Israel’s Netanyahu, Gantz see ‘significant progress’ toward unity govt

first_img‘What my nation needs’Netanyahu, in office since 2009, was in January charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, but the start of his trial has been delayed by the pandemic.He denies the charges.The divided anti-Netanyahu forces, who held a narrow majority in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, on Wednesday forced the ouster of speaker Yuli Edelstein, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party. Gantz then put himself forward as speaker, triggering the break-up of Blue and White, with Telem and Yesh Atid accusing Gantz of surrendering “without a fight” to Netanyahu.On Friday, Gantz justified his move as being “what my nation needs” given the coronavirus pandemic.”I won’t be the one who categorically refuses to step in and pull my weight in a state of emergency,” he wrote on Facebook.There were no official details of the likely makeup of a future government, but Netanyahu has in past weeks proposed 18-month premiership terms — with him taking the first, to be followed by Gantz.Reports said that at least three people who were not originally part of Gantz’s party would be seeking to join him in Netanyahu’s coalition.Spokespeople for Blue and White and the Likud would not provide any details on what any agreement to form a government might entail.One of the main questions centered on who takes over as justice minister, replacing the current Netanyahu loyalist now overseeing the legal proceedings against the prime minister. “Significant progress was made during the meeting,” it added. “During the course of the day, an additional meeting will be held in order to come to a finalized agreement.”Both leaders have previously voiced support for a unity government to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.Gantz was tasked with forming a government following March 2 elections — a task he had already been unable to complete after two national polls last year — and there was no guarantee he would succeed this time, given rifts within the anti-Netanyahu bloc. The former chief of Israel’s army, Gantz has subsequently tempered his long-time opposition to working with Netanyahu, due to the dangers presented by the coronavirus. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his erstwhile rival Benny Gantz on Sunday announced “significant progress” in talks towards forming an emergency unity government amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.Gantz, whose now fractured centrist Blue and White alliance had positioned itself as the alternative to Netanyahu in three inconclusive elections over the past year, was elected parliament speaker Thursday. The two men held talks through Saturday night “aimed at establishing a national emergency government to deal with the corona crisis and the additional challenges facing the State of Israel”, said a joint statement from Blue and White and Netanyahu’s Likud party. But that move has provoked an implosion of the anti-Netanyahu block Gantz had led.A parliamentary committee on Sunday afternoon formalized Blue and White’s fracture, with Gantz’s faction keeping that name.The dissidents were rebranded as Yesh Atid-Telem, incorporating the Yair Lapid and Moshe Yaalon parties. “We will keep a watchful eye over the work of this government and create a real alternative for the State of Israel,” the new grouping said in a statement after the split. Topics :last_img read more

LAPFF moves against EC with IFRS 9 ‘maladministration’ claim

first_imgThe Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has demanded that the European Commission demonstrate that it has followed a lawful procedure in endorsing International Financial Reporting Standard 9, Financial Instruments (IFRS 9).The standard is the new financial instruments accounting rulebook that banks and other businesses must follow throughout the European Union from next January to account for their assets and liabilities.In a strongly worded letter to the Commission, the LAPFF writes: “Unless the Commission can demonstrate transparently and objectively that the endorsement of IFRS 9 has properly taken account of member and creditor protection (including the relevant parts of the Capital Maintenance Directive), we believe there will be a very clear case of maladministration.”The LAPFF has requested that the Commission present hard evidence to back its assertions within 30 days. The LAPFF first contacted the EU’s so-called three presidents on 7 October last year, alleging that the EU had followed a “defective” endorsement process.Former EU commissioner Jonathan Hill rehearsed the EU’s IFRS endorsement criteria in a response to a question tabled by Syed Kamall MEP last year.In summary, the LAPFF claims that neither the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group nor the Accounting Regulatory Committee has applied those criteria.It also believes that both the European Council and the Parliament have been given a defective position concerning IFRS 9 endorsement.At the heart of the long-running spat over IFRS 9 is the view that IFRSs generally fail to deliver adequate cross-border member and creditor protection in the EU.Long-term investors such as that LAPFF argue that defective IFRS standards, such as those used by major banks, overstate balance sheets and result in fantasy dividends being paid from what are ultimately shareholder funds.Key to the LAPFF view is the notion that an investor is not necessarily interested in a dividend payment but also in protecting its long-term capital stake in an investment target.In other words, such investors want an accounting model that reflects assets correctly, as they see it, rather than one they fear misrepresents a company’s solvency position.This concern is particularly acute in the case of a rights issue.In a response dated 9 December, the vice-president of the Commission, Valdis Dumbrovskis, strongly rejected the LAPFF claims that “the endorsement process for IFRS 9 has been defective”.Dumbrovskis went on to defend the robustness of the IASB’s due process and backed the procedures followed by both the ARC and EFRAG.An LAPFF spokesperson told IPE: “The LAPFF has kept its options open. Maladministration is the basis for an investigation by the Ombudsman. IFRS adoption is a delegated power for the Commission to get right and not the Council or Parliament.“The problem the Commission has is that there is no evidence of the correct endorsement criteria – inclusive of capital maintenance – but lots of evidence of parties involved in endorsement denying capital maintenance.”In September 2015, IPE reported that sources close to the IFRS 9 issue in Brussels had claimed the EU would eventually endorse IFRS 9 but that Parliament would pass a motion that was critical of IFRS and the IASB.In June last year, the European Parliament subsequently censured IFRSs in an own-initiative motion.last_img read more

