first_img Image source: Getty Images I also think this stock is a strong candidate for my ISA: Kevin Godbold | Tuesday, 30th March, 2021 | More on: ALU NWF There are only a few days left to make the most of the current Stocks and Shares ISA allowance. We can put as much as £20k into an ISA in the current year and the allowance will reset on 6 April. So it’s a good time for me to look for shares to buy. Why I think Alumasc is a share to buy nowAt the beginning of February, building products supplier Alumasc (LSE: ALU) delivered a strong set of half-year results. Revenues and earnings were higher than last year. Net debt and the pension deficit were lower. And the directors declared an interim dividend underlining their confidence in the outlook for trading.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…City analysts expect a triple-digit percentage bounce-back in earnings for the full trading year to June 2021, and high single-digit progress the following year. Meanwhile, the forward-looking valuation looks modest. And with the share price near 174p, the dividend yield looks set to be around 5.5%.However, Alumasc’s fortunes are tied to the building and construction industry. And there’s a lot of cyclicality in the firm’s operations. The share price has already risen a lot since the Covid-crash last year. And the shares now change hands near the top of a price range established for around 20 years. Nevertheless, I’m tempted to put some of the shares in my ISA and hold them for the long term.A steady businessNWF (LSE: NWF) operates as a specialist distributor of fuel, food, and animal feeds. I’ve admired the business for some time because of its steady nature and consistent financial and trading record. Revenue, earnings, and shareholder dividends have been on a gradual climb upwards for years.In February, the company released its half-year results report covering the period to 30 November 2020. And the figures show a bit of a dent in revenues and earnings because of the pandemic. However, the directors didn’t miss the interim dividend but held it flat compared to the previous year.The outlook remains positive. And the directors expect the business to be resilient through whatever other challenges the pandemic may yet throw at it. The company expects to resume its growth strategy based on organic and acquisitive progress.The valuation looks fullHowever, there’s no coronavirus bargain for me to pick up here. With the share price near 221p, the stock has already exceeded its pre-Covid level. In fact, the share recovered fast and was already at its pre-crash level by 1 May. I reckon the market was quick to recognise the strengths of the business.Looking ahead, City analysts expect the full year to May 2021 to deliver a single-digit percentage dip in earnings followed by a single-digit recovery the following year. And against those forward predictions, the earnings multiple is just above 12. The anticipated dividend yield is around 3.3%. Of course, forecasts can change.Given the slow rate of growth on offer, we could argue that the valuation looks full. And another risk is that the stock is almost at its previous high just before it crashed during the financial crisis. 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first_img“We’re always worried about safety,” he said. “We want to get rid of this thing.”Trump, who is facing a tough re-election battle in November, is scheduled to attend a “Students for Trump” event in Phoenix on Tuesday.He held a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, his first since the pandemic began, but it was sparsely attended. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States could surpass 150,000, President Donald Trump said Monday.”It could get up to 150,” Trump said in an interview with the cable television channel Spectrum News. “It could go beyond that.”But we would have lost two million to four million lives [without mitigation],” he said. A study published by the Imperial College of London in mid-March warned of a possible 2.2 million deaths in the United States if no efforts had been taken to mitigate the spread of the highly-contagious virus.The US death toll from COVID-19 has topped 120,000, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University.”We’ve done a good job and now we’re bringing the country back,” Trump said.The president was also asked about holding more campaign rallies at a time when the virus was still spreading in several southern and western states.