Parry Bellot during his press conference on 15th January, 2012.Government’s productivity consultant Parry Bellot who suggested at a press conference on January 25th, 2012 that 80% of public officers were unproductive has issued an apology to that organization.In a letter dated March 8th, 2012, Bellot communicated to the Union that he thought it best to retract his statement “in the interest of moving forward.He underscores in his letter that the statement was made based on his personal assessment and not on any scientific analysis.The letter which is addressed to the president, general secretary and membership states as follows;“Gentlemen:As promised at our meeting today which included your Executive, I am pleased to put in writing the following:I hereby, after much thought and in the interest of moving forward, formally retract my statement (expressed as a personal opinion in reply to a question at my press conference on the 25th Jan, 2012) that in my rough estimation, the public service works at about 20% efficiency. I understand that this caused some hurt among your membership, especially as it was not based on any scientific analysis, merely my own opinion based on several years personal assessment.In retrospect, it probably would have been best, given the importance of the subject and the many persons impacted, NOT to have even suggested that personal opinion. For that I apologize.As indicated at our very friendly meeting (and in previous discussions) I look forward to us working together to improve productivity throughout our society, and specifically to help the PSU be able to fully justify in the not too distant future, substantial increases in pay because of equivalent increases in productivity that is then appreciated by Dominica and Dominicans generally.I thank you for your continued cooperation.Sincerely, P.R. Bellot”Dominica Vibes News Share 27 Views one comment Share Tweet LocalNews Parry Bellot’s apology to DPSU by: – March 15, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!
England Golf has joined forces with leading sports turf consultancy STRI to deliver a specially designed workshop for Chairs of Green and golf club secretary/managers. The practical workshop, ‘Learn, Share and Network’ will run on Tuesday 17th January as part of the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition in Harrogate. The workshop builds on the highly successful Chair of Green learning and development courses previously presented by STRI at both national and regional events. Alistair Beggs, Head of Agronomy at STRI is delighted to have the support of England Golf. “The workshop will discuss course issues and problem solving. It is essential that all clubs understand the importance of playing qualities and can set measurable and achievable targets for improvement whether dealing with playability of greens or other critical areas of the course”. Laura Rushby, Head of Training and Education at England Golf, explained: “Following the successful Business Growth Hubs and Chair of Green workshops, feedback from delegates was for more sessions to learn and network with people in the same role from other clubs across the country. “This workshop with STRI is a great opportunity for Chairs of Green to be able to share ideas, increase knowledge and understanding to support their head greenkeepers and ask experts questions to help with their golf course management plans.” The workshop will include a Q&A session, chaired by England Golf and involving a panel of industry experts representing all areas of golf course and club management. To book onto the workshop click here and select the following ticket from the dropdown list: 17/1/17 (10.00-15.45) STRI – Practical Workshop for Chair of Green 13 Dec 2016 Networking workshop for Chairs of Green
By SarahJoy SmithPriest Point Park is an oasis right at the edge of Olympia. The park is 341 acres in size, and boasts a full mile of shoreline right on Budd Bay. On a clear day you can stand at the shoreline and see a full view of the capitol rotunda in one direction, and the Olympic mountain range in its entire splendor in the other. But far more than just a beautiful view, Priest Point has much to offer its visitors in the way of outdoor fun as well.As one of the largest within the city limits, the park offers a little something for everyone. Covered picnic facilities, complete with BBQ and outdoor “kitchen” amenities like running water, are available to the public for a reasonable fee. Many a gathering, graduation, and even the occasional wedding are held here. A formal rose garden is maintained in the spring and summer months that makes for a beautiful backdrop for such events.Private and public organizations are joining forces to clean up Mission Creek.Miles of trails meander through the wooded areas of the park, most of which provide relatively easy walks that even the smaller kids can do. But if the kids are less interested in walking there is always the large and inviting playground. Not to mention there is plenty of room to play by the water when the tide is out.For the nature lover this is a wonderful place to observe wildlife. Heron, otter, eagle, seal, and even deer are some of the many wild residents seen daily by visitors.This year, the park is getting some much needed restoration work to an area on the far eastern border known as Mission Creek. For centuries Mission Creek was a salmon run. Then sometime around 70 years ago it was paved over as a road. (To