Commission of Inquiry into violence will bring healing

first_imgDear Editor,Former President and current Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is reported to have said two days ago that he is not opposed to a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into violence from 1960 to now. Such a CoI is needed to bring racial healing, especially when the races blame each other for the violence.It should be a no-holds-barred inquiry with the commission being granted power to suggest prosecution of those who participated or encouraged or condoned violence. Witnesses should be granted immunity. Those who refuse to testify or withhold evidence should be forced into testifying through a court order and be subjected to criminal prosecution if evidence supports culpability in political violence. Does the government really want and support such an inquiry? There are some figures from that era still around. Let us hear their testimony and if found to have lied, let the commission throw the book at them.Guyanese I have spoken with in Guyana and in the Diaspora fully and unconditionally endorse and support such a commission. I would encourage the starting date be 1957 when the PPP split into two ‘racialised’ factions that would subsequently trigger ethnic violence. The nation needs to know the facts pertaining to politically inspired violence that began with competitive party politics. The starting date (of 1957 or 1960) should not be a major issue of contention; a CoI is needed regardless of timeframe so the public can know the main players behind the violence and their objective and how violence can be prevented.There is much ethnic hatred in the country as a result of the political violence of the 1950s till recently. An inquiry can help to bring about racial healing and forgiveness. And since both major political forces have been trading accusations each other on sponsoring racial violence, an inquiry will guide us on the facts and force both sides to pursue amends. The commission may help us with a proposal on how to prevent ethnic violence.Since the former President said he is in favour of an inquiry, the two sides should meet and finalise the terms of reference.May I suggest that the inquiry focus on four broad aspects: 1) Violence and elections including in riggings. 2) Violence as a destabilising political factor. 3) Violence and ethnic persecution, including kick down doors as a political weapon. 4) Violence against the Indigenous Amerindians, especially during the Rupununi uprising.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Guyana’s high unemployment rate has economic, social implications – Ram

