Making Sense of the California Voter

first_img– Advertisement – But Mr. McCuan said that in the absence of clear partisan priorities, voters are left to gauge for themselves which initiatives reflect their values.[Here’s what’s at stake in the key propositions and Congressional races.]And in the privacy of the (proverbial) voting booth, what he referred to as a kind of “Jekyll and Hyde” California voter often emerges.- Advertisement – (Both are still too close to call, but Proposition 19 was ahead while Proposition 15 was trailing as of early Thursday.)Of course there isn’t one single explanation and no two voters are alike.- Advertisement – [Read more about Proposition 15.]That may explain support for Proposition 19, which would give Californians who are 55 or older a property tax break when buying a new home, and opposition to Proposition 15, which would raise property taxes for some commercial property owners.Then in some cases there’s just a lot of money.Proposition 22, the measure that gig companies like Uber and Lyft spent more than $200 million to get passed, bombarding voters with push alerts, mailers and ads assuring voters that drivers preferred to remain independent contractors rather than employees, “set a new threshold,” Mr. McCuan said. The California voter has “historically wanted good roads, good schools.”At the same time, Mr. McCuan said, “there’s this notion of, ‘Don’t tax me, tax the person behind the tree.’”In other words, California voters may, by and large, want well-funded schools and infrastructure and adequate housing for all. They simply aren’t willing to tax themselves to pay for those things.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger reacts to Aaron Ramsey leaving Arsenal to join Juventus

first_imgAdvertisement Comment 1 min. story PLAY Top articles 1/1 Read More Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Feb 2019 4:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link564Shares Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement About Connatix V67539 / Emery after defeat to BATE: ‘We deserved to win’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:46FullscreenEmery after defeat to BATE: ‘We deserved to win’https://metro.co.uk/video/emery-defeat-bate-deserved-win-1863852/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Wenger also discussed his managerial future, having been without a job since leaving Arsenal at the end of last season.‘I miss the competition, but I am enjoying a little bit less pressure, and more freedom as well,’ he added. ‘My future is unknown. Even for me.‘Basically my job is to work with people and get the best out of them, and I will continue to do that. In what way I don’t know.‘To do that as well I need to first get the best out of myself. I will try to continue to do that.‘Will I do it on the field or will I do it by sharing my knowledge with people who are in our job? I don’t know what I will do.’Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman is ‘fuming’ at Ramsey’s imminent departure and says it will cost the Gunners £40million to sign an adequate replacement.‘I’m still fuming at the fact we’re going to lose Ramsey,’ he said last week.‘It gets even more frustrating with the fact they’ve announced Emery only has around £40million to spend in the summer.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘That’s what you’d have to pay to get someone like Ramsey, probably a little bit more.‘It’s demoralising for me and I’m sure it’s even more demoralising for the fans to hear that and then to see quality players leaving the club.‘It’s even more frustrating the fact that it’s for nothing, that’s why he’s getting so much money at Juventus. I just don’t get it, I don’t know what the forward thinking is.‘The fact that Emery gets one transfer window and he gets told he can only do loan deals, now we’re looking at the end of the season where he only has £40million to spend.’MORE: Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho spotted on scouting trip to watch Lille stars Read More Read More by Metro Full Screen More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut Wenger, speaking at the Laureus Sport for Good presentation, said: ‘It will be a loss for Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I must say it will be an interesting move for Ramsey. He is a player who is great going forward.‘His main quality is he can keep the final ball. And he makes interesting runs from deep.‘You don’t find many players today who can make midfield runs off the ball. It will be an interesting addition for Juventus.’ Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and midfielder Aaron Ramsey (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal will miss Aaron Ramsey after the midfielder agreed to join Juventus in the summer.Wales international Ramsey has spent over a decade at Arsenal since being signed by Wenger, helping the Gunners win three FA Cup titles.The 28-year-old hoped to sign a new deal at Arsenal at the end of last year but the club decided to withdraw their contract offer and walk away from the negotiating table.That left Ramsey searching for a new club and last week it was announced he had signed a pre-contract agreement with Italian giants Juventus.ADVERTISEMENT Read More Skip Ad Arsene Wenger reacts to Aaron Ramsey leaving Arsenal to join Juventus SPONSORED Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Coming Next Video Settingslast_img read more

