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first_imgBrown’s Town need a win against Seaview Gardens today to qualify for the mid-season final in the Charley’s JB Rum/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League.Both teams will meet in the opening game of a double header at Constant Spring Complex today, starting at 6 p.m.In the second of the double-header, Real Mona face Maverley/Hughenden, starting at 8 p.m.The first game is of high interest as Zone B leaders Brown’s Town will be in the hunt for maximum three points to advance to next Friday’s mid-season final where they will face Maverley/Hughenden.Brown’s Town lead the zone with 13 points. They are followed by Rae Town (8) and Santos (7).The east Kingston-based Brown’s Town are in pole position. They could lose against Seaview and still contest the final. Rae Town’s game against Maverley/Hughenden ended prematurely last week after a stabbing incident with the teams locked at 1-1. KSAFA are yet to issue a ruling on that match.Santos could move onto the final if they win their two remaining games but other results go their way.The Browns Town camp are in a positive mood ahead of tonight’s game.”We will be very serious about this game as we want to be in the final,” coach of Brown’s Town, Karumie Huie, told The Gleaner yesterday.”The team started the season slowly by losing the first two league games, but has not lost since, having won four and drawn once in the last five games. We want to continue on that platform,” he said.In the late game, Maverley/Hughenden will look to preserve their winning streak in Zone A. The Maverley/Hughenden team, under the guidance of coach Lijasu Simms, has won six games in a row to be on maximum 19 points. They are seven points clear of second placed Barbican with a game to be played in the first round.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The ERC’s Report on GECOM’s hiring practice is devastating and humiliating for GECOM. Although the ERC did not explicitly say it, their description of the behaviour of GECOM’s high officials exposes a scandalous, shameful, disgraceful example of political malfeasance.Clearly, GECOM had something very sinister to hide. They stonewalled the ERC by a total refusal to submit evidence. Their non-cooperation was nothing but an inability to defend themselves from the charge of Commissioner Robeson Benn — that GECOM are practising bias and discrimination in their hiring practice.One thing is clear: senior officials of GECOM violated the law; cooperation with the ERC is not an option, it is required under the law. Failure to meet with the ERC and failure to submit documents requested by the ERC are both unlawful. GECOM is a constitutional, statutory body; it is not, and never was envisaged to be, another talk shop. It is a body with powers to reprimand. GECOM’s officials must be charged for not complying with the ERC’s requests for interview and for submission of documents.Whether people are hired or not hired because of their ethnicity or because of their perceived political belief, it is equally reprehensible and it is unlawful. In this context, therefore, was Vishnu Persaud denied the job of Deputy Chief Elections Officer because he was an Indo-Guyanese, or because he was not affiliated with the PNC (APNU/AFC), or is there any other reason?The ERC’s report is unequivocal: the non-renewal of Mr. Persaud’s contract or his non-hiring had nothing to do with his qualifications; his experience; his previous performance at GECOM, particularly in the relevant job; or his behaviour and inter-personal relationships.The ERC Report did not say it explicitly, but an objective examination of the ERC Report reveals that Mr Persaud was not hired because GECOM held that Persaud’s ethnicity was a negative, and this was compounded by his record of political impartiality.Persaud’s Indo-Guyanese ethnicity and his fierce political independence disqualified him in GECOM’s eyes. Even as GECOM try their best to be the loyal poodle of President Granger and APNU/AFC, as they abrogate the Constitution and refuse to prepare for elections as mandated by the Constitution, they are caught red-handed in the scandal of bias and discrimination.Even as the ERC tried their best to be generous and not ascribe ulterior, ugly motives on GECOM’s part, GECOM are guilty of discrimination and bias.The facts are incontrovertible. GECOM rejected the most qualified, most experienced, and the highest-scoring, highest-ranking candidate for the position of Deputy Chief Elections Officer. GECOM never had a problem with Persaud’s previous performance as the PRO and as the Deputy Chief Elections Officer. The ERC Report stated as follows: “Dr Surujbally was quite vocal. He described Mr. Persaud’s performance as PRO and as DCEO as very good. Persaud “held the fort as CEO on several occasions”, and was “an excellent scribe for the commission for 12 years.Further, apart from his very good work-related performances, Persaud was described “as being of good character; who employed tact, prudence, wisdom and honesty” in the discharge of his duties. Dr. Surujbally posited that Persaud has “vast institutional knowledge and memory” of the workings of the commission, he and could “vouch for his academic qualifications.”But the ERC report did not only provide the exact words of Surujbally praising Persaud’s work, the report cited the testimony of Keith Lowenfield, the present CEO: “In summary, the CEO described Persaud in good terms, good, interpersonal relationship, good work performances and job in his capacity as DCEO and undertook varied responsibilities associated with other jobs. The CEO concurred with the expression by the former Chairman that Persaud was “his best man, bright young fellow, best man for the company” and “yes, best for the benefit of the agency”.In spite of his qualifications and experience and his excellent job appraisals, vouched for by Persaud’s senior bosses, GECOM instead appointed a candidate