Confusion over fate of Grenada minister

first_img Share 81 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Confusion over fate of Grenada minister by: – January 20, 2012 MP Joseph Gilbert. Photo credit: caribbeanelections.comST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Confusion prevails in Grenada over the fate of MP Joseph Gilbert following an emergency cabinet meeting and a subsequent statement issued by Richard Simon, press secretary to Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.Just before noon on Wednesday, it was reported that Thomas had fired Gilbert, Minister for the Environment and Foreign Trade, over a letter Gilbert allegedly wrote last year when he held the portfolio as Minister of Works, Public Utilities and Physical Development.However, in a release late Wednesday afternoon headlined, “Statement by Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas,” Simon said that the Grenadian leader, “having certain troubling information before him pertaining to what appears to be a serious breach of cabinet principles, decided that he would proceed by way of bringing the matter to the knowledge of the minister concerned and intimating to him the action he is intending to take.” The statement added that it was “very important, out of an abundance of caution, to obtain the additional information before confirming his course of action. Accordingly, the Prime Minister anticipates that he would come to a decision on this matter very shortly whereupon he will duly inform his Cabinet and the general public.”Nevertheless, an informed source close to the Office of the Prime Minister, said that at the emergency meeting, Thomas indicated that a definite decision had been made on the fate of Gilbert.According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the prime minister told his cabinet colleagues that he had advised Governor General, Sir Carlyle Glean, to revoke the appointment of Gilbert as a minister of government.Employees at the Ministerial Complex said they had a feeling that something was amiss when two staff members of the New Today newspaper, which is often publishes inside information of cabinet and government proceedings, turned up at the site of Wednesday’s emergency meeting.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more


first_imgBallybofey native Johnny Dunleavy is aiming to finish the job off on Friday Night, as the Cork City skipper takes his side to Dundalk for the league decider.Cork City skipper Johnny Dunleavy said his club have been a sleeping giant for long enough, and that it’s time to finish off the job when they travel to Oriel Park on Friday night.Ballybofey native Dunleavy has enjoyed a superb season for Cork City, and recently penned a new deal which keeps him at the club for next season.On Friday night, Dunleavy and his colleagues travel to Dundalk knowing if they avoid defeat they’ll be crowned Airtricity League champions. They currently lead Stephen Kenny’s side by one point after they slipped up against Bray Wanderers last weekend.Dundalk were held to a 1-1 draw by Bray, and John Caulfield’s Cork City side took full advantage with a victory against Bohemians.However, with the two facing off against each other on Friday night, it’s makes for a perfect finale to what has been an incredibly exciting league campaign.With both sides absolutely desperate for the title, the stakes couldn’t get any higher. Dunleavy told The Irish Daily Star, “We’ve got to go and finish the job, we’re in a great position now because we’re top, and Friday night is going to be some match.“They’re a top side, and they’ve lead since May, but we’ve kept plugging away, and I’d no idea we went top until after the game, when I heard their result.Dunleavy admits it does change the scenario a small bit, but says they’ll approach it the same way.“Look we didn’t expect that result, and we probably thought we were going to have to beat Dundalk, now we know a draw will do, but we’re going to approach it in the same way we always approach games.“We’re looking for the win, and we’re looking to finish the job. “We’ve been a sleeping giant for long enough, and it’s time to change that.Cork City have been allocated with 600 tickets for Friday’s match, and the game is also being televised live on RTE Two.Dunleavy expects there to be more Cork City fans than the 600 that’s been touted.“I’m sure they’ll dotted all over the ground, and they’ll be a right few from Ballybofey down as well. “We’re looking forward to it and I said, we’re looking to finish the job off.CORK CITY SKIPPER JOHNNY DUNLEAVY READY TO FINISH THE JOB ON FRIDAY NIGHT was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BallybofeyCork CityDundalkJohnny DunleavynewssoccerSportlast_img read more

