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Roles must be clearly defined

Roles must be clearly defined

first_imgDear Editor,As the journey of our Township continues, I’m reminded of a familiar statement “Relationships are only as good as the persons in them”. If there is a bad marital relationship, then it’s a reflection of the persons in the marriage. Always remember, one can only do what he knows. For this reason, as the saying goes, “if you know better, then do better”.In a few months, it will be one year since Bartica was inaugurated as a town. The lessons learnt are valuable, the opportunities gained are remarkable, while the progress made is evident.However, in the words of our international designer, Sonia Noel, “There is more beyond the runway”— A desire, hope, faith and passion for better, stronger relationships.In my New Year’s message to our staff, Councillors, regional officials and well-wishers, I could not have over emphasised the importance of relationships in achieving our goals in making Bartica a model town. No one individual or group can achieve our objectives unilaterally. The business community, religious organisations, schools, institutions and non-governmental organisations must define their roles as we progress as a town.The occasional character assassination, politicking and unfounded accusations must be denounced by all. While I must agree that it’s a reflection of democracy (freedom of expression), one must also agree that democracy is best admired when it’s clothed with responsible behaviour.Egos, personalities and self-interest must take a back seat to “service, success and succession”.Further, the roles and responsibilities of the Regional Democratic Council and the Mayor and Town Council must also be clearly defined. This relationship, I believe, is the motor to all other relationships.In the end, we the leaders must understand that everything rises and falls on leadership.We the leaders will be remembered for either building history or destroying same. As Mayor, I am committed to building history. I am committed to creating a legacy of strong relationships, relationships which are built on the pillars of democracy – that is, inclusive consultation and participation. After all, relationships are only as good as the persons in it.Respectfully,Gifford MarshallMayor of Barticalast_img read more

Dominican officials identify man believed to have paid David Ortiz hitmen

Dominican officials identify man believed to have paid David Ortiz hitmen

first_imgOlympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Gabriel Alexander Pérez Vizcaino, alias “Bone,” behind wearing helmet, a suspect in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is taken to court in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 17, 2019. Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, June 9. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Dominican authorities on Monday identified the man they believe paid hit men to try and kill David Ortiz, adding that they were closing in on the mastermind and motive behind the shooting of the famous slugger who is recovering at a hospital in Boston.The man was identified as Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota, whom authorities say is a fugitive. The announcement was made as a judge held a hearing closed to the public for another suspect nicknamed “Bone.” Officials did not release details, but according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press, the man, whose real name is Gabriel Alexánder Pérez Vizcaíno, is accused of being the liaison between the alleged hit men and the person who paid them.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge He led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs.Ortiz lives in Boston but visits the Dominican Republic several times a year.Doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestines before he was flown to Boston, where he remains in intensive care at Massachusetts General Hospital.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Pelicans primed to draft Zion Williamson and another top-5 prospect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. An attorney for Pérez did not comment upon leaving the courtroom after the hearing as police whisked away the suspect, who was wearing a red T-shirt, a flak jacket and a helmet. He did not speak to reporters.The 24-year-old suspect is one of 10 that authorities have detained, and they are looking for at least two others mentioned in the court documents, including the man accused of paying the alleged hit men.Ortiz’s attorney, José Martínez Hoepelman, said he was satisfied with how the investigation was going.“Trust the authorities,” he said. “They have worked tirelessly to obtain the results that we have so far. We all want more information, but we have to wait.”Police have said the coordinator of the attack was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $7,800, to orchestrate the shooting of Ortiz, known as Big Papi.ADVERTISEMENT Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption The documents state that a man who is in prison for an unrelated case reached out to Pérez for the alleged job a week before the June 9 shooting at a bar in Santo Domingo and sent him a picture of the target so he could share it with the hit men.Pérez allegedly shared the picture with the other suspects as they gathered at a nearby gas station just minutes before the shooting. Officials have not said whether the picture was of Ortiz.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe documents also state that Pérez sold a gold-colored iPhone 6 used to plan the attack to a woman for $180 so he could get rid of the evidence a day after the shooting. Authorities claimed the phone was giving him problems and that’s why he sold it.“He did this upon finding out that police were looking for him,” the document states. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted View commentslast_img read more

