DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), blasted the West Indies cricket team for the behaviour of some of its players following the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in India earlier this month.In an unusual step yesterday, the ICC labelled the players’ behaviour as “inappropriate and disrespectful” and argued that it “brought the event into disrepute”.In a statement following a meeting of its board over the weekend, the ICC said it had even given “serious consideration” to bringing sanctions against the players.INAPPROPRIATE”The board considered the behaviour of some of the West Indies players in the immediate aftermath of the final and unanimously agreed that certain comments and actions were inappropriate, disrespectful, and brought the event into disrepute,” the governing body said.”The board acknowledged an apology by the WICB but was disappointed to note that such behaviour had detracted from the success of what was otherwise a magnificent tournament and final.”West Indies beat England by four wickets in a dramatic final over in Kolkata to win their second Twenty20 World Cup, following their triumph four years ago in Sri Lanka.Many of the Caribbean players celebrated wildly afterwards, with some removing their shirts as they danced in delight.West Indies captain Darren Sammy also stunned many by openly criticising the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) during the official post-game interview and highlighting the players’ ongoing pay dispute, which had marred the build-up to the tournament.Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels was also fined for his verbal tirade against bowler Ben Stokes during the final over of the game.While not specifying exactly what behaviour the ICC found offensive, the ICC chairman, Shashank Manohar, said the Windies players actions were not “acceptable conduct” for ICC events.”The sport of cricket is proud of its unique spirit and this involves being gracious in victory as well as defeat and respectful at all times to the game, one’s opponents, the sponsors and the fans,” Manohar said.”The Board also noted that very serious consideration had been given to bringing Code of Conduct charges in respect of the behaviour of the West Indies players and emphasised that this was not acceptable conduct at ICC events played out on a world stage in front of millions of people around the globe.”Following Sammy’s interview, WICB president Dave Cameron also tendered an apology for what the board deemed to be his “inappropriate” comments and promised to investigate.
As the March Hare said in Alice in Wonderland, the NOCAL saga gets curioser and curioser. The President has placed the fox in the chicken coop. She wants those who ran the company into the ground to be the ones to rescue it. A more sensible approach I thought would have been to keep these jokers as far away from reconstruction as possible. They should be kept around just to answer questions.If she wants, the President has an array of Liberian professional talent here and in the Diaspora—lawyers, financial analysts, accountants, geophysicists, geologists—that she can call upon to come up with a rescue plan to guide her. She will probably get much better advice than from them than from these jokers. First off the bat, I can tell her that she does not need 50 people milling around two floors of the Episcopal Church building to man NOCAL and shepherd it into the future. She needs no more than 20-25 people right now. She can add people as an when the circumstances warrant it.Then there is the question of severance. Firing everybody and then re-hiring 50 from amongst the same group does not make much sense. I undertook a restructuring at LPRC in April 2006, 3 months after I took over the reins of the company, in which 400 dear souls volunteered to leave the company in exchange for healthy severance benefits. And there was not a murmur in town. The US$1.5 million we spent we recovered within 12 months from cost savings.At