INSPORTS in limbo

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) has found itself in a bind as the role of the administrative director, Ian Andrews, particularly as it relates to signing powers, has not been restored – as mandated – by the board of directors, which is led by Don Anderson.As a result, 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.And only last week, one creditor, Edward Cooke, filed for compensation by the agency through his lawyer, for monies ($619,000) owed by INSPORTS.The issue is long-running, since September last year when Andrews was sent on administrative leave and his signing powers revoked by the board, following appraisal by the Auditor General’s Department.The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), which mediates on behalf of government workers, intervened and cited discrepancies in the removal, noting that it was unconstitutional.It said the decision to send Andrews on administrative leave was not in line with public-sector leave protocol and instructed Andrews to remain in his job as the board acted irrational and without foundation.The JCSA also insisted that Andrews’ signing powers be restored and even warned against the current dilemma facing the Institute, as a result of the administrative director’s signing restrictions.”This goes against proper governance … and will impair the smooth running of operations,” a portion of the letter from the bargaining unit shared.Further, it said because the bank had already accepted on the board’s request to relieve Andrews of signing power, it called on Anderson to make the corrective changes with the bank to restore such privileges.Since then, the Ministry of Finance and the permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister have instructed Anderson to restore the signing powers of the administrative director. However, he has refused.The request was first made at a meeting between representatives of government ministries, the INSPORTS board and Andrews.In a letter to Anderson dated November 9, 2015, Alison McLean, chief technical director, Ministry of Finance, called for the expedition of the removal of the administrative leave and that “any consequential arrangements that were predicated on that instruction be rescinded from the date of the correspondence as agreed in the October 6, 2015 meeting”.A second letter to Anderson, dated November 18, 2015, from Elaine Foster-Allen, permanent secretary attached to the OPM, instructed: “Following our conversation this morning (Foster-Allen-Anderson), I write to confirm that the directives issued in relation to the administrative leave of administrative director Ian Andrews, which has been withdrawn, also indicated that his authority to sign on behalf of the Institute of Sports has been restored.”Please be kind enough to indicate that this has been done.”When The Gleaner asked Anderson about his refusal to follow the directives, he gave no clear answer.”That is a redundant question (why Andrews’ signing power is not restored). When you spoke to me last week I told you exactly what the position was … The thing about it is that I have answered this question already, unless you are trying to stoke up something else,” he said.”Talk to me in a few days time and all will be clear, hopefully. But I have to be sensible about my response, so later on we will talk,” he promised.last_img read more

Energy-efficient lights to save Govt $2.8M annually

first_imgThe Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) has estimated that the State will be able to rake in .8 million in savingsOfficials from the GEA installing the energy efficient streetlightsper year, following the installation of 65 energy efficient streetlights.The GEA recently replaced 65 High Pressure Sodium Vapor (HPSV) street lamps with 65 energy efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lamps as part of its ongoing energy efficiency programme.The HPSV lamps were rated at 250 watts each while the new LED lamps are rated at 100 watts each. The switch is expected to lead to significantly lower energy consumption rates. Fifty-eight of the lamps were installed at Timehri, while four and three were installed at the Umana Yana and Camp and Lamaha Streets, respectively.The Government presently operates about 6000 HPSV street lamps, rated at 250 watt and 5000 lamps within the different municipalities rated at 175 watts, which accrue a yearly operational cost of approximately $653.7 million per year while consuming 10.4 million kWh of energy.However, through the use of 100W LED lamps, it is possible to significantly reduce the cost that the current street lighting systems incur. It is estimated that the 65 LED lamps that were installed will reduce the annual energy consumption by 42,705 kWh, saving G$2,800,166.85 per year. The simple payback period for these lamps is 1.07 years and the lamps have an estimated lifespan of 11 years.In order to determine which lamp was best suited for use in the pilot project, studies were carried out by GEA’s engineers. The engineers, led by Energy Engineer Leon DeSouza, were assisted by a team of Engineers from the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Street Light Division.“We were able to determine which lamps presented the best wattage and design to meet the necessary requirements,” explained DeSouza.He continued, “The energy efficient lamps compared were 40, 60, 80, 100 and 120 Watt LED lamps and the 80, 100 and 120 Watt induction lamps. It was concluded that the 100 Watt LED lamps could be used for commercial roadways and 40 Watt LED lamps could be used for minor roads.”In keeping with its mandate to develop and encourage the development and utilisation of sources of energy other than sources presently in use and to carry out research into all sources of energy (including those sources presently used in Guyana), the GEA will continue to explore, install, and monitor energy efficient streetlight technologies with the aim of gaining knowledge and thereby make recommendations that will guide decisions with regards to street lighting.The GEA is calling on all municipalities, Neighbourhood Democratic Councils, and civic groups to take advantage of the benefits of energy efficiency by installing only energy efficient street lights.last_img read more

