20 more Russian athletes, Mutko appeal Olympic doping bans

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country’s national flag over the Olympic rings at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has received 20 more appeals from Russian athletes against Olympic doping bans, taking the total to 42. The athletes’ appeals will be fast-tracked. CAS said those cases will be heard together in the week beginning Jan. 22, and it expects verdicts will be issued by Jan. 31. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has received 20 more appeals from Russian athletes against Olympic doping bans, taking the total to 42.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko also lodged his appeal against a lifetime ban from the Olympics, the sports court said on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ While Mutko’s case will not be heard until after next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the athletes’ appeals will be fast-tracked.CAS said those cases will be heard together in the week beginning Jan. 22, and it expects verdicts will be issued by Jan. 31.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat is nine days before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games, and three days after the International Olympic Committee’s deadline for entries, other than those in exceptional circumstances.The IOC has ruled that Russia operated a doping program when it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and has banned 43 Russian athletes and some officials from the Olympics for life as a result. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense As part of Russia’s punishment, its athletes will compete under a neutral flag in Pyeongchang.Mutko, a sports minister during the Sochi Games, was deeply implicated in the doping plot by two IOC commissions and a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img Saudi football player in hot water for dabbing Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Missing Man Found Dead, Body Parts Extracted, Pastors, Others Linked

first_imgA man identified as Nimely Tarr, who went mysteriously missing a month ago, has been found dead with body parts allegedly missing from his decomposed corpse.The body was found in Playtoe Town, Diaplaye Statutory District #1 in Grand Bassa County.The parts allegedly extracted from Tarr’s body include the heart and the right hand, according to the coroner’s report from the crime scene.The body of the late Tarr was discovered by a team of traditional men during a massive search following a tip-off, on September 10.  The tip-off was recently disclosed to the Daily Observer by Grand Bassa’s supreme grand zoe, Edward Garmar.Following the discovery of Tarr’s body, several suspects were apprehended, including Pastor Philip Joe and his assistant, Pastor Emmanuel Juludoe of Christian Revival of God in Christ Church in Playtoe Town.Other suspects arrested are Erasius Morris, James Reeves, Samuel Targbehn, Daniel Ben, Onegar Zarkpah, Simeon Brown and Edward.The suspects were reportedly turned over to the Grand Bassa County Police Detachment for preliminary interrogation.Information gathered by this newspaper revealed that after church services on Sunday, August 10, 2014 the late Tarr, his pastors in question and others went to Morris Town where a hunter had killed a red deer, which they all shared.Thereafter the late Tarr departed and while en route to his home town, Woe Town, which is adjacent to Playtoe Town, he was allegedly ambushed and subsequently mobbed to death by the suspects who reportedly extracted his heart and hand for ritualistic or “heart man” purposes.According to the police charge sheet, issued on September 10, the defendants were apprehended and informed of their Miranda and constitutional rights, investigated and subsequently charged with murder, a first degree felony.During the police Crime Service Division’s intensive preliminary interrogation, defendant Onegar Zarkpah told the police that on August 10, 2014, at about 17 hours, while returning from cutting palm nuts in the bush he met co-defendant Rev. Emmanuel Juludoe, James Reeves, Samuel Tarrgban and Rev. Philip Joe, who, he said, had already killed Nimely Tarr in the late Garbleejay Zangban’s Sugar Cane Farm.The men allegedly cut the victim’s butt with a knife and told Zarkpah not to reveal to anyone what had taken place or else they would kill him.Zarkpah told the police that when he got home to Playtoe Town, he confided about the incident to Daniel Ben.  Ben asked the Town Chief of Playtoe Town, James Reeves, about the incident, and Reeves told Ben to forget about the whole matter.The police charged all of the suspects and forwarded them to the Buchanan City Court for trial proceedings.The court, presided over by Associate Magistrate Richard Browne, considered the alleged act committed by the defendants as criminal and in violation of Section 14.1 of the New Penal Law of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Husband, hitman further remanded

