Former officials call for WICB forensic audit

first_imgBy Collin Benjamin(ESPNCricinfio) – Former presidents and officials of the West Indies Cricket Board have urged CARICOM to conduct a forensic audit of the board in order to save West Indies cricket from “absolute and total downfall”.Six former officials – Ken Gordon, Pat Rousseau, Anthony Deyal, Charles Wilkin, Bruce Aanensen and Imran Khan – have claimed that the current WICB administration under Dave Cameron has seemingly become “untouchable”, and not doing anything would lead to the “inevitable demise” of cricket in the Caribbean.“We must reinforce the message that West Indies cricket belongs to the people of the West Indies, not to the WICB,” Gordon, WICB president from 2006 to 2008, said. “It may be timely to call for a forensic audit of the organisation. We need to lift the clouded veil which now surrounds that body. Answers are required and this can be a first step to return to the transparency required of a body which is a major beneficiary of regional resources and private sponsorship.“Many lovers of the game have said to me, ‘What can we do that would make a difference?’ The WICB seems to be untouchable. I say to them and to all cricket-lovers who are concerned, let the call for a forensic audit be loud and clear. We need to save our cricket and this has to begin with getting the WICB right. It would be entirely legitimate for CARICOM to fund such an exercise and I urge that they consider doing so.”Asked for a reaction, the WICB told ESPNcricinfo that it has hired global consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and KPMG to conduct the audit operations. “We maintain an internal and external audit system with PWC and KPMG respectively. You may refer to them for any additional inquiries you may have,” a WICB spokesperson said.Gordon first made the call for an audit in July and has renewed his plea in light of the WICB’s refusal to accept the latest CARICOM reform proposal and the controversial removal of Darren Sammy as captain of the West Indies T20I team.Rousseau, who served as president of the board from 1996 to 2001, said all sporting bodies need to be carefully monitored. “There should be an assurance that there is certification by an independent group that proper governance procedures are followed at all times. I would commend to all the governments in CARICOM that they create special legislation that brings all the sporting associations under an obligation to observe good governance principles and to protect the finances of the association.”Deyal, WICB’s corporate secretary between 2006 and 2008, supported Gordon’s call and also urged for an audit of country boards.“I strongly support the call. Mr Gordon has made a strong case for following the money and has proposed as the mechanism a forensic audit of the individual boards which own the WICB and of the WICB itself. There is a deep threat of the absolute and total downfall of West Indies cricket. It’s a process which is fully underway and at this stage seemingly inevitable.”Wilkin, a former chairman of the board’s governance committee, suggested that unless the board heeds the calls for change, CARICOM governments should “refuse permission for use of the stadia and refuse them access to regional cricket grounds”.“The real leverage which CARICOM has, if it seriously wants to force the WICB to change, is the control of most of the stadia used for international matches,” Wilkins said. “The WICB will not be able to host touring teams if the CARICOM governments refuse permission for use of the stadia and the various other permits required under local law.”Wilkins said he was sceptical about CARICOM’s unity considering the emergence of factions within the regional body. In June, Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne had stated that he would categorically reject the CARICOM’s call for dissolving the WICB.Imran Khan, a former WICB communications officer, also felt the CARICOM’s refusal to give the WICB access to certain grounds could have an impact. “Two things need to happen: mass fan boycott, and CARICOM governments refusing the WICB access to grounds which they own or control or have influence over,” Khan said.“CARICOM can no longer delay taking decisive action to rescue the regional game from the cauldron of incompetence from which it boils. To not act is to contribute to the further deterioration of the regional game and to be complicit in its inevitable demise.”last_img read more

