As it seemed likely, the highly respected orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Warren Blake, will be the president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) for the next four-year cycle. Despite whispers of opposition to a repeat term, there was no showing at the time of asking to topple the Kingston College old boy. The near-miss politician had assumed the office in 2010 on the sudden passing of the then incumbent, Howard Aris, another product of the North Street institution, from which sterling contribution to the sport has become a brand. Two years later, Dr Blake faced the electorate and secured his own mandate. Foster’s Fairplay will be silent as far as judgement is concerned on the gains or losses accruing to the sport during Dr Blake’s tenure. What mostly concerns this columnist are the animated actions, albeit in words only, that spoke to the need for him to be replaced. They came from persons, some close to the seat of power, who felt that the image to carry track and field forward was absent. As to what happened to these dissenting voices, as it drew closer to election time, remains a mystery. They seemed to have disappeared as if they saw no future in making their mark and having it counted. How will that refusal to be a part of a new paradigm affect the nation’s most successful sport? BEIJING OLYMPICS Great strides in track and field had been made before the advent of Dr Blake in the steering role. It all came to fruition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, adding the Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell, Shelly-Ann Fraser and Melaine Walker golden glory to the exploits of the McKenleys, Wints, Rhodens, Quarries and Otteys of previous years. The groundwork that brought all this honour to the fore was laid by a combination of Aris and his predecessor at the helm, the late Teddy McCook. One is sure that Dr Blake will credit a substantial portion of his readiness to take over to the mentorship and grooming provided by those two stalwarts. However, there can be little doubt he will agree that more needs to be done. The country cannot hope to rest comfortably on the achievements of those named and not put programmes in place to maintain the global impact that has been made. One has only got to look at the continuing demise of the once all-powerful West Indies cricket team for an illustration of the result of neglect. Track and field, while enjoying the image with which it is now blessed, should be steered clear of that downward and depressing slide. There is one major and almost all-encompassing project that Blake and his new executive is urged to undertake. The performance of Jamaica’s junior athletes on the world scene is extremely disappointing. The world renowned Champs is gaining more popularity as it continues to produce athletes of supreme quality at a rate that is satisfying. What is not, is the sustenance of the performances going into the international competition three months after the March/April showcase. This shortfall on what was promised from the early showing needs to be addressed. The new JAAA regime, hopefully refreshed in certain areas that have come up wanting, has got to create a junior programme to take care of the athletes during the post-Champs period. Funds must be identified and earmarked to meet the attendant cost. No longer can it be left to the schools to meet these expenses, as they are already strapped for funds to carry out other core functions. The old boys and old girls of the schools tend to carry the programmes up to the Penn Relays with little focus on what comes up after. The approach that is being asked of the JAAA is nothing new and it should include a sector for personal development, as previously existed. Athletes need self-confidence and self-belief, which can only enhance their performances on the track. All that said, the new Dr Blake team is what the sport has to take it through another four years. It now has to come to the party and dance to the ultimate benefit of the image the country needs to maintain. The band has started playing. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) says its aim is to simply deter interference with the aerodrome at the Roberts International Airport, which sometimes leads to the theft of very valuable navigational equipment.Recent developments obtaining at the Robert International Airport (RIA), involving that airports’ workers union, management, and the Government of Liberia have given cause for the Liberian Senate to raise concerns as to who is in charge at Liberia’s only international airport. The last managing director at RIA was Ellen Corkrum, for whom the Government of Liberia has file extradition proceedings for her return from America to face trial for corruption.The Senator’s concern was prompted by recent communication from the Senate Committee on Labor Senator Matthew Jaye in which the River Gee lawmaker brought to the attention of the Liberian Senate an unfolding event at the RIA, and requested that body for immediate intervention to help avoid labor unrest or confrontation at the country’s only international airport.In the letter to his colleagues dated March 