first_imgBabita Sarjou murderSharadananda Narine, called Anand, and his accomplice, Darel Pronton, called “Yankee”, both reappeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for the murder of Narine’s reputed wife, Babita Sarjou.Both men were further remanded until July 11 when the case was called on Tuesday. The men are represented by Attorney-at-Law Peter Hugh.Husband: Sharadananda NarineAfter disappearing without a trace on November 4, 2010, Babita Sarjou was found dead. Her skeletal remains were unearthed by detectives in a shallow grave in her reputed husband’s backyard last month.Alleged hitman: Darel ProntonThe gruesome discovery, played out before several shocked neighbours, brought an end to years of agony for Sarjou’s family, who had been wondering about her fate since she vanished.In reportedly confessing to the crime, Narine stated that he was furious because he suspected that Sarjou was having an affair with a man at her workplace. He was also angry that she had taken him to court on allegations that he had posted online nude pictures of her.It is alleged that he hired the unemployed Pronton, whom he had befriended, to kill Sarjou. Pronton was allegedly paid $50,000 and promised a trip to Trinidad. The trip to Trinidad never materialised.It is alleged that on Diwali night, November 4, 2010, Sarjou left her mother’s home at Timehri, East Coast Demerara, after making arrangements to meet Narine, who would take her to see the motorcade at the Kitty seawall. She was also reportedly to meet her four-year-old son.Unbeknownst to Sarjou, Narine and Pronton had already dug her grave in Narine’s Seaforth Street, Campbellville backyard, two days before.Sarjou reportedly met her husband outside the National Cultural Centre and entered his car. Pronton, who was allegedly sitting in the back seat, then reportedly strangled Sarjou.With the body covered with a blanket, the two men reportedly then drove to Narine’s residence. Narine reportedly reversed into the yard, and the men concealed the body in a section of the bottom house, and Pronton remained with the corpse. Around midnight, the two men then took the body to the backyard and threw it over a zinc fence and into the three-foot grave. It remained there for close to six years.last_img read more

11 Stripes: “We are Prepared to Host Miss Liberia”

first_imgWith just a few more weeks into this year’s Miss Liberia, the organizer 11 Stripes have expressed satisfaction for the level of preparation made to host the much anticipated beauty pageant. “We are fully prepared to venture in finding the next queen of Liberia. With the level of improvement that we have made, nothing can ever stop us form hosting this year’s event,” Bendu Johnson, the acting CEO of the 11 Stripes told our reporter on the practice ground.She said that on a daily basis contestants are improving their fundamental skills of pageantry and that this year’s Miss Liberia will be exceptional.“People should not be expecting just a beauty contest but an event that is going to produce a queen who will contribute positively to the society and community service project,” she added.Miss Liberia is not all about beauty, she said, adding that the goal of the contest is to train young girls how to become goodwill ambassadors, demanding that they work regularly for national benefit.The 23rd edition of Miss Liberia will be held under the theme: “Beautiful Mind.” The final date is expected to be on August 22 but has not been officially confirmed by the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT).As usual, the Miss Liberia winner is expected to walk away with a brand new car, cash prize and probably even a scholarship. Ms. Johnson said plans have been negotiated with sponsors to give each contestant a package of appreciation.Our reporter was able to observe at the training ground some improvements in areas of pageantry but says there is more work to be done if the organizer wishes to make the event outstanding.Though she never revealed the number of sponsors, Ms. Johnson said that things are moving in the right trajectory.She disclosed that they have started getting ready the package for winners and materials for decoration of the hall; most of all the contestants have the intelligence, beauty and brains to represent Liberia at any international contest, she added. She also said Miss Liberia will not be televised live, but recorded to be shown afterwards; that the organizer is doing everything possible to have Miss Liberia attain the place of Miss World.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Iowa State Pushes Past Men’s Basketball, 97-80, At Hy-Vee Classic

