10 Feb

JCSA moves for dissolution of INSPORTS board

first_imgJamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) First Vice-President Robert Chung says it is moving for a dissolution of the board of directors at the Don Anderson-led Institute of Sports (INSPORTS).Chung says the INSPORTS board’s refusal to restore administrative director Ian Andrews’ signing power, despite instructions from the permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance, plus continued breaches in the said matter, has forced its hand, and it has started putting its case together.He also said the board is yet to provide any evidence of wrongdoing by Andrews, whose authority was unconstitutionally downgraded.”We have started to put together our case that the Government dissolves the board. There is nothing else we can do as a union, but put forward our case to say these are the things that we are seeing and that they are in breach of the public-sector governance, so we are asking that the board be dissolved and a new board put in place because something has to give,” Chung informed The Gleaner.”There will be review of the material this Friday … . We have to cross the t’s and dot the i’s when it comes to the legal requirements,” he noted. “It takes a little time to do that, maybe another week, as we have to be sure of what we are doing, as we are not making any mistakes. We have solid grounds and the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) does not move until we have solid grounds,” he stated.INSPORTS is in a bind because of the impasse.Staff and creditors of the government-run agency are being significantly impacted as health benefits and personal deductions for staff, which have been signed by Andrews, are not being co-signed by Anderson or any other board member.Also, some creditors who have rendered services in various sports development programmes carried out by the government organisation cannot be paid, as Anderson refuses to co-sign the cheques with the administrative director.compensationOnly recently, one creditor, Edward Cooke, filed for compensation by the agency through his lawyer, for monies ($619,000) owed by INSPORTS.In separate interviews pertaining to both issues, Anderson declined to comment directly, noting that he would be careful in his assessment.In the meantime, Chung said the board has stepped out of bounds.”… We are seeing that the board is doing some things that are in breach of government policy in dealing with public entities and there is nothing before for us to represent him (Andrews) on. And a public entity (INSPORTS) is not able to function properly and give the Jamaican people what they are paying for,” he divulged.”Here is an organisation that is supposed to develop sports at the grassroots level … because Jamaica is doing very well in sports and we want to be able to continue that and the only way we can continue that is to have an organisation like this (INSPORTS) performing effectively and efficiently.”This (board’s action) is killing the tree from the root,” he said.last_img read more

10 Feb

Points standing

first_imgPoints standingP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Leicester 28 16 9 3 51 31 20 572. Tottenham 28 15 9 4 49 22 27 543. Arsenal 28 15 6 7 44 28 6 514. Man City 27 14 5 8 48 31 17 475. Man United 28 13 8 7 37 26 11 476. West Ham 28 12 10 6 42 31 11 467. Stoke City 28 12 6 10 30 33 -3 428. Liverpool 27 11 8 8 41 36 5 419. Southampton 28 11 7 10 35 28 7 4010. Chelsea 28 10 9 9 42 38 4 3911. Everton 27 9 11 7 49 36 13 3812. Watford 28 10 7 11 29 29 0 3713. West Brom 28 9 9 10 29 36 -7 3614. Crystal Palace 28 9 6 13 31 37 -6 3315. Bournemouth 28 8 8 12 32 44 -12 3216. Swansea City 28 7 9 12 27 37 -10 3017. Sunderland 28 6 6 16 34 53 -19 2418. Norwich City 28 6 6 16 31 53 -22 2419. Newcastle United 27 6 6 15 27 50 -23 2420. Aston Villa 28 3 7 18 22 51 -29 16last_img read more

