first_img(CMC) – St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves has again questioned the authority of Cricket West Indies to run the regional game, especially since the organisation has claimed to be a private entity.Gonsalves, also a trained lawyer and the current chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket, said cricket constituted a “public good” and therefore called on CWI to explain where it derived the right to manage West Indies cricket “to the exclusion of everybody else.”“I think there’s a legal case, not for the West Indies Cricket Board to be dissolved because it’s a company and as a matter of law you’re not going to dissolve the company – you’re not a shareholder of the company,” Gonsalves said during the ongoing CARICOM Heads of Government summit here.“But the question is: cricket is a public good. Can a private entity run the public good; and that question has been determined in another jurisdiction in India, so that’s a separate question. I’m not interested in the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board.”He added: “All I am saying (is) how have you gotten the right as a private entity to run and manage a public good to the exclusion of everybody else? No, that can’t be right so that’s the fundamental question which I raise.”Regional Heads last year threw their support behind a CARICOM-commissioned Governance Review Report which in part called for the “immediate dissolution” of the-then WICB – recently renamed Cricket West Indies.CWI has since resisted the recommendations of the report, in particular the call for dissolution, labelling it an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”.Last year, both Gonsalves and Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell questioned CWI’s authority as a private entity to run regional cricket, referencing the 2015 ruling of the Indian Supreme Court on the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI).Then, the Justices said the functions of the BCCI were “clearly public functions” and contended that “any organisation or entity that has such pervasive control over the game and its affairs and such powers as can make dreams end up in smoke or come true cannot be said to be undertaking any private activity.”CWI has come under fire in recent years for its handling of West Indies cricket with the once powerful Test team now eighth in the rankings just ahead of minnows Bangladesh and the one-day team ninth in the world and unlikely to automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup.The board found itself facing a US$42 million claim of damages from the BCCI three years ago after it failed to settle a pay dispute which resulted in the Windies abandoning an ongoing tour of India and the scheduled Test series to follow.At the opening of this week’s summit here, Mitchell called on CARICOM leaders to unite in order to save the sport arguing that the current CWI governance model “almost renders the regional game irrelevant”.last_img read more

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Keith Finley had a surprise birthday party.Keith, who is no doubt Wellington’s No. 1 fan, recently turned 43.And the Wellington student body gathered around to give him a quite a birthday party. You can see the photo gallery here.Wellington High School Juniors McKenna Oatout and Jared Shields made a presentation after the basketball game and before the Duke crowning. Keith then was presented a Wellington High School letter jacket, a Crusader shirt and a hat and the student body gathered around and sang him a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday. Keith’s birthday was Jan. 30. Click on full image here.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down Jen · 287 weeks ago Such a nice thing for them to do! I love reading stories like this! Happy Birthday Keith! Report Reply 0 replies · active 287 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down truthteller · 287 weeks ago Keith is a great guy. Always happy and smiling. It’s wonderful that the WHS students cared enough to honor him this way. A terrific story all the way around. Report Reply 0 replies · active 287 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down K-State Mom · 287 weeks ago That is so awesome!! No one deserves better. Hope you had a great day Keith!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 287 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down LENNY · 287 weeks ago MY WIFE AND I WORKED WITH KEITH FOR A FEW YRS A APPLE MARKET. WE COULDNT BE HAPPIER FOR HIM. HE IS SUCH A GREAT PERSON. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEITH BUDDY Report Reply 0 replies · active 287 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down WHS MOM · 287 weeks ago good guy…and what a wonderful student body and those that cared enough to see that the CRUSADERS number one fan had a wonderful surprise…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 287 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 287 weeks ago Keith is such an awesome guy….loving, caring and never unhappy to anyone….he is a great addition to our community and we should always learn from his positive side….Happy Birthday Keith….we all love you…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 287 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more