February 23, 2020

Seaga resigns as PFAJ chairman

first_imgAfter six years at the helm of the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ), Edward Seaga will be resigning as chairman of the organisation effective today. Seaga, who remains as head of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), announced his resignation from the post at the launch of the Red Stripe Premier League, at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) office yesterday. He will be replaced by respected pollster and former Jamaica Olympic Association vice-president Don Anderson. Seaga explained that when he was asked to assume the role six years ago, he only committed to doing it for three years, but that extended to six years, and he believes he has done enough, and that it is time to step aside. “Six years ago, I was asked by the Captain (Horace Burrell) to take the chairmanship of the PFAJ because, at that time, we were settling into the new order. Now, I have brought it to the end of the sixth year, and I’d promised that I would only do it for three years,” Seaga explained. “I told him (Burrell) that it was my intention to resign as of tomorrow from the PFAJ chairmanship. But I am sure they (PFAJ) will continue to operate at the high level as we have done over the last year. They will continue to play the role we have played to make football what it should be,” he added. Burrell could not find praise enough for Seaga, for the work he has done with both the PLCA and PFAJ. “I want to thank Mr Seaga for a tremendous job. It would have been extremely difficult to achieve all that we have. We now have an organisation that is well structured and well run, and Mr Seaga, with his leadership, has been able to keep everyone together and the ship afloat, despite the many challenges,” Burrell stated. The new chairman insisted that Seaga’s boots would be hard to fill. “The vote of this level of confidence in me to take over is an awesome responsibility; it’s a huge set of shoes to fill,” said Anderson. “But I will approach it in a way that I have approached all my involvement in sports all my life, and that is in a very professional way. “I will take to the table the high degree of professionalism that has kept me in good stead for 32 years as vice-president of the Jamaica Olympic Association,” said Anderson. – Livingston Scottlast_img read more

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Chicago Bulls ban Portis 8 games for breaking teammate’s jaw

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Bolts bounce back Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bobby Portis (left) of the Chicago Bulls fouls Jae Crowder of the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 28, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls have suspended Portis for eight games after he broke the jaw of teammate Nikola Mirotic with a punch. AFPCHICAGO, United States — Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis was suspended eight games by the NBA club on Wednesday, a day after punching teammate Nikola Mirotic at practice and breaking his jaw.Bulls executive vice president John Paxson, who announced the ban, also said Mirotic, of Spanish and Montenegro citizenship, will miss four to six weeks after suffering upper jaw fractures and a concussion in Tuesday’s altercation.ADVERTISEMENT Mirotic fell to the floor after being struck and stayed there several minutes before rising. He was taken to the hospital and discharged Tuesday.Mirotic, 26, averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 70 games last season and was expected to have a starting role for the Bulls this season after inking a two-year deal worth $12.5 million with Chicago.Portis, 22, averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 64 games last season and was competing with Mirotic to start at power forward. He averaged 6.9 points and 5.0 rebounds over 126 games in the past two seasons after being taken by Chicago in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES “Both players owned responsibility in the incident itself but only one player threw a punch,” Paxson said. “And that punch connected. For us, that is inexcusable. It’s not who we are. It disappoints us.”Mirotic’s concussion symptoms must subside before his facial injuries can be addressed, Paxson said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPortis begins serving the ban Thursday when the Bulls play their season opener at Toronto. While unable to play, Portis will be able to continue practicing with the team.“Bobby Portis is not a bad person,” Paxson said. “He’s a good kid. He’s a competitive kid. But in this instance, he made a mistake. And as we all know when you make mistakes, you have to suffer the consequences.” View commentslast_img read more

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Nationwide Football Ebola Campaign Underway

