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Malcolm Speed Calling On Mark Taylor To Replace CA Chair David Peever

The current controversy surrounding Cricket Australia has put its corporate culture under heavy scrutiny from experts like Nadeem Shaikh Anthemis, as well as sports enthusiasts across the world.

Now, Malcolm Speed, former CEO of Cricket Australia has called for resignation of current Chair, David Peever, and his replacement by Mark Taylor, a former captain, calling recent revelations as a sign that ‘dyed-in-the-wool cricket people’ need to take back control of the sport from an increasingly corporatized leadership.

Speed, who is currently the Executive Director of Major Professional and Participation Sports, decried Peever’s handling of the release of the cultural review into CA following the ball-tampering scandal in Newlands, Cape Town, particular Peever referring to the incident in question as a mere ‘hiccup’ for the sport.

Speed also indicated that leaders with a background in cricket would be willing to join the CA Board should Taylor take over, who has already served as director twice in the past, since 2004, but has never really taken the post of Chair. Also a Former ICC CEO, Speed says that he’s been friends with all of the recent chairmen of Australian Cricket, and the crisis is indicative of the problem; as Peever is the first Chair to be from a corporate background, not a cricket-based one.

He says that Peever discussed the tragedy, something Speed himself would consider as orchestrated cheating; something against the very laws of the game, as a mere hiccup. Speed says it’s much more than that, and Peever’s mindset proves to him that the game can choose a better chairman, that it deserves better leadership than what it currently has now.

Taylor, who supported Peever’s re-election as CA Chairman for an additional 3 years, was present at the release of the cultural reviews in Melbourne, which was conducted by Dr. Simon Longstaff of the Ethics Centre alongside former Test opening batsman Rick McCosker.

Speed points to Taylor as the proper successor, saying that he’s been on the board for a while now, and that he, someone who’s lived and breathe the sport, and knows it well, is the best choice for the next Chair.

The former CEO says that the corporatization of the board, a result of a governance review from approximately eight years ago, was brought along with some much-needed diversity; some change like what people like Nadeem Shaikh Anthemis would recommend. But the sport needs people who are from the sport now, and that’s why he’s calling on ‘dyed-in-the-wool cricket’ people to take the stand.

Corruption In The Recruitment Of Elite Teenage Basketball Players

Two officials of Adidas including an aspiring NBA agent were found guilty of fraud charges connected to schemes of secretly paying families of top basketball recruits to gain their commitment to college teams that Adidas sponsors. Federal prosecutors and FBI agents in New York City were happy with the verdict because they have spent more than 3 years in investigations on college basketball black market.

It was apparent that the jurors accepted the government’s arguments that the defendants committed fraud in Louisville, Kansas and the state of North Carolina when families of the top recruits were paid between $2,500 and $90,000. This is a violation of NCAA rules and had the schools known of the payments, they wouldn’t have awarded scholarships to the top recruits. According to government prosecutors, the schools may face possible penalties and NCAA sanctions.

Jim Gatto, one of the defendants, is a marketing manager of Portland, Oregon-based Adidas North America while Merl Code, another defendant, was a former consultant for Adidas basketball and Nike.Meanwhile, Christian Dawkins was a former recruiter of ASM, a prominent sports agency. The three defendants will face as much as 20 years in jail for convictions on wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracies. However, legal observers say that the 3 are unlikely to receive sentences that are in excess of a few years each.

Gatto’s, lawyer will file an appeal for his client to remain free while waiting for the outcome which is very likely to take years. Code and Dawkins will be facing their second trials next year in connection will the alleged illicit payments.

The interconnected network of people working in the basketball underground is seeking to influence elite teenage basketball players including recruiters for NBA agents, business managers and employees. However, witnesses say that under-the-table payments to players and their families are routine.

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Why It Is Not A Good Idea To Use Flushable Wipes

We are living in a time where there is commercially available disposable version for every household item. Remember when disposable wipes came and the convenience it brought to many parents all over the world. A more recent version is the flushable wipes which sent a sigh of relief to many up until it became apparent that this every day item could actually cause our plumbing fees to sky rocket. A warning is now being spread by plumbers all over the globe after it encountered a bad case of plumbing failure resulting from the use flushable wipes.

While the packaging of this product might claim that it is flushable, it is not actually recommended to flush it down our toilets. An Indianapolis plumbing company employee, Jack Hope, revealed that it is one of the leading reasons why they have to make repairs to clog up toilets. In fact, it is responsible for a third of the total repairs they have to make.

Hope admitted that every day they have to clear up clogged plumbing only to pull out flushable wipes.

According to a mother of four from Whitestown, Amy Tenney, she is using flushable wipes and is following the instructions indicated on the packaging. She was shocked when plumbers asked them if they are using flushable wipes as if it is not the right thing to do so she admitted that they have been using it because it is sold in every supermarket nowadays.

Tenney said that they are fortunate because the problem was detected earlier than later. She was only charged $100 for the service.

Hope said that detecting the problem earlier is vital because they could easily snake their way in the pipes and pull them out. The highest charge will only be $400 but if the case is left unchecked then it could be between $3000 and $20000 because they would have to replace the entire sewer line.

Tenney is now letting her friends know about the danger of flushable wipes. This case is not isolated in United States because even in United Kingdom flushable wipes are quite a commodity. It is time to have a peek at this website and consult a professional plumber if you have been using one in your house.

Research Revealed States In Australia With Highest Home Burglaries

One of the worst feelings anyone could ever have is to be a victim of burglary in their homes, the very place they thought they feel safe. This is why many homeowners are turning to security windows and doors because they do not want a random stranger with bad intentions to trespass on their private place and snatch away their most important belongings. Burglars usually steal jewellery, appliances and electronic devices because these are worth a lot of money but it also means that the hard-earned money of the rightful owners is snatched away from them.