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgNPFL…NPFL…NPFL….After gaining promotion to the Nigerian Premier League after 11 years in the lower division, Bendel Insurance will begin life in the topflight on Sunday in Sagamu against Remo Stars. DURO IKHAZUAGBE takes a look at the team’s journey back to the topThe excitement generated by the promotion of Bendel Insurance FC back to the top flight of Nigerian club football is still resonating around Edo State and beyond. Gov. Obaseki flanked on the left by Deputy Gov Phillip Shaibu, officials and players of Bendel Insurance The faithful of the Benin Arsenal will be in Cloud Nine when their darling team takes on another newly promoted team, Remo Stars, in Sagamu on Match-day 3 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday. It will be the beginning of another era in the history of the club which started as Vipers FC and was a powerful brand along with traditional teams like IICC (Shooting Stars), Enugu Rangers, Mighty Jets, Stationery Stores and others.Was Insurance’s return to the top flight after 11 years in the wilderness of the country’s club an easy task? It certainly wasn’t. The credit for the new lease of life must go to Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, who made the team’s promotion to the NPFL a priority. As someone with private sector background, Obaseki saddled his deputy Phillip Shaibu with the mandate of getting the job done. He was not ready for excuses of any kind. It therefore was not a surprise to see a serving deputy governor of a state joining the football club at training and even attending and playing some of their matches when time permits as a registered member of Insurance. Of course, critics who didn’t understand the scenario playing out at Insurance took it for granted and called Shaibu’s involvement with the team as a huge joke. Now they all know better. Obaseki has fulfilled his promise to get Insurance amongst the country’s top clubs again.However, those familiar with the club cannot forget in a hurry the circumstance that led to the relegation of the team that is the pride of the Edo people.The team’s woes started in its first month of the 2007–08 season which was delayed because of a management dispute over who controlled the team. There was ownership tussle between the Chairman of the club Igbinowanhia Ekhosuehi and the then Edo State Commissioner for Sports Brown Ebewele.While Ekhosuehi claimed he had the right to run the club the way he wanted because he funded it solely when previous administrations in the state left the team to die, Ebewele insisted that as a government agency, the chairman must be accountable to his ministry. There indeed, was a deadlock. While the state refused to fund the team, Ekhosuehi soldiered on with the little he could muster from his poultry business. The team eventually hit a cul de sac when the Sports Council under Ebewele decided to have another Insurance. Then began the shenanigans of having two Insurance teams file out at Ogbe Stadium for the same match. The then Premier league board led by Chief Oyuki Obaseki tried to resolve the matter to no avail. With Insurance missing crucial away matches and forfeiting points at home due to the matter of having two home teams for one game, it was inevitable that relegation was bound to be the final solution to deny Edo fans Premier League actions at the Ogbe Stadium. It was the first relegation to be witnessed in the life of the club since its days as Vipers FC. That broke the heart of passionate football followers who remember the 1970s and 1980s with nostalgia. It was more painful because the other teams in the state like New Nigeria Bank FC and Flash Flamingoes had gone into extinction. Attempts to bring back Flash as Bendel United failed to fly. And so, for 11 years, without good funding to attract quality players, Insurance wallowed in self-pity in the lower rung of the country’s club football.According to a former Media Officer of the club, Ben Ogbemudia, Bendel Insurance’s ill-fortune in the 11 locust years as underdogs, was occasioned by a mix of a lack of governance structure; lack of transparency in the management of the finances of the club; low players’ morale and disenchantment, a weak technical crew and management team that had no vision for the club, which ranked as one of Nigeria’s best teams for decades, winning the 1978 FA Cup.“The players used to wear tattered jerseys, no provision was made for a serviceable vehicle to transport players and officials to and from match venues.“The team used to travel on match days and players usually were exhausted by the stress before matches. The players did not have a camp that was conducive for training,” Ogbemudia recalled in a chat with THISDAY.It was in this state of all-time low Obaseki met the team and went to work to restore the lost glory.“Obaseki took Bendel Insurance from an all-time low period in which salaries and allowances were not paid and when paid, the salaries were irregular, to a truly rebranded Bendel Insurance FC with a knack for winning matches as we have seen in their promotion to the elite NPFL.“The players have demonstrated their appreciation to the Edo State Government for investing resources and faith in them.“With the revamp, the players welfare is now top priority as their entitlements are paid immediately after matches. They now have a conducive camp with good beds, good food, water, a new technical team and all the things they need to excel. In fact, the players are ready to sacrifice their legs in matches now,” Ogbemudia said.Speaking in the same vein, the Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said the governor’s vision for the sports sector, particularly, football encompasses players’ welfare, infrastructure such as stadium, and a sound management for the club, amongst others.According to him, “On assumption of office, Governor Obaseki declared his resolve to turn around the fortunes of the state in sports. He entrusted the task to his deputy, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, a sports enthusiast and footballer, to execute.