BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The West Indies Cricket Board has branded the CARICOM Governance Review Panel’s main recommendation for it to be dissolved as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”, and has flat out rejected the controversial proposal. In a strongly-worded reply to the CARICOM Governance Review Panel’s report in which it also defended its stewardship, the board dismissed the recommendation as “impractical” and said the panel would have been better served focusing on “the need for growing private-public partnerships at the local and regional levels in the interest of West Indies cricket development going forward.” The panel was commissioned by CARICOM’S Prime Ministerial Committee on Cricket and chaired by UWI Cave Hill Campus principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau. It also comprised Sir Dennis Byron, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice; West Indies cricket legend Deryck Murray; Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank; and Dwain Gill, president of the Grenada Cricket Association. The major recommendation of the report called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB and the appointment of an interim board “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework” However, the WICB criticised the panel’s investigations as “limited in scope” and said this had “triggered findings and recommendations … which are not supported by the facts.” “The presidents of the Territorial Boards expressed concern that neither they, nor members of their respective Boards were interviewed or consulted by the Panel,” the WICB report said. “Additionally, none of the independent directors were interviewed by the Panel. This failure to consult with a representative variety of local cricket administrators and operators meant, or had the consequence of denying the Panel a full opportunity of ascertaining the key facts. “This has caused or triggered findings and recommendations by the panel which are not supported by the facts.” The Board also contended that its dissolution was also not legally viable and such an action also carried with it major financial ramifications. “The dissolution of the Board is simply not a viable legal or practical option and carries a major financial risk which the panel either ignored or was unaware of,” the WICB stressed.
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Meralco left a trail of destruction and on its path was Blackwater after a 102-75 dismantling in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew RELATED VIDEO DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES “The bench did a very good job in not only maintaining the advantage that the first team gave us in the firs three quarters but they were able to increase the advantage and I think a lot of credit goes to our second team particularly to Anjo Caram.”Meralco’s bench pushed the envelope further at the start of the fourth quarter mounting a 14-5 run in the first five minutes with Mac Baracael’s jumper capping off the spurt for the Bolts’ 93-52 lead.Arize Onuaku put up a 17-point, 17-rebound double-double to lead the Bolts while Caram finished with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting.Cliff Hodge added 12 points and five rebounds for Meralco while Jared Dillinger and Niño Canaleta had 11 and 10 points, respectively.Henry Walker had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Elite.ADVERTISEMENT Mercito Gesta wins regional lightweight title The Bolts muscled their way to their third straight win and to a 6-2 record, and a spot in the quarterfinals, while the bottom-dwelling Elite are at a miserable 1-9 card with one more game left in their schedule.Anjo Caram, who scored eight points in the second quarter, sparked Meralco’s blistering 29-7 run in the period while Baser Amer capped it off with a three-pointer with less than a second remaining to punctuate the half and put the Bolts up 59-30.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBolts head coach Norman Black knew they had to win against the Elite, and he was glad that his players responded right away.“I thought my guys played with a sense of urgency as far as this game being a must-win situation for us,” said Black. “I thought my guys did a great job at limiting Blackwater in the first three quarters.” Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments
The Bong County Health Team on the county Taskforce has released an update of Ebola cases in the county, recording a total of 73 new cases for the period of one week.Briefing Journalists at the office of the Bong County Health Team at the Phebe Hospital Compound on Monday, the Administrator at the County Health Team, Fartormah Jusu, said of the 73 new cases, there were nine confirmed, 49 suspected and 15 probable.Mr. Jusu also announced to the meeting that the Bong County Ebola Taskforce received seventy specimen results of last week, of which 32 were positive and 36 were negative, while two were in- determinant, meaning the two are required to redo their EVD test.The County Health Administrator was swift to notify the County Taskforce that a cumulative number of 972 contacts listed were recorded from July to September, among which 155 persons completed the 21 days of quarantine as instituted by the County Health Team.He disclosed that the county recorded 27 cumulative deaths from the Ebola Treatment Unit in Suakoko District, with 83 admissions currently at the ETU.Mr. Jusu indicated that the County Health Team has documented 44 discharged patients from the ETU, with 34 tested negative. He said three children from the ETU in Bong County have been reintegrated with their parents in the county after surviving the human killer disease.He named Gbarpolu County as the latest epi center, with seven cases being reported from the county with one positive and six suspected.The County Health Team Administrator informed the gathering that the Ebola cases began to increase from mid August to October 13, 2014, something he described as a bad omen for the people of Bong County. Mr. Jusu told the Taskforce that he believes the rapid spread of the disease is the direct result of attitudinal problems on the part of local residents, who fail to adhere to measures as announced by Health authorities.