Former 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.
Responding to demands for pipe-borne water in Monrovia and other parts of Liberia, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) is now pumping more than six million gallons into greater Monrovia’s hard to reach communities.Addressing reporters at a press conference after the presentation of certificates to 20 LWSC’s personnel, Managing Director Charles B. Allen intimated that the entity has embarked on an ambitious expansion program. MD Allen made the disclosure Wednesday, January 29, during the closing exercises for 20 middle level personnel of LWSC, who completed nine days of training in Contract Management held at the water agency’s head office on King Sao Boso Street in Monrovia.The LWSC boss also intimated that during the course of 12-15 months the corporation was able to train 300 members of their staff in different professional disciplines.He also disclosed that next week Saturday the water agency’s employees would be staging a retreat where strategic planning deliberations would be discussed regarding the development, growth and progress of its programs.Mr. Allen further indicated that the LWSC has rehabilitated kiosks (hand pipes) in poor communities enhancing the provision of safe drinking water to residents and small businesses in Monrovia and some parts of the country.The Managing Director also stated that the Liberian Government has provided funds for the rehabilitation of one hundred damaged kiosks.Throwing light on youth unemployment, Mr. Allen noted that efforts are being exerted to engage the youth in management of kiosks in the form of sales so they can be paid a twenty percent commission.Shedding some comments on the expansion program of the LWSC for 2014 and beyond, Manager Allen intimated that the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation (UWSSP) project being funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) would enhance the expansion of Kakata, Zwedru, and other areas.In closing, Manager Allen pointed out that in order for the LWSC to provide this kind of water service to Liberians the entity needs US$150 million.Earlier, the head of the UWSSP, Mr. Gabriel S. Flaboe, said training in contract management and procurement procedures are critical to the overall enhancement of the water implementation projects.He added that such training would assist those managing the water projects to fast-track procurement processes; thus realizing considerable progress and accomplishment.The Procurement Specialist at the AfDB in Monrovia, Ms. Mose Mabe Koofhthile, expressed her delight to be part of the LWSC’s training initiative.For his part, the Chief of Party of the Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP), Mr. Alione Fall lauded the efforts of the LWSC’s management for the provision of training opportunities for its staff.“I’m happy to work with the management of the LWSC; as we all strive to provide a quality and affordable water supply to Liberians,” Mr. Fall declared.In a brief statement on behalf of the participants, a member of LWSC’s staff, Botoe Zinnah, intimated that the fortitude demonstrated by managers of the corporation during the course of the seminar speaks volumes of their commitment to move the entity forward. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The 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)
A security guard stationed at the Education Ministry’s building that houses the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport in Berbice was on Saturday tied up and robbed.The 37-year-old man is employed with Integrated Security Service which is contracted by Government to secure public buildings.Reports are at about 03:15h on Saturday morning; Gansham Rai was in the guard hut, at the Vrymen’s Erven, New Amsterdam location, when a man pointed a gun at him. In an effort to subdue the guard, the bandits took Rai’s shirt and tied his hands behind his back.According to Rai, there were three men: one armed with a gun and the other two with cutlasses. He said the men demanded he hand over his phone. The bandits also relieved him of $1200, a knife and a flashlight.After relieving Rai of the items, one of the men proceeded into a classroom on the lower flat of the school. As the men were ransacking the classroom which stored materials for the school’s workshop programme, Rai managed to free himself.The Police was called but by time they arrived, the men had already escaped. The cutlasses were found in the classroom.An investigation has been launched.