United finally nail Kagawa

United finally nail Kagawa

first_img“The deal is subject only to the player medical and obtaining a UK work permit. These conditions are anticipated to be completed by the end of June.“Further details will be announced in due course.”The deal is expected to cost around £12million (18.4million dollars).Manager Sir Alex Ferguson and assistant Mike Phelan made a personal check on Kagawa the day before the Premier League runners-up’s final match at Sunderland, when they saw the Japanese star grab one goal and create another in Dortmund’s 5-2 German Cup triumph over Bayern Munich.Kagawa cost Dortmund just 350,000 euros when he joined from J-League side Cerezo Osaka in 2010. He has scored 21 goals in 49 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia, helping them win back-to-back league titles.Defender Rio Ferdinand was quick to offer his best wishes on Twitter.“Welcome to Shinji Kagawa for his transfer to Man Utd,” he said. “Here’s to a succesful (sic) time here bro!”The 23-year-old attacking midfielder is currently on international duty and played in Japan’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying round victory over Oman at the weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, England, June 5 – Japan international Shinji Kagawa is set to become Manchester United’s first summer signing after the Premier League club confirmed Tuesday they have “reached agreement” with his club Borussia Dortmund.“Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed terms with both Borussia Dortmund and Shinji Kagawa for his transfer to the club,” said a United statement.last_img read more

QPR boss Redknapp rues ‘missed opportunity’ against Everton

QPR boss Redknapp rues ‘missed opportunity’ against Everton

first_img1 QPR manager Harry Redknapp and assistant Kevin Bond Harry Redknapp was left to rue what he believes was a missed opportunity for his Queens Park Rangers side as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Everton.It was a spirited performance from the Super Hoops but the lack of firepower without suspended top scorer Charlie Austin was evident, with the London outfit wasting several decent chances at Goodison Park.The hosts were more clinical, though they had a helping hand from Rangers for all three of their goals with Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas scoring deflected strikes and Steven Naismith capitalising on a mistake from goalkeeper Rob Green.But, with Everton going into the tie on the back of a poor run, Redknapp believes QPR blew the chance to claim their first points on the road this season.“I felt the Everton crowd were very edgy tonight,” said the boss, whose side remain in the bottom-three.“If ever there was a chance to come here and get a result, it was tonight.“I wasn’t disappointed how we played. I thought we played okay.“I thought we got on the front foot, we pressed them well, we worked hard and I felt that we deserved more than what we got from the game, we really did.”last_img read more

Cup win over Spurs can be turning point in West Ham’s season, hopes Slaven Bilic

Cup win over Spurs can be turning point in West Ham’s season, hopes Slaven Bilic

first_img Pressure was lifted on Slaven Bilic after his side’s stunning comeback against Spurs 1 Slaven Bilic believes West Ham’s thrilling Carabao Cup fightback against Tottenham can breathe life into their faltering season.Spurs looked set to pile more misery on Bilic when Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko gave the home side a two-goal lead at Wembley.But West Ham came storming back in the second half as Andre Ayew scored twice and Angelo Ogbonna headed in for an unlikely 3-2 victory.MATCH REPORT: Under fire Hammers fight back from two goals down to dump Spurs out of the Carabao CupAfter losing 3-0 at home to Brighton last Friday, Bilic admitted before the game this was another “do-or-die” week for his side, who sit 16th in the Premier League table.They now face a crunch match on Saturday away to fellow strugglers Crystal Palace and Bilic hopes this victory can spark a revival.“It can give us a lot of confidence, but only to do the same in training, to do the same on Friday, on Saturday,” said Hammers boss Bilic.“We have to use this opportunity to work hard. We have two days before Palace, it’s not ideal but the win gives you energy, gives you freshness.“Now tomorrow at the training ground nobody is going to feel tired, from the impact of our result, from beating them.”West Ham lacked confidence and purpose in the first half against their London rivals but Ayew twice took advantage of poor defending to pull his side level.Bilic said his players have now set the standard they must maintain.“Other than Brighton, we improved a lot in the last six games,” Bilic said. “This should be the standard for us in terms of closing down, in terms of sacrificing for the team.“Some games we may lose, but I am quite positive we are improving.”Mauricio Pochettino had previously said he was prioritising the “real trophies” of the Champions League and Premier League this season and he chose to rest the likes of Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen.But Spurs are still yet to lift a trophy under his leadership and this was a chance missed to reach the quarter-finals of a competition they could realistically have won.“We allowed them to come back into the match,” said boss Pochettino, whose side play Manchester United in the league on Saturday.“In the first half it was under control. In the second half, we lost a bit of the aggression. They have players that are always dangerous.“We showed a lack of aggression and everything we were doing in the first half. You can never lose your focus.”last_img read more