ESG roundup: PGGM backs airport group’s green bond

first_imgThe €215bn Dutch asset manager PGGM has invested €10m in a green bond issued by Dutch airport operator Royal Schiphol Group. The investment – on behalf of the €206bn healthcare scheme PFZW and its other clients – contributed to the state-owned transport group raising €500m for a programme to make its operations energy-neutral by 2040.The bond was reportedly the first green-labelled public debt issue from a European airport operator.PGGM said the Schiphol Group – which runs Amsterdam Schiphol, the Netherlands biggest airport – needed €1.2bn by 2023 for the electrification of all its ground transport as well as setting up an energy supply from geothermal and biofuel sources. It added that it also wanted to construct a new terminal and pier in accordance with a high sustainability standard. The 12-year green bond was considered by PFZW to be an investment in climate solutions, in which the scheme has already invested €7bn in total.PGGM said green bonds were fully fledged impact investments “as they comply with strict international standards on sustainability and reporting”.Bob Rädecker, PGGM’s chief investment officer for public markets, highlighted that the aviation industry was facing a huge challenge to become sustainable during the coming decades, and said that “greening” of its infrastructure was a first and important step.Peter Borgdorff, director of PFZW, said the investment “would go well with the scheme’s participants, as it would contribute to a decent pension as well as to a liveable world”.“Many of them use the airports of Royal Schiphol Group, and it would be good if they are aware that their pension capital contributed to making the airports’ activities sustainable.”As well as Amsterdam’s airport, the Schiphol group owns or has stakes in three other Dutch airports and one in Australia. It also runs Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport in New York.IIGCC offers pension funds ‘how to’ guide on climate and investmentThe Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) has produced a guide to support pension fund trustees and board members in their deliberations on taking account of climate-related risks and opportunities.The IIGCC said it had produced the guide in response to changes in regulation as European policymakers and regulators increasingly acted to ensure pension funds were taking account of financially material considerations posed by climate change.Citing a survey from Mercer and a study carried out by the Environmental Audit Committee in the UK’s lower house of parliament, the IIGCC said “the majority of pension funds have been shown to be unprepared” for the regulatory changes. The guide was intended to be a practical tool, providing a series of questions and answers, examples of best practice, and useful resources.“We’ve reached the point at which both the science and the policy requires more urgent action from trustees to understand how climate change will impact their scheme’s assets and liabilities,” said Jennifer Anderson, investment manager at £10bn (€11.3bn) TPT Retirement Solutions.“That is not a straightforward exercise but acting on climate change is about the investment opportunities it brings as much as it is about understanding the risks and broader regulatory requirements.”The guide was produced with the support of TPT, Legal and General Investment Management and Finance Dialogue, and can be found here .UK public pension fund selects new smart beta climate index The £9bn Merseyside Pension Fund has opted to use a climate and multi-factor global equity index to be launched by FTSE Russell next month.The index provider said Merseyside – part of the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) – had selected it to support the implementation of its climate risk strategy within its listed equity portfolio.Owen Thorne, investment manager at Merseyside, said the index provided the pension fund with “an investable, risk-efficient means of achieving our decarbonisation goals”.Merseyside was one of a group of LGPS investors to announce investment pledges linked to the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. Its chair said the scheme would shift a third of its passive UK and US equity allocation to low carbon benchmarks by the end of the year.The new FTSE Russell index provides multi-factor exposure to the FTSE All-World index and combines these with climate change “considerations”, including carbon efficiency, fossil fuel reserves and the green revenues of index constituents.last_img read more

