Azar breaks silence on Tennis Jamaica impasse

first_imgAs the controversy surrounding an aborted Tennis Jamaica (TJ) election, which took place in November 2015, rages on, presidential candidate John Azar is looking to clear the air, as he disputes the association’s position on the troubled election, among other things. Azar is contesting that he was legitimately elected at the abandoned meeting and is rejecting Tennis Jamaica’s report of what transpired at the election, and noted, contrary to previous communication, that it was his supporters who called for an immediate re-vote, while taking issue with several outlined resolutions ahead of a scheduled re-vote. Tennis Jamaica’s decision to declare last year’s election null and void is also a sticking point for Azar, who noted that this matter is currently before the courts. An election of officers, which took place during Tennis Jamaica’s annual general meeting at the Sports Development Foundation’s conference room on November 19, 2015, was adjourned over what the John Bailey-led TJ administration called an ‘administrative’ error, which saw more than the 77 legitimate voters casting ballots. At the end of the election, Bailey tallied 43 votes to Azar’s 40 – six more than the total number of persons eligible to vote. This led to Tennis Jamaica subsequently declaring the election null and void. Tennis Jamaica, which has rescheduled its election of officers to April 12, has itself bashed who it termed “unscrupulous persons”, and distanced itself from the issue. A lawsuit has since been filed against the organisation and three of its senior members by Joseph Dibbs, who is also a member of Tennis Jamaica. Dibbs is challenging the aborted status of the election and contests that Azar was duly elected President of the organisation at the ill-fated AGM. The suit also demands that the election of other officers be conducted with the same voters’ list. An injunction was also filed against an extraordinary general meeting scheduled for March 3, at the Jamaica Olympic Association, where several resolutions are expected to be deliberated. ‘DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO COMPROMISE’ In a press release issued yesterday afternoon, Azar described the over-voting at last year’s elections as a deliberate attempt by the administration to compromise the process. “At their press conference held on December 10, 2015, Tennis Jamaica referred to the over-voting at the November 19 AGM as being “nothing deliberate” and attributed it to “an administrative error”. My view of what transpired is totally different: Over-voting, or the stuffing of a ballot box can only be a very deliberate act clearly designed to hijack the democratic process,” wrote Azar. “For the record, Tennis Jamaica accepts that I received 40 votes on the night in question, while Bailey received 43 votes in the election for president. They also confirm that 77 voters were eligible on the night – either in person or via proxy. The fact is that all 40 votes cast for me have been confirmed and accounted for as sworn affidavits have been signed to that effect. Forty out of 77 is indeed a clear majority,” the release continued. Azar has also called for a list of potential voters and is arguing that resolutions set to be voted on by the membership at the March 3 meeting will change existing rules concerning the eligibility of voters prior to what is considered the continuation of an election.last_img read more

Nalico/Nafico presents NGSA bursary awards

first_imgNorth American Life, Fire and General Insurance Companies recently presented bursary awards to 16 children of policyholders.The awards were presented to students who were successful at the recently concluded National Grade Six Assessment. For the next five years, the 16 children will be beneficiaries of the award, provided they meet the minimum requirements.The students who received the awards are Aleah Hema, Oma Seeraj, Loydissa Watson, Safiah Thomas, Omadevi Peters, Mickael John, Prince Trotman, Simeon Jackson, Ranasha Cum-Ewing, Kalief Sobers, Britney Johnson, Ranniv Babulall, Niaomi Young, Ronriel Greenidge, Nicholas Parmesar, Kayin Fontinelle.The Board of Directors, management and staff of the insurance company wished the awardees the best as they embark on their studies.last_img read more