first_imgA new phenomenon of using the world’s popular sport – football is leading the campaign against the spread and containment of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by the Liberia Football Association.The Ebola campaign, which will kick-off in early March, is under the theme: “STOP THE STIGMA AGAINST EBOLA SURVIVORS AND EBOLA IS STILL REAL.”The supposedly nationwide campaign is expected to last for three months and is sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.Former Lone Star players are expected to use the game of football across the country, to sensitize Liberians to “live safe and protect themselves, their family and society.”Ex-Liberian international football icons will also boost the awareness to ensure that Ebola survivors are reintegrated into society and that they can become productive again.The campaign will mark the second LFA/SADC’s Ebola awareness.According to LFA vice president for administration, Musa Shannon, during the nationwide campaign, there will be entertaining football matches between former Lone Star players and County All Stars. In some counties, there will be all counties All Stars’ affair and former Lone Star players will serve as technicians.Musa stated that the president of the LFA, Musa Bility will serve as their head coach. According to Musa, some of Liberia’s most famous footballers, who are household names when it comes to what they have done on the pitch and for this country, will include the likes of James Debbah, current head coach of the Lone Star, Kervin and Dionysius Sebwe, the most famous brothers to play for the Lone Star, Oliver Makor, recently retired, and Christopher Wreh, formerly of Arsenal, amongst others.The first Ebola campaign, which was valued at US$13,000, lasted for a month.Former Lone Star players used newspapers and radio programs in the fight against stigmatization of Ebola survivors and erected a bus stop on 12th Street, Sinkor in Monrovia.“We successfully spread the message of tolerance, empathy, and understanding on the de-stigmatization of Ebola survivors,” Musa said. “We also informed the public that Ebola is still real, and we must continue to follow all of the safety protocols.”Musa said, “We must hail the media for the success of the one month Ebola campaign, and hope working with them, especially the local media as we use the game of football to urge the people of Liberia to stay safe to reach the zero infection rate.”“On behalf of the Liberia Football Association, I would like to thank the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for a possibly another deal to campaign against the pandemic,” he said.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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Dr. George Weah and President Sirleaf’s Legacy of 66 Flawed Concession Agreements

