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  • Foster’s Fairplay | Adrian’s answer

    first_img RENEWED VIGOUR Any avid track and field fan is sure to know Adrian, who is a most passionate supporter of St Jago High School, having attended the Monk Street institution in the Michelle Freeman-Donovan-Powell era. The always, smiling six-footer has tried his hand at writing about the sport for a very prominent website, as well as being a most enthusiastic post-competition interviewer of athletes. He has assisted Foster’s Fairplay during coverage of global events like the World and World Junior Championships in Osaka and Bydgoszcz in 2007 and 2008, respectively. A recurring problem is that the photographs he submits consist more of selfies with the female athletes, than that which is suitable to accompany the coverage. Adrian has a tendency to come up with some unconventional views on the sport, that those who have grown accustomed to his crazy ideas reject them before he can get halfway. But, enough of that, as he has recently proven that there is method to his madness. Two weeks ago, this columnist was approached by Adrian to ventilate on a thought that had been tickling his mind. He wanted to contact the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) about their new rule to be instituted this year, addressing the alleged abuse of athletes at Boys and Girls’ Championships. He was contesting a stipulation that an athlete would only be allowed to participate in two individual events, plus a similar amount of relays. It is Adrian’s opinion that an athlete of the highest quality, for example, a Michael O’hara or a Jaheel Hyde, would be prevented from competing in one of three intended events, despite being world class in them all. This, in his view, would dilute the quality of the championships, which stands as a product supremely attractive to the entire world. Foster’s Fairplay was forced to resist another Adrian thought. It was felt that high-quality athlete or not, the ISSA rule, that had been underpinned by a 100% group vote in favour, would have to be scrapped. How could the same principals, shift from their stance of ‘two plus two’, without losing credibility? Anyone who thinks that Adrian would pull himself back into his shell, wheel and come again weeks after, does not know his nature when that bee gets into his bonnet. In the space of a day or two, he displayed renewed vigour, determined to restore his self-expressed image of being a creditable analyst of the sport. This time it had to be something that did not impinge on or in any way challenge the rights of the governing body. Still mindful of the ISSA initiative to protect the athletes, he came up with another suggestion to carry to their Lindsay Crescent headquarters. This, by his estimation, would not compromise the application of the new rules. In fact, it would ask ISSA to go a lot further. Adrian’s new thrust was to get ISSA to join with the USA collegiate programme in order to have our athletes protected once they accept scholarships to study overseas. The nation’s athletes, competing indoors and outdoors abroad, and admittedly, not all from the high-quality barn, have been battered and bruised over the years. One can recall one of our best quarter-milers – a female – zeroing in on the gold medal at the World Championships of that year, as the world leader among those entered. She ended up out of the medals. A check on her season of competition prior, revealed that she had run over 120 races for her university. Congratulations to Adrian, as finally, after vain attempts to score some points that have merit, he has finally succeeded. How can ISSA make the claim that it has the athletes’ best interests, while sitting by and not attempting to coerce its foreign counterparts along similar athlete-protection lines? Foster’s Fairplay can almost predict the response – the foreign body and the college athletes are out of their jurisdiction. That argument cannot let ISSA off the hook. The need is to liaise with the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and utilise its firm control on the money-spinning Penn Relays as a tool to achieve the suggested end. Only then will it appear that it truly cares for the country’s athletes. For feedback, Email: – lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

  • Rupert Murdoch 21st Century Fox has dropped its bi

    first_imgRupert Murdoch21st Century Fox has dropped its bid for Time Warner, citing the negative impact it had on its share price and a lack of willingness on the part of the Time Warner board to explore the media mega-merger.Fox chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said the mooted US$80 billion (€60 billion) merger offered a “unique” opportunity to combine two media giants.”Our proposal had significant strategic merit and compelling financial rationale and our approach had always been friendly,” Murdoch said. “However, Time Warner management and its board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling.“Additionally, the reaction in our share price since our proposal was made undervalues our stock and makes the transaction unattractive to Fox shareholders.”Fox will now pursue a US$6 billion dollar share buyback, which it will complete with twelve months. It originally made its move for Time Warner in July. Analysts and consumer groups warned that US consumers would likely face larger cable bills should a merger go ahead. There was also speculation that the likes of Google and Apple could try and move for Time Warner.Murdoch concluded: “21st Century Fox’s future has never been brighter.  The strength of our leading franchises, combined with the power of our emerging growth businesses and the leadership positions of our international enterprises put us on a path for even greater success.”Time Warner, having rebuffed Fox’s approach, issued a statement in the wake of Fox withdrawing its bid. “Time Warner is well positioned for success with our iconic assets, including the world’s leading premium television brand, the world’s strongest ad-supported cable network group, and the world’s largest film and television studio,” it said. “We thank our stockholders for their continued support.”The failed Fox-Time Warner bid has left Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes facing questions from investors. Time Warner’s share price fell by over 10% in the wake of the latest news while Fox’s was up 8%.last_img read more