‘Double-whammy’ pay!

first_imgDear Editor,Nowrang Persaud’s letter on stipends for State Boards’ Chairmen and Directors that carried in your daily (July 13, 2016) is stimulating enough to be worthy of a comment. It must be appreciated that, all things being equal, a Government under normal circumstance will appoint individuals to sit on State Boards who have considerable competence, expertise and experience in a particular area of trade, profession or vocation and that their presence on a particular board will make a positive impact on such organisation by virtue of the said competence, expertise and experience. All these appointments carry non-executive status.Any individual who is so identified and appointed ought to see it as an honour to be of service to the State, rather than the State be of service to the appointee. This is what prompted the late President John F Kennedy to make that famous quote “Ask not what the country should do for you, but what you could do for your country”. Unfortunately, Mr Persaud’s advocacy to compensate State Board’s Chairmen and Directors by benchmarking with parliamentarians and “top echelons of Government and national, public and civic organisations” runs contrary to President Kennedy’s philosophy.Editor, if State Boards’ Chairmen and Directors are dissatisfied with the opportunities for “self-compensation and aggrandisements”, then the fittest and honourable thing to do is to refuse such appointments. In the current scheme of things, many of the current State Boards’ Chairmen and Directors hold substantive jobs with high salaries and perks. Mr Persaud needs to understand and appreciate that when these full-time, permanent job holders take leave from their respective organisations their pay and perks are not reduced for the time they spend at Board meetings. So why should they be paid stipends that are commensurate with “top echelons” job holders to attend Board meetings and still receive fulsome pay and benefits from their full-time jobs? It will simply be a ‘double-whammy’ pay! The appointment then becomes a profit centre.The case cited by Mr Persaud whereby a “Director on the Board of one of these operations was so appalled at the miserly stipend payable to him that he quickly sought an opportunity to serve the same outfit in virtually the same capacity”. Editor, this opportunity could not have materialised if corporate and ministerial heads had not facilitated it, and the pursuit of such opportunity by the individual could only have been influenced by greed for monetary aggrandisement, and not by a selfless service to the state.Finally, it’s an ominous disclosure by Mr Persaud that Board Members may be “tempted to do any form of wangling to meet obviously critical demands of the respective positions”, or rather to put it more bluntly, using his analogy, ‘to bring about financial accomplishment by employing scheming or underhand methods’. No wonder why many of our state boards reek of misappropriations and fiduciary irresponsibility; their thrust according to Mr Persaud is seemingly poised for “self-compensation and aggrandisements.”Yours faithfully,Dmithri Ramsunailast_img read more

Taxi driver in custody for seaman’s murder

first_imgCrime Chief Wendell Blanhum on Thursday confirmed that detectives have arrested a taxi driver for questioning in relation to the murder of Roy Rowland, whose body was discovered with a single gunshot wound to the head at Marigold Street, South Ruimveldt Gardens.Dead: Roy RowlandThe Crime Chief related that ever since the taxi driver was taken into Police custody, he has been giving conflicting accounts of his interactions with the now deceased man. The driver is reportedly claiming that Rowland requested to be dropped at a location in West Ruimveldt and instructed him (the driver) to collect him after dropping home his child mother.However, he told ranks that after dropping home Rowland’s child mother, he went back to collect him, but he was nowhere to be seen. He attempted to phone him several times, but all the calls went unanswered.He said he went away and it was not until Wednesday morning, he learnt of the man’s demise. The Police will continue to interrogate the suspect.The body of the 27-year-old seaman, of Lot 25 Castello Housing Scheme, La Penitence, Georgetown, was discovered about 06:30h by a resident who went to take out his cattle. He immediately raised an alarm and the Police were summoned.During investigations, a 9mm spent shell was found at the scene. The Police are working on the theory that the man might have been killed somewhere else and his body dumped in the area, since residents did not hear a firearm being discharged.last_img read more

