INSPORTS could face legal action

first_img However, during a series of inquiries into the matter, it was learnt that Andrews had submitted to the agency a sick leave for the period of his absence from duties. Also, regarding the alleged false representation associated with the pension plan, Sagicor was fully responsible for conducting the exercise for appointing trustees. This exercise included a staff meeting for voting process and the issuing of a generic form from Sagicor, which Andrews was advised to sign and return to their offices. When questioned on the matter, Andrews said he was appalled being suspended for these reasons, and indicated that he is being victimised because of his refusal to approve contracts for retirees without the requisite approval from the Ministry of Finance and Public Service. The auditor general, in a recent correspondence to Andrews, has indicated her support for his actions regarding the matter of retirees. In a correspondence with Amos, dated February 13, 2017, Bassie requested a list detailing any other allegation that may be considered. Bassie also indicated his understanding that files have been removed from the premises along with security personnel since his client’s suspension. He further went on to state his understanding that there are plans afoot to remove the security cameras that management had installed. These actions cited would clearly compromise any further allegations from the board of directors. These actions also violate all government policies and procedures. Andrews recently requested the intervention of Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange into the matter. The INSPORTS board of directors could find themselves facing legal challenges from Ian Andrews’ labour attorney, John S. Bassie. Andrews was recently issued a suspension letter from Deputy Chairman, Newton Amos during a recent board meeting. The letter indicated that the suspension is “pending investigation on issues”. Some of the issues reflected in the suspension letter are allegations relative to Andrews’ absence from duty and the island between December 23, 2016 and January 2, 2017 and accusations that Andrews deliberately and calculatedly made false representation as it relates to INSPORTS’ Pension Plan, purported to have been held at a meeting of the board of directors on August 10, 2015. SICK LEAVElast_img read more

Local photographer helps kids live out dreams

first_imgIt would be a vast understatement to say that Schuyler Smith, 19, loves Star Wars.The energetic teen, is on the autism spectrum, has his own lightsaber, can identify any of the films with just one quote, and can tell you, in some detail, why Luke Skywalker is the best Jedi ever.Getting the young space adventurer to pose or sit still for a photo, however, had long been a losing proposition. That is until Schuyler’s mom, Leslie Smith, took him to a photo shoot with Tammy Fraley, owner of Fraley Photography — a specialist in photographing kids with disabilities.“It can be a nightmare experience for a special needs family to go to a photographer and be told they all have to do things a certain way or pose a certain way,” Leslie Smith said. “I’ve had friends go to Walmart for photos and tell me their child just screamed. Often families like ours just don’t get pictures because of that.”Children on the autism spectrum and those with disabilities often have problems sitting still and posing alone or with family members. And it takes a significant amount of patience and skill to capture a genuine smile in a picturesque setting.But Fraley has a secret: She’s had tons of practice with her own son, Justin, 25, who has Asperger’s syndrome.The trick, she said, is to figure out what the child is passionate about, and then try to find a way to photograph them in a setting they enjoy without using poses, just simple directions.last_img read more