Francis blasts JAAA

first_img Asked about the readiness of several top names in his group, Francis replied: “Everything was ready before we got to Japan. Before that, it was great, but I don’t know what will happen between then and now because they (MVP athletes) got here (Beijing) only last night (Tuesday night) at 9 p.m.,” said Francis. “I don’t know how, I can’t quite fathom what the arrangements were in Japan, or who it was for, but it couldn’t have been for the athletes who were preparing to compete this weekend,” he fumed, pointing to laboured travel arrangements and poor logistics planning around the team’s arrival in Beijing. “They missed a whole day due to travel and they are missing time now. They (JAAA) made arrangements where it took some athletes a day and half to get here from just across what was supposed to be a three-hour direct flight out of Japan,” Francis said. Several athletes had to wait for hours after arriving at the team hotel in Beijing, before they were assigned rooms by the management staff, headed by JAAA treasurer Ludlow Watts. “These people obviously can’t organise their way out of a garbage pan and they should leave it alone. Get some people who can do this properly, and I am sure there are people in Jamaica who can,” said Francis. ‘DISASTROUS’ BEIJING, China: MVP Track Club boss Stephen Francis has again questioned the necessity of pre-championship training camps as he bashed the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) for what he described as a poorly organised exercise in Tottori, Japan, ahead of this weekend’s start of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Francis, who said that athletes belonging to his club, among others, had missed up to two days of training due to poor planning by the JAAA, was also forced to delay the start of his session yesterday, as his athletes had not been accredited and also had several logistical issues in the morning. The situation has left the outspoken coach in a bitter mood, as he expressed concerns around the disruption of his charges’ preparation so close to the championships, which get under way this Saturday (Friday night Jamaica time) inside the Bird’s Nest. WAS GOING WELL “It is disastrous! I am sick and tired of letting the JAAA know that they are not experts. The people who they are receiving advice from know nothing about what is required at this level. Nobody has ever come to me – I don’t know if they have gone to Mr (Glen) Mills, but I know no one has ever come to me and ask me the best way to get my athletes to prepare and perform well,” said Francis, whose MVP camp has close to 20 members on the Jamaican team here. “I say over and over again, you do not know what is best for the preparation of any athlete. The people who know are the coaches, and if you do not consult the coaches of the athletes on the team, then you are wasting time! “I don’t know if they (JAAA) are trying to (follow) the United States when it comes to camps and that sort of stuff, but the US camp is designed to allow the athletes to perform the best that they can; they have everything that they want,” added Francis, who has had several well-documented disputes with the JAAA over training camps. “These per diem camps that Jamaica organises is ridiculous, and I am most upset because the athletes were looking very good and then you had this disaster; flying up and down the place, missing two, three days of practice, for what reason, I don’t know. “There was no need to go to Japan, especially without even knowing how and when the people would get to China, and cause people to be missing days of practice just before the start of competition just so you can go to Japan,” continued a clearly irate Francis. “You have a youngster like (Omar) McLeod. What is he doing in camp without his coach? He is a medal prospect, he should be with his coach training, trying to win this thing, and it has been shown over and over again that the people who are in the camp without their coaches do not perform up to par. But there must be some other reason why we keep having these camps, which are vastly substandard,” added Francis, who made it clear that his athletes will not be attending any future camps. “I am now really worried about how my athletes will perform. I know that next time I am going to just ignore them (JAAA) because it gets worse and worse,” Francis declared. MVP athletes arrived in Tottori close to the end of the training camp after encountering visa issues in Italy, where they are based in the summer. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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APM Terminals, DOWUL Hold Talks on CBA