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Tearful Jordan commemorates ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant

first_imgThe 2⁄24 date carries special significance as it coincides with Bryant’s jersey number – “24” – and Gianna’s “2” jersey number.Another basketball legend, Shaquille O’Neal, also spoke at the ceremony, drawing cheers as he recalled the three NBA titles that he and Bryant won together.“Kobe and I have pushed one another to play some of the greatest basketball of all time and I am proud that no other team has accomplished the three-peat the Lakers have done since Shaq-and-the-Kobe Lakers did it,” O’Neal said.He also spoke of their well-known feuding, saying that even though “we fought, bantered or insulted each other with off-handed remarks,” there was mutual respect between the pair.“Make no mistake,” O’Neal said. “Folks thought we were on bad terms, (but) when the cameras were turned off, he and I would throw a wink at each other.”Beyonce, backed by a choir, opened the ceremony with one of Bryant’s favorite songs “XO,” from her 2013 album, followed by “Halo.”“I’m here because I love Kobe,” said the 70-time Grammy-nominated singer, who was dressed in a golden suit – the color of the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant’s team for two decades.– ‘He was my everything’ –Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa Bryant wipes away tears as she speaks during the “Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant” service at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles on February 24, 2020 Bryant’s widow Vanessa paid a tearful tribute to her late 41-year-old husband and middle daughter, saying she could not fathom life without them and describing Bryant as “my everything.”“God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other,” Bryant said in her first public remarks since the January 26 crash. “He had to bring them home together.”She spoke of her heartbreak at not being able to watch Gianna – who was 13 and one of four daughters the couple had – grow up and missing important moments of her life.“I won’t be able to tell her how gorgeous she looks on her wedding day,” she said through tears, receiving a standing ovation for the tribute.“I’ll never get to see my baby girl walk down the aisle, have a father-daughter dance with her daddy.”A visibly shaken Jimmy Kimmel, who officiated at the ceremony, said he saw Kobe and Gianna’s faces and jersey numbers everywhere in Los Angeles and beyond.“All we can do is to be grateful for the time we had with them,” said the late night talk show host and comedian.Among other celebrities attending the memorial were filmmaker Spike Lee – who was close friends with Bryant and directed a documentary on his life – and rapper Snoop Dogg, an avid Lakers fan.Many of the fans lucky enough to nab one of the much sought-after 20,000 tickets for the memorial wore the gold and purple colors of the Lakers as they headed for the two-and-a-half hour ceremony being held amid tight security.“Kobe meant everything for this city, for this team and for me,” said Karen Sanchez, 41, as she waited with friends to enter the arena. “I watched him play from the beginning.”Fans look on during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaRead Also: Beyonce kicks off LA memorial for Kobe Bryant, daughterMarcos Rojas, 23, another ticketholder, said Bryant’s January 26 death near Los Angeles had been devastating to fans like him who worshipped the player.“For me, it was like losing a friend,” said Rojas, who wore a Lakers jersey with Kobe’s number.“I always watched him playing with my friends,” he told AFP. “I always picked Kobe to play in my video games. I couldn’t leave home the day of his passing.”Those attending the memorial were given a 24-page program with pictures of Bryant and his family as well as a pin and black T-shirt featuring images of Kobe and his daughter on the back.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Kobe Bryant’s Lakers jerseys are displayed during the “Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant” service at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles on February 24, 2020 Loading… “I promise you, from this day forward, I will live with the memories and knowing that I had a little brother,” Jordan, widely regarded as the greatest player in history, added. “I tried to help in every way I could. Please rest in peace, little brother.” The public memorial – dubbed “A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant” – was held at Staples Center, the arena where Bryant wowed fans for 17 years, and known as “the house that Kobe built.” A tearful Michael Jordan on Monday remembered his “little brother” Kobe Bryant at a star-filled memorial in Los Angeles for the basketball great and his daughter Gianna, who died with seven others in a helicopter crash last month. Michael Jordan speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California “When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died, and as I look in this arena, across the globe, a piece of you died,” the NBA legend said with tears streaming down his face.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks Now6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoolast_img read more