first_imgBy J. Yanqui ZazaA consultant of the South-South Professional Inc. informed me that the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development has asserted that former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her lieutenants did not award 66 fraudulent concessionary agreements to private investors during the last twelve years. Well, yes, President Dr. George Weah has rejected the findings of a foreign Audit Firm that former President Sirleaf administration awarded 66 fraudulent agreements and replaced it with African Peer Review Mechanism’s conclusion that 66 agreements “met internationally observed best practices,” the consultant added.Predictably, the real motive of this action along with previous efforts on the part of Dr. Weah’s government is to reduce the possibility of prosecuting former President Sirleaf and her lieutenants, if any, stated the consultant.Further, the consultant stated that although the Draft PAPD had stated that concessionary agreements were short on benefits and that “…affected communities should be consulted, and significant benefits should accrue to the communities,” the Final PAPD changed such statements. The first sentence of the last paragraph on page # 14, PAPD states that the 2018 APRM (African Peer Review Mechanism) concluded that “…these concessionary agreements in Liberia met internationally observed best practices and brought benefits…nevertheless, implementation of the business and investment policies have been deeply flawed due to a combination of limited capacity to effectively monitor compliance with agreements and a lack of political will for enforcement.”Interestingly, how did APRM reach the conclusion that the concessionary agreements brought benefits, but at the same time concluded that “…implementation of business and investment policies have been deeply flawed due to… the lack of political will…” to enforce policies? How did private investors bring benefits to the communities, if the same private investors did not implement business and investment policies because government bureaucrats failed to enforce policies? In any case, does APRM have the requisite technical personnel to conduct an audit?I do not know if the African Peer Review Mechanism hires specialists, including auditors, investigators, lawyers, etc., to perform quality audits. However, it was established in 2003 as a self-monitoring initiative to promote good governance in Africa and contributes to the goals of the Millennium Development Corporation. (www.africaportal.org).On the other hand, the report of the Audit Firm (Tim Woodward Partner-Moore Stephens LLP) was completed on May 10, 2013: (www.leiti.org.lr).The Audit Firm Concluded: Concession agreements contained invalid clauses;  66 agreements:Legal requirement for private use permit applications not met; 18 agreementsLack of social agreements between land owners and investors; 10 agreementsLack of Public Procurement and concession commission approval; 18 agreementsInconsistent Private Use Permit contract; 2 agreementsPrivate Use Permit over Community Forest land; 19 agreementsWithout testing the consultant’s assumption that President Weah government is searching for ways to shield the former President and her subordinates from prosecution, if any, let us look at previous efforts? And, yes records of this administrations indicate that the idea to shield former President Sirleaf and her advisers from prosecution is not new. For instance, the CDC administration is silent about the Wologizi Mountain corruption case (Big Boy # 1 and Big Boy # 2); and Global Witness May 29, 2018 report, which shows ExxonMobil’s 2013 purchase of Liberia’s Block 13 oil leases. In fact, the Minister of Finance, Planning and Development, Mr. Samuel Tweah laid out the vision of Dr. George Weah on the prosecution of individuals during the July 26, 2018 Independence Day Speech.He stated that President Weah government would not institute any audit or investigation of his predecessor. Dr. Weah’s government prefers reconciliation rather than prosecuting people, the Minister added. For example, government will not implement recommendations from the KPMG forensic audit findings, which demanded that individuals should account for the US $19 million Central Bank of Liberia paid on behalf of First International Bank (Liberia) Limited. (developingmarkets.com).Further, he stated that there was no need to rush with the process of prosecution since a government could commence prosecution any time in the future. Was the Minister assuming, wrongly, that Liberia does not have a statute of limitation law? Or is delaying the process of investigation another way to prevent prosecution since the statute of limitation law might set in? The statute of limitation law states that no one (defendant or plaintiff) can initiate an investigation or prosecution of an issue that has been open for more than three or five years.Will the process of investigating the L$16 billion saga go beyond three years? Again, why is the CDC administration taking such inordinate amount of time to determine if the Central Bank of Liberia and the Ministry of Finance received and recorded L$16 billion? These two institutions are required to have recorded and kept business transactions, especially so since the Central Bank of Liberia printed more banknotes than the initial approved amount. Where are the documents exchanged between former President Sirleaf and her lieutenants pertaining to the printing and receipts of the banknotes in 2016 and 2017?  Who authorized the printing of banknotes in one country (i.e., according to the former President) or the three countries as asserted by the current Minister of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism?Delaying an investigation, for example, the L$16 billion saga, is one thing; however, changing the findings of an investigation is quite different. It is interesting because asserting that the 66 agreements were not fraudulent, replacing the audit findings that 66 agreements were fraudulent might go beyond the mission to prevent prosecution of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaaf and her advisers. This is because the audit findings imply that multinational corporations gave bribes in exchange for the 66 fraudulent concessionary agreements.The 66 fraudulent agreements finding does not only indicate that President Sirleaf failed and did not fight corruption, but it also undermines the propaganda that big business is by nature transparent and efficient. Also, it adds on to other corruption findings  that multinational corporations are corrupt, according to the African Union Committee on financial illicit flows from Africa. The former President of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki’s Committee on illicit financial flows out of Africa concluded that multinational corporations siphon 95% of the US $60 billion out of Africa every year. Further, the African Union Committee stated that local government bureaucrats are responsible for only 3% to 5%, a statement that does not support the views of private investors who continue to assert that poor countries are failing because of the failures of local bureaucrats.Multinational corporations did not only expose their corrupt actions in Africa says Transparency International. The international nongovernmental agency stated that multinational corporations are always offering bribes across the world in order to make more money. They (private investors) initiate bribes because they use bribes to grease the wheel of business, proponents of private investors argue. Well, globally, multinational corporations are not only perceived as corrupt, but they have challenges in trickling down a reasonable share of the dividends of the wealth of countries.Additionally, many countries that limit the involvement of private investors countries such as Germany, Japan, South Korea, Botswana, etc. are wining against big business. Germany, Japan, Botswana continue to generate more revenue because the state is involved in the management of profit-making activities. Accordingly, more findings showing that big business is corrupt might have a negative impact on the propaganda that big business is transparent, honest and not corrupt.Therefore, not surprisingly, former President Sirleaf and many private investors appear to be  encouraging friendly governments to push corruption charges against big business under the rug. Given this situation, it appears Dr. Weah and the Ruling Party (CDC) might be under the influence of former President Sirleaf and big business.Like everyone else, former President Sirleaf wants a good legacy. And I guess, that is part of the reason here critics say she is encouraging her international friends to arrange countless recognitions and awards. Seeking her President’s (Dr. Weah) support  against possible prosecution is understandable, except that Liberians might find it difficult to protect the country’s resources from unscrupulous investors.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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Teacher endures 5-month wait for wages