first_imgManagement of the APM Terminals Liberia and the Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL), the mother union of the APM Terminals workers, yesterday began negotiating the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).The agreement will seek the welfare of all employees of the National Port Authority (NPA) and APM Terminals (due payers) against unfair labor practice and provide better salaries and incentives, including medical and transportation.The CBA, which is expected to be signed shortly, will finance training workshops for elected officers in the Trade Union Movement (TUM), encourage female participation in other activities, including seminars and conferences, both local and international.DOWUL President, Madam Jackie N. W. Doe, commended President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for her strong leadership in the country’s economy which, according to her, has resulted in more developments, such as coming of APM Terminals.On behalf of DOWUL, Madam Doe welcomed the agreement “with open-heart” and said they stand ready to work. “I believe that the signing of the CBA will help our people live a better life,” she noted.She said the agreement, when signed, will constructively engage management and aggrieved workers at all times to ensure stability in the workplace.Also speaking, the Managing Director of APM Terminals Liberia, George G. Adjei, said the company is at the moment operating in more than 100 countries. He assured that the management of APM Terminals will be pleased to sign such an agreement with DOWUL.Mr. Adjei said employees’ welfare is very essential and as such, he urged the union to come to the table so that they can work together as one family.For his part, Assistant Minister of Labor for Trade Union and Social Dialogue, Emmett Crayton, lauded both parties for the CBA and expressed the hope that the discussion would be fruitful.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Minibus touts beg Police to stop clampdown

first_imgA section of the East Coast minibus park…promise to act professionally…blame unemployment for job choiceBy Kizzy ColemanAmid a Police campaign to get rid of all touts from minibus parks, the touts are begging the authorities not to take bread out of their mouths, while promising to act in a more professional manner.According to the touts, it is unfair for Guyanese who are attempting to make an honest living, in a country with a high percentage of unemployment, to be prosecuted for doing so.With the support of passengers, bus drivers and conductors, several touts told Guyana Times that they are appealing to the hearts of the officials within the Guyana Police Force Traffic Department to stop prosecuting them.One tout, who refers to himself as “King Tout”, having been in the touting profession for some 20 years, said he continues to be a target of traffic officers but is merely doing that type of job to put food on his table.The man said he was arrested recently three times and made to pay hefty bail sums, which he stated is unfair since he is no criminal.“Touting does give me my daily bread…three times them lock me up in one week you know and its real heart-rending right now, when you go to court, the fine you does gotta pay is $15,000 to $20,000,” the tout angrily revealed.According to the man, he is a tradesman, however, because of difficulties being encountered in gaining employment in the field, he had to settle for touting.He noted that if Government could provide employment for him, he would happily leave the touting profession.“I is a tradesman, they could set up a nice job for me you know but no, they cant so they gotta be lenient because they keep locking we up and wasting we time, them aint giving you nothing in the Police lock up plus they sending you to court, I want justice or something must happen man, what more they want I do?” the South park tout questioned.A female tout of the Sophia minibus park and the breadwinner of three grandchildren said touting is her livelihood since she is aged and is unable to find employment.“For me, no matter what they do they cant stop tout…to full the buses and get your lil change, I aint see that as nothing because this is how I does feed my grandchildren,” the woman explained.Another tout of the Georgetown-Mahaica bus park noted that many times touts scare off bandits, who may be lurking around to snatch valuables and at times even rescue people who are being robbed.The tout recalled that just recently, a thief snatched a woman’s phone through the window of a bus where she was sitting. The thief was allegedly caught by a tout who gave chase as no Police Officer was present at the time.“The tout them does look out for the people them because when the thief man them come out in the afternoon and the people aint catching bus. So when a bus show up and the people rushing in, the thief men them does put their hands in their bags and steal their money and so…we does protect people from these things out here, the Police them don’t care,” the man argued.“We know that the pulling and tugging of people must stop and we are willing to comply with that but this is honest work man”.One bus driver called for touts to be organised, instead of removed.“What they need to do is more or less organise them, the thing about it is that the law is against them but they’ve been in existence for a pretty long time and regardless of what the Police attempt to do they still shoot up. The time has come now to look at the problem and try to tackle the problem by changing the laws to accommodate them or by organising something to put them properly,” the route 45 minibus driver explained.While some persons have made representation for the touts, many others have complained about the disorderly manner in which they behave at the minibus parks.Just recently, 17 touts were arrested and charged as the clampdown exercise was initiated by the traffic department.Traffic Chief Linden Isles said the exercise is aimed at ridding the parks of all touts and as such the public cooperation is critical. He also noted that the campaign will be ongoing until the desired results are achieved. So far, over 100 touts have been arrested and charged.last_img read more

