Hawthorne under pressure at St Jago

first_imgHawthorne under pressure at St Jago… Axe looms for veteran as Wolmer’s also parts company with entire staffFollowing the recent restructuring of the Wolmer’s Boys School track and field programme, another high profile high school coaching job is reportedly on the line.Christopher Harley is the first major casualty following last month’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, with the team’s uninspiring performances said to have upset several influential members of the school’s support.As a result, Harley, who took over as head coach in 2012, along with his entire coaching staff, was shown the door at the Heroes Circle – based school earlier this week.The Wolmer’s programme will reportedly be overseen by past student and patron Stephen Francis, who runs the powerful MVP Track Club.Harley may have some company soon, with sources telling The Gleaner that long-time St Jago High school boys team coach Danny Hawthorne may also soon find himself on the sidelines, with a large section of the Monk Street-based school’s past student body pushing for a new direction.Hawthorne, a veteran, who has guided the likes of Yohan Blake and Nickeal Ashmeade over the years is under immense pressure as he is, according to several sources, seen by some of the programme’s backers to be incapable of guiding the school to a championship.St Jago’s boys finished in fourth position at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, 112.5 points behind winners Calabar, with Wolmer’s – winners in 2010 under David Riley’s leadership, finished 10th this time around after managing 50 points.St Jago’s last boys’ title came in 1993.The Gleaner tried to get in contact with both coaches but was unsuccessful.last_img read more

Labor Minister Vows to Enforce Decent Work Law

first_imgThe Minister of Labour, Neto Zarzar Lighe, has vowed to enforce the new Decent Work Law that was passed into law by the National Legislature.The Decent Work Bill was signed into law on June 26, by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after it had spent five years at the Capitol Building.Minister Lighe, speaking at the regular Ministry of Information press briefing recently in Monrovia, assured the public that his administration will begin full explanation of the various aspects of the law, using the media and any other means.The exercise is part of the Ministry of Labour’s responsibilities to inform the public.He said his office will draft regulations to define the conduct of domestic workers and how they will be protected or guarded.“Based on our assessment, the US$ 3.5 for domestic and casual workers per day is good. We believe that the lawmakers did all their economic assessments before coming up with this amount,” he added.He further explained that age 16 has been identified as a working age in both the formal and informal sectors by the Decent Work Law and will take effect when the law is printed into hand bills.“Part III of the law is the most interesting part, he said. It talks about the Minimum Wage Board. Part V, talks about the employment and termination of employment and this also protects all employees, especially where the employees started on probation. If someone is in your employ and has passed probation, there is ground for dismissal,” he explained.Minister Lighe noted that in order to complete what is required, “we will have to print the act into a handbook and have it circulated. But it is only the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that has the statutory mandate to perform such order.”According to him, the Minimum Wage Board will review the wages and make the appropriate recommendations for increment but said the ideas behind the Decent Work Law are like a baseline for the minimum wage in the country.The Minister further disclosed, “We have also instituted a tripartite council and will make the recommendations to the Minimum Wages Board. This is the most concerning issue in the country. We also need workshops and other means to provide details to the public with respect to this new Decent Work Law.”Minister Lighe further said citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will pay U$100 for a work permit.He hailed the Ghanaian, Nigerian and Sierra Leonean communities for being very receptive to paying the US$100.The new law will not take effect until the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prints it into hand bills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Youth Urged to Take Advantage of Opportunities in Maritime Industry

