sp-Insports makes shot for Mini Basketball Programme

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) announced an investment of $1.568 million towards the development of a Mini Basketball Programme.Mini basketball is a programme to introduce boys and girls under-12 to the rudiments of the sport and in competition they will both play on the same teams.Speaking at a function at the Holy Family Primary school to launch the initiative on Thursday, INSPORTS administrative director, Ian Andrews, spoke of the agency’s thrust at developing sports at the youth level, especially for children 12 years and under.”We will continue to develop sports and this initiative is the way forward, to start at the grassroots level,” Andrews cited.The programme will concentrate on the parishes of St James, St Catherine and the Corporate Area (Kingston and St Andrew) and will accommodate approximately 40 primary schools, plus three strategic community-based under-12 clusters that were recently established.Community clusters of approximately 40 under-12 youths each will be drafted from Majesty Gardens, Arnett Gardens and Rae Town.The primary schools component of the programme will see INSPORTS personnel and other selected coaches visiting schools to conduct training sessions for students and technical workshops for Physical Education teachers.The 2015-16 phase of the project will culminate with regional school tournaments in the three pilot parishes, after which qualified schools will meet in the national ‘Champion of Champions’ tournament.Sports officer/coach, Calvin Martin, who is also the development executive at the Jamaica Amateur Basketball Association, welcomed the partnership with INSPORTS, which has come after almost two years of negotiations and planning.last_img read more

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Building Materials Company Sues Mary Broh for US$15K Debt

first_imgThe controversial General Services (GSA) Director, Mary T. Broh, is in trouble again. This time, her ordeal came about after several failed arrangements to have the agency settle arrears it allegedly owed the Fawh Building and General Goods Incorporated, in the amount of US$15,205.The money is allegedly due the company for building materials it supplied the GSA. For that reason, the company this month filed a lawsuit against Madam Broh at the Commercial Court to force her to pay the debt.In the suit, the company alleged that Director Broh allegedly wrote the management on October 9, 2013, requesting it to supply on credit building materials that were needed for the preparation of a high level conference in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County.The court documents further alleged that based upon the agency’s statutory mandate to purchase and procure materials for the construction on behalf of the government, they wasted no time to supply the needed items.The records also claimed that because of Director Broh’s commitment and integrity after she expressed her entity’s preparedness to repay the debt, the company had no fear supplying the building materials to the GSA.Court documents also claimed that Director Broh in her letter asking for the materials requested Fawh’s management to attach the list of items, submit them with an invoice and deliver the order so as to facilitate subsequent payment. The lawsuit alleged further that they adequately complied with the instruction.They claimed that since the request for credit was made through Director Broh’s letter, they have for the past four years been engaged in reminding her about her obligation to the amount of US$15,205, which she is yet to pay.“Broh has neglected and refused to respond to the company’s numerous calls reminding her to settle her obligation,” the documents alleged.At times, the court records claimed, Broh would call and make promises of payment, which she has never lived up to, up to the time of filing the suit.“The four years of deliberate refusal by Madam Broh to settle her agency’s obligation and a letter dated February 22 reminding her of the debt and her commitment,” the company explained in the lawsuit, “and after all attempts had failed including sending SMS messages, we resolved to bring the lawsuit against Madam Broh to recover our money.” Madam Broh and the GSA are yet to respond to the lawsuit.First LawsuitIn 2015, the GSA director, who led a Presidential taskforce “to give the city of Monrovia a facelift”, was taken to the Supreme Court for ‘illegally’ destroying some properties in Monrovia during a cleanup campaign late last year.Madam Broh and others were sued by some aggrieved citizens whose properties were destroyed in Monrovia and its environs by the Taskforce.Human rights lawyer Dempster Brown instituted the lawsuit on behalf of the aggrieved citizens.In a petition filed at the Supreme Court on December 1, 2015, by the petitioners’ legal counsel, the aggrieved citizens alleged that their properties, including structures, were destroyed without due process by Madam Broh and her team.They also said their properties were destroyed because, according to Madam Broh, the citizens violated the zoning law and the city ordinance by building in alleyways.But they argued that Madam Broh should have instituted legal actions against them if they violated the zoning laws and city ordinances, instead of breaking their respective structures.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Senators Support Election of Superintendents, Mayors but…