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‘Land of Many Uses’ being used as dumping ground

first_imgANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – As visitors drive away from the lush green views of the Angeles National Forest, they pass a sign with the slogan “Land of Many Uses.” To the disappointment of park rangers, illegal dumping is one of the uses visitors have found for the natural landscape of the Angeles National Forest, vast wilderness that stretches from the San Gabriel Valley to the Antelope Valley and borders Santa Clarita on three sides. Violators are dumping a lot more than beer bottles and old mattresses. A live boa constrictor, a dead cow on a couch and home appliances shot up for target practice are just some of the things left in recent years in this urban forest land. “The things that could be sold at a garage sale or a swap meet, we usually don’t see,” said Stanton Florea, spokesman for the Forest Service. “The things we see dumped on the forest, it would take money to dispose of.” The Angeles’ proximity to major urban areas makes it different from other national forests, which usually are more isolated. That has resulted in a hefty load of dumped items making its way to the Angeles – up to 300 tons a year, Florea said. Abandoned vehicles make up a large part of the weight. Last year, 44 vehicles were left in the Angeles. Food wrappers are light in weight, but take up a lot of volume. Volunteers and Forest Service workers clean up the trash, and report some of the more disturbing finds. Abandoned pets, such as a dog or a cat tied to a post with a bowl of food, are usually handed over to animal welfare agencies. Sometimes a Forest Service worker will adopt the animal. Mike Alarid, a superintendent with a Forest Service “hot shot” firefighting crew, has adopted two cats and a dog abandoned in the Angeles National Forest. The Forest Service finds abandoned pets about every month – sometimes they have died of starvation. “Most of the time they’re old, and I think they just put them out here to fend for themselves,” Alarid said. “But that’s cruel, man.” In 2000, a large snake was seen moving around in San Gabriel Canyon near the Cattle Canyon Bridge. By the time a Forest Service agent got to the location, the snake had slithered onto East Fork Road and been run over and killed by a car. The refugee reptile turned out to be a boa constrictor, more than 8 feet long and definitely not indigenous, Florea said. Then there are the abandoned items that appear like mysteries from a science fiction or thriller TV show. One year, a group of store mannequins was left in the forest. About 10 years ago, a dead cow placed on a couch was found near a secondary road, which was hard to explain because the 655,000-acre Angeles National Forest does not have any range land for cattle, Florea said. And then, there’s the strange case of an airplane drink cart, the kind flight attendants push down the aisle, that was found bent up and jammed among boulders in a remote canyon north of Claremont, Florea said. The cart is too heavy and too far from a road to remove. Some have speculated it might have fallen from a plane. “People have suggested that, yeah, but I don’t even know how that might have happened,” Florea said. The Forest Service also has found items that show how people use isolated parts of the Angeles National Forest to operate outside the law. That includes growing marijuana, although the last big bust in the Angeles was in 2004. Cans of Spam are commonly found around a marijuana patch, along with PVC pipe for irrigation. Growers who live in the forest and grow marijuana live off the canned meat, Florea said. Gun enthusiasts have been known to truck old water heaters and ovens to the forest for target practice, then abandon the items on the landscape, Florea said. It isn’t rare to come across a body in the Angeles – victims of homicide, traffic crashes or natural causes. The forest is a cemetery of sorts for motorists who’ve gone off the side of a treacherous canyon road and died of exposure without being rescued, Florea said. Hunters have suffered heart attacks and died alone among the trees. But mostly forest workers find trash – construction material, computers, compact discs and paint cans. “This is all influenced by the fact that there’s millions of people in Southern California, and a lot of national forests and more remote parts of the West don’t see these kinds of things as much. There’s fewer visitors,” Florea said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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City lowers this year’s residential tax rate

