Dr Paul Wright: Who is accountable?

first_imgThe ‘Diamond Mile’, the richest race in the history of horseracing in the English-speaking Caribbean, was completed at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The day saw 14 races being completed with record attendance, a record handle (money bet on the races), great dividends, and exciting finishes. Sponsors were there in their numbers; no money was spared in the preparation of the in-field for special guests; and a good time should have been had by all. Wrong. Whereas all the above is in fact true, the regulators had to have their now mandatory stab at “spoiling the party”. In the 10th race of the day, the betting favourite was horse number two, Silver Cloud. After being loaded into the starting gate, the horse squatted/fell in the gate, throwing the jockey head over heels (a poop-a-lick) backwards on to the surface. Luckily, the jockey was not hurt and quickly picked himself up and did some checks to make sure that he was all right. absolute shock To the absolute shock of racing fans, the horse was not removed from the gate for inspection by the veterinarian on duty at the gate. Our shock turned into dismay as the horse staggered out of the gate and trailed the field home, obviously feeling some effect of the fall. In every other racing jurisdiction where the safety of the participants (horse and rider) is the priority of paid individuals, that horse would have been examined out of the starting gate BEFORE the horse was allowed to start! But this is racing in Jamaica. who cares? If the horse is seriously injured and falls during the race, injuring the rider and possibly any of the other participants, oops, who won? Can this sport be allowed to continue like this? Apparently, YES. No one cares. No one is accountable. The day was an economic and sponsors success. So what? Divestment IS the only answer. However, with a somnolent Divestment Committee “waiting on Godot”, nothing even close to an announcement will come until a few days before the election, which has now been pushed back to “one day soon”. HELP! privileged positions The much-anticipated and longed-for meeting of the West Indies Cricket Board and the CARICOM subcommittee on cricket was held last Friday. After a three-hour meeting, the recommended dissolution of the board was not discussed as the reports out of the meeting suggest that the board has no intention of giving up its privileged positions. They have agreed to meet again on December 13, and, hopefully, the anxious West Indian fans will hear something from Mr Pybus and ‘President Dave’ about the recent revelation from reinstated coach Phil Simmons. Simmons had mentioned, before a failed attempt to silence him, that there was outside interference in the selection of the West Indies team. Fans of West Indies cricket (the “few” of us left) know that the only hope for the resurrection of cricket in the region rests solely on the removal of a group of men described by one of their own (Baldath Mahabir) as “unprofessional, tardy, or lax in many instances”. As our ancestors have taught us, “If fish come from river bottom and say that shark down there, believe him”. Administrators of sports worldwide will not give up their privileged position no matter what. FIFA continues trying to run football as the majority of that body’s executive is arrested on numerous charges. Sports can be saved. We the people have to insist on transparency and integrity of those who “volunteer” to run sports. We have to!last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard scores 31, Raptors rout Pelicans

