A ‘Balgobin’ at GPL means a company without vision

first_imgDear Editor,Permit me to express my concern, as an ex-employee, over the issue of abuse of power relative to discriminatory and corruption practices in GPL Inc. There has been outright and open corruption by a certain network of individuals within the GPL staff structure who have been placed to manage the affairs and develop the company’s economic contributions to the country.I have seen privileges given to some individuals in GPL Inc to manage the affairs of this company being misused and abused, creating dynasties of malfeasants. Some have enriched themselves and their cronies and in turn, neglected the very employees who are the pillars to satisfying the daily operations of the company.Many of these employees are now saddled with fear of victimisation and discrimination should they resist the tyrannical behaviours of many of the Executive Directors and some Senior and Junior Managers of this company called GPL Inc. In my opinion, it’s frustrating to experience these repeated behaviours and nothing being done to alleviate the biases and abuse of authority of some Senior Management officials of GPL Inc (surprisingly much of these behaviours are perpetuated from the Human Resources Divisional Heads, enabled by Senior Managers in the very structure).Employees with the right aptitude, initiative, drive, commitment, dedication, honesty, integrity, loyalty and those who are deserving of jobs are not recognised or selected due to displayed nepotism and coupled with unethical labour practices. Up to recent times, we see competent employees with years of experience and qualifications being left out of interviews, just to fuel senior officers’ quest for power, nepotism and cronyism.GPL Inc is ever so often under intense scrutiny and is perceived by the general public as always ready to entertain corrupt practices. Over the years, many of the management and non-management employees have lost sight and focus on their primary jobs and have resorted to unethical and counter-productive performance behaviours in ways unheard of and unprecedented; which has led to inefficiencies in the company.It is time to analyse all that is happening in GPL Inc as we hold the key to our rise in glory or our fall in utter despair.There must be a renewed and objective approach by the Board of Directors and to some extension, the Minister with responsibility for the electricity sector, to rapidly come up with solutions to the overwhelming problems plaguing this company’s inept leadership, incompetence, poor decision-making/accountability, lack of vision, counter-productive and unethical work practices as these solutions are vital in the development of GPL Inc and the country.Furthermore, I am sure that there are employees within the company and some stakeholders who wish to see GPL Inc flourish and not diminish with corrupt, unethical behaviours, incompetence, poor leadership and decision-making/accountability. All this will put GPL Inc in good standing.For this to happen, we must first put, without a doubt, in our minds, the right persons, processes, and systems in place to run the company and not run it down the drain. The Board of Directors should seek to ensure that the right individuals with the right mindset who are willing and able to get the job done exactly how it should be done are employed and placed within the right areas of the company’s management structure.It’s time for eyes to be wide open and stop being fooled, we must analyse the strategic direction and obligations of GPL Inc and see if the principles of maximising the company’s performance are moving in upward mobility or downward mobility or if they are moving opposite of each other. The ideal outcome is that the company is lifted.In conclusion, there must be a stop to the many company officials who choose to mismanage and haemorrhage the resources of the company and at the same time victimise and discriminate against employees who are not willing to participate in the mediocre and repulsive performance behaviours.I recommend the restructuring of the staff hierarchy to carefully place the right individuals with the right mindset and qualifications to maximise GPL’s performance in the right direction that is beneficial to the greater population rather than focusing on personal gains. A true focus on true development of GPL Inc is necessary right now and not the lackadaisical work being done by so many individuals within the company. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and should the Board of Directors fail to plan then consequently, there will be a plan to fail.Sincerely yours,An ex-employeelast_img read more