Gay unions a ‘risk to kids’, say doctors

first_imgPerth Now 13 May 2012Victoria’s deputy chief psychiatrist – and State Government-appointed equal opportunities champion – has joined forces with doctors lobbying the Federal Government to ban same-sex marriage. Twenty-two Victorian GPs, anaesthetists, obstetricians, palliative care specialists and psychiatrists, including Prof Kuravilla George, have joined 150 colleagues interstate to argue gay marriage poses a health risk to society. In a letter to the Senate’s inquiry into marriage equality, the group wrote that it was “important for the future health of our nation” to retain the definition of marriage as being between a man and woman. “We submit the evidence is clear that children who grow up in a family with a mother and father do better in all parameters than children without,” they wrote. The doctors also said they were concerned legalising gay marriage would “normalise” homosexual behaviour and the “health consequences” linked with it, such as HIV and syphilishttp://www.perthnow.com.au/gay-unions-a-risk-to-kids-say-doctors/story-fn6mhb6v-1226354150678last_img read more

Reflections of Fidel : A will of iron (Part 2)

first_imgFidel Castro. Image via: globalresearch.caWHEN, in 1976, the most serious terrorist acts were committed against Cuba, in particular the in-flight sabotage of a Cuban airliner which had departed from Barbados with 73 persons aboard – among them pilots, flight attendants and auxiliary personnel offering their services to the airline, the complete juvenile fencing team which had won all the gold medals contested in the Central American and Caribbean Championship, Cuban passengers and those from other countries who had confidence in that plane. The act created such indignation, that the most extraordinary crowd ever seen in the Plaza de la Revolución gathered to close the mourning period, of which there is graphic evidence. The painful scenes were and are unforgettable. Perhaps leaders in the United States and many people around the world did not have the opportunity to see them. It would be illustrative to have those images disseminated by the mass media so that others might understand the motivation of our heroic anti-terrorist fighters.Bush Sr. was an important official within the U.S. intelligence services when these forces were given the mission of organizing the counterrevolution in Cuba. The CIA created, in Florida, the largest operations base in the Western Hemisphere, which took charge of subversive efforts in Cuba. It organized attempts to assassinate leaders of the Revolution and took responsibility for the plans and plots which, had they been successful, would have cost many lives on both sides, given the resolve of our people demonstrated in Playa Girón [Bay of Pigs], to struggle to their last drop of blood. Bush never understood that Cuba’s victory saved many lives, both Cuban and U.S. ones.The monstrous Barbados crime was committed when he was head of the CIA, with almost as much authority as President Ford.In June of that year, he called a meeting in Bonao, in the Dominican Republic, to create the Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations, under the personal supervision of Vernon Walters, the CIA deputy director. Take note: “United Revolutionary Organizations.”Orlando Bosch and Posada Carriles, active CIA agents, were designated leaders of this organization. Thus a new stage of terrorist acts against Cuba was initiated. October 6, 1976, Orlando Bosch and Posada Carriles personally directed the sabotage which caused the Cubana plane to explode in flight.Authorities in Barbados arrested the four persons involved and returned them to Venezuela.The scandal was so huge that the government of that country, allied with the United States at the time and an accomplice in its crimes within and without Venezuela, had no alternative but to prosecute them in Venezuelan courts.The Sandinista Revolution had triumphed in July of 1979 [in Nicaragua] and a bloody, dirty war promoted by the United States broke out in that country. Reagan was President of the United States.When Gerald Ford replaced Nixon, the attempts to assassinate foreign leaders had created such a scandal that he prohibited U.S. agents from participating in such acts. Congress denied funds for the dirty war in Nicaragua. Posada Carriles was needed. The CIA, through the so-called Cuban-American National Foundation, bribed the relevant jailers with healthy sums and the terrorist walked out of prison like any other visitor. Moved immediately to Ilopango, El Salvador, he