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Tony Becca: Wanted: a vote for cricket

first_imgJamaica’s cricket is passing through parlous times. The standard of play is poor and it seems to be getting worse and worse despite the presence of a few promising young players. The only thing that can possibly solve the present situation, however, is good management, the kind of leadership at the top which can see what is happening and do something about it. It needs some good people at the top; people who love cricket and who are willing to work for cricket. The election of officers is only a few days away, but instead of trying to find those who know cricket and those who are willing to work for cricket, and hardly anything else, some members of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) are busy trying to find people who are willing to run on the “slate”. It matters not whether they really love cricket, attend cricket matches, or ever lift a hand to assist cricket If the truth be told, some of these people have nothing but a passing interest in cricket. That is the reason, except for a few places, except for some places like south St. Elizabeth, there are so few people at any cricket match in Jamaica, be it at club matches or regional matches. There is a move afoot by some people in Jamaica’s cricket to influence the voters at this week’s election of officers to again change the president and put in one who has served as the association’s secretary for quite some time. It seems as if Billy Heaven, the man in office, is suffering a backlash from last year when the JCA’s executive had originally decided to oppose Dave Cameron as president of the West Indies Cricket Board before the association overruled them at a special general meeting. On top of that, although he got more than twice the money, some $109 million for cricket, he remained almost invisible as president. It would be good if he was more visible, but then he had a secretary. Even in a country like Jamaica, it is not necessary, not if the other members voted in are doing their work and the president is leading them. After receiving some 80 votes out of 103 last time, some have turned against Heaven, simply because he has put in place measures to enable the association’s business to run properly and for the association to operate much more cost effectively. One term is also not a long time, and Heaven deserves another term to try and do his thing, to change the people’s opinion of how Jamaica’s cricket is run. On top of that, after the quick removal of Paul Campbell and Linden Wright, and after Heaven’s big victory, following the problems re lack of money, re the use of money, re lack of sponsorship, and badly run competitions, and after the quarrels and infighting, it would be foolish to change again so quickly, especially when it is the secretary running against the president and his reasons given why he is running. Jamaica’s cricket needs support and it needs change. It does not need a change in the leadership of the association, however, at least not yet. It needs a strong man in charge, one who will continue to stand up for cricket and nothing else, especially if he is given some good men and women around him, men and women who know cricket and are willing to work for cricket, especially as volunteers. At this stage, the JCA needs volunteers, good volunteers at that. Love cricket There is an active campaign going the rounds to vote out the president and vote in the secretary, and, as usual, this is causing a lot of ill-will among the board members and the association’s members. Those who love Jamaica’s cricket, those who profess to love cricket in general, and those who have a vote must display their “love” for the love of cricket, and their interest in Jamaica’s cricket, by voting for the man who can help cricket in Jamaica. Jamaica’s cricket right now needs a lot of things. Right now, however, it needs money, and it needs money to do many things. The clubs need money to stay alive, and cricket needs money to keep it going. Money is needed for players to travel to practise and to play games, to pay for gears, to pay for preparation of grounds, to pay the water rate and the light bill, to pay umpires, to pay for meals, and to provide prize-money, and attractive prize-money at that. Cricket, therefore, needs a man, and team members, who, among other things, is known across Jamaica, particularly in the business sector. It needs a man of impeccable reputation, a man who has a strong national image, a man who believes in the saying that work has never killed anyone, and a man who can get money for cricket. It does not need man who, if and whenever he calls a potential sponsor or financier, he hears, who is that? Cricket also needs a man as president who does not necessarily know everything about cricket. Cricket, however, especially at this time, needs a man who knows how to get those around him who knows the game and who knows how to lead the resurrection of cricket in this country. Cricket needs a man willing to look at it and one who is big enough to change cricket and to improve it. Cricket needs a general shake-up. Cricket, competitive cricket, needs to be smaller in order to be better. There should be two types of cricket – cricket for fun and competitive cricket Cricket for fun should be available to everybody, but Senior Cup cricket, for example, needs a change. It needs to go from its present 23 teams to maybe eight or 10 teams as proposed for next year. There is no doubt that would make the competition more manageable and easier to run. It would cost less money to organise, to pay for travelling and umpires, to prepare meals, and to buy balls and other things. Most important, it would lead to improvement. One could then, probably, afford to play more cricket, return matches instead of four group matches, with the best players playing with and against the best players regularly. Backlashlast_img read more

Building materials stolen overnight from Inishowen site

first_imgGardaí are investigating the theft of building materials from a site in Carndonagh last weekend.The discovery was made at Magheranett when workmen came to work on Saturday morning and realised that boarding and barriers had been taken.The theft is believed to have occurred between 5pm on Friday 5th July and 7.30am on Saturday 6th July. Gardaí are urging anyone with any information that may assist with the investigation to please call Buncrana Garda Station on 0749320540 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111. Building materials stolen overnight from Inishowen site was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