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Mr. Dean Griffin

first_imghttp://haskellandmorrison.com/book-of-memories/2850476/Griffin-Dean/service-details.phpMr. Dean Griffin, age 84, of Pleasant, Indiana, entered this life on January 4, 1933, in Brookville, Indiana, the loving son of the late, John and Frona (St. John) Griffin. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana, where he was a 1951 graduate of the Vevay High School. Dean was united in marriage on March 1, 1952, in Vevay, Indiana, to Carolyn Miller and to this union arrived a daughter, Joyce and three sons, Ronnie, Dwayne and Mike to bless their home. Dean and Carolyn shared nearly 65 loving years of marriage together until his death. Dean was a former surveyor for the Switzerland County ASCS Office in Vevay, Indiana. He was also a former employee for Delco Remy in Anderson, Indiana. He was a bus driver for Christman Bus Service for 9 1/2 years. Dean was employed for Indiana-Kentucky Electric Company in Madison, Indiana, retiring in 1992, after 30 years of service. Dean was a school board member for the Switzerland County School Corporation from 1968 to 1972. He was a founding board member of the Switzerland County Sportsman Club since 1996 and was a member of the Gideon’s International Switzerland County Camp. Dean was a faithful member of the Brushy Fork Baptist Church in Pleasant, Indiana. Dean enjoyed hunting, watching basketball and baseball and spending time with his grandchildren. Dean passed away with his loving family by his side at 10:15 pm, Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Baptist East Health in Louisville, Kentucky.Dean will be dearly missed by his loving wife of nearly 65 years: Carolyn L. (Miller) Griffin of Pleasant, IN; his daughter: Joyce A. Barnes and her husband: Rev. Mike of near Moorefield, IN; his sons: Ronnie Griffin and his wife: Mary Lou of Bennington, IN, Dwayne Griffin and his wife: Brenda of Rising Sun, IN and Mike Griffin and his wife: Cindy of Madison, IN; his grandchildren: Travis, Christy, Amber, Ryan, Michelle, Kassie and Emily; his great-grandchildren: Aiden, Abbey, Avery, Conner, Chloe, Audrey, Tucker, Kellan, Shawna, Kipton, Jessie and Maddie; his step-grandchildren: Kevin and Kelli; his step-great-grandchildren: Bryant and Briann; his brothers-in-law: Bob Browning of Rising Sun, IN, Carl Eversman of Rising Sun, IN and Pastor Kenny Miller and his wife: Carolyn of Vevay, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: John and Frona (St. John) Griffin; his grandson: Shawn Michael Barnes, died March 27, 2000; his brothers: Abe, Tom and Jim Griffin; his sisters: Lavina “Viney” Eversman and Grace Browning; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Arnold Wilbur and Gladys Mary (Lindsay) Miller and his sister-in-law: Marilyn Morgan.Funeral services will be conducted Monday, February 27, 2017, at 11:00 am, by Pastor Chris Clemans and Rev. Mike Sawalich at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043Interment will follow in the Pleasant Cemetery, Pleasant, Indiana.Friends may call 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Brushy Fork Baptist Church or Pleasant Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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Ada L. Meister

first_imgAda L. Meister, 88, of Sunman, died Monday, May 11, 2020 at Margaret Mary Hospital, Batesville. She was born March 10, 1932 in Batesville, the daughter of Adolph and Mabel (Swango) Wirth.She is survived by two daughters: Joyce (Jim) Westerman of Sunman and Susan Meister of Sunman; three sons: John Meister of Sunman, Tony (Penny) Meister of New Point, and Daniel (Deb) Meister of Batesville; six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.She was married to John Meister who precedes her in death. Others who preceded her in death include two sons: Dennis and Donald Meister; four brothers: Lawrence, Albert, Wallace, and Robert Wirth and three sisters: Bessie Dwenger, Gladys Dwenger, and Edna Sarringhaus.Mrs. Meister enjoyed doing crafts and participated in many local craft shows. She enjoyed traveling with her family. Some of her favorite destinations included Amish Country in Northeastern Ohio and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge; Gatlinburg Tennessee. When the weather was nice, she enjoyed taking a drive to enjoy the countryside and she loved to sit along the river and watch boats especially the big paddlewheel boats. She also enjoyed playing cards and other games with family.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20th, at St. Anthony’s Church in Morris with Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The current Governor’s mandate allows churches to begin opening again for services that are open to the public to the extent that six feet social distancing is required among all individuals and will reduce the capacity of the church according. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Cemetery Fund.last_img read more