first_imgStudents at the career day fair program in Monrovia.A group of maritime experts on Saturday, March 23, 2019, urged young Liberian professionals, including students to take advantage of the opportunities that abound in the maritime industry to reap the economy benefits in the future.The experts appeal to the professionals was contained in a statement delivered at the one-day career fair organized by the Blue Ocean Conference (BOC) committee in Monrovia under the theme, “Youth Participation in the Maritime and Marine Sector.”The BOC career fair seeks to give opportunities to young people in tertiary institutions to pursue careers in shipping, maritime and economy benefits to be mentored by industrial professionals to make informed career choices and develop themselves.Olivia Tah Johnson, Maritime practitioner at the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR), said they want to ensure that young people are empowered, take up courses or careers that will help conserve “our ecosystem and to have use of a sustainable ocean.”Madam Johnson then shared information on marine and maritime career paths to the participants.She informed the over 100 students that Liberia has a very rich maritime history associated with lots of potentials, “but for us as a country to reap the economic benefit, we need young people, who will take up a career in those areas that would help conserve our oceans and beaches.”Mrs. Johnson added, “we want to produce youth, graduates and young professionals in the marine and maritime sector that will be marketable for the job market as well as economic development in the country.”According to her, Liberia needs an integrated approach to address the current and emerging issues that are affecting its oceans and the sustainability of it.She charged the students to be honest and morally upright to take up the numerous job opportunities that are in the maritime industry.“Be informed that that expectations are very high in the maritime world, and as such, you must be honest, morally upright to take up the challenges as there are a lot of job opportunities,” she said.She also said that over 4,000 vessels fly the Liberian flag around the world, but there are non Liberian on those ships. Therefore, we look forward that in the near future, we will have Liberians assigned on those vessels.John Harvey, Director of Safety at the Liberia Maritime Authority, also emphasized the needs for more young people to form part of the profession.Harvey informed the students that the country only have two engineers, and because of that “we want you to take maritime career seriously.”Meanwhile, a panel discussion was held among maritime experts. Some of them represented the University of Barcelona represented by Professor Patrizia Ziveri, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Peter Swarzenski and Kenya Ports Authority.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ramjattan defends “illegal” SARA Director

first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Tuesday defended what is considered to be an illegal occupancy of the position of Director of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) by Professor Clive Thomas.SARA Director, Professor Clive ThomasRamjattan told this newspaper on the sidelines of an event at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel that “he is there lawfully…he has been there for a couple of years now and all of a sudden people feel that he’s illegal? Apparently, this illegal viral is all over the place.”Professor Thomas was Head of the State Assets Recovery Unit – which was the name of the organisation when it was operating without a legislative framework.However, in 2017, the requisite legislation was passed, prompting SARU to be renamed SARA.The SARA Act stipulates that “Within a period of not more than four months from the date of commencement of this Act, the Parliamentary Committee on appointments on the notification by the Minister shall recommend to the National Assembly a person to be appointed as Director of the SARA”.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanHowever, this was never done and Professor Thomas has remained as Head of SARA – which goes against the law.Notably, Professor Thomas was politically appointed to that post and this raises concern about the credibility and integrity of the work of that agency which is empowered to seize citizens’ assets.In fact, according to the law, the Head of SARA will be answerable to no one.One of the major concerns of stakeholders was that of SARA’s Head being bestowed with a seemingly unlimited amount of power, practically second to the President’s.SARA recently filed lawsuits against several persons including former President Bharrat Jagdeo in relation to the sale of lands at Sparendaam, popularly known as “Pradoville 2”.But Jagdeo said he is unbothered by this action since he believes it is just politics at play.The Opposition Leader recently said that the Director and Deputy Director of SARA, Aubrey Heath-Retemyer are holding their respective posts illegally. He argued that the SARA Act provides very clearly that their appointments shall be made through a parliamentary process.The Opposition has argued too that a transition provision in the Act allowed the Director, who operated in the agency before the Act came into force, to continue to act in that office for a limited period. They noted, however, that the period has long expired.Jagdeo recalled that SARA had stated publicly that they are working on some high-profile cases, with recoveries above US$10 million and these cases would be filed by the third quarter of 2018, which they did not do. Instead, they have gone to the Pradoville issue.Jagdeo had said that SARA is just another means for the Government to secure employment for retired citizens. “If you shut down SARA, you can hire 400 people. Where are these US$10 million cases that SARA was supposed to discover, (they said) that how many people had US$10 million and above abroad? What is happening with them? They are just wasting our money.”After Guyana Times had published an article on the lavish salaries of the executives, the organisation later came out explaining the remunerations.“Our monthly earnings are listed for the public to see… the basic salary for the Director is $1 million per month with added allowances, he moves up to $1,080,000. The Assistant is $700,000 and with some allowances he moves up to $780,000 per month,” Heath-Retmeyer said.last_img read more