26, 2014, Senator Jaye informed them that on February 23, 2014, “I received a communication from the RIA workers union complaining that the Acting General Manager Mr. Richelieu A. Williams, and the recent board chairman Mr. Beyan Kesselly, who is also managing the Maritime Affairs without consultation with the workers union leadership, nullified the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that was signed by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Labor, the RIA Management and the workers union.”According to Senator Jaye, the workers also complaint that the leadership of the union has been dismissed which contravenes the CBA as well, because the secretary and president of the union work full time to run the daily affairs of the union in every entity where the workers are unionized.In furtherance of the above, “I immediately invited the management for conference on March 19, 2014 in order to find an amicable solution to the problem. But surprisingly Mr. Pro Tempore and distinguished colleagues, one Mr. Gibson K. Sackor of the Liberian Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) responded as the acting director general of the CAA, and not RIA, on the same March 19, 2014. Mr. Harris had turned over management of RIA to the Board of Directors since November 18, 2013.Considering said response, the main question that remains unanswered is who is managing the affairs of RIA.”The Labor Committee Chairman reminded the plenary that “the RIA is very strategic and there is a need to know who is in charge, and to also avoid labor unrest or confrontation at the country’s only international airport.The plight of the RIA workers up to date is in limbo, as there is nobody to address their grievances.”Concluding, Senator Jaye begged the indulgence of his colleagues and request that the chairperson of the board of directors of the RIA be made to appear before the plenary of the Liberian Senate to show reason why the RIA is being allegedly operated without a director general or acting director general since November 18, 2013.Making intervention following the communication, Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morias cautioned that the issue at RIA is an extremely important one and welcomed the suggestion that the committee dealing with it be expanded, saying the nature of the case also borders on the legal aspect of whether the bargaining agreement is being altered; and asked that the Judiciary Committee be given consideration.For his part, the chair on the committee of Internal Affairs and Governance, Senator Armah Zulu Jallah warned that the issue that the RIA is without a managing director is not good news and that such kind of information should be managed properly, for the sake of the users of the port.“The issue is not only important to the national security, but also to our economy. As it is, the Robert International Airport stands empty, so who is controlling affairs of the RIA? We must know to whom we go; whom do we ask questions.”In their unanimous vote, the plenary agreed that the committees on Judiciary, and Labor be added to Transport so that the three can work together to deal with the issue once and for all and report to plenary soonest in two weeks.The Liberian government recently wrote its United States counterpart for extradition of former RIA managing Director Ellen Corkrum after she mysteriously escaped from the country, following accusation that she embezzled hundreds of thousands of United States Dollars.Corkrum has since launched a campaign of releasing secret recordings of her interactions with some prominent Liberian government officials, including President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.The United States Embassy near here has meanwhile, confirmed that Liberia which enjoys extradition treaty with that country has filed for the extradition of Madam Corkrum.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) over the weekend announced the hosting of its flagship annual event, the Ibrahim Governance Weekend (IGW), from April 5-7, 2019, at a resort in Abidjan, La Côte d’Ivoire, a release has said.According to the release, the IGW brings together a coalition of decision makers from across the continent and beyond, encouraging informed and frank discussions about leadership in Africa while celebrating progress in governance.This year’s event will be hosted under a theme that will be an important subject of African migrations, featuring an African-led conversation about the challenges and opportunities it poses, and its relationship with youth, mobility and jobs.Key moments at the 2019 IGW include the Ibrahim Leadership Ceremony, Ibrahim Forum, Now Generation Forum and Ibrahim concert.Ibrahim Leadership Ceremony“On Friday, April 5, we will dedicate an evening to African leadership and explore challenges to governance during the Ibrahim Leadership Ceremony. This year’s ceremony will feature a celebration of the life of Kofi Annan,” the release said.Ibrahim ForumOn Saturday, April 6, a high-level forum will focus discussion around this year’s theme, “African migrations.”Migration, whether referring to economic migrants or refugees and related issues, is often