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Newcastle close to Janmaat deal

first_img However, some minor formalities remain to be completed and that means Janmaat will not now be unveiled until Wednesday. His official arrival will be significant for more than one reason as it is likely to trigger Mathieu Debuchy’s departure for Arsenal. Dutchman Janmaat will become Pardew’s fifth summer signing and the second this week after Remy Cabella joined Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez at the Magpies. The 24-year-old Feyenoord full-back travelled to Tyneside on Tuesday to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms after the two clubs agreed a fee at the weekend. It appeared an announcement was imminent with a photograph of the player holding a back and white shirt alongside Magpies manager Alan Pardew appearing on Twitter later the same day. Newcastle expect to formally announce Holland international Daryl Janmaat as their fifth summer signing on Wednesday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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New Zealand hold nerve to sink Bangladesh in thriller

first_imgBy Ed OsmondLONDON, England (Reuters) – New Zealand held their nerve under the floodlights to beat Bangladesh by two wickets in a dramatic low-scoring Cricket World Cup match at The Oval yesterday.The Black Caps looked to be cruising to a modest target of 245, as Ross Taylor (82) and captain Kane Williamson (40) led them to 160-2, but they lost six wickets in quick succession to give Bangladesh the scent of a famous win.When Matt Henry was eighth man out, New Zealand still needed seven runs for victory but Mitchell Santner stayed calm to secure their second win of the tournament with 17 balls to spare.“It’s very nice to get across the line. We still knew that 250 could be quite challenging,” Williamson said.“It wasn’t our most clinical effort with the bat. There were a few soft dismissals that we’d want to address. But it’s a great experience to have in tournament cricket.”New Zealand bowled tightly and fielded with high intensity after winning the toss to restrict Bangladesh to 244 all out.Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar shared an opening partnership of 45 before Sarkar was bowled by Henry for 25 and Tamim, on 24, skied a simple catch to mid-wicket.Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim added 50 for the third wicket but the stand ended when Mushfiqur was run-out for 19 following a mix-up.Shakib reached his fifty off 54 balls before, on 64, he edged medium-pacer Colin de Grandhomme to wicketkeeper Tom Latham and Mohammad Mithun went for 26.Needing to accelerate to get close to 300, a par score on the usual batting-friendly Oval wicket, Bangladesh boundaries were in short supply.BOISTEROUS FANS Mohammad Saifuddin struck the only six of the innings in the 45th over but it was a rare joyful moment for the boisterous Bangladesh fans and Henry bowled him for 29 in the final over to claim his fourth wicket and end the innings.New Zealand started their chase confidently as Martin Guptill made a breezy 25 and Colin Munro 24 to move them rapidly on to 55-2.Williamson should have been dismissed for eight, but wicketkeeper Mushfiqur dislodged the bails with his arm to waste the opportunity.Williamson and Taylor added 105 to put New Zealand in a dominant position before Williamson was caught at deep mid-wicket by Mosaddek Hossain off Mehedi Hasan.Latham fell for nought and when Taylor was caught down the leg-side New Zealand nerves were jangling.The target was still comfortably within range, but de Grandhomme (15) and Jimmy Neesham (25) also fell as the tension mounted.Henry was bowled by Saufuddin with seven required but Santner drove the first ball of the 48th over to the extra cover boundary to get New Zealand over the line.Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who led his team to an upset win over South Africa in their first match of the tournament, said they were 20-30 runs short with the bat.“It was a good wicket. The outfield was slow,” Mortaza said. “We got set and then got out too often; we couldn’t make a good partnership in the middle.“At the end it was a tight match. They closed it professionally – credit to them.” SCOREBOARDBANGLADESH inningsTamim Iqbal c Boult b Ferguson 24Soumya Sarkar b Henry 25Shakib Al Hasan c Latham b de Grandhomme 64Mushfiqur Rahim run-out (Guptill/†Latham) 19Mohammad Mithun c de Grandhomme b Henry 26Mahmudullah c Williamson b Santner 20Mosaddek Hossain c Guptill b Boult 11Mohammad Saifuddin b Henry 29Mehidy Hasan Miraz c Latham b Boult 7Mashrafe Mortaza c Boult b Henry 1Mustafizur Rahman not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-8, w-9) 18Total: (all out, 49.2 overs) 244Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-60, 3-110, 4-151, 5-179, 6-197, 7-224, 8-235, 9-244.Bowling: Henry 9.2-0-474, Boult 10-0-44-2, Ferguson 10-0-40-1, de Grandhomme 8-0-39-1, Neesham 2-0-24-0, Santner 10-1-41-1.NEW ZEALAND innings (target: 245 runs from 50 overs)M. Guptill c Tamim Iqbal b Shakib Al Hasan 25C. Munro c Mehidy Hasan Miraz b Shakib Al Hasan 24K. Williamson c Mosaddek Hossain b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 40L. Taylor c Mushfiqur Rahim b Mosaddek Hossain 82T. Latham c Mohammad Saifuddin b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 0J. Neesham c Soumya Sarkar b Mosaddek Hossain 25C. de Grandhomme c Mushfiqur Rahim b Mohammad Saifuddin 15M. Santner not out 17M Henry b Mohammad Saifuddin 6L. Ferguson not out 4Extras: (nb-1, w-9) 10Total: (8 wkts, 47.1 overs) 248Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-55, 3-160, 4-162, 5-191, 6-218, 7-218, 8-238.Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 5-0-32-0, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 10-0-47-2, Mustafizur Rahman 7.1-0-48-0, Shakib Al Hasan 10-0-47-2, Mohammad Saifuddin 7-0-41-2, Mosaddek Hossain 8-0-33-2.last_img read more

