The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in the middle of a long-standing dispute with the Lodha Committee and is trying its best to delay implementing the reforms recommended by the Justice RM Lodha-led panel. (Supreme Court bars BCCI from giving funds to state associations)The tussle between the cricket board and the Supreme Court-appointed panel has received widespread media coverage in India. But a conclusion to this fight is still nowhere in sight and the apex court will now wait until October to hear further arguments. (BCCI faces Supreme Court intervention after resisting Lodha reforms)In its latest move on Friday, the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, passed an interim order directing the Indian cricket board not to provide any more funds to the state associations before they implement the Lodha reforms. But whether or not the board will follow this order, only time will tell. (IPL has changed the dynamics of cricket, says BCCI boss Anurag Thakur)The BCCI still remains defiant despite being battered and bruised for the past three years. The Supreme Court has time and again slammed the world’s richest and most powerful cricket board and brought it down on the ground whenever it tried to fly too high. The top court has shown who’s the real boss and has criticised the board left, right and centre. (Let’s collectively decide whether to stop IPL: Anurag Thakur)Among the many bashings that the BCCI has received from the SC during the course of this case, we have chosen a select few which are absolute gems.advertisementChief Justice of India Thakur takes the cake when it comes to mocking the board in the courtroom.- You (BCCI) are behaving like Lords. Fall in line otherwise we will make you fall in line. BCCI is bringing the system to disrepute by not following the directions. (BCCI’s key differences with the Lodha panel)- “What is the qualification for the office bearers? Do they have any special or essential qualification? Is the president of BCCI a politician,” the bench asked. Responding to the query, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was representing BCCI, said that “Thakur was a serious cricketer.” At this point, the CJI said, “Even I am the captain of the Supreme Court judges cricket team.”- Law needs not to be defied. We are not happy about the things going on. We anticipated this approach from BCCI but this is not done. You will have to fall in line with the directions of the court.- Season or no season?we don’t care about your season. Transparency and fairness must be there. Everyone needs to cooperate with the Lodha panel. You must make your stand clear first. If you yourself are acting in defiance, what’s the point?this defiant attitude won’t lead you anywhere. And it is nobody’s money. It is public money. You discharge a public function and this money must be used transparently,” the court told the BCCI.- They (Lodha panel) have been forced to a situation where they are asking for superseding of the entire top management of BCCI. It is coming from a court-appointed panel that has highly respected members. It is very unfortunate that things have come to such a situation. You should not only say that you have high regard for this court but this should be visible in your deeds, too,” the bench said.Senior advocate K K Venugopal, who is a member of the bench, also joined the party.- What have you done? We have seen the allegations of match fixing and betting. You have no control over these. But you give money in crores. The Lodha committee has said something. It has been said to make the functioning more transparent and visible and the effort is to reform the BCCI.- “You are dealing with hundreds of crores of rupees. Do you say that you have complete immunity over it and you can’t be questioned? Do you say that you can’t be questioned how you spend hundreds of crores of rupees if not thousands that you collect from the public. Can we record that statement,” the bench observed.Telling the apex cricketing body that while taking shelter of Article 19(1)( C) (guaranteeing right to form associations or unions), the bench said that it also imposed obligations on it as it was discharging public functions.- “If someone wants to have a career in cricket, there is no way that he can do so without being on the right side of the BCCI,” the bench said adding that, “There are many youngsters aspiring to be Mohinder Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli as there is a lot of glamour in the game.”advertisement- “No one can play cricket except under your control. You have a complete sway over the game. Because of your sway you are preventing the people where there is no cricket like in north-eastern states and even including Bihar from being a part of BCCI,” the court said driving home the point that the BCCI while performing public functions can’t escape obligations.Watch this space for more as the Court is set to deliver its final blow on the BCCI on October 17.