CARICOM, WICB sidestep dissolution talks at meeting

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC):The controversial proposal to dissolve the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was not discussed when CARICOM leaders and the WICB top brass met in St George’s last Friday.However, the CARICOM leaders and WICB ended the preliminary meeting with a decision to continue their dialogue after a WICB board meeting scheduled for next Saturday.The three-hour meeting at the Spice Island Beach Resort focused primarily on the issue of the governance of West Indies cricket.Officials from both parties told the media that the meeting provided “frank, open and healthy” dialogue.However, reports from inside the meeting say the Board remained adamant, while the CARICOM leaders continued to insist on changes.”All of us are very clear. The issue of the governance and structure of West Indies cricket, this is the fundamental issue,” declared Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell the chair of CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Sub Committee, after the meeting.”The leadership of the region will not be able to duck away from that fundamental issue. That has to be the front burner issue for us.”Friday’s meeting was called by Dr Mitchell following the release of the report by the Cricket Review Panel in October, which called for the immediate dissolution of WICB.The panel was appointed by CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Subcommittee earlier this year to assess the governance structure of West Indies cricket and to make recommendations for reform.”The board indicated that it needed to also consult with its stakeholders, and after this, there will be other meetings to discuss how we go forward as far as the governance of West Indies cricket,” Dr Mitchell explained.”So that’s the leadership’s clear position as far as the way forward is concern”.Awaiting feedbackMeantime, the WICB says it is expecting feedback from the territories on the way forward for the governance of West Indies cricket during Saturday’s board meeting.”Once it goes back to the territorial boards and we get that feedback, it will be funnelled through that channel. It is important that the stakeholders who are most important in this factor have an opportunity to decide on the future of West Indies cricket,” said Carole Beckford, WICB’s head of marketing.Embattled WICB president Dave Cameron led the Board’s delegation but did not speak to the media.CARICOM’s delegation also included Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Barbados Sports Minister Stephen Lashley, Antigua and Barbuda’s Sports Minister Paul Greene and the foreign minister of the Bahamas Fred Mitchell.last_img read more

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Busy January for high-school track meets

first_imgWITH the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships set for March 15-19 and the World Junior Championships, one of several international meets for local high-school athletes on the 2016 calendar, it will be a shortened Christmas break for many under-20 athletes. Many high-school athletes are now in holiday camps at their various institutions and are on a break this weekend. The 2016 season starts in earnest on January 9 with meets at Jamaica College and Herbert Morrison High School. Both meets should be well supported as they will be used as qualifiers for Boys and Girls’ Championships. On January 16, three meets are scheduled. In Kingston, the Douglas Forrest Invitational is set for the National Stadium. Over in central Jamaica, Manchester High will host the Charlie Fuller field events meet, while at Kirkvine Oval, it will be the JAAA/Puma Development meet. January 23 will be the busiest track and field day for the month. As many as seven meets are scheduled. Most focus will be on Red Hills Road as Calabar High, the first high school in Jamaica to get a synthetic track, will be opening that track with the staging of the McKenley/Wint Invitational meet. Also in Kingston will be the Big Shot Invitational at the UWI/Usain Bolt Stadium. Following a year’s break due to the non availability of a track, the Central Hurdles and Relays meet will be hosted at the newly furbished G.C. Foster College track. On the North Coast, there will be the North Central Development meet in Discovery Bay, while in the east, Morant Bay High will stage the Howard Jackson Relays. In the west, Manning’s School will be the venue for the Field, Distance and Hurdles meet, while there will be the Treasure Beach Classics in St Elizabeth. On the last Saturday in January, the Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet will take the spotlight at the National Stadium, while in Discovery Bay at the Noranda Bauxite Sports Club, it will be the Deon Hemmings Classic. In St Elizabeth, the annual invitational meet will be held on the grounds of St Elizabeth Technical High in Santa Cruz.last_img read more

