to continue to grow the presence of our beers and the commitment and significant investment from both parties is a sign of our long-term ambition in the region. We look forward to growing an even greater relationship with the club and their fans over the coming years.”The new deal will also see Robinsons working closely with Halewood Wines & Spirits, the international drinks company behind Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer – St. Helens official away kit partner – for the first time.Ben added: “It’s great to see two North West companies coming together to support local sport in the region. Working with Halewood will not only help the club from a sponsorship point of view but it will also allow us to supply a whole new range of exciting products to the passionate fans of the club.”The picture shows Tom Hill (Robinsons Free Trade Area Manager), Tommy Martyn (St.Helens R.F.C. Bar & Cellar Manager), Ben Robinson (Robinsons Director of Sales), Mike Rush (St.Helens R.F.C. Chief Executive), Dave Hutchinson (St.Helens R.F.C. General Manager).last_img read more

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