HEYS programme to be replaced

first_img…with a more holistic training programme targeting youthsFollowing a successful run, the Hinterland Employment and Youth Service (HEYS) initiative will be replaced with a more holistic training programme targeting youths across the country.This was according to Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister Allicock explained that while the current HEYS initiative has accomplished much, it would be restructured to incorporate other training programmes for youths in the various sectors. This will be achieved through a collaboration between the Ministries of Education and Social Cohesion.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock“This will be done to create a more holistic training package for youths throughout Guyana. Currently, the first cohort of the HEYS programme is being reviewed and from that information, we will be guided. The aim is to incorporate all the other programmes and to create an aggressive package for the youths in Guyana,” Minister Allicock explained.The Education Ministry has been tasked with developing a paper for the new programme. Additionally, the Green Enterprise Development Centre that will be established at Bina Hill, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), will further prepare Indigenous youths for the anticipated developments expected to accrue from the oil and gas sector.The flagship initiative is expected to serve 120 students from Regions One, Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten. The sum of $79 million has been allocated in the 2018 Budget to commence the construction of the facility.Some 1872 Indigenous youths received training through the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry in a number of skilled areas.  Another 1958 youths are nearing completion of their training, making it a total of 3830 trained over a two-year period.The Government’s vision is to develop and implement a plan for a universalising programme of technical and vocational training, through the creation of skills training centres and programmes in every region.last_img read more

Paper leaves add $7,000 to local maternity room

first_imgPhoto: (L-R)Shoppers Drug Mart’s Denise Mazur hands the Hospital Foundation’s Ashley Bentley a cheque for $7,000. – Submitted.Representatives from the Hospital Foundation say the Shoppers Drug Mart Tree of Life Campaign was a success.Shoppers sold paper leaves and apples to customers, which were then arranged as a ‘tree’ on the store’s wall. – Advertisement -The local Shoppers Drug Mart ranked second highest in B.C. for selling the most leaves and apples.This year the Tree of Life Campaign raised $7,000 for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation “Have a Heart” Maternity Equipment Room Campaign.last_img read more

RCMP search for Totem Mall graffiti artists

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are looking the suspects who spray painted several words on the Totem Mall.The RCMP received a report that sometime overnight on May 20, the Totem Mall was spray painted with the words “SPOOF”, “PURE”, and “NBT”.This is the third incident in the last two months with similar wording. The damage is estimated at several thousand dollars to repair and re-paint over the graffiti.- Advertisement -At this time, the RCMP do not have any suspects in this case and are asking for the public’s in identifying any suspect(s).If you have any further information about this case, call 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersnebc.calast_img read more

Canfor announces new plants in Fort St. John and Chetwynd

first_imgThey’ll be constructed and operated in partnership with Pacific Bio-energy Corporation.The two plants will have a combined annual production capacity of 175,000 tonnes of wood pellets, the sale of which is tied to a long term agreement with a power utility customer.The total investment of $58 million will include electrical self-generation capacity of three megawatts supported through the B.C. Hydro Power Smart Load Displacement Program.- Advertisement -The plants are scheduled to commence production in the third and fourth quarters of next year.last_img read more

IN THE EYE OF THE STORM – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgThe 50ft Christmas tree in Crandonagh was split in two by the storm The road to the Gartan OUtdoor Centre was blocked by this fallen tree.  Bunagee Pier takes a battering. Pic by Brian Bonner.,The waters are rising near Malin!,Outstanding in its own field. Water breaks through into fields near Malin.,IN THE EYE OF THE STORM – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: December 5th, 2013 by Stephen,Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window),donegalpicturesstormlast_img read more

British Court Orders WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Extradited to Sweden