first_imgIn our Sunday, February 10th edition, Guyana Times inadvertently attributed remarks made by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to Finance Ministry’s Finance Secretary Michael Joseph. Below is the correct article. Guyana Times apologises to Mr Joseph for any embarrassment this inadvertency may have caused.…large-scale joblessness undermines tax collection – Finance SecretaryThree years after the coalition Government took office, it has been unable to effectively address the unemployment rate and according to Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram, unemployment will present a major challenge in the coming years.Finance Secretary Michael JosephIn an interview with this publication, Ram spoke of some of the reasons for Guyana’s low employment rate and also expressed the belief that not enough attention is being paid to its economic and social side.“Part of the problem we have is that we have a very low wage economy,” Ram said, adding “and it discourages people entering into the employment sector. If you get the minimum wage and you have to spend 20 per cent of it on transportation alone, it’s not a great motivator for you to work.”“(This) is why we have the paradox of employment and yet it is difficult to get people with even the basic skills. The rate these people earn, they say they might as well hustle here and there, rather than getting involved in the formal economy, having to pay NIS and income tax.”Chartered Accountant Christopher RamAccording to the Accountant, many do not see their National Insurance Scheme (NIS) deductions in the positive light of being a contribution to their future pension, but rather they see it as a deduction from an already small salary. He noted that another factor that must be considered was how effectively the school system prepared students to enter the workforce. Ram expressed worry about the impact of joblessness and the oil and gas sector.“I think we will have a major challenge in the next couple years. We already have a challenge, in terms of providing the labour necessary not only for the oil industry, but for all the spin-off industries. We mustn’t forget we don’t have a Ministry of Labour. Employment is partly economic and partly social.”TaxesThe need to arrest unemployment and provide opportunities for business start-ups was hammered home by none other than the Finance Ministry’s Finance Secretary Michael Joseph, who was at the time speaking on the opening night of the University of Guyana Turkeyen and Tain Talks on Thursday at the Pegasus Hotel.Talking about tax collection, Joseph expressed concern about youth unemployment and the impact it has on taxable income, and noted the serious effect unemployment has on this process.“Taxes are the lifeline of the Government’s income stream to pay for the provision of public goods. The income base of households and the Private Sector largely constitute the pool by which Government can tax and raise money.“That pool is taxable income [and] is dwarfed by the large-scale incidence of unemployment and insufficient start-ups to replace business failures. Indeed, joblessness narrows the potential base from which Government can collect income tax and undermines the capacity of the Government.”Joseph also cited the 2017 labour force survey commissioned by Guyana’s Bureau of Statistics. This survey had found that Guyana’s employment rate was a worrying 49.2 per cent.“It was empirically determined that youth unemployment among the 15 to 24-year-old cohort was at 21.6 per cent, representing almost twice the unemployment rate of other adults. This survey confirmed that 35.2 per cent of the youth were not in education, employment or training.”EntrepreneurshipAt the same time, the Finance Secretary backed his subject Minister, Winston Jordan, who had noted previously that Government could not provide employment for all. According to Joseph, youths should also look to entrepreneurship as a means of income.Tax collection is not the only thing taking a hit when there is large-scale unemployment, as NIS contributions are also affected. For instance, concern has been expressed that layoffs in the sugar belt could undermine the Scheme’s position.This is particularly so if the Scheme were to pay unemployment benefits. At a previous press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had said that the idea of paying out these benefits did not take into account the current financial status of the Scheme and its ability to meet its current obligations.He noted that the last actuarial report recommended that focus be placed on building the reserve to avoid a deficit. In fact, it was disclosed in that report that the life of the Scheme should come to an end by 2022 unless strategic plans for revenue earnings and expansion of the investment portfolio were effectively implemented. Jagdeo also referenced the thousands of dismissed sugar workers.“What has happened since is that this Government has fired 7000 sugar workers, many others. Let’s say maybe 20,000 more have lost their jobs. Take of the 20,000, just take another 8000 who were paying NIS, so those are people who are not contributing to NIS,” he explained.This translates to decreased inflows for NIS and payouts that would remain constant or increase. In the last financial statement issued by the Scheme, it had showed a deficit of over $800 million.Then, there are the almost 2000 Amerindian Community Support Officers (CSOs) who were dismissed soon after the coalition Government came to power in 2015. These officers were previously employed under the Youth Entrepreneurship and Apprenticeship Programme (YEAP).This led to the Amerindian Action Movement of Guyana taking the Government to court, arguing that the dismissals were unlawful and discriminatory. The group in its affidavit had noted that the CSOs were drawn from approximately 187 Amerindian villages and communities.It was also noted that these CSOs were afforded steady employment until the coalition Government’s action. For its part, the Government has argued that the programme was not performing on par in a bid to justify the dismissals.In addition to the over 7000 sugar workers, who were fired from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the CSOs who were dismissed by Government, Barama Company Limited was also forced to close its operations after several of its concessions were taken back by Government. This created further unemployment.WorryObservers have also expressed worry about the link between unemployment as a signifier for the gradual erosion of the traditional sectors of the economy owing to neglect by the Government as it waits for oil revenues to start flowing. This will inevitably lead to the dreaded Dutch disease, where the economy cannot stand on one leg. This has been most graphically illustrated over the past few years, in the sugar industry where production has dwindled with the dismissal of the sugar workers, and the Government has not diversified the prime agricultural lands into other crops to create employment and generate foreign exchange by exporting those crops.In general, Dutch disease is an economic term for rapid changes to a country’s revenue earnings in a resource-extracting sector like oil that result in a reduction in the value of other exported commodities. The situation is often blamed on the sudden development of one sector at the expense of others.last_img read more

