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Govt must rethink policies

first_imgThe most recent report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after a visit here by a high-level team from that institution has once again vindicated the position of various stakeholders that the economy is in tatters and the coalition Government must act with haste if it were to lessen the impact its policy decisions, taken over the past months, would have on the masses.The IMF, in its 2017 Concluding Statement detailing its findings on Guyana’s economic outlook, as part of its annual consultations under Article IV of the Articles of Agreement governing borrowing, noted that Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was uneven, buoyed by the new gold mines, while the non-mining sector saw a contraction.The economic indicators are not very promising, and experts are predicting that the situation will even get worse if the necessary corrective actions are not taken immediately. So far, we have seen very little effort by the Government to stimulate growth in the economy. Instead, it has chosen to increase the burden on major sectors with a slew of tax measures and other policies that constrict their potential for growth.The IMF statement referred to above has confirmed that the Government slavishly followed the recommendations of the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) on extending the Value Added Tax (VAT) regime to crucial sectors, without regard to the social impact on citizens. In fact, we are witnessing almost daily the implementation of certain policies that hurt businesses and increase hardship on the average citizen.Additionally, in the last year, there have been no major announcements regarding Foreign Direct Investments in Guyana, or any major job creation initiatives. The IMF has projected real economic growth of 3.5 per cent driven by an increase in public investment and a recovery in rice production. However, as stated before, most of the major sectors are declining, including rice, which recently saw one of the major players closing its doors after being in operation for 25 years.Additionally, the increased borrowing by the Government has been a major point of concern, particularly over the last few months. The IMF has said that the debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to reach 61 per cent of GDP by 2019 and has recommended fiscal adjustments. However, Government continues to “bank on oil money”, as local authorities have informed the IMF that once oil production starts, the debt-to-GDP ratio will decrease.The IMF has also noted the recent “increase in exchange rate flexibility”; however, Government has failed to acknowledge that there is a problem and advance measures to address the issue.Most importantly, on the issue of the impending closure of more sugar estates, the IMF has reiterated previous calls from various stakeholders for careful decisions to be made about the future of the industry. Considering the fact that no economic and social impact assessments were carried out, the Government is being accused of basing its decisions regarding the future of the industry purely on politics. In this regard, the IMF has warned the Government to be “mindful of the large social impact” and the need “to protect those affected” by the process of change in the industry. Everyone knows that no matter how the authorities try to spin the issue, the resulting impact on individuals and communities would be quite significant and, perhaps, it would take decades before they fully recovered.We had said before that the Government and GuySuCo’s management should have engaged in serious consultations with all stakeholders and do the necessary impact assessments before making such decisions. After all, this is people’s livelihoods that will be affected and they deserve to be fully engaged on what matters to them.It could be recalled that in 2016, the IMF staff had urged the authorities to adopt a restructuring plan for the sector that will improve cost efficiency, productivity, and alternative revenue streams, drawing upon the reforms proposed by the Commission of Inquiry. At the time, the delegation had said that the scope and pace of reform should take into account social implications. This aspect was certainly ignored by the powers that be. We urge the Government to stop being in denial regarding the current crisis facing the country and rethink its policies in the interest of everyone.last_img read more

Stratford volleyball moves on after comeback against Athens

first_imgBy Paul LeckerAUBURNDALE – The Stratford volleyball team was on the brink of elimination before a big rally saved its season.Stratford defeated Athens 25-19, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-9, to win a WIAA Division 3 girls volleyball sectional semifinal Thursday night at Auburndale High School.Stratford moves on to a Division 3 sectional final Saturday night at Athens against Neenah St. Mary Catholic. The match begins at 7 p.m. and the winner advances to the 2017 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament at Resch Center in Green Bay on Nov. 2-4. The Division 3 state semifinals are Friday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m., and the championship match is Saturday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m.Stratford and St. Mary Catholic have never qualified for the state tournament.Makayla Krall had 19 kills and 11 digs, Mazie Nagel added 18 kills and 19 digs, Jadyn Dahlke had 28 assists, 10 kills and nine service aces, and Brooke Peterson had 26 assists for Stratford.last_img read more

Business Social Media: Technology with the Biggest Impact on 2010?

first_imgIn a very short period of time, Social Media technology has had a profound impact on how people communicate.  And it is changing how companies communicate and interact with their customers and partners.A report by SmartBrief and Summus highlight eight central Business Social Media themes and facts that shone through in  2010:Over the last 18 months most companies have adopted some form of social mediaMost popular choices of social media by businesses are FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and blogsBlending social media effectively into a business strategy takes timeBusiness primarily have adopted social media to help build a brandTop industries where social media is used include communications, advertising and marketingLack of high-level management support is the most frequently cited obstacle to a company’s success with social mediaLess than 15 percent of companies using social media have set up metrics to measure a return on investmentMost companies using social media have low confidence in their overall social-media strategyA similar report conducted by Ketchum and FedEX found that among 62 large companies that 100 percent of them have started to integrate social media into some part of how they conduct business.  It differentiates between “digital assets”, like videos on YouTube, with Social Media, like FaceBook, LinkedIn and Twitter.  The report focuses on “Social Media” rather than Digital Assets.Of those 62 companies, the level of engagement varies significantly, with some pushing innovation, while others just observing and trying to do a “me-too” approach.  Three categories of social media use emerge:  Leadership, Participation and Observation.  Many of the companies have partnered with outside firms to help them shape a policy and create an outward-looking face for their organizations.What’s next for Social Media in 2011 and beyond.  It’s anyone’s guess.  Social Media pioneers like MySpace stumbled.  The period of innovation cycles is getting shorter and shorter.  While FaceBook and Twitter are currently hot, how long will it take for the next wave of innovation to come along and make them obsolete too?last_img read more

“Testing” Your Code With Myers-Briggs

first_imgdavid strom 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#Analysis#hack How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Many of you are familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality tests. The tests grew out of personality theories first formulated by psychoanalyst Carl Jung and are used by human resources people to predict group behavior and team composition. But what if we could give similar tests to our programming and network operations, to figure out ahead of time how to match up our personality with our code? The more you think about this idea, the less far-out it seems.The actual Myers-Briggs test consists of a series of questions. There are various versions, ranging from the traditional one offered here to a shorter four-question test here. Chances are you already know your own personality type, but my thought is that if you are going to be truly happy in your position, you need to know if you are a match. So I have come up with my own short four-question quiz that will help you figure this out. Answer the following about your network, keeping track of the initial letter that best describes your situation:All right, now you can assemble your shop’s “personality type” into one of the 16 different combinations of the four letters. (See below.) Ideally, your personality and that of your shop should match on all four metrics. If not, then you might consider finding another company or another job within the company that will more closely match your personality. Alternatively, you might consider ways you can alter your shop’s personality to bring it more closely in line with your own. What influences your network and development operations: internal users’ actions (I) or external events and upper management (E)? How do you manage problems when they occur with your code: with tools and carefully scripted techniques (S) or with scrums and agile methods (N)?How do you purchase your IT and development products: thinking through the implications and a rigid set of standards (T) or laissez-faire attitude and by letting users buy pretty much what they want (F)?Does your IT department have rigid mobile device management purchasing policies (J) or are they more flexibly and allow bring your own devices to work (P)? Related Posts Let’s consider two possibilities. INFP shops pretty much are organic, reactive kinds of things. Your network and production code never seems to be in a finished state, and crises happen pretty much on a daily basis. Since users rule and buy pretty much anything they want, you can’t ever predict what each day will bring. You never really get out of fire-fighting mode to be able to do some planning, but that is okay if you are the similar personality type and enjoy this more intuitive approach to your job. INFP shops are usually found in high-growth companies, such as dot-coms, where every day is a chaotic blend of new hires, departmental moves and staff changes, and new requirements.ESTJ shops are the exact opposite: users here have little say in things, and if a piece of gear isn’t on your approved list, it doesn’t get purchased, plain and simple. Every day is structured programming and pretty much predictable, and your code drops run according to a fixed schedule and rarely vary. ESTJ shops are usually found in more traditional centralized IT businesses, such as financial services and government, with long-range budget cycles and careful attention paid to staffing and growth.I am sure you can come up with characteristics for the other network personalities as well, but I given that I am an ISTJ, I am out of the time I planned for writing this article. Good luck typing your shop, unless you are an ESFP and don’t enjoy doing these sorts of things. Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Massachusetts Releases Draft Guidance on International TCJA Provisions

