House Approves Executive Agencies Act Regulations

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The House of Representatives on September 14 approved the regulations governing the Executive Agencies (General) Act, following extensive review since it was first tabled on July 13 this year.The regulations will seek to address a number of areas, such as defining a stronger role for Permanent Secretaries.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, who moved the resolution, told the House that while it was generally acknowledged that executive agencies have been performing quite well, there were some areas that are in need of tightening up and it is within this context that the regulations have been promulgated.“For instance, one of the areas that required some attention is the question of reporting relationships, because the head of the executive agency actually reports to the minister, while the board is not really a board in the traditional sense of being totally autonomous.the boards related to the executive agencies are really advisory boards. So one of the things that needed to be highlighted is the confirmation of a stronger role of the permanent secretary .and that is one of the things addressed in the regulations,” he said.The Executive Agencies Act was promulgated in February 2002, although the first set of executive agencies was established in April 1999.Mr. Shaw said the enactment of the regulations is one of the deliverables under the government’s Medium Term Action Programme that has been developed with its international partners.“The fact is that the regulations should have been developed, and it’s well over 10 years now that the executive agencies have been in operation and there has been a perceived need to get the regulations into place,” he said. RelatedHouse Approves Executive Agencies Act Regulations RelatedHouse Approves Executive Agencies Act Regulations House Approves Executive Agencies Act Regulations ParliamentSeptember 16, 2010center_img RelatedHouse Approves Executive Agencies Act Regulations Advertisementslast_img read more

Mayor of Montego Bay Pays Tribute to Vin Martin

first_imgRelatedCondolence Book Opens for Sir Howard in Washington RelatedFormer Consul General Vin Martin Has Died Story HighlightsMayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, has hailed the late Vin Martin, former Honorary Consul to Atlanta, as a “gentle giant”.Mr. Martin was Chairman of the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee, an organization that has for more than 20 years, led a medical team to serve the citizens of Montego Bay and adjoining areas.Mr. Martin died on July 23, in Atlanta, Georgia. Advertisements Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, has hailed the late Vin Martin, former Honorary Consul to Atlanta, as a “gentle giant”, whose life “epitomized the truest sense of patriotism.”Mr. Martin, who was Chairman of the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee, an organization that has for more than 20 years, led a medical team to serve the citizens of Montego Bay and adjoining areas, died on July 23, in Atlanta, Georgia.“The parish of St. James mourns with the family of the late Vin Martin. He shared a special tie with Montego Bay, through the Sister Cities relationship that was established with Atlanta in 1972,” Mayor Harris said.He informed that Mr. Martin, as Chairman of the Atlanta Chapter of the Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee, was integral in the conceptualization of the annual volunteer health mission to Montego Bay.“The Atlanta Health Mission, which will have its 21st staging in October, has served more than 44,000 patients in St. James as well as neighbouring parishes, and has dispensed approximately $80 million in medical supplies and services.  Mr. Martin gave selflessly to the advancement of initiatives that sought to strengthen economical, educational, cultural, and health care ties between the cities of Atlanta and Montego Bay, through the Jamaican Diaspora,” the Mayor said.Mr. Martin served as Honorary Consul from 1997 to 2013 and was awarded by the Atlanta Consular Corps last year for his stellar work as a diplomat.In 2013, Mr. Martin received the Order of Distinction (O.D.) from the Government, for his invaluable contribution to the Jamaican Diaspora.Mr. Martin was born in Jamaica and in 1965 migrated to the United States to attend College. He had a distinguished career in Law, with emphasis on Immigration, Real Estate, Business Transactions, and Family Law.center_img RelatedRetired Jamaican-Born Air Force Colonel Gets Commendation from President Obama Mayor of Montego Bay Pays Tribute to Vin Martin Foreign AffairsJuly 25, 2014Written by: Glenis A. Rose FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