Go Geocaching and Don’t Forget Your Sheep

first_imgHere’s a little geocaching scenario for you. You’re about to embark on your next geocaching adventure. Your mind starts racing through the all-too-familiar checklist: GPS (check), pen (check), extra batteries (check)… wait, you’re forgetting something. What could it be? Extra batteries? Nope. You almost forgot to bring your stuffed-animal sheep. Whew, that was a close call.That’s the actual geocaching checklist for Ontario’s Cheryl Shaw and her husband Dave Devine. They call themselves “Team Sheep.”Cheryl and Dave (minus sheep)Cheryl and Dave started geocaching just over a year ago. Almost all of their 401 finds share something in common— a picture of their stuffed animal sheep with the cache. Cheryl says, “I now own more pictures of that sheep than I do of my family.”The whole practice of posing a stuffed animal by a cache began innocently enough.Cheryl says, “It all started with some travel coin I picked up. They wanted a picture with the coin and me. But somehow I didn’t feel like being photographed that day. So I looked around my house for something cutesy to photograph with the coin and found ‘sheep’ sitting on my sewing table. ‘Good enough,’ I thought, and out the door I went to go caching. Since then, I have photographed the sheep at every cache we have found.”Sheep proposesThe sheep, and his wardrobe, evolved. He now has several outfits, everything from a karate uniform, fatigues and a hockey jersey to seasonal outfits for Easter, Halloween and Christmas. He even has a tux.Cheryl says that the sheep recently got serious about a relationship: “Last week he even proposed to a fellow cacher ring and all!”The other cacher had just gotten engaged. Cheryl says the sheep has developed his own personality. The log that accompanies the proposal picture reads: “We told the geo sheep about how Lisa got engaged and he was a little heartbroken, ‘Tell her that if things don’t work out with that nano guy I’m available!’ he said.’Sure thing’ we said, ‘You were definitely her second choice.’”“It certainly adds to the fun to geocache with an avatar,” Cheryl says. “Cache owners have appreciated the sheep pictures. When people contact me they act like sheep is real, such as ‘say hi to sheep for me, or sheep looked very handsome today or sorry I missed meeting the sheep.’” She has even received fan mail for sheep.Even if you never see sheep on your geocaching rounds, Cheryl hopes the idea travels. “I would thoroughly recommend that other cachers use an avatar. It’s fun. It’s more than just signing a log and running away. We try very hard to pose the sheep and take several pictures, choosing the best one for the web page.”She says that there are other benefits to using an avatar as well.  “We tend to remember all our caches better, and best of all sheep always has some smart remark or stupid joke about the cache. (He can get away with saying things I can’t.)”With more than 400 cache logs in one year, there’s no telling where sheep may show up next. If you’re in the Ottawa, Ontario area, you can now visit Cheryl’s first “sheep-themed” cache, “The Sheeps’ Revenge” (GC25CMF).Would you ever consider using an avatar? What sort of avatar would you use?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more

SOA: Develop a Five-Year Plan for SOA Excellence

first_imgAnother study has been released, this time by Butler and DataMonitor, predicting a slow but steady move towards industry-wide acceptance of SOA as the enterprise architecture of choice.  By 2012 Butler foresees a new landscape in businesses where IT interacts with the rest of the enterprise in a way that is much different than it does today.The Butler/DataMonitor study surveyed 90 US and European companies and their results mirror those of a number of other similar studies.  The Butler study found that SOA is on the radar for most organizations, and many companies have dabbled in the technology or started pilots, but full implementations have been limited to companies in the technology and financial industries sectors.30% of those surveyed have started SOA trials.  But adoptors have run into some roadblocks centered around security, performance, reliability and data management.  In particular, in the area of security, users have identified the need for more sophisticated access control.The IT department also needs to be remolded to support a different type of infrastructure that can address the performance requirements of a layered, services-based environment.SOA implementations allow organizations to squeeze more value from their IT dollars, saving them money in integrating software, providing greater reuse, and increased flexibility.  But the study found that the high level of hype surrounding SOA has brought with it some confusion and a misunderstanding about how to go about building an SOA environment.As many others recommend, Butler also advises a policy of starting SOA with a global view and then slowly building out that world perspective by implementing small projects that can address specific business requirements.  A reasonable approach is to have a five year plan, starting in 2007, that can significantly push organizations into broad SOA architectures by 2012.To quench the demand for SOA-savvy IT professionals, many vendors are providing more education about SOA.  This week, for example, IBM announced their plans to open eight SOA Leadership centers (SLC) around the world that would provide education, training, implementation and demonstration of SOA technologies.last_img read more