the time, there were 600 people on the company payroll. We did not fire all 600 and then re-hire 200. We got rid of the numbers that we felt were surplus to requirements and retained what we felt we needed to operate the company. This business of firing everyone and then re-hiring some is a coward’s way out. It is the mark of an age old Liberian disease: refusal to take tough decisions (so as not to hurt some people’s feelings) and instead seeking refuge in smoke and mirrors. It is also probably in violation of our labor laws. You cannot fire someone and then immediately re-hire that person.But before we even get to the issue of severance, President Sirleaf needs to address the issue of accountability for what went wrong. The board of directors and the senior management cannot be allowed to just take a walk without a full accounting of what caused the company to reach the place it did.I am told by reliable sources that at the end of March, NOCAL’s balance sheet showed cash reserves of US$80 million. By the end of June, three months later, that figure had dwindled to less than US$500,000. What happened in that short space of time to make almost US$80 million go poof! just like a Houdini magic trick?What needs to happen now is for President Sirleaf to commission an audit, not by those folks at GAC, many of whom are challenged just operating a calculator properly, but by one of the Big 4 international accounting firms. The terms of reference should go beyond the normal statutory audit to include a search for fraud. Then an only then will the Liberian people get to know what really happened.The next step should include a dose of retribution. Those who are found criminally liable should face prosecution and stiff jail terms if found guilty. By stiff jail terms I am not talking about people lounging around in South Beach Prison eating free government pussawa. I mean hard labour in Grand Gedeh, Nimba or Gbarpolu cutting rice and planting cassava.I am not convinced, and President Sirleaf will be hard pressed to find concurrence amongst the mass of the Liberian people, that senior executives and board directors who have robbed this nation of its inheritance—people who were spending US$25 million a year on self-indulgence and such foolishness as US$7 million on salaries and benefits, more than US$3 million on travel and US$1.5 million on board gallivanting and other undisclosed extravagance—-should get any kind of severance.But we will wait and see. What the President does in this crisis will be a true measure of her character. The writer is a certified public accountant and a businessman. He can be reached at .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
DES MOINES, Iowa – Two notable former Drake University student-athletes will be honored by Drake Athletics with the Double D Award on Saturday, Feb. 6, in a ceremony following the men’s basketball game against UNI. Dave Doeren, a former Drake football player and coach, and Heidy Pemsl LaFleur, a standout volleyball player, will be presented the award for their athletic accomplishments at Drake and their continued success in their careers and communities.The Double D award is presented each year to former Drake athletes for achievements in their professions and or community service since earning their degrees from Drake. Since it’s inception in 1968, the Double D honor has now been presented to 252 former Drake letter winners, including Doeren and LaFleur.Both recipients will be honored at a reception and ceremony held on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Courtside Club in the Shivers Basketball Practice Facility.Doeren and LaFleur will also be recognized at halftime of the men’s basketball game against UNI that afternoon, which tips of at 1 p.m. in the Knapp Center.2016 Double D RecipientsDave Doeren – AS ’94, GR ’99Doeren received a bachelor’s degree in pre-med/biology before earning a master’s degree from Drake in 1999. He was a four-year letter winner in football from 1990 through 1993 and earned