Investigation launched over ‘retirement gathering’ in Midlands Prison

first_img Electric Picnic Facebook Pinterest Home News Investigation launched over ‘retirement gathering’ in Midlands Prison News By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th September 2020 News WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role SEE ALSO – Charlie Flanagan among the new directors of cross-border peace-keeping charity Co-operation Ireland Twitter Facebook Twittercenter_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date An outside agency has been appointed to investigate a ‘retirement gathering’ that was held in the Midlands Prison during lockdown.The Irish Times is reporting that the Irish Prison Service have asked an outside body to investigate the gathering from March 27.This date, coincidentally, was also the day that visits to the prison were banned in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.According to the paper, around 30 people attended the event to mark the retirement of Midlands Governor Ethel Gavin – who was, at the time, the the second most senior officer in the Irish Prison Service.It is understood that the gathering of around 30 people occurred in the staff canteen.A complain was subsequently made under a protested disclosure to the Irish Prison Service which has been assessed as admissible and passed onto the professional consultancy firm Mazars for an independent investigation.The Irish Prison Service told the Irish Times that the “Director General gave clear instruction” to Ms Gavin that “any large gathering, or large assembly of staff, to mark her retirement . . . was not permissible.”Ms Gavin has said there was ‘no party’ or ‘large gathering’ and maintains that she did not break any rules. Previous articleLaois County Councillors decide not to increase Local Property Tax for 2021Next articleCoronavirus: 98 new cases as saga over pubs and restaurants rumbles on LaoisToday Reporter Investigation launched over ‘retirement gathering’ in Midlands Prison WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSEthel GavinMidlands Prison Pinterest Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival last_img read more

SA commits R1bn to supporting black industrialists

first_img27 March 2015A R1-billion incentive scheme to support the creation of large and competitive black industrialists is to be made available, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the closing session of the Black Industrialists Indaba on Thursday.The indaba, hosted by the DTI and held over two days in Midrand in Gauteng, aimed to engage and generate dialogue between the public sector and key private sector stakeholders on black industrialisationDavies said that South Africa’s path to economic prosperity should continue to be anchored on the twin imperatives of industrialisation on the one hand; and economic inclusion, of which the Black Industrialists Development Programme is an important pillar, on the other.100 black industrialistsThe DTI launched the Black Industrialists Development Programme in August last year and is aimed at creating more than 100 black industrialists within three years and put black industrialists at the forefront of South Africa’s industrialisation efforts.The programme promotes the participation of black industrialists as manufacturers for the key sectors identified in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) as well as other sectors driving economic growth and development.The programme outlines key measures aimed at supporting black-owned manufacturing companies such as access to finance, access to markets, skills development, and standards, quality and productivity improvement.Davies said the government was committed to deracialising the economy through the accelerated development of black industrialists. He said the government had committed financial resources and support to expand and upscale support for black industrialists.FundersOn Wednesday, DTI Director-General Lionel October said the R1-billion in funding was expected to attract an estimated R10-billion to R20-billion from other funders, such as the Industrial Development Corporation, the Development Bank of South Africa, the National Empowerment Fund and the Public Investment Corporation.October said that when South Africa’s new broad-based black economic empowerment codes came into effect in May, only companies with a minimum level of four would qualify for the incentives, Business Day reported.Access to finance was the primary constraint for existing and emerging black industrialists and financial support initiatives would help accelerate South Africa’s industrialisation, October said.Three commissions set up at the Indaba looked at access to finance, access to markets and state procurement, as well as policy and skills development.Recommendations from the commissions included:A committee comprising government and the private sector and comprising experts be established to explore more ways and instruments to accelerate the implementation of the Black Industrialists Development Programme;Review of the Preferential Public Procurement Act,Setting up the black majority threshold at 75% for companies qualifying for the Programme, andSkills development should be at the centre of the Programme.SAinfo reporter and read more

Satisfied with my zippy bowling but need more wickets: Irfan Pathan

first_imgOnce the wunderkind of the Indian cricket team, Irfan Pathan has seen in the last eight years what a rollercoaster ride fame can be. Now in his second coming as an India player, Irfan is just happy to play whenever he can and contribute to the cause of the team he’s playing for.”I am always happy to play cricket. In terms of the way I’ve been feeling, it’s been pretty good, especially the last three matches with the ball. I haven’t given away runs, and the swing has been good, so I feel it is just a matter of time before I get wickets too. The zip I want to generate in my bowling has been there, which is why batsmen have not able to take too many runs off me,” Irfan told Mail Today ahead of the Delhi Daredevils’ clash against Pune Warriors India here on Tuesday.Barring a game in Bangalore where he got carted around by Andrew McDonald and AB de Villiers, Irfan has been a dot-ball specialist, but he believes that’s only part of his job.”I have been able to bowl a few maidens but we all want to take wickets. The question I ask myself is: How am I contributing to the team? I’m an all-rounder, and I can bat at 5, 6 or 7, or wherever the team needs me. My job is to take wickets, bowl well and score runs.”There’s a thought that with all-rounders, sometimes when the bowling goes wrong, there’s always a chance to make it up with the bat, but I don’t think that way,” the 27-year-old leftarm paceman from Baroda said.advertisementAsked if he thought the intensity in the IPL had been greater than last year, Irfan said: “In all the games we’ve played, even we haven’t been able to get tickets easily for our friends and family. The crowd intensity has been wonderful. There were 65-70 thousand people in Kolkata, Delhi has been great as usual, and apparently Pune is also sold out. This is one of the best IPLs in that sense.”On the playing front too, the intensity has been outstanding. With coaches like TA Sekar and Eric Simons and players like Mahela Jayawardene and Kevin Pietersen, it’s just been a great experience.” Sekar, the Daredevils’ team mentor, has been credited with the resurgence of Irfan and the pupil paid rich tribute to him.”Having Sekar sir around all the time nowadays makes a big difference to me. We share a good rapport. He’s a very honest man who won’t give you false confidence, but will tell you the truth in your face. He has been helping me for so many years, and my comeback is really due to him. Having him in the set-up is a feel-good factor for me, because if something goes wrong, I can ask him. It’s amazing to have someone monitoring you,” Irfan said.The younger of the Pathan siblings has always had a soft spot for his older halfbrother, Yusuf, and with the latter going through a bad patch for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Irfan has a few words of advice.”We do chat and keep sharing messages. I just told him that a guy like him needs only one innings to get going. People fear Yusuf Pathan because he’s a match-winner. He should just have confidence in himself because he is the sort of player who can win you three or four of the remaining 10-odd games,” he [email protected]last_img read more