first_imgSenator J. Gbleh-bo Brown, Chairman on Internal AffairsThe Senate committee on Internal Affairs and Good Governance has presented to plenary “a comprehensive work” on a bill known as Local Government Law of Liberia 2017, with many senators cautiously welcoming it.The Bill was presented to the legislature by the Executive Branch of Government in August, 2015 and subsequently passed by the House of Representatives in December of the same year and sent to the senate for concurrence.For two years, the senate, through its relevant committee with the involvement of local and international experts and traditional leaders, conducted three public hearings in Buchanan, Ganta, and Tubmanburg respectively.During yesterday’s debate, which followed a long PowerPoint presentation by Chairman of Internal Affairs Committee Gbleh-bo Brown in the Chambers of the senate, many senators who participated welcomed the provision in the Bill that called for the decentralization of the country through the election of local government authorities, especially superintendents, commissioners and mayors, but spoke against the election of chiefs.Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman, who displayed a huge consignment of Liberia Law Review books, among many arguments, welcomed the election of superintendents and commissioners but did not include chiefs, whom he said work under the “higher-ups.”Sen. Sherman urged that his colleagues, who are against the election of superintendents, should not see themselves as being threatened by the strengthening of local government, and suggested that the committee introduce a standardized criteria for qualifications for the creation of cities, statutory districts and other local government structures.However, Liberia being a unitary state, Article 56 (A) says, “All cabinet ministers, deputy and assistant cabinet ministers, ambassadors, … superintendents and other government officials, both military and civilian are appointed by the President. But the ‘B’ says, there shall be elections of paramount, clan and town chiefs by the registered voters… to serve for a term of six years.”Constitutionally, Liberia currently has 113 cities, with Sinoe and Grand Kru counties having 42 and 32 cities each.Sen. Brown at a press conference yesterday expressed the belief that decentralization will strengthen the country’s resolve for peace, adding: “Since 1847, governance system has been heavily centralized, with every major decision, activity, direction coming from Monrovia and decisions handed down to the local people, so decentralization is to give the legal regulatory framework some of the powers back to the people.”Brown maintained that citizens want to participate in decisions as to the running of the country as well as decide their own fate from the clan, chieftain, the district and to the county levels.“Every county is going to have a development plan and agenda through the Social Development Fund, and this calls for a decentralized plan using the participatory approach, which eventually brings ownership and helps bring about sustainability and peace,” Sen. Brown said. He served as Maryland County Superintendent during the regime of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Sen. Brown furthered that passage of the Bill will promote economic development in the counties, as the law will empower every county to collect some level of revenues that will be used for their own activities, while at the same time helping the central government.Administratively, Brown assured the passage of the Bill will help in the harmonization and rationalization of the country’s local structures, adding: “The current system is overlapping, with some countries having a proliferation of cities and structures.“So if this bill is passed, it is going to standardize the creation of cities, statutory districts and it will make sense out of our current local government structures,” Sen. Brown said.He admitted, however, that the law as proposed is not perfect with some questions, which he said the committee has plans to remove.He maintained that his committee is convinced that the benefits to be accrued from the Bill outweighs some of the concerns harbored by other senators.He told reporters that his committee is convinced that the Bill will be passed before the end of May.Meanwhile, Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf, who was present at yesterday’s debate, informed senators that his ministry has already commenced the process of boundary harmonization, “which is a very important component of the Local Government Bill, and prerequisite to some of the conditions for its passage.”However there are concerns that the passage of such a bill could be a first step towards the holding of a national referendum on the issue, since Article 56 clearly provides for county superintendents to be appointed by the president and that they shall hold office at the pleasure and will of the president. Anything to the contrary will constitute a blatant violation of the constitution, according to a prominent lawyer(name withheld).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sugar production slumps to 25-year low

