GFC Restructuring Committee highly unbalanced


first_imgDear Editor,On April 26, 2019, following repeated requests from the staff, the GFC Restructuring Committee finally met with staff and introduced the members of the Committee. Various articles have reported on the chaos that erupted following the meeting. However, as was suspected and the reason for withholding the information on the Committee makeup to the general public was that it was clearly an unbalanced Committee. The staff has noted this and during the engagement, questions were consistently asked as to why there was no HR or management specialist on the committee.For general information, the members introduced or announced to staff comprise of at least four political figures from the Government APNU/AFC membership and three other members. To be specific, the convener is an adviser to Minister Trotman and an employee of the Ministry and an AFC executive member. There is also another adviser (female) working out of the Ministry who is also an AFC member, a third AFC member from the lower East Coast of Demerara comes as a Private Sector representative who has vested interest in forestry (this can be a conflict of interest) and is also a senior member of the AFC. All three of these persons were on the AFC list of candidates for the 2015 elections and possibility the 2018 Local Government Elections. Another member introduced is a senior political adviser of the Ministry of the Presidency and a member of the APNU. So here you have four out of seven who are political appointees. The fifth member, a former Director of Conservation International is perhaps the only specialist in environment and management. The sixth member is a GFC lawyer and in private practice and the seventh, and perhaps most junior, is a middle division management staff of GFC.This imbalance did not escape the attention of staff and questions emerged as to the glaring absence of any HR and other specialist trained in these types of activities as part of the panel. No satisfactory answer was provided. The Minister, soon after in a sign of desperation, tried to justify the members of this Committee. However, this is a modern era and these missteps by the Minister will not go unnoticed.Sincerely,Staff (name withheld)last_img read more

Macke Moves Into Second All-Time In Digs At Drake In A 3-0 Loss


first_img Full Schedule Roster ESPN3 Next Game: at Illinois State 11/9/2019 – 5 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Box Score (PDF) center_img Watch Live Story Links PEORIA, Ill. – Drake University junior Kylee Macke moved into second all-time in career digs in the Drake volleyball team’s 3-0 loss at Bradley Friday evening.Macke had 12 digs and now has 1,607 in less than three full seasons at Drake to move past Michelle Tommi.In addition to Macke making history, junior Emily Plock had 24 kills and 14 digs to continue her strong play with her fifth 20-kill night in the last six outings. Plock hit .360 in the loss as Bradley prevailed by set scores of 25-18, 27-25, 25-23.Bradley (12-11, 8-4 MVC) was led by Hannah Thompson’s 12 kills and eight kills plus seven blocks from Sara Maddox.Drake (9-18, 3-11 MVC) committed 11 errors in the first set but regrouped and committed just 11 total miscues the remainder of the evening to keep pace with Bradley.The Bulldogs looked poised to tie the match in the second set with a seven-point lead late in the set. However, Bradley fought off two set points and closed the set on a 15-6 run to take the set and a 2-0 lead in the match.Drake played very even with Bradley in the third set, but Bradley was able to get enough separation late to preserve the four-set win and end the Bulldogs’ evening early.Drake aims to rebound from the loss Saturday when they make the short trip to Illinois State for a 5 p.m. match. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more