Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing guidance for employers

first_imgImportant: NHS Test and Trace is for those who display symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been advised to take a test by a medical practitioner or public service. Employer and third-party healthcare providers wishing to provide a test to staff must not advise individuals without symptoms to get a test from the limited supply offered by the NHS Test and Trace service, but may offer alternative private provision, in accordance with this guidance. Some employers and third-party healthcare providers may want to introduce their own internal testing programmes outside of NHS Test and Trace. This guidance will help them ensure that their testing programmes are as reliable and effective as possible.last_img read more

Redknapp sacked by Birmingham after 13 matches

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “A lot of the targets I was after I couldn’t get over the line. I still felt that given time I would have given them a team that would have been challenging for promotion, I had no doubt about that.” Harry RedknappLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Veteran manager Harry Redknapp was sacked by second-tier Birmingham City on Saturday after a 3-1 home defeat by Preston North End, just his 13th game in charge.The 70-year-old, whose coaching career has included Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth, was briefly hailed as a saviour after he kept Birmingham in the division last term having taken over following a disastrous spell in charge by Italian Gianfranco Zola.However, despite an influx of players in the close season, Birmingham suffered a sixth successive defeat and have just four points from eight league matches.“I am disappointed. It’s been difficult, I have had one week with a new team and new players, one week,” Redknapp told the Birmingham Mail.“It’s not an excuse but today I had three of the forwards missing who I would have picked, probably the three most exciting players in all honesty.“It takes time to build a football team, not one week. I didn’t get the players in I was after in pre-season and suddenly I have got a load of players in.last_img read more

Oly Town Artesians Wrap Up Inaugural Home Slate Sunday

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Oly Town Artesians wrap up the home slate of their inaugural outdoor season on Sunday, July 23 when Tacoma’s Washington Premier South Sound FC comes to town. First kick between these two teams who are separated by just one point in the Evergreen Premier League standings is set for 3:00 p.m. at Wembley Soccer Shop Field at The Evergreen State College.Oni Mayer. Photo courtesy: Jo ArlowAdvanced tickets are just $6 and can be purchased at www.olytownfc.com/tickets, and all youth soccer players in uniform will be admitted for free and can accompany the Artesians onto the field during introductions. Pregame festivities start at 2:55 p.m. Tickets at the gate are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12-years-old.The Artesians enter the final two games of their first season in the EPLWA sitting at 4-5-3 overall with 15 points, just one point behind South Sound (5-5-1, 16 points). The Shock will take on the first place Seattle Stars on Saturday before making the trip to Olympia on Sunday. The Artesians and South Sound will wrap up their seasons one week later with a rematch in Puyallup.Oly Town is led by goalkeeper JJ Olson, who is tied for second in the EPLWA with two shutouts and has logged 889 minutes over 10 games this season. JT Meyer leads the team with three goals while Kyle Witzel has two goals since joining the club three games ago. Gabriele Zaccagnini racked up six assists before heading to Europe last week.South Sound FC are a charter member of the EPLWA playing in their fourth season in the league and have been through an up and down 2017 campaign. They absolutely drilled the Stars 5-1 on May 7, but have suffered losses to Olympic, Yakima and Spokane this season but are coming off of a 2-1 win over Vancouver last weekend. Isidro Prado-Huerto leads all Shock scorers with three goals.This weekend’s game marks the first time that three Olympia brothers will take the field together. Jake Zimmerman, a senior at Evergreen, and Alec Zimmerman, a senior at Capital High School, have each logged major minutes for their hometown team and Jake’s goal in Bellingham led the Artesians to their first league victory. Meanwhile, their brother Jordan Zimmerman, a junior at Evergreen, has scored one goal in his time with South Sound despite spending the preseason with the Artesians. Jordan scored the first ever outdoor goal for Oly Town in a friendly against the Washington State Club Soccer team on April 1.Follow the Artesians all season long and beyond including the 2017-2018 Western Indoor Soccer League season by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