“You will recall that right from our days as Bendel State, we were number one in sports. The governor was clear about his vision and it was to return our profile in sports to what we were as Bendel State and surpass those achievements.“The short, medium and long-term plans were designed to attend to all the issues that blighted the growth of Bendel Insurance Football Club.“The quick wins included an intervention in the welfare of the players, a new technical team, provision of kits and a bus to move the players to match venues amongst others.”He added: “I must admit that the direct involvement of the deputy governor brought in fresh air into the team as the players saw that the Obaseki administration meant business.“In the medium to long-term, the revamp of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, the institutionalisation of reforms and the governor’s vision with constitution of a Sports Commission while the development of 20 mini-stadium in all the 18 local government areas of the state featured prominently.“The point must be made that the successful campaign of Insurance FC to the elite football league in two years, after an 11 flip-flop performance, was not a fluke. It was the outcome of a deliberate plan, anchored on best practice.”Interesting as the Insurance story reads, the deputy governor who executed Obaseki’s mandate of getting insurance back to the top without failing had explained his role shortly after the team won its final NNL Super 8 Playoff match against Shooting Stars in Aba penultimate weekend.“In 2017, the state governor gave me a marching order to rebrand Bendel Insurance FC and other sporting activities in the state.“We did a lot of rebranding in the club and we commend the governor for ensuring prompt release of the budget of the club and the payment of salaries.“At the moment, Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium is being rebuilt. It will be ready for use in April. We cannot spend taxpayers’ money in rebuilding the stadium without attracting continental football to it.“So between now and April, it would be ready for use. And not just that, we are building 20 mini stadia in the local governments of the state.”Speaking on the long-term plan for the club, Shaibu who was registered with jersey number 40 in Insurance this past season said: “We want to make Bendel Insurance the apex football team in the state by creating feeder teams in the 18 local government areas of Edo State.“We don’t want to be buying players for Bendel Insurance. Instead, we want to create a chain of supply of football talent for the team. We want to localise and internalise Bendel Insurance by using our own home-grown players,” he said.Shaibu said his participation in the club as a player does not conflict with his role as deputy governor of the state, instead he disclosed that his involvement with the club as an on-field player has served as extra motivation to the team.“I was a player even before I was elected as deputy governor of Edo State. When I decided to join the team’s players’ rank, it was aimed at boosting their morale.“My presence in their training sessions and matches has a way of encouraging them. The most important thing is that Mr. Governor gave us a mandate to re-brand Bendel Insurance last year which we did.“The purpose of that was to bring them back to the NPFL and that mandate has now been accomplished,” he gushed with enthusiasm.The governor, who could not hide his happiness at the return of Bendel Insurance to the Premier League promotion, said it was another fulfilment of his administration’s promise to Edo people and residents.“My joy knows no bound because of what you (Insurance) have done. I congratulate you and congratulate myself. I say this because it is another promise kept. We promised Edo people that we would bring Bendel Insurance to its lofty status which we all will be proud of and make sure they go on to play in the Premier league,” the governor noted at the welcome ceremony for the team at the Government House in Benin.He described the deputy governor of the state who led the team to gain promotion as the father of the New Bendel Insurance FC and commended him for the giant strides he made in rebranding the club.“We have built a team and have a machinery that will win the Premier League and I urge you to go beyond the NPFL and bring home continental trophies for the state,” Obaseki charged the new improved Insurance.How that mandate will be fulfilled begins with the first outing against equally well funded Remo Stars on Sunday at the Sagamu Stadium.With eight teams to be relegated at the end of this abridged season to return the NPFL to its original format of 20 teams, the players and officials of Insurance cannot afford to led down Obaseki and his deputy in the drive to reposition football in the state. Coaches Monday Odigie and Baldwin Bazuaye will certainly need to go beyond what they did in the lower league to stay afloat at this level.