INSPORTS in limbo

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) has found itself in a bind as the role of the administrative director, Ian Andrews, particularly as it relates to signing powers, has not been restored – as mandated – by the board of directors, which is led by Don Anderson.As a result, staff and creditors of the government-run agency are being significantly impacted as health benefits and personal deductions for staff, which have been signed by Andrews, are not being co-signed by Anderson or any other board member.Also, some creditors who have rendered services in various sports development programmes carried out by the government organisation cannot be paid, as Anderson refuses to co-sign the cheques with the administrative director.And only last week, one creditor, Edward Cooke, filed for compensation by the agency through his lawyer, for monies ($619,000) owed by INSPORTS.The issue is long-running, since September last year when Andrews was sent on administrative leave and his signing powers revoked by the board, following appraisal by the Auditor General’s Department.The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), which mediates on behalf of government workers, intervened and cited discrepancies in the removal, noting that it was unconstitutional.It said the decision to send Andrews on administrative leave was not in line with public-sector leave protocol and instructed Andrews to remain in his job as the board acted irrational and without foundation.The JCSA also insisted that Andrews’ signing powers be restored and even warned against the current dilemma facing the Institute, as a result of the administrative director’s signing restrictions.”This goes against proper governance … and will impair the smooth running of operations,” a portion of the letter from the bargaining unit shared.Further, it said because the bank had already accepted on the board’s request to relieve Andrews of signing power, it called on Anderson to make the corrective changes with the bank to restore such privileges.Since then, the Ministry of Finance and the permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister have instructed Anderson to restore the signing powers of the administrative director. However, he has refused.The request was first made at a meeting between representatives of government ministries, the INSPORTS board and Andrews.In a letter to Anderson dated November 9, 2015, Alison McLean, chief technical director, Ministry of Finance, called for the expedition of the removal of the administrative leave and that “any consequential arrangements that were predicated on that instruction be rescinded from the date of the correspondence as agreed in the October 6, 2015 meeting”.A second letter to Anderson, dated November 18, 2015, from Elaine Foster-Allen, permanent secretary attached to the OPM, instructed: “Following our conversation this morning (Foster-Allen-Anderson), I write to confirm that the directives issued in relation to the administrative leave of administrative director Ian Andrews, which has been withdrawn, also indicated that his authority to sign on behalf of the Institute of Sports has been restored.”Please be kind enough to indicate that this has been done.”When The Gleaner asked Anderson about his refusal to follow the directives, he gave no clear answer.”That is a redundant question (why Andrews’ signing power is not restored). When you spoke to me last week I told you exactly what the position was … The thing about it is that I have answered this question already, unless you are trying to stoke up something else,” he said.”Talk to me in a few days time and all will be clear, hopefully. But I have to be sensible about my response, so later on we will talk,” he promised.last_img read more

Ageless Frank Gore bound for Buffalo and 15th NFL season, but intends to retire a 49er

first_imgAnother year, another training camp, another NFL season for the indomitable Frank Gore.A 2005 draft choice of the 49ers, Gore doesn’t predate leather helmets. But he could tell his teammates about a time when helmet-to-helmet contact was just part of the game. He’s 36, three years older than Rams head coach Sean McVay.Gore doesn’t know when he’ll retire. But he knows where, and isn’t shy about his post-football plans.“I’m going to be a Niner, you know,” Gore told Florida’s Sun-Sentinel last …last_img read more

Top minds to guide SA’s growth

first_imgSouth African Deputy President KgalemaMotlanthe, President Jacobd Zuma andTrevor Manuel, the chair of the newNational Planning Commission, at theappointment ceremony of commissionmembers in Pretoria on 30 April.(Image: The Presidency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vincent MagwenyaPresidential spokesperson+27 72 715 0024RELATED ARTICLES• Zuma restructures SA cabinet• Full text of cabinet appointment• Team SA punts country at Davos• Government in South AfricaBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s new National Planning Commission, tasked with guiding government decisions on the country’s future growth, boasts leading experts from a range of diverse sectors, putting it in a better position “to change the way government works”, President Jacob Zuma said when announcing the panel.The commission is tasked with producing a long-term development plan and development vision strategy for the country, which would shape government’s policies.Zuma announced the appointment of the 25 commission members, who will work with Minister in the Presidency for National Planning Trevor Manuel, at a ceremony in Pretoria on 30 April. “Members of the commission represent various areas of expertise and reflect a diversity of experiences and perspectives,” he said. “These individuals bring a broad range of expertise to the work of the commission.”Manuel chairs the commission, with top businessman and politician Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy. The panel includes experts from sectors such as finance, telecommunications, biotechnology, rural development, governance, energy, education, health, food security and climate change.Other key members of the commission, appointed from a list of 1 280 candidates, include former government policy maker Joel Netshitendze, former chairperson of Eskom Bobby Godsell, vice-chancellor and principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Professor Malegapuru Makgoba and Jerry Vilakazi, CEO of Business Unity South Africa.The commission will work with a full-time secretariat, based in the Presidency, to lead research “on a range of issues that impact on our long term development”, Zuma said. It will produce “well-researched, evidence-based” reports on sectors such as water security, climate change, food security, energy security, infrastructure planning, human resource development, defence and security, structuring the economy, spatial planning and demographic trends.“The Commission is asked to take an independent, cross-cutting, critical and long term view of these issues,” said Zuma.Their research will focus on all three spheres of the country’s government – national and provincial government, and local municipalities.The secretariat, yet to be set up, will work with key think-tank institutions such as the Human Sciences Research Council, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, universities and other research institutions.“This exercise will enable us to make government’s policies and plans more coherent and focused on achieving the type of society that we all envisage,” the president said.Zuma’s administration first announced the National Planning Commission in 2009 when it named its cabinet. Manuel, the former treasury minister, was appointed to head it and will report the commission’s proposals to cabinet.The administration seeks to “do things differently and would work consistently to change the way government works, in order to improve service delivery”, Zuma said.The first meeting of the commission is set for 10 and 11 May.The planning commission is critical in helping South Africa achieve its Vision 2025, the government has said. The programme will be “an articulation of the type of society all South Africans would want to see in about 15 year’s time”, according to the commissions green paper, crafted by Manuel.Vision 2025 addresses pressing issues such as the reduction of poverty, unemployment rate, HIV/Aids infection rate and growth rate, among others. The aim is to achieve higher improvement of living conditions in South Africa by 2015.The 25 members of the National Planning Commission are:Trevor Manuel (chair)Cyril Ramaphosa (deputy chair)Bobby GodsellElias MasilelaJerry VilakaziNoluthando GosaJennifer MolwantwaMike MullerMariam AltmanChris MalikaneVivienne TaylorMarcus BalintuloVuyokazi MahlatiMalekgapuru MakgobaJoel NetshitenzheAnton EberhardBridgette GasaThandabantu GobaPhillip HarrisonIhron RensburgJerry CoovadiaKarl von HoldtMohammed KaraanTasneem EssopPascal MoloiVincent Maphailast_img read more

