Cooke seeks compensation from INSPORTS

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) is being challenged by one of its creditors, Edward Cooke, whose lawyer has filed on his behalf for compensation from the government agency for monies owed for his services.Attorney Davion L. Vassell served the notice yesterday on the agency largely responsible for grassroots sporting development. It seeks payment for services allegedly rendered between July and October 2, 2014, which amounted to $619,000 and was accompanied by six invoices.The letter was addressed to INSPORTS to the attention of its chairman, Don Anderson, “re payment of funds to Edward Cooke”, with administrative director Ian Andrews and Cooke also cited.”I act for Edward Cooke in the captioned matter,” it said. “I am instructed that Mr Cooke did work on several occasions for the Institute and to date has not been compensated for services rendered.”I am further instructed that despite several demands, the Institute has failed and/or refused to honour its obligation to Mr Cooke.”Further, it said: “We demand that this sum be paid in two weeks of the date of this letter (January 5, 2015), failing which we will explore other avenues available to Mr Cooke without further notice to you if the debt is not paid.”UNAWARE OF DEVELOPMENTWhen contacted, Anderson said he was oblivious to the development.”I am not aware of it. I am sitting in my office working now and I will continue for the rest of the day to work, no intention to investigate this,” he noted.”If it comes to me, fine, but right now, I have no idea of it. If it comes to me, I will consult my lawyer, but I know nothing about it, so I cannot answer any question,” he further stated.Further calls were made to INSPORTS, where a source, who requested anonymity, explained that the situation stems from a policy change in September 2015 by the new board of directors, which relieved Andrews of the authority to sign cheques. The source said that has resulted in a backlog of payments to its creditors.Andrews was also barred from his office and sent on leave at the time.However, the latter actions were reversed after union intervention, with the exception of Andrews’ signing power.ALLEGED BREACHThis authorisation of cheques is now facilitated with signatures by two board members, an action the source alleges constitutes a breach of government financial regulations on the grounds that the board functions in an advisory capacity and is only responsible for setting policies, as opposed to an executive capacity, which would make it responsible for the day-to-day running of the agency’s operations.In the meantime, Cooke’s attorney expressed hope in the letter that the matter against the government agency would be resolved soon.”We look forward to a prompt and positive response in light of the above,” said Vassell.last_img read more

Windward Road retain INSPORTS title

first_imgWindward Road captured the INSPORTS All-Age & Junior High Athletics Championships crown for a fourth straight year at the Stadium East field yesterday. The champions tallied 503 points to top the meet by a mere five points over rivals John Mills who ended on 498. Oral Whilby, coach of Windward Road, said he was very happy with his team’s performance because they had to fight very hard to win it. “We fought very hard for this victory because we only won it by five points,” said Whilby. “I must lift my hat off to my athletes and everyone involved because it was a very difficult victory,” he said. Windward Road trailed John Mills by 19.5 points entering yesterday’s final day of the three-day, but despite this, Whilby said he was always confident that they would have come out on top. “These athletes are champions and that champion spirit that they have in them just came to the fore at the right time and so they never panicked,” Whilby said. The top two were followed by Constant Spring (326), Swallowfield (211.50), Cockburn Gardens (206.50), Shortwood (204), New Day (198), Mico Practising (158), and Calabar (134). In yesterday’s action, Windward Road’s Amanda Spaulding won the girls’ Class One long jump with a leap of 4.91m ahead of her teammate Moesha Thompson (4.39m). Teneisha Morris of Mico Practising was third with a mark of 4.21m. Jahiem Scott of John Mills won the boys’ Class Two long jump with a mark of 5.48m in front of his teammate Leo-Paul Foster (5.46m) and Constant Spring’s Javaugh Walters (5.36m). Calabar’s Naseem Clarke captured the Class One boys 100m in 11.77 seconds defeating Antonio Phillips of Constant Spring (11.85) and Calabar’s Raheim Hamilton (11.93). John Mills’ Antonio Hylton won the boys’ Class One 400m in 54.44 seconds ahead of Windward Road’s Vishaugn Gayle (55.67) and Jahvanie Percy of Cockburn Gardens (55.79). John Mills also took home the gold medal in the girls’ equivalent when Shaniece Benjamin won in 1:02.75. Windward Road’s Amanda Spaulding was second in 1:03.27 while third went to Christopher Shieed of Constant Spring in 1:13.57. Champion athleteslast_img read more