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0The record heat didn’t keep fairgoers from having a PAWSitively fun time at this year’s county fair, with approximately 28,800 people attending between August 1 and 5.“It got a little hot those last two days, but overall the weather made for a really fun and successful season this year,” said Rick Storvick, Thurston County Fair Manager. “I can’t say thank you enough to all of our event organizers, all of our contest and display participants, the fair staff members, and especially all of the volunteers who helped make this a great year.”The 28,800 fairgoers brought in $178,000 in revenue for the fair. Since 2009, the Thurston County Fair has been a self-funding program of Thurston County government, with all of its operations paid for by the revenue from fair week, along with other activities and events throughout the year, such as RV and boat storage and the annual community garage sale in the fall.One of this year’s highlights from fair week was a record-breaking food drive for the Thurston County Food Bank on the fair’s annual “One-Buck Wednesday” event, where admission is only $1 with a food donation for each person. In 2011, One-Buck Wednesday brought in four pallets of food donations and roughly $800 in cash donations for the food bank, while this year’s opening day brought in eight pallets of food donations and raised over $1,400 for the food bank.Other highlights from this year’s fair include:• Aug. 1 attendance – 8,400; Aug. 2 attendance – 6,100; Aug. 3 attendance – 5,100; Aug. 4 attendance – 5,700; Aug. 5 attendance – 3,500• Approximately 900 Military Appreciation Day discount admission tickets sold• Juanita Aaby, Superintendent of the Hobbies and Crafts Building and winner of the 2012 Commissioners’ Ribbon award for her management and display of the school projects, painting and photography exhibits, collections and hobbies entries, and other exhibits in the Hobbies and Crafts Building• Winners for this year’s baking contests include:o Sebastian Wilkinson, 2012 winner of the Spooner’s Farms Berry Best Pie Contest in the Youth category and the Overall winnero Kathi Pugh, 2012 winner of the Cupcake Contest—Adult, and the Fair Manager’s Chocolate Cake Contest—Adulto Tyra Shenaurlt, 2012 winner of the Mixed Berry category for the Spooner’s Farms Berry Best Pie Contesto Leona Smith, 2012 winner of the Single Berry category for the Spooner’s Farms Berry Best Pie Contesto Bernard Estores, 2012 winner of the Fair Manager’s Chocolate Cake Contest—Youtho Gretchen Bossio, 2012 winner of the Cookie Contest—Adulto Ira Eventyr, 2012 winner of the Cookie Contest—Youtho Mara Landon, 2012 winner of the Cupcake Contest—YouthFor more information about the Thurston County Fair and year round activities and events at the fairgrounds, visit or contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453.last_img read more

first_imgFINISH LINES: Gulfstream Park today has a mandatory payout on its Pick 6 with a pool that likely will reach $5 million . . . Santa Anita’s $500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 begins in today’s sixth race, while the $150,000 guaranteed Pick 6 starts in race four . . . Fans can visit Xpressbet on YouTube for workout videos of 2015 Kentucky Derby contenders . . . Victor Espinoza has withdrawn his appeal of a three-day suspension issued March 7 and will serve his ban May 8, 9 and 10 . . . GOOD NEWS!! Scully, a 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Tale of the Cat, broke his maiden for an $8,000 claiming tag in today’s fourth race at Pimlico. Named for Dodger Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, he paid $7.40, $4 and $3.20. A special thanks to Dodger Publicity wag Steve Brener for alerting Santa Anita Publicity after the race was made official. MANDELLA DOUBLES DOWN IN SUNDAY’S WILSHIRERichard Mandella expressed cautious optimism about Moulin de Mougin and Indecise when they run in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at one mile on turf.Indecise was second in the restricted Wishing Well Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on the turf Feb. 8, while Moulin de Mougin was ninth breaking on the outside going a mile against males in the Thunder Road on April 4. It was her first start in seven months.The Wishing Well was run Feb. l8, and was the first race for Indecise in almost a year.“I haven’t seen the rest of the field so I don’t know how tough it is, but my two are pretty good in their own right,” Mandella said. “Moulin de Mougin has proven herself to be that good. The other mare is working her way up.”Mike Smith rides Moulin de Mougin, while Mandella protégé Flavien Prat pilots Indecise.“He was only 18 the first year he came to ride at Santa Anita, and he’s 22 now,” Mandella said of the up and coming Frenchman. “This is the fourth winter he’s spent with us, and each year, we hated to see him leave.