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Region 2 head teachers lament insanitary conditions at schools

first_imgA recent engagement with head teachers in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) has unearthed wide-ranging challenges that extend to the insanitary conditions under which educators work and students receive their education. The concerns were highlighted by Region Two Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Chairman Devanand Ramdatt, who disclosed that leaking roofs, as well as bee, termite and bat infestations; the need for landfilling and drainage, fencing and repairs to washrooms were among the issues plaguing schools in his district.Ramdatt specifically identified the challenges of the Reliance Nursery School, where reports surfaced that “snakes usually come into the school compound”.It was explained that the school requires repairs to solar panels and invertors. Ramdatt observed that once this many issues persist, they would have a negative impact on the school system since the “insanitary” conditions are “unhealthy and unsafe” and would result in a loss of teaching hours.“Parents and guardians [have] to provide funds to aid in repairs and maintenance,” the Region Two Chairman pointed out.He stated that the matter has been engaging the RDC whereby it was recommended that a timely intervention be made by the Regional Executive Officer (REO) and the engineering department to address the concerns.The RDC further noted the absence of a maintenance schedule for schools and their infrastructure, and there was a reactionary approach by the engineering department to complaints and the numerous requests to do repairs and maintenance. The Council further observed that capital and current projects should be implemented during the August vacation and school holidays when staff and students are not in school.last_img read more

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Audit into UG’s finances to begin in 2 weeks – Auditor General

first_imgIn light of the request recently made by the Education Ministry to have a special audit into the finances of the University of Guyana (UG), the Auditor General’s Office has already commenced the preparation stages to kick-start that process.This is according to Guyana’s Auditor General, Deodat Sharma, who told Guyana Times in an interview on Saturday that the “groundwork” will commence shortly.“We [Audit Office] were contacted and are planning to go in and start the special audit quite soon. I have contracted an auditor, outside of my office, who does work there, contracting an auditor [is] what is usually done by my office. I asked him to complete a Terms of Reference for this, this is in addition to the normal audit that takes place,” Sharma explained.Vice Chancellor of UG, Professor Ivelaw GriffithThe Auditor General noted that the Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry had officially written to him, requesting this special audit, but before his Office could begin its work, the necessary meeting had to take place.“Meetings were held with the Education Ministry officials, of course, they had to be held first so that we could be briefed.Then there were meetings with the Unions from UG but I am not at liberty to discuss what transpired in those meetings.However, what I can say is that I am hoping to go into UG to start the special audit within two weeks from now.”The request for the special audit came in light of an appeal made to the Ministry by the two workers’ unions at UG.However, the administration of the University on Thursday said such a move is welcomed so as to clear up any misinformation about the present financial state of UG.Auditor General of Guyana, Deodat Sharma“The administration welcomes the opportunity to clear the air on the allegations and assertions by the Unions and other individuals…We have long indicated such, both directly to the UG Unions and in my two recent memoranda to the University Community,” said Vice-Chancellor of UG, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, in the release.The request made by the two Unions to the Education Ministry birthed from the fact that UG’s administration, in January of this year, stated that the institution was not in a position to pay further salary increases for 2018, having paid a four per cent salary increase to academic staff and three per cent to non-academic staff, both tax-free, in December 2018.On February 13, 2019, in an update to the members of the UG Community on the industrial climate at Turkeyen and the call by the Unions for a forensic financial audit, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the administration is willing to have its financial position examined by any competent and independent auditor.Meanwhile, UG’s administration was accused of wanton spending, including hosting several events and standing the expenses of meals and accommodation for guest speakers.last_img read more

