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In Light Of Massive Corruption Found At FIFA, Can We Be Sure That Cricket’s ICC Is Lily-white?

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by Anura Guruge


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I am sure that if you ever gave it any thought you would have some concerns about whether ALL ICC officials, across the board, have always been lily-white.

I think we have to believe that everything has not always, if ever, been always above board. It is just the cast of characters involved — with the ICC having members from nations noted for the buckshee. Lets face it, we have seen scandal and corruption in cricket among players, captains, umpires and team officials. So what makes us sanguine that there is no corruption at the ICC.

Just a thought. Though the USA is an ICC Associate Member you know and I know that the U.S. will never be bothered enough to investigate the ICC like they did FIFA. ICC, compared to FIFA, is small potatoes — ICC’s stage and scope much smaller than that of FIFA. Britain could (and maybe should) take the lead but they have their hands full in other in-house investigations such as the large scale child scandal.

So for now this will just have to be food for thought. But each time I hear of the FIFA scandal I will think of the ICC.


‘The Baysider’, Purportedly Alton’s Newspaper Stays Silent On Key Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board ‘Special’ Meeting.

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Alton, NH: Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board
>> ‘Special’ Meeting — Apr. 30, 2013.
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>>Apr. 28, 2013.

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It says ‘covering Alton’ on the banner, but I guess that is just an indication of who should pay to advertise with them.


This Monday’s joint Alton (Selectmen/) Board of Health & Alton Central (ACS) School Board meeting to discuss healthy and safety related issues at ACS that had been aired during the contentious $18M bond fiasco was probably the most germane and interesting ACS-related meeting held this year — barring the ‘that was more fun than your typical three ring circus’ deliberative session on February 3.

So how come today’s ‘The Baysider’, purportedly Alton’s newspaper has no mention, at all, about this pivotal meeting. It isn’t as if they didn’t have the time. Their deadline is Tuesday and they have routinely covered other School Board meetings that were held on a Monday — that very week, in the Thursday edition.

I noticed that Tim Croes, the regular reporter, did not appear to be present. But, I know that they sometimes use other stringers, such as a lady called ‘Elizabeth‘ who tends to do a bangup job. So, when I got back, that very night, I fired off an e-mail to my friend Josh Spaulding, the  bestriding editor of ‘The Baysider’, asking him who covered that meeting. I got a response fairly soon (as is typically the case with Josh). He did not know! He does not keep track of Alton meetings. Tim is supposed to decide.

Hhhmmmm.

So what is the deal here? I have one and ONLY ONE concern. Was this political? By conveniently ignoring the coverage of this meeting (for at least a week), ‘The Baysider’ is letting the news go cold and as such demoting the issue.

The problem here is that I know various people who, rightly or wrongly, charge ‘The Baysider’ as being the OFFICIAL ACS newspaper.

It has now come to light that Tim Croes has been employed by ACS as a substitute teacher this 2012-2013 school year.
Tim nor ‘The Baysider’ disclosed this conflict of interest.
Read this post of May 3, 2013.

At this meeting the ACS School Board was asked a lot of pointed questions. By not covering the meeting many of the tax payers in Alton are being deprived of a chance to hear about what took place. All I want to know is is that but a coincidence. Yes, Tim, before he got his ‘get out of jail card’ that permitted him to attend Brewster, was an ACS alumni. So did ‘they’ lean on him not to cover the meeting? I do not know. But, this bothers me.

I have been particularly busy this week, since coming back from vacation, trying to publish yet another book. I just managed to get that done a few minutes ago. So, I now have a few ‘minutes’ breathing space before I start on another new book tomorrow. I had asked Deanna to find me the video of Monday’s meeting. I want to do at least one post on the “he said“, “no he didn’t“, “he definitely said ‘possibly’“, “no he didn’t“, aspect of the meeting, which dominated much of the first part of the proceedings, by juxtapositioning the questions from the Health Board and the answers from the School Board with the relevant clips from the deliberative session. At least as of Tuesday night Deanna couldn’t find the video from Monday. I will get to that.

If ‘The Baysider’ is not going to cover these meetings I will have to see what I can do. I am too old to start getting minutes. I did that 30 years ago. Maybe I could find somebody who will help out. But it irks me that the purported local paper does not feel that it is their job to cover such meetings. Funnily enough this is the SECOND instance, just this year, when ‘The Baysider’ just happened to forget to cover a crucial School Board meeting happening. Recall we had to hear about the Steve Miller ‘brandishing‘ incident from WMUR because ‘The Baysider’ waited until the following week to mention it.