first_imgLATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “We know they can run, but we like to run, too,” Lowry said. “We got some easy buckets out of it.”Holiday, the Pelicans’ second-leading scorer, was ruled out Thursday because of an abdomen strain that is expected to sideline him at least a week. On Friday, the Pelicans first announced that swing player E’Twaun Moore also would miss at least a week because he’d reinjured his left quadriceps, and then that Davis would sit out against the Raptors with back spasms. The Pelicans’ front court got even thinner when Jahlil Okafor went out with a left ankle sprain after halftime.Still, New Orleans kept the game competitive until late in the third quarter, when Danny Green hit consecutive 3s during a 9-0 run that widened Toronto’s lead to 88-75.“I still think that we competed and to me, that’s the most important thing. I don’t really care who we put out there,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We just ran into a situation in the middle of the third quarter where they had guys to go to and we missed a couple of layups, missed a couple of open 3s and that’s where they got the separation.”When Jeremy Lin and Lowry hit consecutive 3s in the middle of the fourth quarter, the Raptors’ lead had grown to 21 and fans started making their way toward the exits.TIP-INSRaptors: Lin scored 14 points and Green had 13, going 3 of 4 from 3-point range. … Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 11 rebounds. … Toronto was 13 of 37 on 3-pointers (35.1 percent).Pelicans: Elfird Payton scored 13 points, Ian Clark scored 11 and Darius Miller 10. … F Solomon Hill played for the first time since Feb. 4 after not getting any playing time in New Orleans’ previous 13 games. Hill played 12 minutes, scoring his only points on a 3-pointer to go with two rebounds, an assist and a steal.BETTER BENCHWith Lin and Ibaka leading the way, Raptors reserves combined for 47 points, a sharp increase in production from their recent losses to Detroit and Houston. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Leonard scored 31 points and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game skid with a 127-104 victory over undermanned New Orleans on Friday night.“I got a lot of buckets in transition, easy layups, even wide-open shots, and that probably got me going a little bit,” Leonard said. “Tonight was just my night.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPascal Siakam scored 19 and Kyle Lowry had 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who began to pull away late in the third quarter and cruised from there.“We weren’t forcing our will on the game as much as we should have in the first half,” Lowry said. “They played well in the first half and we figured it out. “We just had to get our defense into the game a little bit more.”Frank Jackson scored 20 points for the Pelicans, who’ve lost two straight. Julius Randle had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Cheick Diallo had 16 points and 12 boards for New Orleans.Leonard met little resistance in the paint. While he missed four of five 3-point attempts, he was 13 of 15 from closer range. He threw down a handful of dunks on drives or cuts and mixed in a finger roll and reverse layup.“He used his strength a lot tonight,” Lowry said. “He got to his spots really well.”Toronto shot 54.1 percent (53 for 98), scoring 66 points in the paint and a season-high 53 on fast breaks.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Heat stay hot, pull away late to beat Cavaliers “We take a lot of pride in being good with our unit and so we know that the second unit in the last two games has been far from that,” Lin said. “Tonight, we wanted to make sure we put a stamp on the game in a positive direction.”UP NEXTRaptors: Visit Miami on Sunday for the second of three straight road games.Pelicans: Visit Atlanta on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams (34) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, March 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS — Kawhi Leonard was bound to have a big night.New Orleans was without its best on-the-ball defender in Jrue Holiday and best rim protector in Anthony Davis. Those absences gave Leonard an opportunity to use the Pelicans’ up-tempo pace against them by going strong to the basket early and often.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

BCAE Trains 50 Ebola Contact Tracers

first_imgA locally based non-governmental organization, under the banner Bomi Citizens Against Ebola (BCAE), has trained 50 community-based health practitioners in Tubmanburg, Bomi County as Ebola contact tracers.The training was intended to deploy health workers in four districts in Bomi to trace the contacts Ebola-infected persons.The program, held recently in the county, brought together local government officials, district commissioners, chiefs and traditional leaders to find amicable solution to eradicate the disease from the country.Communities which took part in the training workshop included  Klay, Singe, Duwein and Suehn- Mecca districts,  It was facilitated by experts from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.The CDC’s Dr. Neil Vora said the team is in Liberia to work with the national government and local counties’ health-based organizations, such as the BCAE, to help kick Ebola out of the country.Dr. Vora noted that the training was important because it was the kind of approaches that other countries used to defeat the deadly disease.Also, WHO expert, Dr. Richard Luce, used the occasion to encourage the trainees to take the opportunity seriously and go back in their respective communities to sensitive people on the dangerous of virus as well as helping them to keep on the safe side.Dr. Luce also emphasized the need for traditional leaders and local leaders to lead the fight against Ebola.At the same time, BCAE used  the occasion to launch the Bomi Citizens Against Ebola in the county to help eradicate the disease. Launching the program, Assistant Health Minister for Vital Statistics, Mr. Samford Wesseh, lauded the organization for the initiative.Minister Wesseh told the audience that government is ready to work with any county or organization that will take the Ebola fight very seriously.He then called on Liberians not to relent until Liberia is free of Ebola.According to him, “Bomi could never be free of Ebola, until the whole of Liberia is free of the disease.”In addition, the Commissioner of Duwein District, Folley Siryon, acknowledged BCAE for the opportunity by training the first Ebola contact tracers in the county.Commissioner Siryon promised to work with other district commissioners in the county to fight the disease.BCAE is an organization of concerned citizens founded to help the Bomi County Ebola Task Force and Health Team in the fight against the Ebola disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Haitians are vulnerable, susceptible to political manipulation and exploitation

