JCA president to face WICB’s ethics committee

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): President of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, will appear before an ethics committee to answer charges of a code violation, according to president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron. Despite media reports last month stating that Heaven was to be summoned to answer charges of leaking a confidential document pertaining to West Indies’ abandoned tour of India last year, the JCA boss denied any such matter is pending. “I have been asked that question before. When it was first asked, I had not been given all the pivotal information. Just to say yes, there is a matter against Mr Heaven, and the committee will meet shortly on the way forward,” Cameron told Television Jamaica. The release of the information without the consent of the WICB is a breach of clause six of the WICB’s Code of Ethics for the Board of Directors. Clause six of the WICB Code of Ethics for the Board of Directors refers to the way information should be treated by its members, including the dissemination of sensitive information and the only instances where it is permitted.last_img read more

Kparblee District Wants Police Depot

first_imgAn old warehouse that hosts the new Magisterial Court in Kparblee.The absence of a police station in Kparblee Administrative District is undermining the smooth operation of the New Yourpea Magisterial Court.Speaking to this newspaper recently in New Yourpea, Associate Magistrate Augustine Gaytay said owing to the lack of police services in the district, defendants refuse to honor calls from the court to respond to charges leveled against them.The court, which is operating from an old warehouse, is also packed with suspects who face charges, including disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, robbery, aggregated assault and terroristic threats.“Most defendants are in the habit of refusing our writ and even challenging our authority, because there are no police officers to help enforce their arrest,” said Samson G. S. Sayon, one of the office staff at the court. “Our bailiffs are not on payroll, neither is the private security working here.”Kparblee District is located between Tappita and Buutuo, where there is a police station, but takes about a four-hour drive to get to any of the points.Since Kparblee falls under the jurisdiction of Tappita Statutory District, the Tappita Police Depot monitors activities in the district, which makes it difficult for officers to respond to situations, according to officers at the Tappita Police Depot.Last year, a soccer tournament between Old and New Yourpea ended in violence during which properties were vandalized before police arrived from Tappita.Kparblee has a long border with La Cote d’Ivoire, where most of the border points are porous, thereby making it difficult to maintain law and order, according to security officers at the border.Mr. Sayon called on the government to open a police depot in the district.“This court is serving people in communities here and police presence will serve a very useful purpose,” Sayon said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Protesters dissatisfied with manslaughter charge

first_imgFatal shooting of mentally-challenged prisonerBy Ramona LuthiSeveral persons on Thursday picketed the Georgetown Mayor and City Council as they called for the City Constable who fatally shot a mentally challenged man while in Police custody two weeks ago to be charged with murder.The persons chose City Hall on Regent Street as the venue for their protestMarlon Fredericks’ aunt, Pearl Youngebecause they were against the alleged indiscretions involving Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Town Clerk Royston King.At the forefront of the demonstration, holding a placard in defence of her now deceased nephew, Marlon Fredericks, who was killed on January 14 2018 on Regent Street, Georgetown, was Pearl Younge.Younge, with tears in her eyes, expressed distress at the fact that her nephew’s killer, identified as a City Constabulary officer, was charged with 0manslaughter and not murder.“The man [Fredericks] was shot at close range, very close range. This is very serious and we’re angry, aggrieved and angry at the way that the Constab handled this thing…Manslaughter has special reasons. The charge should be one of murder and not manslaughter,” she told media operatives on Thursday as sheThe small gathering of persons who stood protesting on Thursday in front of City Hall26stood in the blazing sun.The elderly woman further blamed City Hall for the obvious lack of training displayed by the Constabulary officer who brutally attacked her relative and called on the relevant authorities to step in and implement measures to prevent a reoccurrence.“You and I as well could have been hurt because some untrained maniac is just moving around…There are certain procedures that should be followed before using force and I’m wondering if these Constables are trained to use force. You can’t just shoot a person like that or use excessive force on an unarmed person like that…We [relatives] were in close proximity… I hope that the relevant authorities will see and look into this thing so that we won’t have a reoccurrence of this thing,” she said.In addition, other persons who stood in support of the woman touched on allegations made that City Hall was the entity that paid $800,000 in bail for the implicated City Constable’s release.“There are many things that City Hall has done…I’m out here this week because City Hall says that they’re cash strapped. They have no money. They wanna put a fee on garbage and everything but they can find $800,000 plus legal fees to bail [the] Constable who murdered a vendor. [Who] shot him in the back, shot him in cold blood,” activist Don Singh said.He called on the Local Government Commission and Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan to intervene as there is need for significant change.At the scene of the protest, he also sarcastically questioned whether the standard operating procedures for city Police was “shoot first, ask questions later.”The small group vowed to return again next Thursday to continue their protest.It was previously reported that Marlon Fredericks, was arrested by Police and then shot by a City Constabulary officer one day later, after it was alleged that the wanted man was attempting to escape lawful custody.The incident occurred just outside the City Constabulary outpost on Regent Street.Fredericks was shot and killed in the presence of his mother, Claudette Fredericks, who had gone to the outpost to visit him, Guyana Times understands.Police in a subsequent release had detailed that Fredericks “who was in custody at the Outpost for assaulting a peace officer and simple larceny, allegedly forced his way outside of the lockup when it was opened to let out another prisoner… A struggle reportedly ensued between the victim and the Lance Corporal who tried to restrain him and in the process the prisoner ran out the Outpost and was fatally shot once in the lower back by the Lance Corporal who was armed with a service pistol.”Eyewitnesses reported however, that the man was not attempting to escape custody but was running towards his mother when he saw her.Since then, Fredericks’ mother has been calling for justice for her son.Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase Green disclosed that the Guyana Police Force had taken over the matter, while highlighting that the M&CC’s City Constabulary Department intends to do everything to bring closure, depending on the outcome of the Police investigation.last_img read more