How Much Will It Cost You? With Dynamic Pricing, Online Sellers Say “It Depends”

first_imgVariable pricing based on market timing, inventory and profit margins is nothing new for business. Airlines, hotels and restaurants have long employed “yield management” techniques to maximize revenue. But pricing changes are now coming far faster and affecting more products and services. And retailers are beginning to flirt with new factors like identity-based pricing, where what you pay is based on who you are.A new report from the Wall Street Journal reveals the details of online competitors’ pricing strategies, watching up to nine changes in price within one day for a General Electric microwave oven.“Sellers on Amazon.com Inc. changed its price nine times in one day, with the price fluctuating between $744.46 and $871.49, according to data compiled by consumer-price research firm Decide Inc… Best Buy Inc. responded by lifting its online price on the oven to $899.99 from $809.99 after the Amazon prices rose, then lowering it again after Amazon prices for the oven dropped,” the article reported.This practice, known as dynamic pricing, is increasing in frequency as online retailers jockey for position on price monitoring sites like Pricegrabber and Nextag and within meta-commerce portals like eBay and Amazon itself, where merchants position prices against each other to gain coveted promotional spots that can drive sales.Yield Management ≠ Dynamic PricingBecause of these rapidly moving prices, many observers liken this phenomenon to the “yield management” techniques popularized by airlines, hotels and even restaurants (see How Airline-Style Yield Management Could Save Daily Deal Sites). While these practices may appear identical to the consumer, the business motivation behind the price shifts are much different.Yield management is a business practice used for resource-limited goods and services, such as a spa appointment or a hotel room or a table at a restaurant. There is a finite supply of these goods and services throughout any given day – and the slots become worthless if left unfilled. Because the spa, hotel or restaurant has to stay open and keep staff paid for the entirety of their business hours, the more resources that get used, the better. Yield management has one specific goal: getting customers to buy a resource that might otherwise go empty – like an airline seat – at the highest possible price.When a plane flies, it’s going to fly no matter how many seats are filled. That means every empty seat on an airliner (no matter how much appreciated by flyer in the next seat), represents a loss for the airline. Better, the carriers reason, to have a passenger pay something, even if it’s less then the optimal fare, than get nothing at all.The Dynamic Pricing DifferenceEnter dynamic pricing. Depending on when the passenger bought the ticket, the airline’s yield-management algorithms will have adjusted the fare to ensure that the carrier leaves as little money on the table as possible.For retailers, the motivation behind dynamic pricing is a bit different. The object of their game is to get as many goods out the door and into customer’s hands as possible, while making the maximum profit. But other factors come into play. Unlike brick-and-mortar retailers, which can sometimes worry less about competitor pricing if that competitor is located all the way across town – too far for customers to make the trek just to save a few cents – online sellers have to treat every ecommerce site as a potential competitor.Thus, shoppers will often see prices adjusting for various goods as sites like Amazon and Best Buy try to keep their profit margins as high as they can, while also grabbing customers from each other.To get an idea of how much these prices shift around, the owner of one price-watching portal site, Digital Folio, tracked one camera’s price rises and falls over a ten-day period and reported his results on YouTube. Not only did Patrick Carter track a lot of price movement for the camera, but he noted that many of the shopping portal sites like Pricegrabber and Nextag had trouble keeping up with the changes and often reported inaccurate results. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Amazon#business#Identity#privacy#web Dynamic pricing is slowly making its way into more and more aspects of consumer’s lives. YieldStar and Rainmaker are software products that enable landlords to apply dynamic pricing to rental properties, based on yield0management principles. Major league sports teams are also using dynamic pricing to sell more tickets, avoid empty seats and maximize the revenue that goes to the teams, not to scalpers.The Rise Of Identity-Based PricingDynamic pricing doesn’t just take the business and its competitors’ margins into account. Online commerce sites are also experimenting with identification-based pricing, which prices items based on what is known about the customer, such as their buying history and browsing behavior. This can have both good and bad implications for the shopper.On the plus side, if a site recognizes that this is the umpteenth time the same customer has window shopped for a particular item, an algorithm may try a lower price, just for that customer, to see if that will close the sale.But if the site notices the customer has a history of buying high-priced items, it might presume they’re willing to pay more for a given item and offer higher prices or more expensive choices, as Mac-using Orbitz customers learned to their dismay this summer.Using identification-based pricing carries risks for retailers, too. A 2004 article in the Journal of Interactive Marketing revealed that “consumer perceptions of trust, price fairness, and repurchase intentions were more favorable to the firm when using a purchase timing tactic than when using buyer identification to offer different prices to different segments.”Consumers, the paper’s authors concluded, trusted price changes made by an ecommerce website when it was done based on timing or other business-related reasons, because that was perceived as fair and understood as the way businesses work. But when it came to the identity of the consumer affecting prices, shoppers quickly became uncomfortable.But given today’s emphasis on mobile transactions and personalized shopping – not to mention increasing online competition and margin pressures – identity-based pricing isn’t likely to go away. Look for more and more retailers to gradually expand dynamic pricing criteria beyond timing and inventory to who is the customer. It won’t make privacy advocates happy, and it could scare off shoppers in the long run, but in the current economy, it will be hard for e-tailers to resist anything that boosts profits right away. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… brian proffittlast_img read more