first_imgMassachusetts released draft guidance on its treatment of selected international provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The guidance applies to:– corporate excise taxpayers; and– personal income taxpayers.It explains how taxpayers should treat and report:– IRC Sec. 965 repatriation income;– IRC Sec. 951A global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI);– the IRC Sec. 245A participation exemption deduction for foreign-source dividends; and– the IRC Sec. 250 deduction from foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) and GILTI.Repatriation IncomeIRC Sec 965 requires a one-time inclusion of certain untaxed foreign earnings and profits in a taxpayer’s Subpart F income. It also allows a deduction for part of the earnings that reduces the tax rate on this income.A taxpayer can elect to pay tax on the income in installments over 8 years. An S corporation shareholder can elect to defer the tax liability until the tax year in which a triggering event occurs.GILTIIRC Sec. 951A requires U.S. shareholders of any controlled foreign corporation to include its share of the CFC’s GILTI in gross income. The GILTI inclusion applies to tax years beginning after 2017.FDII and GILTI DeductionIRC Sec. 250 allows a corporation with GILTI and FDII to deduct part of that income on its federal return. The deduction reduces the rate of U.S. tax on GILTI and FDII.Participation Exemption DeductionThe TCJA established a participation exemption system for the taxation of foreign income. It replaces a system that taxed earnings from a foreign corporation only after it distributed the income to US shareholders. IRC Sec 245A provides a 100% deduction for dividends received from certain foreign corporations.Massachusetts TreatmentTaxpayers computing Massachusetts excise or income tax liability must include:– IRC Sec 965 repatriation income; and– IRC Sec. 951A GILTI.Massachusetts does not allow the:– IRC Sec 965 deduction for excise or income taxpayers;– IRC Sec. 250 FDII or GILTI deduction for excise taxpayers; or– IRC Sec. 245A participation exemption deduction for excise taxpayers.Massachusetts treats the repatriation income and GILTI as dividend income. So, excise taxpayers can claim a dividends received deduction for 95% of that income if they meet stock ownership requirements.A corporation must exclude repatriation income or GILTI from the sales factor of its apportionment formula. A financial institution must also exclude this income from the receipts factor of its apportionment formula. The apportionment guidance on repatriation income for financial institutions represents a change in previous guidance. This resulted from changes later enacted by supplemental budget legislation (TAXDAY, 2018/10/26, S.8).Massachusetts taxpayers cannot elect to pay tax liability on repatriation income in installments. An S corporation shareholder also cannot defer Massachusetts tax liability on that income.Working Draft TIR 19-XX: Massachusetts Implications of Selected International Provisions of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Massachusetts Department of Revenue, January 16, 2019Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Talking Super Saturday With RetailROI’s Greg Buzek