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Government#news#NYT#web audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A British court has agreed to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden to face rape charges. His attorneys have said they will appeal the decision.Assange is being sought in Sweden for questioning on allegations of rape and coercion stemming from sexual relations he had with two women last year. Assange disputes these claims, and he and his attorneys have argued that the charges are politically motivated. They have fought the extradition, arguing Assange would not get a fair trial in Sweden and suggesting that they fear that Assange could end up being sent to the United States to face charges stemming from WikiLeaks’ release of government documents. Reuters reports that the judge in the case said that, “I have specifically considered whether the physical or mental condition of the defendant is such that it would be unjust or oppressive to extradite him.” But he added that, “I am satisfied that extradition is compatible with the defendant’s (European) Convention rights, I must order Mr Assange be extradited to Sweden.”Assange turned himself in to British police in December, on the heels of the most recent cache of documents that WikiLeaks has started publishing – some 250,000 U.S. embassy cables.Assange has been released on bond and has been living under house arrest since mid-December. He has signed a $1.5 million book deal, arguing that while he doesn’t want to write an autobiography, the mounting costs of his legal battles have forced him to. For its part, WikiLeaks has also struggled to keep its coffers full, following the decisions by Visa, Mastercard and PayPal to sever financial ties with the organizations and to refuse payment processing. WikiLeaks now has a number of other ways to support it, including the announcement most recently that it’s opened an online store. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Whittaker meets Gastelum, Adesanya takes on Silva at UFC 234

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Before Whittaker (20-4) defends his belt against American contender Kelvin Gastelum (15-3) in the main event, Adesanya (15-0) gets the biggest fight of his life against Anderson Silva (34-8), the Brazilian mixed martial arts trailblazer.Four of the world’s best 185-pounders will be showcased atop the card at Rod Laver Arena, but two are fighting closer to home. Adesanya was born in Nigeria before moving to New Zealand as a teenager, and Whittaker is a New Zealand-born Australian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAlthough Adesanya is 17 months older than Whittaker, he is considered one of the UFC’s most tantalizing title contenders, with a spectacular fighting style that reminds many of the 43-year-old Silva in his prime. Even after Silva’s recent losing streak and doping problems, Adesanya is grateful for the opportunity to go up against a giant.“I saw the odds this week, and I was like, ‘Man, y’all must have forgot,’” Adesanya said. “You don’t know that man over there, Anderson Silva. I think a lot of you new fans weren’t around during his reign. What it felt like. You might have come around the Rousey era or the McGregor era, but you don’t realize who this guy is. He brought me into this game. This guy inspired me to believe a skinny black guy can just come in here and (beat) everyone up. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The main event is a compelling challenge for the soft-spoken, hard-hitting Whittaker, who claimed the interim middleweight belt nearly two years ago and was promoted to full champion after Georges St. Pierre beat Michael Bisping and vacated the belt.Whittaker is the first Australian champion in UFC history, and he is fighting in Melbourne for the third time in just over three years. But he has fought just once since winning his interim title, struggling with a knee injury and a staph infection.With his health woes behind him, Whittaker has a chance to assert himself as one of the UFC’s top pound-for-pound stars with a victory over Gastelum, who has lost just once in six bouts over the past three years.“Kelvin is the biggest hurdle in my way, and he’s a true test,” Whittaker said. “He’s going to be a true test of my character and my abilities. I look forward to learning something from it and growing.”Gastelum, who spent time around Whittaker last year as coaches on the UFC’s long-running reality competition show, knows he’ll be the underdog among oddsmakers and the Australian fans.“People didn’t like me for my entire career,” Gastelum said. “This isn’t a surprise to me.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Miami’s Dwyane Wade clears concussion protocol after fall ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “He brought me into this game, and for me, it’ll be an honor to take him out of the game.”UFC President Dana White confirmed earlier in the week that the winner of Silva’s showdown with Adesanya will get the next title shot against the winner of Whittaker’s bout with Gastelum. That means Silva is one win away from improbably fighting to reclaim the belt he held from 2006 to 2013, winning 16 straight fights in the process.Silva hasn’t fought in two years since a victory over Derek Brunson in early 2017 ended his five-fight winless streak. The Spider served a one-year doping ban during his time out of the cage, but he wants to fight on despite the worries of his family.“He’s a great talent,” Silva said of Adesanya. “He has a great future in this sport, so I’m very lucky to come here and fight. It’s a good challenge for me, but I believe it’s a big challenge for Israel.”UFC 234 takes place Sunday afternoon to fit into the Saturday night pay-per-view window in the U.S., but the famed tennis stadium still sold out in minutes after the announcement of the two big middleweight fights.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES FILE – In this June 10, 2018, file photo, Robert Whittaker reacts after his middleweight mixed martial arts title bout against Yoel Romero at UFC 225 in Chicago. Whittaker defends his UFC middleweight title against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jim Young, File)Israel Adesanya can already imagine fighting Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight title later this year in a huge stadium full of roaring Australian fans.To make the dream happen, these two Australasian fighters must get past two major obstacles at UFC 234 in Melbourne this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Phoenix hopes for fair PBA treatment after Calvin Abueva suspension