read more about the history of a possible railroad along East Bay Drive, click here.)Today all that remains is quite a bit of “rubble”, and a bulkhead which is acting as a block to salmon trying to enter the creek. The restoration will remove both rubble and a portion of the bulkhead. Then native vegetation will be replanted, invasive species removed, and some aesthetic changes will be made along the adjacent path to make it more welcoming for both people and salmon.The restoration of Mission Creek has been a long time in the making. The main participants were proud to point out the joint effort between several different agencies. The Port of Olympia, City of Olympia, South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG), Squaxin Island Tribe, a funding group called Salmon Recovery Funding Board, and other agencies to a lesser extent have been working together for ten years to get approval for this restoration. As Lance Winecka, SPSSEG Executive Director pointed out, “It takes perseverance, but the take-home message is that we can work together with everyone to do what is right.”The significance of the Mission Creek project is twofold. To begin with, at the completion of this project the entire shoreline of the park will have been restored to its natural state. Another bulkhead was actually removed at the opposite end of the park a few years back. But more importantly, this creek is the last remaining estuary within the area.Restoration work at Mission Creek is returning the area to original habitat.An estuary by definition is a place where salt water and fresh water meet. Throughout human history estuaries are the places that people live near because they provide many resources. As you can imagine the health of an estuary and the health of the people who live near that estuary are intertwined. Moreover, this restoration has the intended purpose of bringing the salmon back to an original spawning ground.Salmon are an indicator species, which means that their presence or absence is a measure of how healthy a waterway is. When the salmon disappear it is a telltale sign that something is wrong with the natural balance of an area. Hence the reason this project was finally approved. Alex Smith, Senior Environmental Planning Manager for the Port of Olympia has been part of this effort for many years. “If (a site) has some kind of impairment, like Mission Creek does, it is a great candidate for funding because it can restore the salmon, which is good for all of us,” said Smith.Her counterparts with the City and SPSSEG agree with this sentiment. David Hanna, Associate Director for City of Olympia Parks and Recreation department, feels that this is a win-win for salmon and people. “Doing as much as we can to restore an area, so long as it does not do damage to the relationship between the people and the park is important,” said Hanna. “Here we are returning a degraded system back to nature, and making the park better.”If all continues to go according to plan the project is set to begin in late August and completed no later than September 15. The park will remain open during the restoration and is not anticipated to affect visitors, so be sure to make your way there. And by this fall with any luck you may even get to see some salmon in Mission Creek attempting to return to their long forgotten home.For more information about Priest Point Park, click here. For more information about volunteering for the restoration project please contact Michelle Stevie at ms[email protected] Facebook45Tweet0Pin0
Touch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Twenty Nine.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 1Touch Football South Australia Welcome Aboard New Faces to the OfficeMr. Matt Cross begins work this week as the new TFSA State Branch Manager.Matthew has a background in sports marketing and has worked in both AFL and soccer and has a vast scope of networks within the local community.In other staffing news, Kyra Mc Mahon has been working as the casual Administration Assistant during the TFSA office’s transition period. She is also Competition Co-ordinator at the Western Districts Affiliate and will be first port of call for TFSA in her new role of Administration Officer.Pania Mariu also begins this week as a Game Development Officer whose areas of concentration will be Program and Event Management after previously holding down the Administration Officer position in South Australia.Other events: A level 1 Referees Course was held in Clare with 12 new referees being put through their paces by Simon Millcock.Clare President and Competition Coordinator Karen Pink, in a bid to boost referee numbers, made providing a duty referee compulsory part of the nomination process for the summer season.The Clare affiliate are providing fee reductions to teams who referee four or more games this season in a bid to further attract referees to adequately service the expanding competition.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auPlay: # 2AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)ACT Staff “Grow the Mo”During Movember (the month formerly known as November) the lads in the ACT Touch office are all growing a Moustache. That’s right, the ACT “hunk of spunks” are bringing the Mo back because they’re passionate about changing men’s health and the fight against male depression and prostate cancer.Following on from the efforts of the boys in the NSWTA office who participated in Movember last year, the ACT lads will keep the Touch Football flag flying for this keynote cause that has the potential to make a huge difference to so many Australian men.Depression affects 1 in 6 men and most don’t seek help. Untreated depression is a leading risk factor for suicide. Last year in Australia 18,700 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 2,900 died of prostate cancer – equivalent to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually. Men are far less healthy than women. The average life expectancy of males is 5 years less than females.To sponsor the ACT Touch Mo Bros please go to: http://www.movember.com/au/donate and enter the registration number 184163 and your credit card details. Or you can sponsor by cheque made payable to the “Movember Foundation” clearly marking the donation as being for Registration Number: 184163. Please mail cheques to: PO Box 292, Prahran VIC 3181. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.The money raised by Movember is donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Beyondblue – the national depression initiative, which will use the funds to create awareness, fund research and increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer and male depression.Stay tuned for updates on the ACT Boys progress during Movember.Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected] events: ACT Touch will be holding Level 1 Referees Courses on both 4 and 5 December 2007 at the ACTTA Offices, Deakin ACT. Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected] Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play # 3 In the upset of the round in the Darwin Men’s competition, Bundy Bears confirmed their premiership favouritism with a hard fought victory over last year’s premiers Palmerston Bulls 6-5. Leading the third placed Bulls 3-1 at oranges; Bundy never gave up the lead.In other Men’s Division 1 results, Dream Team easily accounted for Honkers 12-3 who were without a number of their key players. Crocs had to dig deep with only six players to overcome a full strength Incredibles 7-4. Only two rounds remain until the Finals series. In the Women’s Division 1, Divas winning run came to and end with the young side being beaten by Scorpions 8-4.Palmerston Bulls account for All About Us 6- 2, whilst Crocs had the bye.The Darwin Junior competition has three rounds remaining with all teams fighting for positions for the finals. Many teams are close on the ladder, so some exciting clashes are expected.Other news: Northern Territory Touch would like to advise all their members of the Annual General Meeting to be conducted in Darwin on Saturday 1 December 2007.In conjunction with the Annual General Meeting the Annual State Council meeting will also be held on the Saturday 1 December 2007.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League Round Four ActionNorthern Districts hosted Round 4 of the Super League series and both their teams threw down the gauntlet to their rivals with impressive displays.In the Women’s Open, Northern took on the youthful and skillful Fremantle outfit.Fremantle came into the contest with form on their side defeating Tompkins Park the previous round, and also accounting for Northern in the 2006/2007 Series, the only team to do so.Northern had made a poor start in defending their title with a win, loss, and a draw from their first three games. But on their home ground they put out a sincere message that they are still a force to be reckoned with. Former Australian Open Mixed World Cup winner Angela Doyle and Elyse Guatta were superb for the home side, helping Northern to a 5-2 victory. The win now puts Northern into second place on the ladder.In the Men’s Open, Northern did not disappoint the home crowd either with a hard fought 3-1 win over Fremantle. Northern have been the real surprise packets of the tournament with consistent performances throughout. The litmus test for the Northern combination will be next round against Southern Stars. In other results in the Women’s division, Southern got home over Tompkins Park 4-2, whilst Perth Brothers put on a clinic in their 12-3 demolition of Rosalie in the Men’s competition.Other Events: This weekend there will be Referee Courses all across the state with Level One courses being held at Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, and Fremantle. There will also be a Level Two course in Geraldton on the same weekend. Much credit must go to the new WA Referee Panel and Presenters for commitment to providing courses for members. Initiatives are being put into place to retain and develop the latest influx of referees in order to further grow the sport in the state. The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comVICTORIA (VIC)Play # 5 Final Round of VT League loomingThe final round of the inaugural VT League season will be at Trinity Grammar School’s Bulleen playing fields on Friday 23rd November 2007, with the Women kicking off the night’s matches at 6.30pm. Don’t forget the Grand Final at Port Melbourne Sharks Soccer Club off Williamstown Rd on December 1 2007 at 2.30pm.Rounds 7 and 8 of the VT League was played at Endeavour Hills Rugby Club, and the results were:Round 7Men: Casey Cougars 8 d Melbourne City Lions 7; University 7 d Bayside Vipers 3Women: Casey Cougars 7 d Melbourne City Lions 4; Bayside Vipers 8 d University 3Round 8Men: Casey Cougars 8 d Bayside Vipers 2; Melbourne City Lions 6 d University 2Women: Bayside Vipers 4 d Casey Cougars 3; Melbourne City Lions 5 d University 4Other Events: Endeavour Hills started their first official competition Round on Thursday at Frogs Hollow Reserve. With 6 teams registered from the local community it’s a family atmosphere for the new competition.Traralgon Touch started their season this week, with 28 teams competing over Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. Games are played at Davidson St Oval, Davidson St Traralgon and if you want to pull on the boots or would like more information, contact Marcus Roylance on 0409 754 487 or [email protected] Touch Association, Victoria’s biggest regional Association, needs referees to officiate the massive 44 teams that play over 5 divisions on Wednesday evenings at McEwan Reserve. If you live near by and would like to help out, or even play a game or two, please get in touch with Brett Hand on 5821 0644 or 0428 996 075, or [email protected] The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)PLAY # 6Origin Training Camp ChangeThe venue for the first Queensland Touch State of Origin Camp has been changed to the Caboolture Touch playing fields Petersen Road, Moray Field on the 1st and 2nd of December 2007.The camp for Queensland’s 13 age division teams was originally scheduled for Redlands, but some upgrading of the fields meant a change of venue was in order for the first of Queensland’s three compulsory camps in the lead-up to the State of Origin series against New South Wales in August 2008.Other events: SQBD hosted their Annual Sharks Cup at Labrador on Saturday 17 November 2007.The All Mixed affair was contested in 18 Years, Opens, Seniors, and masters divisions with some great touch and good fun had by all participants.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website this week for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.
DONE DEAL: Cardiff winger Pilkington joins Wiganby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff star Anthony Pilkington has signed for Wigan on an 18-month deal.The 30-year-old has not played a single game this season and is now leaving the Welsh side after being there for the past four and a half years.He managed 23 goals in 111 appearances for the team.But he will be at Wigan for the next 18 months, where he hopes to get back into regular first team contention.Wigan boss Paul Cook said in a statement: “Anthony has good experience in the Championship and Premier League, I am delighted to bring him to Wigan Athletic.”He won promotion with Cardiff City last season so he knows what it takes to do well at this level and I am sure he will be a big asset to us for the rest of this campaign and beyond.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners with a score of 37 to 17 to win the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the best players in college football. He also has an excellent story to match his ability on the field. The ACC Digital Network and Havoline Football Saturdays put together a short documentary about Watson, covering his high school career and rise to five-star recruit, as well as the inspiration that he draws from his mother Deann, who survived a fight with tongue cancer during his high school career.Clemson fans will love this video, but it is worth a watch for all college football fans.
TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co. former chairman Carlos Ghosn, charged with financial improprieties and detained in Tokyo for more than a month, has also been accused of a breach of trust that caused a multi-million-dollar financial loss for Nissan.Speculation that he could leave on bail surged on Thursday after a court rejected prosecutors’ request for extended detention. The fresh allegation dashes his hope for a quick release, forcing him to spend Christmas at Tokyo’s main detention centre. A look at what is going on and what could happen next:Q: WHAT IS THE NEW ALLEGATION?A: Prosecutors on Friday accused Ghosn of a breach of trust causing Nissan a financial loss of more than 1.8 billion yen ($16 million). The allegations represent a third potential charge in Ghosn’s case. Prosecutors say Ghosn allegedly manipulated a contract to shift a loss from a private investment during the Lehman crisis onto Nissan’s books. He also allegedly had Nissan transfer $14.7 million to another company owned by someone who helped him in that manipulation in a breach of the company’s trust, prosecutors say. The latest allegation does not affect Greg Kelly, another Nissan board member charged with underreporting Ghosn’s income by about 5 billion yen ($44 million) in 2011-2015.Q: HOW MUCH LONGER WILL HE BE IN FOR?A: Adding an allegation to an existing case is called “saitaiho” in Japanese, or to re-arrest, even when a suspect is already in custody. Japanese police and prosecutors routinely add new allegations to lengthen a defendant’s time behind bars, since each allegation may add up to 20 days. The tactic is criticized from inside and outside Japan as “hostage justice.” Friday’s new allegation would allow prosecutors two days before seeking a likely court approval of extending Ghosn’s detention up to 20 more days, meaning he would have to stay in the Tokyo Detention House until Jan. 11, way past Christmas and New Year holidays, most likely without turkey or pumpkin pie. But his right-hand man, Kelly, may be released as early as Christmas, with a request for bail filed Friday by Kelly’s lawyer pending court approval.Q: WHAT ARE CHARGES HE ALREADY FACES?A: So far, Ghosn and Kelly are charged with underreporting Ghosn’s pay by about 5 billion yen ($44 million), in violation of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act. They also face a second allegation of underreporting another 4 billion yen ($36 million) for 2016-2018, for which their first 10-day detention expired on Thursday. Prosecutors have been criticized for separating the same allegations into two parts as a tactic to double their detention time.Q: HOW COMMON ARE LONG DETENTIONS IN JAPAN?A: Ghosn’s more than a month in detention is still short compared to some past high-profile cases. Critics say defendants who refuse to admit to the allegations tend to be detained longer. In 2002, parliamentarian Muneo Suzuki was detained for 437 days over bribery charges before he was released on bail. In 2009, a senior health ministry bureaucrat, Atsuko Muraki, was detained for 164 days in alleged violation of postal services law. She was later acquitted. In 2006, an internet startup maverick Takafumi Horie, charged with fraudulent accounting, was detained for 95 days.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchiMari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fraser Basin Council announced Friday it would work with six municipalities in Northeast British Columbia to strengthen their resilience to the effects of a changing climate through the recently formed Northeast Climate Risk Network.The network’s participating communities include the City of Fort St. John, City of Dawson Creek, District of Tumbler Ridge, District of Chetwynd, Village of Pouce Coupe and Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.The Fraser Basin Council was chosen by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to help these communities prepare for a changing climate, understand the associated risks and vulnerabilities, and increase public awareness. The project will develop a regional climate projections report for Northeast BC and will develop community-based vulnerability assessments according to individual community context and needs. Through the Northeast Climate Risk Network, local leaders will help each other work on innovative approaches and solutions to common challenges and explore ways to integrate climate adaptation into new or existing plans and systems.“BC’s municipalities are on the front lines,” said Fraser Basin Council Executive Director David Marshall. “They want to understand the impacts of a changing climate, such as more extreme weather events, drought and flood, and to manage in a way that minimizes disruption and increases community resilience.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council has awarded the tender to build Phase 2 of a water recovery facility to a local firm.At Monday’s meeting, councillors voted in favour of awarding the tender for the project to Fort St. John-based Knappett Industries Ltd. for the price of $5,037,664. Knappett’s bid was the second-lowest of the five submitted, however, city staff said that the $4,186,000 bid from WL Construction had a major error and had to be rejected. Furthermore, the City’s General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland said that even if the error hadn’t been made, WL’s submission would have been higher than Knappett’s. Including engineering work, the project will total $5,577,664.00, which is $1,922,336.00 under the city’s $7.5 million budget. In his report, Shopland said that there is still roughly $2,000,000 left in construction costs for the first phase of the project, 1, which had a tendered start date in 2017 and a completion date in 2018. He said that Phase 2 has a completion date some time in 2019.
New Delhi: German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz Thursday launched its AMG C 43 4MATIC Coup with price starting at Rs 75 lakh (ex-showroom India). The two-door Coup is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, producing 287kW of power and 520 Nm of torque, which accelerates the vehicle from standstill to 100 km/h in a mere 4.7 seconds, Mercedes-Benz India said. This is the second product introduction by the company after the launch of V Class in January out of the total 10 new products planned for the year. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Commenting on the launch, Mercedes-Benz India MD & CEO Martin Schwenk said the company has been very successful with its AMG product strategy in India, which comprises a wide array of performance cars under the 43, 45, 63 and the GT ranges. “The response to the AMG 43 range has been amazing since its debut with the AMG GLE 43, and today we give further fillip to the line-up with the AMG C 43 Coup ,” he added. With the launch of this latest AMG, Mercedes-Benz India now has over 15 AMG performance cars in its portfolio. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs This is the first time that Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coup is being launched in India. Schwenk further said: “In 2019, Mercedes-Benz completes 25 years in India and this milestone will be marked with a product and service offensive… ” He said the strategy for Mercedes-AMG is to expand the performance segment by introducing “high pedigree products with sensual design, which is sure to lure customers and fans of the brand in India”. On the outlook for the year, Schwenk said, “2019 is going to be an exciting year for us, where we aim to create new firsts, in customer satisfaction and overall ownership experience.