RelatedGrange Says MYSC’s Concerns Triggered Audit of INSPORTS Advertisements RelatedGrange Says MYSC’s Concerns Triggered Audit of INSPORTS FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture (MYSC), the Hon Olivia “Babsy” Grange, says that the special report of the Auditor General’s Department on management weaknesses at the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), is an outcome of efforts by her ministry to deal with the issues. “I made a statement recently that I had ‘inherited a mess’ when I came to Government. Here is the evidence,” Miss Grange said in a statement issued by the ministry on Thursday (November 17), in response to media stories on the special audit report tabled by Auditor General, Pamela Monroe Ellis, in Parliament on Tuesday (November 15). Among the issues in the report, was the finding that salaries and travelling allowances were being paid to two officers, who had not reported for work for up to seven years, totaling $11.7 million at July, 2011; the lack of suitable mechanisms to promote accountability and facilitate effective evaluation of its impact on ports in Jamaica; and the fact that the company’s last audited financial statement was for financial year 1991-1992. “Today, the country is rightly concerned, as we have been, about the state of affairs of the Institute of Sports, which is an agency of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture,” Miss Grange said in Thursday’s statement. The statement said: “Although the Institute of Sports is a company – run by a Board of Directors and a team of managers and not the Ministry, the Ministry, nevertheless, has a responsibility to protect the interest of the taxpayer by ensuring that the entity is well run within the regulations. We take our responsibility very seriously. “Indeed, as soon as we were able to establish the Internal Audit Division in what was (and is oftentimes still seen as a new Ministry), we began a serious examination of the processes within the Ministry and its Departments and Agencies to determine compliance with the regulations. “Arising from that concentrated effort, the Ministry discovered and, subsequently, reported to the country on 23 February 2010, procedural weaknesses at the Institute of Sports and the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission. “In our release at the time, we said that ‘the weaknesses were reported to the Fraud Squad, the Office of the Contractor General and the Auditor General, to allow for the necessary depth of scrutiny and for the appropriate conclusions.’ “This Special Audit Report by the Auditor General’s Department, therefore, arises from the Ministry’s concentrated and stringent effort to find and eliminate weaknesses in our systems that might facilitate breaches of the financial management regulations. The special audit was commissioned, after the Ministry asked the Department to look into some transactions at the entity, which concerned us deeply. “I made a statement recently that I had ‘inherited a mess’ when I came to Government. Here is the evidence. The special audit report has shown the entire country, the problems and the massive challenges that we face to correct them. We were already making steps to correct some breaches, which we knew about, and will continue to make the necessary changes to ensure that the entity becomes efficient and effective. “Today, the new Board of the Institute of Sports (which I announced last week) met to consider how to improve corporate governance. The Board has established the necessary committees to deal with the transformation of the entity, and has asked the management to give a detailed response to the Special Audit Report. “I have asked the Board to give periodic updates, to me and the public, about initiatives being taken to transform the entity into a well-run organization,” she concluded. Miss Grange has been the Minister in charge of the Institute of Sports since 2007. Grange Says MYSC’s Concerns Triggered Audit of INSPORTS SportNovember 18, 2011 By Balford Henry, JIS Reporter & Editor RelatedGrange Says MYSC’s Concerns Triggered Audit of INSPORTS
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor the first time ever, Congress has taken action to protect medical marijuana users and the legal dispensaries where they get their prescriptions filled.In the wee hours of last night, the Republican controlled House of Representatives passed legislation that would prohibit the Drug Enforcement Agency from raiding medical marijuana activities in states where it is legal.In a bipartisan vote of 219-189, 170 Democrats joined 49 Republicans and the bill’s sponsor Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).The law would block the Justice Department from using federal dollars to interfere with medical marijuana operations that are legal in almost half of states in the country.(READ more from MSNBC)Photo by Dank Depot – via Flickr – CC licenseAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