Man dies 1 day after smash-up involving Mayor’s vehicle

first_imgThe vehicles involved in the smash-upOne day after a vehicle assigned to the Mayor of Georgetown Ubraj Narine slammed into three other vehicles along the Turkeyen Public Road, one of the drivers succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.The dead man has been identified as 53-year-old Mitford Cambridge of Middle Walk, Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD). Based on information received, the man took his last breath on Wednesday afternoon.The Mayor was not in the vehicle at the time of the smash-up but the driver, Joel Bond, told traffic ranks that he fell asleep, causing the vehicle to collide with the concrete median and subsequently into three parked vehicles in the vicinity of MovieTowne.Cambridge was reportedly sitting in his car at the time of the accident and would have sustained severe bodily injuries. He was picked up and rushed to the GPHC where he was admitted and remained a patient until his demise.The Mayor’s driver was also taken to the medical facility to be treated to lacerations to the head and body.Mayor Narine departed Guyana for Trinidad on Tuesday morning to attend a Global Covenant of Mayors (GCOM) for Climate Change and Energy in the Caribbean.Just under a month ago, seven parked cars were badly damaged as a result of a speeding car which lost control on the vicinity of Liliendaal on the East Coast of Demerara.The vehicles involved in the smash-uplast_img read more

Fivestar Fight League Fighter of the Week: Mike Friesen

first_imgEven though the fight on April 25th will be the first of his career, Friesen isn’t shy about his expectations of himself in the contest.“Winning. That’s hands down what I’m going in there for. I’m not stepping into the cage to get my butt kicked by anybody. I’m stepping in there to lay a whooping on somebody else and come out there with my hand raised.”Friesen will be squaring off against Jacob Moore who will also be making his debut in the sport.As for the event itself, tickets have been selling quickly and many of the tables for the event are already spoken for. Tickets are available at Fivestar Athletics, Hi-Performance Motor Sports, Marc Joseph and Trends Clothing, The Barber Shop, and MC Rehabilitation and Wellness. Those interesting in VIP dinner tables can also send an email to fivestarfightleague@gmail.com or call 250-785-2736. Advertisement Friesen says a recent urge to get back into competitive sports brought him to mixed martial arts and he looks forward to stepping into the cage for the first time.“I’ve been doing MMA on and off for a little while. Come fall time I really started wanting to get back into competing in a sport. I liked the idea of MMA so I started training in jiu jitsu first and then migrated over and did some kickboxing classes,” he explains. “It’s my first time stepping into the cage and I’m not really nervous or anxious yet. Everyone says I will be but I really just like the fact of competing. I don’t care if it’s in a cage, in a ring, or on a football field. I love competing. I love that pressure on me to compete.”There are many competitive sports that would be less physically demanding that Friesen could have picked. He says however, that he’s always been drawn to the contact sports, so MMA is not something he is afraid to try out.- Advertisement -“I’ve always like the contact sports. I played football leading up to high school. I never really wanted to be a competitive hockey player. I know hockey is huge in this city but it just wasn’t my sport. Fivestar was a great option to be able to compete at a high enough level.” He says that his choice to step into the cage has made some people wonder why he chose MMA, but they have been supportive and are eager to see how he fares in his first bout.“I grew in this town so a lot of people know me and my family. I’ve had a lot of feedback that’s not negative, but ‘why are you doing this?’”, Friesen says. “A lot of people are really pumped to see what I can produce. A lot of people say I’m not mean enough to fight and all that stuff, but you don’t have to be mean to fight. I don’t view myself as a fighter. I view myself as a competitor in a combat sport.”Advertisement Dinner tables seat eight people and run at $1,400 which is $175 per person. First row seats are $100, second row is $90, third row seats go for $80, and general admission seats are $65.Leading up to Homecoming on April 25th, energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com will be featuring one local fighter scheduled to appear on the card.last_img read more

Alberta Peace injury accidents update

first_imgIn the Alberta Peace, the RCMP in Valleyview will need the help of a medical examiner, to figure out how many people were involved in a deadly crash shortly before 7 o’clock yesterday morning.Police say the two-vehicle crash was so severe that investigators could not determine how many people were in one vehicle, which they also can’t identify.It was heading westbound on Highway 43, near Range Road 252, and it’s believed it crossed the centre line striking a five ton cube van head on, about 80 kilometers east of Grande Prairie.The driver of the van, a 33-year-old man from Hinton, was not injured, but was forced to cut himself out of his seatbelt as a post-crash-fire intensified.Meantime, shortly before seven o’clock this morning, four people suffered minor injuries in a two vehicle crash, just 5 kilometers north of Grande Prairie, at the entrance to Clairmont on Highway 2.- Advertisement -A 31 year old Grande Prairie woman was the lone occupant of a vehicle, that collided with a truck carrying three men from Devon, all in their twenties.The RCMP says the woman stopped at stop sign, but then proceeded to make a left hand turn crossing in front of the truck.Charges are pending under the Traffic Safety Act, for failing to proceed safely after stopping.last_img read more