“If we do not change our behavior of how to treat this deadly disease, it will surely live with us for a long period of time, despite the international community’s firm commitment to help us fight against the virus” Mr. Jusu declared shaking his head in disappointment. He told this newspaper that one of the underlying reasons for the swell in deaths in recent times is the entrenched culture of silence on the part of Liberians to report for testing in spite of the presence of testing centers in the county. This, he said, will lead to the breakdown of the fabric of the society.The County Health Official narrated that with the ingrained culture of silence, the County Health Team is finding it tremendously difficult to fight the Ebola virus disease in the county. At the same time, suspected Ebola virus carriers are not prepared to be quarantined or to report to the health facilities for early check up.Ordinary Bong County residents who spoke with the Daily Observer argued the virus is not being enclosed due to the lackadaisical attitude on the part of the inhabitants to abide by the actions put in place by Health authorities; while others maintained that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Government of Liberia are not doing enough to encourage health workers to provide services at the health facilities and ETUs around the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– fear for children’s safetyResidents of De Kendren, West Coast Demerara (WCD) are calling for assistance from the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) in fixing a lamp post on the verge of collapse in the community.According to residents, the post has been a cause for concern for a number of months now.Many calls have been made to GPL to look into the issue but all calls fell on deaf ear, as nothing has been done up to this period.When Guyana Times visited the area, the post could be seen hanging across the road even as residents used ropes to pull it back into place.This publication spoke with a few residents who vented their frustrations.According to Camille Potterville, a resident who lives in close vicinity of the lamp post, she fears for the safety of her children.“Now everyday my kids pass that post to and from school, I am afraid for them because I don’t know when that post could fall, it will fall anytime now and somebody can get hurt,” she explained.Another resident, Mark Medas explained that he has made several calls to GPL. “I called them myself so that they can come and fix the post but nobody came. I think when this post fall and something tragic happens then they will come”.This newspaper was told that on a daily basis, workers of GPL are in the area for other matters but fail to repair the lamp post.The residents are calling for urgent attention to be given to the issue.
Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) is holding a series of meetings, alongside land mapping with communities that have freely offered new and additional lands for oil palm development and extension in Grand Kru County.The meetings and mapping exercise is being carried out with the Sorroken communities in Trembo Administrative District who have offered additional land, along with Gblebo, GrandCess, Topoh and Gbalakpo Clan communities in GrandCess/Wedabo Administrative District.The mapping is part of the company’s community engagement policy under its Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) process, and will show the extent of customary lands, areas of High Conservation Value (HCV), High Carbon Stock (HCS), sacred areas, gravesites, riparian reserves, wetlands and concentrations of endangered species, farmlands and other livelihood areas as well as potential areas for oil palm cultivation.According to James Mulbah, manager for social sustainability and community affairs, GVL is committed to respecting the sovereignty, culture and traditions of its host communities and preserving their sacred heritage and economic rights.“This is just one of our standard operating procedures (SOPs). Local communities working with us must be a matter of free, prior and informed choice. As a matter of policy, GVL always conducts participatory mappings along with communities who invite us to develop their land with oil palm,” said James Mulbah.Mulbah explained that as part of the best industry practices and policies, after the ongoing participatory mapping, the company will conduct participatory Environmental Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) and participatory High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessments after which the maps and findings of the ESIA and HCV assessments will be endorsed by the communities.As GVL is yet to move into these areas, citizens entertain the hope that their communities are on the path of economic and infrastructure development. The extension of GVL’s operations to these new