first_imgGeneral Manager of Integrated Services, Victor Shopland, says paving roads is ‘extremely expensive,’ costing as much as $100,000 on average for an overlay of pavement on an existing paved road in just one city block.According to the City’s press release, 50 per cent of the city’s roads were still gravel in 2005.The city also plans to complete the three-year storm sewer project this year, with work beginning in the summer on 93 avenue and 96 street, as well as 100 street, to replace a storm sewer line.Other plans the City will oversee in 2016 include over $10 million in water and sewer system upgrades, $4 million on equipment replacement, and $7.1 million for city facilities. Those upgrades include $2.5 million for an elementary school gym enhancement, a new spray park, improvements to the North Peace Arena, and minor improvements to trails and parks. Other tax rates — all per $1,000 assessment — include $24.1184 for light industrial, $26.4021 for major industrial, $13.3859 for business, $10.0279 for recreational and $40 for utilities.The City says its revenue for 2016, as approved in the 2016-2020 Financial Plan, is $79 million — and 41 per cent of that comes from property taxes. The rest of their revenue comes from other sources.As decided earlier this year, the City is also setting aside 15 per cent of the Peace River Agreement for a reserve account — which can be accessed for future infrastructure spending.Some of those transportation projects involve $16.3 million for roads — which will see sidewalks and streetlights installed in portions of 86 street, 107A avenue, and 96 avenue. The City also plans to pace 75 street and 85 avenue.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City council has given preliminary approval of the 2016 tax rate bylaw, with the residential tax rate set at $4.7577 per $1,000 assessment.The approval came from Monday’s regular council meeting. Mayor Lori Ackerman says the City recognizes that the community is struggling financially.“We are committed to tightening our belts and doing the best we can to keep the tax rate at an affordable level for our citizens,” she stated.- Advertisement -While this is the fourth consecutive year tax rates have decreased, the City noted that not all properties will see a reduction on the final property tax bill.“Some properties saw a significant property assessment increase this year by BC Assessment Authority and some stayed the same or saw a decrease,” a press release from the City of Fort St. John read. “The property tax rate is applied to the BC Assessment Authority value so there will be variations in the final amount on property tax bills.”In 2015, the tax rate was $4.9608 per $1,000 assessment, and in the years leading up to that, it was $5.1888 in 2014 and $5.2261 in 2013, respectively.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Manchester City claim 17th straight win, United 13 points adrift