first_img South Dakota State 12/19/2016 – 7 p.m. Box Score (PDF) Next Game: Box Score (HTML) Full Schedule Roster Story Links Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Mediacom MC22 Listen Live Watch Live Photo Gallery DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa State needed a career-high 37 points from Naz Mitrou-Long and a 21-4 run to close the game to hold off the Drake University men’s basketball team, 97-80, in the Hy-Vee Classic Saturday evening at Wells Fargo Arena.The contest featured nine lead changes before the Iowa State (7-3) pulled away for good behind 48.7 percent shooting in the second half. Billy Wampler (Eau Claire, Wis.) led Drake (1-9) with a career-high 23 points while De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) added a career-best 14 points in the loss as the Bulldog hit a season-high 10 three-pointers.”We faced a very talented and well coached team tonight,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “I’m certainly disappointed in the loss for our guys. They fought hard and things got away in the last five or six minutes. Our guys laid it on the line tonight. They played hard, they played together and made a lot of really good plays. We just needed to find a way to slow Naz Long down a little bit.”Mitrou-Long’s 37 points came on 14-of-18 shooting and an 8-of-12 night on the three-point arc. Monte Morris added 20 points for the victors as well.”He’s a very talented and confident player,” Rutter said of Long. “We tried to change up defenses some to affect their flow, but it can leave some guys open sometimes and Naz made us pay for it. Good players sometimes rise up and take on that challenge and that’s what he did today.”With six minutes left in the contest, the Bulldogs tied the game for the final time at 76-76 with 6:05 remaining. From there, the Cyclones began their 21-4 run to close the game as Drake shot just 2-of-9 down the stretch.”We got good shots down the stretch, we just didn’t knock them down and then got a turnover here and there,” said junior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) who finished with 15 points. “We just couldn’t get back into it. We got a lot of good looks but we’re fully confident moving forward we can execute with confidence in those situations.”Drake jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game but then missed eight straight shots and were held scoreless for nearly five minutes as ISU built up a 12-7 lead. However, the Bulldogs responded with nine-straight points via three-pointers with McMurray draining a pair to start an 18-5 run that put the Bulldogs up 25-17 with 7:40 left on a Wampler three-pointer. ISU later used a 15-4 run to take a 7-point, 42-35, lead with one minute remaining in the half before the Bulldogs answered with five-straight points in the final minute of the period to trim the Cyclones’ lead to 42-40 at halftime.Iowa State extended its lead to seven points in the first seven minutes of the second half as Drake stayed within striking distance over the next seven minutes before tying the contest at 76-76 on a pair of T.J. Thomas (Stone Mountain, Ga.) free throws. Thomas finished the game with nine rebounds while Wampler and Enevold each added seven boards. C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) matched a career high with six assists in the loss for the Bulldogs.Drake returns to the court on Monday evening to host South Dakota State at the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the contest being broadcast on Mediacom MC22 and on ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

€3.6M spend on Private Ambulances at LUH comes under criticism

first_imgThe Minister for Health and the HSE are facing criticism following the release of figures which show that €3.6 million was spent on private ambulances between 2011 and 2017 at Letterkenny University Hospital.The figures were released to Sinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty, who has branded the situation as ‘outrageous’ claiming that the spend does not constitute value for money. The Donegal Deputy said that the money should instead have been spent purchasing and staffing new ambulances.Teachta Doherty said: “The National Ambulance Service is at the front line of emergency medical and pre-hospital care and they play a vital role in saving lives and transferring patients. “Unfortunately, ambulance services have suffered from years of cuts, underinvestment, and the privatisation of ambulance services with over €31 million being spent on private ambulances across the state by the HSE since 2011.“At Letterkenny University Hospital alone €3,634,195 has been spent on private ambulances between 2011 and 2017 – this is an outrageous use of state monies.“And spending on these private vehicles is soaring as the figures reveal that the HSE spent €837,328 on private ambulances in 2017, up from €105,633 back in 2011.“This huge spend on hiring private ambulance services does not make sense nor does it represent value for the tax payer. “The HSE should be purchasing and staffing new ambulances for the hospital which would make more economic sense in the long run. It’s estimated that the money spent on private ambulance services since 2011 would have bought at least 140 fully equipped emergency ambulances.“In order to have a responsive, functioning, world class ambulance service then you have to invest in personnel, vehicles, and technology instead of diverting funding to private interests.“Both the government and the HSE need to ensure that we have a high quality, publicly owned stock of ambulances instead of putting money into the pockets of private companies which does not constitute fiscal prudence or a benefit to the taxpayer.”€3.6M spend on Private Ambulances at LUH comes under criticism was last modified: July 14th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AMBULANCEShealthHSELetterkenny University HospitalPearse Doherty TDlast_img read more

