In the blogs

Array
(
    [wp_posts] => Array
        (
            [ID] => 5266
            [post_author] => 27
            [post_date] => 2014-07-26 10:00:16
            [post_date_gmt] => 2014-07-26 14:00:16
            [post_content] => Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has asked her Attorney General, Anand Ramloan to submit copies of the audit of the controversial Lifesport programme to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Commissioner of Police “to investigate, detain and prosecute those guilty to the fullest extent of the law”.

Prime Minister Bissessar revealed to parliament that the audit had found a number of discrepancies including procurement breaches; the involvement of some persons in criminal activities; fraud by suppliers; theft of equipment; breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act and a deviation from the mandates of Cabinet.

Former Minister of National Security Austin Jack Warner described the programme as a "cess pool of corruption" and indicated that in any other country, the Minister of Sports, Anil Roberts would have resigned. The main opposition, the People's National Movement (PNM) has filed a motion in parliament requesting the censure of Mr. Roberts as a result of the programme they described as "riddled with corruption".

“Based on the very real possibility of there being irregularities I immediately instructed that the programme be transferred to the Ministry of National Security, and that the Ministry of Finance and the Economy, through its Central Audit Committee, conduct a full audit.” declared Mrs. Bissessar.

“What is most shocking and disappointing, is the fact that given the usually stringent nature of the bureaucratic processes in obtaining approvals for projects, implementing programmes and monitoring progress, no action was taken to halt or prevent what the Audit Committee found” added the Prime Minister.

Mrs. Kalma Persad Bissessar stated that she was disappointed of having to immediately halt the programme because it was developed as a part of a comprehensive project in order to stem the tide against increase criminal activity in the country.

“It was specifically focused on saving the lives of young men who needed to be protected from the criminals who routinely preyed on them, and helping to shape positive futures for these young people. We see our young men as future fathers, future role models, future professionals, who need care, attention and opportunities. The criminals see them as pawns and as persons who could front crime and violence. To the criminal elements, these young men are a means to an end, and are, in their view expendable.”

She told legislators that as a result of the Central Audit Committee report producing several red flags attributed to Ministry Officials, it will be sent to the Integrity Commission and the Head of Public Service for further investigation, consideration and action.

“Citizens of our country can rest assured that as we move forward implementing programmes meant to positively impact our communities, we will not tolerate wrong-doing, we will not tolerate corruption, and we will not tolerate the abuse of programmes meant to save our people, for selfish, personal gains.

“In fact, if there is one very important message coming out of this Audit Report is the urgent need for procurement laws to become fully operationalized,” said Persad Bissessar, whom did not refer to her Sports Minister at any point during her speech.

 
            [post_title] => Kamla Insists On Criminal Investigation In Trinidad Lifesport Programme
            [post_excerpt] => 
            [post_status] => publish
            [comment_status] => open
            [ping_status] => closed
            [post_password] => 
            [post_name] => kamla-insists-criminal-investigation-trinidad-lifesport-programme
            [to_ping] => 
            [pinged] => 
            [post_modified] => 2014-07-26 06:46:39
            [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-07-26 10:46:39
            [post_content_filtered] => 
            [post_parent] => 0
            [guid] => http://islandmix.com/blog/?p=5266
            [menu_order] => 0
            [post_type] => post
            [post_mime_type] => 
            [comment_count] => 0
        )

    [wp_terms] => Array
        (
            [name] => Sports
        )

    [wp_users] => Array
        (
            [ID] => 27
            [user_login] => switter
            [user_pass] => $P$B6sMZbcV9GZZilsC91OzT4NPQRGgIK0
            [user_nicename] => switter
            [user_email] => switter@islandmix.com
            [user_url] => 
            [user_registered] => 2014-03-07 22:11:16
            [user_activation_key] => 
            [user_status] => 0
            [display_name] => Sanje Witter
            [spam] => 0
            [deleted] => 0
        )

)

Kamla Insists On Criminal Investigation In Trinidad Lifesport Programme

July 26, 2014
1

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has asked her Attorney General, Anand Ramloan to submit copies of the audit of the controversial Lifesport programme to the Director of Public...Continue reading

Array
(
    [wp_posts] => Array
        (
            [ID] => 5262
            [post_author] => 27
            [post_date] => 2014-07-25 10:00:45
            [post_date_gmt] => 2014-07-25 14:00:45
            [post_content] => Thousands of Barbadians took the streets yesterday (Thursday) in opposition of the new Municipal Solid Waste Tax. The  protests which started at mid-day took place outside the office of the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and was led by Mia Mottley, leader of the opposition Barbados Labor Party (BLP). “Today is about sending a message to the government about this bad Solid Waste Tax that they need to repeal and rethink,”said Ms. Mottley.