that had no experience in elections. The rejected candidate happens to be an Indo-Guyanese, and he has had no history of being close to any political party. The appointed candidate happens to be an Afro-Guyanese and is known to be closely-associated with the PNC.So why did GECOM choose Ms Myers over Vishnu Persaud? Some say it is because of politics, others say it is because of race. Whichever it is, each is equally a potent poison pill, each is equally reprehensible; and in Guyana, either one is a crime.The ERC Report chooses to leave the conclusion up to people, but the report is filled with disgusting, scandalous, shameful examples of misbehaviour and political malfeasance by GECOM. One of the clear messages in the ERC Report is the unequivocal non-cooperation by senior GECOM officials. The Chairman of GECOM promised to address concerns and bring documentation to a meeting with GECOM. He never showed up, and he never delivered most of these important documents. Ms. Roxanne Myers, the person who was appointed as Deputy Chief Elections Officer, never showed up for an appointment with the ERC. Importantly, the Human Resources Director, Ms Marcia Crawford, refused to meet with the ERC.Not only did these officers not show up, they promised to deliver documents and never did. In addition to these officers not submitting documents, the Government commissioners made spurious allegations about the qualifications and job performance of Mr. Persaud without any documentation of their claims. They promised they would submit the documentation.The ERC never received those documents. The fact is that even if the ERC did not feel inclined to state the obvious, GECOM discriminated blatantly against Persaud. GECOM can pick their poison pill; race or politics; either way they are guilty of bias and discrimination, and must be held accountable.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

first_imgThis year’s 2nd Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) Conference highlights the importance of the youth’s participation in agriculture for employment opportunities.The conference was held at the Monrovia City Hall from Tuesday, April 29-30, bringing together over 500 participants in the business sector of Liberia. It spotlights agriculture and agri-business experiences in Liberia.Agriculture is essential to the development of Liberia as it is a very big industry with the potential to provide jobs for the vast majority of the youthful Liberian population. In spite of this, unemployment remains a major challenge facing young people in Liberia. This situation exists because of the belief among young people in the country that farming is not a worthy venture.Matthew Ndote of the USAID Advancing Youth Project, Nelson Kanneh of USAID Food and Enterprise Development Project and Junior Toe of the Community Youth Network Program Inc made presentations at the conference. They discussed strategies that would develop the Liberian youth’s interest in the agriculture sector.In separate presentations during the just ended two-day USAID-assisted Ministry of Commerce and Industry Micro/Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Conference 2014, the speakers said with a population of 3.8 million people in Liberia, 60% of that number constituted the youth. Out of said 60%, only 3% are involved in agriculture, whereas 70% of Liberia’s GDP is in the agriculture sector and there is still high unemployment among the youth.According to Mr. Kanneh, “agriculture has a poor image in many parts of Africa. Liberia is no exception.’” In his opinion, young people can be the catalyst to change that image and add skills and needed innovation. “Employing the nation’s youth would help reduce crime and social instability” he added.During his presentation, Mr. Junior Toe said “the sector has not provided enough information on opportunities with less labor. Information on quick income returns such as aggregators, sales agents, and managing farming records, machine operators and mechanics, extension technicians, short term labor services to farmers, and market intelligence / broker services must be shared with the youth.The session was moderated by USAID Advancing Youth Livelihood Coordinator, Matthew Ndote, who called on Liberian youth to develop and sustain their interest in agriculture and agronomic practices. He said these are things that will improve their economic situation and that of the country. Mr. Ndote said there are a lot of opportunities in Liberia that youth who wants to go into agriculture can take advantage off. He said they should not allow those opportunities to pass them by.The conference was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and some top government officials of Liberia, with the support of USAID FED, IBEX, Building Markets, IFC, and BSC Monrovia amongst other partners, stakeholders and civil society organizations. The objective of the event was to allow the government to take stock of the MSME sector in Liberia and help deliver key training workshops to assist MSMEs in all stages of development, and examine practical steps that other key players including banks, micro finance institutions, and concessionaires can take to promote sustainable growth leading to employment creation and jobs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgUnlike veterans of other sports, Ard has no pension to fall back on. As the booming stock-car series built by men such as Sam Ard heads to Daytona International Speedway this week to kick off its 59th season, NASCAR remains the only major-league sport without a pension plan. PAMPLICO, S.C. – The living room of Sam Ard’s brown double-wide trailer speaks to his short but successful NASCAR career. Trophies surround the fireplace and crowd its mantel. Plaques and pictures dot the living room walls. What’s not there speaks to Ard’s life after NASCAR, the two championship rings and a handful of grandfather clocks from Martinsville Speedway that he sold because “we was running short on cash.” Few in NASCAR are arguing for a fund to help today’s drivers, who make millions from team contracts and even more from race purses and merchandise sales. Jeff Gordon, the sport’s all-time money leader, has won a record $82,366,716 through 14 full seasons and isn’t sure what the responsibility should be. “We don’t want to make NASCAR go broke like some other companies out there with pension plans have done,” said the four-time Nextel Cup champion. “We all need to be responsible for our actions.” But if NASCAR wants to argue it rivals other sports in popularity, Gordon said officials shouldn’t be surprised when drivers ask for similar benefits. “We are now competing with the NFL, basketball, the NHL,” Gordon said. “And so, should we be compared to them on every level? And when it comes to this subject, there is no comparison. I mean, I don’t even think we are on the board.” Old-timers have lobbied for years for some sort of fund to help repay the men, like Ard, who contributed to the sport and now are struggling to make ends meet. “It would almost cost nothing,” said Jack Ingram, the 1985 Busch champion. “It wouldn’t be many people that’s not wealthy that contributed a lot to this sport, but they’re … destitute. (Ard’s) a NASCAR champion; he’s living in a trailer house. It shouldn’t be that way.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “You can drive for NASCAR, but when it’s over, it’s over. You get nothing,” Ard said. “When you fall out of racing or something happens to you, it seems like NASCAR just forgets about you. It’s your friends and the people around the race track who have to remember you and keep you going.” Other leagues have pensions. Today’s 10-year veterans in baseball will receive a six-figure annual payout beginning at age 62. Even middle-of-the-road professional golfers can pile up millions under the PGA Tour’s deferred-compensation plan, which puts money away for players based on performance. An NFL player with six seasons between 1998 and 2003 will get about $2,500 a month beginning at age 55, and the NBA has a similar plan. The NHL contributes about $45,000 per year to retirement accounts for veterans. The ATP and WTA tours make annual contributions averaging between $7,500 and $9,500 to retirement accounts for each tennis player. NASCAR’s policy always has been that its drivers are “independent contractors” who bear full responsibility for their finances, health care, retirement and life insurance. last_img read more

first_img Luis Suarez in action for Barcelona 1 Barcelona have rushed to the defence of former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez after another disappointing performance.The Uruguyan struggled to have an impact in his side’s 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, especially after he missed a sitter in the first-half.Suarez has got five goals in 16 Barca games but is yet to hit the heights the club would have dreamed of when they shelled out £75m for him in the summer.Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: “We have very high expectations, he is a great player. He has the support and the affection of the people.”Meanwhile, coach Luis Enrique said: “Perhaps he didn’t have the fortune to score today but he fixed himself to the centre-backs very well, he gave us solutions, he was a danger near the area. The goals will come, there are no doubts with him.”last_img read more

first_img Michel Platini The Football Association has announced it has suspended its support for Michel Platini for the FIFA presidency until the conclusion of a legal process.A statement on the FA website reads: “The FA supports the statement issued by UEFA on Thursday 15 October concerning the ethics case against Michel Platini.“This statement expressed respect for the significant work performed by Mr Platini at UEFA, requested that he be afforded due process in contesting the charges, and encouraged the relevant bodies involved to reach a final decision on the merits of the case by mid-November.“The FA wishes Mr Platini every success in fighting these charges and clearing his name, and has no interest in taking any action that jeopardises this process.“However, notwithstanding the above, at the UEFA meeting on Thursday, The FA learnt more information relating to the issues at the centre of this case from Mr Platini’s lawyers. “We have been instructed that the information must be kept confidential and therefore we cannot go into specifics.“As a result of learning this information, The FA Board has on Friday morning concluded that it must suspend its support for Mr Platini’s candidature for the FIFA Presidency until the legal process has been concluded and the position is clear.“A decision can then be taken on who to support in the Presidential election on 26 February 2016.” 1last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsHe noted that Google’s January launch of a search engine under a Chinese domain name already has helped trigger congressional hearings and drawn widespread media attention. Shareholders otherwise were mostly upbeat. The mood reflected the performance of Google’s stock, which has climbed by 70 percent during the past year. Google’s shares dropped $15.98, or 4 percent, to close Thursday at $387 on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. That kind of volatility bothers Stephen Moress, who traveled from Los Angeles to attend Thursday’s meeting.”It’s been a real roller coaster and a little scary,” said Moress, who owns 1,000 Google shares. “They need to come up with a better plan to communicate with the press and put a better spin on things.” MOUNTAIN VIEW – Google Inc. shareholders mostly praised management during the online search engine leader’s annual meeting Thursday, hailing a company that has created $55 billion in investor wealth during the past year. The only serious criticism during the 75-minute meeting attended by about 200 shareholders focused on Google’s recent decision to censor some of its search results in China to adhere to the country’s restrictions on free speech. Google co-founder Sergey Brin sparred briefly with the critic, Tony Cruz of Amnesty International USA. Brin pointed out that rival search engine Yahoo had been cooperating with China far longer and has even gone so far as to turn over information from e-mail accounts that have helped land dissidents in jail. Reiterating previous management comments on the issue, Brin said Google believes its presence in China ultimately will force the government to become less repressive. 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

