…optimistic of recommendations for improving agencyThe Natural Resources Ministry has hit back against suggestions that the task force Government established to reform the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) has nefarious political motives.The Guyana Forestry Commission head office, Kingston, GeorgetownAccording to the Ministry in a statement, the task force’s mandate will be to reorganise and restructure the Commission, which has been plagued by criticisms over administrative concerns and complaints from staff.“The Ministry of Natural Resources has taken note of the letters and commentaries regarding the functioning of the task force and wishes to reiterate the Cabinet’s direction on this matter … The task force’s mandate shall include, but will not be limited to, an examination and evaluation of current job descriptions and performance standards, personnel procedures, conditions of employment and appointment, wages and salary structures and payroll administration,” the statement said.“It will further aim at improving the efficient performance and effective management of the Commission by identifying training and development opportunities for staff. The task force is expected to submit to the Minister of Natural Resources a work schedule with timelines and a preliminary report that would complete this assignment no later than July 2019. “According to the Ministry, the task force was established in keeping with the national objective of moving towards a ‘green’ economy and the consequent realignment of critical agencies of the State. As such, the proposal for the restructuring of the GFC was approved by Cabinet.“Consequently, a task force has been established jointly between the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Board of Directors of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) to address the reorganising and restructuring of the Forestry Commission. ““The task force will include the technical and administrative talent and personnel of the MNR, the Board, and the Commission, who will examine the structure and functioning of the GFC to make recommendations to the Minister of Natural Resources Hon Raphael GC Trotman, who, in turn, is mandated to present a report to Cabinet.”According to the statement, the Convener of the Task Force is the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Project Coordinator Clayton Hall.“The Ministry expects that this addresses misguided remarks about the task force having an ulterior and devious political purpose, and clears up any uncertainties and awaits the preliminary report and work schedule,” it added.There have been letters written by staff of the GFC, who have expressed concern over the restructuring effort. In one such letter, the staff member wrote that when Hall was confronted with probing questions during an April 26 meeting with staff, the meeting ended abruptly.“Several GFC staff asked questions that were of high concern on the minds of staff: would the monitoring division and resources management divisions be merged as pre-empted by Hall’s early submission of his desired structure of the GFC? Would staff be dismissed and left hopeless and helpless?“What would happen to the families of these staff? Is it a witch-hunting exercise aimed at getting rid of specific persons? Is the committee experienced in human resources management to undertake a task such as this? And finally, how were the members of the task force chosen and is there a clear terms of reference for the committee’s work?”According to the staff, a showdown ensued during which Hall was asked by Commissioner James Singh to withdraw certain comments made in the meeting to staff, who were also on the verge of walking out.
Wilson High School running back Daniel Bernal scored five touchdowns –four rushing and one on a 60-yard interception return – to lead the Wildcats football team to a 48-7 win over Garey High at Ganesha High on Friday night. Bernal had to leave last week’s loss to South El Monte with an injury but was back leading the Wildcats offense on Friday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Wildcats scored the game’s first 28 points. The win improved Wilson to 4-2, and more importantly got the Wildcats off to a 1-0 start in Miramonte League play. Wilson’s defense bounced back from a bad performance last week to limit the Vikings to 124 yards of total offense. “It certainly helps make us feel a lot better,” Oviedo said of the win. “Defensively, we were a whole lot better than last week.” At Temple City 49, San Marino 9 The junior rushed for 186 yards on 21 carries. Wilson also got a big game out of receiver Iran Blandon, who had five receptions for 177 yards. “It was very reassuring to see him back in there doing what he does best,” Wilson coach Robert Oviedo said. “It was a typical Daniel Bernal game. He seemed to do everything. It was pretty electrifying.” Seniors Sammy Yu and Sushi Tsai scored three touchdowns each to lift Temple City High School to an easy victory over San Marino High in a Rio Hondo League opener for both schools. Yu — a 5-foot-7, 160-pound running back-defensive back — scored on a 49-yard pass, a 37-yard pass interception return and a 25-yard return of a blocked punt. Tsai — a 5-7, 165-pound running back — scored on runs of 1, 33 and 5 yards as the Rams (3-3) opened a 27-6 halftime lead and cruised to the victory. Tsai led all rushers with 136 yards on 17 carries. Yu carried only four times but gained 31 yards. Junior defensive lineman Kyle O’Malley opened the scoring for the Rams, picking up a fumble and returning it 2 yards for the score with 3:14 left in the first quarter. Temple City finished with 295 yards offense — 215 rushing and 80 passing. Rams junior quarterback Riley Saxon completed 7 of 13 passes and was not intercepted. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!