My Father, Mentor, Friend and Gentle Hero

first_imgIndividuals at different times in their lives choose to celebrate a year, a month or a day… this is primarily because that period has a significant meaning to that person. 2003 may not be the only period in the history of Liberia, but 2003 was the period that would determine Liberia’s fate in the comity of nations. If 2003 had not been done properly many of the milestones we celebrate as a nation and people would not have happened.In my life 2003 is special period that would begin with his curiosity about what we intended to accomplish – would later morph into a father-daughter relationship. I praise God that I got to know Chair B or my pa (as I would affectionately call him) in 2 categories (a politician and a father).As a politician I would put him in a class with the late Mandela; Nelson Mandela is celebrated globally for his generosity of spirit-the ability to forgive even after great wrong has been done.Chair B’s generosity of spirit was what Liberia needed in 2003-In his online tribute to Chairman Bryant Chief Cyril Allen called him “Even Tempered”, I believe without a doubt that God knew this was what Liberia needed to come  out of the abyss of war.As a politician he would validate the work of ordinary women-never playing the class or social status card. Even when we accused him and/or disagreed on policies and the handling of affairs he never tried to divide us. He would listen patiently, seek clarity and calmly explain his prospective. Today, Liberian women can brag globally about their role in the peace proves because he give us the visibility; we can brag globally about having a rape law, because of his belief in a woman’s right to life, justice and empowerment.At the personal level I got to know a keen listener, a God-fearing man and a father who believed in, and cared about, my life, my work and my children (asking specific questions about their welfare, especially after my sister’s death) and always wanted time with them. I would get to know a man who had no space in his heart for grudges.After his release from prison, I remember sitting with him talking about his detention and subsequent release-he sat quietly with a smile on his face allowing me to talk and then finally said; “Leymah my joy is that God vindicated me and I have no bitterness. Leymah sometimes you need to learn to ‘let go”…Little did I know that the ultimate test of your lesson on letting go would be at this moment, the time of your death.Tonight, I have come full circle in my friendship and interaction with you. I thank you for loving me like your own child, I thank you for the times you honestly advised me about life; I thank you for your patience with my childish questions and ranting. I thank you for opening your heart and home to my children and I.Our last conversation was April 12, you called to check on me and made me promise as usual to take of myself, the children and stop talking big big things in the people’s business. I promise to take care of myself and the children; I will do my best not to talk big, big things in the people’s business.Rest in Peace Pappy, Rest in Peace Chair B. Rest in Peace, the biggest Barca fan I knew; rest in Peace my gentle hero. You did your work, you finished your course… it is not the length of your days that I count, but the quality of your earthly journey.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Oregon beats Arizona easily; Cal is up next

first_imgNo. 11 Washington St. 74, Washington 64: Taylor Rochestie scored 20 points, including 11 over the final 6 minutes, and Washington State pulled away to beat Washington in the quarterfinals. The Cougars’ 25th win was the second most in school history, matching the 1916-17 team. Their third victory ever in Pac-10 tourney play advanced them to tonight’s semifinals against third-seeded USC. Derrick Low added 15 points, Robbie Cowgill 14 and Kyle Weaver 13 for Washington State (25-6). LOS ANGELES – Oregon coach Ernie Kent received a pleasant surprise Thursday. The tight game he expected with Arizona didn’t happen. Tajuan Porter and Aaron Brooks burned Arizona with their long-range shooting, combining for nine 3-pointers, and the Ducks beat the Wildcats 69-50 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament. “The last four games we’ve played them have come down to the last two minutes,” Kent said. “I thought this would be another of those games.” Oregon will meet California in tonight’s semifinals at Staples Center. center_img 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