What else could an NBA fan ask for? The Western Conference Finals will be prime time matchup between two teams stocked with young all-stars and MVPs, as the Oklahoma City Thunder face the defending champion Golden State Warriors in a much-anticipated series beginning May 16.The matchup features the two most recent MVP winners and five all-stars from this year’s West team. Last week, Golden State’s Stephen Curry won his second straight MVP award, two years after the Thunder’s Kevin Durant took home the trophy in 2014. Both Durant and Curry joined Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook as starters in this year’s NBA All-Star Game, while Golden State’s Draymond Green and Klay Thompson appeared as reserves. Golden State won all three games against the Thunder in the regular season, but each contest was tight throughout. With MVPs leading each team and flanked by all-stars, who will win the Western Conference Finals? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate this question.AFRO Sports Desk FaceoffGreen: Let’s not forget that Westbrook finished second behind Curry in last season’s MVP race. Who knows if Westbrook will ever win the award, but he’s definitely been in the conversation for the last two seasons. He’s led the NBA in triple-doubles the past two seasons, with 29 over that span. The next closest player to that mark is Houston’s James Harden—with seven. It’s rare to find two MVP-caliber teammates on the same team, and while Durant and Westbrook get the bulk of the press, a young and talented roster makes OKC a formidable team. I truly believed that if Thunder got past the San Antonio Spurs, they would advance to the Finals. They’ve already vanquished the Spurs. What’s next?Riley: Across the last two regular seasons and playoffs combined, the Golden State Warriors sport a total 164-31 record. They’ve been dominant and I see no reason to pick against them now. I love what OKC has matured into, but just as the Warriors took a title from LeBron James last season, they’ll take it from Westbrook and Durant this year. Curry’s back from an injury, and he was in full MVP form for the last two games of Golden State’s series against Portland. Durant and Westbrook are incredible players, but Curry’s the MVP with limitless range and blue-chip playmaking ability. Green and Thompson are arguably the top players at their positions, and reserve swing man Andre Iguodala was named the Finals MVP last June. I like the star power of Durant and Westbrook, but I like the depth that the Warriors have more.Green: Golden State has a roster of capable and experienced veterans, but I like the overall depth that the Thunder bring, too. Steven Adams, Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter form a diverse, long and athletic trio of seven-footers with incredible wing spans. Last year’s in-season trade for Kanter gave OKC an inside scorer who can attack the offensive glass and pair with the two defensive bigs, Ibaka and Adams, who also rebound and score efficiently. Guards Dion Waiters, Randy Foye and Andre Roberson are all at least 6-foot, 4-inch combo players who can alternate between positions, handle the ball and shoot from range. The Thunder’s roster might not be as deep as the Warriors’ but they have several players who can help to the team’s MVP-caliber duo. I still believe Golden State relies too much on jump shots. Oklahoma City is special because their two dynamos can attack defenses from anywhere on the court. That will give them the edge.Riley: When you have arguably the best two shooters in NBA history on one team, then there’s nothing at all wrong with relying heavily on jump shots, the origin of basketball. Westbrook and Durant are impossible to check, but Curry and Thompson are impossible to leave open and expect they’ll miss. The fact that both of Golden State’s best players can shoot from practically anywhere on the court makes them even more difficult to handle than their athletically superior counterparts. This team is on an incredible two-year run that has the potential to be historic. The Thunder will be formidable, but even the duo of Durant and Westbrook will find the task of toppling the defending champions a difficult one. – See more at: http://afro.com/who-will-win-the-western-conference-finals/ Golden State Warrior’s Stephen Curry (left) and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant (right). (AP Photos)