RFH’s Scotiabank takeover unhealthy for financial sector – Jagdeo

first_imgFormer President Bharrat Jagdeo has stated that Republic Bank Limited’s impending acquisition of Scotiabank’s operations in Guyana could be unhealthy for the local financial sector.Speaking at his weekly press conference on Thursday, the Opposition Leader told reporters that he is willing to support Government to avoid a situation that will put the country’s financial sector at risk. “From what I’ve seen – the figures that I’ve read about – is that the merged entity could control more than 50 per cent of our total assets in the banking sector and more than 50 per cent of total deposits. This is unhealthy and therefore I will support our regulators to uphold the law to avoid undue concentration in a single entity, which puts our entire financial system at risk,” the former Head of State posited.According to Jagdeo, who is also a former Finance Minister, the takeover could very well be illegal since safety measures were put in place years ago in the Financial Institutions Act and other regulatory legislations to guard against such excessive concentration.On Tuesday, the Canadian-based Scotiabank announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its banking operations in Guyana and eight other Caribbean nations to Republic Financial Holdings Ltd.Guyana Times understands that the deal is worth US$123 million.“Due to increasing regulatory complexity and the need for continued investment in technology to support our regulatory requirements, we made the decision to focus the bank’s efforts on those markets with significant scale in which we can make the greatest difference for our customers,” Ignacio Deschamps, Scotiabank’s group head of international banking, said in a statement.Meanwhile, Chairman of Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) Ronald Harford, said the move will benefit everyone in the long run, including Scotiabank’s clients and employees and the group’s own stakeholders.“This acquisition represents another major milestone for the Republic Group. As we grow and acquire significant positions in our existing markets, it is important that we continue to broaden our footprint, regionally and internationally.”“This agreement, which is subject to all regulatory approvals, affords us the opportunity to reach more clients in the Eastern Caribbean and Guyana, two markets we are familiar with, and build new relationships in St Maarten,” Harford said.Broken down, the US$123 million purchase price represents US$25 million of total shareholding of Scotiabank Anguilla Limited; and a premium of US$98 million over net asset value for operations in the other eight countries – St Maarten, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.In its initial reaction to the biggest takeover in the financial sector, Government, through the Finance Ministry, questioned why Scotiabank would want to pull out of Guyana and more so expressed its concern and regret about the bank wanting go that route when, according to them, “Guyana’s economy is on the cusp of financial transformation with the onset of a massive new oil and gas sector raises.”Moreover, the Finance Ministry said the agreement raises a number of issues for the banking sector in Guyana and for the public which the Finance Ministry, the Bank of Guyana and the Government of Guyana will “need to carefully consider”.One such issue is what the Ministry said was Republic Bank wielding too much influence on banking products and rates as their acquisition of Scotiabank would invariably see assets and deposits within the local banking system increase exponentially.According to the Ministry, “Republic Bank currently holds 35.4 per cent of the banking systems assets and 36.8 per cent of deposits and the acquisition will up this to 51 per cent of both assets and deposits. This raises concerns about an over-concentration of banking services, market domination and the ‘too big to fail’ risks.”Also outlined was the potential for job cuts with Republic Bank likely to consolidate branches.Nevertheless, Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Friday told reporters at this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing that the Council of Ministers is still in discussion as to how Government will approach the matter.“We are assessing the situation. We will determine what is in our best interest… as it affects us here in Guyana,” Harmon stated.last_img read more

Jagdeo raps Jordan over employment remarks

first_imgFinance MinisterWinston JordanOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has taken Finance Minister Winston Jordan to task over recent remarks on unemployment in Guyana.Last week, the Finance Minister flagged Guyanese for crying foul over the lack of job opportunities when foreign nationals are coming here and getting jobs. He made this remark while at a press conference hosted by the PNCR – the largest party in the APNU fraction of the Coalition government.Jordan had opined that Guyanese are demanding high wages hence jobs often goes to those foreigners who are willing to accept lesser salaries.“When you say they are no job, I’ve seen Venezuelans and I’ve seen Cubans, I’ve seen Brazilians, I’ve seen Nigerians and I’ve seen Haitians now getting jobs in Guyana – a country that supposedly don’t have jobs or you hear a lot of young people say, they ain’t got jobs. I’m not speaking lies, you have Haitian Carpenters, Brazilians carpenters and plumbers and so on. So there must be jobs, the question is whether the job is paying what you want it to pay. For these (foreign) people yes, for some of the natives no,” Jordan had said last Friday.However, this statement did not go down well with Jagdeo when he was asked about the Minister’s utterance at his weekly press conference on Wednesday.“Is this the government’s policy that we must allow immigrants to come in to undercut the labour market. I hope the TUC (Guyana Trades Union Congress) hears this, that we must undercut Guyanese who are working… He’s saying that bringing in immigrants here, because they work for cheaper, would be beneficial to the economy so that they can undercut Guyanese labourers because they work for less wages than they do. So, our people must not get employment or they must lower their wages to match those of the immigrants who are coming in to work,” he stated.According to the Opposition Leader, this position by a Senior Government Minister is especially shocking.“If this is the justification of this government, then I don’t know. It’s shocking for me personally because I thought our aim is to first of all to look out for our Guyanese people and to ensure that progressively, they get better paying jobs and more jobs – not to try to bring in people to undercut their salaries. This is a shocking revelation to me, this is unbelievable. Do these people think before they speak (about) what they want for?” Jagdeo posited.Recent figures from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has estimated youth unemployment in Guyana to be almost 23 percent. To further compound this, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has found that 80 percent of prosecuted crimes here are committed by youths between the ages of 19 and 29.However, a new Guyana Labour Force Survey in 2018 had found that the unemployment rate here to be 12% in the third quarter of 2017, with high disproportions of both women and youth.The survey was first of its kind in Guyana in recent years and highlighted that unemployment during that period was 37,119. This figure includes 15.3% of eligible females against 9.9% of eligible males, and 21.6% of youth aged 15 to 24 and 28% of young women.It was also found that the total resident population, aged 15 and above, was 550,831 with the total employed population being 271,068. Of that figure, 166,873 or 62% being males and 104,195 or 38% being females with jobs.Moreover, the survey further confirmed “a marked disadvantage for women” in the labour market with the proportion of women in managerial positions recorded at 37.8%.Additionally, a “worrisome labour market situation of youth” was also highlighted, showing the proportion of youth not in education, employment, or training (NEETs). This was recorded at 35.2% and is higher for young women with 63% percent of the total number of NEETs.Nevertheless, the Finance Minister during his remarks last Friday had posited that more jobs are expected to be created directly and indirectly from the budding oil and gas industry. However, he posited that these jobs will require skills.“So we have to go and prepare, and don’t wait for local content legislation. If the petroleum industry requires 200 skilled artisans, they will take artisans if they’re available in Guyana. So, you don’t need local content for that… You need to take advantage of the numerous free courses that are being mounted by various institutions to get you educated and skilled,” the Finance Minister asserted.Only Wednesday, 79 young Guyanese graduated from a nine-month technical and vocation skills training initiative. The programme, funded by USAIDS’ Community, Family and Youth Resilience (CFYR) initiative, aims to strengthen opportunities for at-risk youth between the ages of 16 – 29 years to become more marketable and successful in joining the work force.The ‘Workforce Development Programme’ was designed in a holistic approach, empowering youths with soft and hard skills, and then placing them in employment. During the program, the participants took and completed courses in data operations; electrical installation and motor vehicle repairs.Opposition LeaderBharrat Jagdeolast_img read more