Hhhmmmm.

‘The Baysider’, Purportedly Alton’s Newspaper Stays Silent On Key Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board ‘Special’ Meeting.

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Alton, NH: Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board
>> ‘Special’ Meeting — Apr. 30, 2013.
>>
Alton School Board Committee Assignments
>>Apr. 28, 2013.

>> 
Alton Elected Town Officials: To Disclose Or Not To Disclose,
>> That IS THE Question? — Apr. 14, 2013.

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BaysiderCoveringAlton

It says ‘covering Alton’ on the banner, but I guess that is just an indication of who should pay to advertise with them.


This Monday’s joint Alton (Selectmen/) Board of Health & Alton Central (ACS) School Board meeting to discuss healthy and safety related issues at ACS that had been aired during the contentious $18M bond fiasco was probably the most germane and interesting ACS-related meeting held this year — barring the ‘that was more fun than your typical three ring circus’ deliberative session on February 3.

So how come today’s ‘The Baysider’, purportedly Alton’s newspaper has no mention, at all, about this pivotal meeting. It isn’t as if they didn’t have the time. Their deadline is Tuesday and they have routinely covered other School Board meetings that were held on a Monday — that very week, in the Thursday edition.

I noticed that Tim Croes, the regular reporter, did not appear to be present. But, I know that they sometimes use other stringers, such as a lady called ‘Elizabeth‘ who tends to do a bangup job. So, when I got back, that very night, I fired off an e-mail to my friend Josh Spaulding, the  bestriding editor of ‘The Baysider’, asking him who covered that meeting. I got a response fairly soon (as is typically the case with Josh). He did not know! He does not keep track of Alton meetings. Tim is supposed to decide.

Hhhmmmm.

So what is the deal here? I have one and ONLY ONE concern. Was this political? By conveniently ignoring the coverage of this meeting (for at least a week), ‘The Baysider’ is letting the news go cold and as such demoting the issue.

The problem here is that I know various people who, rightly or wrongly, charge ‘The Baysider’ as being the OFFICIAL ACS newspaper.

At this meeting the ACS School Board was asked a lot of pointed questions. By not covering the meeting many of the tax payers in Alton are being deprived of a chance to hear about what took place. All I want to know is is that but a coincidence. Yes, Tim, before he got his ‘get out of jail card’ that permitted him to attend Brewster, was an ACS alumni. So did ‘they’ lean on him not to cover the meeting? I do not know. But, this bothers me.

I have been particularly busy this week, since coming back from vacation, trying to publish yet another book. I just managed to get that done a few minutes ago. So, I now have a few ‘minutes’ breathing space before I start on another new book tomorrow. I had asked Deanna to find me the video of Monday’s meeting. I want to do at least one post on the “he said“, “no he didn’t“, “he definitely said ‘possibly’“, “no he didn’t“, aspect of the meeting, which dominated much of the first part of the proceedings, by juxtapositioning the questions from the Health Board and the answers from the School Board with the relevant clips from the deliberative session. At least as of Tuesday night Deanna couldn’t find the video from Monday. I will get to that.

If ‘The Baysider’ is not going to cover these meetings I will have to see what I can do. I am too old to start getting minutes. I did that 30 years ago. Maybe I could find somebody who will help out. But it irks me that the purported local paper does not feel that it is their job to cover such meetings. Funnily enough this is the SECOND instance, just this year, when ‘The Baysider’ just happened to forget to cover a crucial School Board meeting happening. Recall we had to hear about the Steve Miller ‘brandishing‘ incident from WMUR because ‘The Baysider’ waited until the following week to mention it.

Hhhmmmm.

Alton, NH: Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board ‘Special’ Meeting On Monday, April 29, 2013.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this meeting, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the incisiveness, diligence, acumen and forthrightness of the Board of Health (a.k.a. ‘selectman’), in particular Loring Carr, David Hussey and Cydney Johnson. Having got used to the imperious manner in which some of the ACS Board members treat the tax paying plebs of Alton, it was amazing to hear Town officials that seem to actually care about what the citizens have said, are saying and have voted. This was a good meeting, though I am sure some on the School Board and in the ACS administration did not think so. Credibility was very much at stake. I urge people to watch the video recording. I did not see any newspaper reporters, though they might have come in disguise. I would love to see this very forum meet more often. Not sure how that can be made to happen. But, I have to say, today was good.

Alton Central School (ACS) District Appears To Be Cavalier, If Not Lax, When It Comes To Contracts Paid For With Taxpayer Funds.

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I was given this letter this evening at the ‘special’ (Selectman)/Board of Health/ACS School Board meeting held at the Town Hall.


Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.


This is the second time I have heard that the SAU is having trouble providing a contract for what are financial transactions.

This to me, coming from the corporate world, seems strange. I guess compliance nor accountability is a big issue to an SAU. Hhhmmm.

Alton Prospect Mountain School: School Board Committee Assignments Are Beyond Ironic Or Even Incongruous! Talk About Chutzpah.

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On April 14, 2013, I flagged that some of the Alton School Board members may have some germane, financial matters related issues, already in the public domain, that they might want to disclose so that we are all on the same chapter so to speak.

Suffice to say that no such disclosures have been forthcoming.

Then, I saw the School Board committee assignments for Prospect Mountain High School (PMHS) in ‘The Baysider‘. That was beyond a joke.


Click to access the April 25, 2013 'The Baysider' with the relevant article as the front page cover story.

Click to access the April 25, 2013 ‘The Baysider’ with the relevant article as the front page cover story.


There are a number of words that come to my mind to describe some of these assignments. Shameless is high on the list.

Contrary to what some people think I have no real desire to muck rake or embarrass folks. That is why I urged that the relevant folks make their own disclosures — given that all the pertinent information is already in the public domain. So, I am not going to call out the specific, grossly inappropriate assignments. But lets just say that they had a committee for ‘nutrition and exercise for kids‘. Well it would be like assigning a school board member with a BMI of 35 to that committee. Enough said. At some point this stuff will have to come out. There might even be some legal requirements for disclosure. But, I will let others worry about that, for the time being.

Alton Elected Town Officials: To Disclose Or Not To Disclose, That IS THE Question?

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This was in ‘The Baysider’ April 4, 2013 Editorial.
So that was just 10 days ago.

Click to access the April 4, 2013 'The Baysider'. The Editorial is on page 4.

Click to access the April 4, 2013 ‘The Baysider’. The Editorial is on page 4.


I think it was last year (maybe the year before) when there was this big commotion at an Alton Central School (ACS), School Board meeting when the father of one of the elected members, during the public input session, questioned another elected member of the board about the ‘mortgage status‘ on his house. That as it proved to be was a red herring. I am glad about that.

Since then we have also read about some strange financial shenanigans by the board, especially this leasing deal.

So here is my dilema.

IF elected officials in Alton have got themselves into precarious financial straits, that are not that common, should THEY publicly divulge them — since much of the information is actually in the public domain?

Of late people keep on sending me stuff — in the hope that I will write about it in this blog. I have, so far, not even scratched the surface of the material that has been sent to me! Of the 20 or 30 documents I have, I have only written about 2.

Nothing that I have is confidential data. It is all public domain data. Just public domain data that most people have not bothered to unearth. Yes, some have been obtained, locally or in Concord, using ‘Right To Know‘. 

This last week I got a bunch of documents, links and URLs referring to Chapter 7 bankruptcies, foreclosures and auctions. Yes, I have looked at all of them.

I REALLY do not want to publish this stuff, since that is not really the goal of this blog. Since I covered ‘Vatileaks‘ extensively on my pope blogs I am very familiar with the hassles associated with this stuff — though there are NO LEAKS as such here, since I will ONLY (as a reputable author) ONLY accept PUBLIC DOMAIN, non-confidential documents and information. Much of the ‘financial stuff’ is straight from newspapers and Websites. Just a matter of finding them.

But, folks are pressurizing me — since they claim that this is the only place ‘in Alton’ that will publish this stuff.

Ideally this should be the purview of ‘The Baysider‘ and ‘The Laconia Daily Sun‘. That is why their reporters get the big bucks and all the glory. I don’t even get peanuts — and please don’t send me peanuts. I don’t like peanuts. You can send me as much cashew nuts, almonds & walnuts as you want. Those I eat, by the ton. Part of my diet. [And I have lost 15 pounds in 2 months so far this year.]

I talked with Josh Spaulding, the Editor of ‘The Baysider’ last night. I even shared the documents with him. Josh feels that this is PERSONAL stuff and that it should not be disclosed. I see his point.

But, when we are talking about budgets, money and fiscal stuff, Tax Payer Money, is it relevant?

I know that in the corporate world there would be an outcry if this stuff is not disclosed, if the relevant person is indeed making major financial decision.

I don’t know. Let me know what you think.

To ME, the most sanitary and satisfactory solution would be that the elected officials, voluntarily, make a public disclosure along with all the mitigation that they want to add. That way everything is out in the open, above board and there is no discontentment among the taxpayers. 

Enough said for now.

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