first_img…”Grave miscalculation” by top management – GAWUSugar production has slumped to its lowest in 25 years, and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), while criticising the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) management for the state of the industry, has pointed out this is no justification for the non-payment of Annual Production Incentive (API).This was disclosed at GAWU’s end of year briefing where it was noted that 2016 was “a dismal year” which included many setbacks that affected the workers.GAWU’s General Secretary Seepaul Narine told the media that while production reached over 200,000 tonnes in 2015, this year’s numbers were the lowest since 1990.“Instead of sugar production continuing to climb from a high of 231,000 tonnes in 2015, it slumped to 183,652 tonnes,” Narine disclosed.He explained that problems in the sugar sector where heightened when the second crop took 18 weeks to complete, which is five weeks beyond its original stipulated timeframe of 13 weeks.Narine further pointed out that the 183,652 tonnes was a far cry from set target of 242,000 tonnes, which was affected by El Niño earlier this year.“Clearly there was a grave miscalculation by the industry’s top management and this requires a full examination given the context of Government’s inputs and various interferences,” the General Secretary said.However, GAWU stressed that attaining a lower target does not justify Government’s non-payment of the 2016 Annual Production Incentive (API) which spurred protests during this year. Workers had also called for increased wages.“When you had the lowest production in the industry in 1990 at 129,920 tonnes, workers were awarded five days’ pay and in 2013, when the production had been at a similar level, workers had also been awarded five days’ pay,” Narine pointed out.Alluding to the progress of the Labour Ministry’s interventions for conciliation talks between GuySuCo and the unions over workers’ API, Narine revealed that the matter was declared deadlocked.November 2016 was the first time in 64 years that API was not awarded to sugar workers. Additionally, in a statement issued by GAWU on Friday morning, it was noted that the non-payment of wage increases for 2015 and 2016 represented yet “another blow” to livelihood of over 18,000 workers across the sugar belt.“No Government, since our political independence in 1966, has ever been so unfair to sugar workers,” the statement noted.Other key issues the Union highlighted were sacking of 11 Demerara Timbers Limited (DTL) workers who were reportedly sacked for picketing at their employer’s head office in October and the denial of paid release by the Sugar Corporation for its workers to attend GAWU’s Congress.GAWU also lambasted Government’s commitment to collective bargaining in the public service, noting that many concerns surrounding de-bunching and various allowances are still “outstanding”.“Collective bargaining is but empty talk and trade unions are simply side-lined,” pointed out.Reflecting on the surprise 2017 National Budget that was approved earlier this month, GAWU is of the belief that some of the its imminent measures, especially through the categorised implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on water and electricity, will only bring “great hardships” on the country’s “overburdened” working class. The Union while extending New Year’s greetings to all Guyanese cautioned that “hard times” are ahead for the country’s working class.last_img read more

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Skid Row crackdown targets 2 restaurants

first_imgLooking to shut down a thriving narcotics and prostitution business in Skid Row, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced legal action Thursday against two restaurants and a deal with a hotel to stem ongoing problems. Joined by Councilwoman Jan Perry and police officials, Delgadillo said the city is filing action against Craby Joe’s Bar and Mr. Fish for allowing drug deals on the premises at Seventh and Main streets. “Business and property owners have a responsibility to maintain their stake in our community by fostering growth, not crime,” Delgadillo said. “If they fail to live up to that responsibility and deliberately ignore the criminal activity on their property, we will hold them accountable.” Delgadillo said his office met with the owners of the property a year ago and asked for better lighting and security guards on site, but no changes have been made. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Delgadillo also said the city is seeking to reach a deal similar to its agreement with the owner of the Vogue Hotel on Spring Street. The hotel owner has agreed to try to stem prostitution at the site. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390last_img read more

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Woes behind, Gor aim to finish season strong