Marlene Dumas comes home

first_img3 March 2008 One of her artworks sold for US$3.34-million (about R25.6-million today) in 2005, making her the highest-paid living female artist in the world. Marlene Dumas is back home in South Africa with an exhibition, and she is all ours until the end of March. Dumas was born in Kuilsriver in 1953; she left South Africa in 1976 on a scholarship to study at the Atelier ’63 in Haarlem, Holland and 30 years later is still living in the country’s capital, Amsterdam. The top-price painting was The Teacher, completed in 1987. Before that her work went for a more modest $50 000 (R383 550 today), according to The New York Times. The exhibition, called Intimate Relations, is her first solo exhibition in South Africa. It has already been to Cape Town, where it ran from early November to mid-January; it took up residence at Johannesburg’s Standard Bank Gallery in February, and will run there until 29 March. Consisting of more than 50 works – paintings, drawings and prints – they date from her student years at the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town, with excerpts from letters, documents and photographs collected by Dumas. She has also produced works specifically for the exhibition. A writer, too, who comments on art, culture and politics, some of Dumas’s writing is also on exhibit. ‘I want to speak for myself’ Of her writing, she says: “I write about art because I want to speak for myself. I might not be the only authority, nor the best authority, but I want to participate in the writing of my own history. Why should artists be validated by outside authorities? I don’t like being paternalised and colonised by every Tom, Dick and Harry that comes along (male or female).” Works on display come from several public and private collections in the Netherlands and Belgium. The title of the exhibition was chosen to “focus thinking around questions of what constitutes intimate relations between people, places and paintings”, says the press statement. It has been conceived as a homecoming that will give South African audiences “in-depth insights into Dumas’s extraordinary oeuvre through a broad selection of her work”. “Apart from making work about eroticism and sexuality, for which she uses images from magazines, or her own photographs shot in Amsterdam’s red light district, Dumas also explores other complex ideological themes, such as stereotyped notions of beauty, racism, death, violence, religion, maternity and motherhood. These themes are presented in her work with a frank and often chilling honesty.” Cycle of life Joint curator with Dumas, Emma Bedford says that Dumas’s work “deals with the cycle of life, and with issues of gender, sexuality, pleasure and pain, amongst others. While intellectual, ethical and moral questions stimulate and absorb her, it is her awareness of how these are experienced in and through the body that is central to her work.” Portraits dominate the exhibition, and it’s hard to pull yourself away from them, particularly The New Generation, completed in 1994; it is a striking collection of 45 large faces on unframed canvases that command your attention. There’s not a smile among them, and although some of them are looking straight at you, the impression is of indifference and being detached. “I don’t do it for the people and I don’t do it against the people. If at all I do it from the people and after the people,” she records alongside the portraits in the catalogue. She donated the massive work to the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town. Other portraits that will stop you in your stroll around the gallery are Naomi, Helena, Moshekwa, Het Kwaad is Banaal, The Blindfolded Man and Young Men. In the catalogue, Dumas says of painting: “Painting is about the trace of the human touch. It is about the skin of a surface. A painting is something you have to get up close to. To see, you have to get intimate. If a painting doesn’t change as you get closer, it is not a good painting.” Constitutional Court Dumas has donated another work to the Constitutional Court, entitled The Benefit of the Doubt. It depicts three close-up figures in a set of tapestries, about which Dumas says, “One is alone, two is a couple and three is politics.” Speaking of the donations, Marilyn Martin, the director of art collections at Iziko Museums of Cape Town, says: “Such acts of generosity would be unusual for many artists; for Marlene Dumas they are manifestations of her love for the country of her birth and her commitment to the national art museum and the people of South Africa.” The Standard Bank Gallery is on the corner of Simmonds and Frederick streets. The gallery is open from Mondays to Fridays, from 8am to 4.30pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. The exhibition closes on 29 March. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

