Burton to close South Burlington manufacturing plant

first_imgBurton announced Tuesday that it will shift premium snowboard production from its small, Vermont-based Burton Manufacturing Center (BMC) to Austria, where the company has been building snowboards for over 25 years. Product design and development will still be home-grown in Vermont, where the company will relocate its snowboard prototyping resources from BMC into a new, purely R&D-driven prototype facility at its global headquarters in Burlington. Burton said 43 jobs will be lost, leaving 377 in Vermont and 900 worldwide.BMC, located in South Burlington, Vermont is slated to close in June of this year. Burton’s premium factory in Austria already has the high-end technology and capacity to increase its production. Forty-three employees will be affected by BMC’s closure, and Burton is working closely with the Vermont Department of Labor’s Rapid Response program to assist these employees with unemployment and re-employment resources. “When I started Burton Snowboards in 1977, all we did was make snowboards in Vermont,” says Jake Burton Carpenter, Founder and Chairman, Burton Snowboards. “Thanks to the BMC staff, we’ve excelled at prototyping and developing product in Vermont, which is why all four Burton Olympic halfpipe medals were won on snowboards coming out of our local factory. But simply put, it costs us significantly more to produce a board in Vermont than we are capable of selling it for, and sadly, this is not sustainable in the current economy.”Carpenter started the company in Londonderry after seeing someone riding a homemade board.Carpenter cited several factors for closing the South Burlington facility in a Burlington Free Press story, including labor, real estate, utility and health care benefits. The cost is significantly less in Austria, he said.The relocated BMC R&D facility will continue to turn riders’ ideas into the most advanced prototypes on snow, with the added benefit of having all prototyping resources under one roof at Burton’s global headquarters, Burton said in a statement.”Our biggest priority at Burton is to make the best product for snowboarders, and we do that by listening to riders and investing more in research and development than anyone in our industry,” says Burton CEO Laurent Potdevin. “It makes the most economic sense to produce all of our high-end snowboards in Austria. Here in Vermont, we will continue to focus on advanced product development, which will allow us to bring the latest snowboard technology to riders faster than ever before.”Burton is the world’s leading snowboard company and owns other top boardsports brands, including Channel Islands Surfboards, DNA Distribution (Alien Workshop and Habitat Skateboards), The Program (Forum, Special Blend and FOURSQUARE) Analog, Gravis, ANON and R.E.D.  After the BMC manufacturing changes, Burton and its family of brands will employ over 900 people worldwide.Source: Burton. 3.16.2010last_img read more

Board to meet in Coconut Grove October 25

first_img Board to meet in Coconut Grove October 25 Board to meet in Coconut Grove October 25 Two-year procedural rule amendments, considering adequate funding for the courts, a report from a special committee on Bar Rule 4-4.2, and reports from new and ongoing committees will occupy the Bar Board of Governors at its October 25 meeting in Coconut Grove.The board, under the leadership of President Tod Aronovitz, will consider five sets of two-year cycle rule amendments at the meeting. Last year, the Supreme Court and Bar went to a new procedural rule review system. Instead of reviewing the 11 sets of procedural rules once every four years, the rules are now reviewed on a staggered two-year cycle.Last year, the Bar committees proposed and the board reviewed and forwarded to the court amendments in six areas.At this meeting, the board will review Civil Procedural, Probate, Family Law, Judicial Administration, and Small Claims rules. The proposed amendments, as well as some out-of-cycle rule changes going to the board, are noticed in this News. The court funding issue is being raised by the Criminal Law Section, which has forwarded three resolutions to the board asking it to adopt them as Bar-wide legislative positions. The resolutions address the state’s taking over more funding of the trial courts, which must happen by constitutional mandate on July 1, 2004.The section’s recommendations include making sure that the rights of parties in criminal procedures aren’t affected by the fiscal change, ensuring adequate monies for court operations, including technological improvements, and guaranteeing there is enough money for hiring competent defense counsel in conflict cases. (See story on page 1.)In a letter to section Chair Stephen M. Everhart, Bar General Counsel Paul Hill said the Bar will be taking a position on the court funding issue at the October 25 meeting. “If the Bar is consistent with its prior stances on appropriations issues, I could imagine a politically flexible position that may track Article V, Section 14’s verbiage and. . . express support for ‘adequate funding’ of ‘the state courts system, state attorneys’ offices, public defenders’ offices, and court-appointed counsel,’” Hill wrote.He added that general language would leave sections with the flexibility to adopt more specific recommendations.The Special Committee to Review Rule 4-4.2 is recommending an editorial change to the comment of the rule, clarifying that parties who are suing government agencies can speak with public officials, under their rights as citizens to address their government.Some civil and criminal practitioners had suggested major changes in the rule, specifically on when prosecutors can approach represented defendants and when attorneys can approach government bodies they are opposing in court. But after extensive testimony and discussion, the committee settled on the comment change, as most lawyers said they are comfortable dealing with the current rule.The proposed change in the legislative format is: “ Communications authorized by law Permitted communications include, for example, the right of a party to a controversy with a government agency to speak with government officials about the matter.”Two new or revamped committees will have their first meetings prior to the board gathering, and then report to the board. Those are the Ancillary Business Special Committee, which succeeds the former Commission on Ancillary Business/MDP, and the Multijurisdictional Practice of Law 2002 Commission, which will be reviewing recent ABA recommendations on MJP issues.The board is also scheduled to get an update from the Technology Task Force on the proposed new Bar Internet portal. That panel is working to nail down costs for the planned free service to Bar members, which will include e-mail, free legal research, scheduling programs, and other services that can be customized to a lawyer’s specific practice areas and interests.The task force and the board hope to offer the service before the end of the current Bar year.The board is tentatively set to hear reports from the Labor and Employment Law Section and the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, and will appoint a lawyer to the Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council.center_img October 15, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