first_imgBack in September 2008, a group of retail leaders were chatting at Oracle OpenWorld when the conversation turned toward charity. “A group of us got together and said, ‘We’re competing with each other for everything, but let’s do something together,’” Greg Buzek, the founder and president of IHL Group and one of Retail Orphan Initiative’s trustees, recalls. “‘We can work with orphans and vulnerable kids.’”The seed of a big idea was planted. A year later at NRF’s Big Show, the group met again to figure out how to raise money to start making a difference. They realized they were well-versed in events, with connections to great speakers and people with access to sponsor budgets. So the group determined an event with all proceeds going to building computer labs, clean water projects, and other charitable efforts to help vulnerable kids could be a huge success. The next year, in 2010, the seed bloomed and Super Saturday was born.“We are a grassroots charity of people in the retail industry that has three goals,” Buzek explains. “One is to bring awareness that there are over 400 million children that are orphaned or in vulnerable conditions around the world. Two, to bring our networks and abilities to bear to help. And three, to partner with charities that are doing great work very efficiently, to come alongside them to deliver financial donations and experience in the areas of clean water, schools and education, computer training and labs. And we also do some general care and feeding programs depending on the situation.”The Super Saturday EventThis year’s Super Saturday event, scheduled for January 14, is set to be the best yet. Taking place at Manhattan’s Harvard Club, Super Saturday will feature nearly 20 speakers across a full day of programming and 285 attendees, many of whom are C-level executives from major retailers and charities. Featuring numerous TED Talk-style seminars on the latest retail technology and trends, plus discussions of shopper evolution, every other session is about RetailROI’s charity work. Super Saturday also features multiple opportunities to network with fellow retail industry do-gooders. “It’s a very, very fast-paced day where people come together and we raise about half a million dollars to go toward building schools and more,” Buzek says. Ninety-four percent of money that comes in during Super Saturday goes out in project grants.A new facet of this year’s event is a youth summit for the children of Super Saturday attendees. “We thought, this year, it’d be really great if we invested in our own kids,” Buzek explains. “We have this incredible executive talent [available at Super Saturday] to teach skills like networking, how important LinkedIn is, and how to do college applications and get scholarships.”Last year, one attendee’s daughter received three job offers after speaking on a few millennial panels. It’s an opportunity for the attendees’ children to spend time with their parents while networking, learning, and understanding the broader charitable goals of RetailROI.It’s All About the Kids“Since we started,” Buzek says. “We’ve been able to help about 185,000 kids in 19 countries around the world.”Numbers like that showcase the impressive larger impact of RetailROI, but the more personal impact can be shown in the stories of what that money went toward. For instance, with the help of Intel, one of RetailROI’s earliest partners, the organization built a school in Liberia — the first school in that area in 15 years.“We’ve done trips to about 10 countries around the world where our retail executives have worked side by side with the charities, and that has led to what I call RetailROI 2.0,” Buzek says. “People are now joining the boards of our partner charities and helping them from a business perspective.”“Most of us, we go to college and we come out and we want to change the world. Then, life takes over. We’ve got school loans to pay, we have kids, we have soccer practice, and we get to our 40s and wonder ‘What I do every day — does it make a difference?’ And the answer is yes, if you’re willing to get past what you can’t do.”By understanding the work people are doing, and what their needs are, RetailROI learns how best to offer their resources. The perfect example comes in a story that begins with a computer lab in a school in Honduras. After the lab was built, RetailROI continued to help the school, where the needs of the kitchen quickly became obvious. A CIO from Schlotzsky’s involved with RetailROI knew that his head of franchising, John Geyerman, could add some efficiency to the kitchen. He saw the corn shucking process there — done by hand by 13-year-old girls who were handmaking 4,300 tortillas daily — and assessed the issues. Collaborating with his buyers, suppliers, and contacts, Geyerman was able to put together a million dollar kitchen for this school for only $65,000, due in large part to their volunteered skills and abilities.But it didn’t stop there. Geyerman thought it’d be beneficial to help the girls working in the kitchen learn a trade. So working with RetailROI, they translated a food safety course into Spanish so the children could all earn food safety certificates. Catering classes were also developed to help the students become better candidates for jobs. That’s how RetailROi is making a difference. Caring concerned people are using daily job skills, but they’re turning these skills to nonprofit organizations and efforts.“When you can start matching executives — people that think in a five-year clip — with [partner charities], it becomes a powerful combination,” Buzek says.It’s a powerful combination that Intel is very proud to be a part of as one of RetailROI’s partners and as a sponsor of Super Saturday. You can follow RetailROI’s efforts via their Twitter for updates on Super Saturday and opportunities to get involved in their charitable work in 2017.last_img read more

Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal decries politicisation of education

