Simmons suspended!

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Phil Simmons was yesterday suspended as West Indies head coach for criticising the selection process regarding the one-day team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.The Trinidadian, only appointed six months ago, made the shocking move of slamming the omission of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the yet-to-be announced ODI squad, claiming there had been “outside interference” in the selection process.In a statement, the West Indies Cricket Board said it had “learnt of the comments from head coach of the West Indies team Phil Simmons in the print and electronic media which appear to question the legitimacy of the selection process of the one-day international squad for the tour of Sri Lanka”.”As a result, the management of the WICB has taken action to suspend the head coach, pending an investigation into the issue,” the release said.”The head coach will not now travel with the team on the tour of Sri Lanka.”Ironically, one group of West Indies players were scheduled to leave here yesterday for the Test tour of Sri Lanka, with the second group set to depart today.Eldine Baptiste, who was expected to be the ‘selector on tour’, will now replace Simmons for the two-Test series which will be followed by the one-day series.In a media conference at the conclusion of the team-preparation camp last Friday, Simmons took the unusual step of accusing “people” of using their “influence” to determine squad selection.”I think it’s disappointing from the fact that I haven’t got the best 50-over ODI squad that we can select in the Caribbean,” Simmons said.”The chairman, Mr (Clive) Lloyd, he came and he gave an exceptional speech, saying that he thinks it is time they (Bravo and Pollard) are back in the squad, and he gave exceptional reasons for them being back in the squad.No success in meeting”Unfortunately, when we went into the selection [meeting], we lost it 3-2. Him and myself – the captain (Jason Holder) doesn’t have a vote in this – but the captain also gave his views as why they need to be back.”He added: “That’s not the disappointing fact. The disappointing fact is that you can lose 3-2 in a vote-off, but there is too much interference from outside in the selection of the ODI squad, and it’s disappointing for me to know that in any aspect of life … [people would use] their position to get people into a squad, or in this case, get people left out of a squad.”It is wrong, and I don’t like it, and that is my beef with the selection of the ODI team.”Simmons was appointed last March following the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and has overseen home series against England and Australia.West Indies drew the three-Test series against England, 1-1, but lost the two-Test series to Australia, 2-0.Simmons, 52, is a former West Indies cricketer, who played 26 Tests and 143 ODIs between 1987 and 1999.last_img read more

Ambulance needed at Ogle Airport – Labour Dept

first_imgIn light of a recent explosion at the Eugene F Correia International Airport while a Roraima Airways aircraftThe Roraima Airways aircraft which explodedwas under maintenance, the Labour Department has recommended that an ambulance be permanently stationed at the airport.The department conducted an investigation into the June 20, 2016 industrial accident, which left aircraft engineer, Anil Rampersaud, with injures following the explosion. Senior Labour, Occupational Safety and Health Officer,Prandatt Basdeo, carried out the investigation.At the time of the incident, Rampersaud and aircraft technician Darcy Chambers were executing maintenance tasks to the Roraima Airways Britten Norman Trislander aircraft.It was reported that a fire erupted and Rampersaud, who was standing on the wing executing his duties, jumped to the ground upon seeing the fire. In the process, he injured his left heel and suffered burns to parts of his body. He was pulled to safety and rushed to the Woodlands Hospital in a car.Chief Occupational Safety and Health Officer (ag), Lydia Greene said the Ministry finds it necessary to call on the airport’s authorities to take the necessary steps to ensure that an efficient ambulance service is provided – on site – at the Eugene F Correia International Airport.She stated that during the investigations under focus, it was revealed that in the absence of an ambulance service, the injured employee had to be transported to a city hospital in a private car. In doing so, he was exposed to the possibility of further injury.“The Ministry is of the view that such a deficiency in the safety arrangements at the airport needs to be urgently addressed by the airport authorities.”Greene said that several short comings may have contributed to the accident and noted that the company is expected to take corrective actions immediately.“Valuable lessons are always learnt from each accident and it is anticipated that the experiences garnered from this one will serve as a template to prevent similar occurrences. The Social Protection Ministry bemoaned the fact that there are far too many employers who treat occupational safety and health with scant regard because they place more value on profit than on people,” she said, adding that there are employers who place a high premium on the wellbeing of their workers by investing substantially in occupational safety and health.She urged employers and employees to utilise the recently established hotline, 225-7008, to report all accidents and potential accidents urgently since, “safety is everybody’s business”.last_img read more