CEST Las Palmas-Real Sociedad 20.30h CET Friday, November 6: Sport EN Espanyol will kick proceedings off on the Sunday with a midday kick off against Athletic Club at San Mames. 05/10/2015 Saturday, November 7: Barcelona’s clash with Villarreal has been scheduled for Camp Nou on Saturday, November 8. Rayo-Granada 20.30 Sevilla-Real Madrid 20.30h The game will be immediately followed by Atletico Madrid’s clash with Sporting, with Real Madrid concluding the day’s action with a trip to Sevilla, where Barça lost at the weekend. Villarreal are currently top of La Liga, but Luis Enrique’s side will be hopeful of overhauling them before the two sides meet next month. Celta-Valencia 16h Levante-Depor, 18.15 Atletico-Sporting 18.15h Upd. at 23:54 Barcelona-Villarreal 16h Here are the fixtures for the 11th round of league fixtures in Spain: Athletic-Espanyol 12h Malaga-Betis 22.05 Eibar-Getafe 20.30 Sunday, November 8:
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The Inter-provincial Hurling Squad has been named for the Semi-Final against Ulster on Saturday in Pearse Stadium (Throw in 12.30pm). In the twenty five man panel there are twenty one from Galway, three from Roscommon and one from Mayo. The Subs are: Joe Keane, Padraig Mannion, Johnny Coen, Liam Kilcline (Roscommon), David Collins, Eanna Burke, Jason Flynn, Brian Molloy, Kenny Feeney (Mayo) and Davy Glennon.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Team to play Ulster:James Skehill,Fergal Moore, Kevin Hynes, Peter Kellehan (Roscommon),Aidan Harte, Greg Lally, Gearoid McInerney,Michael Kelly (Roscommon), Andy Smith who captains the side.Conor Whelan, Joseph Cooney, Padraig Brehoney,Shane Moloney, Joe Canning and Richie Cummins.
TOTTENHAM are hoping to steal Andre Gomes from Everton with the Barcelona midfielder ready to delay a permanent move to Merseyside.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is fighting tooth and nail to cling on to boss Mauricio Pochettino – who’s wanted by Manchester United and Real Madrid.3 Spurs want to sign Barcelona star Andre Gomes, currently on loan at EvertonCredit: GettyPoch’s heroics in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona to see the Londoners progress to the Champions League last-16 have only boosted his reputation.Now Levy has finally realised he will need to back the Spurs boss in the transfer market – and may sanction a bid for Gomes.The Portuguese playmaker, 25, is currently on loan at Everton from parent club Barcelona.His strong form have seen the Toffees orchestrate a potential deal to keep him on Merseyside on a permanent basis.3 Spurs hope the signing of Gomes will tempt Pochettino into stayingCredit: Reuters3 Danny Rose has waxed lyrical about boss Mauricio PochettinoCredit: ReutersBut now Tottenham are set to swoop in and ensure they land their man – having failed to sign a single player in the summer transfer window.Earlier this week, Danny Rose revealed he is not surprised Pochettino is a wanted man after his incredible tenure at the Premier League side.Rose claimed: “It’s no coincidence every day you read Real Madrid want him or United want him. It’s exactly what he deserves.“What he has done here in the last four or five years has been amazing. Not only for myself but the club.”Manchester United want Mauricio Pochettino as their boss but it will cost them £40m to get the Tottenham bossWatch the moment Tottenham players and fans find out they are through to the knockout phase of the Champions League after late Barcelona draw
Car meets lion on a Zambian road. (Image: Silver Spirit Adventure)The adventures of South African septuagenarians Mike and Jeanette van Ginkel, who undertook an ambitious trans-Africa journey that would have daunted many a younger person, are to debut on international television in September 2009.The 10-part series, titled Silver Spirit – An Epic African Adventure, shows in the UK on Southern Direct on Sky channel 270, starting at 19h30 UK time. The first episode can be seen on Wednesday 9 September, with successive episodes following on a weekly basis.The series is also accessible via internet streaming on the Southern Africa Direct website. South African viewers will have to add an hour to the UK screening time. SA Direct has said that it is working towards getting the series onto local television stations.For those who don’t have access to Sky or a fast internet connection, the series may be purchased on DVD – enquiries may be emailed to SA Direct.Age no barrierThe elegant couple, who have been married for 53 years, decided towards the end of 2007 that age was no barrier to a life of excitement, and began to envision the ultimate road trip – a journey in their 1981 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit from Cape Town to London, via Cairo.This would be the first time a Rolls had ever made such a journey and although she only had 100 000km on the clock, a few modifications, such as a raised suspension and reinforced undercarriage, would still be necessary.Six months in the planning, the adventure took to the road at the end of March 2008. On 29 May they reached London, having negotiated 17 800km through 