first_imgUnion Hhuman Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday spoke against the politicisation of education in the country. He was critical of the state governments and lamented their reluctance to reform the education system.Citing the example of 13 key Bills of his ministry that are stuck in Parliament, Sibal, who was speaking at the India Today Aspire Education Summit 2012, made a strong case for distancing politics from education.Everybody is thinking of when and how we will come to power. Where is the national vision? Nothing can be done unless political parties come together and realise that education is an area of national importance and should be a priority,” he said.I want to give degrees to students in the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), but I cannot because there is political consensus in the House,” he added, referring to the non- passage of the NIT Act Amendment) Bill 2011 in the Rajya Sabha.This means that the students of IISER in Pune and Kolkata who completed their five-year course in the summer of 2011 are left in the lurch, without any degree.The minister, who has been on the defensive in the wake of recent disparaging reports (Programme for International Student Assessment and Assessment Survey Evaluation Research) the state of education in India, went on illustrate how the central government even though it attracts the maximum flak for deficiencies in the education system – has little role play in on- ground improvement.The biggest challenge, he said, was to get the states to implement the reform policies introduced by the Centre. And any bid to exert pressure is misinterpreted as “interference” in state governance.advertisement”We (the Centre) can introduce policies and allocate funds. But it’s impossible for us to monitor if a child is receiving quality education in Bihar or Orissa. The reality is that the implementation of policies happens at the state level,” he said.Calling the task of empowering 20 million children through education “herculean”, Sibal said India would not be able to join the ranks of developed countries unless it created a “critical mass” of youngsters who will pursue higher education.Currently, 16 of every 100 students in India reach university level, whereas the figure is 40 in the developed world. The government aims to increase the number of university-going students from 16 million to 45 million by 2020.This gap, Sibal said, can be bridged through effective implementation of the Right to Education Act which was introduced almost two years ago. It promotes inclusivity in education and will democratise classrooms.”The Act will create an environment to nurture that critical mass that will go to university by 2020,” the minister added.The Act will lead to efforts to admit and retain more children in schools, which would, in turn, lead to a build-up of pressure at the university level.The minister also asked the states to increase their budget allocation for education and called on them, as well as the private players, to help meet the need of an additional 1,000 universities in the future.last_img read more