Fire Crews respond to explosion in the Airport Subdivision

first_imgThe owner of the property had returned home and from his truck opened the door on the garage.  When the door opened, it is believed an explosion occurred. No one was injured in the fire or explosion and at this time the cause is still under investigation.  The garage is a total lose along with the RV and River Boat that were inside.The Fire Department remained on scene for much of the evening Tuesday while they waited for crews to turn off the natural gas supply to the building.- Advertisement -Wednesday the Fire Department will start their investigation into the cause of the fire.If you have any photos of the fire you’d like to share, email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comlast_img read more

Pogba set for Manchester United medical

first_imgThe reports claim that Pogba will cost Manchester United Sh14.6bn with performance related add-ons and agent fees taking the total fee to Sh17.2bn.Speaking to the media on Friday, Mourinho addressed the issue and hinted that the deal could be completed soon.Asked if there is one more big signing on the way to Old Trafford, he replied: “Yes. We have 22 now and we are going to have 23. Paul Pogba is a Juventus player until officially he isn’t. We stay like this but, honestly, the market closes on August 31 but I think my club is trying to do everything to close our market before August 14. Normally next week we will have our squad closed.”Meanwhile, former Manchester United winger Nani has given Pogba’s return his seal of approval, and he expects the player to thrive at the second attempt under his compatriot Mourinho.“Pogba is a great player, there’s not doubt about it,’ Nani told Sky Sports. ‘The numbers today are different, how much clubs pay for players.”“I don’t want to talk about numbers but the player is a fantastic player. Any team who buys him will be very well served.”-By DailyMail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba is a reported target for Manchester United. PHOTO/SKY.TURIN, Italy, Aug 7- Manchester United and Juventus have finally reached an agreement over the transfer of Paul Pogba, with the Serie A champions confirming the midfielder has been given permission to have a medical with the club.The 23-year-old has been at the centre of speculation all summer, but looks to be edging ever closer to a world record return to Old Trafford – four years after leaving on a free transfer.last_img read more

League Two news: Bottom club Newport County sack manager Warren Feeney

first_img Warren Feeney 1 Warren Feeney has been sacked as manager of League Two club Newport County.The Northern Irishman, who took charge in January, has paid the price for a disappointing start to the season.The Exiles have won only one of their opening nine games and Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Grimsby saw them move to the bottom of the table.“The club can confirm that manager Warren Feeney has been relieved of his duties as first-team manager,” read a statement on the club’s official website.“Following a mixed start to the season the board of directors feel a change is necessary.“We would like to thank Warren for his service since joining the club back in October 2015 and wish him all the best for his future career.“In addition, assistant manager Andy Todd has also left the club with immediate effect.“First-team coaches Sean McCarthy and James Bittner will remain at the club in their respective positions and assume caretaker responsibilities.“The club is intending to make an appointment as soon as possible and will make an announcement in due course.”Feeney was promoted from the role of assistant manager when former boss John Sheridan quit the club to take charge of Oldham in January this year.Newport were 20th in the table when Feeney took on the role and the former Northern Ireland international steered them clear of relegation as they finished one place and nine points above the bottom two.The Exiles’ next appointment will be their sixth manager in a little over 19 months.last_img read more