12 countries.Adventure clearly runs in their blood: in 1969 and 1972 the van Ginkels won the prestigious State President’s Air Race, a double win that has not been repeated. Mike ran a flying school in George for many years, while Jeanette in 1977 became the first licensed hot air balloon pilot in South Africa. Around the same time the couple started the Pioneer Balloon Club.For the epic overland trip Mike and Jeanette recruited a host of experts. For planning, support and backup they turned to veteran explorer Roger Pearce, mechanic Steve Pickering and paramedic Marc Campbell-Gibson. Filmmaker and cameraman Koos Roets, who directed the 1991 South African comedy The Angel, the Bicycle and the Chinaman’s Finger, among other productions, came on board to capture the trip on film.A trial run over the Sani Pass, the road that connects Lesotho with KwaZulu-Natal province, proved successful. Normally the Sani Pass is accessible only to 4×4 vehicles, unless with prior approval from the administrator.Having obtained the necessary permission and made the modifications, the team set off, and the Rolls took the treacherous road in her stride, proving that she was capable of tackling the cross-continental journey.Cape to UK in 60 daysThe goal was to make the trip, which ran up the eastern side of the continent, in 60 days. The expedition set off from Cape Town on 30 March 2008, taking four days to pass through Stellenbosch, the small Victorian town of Matjiesfontein in the Klein Karoo, Kimberley, and Johannesburg.The team left South Africa on 3 April, crossing into Botswana at the border post of Groblarsbrug and spending a night in Francistown before driving to Kazangula Ferry to cross into Zambia. Here they spent a couple of days, and enjoyed a stay at the Mutinondo private game lodge in the north of the country.From Zambia the team crossed into Tanzania at the Mbeya border post. From Mbeya they travelled to Morogoro, then to Arusha in northern Tanzania – without catching a glimpse of the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, as she was clouded over – and from Arusha to Nairobi in Kenya.From Nairobi they drove to the Sarova Shaba Lodge on the periphery of Shaba National Reserve, where they spent a few days. Sarova Shaba was at one time the home of renowned conservationists George and Joy Adamson.Still in Kenya, next they travelled to Marsabit and then to Moyale, on the Ethiopian border. After just 17 days, they were already halfway across the continent. The team spent about a week in Addis Ababa, an unfortunate delay while waiting for Sudanese authorities to approve their visas but an opportunity to explore Africa’s fourth largest city.While travelling through the Ethiopian highlands on the way to Sudan, the team recorded a record high altitude of 3 109m above sea level, higher even than the Sani pass. Soon after, they crossed the Nile river, and from the ancient city of Gondar in northern Ethiopia, they headed for the Sudanese border.By that stage the Silver Spirit was taking some strain and suffering from a leaky radiator and loose engine mountings, among other glitches. But she pushed on and they made it to historic Khartoum, where they spent five days having the car repaired – and enjoying some South African fare in the form of fast food chains Steers and Debonairs.Heading for EuropeOn day 29 it was back on the road, heading for Wadi Halfa, on the Egyptian border, via Dongola. They encountered another delay getting into Egypt, as the cars were held back for an extra few days, and they were forced to spend some time in Aswan.Finally the cars were released and they hit the roads of Egypt, driving along the Nile to the ancient city of Luxor and from there to Port Ghalib on the shore of the Red Sea, Hurghada, and finally Cairo – 42 days after setting out.Once there they met Cairo governor Abdul Azim Wazir and presented him with a letter of goodwill given to them by then Cape Town mayor Helen Zille, now premier of the Western Cape.After a few days’ rest in Cairo it was off to Alexandria, where the cars were loaded into containers for the ferry crossing to Naples. The team travelled back to Cairo and flew to Rome, where they were able to spend a few days sightseeing in Naples, Pisa, Florence, Capri and Pompeii before the arrival of the cars.The cars were finally good to go on day 55 and the drive straight across Europe began. From Naples the team drove up to Maranello, then Cannes, over the world’s highest bridge at Millau, through Arras and Calais, and finally arrived on schedule in Goodwood in south-east England, the modern home of Rolls Royce. After 60 thrilling days the historic trip was over, and it was time to relax.The team arrived back in South Africa on 26 June, day 89, after travelling around the UK and Wales and attending an annual rally with over 1 000 other Rolls Royces.