Two teens in hospital after ATV accident

first_imgFort St. John RCMP were called to the scene early Moday morning and the involved individuals were transported to Fort St. John Hospital.Shortly after being assessed the female victim was flown to Vancouver where she underwent surgery. She is still in serious condition.Police believe alcohol and speed contributed to the accident.  Neither the male driver nor female passenger was wearing a helmet.- Advertisement -The incident is under investigationlast_img

With election near, newsletter under fire

first_imgDuring their special meeting today at 11 a.m., the City Council will consider three items related to the release of the newsletter, Molinari said. Two of those items will be addressed in closed session. Both are prefaced with a notation that they will involve anticipated litigation. The first closed session item has to do with a potential case regarding the state Political Reform Act. A second item is not identified. A third item is titled “discussion of Montebello Tomorrow, Inc. status.” Montebello Tomorrow publishes “Montebello Today.” Molinari said some of the publication was paid for with city checks that were apparently signed by an unauthorized city employee. MONTEBELLO – A city-funded newsletter, set to be published this week, is the subject of a special council meeting today, officials said. Last published in 2004, the scheduled release of “Montebello Today,” has at least one elected official questioning the timing of the publication, while another said the release is long overdue. “You’d have to be very naive not to think there’s not a political connection between the timing of the publication and the election,” City Councilman Bill Molinari said Monday. Councilman Jeff Siccama said the release had been held up for months and called the newsletter an opportunity for residents to learn about their community. He did not identify the employee. Interim City Administrator Randy Narramore said he could not comment on the newsletter or Montebello Tomorrow, Inc., a nonprofit corporation founded in the 1970s to help publicize city activities. Molinari said the content was authored by city staff. “I’m not comfortable giving information to the press before presenting it to the council,” he said. Open government advocate, Terry Francke, general council for Californians Aware, agreed the timing of the publication raises some eyebrows. He said there are several legal prohibitions about expending public funds for election materials. “The state Supreme Court is deciding right now,” he said, “how explicit the message must be to be considered unconstitutional. “Must it be `Vote for so and so’ or is the law subtler than that.” Francke said whether politically or ethically, people are free to draw their own conclusions. Although Councilmembers Molinari, Bob Bagwell and Rosie Vasquez said they had seen a copy of the newsletter Monday afternoon, they all agree it put a positive spin on the city. “I’m curious to see it,” said Bagwell, who is running for re-election, along with Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid. Lopez-Reid requested today’s special meeting. Siccama said the council has been trying to publish the newsletter for more than 18 months. Much of the pre-printing costs were paid for earlier this year, he said. “We’re trying to get information to the community, that we’ve paid for,” Siccama said. The cost of the newsletter is approximately $12,000, Molinari said. The funds for Montebello Tomorrow come from the city and the city’s redevelopment agency, officials said. Both Lopez-Reid and Bagwell are on the Nov. 6 ballot. Also running are Kathy Salazar, Robert Urteaga, Giuseppe “Joe” Veneziano and Leo Rodriguez. Vasquez expressed concern that the council did not see a copy of the newsletter prior to its printing. “Taxpayer money is being used for this publication,” she said, “and we have an obligation to approve or not approve something paid for using the public’s money.” Neither Lopez-Reid nor City Attorney Arnoldo Beltran returned calls seeking comment. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

