Wavell Hinds, president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), has described as surprising, claims by West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, that the organisation has not represented their best interest as it relates to contracts for ICC Twenty20 World Cup in India next month.Sammy, in a recent letter to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), claimed that a reduction in payments for players to participate in the tournament, has ran contrary to their expectations, and, as a result, members squad, are seeking a renegotiation.However, Hinds, whose entity has been at loggerheads with several of its senior playing members, especially since their aborted tour of India in October 2014, has defended negotiated contracts between WIPA and the WICB, saying that what has been arrived at represents the “best interest” of all players in the region.”I am surprised that they (World Twenty20 squad players) are behaving this way, as the information (based on new payments) would have been disseminated to them nine months ago,” stated Hinds.”I was present at all the meetings, and Darren Sammy was not, so I think he is speaking on information he has gotten.”[However], as far as I am concerned the team that I lead, and the executive that I lead, and the members of the (WIPA) negotiating team, did all the best that they could to get the best.”He continued: “This was not just for a selected group of players, but for all the players of the region, including first-class players.”Currently serving his fourth year as president, Hinds explained that the contracts were negotiated based on new payment conditions stipulated by the WICB, as a result of changes at the International Cricket Council (ICC) level.This, he continued, has subsequently resulted in players being offered less money as compared to the Twenty20 World Cup in 2012.LESS MONEY”In February 2014, the International Cricket Council (ICC) agreed to have a new payment scale for its members, and this took effect January 2016,” said Hinds.”The new (players’) remuneration package is therefore based on current commercial revenues available to the WICB, and not that of commercial revenue that obtained in 2012 when the West Indies won the tournament.”There is no specific fees for Twenty20 World Cups anymore. Its ICC Events payments,” he stressed.Hinds also expressed that the disbursement of monies from the ICC has also change with payments now being collectively issued twice per year over a new four- and eight-year period, in comparison, to it’s prior one-off payment regimes.Hinds, in further explaining the new payment structure, also said that player match fees for Twenty20 World Cup has been increased from US$1,750 to US$6,900.This is in addition to an incentive 80 per cent of prize money won, and 50 per cent of sponsorship fees, should there be any.
Facebook LONDON — With the showy, royal puffery of the queen’s banquet at Buckingham Palace and tea with Prince Charles over, President Donald Trump turned to business Tuesday, and the possibility of a trade deal once Britain finally leaves the European Union.Trump co-hosted a morning round table of American and British corporate executives, alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May, meant to kick-start discussions for a deal the president is eager to cut.Trump has talked up a trade pact with a post-Brexit Britain from the start of his presidency, often putting May in a tricky spot, since Britain cannot fully negotiate a deal while still a part of omnibus European Union trade arrangements.“Great love all around. Also, big Trade Deal is possible once U.K. gets rid of the shackles. Already starting to talk!” Trump tweeted Monday, in the midst of a day of royal treatment that included a lavish state banquet at Buckingham Palace.….Fake News will be working hard to find them. Great love all around. Also, big Trade Deal is possible once U.K. gets rid of the shackles. Already starting to talk!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019In brief remarks at the beginning of the business meeting on Tuesday, Trump said, “I think we will have a very, very substantial trade deal.”Leaning toward May, Trump said, “I don’t exactly know what your timing is but stick around, let’s do this deal.”The Trump-May meetings come at an awkward moment. May has been ousted from her post – not by the voters or by the opposition, but by her own Conservative Party, for her failure to deliver Brexit.May announced her resignation last month. She officially resigns on Friday, and shall be replaced as party leader and prime minister by the end of July. Donald Trump’s trade war has already cost investors up to $7 trillion Morgan Stanley sees recession within year if trade war gets any worse The Bank of Canada is very worried about the U.S.