first_imgDear Editor,I wrote the press earlier this month, asking the Minister of Citizenship and/or our President to explain the sudden arrival in Guyana of a very large number of Haitians, reported on extensively in our media.According to the media reports, the Haitian arrivals are carefully organised with obvious official Government support. Their arrival has coincided with a highly suspect House-to-House Registration exercise with questionable legal authority and disputed justification.In response to these public concerns, Minister Felix disclosed that in the last six months, 8436 Haitians arrived and 1170 are supposed to have departed. Those who have left are acknowledged by the Minister to be mostly doing so illegally, The Minister seemed unable, however, to provide convincing documentation in support of his statement.In the current highly-charged political environment, with the Opposition and, for instance, the Private Sector Commission, opposed to the “registration” which is being carried out without the legally required scrutineering, it is perfectly reasonable to ask the question: where are the seven thousand odd unaccounted-for Haitians?In these circumstances, it is perfectly reasonable to also ask, not only where, but how are the Haitians occupied? They have not come as tourists and they are not authorised to work!In reactions, these questions have been vigorously and vociferously labelled as a “xenophobic attack” meaning racism, against the Haitians.I cannot speak for others, but as far as I am concerned, the application of this label, in this context is utter rubbish, and, if anything, is in itself racist in character and concept.The Haitians are our Caricom brothers and sisters and are understandably and undoubtedly fleeing their own impoverished circumstances in search of a better life and deserve our empathy and assistance.I wonder, however, if it has occurred, at all, to those, some otherwise very intelligent people amongst them, who so readily and conveniently employ this emotive use of race in pursuit of their own unspoken agenda, that the Haitians are both vulnerable and susceptible to political manipulation and exploitation of the worst kind.Yours sincerely,Kit Nascimentolast_img read more

Dharamlall, IDB official settle “threat” matter

first_imgAfter having the Police file for almost two weeks, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers on Wednesday returned the document to the Criminal Investigations Department without any recommendations for charges to be filed against People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Nigel Dharamlall, who had threatened to shoot an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) official.Guyana Times was made to understand that DPP Shalimar Ali-Hack did not make any recommendations on the issue since the lawyers for the two parties have decided to settle the matter and not go through the judicial process.Dharamlall recently came into the limelight after a Police complaint was filed that he allegedly whipped out his gun and threatened toPPP/C MP Nigel Dharamlallshoot the official after the individual was seen communicating with his (Dharamlall’s) ex-wife.The Police had confirmed the report and launched an investigation into the matter. The case file was subsequently sent to the DPP chambers on May 27.After the matter was publicised, Dharamlall was advised by his attorney, Glenn Hanoman, not to comment on the issue as to not interfere with or prejudice the investigation.The Attorney further noted that given the sensational speculations and inaccurate information in the public domain, it must be made clear that his client was “unequivocally” denying any involvement in any criminal act.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had told a news conference that the Party would be expecting an explanation from its MP.“Clearly, he has to give solid explanations, believable explanations to the executive of the Party and to us. He has to give those because it is a serious matter, the allegations are serious,” Jagdeo posited.The Opposition Leader went on to say that the matter would be discussed at the Party’s executive meeting, which was scheduled for last Friday. However, when contacted over the past weekend, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee said that the matter was not brought up.last_img read more