…decries President’s “lip service” over follow-up meetingThe Indigenous peoples of Guyana believe the coalition Government has no intention or the capacity to address issues affecting them, which is highly blatant in their unsuccessful efforts to have a follow-up meeting with President David Granger, whom they say is “unwilling” to meet with Indigenous leadership.NTC Vice Chairman Lenox ShumanThis is according to Vice Chairman of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), Lenox Shuman, who in a letter to the media on Wednesday said they can no longer be silent on the “increasing level of disrespect” being meted out to the Indigenous peoples by the Government.“We have been trying since our meeting last year to get a follow-up meeting with President David Granger. Imagine, the collective leadership of all the Indigenous peoples of Guyana cannot get to see the President of Guyana. Instead, we are sent from ministry to ministry to see other members of the Cabinet,” he posited.According to Shuman, the NTC and other Indigenous organisations met with President Granger last year to examine the very contentious Lands Commission of Inquiry (LCoI), which came out of the bilateral agreement between the Kingdom of Norway and the Government of Guyana to address Amerindian Land Titling. At the meeting, the NTC also called on President Granger to sanction Minister with responsibility of labour, Keith Scott, for marginalising the already marginalised Indigenous peoples of Guyana in the highest house in the land, to which the Head of State committed to review the Hansard and will so be guided.“We are still awaiting action on this issue,” he noted.The NTC Chairman went on to note that following consultations amongst the Indigenous communities for the past eight months on the LCoI, the NTC met and submitted recommendations in relation to the LCoI and requested a meeting with the President by mid-March 2018 to which he had committed.“The President has not met with us yet and his office keeps telling us to meet other members of the Cabinet.”Moreover, he mentioned that the plot of land allocated at Sophia to house the NTC’s Secretariat Complex has still not been granted to the NTC some two years later, while at the same time construction has started at a plot parallel to the one originally considered by the NTC.MiningWith regards to mining, Shuman went on to say the NTC was supposed to enter a MoU with the Natural Resources Ministry which appears to be “only a publicity stunt” by the Ministry. He noted that the subject Minister, Raphael Trotman, has not responded to the issue of the MoU.“It is our concern that with the lack of address to these issues and the incoming IT bill, that the Indigenous peoples could be charged with sedition when these issues are brought out in defence of “our rights.” It is also our view that the GoG is awaiting the change in the NTC. This is to avoid dealing with the issues, because even with a change in the NTC, the issues will still remain, and the Indigenous peoples will continue to suffer,” Shuman asserted.The NTC Vice Chair continued that Indigenous leaders expressed fear of further speaking out against “things that are principled wrong” having witnessed what became of the parliamentary Opposition members. They also express fear as they intend on getting into private businesses after they leave office and do not want to be hassled.“The Indigenous peoples of Guyana are unhappy, and the brewing discontent manifested itself in calls by some communities for mass mobilisation in Georgetown. At that meeting, we committed to the Indigenous leaders that it would be premature to just start mobilisation without first meeting with His Excellency and asked that we are permitted to meet with him (His Excellency) first and then be guided by those commitments.”He noted that the President and the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo are both in receipt of the letter by the NTC committing to mass mobilisation “if our rights are not respected. We are yet to see a commitment by His Excellency to meet the Indigenous leadership – the NTC. I must admit my pessimism of this happening on anything meaningful if not for lip service,” Shuman asserted in the letter to the media.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Manaen Miles was found unharmed with his mother Tuesday and has been placed in protective custody, Las Vegas police said. Smith ordered Ochoa and Dean held without bail until their transfer to California, which Butao said should occur within the next three days. Police have not released information on the relationship between Ochoa and Dean. LAS VEGAS – The mother of a 4-year-old boy and another woman agreed Thursday to be extradited to California to face charges in the fatal shooting of the child’s uncle in Altadena. Vanessa Ochoa and Misha Rachaz Dean appeared in prison blues through a remote video hookup from the Clark County jail, and each answered a simple “yes” when asked by Justice of the Peace Douglas Smith if they wanted to return to California to face a charge of murder with a deadly weapon in the death of Monroe Miles, 32. Ochoa, 22, and Dean, 22, were taken into custody, along with Ochoa’s son Manaen Miles, on Tuesday in Las Vegas after a two-day, two-state search. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department initially described the case as an alleged kidnapping, saying the women shot and killed Monroe Miles, the boy’s paternal uncle, then took the child and fled. Miles, who was caring for the child, was shot in the torso Sunday at a home in Altadena, where he lived with the boy’s grandparents.