-China trade war getting worse, Wilkins says One of Trump’s allies, the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, is a top contender. Another Trump friend, Nigel Farage, just won big in the European Parliament election, trouncing May’s Tory party.An effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump is carried by protestors demonstrating against the visit of Trump along Whitehall in London on the second day of Trump’s three-day State Visit to the UK. Washington Post Anne Gearan and William Booth Sponsored By: While policy is mostly taking a back seat to pomp on this trip, the trade deal is Trump’s top priority. His delegation, heavy on family members and staff hangers-on, also includes Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other officials focused on a trade package.The business meeting at St James’ Palace was attended by the Duke of York, Chancellor Philip Hammond and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. Also present: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump.As Trump sits with the business community, anti-Trump protesters began to mass for a demonstration against the American president.It is notable that opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will address the crowds. Corbyn and his party are pushing for a general election that could see him lofted into the prime minister’s office.If that happened – and the current polling says it’s possible but not assured – then the Trump administration would be dealing with a British leader who is openly hostile.The anti-Trump rally will see a return of the Baby Trump blimp, which depicts the president as a whiny diapered baby clutching a cellphone.Also featured in Trafalgar Square: a 16-foot-tall, talking, animated “robot” of a plastic-cast Trump character, sitting on a golden toilet, his red tie dangling into bowl, tweeting.Some demonstrators have dubbed the day’s protest a “Carnival of Resistance.”Trump will attend a luncheon with May at Downing Street. British officials have suggested that the Iran nuclear deal, global climate change, and Chinese telecoms giant Huawei will be on the agenda.Trump will also be given a tour of the underground bunker where Winston Churchill led the country during World War II. The scene has been featured in recent Churchill movies and is a popular tourist site.Afterward, the two leaders will attend a news conference. 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20092-1+7.00 YearRecordAvg Scoring Margin It wasn’t that 2011 team — which this current group is leading in efficiency through three weeks as well. It was Mike Gundy’s second team, all the way back in 2006, that dominated non-conference opponents at the same rate of Mason Rudolph and Co.The season that would end in the first of OSU’s current streak of 12-straight bowl appearances. That Bobby Reid-led team destroyed Missouri State 52-10 and traveled to Arkansas State and bested the Red Wolves 35-7 before dispatching Florida Atlantic 48-8.So we’ve got an FCS team and two Sun Belt members. This 2017 team beat one Sun Belt team on the road and trounced an American Athletic team in Tulsa at home — which I might add has averaged 58.5 points per game since leaving Stillwater with just 24. It then went to an NFL/ACC stadium and DeQuinton Osborne carved the brand into the Steelers’ end zone with Roc the Panther.The Cowboys have had their way with the teams they’ve met so far. Does this non-con dominance mean 2017’s team will end up better than any of those others? No. But, through three games, they have been better. And that’s what is so exciting.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 20122-1+34.67 20113-0+25.33 Oklahoma State opens Big 12 play on Saturday with a formidable opponent in 16th-ranked TCU. So to put a bow on the non-conference let’s stop and appreciate just how dominant the Cowboys have been so far in 2017.A blowout of Central Arkansas, Southeastern Louisiana, South Alabama is not surprising and really doesn’t tell us much. But which of us expected the Cowboys to dominate in all three games, including a Pitt team (on its field) that OSU barely beat a year ago? From the opening drive? I didn’t.I wanted to believe in growth, progress, maturity. I wanted the Cowboys to fire out of the gate with the killer instinct we’ve pined for these last two seasons. But I would not have put money on the result we got in a Thursday night season opener against Tulsa or the drumming of Pitt. Not in the first quarter. Not from the opening kick. Sometimes it’s good to be wrong.Mike Gundy’s squad walked into every game with the supreme confidence that a team has when its coach goes on SportsCenter to talk about his mullet. The type of confidence it takes to let your punter drive his own faux Heisman campaign at the risk of distracting from your quarterback’s — who most would have assumed was a long shot. They would have been wrong.It’s the kind of confidence a team has when it’s that damn good.How’s this for a