Bahamas Government announces job freeze

first_imgJust six weeks after coming to office, the Dr Hubert Minnis administration in the Bahamas has slapped a freeze on hiring in the public service.The moves comes on the heels of damning revelations from Dr Minnis this week that the former Progressive Liberal Party engaged in a US$14 million “wild hiring spree” in the last five months leading up the May 10 general elections.The Government issued a directive to the departmental heads this week that there would be no new hires in the public service unless it was absolutely critical.A June 19 letter, issued by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service Elise Delancy and obtained by the Nassau Guardian newspaper, read: “Please be advised that effective immediately, there should be no new hires or renewal of contracts except where there is a critical need. Under such circumstances, the approval of Cabinet will be required.”Delancy also stressed that the authority to appoint workers solely rests with the Ministry of the Public Service and the Public Service Commission.Public Service Minister Brenzil Rolle recently told Parliament that the public service increased by 6, 500 people during the last term without any consideration given to whether the Government was able to pay them.“Every minister hired whomever they wished, at whatever rank they wished,” he said.Rolle’s charges were also backed by Prime Minister Minnis who added that contractual workers were also engaged in addition to permanent employees.“Between December 2016 and the 9th of May, 2017, 648 persons were brought on at a cost of $10,149,738.40. In April alone, 119 were hired at a cost of $1.9 million and in May, the cost of new hires was $2.5 million,” he said.last_img read more

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Sunday feature: A new offense and many new starters make 2015 Crusader football team a mystery