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge in training at teh Parklands Sports Club on September 24, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has described the atmosphere in his team’s training for the past two days as warm and positive, saying they are ready to put behind the woes of a two-week boycott that saw them lose two SportPesa Premier League matches.Gor players returned to training Monday afternoon after club chairman Ambrose Rachier promised that their outstanding August salaries and allowances will be cleared by close of business Monday and Kerr says the team’s spirit is back and ready to re-focus on their last four games of the season. “The spirit yesterday and today has been great. The players look happy, they are competitive in training and the atmosphere is brilliant. The players have a smile back on their faces and it is great,” Kerr told Capital Sport.He added; “The two defeats we have had could have been avoided were we not in this position. This was something terrible and should never happen again.”With the training boycott, Gor went on to lose 1-0 to bottom side Thika United and 2-0 to Ulinzi Stars, bringing their total defeats this season to three, something that has not gone down well with the tactician.“We had ambitions this season and the two defeats definitely were not what we wanted. As a coach I take responsibility but this was beyond me. We lost not because we were poor but because we were not ready,” the tactician lamented.Gor Mahia players on the pitch during their Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield Quarter Finals defeat to Kariobangi Sharks. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBut the team is now ready to put all that behind their backs and focus on finishing the season strongly, with the title already long under wraps. The two losses saw their lead at the apex cut to 13 points.“The focus now is to win all the remaining four games of the season and finish as strongly as possible. We have a very short post-season turnaround and we need to ensure we have a high spirit when this current season ends,” Kerr noted.The same sentiments are shared by skipper Harun Shakava who has called on his teammates to put behind the disappointments of the past few weeks and finish the season on a high.“Everyone is happy because the chairman assured us that everything will be sorted out. It was an unfortunate turn of events but all that is behind our backs. We want to focus on the remaining four games of the season as well as the game against Everton in November and ensure we win,” the skipper noted.K’Ogalo come up against Vihiga United on Wednesday evening at the Mumias Complex, a task that is not going to be an easy one as Vihiga are fighting for points to remain in the league.Vihiga are placed 15th in he standings with 34 points, just two shy of the play-off slot occupied by Chemelil Sugar and will be keen to pick maximum points to enhance their chances of remaining in the top tier.Vihiga United head coach Mike Mururi gives instructions during a past kenyan premier League match. Photo/COURTESY“It will be a tough match because Vihiga want to remain in the league; they will come to win and anyone who always comes up against us wants to prove a point. I don’t expect it to be an easy tie, but we have to bounce back from the two defeats,” Kerr further added.The tactician will have a full-strength squad at his disposal on Wednesday with only three absentees. Philemon Otieno who picked up an ankle injury in the Harambee Stars match against Ghana remains sidelined and so does keeper Boniface Oluoch who is yet to recover from a shoulder injury.Midfielder Lawrence Juma has also joined the treatment table after picking a hamstring strain in training.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Hospital knew of sex attacks, lawsuits claim

first_imgPrior to three women going to police in early 2006, hospital officials say, there had been only one allegation against Gaspar – and that was unsubstantiated after a full hospital investigation. “The bottom line is the hospital responded appropriately and responsibly in taking steps to protect patients and to address the situation as soon as it was reported to them,” hospital attorney Ken Drake said. “The hospital has made every effort to be responsible and to make a commitment that every complaint by patients is addressed.” Soon after he was hired in September 2004, Gaspar was accused by a nurse of groping her breasts and sexually harassing her, according to one lawsuit. But after informing her supervisor, she said, the hospital did nothing to investigate her complaints. “The complaint speaks for itself,” said Anthony Egbase, the woman’s attorney. “She’s psychologically and emotionally injured. She’s getting some treatment.” Another woman checked into the Tarzana hospital in April 2006 to have her gall bladder removed and after awaking from anesthesia, was coerced into a bathroom by Gaspar, another suit alleges. He then forcibly removed her pajamas and, over her objections, washed her and sexually assaulted her. In September 2005, a woman suffering from appendicitis checked into the hospital, according to another suit. After surgery, Gaspar molested her, it said. The following November, another patient alleges, she awoke from surgery to find the nurse’s aide cleaning her in a sexually offensive manner. Three weeks later, she submitted a written complaint to the hospital about the assault. “My complaint isn’t against Gaspar,” said Maryann Gallagher, an attorney who has filed a class-action lawsuit against the hospital on behalf of a different alleged victim. “My complaint is against the hospital for keeping him employed after it knew of numerous sexual assaults on other patients.”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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “This raises grave concern for my clients and it raises grave concerns about the policies and procedures of the hospital to protect their patients.” A hospital attorney vigorously disputed allegations that the hospital failed to protect its patients. Police and attorneys are calling for any more witnesses or victims to step forward. Police have also sought the public’s help in catching Gaspar, 39, of Canoga Park. He fled with his wife and toddler son after jumping bail in July 2006. Police believe he might be working at a medical facility in Sacramento, Arizona, Colorado or New Mexico. His victims allege the assaults took place at the medical center’s Tarzana campus at 18321 Clark St., where Gaspar had worked as a certified nursing assistant since 2004. Five lawsuits filed against Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center allege the hospital knew a nursing assistant had molested patients and did nothing about it. The suits, including a complaint filed Friday, say the hospital was aware its aide had sexually assaulted patients before he was suspended in April 2006. They also allege the hospital failed to conduct adequate background checks on Ramon Eduardo Rodas Gaspar, a former certified nursing assistant wanted by police on suspicion of sexually fondling or groping more than 10 women still sedated after surgery. “The hospital has failed to take action to protect their patients, having known of the activities of Mr. Gaspar,” said Chris R. Milton, an attorney representing two of the alleged victims. last_img read more