areas will create more sustainable jobs, better and modern schools, health care, roads that are currently lacking, a release issued yesterday said.To date, GVL says it has gainfully employed over 1,300 locals in Grand Kru and committed to increasing the number as it expands in these and other areas. The company states that it develops oil palm in alignment with the Liberian Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), including the food security component. It further states that it is committed to supporting communities that are poverty-locked.In a related development, the Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) has reportedly stepped up its recruitment drive with the oil palm developer expected to hire several recent graduates of the Tubman University in Maryland County. The release said early this week, the company hired five persons in its finance and transport departments to be assigned in Sorroken and Garraway respectively, Grand Kru County. The new recruits are expected to help ease stress and beef up strength of the finance department of the company, whose employment stands at over 4,000 employees currently in the country.The move by the company follows operational expansion in the county, as well as the arrival of more heavy duty trucks. Currently being provided with basic administrative training skills in SAP, the new recruits are poised to efficiently manage the oil palm industry in post war Liberia as the company zooms towards its production in 2017, said the press release.Additionally, about 20 recent graduates of the William V.S. Tubman University are currently being interviewed in the areas of agriculture, finance, banking, management,GVL said in a statement. The move also coincides with GVL’s employment initiatives of recruiting Liberians to fill key posts.The company said in a statement that it remains committed to improving the livelihoods of its host communities through sustainable employment opportunities and other basic services, which will have positive economic impacts on the local communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The two Police Sergeants who were detained at the Tactical Services Unit were released on Tuesday afternoon on “open arrest” as investigations into the alleged conspiracy to commit fraud against the Guyana Police Force continues. The ranks were arrested on Wednesday last after irregularities at the Forces’ Finance Department were discovered.A source close to the investigations told Guyana Times on Wednesday that the two Sergeants were released on Tuesday afternoon as the extended 72-hour period they had sought to hold the ranks came to an end.The source said the ranks were instructed to report for duty as per normal even as investigators continue to probe the fraud allegations.After the ranks’ arrest on Wednesday last, Police investigators had obtained permission to further detain the two colleagues on Saturday for a further 72 hours. The source had told Guyana Times on Sunday last that the Police thought it necessary to keep the ranks in custody as the investigations continue.He said the investigation, thus far, has gone to a new dimension and the sum involved has amounted to millions of dollars.The ranks were called in for questioning after a number of irregularities pertaining to the accounting system at the Guyana Police Force appeared to have been compromised.According to information received, the two Sergeants have been working within the Finance Department for a number of years.The irregularities found are with respect to monies and vouchers for ranks, who would have performed extra duties and were to receive additional payments.Among the duties some ranks were to be paid for were for working at shows, cricket games and other national events. This publication was told that the parents of one rank and relatives close to the other rank were called in for questioning on Friday last.“This is all part of the investigation process. We are dealing with serious allegations here,” the source said.In the past, Police ranks complained that they were either short-changed or in other instances, not paid at all for extra duties. There are also claims by some that they would sign for the monies but those monies are not given to them. “There are lots of allegations and [they] are all being investigated. Information is being gathered right now after which charges will follow if necessary. We are carrying a very thorough investigation because this has been going on for quite some time and we are leaving no stone unturned,” a source told Guyana Times.Efforts to contact Crime Chief, Deputy Commissioner Lyndon Alves on Wednesday were unsuccessful and the Force is yet to offer an official statement on the matter.Just recently, Police Commissioner Leslie James had urged Police ranks to desist from accepting bribes and any involvement in unlawful activities, stating that they will be “penalised”.The Top Cop had made these comments while addressing the opening of a training programme at the Officers’ Training Centre, Eve Leary, where he also stated that he is looking for a change in performance of ranks and fewer allegations of corruption. He added that while the Force will be engaging particular departments to tackle the issue of corruption; if the ranks believe that their salaries are too small, they should tender their resignation.“If you’re not comfortable with your salaries, leave the job. You came on, you were told what is being offered and you decided to become an agent of the Force. How come you have an issue with your remuneration,” the Commissioner stated.