Labor unions feel ‘terrorized’ by unscheduled protest at headquarters: Leader

first_imgRead also: Key points of labor reform in omnibus bill on job creation: What we know so far“We’ve called the Pulo Gadung district police and they said the police did not receive any plans for a protest at our secretariat,” she said, adding that the police should investigate the incident and uncover the perpetrators.Neither the chief of the spokesperson for the East Jakarta Police responded immediately to a request for comment when contacted by the Post.The government considers the bill on job creation to be essential as it has been struggling to attract foreign investment to help improve economic growth. If passed, the omnibus bill would amend about 1,200 articles in more than 80 prevailing laws, including the Labor Law, which have been blamed for hampering investment in the country.Labor unions, however, rejected the bill after rumors surfaced that it would reduce severance payments, enforce an hourly pay system to replace the minimum wage and eliminate sanctions against companies that fail to provide health insurance.The government has set up a team comprising government officials, businesspeople and labor representatives and tasked it with coordinating deliberations and public consultations over the omnibus bill following the rejection by the unions.According to Coordinating Economic Ministerial Regulation No. 121/2020, the ministry set up on Feb. 7 a team of 14 labor representatives, 12 business representatives and 19 government officials.Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions president Said Iqbal, however, told the Post that the newly formed team did not involve the labor groups much and instead had a tendency to divide them. (mpr)Topics : Congress Alliance of Indonesian Labor Unions (KASBI) chairwoman Nining Elitos called an unscheduled protest, which was held at the union’s secretariat, an “act of terror” against them. The unions firmly reject the controversial omnibus bill on job creation.An unknown group of people staged the protest without any prior notice at the KASBI secretariat in Pulo Gadung district, East Jakarta, on Monday.The protesters, who arrived by public minivan at about 9 a.m., briefly spoke about the omnibus bill before they started burning tires and demanding KASBI be dissolved, according to Nining. “This is an act of terror against our unions. We believe that this [protest] occurred because of our stance on the omnibus bill,” she told The Jakarta Post on Monday.She alleged that the unknown protesters are supporters of the omnibus bill and were there to intimidate the unions.“If they were talking about the omnibus bill, it indicates that they could be supporters of the bill. However, we’re not completely sure either,” she said.She added that there were no police officers at the scene during the protest and the Pulo Gadung district police did not receive any information regarding the demonstration.last_img read more