LAPD to throw holiday party for families

first_img“We’re one big community,” she said. “It’s all considered Harbor Area, and you want to give back to those in need.” The Harbor Division has been collecting donations of toys and money, but is still looking for event volunteers as well as monetary donations for next year. “We always have start-up funds for the following year,” Pacheco said. Volunteers can call the station’s Community Relations desk at 310-522-2042. rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe Harbor Division began answering these requests, and last year donations helped 250 local families. The division wanted to increase that number to 300 this year. Families in the Harbor Division’s area – San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City and Harbor Gateway – are nominated by local public and private schools. “Schools know best of the family situations,” Pacheco said, adding that nominations are usually based on financial need. Families will celebrate today at a private party in a secret location in San Pedro, with food, children’s rides and classic holiday movies. Children will get to pick out their own presents and get their picture taken with Santa Claus. Pacheco said that the event is an opportunity for both police officers and residents to help those in need. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division will be giving 300 families in need a holiday celebration today, complete with food, gifts, movies and activities for children. Harbor Division personnel began the holiday program 10years ago, after so many children asked them for presents. “It started out being kids calling the police station or writing letters for food and toys,” explained Officer Teri Pacheco, the youth services officer. “Usually you write the letter to Santa.” She said the requests usually indicated the child’s parents could not afford to buy holiday gifts. last_img read more

Picture Special: Letterkenny Panto Society prepare to stage ‘Beauty and the Beast’

first_imgLetterkenny Pantomime Society are getting prepared to stage the classic story of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, which will run in An Grianan Theatre from Saturday the 14th of January to Saturday the 21st.Chris Duddy and Micky Coll getting into the swing of things. Photo Brian McDaidStars have been working hard at dress rehearsals all weekend, getting the comedic sketches, songs, and dance routines perfect before the curtain lifts on Saturday.Starring the legendary Tommy Sweeney as Dame Lucy, Mary Devlin as Beauty, Daithi Doherty as the Beast and Louise Flanagan as the evil Rustybell, this is a pantomime at its very finest. Photo Brian McDaidLetterkenny Pantomime Society are delighted to welcome Kilmacrennan N.S., Drumoghill N.S., Bonagee F.C. and Scoil Colmcille as hosts.Pieta House will be the beneficiaries of the performance on Tuesday 14 January.Book early to avoid disappointment!  All photography by Brian McDaid.Picture Special: Letterkenny Panto Society prepare to stage ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was last modified: January 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:An Grianan Theatrebeauty and the beastcharityLetterkenny Pantomime SocietyPantomimelast_img read more

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur open talks to sign Portugal winger

first_imgManchester United and Tottenham have both sent officials to Istanbul to open talks about a potential deal for Galatasaray winger Bruma, according to reports in Turkey.The two Premier League clubs are admirers of the 22-year-old, who has recently fallen out of favour at Galatasaray and even refused to train this week.That was seen as a major boost to the two clubs as they attempt to lure him to the Premier League this summer.And now Turkish outlet Fotomac has claimed that they have both stepped up their pursuit of the Portuguese by sending ‘officials’ to Turkey to discuss a move.The former Sporting Lisbon forward has scored 10 goals in 26 outings so far this term but is out of contract in a little over a year.As such, it has been reported that he will be available to buy for a relatively modest £12.5m this summer. 1 Bruma could be on his way to the Premier League this summer last_img read more


first_imgThis Donegal supporter enjoying the good weather in Ranafast.  Beautiful picture of Dunfanaghy beach.  Building sandcastles in Falcarragh.Enjoying the sunshine in Marble Hill.PICTURE SPECIAL: Above are a selection of images sent into us that really capture the beauty of Donegal when its basking in glorious sunshine.The pictures were sent into us by people from all over Donegal who were taking advantage of the brilliant weather.As we all know the Irish weather is unpredictable so it’s important to enjoy it when it’s good because you don’t know when it will be so nice again.The pictures were taken from Ranafast, Falcarragh, Dunfanaghy, Glenveagh and Marble Hill.With the kids still off school on Easter holidays it was the prefect opportunity to get down to the beach.The good weather is expected to last until Saturday so if you’re out and about tomorrow send your snaps into us at info@donegaldaily.com PICTURE SPECIAL AFTER ANOTHER GLORIOUS DAY OF SUNSHINE IN BEAUTIFUL DONEGAL was last modified: April 8th, 2015 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:Featuresnewspicture specialsunshineweatherlast_img read more