Fearless play by Team India brought down the mighty Australians: Peter Roebuck

first_imgPeter RoebuckDisplaying a rare mix of intelligence and combativeness more often seen on a battlefield, Sourav Ganguly’s team has brought down the mighty Australians. And it has been done not at a dust bowl in Delhi or in the searing heat of Chennai but under the beneficent gaze of St,Peter RoebuckDisplaying a rare mix of intelligence and combativeness more often seen on a battlefield, Sourav Ganguly’s team has brought down the mighty Australians. And it has been done not at a dust bowl in Delhi or in the searing heat of Chennai but under the beneficent gaze of St Peter’s Cathedral and with thousands of Australian supporters urging their side on. This was a mighty effort by a team that refused to be beaten, a team whose whole is greater than its parts, a team for a contemporary and confident country. If Kolkata 2001 will live forever in the memory as an extraordinary upset created by the inspired work of a few individuals, Adelaide will be remembered as the day India became a team. Perhaps, too, it will be for signalling the end of Australia’s run. Not that India can depend on replacing them at the top of the pile. It is one thing to topple a tiring and weakened champion, another to take its place on the pedestal.Really, it was a mind boggling victory. At stumps on the first day, a local newspaper had boomed, “We Cannot Lose”, and it scarcely seemed possible. Australia had reached 400/5. Was there a soul in India who did not lament? That night, a senior member of the touring party went for a walk along the Torrens river and sighed, “What about our bowling?” He need not have worried. Those same incompetents were about to dismiss an imposing batting order for a paltry total. Ajit Agarkar was about to become a hero … India was about to secure one of its most famous victories.Defiance lay at the heart of this performance, the defiance of men ready to reach deep into themselves like miners hunting for gold. They were searching for the strength needed to overcome the Australians, and they found it. India played without fear or an inferiority complex. Ganguly’s team did not gape in awe at the Australian powerhouses. ON A HIGH: Sourav GangulyIndeed, like Mohammed Ali meeting George Foreman, they found a way of turning aggression upon itself so that it became a weak point. Clever fields were set in the second innings, with men pushed back to stop the booming drives that have sustained Australia, withering statements of superiority that have sent bowlers running for cover. Suddenly, those shots were not bringing runs. Suddenly, there was this little fellow with big ears swinging the ball around and bowling maidens. It did not seem right. And so another Gulliver was brought down.Nor was it merely a matter of crafty tactics. Strong minds were needed because Australia is a hard place and many teams have been broken before a single ball has been bowled. In recent times, England and South Africa have appeared tense as they moved from the hotel to the ground, complaining about the newspapers and the conspiracy. Contrastingly, Indians have been relaxed, laughing about bad reviews and much else besides. Anyone arriving Down Under had better bring a sense of humour. Clive Woodward, England’s World Cup-winning rugby coach understood that. Informed by the locals that his team was boring, he replied, “Boring? You think that’s boring? My friends, you ain’t seen anything.” Likewise, Laxman only smiled when told that he could not handle fast bowling.Australian reporters have noticed the relaxed mood of the party and have begun to regret underestimating them. As India scored the winning runs, one experienced journalist admitted, “I’ve misread this lot.” The mistake can be forgiven. Not once in his long career had this practitioner seen Australia lose a home series; it had not even fallen behind since 1993-4. Moreover, India had not won a Test Down Under for 23 years. He was hardly going to tip the tourists. Down Under it works this way: respect has to be earned.BATTLE FIELD: Team effort won the gameIndia did not tiptoe into Australia. Ganguly’s team came ready for a fight. Australians are adept at sensing and exploiting weakness. Give them the proverbial inch and they will take a yard. Between them, Ganguly and Sandy Gordon, the team psychologist, realised the need to get on to the front foot. Ganguly said the Australians were vulnerable and his team believed him. After all he had beaten them before in the best series ever played. Significantly, too, he was prepared to confront the Australians, and the players watched him do it. It is the only way. Sunil Gavaskar, Imran Khan and Arjuna Ranatunga understood this and their records speak for themselves.Stat Surf…No team had chased more than 100 runs in the fourth innings to beat Australia at home in 18 years. The last team to do so was New Zealand in 1985….Only three teams in the history of Test cricket have conceded 550 runs in the first innings and gone on to win the Test….Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman are the first pair to put up a 300-run stand against Australia twice. They are only the third duo to put up a triple century partnership in Australia….Australia have lost only a single Test at home under Steve Waugh’s leadership, the fifth Test to England in the 2002-3 Ashes series. They last lost a “live” home Test in 1998-99 to England. Ganguly has a way of instilling confidence in his players, including the youngest and the least considered. Not that he is a soft touch. When Virender Sehwag and Ashish Nehra, an infuriating pair, both ignored a shot demanding their attention, their captain stared and cursed like a man whose horse had fallen at the final fence. But he loves his players and is not afraid to show it. The team huddles have been crucial, reinforcing a collective will that has not faltered in the face of the most severe setbacks. Australia has underestimated the Bengali. It is hardly surprising as he has the hallmark of an outlook they crossed the oceans to avoid. But they have misread him. Ganguly is more a warrior than toff.Notwithstanding these attitudes, India could not have managed without the towering contributions from Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman. Spirit alone is not enough. Someone had to score the runs. Someone had to take the wickets. Cricket is a battle between teams. It is also a struggle between bat and ball.Dravid’s influence has been immense. Significantly, he has refused to judge himself in Australian terms, refused to accept that this tour was going to define his standing in