“Now his visa is good for five years so he’ll be with us for the duration. He’s great kid and a real star in the making. I can’t take too much credit for his success. Anybody would want to ride him.”The Wilshire, the seventh race on an eight-race program: Moulin de Mougin, Mike Smith, 4-1; Thegirlinthatsong, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; $2,000 supplemental nomination Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Blingismything, Tyler Baze, 9-2; Uzziel, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Sky Treasure, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Indecise, Flavien Prat, 9-2; and Birdlover, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2. DORTMUND, BAYERN PUT BAFFERT ON CLOUD NINEBIG JOHN B, ABBEY VALE TOUGH IN LAST TYCOONFESTIVE KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY AT SANTA ANITAMANDELLA OPTIMISTIC FOR SUNDAY’S WILSHIRE TOC CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORSThe Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) Nominating Committee has announced a slate of six candidates for five open seats in the 2015 Board of Directors election, including incumbents Bob Baffert, Ed Moger, Mike Pegram and Kathy Walsh and new nominees Allen Aldrich and Gary Fenton.Baffert, who has served on the TOC board since 2007, is an owner-trainer representative and member of the Racing Affairs Committee. Moger has served on the board since 2010 and also represents the owner-trainer category as well as Northern California members. He serves on the Executive and Racing Affairs committees. Pegram, who has been on the board since 2010, is board Chairman and serves “ex officio” on all TOC committees. Walsh was first elected in 2012 and serves as chair of the Racing Affairs Committee.Aldrich, a resident of Northern California, has been a licensed owner since 1978 and averages more than 100 starts per year. He had an ownership interest in Eclipse Award winning champion She’s A Tiger.Fenton is a managing partner of Little Red Feather Racing, which presently owns 16 horses in California. A Southern California resident, he has been an entertainment attorney for almost 20 years.Ballots, including full candidate statements, will be mailed to the TOC membership on May 15. The deadline for returned ballots is June 15. BAFFERT HAPPY WITH DRILLS BY DORTMUND, BAYERNBob Baffert was on Cloud Nine, literally and figuratively, Saturday morning after two ofhis star runners, unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, worked at Santa Anita under regular rider Martin Garcia.Dortmund, in his final major drill for next Saturday’s 141st Kentucky Derby, worked six furlongs in company with Lady Bull in 1:13.60. Lady Bull was clocked in 1:15.40.Bayern and stablemate Cat Burglar worked six furlongs in company from the gate, each timed in a bullet 1:10.80.“I’m really happy with how they went,” Baffert said en route via air to Kentucky where tomorrow he will supervise a five furlong workout at Churchill Downs by Derby favorite American Pharoah, who will have Garcia aboard.“Dortmund just cruised around there. He’s pretty fit and doesn’t need much. He’ll gallop into the Derby.”Bayern, who has not raced since winning the Classic at Santa Anita last Nov. 1, likely will make his 2015 debut in the Grade II, $400,000 Alysheba Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on May 1, although the son of Offlee Wild is also nominated to the Grade II, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs on May 2. Crack sprinter Private Zone is likely to run in that race.“He’ll probably run in the Alysheba,” Baffert said of Bayern.Also at Santa Anita on an overcast Saturday morning, Sunland Derby winner Firing Line, twice beaten a head by Dortmund, worked five furlongs with Gary Stevens up in 1:02.20.“I’m very happy,” said Simon Callaghan of Firing Line, a son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher. “It was just to stretch his legs. He’ll get on the plane early tomorrow morning so we didn’t want to overdue it. He’s fit, looks good, everything seems ready.”Callaghan plans to leave for Kentucky on Tuesday.Reflecting on Firing Line’s two narrow defeats by Dortmund, in the Los Alamitos Futurity and the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Callaghan said, “Our horse is doing very well; obviously, he’s run against very good company.“Dortmund won the (Santa Anita) Derby extremely well and I think our horse has progressed since then, so I think we’re going to Kentucky with a very good shot.”D’AMATO GOES FOR LAST TYCOON GOLD WITH DUOBack in the glory days of Army football, the Black Knights of the Hudson had thedynamic backfield duo of “Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside,” Felix (Doc) Blanchard and Glenn Davis.Phil D’Amato hopes for an equine version some 75 years later when he sends out Big John B from the No. 1 post position and Abbey Vale from the outside eight hole in today’s Grade III, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf.Big John B, a 6-year-old gelded son of Hard Spun owned by Michael House, hasn’t raced since Nov. 1 when he finished ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, having made the most of his outside No. 12 post position in the mile-and-a-half race.Abbey Vale, a 5-year-old Irish-bred son of Moss Vale owned by Andy Ellis, JR Riley Stables and Michael Sim, has won two of three starts in the U.S., each time coming from within shouting distance of the pacesetters.