JUST IN: ‘We remain committed to anti-doping’ … JAAA explains IAAF ‘no vote’

first_imgThe Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has moved to assure that its decision not to vote on constitutional changes at the recent IAAF Special Congress in Monaco does not suggest any discord in it’s solidarity with the fight against doping in the sport. In a release issued late Friday night, the JAAA pointed to what it described as an unprecedented requisite for member federations to vote en masse on 15 proposals, which were to be implemented across two constitutions and executed at the beginning of the years 2017 and 2019. The release, which was signed by General Secretary Garth Gayle, outlines that there was no opportunity to examine individual points and that the JAAA would have preferred further discussions on five particular proposals included in the 15–point plan put forward by the IAAF at the Congress. Among the Jamaican authority’s grouses is the decision to alter the composition of the Council to reflect gender balance. The JAAA contends that this decision was taken by a small group of individuals and needed further discussion at the Congress level. The JAAA also argues that the current age limit of 70 years old, which was agreed in the 2015 constitution, was removed without any discussion at Congress, and also noted their discontent that committees would no longer be elected by Congress but would instead be appointed under the new plan. Other issues raised by the JAAA include term limits. “Term limits were already agreed to and included in the 2015 constitution. In this new document, the three-term maximum period is still included, but would no longer apply to the existing council members who could serve until 2027 if re-elected. Some of these members have already served four terms,” read the JAAA’s response. The organisation also argues that the Council’s Executive Board would be drastically changed without full discussion among member federations. It is against these issues and the fact that they could not vote on individual points that the JAAA says it decided to not cast a vote at all. “First and foremost, the member countries were not asked to vote on any one issue. There was a list of 15 different proposals contained in two constitutions which Congress was asked to ‘Rubber Stamp’ (vote for without amendment). This in itself was unprecedented. We know of no other time in the 104-year history of the IAAF that federations had to vote for a series of proposals as a unit. We would have preferred for items to be separated, discussed and voted on individually,” read the JAAA statement. “The JAAA is also keen to point out that at no point were we against any changes that would see tighter restrictions against drug cheats. Our president Dr Warren Blake’s introduction to the JAAA executive was as a drug tester and the Federation has always opposed doping in sports and have consistently fought to eliminate doping in sport,” the release added. The IAAF was forced into change on the back of the uncovering of a massive doping and corruption scandal that rocked the international body. New IAAF president Sebastian Coe, who replaced Lamine Diack, who is at the centre of the scandal, has  led a charge to clean up the sport and return its credibility. At the base of that effort is a 15-point plan that included anti-doping, regulation and administrative changes that is hoped will lift the sport. Coe’s proposals were overwhelmingly welcomed with 95 per cent of the member federations voting in favour of a constitutional reform at the Congress, which took place on December 3.last_img read more

Jorg Wolff Foundation Identifies with 3 Orphanages

first_imgAhead of Liberia’s 168 Independence Day Celebration, Jorg Wolff Foundation, a German Christian based group through the New Apostolic Church in Liberia, last week presented food and non- items valued at about US$6,000 to three orphanage homes in Lofa and Nimba Counties.The beneficiaries includes the Amazing Grace Children Mission in Lofa County, the Hope in Christ Orphanage Mission and the Perseverance Children Center both in Nimba County.In separate remarks while presenting the items, Apostle Andrew Wreh, head of the New Apostolic Church in Liberia, said the funds was a personal donation of the Jorg Wolff Foundation to the orphans.Apostle Wreh used the occasion to call on philanthropists, Christians and other religion group to assist in the caring for the vulnerable in the society, which he said, was one of the major focuses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.According to him, if that were to be followed, then it would help to supplement government’s efforts by fulfilling some of the social requirements of the needy in the country.The items included rice, cooking oil, sugar, toothpastes, toothbrushes and exercise books. He expressed the hope that the presentation would inspire other organizations and individuals.Mother Siatta Sinaquah, who received the items on behalf of one of the Amazing Grace Children Mission, thanked the church and the donor for the gesture, which she described as “remembering the needy in the society.”She said the children in the home made-up of 132 were being cared for by other donors and personal contributions from other goodhearted persons.She emphasized that major problem facing the home was food, adding that the home spent hundreds of United States dollars very week on food.Mother Sinaquah appealed to organizations and individuals to provide used clothing, storybooks, food items and teaching and learning materials to enhance the education of the children.The Foundation is named under its founder, Jorg Wolff who is a successful businessman, a volunteer worker and a humanitarian.He has been volunteering his services in numerous programs and extended financial support to aid project particularly in West Africa.Mr. Wolff remains engaged in many of those undertakings and always advocates for the common good of humankinds.Mr. Wolff found himself confronted with the devastating situation and got involved to bring relief to those suffering, which led him to create the foundation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Laura Chick denounces poor accountability at LAUSD

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Chick criticized the district’s previous audits for not focusing on improving education, noting that about 70 percent focused on general administrative issues such as petty cash, budget analysis and contract reviews. She also said it is unclear how the district has used the information provided by the audits, analyses and reviews to effect positive change. Chick reiterated her offer to conduct an audit that she believes will cost between $800,000 and $1 million, and said her audit would provide a more concise and comprehensive review with recommendations that would measure results. School Superintendent Roy Romer and members of the Los Angeles Board of Education had scheduled a press conference later today to respond to Chick’s findings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles Unified School District shows a “a disturbing lack of transparency and accountability,” City Controller Laura Chick said today after reviewing more than 1,000 district audits, reports and studies. Chick, whose offer in December to audit the district was rebuffed, said that while LAUSD management has been subject to hundreds of reviews it appears to lack a clear, overall picture of what has been reviewed, where the problems are, and what areas may need additional attention. “The most important question is, what has the school district done with all these hundreds of reports?” she said. Chick’s findings come as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has pushed for a change in how the school system is governed, putting it under mayoral control.last_img read more