SA companies on a mission to Thailand, Taiwan

first_img28 July 2014A South African business delegation arrived in Bangkok on Sunday on the first leg of a trade and investment mission to Thailand and Taiwan.The mission, organised and sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), will give the South African delegates – representing companies in the agro-processing, jewellery and automotive sectors – the opportunity to introduce their products and services directly to buyers in high-growth Asian markets.The delegation will participate in various business-to-business meetings, site visits and trade and investment seminars in both countries.Golden Touch Manufacturing Jewellers, based in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, is one of 18 companies taking part in the mission. Company director Mbulelo Singapi told the DTI that his company was looking forward exchanging business ideas with local businesspeople.Singapi said that, despite being a small manufacturer, Golden Touch had the capacity to scale up production, and would be able to meet any order they might secure in Thailand or Taiwan.Another participant, Pitto Limited, grows export-quality grapes along the Orange River outside Kakamas in the Northern Cape. Commercial manager Lorna Basson said this was the sixth DTI-sponsored mission that the company was taking part in.“Out of the five trips in which we participated, we managed to establish solid trading relations in countries like China, Germany, Poland, and Ghana,” Basson said, adding that Pitto was currently exporting to China, Poland and Ghana.She said the DTI’s missions had given her company “direct access to foreign markets, and cut on a lot of costs since there are no third party agents involved. It is also a great opportunity for us to trade in person and sustain our foreign export relations”.According to the DTI, South African exports to Thailand totalled R4.6-billion in 2013, while imports – nearly half of which were vehicle components – totalled R26.5-billion.Total trade between Taiwan and South Africa was worth R21.7-billion in 2013, with a trade balance of R3.7-million in favour of South Africa.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Lepley Farms finds balance in growing herd and compliance with new barn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetFor a few years now, Dave Lepley has been contemplating expanding his Huron County cattle herd. He knew he wanted to grow the number of head on his farm, but if he was going to take a big step in that direction, he wanted to do it the right way.“We had a bed-pack dry lot with about 300 head and as we did research for expansion we came across the idea for this new cattle barn,” Lepley said. “We wanted to comply with a lot of different things. We had to have cattle comfort, we had to have compliance with EPA rules because of our proximity to Lake Erie so we wanted to be sure that as we built our herd size we could house them all in one facility.”The result is a 101-foot by 321-foot by16-foot indoor feedlot facility in Bellevue permitted to hold 1,000 head of cattle.“We traveled to many states and toured many barns and decided to go with a gable roof barn,” Lepley said. “It has a full liner underneath the pit so we can hold at least 400 days worth of manure so we can apply our nutrients when we can versus when we have to. In the spring, it typically stays wetter, longer in this region. We do have our dry periods in August and September but the crops are still in the field, so we have to push our manure hauling away from the wintertime and early spring when it is so wet to fall. There was really no way we could build a dry pack manure holding facility. We knew if we were going to expand we were going to have to hold liquid manure.”The pit is 12 feet deep and the eaves are 16 feet high so air flow, one of the items of Lepley’s wish list for expansion, is not a problem. Good nutrition was also on that list.“We are on a higher fiber ration. We use silage, wet distillers’ grain, cracked corn and a supplement,” Lepley said. “For our current herd, the barn average is eating about 46 pounds per head, per day. Our rate of gain is about 3,000 pounds of meat a day for just over 1,000 head. You can tell they are happy when that is happening.”Part of that happiness comes from another feature of Lepley’s new barn — all of the pens are lined with rubber.“You hear a lot of stories about livestock facilities before the rubber was put on the slats about how uncomfortable the cattle were,” Lepley said. “Our experience with our first cattle in this barn was that they arrived at 380 pounds and we didn’t have any issues with legs and they were comfortable until they were ready for market.”And Lepley says he is hoping this new facility will bring some comfort to those living around his area as well.“We are trying to be the best neighbors and the best stewards of the land that we can be,” Lepley said. “With Lake Erie being so close we are really focused on that. We work closely with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. They come and tour our facility at least twice a year. We have a monitoring well for all ground waters around here. We send our samples in and things come back looking really good.”The barn was constructed by Summit Livestock Facilities and their beef specialist Mike Schluttenhofer has been a part of the process since day 1.“This barn is all designed around air flow and sunlight,” Schluttenhofer said. “It’s broken into eight pens and it has a valley down the center for feed and the pit extends 10 feet past the south side of the barn to add a little bit more holding capacity.”Barns like the one on Lepley’s farm are also very beneficial when it comes to putting together a Crop Nutrient Management Plan.“When the manure is taken out of the pit and put onto the fields, they are able to track how much is put on each field so that they can cut down on the leaching of nutrients into the creeks, Schluttenhofer said.These types of facilities are becoming more common across the countryside as Ohio cattlemen work to protect the environment and maximize the returns on their investment.“There is a lot more indoor cattle feeding going on now with new regulations,” Schluttenhofer said. “It’s getting to be a pretty popular idea to control your manure and feed cattle inside. It is just a more efficient way to run a livestock operation. It’s a way to increase revenue without picking up extra acres of ground, which are hard to get these days.”last_img read more

