Ramnarine supports CARICOM report

first_imgFormer president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), Dinanath Ramnarine, has described as spot on, the recent recommendations of the Review Panel of the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee, which, among other things, has called for the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The panel, set-up in conjunction with the WICB, listed several shortcomings of the current board structure and management of the WICB, and its attendant territorial boards of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands and Guyana. This, the review panel said, has resulted in continued decline of West Indies cricket, which languish at the bottom of the premier International Cricket Council Test and one-day international rankings. “I can see the thinking, and the train of thought of the review panel, and believe the recommendations hit a lot of nails on the head,” Ramnarine told The Gleaner. “There is great urgency for restructuring, especially at the territorial board levels, which continue to operate at a level that does not support good governance.” urged Ramnarine. “For example, when last has Guyana had a proper, democratically elected board? “The current structure of the WICB, and general structures of West Indies cricket, are weak, and has failed the people of the Caribbean, and I believe the time has come for serious change,” he added. Chaired by University of The West Indies, Cave Hill Campus principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau, the review panel said the current structure of West Indies cricket was “incapable” of delivering desired results.  “The WICB and Territorial Boards have been able to ignore the extent to which their operations lack transparency and accountability, because the current structures do not respect these basic tenets of good governance within their operations,” said the panel. “Our main recommendation (therefore) is that the Board should be immediately dissolved, and, all current members resign, and an Interim Board selected.” The Interim Board, the review panel recommended, should then work with a change management expert to install a new governance framework. The panel also went on to explain that its suggestions are not too far from that of which Australia instituted in recent times, as a means of moving with a changed global business landscape. Ramnarine, a former director of the WICB when he was head of WIPA, also commended the suggestion on an Interim Board. “It is a good suggestion, and probably the best way forward at this time,” Ramnarine said. “The board currently lacks the requisite persons with the right expertise to chart the way forward.” The five-member review panel also included former West Indies player, Deryck Murray, Sir Dennis Byron, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice, president of the Grenada Cricket Association, Dwain Gill, and president of the Caribbean Development Bank, Warren Smith.last_img read more

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2020-01-20

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GOL Mission to Beirut Successful 10 Liberian Girls Trapped in Lebanon Returned

first_imgThe Government of Liberia has secured the release of ten Liberian female migrant workers that had been trapped for more than two years in Lebanon and have brought them home.The young girls allegedly faced a life of servitude and humiliation including sexual molestation by some Lebanese agents that “sponsored” their travel to Lebanon.After persistent media reporting about their plight and the refusal of their captors to release the girls, GOL recently dispatched a delegation to Beirut with the necessary travel documents and air tickets to ensure the speedy return of the girls as well as to build a legal case to prosecute the perpetrators. According to Labor Minister Neto Z. Lighe Sr., head of the delegation to Beirut, the girls recently touched down at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) and are being kept under security protection away from the public in order to “protect the image and identity of the alleged rape victims.” “For now we have not reunited them with their families because we want to get statements from them to begin prosecuting the alleged perpetrators.“We are preparing indictments against the accused and can only make a case if we gather testimonies from the victims. We are closely working with the Lebanese ministries of Justice and Labor to enable us to move further with legal action” said Atty. Lighe.“Initially we prepared for seven girls, but when we got to Beirut, the number exceeded what was expected.“Actually, we should have returned with twelve girls but due to their late arrival, we managed to secure ten. The travel documents of the other two had not been processed so their return was not possible at this time, but we hope to bring them back to Liberia soon,” Lighe explained.He disclosed that two of the Lebanese nationals accused of involvement in trafficking the girls to Lebanon have been banned from leaving Liberia and their passports and other travel documents are in the possession of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and will only be released pending a government to government interaction with Beirut regarding their prosecution.Minister Lighe described the delegation’s mission to Beirut as “very successful,” adding that there’s nothing more important than bringing the girls back home to Liberia.The high-power Liberian delegation left Monrovia recently for Beirut in an effort to fast track the return of the Liberian girls whose search for greener pastures in Lebanon resulted to dehumanizing treatment of them by alleged traffickers.The delegation included Jeddi Aman, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) Commissioner Lemuel Reeves, a representative of the Ministry of Justice and Joseph Flomo, 105 Liberia National Police.Meanwhile, Lighe stated that the case is of serious interest to GOL and as such, everything possible would be done to prosecute those who are convicted of crimes against the Liberian girls, causing them hardship and suffering in Lebanon.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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2020-01-14

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