Police to undergo literacy training as UNESCO steps up fight against…

first_imgSouth Sudan’s education indicators remain among the worst in the world, with the illiteracy level at seventy percent. That’s despite increases in school enrollment over the past few years. It is estimated that more than one million primary school aged children, mostly from rural areas, are not in school, while the few schools that do exist are not conducive to learning. In an effort to change these staggering statistics, UN agency UNESCO has developed an initiative that will reduce the illiteracy level in the society, and it will start with the police force.“We have started a police literacy training. As you know the police cannot do its job as it should be if the officers cannot read and write. So, this is the first prerequisite that UNESCO is focusing on now with the police” Said Salah Zaki Khaled, Chief, Unesco South Sudanlast_img read more

Back in the old routine

first_imgThere were no birdie ‘2’s and the free beer draw went to Bobby Shirkey, who was pipped to the Booby Bevy by Peter Allen after a mediocre debut round on the course.It had been a good golf day at Phoenix for the Pattaya Golf Society.Triple triumphat St Andrew’s The Pattaya Golf Society made a rare trip to the Green Valley complex to play a stableford competition on the St Andrew’s course on Wednesday, 29th August.  The course was wonderfully turned out with well grassed fairways and excellent greens.As always the course demands accuracy and good management skills and those able to apply both found themselves in the frame.  Unsurprisingly it was the lower handicappers who filled all the places with Mikael Andersson and Robbie Taylor sharing top place with 34 points, but Booby Shirkey and Johnny Larsson made good fists of it for the rest of the field with their 32 point returns.There were no birdie ‘2’s, perhaps because of some tough pin locations on the par threes, seventeen especially being at the base of the slope which adds notoriety to the green.The Booby went deservedly to the organiser whose promising front nine became no more than a memory after the turn when his legendary “power fade” contrived to go “awol” and dispatched him thrice into OB.  Another little job for his hammer … when he has time!Purdie returnswith victory The Pattaya Golf Society ended August with a first visit of the year to Silky Oak, to play a stableford competition.  The course is in fine condition but the greens are slow and a little bobbly, indicating the total under-use of the course.  Why close the tees for a few hours every day from 9:30, when there’s revenue out there to be had?  However, that didn’t stop a Thai group teeing off at 10:40, in full sight of the PGS group, forced to tee off an hour earlier.The golf was good, indicated by an average return of 33 points, with Joe Niisato and Mr Len both going one better on 34 points for a share of second place, just one ahead of Wichai Tananusorn.  The winner was Andrew Purdie, very recently returned from Australia, with 37 very competent points.There were no birdie ‘2’s and Brian Shaw received the Booby Bevy for the low return of the day.Silky Oak does not please everybody, opinions vary from “too contrived” to “too easy”, but at the end of the day successful golfers still have to manage the course, make the right shots, and nail the putts. Ask Andrew Purdie. The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant BarThe Pattaya Golf Society played its one hundredth competition of the year on Monday, 27th August when the group visited Phoenix to play its monthly medal round on the Ocean and Lakes nines.  The course is currently in excellent condition and an empty track made for fine progress. After nine holes it became clear that two of the field were continuing their good form from the previous event and for one of them, Mr Len, it was his best nine hole total in years.  Inevitably the gremlins got into his drive and he was held back in his charge.Finishing in third place was a consistent Alan Walker with a steady net 74 and in second was Wichai Tananusorn who is slowly recovering his form after his annual visit to UK.  The touch is back and his net 71 was a fine effort on the day.  The winner, on net 69, was Mr Len despite losing five shots to his handicap on the final three holes.last_img read more