Broncos-Raiders respect-fest is civil behavior, but is it football?

first_imgWhat in the name of Hollywood Henderson is going on with the NFL?Henderson? He was a flashy Dallas Cowboys linebacker back in the day who, during a pre-Super Bowl news conference, said of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, “He couldn’t spell ‘cat’ it you spotted him the c and the a.”Mutual admiration? That simply didn’t fly for most of the NFL’s 100-year existence. There was a time that the run-up to an Oakland Raiders-Kansas City Chiefs game was almost as delicious as the game …last_img

Women in Parliament on the rise

first_img6 May 2009Women’s representation in the National Assembly has increased to 45% following Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony in Cape Town, putting South Africa third in the international women in Parliament rankings, behind Rwanda and Sweden.“This puts the country firmly on course to achieve the Southern African Development Community (SADC) target of 50% women in political decision-making by 2015,” Gender Links spokesperson Kubi Rama told BuaNews this week.Party list representationRama said the increase in women’s representation was the largest seen in South Africa since the country’s first democratic election in 1994.“We attribute the increase in numbers to the African National Congress’ (ANC) and the Congress of the People’s (Cope) 50/50 election lists, as well as improvements in women’s standing in other opposition parties,” she said.Based on the party’s list of candidates released before the elections, 54% of the MPs representing Cope are women, while the ANC also put forward a 50% female representation.“This achievement has come about as a result of voluntary party quotas as opposed to legislated quotas,” Rama added.Women provincial premiersThe majority of the premiers governing South Africa’s nine provinces will also be women.The ANC last week appointed Nomvula Mokonyane as the premier of Gauteng, Noxolo Kiviet as Eastern Cape premier, Hazel Jenkins Northern Cape premier, and Maureen Modiselle as premier of North West province.The Western Cape will be led by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Leafy greens suspected in latest E. coli food poisoning cases

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is not leafy greens themselves making people sick, but rather that they are the suspected source of pathogenic E. coli that has sickened some 58 people in Canada.Several people in the United States have also become ill from a strain of E. coli that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is closely related genetically to the strain that caused the outbreak in Canada. In fact, 24 such illnesses were reported in 15 states, including Ohio, between Nov. 15 and Dec. 12, 2017, the CDC said.The likely source of the outbreak in the United States appears to be leafy greens, the CDC said, noting that the agency has not identified a single type or brand associated with the outbreak. Their investigation is ongoing and includes interviewing sick people to determine what they ate in the weeks before their illnesses started, the agency said in a written statement.“Preliminary results show that the type of E. coli making people sick in both countries is closely related genetically, meaning the ill people are more likely to share a common source of infection,” the CDC statement said.While Canadian authorities have warned about romaine lettuce consumption, the CDC states that “because we have not identified a source of the infections, CDC is unable to recommend whether U.S. residents should avoid a particular food.”However, the CDC statement notes that “leafy greens typically have a short shelf life, and since the last illness started a month ago, it is likely that contaminated leafy greens linked to this outbreak are no longer available for sale.”The illness in question is a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections. This strain of E. coli can produce a toxin that in some cases can cause serious illness, kidney failure or death. Thus far, at least five people in the United States have been hospitalized and one has died, according to the CDC. There has also been at least one death in Canada also, according to Consumer Reports.So how can leafy greens become contaminated with E. coli?If animal feces are in the field or soil in which the lettuce is grown, or if the lettuce comes into contact with water that contains the pathogen, E. coli can be transferred from the feces onto the lettuce. It can also be spread if a person who carries the bacteria doesn’t wash his or her hands after using the bathroom, and then processes or prepares food, said Abigail Snyder, an assistant professor and food safety field specialist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.It’s important to note that washing contaminated greens doesn’t remove all bacteria, food safety experts say. While cooking can eliminate E. coli, most people don’t cook their leafy green salads. For that reason, avoidance is sometimes recommended when the source of an outbreak is identified.Symptoms of E. coli infection can begin as soon as 24 to 48 hours or as long as 10 days after eating contaminated food. Those symptoms include vomiting, severe or bloody diarrhea, and abdominal pain.last_img read more