“The people of Barbados have spoken across the length and breadth, that we’ve had 27 other taxes and fees imposed on us in the last six years. We can take no more.  This march is for the repeal of the Solid Waste Tax. This march is for a new government mechanism that allows us…as Bajans not to be surprised by a tax , not to be unfaired [sic] by a tax. But we say we know we are in trouble as a nation. Talk to your people Freundel, and let us work with you. And if you cannot talk to your people and let us work with you, do the decent thing and step one side.” declared the opposition leader in an open letter read outside the office of the Prime Minister.

The new tax was announced at the end of last year with a .03% charge on the site value of real estate property across the island. However, it has led to widespread complaints among residents who cited that their financial burdens are already too much to handle.

 
            [post_title] => Barbadians Protests  Against Solid Waste Tax
            [post_excerpt] => 
            [post_status] => publish
            [comment_status] => open
            [ping_status] => closed
            [post_password] => 
            [post_name] => barbadians-protests-solid-waste-tax
            [to_ping] => 
            [pinged] => 
            [post_modified] => 2014-07-24 19:38:38
            [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-07-24 23:38:38
            [post_content_filtered] => 
            [post_parent] => 0
            [guid] => http://islandmix.com/blog/?p=5262
            [menu_order] => 0
            [post_type] => post
            [post_mime_type] => 
            [comment_count] => 0
        )

    [wp_terms] => Array
        (
            [name] => Uncategorized
        )

    [wp_users] => Array
        (
            [ID] => 27
            [user_login] => switter
            [user_pass] => $P$B6sMZbcV9GZZilsC91OzT4NPQRGgIK0
            [user_nicename] => switter
            [user_email] => switter@islandmix.com
            [user_url] => 
            [user_registered] => 2014-03-07 22:11:16
            [user_activation_key] => 
            [user_status] => 0
            [display_name] => Sanje Witter
            [spam] => 0
            [deleted] => 0
        )

)

Barbadians Protests Against Solid Waste Tax

July 25, 2014
1

Thousands of Barbadians took the streets yesterday (Thursday) in opposition of the new Municipal Solid Waste Tax. The protests which started at mid-day took place outside the offic...Continue reading

Array
(
    [wp_posts] => Array
        (
            [ID] => 5258
            [post_author] => 27
            [post_date] => 2014-07-24 10:00:34
            [post_date_gmt] => 2014-07-24 14:00:34
            [post_content] => Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has criticized anti-doping officials for reducing American sprinter Tyson Gay's ban after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid last year. Bolt's compatriot Asafa Powell as well as Tyson Gay both failed the drug tests for the same substance, oxilofrine in July 2013. Gay was given a one year ban while Powell was initially suspended for 18 months."

"I’m not really happy with the situation and with how it was done. I think for someone like [fellow Jamaican] Asafa [Powell] to get a ban of 18 months for that [stimulant oxilofrine] and then Tyson Gay get just one year because of cooperating, I think it is sending a bad message into the sport that you can do it [dope], but if you cooperate with us, we’ll reduce the sentence." said Bolt

Powell declared that his ruling was "unfair and unjust" citing that he took a legal supplement (Epiphany D1) which was contaminated. He appealed to the Court of Arbritation for Sport and his ban was subsequently reduced to six months. The 2007 world champion in the 100m and 200m Tyson Gay could have received a ban spanning as much as two years but his sentence was reduced following his co-operative behaviour with the US Anti-doping agency.

"I don’t think that’s the right way to go… because you are pretty much telling people that this is a way out, it’s a way of beating the system" insisted Bolt.

Both Powell and Gay have returned to action following their suspensions. Bolt is scheduled to race for the first time this year in the 4 x 100m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland following a stop start season due to niggling injuries.
            [post_title] => Sprint Star Usain Bolt Slams Officials for Gay's Doping Ban Verdict
            [post_excerpt] => 
            [post_status] => publish
            [comment_status] => open
            [ping_status] => closed
            [post_password] => 
            [post_name] => sprint-star-usain-bolt-slams-officials-gays-doping-ban-verdict
            [to_ping] => 
            [pinged] => 
            [post_modified] => 2014-07-24 02:12:00
            [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-07-24 06:12:00
            [post_content_filtered] => 
            [post_parent] => 0
            [guid] => http://islandmix.com/blog/?p=5258
            [menu_order] => 0
            [post_type] => post
            [post_mime_type] => 
            [comment_count] => 0
        )

    [wp_terms] => Array
        (
            [name] => Track & Field
        )

    [wp_users] => Array
        (
            [ID] => 27
            [user_login] => switter
            [user_pass] => $P$B6sMZbcV9GZZilsC91OzT4NPQRGgIK0
            [user_nicename] => switter
            [user_email] => switter@islandmix.com
            [user_url] => 
            [user_registered] => 2014-03-07 22:11:16
            [user_activation_key] => 
            [user_status] => 0
            [display_name] => Sanje Witter
            [spam] => 0
            [deleted] => 0
        )

)

Sprint Star Usain Bolt Slams Officials for Gay's Doping Ban Verdict

July 24, 2014
1

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has criticized anti-doping officials for reducing American sprinter Tyson Gay's ban after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid last year. Bolt...Continue reading