first_img…as GTU pledges to continue advocacy for better teaching conditionsBy Jarryl BryanTeaching is often described as one of the most important but under-recognised professions, since the work teachers do helps to shape the minds of futureGTU General Secretary Coretta McDonaldgenerations.The battle one teacher faced to be paid his dues has left a discouraging impression on his mind.Jason (not his real name) hails from the Essequibo Coast in Region Two, but was assigned to a city school in September of 2017. He was at first eager to begin his career as a teacher, but reality quickly set in, as he had no family in Georgetown and found it difficult to get by. According to Jason, he applied for a transfer in hope of being assigned to a school closer to home, and it was here that his troubles began.The young teacher related to this publication that from September 2017 until February 2018, he was not paid anything for his work.“When I got the actual school, I (realised) that I couldn’t afford to live in Georgetown… So I asked for the transfer. I went to the (Ministry of Education) on Brickdam,” the teacher related.He related that one of the perquisites for being on the payroll was having a bank account. Owing to the stringent measures necessary for acquiring an account, Jason was initially unable to meet the requirements.“I told them that I didn’t have a bank account, and it would be (difficult) to get one because of the banking requirements. So this put me at a disadvantage; I had to try to get the requirements just to get paid.”But even with his bank account finally set up, months went by without him being paid. It reached a point where the young teacher was forced to seek a loan from the school at which he taught.“When I went to sign (on the payroll), they said I had to be on the payroll for a month at least before you get paid. So I signed about early December, and they said I couldn’t make it on the January payroll, so I had to wait until February (to be paid),” he detailed.“I had no funds to purchase personal items and so on, so I asked the school… if by chance they could help me out. And the principal said he could loan me some money until I got my payment. And I was given about $12,000.”He was forced to rely on family support for the months he went without pay.Advocacy for betterWhen contacted, Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) General Secretary Coretta McDonald was asked what the union has planned to address processing delays within the system for teachers. She noted that while the union does not work from within the ministry, its engagements and advocacy with the relevant authorities would continue.“That’s what we’ve been doing for the longest while; we’ve been directing those complaints to our counterparts at the Ministry of Education. So far, we’re satisfied that in quite a lot of the regions we’ve seen changes, where teachers can go and have their issues addressed in a timely manner without the long delays that they used to have before.“Like everything else, the (trend) is not going to catch in a lot of the places at the same time. So we still have some regions that are lagging behind,” McDonald said. “I know it’s a work in progress, but we are satisfied with what is happening right now.”Last year, a task force was set up to examine outstanding problems with a view to their timely resolution, and to propose a new multi-year agreement between the Government and the GTU. The task force was expected to meet on a weekly basis.The Union has accused Government of side-lining and disrespecting its members on the force, resulting in the Union threatening a countrywide strike if the Government failed to take decisive action to address the concerns of the representative body. The strike was scheduled for November 2-3, but was called off following a meeting with President David Granger and Union representatives.During a meeting of the task force last month, it was reported in sections of the media that draft recommendations for things, including the improvement of the education system, were submitted by the GTU to the task force.It is understood that once they pass muster at the level of the Ministry of Education, the recommendations would be sent on to cabinet.last_img read more

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3 secondary schools record decline in CAPE pass rates

first_imgThree of the country’s secondary schools, which have over the years performed outstandingly at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) have recorded a decline in 2018.This is according to the Education Ministry statistics provided on Friday when the CAPE results for 2018 were announced.On Friday, the Education Ministry officially released CAPE and the Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CESC) results at the National Centre for Education Resource Development, on Battery Road, Kingston, Georgetown.According to the Ministry’s statistics, the three schools were Bishops’ High School, Mackenzie High and New Amsterdam Secondary. The Bishops’ High School moved from 99.02 per cent in 2017 to 97.82 per cent in 2018. Mackenzie High recorded a pass rate of 78.5 per cent in 2018 as against 90.55 per cent in 2017 and New Amsterdam Secondary recorded a pass rate of 82.41 per cent in 2018 and 88.73 per cent in 2017.Moreover, the Ministry said a total of seven subjects this year were underperformed nationally when compared with last year, in units one and two.Economics2, Environmental Science2, Law1, Physics2, Logistics and Supply Chain Operations1, Tourism2 and Financial Services Studies1 were the areas which saw a decline in performance.Meanwhile, Agricultural Science1 and 2, Applied Mathematics2, Biology2, Caribbean Studies1, Communication Studies1, Computer Science1 and 2, Environmental Science 1, Food and Nutrition1 and 2, Geography1, Integrated Mathematics1, Pure Mathematics1, Physical Education and Sports1 and 2, Entrepreneurship1 and 2 and Green Engineering1 recorded a stable pass rate as compared with last year.IncreaseThis year, a whopping 18 subject areas recorded increased performances namely: Accounting1 and 2, Applied Mathematics1, Biology1, Chemistry1 and 2, Economics1, History1 and 2, Law2, Literatures in English1 and 2, Management of Business1 and 2, Physics1, Sociology1 and 2 and Tourism1.This year, 923 students wrote CAPE from nine secondary schools and five privately operated centres. As such, Guyana has seen an overall improvement in its pass rates as well as an increase in the number of entries for the exam.As of 2017, the pass rate was 92.57 per cent with 851 entries from students. In 2018, the country documented 93.68 per cent passes with 923 entries from students. Last year 3923 subject entries were made whereby 4224 were made this year.This year, Queen’s College managed to produce nine of the top 10 students at the examination.First on the chart was Aadilah Ali who secured eight Grade Ones in Communication Studies, Integrated Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Pure Mathematics and Physics.last_img read more

