While CARICOM heads have embraced the recommendation and resolved to ensure its implementation, the WICB, headed by controversial president Dave Cameron, has rejected it as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”. The board also slammed the report as “limited in scope”, arguing that the panel’s investigations had “triggered findings and recommendations … which are not supported by the facts”. “The dissolution of the board is simply not a viable, legal or practical option and carries a major financial risk, which the panel either ignored or was unaware of,” the WICB told CARICOM in a written response earlier this year. Last month, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said CARICOM was soliciting advice on the “legal position” of West Indies cricket. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) president Joel Garner has hit out at the CARICOM-commissioned Governance Panel’s controversial recommendation that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) be dissolved. Garner, the legendary former West Indies fast bowler and a current WICB director, questioned the practicality of the proposed move, contending that all the boards which comprised the regional governing body were legitimate legal entities and, therefore, they could not be simply struck down. “My questions are: Is the BCA, which was constituted by an act of Parliament in 1933, an illegal entity and my selection as president of the BCA an illegal act?” Garner queried, while speaking at the BCA’s quarterly meeting here Thursday. “So I have to ask the question: is the GCB (Guyana Cricket Board) an illegal entity? Is the Jamaica Cricket (Association) an illegal entity? Is the Leeward Islands Cricket Association an illegal entity? Is the Windward Islands Cricket Board an illegal entity? Is the TTCB (Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board) an illegal entity?” He continued: “If they are so, they have all been established in countries in which the prime ministers are making noise and they have to tell the public of the region if these entities are illegal, how they were able to remain vibrant for so long.” In proposing the dissolution of the WICB, the Governance Panel, headed by UWI Cave Hill Principal Eudine Barriteau, also recommended the appointment of an interim board, “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework”. UNNECESSARY DEMAND
MINNEAPOLIS – Northwest Airlines Corp. is asking for more time to file its plan to emerge from bankruptcy. The nation’s fourth-largest airline said it hopes to have a plan by the end of 2006. Northwest had faced a Jan. 12 deadline for filing its own plan for emerging from bankruptcy. Without an extension, bankruptcy law allows Northwest’s creditors to come up with their own plan. Northwest called its bankruptcy “among the largest and most complex cases ever filed.” “Although much as already been accomplished in a few short months, much remains to be done before Northwest can proceed with confidence to propose a reorganization plan. This will take time and cannot be rushed,” Northwest said in a court papers filed late Friday. Northwest also said it has begun seeking debtor-in-possession financing. On Jan. 17, a trial is set to begin on Northwest’s requests to reject union contracts and impose the company’s own terms on its pilots, flight attendants and ground workers. The airline and the unions have said they hope to make a deal before then. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE Northwest said its creditors support a six-month extension with the understanding that it will probably need another extension. Delta Air Lines Inc. filed for its own bankruptcy extension on Dec. 22, and Northwest said that day that it intended to seek an extension. Both airlines filed for bankruptcy protection on Sept. 14. UAL Corp.’s United Airlines won multiple extensions for filing its reorganization plan. It aims to emerge next month after three years in bankruptcy court. Northwest may not generate “significant” money until 2009 or 2010, according to an earlier filing by Seabury Group LLC, which Northwest hired to advise it through bankruptcy. In its latest filing, Northwest said the shape of its business would depend on the cost savings it can get from workers, aircraft financiers, and pension and retiree obligations. Without knowing how those issues will be resolved, Northwest said it can’t decide which markets to serve, which airplanes to fly, and which leases to reject.