not only organized the distribution of weapons which led to thousands of deaths and mutilations among Nicaraguan patriots, but also, with CIA cooperation, acquired drugs in Central America, smuggled them into the U.S. and bought weapons in the country for Nicaraguan counterrevolutionaries.In the interest of space, I will omit numerous factual details of this brutal history.It is impossible to understand why the illustrious Nobel Peace Prize winner who presides over the United States government, is willing to repeat the stupid idea that Cuba is a terrorist country and is keeping four Cuban anti-terrorist fighters in isolated prisons and inhumane conditions, a sanction which has not been imposed on any other adversary of the United States – much less when no U.S. military force has indicated that these Cubans represent any danger whatsoever – and preventing René from returning to his homeland and his family’s embrace.That same Sunday, October 9, when René conveyed his courageous message to the people of Cuba, he recorded and filmed another fraternal “Message to Fidel and Raúl.” On the advice of Ricardo Alarcón, President of the National Assembly, neither message was made public until the Florida District Court probation officer had formally communicated to him the conditions of his three years of “supervised release.”Now that that requisite has been met I am pleased to inform our people of the textual content of the message which so much honors our heroes and expresses their exemplary behavior and will of iron:Dear Comandante:First of all an embrace, my gratitude and appreciation not just for all of the support that you have invested in us, for the way in which you have mobilized an entire people and have mobilized international solidarity for our case, but – in the first place – for having served as an inspiration to us, for having been the example which we have followed during these 13 years, and for having been for us a flag behind which we were always going to march.For us, this mission has been nothing more than the continuation of everything that you have done, which your generation did for the Cuban people and the rest of humanity.For me it is an enormous pleasure to send you this message, to send you a temporal embrace in this way, because I know that we will finally embrace each other; however much our adversaries try to prevent it, I know that we are going to give each other that embrace. I know that we Five will return because you promised that and because you have mobilized energy, the best of humanity, the will of everyone to make that happen. For us, it is an honor to serve the cause which you inspired in the people of Cuba, to be your followers, followers of the path which you and Raúl opened, and we will never stop being worthy of this confidence that you deposited in us.To both of you, to you Fidel, to Raúl, who is now guiding us in this new difficult, complex but glorious stage in which we are immersed in order to break the economic dependence which still fetters us and prevents us from constructing the society we want, I send an embrace from the Five, and say to you both that we always had confidence in you. When we were alone in the hole, when we were incommunicado, when we couldn’t receive any news, when my four brothers knew nothing about their families because they could not tell them, we always had confidence in you both, we always knew that you would not abandon your sons, because we always knew that the Revolution never abandoned those who defended it. That is why it deserves to be defended and that is why we shall always do so.And although I am not sure that we deserve all the honors that have been given us, I can say to you that the rest of our lives will be dedicated to meriting them, because you inspire us, because you are the flag which taught us how to conduct ourselves and, to the end of our days, we will try to be worthy of the confidence which you deposited in us.For me now, this is a trench in which I will continue in the same combat to which you called me and I will keep going to the end, until justice is done, following your orders, doing what has to be done.For me now, this is a trench in which I will continue in the same combat to which you called me and I will keep going to the end, until justice is done, following your orders, doing what has to be done.Fidel Castro RuzOctober 17, 201110:35 p.m. Tweet Sharing is caring! 15 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Share NewsRegional Reflections of Fidel : A will of iron (Part 2) by: – October 19, 2011last_img read more