first_imgCity are 13 points clear of second-placed Manchester United, who lost more ground on the leaders after conceding a last-gasp equaliser in a 2-2 draw at 10-man Leicester City.Harry Kane equalled the record for Premier League goals in a calendar year with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Burnley that lifted Tottenham Hotspur to fifth place, while third-place Chelsea drew 0-0 at Everton.Hailing Aguero, Guardiola said: “He is a special player, a legend, and I am so happy when he plays good and he is scoring goals.”Tottenham Hotspur’s striker Harry Kane celebrates after scoring at Turf Moor in Burnley © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYCity are now two wins off the record for consecutive victories in Europe’s top five leagues, which was set by Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in 2013-14.They have already become the first team to score 100 goals in the English top flight in a single year since Liverpool in 1982.City took a 27th-minute lead when Aguero met Fernandinho’s cross with a diving header to bring up a century of goals in front of City’s fans since his 2011 move from Atletico Madrid.The Argentina striker’s dinked pass set up Sterling to smash home City’s second goal — and his 16th of the season — in the 53rd minute before Aguero headed in his second.City substitute Danilo completed the scoring late on, rubber-stamping a victory that sent Bournemouth into the relegation zone.At the King Power Stadium, United’s frustration continued as they suffered another setback after their shock League Cup quarter-final defeat at second-tier Bristol City.Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (R) makes save under pressure from Chelsea’s defender Marcos Alonso © AFP / PAUL ELLISJose Mourinho’s side trailed in the 27th minute when Jamie Vardy slotted home for Leicester.Spanish winger Juan Mata equalised with a cool finish in the 40th minute.Mata put United ahead with a superb 60th-minute free-kick before Leicester had Daniel Amartey sent off for a barge on Marcus Rashford that triggered a second booking.But Leicester defender Harry Maguire was left unmarked to snatch a dramatic equaliser four minutes into stoppage-time.– ‘Childish’ United –“We were punished by our mistakes. It was an easy match to win, we did everything to win,” said Mourinho. Newcastle United’s midfielder Christian Atsu (L) shoots past West Ham United’s goalkeeper Adrian (R) to score their third goal © AFP / Ian KINGTON“We missed incredible chances and there was childish loss of possession. Childish in their box and childish in our box.”Tottenham bounced back from their 4-1 loss at City to win at Burnley, who drop one place to seventh.Kane opened the scoring with a seventh-minute penalty at Turf Moor after Kevin Long was adjudged to have fouled Dele Alli and added two clean strikes in the second half.He has now scored 36 league goals in 2017, equalling Alan Shearer’s Premier League-era record, with a home game against Southampton on Tuesday still to come.“I am aware I’ve equalled Alan Shearer’s record,” Kane told BT Sport.Leicester City’s striker Jamie Vardy (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Manchester United at King Power Stadium in Leicester © AFP / Roland HARRISON“Just going into this game, I thought I can get a couple and then there’s Southampton to play.”Everton continued their improvement under new manager Sam Allardyce by extending their unbeaten run to six league games with a dogged 0-0 draw at home to champions Chelsea.“I think this result is unfair,” said Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte.“Everton deserve credit, but we deserved to win.”Swansea City remain four points adrift of safety at the foot of the table after drawing 1-1 against Crystal Palace in their first game since the sacking of manager Paul Clement.Palace, now unbeaten in eight league games, took the lead through Luka Milivojevic’s penalty just before the hour.But Swansea, with player-manager Leon Britton in the dug-out, levelled 13 minutes from time when Jordan Ayew drilled home from outside the box.Joe Allen starred as Stoke City registered a timely 3-1 win over second-bottom West Bromwich Albion to ease some of the pressure on manager Mark Hughes.Newcastle United climbed out of the relegation zone after ending a nine-game winless run by edging West Ham United 3-2 in an entertaining encounter at London Stadium.Pascal Gross’s fourth goal of the season earned Brighton and Hove Albion a 1-0 win at home to Watford, while Laurent Depoitre cancelled out Charlie Austin’s opener as Huddersfield Town drew 1-1 at Southampton.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero (R) heads the ball to score their third goal against Bournemouth © AFP / Oli SCARFFLondon, United Kingdom, Dec 23 – Manchester City racked up a 17th consecutive Premier League victory after Sergio Aguero’s 100th and 101st Etihad Stadium goals inspired a 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.Aguero scored twice and set up Raheem Sterling as Pep Guardiola’s side made it 18 wins and one draw in the first half of the season.last_img read more

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Deschamps keeps handbrake on as France fail to thrill