IAA Staff Gear Up for New Fiscal Year

first_imgMr. Nyeswa at addresses a recent function.The management and staff of the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) will from July 2–6 hold a retreat to evaluate its performance during the just-ending fiscal year, and finalize the Agency’s annual plan for 2018/19 fiscal year.Amongst the many anti-graft agencies in the public sector, the IAA believes it is the only integrity institution structured to actively support more than 50 institutions of government on a day to day basis. The IAA offers the first line of defense in the fight against corruption, and has the legal mandate and institutional design to prevent fraud, waste and abuse.In a statement issued yesterday, the management of IAA noted that it is acutely aware that to accomplish this feat of helping government institutions accomplish their objectives in a systematic, and disciplined manner, being fully compliant with the laws, regulations and policies, its strategy needs to clearly delineate its programs, set performance goals, and be aligned to the overarching pro-poor agenda of the government.The retreat, which will be held at IAA’s proposed new office in Congo Town, will focus on perusing and endorsing critical documents of the institution such as the IAA’s five year (2018 – 2023), the Internal Audit Manual, the revised Human Resource Manual, amongst others.As a prelude to the Retreat, several committees comprising IAA’s Executives, Sector Directors, Directors and Managers have been established to formulate, review, update and/or amend some of the Agency’s policies and plans to meet the demands of the pro-poor administration.As the new government begins its new fiscal year, the Agency says it is cognizant of the pressing need to adapt its assurance and advisory activities to meet the challenges faced by the public sector.While planning is important, implementation of the plan is even more crucial. Therefore, emphasis will be placed on the fundamental issue of ensuring efficiency in implementation to guarantee success and add value to the ministries, agencies and commissions we serve.All departments including the Audit Department, Human Resource, Finance, External Relations, Administration and Communications Departments will present their annual workplans which are anchored to the Agency’s annual plan.Representatives of the Civil Service Agency, the Public Procurement and Concession Commission, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC), including Hon. Tiberosa Tarponweh and the Comptroller and Accountant General of Liberia will make presentations and remarks at the retreat.On the last day, the rest of IAA’s workforce will join those at the Retreat to end the week-long brainstorming and planning session.The aim of bringing all IAA’s employees together is to re-invigorate the team spirit and foster interactions between and amongst employees of the Agency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Juvenile case openness remains at issue

first_imgPASADENA – Conflicting philosophies regarding juvenile justice persist at the Pasadena courthouse. Advocates for openness want to invite the public into courtroom proceedings so citizens can see the inner workings of the most serious cases, including murder, attempted murder and gang-oriented felonies. Traditionalists, including many judges and child advocates, work to keep them private. “Throughout the history of juvenile law, kids have been treated differently in court for obvious reasons,” said Pasadena Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini. “Bench officers are given wide discretion, and most cases are kept closed in the interest of the juvenile party in hopes of their possible rehabilitation. These are kids who have futures.” Judges are given discretion over whether to allow the public to view cases regarding minor infractions, but some believe they may be using those powers too broadly. According to the California Welfare and Institutions Code, the public “shall be admitted” to juvenile cases on the same basis as criminal trials when the cases involve “murder” or “assault with intent to murder or attempted murder,” crimes causing great bodily injury and any criminal street gang activity that constitutes a felony. Deputy District Attorney Daniel O’Connell, an advocate for greater openness of juvenile courtrooms, emphasized the statute’s requirement that courts be open in categorically violent cases, a reality he said is often overlooked by juvenile judges. In February, Juvenile Court Judge Philip Soto dismissed a reporter in the case of a purported gang member who turned 18 the day he was accused of shooting another youth in the leg as he climbed over a fence at John Muir High School last June. A Pasadena police officer, in court to observe the proceedings, also was dismissed due to the “sensitive nature” of testimony expected. On Feb. 8, the Pasadena Police Department escalated gang-violence suppression efforts with the implementation of Operation Safe City following two gang-related deaths in the wake of at least six shootings throughout February. Hundreds of late-night attacks undertaken by groups of African Americans between 15 and 24 against older Latinos walking alone, allegedly gang-initiation rites, happened in Pasadena last year, according to police. “People need to know about the violence so they can protect themselves,” O’Connell said. “People need to know that these cases are being handled appropriately in court. It is not right when victims and the press are excluded. Both are legally entitled to be present in serious cases.” O’Connell said several cases per week fall under the statute. mary.gurton@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want 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