20 Jan

T&T’s Edwards lauds appointment of former teammate

first_img RUBBING SHOULDERS PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago captain, Carlos Edwards, has hailed the appointment of former national teammate Dennis Lawrence as men’s senior team head coach. The 42-year-old Lawrence was announced by the T&T Football Association on Saturday to fill the post left vacant by the resignation of Belgian Tom Saintfiet. “I think it’s a really good decision. His passion and commitment to the game is second to none. From the time he started accumulating his coaching badges, he dedicated everything to himself and his development in order to fulfil his ambitions,” said Edwards, who along with Lawrence were members of the T&T side which made history by qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. “I think this opportunity now is the best thing for Dennis and the country on a whole. “He will always be the man who played a critical role in taking us to the 2006 World Cup with his efforts throughout the campaign and the goal against Bahrain and now with his experience and being in the Premiership has made him into a better coach, rubbing shoulders with the best coaches and players in the world.” Lawrence played 89 times for T&T and is best remembered for the goal against Bahrain in a two-legged qualifier which saw the country clinch their spot at the World Cup for the first time. He spent several seasons at Welsh side Wrexham where he played alongside Edwards, and also turned out for Swansea City and Crewe Alexandra. Edwards, who also played with Lawrence at local side Defence Force, said his former teammate possessed the qualities needed to be successful in his new post. “He has the sixth sense about the game and his leadership will be valuable. Obviously he will have his own methods of coaching and dealing with the players. “From his days at Defence Force where we played together, you could see something special in him and his desire to coach at the highest level and he has maintained that passion past his playing days.”last_img read more

12 Jan

Lone gunman robs Albouystown businesswoman

first_imgA shop owner, her mother and sister are now counting their losses after they were all held at gunpoint and robbed of cash and valuables by a lone gunman on Sunday night.The shop owner, 36-year-old Devika Williams of La Penitence Street, Albouystown, Georgetown; her mother, 53-year-old Nerisha Sukhu and her sister, 28-year-old Rebecca Petamber, were robbed around 19:20h.Reports are Williams had just closed the front of her shop and was in the process of closing the back entrance when the gunman pushed his way into the premises.Guyana Times was told that the bandit then took Williams into the shop and pointed the gun at her mother and sister. He then instructed the three women to kneel as he demanded valuables.The man ransacked the shop, taking cash and jewellery valued over $400,000.The gunman then exited with the items, demanding that the three women lay on the ground while he escaped.The matter was reported to the Police, who are reviewing CCTV footage as they investigate.last_img read more

12 Jan

SWF for Cabinet next month

first_img…spending oil money to be guided by GSDS frameworkThe much-anticipated draft Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) policy, which has been with the Finance Ministry since early 2017, is expected to be presented to cabinet early next month, setting into motion the official establishment of the fund.This is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who made this disclosure at a press conference on Friday. According to Jordan, the green paper (proposal) for the fund, renamed the Natural Resources Fund, is presently being finalised.Jordan also noted that the green paper seeks to determine how monies from the fund will be guided by the Government’s Green State Development Strategy (GSDS).The policy has been with the Finance Ministry since 2017The strategy, he said, contains 15 areas of development, in which context Government can conduct consultations.“That debate can be accelerated in the context of the Green State Development Strategy. The coalition Government’s blueprint is going to be the Green State Development Strategy: trying to put in place resilient infrastructure, trying to bridge the gaps, create additional towns and new spaces, and make Guyana green. That will require money,” he declared.“We can end up with a blueprint of what we want to do. During the annual budget exercise, there are widespread consultations, but to suggest that we need to call people together and sit around the campfire and determine how to spend this money, I don’t think anyone seriously could believe that there would be a model to push this country forward. We cannot discuss what we want to do with the oil money outside of a framework,” Jordan declared.GSDSWhen the GSDS was introduced, it was billed as a framework that would “build” on the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) designed by the previous administration to protect the environment while receiving financing.According to the framework document, a critical element will be the sustainable management of natural resources. In fact, one of the strategy’s goals is the mandatory reforestation of mining sites.The document stated that it will aim to “conserve an additional 2 million hectares through Guyana’s National Protected Area System, continuing to use its monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system.”It also plans on continuing promotion of the Iwokrama as a dedicated place for research “to develop, demonstrate, and make available to Guyana and the international community systems, methods and techniques for the sustainable management and utilisation of the multiple resources of the tropical forest and the conservation of biological diversity.”In the document, it is stated that a combination of conservation and sustainable management of its forests will form the crux of the strategy.It is noted that attracting additional international support for avoided deforestation through reforms in timber industries would include reduced impact logging.It is also slated to include “reviewing compliance with agreed sustainability targets; and in the mining industry, including mapping of mining resources, improving mining efficiency, and mandatory reforestation of mining sites. Some of these activities are already in the pilot phase. For example, sustainable land management and development – putting degraded and deforested lands to productive use.”The framework document states that the elements of the strategy will be examined and consulted upon between April and December of 2017. Public consultations are yet to begin.Within the framework, seven “central themes” are provided. They include promises to diversify the economy, “creating decent jobs for all”, transitioning to renewable energy, and “human development and wellbeing.”The framework of the GSDS and financing mechanisms’ document was completed in March with financial and technical support from UN Environment. Initial consultations in regard to the development of the framework document began in December 2016 between the Government and other key stakeholders.last_img read more