first_imgCalvin Abueva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Phoenix hopes the PBA will handle situations similar to Calvin Abueva’s case the same way should incidents of the same manner happen again in the future.“While we do not agree with the decision, we have no alternative at the moment except to abide by it,” the statement read. “We no longer wish to comment on the basis of the decision but just expect and hope that incidents like this in the future will be treated similarly and decided the same manner regardless of the player involved.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No shortage of financial support for Hidilyn Diaz, says PSC chair Butch Ramirez Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “This is already a decision precedent that should be used as basis in deciding similar infractions.“Abueva, however, only had himself to blame in what had been a whirlwind last several days for the temperamental veteran.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 31-year-old Abueva was fined P50,000 for clotheslining TNT import Terrence Jones in a blowout loss by Phoenix on Sunday and another P20,000 for making lewd gestures toward Maika Rivera, girlfriend of Blackwater guard Ray Parks, during their game on Friday.The league also suspended Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas for two games and fined him P40,000 for “flagrant misconduct” and “issuing statements detrimental to the league.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said the indefinite suspension on Abueva should also serve as a reminder to other players to “act as professional athletes and that unbecoming conduct or any act or statement that is prejudicial or detrimental to the PBA will be severely punished.”TNT also got heavy fines with Jones hit with a P70,000 fine for hitting Abueva in the groin and “physically contacting an official” while twins Anthony and David Semerad were fined P20,000 each “for fighting stance.”KaTropa consultant Mark Dickel was also fined P21,000 for disrespecting and throwing the ball at an official while assistant team manager Miguel Fernandez was fined P10,000 “for approaching the technical table.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Captain Fountoulis Led Greece to 18-2 Victory over South Africa

first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary – Greece earned a second victory with three 5-0 quarters against a battling South Africa. With skipper Ioannis Fountoulis in fine shooting form — three before halftime and three after, Greece was always about skill, accuracy and teamwork, FINA reports.“There was plenty of strength and power as well, however, excellent skills need to be honed before the sharper end of the tournament, starting with Friday’s clash with Serbia for group supremacy. South Africa never gave up and earned two penalty fouls. Sadly for South Africa, Emmanouil Zerdevas blocked both. Fountoulis was everywhere.His scoring came from a cross-cage goal, the penalty line, from outside, on a three-on-two counter, five metres and finally collecting a rebound, turning and scoring. It brings his tournament tally to eight. Christodoulos Kolomvos twice converted from the centre-forward position and another on extra-man advantage. Alexandros Gounas made a nice drive to score close in among his three goals. It doesn’t get any better for South Africa, having to play Spain on Friday.GREECE: Konstantinos Flegkas, Konstantinos Genidounias (1), Evangelos Delakas, Georgios Dervisis (1), Ioannis Fountoulis (6), Marios Kapotsis (1), Kyriakos Pontikeas (1), Kanakakis Argyropoulos (2), Konstantinos Mourikis, Christodoulos Kolomvos (3), Alexandros Gounas (3), Angelos Vlachopoulos, Emmanouil Zerdevas. Head Coach: Theodoros VlachosWorld champion Serbia weaved its magic with a convincing 11-5, Group C victory over Spain on day two of men’s water polo at the FINA World Championships at the Alfred Hajos Pool here today.Earlier Australia held off France 11-10 in Group A.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more