Chief Bratton decries assaults on police officers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesPolice believe 17 shots were fired into the police car as Tuck radioed in their location. He was struck in the wrist and suffered two other bullet wounds – including one that penetrated his bullet-proof vest. Tuck and Parro returned gunfire and Perez was struck in the leg. A second suspect, Alfredo Escobedo, 36 of Los Angeles, also was taken into custody, police said. Bratton said doctors initially feared they would have to amputate Tuck’s hand because the wound was so severe, but now believe they will be able to save it. Braton said Tuck will have to undergo months of additional surgery and rehabilitation. “This is is an extraordinary young man,” Bratton said. “When Mayor (Antonio) Villaraigosa and I visited him at the hospital, I asked him, like I do all officers, if there was anything I could do for him. He asked if we could get some water coolers in the Hollenbeck Station.” As a 26-year-old rookie recovered from gunshot wounds suffered in a weekend shootout, LAPD Chief Bill Bratton today decried the growing number of assaults against Los Angeles police. Detectives said they are still trying to piece together the motive behind the attack late Saturday on Officers James Tuck and John Parros by suspect Jose Perez, 31, who police said has an extensive record of drug and robbery charges. “We believe this was an ambush, an attempted assassination of our officers,” an emotinal Bratton said at a downtown news conference where police asked for public assistance on any possible motive for the crime. Tuck, in the ninth month of his year-long probation, and Parros had pulled over a black Honda for a mechanical violation in the Montecito Heights area when a man identified as Lopez jumped out of the car fired at the officers with an AK-47 assault weapon. Bratton explained there was water shortage at the facility because of remodeling work being done and that water coolers are being installed this week. But what concerns Bratton the most is that officers have been fired on 15 times this year, compared with nine during all of 2005. “A lot of this is gang-related, but it also is an example that we have far too many guns on the streets of this city and every city,” Bratton said, estimating that officers confiscate 15-20 weapons a day. “I want the public to know what our officers are facing every day. “We get a lot of complaints about the demeanor of our officers. But they are acting professionally because they don’t know when something like this can happen to them. I just thank God that these officers are alive today. “They must have had a guardian angel watching out for them.” Bratton said he will be reviewing the reports as a result of the incident to see if there is anything the department could do to help better prepare officers. “So far, I can’t see what we would have done differently,” Bratton said. “You just can’t prepare for an attack like this.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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

Annual darts tournament takes place in Drumkeerin

first_imgThe Maureen Owens & Gerard McKenna Memorial Darts Tournament took place in Drumkeerin on Easter Sunday with over eighty entries in total. The Open, sponsored by Drumkeerin Community Family Festival, was won by Martin Heneghan (Mayo) who defeated John Nevin (Cavan) 6-5 in a brilliant final. Martin received €1,000, Perpetual Cup and trophy with John receiving €400 & trophy. Beaten semi-finalists were Keane Barry (Meath) and Padraig Hester (Mayo) with both players receiving €200 and trophies. Beaten quarter-finalists were Stephen Gannon (Leitrim), Aidy Somers (Leitrim), Eugene McDermott (Leitrim) and Sean McGowan (Sligo), with the above four players receiving €100 each and trophies. In the Youths section, Keane Barry (Meath) defeated Killian Heffernan (Kildare) 4-3 with both players playing fantastic darts. Keane received €100 and a trophy, Killian received €50 and a trophy. Beaten semi-finalists were Shane Doherty (Fermanagh) and Martin Kerins (Sligo), each of who received €25 and trophies. The Ladies section, sponsored by McManus Window & Door Repairs, Drumkeerin, was won by Tess McMorrow (Leitrim) who defeated Nora Fitzpatrick (Leitrim) 3-1 in the final. Tess received €70, Perpetual Cup and trophy with Nora receiving €30 and a trophy. John Nevin (Cavan)  recorded the highest check out of 150 (in the final). All of the trophies were sponsored by Francis Davitt, Davitts Bar, Drumkeerin.last_img read more

NC May Be Closer to “Raising the Age”

first_imgThe tide may be turning when it come to prosecuting all 16- and 17-year-olds in North Carolina as adults. This month, a commission made up of members representing legal and law enforcement perspectives held its final meeting and declared that raising the age in North Carolina is a top priority.Ricky Watson, co-director of the Youth Justice Project at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, said he and others have hope that “raise the age” legislation could move forward in the next session.“This time we might see this actually happen, because we seem to have a good deal of bipartisan support of people across the aisle, in addition to people that represent the district attorney’s office, the sheriff’s association, that we haven’t probably seen in the past,” he said.North Carolina is currently one of only two states nationwide that automatically try 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Opponents of the practice point to scientific data that shows that a teen’s brain may not be fully developed to understand lifelong consequences, and argue that a long prison sentence in an adult population may actually push them towards a continued life of crime.Watson said while some heinous crimes merit a severe sentence, many juveniles are best served by rehabilitation and education, so they may become productive members of society.“If your kid does make a mistake, they are at a disadvantage from any other kids across the country. That criminal record can follow them for decades,” he explained. “Essentially it can effect their ability to get employment, to get scholarships, to get housing and qualify for loans.”The state commission recommends the state keep any 16- and 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors in the juvenile system.last_img read more