Messengers of Peace: Volunteering for Peace

first_imgWhen in 2012, during a women cohort group discussion session at the Wulki Farm, outside Monrovia, I mentioned to my Eastern Mennonites University colleagues that there is no heart stronger than that of a volunteer, it generated lots of discussions. While most of my colleagues from Fiji, Solomon Islands, USA, Kenya, Somalia and Liberia tend to agree with this assertion, some from other countries needed more information to be convinced. I anticipate that this week’s topic on volunteering for peace and development would do the same.In simple terms, volunteerism can be defined as doing work without the expectation of remuneration. According to Marjorie Moore, “ Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live in.” In the opinion of Candice Witzkoske, “Volunteers are somebody! Somebody who cares, somebody who devotes time without pay…”In the words of Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary General, “Volunteerism… is a fundamental source of community strength, resilience, solidarity and social cohesion. It can help effect positive social change by fostering inclusive societies that respect diversity, equality and the participation of all.”While the words of important leaders might hold true on the definitions and benefits of volunteering for peace, we have come to notice in Africa and other conflict zones of the world that people, especially young people, are quick to volunteer for mob violence and most often mob justice. In most instances, young persons have been co-opted into wars as child soldiers but never as volunteers for peace.As you are aware, Messengers of Peace-Liberia is a local non-governmental organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace throughout the country. With over 20 peace clubs in schools and communities and over a thousand youth volunteers, MOP-Liberia firmly believes that volunteerism can transform the pace of and nature of peace consolidation. We contribute to peace advocacy in Liberia by advocating for volunteer peace advocates, encouraging partners to support as well as integrate volunteerism into their programs.As peace volunteers, we have extraordinary opportunity to create beneficial change and have a positive impact on people’s lives. Volunteering is not merely about providing human resources or filling gaps but assisting and uplifting communities so that people can aspire for a better tomorrow.Data generated by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies in 37 countries (Liberia not included) revealed that at least 12 percent of the adult populations in those countries are volunteers. They presented the equivalent of 20.8 million full-time workers, and made a US400 billion contribution to the economy.We, young Liberians, can overcome conflict and consolidate peace in Liberia through empowerment for change in the nation’s big challenges related to the use of our natural resources, environment, education, health, gender equality, governance and corruption.We applaud the fact that some young Liberians are working in volunteer roles in development programs in the counties, through the National Youth Volunteer Program and the Liberia Youth Employment Program (LYEP).MOP-Liberia will like to welcome more volunteers to peace building and consolidation initiatives in Liberia. The role of volunteers will be critical to the implementation of the peace hubs in Liberia. A volunteer action can have a long term impact and achieve a ripple effect that extends far beyond the immediate beneficiaries of our efforts. Besides the added value of volunteerism, voluntary actions can also inspire others to volunteer and to believe they, too, can make a difference that contributes to peace.In the words of Douglas Pagels, “The more you’re bothered by something that’s wrong, the more you’re empowered to change things and make them right. The more we follow that philosophy as individuals, the easier it will be to brighten our horizons outward from there, taking in our communities, our cultures, our countries and the common ground we stand on. The crucible of peace and good will is far too empty, and each of us must- in some way-help to fill it.”As a young person growing up in mama Liberia, where do you stand?  What do you take responsibility for?   And what do you not take responsibility for?  Let us read from you.  We encourage you to note that intergenerational initiatives also address national development priorities. They counteract inequality and exclusion, encourage active citizenship and even improve public infrastructure development through community-based projects.Our MOP-Liberia Facebook page provides an opportunity for all those individuals and like-minded organizations, which are already doing something about peace consolidation to share their experiences and encourage each other inspire to a broader community to follow our footprint. Contribute your thoughts-as well as your photos.I will like to end this article with an inspiring quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said: “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love”Until next week, Peace, above all, Peace First, Let Peace Prevail.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Essequibo Coast students nabbed with ganja in school

first_imgFour students of the Johanna Cecilia Secondary School, in Region Two, were nabbed with a quantity of ganja on Friday.Reports reaching this newspaper detail that the Police received information that four boys were seen smoking cannabis in the school’s toilet.As such, a teacher swooped down on them, and one of the boys, aged 12, was caught with two grams of cannabis. He claimed that he found it in the toilet. His friends, aged 12 and 14, were also searched.This newspaper was told that one 14-year-old admitted that he had brought the substance to school and shared it with the three others. The Police have since launched an investigation.last_img read more

President Granger visits Christmas Day Babies

first_imgPresident David Granger on Sunday morning visited the Maternity Ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and interacted with mothers and babies born on Christmas Day.The President, who was accompanied by the First Lady Sandra Granger, distributed hampers to mothers and their new babies and gifts to the nursing staff. Up to the time of the President and First Lady’s visit, the hospital had welcomed five Christmas day births. The First Couple stopped to admire each infant in the ward and spoke to each mother in the ward, who proudly shared this special moment of their lives.last_img read more