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APNU/AFC perpetrating brazen heist of Guyana’s Treasury – Jagdeo

first_imgThe coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, despite its complaints of finding an empty coffer, is in fact perpetrating a brazen heist of the Treasury through acts of cronyism and its doling out of large contracts without an competitive process.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo as he made his presentation in Parliament on FridayThis was the declaration made by Former President Bharrat Jagdeo, as he led an Opposition charge in a marathon debate in the National Assembly on Friday last.The House was at the time debating a motion calling on the members to adopt the policies that had been set out by Head of State, David Granger, when he addressed Parliament on October 13 last.The President during his address had accused the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration of cronyism in its presiding over numerous failed projects and had pointed to the $1 billion Kato Secondary School, among others.Public biddingJagdeo in taking umbrage with the President’s remarks sought to point out that what the President did not say is that each of the projects given out under the past administration was in fact done so using a public bidding process.“Every single one of the projects that he mentioned has problems with quality and underperformance but one thing I can say is that every single one of these contracts was publicly tendered,” said Jagdeo.He spoke of the use of public contractors and supervision from the public pool on all of the projects but sought to draw a contrast to the approach of the APNU/AFC administration.“Contrast this to the approach to rent the bond,” said Jagdeo in reference to a recent Cabinet decision to rent a Sussex Street property for the storage of drugs and medical supplies at a cost of $14.5 million per month.Jagdeo was adamant that there was absolutely no public tender for this contract which works out to $174 million per year or in excess of half a billion dollars over the three years.He pointed out too that “we know where the office (is) located for this company” in reference Linden Holdings Inc located in a Middle Street building, formerly the Sidewalk Café, owned by Government Minister Cathy Hughes.Jagdeo said that, “assuming Kato school has amortisation (repayment) of 10 years at $174 million a year we would have spent $1.7 billion.”“You complain about corruption and cronyism and you don’t see it,” Jagdeo quipped.Jagdeo also responded to President Granger’s assertion that the APNU/AFC Government had in fact inherited huge liabilities in the form of legal settlements.He was adamant however that this was not true in that Government did not inherit any such.He rubbished the well documented arguments regarding the Rudisa beverages settlement which he said pales in comparison to the out-of-court settlement involving Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL).Jagdeo is of the view that this transaction was done surreptitiously outside the view of the public and will in fact expose the Treasury to as much as $80 bilion in liabilities.Outlining his case that Government is in fact perpetrating a ‘brazen heist on the Treasury,’ Jagdeo pointed to the more than $400 million spent on the D’Urban Park Project, again undertaken by handpicked contractors, and called the transaction malodorous.“You pontificating and have these brazen acts of heist of the Treasury…. Do the comparatives, how can you stand with a straight face and talk about projects that we tendered,” Jagdeo charged.last_img read more

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Irish grandad begins epic Wild Atlantic Walk in Donegal

first_imgA 65-year-old man has embarked on an epic walking journey from Donegal this week – and has a very long road ahead of him.Jack O’Donohue, from Dublin, plans to walk all 2,500kms of the Wild Atlantic Way in support of the Children’s Medical Research Foundation providing vital funds to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and the National Children’s Research Centre.Jack started his trek at Muff in Co. Donegal on the morning of May 29th, setting off on foot for a challenge he expects to take at least three months to complete – not quite the ‘Bit of a Walk‘, as he calls it! Dressed for the weather at Inishowen HeadHis spirits are high in the early days of the journey and Jack is enjoying sharing photos of Donegal scenery he sees along the way.“I started this adventure two days ago. I’m amazed at the amount of Donegal people who are stopping offering lifts (which I cannot take), taking selfies (which I can).“My wife Brenda and myself love visiting Donegal but while walking I’m seeing the real beauty of this vast county. I’ll be walking for another couple of weeks in Donegal, so I hope to meet many more friendly people,” he told Donegal Daily.Jack saying goodbye to Brenda at MuffJack is hoping to stay overnight in hostels and B&Bs, but is also hoping that kind-hearted Donegal people can give him a place to stay as he passes through local communities. Following the route of the Wild Atlantic Way and barring any unforeseen significant incidents, he expects to reach Kinsale early September before his 45th wedding anniversary.Retired for over five years Jack said his family would rather he took a nap on the couch in the afternoon instead of gallivanting around the roads of Ireland. However, he said he is not ready to surrender to that just yet.So why is he doing this? “Well, Brenda and I have five children (grown up) and seven grandchildren from 19 years down to 9 months. We consider ourselves most fortunate that they have never had to avail of the wonderful care provider at Crumlin Hospital where many of the most seriously ill children and their families are cared for by a wonderful team of dedicated professionals. This is my way of giving thanks.”Jack is not out to set any records, just to go for “A Bit of a Walk”! You can follow his progress at www.facebook.com/2500klms where he will post daily updates and photos.This is a solo charity event but Jack would love people to join in as he moves through towns and villages. From time to time he will be joined by family and friends but all are welcome. To sponsor this event, you can donate to the Children’s Charity at: CMRF Crumlin | Event | A Bit of a WalkIrish grandad begins epic Wild Atlantic Walk in Donegal was last modified: June 1st, 2017 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:challengecharityCrumlin Children’s HospitalfundraisingWALKWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