3 May 2012 The National Treasury has allocated R800-million over the next two years for South Africa’s Green Fund, which aims to provide finance for high-quality, high-impact, job-creating green economy projects around the country. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa made the announcement in Cape Town on Wednesday ahead of her department’s budget vote in Parliament. Molewa said the money represented a critical mechanism for achieving a just transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and job-creating green economy growth path in South Africa. “The primary objective of the Green Fund is to provide catalytic finance for high-quality, high-impact green economy projects and mainstreaming activities which would not have been implemented without fiscal support,” Molewa said.‘Myth’ that green management hinders development She said it was up to South Africans to debunk the myth that environmental management hindered development, by positioning the sector as a major contributor to job creation and the fight against poverty. “The transformation of our industries towards the building of a green economy has many facets; [it is mainly] about creating new labour-absorbing industries that also mitigate impacts on the environment. “This green economy offers substantial opportunities for job creation and development in the environmental goods and services sector, particularly in biodiversity, waste and natural resource management services.” Last year, the department committed to implementing a green economy plan through local and international partnerships with green investors, supported by funding from the Treasury’s Green Fund, as well as international funding through facilities such as the World Bank Clean Technology Fund and the newly established Green Climate Fund.Biodiversity jobs for 800 graduates, school-leavers Molewa also announced on Wednesday that up to 800 unemployed school leavers and graduates, mostly from rural areas, would be hired in biodiversity jobs for a period of two-and-a-half years. Molewa said the department would manage the placement of the candidates through the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi). “Sanbi’s application to the jobs fund, titled ‘Catalysing access to employment and job creation in ecosystem management’, was approved by the Development Bank of Southern Africa to the tune of R300-million,” Molewa said. Source: BuaNews
Young woman is stealing goods in a shopUse of force by LP agents is a persistent concern for loss prevention executives. With it comes the potential for excessive force, a lawsuit, and safety risks to all parties—LP agents, store associates, perpetrators, and bystanders.In The Handbook of Security, Read Hayes, Ph.D., CPP, director of the Loss Prevention Research Council, describes the stakes. “Because of their role in deterring and apprehending dishonest customers, store detectives can either add value to an organization or create serious liability, making detective selection, training, and management very important.”How to Catch Someone Stealing: Start with the Right TrainingOne critical element of training is on the subject of customer contact, according to Hayes. A retailer must train LP personnel on what to do when confronted by a non-compliant shoplifting suspect. LP officers should be able to answer: ‘If the customer resists my lawful apprehension attempt, should I (a) just let them go, or (b) attempt to physically restrain them?’- Sponsor – While it’s critical to develop clear guidelines on the use of force, the mere existence of a policy—even one that is well communicated to LP officers—doesn’t guarantee that they’ll respond appropriately during a highly emotional event. Officers also require practical training, so that they develop and sharpen the tools that allow them to follow store policy.Hayes suggested that retailers could do better on this front. “Even many uniformed security guards (often provided by third-party companies or off-duty law enforcement officers) lack the training and temperament needed to handle risky theft situations,” he writes. Because regardless of what a retailer’s policy might say, it is easily forgotten in the heat of the moment.What to Do“Addressing concerns [over use of force] is impossible without a systematic structure that ensures officers are adequately trained and equipped for the job-related activities that they must conduct,” notes recent research published in the Southern African Journal of Criminology. “A use-of-force preventative training model for law enforcement and security practitioners.”Security training professionals typically recommend active learning, such as scenario training, over static instruction, such as lecture and video instruction, especially when the subject has a physical response component, such as stopping an intruder or addressing a shoplifting suspect.This research project, which examined excessive force by police and private security, supports that