No opening Bell? Bell holding out as Steelers start camp

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, left, arrives in a chauffer driven 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 for NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa., Thursday, July 27, 2017 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) LATROBE, Pa. (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers trickled into training camp on Thursday in pickup trucks and Porsches, Rolls Royces and Rubicons.And in the case of ageless linebacker James Harrison, a firetruck.Because of course he did.Left tackle Alejandro Villaneuva showed up too, arriving with pen in hand to sign a contract extension that made the former Army Ranger a millionaire several times over as the protector of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side for the rest of the decade.Yet the player perhaps most vital to Pittsburgh’s hopes of tracking down Super Bowl champion and longtime nemesis New England by the end of January was nowhere to be found.While his teammates went through the customary opening paces – from check-in to a conditioning test – Le’Veon Bell never made it to St. Vincent College.The Pro Bowler has yet to sign the franchise tender that will pay him more than $12 million this season.And while they’d rather have Bell’s familiar No. 26 on the sideline when practice starts Friday, the guys blocking for him understand business is business.”I’m not mad at him, I’m happy for the guy,” guard Ramon Foster said. ”It’s an opportunity for Le’Veon to take care of his family for generations, so why not take care of it now?”Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in the offseason, but was unable to find common ground for a long-term agreement.General manager Kevin Colbert tabled any talks of revisiting an extension until after the 2017 season.Bell, who averaged more than 150 yards of total offense last fall, tweeted ”I guess I just gotta get better” when the July 17 deadline passed without a new deal in place.Wide receiver Antonio Brown isn’t concerned so much about Bell improving as much as he is about Bell simply getting to camp.Brown, who signed a four-year, $72-million extension in February and strolled into camp in the back seat of a 1931 Rolls Royce, isn’t sure Bell is making a point by holding out.”I just understand the history of how these things work out,” Brown said.”The Steelers never negotiate with civilians, especially when you don’t show up. The first rule of getting better is showing up. But I’m here, everyone’s here, you have to get the year started off on the right foot.”Center Maurkice Pouncey offered to take a pay cut to help speed up the process.”He can have some of my money,” said Pouncey, who signed a $44-million contract extension in 2014. ”I’m totally fine with that. They can erase a year of my contract. I’m cool with just going out there and playing.”Bell wants to reset what has been a stagnant (by NFL standards) market for running backs in recent years.While the 25-year-old is among the most versatile players in the league – Bell caught 75 passes in just 12 games last season – he has been suspended twice for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and also has struggled to stay healthy.Knee injuries ended his season in 2014 and 2015 and a tweaked groin rendered him a bystander in a one-sided AFC championship game loss to the Patriots.He underwent surgery in the offseason to fix the groin and coach Mike Tomlin said there are no concerns about it being an issue whenever Bell decides to pull into the parking lot. It’s everything else that has Tomlin concerned.”We’re a group that values this team building process and doing it in this setting,” Tomlin said. ”There are consequences of him not being here.”Tomlin called Bell’s absence an ”unfortunate circumstance,” one the team managed to avoid with Villanueva.The 28-year-old – who did several tours in Afghanistan after graduating from the Army before giving the NFL a shot in 2013 – had yet to sign his one-year exclusive rights free agent tender the club offered him in the spring, fueling speculation he might hold out.Instead, Villanueva was on the field running sprints by late afternoon.The question now is when the weapon Foster called ”an MVP candidate” will join in.No matter how long Bell’s holdout lasts, the Steelers don’t expect it to be a distraction.”Look at his numbers, look at his production,” Foster said. ”You know what he’s going to do and he does it and you can’t stop it. Those are most valuable player type of folks and I’m happy to be blocking for the guy.”NOTES: The NFL has not cleared WR Martavis Bryant, coming off a year-long suspension for violating the league’s drug policy, to practice or play in games. Tomlin called the issue ”procedural” and that Bryant and the team ”will work extremely hard” to fulfill the conditional terms of Bryant’s re-instatement. … WR Sammie Coates will start camp on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing a second arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. … WR Canaan Severin was also placed on the PUP list after failing the conditioning test. … S Daimion Stafford was put on the reserve/did not report list.—For more NFL coverage: and read more

Homes aplenty in Officer

first_imgBy BEN CAMERON AROUND 1740 new homes will emerge in Officer in coming years after a major property company purchased…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img