Board of Directors condemns act, calls for immediate review of policies

first_imgSexual harassment at CJIAIn light of sexual harassment claims at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the Board of Directors has initiated steps to immediately tackle the issue in the workplace.A section of the Cheddi Jagan International AirportThis was decided at a meeting on Friday.In a missive to the press, the Board stated that the interventions reflected its deep concern about the allegations of sexual misconduct recently published in the news media.“The CJIA Board condemns any behaviour which creates an unsafe environment for staff, concessionaires, contractors, suppliers and passengers using CJIA. The Board is fully committed to ensuring that the CJIA is a safe workplace for all, especially women and other vulnerable social groups,” the release stated.As such, the Board has called for an immediate review of all policies, protocols, regulations, and practices that govern conduct and engagements in the workplace, and has taken steps to hire external consultants and specialists to conduct the reviews.In addition, training will be provided for all persons who work at the Airport, including staff at all levels and persons working at the Airport on behalf of other agencies and companies.“The Board wishes to assure the public that all allegations of improper conduct will be taken seriously and there will be prompt investigations. The Board will ensure that there is follow-through on any investigations that are conducted, and any allegation that is found to be credible will result in the immediate appropriate action,” the entity noted.Meanwhile, the CJIA Board expects to have the external human resources management and gender affairs consultants in place by month end.It was reported that the sexual assault incident occurred in the office of the Deputy Chief Executive Officer on July 30, 2018 while the duty-free staff was in a meeting with him.The victim claimed that she was hugged inappropriately and kissed on her lips by the accused. In her complaint letter the day after the incident, which was seen by this newspaper, the woman explained that she went to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer to have an issue with her boss’s vehicle resolved.Following the accusation, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer was sent on one’s week leave to facilitate an investigation.A Police source confirmed that the official has been placed on $20,000 station bail as they continue to investigate the matter.last_img read more

Don’t call it a comeback: No telling what Leno, O’Brien, Stewart and others will do

first_img Comic ad-libbing, musical performances and lengthier appearances by interview subjects willing to cross picket lines are the most likely recourse. “I don’t know what they’re going to do,” said Mike Sweeney, head writer for O’Brien’s NBC show. “My obvious speculation would be more guests, and maybe talk to them more slowly.” Stewart and Stephen Colbert would appear to have the toughest time reconfiguring their programs, which have a large amount of scripted material. By a strict interpretation of the guild’s rules, a member would be prohibited from performing as a character if union writers normally write material for the character. Colbert performs his entire show in the character of a blowhard political commentator. “We don’t know how he’s going to do it,” said Sherry Goldman, spokeswoman for the Writers Guild of America East, “and I’m not so sure that he’s figured it out yet.” Comedy Central would not let its executives talk about planning for the shows’ returns. Only two late-night shows were affected when writers went on strike in 1988: Johnny Carson’s “Tonight” show and Letterman’s program, both on NBC. Carson was not a writer’s guild member, so he wrote his monologue himself for the few weeks that he worked without writers. His monologue, part of the fabric of American life, was welcomed back but Carson’s writer-less debut in May 1988 didn’t draw raves: “The whole show seemed lame,” wrote the Washington Post’s Tom Shales at the time, “unfunny comic Joe Piscopo, Ed McMahon showing photos of his little girl, a hackneyed arrangement of Irving Berlin tunes by the band and film of mating condors.” Letterman’s “Late Night” substituted comedy with freewheeling filler. One gag had the show’s associate director playing “Lady of Spain” on the accordion, night after night. “Fifty-five minutes, ladies and gentlemen, 55 minutes to go!” he said early in one show. “That’s all we’re really trying to accomplish, is to eat up valuable network time.” Letterman weighed in frequently on the strike, calling network management “money-grubbing scum.” While the strike raises the possibility of train-wreck television, some performers may thrive in without-a-net circumstances. A critic in The New York Times wrote that Letterman’s strike programs were often “downright exciting,” a throwback to the early years of late-night television when there was more improvisation. It’s uncertain whether Letterman will get the chance to repeat the experience. His representatives were still talking with the union on Thursday. Donald Trump and Shooter Jennings are booked as a guest for Letterman’s Jan. 2 show – if there is one. There’s a difference of opinion among union members about whether cutting a separate deal with Letterman is wise, Albers said. Some believe it would put pressure on NBC to settle the strike because Leno would be at a competitive disadvantage; others think it would be wrong to effectively reward CBS with a show using the services of writers, he said. Sweeney has his own secret wish for O’Brien if he returns without writers. “I hope he tries to hold a telethon to raise money for us,” he said.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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The hosts – with the exception of NBC’s Carson Daly – are also members of the striking Writer’s Guild of America, making them subject to union rules that would severely limit what they can do. The union’s strike rules say members cannot write or perform any material that would normally be written for them. Under this interpretation, for example, Jay Leno couldn’t perform a monologue, because his staff of writers normally crafts his jokes. The comic skits that are a part of several late-night shows would also be off-limits without writers. “I think that people will see some interesting television,” said Chris Albers, former president of Writer’s Guild of America East and a comedy writer for O’Brien. “Obviously, these are some of the funniest people in the country so they’re probably going to do a very good job. It’s just a different animal than what they’re used to and what we’re used to.” In a conference call with reporters last week, producers of NBC’s “Tonight” and “Late Night” said they were still trying to figure out what their shows would look like. They weren’t willing to talk further this week, a spokesman said. Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Jon Stewart all plan returns to late-night television the next two weeks, but aside from their familiar faces, viewers may not recognize much. After two months away because of the still-unresolved writers strike, NBC’s Leno and O’Brien, and ABC’s Kimmel, resume their programs next Tuesday, Jan. 2. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert come back to Comedy Central the following Monday, Jan. 7. Barring a New Year’s miracle, none of their writers will be joining them. David Letterman is also pushing to return Jan. 2, but his Worldwide Pants production company is still trying to reach its own deal to bring his show’s writers back onboard.last_img read more


first_imgJohnny Ayton. (North West Newspix)A Raphoe man has been remanded in custody after he appeared on a series of charges including trespassing, stealing a car and dangerous driving.Jonathan Ayton appeared at a siting of Sligo District Court today in connection with the incidents in Killybegs yesterday.Ayton, 39, of The Close, Raphoe, faced a number of charges. They include entering the home of Sean Rodgers at Fintra Road, Killybegs yesterday as a trespasser to commit a theft.He was also charged with stealing a car belonging to Ann Rodgers of the same address.Two other charges of dangerous driving at Inver and Meenbog, Ballybofey were also brought against Ayton.The court was told he made no reply to the charges.Solicitor Walker Hegarty said his client did not wish to make an application for bail and he was remanded in custody to appear before Harristown Court on April 22nd next.RAPHOE MAN REMANDED IN CUSTODY ON SPATE OF CHARGES was last modified: April 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalJonathan AytonRaphoelast_img read more