SHOCK AT SUDDEN DEATH OF POPULAR YOUNG ANNAGRY WOMAN

first_imgThe beautiful Diane Byrne.There is widespread shock this morning in the close-knit community of Annagry, following the sudden death of popular young local woman Diane Byrne.Diane, 37, passed away suddenly overnight, and her death has left her friends and family absolutely devastated.It is believed Diane died suddenly of natural causes at her home in Annagry. Diane worked in the Motor Tax Office in Dungloe, and was a hugely popular member of staff.Diane has been described by family and friends left devastated by her news as a beautiful and kind person.Some friends left devastated by her untimely passing have paid their own heartfelt tributes to Diane on social media outlet Facebook.“Some of the worst news ever this morning. Rest in peace Diane one of the most beautiful, kindest ladies I’ve ever met. Absolutely heart broken. May you rest in peace. xx  SHOCK AT SUDDEN DEATH OF POPULAR YOUNG ANNAGRY WOMAN was last modified: November 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:37AnnagryBeautifulCommunitydeathnewsPopularShocktragedylast_img read more

‘MINISTER MUST MOVE TO SECURE FUNDING FOR TOURISM FACILITIES AT MALIN HEAD’ – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called on the Tourism Minister and Failte Ireland to work together to secure funding to develop tourism facilities at Malin Head.Charlie McConalogue TDDeputy McConalogue raised the issue with Minister Paschal Donohoe in the Dáil after Donegal County Council approved planning permission for car parking and toilet facilities.Following his exchange with the Minister, Deputy McConalogue commented, “I welcome the fact that Minister Donohoe has stated his support for improving the facilities at Malin Head, but what we need now is action. “The Minister must work with Fáilte Ireland so that funding for these improvement works can be secured.“Malin Head has is unable to offer tourists visiting the area the facilities that they expect and it is imperative that the Minister along with other interest groups now work together to ensure that Malin Head is developed as a top tourist attraction.“Tourism is a vital revenue source for the Inishowen peninsula and stalling on these essential facilities is not an option.“The Wild Atlantic Way has been a fantastic success to date and is only going to increase the number of tourists coming to the area over the next few years and we cannot have a situation where Malin Head is left behind due to the fact it doesn’t have basic facilities. “We already have 100,000 people visiting Malin Head. This number is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we could be bringing to the area.“It is vital that the Minister ensures that Malin Head receives funding without delay so that it can reach its potential in becoming a cornerstone of our vibrant tourism industry.“I will continue to work with the local Malin Head community and Councillor Martin McDermott to advance this important project.”‘MINISTER MUST MOVE TO SECURE FUNDING FOR TOURISM FACILITIES AT MALIN HEAD’ – McCONALOGUE was last modified: June 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsPoliticslast_img read more

Press release: South Africa’s reputation has improved as perceived by “G8” countries and South Africans