Syracuse splits doubleheader against NC State

first_img Published on April 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman As soon as head coach Shannon Doepking joined Syracuse last fall, she preached to her new team that she wanted to hit for more power.On Saturday, catcher Alexis Kaiser drove a two-run shot over the fence in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the team’s 15th long ball of the season. SU has 17 regular season games remaining but have already surpassed last year’s home run total of 14.Kaiser’s home run wasn’t enough to keep pace with NC State, though, and Syracuse (16-20, 5-6 Atlantic Coast) split Saturday’s doubleheader against the Wolfpack (21-17, 3-8). Syracuse had won six of its previous seven games, and won the opening contest, 5-2, but lost the night-capper, 7-2.In the first game of Syracuse’s doubleheader, ace Alexa Romero struck out 10 batters in her 11th complete game effort. After a shaky start, Romero pitched a perfect final five innings in the 5-2 win. Romero allowed an earned run in the first inning and a home run in the second, but retired every batter she faced for the next five innings. She struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to earn the complete game and finished with 10 K’s.Second baseman Gabby Teran started the scoring for SU in the first game, as she took advantage of a wild pitch and a throwing error by NC State’s catcher. Syracuse’s offense faltered in the next two innings, but the bottom of the order strung together hits in the top of the fourth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlex Acevedo and Lailoni Mayfield singled to start a four-run burst, as Teran, Gianna Carideo and Kaiser drove runners in. Acevedo, Carideo, Kaiser and Mayfield each crossed home plate to put SU ahead 5-2. All five of SU’s runs came against Wolfpack starter Devin Wallace (2.80 ERA).In the second game, starter Miranda Hearn allowed seven runs on seven hits and five walks. By the time of Kaiser’s fourth-inning blast, her third of the season, the Wolfpack had already scored five runs. Kaiser went 3-for-6 on the day with three RBIs and two runs scored.Acevedo, who went 3-for-5 with two walks in the doubleheader, had two of Syracuse’s four hits in the second game. Acevedo extended her hitting streak to nine games.Sophie Dandola, SU’s No. 2 pitcher, did not appear in the doubleheader, but may pitch in tomorrow’s final game of the series, which starts at 12 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The tree in the roundabout has captured the attention of many onlookers

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (13) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -1 Vote up Vote down Shandra · 244 weeks ago Someone decorate it please. Report Reply 0 replies · active 244 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Guest · 244 weeks ago Thanks Chamber of Commerce. Looking forward to seeing the decorated tree. First a great Wheat Festival and now a Christmas parade and community tree. You are appreciated! Report Reply 0 replies · active 244 weeks ago -14 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 244 weeks ago So when this tree grows really big is it going to to pose a obstruction for traffic using the roundabout? Report Reply 2 replies · active 244 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Vicky T · 244 weeks ago Why not each Wellington family resident put an ornament on the tree. Could be homemade or store bought and decorate as a “community tree”? Report Reply 1 reply · active 243 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Local · 244 weeks ago There were lights on it tonight and it looked very festive! Thank you to everyone who worked on it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 244 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down npts · 244 weeks ago Please DON’T plant anything at the “merry” go round about as there is a good chance it will turn out like the cement embunkments downtown that we can barely see “round about” now and continue to be a hazard to traffic. We need all the clear visual space we can get in the loop de loop. Report Reply 2 replies · active 243 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sheila King · 243 weeks ago Why not make it in memory of Caleb Blansett and decorate it every year with the ornamants we put on his tree last year. Report Reply 0 replies · active 243 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down drf · 243 weeks ago No danger of it growing really big, it’s a cut tree. Report Reply 0 replies · active 243 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — So what is up with the tree in the middle of the roundabout?Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Annarose White smiled when asked the question.“When I started here there were two things people wanted done,” White said. “One was to restart the Christmas parade.“The second one is to do some kind of landscaping for the center of the roundabout.”The Christmas parade, organized by the Sumner County Moms, occurred last Friday night with 18 floats. The landscaping of the Roundabout is a work in progress.Putting up an undecorated Christmas tree doesn’t really constitute landscaping the roundabout. But White said it’s a start to recognize that this is something that can lead to a beautification project in the community so many want to see.The tree is to be decorated White promised on Wednesday. There is water and electricity available at the location.  But she hopes it can be decorated soon.The tree was donated by Mill Creek Lumber & Supply and it was erected sometime last week.The plan is to put up lights, nothing elaborate, she said.“This really is a joint effort of the chamber and the city,” White said.The WACC,  and the city public work departments made this tree possible, White said. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more