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 2015 Wellington Crusader football team.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things to know about the 2015 Wellington High School Crusader football team—1. The essentials — Head coach: Tyler Ryan, fourth year. Overall Wellington record: 12-15. Record last year: 5-4. Assistant coaches: Ryan Elder, Tony Ybarra, T.D. Buck, Zane Aguilar, Rick Phelps, Nick Wellington, Ross Foley.  Foley replaces Jesse Dale, who resigned and moved to Colorado.2. Who’s gone?—Gone are 20 seniors from last year’s WHS roster including 2,692 of the 3034 yards of offense accumulated in 2014. Former Quarterback Trevor Nance threw for 1,666 yards with 831 yards going to seniors most notably Colin Reichenberger – Wellington’s nifty record breaking receiver. On the rushing end, the Dukes had 1,368 yards rushing and all but 11 yards graduating.Wellington football coaches implement new Wing T offense.3. Enter the wing T offense—Those who attended the first week and Crusader Club scrimmages saw something different: the wing T offense — a set in which the quarterback lines up directly under center with three running backs positioned not far behind him in a straight line. The backs are positioned tight and will include what Ryan hopes is a deceptive form of offense in which any of the three running backs might have the ball or not.“In years past, we have geared our offense to one or two players,” Ryan said. “This will be more of a make up by committee approach. You’ll see a lot of people being rotated in and out.”Ryan believes this is an approach that will work and will rely on Wellington’s biggest strength: it’s the offensive line.“We have to know our schemes really well,” Ryan said. “This seems like a radical approach from years past. But in the end of the day, we will be doing the same iso, power, traps and counters we have always been doing— just in a different alignment formation.”Cade Phelps will lead the team as quarterback.4. Who is the quarterback?—Without a doubt, the biggest question of the Crusader offseason is who will replace Nance who has been starting at that position since his sophomore year.Ryan is going back to a sophomore, Cade Phelps, a 6-2, 170 pounder with no varsity experience.“We told him this spring, he needs to come into the football season a lot stronger and faster,” Ryan said. “He seems to have done just that and has grasped the schemes well.”The question will be youth and running this new offense. Ryan said Jared Shields, a 6-2, 275 pound, sr. could come into substitute.5. The three backset—Ryan said he has not chosen who will start next Friday at Augusta in the backfield. But the likely starters will most certainly have Connor Phelps, a 6-1, 185 pound, sr., who accumulated 807 yards receiving in 2014. The question will be where will Phelps lineup in the backfield. Ryan said the wing T will include several wide sets for possible passing plays.Also look for Logan Jones, a 6-0, 220 pound, jr. and Remington Gilkey, a 5-10, 150 pound, sr. in the starting lineup. Gilkey started for Reichenberger when he was out with an injury.The offensive and defensive line will be the anchor for this team.6. The offensive line—This group will be the anchor and strength of the team Ryan said.Three players will return with a vengeance. Nick Hyde (6-2, 210, sr.), Jace Lowe (6-3, 260, sr.), and Jason “Peanut” Norris (6-3, 250, Sr.) will bring experience, bulk, and power to what could be one of the best lines in the league. At the time of the interview, Ryan had not decided on the other two starters.Connor Burnett, (6-1, 290, jr.), is Wellington’s biggest player on the team and has been moved to tight end – which could prove to be an interesting dynamic. On the other side, expect Shields to get the start.7. Defensively—Defensively, Wellington loses three of its five 100-plus tacklers from 2014. However, the Norris returns with 114 tackles and Phelps with 122 tackles from 2014.“I feel the defensive line has the makings of being very, very good,” Ryan said. “This is good because our linebackers and safety positions still need some work.”The front line should be some of the same people you will see the offensive line. The linebacking and safety players include Shields, Skyler Struble (5-11, 160, sr.), Gilkey, the Phelps brothers among others.“It’s going to be a lot like the offense, in that we will be substituting several player in and out,” Ryan said.Mulvane has been the true thorn in Wellington’s side these past four years.8. The competition—In 2014, Wellington started the season 4-0 before seeing the rug pull out from under them and losing four out of the final five games and missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. The district, the final three games that determines Wellington’s playoff fate, won’t be easy. Ulysses, which will be making the long trek here this year, is getting all kinds of love, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A Div. 1 in the preseason Wichita Eagle poll.The Crusaders should be competitive against Rose Hill, which will ultimately lead to the game with Mulvane as the test of getting into the playoffs for the first time since 2010.Forget, Andale. Mulvane has had Wellington’s number the past four years and is the reason for the Crusader drought.Before then, Wellington has its work cut out for it. Augusta, once a doormat, was listed in “others” in the preseason poll. Then there are the annual showdowns with Andale and Wichita Collegiate. (see schedule here).9. Predictions—In the preseason Vype Magazine has Wellington slated to finish third in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division IV coaches poll. Wichita Collegiate is slated as the team to beat with Andale finishing second. After Wellington, Mulvane is fourth, Clearwater is fifth and Circle is sixth.In the Class 4A-1 Wichita Eagle rankings the top five goes: 1. Miege, 2. Buhler, 3. Andover Central, 4. Ulysses, 5. Topeka Hayden. In Class 4A-2, Andale is ranked No. 1 with Columbus, Holton, Holcomb and Santa Fe Trail rounding out the top 5.The new Security State Bank 45 second clock posts look sweet as does all of Sellers Park football stadium.10. Odds and ends—Wellington has just eight seniors this year. Interesting tidbit, when senior Skyler Struble’s dad was playing in 1992, there were seven seniors on that team. The 1992 Crusaders went on to play in the state championship game— Wellington’s first home game is Sept. 11 against Goddard Eisenhower. It should be a hoot with new goal posts, new 45-second clock posts, and the ADA accessibility on the home stands. Sellers Park looks as good as it has in years.Cade Phelps will lead the team as quarterback.Mulvane has been the true thorn in Wellington’s side these past four years.The new Security State Bank 45 second clock posts look sweet as does all of Sellers Park football stadium.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Register on Mill Creek Facebook Page for free blooming giveaways

first_imgFall is in Bloom at Mill Creek Lumber. “Like” their FB page to be registered for GIVE-AWAYS and keep up-to-date on fall decorating ideas!All you need to do is like the Mill Creek Lumber Facebook page and tag a friend in the comments below. You and your friend will be entered into a drawing. We are giving away a Sassafras Door Mat with your choice of Insert and a 12″ Patio Pot Mum. We will draw 2 names, 4 people will win! Drawing will be Wednesday 9/28 before 5 pm.  Click here to join their Facebook Page!https://www.facebook.com/millcreeklumber/?fref=tslast_img