first_imgAccording to the G8 countries, some of the factors driving South Africa’s reputation and improvement in the rankings come as a result of advancements in areas of progressive social and economic policies and the country’s friendly and welcoming people. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, Friday 21 July 2017 – Brand South Africa welcomes the news that South Africa is ranked 45th out of the 71 countries measured in the 2017 Country RepTrak® study conducted by Reputation House. This year the country moves 4 places up, scoring 55.1 points (out of a possible 100), versus the 49.2 points in 2016, which gave it a rank of 49th.The Reptrak study measures South Africa’s reputation from both an internal and external perspective, meaning that the survey is conducted in South Africa, as well as in “G8” countries. This year’s results show an improvement both in terms of how respondents in the G8, and South Africans perceive the country in terms of its reputation.Amongst the BRICS countries, the country is positioned 3rd place with Brazil and India in first and second places respectively. Interestingly enough, the 2017 results show that the United States of America’s perceived reputation has fallen behind South Africa’s, placing it at 47th out of the 71 countries measured.The study evaluates country reputations amongst the general population of the “G8” countries (UK, Italy, France, Canada, US, Japan, Germany and Russia), while also providing an internal assessment from the perceptive of South Africans.Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “South Africa’s performance in such indices encourages national efforts by government, business, civil society and South African’s in general – to strengthen recovery strategies that’ll ensure that we improve our economy, and global competitiveness.”According to the G8 countries, factors driving South Africa’s reputation and improvement in the rankings come as a result of advancements in areas of: progressive social and economic policies, a well-educated and reliable workforce, production of high quality products and services, that the country values education, beautiful landscape, and it’s friendly and welcoming people.Other reputation attributes that impact on G8 perceptions about the country are that the country is an important contributor to the global culture, is a responsible participant in the global community, and offers an appealing lifestyle.South Africans, on the other hand – scored South Africa 43.3 points, which is 14.0 points more than last year’s score of 29.3. However, it should be noted that South Africans are much more critical of the country than international respondents to the study. The two areas in which South Africans and the “G8” general public agree, and hence rate the country highly, is that it is a beautiful country, and that her people are warm and friendly.A new development in the attitude of South Africans towards their own country is the emphasis on valuing education which international respondents admire.“This also reinforces perceptions about South Africans, from other studies such as the Nation Brand Index, as hardworking and resilient people. Importantly, a reputation is not a fixed once off outcome of an action, or set of actions. The nation brand and our global competitiveness is built by all citizens through their pride and patriotism, and improvements in our global reputation is a testament to the work that we are all doing to make South Africa a winning nation.“This is a continuous process that needs to be refined based on the challenges and opportunities presented to our nation. Despite challenges, South Africa stands ready to contribute to inspire new ways of creating significant opportunities for growth and greater prospects for its citizens,” concluded Dr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on #CompetitiveSA.Notes to the Editor:About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Join the conversation:Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SATell us how you Play Your Part: @PlayYourPartSA.Follow us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit: www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