Foot pain

first_imgDefinitionPain or discomfort can be felt anywhere in the foot. You may have pain in the heel, toes, arch, instep, or bottom of foot (sole).Alternative NamesPain – footCausesFoot pain may be due to:AgingBeing on your feet for long periods of timeBeing overweightA foot deformity that you were born with or develops laterInjuryShoes that fit poorly or do not have much cushioningToo much walking or other sports activityThe following can cause foot pain:Arthritis and gout: Common in the big toe, which becomes red, swollen, and very tenderBroken bonesBunions: A bump at the base of the big toe from wearing narrow-toed shoes or from abnormal bone alignment.Calluses and corns: Thickened skin from rubbing or pressure. Calluses are on the balls of the feet or heels. Corns appear on the top of your toes.Hammer toes: Toes that curl downward into a claw-like position.Fallen arches: Also called flat feet.Mortons neuroma:A thickening of nerve tissue between the toes.Nerve damage from diabetesPlantar fasciitisPlantar warts: Sores on the soles of your feet due to pressureSprainsStress fractureHome CareThe following steps may help relieve your foot pain:Apply ice to reduce pain and swelling.Keep your painful foot elevated as much as possible.Reduce your activity until you feel better.Wear shoes that fit your feet and are right for the activity you are doing.Wear foot pads to prevent rubbing and irritation.Use an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. (Talk to your doctor first if you have a history of ulcer or liver problems.)Other home care steps depend on what is causing your foot pain.advertisementWhen to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your doctor or nurse if: You have sudden, severe foot pain Your foot pain began following an injury, especially if your foot is bleeding or bruising, or you cannot put weight on it You have redness or swelling of the joint, an open sore or ulcer on your foot, or a fever You have pain in your foot and have diabetes or a disease that affects blood flow Your foot does not feel better after using at-home treatments for 1-2 weeksWhat to Expect at Your Office VisitYour doctor will perform a physical exam and look closely at your feet, legs, and back, your posture, and how you walk.Your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and medical history.X-rays or MRI may be done to help your doctor diagnose the cause of your foot pain.Treatment depends on the exact cause of the foot pain. Treatment may include:A cast, if you broke a boneRemoval of plantar warts, corns, or calluses by a foot specialistOrthotics, or shoe insertsPhysical therapy to relieve tight or overused musclesFoot surgeryPreventionThe following steps can prevent foot problems and foot pain:Wear comfortable, properly fitting shoes, with good arch support and cushioning.Wear shoes with plenty of room around the ball of your foot and toes, awide toe box.Avoid narrow-toed shoes and high heels.Wear sneakers as often as possible, especially when walking.Replace running shoes frequently.Warm up and cool down when exercising. Always stretch first.Increase your amount of exercise slowly over time to avoid putting excessive strain on your feet.Lose weight if you need to.Learn exercises to strengthen your feet and avoid pain. This can help flat feet and other potential foot problems.ReferencesKoenig MD. Ligament injuries. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section C.Baer GS, Keene JS. Tendon injuries of the foot and ankle. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section D.Brodsky JW, Bruck N. Stress fractures of the foot and ankle. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section E.Klein SE. Conditions of the forefoot. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section H.Hirose CB, Clanton TO, Wood RM. Etiology of injury to the foot and ankle. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section J.Price MD, Chiodo CP. Foot and ankle pain. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, et al, eds. Kelleys Textbook of Rheumatology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 43.advertisementSilverstein JA, Moeller JL, Hutchinson MR. Common issues in orthopedics.In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 30.Review Date:3/8/2014Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Prom for Lara Jean & Peter?To All the Boys 3 — Always and Forever, Lara Jean — Production started in New York City but has returned to Vancouver to begin filming this week. The third in the Netflix movies starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo is on location at Vancouver’s Point Grey High School from Monday through Thursday this week.Point Grey High School as Alder High for To All the Boys 2.Vancouver filming dates: July 15th to August 31st. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook To All the Boys Twitterlast_img read more