advice. In it, researchers conclude that “it is paramount to give officers the tools they need to manage their emotions when tested in real events.” It further advises that active learning is central to officers’ gaining competency.More than lecture, video, or online instruction and pen-and-pencil testing, situational exercises or scenario training provides supervisors with a picture of how ready an officer is to handle an event. Active training is also more likely to break store detectives of bad habits. That is important because industry research has shown that previous loss prevention experience is often tied to worse job performance. The reason? Store detectives with prior experience may come with bad job habits that they learned in their previous job. Poorly performing store detectives often make a habit of moving from company to company.So what are some keys to the “how to catch someone stealing properly” scenario training? Here are a few questions to help get it right:1. Do they get it? Classroom or computer learning lends itself to post-training written testing. While it’s more challenging to test after scenario training, it’s equally critical. Hands-on training resembles practice, but testing still needs to be part of the use-of-force training module, concludes the research. “This research indicated the need not only for an integrated system of training and acclimatization (familiarization) to the use of force, but also for a model of assessment that measures use-of-force competency.”2. How long ago was it? Trainers favor active learning because, among other reasons, it has proven to enhance retention. But that does not mean that LP agents won’t forget their scenario training on use of force. “The perishable nature of use-of-force skills means that training should expand to include on-going refresher and skills training as well as regular competency assessments,” researchers concluded.3. Does it seem real? Active training on use of force should approximate the real-world events for which you’re trying to get your LP team ready. “The need to train officers for the ‘real thing’ is of paramount importance,” said the study. “They need to be taught to manage adrenal response in order to perform effectively under the extreme duress of an attack situation.”But is that possible? Can a mock confrontation with a potentially violent shoplifter truly approximate the real thing? Yes, suggests another new research study, which examined the scenario-based use-of-force skills refresher program conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, “Monitoring the Impact of Scenario-based Use-of-force Simulations on Police Heart Rate: Evaluating the RCMP Skills Refresher Program,” published in Western Criminology Review.Using heart rate monitors, the researchers measured the physiological stress reactions of 132 officers undergoing several use-of-force training scenarios, including a ‘break-and-enter in progress’ scenario, as well as a control scenario in which no use of force was required. Data was collected on the officers at several points during the scenarios, including 10 minutes prior, during, and 10 minutes after. Analyzed in comparison to real-world data, the researchers found that scenario training was almost like the real thing.“This examination demonstrated that the current scenario-based use-of-force skills refresher program produces heart rate patterns that are consistent with the elevated physiological stress produced by real-world policing as demonstrated in prior field research.” Like the other study, the RCMP program review noted the importance of regular refresher training to keep officers primed to handle use-of-force situations. “Given that these use-of-force situations occur infrequently, the skills refresher training that they undergo must be relevant to ensure that police officers are optimally prepared to act under the high stress they will encounter.”There is, of course, a significant problem with active training and scenario-based exercises. They are more time consuming and labor intensive than officer training that simply requires a manger to press “play.”To make room for additional scenario training, LP organizations might examine their current training programs with an eye on eliminating common areas of program waste. LP teams could look to eliminate…All training that is not sufficiently business specific and too generic so as to be meaningful for trainees.All training that lacks specific objectives or does not match a true business need.All training that lacks learner participation to the point that it is probably worthless.All training that does not fill a specific gap in knowledge, base, or skill and is done, instead, because of performance problems that are more likely due to morale or other systemic issues.This post was originally published in 2018 and was updated April 4, 2019. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. 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