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Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust approve Michael Eisner’s proposed takeover

first_img1 Pompey Supporters’ Trust shareholders have voted in favour of accepting ex-Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner’s takeover proposal for Portsmouth.Paul Cook’s side secured promotion by winning the League Two title as the south-coast club, who were in the top flight as recently as 2010, plot a return up the divisions.The PST, the club’s principal shareholder, controls 48.5 per cent of Portsmouth’s current ownership structure and have three members on the board of directors.The supporter shareholders were presented with a 48-page document as California-based Eisner, whose 70-day exclusivity period runs until June 1, also aims to invest an additional £10million in equity should the £5.67m deal go through.The 2,272 PST shareholders had until Friday evening to cast their vote on the offer of Eisner’s Tornante investment group to buy 100 per cent of the 2008 FA Cup winners.There was a 93.6 per cent turnout with 1,825 shareholders voting to sell the PST shares.The club’s 16 individual shareholders – ‘the Presidents’ – have also agreed to sell their stakes.A Portsmouth club statement read: “Seventy-five per cent of the Presidents have voted to sell their respective stakes in the club, representing 32.9 per cent of the club’s equity.“Together with the PST’s 48.5 per cent, this means 81.4 per cent of the club’s equity holding is in agreement with the sale. The threshold to approve a sale, as laid down in the shareholders’ agreement, is 75 per cent.”Discussions on the timeline for the formal takeover process will now begin.PST chairman Ashley Brown said in a statement: “This is true fan ownership and democracy at work. Our fans decided who the next owner of our club would be – and it will be Michael Eisner and Tornante.“The Trust board would like to wish Michael the very best of luck. We believe he understands the importance of the custodianship of Pompey and will be an owner all fans will be proud of.“We look forward to working with him, his family and Tornante for many years to come.” Ex-Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner is set to take over at Fratton Park last_img read more

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PSG beat Barcelona to signing of German starlet

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The defender was part of the Germany team that won the European Under-21 Championship in 2017 and caught the eye of several top clubs around Europe.Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel confirmed Kehrer, who was also a target for Barcelona, was due to sign a new deal before the big-money offer came in.He said: “In the end we decided to go for the transfer on financial grounds.“Particularly since the player’s contract is due to expire next year. impact How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? NEW ERA Kehrer impressed in the Bundesliga last season smart causal Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack gameday Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes center_img ALTERED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures highlights possible standings ✍️#WillkommenKehrer pic.twitter.com/QisVLl1uHs— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 16, 2018“A few weeks ago we had actually agreed a contract extension with Thilo.“If this offer from PSG were not to have come through, I’m sure he would have gone ahead with the extension.“Likewise if we had turned the offer down or in the unlikely event something was to stop this deal going ahead.” Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 1 Paris Saint-Germain have beaten Barcelona to the signing of German starlet Thilo Kehrer.The Ligue 1 champions confirmed the completion of a £33m deal for the Schalke academy star.Kehrer, 21, made 33 appearances for Schalke in all competitions last season and netted three times.last_img read more