LISTEN BACK: Leitrim boss Brendan Guckian

LISTEN BACK: Leitrim boss Brendan Guckian

first_imgLeitrim manager Brendan Guckian spoke to Darragh Cox ahead of the start of the Allianz National Football League…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Brendan-Guckian-Pre-League.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

World thanks SA ‘for sharing Mandela with us’

World thanks SA ‘for sharing Mandela with us’

first_img10 December 2013Nelson Mandela was hailed as a champion of reconciliation on Tuesday as world leaders, international guests and ordinary South Africans braved the rain to attend his official memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.Three years ago, South Africans packed the same stadium in celebrating the first ever Soccer World Cup to be played on African soil. On a cold winter night on 11 July 2010, a smiling Mandela made his last public appearance at the closing ceremony of the event.But on Tuesday, South Africans, joined by some 70 heads of state and an array of royalty and celebrities, gathered there to convey their goodbyes to the man who will be remembered for his leading role in defeating an unjust system and uniting the country’s people.US President Barack Obama thanked South Africa for sharing Nelson Mandela with the world. “His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph.”Quoting the word “ubuntu”, to loud cheers from the crowd, Obama said Mandela had not only embodied this quality, but had taught millions to look for it within themselves.He said that like South Africa, the US had overcome years of segregation. “Like her, it took the sacrifices of countless people to see the dawn of a new day. Michelle and I are beneficiaries of that struggle, but in America and in South Africa and in countries around the world … our work is not yet done.”Around the world, he said, there were still children suffering from hunger and disease, run-down schools and young people without prospects for the future.“We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” Obama said. “But let me say to the young people of Africa and the young people around the world, you too can make his life worth your own.”Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Mandela was a source of inspiration for similar struggles around the world.Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said the world was richer for Mandela’s legacy. “He epitomised an uncommon humanness that inspired all of mankind. He guided his nation to embrace his simple message of tolerance and harmonious co-existence.”Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao said Mandela was a household name. “We have travelled from different parts of the world to be here today … I wish to express my deep condolences to the family of this towering figure … whose smile we remember fondly.”Cuban President Raul Castro said Mandela, knowing that a new South Africa could not be built on hatred and vengeance, had taught the world how to overcome challenges through dialogue. “Honour and glory forever to him and the people of South Africa,” Castro said.Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba said Mandela had “sacrificed his life for the dignity of others because he believed in the worth of every human being,” adding that Madiba had been an inspiration to the people of Namibia in their own struggle for freedom.He wished South Africa strength and thanked the country for sharing “this extraordinary person with us”.African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said Mandela’s compassion, courage and openness meant that working with him, listening to him, talking to him was always a lesson.“Tata, Africa shall be prosperous, shall be integrated and at peace with itself, and shall play a dynamic role in the world … We stand proud of you Madiba, who represents the best in African values.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

