Australian cricketers and their Board are heading towards a bitter stand-off with the former threatening not to sign their contract for next year over the latter’s attempt to snatch 10 per cent of their Indian Premier League salary.The IPL Governing Council, in its recent meeting to discuss the rules and regulations of its fourth season next year, had ruled that 10 per cent of players’ salaries would go to their respective boards.The decision was taken as there has always been a pressure from Boards like Cricket Australia over their lack of earnings from their players’ involvement in the lucrative Twenty20 league.A fuming Australian Cricketers Association said the CA has gone behind its back to secure a cut from the BCCI.ACA Chief Executive Paul Marsh said he has told CA that the players would not sign contracts for the next year if the Board cut 10 per cent from their IPL salaries.”The Australian Cricketers Association has made it known to Cricket Australia that any attempt to take 10 per cent, or any other amount for that matter, from the IPL salaries of Australian players is completely unacceptable and will be opposed in the strongest possible way by us,” Marsh said.”CA simply has no right to effectively charge a commission on income earned by players from outside their employment to CA. This is akin to an employer trying to take 10 per cent of an employee’s wages from a second job he works on weekends,” he was quoted as saying by ‘The Australian’.advertisementMarsh asked CA to refuse the arrangement with the BCCI or face the consequences.”Regardless of the decision made by the IPL, we would hope CA would act in good faith to its players by not taking this proposed 10 per cent,” he said.”Should they seek to do, so we would expect players to give serious consideration to either not signing an IPL contract that contains this deduction, or not signing future CA contracts,” he added.
A Saskatchewan jury has found farmer Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie. Court heard that Boushie and his friends drove onto Stanley’s property seeking help for a flat tire, but had also tried breaking into a truck on a neighbouring farm. Stanley testified he fired some warning shots in the air before approaching the SUV. He said he reached in to grab the car keys in the ignition and the gun he was holding accidentally went off. Boushie was shot in the back of the head.Here are a few court cases involving people charged with murder who said the shootings were accidental:April 21, 1996: Nick Biuk, 26, was shot and killed at a backyard barbecue in Kitchener, Ont. Michael Meiler, angry that his estranged wife had a new boyfriend, had gone to the home with a gun. One man jumped on Meiler from behind in an attempt to get the gun. Meiler flew into Biuk and a struggled ensued. Biuk died from a single shot to the abdomen. Meiler testified that he did not intend to shoot Biuk and that the gun fired accidentally. A jury convicted him of Biuk’s second-degree murder and the attempted murder of his wife’s boyfriend. He was sentenced to life with no chance at parole for 12 years.___May 6, 2000: Chester Charlie, 20, was shot and killed at a house party in Fraser Lake, B.C. Jody James Gunning admitted to the shooting but said he never intended to kill Charlie. Gunning said he found Charlie, an uninvited guest, sitting on his bed and going through a drawer in his night stand. He said Charlie refused to leave and the shotgun he took out to intimidate him accidentally went off. Charlie died from a single shot to the neck. A jury found Gunning guilty of second-degree murder, but the Supreme Court ordered a new trial. Before his second trial was to begin, Gunning pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years.___April 5, 2005: Jessica James, 34, was fatally shot in the head in a home on Penelakut Island, B.C. Her husband, Robert Taylor, testified that the shooting was accidental. He said they had been drinking and arguing about money. She told him he was wasting money on his drinking and questioned why he could buy food for their dog but not his family. He loaded a high-powered rifle intending to point it at the dog. He testified that his wife grabbed the rifle and it went off. A jury convicted him of second-degree murder, but a new trial was ordered on appeal. A judge reached the same guilty verdict in 2009.___May 28, 2008: Janice McMath, 64, was fatally shot on a farm near Abbotsford, B.C. Her estranged husband, Robert McMath, told police he was responsible but that the shooting was an accident. Court heard the couple were separated and about to go to trial over their assets. However, they were cordial and Janice often visited Robert at the farm. They had been drinking wine outside near a barn when McMath said he picked up a rifle he used for coyotes. He said he was unloading the gun when he stumbled and it went off. Janice was shot twice and died days later in hospital. A judge acquitted McMath of second-degree murder and found him guilty of manslaughter. He received the minimum sentence for manslaughter when a firearm is involved — four years.