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Cameron positive about WICB rebranding, commercialisation

first_imgHead of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron, is hoping that the creation of a new commercial entity for the regional body will over time transform its economic fortunes. The entity, which, according to Cameron, is to be filled with suitable and qualified individuals, will, among other things, seek to implement income-generating activities, including the acquisition of sponsorships and the striking of television broadcast deals. “We have just created a new commercial arm of the WICB and have hired Pitch International,” says Cameron. “The real aim of this is to ensure that we move away from the sociopolitical issues we have at the WICB and have a company that is fully geared at commercialising West Indies cricket.” He added: “We have also changed the name of the WICB – again, too much (negative) history, and baggage – to Cricket West Indies.” Cricket West Indies, Cameron said, is to largely focus on governance and management-related issues. The organisation’s commercial arm, Cameron highlighted, will be similar to that of the International Cricket Council (ICC) which, in recent years, instituted the ICC Business Corporation to carry out its corporate functions. The Jamaican business executive, in expressing confidence about the new ventures, also said that the compilation and duties of the commercial entity will be revealed shortly. “We will not release the names at the moment, but I am sure you will hear very, very soon,” he said. Meanwhile, reporting on the financial state of the WICB, Cameron said the organisation, for the first time in a while, has realised a US$3.5m surplus, and the hope is that this trend will continue. “As of September 30, 2015, the WICB has recorded a surplus in excess of three-and-a-half million US dollars, unaudited,” he said. “This is the first time, I can remember, that we have ever done that.”last_img read more

“Board of Inquiry” Report on the West Point Incident of August 20, 2014 Reaches…

first_imgMy fellow citizens,Foreign Nationals within our Borders,Friends of Liberia:In our attempt as a government to protect our people in the West Point Community from the Ebola virus disease, I authorized that the Community be quarantined by personnel of the security forces from August 19, 2014.In this process, an unfortunate incident occurred on August 20, 2014 involving some residents of the West Point Community and security personnel of the Joint Task Force (JTF). In the confusion, one of our compatriots, little Shiaka Kamara was shot and subsequently lost his life.  This is a sad and regrettable development. Unfortunately, little Titus Nuah also was shot and is being treated at a local hospital with assurance of his full recovery.As a government, we mourn with the family of little Shiaka Kamara and extend our sympathy to those wounded as we look forward to their speedy recovery. We are also duty bound to find out what really happened on that fateful day of August 20, 2014. Against this background, I authorized the setting up of a Board of Inquiry which was comprised of representatives from the Liberia National Police, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, the National Security Agency, the National Fire Service and the Armed Forces of Liberia. In addition, there were Observers in the persons of two U.S. Military Advisors and one ECOWAS Military Advisor. The Board of Inquiry has completed its work and its report.I extend thanks to all the members of the Board of Inquiry and have reviewed and given the utmost importance to the recommendations. Accordingly, I am authorizing the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Brigadier General Daniel D. Ziankahn, to take immediate action in line with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) against those found culpable in keeping with the recommendations of the Report.  This action underlines my determination to ensure that our Military remains responsible and accountable for its action at all times.I have also requested the Independent Human Rights Commission to carry out an investigation into the occurrences in the West Point Community on August 20, 2014. This would allow for frank exchanges between the citizens and the Commission, thereby assuring our people that their views and recommendations will be given consideration in the final conclusion of this very sad chapter in our nation’s history.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ethnic balance fiasco at GECOM troubling (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,The sensitivity of the recent and ongoing ‘ethnic balance fiasco’ at the Guyana Elections Commissions (GECOM) is troubling and a matter of strong national concern. Indeed, the staff composition matter at the centre of the claims is not new, since many related issues were previously raised through several public media and forum, internal to the Commission.From a cursory examination of the published public statements emanating from members of the Commission, including the controversially appointed Chairman, a number of occurrences have been made clear. Among them, one could rationalise the following:1. There was an admitted and confirmed censorship of People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Commissioner Robeson Benn by the Chairman regarding issues he raised; about the need to balance the ethnic composition of employees of GECOM who worked previously and those who are currently being selected to perform elections related tasks.2. Admissions by Chairman Patterson to the claims of Commissioner Benn of ethnic disparity, in his statement to the media of a majority 46 per cent Afro-Guyanese compliment, compared to 21 per cent Indo-Guyanese; 20 per cent Mixed and 12 per cent Amerindians. The difference being the quoted percentage for Afro-Guyanese.3. An accusation by Chairman Patterson of the PPP/C Councillors of injecting ‘race’ into the preparations for Local Government Elections when by his own admission, the situation in GECOM do reflect this position.4. Attempts to defend the existence of the aforementioned facts by Commissioner Vincent Alexander, who was dubiously quoted in his press release as being critical of the approach used by Commissioner Benn and by stating that he is unaware of the Statistics regarding GECOM’s employment, except that it was based on ‘meritocracy’.5. The inherent admission that all of the Commissioners are not being provided with information they should have as decision makers instructing the policies to be implemented by the GECOM Secretariat.Aside from the procedural approach to addressing agenda items at the meetings of the Commission, it is rational for one to decipher that it is at this time that such critical issues must be addressed. In Guyana’s multi-ethnic society, it is irrelevant and somewhat clearly irrational for the Chairman of the GECOM to admit his non-recognition for the required balance in this key functional responsibility.Further, Vincent Alexander has shown his diabolic irrational nature once again, by suggesting that when merit is considered in the selection process, the Afro-Guyanese complement more than double that of any other race. The situation is outright unacceptable and must be objectively remedied.The historical track record of the organisation provides no confidence in terms of the future of a nation, particularly, with the infamous legacy of the People’s National Congress for multiple elections covering decades of failed governance and major hardships for Guyanese. There is indeed a serious justified call for the balancing of, and the selection of more respectful staff at GECOM.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Ibrahimovic returns to AC Milan on six-month deal