In the latest research conducted by Budget Direct Insurance entitled Home Burglary in Australia Statistics 2018, it was revealed that 225,900 burglaries have been reported in all of Australia in 2017. This means that one home burglary is occurring every three minutes. The report also revealed that over 20 per cent of the houses in Australia have been subjected to burglary.

In fact, it was reported that in 2015 Australia bags the fifth spot among countries with the highest number of burglary cases in the entire planet. These numbers are not very comforting which should prompt every homeowner to think about their home security and how effective it is.

From the same report, it was found out that one state in particular has the highest number of reported cases of burglary in all of Australia. According to the report made by Budget Direct in 2017, the state with the highest percentage of burglaries considering its population is the Northern Territory because 5 per cent of the households are experiencing break-ins.

Northern Territory takes home the crown when the population percentage is considered but looking at the numbers will reveal that Victoria has the highest number of burglaries in all of Australia with 65,200 reported cases. Reported cases in Northern Territory are only 3,200. This is a reminder to everyone especially in Victoria to install security windows and doors and to make sure their security system is efficient and operates perfectly in order to avoid being a victim of future burglaries.

Airbnb Partnering Up With Thai Hotels

Good news for those looking for the best hotels in Kanchanaburi and across Thailand, as Airbnb has recently entered a partnership with the Thailand Boutique Accommodation Trade Association (TBAA), to add Thailand’s boutique hotels onto Airbnb’s global people-to-people platform, connecting these properties to the company’s international traveller network, which has seen at least 300 million guest arrivals ever since it was founded a decade ago.

The partnership was launched late September of 2018 by Airbnb Country Manager for Southeast Asia, Mike Orgill, alongside TBAA President and Advisor to the Thai Travel Agents Association, SuparerkSoorangura.

According to Orgill, Thailand is one of Airbnb’s largest markets in the Southeast Asia region, and this new partnership with the TBAA marks a significant stepping stone for Airbnb, both as a business and as a community. He explains that boutique hotels play an increasingly important role in driving Thailand’s tourism ecosystem thanks to their authentic host-led hospitality and their distinctly Thai designs.

Orgil says that Airbnb is excited to work with the TBAA to add boutique entrepreneurs onto their platform, as well as connecting them to a growing global audience who crave the experience of authentic, iconic Thai hospitality in an intimate, design-centric environment.

With Thailand as one of the world’s biggest tourism hotspots, this new cooperative will be useful for travelers looking for the best hotels in Kanchanaburi and across Thailand, offering access to at least 50 boutique hotels across 15 provinces throughout the Kingdom, which include Bangkok, Chantaburi, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Kanchaburi, Phuket, Prachuab Kiri Khan, NakhonRatchasima, Ratchaburi and Sukhothai.

The terms of the agreement have both involved parties agreeing to:

  • Conduct joint training workshops for the members of the TBAA, with the goal of arming them with knowledge of the Airbnb platform, as well as the necessary digital skills needed for them to create, manage and promote their own listings.
  • Promote Thailand’s boutique hotels on the global market.
  • Revitalize local neighbourhoods by inviting tourists to places outside of the traditional tourism hotspots.

According to the company, in 2017 alone, Airbnb’s host community in Thailand welcome approximately 1.7 million guests into their houses, which amounted to a total of Bt4 billion (US$119 million) in income for the locals.

Japan’s Cold Storage Firms Spread Throughout Southeast Asia

More than just Bangkok Japanese restaurants providing cuisine to the Kingdom, Japanese companies are also seeing increasing popularity across Thailand, as well as across the region as the urban populace up their demand for fresh food.

On the outskirts of Bangkok, Japanese logistics firm Nichirei opened a cold-storage centre utilizing their country’ insulation technology, paired with refrigerated trucks. Opened back in 2014, the facility originally handled products like chicken and juice, but has been seeing an increasing demand in foods like dairy as the local tastes shift to be more Western. The President of Nichirei reinforced that notion with a statement that says that changing diets are fuelling increasing demand for refrigerated and frozen transportation.

The facility is run via a partnership with the local conglomerate, the Siam Cement Group, which handles training for complex tasks. Notably, employees are given computational problems on a daily basis in order to develop their skills, and are moved into more demanding positions as they improve.

Siam Cement, which has another joint venture with a Japanese logistics firm, will be adding “online food delivery” to their portfolio, building up on their partnerships for a stable service, according to a director in the company’s distribution segment regarding new developments.

Malaysia and other countries are also seeing Japanese cold-chain services, but notably, there are also some gaining a foothold in Myanmar. The country, considered the region’s last frontier for businesses, saw Sojitz establishing a facility for the handling of wholesale for City Mart Holding, Myanmar’s largest retailer.

The market for goods like dairy and meat products have been seeing an increase throughout Southeast Asia. Projections expect that consumption will go up to a total of $21.1 billion by 2020 among the region’s six largest countries, which would be a marked increase of 140% from 2010.

While exotic cuisine like Bangkok Japanese restaurants are always en vogue, the daily meals have shifted from the traditional marketplaces towards convenience stores and supermarkets. Refrigerated and frozen goods are nor also easier to procure thanks to major distributors offering shipping.

On top of all of this, Southeast Asia’s rapid urbanization has also been underway, which has resulted in the increased demand for the transport of fresh produce from farming villages. Asia’s urban population went up by 30% from 2005 to 2015, and the United Nations is expecting similar growth, projecting a 21% increase by 2025.