first_imgFrance boast an estimated 550 million euros ($641 million) of attacking prowess in Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir.And yet Les Bleus struggled to beat Australia 2-1 — thanks to a Griezmann penalty and an own goal — and then on Thursday dumped out Peru with a solitary Mbappe goal.The inherently conservative Deschamps dropped the nimble Dembele for the more physical Giroud against Peru and it was the Chelsea striker whose shot was deflected, allowing Mbappe to dart in and score from close range.The 34th-minute winner is not going to win any prizes for artistic merit and France were not afraid to pump the ball long to Giroud on several occasions.Kylian Mbappe scored the only goal of the game as France beat Peru © AFP / FRANCK FIFEDeschamps’s side, who face Denmark on Tuesday eyeing top spot in Group C, registered just four shots on target all game.Afterwards, invited by reporters to heap some praise on Mbappe, the 49-year-old Deschamps preferred to focus on the brilliant teenager’s dedication to doing his bit to help the team defend.And, having seen his young but talented side spend most of the second half on the back foot against a tidy but toothless Peru, Deschamps scoffed: “I saw Spain v Iran (Spain laboured to a 1-0 victory on Wednesday) and Spain spent the last 10 minutes defending.“If you are looking for 5-0, don’t come to a World Cup, you won’t get this.”– ‘Solid & disciplined’ –On the eve of the Peru clash and after the game, Deschamps, a no-frills midfield ball-winner in his playing days, repeatedly emphasised the need for his attackers to do their bit defending and for the team.Absent was any mention of his array of exciting front men expressing themselves or being allowed to take risks.It was telling also that after soaking up the Peru pressure, Paul Pogba, defender Lucas Hernandez and captain Hugo Lloris spoke most enthusiastically not about game-winner Mbappe, but defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante.Lloris said France — for whom midfielder Blaise Matuidi was an incongruous presence on the left wing — had been “solid and disciplined”.Manchester United midfielder Pogba, who played a key role in the Mbappe goal but otherwise offered a negligible threat as an attacking force, pointed out that many of France’s fellow pre-tournament favourites failed to win their first two games.Deschamps led France to the final of Euro 2016 on home soil, proving he has what it takes to guide them efficiently through tournament football.And yet France under his leadership look like they are playing with the handbrake on.Atletico Madrid’s Griezmann again looked a far cry from the striker that terrorises La Liga defences every week.Franck Passi, the former Marseille player and coach, told AFP that Griezmann “hasn’t really begun his World Cup yet”.But Passi believes France will grow into the tournament.“In the group stages there are teams who are priming themselves to go far in the tournament and are not very good physically at the beginning,” he said.“I think we will be better in the second half of the tournament.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France Didier Deschamps is bidding to join an elite band to have won the World Cup as a player and coach © AFP / FRANCK FIFEYEKATERINBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 22 – France have booked their spot in the World Cup last 16 but a team forged in the image of coach Didier Deschamps is unlikely to win many friends or admirers.Deschamps, bidding to join an elite band to have won the World Cup as a player and coach, has a choice of forwards that is the envy of many of his counterparts at the tournament in Russia.last_img read more

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BIG MAN UNITED NEWS! Defender Victor Lindelof has ‘agreed terms’ over £35m move

first_imgBenfica defender Victor Lindelof has agreed terms with Manchester United ahead of a £35million switch to Old Trafford, according to reports in Portugal.The Swedish defender has been a long-term target for United who attempted to bring him in back in January.They have had to wait to get their man but now, according to Record, the deal is done with a medical expected within the next week.It had looked as though Jose Mourinho may miss out on the 22-year-old, with all of the club’s moves unsuccessful and Juventus and Roma both interested.But now Lindelof is said to be on his way to England after a fee was agreed by both clubs. Swedish defender Victor Lindelof is on the brink of joining Manchester United 1last_img

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Chelsea transfer news: Five alternatives to Alex Sandro