Beyond Ballmer: Why Microsoft Is Going To Continue To Suffer

first_imgJoachim Kempin is a former top Microsoft executive and author of a recent memoir, Resolve and Fortitude: Microsoft’s ‘Secret Power Broker’ Breaks His Silence. See his earlier contributions to ReadWrite.Steve Ballmer’s decision to resign as Microsoft CEO proved only one thing to me: How much he truly loves “his” company. The short answer is, not very much, because he’s getting out while the getting is good.The “beyond Ballmer” era is going to be extraordinarily painful for Microsoft employees and its shareholders. I don’t share the optimism the investment community expressed while driving up Microsoft’s stock price as soon as the news broke. And Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia is just its latest blunder—a purchase of an irrelevant brand saddled with production and development facilities. Microsoft’s soon-to-be-former CEO is just going to make it harder for the next guy to succeed.What Ballmer Hath WroughtSee also: Microsoft Dos and Don’ts For The Post-Ballmer EraOver his decade at Microsoft’s helm, Steve has left his fingerprints all over the company. His management style has rubbed off on his underlings. Whoever takes over will face daunting challenges in implementing the changes Microsoft needs to explore growth opportunities beyond Windows and Office.If you’re looking for one main reason Microsoft has steadily fallen behind the curve over the last decade, look to the way Ballmer’s management style changed the company once Bill Gates turned his full attention to his humanitarian work. Some describe Ballmer’s leadership style as “prescriptive” and “controlling.” Perhaps “meddling in all details” is closer to the mark. Under Ballmer, the entrepreneurial and mission-focused tenacity that made Microsoft so successful early on fell by the wayside and eventually faded away.Not long ago, I wrote an article recommending busting up Microsoft in order to free its innovative energies. I’m convinced that this will happen—someday. The company’s pieces are worth more than the sum. But I have no hope that this will happen any time soon, much less that it will coincide with the anointment of Ballmer’s successor.See also: Ballmer’s Microsoft: All MBA, No Developer SoulThe signs are already clear that Microsoft is slipping deeper into crisis. The PC consumer market is imploding; tablets and high-end smartphones are able to serve basic information needs quite well. Microsoft has no standing in either of these categories, as you can see from its roughly 3% market share. And the company has already announced bad news last quarter when it wrote off nearly $1 billion for its unsuccessful leap into the tablet market.Where The Growth Is—And Microsoft Isn’tWith the traditional PC market eroding and the traditional game-console business on its last legs, Microsoft needs to seek opportunities beyond its traditional niches. Embracing other platforms and rethinking consumer, social media and cloud strategies would be the most promising options.Which is what makes Microsoft’s Nokia purchase a potentially disastrous sideshow. Back in the 1980s, Microsoft’s then-president, Jon Shirley, taught us a key lesson: Never own a manufacturing plant. Apple must have taken his advice. Steve Ballmer and Microsoft’s current board of directors continue not to take it.See also: With Nokia, Microsoft Has No More ExcusesNokia’s dismal profit margins will pull Microsoft further down, and the unit is likely to be difficult to manage. (Unless you believe Nokia’s division management will be happy taking marching orders from Redmond. If so, you might want to study the Finns!) Nokia sells unprofitable devices, period. Microsoft’s shareholders ought to rebel.Leaving behind Microsoft’s disastrous foray into devices and refocusing on software and services—meaning selling and marketing intellectual properties—remains the only successful way to go. A vastly improved version of Facebook is long overdue; somebody will do it one day and replace that odd and outdated environment. Why not