first_img“I’ll fight together with my teammates to change the course of this season. I will do everything to make it happen.”This will mark the Swede’s second stint with AC Milan, seven years after he left the club for Paris Saint-Germain.He played at San Siro from 2010 to 2012 scoring 56 goals in 85 appearances and helping the former European giants win their 18th and last Serie A title in 2011.But he faces a stiff challenge with the club in 11th in Serie A and reeling from a 5-0 defeat by Atalanta, their heaviest loss in 21 years.“The club and the striker have agreed on a deal until the end of the current season with an option to extend the contract for the next one,” Milan said in a statement.The six-month deal is reported to be worth in the region of 3.5 million euros ($3.9 million) plus bonuses, according to press reports.Ibrahimovic will arrive in Milan on January 2 to take his medical and join his teammates for his first training session, the club added.In November, Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy parted ways after two seasons following the club’s elimination from the Major League Soccer playoffs.“Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to AC Milan where he played a leading role in the club’s history,” Milan added.Their previous union was a success, with an Italian title in 2011, and the trophy for top scorer in Serie A for the Swede in 2012 when he hit 28 goals.He had previously won three league titles with Inter Milan, and two with Juventus, which were revoked following the ‘Calciopoli’ match-fixing scandal.AC Milan’s first game after the winter break will be at home against Sampdoria on January 6.The seven-time European winners are 14 points off a qualifying place for the Champions League, a competition they have not played since the 2013-2014 season.The Italian club are serving a ban from European competition due to Financial Fair Play breaches.Ibrahimovic started his career at Malmo in his native Sweden going on to play for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, winning trophies with all his clubs but never winning the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to AC Milan where his goals in his first stint included a Champions League penalty against Arsenal in February 2012 © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACEMILAN, Italy, Dec 27 – Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday returned to AC Milan on a six-month contract promising to help rescue the struggling Serie A side’s season.“I’m coming back to a club I hugely respect and to the city of Milan I love,” the 38-year-old said on the club’s website.last_img read more