James Tomkins backs West Ham new boy to prove ‘nightmare’ to rivals

first_img1 Victor Moses West Ham defender James Tomkins says the club has made a ‘nightmare’ signing.The centre-back knows summer addition Victor Moses inside out having played with him for various England youth sides.And he knows he the on-loan Chelsea man will keep Hammers rivals up all night with his trickery down the wing“I know Victor Moses fairly well from our time playing together for England,” Tomkins said.“He was brilliant for Stoke last season and is a nightmare to mark. The lads have already seen that in training. He can be a match-winner on his day and I will try and help him settle in as I know him well.“He is a similar age to me and he wants to play games. He is playing for a massive club like Chelsea and they have offered him a new deal which shows what they think of him.“But for him to come here and play first-team football is something he is seeking to do.“I think it is good business for the club and we have strengthened areas of the squad that we needed to and it was great recruitment.”last_img read more

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri admits ‘it’s difficult to say’ when England star was last fully fit

first_img1 Jamie Vardy Claudio Ranieri insisted Jamie Vardy will be ready for Euro 2016 – despite not knowing when the Leicester striker was last fully fit.The boss has revealed England forward Vardy had not trained for the last month as he battled a groin injury – which eventually needed surgery earlier in January.He has also played with an ankle injury and broken wrist this season but is the Barclays Premier League’s 15-goal joint top scorer.Vardy returned to play after 71 minutes of Leicester’s 1-0 win at Tottenham on Wednesday and Ranieri expects him to be fine for England’s European Championship campaign in the summer.He said: “He should be fit when he arrives there, slowly he will get better.“That doesn’t mean getting better means he will score more goals but he will feel better.“It difficult to say [when he was last fit], it’s important he continues to play. If he doesn’t train very well it’s important he keeps going to play. The match is like a training session for him.“Jamie will start to make training sessions with us, he’s getting better. It’s important, it’ll [be] ‘yes or no’ as to how I manage him.“It’ll depend on the match and if I see he’s a little tired. I prefer to manage him during the training session. The important players must play every time and get some rest during the week.”England face Russia, Wales and Slovakia in France with Vardy having forced his way into Roy Hodgson’s squad last year.He is expected to face Aston Villa when the Foxes go to the basement boys on Saturday with Jeff Schlupp still out with a hamstring injury. Leicester are second, behind leaders Arsenal on goal difference following Robert Huth’s winner at White Hart Lane, and Ranieri knows he must protect all of his squad from fatigue.He added: “In this moment it’s much better to recover than the training sessions. It will be the problem of the teams who stay in the Champions League. In June it will be the national teams’ problems.”last_img read more

Canyons offers course on Southwest

first_imgVALENCIA – College of the Canyons is offering a spring semester anthropology class that looks at the first settlers of the Southwest in a class called “Indians of the Southwestern United States.” The course will focus on the culture and history of the Southwest and the environmental adaptations, archaeology, history and ethnography of the American Indian people. Anthropology 215, offered from 7 to 9:50 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 8 on the Valencia campus, will be taught by Michael Mauer, whose work with the Gene Autry and Southwest museums makes him an expert on the Southwest. “My mother’s family were Arizona `pioneers,’ arriving in the territory in 1868, pretty early for Anglos. I spent a lot of time in the desert when I was a kid, and have always loved that country, its history and its people,” Mauer said. “I find that the more I learn about the Southwest, the less I know, and the more interesting it becomes.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Mauer remains involved with the Southwest Museum in its docent-training program, giving lectures and other presentations on American Indians of the Southwest. Topics discussed in the class will include the archaeological background of the Phoenix and Tucson areas and their elaborate irrigation systems, the prehistoric cities of Chaco Canyon, N.M., and the Pueblo, Navajo and Apache cultures. The class also covers the historical relations of American Indians to the Spanish, Mexican and Anglo cultures and explores the impacts they had on one another. “What is so great about this class is that it allows students to have an intimate and hands-on experience with Southwestern Indian art and technology – culture and history become tangible,” Mauer said. The three-unit course is transferable to both the University of California and the California State University systems, and meets the diversity requirement for an associate degree at College of the Canyons. For information about this class and how to register, visit the college’s Web site at www.canyons.edu or call (661) 259-7800. last_img