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Bill Belichick, with help from Tom Brady, has been main driver of Patriots’ success

first_imgThe Patriots have opened 21 games with someone else in the position since the start of 2001: two before Brady took over when Drew Bledsoe was injured, 15 after he hurt his knee in 2008 and Matt Cassell took over, four when he was suspended in 2016 for Deflategate and Jimmy Garoppolo took over. New England won 13 of those, lost eight, a .619 winning percentage. Not bad for working with backup QBs, even guys as talented as those three.Of course, the greatest ingredient in whether Belichick can succeed without Brady is who is installed as his replacement. Starting quarterbacks are not as easy to find as he, when required, has made it seem. And the most important element of Brady’s success is the circumstance he chooses to enter. He needs a high-level offensive line and some capable (at least) route-running receivers. They both could fail badly in this department.We will learn in the coming season or seasons how well they do separately, whether Instant Karma is going to get either one. Or both. The six Lombardi Trophies won by the New England Patriots are on display at the team’s hall of fame and museum. Nine of the 27 players honored by the Pats played at least some role in claiming those Super Bowl titles. And yet we all know this dynasty is primarily the work of two men.Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are the most successful tandem inside a broader concern since John Lennon and Paul McCartney were forming the core of The Beatles. Those guys eventually split up, though, and so it is with the modern Patriots. Belichick will stay in New England and remain the Pats’ head coach. Brady will go elsewhere, and not merely to sit beside Giselle on some (private) beach.If they could not remain together, this is the wise choice for the Patriots.MORE: Why did Tom Brady leave the Patriots?It is possible that Brady, who will be 43 when his next season begins, has several more years of excellent football in his right arm. It is possible Belichick, who soon will turn 68, shortly may decide he has called enough blitzes and cut enough special teamers that he would prefer to spend his remaining years with his girlfriend, Linda Holliday. Either way, each man is closer to the end of his career than to the beginning.Not only does Belichick’s future appear more extensive, though, he also has been the primary reason for all that excellence. Brady has been a spectacular quarterback, the ideal player to execute his coach’s vision on offense, but there is so much more to what has made the Patriots great than the number of points they score.How do we quantify this? How can we measure one relative to the other, because they have been together for so long and elevated each other so much?Lennon and McCartney shared writing credit on all their Beatles songs, but it was often obvious which one wrote most or all of a particular tune. “Blackbird” was pure McCartney. “Strawberry Fields Forever” had Lennon written all over it. You could even tell which wrote what part of “A Day in the Life.”With the Pats, the separation is even more clear. Belichick has been in control of much of the operation, even before Brady arrived. In fact, he quite obviously brought Brady into the squad. And although a head coach such as Belichick does not have singular control over every defensive or offensive call, or every piece of advice imparted by his position coaches or coordinators, it is his operation.The Patriots finished first in the NFL in scoring defense three times since the dynasty was launched in 2001. They finished first in scoring offense four times. They ranked higher in offense 12 times, in defense five times, and twice they were equal. Even though Belichick’s background is as a defensive coach, the offense has been the primary driver of success.MORE: Who will be Patriots’ new QB? Exploring the optionsBrady essentially is 0-0 without Belichick as his coach. He entered the league in 2000, became the starter in 2001 and has compiled a record of 219-64 as starting QB.last_img read more

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Ellen Outlines Plans for Resilient Health Sector

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has outlined what her administration would do toward improving the nation’s healthcare delivery and resilient health sector.The President, in her Thursday, November 19 address to the nation, said her government’s plans for rebuilding a resilient healthcare system include improved conditions for healthcare workers, upgrading major referral and county hospitals, training of medical personnel and arranging an effective system for drug supply.In the President’s nationwide address, she touched on a number of health issues affecting the entire country. In the health sector, which was severely challenged by Ebola, according to President Sirleaf, her administration has made some achievements. “But the fragility exposed during the Ebola attack was a reflection of the overall fragility of our post-conflict disposition,” the Liberian leader said.Among the achievements in the sector, she told Liberians and their foreign partners that access to health services and to healthcare increased from 41 percent in 2007 to 71 percent in 2013. “This was made possible by increased health facilities from 354 in 2006 to 712 in 2012. Ten public health facilities were established,” she said.She mentioned that before she leaves office, her administration would construction additional health facilities. The President also said that a free package of health services across the country has increased access by 71 percent. However, President Sirleaf stated that maternal mortality, which decreased significantly, has once again climbed to an “unacceptable level due to the impact of Ebola.” She said that progress in reducing infant mortality enabled Liberia to achieve the now expired Millennium Development Goals Number 4, which focused on child mortality. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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