‘Bitter’ England fans making Wales fans smile – tweets

first_imgIn July, Wales broke into the top 10 of the FIFA rankings.Now, though, they have leapfrogged England and are ninth ahead of two crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel.WATCH: GARETH BALE SCORES FROM BEHIND THE GOAL!Wales are currently top of of Group B, three points in front of chasers Belgium and here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tongue in cheek tweets from fans, who were happy to remind England of their place in the world.Cyprus v Wales is live on talkSPORT – tune in from 7pm right here. Wales fans 1last_img read more


first_imgWinners: McElhinneys are Wedding Supplier Website of the YearSTAFF at McElhinneys in Ballybofey are over the moon today with the news from last night’s Weddings Online Awards in Clontarf Castle that they have WON BEST WEDDING SUPPLIER WEBSITE of the year.Carina & Annette were on hand to collect the award at the glittering event.Harvey’s Point was named Hotel of the Year for Ulster – and overall Hotel of the Year for Ireland.  McELHINNEY’S CELEBRATE AS THEY ARE NAMED WEDDING WEBSITE OF THE YEAR was last modified: February 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:McELHINNEY’S CELEBRATE AS THEY ARE NAMED WEDDING WEBSITE OF THE YEARMcElhinneys Ballybofeylast_img read more


first_imgA COUNTY Donegal man has been hit with one of the biggest ever tax bills following an investigation by the Revenue.Ivan Diver is named on the latest Defaulters List issued by the Revenue.Diver, from Coolcholly, Ballyshannon, was hit with a bill for €1,511,257. This included €580k for underpaid tax, interest payments of €517,000 and penalties of €412k.The Revenue said the case followed inquiries into the Underdeclaration of Income Tax & Capital Gains Tax, a Revenue Offshore Assets Investigation and a Single Premium Insurance Products Investigation Case.Elsewhere George Sweeney LTD Spar Ballyraine in Letterkenny, was forced to pay the Revenue €66,942 for under-declaring VAT.In another case Ballyliffin mechanic Felix Doherty, from Ardagh, made a total settlement of €42,000 for under-declaring income tax and VAT. Fintown wholesale bakers BACUS UI BHAOILL TEO made a settlement of more than €71,000 for under-declaring VAT.The Revenue also said that landlord Eamonn Duffy, Main Street, Donegal Town made a total settlement of €230,000 after an offshore investigation into income tax and capital gains tax.Lisnennan farmer James Ferry had to hand over €63,000 for under-declaring VAT and income tax.Rathmullan restaurateurs Inch View Limited faced a total bill of €112,000 for under-declaring VAT.Landlord Marie McGlynn, Glencar, Letterkenny, was hit with a bill of more than €32,000 for under-declaring income tax. Fireplace retailer Garvan McLaughlin, The Cove, Buncrana, made a settlement of €60,000 for under-declaring VAT and Capital Gains Tax.Patrick Shields, a spare parts retailer from Milford, was landed with a bill for more than €184,000 for under-declaring VAT and income tax.DONEGAL MAN HIT WITH €1.5M TAX BILL AFTER REVENUE INVESTIGATION was last modified: June 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL MAN HIT WITH €1.5M TAX BILL AFTER REVENUE INVESTIGATIONlast_img read more