Kern County election update

first_imgA Kern County ballot measure that would bar Los Angeles from sending its sewage sludge north for use as a fertilizer held a strong lead in early returns Tuesday. Los Angeles officials were disappointed but not surprised. Most residents of rural Kern County residents abhor the thought of metropolitan Los Angeles spreading 750 tons per day of treated human waste on farmland, and Measure E was epected to easily pass. If approved, the ban would take effect in si months. Los Angeles now spends $7 million a year to truck its sludge to Kern County. It could cost the city up to $21 million more per year to truck its sludge to Arizona. unless legal or legislative challenges stall the ban. Los Angeles is evaluating its options, according to a statement from the city’s Department of Public Works. The city defended the use of treated sewage sludge, or biosolids, as safe and responsible. “For the past 12 years, the city has land-applied biosolids at Green Acres (Farm) with no negative effects in Kern County,” the statement said. “As a result of Measure E, highly treated biosolids originating outside of Kern County will be banned, while dirtier, lower-quality biosolids from within the county will continue to be applied.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want 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

‘A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED’ AT REGIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE, LETTERKENNY

first_imgThe Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny is to show a powerfuldocumentary tomorrow night about the plight of the Roma people from the Holocaust to the present day.As part of the The Foyle Intercultural Film Festival, the RCC is togive a free showing of A People Uncounted at 8pm on Wednesday.Watch the official movie trailer by clicking play.  ‘A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED’ AT REGIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE, LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 27th, 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:letterkenny‘A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED’ AT REGIONAL CULTURAL CENTRElast_img read more

Men’s Basketball To Host Ranked Wichita State

first_imgThe Drake University men’s basketball team closes out its two-game homestand on Tuesday evening when it welcomes No. 25/24 Wichita State for the Shockers’ annual visit to the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the contest being broadcast regionally on Mediacom MC22 and streamed via The Valley On ESPN3.Tuesday will also be a ‘Blue Out’ for the Bulldogs with the team asking all fans to wear blue. The first 1,000 students in attendance will receive a free blue t-shirt courtesy of Jethro’s. Also one fan will have the opportunity to win a Ford Fusion, courtesy of Noble Auto Group, and the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau will give away 750 free cupcakes.The Bulldogs return to their home court following an 82-66 loss to UNI on Saturday to fall to 6-18 overall and 1-11 in MVC action. Wichita State is coming off of its first conference loss of the season to stand at 11-1 in the league and 17-6 overall. The Shockers have won 12 of their last 13 games to earn their top-25 ranking. Drake sophomore Ore Arogundade has averaged 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in the last six games. At Indiana State, Arogundade had a career-high 15 points with eight rebounds. Against Loyola and Missouri State he had then career highs of 12 points and added a career-high nine rebounds against Bradley.Freshman center Dominik Olejniczak has also seen his offensive production surge as he is 24-of-28 from the field in the last seven games. In his first career start, he scored 13 points with seven rebounds against UNI. Arogundade and Olejniczak’s efforts on the glass have helped Drake outrebound its last five opponents.The Bulldogs hope to continue that trend, but face a WSU squad that outrebounds its opponents by nearly four per game. Following Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs return to the road to close the season series at SIU on Saturday at 3 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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