the subject of much political discussion and debate, especially outside the continent. The conversation is often fragmented or overlooks the real dynamics.Published ahead of the IGW, the annual Forum Report compiles the most relevant and recent data and insights on the selected topic. With facts and figures on migrations, youth, mobility and jobs in Africa, the Report will provide an evidence-based picture on the reality on the continent and will present the African perspective on these topics, thus offering a different narrative. The Report will analyze the specificity of Africa’s context.Now Generation ForumAhead of the Ibrahim Forum and following its success in 2018, emerging African leaders and young professionals will convene for the Now Generation Forum (NGF) on Friday, April 5, 2019. The NGF seeks to gather youth perspectives around the theme of the Ibrahim Forum. Outcomes from these discussions will be actively shared at the Ibrahim Forum by selected representatives from the group.Ibrahim ConcertThe weekend will conclude on Sunday, April 7, with a live music concert featuring various African artists, such as Fally Ipupa.Guest eventsDuring the Ibrahim Governance Weekend, the Foundation will also welcome a number of global and African guest organizations. Various events will be hosted by the likes of the International Crisis Group (ICG); Open Government Partnership (OGP); The Africa Report (TAR debates); The B-Team; The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Residential School; and the EU/Africa High-Level Group.The 2019 IGW promises to be a memorable occasion and we look forward to welcoming you in Abidjan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In admitting that some nurses and doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) have “bad attitudes”, Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewis during an interview with Guyana Times said the entity is working to tackle the issue through training.GPHC CEO Brigadier (Ret’d) George LewisThe CEO explained to this newspaper that he received many complaints from patients when it comes to the attitude of nurses as well as some doctors.“The behaviour of not only nurses but of healthcare workers in general has not been one that is acceptable,” he said.Lewis was keen to note that while some healthcare workers may have unacceptable attitudes, there are a number of other dedicated and hardworking professionals who ought to be recognised for their service as well. “However, in every barrel there might be one and two bad apples and we are working to address that,” he said.According to him, the Hospital hopes to address this issue through training for their health workers.“When we address it through training we are looking at letting the persons understand what is the acceptable behaviour (and) what we expect from them and we think that by providing training, it will help to alleviate the situation,” the CEO noted.He was sure to point out that the attitude of those healthcare providers will not change overnight but the Hospital will “over a period of time” reduce the amount of reports being received.According to him, training has begun with those healthcare providers. He explained, “We are doing training with two fronts. In some cases it’s in-house, locally at Georgetown Public Hospital where we are doing customer care training. In some cases, we bring in facilitators from outside of the Hospital.”In addition, he said that a number of other programmes are ongoing at the Accident and Emergency Department which is working along with a University by the name of Vanderbilt. These programmes are designed to help the Emergency nurses when it comes to professionalism, behaviour, attitude, knowledge and other areas the CEO said.“We are hoping that over time and with training, we are going to eliminate this problem,” the optimistic head asserted.Patients have often times complained about not getting quality service at the GPHC.
…as Police bar citizens from Granger’s “Cabinet” campaigningScores of People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) supporters of Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini) were on Friday morning prevented from protesting as the caretaker President and his unconstitutional Cabinet visited the region. Based on information gathered, Police in Matarkai reportedly prevented a truck load of persons from Matthews Ridge and Arakaka, North West District (NWD) from passing the toll gate at Four Miles while another truck with APNU supporters was allowed access.Further, Police in Port Kaituma prevented protesters at the Port Kaituma airstrip from carrying placards and threatened to arrest them if they refused to follow orders.However, the resilient protesters lined the road leading to the airstrip, where they peacefully protested. Another group of protesters also led protest action in Central Kaituma. The supporters have all called for the President to dissolve Parliament and announce an elections date.In light of this, executive members of the PPP/C stated that “protesting” is a democratic right, while adding that their human rights were violated.