12 Jan

Linden logger died from blunt trauma – PME

first_imgA post mortem conducted on the lifeless body of 54- year-old Andrew Parks, who died on Wednesday after a log fell on him, proved that the miner died as a result of blunt trauma to the head and leg.The autopsy was conducted on Friday by Government Pathologist Doctor Nehaul Singh at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary.Parks, of Powis Crescent, Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, was on Wednesday crushed by a fallen log at his place of employment, Old England Mines, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Reports are that Parks was at his workplace, Ping Logging Company, when a large log reportedly fell from a log loader machine which was being operated by one of his colleagues at the time.The logger sustained injuries and was picked up and taken to the Linden Hospital Complex, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The other employee involved in the incident, a 33-year-old resident of Coomacka Mines, Region 10, was taken into Police custody.last_img read more

12 Jan

Constitution is supreme – British High Commissioner

first_img“Clock is ticking”By Devina SamarooWith nine days remaining before the constitutional deadline for holding elections expires, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, is reminding Guyana’s leaders that the clock is ticking, even as a civil society group is urging President David Granger to announce a date for the polls.Evening News Editor Ms Devina Samaroo interviewing British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, at his Bel Air Gardens, Georgetown residence on Monday“The Constitution is the supreme law… There is the three-month clock, which is still ticking, it hasn’t been stayed yet…,” the United Kingdom envoy told Guyana Times during an exclusive interview at his Bel Air Gardens residence in Georgetown on Monday.After March 21, 2019, the APNU/AFC Coalition Government effectively becomes illegal. The only way this can change is if the Parliamentary Opposition – People’s Progressive Party – votes for an extension of the life of the Government; but Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says he will do so only if the Head of State announces a date for elections before the expiry of the current voters’ list on April 30, 2019.However, President Granger is not keen on doing so, as he is pushing for house-to-house registration, a process which can conclude in November 2019.The British diplomat, who has been in Guyana since 2015, says the only way to solve the issue is through consensus among the political leaders.“The only other way of getting through that is the political leadership, for both sides to come to an agreement… Given that ticking clock, it is necessary for both sides to come together and come to a solution as to how to resolve that issue, so we don’t get to the question of what happens the day after,” he stated.Guyana has never been in such a situation before, and some experienced political analysts, including distinguished lawyers, have predicted that the country will head into a constitutional crisis.Pressure has been mounting on the coalition administration to adhere to the Constitution of Guyana, and for the President to call a date for elections soon.President Granger has been insisting that he has to await guidance from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) before he executes his presidential responsibility.No confidence motionOn December 21, 2018 the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Clause 7 of Article 106 goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had initially committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, but have since changed their position.Since the passage of the motion on December 21, 2018 however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified.The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman and the husband of sitting Minister Cathy Hughes, who told State media that half of 65 is 32.5 but when rounded to the nearest whole number, this would be 33 as there is no half member.Following a challenge of this in the High Court, Chief Justice Roxane George ruled that 33 is majority. The Government has since challenged that chief justice’s ruling in the Court of Appeal. That case comes up for hearing today.last_img read more