Microsoft?Innovation remains the number one task for any tech company wanting to stay ahead. A CEO therefore needs to organize so that innovation flourishes. In a CBS interview this spring, Bill Gates criticized Microsoft’s leadership for not doing so. The answer from Steve Ballmer’s team: Let’s create the notion of “One Microsoft.” I heard that slogan as early as 2000 when he took the reins. It didn’t work then and it won’t work today.One Microsoft = One Path To FailureSee also: 9 Things Microsoft Does RightWhat it meant for him, then and now: More centralization. Better expressed as, I lead and you shut up. It immediately disempowered people. Over time it sapped innovation and depleted Microsoft’s pool of creative ideas, leading to an identity crisis.Spotting this way too late, Ballmer and the board felt it was eventually time to call for a major reorganization. Whoever did needs to look into a mirror.In the early days when I worked at Microsoft, our identity was never in question. We followed a tactic the Prussian General Helmuth von Moltke deployed in 1866 during the battle of Königgrätz: “March separate and strike together.” (In the original German: Getrennt marschieren. Vereint schlagen.) And like von Moltke, we won. The Prussian army and the Microsofties of the early years knew their mission and acted in front of the enemy as one.To be truly innovative, a company’s leadership needs to create a fearless and unencumbered flow of information. Successful management encourages constructive criticism and uses it as input for improvements. Further centralizing an organization, on the other hand, fosters suppression. When a leader assumes that he is the only one who knows the right way to go, it’s only a matter of time before his company loses the next big technology battle.The Microsoft CEO Job: The Ultimate Booby PrizeI have little faith the board will choose a successor who can be the catalyst for change that Microsoft so desperately needs. It will most likely opt to follow a safe road by choosing an insider CEO for the sake of continuity. Former Wal-Mart executive and current Microsoft COO Kevin Turner immediately comes to mind, although I believe he might be the worst possible pick.What Microsoft really needs is a dynamic leader—say, one of Google’s current lieutenants, who would show up with an open mind and a better sense for market reality. And, most important, a totally mission-oriented management style. Microsoft’s employees would welcome him or her with open arms and their chains would finally come off. But why would anybody want that CEO job as long as Bill stays on the board? (Steve, too, most likely, given that he still owns 333 million Microsoft shares.) Both need to quit to give the newcomer a free rein and air to breath. Otherwise, failure isn’t just an option, but the most likely outcome.Instead, though, my guess is that the board will try to have it both ways, by choosing the safest “outsider” possible. My prediction: Ballmer’s eventual successor is 55 years old and a 30 year Microsoft veteran who left the company five years ago to run a huge nonprofit organization.You guessed it: It’s Jeff Raikes, who now runs the Gates Foundation. He is a close friend of Steve and Bill and they trust him. He is used working with both of them and will tolerate that they will look over his shoulders at times. Raikes would be the safest of safe bets—and if you ask me, his ascension has been long in the works.Raikes will be easily tolerated by the executive team in place. Having been one of them for a long time, nobody will expect huge changes from him. He will have a tough job because he inherits a company hit by the PC crisis, which has lost a lot of its once glorious reputation. He is a nice guy and I wish him good luck. But Microsoft can and needs to do better.Updated at 10am PTwith observations about Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#Fixing Microsoft#Microsoft#Steve Ballmer center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now joachim kempin Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more