End of Life Choice Bill – 1st Reading – Simon O’Connor (National)

first_imgI believe this is a sad day for the House. We are here talking about the State sanctioning killing of New Zealanders. This bill suggests that suicide is a solution under certain circumstances, and I stand today to reject this.I spent two and a bit years chairing the Health Committee as over 21,000 Kiwis from across the spectrum spoke to us, and 80 percent, who had well considered it, said no. I’ve studied philosophy and human rights, I’ve been at hospital beds and hospices, I’ve seen more death and suffering than sometimes I care to remember, and, fundamentally, I do not believe doctors should be killing their patients.Members of the House, this bill is about killing in two ways. The first is called euthanasia. It’s where the doctor takes an injection, usually something like phenobarbital, and injects it into you—only after they’ve sedated you, of course; couldn’t have the inconvenience of twitching. The other is physician-assisted suicide, where, again, they give you a massive dose of drugs. You take that yourself, at your own choosing—and hope that the kids don’t find it in the medical cabinet at the time.This bill combines both of those. That’s almost unheard of in any other jurisdiction around the world. This bill before us tonight is the worst example of euthanasia legislation in the world. I say that as someone who has looked at every piece of legislation.Where it starts, really badly, is clause 4. We hear it a lot: it’s all about terminal illness, up to six months. But the doctors, the medical people, will tell you that six months is just an indication; it’s not a guarantee. And the doctors will tell you too that they misdiagnose all the time.They also talk in this bill about irremediable, grievous conditions. That’s incredibly broad, undefined. What is “irremediable”? What is “grievous”? Basically, it includes everyone, including those with disabilities.But the bill also, rather insidiously, talks about suffering that a person deems intolerable—what you deem intolerable. Sorry, Mr Speaker—what members may deem intolerable. This is a clear indication that it is the courts who will be making decisions and choices, not this Parliament and certainly not the person.In the debate in this space, I’ve often said, it’s between choice and public safety. Let’s be very clear: the current laws as they stand mean that no one will die against their will, but this proposed law that we consider tonight will make involuntary deaths possible. We know in this House we do not make things perfect, because changing this law will allow some to assist the suicide—well, sorry. People who choose to assist in suicide will put others at risk.We know that this law applies to everyone. It does not apply simply to the rational and articulate; it applies to the elderly, the disabled, the sick, the vulnerable—all of us. Not everyone is fortunate enough to live with a loving, caring family. Not everyone has a doctor fully in tune with them and their needs. This law will apply to the depressed, the lonely, those who feel a burden, the disabled, the fearful. I should point out that these are the same feelings of a 16-year-old who is keen to suicide, the 40-year-old who has lost their farm, or the 80-year-old on the deathbed.I repeat again, as I did a few months back, that you cannot stand in this House and decry the suicide of one group of people—say, the youth—and then encourage the suicide of another group—say, the sick. They are the same feelings that are there. And I don’t say it alone. It’s very easy for the media and others to attack, but, actually, this is the opinion of the major medical groups, the psychologists, and the youth workers. I add their voice tonight.There’s a lot of talk about choice. Let me say one thing about choice: the patient in this space never makes the choice. If they did, there wouldn’t need to be doctors and psychologists and boards and panels. The doctors make the choices. The family makes the choices.If you think I’m exaggerating, go and look up an example in the Netherlands recently. A woman with dementia who, yes, years ago, had said that she would like to die by assisted suicide, was held down after being sedated by her doctor and family—they put drugs in her tea. They sedated her, held her down as she screamed and yelled, and then they killed her. The doctor was able to report it, and they just said, “Oh, well, you acted in good faith, but she’s dead now.” So much for the choice and autonomy that she exercised.And I’d point out too that if it’s about choice and autonomy, we all have it. If it’s a human right, all humans have it. There is a slippery slope, and one only needs to turn to Canada, which has already been mentioned, which is already pushing the boundaries.There are no safeguards; there are just lots of criteria. Being 18 is not a safeguard. All the reporting comes after the fact. If you get it wrong, the person’s still dead.Doctors don’t want to be part of this. The few that do will make a business of it, and there will be doctor-shopping. The conscience rights in this bill are a nonsense. If you oppose, the doctor must hand that person over to someone who will.It’s a very, very poor bill, and, fundamentally—thousands of health professionals and others have argued in the recent public debate—this is an issue where the public safety will be put at risk. So I ask this House how many involuntary deaths and errors are we willing to accept through this law: one, five, 10—last_img read more

Children’s Minister Tracey Martin wants online pornography to be regulated

first_imgNZ Herald 10 August 2018Family First Comment: This is exactly what an expert panel on the harms of pornography would investigate. (But we’re still waiting on the politicians to respond !)www.PornInquiry.nzNew Zealand could follow the United Kingdom in bringing in age restrictions for online pornography and blocking websites which refuse to comply.Department of Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin, who also holds the children’s portfolio, says young people are being “bombarded” by internet pornography and she wants censorship laws to be strengthened.“This is a really, really big issue to New Zealand and we are going to have a serious conversation about it,” she told the Herald.“And I hope to make sure we have this conversation in this term of Government.”Martin supports the approach of the United Kingdom, which has ambitious – and controversial – plans to introduce mandatory age verification for pornographic websites later this year.She made the comments after the Chief Censor began a major piece of research on New Zealand teenagers’ online pornography habits. Expected to be completed in December, the research will be used to inform Government policy, including possible regulation.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12104188&ref=twitterlast_img read more