Street race fatal accident…other driver fined for traffic offencesThe drunk driver, who was involved in a street race with another motor vehicle and crashed into a fence at De Kinderen Village, West Coast Demerara (WCD)— leading to the death of his 25-year-old passenger, Leroy Cummings—faced several charges in relation to the incident and was released on $800,000 bail.Totaram Munishwar, 23, of the Tuschen Village, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), appeared before Magistrate Crystal Lambert at the Wales Magistrates’ Court, West Bank Demerara (WBD), on Thursday to answer to the charge of causing death by dangerous driving.He denied the charge and was released on $800,000 bail.Munishwar is expected to return to Court on November 14.Prior to the causing death by dangerous driving charge, Munishwar, along with the other driver whom he had been allegedly racing with along the WCD roadways when the accident occurred, appeared at the Leonora Magistrates’ Court, WCD on Wednesday to answer to the charges of various traffic offences.Munishwar and his friend, 20-year-old Saeed Alli, of Lot 1179 Tuschen, EBE, both appeared before Magistrate Zorina Ally-Seepaul.Alli was fined for each offence committed, which, if not paid, would have lead him to face time in jail. He paid the fines.Reports are around 00:30h on Monday, the now dead man, Leroy Cummings, along with his younger brother and their friend were in the vehicle, PMM 4818, driven by Munishwar. Initially, Alli was driving behind Munishwar.The two drivers reportedly began to race to determine who would be faster in reaching their next destination (all of the individuals reside in Tuschen Village). However, as they approached a turn, Munishwar allegedly attempted to overtake his friend’s vehicle while another vehicle was approaching from the opposite direction.This led to Munishwar swerving but in doing so, he lost control of his vehicle, which turned turtle and ended up crashing into a fence.A Police source stated that the driver and occupants from PVV 4886 were immediately pulled out of the mangled car and then rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, WCD.However, Cummings had arrived there in an unconscious state and due to his serious condition at that time, he was referred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH). He died during the transfer to WDRH.At the time of the accident, both drivers were tested for alcohol and results revealed that their levels were above the legal limit.
Investment in oil and gas sector…says T&T firms with deeper pockets outmuscling Guyanese companies…urges Govt to “learn economics 101” quickly, protect local interestsWhile Guyana draws closer to first oil, concerns continue to be expressed about the large number of foreigners grabbing up local opportunities. This time, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has noted the rampant displacement of local companies by the Trinis.A section of the Trinidad and Tobago Energy Chamber’s safety forumIn a statement, GCCI President Nicholas Boyer noted that companies from Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) are coming into Guyana with deeper pockets than their local counterparts. These companies, Boyer noted, use their greater access to capital to outcompete locals.“Right now, the playing field is not level, Trinidad businesses can access larger sums of capital at lower rates; therefore, they can pay higher prices for assets, as they have a lower hurdle rate,” he said.“If our government doesn’t learn economics 101 quickly, they’ll soon have to collect their taxes from Port of Spain, because of issues like transfer pricing and lack of a multiplier effect for the dollars leaked out of the Guyanese economy.”Boyer gave as an example a services company he set up to cater to the oil and gas sector. He noted that he has partnered with Trinidadian firms. However, he noted that representatives from one of the largest Trinidadian hardware partners have been in Guyana trying to invest and outcompete his joint venture.“In order to strengthen the relationship and not damage it further, formal policies need to be put in place such as a local content policy and subsequent legislation, policies around investment promotion and strengthening of local businesses. We must welcome investment by our Caricom brothers and sisters, and I encourage competition; but on a level playing field.GCCI President Nicholas Boyer“We need to work together to encourage investment by Trinidad in a manner that benefits Trinidadian and Guyanese firms, especially the Trinidadian firms who set up more than a shell office with the address of the lawyer that incorporated, and the firms who hire and train local Guyanese and don’t repatriate all or most of the profits but instead reinvest it here.”According to Boyer, firms who are interested in being genuine partners with Guyana will not seek to enter the market through the back door, but rather “will come to the front door and shake hands with the local Private Sector”.He also criticised the recently-held Trinidad and Tobago Energy Chamber’s Safety Forum and the Government’s investment outreach to Trinidad. According to Boyer, both of these ventures left out the local Private Sector, resulting in a backlash against both events.