West Ham and Sunderland target keen on move

first_img1 Paolo Guerrero West Ham and Sunderland target Paolo Guerrero admits he would be tempted by a move back to Europe and says there has been interest from Premier League clubs.Guerrero, 30, has been strongly linked with a move to England with both West Ham and Sunderland showing a keen interest to sign him.The Peru international, currently playing for Corinthians, has a wealth of experience in Europe having played for Bayern Munich and Hamburg and says he is ready to make a return.Sam Allardyce stated on Thursday that he was finished bringing in more strikers and is more focused on signing a central defender before the transfer window closes.That could leave the door open for Sunderland manager Gus Poyet to make his move for Guerrero who has been one of the star performers for Corinthians as they look to win the league in Brazil this season.Guerrero, speaking to Globoesporte, said “I know there was interest from West Ham, I think they contacted Corinthians.“I am aware of those two clubs. But I can’t say more because I don’t know the details.“Which player doesn’t want to return to Europe? They all do. But I remain focused, we have the objective of being champions, so I can’t talk about anything else.”last_img read more

Zoo’s Okoth crowned April’s best KPL Coach

first_img0Shares0000Zoo FC head coach was named the Fidelity Insurance/SJAK Coach of the Month for April. Photo/SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, May 22 – Zoo FC tactician Sammy Okoth was on Tuesday named the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award for April.Okoth won a unanimous vote having garnered most points in Kenyan Premier League in April. He guided the Kericho based outfit to victories over Posta Rangers, Tusker and Kakamega Homeboy. Zoo also got points from AFC Leopards with whom they drew 2-2 and Bandari fc. The club’s only blemish in April was a loss to newbies Wazito.The fine run in April helped the club climb out of relegation abbys into safety zone and has the team which is only playing it’s second season in top flight dreaming of a top ten finish.Despite their monetary challenges Zoo gave a good account of themselves and Okoth believes his charges are capable of playing better should conditions improve at the Green stadium.“We really started badly this season but somewhere along the way the player players stepped up we moved out of danger. I never imagined that such a performance could be rewarded as everything we did was for the team to get to a better position, without the award in mind,” Okoth said after the ceremony“I’ve never won an award before in my life despite being in football for many years. I’m therefore very excited to get this award. I hope this will motivate the team to continue playing with passion so that we achieve our season target which is a top ten finish,” he added.The players, led by prolific duo of Mike Madoya and Nicholas Kipkirui hailed their coach and tipped the team to see greater success with him in charge.“I’m so happy that the coach has won this award because of how he has been good to us. He’s seen us through a lot to an extent that he’s a father figure to me and several other players in the team. The belief he gives us keeps the team strong and I’m happy he has been recognized,” Madoya said.Kipkirui also spoke highly of his coach, attributing his national team call up to greet guidance from the coach.“The coach has been a great leader and mentor to the team and me in particular. The skills and confidence that has seen me perform well and earn national team call up were all imparted by the coach. I’m glad to have him with me and hope we can achieve a lot more together,” Kipkirui noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘He did nothing for his country’ – El-Hadji Diouf in new blast at Liverpool hero