GECOM places onus on PPP to check 20,000 unverified registrants

first_imgH2H Registration data…will impugn integrity of OLE, elections – former AGDespite discovering significant inaccuracies in the House-to-House (H2H) data that was cross-matched overseas, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will be moving ahead with including some 20,000 names onto the voters’ list without verifying them. However, the Commission has now placed the onus on the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party – to verify the new registrants.GECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette SinghSome 370,000 registrations obtained during the scrapped H2H exercise were sent overseas to be cross-matched with the National Register of Registrants Database (NRRD) in order to filter out the duplicates.However, it was recently reported that international digital security company, Gemalto, indicated that some 37,300 were new registrants who are eligible for voting, that is, they are above the age of 18.But an internal check conducted by GECOM showed that approximately 17,000 of those “new registrants” were already on the voters’ list and some even voted in the past.The remaining 20,000 “new names” were up for further verification. Earlier this week, it was reported that the Government-nominated Commissioners were pushing to have a sample survey done from a sample size of 10 per cent from the 20,000 to verify these new names before they go on the voters’ list – a process which the PPP Opposition had objected to.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallIn a statement on Friday, PPP Executive and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall indicated that the Elections Commission will not be verifying the names.“Today (Friday), GECOM has decided that it will do no verification; that the PPP scrutineers alone will have to do the field verification checks in respect of these new intended registrants and that GECOM officials will only work in the offices. This is totally unacceptable,” Nandlall contended.He noted that this decision by the Commission can only be viewed as retrograde and has the potential of impugning the integrity of the Official List of Electors (OLE) and by extension, the entire General and Regional Elections set for March 2, 2020.“I can understand why the Government Commissioners may not want a 100% verification exercise, because if this data is padded and fraudulent then the verification exercise will unmask it. However, the law mandates that not a single name must eventuate unto the OLE without verification. GECOM has an unconditional duty to ensure compliance with this legal requirement. Nothing short will suffice,” the former Attorney General asserted.On August 27, GECOM announced that the controversial house-to-house registration process would be halted on August 31.last_img read more

Juventus to scupper Jurgen Klopp’s hopes of Ilkay Gundogan reunion at Liverpool

first_img Borussia Dortmund playmaker Ilkay Gundogan 1 Juventus are ready to make their move for Liverpool target Ilkay Gundogan this January.The 25-year-old Borussia Dortmund star has been heavily linked with an Anfield switch ever since his former manager Jurgen Klopp took over at the Merseyside club.Manchester United and Arsenal have also tracked him in the past but Gundogan has this week insisted he is happy at Dortmund.But, according to reports in Italy, Juventus still hope to tempt the midfielder to Serie A and reckon a £14m bid will be enough to prise him from Dortmund.However, it is understood the German club are holding out for closer to £20m and are unlikely to do business for anything less than £17.5m when the window opens.last_img read more

Dodger stadium shuttle may be coming to plate again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre So it was canceled.Meanwhile, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is pushing for a public-private partnership with the Dodgers for a transit link. The partnership could involve Dodgers’ sponsors.The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees the Metro buses, cannot get involved because service to Dodgers games is areconsidered a special event, and that would violate federal charter bus regulations.Even so, Metro could only provide bus service to the games if there were no available or interested private operators. And there certainly are private operators that could do the job.Q: “Can you check with Caltrans on progress being made on car-pool lanes on the Golden State Freeway south from Newhall through the Ronald Reagan Freeway,” asked Andy Stewart of Valencia. A: Construction started in May 2005 on a $41.6million project to build 6.2miles of car-pool lanes in each direction of the Golden State Freeway from the Antelope Valley Freeway to the Ronald Reagan Freeway. It should be done in spring 2008.Q: “How can we get rid of a sign that forbids right turns at certain times of the day from Baden Avenue onto Plummer Street,” asked said Charlene Martin of Chatsworth. “There’s a three-way stop there. Many cars turn right anyway. Some turn left and make U-turns.”Martin said.“I don’t understand why the sign is there in the first place,” said Martin. “I think it’s more of a hassle and a problem for people turning left than it would be to change the sign.”A: A petition drive from area residents – including local horse owners – triggered its installation some time ago.Neighbors were concerned that the street was heavily used as a shortcut by commuters, said Bruce Gellman, spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.To get the sign down, you could start a petition among residents. It will also need the approval of your local Los Angeles city councilman because , since the office approved the original petition to install the sign.There’s a chance that traffic patterns have changed since it was originally installed. And you can contact the engineering field office for the city’s Transportation Department and ask for a traffic evaluation on that corner.It could be as simple as a field engineer going out to evaluate the intersection. Or, if it’s more involved, the office could do a traffic count.The West Valley district engineering office is at 19040 Vanowen St., Reseda, CA 91335. Or call them at 818-756-8784.If you pursue this, Charlene, keep us posted on the results.Q: Recently, traffic signals replaced stop signs at the corner of Valley Circle Boulevard and Bell Canyon Road. But the signals all flash red lights.“Since that’s the equivalent of a stop sign, why did the city replace the stop signs with signals?” asked said Edward G. Hesler Jr. of West Hills.A: Apparently the signal will be up and running in a few weeks – after stop signs about 700 feet away at Highlander Road are removed.The city’s Department of Transportation does not want to turn on the signal right now when it’s sitting that close to the four-way stop.Meanwhile, the signal is intended to mimic the a stop signs it replaced, said Gellman.Have questions about transportation? Call us at 818-713-3683 or send them to Please include your name, phone number and city.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Doesn’t take much time when cruising around Los Angeles before you start scratching your head about the way transportation runs in this fine city.The Daily News receives many phone calls and letters full of questions from readers about streets, buses and freeways. We will answer them all, but please know that we only have room to print a few at a time.Q: Larry Grodsky of Los Angeles writes: “There once was a shuttle between Union Station and Dodger Stadium. Then suddenly the service stopped. Can you find out why the Dodgers are against public transportation to the stadium?”A: The shuttle was not a hit with all baseball lovers when it operated during the 2004 season from Union Station to Dodger Stadium. It had low ridership. Some nights, there were fewer than less than 50 passengers aboard, said Camille Johnston, Dodgers spokeswoman.last_img read more