Kelver Darroux focused on the youth

first_imgLocalNews Kelver Darroux focused on the youth by: – January 5, 2012 Sharing is caring! Hon. Kelver DarrouxParliamentary Representative for the St. Joseph Constituency Kelver Darroux says he is focused on the youth because of his deep passion for their development.Darroux says while government will continue to put young people at the center of its development goals, the youths of St Joseph have proven themselves over the years.“The youth have always been very close to my heart and we continue to have a deep passion for the development and empowerment of the young people. I believe that in my community we need to continue to provide opportunities for young people in terms of skill training and education. Over the last two years we have seen a number of young people receive assistance towards education and that I believe is very important,” he said.According to Darroux, St. Joseph will also benefit from universal secondary education and sports.“We have seen our young people participate in cultural activities, even if St. Joseph is still in the process of having a cultural group formed. We also see the active participation of the youth in community projects and that augers well for their development,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share 28 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Capiz guv lifts border restrictions

first_imgWhile the lifting of border restrictions was agreed, according to Iloilo Provincial Administrator Suzette Mamon, the Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Industry Authority and related agencies were reminded to further strengthen their operation against the illegal entry of locally stranded individuals and undocumented persons from other regions via seaports. * Vehicles carrying essential goods, products and medical supplies, and those hauling, delivering or purchasing goods and merchandise, whether food or non-food, construction materials, and aggregates and other materials, such vehicle shall contain only a maximum three persons consisting of a driver and two helpers or companions. * Other persons transported  through the efforts of the National Government, upon contact of the necessary protocols, and in concurrence with the receiving local government unit concerned ILOILO City – Taking cue from the provincial government of Iloilo, Gov. Esteban Contreras of Capiz also lifted the border restrictions he imposed on July 2. * Locally stranded Individuals returning to the province organized by the concerned government units in the Province of Capiz  * Patients requiring or availing medical services in the Province of Capiz who are not infected with COVID-19. They shall be allowed only one companion and one driver Monday’s regional inter-agency task force meeting held at Casa Real de Iloilo was attended by Gov. Esteban Contreras of Capiz, Gov. Samuel Gumarin of Guimaras, Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City, and Governor Defensor. * Armored vans or vehicles of banks and of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, subject to a visual inspection of the persons inside He issued Executive Order No. 20-D for this on Tuesday, citing the July 6 meeting of the Western Visayas inter-agency task force on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  where provincial governors of Iloilo, Antique, Negros Occidental, and Aklan agreed to relax their respective border controls. * Repatriated overseas Filipino returning to the province in trips organized by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and othe government agencies  However, these persons shall only be allowed to enter the Province upon presentation of proper identification card and other pertinent documents. * Medical personnel, health workers, first responders, and other emergency personnel responding to an emergency or transporting a victim to a hospital or health facility * Residents of the Provinces of Aklan, Antique, Guimaras, Iloilo City and province, Negros Occidental and Bacolod City traveling therefrom and into the Province * Employees of private business located in the Province of Capiz allowed to operate under the guidelines for modified general community quarantine or these rules * Officials and employees of national government agencies and local government units travelling in the performance of their duties and functions, who shall be required to present a valid government issued identification card Under Contreras’ latest directive, the following are free to cross the province’s borders: Iloilo province, Iloilo City, Capiz, Negros Occidental, and Bacolod City remain under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ, “moderate risk”)./PNlast_img read more

Sacked Smith joins Northampton

first_img Leicester terminated the contracts of Pearson, son of Foxes boss Nigel, and the two other players following an internal investigation into a leaked video of an orgy during a ‘goodwill tour’ of Thailand in which one woman was called a “slit-eye”. Nine days after Smith, Pearson and Hopper were released by the Barclays Premier League side, the former has now joined League Two club Northampton and revealed he is grateful for the opportunity. Speaking to the local media on Friday morning, he said: “Obviously everyone knows I got myself in a situation that I’m deeply ashamed of and sorry for. I’m pleased the manager here has given me a second chance and it’s down to me “We’re all deeply ashamed and sorry – all three of us that took part in it. “I know the club here do a lot to do with anti-racism and I’m hoping to get involved in stuff like that. “The way the papers said it… they’ve come out as if all three of us are racist but it was one comment, that wasn’t made by me, I don’t want that floating above my head. If I’ve got to do (anti-)racism work to prove that, I’ll do that.” Cobblers manager Chris Wilder insisted the club did their due diligence on the incident and were happy to offer Smith a second chance. Wilder was in charge of Oxford in 2013 when they handed goalkeeper Luke McCormick a route back into the Football League after he had bee n jailed for causing the death of two children by dangerous driving. On Smith, Wilder added: “We understand that there will be talk and discussion about what’s happened at Leicester and the situation there. “We all understand that we live in a society that offers people second chances. I’ve met the boy, he’s obviously disappointed in what’s happened and his actions and he has to move on and get on with his life and his career and we’re giving him an opportunity to do that here at this football club. “I think you have to go through all of the details of what’s happened and I’ve been a manager for quite a while now so I’ve had certain situations in my managerial career that I’ve had to do with that are not straightforward situations. “It’s not been taken lightly, this decision. I spoke to the player as well and we’re comfortable now that we can move on. The boy needs to get himself going and do his talking on the football pitch.” Hopper has also found a new club. The 21-year-old, who scored four goals in 12 appearances during a loan spell with the Iron last season, has shown remorse for the incident, according to a Scunthorpe statement. It read: “The club would like to make it clear that we are fully aware of the recent publicity surrounding the young striker and have put a considerable amount of thought into the decision to sign him. “However, Tom is a player that we are very much aware of, having signed him on loan last season, and we feel that we know his true character, which was not represented by this regrettable incident. “While we fully understand the position taken by Leicester City in this matter and we do not condone Tom’s actions, we have discussed the issue at length with the player and he has shown a great deal of remorse and a real willingness to rehabilitate himself. The player accepts fully that his actions were unacceptable and takes full responsibility. “We understand that youngsters can make mistakes, but we are a club who believe in giving people a second chance when they have shown a genuine desire to make amends. “The club hopes that our supporters understand our position on this matter and will allow Tom to do his talking on the pitch, in the knowledge that we will be working with the player closely to rebuild his reputation and ensure there is no repeat of his recent indiscretion.” Press Association Two of the three Leicester players sacked following the emergence of a sexually-explicit video in which racist language was used have found new clubs. Goalkeeper Adam Smith, 22, has signed a two-year deal with the Cobblers and became the first of the trio of ex-Foxes players to find a new team after he was axed along with James Pearson and Tom Hopper earlier this month. Hopper later signed for League One side Scunthorpe. last_img read more

