Marva Bernard, the immediate past president of Netball Jamaica (NJ), is refuting a statement made by incumbent president Dr Paula Daley Morris that the organisation is in the red. Bernard, who stepped down as president last weekend after 10 years at the helm of Netball Jamaica, said that while the organisation is in need of funding, it is by no means in the red. Daley Morris, who was officially sworn in as president during NJ’s annual general meeting on Saturday, during an interview with The Gleaner, published on Wednesday, November 18, in reference to the financial standing of the organisation, was quoted saying: “My biggest challenge is funding. We are in the red, and it’s not easy to take over something in the red, and that is why we have got to get a handle on things so we can come out of the red.” But according to Bernard, while Netball Jamaica is not awash with cash, it is not in debt. In an email obtained by The Gleaner, which was sent out to members of Netball Jamaica’s hierarchy, Bernard stated, “In response to the article in (today’s) Gleaner ascribed to President Paula, I wish to apprise you of the fact that the organisation was not left in the red. I agree that our biggest challenge is funding, but we are not in the red.” The Gleaner understands that prior to last weekend’s AGM, there was a board meeting to approve the audited financial statements as at June this year. Daley Morris was in attendance at that meeting along with the Chairperson of the Audit and Finance Committee, Millicent Hughes. An interim report on the income and expenses for July to October was presented to the AGM on the weekend and a balance sheet and cash balance were presented to the new president and her team. In the email, Bernard outlined that as of October 31, 2015, after all expenses associated with Netball World Cup in August had been paid, Netball Jamaica had J$6.2 million in several bank accounts. In addition to the money in the accounts, there was also in excess of $6 million coming in from sponsors, and other contracts were being negotiated. Netball Jamaica also has more than $3 million in investments. Bernard revealed that there are ongoing negotiations with Best Dressed, which is expected to return as sponsors as well as a deal for petrol for the team buses. There are also sponsorship deals from Berger Paints, Sunshine Cereals, Jamaica National Building Society, and Supreme Ventures that will be triggered early next year once the respective domestic leagues begin. There is also a deal in place with Tastee to provide meals for members of the Under-21 team up until December 31, 2015. The Under-21 team is the only one without a sponsor at this time. The past president also outlined the organisation’s debts. “Yes, we owe and the major creditor is the Independence Park Limited. The current portion of that debt is $3million. We must pay down that and I will be vigorously working to get the GOJ to write off the amount of $9 million capped at 2013,” she stated. The immediate past president warned that ill-advised public statements could only harm the association as it seeks to move forward under new leadership.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week On Thursday, leaning on a cane and sporting a bandaged head after a fall, Pinter told reporters that he felt “quite overwhelmed” by the honor. “I have no idea why they gave me the award. I respect their judgment. I am very grateful,” he said. Pinter continues a long tradition of Nobel laureates who believe in taking sides and not settling for art for art’s sake. Last year’s winner, Austria’s Elfriede Jelinek, once instructed her publishers to withhold the performance rights of her plays in Austrian theaters as long as the rightist Freedom Party was part of the government. Germany’s Guenter Grass, who won in 1999, has been one of his country’s leading liberals and repeatedly questioned the reunification of East Germany and West Germany. American John Steinbeck, winner in 1962, supported numerous Democrats. More famously, he immortalized the poverty of the Depression with his classic, “The Grapes of Wrath.” British playwright David Hare cited Pinter’s political engagement in praising his Nobel victory. “Not only has Harold Pinter written some of the outstanding plays of his time, he has also blown fresh air into the musty attic of conventional English literature by insisting that everything he does has a public and political dimension,” said Hare, whose own political works include the Iraq war drama “Stuff Happens.” Pinter, the son of a Jewish tailor, was born in 1930 and was a rebel from an early age, declaring himself a conscientious objector and refusing to do then-compulsory military service. He was influenced by anti-Semitism and by the wartime bombing of London. He would at times open the back door and “find our garden in flames,” he wrote. He published poetry under the name “Harold Pinta” and emerged as a playwright with “The Birthday Party” (1957), in which the intruders Goldberg and McCann enter the retreat of Stanley, a young man who is hiding from childhood guilt and who tells them, “You stink of sin; you contaminate womankind.” The play established Pinter’s dark, distinctive style that could stop hearts with the conversational pause and that relished the juxtaposition of brutality and the banal. His characters’ internal fears, longings, guilt and unruly sexual drives are set against the neat lives they have constructed to survive – a grim game in which actions often contradict words. Influenced by Samuel Beckett, Pinter once said of language: “The speech we hear is an indication of that which we don’t hear. It is a necessary avoidance, a violent, sly and anguished or mocking smoke screen, which keeps the other in its true place.” In “The Caretaker” (1959), which established him as a commercial and critical success, a manipulative old man threatens the fragile relationship of two brothers. “The Homecoming” (1964) explores the hidden rage and confused sexuality of an all-male household by inserting a woman. Over time, his attention turned to the world at large. A vocal critic of the market economics of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s – he said his vote for her in 1979 was “idiotic, infantile” – his work became more overtly political. “The New World Order,” billed as “a short satiric response to the Gulf War,” was a 10-minute play in the early 1990s whose title is derived from a phrase used by then-President George H.W. Bush. In 2003, Pinter published a volume of anti-war poetry about the current Iraq conflict. He later joined a group of celebrities calling for the impeachment of Blair, who sent British troops to Iraq. Although a harsh critic of Britain, Pinter told the BBC in 2002 that he loves many things about it – the English countryside, cricket and “a fundamental decency in the country itself.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In honoring British playwright Harold Pinter on Thursday, Nobel Prize judges have again chosen an artist of literary achievement and political contention. The 75-year-old Pinter, the most influential British playwright of his generation, is also an unrelenting critic of the U.S. involvement in Iraq – under both Bush presidencies – and of the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair. “I think the world is going down the drain if we’re not very careful,” a frail but defiant Pinter, who has been treated for throat cancer in recent years, said to reporters outside his London home. Pinter will receive $1.3 million for winning the Nobel, and he can expect a boost in sales of his writings. His U.S. publisher, Grove/Atlantic Inc., announced Thursday that it will print an additional 25,000 copies of a new collection of political writings, “Death Etc.,” for a total of 31,000. A volume of his plays has been climbing quickly on Amazon.com.