Auburndale moves on with win over Crivitz in WIAA Division 4 boys basketball sectional semifinal

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterANTIGO — The Auburndale boys basketball team is in the sectional finals for the third-straight season after beating Crivitz 55-44 in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal Thursday night at Antigo High School.Auburndale (18-7) will get a rematch with Brillion (21-4) in the sectional final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Appleton East High School. Brillion handed the Apaches just their second loss of last season in a sectional final 47-42 a year ago, which was also played at Appleton East.Auburndale led 23-21 at halftime before Crivitz pulled ahead by four with a pair of 3-pointers to open the second half.The Apaches recovered, going on a 12-2 run to close the quarter and outscored Crivitz 20-15 in the fourth quarter by making 10 of 14 free throws down the stretch.Matt Nikolay scored 14 points and had seven steals, Josh VanSchoick added 14 points, and Alex Marth had 11 points for Auburndale.Crivitz ends its season with an 18-7 record.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 55, Wolverines 44Auburndale 15 8 12 20 – 55Crivitz 10 11 8 15 – 44AUBURNDALE (55): Jake Lewis 2 1-2 5, Matt Nikolay 4 5-6 14, Cooper Krings 1 2-2 4, Tyler Weber 2 0-0 4, Alex Marth 5 1-2 11, Matt Lang 1 1-2 3, Josh VanSchoick 6 2-2 14. FG: 21. FT: 12-16. 3-pointers: 1 (Nikolay 1). Record: 18-7.CRIVITZ (44): Statistics not provided. FG: 17. FT: 2-3. 3-pointers: 8. Record: 18-7.last_img read more

Future of long-range flying – no economy seats?

first_imgIs the future of long-range flying no economy seats. That is the question when Singapore Airlines re-launches its Singapore to New York non-stop this Thursday as there are no economy seats on the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight.And on many other airlines, economy seats are being reduced on long-range aircraft as more premium economy seats are added with passengers demanding more comfort as fares drop relative to earnings.The cost of an economy fare in 2000 now buys premium economy with all its comforts and frills.And more and more airlines are installing Economy X or Economy plus to cater for travelers desires for more comfort.Airbus specially developed its A350-900 for the Singapore to New York route, and it is fitted with a luxurious interior with only 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats.The A350-900ULR will cover the 16,700km from Changi Airport to Newark Liberty International airport in New Jersey in 18hr 45 minutes.READ more on the future of flyingSEE our video “Dispelling the myths of flying.”LEARN about 747’s 50 wonderful yearsThat flight is 2,230km longer than the Qantas Perth to London non-stop route launched in March this year.The first flight, SQ 22 takes off on October 11 at 11.35pm and arrives in New Jersey at 6am Friday morning.The route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.FutureSingapore Airlines premium economy on the A380Daily operations will commence a week later after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.Travel agents are reporting that the service is popular, which follows on from Qantas’s experience on the Perth to London non-stop which is 92 percent full and 94 percent in the premium cabins.Singapore Airlines has teamed up with Canyon Ranch, one of the world’s premier integrative wellness brands, to create special cuisines and rest and relaxation programs, to enhance the long flight.Canyon Ranch has developed science-based strategies for improved sleep, exercise and stretching, as well as new, nutrition-focused menus for the ultra-long flight.The A350 is similar to the Boeing 787 used by Qantas is being made of a composite structure which enables a lower cabin altitude and higher humidity to reduce the impact of jet lag.For the long flight there are two sets of pilots and after the arrival in the US, they have three days off before the return flight. And before the A350 sets off from Singapore they must have had 48 hours off.Looking after the passengers will be 13 cabin crew and these crews get four hours off during the flight.And to ensure everyone is entertained Singapore Airlines has added 200 hours of movies and TV content to its over 1000 hours of content.In premium economy, passengers will get three meals during the flight, while business class will get two larger meals and a non-stop refreshment menu throughout the flight.last_img read more