“Trinidad and Guyana have a long history together, but given what is before us, one can expect both countries’ Private Sectors to be vying to profit from extraction of Guyana’s newly-found oil,” Boyer said.A local content policy was recently completed and released to the public, with the GCCI organising a forum to discuss its merits. In the policy, there are sections where the operator has to declare how many contracts it awarded to Guyanese suppliers for the preceding half year, versus how many it had anticipated awarding. In this way, the policy notes, companies can be measured by their actions.Concerns have previously been expressed that oil companies’ claims of hiring locals cannot be taken at face value, but must be vetted. According to the policy, half-year and end-of-year reports will be one such vetting measure.According to the policy, these reports will be standardised and delivered by the companies directly to the subject Minister. The information companies put down in these reports will be measured against what commitments for local content they made in their individual local content plans.But despite legal requirements for companies to meet local content expectations, the policy stops short of saying exactly how the policy will be enforced against delinquent companies who do not wish to honour their responsibilities. According to one source, a policy with no clear measures to ensure its implementation lets delinquent oil companies off the hook.Section 36 of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Act specifies that a company can only be granted a production licence if their proposals for “employment and training of citizens of Guyana are satisfactory”.
The road to the top has been bumpy. Baca remembers when he heard the news about Rebecca. When he told the team, most of the girls were sad, and curious to find out what was wrong with their friend. But it also led the team to take on the mission of “winning it for Rebecca,” Baca said. “It was like that would fire the girls up on the field,” Baca said. As the girls kicked their way into their section finals, Baca was confident in his team, but he was also aware of the tough competition they were up against. Without Rebecca, the team was down to 11 players, only two bench players per game. “When the girls got tired, they knew they had to tough it out,” Baca said. During the last game of the section championships, the Highlighters went up against a team that had been undefeated for more than 30 games. Rebecca had missed the previous game – it was the day after her kidney had been removed – but she made it to this important qualifying game. As she cheered on her teammates, they played effortlessly, winning game after game, Baca said. Ultimately, the girls beat the undefeated team 2-0. “When I told the girls we had handed that team their first loss all season, they went crazy. “Their heart was in the game. At one point I wasn’t even coaching them anymore, I was just watching them and cheering them on.” Tori Baca said her team’s priority was to make Rebecca proud. “When she would play with us, she would always go in the right spot, so we wanted to play so hard that it would seem like she was still on the field,” Tori said. Rebecca’s mother, Vicki Buchanan, drove her daughter to all her team’s games. “I wanted her to still be a part of the team,” Buchanan said. And in an odd way, it was soccer, she said, that kept her daughter going. “When we came back from the hospital, the very next day she was ready to get back onto the field,” Buchanan said. Friday, just one day away from today’s state championships, Rebecca was eager to get back on the field. The area on her torso where her kidney was removed is still tender, and even though doctors have cleared her to play, their is some risk involved. But this girl just wants to give a little back to her team. “They call me their good-luck charm,” she said. “I am going to be better luck when I am on the field.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I was worried that they wouldn’t be OK without me.” What Rebecca never imagined was that her illness would incite her teammates to take their game to the next level. The Highlighters are the first team out of the Castaic Val Verde area to make it to the state championships. “We are making history right now,” Coach Steve Baca said. These 10-year-old girls also are the first in Santa Clarita in the past seven years to make it to today’s Upland competition, which pits the top four American Youth Soccer Organization teams – out of more than 1,000 teams in California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington – against one another. CASTAIC – When 10-year-old Rebecca Buchanan was diagnosed with a 4-centimeter kidney stone, she was worried. When doctors found six more stones infesting her young kidney, she was scared. But when doctors told her they would have to remove the kidney, so swollen it was barely functioning, the preteen was afraid of just one thing: letting down her soccer team. “I was worried about my team,” Rebecca said. Rebecca was in the final games of the season, playing for the Castaic Highlighters.