first_img 5 Diego Laxalt (Genoa) – He’ll win no points for style with his corn-row hair, but the Uruguayan flyer has done well in Serie A this season. He’s a step down from Alex Sandro, for sure, but the 24-year-old has plenty of room to grow and is able to play as a wing-back, which will appease Antonio Conte. Links have previously emerged surrounding interest from the Blues and it seems Laxalt is welcome to a move. Benjamin Mendy (Monaco) – Click the right arrow above to see alternative players who Chelsea could sign this summer… – The marauding Frenchman has had a superb campaign for the Monegasque side after joining from Marseille last summer. His powerful runs from left-back put defences on the back foot, while his crossing has been devastatingly effective. He might not offer the same direct goal threat as Marcos Alonso, but he will add pace and power, while at 22-years-old he offers a long-term solution to the situation. Dalbert (Nice) – Inter Milan have previously attempted to sign the Brazilian star but, despite the French side rebuffing their interest, Dalbert seems open to a transfer. The 23-year-old is quick as a flash, although sometimes guilty of losing possession too easily as he pushes the ball out of his feet, but could be a brilliant signing for a side who love to counter attack. He might be worth a punt in the long-term if Antonio Conte can improve make him more disciplined. Chelsea are yet to make any moves in the transfer market so far this summer, which is apparently irking Antonio Conte.The Blues, it is being reported, have been knocked back in their attempts to sign Alex Sandro from Juventus, with a £55.2million bid not enough to tempt the Italians to sell.Antonio Conte wants competition for Marcos Alonso at left wing-back but, if they can’t get Brazil star Sandro, who else could they possible trying to bring to west London?Click the right arrow above to see five alternative players who Chelsea could sign this summer… Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli) – Currently involved in contract talks with the Serie A side, Ghoulam is wanted by Liverpool and West Brom, as well as the Blues. The Algerian is a talented full-back and Napoli are desperate to keep him at the club but, if the Blues struggle to sign Sandro, they may listen to offers if the money is too enticing. His nine assists across all competitions last season are certainly one reason Chelsea would want to land him. 5 5 5 5 Samir (Udinese) – If Antonio Conte does head back to Italy to sign his new left wing-back, he might well attempt to land another South American in the shape of Samir. Udinese’s sporting director, Nereo Bonato, has conceded there is interest in the player, but is unlikely to give him up without a fight.last_img read more

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FORMER DONEGAL HSE BOSS GOT €1M AFTER RETIREMENT

first_imgDonegal healthcare expert Pat Harvey, the chairman of the state’s implementation body for health sector reform has received more than €1 million in severance fees, non-tendered projects from former colleagues and other payouts since retiring from the health service.Documents obtained by the Irish Examiner, which the HSE initially refused to release, show Pat Harvey has received the money since 2005. He now oversees a group tasked with saving the state money.The retired civil servant is a former chair of the defunct HSE Employers Agency (HSE EA); chief executive of the North Western Health Board (now HSE North West); chair of the PPARS (personnel, payroll and related systems) project; and former general manager of Sligo and Letter-kenny hospitals. Freedom of Information documents show he retired on September 23, 2005, said the paper.In early 2006, the consultancy firm he founded on June 3, 2005, received two lucrative contracts from the HSE EA, which he previously chaired and was connected to in 2004.An internal health service review confirmed these projects were not tendered for — a breach of HSE financial and governance regulations.The projects given to Harwyn Management Consultants, totalling €295,526, were a €126,919 Violence and Aggression in the Workplace project Mr Harvey chaired (2006-2009), and a further €168,607 for mediation services (January 2006 to December 2009). “Do I think there was a bias? There was no bias,” Mr Harvey told the newspaper.He said the projects were not discussed before he retired. Tendering was a matter for the HSE EA: the cost of the projects and who would lead them were decided by management and unions, and some of the money was paid to other groups by his firm.When Mr Harvey left the HSE he received a once-off “severance gratuity” of €194,655.49 and a €60,934 “ex-gratia payment” given to former regional chiefs executive.He also receives an annual pension of €64,855.16, as we reported earlier this week.Since retiring Mr Harvey, chairman of the Croke Park agreement’s health service group, has received: * €389,130.90 pension.* €295,526 in non-tendered contracts from a group he used to chair.* €255,589.49 in one-off severance pay.* Just under €200,000 in HSE projects tendered for since 2007. * An annual salary of €20,520 as chair of the implementation body on health-sector reform.The figures emerged after the Irish Examiner obtained a highly critical HSE internal audit on the HSE EA’s 2006-2009 spending.In July, the HSE refused to identify retired management and union “third parties” who received non-tendered projects.FORMER DONEGAL HSE BOSS GOT €1M AFTER RETIREMENT was last modified: September 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHSEletterkennypat harveylast_img read more

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