“The Police are following political orders and this is not supposed to be… our members have a right to protest anytime, anywhere… it is their prerogative and democratic right to do so,” the executive stated.This protest came in light of a decision by the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), retired Justice Claudette Singh, who indicated that the body will be ready for elections in February 2020— more than a year after the Government was defeated by a No-Confidence Motion.On Thursday, hundreds of protesters led by Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali flocked outside the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown, where the President was delivering an address to the business community.Although the protest was peaceful, scores of Police officers and members of the Tactical Service Unit (TSU), commonly called the “Riot Squad”, were deployed to the scene with protective shields, placing barricades at strategic points to block off and guard the entrance of the hotel, where several high profile officials and Government ministers were in attendance.This, however, did not deter the protesters, who used microphones to highlight the fact that the Government is illegal and in breach of the Constitution of Guyana.“We want elections now! Who must go, Granger! Who sell out Guyana, Granger! Granger is a waste!” were among the slogans being chanted.Inside of the Pegasus Hotel, as Granger was delivering remarks at the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) luncheon, protesters rose from their seats waving placards and chanting for democracy to prevail in Guyana, which stumbled into an illegality following the expiration of the constitutionally-mandated period for elections to be held.After being greeted by a firm opposition, Granger was forced to discontinue his speech until the situation was tamed. This continued for several minutes as persons strongly rejected the non-adherence to constitutional deadlines as directed by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which ruled that the Constitution of Guyana must be upheld.The Police were called in and asked to escort the group of protesters from the room. However, another group of individuals was waiting in the lobby area of the hotel, voicing similar calls.Cognisant that protest actions were in progress outside the hotel as well, the President commented, “Apparently, the hooliganism has migrated from outside to inside”.Article 106 of the Constitution states that following the passage of the No-Confidence Motion, the Cabinet including the President must resign and elections held within three months. That deadline elapsed since March 21, 2019, with Government having spent much of this time in court seeking to overturn the motion, rather than ensuring elections were held.GECOM had also began the holding of House-to-House Registration, also in a bid to delay the holding of Regional and General Elections.However, this was halted by GECOM’s newly-elected Chair, retired Justice Singh.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mayor Lori Ackerman brought up an order of new business at Council regarding the review of the Cemetery Bylaw.Mayor Ackerman wants to review provisions for ornamentals kept at the cemeteries after a recent incident that took place with a family’s gravesite being disturbed.On Wednesday, October 30th, Trish-Allen Dyck made a public post on a FB group regarding the removal of the wooden cross and plot marker from her parent’s burial site in the cemetery.- Advertisement -The FB post received immediate attention from the public and responses from Mayor Lori Ackerman, Councillor Becky Grimsrud and Councillor Trevor Bolin.The following day, Thursday, October 31st, 2019, the cross was returned to the plot, and the grass sodded by city staff and made a public apology on the city of Fort St. John to its FB page.The conversation will continue at Council on Monday, November 25th, 2019.Advertisement
Newcastle’s Capital One Cup hero Rolando Aarons vowed to keep striving to improve after he netted in the shock 2-0 win at holders Manchester City.The 18-year-old winger returned to the side after a six weeks out injured and made an immediate impact, opening the scoring with just six minutes on the clock, before Moussa Sissoko struck to set up a quarter-final clash at Tottenham.Prior to his injury, Aarons was a breath of fresh air for a Newcastle side that has struggled this season, but after three wins on the bounce things are now looking up around St James’ Park, and the teenager is hopeful he can continue to pick up where he left off.“I’m very happy to get a goal. That’s all I’ve been thinking about the last six weeks is coming back and playing and making the impact I did before I got injured,” Aarons said.“So I’m happy to score and I’m ever happier we’ve gone through to the next round of the cup.”Few had heard of Aarons prior to this season but the confident youngster added he was not surprised with his own progression.“Before the season I was working hard and the reason I was doing that was to be doing what I’m doing now,” he added.“It’s a dream come true but I’m not done yet. I’m still only 18 so I’m going to be keep pushing and working on becoming the player I know I can be.”