Edna Ellen Swift

first_imgEdna Ellen Swift, 99, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Tuesday December 4, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born April 2, 1919 in Switzerland County, Indiana, daughter of the late Clarence A. Heath and Mary (Givens) Heath.Edna was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Her faith was very important to her. Edna attended a weekly Bible Study and was active in the Women’s Missionary Group. In her younger years she helped with cleaning and any other needs that the church had.Edna loved to play pinochle, work cross word puzzles, and she was an avid reader. She was a Red’s fan, an IU Hoosiers fan and a UC Bearcats fan. Her most valuable possessions were her Lord, family, church family and friends.Edna is survived by her children, Wayne L. (Cheryl) Swift of Aurora, IN, Kathy A Scudder of Aurora, IN, Karen S. (Dexter) Caudill of Milan, IN; 11 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband, John D. Swift, son, John M. Swift; brothers, Warren, Russell and George Heath, and sisters, Mildred Hayes and Betty Miller.Friends will be received Friday, December 7, 2018, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 1:00 pm with Pastor Tommy Fehrman officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to Shop with a Cop or the Clearing House. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Eto’o strike completes Chelsea comeback

first_img In Suarez’s first match with Chelsea since April’s infamous bite on Branislav Ivanovic earned him a 10-match ban, Jose Mourinho’s side deprived the prolific striker of scoring opportunities and took full advantage. The Blues responded from going behind to Martin Skrtel’s fourth-minute goal with a brilliant Eden Hazard strike and a rare striker’s goal. Samuel Eto’o showed a goal-poacher’s instinct to decide the game with his third Premier League goal of the season – and just the sixth by a Chelsea striker. Liverpool hit the bar through Mamadou Sakho and might have had a penalty when John Terry clumsily clambered over Suarez in the box; although Hazard also had justifiable claims for a first-half spot-kick dismissed by referee Howard Webb. Suarez had another penalty claim denied when Eto’o tripped him off the ball as Chelsea held on to move two points behind leaders Arsenal in third place. Liverpool are six points off the pace at the halfway stage of the season. Mourinho enjoyed a famous rivalry with Liverpool in his first spell, but Chelsea’s recent record against the Reds has been poor as they recorded just a third win in 14 Premier League games between the sides, with the Portuguese achieving victory over Brendan Rodgers, one of his former apprentices. Mourinho’s previous duels with Liverpool came against Rafael Benitez, who he has made numerous veiled barbs towards since succeeding the Spaniard at Chelsea. Mourinho insisted he would not deploy David Luiz in midfield, but he did just that in a side showing four changes in a bid to stifle the attacking threat of Liverpool, particularly Suarez, who had scored 19 goals in his previous 13 Premier League games this term. Chelsea captain John Terry made his 600th Chelsea appearance, while Daniel Agger was the Reds’ sole change following the loss at Manchester City. The visitors led when Suarez got in front of Ivanovic to meet Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick. The ball hit Ivanovic and broke for Skrtel to tap in. Press Association Chelsea starved Luis Suarez of chances in claiming a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Liverpool in a pulsating Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. Conceding early roused Chelsea into action in a high-tempo, end-to-end contest. Hazard forced Simon Mignolet to save before going down in the box under the challenge of Lucas Leiva, who was fortunate not to concede a penalty. Mignolet was at full stretch to turn over a Frank Lampard shot from 25 yards which appeared destined for the top corner – but the Belgian goalkeeper was beaten by a brilliant shot from his compatriot Hazard moments later. Oscar drove through the middle and his attempted pass bounced off Sakho into Hazard’s path – and he hit a curled effort into the top corner. Chelsea were now on top, but still had to be alert at the back and Gary Cahill made a brilliant tackle to deny Joe Allen. Ivanovic’s reunion with Suarez lasted less than half an hour after the Serbia right-back’s left leg over-stretched after he collided with Agger, with Cole replacing him and Cesar Azpilicueta moving to right-back. Azpilicueta was involved in the move which took the Blues ahead, making an over-lapping run before Oscar crossed towards Eto’o – who got in front of Skrtel to poke in beyond Mignolet. Cech saved from Allen before the half-time whistle and a truce in proceedings which saw Eto’o and Sakho and Oscar and Coutinho swap shirts. Lampard was replaced by John Obi Mikel as Mourinho made his second change in a breathless encounter. Sakho hit the bar with a looping header after being found by Jordan Henderson before Mignolet saved from Eto’o. Suarez volleyed straight at Cech after tangling with Mikel to earn his first shooting chance of the game and then went down in the box after competing for an aerial ball with Terry, with Webb unmoved. Oscar curled narrowly wide after dispossessing Lucas and Hazard shot off target either side of Cech turning a Johnson effort round the post. Then Eto’o needlessly tripped Suarez off the ball – but again Webb dismissed Liverpool complaints. Fernando Torres replaced Eto’o and immediately ran at the Reds, cutting in from the touchline before forcing Mignolet to save. Brazil team-mates Lucas and Oscar were involved in an angry exchange in stoppage time after the Chelsea man’s tackle left his side defending a free-kick. Suarez scored in the 97th minute in April and when a late set-piece went the visitors’ way, Mignolet went up for the set-piece – but on this occasion there was no late equaliser. last_img read more