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Roberts resigns, Hockley steps up as CA chief executive

first_imgCRICKET Australia (CA) has parted ways with chief executive officer Kevin Roberts, the governing body confirmed yesterday.CA chairman Earl Eddings broke the news to staff via live stream yesterday morning, saying the board needed fresh leadership to move on from the disruption that engulfed the organisation in the past few months.Nick Hockley, CEO of T20 World Cup local organising committee, will take over the reins at Cricket Australia on an interim basis, effective immediately after Roberts tendered his resignation.Hockley oversaw the successful women’s T20 World Cup in February and March that culminated with Australia’s win in front of 86 174 fans at the MCG on March 8, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic brought world cricket to a halt.The men’s T20 World Cup tournament – scheduled for October and November this year – remains in doubt given biosecurity and border issues caused by the pandemic. The tournament is expected to have its fate determined at the International Cricket Council’s July board meeting, with one option to postpone the tournament for 12 months.That outcome would allow Hockley to focus his attention on CA in the short term while a search for a permanent replacement for Roberts was conducted.The English-born Hockley was previously CA’s head of commercial projects between 2015 and 2017 before taking on the T20 World Cup role. He previously worked on the 2015 men’s ODI World Cup in Australia and spent six years with the London Olympics organising committee before that.Eddings said an “operational reset” for the governing body would still take place this week, as planned. Staff are expected to learn of budget cuts and redundancies today.“Cricket, like all national sports, has been going through a period of significant change and – in recent months we have had the added uncertainty delivered by COVID-19,” Eddings said in a statement.“The entire cricket community has been affected and difficult decisions have been – and will continue to be necessary – to ensure that cricket at every level is in the best shape it can be now and in the future.“It is essential that CA continues to provide strong leadership and works constructively with everyone who has an interest in the future of the game – the players, all employees, the state associations, commercial partners and supporters.”Roberts, who had been appointed on a three-year term to replace James Sutherland in October 2018, leaves his post after just 20 months at the helm.Cricket in Australia had been riding high after the successful women’s T20 World Cup final but found itself swiftly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic soon after when the first of three ODIs against New Zealand was played without crowds at the SCG.Two further games were cancelled, as were a T20 tour of New Zealand and a women’s tour of South Africa, while CA moved to cancel the remainder of the Sheffield Shield season, installing the outright ladder leaders NSW as champions.But off the field, the complicated financial situation caused by the virus proved difficult to navigate. After early indications that CA was well-placed to weather the COVID-19 storm due to the timing of the pandemic’s arrival at the backend of the cricket season, financial modelling provided a grim outlook as it also coincided with an imminent low point in the game’s four-year revenue cycle.CA’s reserves dwindled by some $20 million in a matter of weeks due to fluctuations in the global financial market – although conditions have since improved and no losses were incurred as the assets were not realised – as well as contributions to the costs associated with supporting the men’s T20 World Cup.The vast majority of CA staff were stood down in late April until June 30 – saving the organisation some $3M – while executives took a 20 per cent pay cut. Roberts told staff CA had three goals in that timeframe: to secure a line of credit with a bank, a reduction of funding to the states and territories, and to finalise negotiations with the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) over changes