Vowing to restore public confidence in the Los Angeles Police Department, City Councilman Jack Weiss, co-chairman of the task force, called for “an investigation as thorough as possible.” Luis Carrillo, civil rights lawyer representing Gonzalez and 23 others, called for a full federal investigation and the removal of Bratton, who attended the event. But the chief found some support from the crowd and council members. Art Placencia, president of the national Latino Police Officers Association, said LAPD is 30 percent Latino and he defended Bratton’s record with the community. “He’s always been open and listens to Latino concerns,” Placencia said. “Those (officers) that did cause a problem that day will be dealt with.” The first of five public hearings scheduled to address the LAPD’s highly criticized use of force at a May 1 immigration rights’ rally drew about 250 people Monday, some of whom called for Police Chief William Bratton’s resignation. “I was hit very hard on my eye and face,” said Sophia Gonzalez, a demonstrator who said that prior to the May 1 rally at MacArthur Park she was supportive of the Los Angeles Police Department. “How do I explain to my three children why we were beaten by the police?” Gonzalez and others addressed the City Council’s Special Task Force, which is investigating the melee that followed the mostly peaceful demonstration. Also on hand at the hearing at Charles White Elementary School, located just across the street from MacArthur Park, were Los Angeles Police Department Inspector General Andre Birotte Jr., and several other council members. The Special Task Force is the City Council’s inquiry into the May Day clash. Weiss who co-chairs the task force, along with Councilman Ed Reyes, said he supports Bratton. The chief has come under fire from critics, who blast him for “losing control” of his police force and police union leaders, who accuse the chief of cowing to public outrage. “There’s no question that it was a serious and alarming incident,” said Weiss, who plans to run for city attorney. “But I’ve never seen a public official respond to a crisis as energetically as Chief Bratton.” Weiss said he supports Bratton’s bid for a second term as police chief. The controversy began during the immigration rights rally when late in the day officers were pelted with debris from a small crowd of agitators. They then moved into the park, where they began to clear out peaceful rally participants, including families and members of the media. The officers struck some of the protesters and journalists with batons and fired nearly 150 rounds of nonlethal rubber bullets, much of it captured by news cameras. Within a week of the incident, Bratton demoted Deputy Chief Caylor, “Lee” Carter, the top-ranking commander at the May 1 melee and reassigned Carter’s second-in-command at the scene, Cmdr. Louis Gray, to the Operations Bureau. Bratton also reassigned 60 officers of Platoon B, an elite violence suppression and crowd control squad from the Metropolitan Division. email@example.com (818)713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Following a difficult first season at Old Trafford, he was in fine form during the first few weeks of the 2015/16 season before having his leg broken by PSV Eindhoven’s Hector Moreno in the Champions League.Shaw has only played seven minutes of international football in the three years since as he has struggled to hold down a place in the United team until the start of this season.Manchester United’s Luke Shaw suffered a horrendous leg break against PSV Eindhoven in September 2015 © AFP / JOHN THYSBut it could have been much worse were it not for emergency surgery before being flown home from the Netherlands after his leg break.“I was really close to losing my leg. I never knew that until six months later when the doctor told me,” said Shaw on Tuesday.“At the time they were thinking about flying me back and, if I had flown back, then I would have probably lost my leg because of the blood clots and stuff in the leg.“I’ve got two scars down the side of my leg where they had to cut them open and remove them.”– World Cup ‘gutting’ to watch –A lot period of rehab followed. But even after returning to the field, Shaw has struggled for form and fitness over the past two seasons and been singled out for some stinging criticism by manager Jose Mourinho.As a result, he was just another fan as Gareth Southgate’s England side captivated the hearts of a nation in reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia.“That made me want it more. The World Cup is the biggest stage for any footballer. It was wonderful to see how well we did as a team, and how far we got was brilliant. But also it was quite gutting not to be there,” he added.Shaw went away to do extra training in Dubai over the summer to get fit for the new campaign and has impressed Mourinho in an otherwise troubled start to the season for United.That has been recognised by Southgate with a return to the national team when qualifying for Euro 2020 begins with a Nations League opener against Spain at Wembley on Saturday.“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about stopping playing football but I had a lot of good people around me, good friends, good family and they helped me through it.“This is where I want to be, playing football in the biggest games possible. I want to be winning trophies and doing this kind of stuff.“That’s my motivation and I want to one day be recognised as one of the best left-backs in the world.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fighting fit: Luke Shaw has battled back from a lack of form and fitness to earn an England recall © AFP / Oli SCARFFBurton-on-Trent, United Kingdom, Sep 4 – Luke Shaw considered retiring after a horrific injury that could have seen his right leg amputated three years ago, but the Manchester United left-back believes he is finally fully fit and ready to deliver on his potential after earning an England recall.Shaw was the world’s most expensive teenager when he signed for United from Southampton for a reported £27 million ($35 million) in 2014, weeks after representing England at the World Cup in Brazil.