“I don’t think they’re going to hinder each other at all with their styles,” D’Amato said. “Abbey Vale might have a little more speed than Big John B, but it’s time to get him started. He signaled in his last two drills he’s ready to go.“Abbey Vale has always been highly thought of, so we’re going to give him a shot. He won pretty nicely the other day, so I think they’re both ready to go.”KENTUCKY DERBY GALA AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY            Fans can join the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky at Santa Anita next Saturday, May 2, a day filled with world-class racing, hat contests, mint juleps and live racing.Festivities include an Infield Beer-fest with live music from Seedless and a party in the Premium Gallop Out in the Club House East. Purchase a Trackside Package for a prime seat and your first drink in a commemorative cup featuring Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, plus all the fun and excitement of racing’s best 3-year-olds in the 141st Kentucky Derby.First post time next Saturday is 11:30 a.m. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at read more

first_imgPalash Krishna MehrotraAs a nation we have many faults, but there’s one thing at which we are better than anyone else: banning.There’s no other liberal democracy in the world that bans as much as we do. Last week too we went on a banning spree. The BCCI has declared that from now on girlfriends will not be allowed to accompany players on overseas tours. Kerala has announced a prohibition policy. It seeks to become a completely dry state within the next decade. And in Punjab, a film about Indira Gandhi’s assassination has been banned from release.Girfriends are banned. Alcohol is banned. Books are banned. In Goa, a minister wanted bikinis to be banned from beaches. Where else does one wear a bikini? On Mount Everest? What do we ban next? Mutton and chicken maybe. The most bizarre arguments are hustled in support of these bans. There is little discussion. Only swift action. Quick fix solutions such as banning wives and girlfriends from tours will not solve Team India’s problemsIsolationistTake the ban on girlfriends and wives. Wives will now be allowed on tour but only for a limited period of time. The reason for this clampdown? The disastrous performance of our cricket team in England. As always, we look for causes where there aren’t any. What a player does in his personal life has no bearing on his performance.Rarely do we look at how other countries and sports handle the issue. We have a curiously isolationist approach to our problems. We want to be at home in the world, we want to take on the world on its terms, and then we go and say: what works for them, doesn’t work for us. We are different. So Greg Chappell was evil because he didn’t understand something called ‘Indian cricketing culture’.advertisementReally, a winning cricketing culture is a winning cricketing culture. There’s not much that distinguishes world-beating teams from each other. They play the same sport. Skill, talent and mental strength are what matter the most.In cricket, the most successful teams – South Africa, Australia, England- allow wives and girlfriends to accompany players on tour. Top tennis players Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic always travel with their partners. In the recently concluded football World Cup, teams like Germany and Holland fared much better than teams like Russia, which disallowed players from taking along their girlfriends and wives.The real problem of course lies somewhere else – the way cricket is administrated in India. It lies in the dead wickets on which our players grow up playing. It kills our fast bowlers. Then we complain we don’t have fast bowlers. Our batsmen cannot handle green wickets with pace and bounce, and where the ball seams around. The best players are often not in the playing XI. What do we do? We go after the girlfriend. And we make some cosmetic changes. Bowling coach Joe Dawes and ‘fielding consultant’ Trevor Penney have been asked to ‘take a break’, and replaced with Bharat Arun and R Sridhar. Who are they? This, we are led to believe, will change the face of Indian cricket.AlcoholOn a different note, Kerala has come up with the shock decision to ban alcohol. It is the state with the highest liquor consumption in the country. The move it is said will put a curb on several social evils. It is the magic wand that will prevent sex crimes. Apparently everyone who drinks creates mayhem on the streets. It will stamp out alcoholism.The move can only backfire. The liquor industry will go underground. In