to player payments. All three areas remain a work in progress.At the same time, CA would look to reduce 25 per cent from its cost base for the 2020-21 financial year, Roberts publicly declaring that “no area of the organisation will be untouched” as the administration braced itself for a season of limited crowds, expensive biosecurity measures and the possibility of a reduction in broadcast revenue. Eddings confirmed that “operational reset” would continue as planned to “reinvigorate cricket in a changed operating environment”. The implications of that cost-cutting will be delivered to staff today.The state and territory associations have already shed some 150 jobs from various areas, with community cricket heavily affected, but no agreement has been reached with NSW and Queensland who refused to agree to the reduction. Western Australia had agreed to accept the cuts on the condition that every other state and territory did likewise.The ACA last week lodged a formal dispute with Cricket Australia over the financial forecasting head office had provided to the players’ union, citing the financial details provided “do not appear to be reasonable or consistent with an obligation of good faith”.Under that modelling, CA predicted that revenue would fall by 48 per cent for 2020-21. The parties now have 28 days to resolve the dispute before it heads to an independent arbitrator. Amid this financial uncertainty, CA pushed ahead with an announcement of a full men’s and women’s international summer schedule including a Top End ODI series against Zimbabwe in August, an inaugural Test against Afghanistan at Perth Stadium and a marquee four-match Border-Gavaskar Test series against India.That schedule announcement was not without controversy with the Western Australia Cricket Association labelling being overlooked for an India Test as “a kick in the guts”.Roberts rose to the role of CEO in October 2018 when he succeeded James Sutherland after nearly 18 years in the role.Roberts played 23 first-class games and 18 domestic one-day matches for NSW as a batter between 1994 and 1998, then held senior management roles within global sportswear brands including adidas and 2XU, and served on the CA board between 2012 and 2015 before taking a staff role as CA’s executive general manager of strategy and people.He played a key role in leading CA’s negotiations in the fractious 2017 dispute with the ACA over player payments, and in 2018 was installed as CA’s inaugural Chief Operating Officer. Roberts was appointed as Sutherland’s successor by then-CA chairman David Peever, who resigned weeks later after losing the support of the state associations following the release of a report by Simon Longstaff’s The Ethics Centre into the culture of CA.Roberts had overseen a revival of the Australian men’s team’s reputation under head coach Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine in the wake of the Longstaff review and fall-out from the ball-tampering scandal in March 2018.On-field success came, too, notably with a successful defence of the Ashes in England last winter and an unbeaten home summer that saw the team rise to the No.1 spot in the ICC’s rankings for Test and T20 cricket. They are currently fifth in ODI cricket three years out from the next World Cup.Under Roberts’ tenure, CA had also made strides in gender equality with the move of the Rebel WBBL to a stand-alone competition, as well as committing to pay parity for the T20 World Cup, with CA topping up the ICC’s US$1M prize for the victorious Australian women’s team to the tune of US$600 000.Roberts said: “It’s been a privilege to lead and serve the sport I love as CEO of Cricket Australia. Our team of staff and players are outstanding people who contribute so much to the game and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together.“I’d like to thank the army of volunteers in communities across the country who are the lifeblood of our sport, enabling kids to experience the game and to dream about emulating their heroes in our national teams. As a lifelong and passionate member of the cricket community, I look forward to seeing the game thrive into the future.” (Cricket.com.au)last_img read more