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Province approves royalty credits under Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program

first_imgAccording to the Province, the infrastructure increases the potential of the liquefied natural gas industry by expediting development and allowing access to unexplored resource areas. As a result of drilling activities, five years from now the 2014 royalty credits are expected to generate $475,000,000 in revenue for B.C.In a release Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman said, “B.C.’s natural gas sector supports long-term jobs and creates economic stability for communities across the North. The Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program strengthens LNG development and export by creating access to our province’s vast supply of natural gas.”This year’s program is expected to result in more then $290,000,000 in new capital spending by industry within five years. Of that amount, it’s anticipated $146,000,000 is expected to reach service sector companies in the B.C., which will create 1,360 jobs.- Advertisement -Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said, British Columbia’s royalty credit program has been very successful in building an attractive, competitive natural gas sector. The Province continues to facilitate and encourage economic activity by leveraging investor capital to create jobs and new development.”Locally the program has helped development around the Fort St. John area with a number of projects that have either been completed or are under construction. The Jedney facility and pipeline will be in charge of delivering gas to the Spectra Energy Processing Plant. The project had a total of $41,000,000 in industry capital investment. It’s still under construction with completion expected next year.Completed projects include the Lily Pipeline, the Caribou South Compressor and Pipelines, and the Caribou East Compressor and Pipeline.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fabian Delph returns for Man City but defender ruled out for a MONTH

first_img Pablo Zabaleta 1 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed Pablo Zabaleta will be out for a month with a knee injury.The full-back only reported for pre-season training in late July after playing in the Copa America with Argentina and has yet to feature this term.Bacary Sagna has taken his place for the wins over West Brom and Chelsea, and the former Arsenal man is now set for an extended run in the team after Zabaleta picked up a knee injury.The 30-year-old suffered ligament damage during a training session and is expected to be sidelined until the end of September.“Pablo Zabaleta yesterday had a problem in his knee with his ligaments so he will be out for around one month,” said Pellegrini.There is some good news for City, however, with Fabian Delph back fit.The summer signing from Aston Villa suffered a hamstring injury in his first outing for the club in pre-season but returned to training this week.He is unlikely to start against Everton on Sunday but could be named on the bench by Pellegrini for the Goodison Park clash.last_img read more

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Video: All the goals as England qualified for Euro 2016 with a routine rout of San Marino

first_imgEngland have officially qualified for the European Championships in France next summer.The Three Lions completed a routine 6-0 rout of San Marino to extend their 100 per cent record in Group E.A dubious Wayne Rooney penalty, a Christian Brolli own goal, Ross Barkley, Harry Kane and substitute Theo Walcott’s double helped Roy Hodgson’s side safely to victory.Rooney’s first-half strike duly moved him with level with Sir Bobby Charlton as England’s all-time record goalscorer.All the goals from the thrashing can be seen above.last_img read more

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Pentagon defends lower standards for recruits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Appearing with him, defense personnel head David S.C. Chu said the waiver policy, taken as a whole, is a tough one and takes into consideration the whole person and his or her future abilities, not just mistakes the person may have made in the past. One question they are asked, he said, is whether they have ever used marijuana, even once. “If you answer `yes’ about one use … it requires a waiver,” said Chu. “That’s a pretty tough standard,” he said. “Not to be cheeky about this, but (if) we apply that standard to our legislative overseers, a significant fraction would need waivers to join the United States military.” Chu was announcing that the services met their targets for recruiting in fiscal year 2007 – the Army recruited more than 80,400; Marines more than 35,500; Navy more than 37,000 and Air Force nearly 28,000. The Army has been struggling to increase the size of its force amid an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq. WASHINGTON – The Army last year again increased the number of its recruits who have prior criminal records by granting them special exceptions. The Pentagon’s top personnel official defended the policy, saying it’s so stringent that many in Congress would have difficulty getting into the military today, too, because of things they did in their youth. The military routinely grants waivers to recruits with past criminal behavior, medical problems or low aptitude scores that would otherwise disqualify them from service. In the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 18 percent of recruits needed waivers for problems with the law – up from 15 percent the previous year, Maj. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, told a Pentagon news conference. He said 87 percent of those were for misdemeanors such as joy riding or violating curfew. Various lawmakers and others worry that the Defense Department is lowering standards to draw in the needed recruits.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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