Robin van Persie was Manchester United’s saviour as his brace secured a smash-and-grab victory over Southampton, with the Red Devils rising to third in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at St Mary’s.The visitors were far from their best, but punished Saints’ wastefulness in front of goal with two goals from just three shots on target in the entire game.Van Persie handed United an early lead when he capitalised on Jose Fonte’s howler, but Graziano Pelle soon had the hosts level.Southampton were the dominant force from then on but were guilty of a series of glaring misses, and the Dutchman made them pay with a volleyed winner with 20 minutes left.It meant Louis van Gaal registered a precious three points over former protégé Ronald Koeman in their first meeting in English football, as Southampton slide down to fifth following a third successive defeat.Van Gaal appointed the Saints boss as his No.2 at Barcelona, with the Man United boss later becoming his technical director during Koeman’s stint as head coach at Ajax.But that partnership ended in disaster, making the pair rivals ever since, and it was Van Gaal who drew first blood in the grudge match.All of Koeman’s evident preparation was undone after 12 minutes, as a blunder from Saints defender Fonte gifted Van Persie the opportunity to give United an early lead – a chance he took with aplomb.The centre-back’s under-hit back-pass allowed the Dutch hitman to dart in and slot simply past helpless goalkeeper Fraser Forster.United were then forced into an early reshuffle when Chris Smalling hobbled off with an injury, with Jonny Evans taking his place for his first top flight outing since the 5-3 defeat to Leicester.And Van Gaal kept the changes coming, with youngster Paddy McNair coming off later in the first-half for Ander Herrera, with Koeman seen mulling over how to best combat the attacking switch.The decision didn’t pay off, however, as Southampton were soon level after another dreadful error, this time from Marounae Felliani who had a shocker at St Mary’s.The Belgian carelessly lost possession in his own-half to allow Saints midfielder Steven Davis to drive unchallenged up the pitch, with the ball eventually bobbling to Pelle who fired home from ten yards to end a run of five games without a goal.At that point Southampton were good value for the equaliser, and their confidence only grew.Sadio Mane dazzled on the left with pace and trickery to boot, but the Senegalese forward’s final balls often lacked the finesse to really trouble United’s back-four.Nevertheless, the chances continued to flow for the hosts, who crafted a total of 19 efforts on goal to the Red Devils’ lowly five, but they were eventually left to rue their lack of clinical touch.Maya Yoshida saw a good chance go begging early in the second-half, while Shane Long was superbly denied by goalkeeper David de Gea, who flew across his goal to keep his side in it, and Pelle was later guilty of a horrible miss as he fired over the bar from close-range.And their profligacy was eventually punished by their opposition, who perhaps had a run of the luck when a Wayne Rooney free-kick floated all the way to the back post, where it was met by the outside of Van Persie’s boot, scoring the visitors’ second goal from only their second shot on target.The goal threw Koeman’s plans into disarray, but United were still indebted to the reactions of De Gea, who pulled off a stunning save from Pelle’s fierce drive in the closing stages to – deserved or not – make it five United wins in a row. Manchester United striker Robin van Persie 1
CARSON – Five people were injured when their vehicle veered out of control and struck a light standard in Carson, a sheriff’s sergeant said today. The accident occurred on Main Street at Sepulveda Boulevard about 11 p.m. yesterday, said Sgt. Bryan Beardsley of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Carson Station. A Chevrolet Trailblazer was heading northbound on Main Street about 60 mph when it veered off the road and into the parking lot of a Home Depot, where the SUV struck a light standard, Beardsley said. 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 All five occupants — four men and a woman — were transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, he said. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, he said. No arrests were made and no one else was injured. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.