A leading Judge has again pleaded with schools and other organisations to arrange a trip to the local courthouse to see the workings of the legal system.Judge John O’Hagan was speaking after answering questions from visiting students from the Law Degree Course at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The students of various ages, including one retired Garda, were guests of the sitting of yesterday’s sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court. Judge O’Hagan said he was anxious to schools and any other organisations see the working of the courts.He answered questions about his own time as a solicitor, then barrister before coming a Judge in 1998.He also asked members of the courts service including Chief Court Clerk of he Donegal Circuit Court, Ms Margaret Sharkey, to explain their roles.Judge O’Hagan said anybody interested in arranging a trip to the courts should contact the courts service.JUDGE INVITES DONEGAL STUDENTS AND GROUPS TO VISIT COURTS was last modified: February 3rd, 2012 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) Tags:inviteJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit Court
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue TD has called on Minister Creed to urgently provide clarity surrounding a transport subsidy which he has said will be made available to co-ops and fodder agents to tackle the serious shortage affecting farmers across the country. Deputy McConalogue said this morning, “As far back as September last year, farmers and farming organisations were vocal of warnings that an impending crisis in fodder supply would occur should it not be urgently addressed.“Months on and here we are; Minister Creed’s blatant refusal to act in advance has led farmers nationwide into an emergency situation where fodder reserves are fast running out. “The Minister’s failure to address the situation has had a direct impact on the severe conditions affecting farms.“As of today the Minister has still not clarified or published the details of the transport subsidy scheme he says he has planned to assist with importing fodder into the country.“There is a degree of confusion among farmers, co-ops and fodder agents as to who is eligible to avail of the subsidy, how to go about accessing it and what it entails.“Minister Creed needs to outline a clear plan to deal with this crisis and more specifically publish the details of this scheme so that co-op’s and agents can get on with importing fodder. He added, “Following an unusually long and cold winter, many farmers do not have capital available to them to meet the cost of buying in additional fodder. A transport subsidy is only one element of the plan that is required to effectively tackle the crisis.“A fodder voucher scheme is also needed so that farmers in financial difficulty can receive financial help to afford to buy the fodder they need to protect their farms in the immediate future.”McConalogue slams Minister’s lack of clarity over fodder transport subsidy was last modified: April 5th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:agriculture ministercharlie mc conaloguefarmerfodder crisis
There has been an improvement in the number of dogs ending up in the Pound in Donegal, according to the latest statistics released by the Department of Rural and Community Development.The overall number of dogs taken in by the Letterkenny Pound has fallen from 548 dogs in 2016 to 431 dogs in 2017.Of the dogs arriving in Letterkenny Pound in 2017, 54 dogs were reclaimed, 70 were rehomed and 284 dogs were taken out of the Pound by a voluntary rescue, in this case, mostly by Animals In Need Donegal, in association with The Dogs Trust. Twenty-one dogs were put down in the Pound, a reduction from a 16% kill rate in 2016 rate to 5% last year.An Animals In Need spokesperson explained ‘One of our volunteers goes up to the Letterkenny Pound every week, sometimes twice weekly if there are young pups in there, and takes out all the dogs that have done their statutory 5 days in there and haven’t been claimed or offered a home.’By law, dogs can be put down after 5 days if they are not claimed or adopted.The dogs rescued by Animals In Need are then placed in foster homes until they are adopted or receive their Pet Passports which allow them to travel overseas to approved rehoming sanctuaries. Animals In Need said ‘It is encouraging to see the continued improvement in the figures but we still have a way to go.’The charity said ‘We would like to thank The Dogs Trust for their invaluable assistance in recent times plus the continued co-operation of the County Vet and the Pound staff is much appreciated.’The spokesperson continued ‘Despite the improved Pound figures, last year was our busiest year to date, with almost a thousand animals rescued, with hundreds of dogs surrendered directly to us by their owners in addition to the Pound dogs plus hundreds of cats and kittens were rescued and rehomed.’When Animals In Need formed 12 years ago, more than a thousand Pound dogs were put down in Donegal annually.Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the unpaid volunteers, those dark days are hopefully behind us, although the charity faced closure last year when their rickety old van bit the dust and they had to launch a fundraising appeal for a new van in which to transport the rescued dogs. Animals in Need said ‘We would like to take this opportunity to again thank everyone who donated towards our new van. As you can see, the new van is being put to good use and without it these figures could be telling a very different story.’For further information on Animals In Need Donegal, please see their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AINDONEGAL/at or website http://www.animalsinneeddonegal.com. Animals In Need is a Registered Charity NumberMajor drop in number of dogs ending up in Donegal Pound was last modified: May 30th, 2018 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)Tags:animals in needcaredogsdonegalPound