Arsenal, City double header tests Liverpool’s title hopes

first_img0Shares0000Eyeing history: Mohamed Salah celebrates as Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-0 to open up a six-point Premier League lead © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 28 – Halfway towards ending a 29-year wait to win the Premier League, the next seven days will test Liverpool’s title credentials to the fullest, starting with Arsenal’s visit to Anfield on Saturday.For a long time a new year visit to Manchester City on January 3 had the makings of a title decider, but Liverpool now have margin for error with a six-point lead at the top of the table. Tottenham are Liverpool’s closest challengers with City slipping down to third and seven points adrift after three defeats in their last four league games.That is more than the six points Liverpool have dropped all season so far as Jurgen Klopp’s men remain unbeaten.“What we said as well is that we want to create our own history. We are the first Liverpool team in the Premier League to be unbeaten in 19 matches –- a little history and a nice step,” said Klopp after a 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle on Boxing Day.Much more significant history awaits, particularly if Liverpool are still unbeaten come the end of a frantic festive period.“We have to win our games, we have to be focused, we need to be really in the mood with having tunnel vision,” added Klopp. “That’s really important and then we will see where it leads us.”Arsenal are one of three sides to have held the league leaders in a 1-1 draw in November and contain the attacking potential in the Premier League’s top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to trouble a Liverpool side that has conceded just seven goals this season.“There are two tough games now: Arsenal and Man City. We need to keep this momentum,” said defender Dejan Lovren.“We have big character in the squad. If you want to be at the top, you need to have the winning mentality and the calmness.”– Don’t forget ‘how good we are’ –Rapid response needed: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has called on his side to bounce back from a run of three defeats in four games © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYCity will he hoping for Liverpool to finally cede some ground unless the champions will find themselves 10 points off the top when they kick off at a revitalised Southampton under Ralph Hasenhuettl on Sunday.“The less important issue is Liverpool, we have to think about Southampton,” insisted Pep Guardiola after defeat at Leicester.“I don’t forget who we are, how good a team we are, how exceptional these lads I have in the locker room are.“The reality is we have lost three in four games and the last two. If you want to be real contenders you have to win again. If you don’t, it will not be possible.”However, Guardiola did send a warning to Liverpool that is much harder to cope with the tag of title favourites as City did last season and until their recent slump this campaign.“From January, February last season people said, ‘The Premier League is over’. To live with that is not easy,” added the Catalan.Tottenham have largely managed to escape the focus of attention as title contenders, but can no longer be ignored after smashing 11 goals in their last two games to thrash Everton 6-2 and Bournemouth 5-0.“The season is fantastic where from the beginning, no one believed much in us,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, whose side host Wolves on Saturday.“We need to prepare not only physically but also our minds to be strong because it’s going to be tough to compete in the second half of the season.”Manchester United have a great chance to continue their revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when a Bournemouth side that have lost eight of their last 10 games visit Old Trafford.Fresh from scoring eight goals in victories over Cardiff and Huddersfield, United’s attacking options could be further boosted by the returns of Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial from injury and illness.Fixtures (6pm unless stated)SaturdayBrighton v Everton, Fulham v Huddersfield, Leicester v Cardiff, Tottenham v Wolves, Liverpool v Arsenal (8:30pm)SundayCrystal Palace v Chelsea (3pm), Southampton v Manchester City, Burnley v West Ham (both 5:15pm), Manchester United v Bournemouth (7:30pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jury duty: Just wait and wait

