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Oral Tracey: West Indies cricket hurting

first_imgThe teary-eyed outburst by West Indies cricket legend, Sir Garfield Sobers, has provided one of the most touching moments in the recent troubled history of West Indies cricket. The man who is widely regarded as the greatest all-round cricketer to have ever played the game was sharp, precise, and prudent with his prognosis of what is fundamentally going wrong currently with West Indies cricket. Unlike most of the region’s countless experts and analysts, Sir Garfield never sought refuge in denying the reality. He did not seek to go the easy route of blaming the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and its succession of inept administrators for the rapid and continuous decline of West Indies cricket. Sir Garfield’s observation was much more heartfelt, honest, and on point. With the admission that the fundamental problem crippling West Indies cricket, right now, is the fact that the current players in the region are not genuinely committed to the West Indian cause, but were more interested in using the West Indies team as a stepping stone towards playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League and we assume other Twenty20 cricket leagues. In fighting back the tears, Sir Garfield made the not-so-subtle comparison between the attitude of the players when he represented the West Indies and that of the current crop of players. With his voice cracking under the emotions of the moment, Sir Garfield said: “I never made a single run for myself, I made all the runs for the West Indies.” The legend concluded that if the mindset of West Indian players doesn’t change, the regional team will continue to struggle for a long time and that many countries will surpass the West Indies. With his eyes glistening with tears, Sir Garfield said of all this: “It hurts.” Not only did it hurt Sir Garfield to utter those poignant words, I suspect it hurt many cricket fans all over the world to see the kind of pain that West Indies cricket has inflicted on this international legend and hero of the game. The passionate honesty was impressive by the man who, for many years, held the world record for the most runs scored in a Test innings (365) before it was broken by Brian Lara. He clearly was not among the emotional dreamers who continue to envisage getting back to that elusive space on the top of world cricket after eventually turning that endless corner. There was a tone of finality, a feel of painful resignation in what Sir Garfield said and how he said it. The tears suggested an acknowledgement that West Indies cricket has passed the point of no return. The 79-year-old legend provided a rational and balanced encapsulation of what is the most recent game-changer in the demise of West Indies cricket. In a context where too many people across the Caribbean maintain their emotional hold on the myth of a West Indies resurgence, based on the belief in the much-used clichÈs that if only the governance structure of the regional board should change, or the board was more transparent and administrators were more efficient, then West Indies cricket would rise again. Personally, I feel honoured to be in the same mental space as the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers as it relates to the worsening demise of our cricket. We absolutely see what has happened and is still happening to West Indies cricket and we are not afraid to face and accept it.last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Inishowen Motors seek new staff for various roles

first_imgDue to the ongoing expansion of Inishowen Motors we are now recruiting for 3 positions to join our team in Drumkeen, Letterkenny.The positions include: Experienced Financial Controller, Accounts Assistant/Receptionist & Junior Sales Executive. At Inishowen Motors we aim to build an enthusiastic and organised team with people who are committed, have the motivation to succeed and can deliver in all situations. If you feel any of the positions might suit you, please read below.Experienced Financial ControllerJob Description:• Putting systems in place to process transactions in a timely manner.• Collecting and analysing data then transferring this data into reports so key business decisions can be made, with confidence.• Understanding of, or previous experience working with, the motor industry will be an advantage. Adequate training on the use of internal systems will be given.Job Requirements:• Generate monthly management accounts.• Manage all elements of the site finance function.• Evaluate how events will impact on profitability and cash flow.• Prepare annual business budgets and projections.• Have knowledge of accounting software packages; a knowledge of Autoview Dealer Management System by System Designs would be an advantage.• Influence decisions with timely, relevant and accurate data.• Identify efficiencies and financial savings that can be made.• Communicate the financial performance of the business to Senior Management and Department Managers.This position of Financial Controller is available with an immediate start. A competitive salary will be offered to attract and retain the best candidate.Application closing date: Friday 17th November 2017___________________________________ Accounts Assistant/ReceptionistThis is a dual role combining Accounts assistance and Reception duties. Based at the front desk, you will manage phone calls and walk-ins, as well general admin duties. The candidate will need to be enthusiastic, hardworking and willing to learn.Job Description:• Point of contact for any administrative queries• Phone queries and general Admin duties• Registering vehicles• Invoicing and Purchasing vehicles on our internal system• Reconciling of vehicle stock on a weekly basis• Adequate training on the use of internal systems will be given• Good computer skills essential• Any other ad hoc duties• Experience in all areas of accounts and a good knowledge of VAT is essential The Ideal Candidate:• Exceptional customer service skills• Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills necessary• Ability to multi-task essential• Ability to work on own initiative• Previous experience in the motor industry would be an advantageJob Requirements:• Accounts experience is essentialFull Time PositionApplication closing date: Friday 17th November 2017___________________________________Junior Sales ExecutiveJob Description:This role will require a hands-on approach in order to prepare all vehicles for viewing and selling. Ensuring the used car section on the Inishowen Motors website is maintained on a regular basis.Job Requirements:• Full driver’s license• Excellent customer service and communication skills• Good attention to detail• Ability to work in a busy environment• Computer literate with good working knowledge of Social Media• Be willing to learnFull-Time PositionApplication closing date: Friday 17th November 2017___________________________________If you would like to apply for any of the 3 positions, please email a Cover Letter and CV to sharon@inishowenmotors.ie before the closing date of 17th November 2017(Please state in the email subject box which job you are applying for).For more information on Inishowen Motors please visit our website www.inishowenmotors.ieJob Vacancies: Inishowen Motors seek new staff for various roles was last modified: October 26th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalInishowen MotorsjobsVacancieslast_img read more