ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board said on Wednesday it plans to pump more than half a million United States dollars into the women’s game, a move that will see an increase in player-retainer contracts and fees starting next month. In a media release, the regional governing body for the sport said it would move the number of player retainer contracts from 11 to 15, and would also augment sponsorship payments, match fees and captains’ allowances. The increases are set to cost the board US$600,000, an injection of cash which chief executive Michael Muirhead believes will stimulate the women’s game. “We are hoping this new package will serve as an additional incentive for the current set of women, and will serve as a drawing card to more women to be attracted to cricket,” said the Jamaican, who relinquishes the post next month. The deal was hammered out along with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and, according to the WICB, it will also benefit non-retained players as well. Former West Indies batsman Wavell Hinds, the current WIPA president and CEO, said the new compensation package for the women is “well deserved”. “Our women’s senior team has been a solid elite performing group over the last decade. As such, the improvement and security in their compensation package are well deserved,” Hinds said.
Fears over the ‘suspicious deaths’ of Victoria Zarzar, Harry Greaves Jr., and Guarantee Trust Bank-Liberia Limited Managing Director, Dan Orogun gripped members of the House of Representatives yesterday.The lawmakers were interrupted in session, but thanks to Providence that Presiding Officer, Rep. George Wesseh Blamoh’s hammer broke the silence while debating on the causes of those deaths.The Chairman of the House’s National Defense, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, and Rep. Munah Pelham-Youngblood of the Committees on Gender Equity, Child Development and Social Services and Foreign Affairs, in separate letters, argued that the unexplained deaths are quite worrisome and needed their attention as the Liberian populace is not only filled with fear but also confused over the mysterious deaths.“Mr. Speaker and honorable colleagues, this august body has oversight authority, as such we must make sure that the public is protected at all times as these information, when given, will help alleviate the fear the many questions that have been asked in and around the country by our citizens, investors and other foreign nationals that are residing within our borders,” Rep. Youngblood wrote.The Montserrado District #9 lawmaker wants the House’s Plenary to summon the Justice Minister, the Solicitor General, and the Commissioner of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to give detailed information about the deaths of Ms. Victoria Zarzar, Cllr. Michael Allison, Mr. Dan Orogun and the gruesome death of Mr. Harry Greaves Jr., former Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC).Maryland County lawmaker, Dr. Chambers, wants the Director of Executive Protection Service (EPS), the Director of Police and the Justice Minister to also be summoned to provide updates on the state of the nation’s security, investigations surrounding all suspicious deaths and what mechanisms have been put in place to curb these embarrassing, gruesome and barbaric acts that are becoming prevalent.“Hon. Speaker and illustrious colleagues, considering the closeness to the Executive Mansion, an area where keen and vigilant monitoring of the movement of individuals is expected, people including myself are wondering how these incidents were not captured by state security experts, and what measures are being rigorously pursued to prevent these unusual occurrences,” Dr. Chamber wrote.Meanwhile, the Plenary of the House of Representatives has mandated its committees on Defense, National Security and Judiciary to advise Plenary in one week as to who should be summoned and what the Legislature should do to ensure the safety and security of the nation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)