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WIN TWO TICKETS TO THE ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL BETWEEN DONEGAL AND DUBLIN

first_imgSpecsavers Letterkenny in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving one lucky reader the chance to win TWO tickets to the highly anticipated All-Ireland semi-final clash between Dublin and Donegal.Specsavers who sponsor the Hawkeye technology system currently in use at Croke Park, are giving away two Lower Hogan Stand tickets for the clash on August 31st.To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize follow the instructions outlined below. All you have to do is like and share the post on your Facebook page.Then comment under the story on our Donegal Daily Facebook page explaining why we should give you the tickets.The lucky winner will be notified next week.Good luck. WIN TWO TICKETS TO THE ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL BETWEEN DONEGAL AND DUBLIN was last modified: August 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:All-Ireland semi-finaldonegaldublinEntertainmentFeaturesfreenewsNoticesWin Ticketslast_img read more

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EX-DONEGAL SOLDIER JAILED FOR SIX-AND-A-HALF YEARS FOR PSNI MURDER PLOT

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A FORMER Irish soldier from County Donegal is beginning a six-and-a-half year sentence behind bars today after being jailed for his role in a dissident terrorist murder plot against a PNSI trainee.Ex-Irish soldier Gerard James McManus from Letterkenny and his pal Kevin Barry Nolan from Blacklion in Fermanagh originally denied various charges including the attempted murder of a student police officer, and possessing a gun with intent to endanger life in Garrison on November 21, 2009.The pair later changed their pleas and pleaded guilty to having a firearm with intent to endanger life. The two also admitted to possessing articles likely to be used in the preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. The court heard these related to a car, a balaclava, gloves, lighters and soap.The charge of attempting to murder the PSNI officer will be left on the books.McManus (28) from Fernhill and 35-year-old Nolan, of Main Street, Blacklion were detained during an undercover police operation at the time.During a series of Magistrates’ Courts sittings, they heard that the two accused claimed they had no intention of shooting the trainee officer, only to scare him.They were allegedly spotted in a Vauxhall Astra approaching the man’s home before police moved in.McManus, wearing a balaclava allegedly went to the front door, while Nolan remained in the front passenger seat of the Astra, where he was later arrested, allegedly sitting on a magazine, loaded with 16 rounds for a Glock pistol.McManus escaped, running down the side of the house and firing off a shot.He was apprehended the following morning, in a garden shed. A mask and gloves were found in the shed, but no gun was ever recovered. During interview, both men maintained they had no intention of harming the student police officer.In his interviews Nolan, whose alleged role was to give McManus directions, claimed that as far as he was concerned: “No harm was going to be caused,” and that firing the gun was to “put the frighteners on him.”Today in Belfast Crown Court McManus was jailed for six and a half years, with a further six and a half years suspended on his release.Nolan got six years, with a further six years also on license.EX-DONEGAL SOLDIER JAILED FOR SIX-AND-A-HALF YEARS FOR PSNI MURDER PLOT was last modified: February 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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:FermanaghGerard James McManusletterkennymurder plotPSNIlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: ALL THE WEEKEND RESULTS

first_imgSenior Division 1St Eunan’s 2-15 v 2-07 St Michael’sBundoran 1-13 v 5-08 Naomh Conail Kilcar 4-16 v 1-10 ArdaraGaoth Dobhair 3-10 v 0-06 DungloeTermon 2-11 v 1-05 GlenswillyDivision 2 Glenfin 1-10 v 4-13 Four MastersMalin 1-07 v 0-12 MilfordKillybegs 1-10 v 0-08 St NaulsSeam Mac Cumhail 3-11 v 2-10 Naomh ColumbaNaomh Muire 3-17 v 0-14 Cloughaneely Division 3Aodh Ruadh 1-13 v 1-06 Naomh ColmcilleBurt 0-07 v 0-07 Naomh BridNaomh Ultan 2-12 v 0-10 Letterkenny Gaels Division 4Red Hughs 1-05 v 2-11 CarndonaghRobert Emmets 2-08 v 2-10 MovilleConvoy 1-04 v 1-12 Naomh Padraig MuffGAA NEWS: ALL THE WEEKEND RESULTS was last modified: April 24th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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