second team Academic All-America honors in 1993.Doeren is currently the head football coach at North Carolina State and just completed his third season leading the Wolfpack. Prior to joining the Wolfpack, Doeren was head coach at Northern Illinois for two seasons and led the Huskies to a berth in the 79th Orange Bowl in 2012. Before his stint at Northern Illinois, he spent five seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Wisconsin helping the Badgers win the 2010 Big Ten Championship, earning a birth to the Rose Bowl. He arrived at Wisconsin after four seasons (2002-2005) at the University of Kansas. In 2000 and 2001, Doeren coached at Montana and helped the Grizzlies win the NCAA Division 1-AA national championship in 2001.Doeren began his collegiate coaching career at Drake in 1995 and helped lead the Bulldogs to their first Pioneer Football League championship. He was promoted to the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator in 1997 and then spent the following two seasons at USC.Doeren resides in Cary, N.C. with his wife Sara and three sons, Jacob, Luke and Connor.Heidy Pemsl LaFleur – LA ’98Heidy Pemsl LaFleur received her bachelor’s degree from Drake in elementary education and then earned a master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. She was a four year letter winner in volleyball from 1994 to 1997. She was named a team captain in 1997 and was also a second team all-MVC honoree.LaFleur is currently the principal at North Elementary School in Franklin Park, Ill. Prior to becoming principal, she spent 14 years as a teacher and assistant principal at the Garvy School in Chicago.In addition to being a principal and mother of three, LaFleur is also a leadership consultant and author. She recently published a book on leadership called “Hop on the Clue Bus – A Common Sense Guide to Leadership”.LaFleur resides in Des Plaines, Ill. with her husband Garrett and three children, Lilly, Garrett and Peter.All-Time Double D Award RecipientsDavid E. Abram (D) -1971Leonard B. Adams (D) -1987Frank D. Anderson (D) -1979Karla Burds Antonio -2006Isaac J. (Ike) Armstrong (D) -1968Marlyn C. Augustine (D) -1981Dale Awtry (D) -1972Jarrold Bachman-2013Michael Beaman-2013Floyd T. Beasley -1977Lisa Behlmann Cannon -2011Mike Belinson -1982Joe Bell -1996Dale C. Bennett -1984William E. Benskin -1989Thomas J. Bienemann (D) -1968Tammi Blackstone -2014William L. Bliss (D) -1968Sherwood Boudeman -1996Lee B. Bowman -1986Lois Brass -2005Paul W. Brechler (D) -1968Lee E. Brewer (D) -1969John D. Bright (D) -1968John L. Briley (D) -1980Lisa Brinkmeyer-VanDeventer -2010Frank Brody (D) -1976Donald Buckroyd -1994Leanne M. Buell -1999Verle Burgason -1975Keith E. Burgett -1994Jody Busing -2008Jack Buss (D) -1980Dan Callahan -1985Lou Callaway -2004Liz Stephan Campbell -2004Donald D. Carlson (D) -2000Clyde F. Carney (D) -1988Tom B. Case (D) -1969Udell Cason -1979Robert Clark Jr. -1968Robert I. Cobb (D) -1977E. Allen Colbert (D) -1977Bill Coldiron -2008Ralph C. Collins (D) -1976Clarence R. Conklin (D) -1986Donald J. Cook -1979Jay P. Cookman -1999James B. Cooney -2000Marguerite Cothorn (D) -1995Billy Cundiff -2012Harold E. Davidson (D) -1969Sally M. Davis -1999Kay Riek DiLeo -2000Ernie C. Dippel Jr. -1988Waldo E. Don Carlos (D) -1972Tom Drake -2005Harry N. Drier Jr. -1989Charles A. Duchen -1968Donald L. Duncan (D) -1989James S. Duncan (D) -1973Charles H. Durant -1971James E. Dyson (D) -1968Anne Erpenbeck -1996Robert M. Evans (D) -1968William E. Evans -1972Chuck J. Everett (D) -1970Jack C. Finegan (D) -1968Thell H. Fisher (D) -1968Jenni Fitzgerald -2009Julie Fitzpatrick -2001Wayne Ford -1995John R. Freudenthal (D) -1997William H. Fulton (D) -1978George L. Funk -1991Warren N. Gaer (D) -1970Rolland A. Gallagher (D) -1974Lou Gatta -2015Frank Gilliam Jr. -2006Robert B. Goode (D) -1968Paul W. Goodrich (D) -1968?Robert K. Goodwin (D) -1968William J. Goodwin Jr. (D) -1968David R. Griffith (D) – 2001Peter Hackett – 1991Ronald P. Hallock (D) – 1971Thomas M. Hamilton – 