first_imgWhy is that? Maybe it’s because in the wake of 9-11, we, as Americans, shocked and bewildered, asked President Bush what we could do. Instead of volunteering or enlisting, he told us to spend money. Oh, what sacrifice! Finally, going to the mall is our patriotic duty! I love my country – buy me something shiny! Anyway, I suspected that the phrase “no good deed ever goes unpunished” was written by a juror. But that still didn’t stop me. No proverb was going to deter me. This was my chance to participate in a justice system of the people, by the people, for the people. I didn’t even ask for a deferment. I was going against my instincts. I was stepping up to my civic duty with enthusiasm, even though it was started at 7:30 a.m. I consider myself to be a decent citizen. I vote. I recycle. I don’t litter. I yield to most pedestrian traffic. But when I got a notice that I was selected for jury service at L.A. Superior Court, I did what every red-blooded American does – I wondered if I should pretend it got lost in the mail. “Notice? What notice? I’ve never seen a notice. Maybe this notice you speak of, maybe it had a little … accident?” The draft has been gone for over 30 years. Today, if you’re like me, you consider `compulsory service’ to be putting down a book to listen to a flight attendant go over the safety announcements. The notice stated that jurors should dress “business casual.” But this is L.A. I’ve always considered “business casual” to be something ironed worn with uncomfortable shoes. Maybe it depends on your vocation. From the looks of some of the other jurors plodding along the halls of the courthouse, their `business’ was either as a Crocs model, a lifeguard or an adult-industry professional. It’s justice that’s blind – as for the rest of us, we see you. It was like their outfits were trying to increase their chances of being dismissed. “You’re looking for someone who is impartial and has common sense. As seen from my corduroy cutoffs and Megadeth T-shirt, clearly that’s not me.” I felt like some dingbat on a reality show that just realized the other housemates have a strategy! When you report for jury service, you sit in a large waiting room. We were given our badges. We were asked to fill out paperwork and turn it in. Then they called out a list of everyone who filled out their paperwork wrong or incompletely. Out of 80 people, about a third weren’t able to fill out the paperwork on the first try. No butterfly ballots or anything. Just a straightforward, fill-in-the-bubble-and-sign-here questionnaire of eligibility. At first, I thought this was a good argument against the death penalty: Obviously these folks shouldn’t be able to dole out any punishment that you can’t go back and correct later. But afterwards, I think it was another attempt – feeble, of course – to get out of serving. There I was: dressed appropriately, on time, paperwork completed in black ink. Just a sitting duck, vulnerable with no exit strategy. I would say I felt like Donald Rumsfeld, but unlike him, I still have a job. We were told to wait for our names to be called. I read a couple of magazines. More names were called. I checked my e-mail. More names were called. I turned on my iPod to drown out the kvetching of the others without a strategy. You’d think they had been drafted to stack marbles in Siberia by the whining. Hours went by. My name was never called. Finally at 4 in the afternoon, the announcement was made that I had fulfilled my duty and could go home. That was it. I was done. Maybe I was over-qualified. Maybe it’s all random. Maybe I should be happy about it. I literally sat around, did nothing and that was performing my civic duty. It made me feel like a member of Congress. Tina Dupuy is a stand-up comic and a writer living in Los Angeles. She’s the author of the blog www.sardonicsideshow.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