These Are the Sponsors of the Real-Time Web Summit

first_imgThe ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit is fast approaching! We hope you’ll register to join us at this exciting day-long event filled with participatory conversations among the leading innovators in real-time technology, media and financial services.If you can’t make it to Mountain View, California in eight days, get ready to watch selected sessions streamed live online (thanks to Justin.tv). This isn’t going to be talking-heads pushing their products on stage, this is going to be a high-value brainstorming, networking and collaborative learning. Check out the companies below; they are bringing financial support to this important gathering to talk together about the future of the internet.Sponsorship availability closes tomorrow, so if you’d like to offer your support for the Summit please contact [email protected] for more information. We’ve posted some of our highlighted participants here as well as a sample of real-world use cases for real-time web technology.Now check out these fabulous sponsors.EnterpriseTIBCOTIBCO’s technology digitized Wall Street in the ’80s with its event-driven “Information Bus” software, which helped make real-time business a strategic differentiator in the ’90s. Today, TIBCO’s infrastructure software gives customers the ability to constantly innovate by connecting applications and data in a service-oriented architecture, streamlining activities through business process management, and giving people the information and intelligence tools they need to make faster and smarter decisions.FilteringPostRankPostRank offers a website and developer tools that make sense of social engagement data on the web. Want to discover the bloggers with the most reader-engagement or the blog posts that are hottest, in any niche? PostRank will do that for you, in real time. Whether you’re a very large company or an individual blogger, PostRank can do things for you that no one else can. We at ReadWriteWeb like and use PostRank a lot.SearchFarooFaroo is a P2P real-time search engine that combines explicit and implicit data to power its indexing and ranking technologies. The company specializes in difficult real-time analysis of international content, like breaking up long strings of Chinese characters for text analysis.PublishingWordPressWordPress is one of the world’s leading blog publishing services and software. WordPress made free real-time updates from millions of blogs available last month.AggregationNomeeNomee is an application to manage the most important parts of your digital life. The Nomee desktop client aggregates activity updates from more than 120 different sites that your friends and favorite public figures are using, filters those streams and lets you view media in a beautiful interface.These sponsors have made an important move in supporting the Real-Time Web Summit so please check out their products. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event as well, it will be worth your while. Contact [email protected] for info.Please join us for this important conversation on October 15th in Mountain View, California and streaming live online. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Real-Time Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Years