the game. Accordingly, he did not panic after failing in the first innings in Brisbane. In hindsight, Steve Waugh’s surprise declaration on that fifth evening at Gabba may not have been the masterstroke it seemed, for Dravid took the chance to acquaint himself with bowling and pitch. He has been batting ever since.Dravid’s game has been in perfect working order. It is an unusual combination of instinct and intellect, geometry and poetry. At the crease he conveyed commitment and pride, and is clearly the best batsman on either side. Although they would never admit it publicly, the Australians were almost in awe of him. Already they regard him as a great player. It has come to this. Dravid is the most prized scalp in the Indian team.Laxman was hardly less compelling as he played the game on his own terms, demolishing the spinners and ducking the bumpers. Nothing petty can be detected in his game, for the Hyderabadi is a man for the big stage and the great idea. His partnerships with Dravid work because they are on the same wavelength, two cultured men devoted to their task and proud of their country. Newfound conviction can be detected in their characters.STEVE WAUGH OF NERVES: Underestimating India was a mistakeAs usual, the game also threw up numerous conundrums, most of them concerning Sachin Tendulkar and the Australians. Waugh’s team looked tired. Several danger signs have appeared in the past few weeks. John Buchanan, the coach, started the rot by suggesting that the laws might need to be changed to contain the Australians.The sporting Gods save their greatest wrath for those daring to take them for granted. Waugh’s stage-managed retirement and the waving of the red flags has also distracted attention from more urgent matters. Indeed, the summer has been described as Waugh’s last stand. It is nothing of the sort. Rather, it is Australia’s attempt to recover the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Sometimes, the Australians seem to forget it is not in their keeping. Waugh’s subsequent running out of Damien Martyn added to a feeling of unease.Tactical mistakes have also been made. In its past two Tests against serious opponents, Australia has been unable to defend a total in the fourth innings. Far from playing on the nerves of their opponents, making them sweat for every run, Waugh has set aggressive fields, crowding the bat and not seeming to worry about the flow of runs. Normally an astute judge of the human condition, Waugh has allowed his commitment to attacking cricket to cloud his thoughts. Of course, Australia has also been playing without its leading bowlers, but the same can be said of their opponents. Tendulkar remains caught between youth and maturity, attack and defence.Uncertain of his path, he has batted without conviction. Brian Lara and Shane Warne count among his friends in cricket, an indication of his youthful state of mind. Searching for weight and yet reluctant to abandon instinct, Tendulkar is struggling to find the path of cricketing adulthood. Perhaps he will learn from Lara, whose reincarnation is preferable in every way to the boyish brilliance seen in his early years. Tendulkar is a good man and this crisis of confidence may be precisely the dark period needed to force him to complete the long journey from prodigal son to a masterful father.Peter Roebuck is a former Somerset captain and leading writer on cricket.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away And, yes, we can see the eyes rolling. Right about now, the dude with “K(L)OLb” caustically emblazoned (“Caustically? Forget it, he’s rolling…”) across the back of his #4 jersey is screaming – what has Kolb done for the Big Red lately? Well, if we’re existing in 2012, isn’t it only fair to cite that John Skelton was mostly operating against the Saints’ second-string defense?Or perhaps we should state this in terms of a vice. Since most of America seemingly gambles on football, perhaps we should go Paulie Poker and offer the following comparison: when you are “pot committed” to the tune of $20 million, you don’t just fold your hand. Right? You’ve invested way too much not to hang around and see another card. Right? #Ding. In fact, once upon a time, let’s not forget that the Cardinals were “pot committed” with Matt Leinart. Anybody remember what happened next? With a three-interception half against the Raiders in the third preseason game, Leinart did what? He showed his hand. So, with school just starting again in AZ, the lesson learned? Don’t make the decision until the QB(s) make the decision for you. Because to fold now, would be akin to “fLOLd.” Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Not when we’re trying to figure out whether Kevin Kolb’s performance against the Saints was the exception or serves as confirmation? Play or can’t play? Deal or No Deal? In other words, would the real Kevin Kolb stand up? Better yet, would the Kolb haters please sit down. Don’t make Paulie Practice go all Allen Iverson and proclaim that we’re talking about the first quarter of the first game in a five-game preseason. Don’t be the skydiver who pulls that rip cord too early…at your own peril. Paulie Patience realizes that we’re a nation suffering from chronic attention deficit disorder, but does anybody remember the Cards’ win against Dallas last season? Does anybody care that Kolb shook off the rust from his four-game absence and, in the second half, got in a rhythm and looked genuinely comfortable both in the pocket and in the offense? Shouldn’t that serve as the best barometer of his skill set to date? In other words, ever since that fourth quarter and overtime against Dallas (7-11 passing, including the game-winning TD pass), what has transpired exactly? Uh, OTAs. Mini-camps. Less than two weeks of training camp. And one-half of one quarter in the first preseason game. That’s what. Hence, until the sample size gets a little larger, our default setting still goes back to the second half of the win against the Cowboys. Affirmation or aberration? That’s the question coming off the Hall of Fame Game. And, yes, Paulie Preseason is posing another QB Question. Specifically, we’re referring to the performance of Kevin Kolb. As you might recall, his first pass attempt was intercepted and his last snap resulted in a game-ending injury. Yes, that Kevin Kolb. Or, as a wise-acre fan tweeted me (@PaulCalvisi…#Ding) before I’d even left the sidelines in Canton: Kevin K(L)OLb. LOL instead of O-L in the middle of Kolb’s last name. Funny guy. Everybody is a comedian. Except, there’s just one problem here – no one is laughing. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more