Worker can help ease her pressure

first_imgDear Leslie, My wife works in network security and recently changed jobs. She was working 12-hour days, on call all the time and she eventually developed an anxiety disorder. After taking short-term disability and getting help with the anxiety, she started a new job in the same profession with hopes for a less demanding workload. Three weeks into this job, and things are developing in the same direction. She knows a lot more than others around her, so she is assigned to every project that falls behind. She is the type of woman who does not stick up for herself to simply say, `I have plans,’ or `I can’t take on so much work.’ What else can she do? If your advice is to talk with her supervisor, how can someone who is nonconfrontational go about that discussion? Before the meeting, help your wife rehearse her part by playing her boss. Then reverse roles. Between the two of you, you should be able to imagine most of the boss’s possible objections and try to formulate responses. Remember that your wife’s suggestions should address the supervisor’s concerns, such as meeting customer needs in a timely fashion, as well as her needs, as much as possible. Timing is important. Your wife should try to schedule the meeting when both she and her supervisor are the least pressured. If things are not settled satisfactorily, she can always ask for time to develop other options. If there seems to be no way to ease the pressure, it might be time for your wife to start looking for other options. Contest winner Dear Readers, Our contest question was: What current hit movie shows a woman who overestimates her own worth and loses her job because of it? Our winner was Laura C. of Charlestown, Mass., who correctly guessed “Dreamgirls” for a copy of my book, “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating” (Little, Brown, 2001), co-authored with Elizabeth Austin. Write to Leslie Whitaker, co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating,” at leslie@ctwfeatures.com or write to P.O. Box 11156 Shorewood, WI 53211.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Help. I am starting to think that things are headed down the same road. She is the primary breadwinner in our family, so a career change must be gradual. Dear Reader, Does your wife feel headed down the same road that led to a crash at her previous job? If so, she should consult her medical advisers, pronto. And she should talk with her supervisor, but it does not have to be a confrontational discussion. Instead, she should come to her supervisor equipped with some proposals that would benefit her department and keep her workload manageable. Considering the high demand for her services, both in her previous and present position, I would bet there is a good chance that her company will want to address her concerns. Encourage your wife to think creatively about possible solutions. Since she is the resident brain trust, should she be promoted to a supervisory position? Train others in the department? Be allotted an assistant? At the very least, perhaps she could develop a system for measuring her workload so that limits can be imposed before it hits unreasonable levels. last_img

Mourners crowd church for Millender-McDonald

first_imgMourners packed Los Angeles’ Second Baptist Church on Monday for the funeral of Democratic Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, who was remembered as a strong advocate for her constituents. “You didn’t have to look far to see that her family came first with her,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. “After her family, it was the people of the 37th Congressional District. You were all a great source of pride to her and foremost in her work in the Congress of the United States.” Millender-McDonald was a seven-term incumbent from Carson and the first black woman to chair the House Administration Committee that oversees federal elections and congressional budgets. She died April 22 of cancer. She was 68. 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

Mobile mammography screening coming to Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge

first_imgNorthern B.C. rural communities were added to the schedule last year, to help improve and increase access to screening for women aged 50 to 74. “The B.C. Cancer Agency’s goal is to make screening available to everyone in B.C.,” says Medical Director Dr. Christine Wilson. “Our mobile services visit over 120 rural communities every year to reach women in more isolated communities. Screening saves lives and it important to make sure that women throughout the province participate in regular screening.” The mammograms will be conducted on an appointment basis by a female technologist, which can be booked without a doctor’s referral by calling the B.C. Cancer Agency Screening Call Centre at 1-800-663-9203. – Advertisement -Last year the mobile mammography service screened 2,281 women in the Northern Health Authority.To learn more, click here.Advertisementlast_img read more