first_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Maurizio Sarri could make former Liverpool flop Suso one of his first signings as Chelsea manager.The Italian is primed to replace fellow countryman Antonio Conte after the Blues confirmed Conte’s sacking on Friday. Latest Transfer News Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM The former Napoli boss is reportedly close to landing Jorginho this summer but it appears Suso is also on his radar.Calciomercato.com has claimed Sarri sees the AC Milan man as the perfect player to slot into his 4-3-3 formation that he hopes to implement at Chelsea.However, the Blues could face competition for Suso’s signature as Roma are also monitoring his situation. IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets REVEALED 1 targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Sarri is on the verge of becoming the next Chelsea boss last_img read more

first_imgCrew members of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were on hand recently to help launch the newly established Bundoran Lobsters and Lettuce Festival which will take place this July.Volunteer crew members Brian Faulkner and Daimon Fergus kept the live lobsters under control as local chefs, dignitaries, secondary school students and surfers gathered to officially launch the festival which will take happen from July 4th to 6th.As part of the community oriented festival, Bundoran RNLI will stage a demonstration with the rescue helicopter from Sligo which will display the cooperation between the two rescue services. Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Bundoran RNLI Shane Smyth said: “It’s great to see a community festival like this happening in the town – the RNLI is a big part of the community here and we are delighted to be asked to participate in this event.“Letting the general public see how the lifeboat works under controlled conditions is a vital part of sea safety education. No doubt our volunteer crew will be looking forward to sampling the delights that the Lobsters and Lettuce Festival has to offer.” BUNDORAN RNLI GET READY FOR LOBSTERS AND LETTUCE FESTIVAL was last modified: March 12th, 2012 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) Tags:BUNDORAN RNLI GET READY FOR LOBSTERS AND LETTUCE FESTIVALlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 10-10-17Not a lot of change in the overall forecast pattern this morning, but we do have a few tweaks to our forecast…mostly finessing the timing of our next two rain events. Today we should start with decent sun, but clouds will building this afternoon as our next system pushes across the western and central Corn Belt. Rains will actually begin in Indiana sooner today, and that means we need to be on the lookout sooner here too.Rains will start this evening and overnight over the state and will fill in nicely through tomorrow as well. We are leaving rain totals alone this morning for the entire event. That means we are looking at rain totals of .25”-1” over about 70% of the state. We are pulling back on the coverage of this rain event because it looks to try and pull a little farther north and may leave out southern parts of the state from any significant rains. And, while we still look for the best rains to be north, we are going to expand it to the entire northern part of the state, rather than just saying the northeast gets the best rains. Minor changes to be sure, but still, worth making them this morning. Rains will finish off in most areas by sunset tomorrow. The map above shows potential rainfall through tomorrow evening.We still look for a dry Thursday- Friday-Saturday period over the state, but have some concern this morning about lingering clouds at least Thursday into Friday. WE do not think these clouds deliver any new precipitation, but it may lead to slower drying due to less than full sun. Still, it should not be a bad period, and we do continue to see temps normal to above normal along with increasing winds as we finish the week and start the weekend. This should back up our claim of good drying weather ahead of our next system.That system is on track for Sunday arrival, but we are limiting rain Sunday to the northern third of the state. This rain and thunderstorm action on Sunday likely fires off along a pseudo-warm front boundary, and will act as such. Rains over the northern third of the state will be from .25”-1”, with coverage at nearly 80% of areas north of US 30. South we see nothing. But, a cool front does sweep through very early Monday morning through Monday midday, and will bring a few hundredths of an inch to .25” to most of the state. That means we see most of our concern about field work delays staying up north, and a large part of southern Ohio will not see a lot of rain this weekend.Behind that system we are back to dry weather for all of next week. WE have a strong high pressure dome taking control from Monday through Friday. Temps will be near normal, and sunshine should aid drying. However, winds are not going to be as strong as before the Sunday system. Our next front to watch should be remains in our peripheral vision for late the 21st and mostly the 22nd. This front still looks great to our west, and as long as it holds together, will bring us rain potential of at least .25”-.75” over 75% of the state.last_img read more