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FDJ joins Paris 2024 Organising Committee

first_img FDJ focuses on delivering ‘2020 savings plan’ as covid drains momentum July 30, 2020 French national lottery operator Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) has confirmed a major corporate initiative after becoming an official partner of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Continuing its investment in French sports development, FDJ will join the Paris 2024 organising committee. It has become a key stakeholder in the funding, planning and promoting of the biggest ever global sports event hosted by France.Joining Paris 2024 committee, FDJ governance underlines its 30-year track record of supporting French athletes, contributing vital funds to the National Sports Agency (ANS) and as a sponsor of  ‘Team France’ Olympic squads from 2000-to-2018.Furthermore, FDJ governance had been a key backer of the Paris 2024 bid (won in September 2017), helping France secure its first Olympic summer games since 1924.Stéphane Pallez – FDJ“FDJ has supported French sport for over 30 years and so we naturally wanted to promote the Parisian bid for the 2024 Games,” said Stéphane Pallez Chairwoman and CEO of FDJ.Pallez confirms that the lottery operator has launched its ‘FDJ Sport Factory’ to help young and disabled athletes achieve their sporting goals. The social programme will document the progress of 27 athletes seeking to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 (Winter Games) and Paris 2024 games.“By joining the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we have renewed our commitment to sport and French athletes. Our past contributions to the world of sport all led to this current commitment to get everyone involved in Paris 2024 and thus contribute to this great sporting and societal project,” Pallez added.Initial Paris 2024 commitments will see FDJ launch a ‘special lottery programme’ across its retail network, promoting Olympic themed draws and instant win games as a tribute to French sporting achievements and the nation’s past hosting of major sporting events such as 1998 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament.Tony Estanguet – Paris 2024Backing FDJ’s commitment, Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet said: “Making the Olympic and Paralympic Games with and for the people of France is about making the event part of their daily lives. Paris 2024 chose FDJ, the biggest local network in France, to celebrate the ultimate sporting event all over the country.“We have not forgotten that FDJ was the first partner to show a strong interest in our Olympic bid. That is why we have been working together to drive our project forward: creating an instant game to support the bid, carrying out joint initiatives to promote gender equality in sport, and more. I am delighted that our journey together is continuing.” StumbleUpon FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share FDJ’s ParionsSport extends Olympique de Marseille sponsorship August 10, 2020 Share Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo opens museum in his honour

first_imgReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has opened a museum in his honour, which he said has extra room to be filled by future trophies.Ronaldo, 28, is currently on the three-man shortlist to be named the Ballon d’Or winner for a second time.Ronaldo’s honour roll2008 Ballon d’Or winnerThree Premier League titlesOne Champions LeagueOne Copa del ReyOne La Liga titleTwo Golden Boot awards”It’s a special day, I don’t want to mention specific ones” he said. “All I want is to win more and if the Ballon d’Or comes, there is extra room here.”The museum in his native Madeira exhibits more than 125 awards.Ronaldo won the prestigious 2008 Ballon d’Or title, formerly known as the Fifa World Player of the year title, while with Manchester United. Before his six-year spell at Old Trafford ended with a then-world record £80m transfer to Real Madrid in 2009, he won three Premier Leagues, one Champions League, one FA Cup, two League Cups and one Fifa Club World Cup.His success has continued in Spain, where he won the Copa del Rey in 2010-11 and La Liga in 2011-12 under now Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.The Portugal international opened his museum, which occupies the ground floor of a five-storey building, in front of a frenzy of reporters and fans.”Here is the evidence of what I have won, no one will take it away from here and these were things I wanted to share with my fans, show them what I have already achieved,” he said speaking from the island which is approximately 250 miles off the southern coast of Portugal.The first piece on display dates back to when Ronaldo was eight and top-scored in a tournament with his boyhood club Andorinha. It also contains mementos from his senior playing career, including two Golden Boot awards won for being European football’s top scorer. Ronaldo is competing with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery to be named the 2013 Ballon d’Or recipient, with the winner to be revealed at a ceremony in Zurich on 13 January.last_img read more

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