Bond to let district build 160 schools

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Planning and construction of 25 new schools – including five in the San Fernando Valley – is expected to take three to four years. District officials say they will engage the community in determining the location and design of the campuses. But some officials already are looking to the future and the pressures of paying to operate the additional schools. Board member David Tokofsky is awaiting the State of the State address in January and the first draft of the state budget to see whether Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to repay the $3 billion he borrowed from public education two years ago. If the funding is not budgeted, Tokofsky said, the district may have to consider asking voters to approve a parcel tax – something he already proposed last June. “If the governor doesn’t announce in January that he will repay, Los Angeles Unified will have to find a way to get the money for its instruction and instructors,” he said. Los Angeles Unified School District officials on Wednesday celebrated the overwhelming victory of Measure Y, saying the nearly $4 billion approved for school construction and repairs will let them improve student achievement and graduation rates in the overcrowded district. Superintendent Roy Romer said he was “sobered by the responsibility” handed to him by voters, who approved the fourth bond measure in eight years by a 66 percent to 34 percent margin. The investment will allow the nation’s second-largest district to complete its ambitious $20 billion construction program – adding a total of 160 schools – by 2012. “This was an important mandate. People said, ‘We like what you’re doing and we want you to finish it,”‘ Romer said. “This is historical. This is massive. Never in the history of the U.S. have so many schools been built in one location at one time.” “I will hope that there’s a new year and that old deals will be paid up because the children cannot excel at the levels parents expect with the mediocre-at-best finance system.” District officials and the teachers union had signaled support for a parcel tax but were concerned that putting both Measure Y and a parcel tax on the same ballot would backfire on both. Parcel taxes require a two-thirds vote to pass, but Tokofsky pointed out that voters in other parts of the state approved parcel taxes in Tuesday’s election. “The people in the state of California are saying, if Sacramento can’t fix our schools – the construction and instruction – we’ll have to reluctantly fix it ourselves,” Tokofsky said. Board member Mike Lansing said he’s concerned about imposing another tax on property owners, but said the district needs to look at all its options when the state – which is responsible for funding education – fails to fulfill its role. “The reality is we don’t have enough money to provide the type of education our kids deserve,” he said. But the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association maintains that property owners are being forced to shoulder too much of the burden for education funding. The advocacy group noted that Los Angeles property owners pay more in property taxes to fund public schools than in any other California city. “We’re concerned that taxes on properties are being approved by people who don’t own property,” said Jon Coupal, president of the group. `I think when people start getting the tax bills, they’ll wonder where it came from. It would be interesting to see the fallout.” Coupal said that as long as voters keep passing the bonds, the school district will keep putting them on the ballot, but Romer insisted he does not plan to put any more bond measures before voters. “I think I’ve done the job I came to do in building new buildings,” he said. Romer, 77, conceded that one of his next goals is talking with the school board about finding his replacement. Romer’s contract expires in June 2007. “I have a lot of work to do. After this bond is completed, the board and I need to talk about transition and I want to help them in their search for a replacement,” he said. “The logical thing is when you find a replacement, you put him in place. The time I serve has flexibility, depending on the replacement. I don’t have any decisions about timing at all.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Wypych Named Eagle Bank MVC Scholar-Athlete Of The Week

first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the second time this season, senior James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) of the Drake University men’s soccer team has been selected as the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, presented by Eagle Bank and Trust Company of Missouri, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced Tuesday Oct. 25. Wypych was honored for his performances during the period of October 17-23. Wypych was selected for the first-team All-MVC in 2014 and 2015. With a 3.57 GPA in international relations, he also earned Co-SIDA All-District Academic honors and was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete first-team in 2015. Drake plays at Bradley Wednesday at 7 p.m. To qualify for the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Wypych was honored with Loyola volleyball student-athlete Morgan Reardon. Wypych recorded a hat trick in Drake’s 4-3 loss to Evansville Saturday night. He scored the first goal for Drake and his fourth goal this season in the second minute of the game off of an assist from freshman Antonio Sanchez. Wypych completed the Bulldogs’ second goal on Evansville in the 24th minute off of an assist from sophomore Nic Jaimes. Drake’s final goal of the game, and Wypych’s sixth goal of the season, was scored during the 64th minute with another assist by Sanchez. He leads Drake and ranks tied for third in the MVC with six goals.center_img Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period. 2016-17 Drake Eagle Bank MVC Scholar-Athletes of the WeekOct. 25 – James Wypych, men’s soccerOct. 4 – Reed Fischer, men’s cross countrySept. 27 – Mueng Sunday, men’s soccerSept. 6 – Reed Fischer, men’s cross countryAug. 30 – James Wypych, men’s soccer  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

United ‘want Sterling to replace Nani’

first_imgManchester United are considering making a move for Raheem Sterling, the Sunday People say.It is claimed United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is monitoring the Harlesden teenager and sees him as a potential replacement for Nani.There has been speculation about Sterling’s future in recent weeks as he is yet to sign a new contract at Liverpool, who fully expect him to stay at Anfield.Manchester City have also been linked with him but it is suggested that Sterling’s advisers believe he may not be a first-team regular were he to move to the Etihad Stadium.The People also say Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala – managed by former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink – are looking to sign Fernando Torres.Hiddink has a good relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the pair are understood to have discussed Torres’ current problems at Stamford Bridge.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is finalising a £12m January bid for Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge, according to the Sunday Express.The Sunday Mirror suggest striker Darrent Bent could join QPR from Aston Villa despite falling out with Harry Redknapp when they were at Tottenham.The People say R’s boss Redknapp wants to sign his nephew Frank Lampard from Chelsea on a two-and-a-half-year deal.Lampard is a target for Arsenal, according to the Sunday Mirror.Meanwhile, The Sun On Sunday say Redknapp is planning a move for Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more