first_imgWhat Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Suresh Sambandam Suresh SambandamFounder & CEOcenter_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Growing and maturing a company are two different operations, yet they share a common goal: to stay in business for the long run. As the number of new companies multiplies all over the globe, competition grows fierce. Surviving the digital age in a sea of competitors requires thoughtful preparedness and agility. What we want to do is start building a workplace for the next 100 years.SAP’s recent study revealed that 84 percent of CEOs believe the digital transformation of their workplace is critical to their survival in the next five years. Only three percent have completed any company-wide transformation efforts. This  three percent of dedicated leaders are leaps and bounds ahead of their rivals:85 percent of leaders say the transformation has increased market share70 percent say they are already seeing higher customer satisfaction64 percent of employees at leading companies feel more engaged80 percent of leaders say the transformation has increased profitabilityForming a business framework to outlast this century takes commitment and follow-through to fuse the right mix of software applications, human talent, and robots successfully.Humans and robots: a combined workforce.The data age poses profitable opportunities for businesses. IDC’s Data Age 2025 report commented: “Data is helping us reach new markets, serve existing customers better, streamline operations, and monetize raw and analyzed data.” How can data make such a profound impact? Robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence (AI), and other machines work alongside humans to process multitudes of data and leverage its advantages.  Machines process data at infinitely higher speeds than humans. Machines take on tedious tasks most employees don’t enjoy, at reduced risk and cost. Quicker, efficient data processing enables higher-quality products and top notch customer service that keep consumers coming back for more. A senior Japanese executive commented in a 2018 Deloitte survey, “Robotics is not about cost reduction. It’s about maintaining the business.”  On the flip side, robots require people to feed them the right data and ensure useful output is delivered. Creative tasks, like planning a website redesign or a new product release, requires human critical thinking skills. Bots are process-dependent, so individuals are needed to manage all other work scenarios. Combining people skills and robotic intelligence can cover all aspects of work most efficiently.A unified digital workplace for humans and machines.How can companies manage a seamless flow of data to synchronize the work performed by humans and robots? Employees need one efficient tool and not a pile of fragmented, inflexible applications. This single tool is required in order to manage whatever kind of work that comes their way, both repetitive tasks they can hand off to robots and creative projects requiring a human touch. A digital workplace is a central platform where automated processes, one-time projects, cases, and collaboration function in harmony. All types of work are performed and tracked in the same application, ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks, including customers’ needs. Ninety-five percent of global consumers say customer service is a significant factor that determines brand loyalty. So, efficiently managing internal operations and customer needs must be a top priority to sustain a solid customer base and long business life.Many solutions are inflexible and don’t directly address business problems. Other programs take too much effort to learn, so employees resort to their own tools, taking security and compliance protocol for granted. Employees need a user-friendly digital workplace where data is shared and integrated. Workflow for both robots and humans can be easily modified. Does this mean only big-budget enterprises will be able to afford a digital workplace to survive the data age? Not necessarily. Citizen developers are presenting a new precedence.The astounding shortage of computer science professionals in the US demonstrates the need for enterprises to become less reliant upon IT professionals to persist in digital transformation. SMBs often have a limited IT budget and were previously unable to utilize high-tech tools to improve operations. Building a tech-savvy business for the future, no matter the size requires a new approach to business solutions.No-code development platforms are beginning to take the place of expensive IT teams and may help and may help build a business for 100 years. These no-code companies offer smaller businesses the opportunity to reap technology’s benefits. In a digital workplace, any business user can automate a repetitive process, build a project board, or construct a case workflow through a drag-and-drop interface without writing any code. In the past, IT professionals had to build every application from the ground up, a lengthy process. Now, in only a matter of days, users can create custom applications covering a wide range of both internal and external operations. This potential can boost productivity by 90 percent and increase customer satisfaction by 70 percent. Embracing citizen development in a digital workplace is key to building essential, custom solutions for both humans and machines to excel.Eye on the futureThe only thing constant is change, especially in the business environment. But a majority of businesses aren’t adapting successfully. Only one in five companies can be marked as digital leaders—agile, tech-forward companies who are using technology disruption for explosive growth. While businesses stuck in email and spreadsheets lag behind, leaders who embrace the digital age race ahead. Employing a combined workforce of humans and machines in a digital workplace will put your company on a track that stretches into the next century. Suresh Sambandam is the CEO of Kissflow, the first unified digital workplace for organizations to manage all of their work on a single, unified platform. Kissflow has over 10,000 customers across 160 countries, including more than fifty Fortune 500 companies. last_img read more