Small farmers ‘need more support’

first_img23 October 2012 President Jacob Zuma has urged stakeholders in South African agriculture to find ways of providing tenure security for communal farmers, to increase support for emerging farmers, and to consider a new approach to land reform in the country. “We need to find ways of providing tenure security for communal farmers, and investigate better ways of financing land reform so that new farmers do not become saddled with debt,” Zuma at the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa) gala dinner outside Pretoria on Monday evening. Zuma said South Africa was planning for what its agriculture sector would look like in the next 30 years through the National Development Plan produced by the country’s National Planning Commission. ‘More support for emerging farmers’ South Africa’s commercial farming sector, comprising an estimated 37 000 members, currently produces 90 percent of the country’s agricultural output. On the other hand, there are 25-million people live in SA’s rural areas, producing 10 percent of agricultural output through subsistence farming. Zuma said more support for emerging farmers would enable the government to improve the participation of black South Africans in commercial agriculture. He said 11 000 new smallholder farmers had been established since 2009, with a target of 50 000 having been set for 2014. Support has been provided to both new and long-established farmers through various state programmes, including Letsema, the Recapitalisation and Development Programme, and through funding agency Mafisa. Despite this support, Zuma said, only a marginal number of 5 381 smallholder farmers were involved in agri-businesses, and a mere 3 910 were linked to markets. “To achieve further success, smallholder farmers require a comprehensive agribusinesses support package, including favourable commodity pricing, access to finance, provision of technical expertise and mentorship, and contracted markets,” he said.Land reform: lessons learned On the question of land reform, Zuma said that the government had made a commitment in 2009 to transfer 30 percent of the 82-million hectares of agricultural land which was white-owned in 1994 to black people by 2014. This 30 percent translates to 24.5-million hectares. “Between 1994 and December 2011, 3.9-million hectares were redistributed through the land acquisition and redistribution programme. We have learned a number of lessons from the exercise.” According to Zuma, one major lesson was that the process of acquiring and distributing a particular piece of land was often lengthy, which escalated the cost of redistribution because the previous owner stopped investing in the land. He said many farms were in a poor state of repair at the point of acquisition, contributing to a decline in productivity on redistributed farms. This led to the adoption of the Recapitalisation and Development Programme in November 2010. By December 2011, 595 farms were in the process of being rehabilitated under this programme, mainly through rebuilding infrastructure.Land reform: new approach put forward Taking these issues into account, South Africa’s National Development Plan proposes a district-based approach to land reform and its financing. It proposes that each district should establish a land reform committee where all stakeholders can be meaningfully involved. The committee would be charged with identifying 20 percent of the commercial agricultural land in the district and giving commercial farmers the option of assisting in its transfer to black farmers, in line with the government’s land reform targets. The implementation of this land reform proposal would entail identifying land that is readily available from land that is already in the market; land where the farmer is under severe financial pressure; land held by an absentee landlord willing to exit; and land in a deceased’s estate. In this way, land could be found without distorting markets. After being identified, the land would be bought by the state at 50 percent of its market value, which is closer to its fair productive value. The shortfall of the current owner would be made up by cash or in-kind contributions from the commercial farmers in the district who volunteered to participate. In exchange, commercial farmers would be protected from losing their land and gain black economic empowerment status.Land reform: spreading the cost Zuma said this would remove the uncertainty and mistrust that surrounds land reform and the related loss of investor confidence, adding that a stepped up programme of financing should be created. “This would include the involvement of the National Treasury, the Land Bank as well as established white farmers. The model envisages that the cost of land reform be spread between all stakeholders. It also envisages new financial instruments being designed for the purpose of facilitating land reform. “These could include 40-year mortgages at preferential rates for new entrants into the markets, as well as land bonds that white farmers and others could invest in.” Zuma said this was an innovative proposal that needed to be tested, and that it would be useful to hear from members of the farming sector if they would support such an approach. Zuma said South Africa’s food security situation was too serious to leave to short-term planning only. “Our long-term vision document, the National Development Plan, forecasts that by 2030, more than 70 percent of South Africa’s population will live in urban areas, compared to just over 60 percent today. “Even with these changes, rural areas will remain home to millions of our people. We know this because there is also considerable movement within rural areas resulting in a consolidation into denser settlements,” Zuma said.Agriculture and job creation The National Development Plan argues that agriculture is the primary economic activity in rural areas and has the potential to create close to one-million new jobs by 2030; Zuma said this could be done by expanding irrigated agriculture. “There is evidence that the current 1.5-million hectares under irrigation can be expanded by at least 500 000 hectares through more efficient use of existing water resources and the development of new water schemes,” he said. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, also speaking at Monday night’s dinner, said the government was working extremely hard to assist smallholder farmers to become commercial farmers. “We are working very hard to turn rural areas into commercially viable zones. We are trying to eradicate deeply entrenched poverty in rural areas through programmes that will overhaul the entire social system. “We need to decisively move so our programmes translate to visible change in our communities,” she said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more