10 Jan

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing youth

first_imgUPDATE – As of October 8, Grande Prairie RCMP advises that Mary ESTELLE has been located. She is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Mary Estelle.According to RCMP, Estelle was last seen in Clairmont, Alberta on September 30.- Advertisement -Estelle is described as:5’2″ / 110lbsbrown hair, brown eyeslast seen wearing a white coat, black leggings, pink shirt and pink shoesPolice say there is a concern for her well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.If you have any information regarding Estelle’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at  780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisementlast_img read more

29 Dec


first_imgThe people of Letterkenny and Donegal are being encouraged to come out and join Jason Black on the last leg of his journey from Mt Everest to Mt Errigal.A motion by Letterkenny Town Council and Donegal County Council was passed that this remarkable achievement will be marked with a civic ceremony and commissioned plaques by local Artist Redmond Herrity will be erected, one at the Market Square and at the foot of Mt. Errigal where the dream first took root. The Revealing of the Plaque on Market Square will take place at 5pm on Thursday 27th June.A civic reception will then be held in Letterkenny Town Council Offices on the Neil T Blaney Road, where Jason will receive a citation from Letterkenny town Council to congratulate him on his achievements, the highest honour that can be bestowed to a citizen of letterkenny.Letterkenny Town Council are publicly inviting the citizens of Letterkenny to the unveiling on Thursday evening where Dessie Larkin will preform his final public duty in his term as Lord mayor.On Sunday 30th June at 2pm Donegal County Council will also unveil a plague at the foot of Mt Errigal where everyone is also cordially invited to attend. Jason and family have also extended a warm welcome to all families been following Jason’s progress and a special appeal to people that felt they could never climb Mt Errigal or have never climbed it, to come out to join jason on his final leg of the Mt Errigal to Mt Everest expedition journey, as he takes the Donegal flag that proudly graced the summit of the world back to where the journey all began.Jason urges everyone to come along and take a timely climb up the mountain.“It’s going to be a gentle pace, loads of stops taking in the wonderful views, just a wonderfully slow, stress free climb.“It’s not even about getting to the top its about getting positively involved on the day and climb to your own comfortable height an return back down,It will be a wonderful safe family day out”.Remember to bring your cameras as the views are breathtaking.On the summit he will produce with pride the now famous Donegal flag which reflects the pride and honor he feels for his community and county. He guarantees that it will be a day to remember. It will be a day when he will have completed the full circle – he will return in fruition to where the dream began.Continue to follow the journey on www.voodooascent.comSupport, Medical and Marshals will all be there to assist.30th June, 2pm Mt Errigal Carpark. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear. EVERYONE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN JASON ON THE LAST STEPS OF HIS JOURNEY was last modified: June 19th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

26 Dec


first_imgTHE victim of a paedophile priest in Co Donegal has urged others who were abused to come forward – and report the incidents to the body investigating the crimes.The man was abused by a priest in the county in the 1980s and he says it is important that anyone else who suffered at the hands of clergy now ‘pluck up the courage’ to come forward.And he says he wanted to highlight a hotline number, which he claims has not been widely advertised – and should have been. It is a contact number for anyone in the Raphoe or Derry Dioceses in Co Donegal who wants to report any incident of abuse within the Catholic Church.The Dublin telephone number – 01 5053124 – is for the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.Said the victim: “I know more and more people are coming forward to report abuse.“I am also now aware of the forthcoming audit of the Raphoe Diocese which is due in the next few weeks. “I feel however that a lot of abuse was either not reported to the Church or was held back and now this National Board exists to help victims and to put their cases on the record.“I don’t think any audit can be completed without the whole picture and the whole picture cannot be completed unless more people come forward.”The victim added: “I know from personal experience how hard it is to deal with this issue; but I would beg anyone in Donegal who has been abused by a member of the clergy in the past to come forward now – pluck up the courage and call that number.”A report by the Board which was due to be published in August and this month has been further delayed until October.The Bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce has vowed to reveal details of the audit then. See http://www.safeguarding.ie/ for more info.ABUSE SCANDAL: VICTIM URGES OTHERS TO COME FORWARD AND REPORT ABUSE was last modified: September 1st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more