first_img1 El-Hadji Diouf has reopened his long-running feud with former captain Steven Gerrard El-Hadji Diouf has reopened his long-running feud with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard after claiming the midfielder “did nothing for his country”.The ex-Senegal international, whose dire spell at Anfield saw him score just six goals in 80 appearances, has history with Gerrard stretching back to 2007 when the Reds skipper criticised him in his autobiography.Diouf has since launched regular attacks, with his latest claiming he is “bigger” than his former captain.“I have no problem with him. He is a strong character and I am a strong character,” the 36-year-old told the BBC.“‘Stevie G was a very good player. People like him in Liverpool, but he never did anything for his country.“I am Mr El Hadji Diouf, Mr Senegal, but he is Mr Liverpool and Senegal is bigger than Liverpool and he has to know that.”Diouf is not fondly remembered for his time in British football – he had spells at Bolton, Sunderland, Blackburn, Rangers, Doncaster and Leeds – and is best known for spitting at opponents and, on one occasion, a Celtic fan.Asked about those incidents he said: “Maybe they used to tell me something I didn’t want to hear. I did that, I paid and now it’s finished.”The feud between Diouf and Gerrard began a decade ago when Gerrard wrote that he “wasn’t Diouf’s number 1 fan”.“I knew which players were hungry, which players had Liverpool at heart. Diouf was just interested in himself. His attitude was all wrong,” said Gerrard.last_img read more

DDTV: DEPUTY MacLOCHLAINN ADRESSES DÁIL ÉIREANN ON DONEGAL HEALTH CUTS

first_imgSINN Fein’s Donegal North East TD Padraig MacLochlainn has spoken in Dáil Éireann about the health crisis facing Donegal.You can watch what he said last night on this video by clicking on the play icon. DDTV: DEPUTY MacLOCHLAINN ADRESSES DÁIL ÉIREANN ON DONEGAL HEALTH CUTS was last modified: July 6th, 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) Tags:Deputy Padraig MacLochlainndonegaldailytvhealth cutsLetterkenny General HospitalSinn Fein TDlast_img read more

WEATHER WARNING AS 100KM/HR STORM SET TO BATTER DONEGAL

first_imgMET Eireann has issued a weather warning for Donegal this weekend.Forecasters say winds could reach speeds of up to or more than 100km/hr.That’s strong enough to cause damage. The warning comes after a miserable Saturday morning in which torrential rain once again hit the county.A Met Eireann spokesman told Donegal Daily this evening: “Sunday will be a very windy, blustery day with strong to gale force southwest to west winds gusting 90 to 100 km/hr.“These will be strongest in the North West and could be higher than 100km/hr.“Showers will become widespread too, many heavy and some possibly thundery.” Winds will reduce into Sunday night.At the moment a storm threatening to hit southern parts of Ireland and Britain on Monday aren’t expected to reach Donegal.However the forecast for the next few days is for more wet weather.MET EIREANN Wind Warning for Ireland issued at 6pm SaturdayStrong to gale force southwest to westerly winds will gust 80 to 90 km/h., at times during Sunday. Winds may occasionally gust up to 100 km/h., along parts of the West and Northwest coasts.  Issued:Saturday 26 October 2013 18:00Valid:Sunday 27 October 2013 06:00 to Sunday 27 October 2013 15:00 WEATHER WARNING AS 100KM/HR STORM SET TO BATTER DONEGAL was last modified: October 26th, 2013 by John2Share 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:damagedonegaldonegal daily weatherWarningweatherwindslast_img read more

Ex-lawmaker Frank Hill hospitalized

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Former state Sen. Frank Hill, R-Whittier, has been hospitalized at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital with an intestinal infection. Surgery probably will be required, said his wife, Faith. “He’s had an infection in the colon, battling it for a few months,” she said. “They’re trying to get the infection down. He’s getting better slowly.” Hill has been diagnosed with diverticulosis, his wife said, a condition that occurs when a pouch in one’s colon becomes infected or inflamed. When there’s an attack, the condition is called diverticulitis, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Hill, who has a consulting firm, was on a business trip last week in the Shanghai area of China when he suffered an attack. Rather than be hospitalized there, he returned to Whittier, his wife said. Whittier Councilman Doug Lopez, a longtime friend of Hill’s, said he’s concerned but believes that Hill will be OK. Should an operation be scheduled, the doctors would clip out the infected section of the colon, and sew it back together. Diverticulosis is believed to be caused by low-fiber diets, according to the institute. About 10 percent of Americans over the age of 40 have diverticulosis. The condition becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over the age of 60 have diverticulosis. Hill is 51. Hill served in the Assembly from 1982 to 1990 and in the Senate from 1990 to 1994. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more