Lambert targets three in a row

first_img After back-to-back home victories over Norwich and Chelsea, Villa are aiming for three in a row in front of their own fans in the Barclays Premier League when Stoke are the visitors. Not since 2007 have Villa accomplished such a feat, much to Lambert’s astonishment, but now his players have the chance to end such an abysmal run. Press Association Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will attempt to scratch a seven-year itch on Sunday and eradicate a statistic he claims is “incredible”. “It’s taken seven years of trying (to win three home league games in a row),” said Lambert. “When you think of the players this club has had, and they’ve had great teams here, been in the top six, been in Europe not that long ago, it’s been a long, long time. “Seven years – the fact they’ve still not done it is incredible. It is a long time for this club not to have done that. “We’re not talking about three or four months, we’re talking years, and that’s too long for that to happen for a club of this size.” Villa’s shock victory over league leaders Chelsea has raised belief, with Lambert adding: “I guarantee everybody, to a man, thought Chelsea would win. “I don’t think anybody would have thought we would have a chance of winning three successive home league games. “Now we’ve an opportunity to do it and get rid of that seven-year thing.” The wins have elevated Villa up to 10th, nine points clear of the relegation zone and on the cusp of safety after three successive seasons of battling against relegation. Whilst Lambert believes fewer than the usual 40 points will be needed this year to clinch another season in the top flight, he does not want to take anything for granted. “I think it (the points tally for safety) will be lower than people think it’s going to be, because of the way the table is and the way things have gone,” said Lambert. “I’m not sure what will be needed, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and simply try to win as many games as you can.” With the exception of long-term injury victims Libor Kozak, Charles N’Zogbia and Jose Okore, Lambert has a full squad to choose from. Left-back Ryan Bertrand is available again after being ineligible for the game against parent club Chelsea, whilst midfielder Karim El Ahmadi is fit after picking up a shin injury in that game following a shocking tackle from Ramires that led to the Brazilian being given a straight red card. last_img read more