Messi nets 4 goals to keep Barcelona with perfect record

first_imgBrazil midfielder Paulinho and Denis Suarez also scored for the Catalan club, while Sergi Enrich netted Eibar’s goal.Barcelona was without Ousmane Dembele, who injured his left thigh at the weekend and is expected to be sidelined for up to four months. The young France forward, Barcelona’s top signing during the transfer window, traveled to Finland to undergo surgery on a ruptured tendon. He made only three appearances after arriving to replace Neymar.Valverde left Luis Suarez on the bench and started with Gerard Deulofeu, Denis Suarez and Messi as a false “9″ in the attack. Paulinho, the Brazil midfielder who came off the bench to score the winner against Getafe on Saturday, also made it to the starting lineup.“Today we have been able to rest certain players and give playing time to others who needed to play and it turned out well,” Valverde said.___LOSING AGAINValencia won 5-0 with a hat trick by Simone Zaza to hand Malaga its fifth straight loss to start the season.Zaza scored his three goals eight minutes apart early in the second half to give Valencia its first victory after three straight draws and move the club into third place.Forward Santi Mina and Rodrigo also scored for the hosts at Mestalla Stadium. View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores a penalty during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Lionel Messi added to his impressive start to the season by scoring four goals and helping Barcelona rout Eibar 6-1 to extend its perfect record in the Spanish league on Tuesday.Messi converted a penalty in the first half and scored three more goals in the second to give Barcelona its fifth straight victory in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges The Argentina playmaker took his tally to 12 goals in eight matches this season, including nine in the five league games.Messi had already scored a hat trick in Barcelona’s 5-0 rout of Espanyol in the Catalan derby two rounds ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe result gave Barcelona a five-point lead over Sevilla, which hosts Las Palmas on Wednesday. Real Sociedad, six points back, is at Levante on Thursday.Defending champion Real Madrid, seven points behind Barcelona, hosts Real Betis on Wednesday. Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record-setting 5,694th HR of season It has been a rather unexpectedly good start to the season for Barcelona, which began the league amid turmoil after seeing Neymar leave for Paris Saint-Germain and losing the Spanish Super Cup match to Real Madrid.It is the best start to the league for Messi, who in 2011-12 had scored eight goals after five matches.He is the league’s leading scorer, with four goals more than Simone Zaza of Valencia, who had a hat trick in a 5-0 rout of Malaga earlier Tuesday.“He is one of the smartest players I’ve ever seen on a field,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said of Messi. “You don’t really know how, but he is always in good position. He is extraordinary.”It was the fourth time Messi has scored four goals or more with Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Spot-fixing a threat to cricket: Miandad

first_imgPakistan cricket great Javed Miandad believes spot-fixing is more damaging to the game than match-fixing and urged the recently banned players to assist in purging it from the game.The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption tribunal last weekend banned Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir for a minimum of five years for bowling no-balls at predetermined times in a Test against England to fix spot-betting markets.Miandad, a director general of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said the banned trio should now assist the ICC and the PCB to identify those people involved in rigging betting markets, and thereby harming the game. His remark may have an impact on the upcoming cricket World Cup starting on February 19.”If the players identify the bad elements in the game, only then we can fight with this spot-fixing menace,” Miandad said.”It (spot-fixing) can’t be finished if the players do not cooperate.”The tribunal also directed the banned players to participate – under the auspices of the PCB – in a program of anti-corruption education.”It’s a good programme, but it’s the responsibility of the players to be honest because they are the ones who are directly approached by bad guys,” Miandad said.”I’m sure no one has the guts to buy a cricketer without the consent of the player himself.”Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt.Miandad was part of Pakistan’s World Cup winning squad in 1992 and holds the record of most Test runs for Pakistan with 8,832 runs from 124 Test matches.He said spot-fixing poses a greater threat to the integrity of the game than match fixing because it provides more opportunity to fix betting markets; there is only one win-loss result per match, but there are vast numbers of bets on events within games.advertisement”In a 50-overs-a-side game players could commit an intentional mistake not once but 600 times,” Miandad said referring to six ball over bowled in a one-day international. “In match-fixing it’s a matter of win or lose, but in this spot-fixing players commit intentional mistakes one after the other.” Miandad said it was difficult to predict about the future of the three players, but termed the tribunal’s decision as a “reasonable verdict.” “It could have been more severe, but it will send a strong message to players all over the world.”last_img read more