1988James L. Hanahan – 1978Orbin W. Hanks (D) – 1972David Hansen – 1995Alexander G. Harbutte (D) – 1987James A. Harris – 1977Ray Harrison (D) – 1968Herbert V. Hedlund (D) – 1976Joe K. Henderson – 1980Roger M. Herriott (D) – 1976Dick Hewins – 2014Thomas G. Higgins (D) – 1974Robb B. Hill – 1998Carolyn Schnure Hill – 1998John Hodges – 2002Albert G. Hodor (D) – 1972William F. Hoffman – 1992Bob Holliday – 2009Gibson C. Holliday (D) – 1968Charles E. Horner (D) – 1971Robert J. Horstmeier (D) – 1972Leighton Housh (D) – 1968Philip Howrey (D) – 1992Thomas P. Hyland – 1985Donald C. Jackson (D) – 1978Michael J. Jackson – 1993Thomas H. Jenk – 1978John H. Jennett – 1981Erling N. Jensen (D) – 1968Jan Jensen – 2007Carl C. Johannsen (D) – 1984Maurice E. John Jr. – 1986Zach Johnson – 2011Barb Johnston – 2002Jack W. Kaley – 1974Karl Kassulke (D) – 1974George H. Keeney (D) – 1968Robert M. Klingler – 1986Harrison Kohl (D) – 1973John H. (Jack) Kragie – 1993Dan Kroloff (D) – 1980Roger J. LaBrasca – 1999Douglas S. Lang – 1993Charles A. Lanphere – 1978James A. Lavery – 1973Laura A. Leonard – 2000Lewis J. Levick – 1973William H. Lienemann – 1975Joseph J. Lisek (D) – 1974William B. Lockhart (D) – 1968Trescott A. Long (D) – 1968Glenn S. Lott – 1999Ralph J. Luchsinger (D) – 1983John T. Lynch – 1992Kenneth A. Macke (D) – 1977Robert A. Maddocks (D) – 1982Raymond J. Malcoun – 1993Clarence (Pug) Manders (D) – 1968Lucille Robinson Mann (D) – 1995E. Nick Manoles – 1968Guido J. Marchetti – 1975Laurie Bowden Mardis – 2003Jack McClelland (D) – 1973William H. McCloud (D) – 1971Christie F. McCormick (D) – 1975Harold J. McCoy (D) – 1971John J. McGivern (D) – 1971Jack McGuire (D) – 1970John L. McKeon (D) – 1974McCoy McLemore Jr. (D) – 1984George R. Mellinger (D) – 1989Jerry W. Mertens – 1991James M. Meston – 1984Frank Metzger (D) – 1974Patrick Meyer – 2008Emmanuel S. Migliorisi (D) – 1977Floyd Miller (D) – 2003Dave Milligan – 2005David L. Mills – 1980Victor A. Modeer (D) – 1979Clark R. Mollenhoff (D) – 1968Paul Morrison – 2003Mike Murphy – 2007Phillip R. Murrell – 1981Thomas K. Murrow (D) – 1968Edgar C. Musgrave (D) – 1976William O. Myles Jr. – 1981George S. Neel (D) – 1969Brett A. Nelson – 2001James A. Nelson – 1987Donald A. Nepote – 1979Jim Neswold – 2004Don Neumann – 2003Connie A. Newlin – 2001George H. Nolan – 1975L. D. Norris (D) – 1972Harry Chandler Olson (D) – 1968Ronald L. Olson – 1979Samuel E. Orebaugh (D) – 1970Gary Osborn (D) – 2013Joe (Philippson) Patrick (D) – 1978Robert B. Patrick (D) – 1969Theodore B. Payseur (D) – 1968Rita Harmening Pedersen – 2008Alfred Perry (D) – 1970Richard F. Peterson (D) – 1987Jerry Pezetti – 2012James W. Pilkington – 1977Loren Pollet Jr. – 1980Roger Prescott – 2010Adolphus Pulliam – 1988Nolan L. Quam – 1981Harold A. Quint (D) – 1973Max P. Rauer (D) – 1983Kelly Reed – 2015Dennis E. Rees- 1980S. Albert Robertson (D) – 1969Timothy J. Roels – 1983Wallace O. Rooker (D) – 1974Wilber W. Sackett (D) – 1976Bert Schaller – 1981James Schmidt (D) – 1995Robert O. Schnarr – 1975Arnold C. Schultz – 1983Steve Scullen – 2009Corwin B. Seitz (D) – 1973Theodore Shapiro – 1985G. Donald Shawver (D) – 1970Ronald W. Shellady – 1992Dean Showers – 1985Doug Siedenburg – 2002Ezra Silas – 2003Brent Slay – 1991Ted Sloane (D) – 1970Robert L. Smith – 1993Merwin E. Soper (D) – 1973Robert H. Spiegel (D) – 1968Jim Stalnaker – 2007Jack Stapleton – 2007Oscar W. Strahan (D) – 1970William G. (Bud) Suter (D) – 1968David Terre – 1982William R. Thompson – 1996Michael Thorpe – 2004Donald L. Tidrick (D) – 1975Terry Trieweiler – 1992Charles B. Tupper (D) – 1968Danielle Tyler – 2012Robert Underwood (D) – 1978Cary F. Viktor – 1994Tricia Wakely Watts – 2015Rick Wanamaker – 1994Doree Ward – 2013Herman Watson – 1978Maurice White (D) – 1971Warren Whitted – 2010Harley A. Wilhelm (D) – 1968Alicia Mundahl Wollmering – 2002Jerry Wollmering – 2002Harold L. Wright (D) – 1974James Wright (D) – 1973Robert W. Wright (D) – 1976Emil Wroblicky – 1989Catherine Yeagley – 1997Daniel J. Zarazan – 1997D – DeceasedPrint Friendly Version