fast start? In three games, Oklahoma State has outscored opponents 59-0 in the first quarter and has only punted once — the opening possession against South Alabama. In Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Cowboy offense took the field eight times in the first half and the only reason it scored seven touchdowns instead of eight was that it simply ran out of clock.So it should be no surprise that this team exits the non-conference portion of its schedule in better shape than any in Mike Gundy’s tenure. I’ll explain.First off, the Cowboys went undefeated. That’s happened eight times in Gundy’s 13 years. Check. Next, it tied for the highest scoring margin in the non-conference of any of Gundy’s previous 12 squads. Oklahoma State outscored its first three opponents by 110 points. The only other team to do that is not the one you might be thinking of.Take a look.Non-Conference Games 20103-0+29.33 20071-2+3.00 20173-0+36.67 20153-0+30.00 20083-0+29.67 20162-1+19.33 20133-0+31.67 20063-0+36.67 20053-0+11.67 20142-1+13.67
The FitBit Blazer watch. Image Credit: aolcdn Advertisement Last year was a big one for Fitbit. In April, Apple threw down the gantlet to wearables and fitness-tracker makers with the Apple Watch, and in June Fitbit went public in a larger-than-expected initial public offering. With its first major release since these milestones, Fitbit has come out swinging by introducing the Blaze, the company’s first smartwatch with some fashion sense.Strictly speaking, the Blaze isn’t Fitbit’s first smartwatch. That honor goes to the Surge, famously worn by President Obama when cruising around with Jerry Seinfeld or walking the First Dogs. Still, the Blaze is Fitbit’s first watch that doesn’t look like something you might use for help in scaling Everest. The silver and black watch definitely looks a little like its fruit-branded competitor, but it sports an open lug design that makes it appear a little lighter on the wrist. The face still looks like a screen, but at least it’s one that wants to make a good impression.A bunch of band options let you customize the Blaze. It comes with one of the textured rubber bands familiar to Fitbit customers, in black, plum, or blue, and you can purchase additional rubber straps, real leather bands, and a metal bracelet to swap in if those are more your speed. The tracker itself (the black square unit) swaps in and out, and the bands are integrated on the silvery frame around it. At least at launch, you won’t be able to buy the Blaze in its native state on any band other than the active rubber, emphasizing that, at its core, this is a smartwatch meant for fitness. – Advertisement – This brings us to an important point: The Blaze isn’t a smartwatch that you can weight down with apps or customize to organize your entire digital life. It is primarily meant to be a detailed fitness tracker that can be worn all the time, offering a few additional features for convenience. Apart from interacting with Fitbit’s own fitness app, the Blaze can push calendar appointments, calls, and texts, but it doesn’t get into the weeds with such things as e-mail or Twitter notifications.The screen is a full-color display, with a soft (but not dull) appearance. You can navigate menus with the push buttons on the frame or use the touchscreen itself. Workouts and sleep are automatically detected and the heart rate monitor functions continuously, minimizing the number of times you have to fiddle with it when you’re merely doing daily activities. The Blaze does need your phone to get GPS data, but this helps with the multi-day battery life that Fitbit believes is crucial for a product like this.The Fitbit Blaze will set you back $200 for the tracker and the rubber strap that’s included. Additional rubber straps will cost $30, leather options are $100, and the steel bracelet is the most expensive, at $130. Fitbit plans in the coming months to offer additional options made with fashion partners such as Tory Burch.[related-posts]While the base model is less expensive than Fitbit’s Surge, adding the leather or metal band places it squarely in price competition with the likes of the Apple Watch Sport and the Moto 360. “It’s important to understand that Fitbit has a singular focus on health and fitness,” said Fitbit CEO and Co-Founder James Park in an email when asked about competing with other smartwatches. “With the introduction of the Fitbit Blaze, we have developed a smart fitness watch that is fitness first, has the most relevant smart features that wont’t overwhelm users…This focus is our competitive advatage.”The Fitbit Blaze is now available for pre-order via Fitbit and will go on sale January 6 via Fitbit’s larger retailers such at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target in the United States. Global availability isn’t yet set, but the Blaze will start rolling out outside the U.S. in March.[Bloomberg]