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have a tete-a-tete with President Donald Trump this weekend on the margins of the G7 summit in France.White House officials have confirmed the bilateral meeting between the two leaders.Officials say the two will discuss a wide range of issues, in particular their shared commitment to ratifying the new North American Free Trade Agreement — or the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, as Trump has dubbed it.Mexico has already ratified the continental trade pact; the Trudeau government, which has introduced implementation legislation in the House of Commons, is holding off on final ratification until the deal is ratified in the United States, where Democratic lawmakers are threatening to block the process.Officials say Trump and Trudeau will also discuss tensions in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protests have been escalating for weeks, sparked by proposed legislation that would have seen some suspects in criminal cases sent to mainland China for trial.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has expressed support for the right to peaceful protest in Hong Kong, earning a rebuke from China, which is already furious with Canada for detaining Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and has retaliated by detaining two Canadians and blocking imports of Canadian canola.The Canadian Press
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 1, 2017 – Providenciales – The firm position on workers who are illegally resident and even employed in the Turks and Caicos taken last week by Border Control and Employment Minister, Deputy Premier Sean Astwood seems to have been used as a scare tactic by some. A media release on Saturday from the DP said this is not the intention of his ministerial statement given during House of Assembly which asks workers with expired work permits to regularize their status or face being deported, even stop listed.The statement gives people with this problem until August 14 to comply with TCI law. The Deputy Premier clarified that work permit holders still under consideration for renewal or extension, according to law, will see their work permit continue to be in force until their application is dealt with.The Ministry further states, “the 14 day measure does not apply to the following persons: Those with active applications for renewals or extensions that are already before the Labour Commissioner for Labour clearances or work permit boards for work permits.”Excluded from the potential deportation are those who have already applied for permanent residency, naturalization or registration and the like. However, if you are with an expired document, then you had better rush to get an application in before August 14. If you came into the TCI on a Visa, and it is now expired… prepare to leave. If you have matters under dispute at the Labour Tribunal, you are advised to contact the office for advice.The public is directed to Customer Service Quality Assurance Manager, Emilio Seymour for further information and clarity.#MagneticMediaNews#14daywindowforillegalmigrants Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Airlines, tour ops suspend Cuba cays, SXM flights until Oct. 31 Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Florida’s largest airports have reopened but operations are limited and hundreds of flights were cancelled or delayed as the state recovers from Hurricane Irma, with wide swaths of the state and its neighbours still without power. Meanwhile airlines including Air Canada, WestJet, Transat and Sunwing have updated their start dates for flights into Irma-damaged Cuba and other Caribbean destinations.Hurricane Irma’s march across Florida and into the Southeast triggered one of the bigger blackouts in U.S. history, plunging as many as 13 million people into the dark as the storm dragged down power lines and blew out transformers.“Power, power, power,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said. “The biggest thing we’ve got to do for people is get their power back.”As reported on Travelweek.ca, Air Canada is resuming flights to Florida airports today. Air Canada is looking to operate its full schedule to Florida including service to Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, plus the next regularly scheduled flights to Fort Myers on Sept. 15, and Sarasota on Sept. 16. “Customers are advised that aircraft are very full on outgoing flights from Florida and, while Air Canada is adding additional capacity, space may be limited initially. However, Air Canada is committed to add extra capacity in order to transport customers who wish to travel.”Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge have also resumed all scheduled service to the Caribbean including Havana, however other destinations in Cuba remain cancelled with plans to resume services to Holguin and Varadero in the coming days, says Air Canada, subject to the safety and security of airports and infrastructure. The airports serving Cayo Coco and Santa Clara are closed until at least Sept. 25.Meanwhile WestJet has made the decision to remove regularly scheduled flights to and from Cayo Coco (CCC), Santa Clara (SNU) and St. Maarten (SXM) through Oct. 31, as local airports and hotels have suffered significant damage from the storm. The airline says it is in the process of reaching out to passengers and travel agents with bookings between now and then (Oct. 29) for re-bookings. Passengers booked for travel through Dec. 31 will be offered flexible change/cancel for these destinations.WestJet says it is still evaluating flights into Providencials (PLS), Varadero (VRA), Myrtle Beach (MYR), and all of WestJet’s Florida destinations including Orlando (MCO), Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Tampa (TPA), to ensure the airport, runway and hotel infrastructure are intact and safe and the destinations have the ability to service its passengers.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemGuests booked to any of these areas will be offered flexible change/cancel for travel through Sept. 30.WestJet is back to normal operations for airport and hotels in Bahamas (NAS), Bermuda (BGI), Aruba (AUA), Antigua (ANU), Grand Cayman (GCM), Dominican Republic (AZS, PUJ, POP), St. Lucia (UVF), Curacao (CUR), all Mexican destinations, Costa Rica and Jamaica. WestJet says it will no longer be offering flexible change/cancel to these destinations as they are confirmed to be business as usual.“WestJet would like thank our valued guests for their patience and understanding over the past few days. We can certainly understand the confusion that Canadian travellers have over their future travel plans to regions of the Bahamas and Florida specifically and to the Caribbean in general. Overall, we are thankful that the hurricane has now diminished to the point that we are able to evaluate many of our destinations and hotel partners and provide some certainty around change and cancel to destinations in affected areas.”Transat is also making changes to its flight schedule due to the impact caused by the passage of Hurricane Irma.Transat’s flights to Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria will be suspended until Oct. 31. “Our operations to Holguin will continue as normal, with a flight scheduled as of this Sept. 15. We expect to resume our operations to Varadero as of Sept. 22.”To meet the higher demand Transat will be increasing capacity on its flights to the D.R. and Mexico during the months of September and October.“We are currently coordinating all the changes to our bookings following the passage of hurricane Irma. Our teams will contact all customers impacted by those changes. We thank you in advance for your collaboration.”Sunwing’s flights to Manzanillo are operating as normal but all southbound flights to Holguin have been cancelled up to including Sept. 14. Flights to Varadero are currently cancelled up to and including Sept.17. Flights to Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria and Camaguey are suspended until Oct. 31.More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoAmerican Airlines said the storm forced it to cancel more than 5,000 flights over several days, cutting into revenue and profit. American Airlines Group Inc., which has a major hub in Miami, said all the storm-related cancellations caused it to cut a forecast for third-quarter revenue per mile by about 1 percentage point. American didn’t give a dollar figure, but a drop of 1.5 points in the same figure at United Airlines after Hurricane Harvey equaled about $150 million in lost revenue.American said the combination of lost revenue from Irma and higher fuel prices from Harvey, which shut down many Texas refineries, would cause its third-quarter pretax profit margin to fall from around 11% to around 9.5%.In St. Martin, French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild the wrecked island and diversify its economy from a sole reliance on tourism.Macron stayed overnight on St. Martin, reportedly sleeping on a camp cot. He was heading to the heavily damaged island of St. Barts today with the French health minister, who has warned about diseases spreading on the islands after water supplies, electricity and communication were knocked out for days.“What we have seen today are people determined to rebuild and return to a normal life,” said Macron. He said France was bringing in air-conditioned tents so children can start classes again soon, and that a centre would be established by Sept. 18 to begin processing requests for financial help.Macron pledged to rebuild St. Martin as a “model island” that would be a “showcase of French excellence.”“I don’t want to rebuild St. Martin as it was,” he said. “We have seen there are many homes that were built too precariously, with fragile infrastructure. The geography of the homes was not adapted to the risks.”The Category 5 hurricane killed 11 people in St. Martin, while another four people died on the Dutch side of the island, bringing the death toll in the Caribbean to at least 37.For the latest update from CTO on all the Caribbean islands, with the exception of Cuba where reports are still very preliminary, see ‘What’s open, closed & damaged in the Caribbean’.With files from The Associated Press Share Tags: Hurricane, Hurricane Irma Wednesday, September 13, 2017