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JCA election! – Incumbent Heaven, Harris bowl off for cricket’s top job

first_imgIncumbent president Wilford “Billy” Heaven will be challenged by incumbent secretary Fritz Harris at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The contenders, who will enter the elections with a slate of six other executive committee nominees, will be vying for votes from a delegate list of 101 members. Topping the list other executive committee nominees are by Dr Donovan Bennett and former West Indies ‘A’ representative, Mark Neita, running as first and second vice-president, respectively, along with Heaven, the chief executive officer of the state-run Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund. VICE-PRESIDENTS Harris, a business executive and educator, has former West Indies player Nehemiah Perry as his first vice-president nominee and Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, principal of G.C. Foster College, as second vice-president. The other executive committee nominees are: Team Heaven – Diahann Campbell, honorary secretary; Clinton Clarke, assistant secretary; Hopeton Morrison, treasurer and Kerry Scott, assistant treasurer. Team Harris – Randy Nelson, honorary secretary; Dennis Gordon, assistant secretary; Loren Edwards, treasurer; Errol Moodie, assistant treasurer. “We came into office with the promise that we would work to improve the quality of life for all our stakeholders in the Jamaican cricket family. We have kept our promise,” Heaven said. “There is still, however, much to be done to widen and deepen the scope of that improvement.” Harris, in the meanwhile, in his pre-election document, which was titled “Team Cricket”, said his mission was to rebuild the sport. “I am challenging because there is a cry for help,” he told The Gleaner. “Cricket is really struggling and the kind of will that is required was not shown by the president over the past two years.”last_img read more

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Mayor: Ex-critics can help L.A. deal with homelessness

first_img “My fundamental belief is some people are so extremely mentally ill that they will never be able to bring themselves in voluntarily for any kind of help,” she said. Perry has called for the city attorney to look at potential conflicts of interest raised by the history of litigation and the nominations of Ripston and Mirell. Mirell, an attorney in the 2000 lawsuit about police stops, said the injunction that was part of the settlement in the case will expire in a matter of weeks. It is the only homeless-related case he has worked on, he said, and he took it pro bono and has no financial stake. As a member of the authority board, Mirell said he would “explore the whole panoply of issues and possible solutions without a preconceived agenda or prejudgment of any kind.” Many of the policy concerns regarding law enforcement and the homeless are unique to the downtown area because of its concentration of poverty and social services, said Larry Trench, director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. “The Valley’s just a totally different situation,” he said. “They’re spread all throughout.” Another of Villaraigosa’s nominees, Cecil “Chip” Murray, retired pastor of First African American Episcopal or AME Church, said that may be changing. He expects his panel to confront the challenge of downtown development and gentrification, pushing the homeless out of the city core. “This means they will eventually become evacuees, moving south, east and west – further exhausting the diminished resources of those areas they inhabit,” he said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The discussion about the appointments, which are headed to the City Council for a vote on confirmation, has brought out a larger debate about how the city approaches homelessness. The ACLU sued the city in the early 1990s over a curfew that prohibited sleeping on the streets. It sued in 2000 when police were allegedly stopping the homeless, without reasonable cause, to catch parole violators. The organization sued over police searches of the homeless again in 2003, the same year it sued again over a prohibition on sleeping on city streets. “As long as the city doesn’t have enough shelters or beds, where are people supposed to sleep?” said Ripston. Councilwoman Jan Perry maintains that such stances can impede efforts to deliver services to the homeless. Appointing previous opponents of city policy on the homeless to an official panel on the subject is a way to balance civil-rights concerns with the need for aggressive intervention, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday. The mayor’s expanded defense of his appointments to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority came a day after some City Council members questioned his choice of Ramona Ripston, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, which has sued the city several times over homeless issues, and attorney Doug Mirell, who worked with the ACLU in a case that limited police sweeps of Skid Row. Villaraigosa told reporters that law enforcement action is needed to protect homeless people from those who would prey on them. “There’s a way to do it and respect the Bill of Rights,” he said. “You can’t just go into an encampment and pat everyone down.” last_img read more

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