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DONEGAL HOTEL ORDERED TO PAY €3,500 FOR CHILD FOOD POISONING CASE

first_imgAN award-winning Co Donegal hotel has been ordered to pay a six year old boy €3,500 for a bout of Gastroentritis he suffered after eating at the hotel.Letterkenny Circuit Court was told the boy suffered a 24 hour bout of the condition but has made a full recovery.He had been at Harvey’s Point Hotel with his parents in 2008 when he suffered the food poisoning illness. “The boy is now six but was 18 months old when this happened in 2008,” said counsel for the child Gareth Kinsella.“It was a 24-hour virus and the boy has no recollection of the incident now.”Mr Kinsella told Judge John O’Hagan that neither the boy nor his parents could be in court today as they were ill.But the boy’s grandmother was in court to represent them.Judge O’Hagan said he was sure the illness was ‘dreadful’ at the time and agreed the award and said it would be a good “nest egg” for the boy.DONEGAL HOTEL ORDERED TO PAY €3,500 FOR CHILD FOOD POISONING CASE was last modified: January 29th, 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) Tags:500 FOR CHILD FOOD POISONING CASEDONEGAL HOTEL ORDERED TO PAY €3harvey’s pointlast_img read more

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Oaks Christian halts Malibu’s 13-year, 82-game streak

first_img Turns out they were a year off. On Wednesday, Oaks Christian finally beat Malibu, claiming an 11-7 Frontier League victory to end the Sharks’ 82-game league winning streak. MALIBU – The history of Malibu High’s boys’ water polo team hangs in intimidating fashion on a wall around its pool. Eleven banners commemorating the school’s consecutive Frontier League titles look down on every opponent. Oaks Christian of Westlake Village didn’t need a reminder. Last year, in the same pool, the Lions thought they had the talent to bring Malibu’s reign to an end. They were wrong. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week One might suggest the win was a year in the making: Oaks Christian’s talented junior class finally played at a level that could beat the Sharks, whose streak has spanned 13 seasons. “They went a long time without losing, so it was definitely going to be tough to end (the streak),” said Oaks Christian’s Mike Blanchard, who scored three goals. “They weren’t going to let that streak go without having something to say about it.” Wednesday’s result wasn’t unexpected. Oaks Christian (23-1 overall, 2-0 Frontier) beat the Sharks 7-6 Saturday in the semifinals of the Oxnard tournament, the captured the title – its third tournament championship this season. Oaks Christian also thought it would beat Malibu at least once last year, but the Sharks won all three meetings – 16-10, 12-4 and 20-4. Jonnie Pare scored five goals and fellow junior Ryan Balikian added three for Oaks Christian. center_img “We’re growing up now, and we’re ready to take over the top spot in the Frontier League,” Balikian said. “Our goal now is to finish out the season without a loss and then get a high seed in playoffs, where we can do some damage.” Malibu was led by junior Joe Sloggy’s five goals, but it received only one goal from its top player, Sean O’Neill, who was under heavy pressure from Oaks Christian defenders from start to finish. “I knew the day would come – streaks are made to be broken,” Malibu coach Mike Mulligan said. “We played really well today, but we just came up against a strong Oaks Christian team that has really improved this year.” The question now is whether Malibu has ceded command of the league to Oaks Christian for good. Sloggy doesn’t think so. “We’re a little down this year,” Sloggy said. “But I think it’ll just be for next year. We lost two of our best players in the offseason. Blake (Hubbel) transferred to Royal, and Bennett Sherman is only playing football. But we’re still going to keep building and getting better.” Poll watching: La Canada remains the area’s highest-ranked team in a Southern Section poll. The Spartans, No. 2 in the Daily News rankings, are No. 1 in Div. III for the fifth straight week. The Div. IV poll is filled with local teams. Royal is fourth, Agoura fifth, Oaks Christian is seventh, Moorpark is eighth (dropping two spots after losing to Westlake 9-7 last week), and Westlake and Thousand Oaks round out the top 10. If the playoffs began today, Royal would be the first-place team in the Marmonte League, followed by Agoura, Westlake and Moorpark. Thousand Oaks would be left out. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com TOP 10 1. Harvard-Westlake 2. La Canada 3. Royal 4. Agoura 5. Oaks Christian 6. Westlake 7. Moorpark 8. Thousand Oaks 9. Malibu 10. Alemany 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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