Koeman not concerned by Saints’ run

first_imgSouthampton are in the midst of their worst losing run of the 21st century yet remain fifth in the Premier League – a situation Ronald Koeman would have snapped your hand off for at the start of the season. Press Association It makes Roberto Martinez wary of a backlash from Saints, with the Toffees manager judging them on this season’s displays rather than their recent defeats – a wise assessment in Koeman’s view. “Always you have to look until now,” the Saints boss said. “If somebody said to me in the pre-season ‘after the middle of December you are the fifth in the list’ I would have said ‘give me the paper and I will sign it now’. “I understand the defeats because that’s always the difference with players. They need confidence and sometimes now you see that. “I know my players, how they can play football, and it’s difficult because of maybe freshness, maybe about more changes in the team. “Confidence you can show them, you can tell them, The answer in always on the pitch Saturday at three o’clock and then you have to show it. “There are always ways to lose a game but not how we lost last Tuesday.” That defeat to Sheffield United was comfortably the worst of Koeman’s reign, given the manner in which they bombed out of the Capital One Cup to League One opposition. “I was very disappointed but it all is the past and sometimes that’s the nicest part in football,” the Dutchman said about the 1-0 loss. “You get always the next game and can change a lot of things. “Looking back to last Tuesday, we have to change our teamwork, our belief, our spirit and that’s the key in my opinion for the Saturday game.” Koeman will also have to make changes himself as injury and suspension has decimated the Saints squad. Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Florin Gardos are all banned for the visit of Everton, while long-term absentees Jay Rodriguez, Jack Cork and Sam Gallagher are joined on the sidelines by Jake Hesketh and Dusan Tadic. Furthermore, Steven Davis and Graziano Pelle are doubts for a match which Koeman will have to blood in some of Southampton’s young talents. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard insists Ross Barkley has no problem handling expectations as his team-mates are always on hand to bring him back down to earth. The 21-year-old midfielder enhanced his reputation further with a brilliant opening goal in Monday’s 3-1 win over QPR. He has regularly been likened to Paul Gascoigne and touted as the most gifted footballer of his generation. Howard believes he has more in common with former Everton prodigy Wayne Rooney, now Barkley’s international captain, and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard. The Toffees goalkeeper is confident the youngster can handle the pressure of such comparisons but admits the Everton dressing room ensures he remains grounded. “He is special. He has a lot to learn but the thing I love about Ross – which I have not seen in a ton of other players, and I think that is why he gets named with some of the best – is he is fearless,” said the United States international. “In this country Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, those guys were ‘throwing fire’ in their teens and early 20s, and they flourished and that is why Ross is special. “He wants the big moments, he wants the ball and he doesn’t shy away from it – when I was his age I wanted nothing to do with being near the pitch or the spotlight because it was too daunting but he is special in that regard. “I think Ross can handle it. He enjoys that pressure, he is not afraid of it. “His football education has been here and it continues to be here and he has guys around him. “As special as he is, we don’t let him drift off with his head in the cloud. We keep him grounded.” Gareth Barry returns from suspension but fellow midfielders Darron Gibson (knee) and James McCarthy (hamstring) are both rated 50-50 to be fit for the trip to Southampton. Forward Kevin Mirallas will be missing after sustaining ankle ligament damage on Monday while Leon Osman (ankle) is unlikely to return this weekend. Saints’ impressive start to the campaign made a mockery of those predicting a season of woe in the wake of the unparalleled summer talent drain from St Mary’s. However, Saints’ best-ever top-flight start has gone off kilter in recent weeks and they enter Saturday’s match against Everton looking to end a run of five successive defeats in all competitions. last_img read more

WICB U-19 training camp beneficial, says Yadram

first_imgOPENING batsman Bhaskar Yadram has described the West Indies Cricket Board’s 12-day training camp as “beneficial”, adding that the experience gained will definitely boost his cricketing career.Yadram and his Guyanese counterpart Joshua Persaud were among a 20-member preliminary squad. The camp was held from December 9 to 20 in Grenada.“Yes, definitely the camp was good, it was indeed beneficial, and the experience gained will definitely boost my cricketing career,” said the 17-year-old.He added, “I have leant different tactics of the game, different techniques both batting and bowling, so overall the camp was indeed beneficial – the coaches were receptive, and that made it more interesting.”The national youth player divulged that now the camp is done and dusted, he is now focused on being selected in the final squad for next month’s Regional Super50 tournament.The former Bladen Hall Multilateral School student said playing among the region’s best players will be another major step in his career if he makes the final squad.The Under-19s will do battle in Group A of the Super50 which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados.Title-holders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, along with Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes and visiting English County, Kent Spitfires, have also been installed in Group A.Group B, meanwhile, comprises last year losing finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions and ICC Americas.The tournament will serve as part of the build-up for the Under-19s as they ready themselves for the defence of their ICC Youth World Cup title captured earlier this year in Bangladesh.A management team, led by head coach Graeme West and comprising Dwain Gill, Anthony Gray, Khevyn Williams and Zephyrinus Nicholas, overlooked the camp.The 20-man training squad were – Keagan Simmonds, Kirstan Kallicharan, Cephas Cooper, Navin Bidaisee, Matthew Patrick, Te-Shawn Alleyne, Johann Jeremiah, Emmanuel Stewart, Johnnel Eugene, Daneal Dupigny, Alick Athanaze, Jerellius Louis, Javier Spence, Kian Pemberton, Joshua Persaud, Bhaskar Yadram and Jeavor Royal.last_img read more