My Take on the SHRM D & I Conference #SHRMDIV

My Take on the SHRM D & I Conference #SHRMDIV

first_imgThe 2017 SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Expo in San Francisco was without a doubt an amazing experience that I will never forget.  SHRM posted my first blog about the conference on October 24. This is my second blog about the conference. Tuesday morning, Tony Robbins, former director of global diversity and inclusion at Starbucks, spoke at the general session about the multiplier effect of inclusion.Key points:One may not always get it right but don’t stop.  Be courageous, challenge and curious.  Always continue to push forward.If one is faced with hard problems, you’ll need to have loud, smart, and diverse voices around to affect change.After the general session, I attended the following concurrent sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday:Diversity Under Fire: Guarding Your Company’s D & I Efforts Within Our Evolving Political Climate presented by Cindy-Ann Thomas and Melodie Craft Diversity is About Your Mix of People.  Inclusion is About How Well Your People Mix presented by Steve RobbinsKey points:Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.  Not true.  Words matter immensely.Sometimes you have to choose being effective over being right to get your message across. Close-mindedness is the problem and it is a skill we can work on.Diversity + Close-mindedness = misunderstanding, miscommunication, and conflict.Diversity + Open- mindedness = possibilities, opportunities, and innovation.Our Search for Belonging: How to Desire to Connect is Tearing Our Culture Apart presented by Howard RossKey points:Belonging = shared identity, shared destiny, sense of interdependency and shared values.The workplace is one of the best places where you can get together with people who are different from you.The relationship between our cognitive and social functions are like a see saw.  We ended the session with group mediation.  Inhale – may they be happy.  Exhale – may they be at peace.All of the vendors were great but one that stood out was PFLAG.  Being a gay male, I related to the organization.  PFLAG’s vision “is a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  One of PFLAG’s missions is to support families, allies and people who are LGBTQ. I purchased the following books at the SHRM bookstore and must add that Andi Cale and Vince Caldwell were a tremendous help:What If? Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue by Steve RobbinsMeasuring Diversity Results by Edward Hubbard, Ph.D.Reinventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose, and Performance by Howard RossHR On Purpose by Steve BrowneI am looking forward to reading the above!  As I indicated in my last blog, I’m one that firmly believes that we all should learn something new everyday.  We’ve learned many things, discussed various ideas and concepts at the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference in San Francisco. Now we must apply what we learned to successfully move forward.last_img read more

Enterprise Content Management (ECM): AIIM sees Major Disruption as Businesses Move Content to the Cloud

Enterprise Content Management (ECM): AIIM sees Major Disruption as Businesses Move Content to the Cloud

first_imgA recent report by AIIM finds the state of the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) industry under disruption and the technology will be dramatically different in a “post-ECM” era by 2020.  Much of the report focuses on the general move of enterprise content from on-premise systems to the cloud.Some of the findings of the report include:22 percent of businesses are using the cloud to manage content25 percent use a hybrid combination of cloud and on-premise tools to manage content80 percent of businesses say that they have no problem storing non-sensitive content in the cloud36 percent of businesses say that the cloud is safe enough to store sensitive dataThe report also found that organizations continue to use a variety of disparate systems when managing content.  More than half of organizations say that they’re using three or more ECM/DM/RM systems and nearly a quarter have five or more such systems.Another interesting finding is that 85 percent of organizations said that mobile document creation, workflow and edit features are all capabilities that would be useful, less than a quarter of organizations have implemented such capability.AIIM president John Mancini, said that “there is no doubt that organisations still require their content to be managed properly, but the term ‘ECM’ is past its prime as a description of the revolution that is being driven by mobile, analytics, cloud and collaborative technologies.  Organizations are desperate for best practices to deal with the technology disruption that is occurring… All of this data points to an industry in transition. There are still many organizations that can benefit from more traditional ECM solutions that automate document-intensive processes. But there is also an explosion of content outside the realm of these kinds of structured processes, along with a revolution occurring in how, where, and when knowledge workers do their jobs. Even among the current users of ECM technologies, 52% believe that within five years, ECM systems will be an undifferentiated part of the IT infrastructure.”last_img read more