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

Asian Games 2018 Compound Archery: Indian men and women get silver medals

first_imgIndian men’s and women’s compound archery team settled for silver at the Asian Games 2018 on Monday after losing their respective finals.Both team lost their gold medal matches to South Korea.It was a dramatic men’s final in which the Indian team was a point ahead of the Koreans at the end of the regulation four sets.But the celebrating defending champion side, comprising Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini, was in for a surprise when Korea managed to log a point on review.Asian Games 2018 Day 10 Live UpdatesOne of the Korean team’s 9s in final set was deemed a 10 on revision leaving the two teams tied at 229-229.In the shoot-off, the Koreans managed one inner 10 (closest to bull’s eye), a 10 and 9, compared to the two 10s and a 9 by the Indians, to walk away with the top honours.In the women’s event, the Indian team comprising Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari and Jyothi Surekha Vennam, lost 228-231 to Korea in a contest that went down to the wire till the final set of arrows.Congratulations to our Womens Compound #Archery team of #JyothiSurekhaVennam-our #TOPSAthlete & #SAI trainee,COE #Sonepat,#MadhumitaKumari & #MuskanKirar for winning a silver medal. Its Indias 2nd #AsianGames medal in this [email protected]_archery #AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/JNYGe2lnO1 SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 28, 2018India were leading 59-57 after the first set before Korea won the second set 58-56.The two teams were on even keel in the third set scoring 58 points each but India wilted under pressure losing 55-58 to end up second best.advertisementThe Indian women’s compound team had settled for a bronze after beating Iran in the third-place play-off at Asian Games 2014.last_img read more

Jamaica wants Movement of Skilled Workers Fast-Tracked Under CSME

first_img This, she said, would allow for a streamlining and standardisation of certificates and the application for workers to move within the Caribbean. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says Jamaica is of the view that the movement of skilled workers should be fast-tracked in the implementation plan for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), as well as execution of the central application process.This, she said, would allow for a streamlining and standardisation of certificates and the application for workers to move within the Caribbean.“Jamaica’s position is that this is something that has been on the books for seven to 10 years… and we think that if member states are committed to implementing and committed to ensuring that our people experience the CSME in a way that is real and important to them, then the movement of skilled workers is something that should be moved up in the implementation plan,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith was speaking to journalists following the first plenary session at the 38th meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Grand Anse, Grenada, on Wednesday (July 5).She noted that the full implementation of the CSME, specifically as it relates to free movement of labour and the implementation of all 10 categories of skilled workers, was one of the issues raised by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during the first working session.Noting that only three countries have implemented all 10 categories of skilled workers, Mrs. Johnson Smith stressed that this is something that should be mandated in the short term, and not in the medium and long term as stated in the implementation plan which is “maybe two years down the line”.She noted that CARICOM member states have indicated that they are in favour of full implementation of the CSME regime.“While some countries are still saying that they are concerned about inflows from larger countries, the general sense was that each member state wants the CSME to be implemented,” she said.The CSME is an integrated development strategy, which is intended to benefit the people of the region by providing more and better opportunities to produce and sell goods and services and to attract investment.It was established under the 2001 Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, to which Jamaica is a party.Jamaica has enacted legislation to bring the provisions of the Treaty and the CSME regime into full effect under domestic law.The CSME is built on five core regimes: free movement of capital, free movement of goods, free movement of skills, the provision of services, and the right of establishment. In addition, the CSME facilitates hassle-free travel for all CARICOM nationals.Jamaica implemented the CSME regime in January 2006 with the implementation of the Single Market. Since then, the country has adopted legislation, including the Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons Act), which provides for the movement of skilled nationals in 10 approved categories across the region.Persons in these categories do not need to apply for work permits. They are graduates of all recognised universities, artistes, musicians, sportspersons, media workers, nurses, teachers, artisans with Caribbean vocational qualifications (such as those issued by HEART Trust/NTA), and holders of associate degrees or comparable qualifications. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says Jamaica is of the view that the movement of skilled workers should be fast-tracked in the implementation plan for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), as well as execution of the central application process. Story Highlights The CSME is an integrated development strategy, which is intended to benefit the people of the region by providing more and better opportunities to produce and sell goods and services and to attract investment.last_img read more

Port of Marseille Fos to Receive EU Funding

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Marseille Fos The French port of Marseille Fos is to receive an EUR 50 million (USD 58.4 million) support under a funding agreement with European Union institution the European Investment Bank (EIB).The deal would support five key development projects, which require a total investment of EUR 136 million.These projects include connecting the two existing Fos 2XL deepsea container terminals via a mid-section to provide a continuous quay length of 2.6km. Due to start this summer, the extension will increase capacity by 15-20% and improve berthing for ultra-large boxships, according to the port.Two other projects in the Fos western harbour area are also covered under the agreement – further development of the Feuillane logistics park and renovation of two ship refuelling stations. Meanwhile, in the Marseille eastern harbour, the funding will go towards reorganisation of the Corsica and North Africa ferry passenger terminals and enlargement of the Passe Nord access for mega-cruise ships.The agreement was signed on May 28 by Marseille Fos CEO Christine Cabau Woehrel and EIB vice-president Ambroise Fayolle, who later visited the site of the container terminal project. Mme. Cabau Woehrel commented:“Ten years after having helped Marseille Fos to create Fos 2XL, we are honoured that the EIB is renewing its confidence in our projects to such a level. We now have the investment capacity to continue developing our infrastructure and to reinforce our international scope,” Marseille Fos CEO, Christine Cabau Woehrel, said.last_img read more