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COA to approach SC on Laxmans Gangulys conflict of interest issue

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first_imgNew Delhi: Seeking clarity on the contentious ‘conflict of interest’ issue, the Committee of Administrators (COA) on Saturday decided to approach the Supreme Court in the wake of BCCI ethics officer D K Jain ruling that former players like VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly cannot perform multiple cricketing roles. Keeping the soul of the Lodha reforms in mind — one person one post — former Supreme Court judge Jain last month ruled that ex-India batsman Laxman and former captain Ganguly will have to choose one of the multiples roles they are performing at the moment including their commentary stints during the ongoing World Cup. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAfter due deliberation in its meeting on Saturday, the COA decided on seeking Supreme Court’s guidance on the ‘conflict of interest’ issue. Laxman is a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee, from which he has offered to step down, mentor of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and a commentator. Ganguly, who too is commentating in the World Cup, is a CAC member, Bengal cricket boss and advisor of IPL side Delhi Capitals. The order, if enforced, can potentially affect a host of former and active players who take up commentary assignments with their other cricketing roles. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”It has been decided to approach the court to have some clarity. It is becoming increasingly difficult to define conflict of interest. While Justice Jain has simply gone by what is there in the BCCI constitution (one person one post), not allowing former players to commentate is a tad unfair on them,” a senior BCCI official, who was part of the meeting, told PTI. “Taking the example of Laxman and Ganguly who may be required for CAC commitments only once or twice a year, they should not miss out on other assignments like commentary because of that,” the official added. In May, Jain dismissed allegations of conflict of interest against Sachin Tendulkar over his dual role as a CAC member and Mumbai Indians Icon. This was done after Tendulkar refused to be part of the CAC unless he is provided with agreeable ‘terms of reference’. However, he too is commentating in the ongoing World Cup. The COA took the opinion of its legal team before deciding on the matter. Another official said that the current situation was bound to arise with complexities surrounding the conflict of interest clause. “As per the reformed BCCI constitution, it is pretty clear that you can’t hold more than one post at the same time. So Justice Jain has gone by that and made the right decision. At the same time, not allowing former players with multiple roles to do commentary is also hard.last_img read more

Black Friday Hectic holiday shopping starts in stores across the US

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Black Friday: Hectic holiday shopping starts in stores across the US Nearly 100 million shoppers were expected to head to stores on Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season in the U.S.Add that to the millions who shopped Thursday on Thanksgiving, a relatively new phenomenon in the U.S. where the holiday has traditionally been reserved for family meals. In recent years, some major retailers have been opening their doors on the evening of Thanksgiving and staying open all night.Overall, the National Retail Federation expected about 30 million to shop on Thanksgiving, compared with 99.7 million on Black Friday. The trade group estimates about 135.8 million people will be shopping during the four-day weekend, compared with 133.7 million last year. And it expects sales overall for November and December to rise 3.7 per cent to $630.5 billion compared with the same period last year.But people may not be in the mood to shop much this year. Unemployment has settled into a healthy 5 per cent rate, but shoppers still grapple with stagnant wages that are not keeping pace with rising daily costs like rent. And years later, they still insist on the deep discounts they got used to retailers offering during the recession.Here are the big themes emerging on Black Friday:HELLO, CAN YOU HEAR ME?For the first time, there’s expected to be more people visiting retailers’ websites through their smartphones than on desktop computers or tablets during the first weekend of the holiday shopping season that begins on Thanksgiving Day.Mobile traffic during the five-day start to what is typically the busiest shopping period of the year is expected to reach 56.9 per cent of total traffic, up from 48.5 per cent last year, according to IBM Watson____NO ONE WILL START A FIGHT OVER ANYTHING, REALLYYet again, trend experts say there’s no single item that’s making shoppers run to stores. Perhaps that’s why Ron Waxman, 51, a sports agent from New York, was able to shop with ease on Black Friday morning and find a nearby parking spot at 2 a.m.“It’s quiet very quiet,” he said. “This is dead for Black Friday.’____IT’S CHEAP TO GET WARMHeavy sweaters and winter coats piled up at department stores and specialty chains heading into the Black Friday weekend.Unseasonably warm weather and a shift in changing shopping habits toward experiences like spas have limited shoppers’ appetite for such clothing. So plenty of stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom and Dick’s Sporting Goods say they plan to further mark down excess goods.___TOYS ARE GETTING PRICEYPrices are climbing for toys as manufacturers pack lots of technology into them. Deborah Weinswig of the Fung Business Intelligence Center says in a recent report that prices of what the company considers the top 20 expected toys was nearly 36 per cent higher than last year, with the average price of $64.99.And there are plenty of toys that cost $100 or more, observed Toys R Us CEO Dave Brandon. He cited Fisher-Price’s Smart Bear, which has a suggested price of $99.99, as an example.___YOU CAN STILL ORDER ONLINE AND GET IT TODAYMore retailers are taking on the challenge of same-day delivery. Amazon has been making an aggressive push to offer same-day delivery to people who’ve paid its $99 fee for Prime loyalty club membership. Start-up delivery service Deliv is working with Macy’s, Kohl’s, Express, Williams-Sonoma and other brick-and-mortar retailers to expand same-day delivery options.Craft-selling site Etsy is working with Postmates for a holiday season pilot that will let some shoppers in New York City have items delivered to their door within hours for a flat fee of $20. Apple is also working with Postmates on same-day deliveries in New York and San Francisco.And Uber in October launched UberRush service in New York, San Francisco and Chicago that lets small businesses offer same-day delivery.___WORKERS PROTESTWal-Mart workers and their supporters plan to protest outside the home of the daughter of Sam Walton, the company’s late founder. The protest outside her New York City apartment will conclude 15 days of fasting, organizers say. The number of days reflects the call for pay of $15 an hour and full-time work.Organizers say more than 1,400 people will participate in the action nationwide. Shoppers line up in front of stores at Tanger Outlets in Pooler Thursday evening, Nov. 26, 2015, as they wait for the opening of the big sale day of Black Friday in Pooler, Ga. (AP Photo) (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News via AP) THE EXAMINER.COM OUT; SFEXAMINER.COM OUT; WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT by The Associated Press Posted Nov 27, 2015 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Nov 27, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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