Fort Pierce Navy Museum K-9 Handler Wears Kaepernick Jersey

first_imgThe Navy Museum in Fort Pierce is separate from the Navy Seals and no active duty Navy personnel were involved in the event. The Navy SEALS are investigating after a video surfaced online showing The Navy SEAL Museum using a Colin Kaepernick jersey in a K-9 demonstration at a 2019 fundraiser. The demonstration was held last year and recorded.They say “Navy SEALs and Navy SEAL dogs take down Colin Kaepernick for not standing during National Anthem,” then “Oh man, I will stand” as the crowd laughs. The video shows the dog handler wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey over his protective suit. The Navy Seals responded saying that apparent message behind the video is completely inconsistent with the values of the Navy.Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, FL used @Kaepernick7 stand-in at 2019 fundraiser’s K9 demonstration. They say “Navy SEALs and Navy SEAL dogs take down Colin Kaepernick for not standing during National Anthem,” then “Oh man, I will stand” as the crowd laughs (via @billycorben) pic.twitter.com/tnKJgKhfIb— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) August 3, 2020last_img read more

Hutson ready to work in any position if not re-elected president

first_img… AAG elections set for January 22INCUMBENT Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) president Aubrey Hutson says that while he is hopeful of being re-elected when that body hold its elections later this month, if he does not retain his post he will be looking to work with the fraternity in any way possible.The AAG’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) with elections of office-bearers is scheduled to take place on January 22, at 10:30hrs at the Natural Resource Centre on Woolford Avenue, where approximately nine clubs will vote for a new executive, which includes the president, two vice-presidents, the treasurer, the assistant treasurer, and five council members.“I have indicated to clubs that I am available if they so desire to reelect me,” Hutson said when contacted by this publication yesterday.“If not re-elected this is in no way the end of my involvement in athletics. Whether I am president or not I will always be ready to talk to athletes to give them guidance, and furthering their career as an athlete.“I am ready to go back to working with clubs, even if not Running Braves, I’m willing to start working on opening up more clubs. The sport really and truly needs to expand,” he further said.If Hutson doesn’t win the presidency he’s willing to work in any other position for which he may be nominated and elected to serve.“I don’t know if nominations may have come in for me for other positions, but whatever they would have nominated me for that’s the only thing I can go up for,” he added.Nominations for the executive positions closed last Friday, January 6. Hutson said though he has heard of a few possible candidates through the grapevine, he has not seen the nominations himself as yet.“I’ve heard of many people who are interested in it but I really don’t want to give my mouth liberty to say if that information is true because I didn’t hear that information from the persons themselves.”Putting together the nominations and verifying the eligibility of the constituting clubs will be the work of the AAG Secretary General, Mayfield Taylor-Trim.She explained with nominations closing off only last Friday she is yet to look over the lists of nominees for the various posts, notwithstanding she hopes to get to it by today.Hutson explained that the clubs have a lot of liberty, as the constitution provides for anyone to fill a post on the executive, barring only that they be nominated by a club eligible to vote.“The persons could be anybody. The person doesn’t have to come from a club, the nomination has to come from a club,” Hutson explained.For each of the elected posts, each club will have one vote, with voting done by secret ballot.The AAG elections are quadrennial. The current administration therefore entered office back in 2013. Hutson, a business owner, took over the presidency from then Deputy Superintendent of Police, Colin Boyce.Apart from Hutson, the current executive comprises vice-presidents George Norton and Paul Arthur, treasurer Niall Stanton, assistant treasurer Sheryl Hermonstine, and council members Yvonne October, Silus Brummel, Keith Campbell, and Buster Wright.The positions of General Secretary and Assistant Secretary are decided upon by the executives.last_img read more