How You Can Build Your Smart Home With The Help of AI and IoT

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#engagement#how to build smart home#IoT#smart home#smart home devices Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If we talk about the current world and its housing aspects, the home automation criteria are on a high scale of changing and converging. As of now, most people are aware of the term IoT and how it will magnify the whole dynamics of the current home system. With the increasing hype of smart home labeled products as well as the future home planning scenarios, the concept of the smart and a more convenient home is straight on the cards and is more popular than ever. In this article, you will get to know about the changing dynamics of the current home system and will also get to know how you can magnify your home to the next level of high-tech living provided with ease of satisfaction and fulfillment. So, let’s get started.Related Read: Who are the right partners to get you into more smart homes?According to a research in 2017 on connected home solutions, the connected home solutions were defined as follows- “Connected home solutions consist of a set of devices and services that are connected to each other and to the internet and can automatically respond to preset rules, be remotely accessed and managed by mobile apps or a browser, and send alerts or messages to the user(s).”For building your own Smart home powered by IoT and Artificial Intelligence, here are some of my own takes:1) Don’t Go Completely WirelessNo matter how much you make your home transformed into an IoT beast, being wired will surely be the very best as well as a reliable option. If you are the one who has got exposed walls, you can install the Cat6 cable before the plaster pops out. After all, Cat 6 is a good cable and can do pretty operations at a faster rate than just transmitting data. Also, it can carry digital signals too. 2) Don’t Fret About Different PlatformsSmart Home connectivity is nothing less than a confusing muddle for an average consumer. Ranging from a list of platforms, some of them are as follows:NestHomeKitWinkZ-WaveZigbeeSmartThingsBrilloThese are just a handful list of platforms which you can inculcate in building your smart home. 3) The Starting PointA good start requires a deep amount of research and determination. At the start, you as a consumer will need to figure out whether you want to dabble in the smart scene or planning to go all out. If you are planning to go device by device, things can get a little cheap but can get a little messy and in the end harder to upgrade. Even for some devices which are not available at your place, you have to get it from another city or country for which you have to pay a high tax to the government, but there are many tax debt relief options are available in the market so you can get rid of taxes. While I will do the best to guide you through the hurdles and presenting you a kit which is a lot more compatible, to be honest, you can either automate your home appliances and control each and everything around your home or choose one central hub which can control every device right from a single location. 4) Taking a Piecemeal ApproachIn today’s market, you can get plenty of devices which are pretty much impressive, and if you are planning to buy one, chances are that you will be delighted by their performance and workability as well. 5) Amazon EchoRanging from a pool of IoT devices which can change the dynamics of your house, Amazon Echo can be the best option. With a designing around your voice, it has 7 microphones and comes with a beam-forming technology for performing various operations. Intersting Read: Who are the right partners to get you into more smart homes?With the all-new Amazon Echo, you can switch off or on the lights without the need of lifting your finger. Also, it can be connected to Alexa for providing the daily news updates, weather conditions, play music and so much more.Either, you can go for a Nest Thermostat or a Philips Hue Light bulb and can add a great amount of Intelligence to your existing home. 6) The Fusion of Artificial Intelligence and Wi-FiThanks to the uninterrupted and the ever-enchanting Wi-Fi technology which can get the devices connected to it and let the control straight from the palms. As a consumer, you can get Smart Lights, Smart Locks and Smart Fridges from various online stores which can lift-up the game of your Smart home to the next level of high-tech living fantasy. 7) The Introduction of IFTTTIFTTT was commonly known as If This Then That can bind together different smart home gadgets with a different set of skills. Under certain tricks, it can get your echo to talk to your Nest or can help in keeping heating and light synced. Yet, it’s still a confusing topic and will surely need some time to unwrap it to a simpler extent.8) Choosing the Correct PlatformIf you are throwing everything at one platform will surely leave you incomplete from the ins and outs of IFTTT. The easiest way as of today is buying a hub i.e. buying yourself an Amazon Echo or a Google Home and then picking the rest of the kit which is compatible with your current home system. Altogether, choosing a great platform will depend on your home’s condition, and the Smart home desire will surely drive any consumer to buy one. 9) Zion Market ResearchBased on the findings of April 2017 by Zion Market Research, the Smart home market at the global market is expected to reach an enormous $53.45 billion by the year 2022 which will be quite stupendous and stunning. Final VerdictIn a world of changing, dynamics and many mobile app development companies and boasting a fantasized living situation which is slowly converted into reality, transforming your home into a Smart can be the best thing you can do in the present age time. As of now, go through the above article, eliminate the don’ts and implement the mentioned platforms to outburst with a shine to pave your way at a better living metrics. Follow the Puck James Grills James Grills is a technical writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of mobile application development and IoT technology. He is a marketing advisor – currently associated with Cumulations Technologies a mobile app development company in India. last_img read more

BCCI says no to DRS for England series next month

first_imgIndia’s opposition to the Decision Review System continues with the BCCI refusing to allow its usage in next month’s four-Test cricket series against England.According to The Daily Telegraph, “The Board for Cricket Control in India sent official notification to the England and Wales Cricket Board that it does not want the system to be used in the series (in July).”Consent of both the Boards is required for the system to be used in a series.Sachin Tendulkar is critical of the DRS system. APTop Indian players such as Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been vocal critics of the DRS but English players like spin spearhead Graeme Swann have backed the use of technology.”The reason India do not want it is because it will favour our bowlers,” said John Emburey, the former England off-spinner.”It (DRS) has been massive for spinners because they are now getting wickets against batsmen playing on the front foot coming forward. It’s a massive advantage to the spinner. The system has shown balls would go on to hit the stumps and umpires have now got it in their minds that they can now give batsmen out,” he explained.Emburey said the DRS has forced batsmen to offer genuine shots against spinners.”What DRS has done is make batsmen play with their bat rather than hide behind the pad which gives bowlers more chances of edges and catches because they have to play at the ball,” he said.- With inputs from PTIadvertisementlast_img read more