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.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The tradeoffs required for the Marine Corps to cope with stringent budget caps over the past several years have come at the expense of efforts to upgrade its training ranges to handle new operational challenges, senior officials from the service told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee last month.“In recognition of the currently constrained fiscal environment, the Marine Corps has been required to sacrifice further range modernization for the sustainment and recapitalization of existing capacities and capabilities,” Maj. Gen. Charles Hudson, commander of Marine Corps Installations Command and assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics, said during a Dec. 3 hearing on the impact of reducing funding for infrastructure and installation support.“This means that we are unable to adequately address the required training enhancements associated with new and emerging operational requirements,” Hudson said.There are some exceptions, however. He cited Congress’ support for expanding the service’s largest and most capable range at Twentynine Palms, Calif. That effort will allow the Marine Corps to exercise a three-maneuver battalion, a Marine expeditionary brigade and a live-fire training environment.Lawmakers also approved funding to expand the Townsend Bombing Range in Georgia, which will allow personnel on the East Coast to train with precision-guided munitions used by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.Maj. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, commanding general of 2nd Marine Division, told the panel the major “training gap” for troops under his command is range modernization.In many cases, a diminished level of funding for infrastructure requires units to travel to other installations to prepare them to be “ready to fight and operate across the full range of military operations,” Beaudreault said.“So that requires me to often go off of installation in places like Twentynine Palms, places like Fort Stewart, Fort Bragg, A.P. Hill, Fort Pickett, where I can ensure that the force that I’m deploying forward can meet every one of its demands,” he stated.Without sufficient funding to upgrade its ranges, the service’s training resources are unable to keep up with the requirements of its newest aircraft.“For example, with the MV-22 we now fly twice as far and twice as fast as legacy helicopters. The Joint Strike Fighter is going to have new weapons systems that … dwarf the capabilities of legacy aircraft today,” Col. Chris Pappas III, commanding officer at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., told the panel.“And they’re putting a great deal of pressure upon our range space that were perfectly acceptable in legacy airframes. … So that is a bigger challenge I think we’re going to have to look at to meet future training challenges,” Pappas said.Learn more about how states and communities can help installations upgrade their range infrastructure at next month’s Installation Innovation Forum 2016. A special focus of the conference will be understanding defense infrastructure and how it impacts an installation’s military value. The conference will be held from Feb. 29-March 2 in Charleston, S.C. More details about the conference program and location are available on the conference website.
Tests of 27 private wells in a neighborhood just outside the southeastern border of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, showed no evidence of harmful contamination by perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a class of chemicals that has been linked to groundwater contamination at a number of active and closed bases across the country.The Navy previously discovered contaminated groundwater on several areas of the former air station. The contamination is believed to have been caused by decades of use of firefighting foam.PFCs were either undetectable or were at levels “well below the health advisory level” for the 27 samples from the first neighborhood tested, Bill Franklin, spokesman for the Navy’s BRAC program, told the Portland Press Herald.The Navy is preparing to test private wells in a neighborhood outside the base’s northern border later this month.Suzanne Johnson, the citizen co-chair of the base’s Restoration Advisory Board, was pleased with the results of the first round of testing of private wells.“We know it hasn’t migrated, so now we need to figure out what to do on the base and how is that [contamination] managed?” Johnson said.Last month, the New York Times reported that DOD’s initial investigation into 664 sites across the nation that potentially have elevated levels of PFCs in their drinking water has been expanded to at least 2,000 sites, most of them on Air Force bases. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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