A penny for clean air

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles last week gave the go-ahead to a plan to force owners of high-polluting diesel trucks to clean up their exhaust. The cost: about a penny an iPod. We like the sound of that. Also, the program will get run without sending the money first to Sacramento, where it might never be seen again. Harbor commissioners in Long Beach and Los Angeles approved a $35 fee for every 20-foot container ($70 for the more common 40-footers) coming or going through the ports. Details are yet to be worked out, but generally the tens of millions in revenue will be used to help retrofit or replace dirty old diesel trucks that haul the containers. Such a program makes sense in order to make certain that the ports eventually comply with 2007 federal emission standards. Placing the full burden of retrofitting high-polluting trucks on the drivers who make sub-par wages would have been a recipe for failure. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champOne way to accomplish the goals of the ports’ clean air plans would be to lend money, or better yet guarantee loans at low interest rates to owners of trucks who otherwise couldn’t afford cleaner engines. Trucks upgraded with port assistance could be fitted with GPS homing devices to make sure they actually got used as intended. Beginning in October, no trucks built before 1989 will be allowed on port property, and gradually the standards will be raised until by 2012, only trucks meeting the highest clean-air standards will be permitted. At that point, the container fee would be phased out. There are other important needs, such as grade crossings to make it possible for trains, rather than trucks, to provide regional service. The state must do its fair share to fund those improvements, given the importance of the ports to the state’s overall economy. Does this mean Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, can proclaim success and drop his prolonged efforts to impose a container fee by state law? He’s withholding judgment for the moment, but he said this week that he is excited by the ports’ progress, and the new container fee is “wonderful.” Yes, it is. last_img read more

MARCH 6th SET AS DATE FOR CELTIC V FINN HARPS CLASH

first_imgFINN HARPS will play their re-scheduled glamour clash with Celtic on March 6th, the club has confirmed.The friendly match – a testimonial for Celt John Kennedy -had to be postponed in November due to the weather.Tickets for the original game can be used for the re-scheduled match. MARCH 6th SET AS DATE FOR CELTIC V FINN HARPS CLASH was last modified: January 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Loreto TY girls get into the swing of things!

first_imgLoreto Secondary School, Letterkenny and Letterkenny Golf Club continue to promote new sporting opportunities for its Transition Year Students by hosting a ‘Come & Try Golf’ in the school recently.Rory Leonard, Development Officer from the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) delivered the programme of activities which introduced the girls to the basic skills of golf, such as putting, chipping, pitching and driving skills.Ray was assisted by Deirdre O’Toole, Donegal Sports Partnership (DSP) and Ulster ILGU Junior Development Committee with Ms Jackie Ireland, Lady Captain and Ms Mary Fowley, Lady Vice-Captain, Letterkenny Golf Club, lending a helping hand. Lady Captain, Jackie Ireland, Letterkenny Golf Club assisting with some chipping instructions at the recent at Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny Come & Try Golf EventThis is the second year of this unique partnership between the Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny and Letterkenny Golf Club, Ladies Branch which was spearheaded by teacher and golfer, Brid Mulhern and Principal, Nora Friel and supported through Donegal Sports Partnerships (DSP) Women in Sport Programme and the ILGU and CGI with great credit going to Letterkenny Golf Club Lady Captain, Jackie Ireland and Mary Fowley, Lady Vice-Captain and their members for playing key roles in supporting the delivery of this programme to the girls in the school and in turn promoting golfing opportunities within their club.A follow-on programme of activities is being arranged for the transition year students interested in taking part in the coaching sessions with Letterkenny Golf Club, Ladies Branch and their PGA Professional, Seamus McMonagle with ongoing support from Donegal Sports Partnership, ILGU and CGI. Loreto TY girls get into the swing of things! was last modified: November 29th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:donegalletterkennyLetterkenny Golf clubLoretolast_img read more

LOCHLAINN AND FRIENDS DO IT FOR BEAUMONT AND JIMMY IN PARIS!

first_imgFour Letterkenny runners including Lochlainn Harte successfully completed the Paris marathon today. They helped raise important funds for Beaumont Hospital. From left: Siofra Boyd, Heidi Gallagher, Lochlainn Harte and Eimear Gibbons. Lochlainn’s dad is Senator Jimmy Harte who continues to recover at Beaumont Hospital after an incident in Dublin last November when he suffered a head injury. Congratulations to all.LOCHLAINN AND FRIENDS DO IT FOR BEAUMONT AND JIMMY IN PARIS! was last modified: April 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Beaumont Hospitaldonegaljimmy harteletterkennyLochlainn Hartelast_img read more