Gujarat, the bootleg industry is pegged at Rs 1,500 crores annually. Spurious liquor will flood the market. People will flock to bars on the border. The state will lose the more than Rs 7,000 crores that it presently earns in revenue. The tourism industry will collapse.Prohibition has failed in other states like Haryana, Mizoram and Andhra Pradesh. They’ve all had to roll back the policy. As for tackling alcoholism as a public health issue, banning is not the way forward. Ironically, it’s the high taxes that the state imposes, that forces people to drink harmful spirits: overpriced ethyl alcohol.Instead, the government should lower taxes on beer and wine, thus encouraging people to shift to less harmful options. Expecting people to stop drinking is an impractical and utopian idea. But one can make them change their drinking habits.LibertiesCountries like England and Ireland, which have had a problem with binge drinking, have not banned alcohol but launched social campaigns to educate drinkers about the ill effects.advertisementLet me conclude with two observations. First, what a person drinks at home, or who a cricketer travels with on tour, are both matters of personal choice. You cannot trample on the individual civil liberties of a citizen, no matter what, but in India we do just that.Two, we are very bad problemsolvers. We take a problem and then spin circles around it, whether it be alcoholism or the bad performance of our cricket team. We are terrible at diagnosing the real problem and fixing it. It’s how we approach the issue of urban development. We build a ring road around the city. Then we keep driving around this ring road on a loop. Meanwhile, the diseased city in the middle continues to fester and sink.The writer is the author of The Butterfly Generationlast_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. said Wednesday that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project could be a year behind schedule as it continues to encounter permitting delays.The estimate is three months further behind from the company’s last estimate in December, and now potentially puts the $7.4-billion project in service by Dec. 2020 depending on regulatory, permit and legal approvals.Calgary-based Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML) said it has scaled back spending in 2018 to focus on securing needed final approvals for the project, which faces significant opposition from numerous Indigenous groups, environmentalists and municipalities in British Columbia.Steven Kean, chief executive of American parent company Kinder Morgan, said on an investor call that the company will hold back on major construction spending until it has more confidence in the reliability and timing for getting permits for the project that would close to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain system.“We’re not going to get all the permits before we would begin construction, but we do need to see that there’s a process in place and we can count on it.”The company scored a victory for its project in early December when the National Energy Board ruled in its favour, allowing it to bypass some bylaws in Burnaby, B.C., that were found to be obstructing the project.The regulator has not, however, made a decision on establishing a process to deal with potential future permitting delays for the project, as requested by the company.Kinder Morgan Canada repeated in its earnings results that if the project continues to face unreasonable regulatory risk the company may not be able to proceed with the project, but Kean downplayed the chances on the call.“We don’t expect to find ourselves in an untenable position, but we’ve made that point in the filings seeking the relief that we’ve asked for from the regulator — and so we’ve said the same thing to our investors that we said to the regulator.”Kinder Morgan Canada, which also operates the existing Trans Mountain pipeline as well as other oil and gas transportation and infrastructure, reported net income of $46.4 million for the three months ending Dec. 31, up from $17.8 million a year earlier.last_img read more

first_imgThe four candidates looking to be elected to the two seats in Electoral Area I are Becky Borton, Jessica Fairful, Crystal Hillton, and Andrea Smith.The three candidates looking to be elected to the two seats in Electoral Area III are Jennifer Lalonde, Angelica Schurmann, and Tamara Ziemer.The five candidates looking to be elected to the two seats in Electoral Area IV are Chad Anderson, Kim Erickson, Darcy Heartt, Travis Jones, and Nicole Soontiens.The local government elections are taking place on October 20th. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – There will be an election for six of the seven seats on the Peace River South School District’s Board of Trustees.Of the seven seats on the School Board in the South Peace, two represent Electoral Areas I, III, and IV, while Electoral Area II only gets one seat.Roxanne Gulick was the lone candidate to submit nomination papers for Electoral Area II, which serves the Tumbler Ridge area.last_img read more