Marseille start negotiations with Aston Villa for wantaway midfielder

first_imgMarseille have begun negotiations with Aston Villa over a loan move for Idrissa Gueye.The midfielder only moved to Villa Park last summer after spending five years with Lille.But the 26-year-old could already be on his way back to France as, according to RMC, Marseille want to take him on loan.The Ligue 1 club have now contacted Villa and the pair have begun talks ahead of a summer switch.Gueye is keen to leave Villa after they were relegated to the Championship and the club are happy to let him go as they look to reduce their wage bill. Idrissa Gueye is looking to leave Aston Villa this summer 1last_img read more


first_imgIt’s not often you get called in to be a forensic scientist, help coordinate a land and river rescue search, deal with a blazing vehicle, learn to use a drone or take part in a search and rescue operation at a collapsed football stadium.A casualty being lowered from the Finn Harps stadium during the exerciseBut for Donegal’s energetic Civil Defence volunteers, this was just another ‘day at the office’.These unsung heroes from all over the county were certainly put through their paces recently as they took on these various challenges in and around the Stranorlar area as part of their annual County Training Day. The action and excitement was palpable as the members swung into action from early morning.The ethos of Civil Defence has remained unchanged since it was founded in 1950 –volunteering in emergencies in communities throughout the county – but the enthusiasm and degree of excitement now attached to their growing and demanding number of duties certainly puts this in a different league to your ordinary pastime!For the many members of the public that watched the various events during the day long exercises, this was an ‘eye-opening experience’As part of its work Civil Defence invests heavily in training its members in areas such as swift water and flood first response, search and rescue, auxiliary fire services, radiation monitoring, welfare, manual handling, and radio communications. They began their exercise with a talk on forensic science from Garda Sergeant Maurice McWaltersHe explained to volunteers the importance of preserving forensic evidence when they go out on a site be that in a gorse fire or going out to look for a missing person and the importance of not contaminating or removing things from the scene. After the theory he set them a practical challenge breaking the participants into teams to find planted items to allow them use what they had learned.Drumboe Woods and the River Finn provided the ideal location for the boat exercise and land search part of the training. Volunteers had to use GPS Radios and their new incident control vehicle to coordinate their efforts, keep in touch with them and eventually help them find the ‘casualty’.Their next challenge was to face an emergency incident at the Bus Eireann premises in Stranorlar. It was based on a scenario where a number of party goers had broken into disused vehicles and started fires. To add to the complications, the main fire fighting service was already in action at a structural blaze in Letterkenny so the Civil Defence auxiliary fire fighting units from Carndonagh and Donegal Town had to handle the situation which also included a fuel spill and casualties!This scenario tested volunteers at a number of operations and procedural levels. Later that evening the theory and practical use of drones or UAVs in an emergency situation was the subject of a talk delivered by Kevin Houston, Technical Officer and Pat Kennedy, Communications Officer from Civil Defence College, Dublin. Once again the volunteers had to put their theory to the test as they had to take part in an emergency search for a missing child and retrieve casualties from the site of a collapsed Finn Harps stadium site.The exercise ended with a dinner and presentation of certificates ceremony in Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey.Donegal’s Civil Defence Officer, Edel Flynn said she was very happy with the exercise and the overall success of the day.“When they call on Civil Defence for help, they know they are getting a group of people who are multi-skilled and with huge capability,” she said. BUSY DAY AS CIVIL DEFENCE COME TO THE RESCUE – SEVERAL TIMES! was last modified: November 13th, 2015 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:Civil Defencedonegalrescuelast_img read more