The just completed Ripley County Tournament was a success when you compare it to other tournaments being held in the state of Indiana. However, it is no where near the event it used to be. In its heyday you had to know somebody or compete in a lottery just to get tickets to attend. Today I do not think they even sell tickets much in advance of the tournament. In fact, it appears that most people just attend a session or two. The cost of the ticket is a great bargain if you enjoy going to all of the games. Some people questioned moving the whole tournament from Batesville and blamed that for the attendance. The Wednesday session held at Batesville this year put that theory to rest in a big way. I think the biggest problem with attendance is two-fold. The major problem is that kids do not attend today. Only Jac-Cen-Del girls had a decent student section. Normally, Batesville students show up in large numbers for regular season games, but for some reason, they no longer go to the Ripley County Tourney. The second problem might be the competitive balance of the four schools. I do not believe this, because I think that balance of strength can still exist. Right now the Batesville boys have dominated the championship. They are on an 8-year winning streak. Part of this is due to the size of Batesville compared to the enrollment at the other three schools. This is why you will never see a one-class tournament again in Indiana. Don’t believe for a second, though, that the other three schools are conceding next year’s championship to Batesville.
A referee in Ecuador confiscated a coach’s mobile phone on Sunday in a bid to stop him communicating with the manager who had earlier been sent from the touchline.The bizarre incident occurred during Universidad Catolica’s Primera A clash against top-of-the-table Independiente de Valle at Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa.Things were not going well for the home side and the Universidad manager was given his marching orders during the game.
The responsibility of the newly appointed Foreign Secretary, Carl Greenidge, is primarily dedicated to protecting Guyana’s sovereignty full time. This was disclosed by the former Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge, who was this week re-assigned by President David Granger.During an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Foreign Secretary Greenidge described the responsibility as a prime and urgent concern since Guyana is still dealing with the Venezuela/Guyana border controversy. The matter is presently at the International Court of Justice for a juridical settlement.“We have communication from the Government of Venezuela pertaining to our maritime space and raising questions about activities within our maritime space, even offshore of Demerara and Berbice. So, you do not really get a break to take a breather and settle down, we in the Ministry have been working,” Greenidge stated.Additionally, he said that he is also in the process of renegotiating the Georgetown agreement. That is the agreement that brings 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) to collaborate with the European Union for development.“We are working on that and there is a meeting of the Trade Ministers in this coming week to be followed by the Council of Ministers. So, my hands are pretty full and the main concern is to make sure that we do not lose any momentum as we do some of the organisational juggling,” Greenidge underscored.On May 14, Government announced that Greenidge was appointed Foreign Secretary at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and now has responsibility for the Department of Frontiers and Territorial Integrity and the Department of Trade and Economic Cooperation.Foreign Secretary Carl Greenidge
Does your company need a chief dissent officer to call out the bad ideas that could drain your resources?Ryan Holiday, author of Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, writes in Fast Company that your business may need a chief dissent officer to save you “from countless bad ideas, creative darlings, and disasters-in-the-making.”Holiday defines the chief dissent officer as “an internal gatekeeper against bad ideas.” Since “companies are under increased pressure to roll out more and more new things,” and nowadays we “publish first, think second,” Holiday sees many businesses “making embarrassing blunders.” Holiday says that successful companies have been at this for years. He points to a 2007 case study for the Harvard Business Review that focused on a medical-devices company that “established a system that had a COO in charge of line operations along with a vice chairman of equal power who was responsible for…raising questions about” possible problems. “Every company could use their own dedicated objectionists,” Holiday says, and “it’s time you cultivate yours.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis