Imran Khan quits as NCN Director over appointment of new CEO

first_imgImran Khan has tendered his resignation as a Director of the National Communications Network (NCN) Inc over the appointment of the media entity’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lennox Cornette.Khan’s resignation was submitted to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Tuesday, the same day Cornette reported for duty.His decision to part ways with the State media company comes after a majority of the NCN Board rejected his call to rescind the appointment of Cornette, who had admitted to forging the signature of late Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) Manager, Terry Holder, while he worked at that Company.NCN Board Member Imran KhanIn a statement, Khan said he could not associate his name with such an appointment.“I, therefore, am of the conviction that continuing as a Director is untenable. Regrettably, I view the decision of the Board to proceed with the appointment in light of the available information as reckless and imprudent,” he stated.Last week, Khan wrote the Prime Minister requesting the appointment of the Chairman of the NCN Board, Bish Panday be revoked over the decision to appoint Cornette.Panday then wrote to the Prime Minister and declared that Khan was unqualified to judge his competence.During an interview with Guyana Times, Panday had explained that the NCN Board of Directors unanimously agreed to Cornette’s appointment during a meeting on April 7.However, later in the evening, Khan had raised concerns regarding the appointment of Cornette.Panday explained that the “concern” was investigated, the findings were brought up for discussion and thereafter, all but one member gave approval for Cornette to be appointed the new NCN CEO.“One objected and the others agreed; I can’t go with the one that objected. He objected after the event, he did not object before the man was appointed and if one Director objected and seven Directors said ‘yes’, I can’t go with the one who objected,” Panday explained.Notably, Khan is said to have recommended that veteran broadcast journalist Enrico Woolford be appointed as the NCN CEO.Meanwhile, Cornette is a former journalist who is now a communications consultant and preacher.He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business; a Bachelor in Social Sciences, (majoring in Mass Communications); a Diploma in Public Communication, and certificates in planning promotion from Bailbrook College, England.last_img read more

PPP/C rejects misinformation peddled by Govt Ministers

first_img… says Opposition salary increase sitting in Parliament’s bank accountThe 32 members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) in the National Assembly have not collected one cent of the salary increase that was foisted on it when the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government unilaterally increased the salaries of its Ministers by as much as 100 per cent along with other Members of Parliament (MPs).PPP/C Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraThe disclosure was made by PPP/C Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who was forced to interrupt the debates for the 2017 National Estimates to offer the clarifications and to reject the misinformation being peddled by the Government Minister.The insinuation was proffered by Government speaker, Minister with responsibility for the housing sector, Minister Valerie Sharpe-Patterson.Minister Sharpe-Patterson in her presentation sought to give the impression that the members of the political Opposition had in fact accepted the salary increase, as was the case with members of the Government’s side of the House. Teixeira immediately rose to her feet to challenge the assertion made by Minister Sharpe-Patterson.After a brief back and forth between Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland and members of the House, Teixeira informed the members that the Minister was erroneous in her assertion.The PPP/C Chief Whip instead told the House that her party has in fact requested, of the Clerk of the National Assembly, the setting up of a bank account to deposit the increases.The money is meant to be turned over to a charity to be chosen by the PPP/C.She said the Clerk was written to by the Opposition requesting that the increases in their salaries be deducted and paid into the account.Teixeira also dismissed the assertion made by the Minister that the PPP/C had actually said that it would refuse the increases.She said the PPP/C is on public record saying that the money will be going towards a charity of its choosing and that the money has since been accumulating in the bank account facilitated by the Clerk of the National Assembly.In an Extraordinary Official Gazette published on September 25, 2016, a mere four months after taking Office, it was noted that the order for the increases of 50 per cent was made on September 23, by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.According to the order, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo will be paid $20,580,000 per annum which works out to just over $1.7 million per month.Vice Presidents received $11,135,064 per annum or $927,000 per month. Senior Government Ministers are slated for a $10 million annual salary at $869,000 per month, while Junior Ministers will receive close to $700,000 per month.Parliamentarians were paid $2,402,532 each year. Increases were also given to the Chief Whips and the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly. (Gary Eleazar)last_img read more

‘Angry Di Maria’: Do Bournemouth need a winger?

first_img1 Bournemouth players celebrate AFC Bournemouth will become the 47th football club to enter the Premier League after beating Bolton Wanderers 3-0 at Goldsands.Goals from Marc Pugh, Matt Ritchie and Calum Wilson secured all three points for the Cherries, who now need to avoid defeat at Charlton by a mammoth 19 goals to secure promotion.The social media world erupted after the full time whistle, with celebrities and ex professional footballers all joining in to congratulate the Dorset side on their success.last_img

SCC, local libraries to offer Regional Job Fair Series

first_imgNext month, Southwestern Community College’s Career Services will partner with members of the Fontana Regional Library System to offer a Regional Job Fair Series to connect local employers with prospective employees in Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties.The series will run from Tuesday through Friday, May 15-18, and each event will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.The first job fair is scheduled for May 15 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Subsequent events are scheduled for May 16 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva; May 17 at the Mariana Black Library in Bryson City and May 18 at Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library.“The job outlook in our service area, and really across our whole region of Western North Carolina, is much brighter than it was a few years ago, and we want to help qualified individuals find fulfilling employment,” said Mike Despeaux, Director of Career Services at SCC. “We had record attendance by both employers and job-seekers at our college’s Job Fair earlier this year, so we’re very happy that libraries throughout our area have reached out to us about creating more opportunities to help businesses and organizations make connections with people eager to change careers or enter the workforce.”Employers interested in participating at any or all of the events in this series can contact Despeaux at 828.339.4212 or m_despeaux@southwesterncc.edu.For any other questions about the Regional Job Fair Series, contact Jodie Waldroup – SCC’s Career Counselor – at 828.339.4424 or j_waldroup@southwesterncc.edu.last_img read more

Airport buzzing with World Cup arrivals

first_img7 June 2010World Cup frenzy was evident at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on the weekend, with hordes of fans, football stars, international media teams and Grammy Award winning musician R Kelly arriving in South Africa for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Former World Cup stars, Holland’s Ruud Gullit and England’s Steve McManaman, arrived on Saturday shortly before England international Michael Dawson, who was mobbed by a media contingent outside international arrivals as he flew in to replace injured England captain Rio Ferdinand.Over the last few days the teams who will be competing in the tournament have started to arrive, with stars such as Kaka, Messi and Rooney already having passed through the airport terminal.But it is the rush of international fans that is really bringing the World Cup spirit to South Africa, as Africa’s biggest airport begins to welcome the expected influx of World Cup travellers.‘I am happy South Africa was chosen’Mexican brothers Juan and Junior Medrano and Juan’s wife Michelle were among those who arrived in the country over the weekend – sporting huge sombreros, of course!“It’s been a dream of ours to attend the Fifa World Cup, and we’re so happy to be in South Africa and can’t wait for the tournament to start,” said Junior Medrano, a newly qualified occupational therapist. “I’m so excited to be here – celebrating with the world. In this time we all need things to bring people together.“I am happy South Africa was chosen to host the Fifa World Cup,” Medrano said. “Over the next few weeks Africa’s first Fifa World Cup will be the catalyst to unite the world. It’s a symbol of hope and new beginnings for all of us.”‘It’s amazing to be here’Argentina’s Vera brothers, Emilio and Jose, from Resis Dencia near the Paraguayan border, also arrived on Saturday, with plane tickets but no clue as to where they would be staying; they were assisted by airport staff with a list of B&B and hotel establishments as they arrived.“It’s amazing to be here,” said Jose Vera. “I was at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and I wanted to repeat the experience. It’s my favourite holiday, and I am sure Africa will be a great host and showcase all its best attributes to the world.“Every World Cup is better than the last, and I am sure this World Cup will be the best ever!”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Video: SA’s new surfing world champ

first_imgWhen Zoopy TV published a video feature on 16-year-old surfer Bianca Buitendag from Victoria Bay in the Western Cape, they asked the question: “South Africa’s next surfing world champ?” Buitendag didn’t take long to supply the answer.Zoopy’s video was first published in December 2010. On 11 January 2011, Buitendag beat France’s Justine Dupont to win the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships in New South Wales, Australia.Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 13 January 2011last_img

Leratong hospital gets much-needed revamp

first_imgKrugersdorp’s Leratong Hospital will soonbe able to offer a much improved service.  Not just the equipment and facilities,but also the patient environment isundergoing a revamp.  Currently run down and neglected, theLeratong Hospital serves residents of thesurrounding communities and informalsettlements.(Images: Romaana Naidoo)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Phumelele Kaunda  Media liaison, Gauteng health dept  + 27 11 355 3862 or +27 82 334 9851 RELATED ARTICLES • R13.8m surgical skills centre for SA • Smile Week to transform children’s lives • New centres to fight HIV in KZN • Soweto to get second state hospitalRomaana NaidooThe derelict Leratong Hospital outside Krugersdorp, east of Johannesburg, has been earmarked for major renovations which will transform it into a top-class public health facility.Located in the industrial area of Chamdor, the hospital, which already has a new reception area and trauma unit, will undergo further phased renovations in March at a cost of approximately R8-million (US$1.06-million).Through partnerships with corporates and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Leratong Hospital will be revamped from top to bottom, ensuring patients have healthy, clean surroundings and ample facilities.The upcoming renovation phase will form part of the hospital’s P3 Walk-in Casualty area.Better care for patientsThe renovations will be done with the help of the South African Medical and Education (SAME) Foundation, whose main function is to assist provincial health departments with medical equipment and infrastructure especially in relation to tuberculosis, HIV and trauma.Dianne Pols, director of the SAME Foundation, says technology at Leratong is so behind, it’s unbelievable. “We work in crises situations when people can’t afford to better their conditions.” In July 2011, SAME Foundation renovated and re-equipped Leratong Hospital with top-of-the-range Welch Allyn diagnostic equipment from Germany. Currently it is the only hospital in the country, public or private, to use such equipment.More beds, modern equipmentThis revamp forms part of a three-phase project. On 16 May 2011 a ceremony was held for the renovations and equipping of the Leratong Hospital. Three months later, Gauteng MEC for Health and Social Development Ntombi Mekgwe officially opened the Emergency and Accident Unit.Renovations of the unit included increasing the number of beds from 15 to 32.All beds have diagnostic and monitoring equipment and, owing to the size of the resuscitation area, a central monitoring station has been installed to alert staff if any patient is in distress.The reception area has also been restructured and refurbished. Because of the large volumes of people and patients using the hospital, it was vital to rearrange this section so that patients can be attended to efficiently, and sit in a comfortable environment while they wait for care.Leratong Hospital mainly serves previously disadvantaged communities and has a bed capacity of 800. However, a lack of equipment means that not all beds are utilised. Currently 755 beds are in use.The hospital serves mainly poor to middle-class communities in the surrounding area, which is densely populated with informal settlements.Its key health challenges are HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and trauma, with violence off all kinds being a major contributing factor to the latter situation.Leratong Hospital is known amongst emergency services personnel for its lack of sufficient equipment.last_img read more

Proactive Talent Management – 3 Steps to Understanding Your Workforce

first_imgOriginally posted on Acendre blog. Over the next few years, the aging population will lead to a ‘retirement tsunami’, with millions of baby boomers leaving the workforce within two decades. In Australia, the ratio of employed persons to retirees will be cut almost in half, falling from 5 to 2.5 workers for every retired individual, according to Treasury data. In the US, “baby boomers in a big lump are leaving the labor force,” according to Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor. In short, there won’t be enough new talent entering the workforce to keep up with those leaving it.According to the data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, almost half (49 percent) of people who were at least 45 years old in 2013 planned to retire between the ages of 65 and 69 – about 20 years from now. However, the retirement wave may come even sooner than expected. While the government wants people to keep working longer, recent retirees generally left the workforce around age 61. In the United States, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates that by 2016, more than a third of the federal workforce will be eligible to retire, putting the pending loss of so many experienced workers on the GAO’s “high-risk” list of management challenges for government.What does this mean for organizations like yours? If you have employees who will retire with the baby boomer generation, you’ll not only need to replace these workers but may also face an increasingly fierce competition for new talent. With the candidate pool smaller than the outgrowing crop of employees, organizations have more difficulty filling the shoes of outgoing team members.What’s to be done?The retirement tsunami is a challenge that most enterprises will have to face. However, it doesn’t have to be disruptive to operations. By starting to plan and prepare now, organizations can better tackle recruitment needs more strategically.And that means the more you know about your upcoming openings and existing talent, the better. Understanding your workforce allows you to approach talent management more holistically and proactively, as long as you have the right information to guide you.In general, this comes down to three basic steps:●     Anticipating your personnel needs over the next few years●     Identifying the talent assets you already have within your organization●     Recognizing which skills you should develop through training or other avenues.With these insights, you’ll can plan more proactively for recruitment and performance management, starting by making the most of your current staff.3 steps to understanding your workforceLet’s take a closer look at the three steps that provide a strong sense of your true talent assets and needs.1. Analyze what your organization will need in terms of peopleRecruitment and talent management efforts always address needs, usually in the form of a job opening. When these processes are reactive – such as in response to an employee leaving an organization – the delay between identifying the deficiency and attaining the talent can be a significant disadvantage.You can’t always predict the future, but the more you anticipate your upcoming openings and workforce changes, the better you can fill those spaces proactively, keeping a step ahead of any shortage.This forecasting can draw on data about your organization’s performance, its goals, market trends and workforce demographics. For instance, knowing which employees will be eligible to retire during a particular period can uncover future needs, all the more so if you’ve been in communication with these workers about their intentions.2. Understand what you already have in your workforceOnce you know your needs, it’s time to see whether you already have the people power to fill them. Often, organizations have existing staff members who can step into a new role, whether that includes a promotion or a little extra training to transfer to a different position.Having a strong sense of your talent base – including their professional goals, performance potential and interest in developing new skill sets – makes it easier to recruit from within. Performance management software streamlines this process, automating processes for assessing talent and recognizing opportunities for professional development.3. Identify existing skill sets and training opportunitiesIn addition to knowing who might be strong candidates to fill particular openings within your enterprise, you can take a look at exactly which skill sets your staff already has and which they’ll need to develop before they can take on a new workload.High-potential junior employees, for instance, might benefit from leadership training to prepare them for managerial roles. Other staff could take classes to develop a specific, hard-to-recruit skill set.The benefits: More than just a search strategyDeveloping a clear, 360-degree view of your workforce isn’t only about making it easier and faster to fill openings (though it should assist with that process). Internal hires present a number of benefits for organizations and their workers.For starters, it may be less expensive to promote from within. A recent study found that the salaries of outside hires are 18 to 20 percent higher than those promoted to the role internally, even though they’re more likely to jump ship and often don’t perform as well. These factors, which were reported by The Wall Street Journal, are compounded when you consider recruitment and training costs.Creating opportunities for advancement is also great for morale, job satisfaction and motivation. A 2012 study published in the Harvard Business Review found lack of professional development support drives young managers to leave their companies, with these employees identifying training among the most important aspects of their jobs. On the other hand, developing the talent you have can aid in retention and performance, ultimately impacting the bottom line.Additionally, even if you need to train employees to take on a different role, it’s often faster to bring a current worker up to speed than to start from scratch onboarding a new hire. Current staff members are already familiar with the organization’s processes and offerings, may have relationships with partners and clients, know their co-workers and are ideally a good fit for the organization’s culture.Finally – and this is particularly pertinent to the retirement tsunami – looking internally first can facilitate smoother transitions. When you know an employee is going to retire and have already identified a successor, the departing employee can train the replacement, passing along key information.Laying the groundwork nowAs a whole, getting to know your current talent assets and potential, as well as upcoming needs, will empower you to make the most of your workforce. Although recruitment will always be a part of the picture, this more proactive, comprehensive performance management approach can help you ease the burden of departing workers.The sooner you start, the better. Once you have an understanding of your workforce, you can begin putting the right strategies in place to fill those gaps. For instance, HR professionals and managers could have conversations with staff about their career goals and interests.That way, your employees know you’re interested in investing in their careers. You may also be able to circumvent some of the fierce recruitment battles when the retirement tsunami washes over. last_img read more

Moving Day – Day Three

first_imgDay Three was moving day for the 2008 School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament.In the 15’s Boys, ACT and WA progressed to the top four to do battle with formidable NSW and QLD line-ups. ACT and NT did likewise in the 15’s Girls.In the 12’s Boys, NT progressed to the top pool as did SA in the 12’s Girls.The 12’s teams were treated to a clinic on Thursday morning with the Blackest Cats. Tony El-Takchi and Amy Hope flew down to teach the younger players some skills in the scheduled primary activities timeslot. Tony and Amy session has both participants and parents captivated as they took around 150 players for an hour. Players got valuable advice from two of Australia’s greatest players and immensely enjoyed the session.Tony and Amy also provided coaching expertise to many teams during the week, holding additional coaching session and proving advice from the sub-box.They were also stars in the Celebrity Game taking place after the completion of Thursday’s matches. Roles were reversed with the players offering advice to their coaches who also took part in the match which included expert commentary from leading junior referee, Bri Berry.For further information, visit the School Sport Australia Touch website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-4282-0-62519-0last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea striker Morata lacks confidence – Zola

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Morata lacks confidence – Zolaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola believes Alvaro Morata is lacking confidence.The Spaniard has scored just five goals this season and has been linked with an exit this month.But Zola has assured fans that the goals “will come” from Morata.”Mainly it’s confidence. I’ve been a striker myself and when you get into these loops where you’re looking for the goal all the time and it doesn’t come, you lose confidence. “The less confidence you get the less you’re going to score. It’s one of those things that happens frequently with all players.”Alvaro has to understand for us it’s important when he scores, but also when he comes and plays and does all the things important for the club. The goal has to be only a consequence of what you do for the team. The way we play always helps the front players to score. But, you have to keep working for the team to participate to the process. The goal will come.” last_img read more