Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Willie Cauley-Stein scored 23 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 18 to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Utah Jazz 119-110 on Wednesday night.At a time in the game when previous Kings teams would wilt, this Sacramento squad outhustled, outmuscled and outshot the Jazz in the middle of the fourth quarter.Nemanja Bjelica made a 3-pointer with 4:56 remaining to finish a 16-1 run that turned a two-point game into a 105-88 lead.Just when Sacramento looked to be in total control, the Jazz mustered a last-gasp rally. Donovan Mitchell scored 14 points in less than 3½ minutes to bring Utah to 114-110.Bjelica, who had 18 points, converted a three-point play and Iman Sumpert made two free throws to finish off the Jazz, who have lost four of five.De’Aaron Fox added 17 points and 13 assists for the Kings, who snapped a six-game losing streak to Utah.Mitchell scored 35 points and awakened the Jazz, who seemed to be slogging through the game until their late surge. Jae Crowder added 16 for Utah.The Kings, quicker to loose balls and crisp on their offensive sets, led by as many as 15 in the first half.Ricky Rubio missed his first seven shots and then suddenly made three in a row in the third quarter. His last shot — a floating 19-foot jumper — gave the Jazz their first lead since the opening moments at 72-71.The Kings quickly regained the lead but couldn’t extend their advantage to double digits until Fox got into the lane on back-to-back possessions for tough floaters that started the Kings’ surge in the final period.GOING THE DISTANCE“Just keep running is the biggest thing for us. Don’t stop,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said before the game. “By the end of the game we’re able to run teams down. It’s opening up transition shots.” The Kings outscored the Jazz in fast-break points 14-9.TIP-INSKings: Sacramento’s offense seemed one step ahead of the scrambling Utah defense all night and shot 53 percent from the field and 44 percent on 3-pointers. … Bogdanovich has scored in double figures in five straight games. He missed the first 10 games of the season.Jazz: After Crowder made a 3-pointer while getting fouled, he rested on his back for a bit and got high-fives from several delighted fans in the front row. … Utah never led by more than two after Rudy Gobert started the game with a dunk. Gobert finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds. … The Jazz shot 12 for 39 from 3-point range.UP NEXTKings: At the Golden State Warriors on Saturday evening.Jazz: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Tags: Basketball/NBA/Utah Jazz Associated Press November 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Cauley-Stein scores 23 as Kings outlast Jazz 119-110
The latest in a line of reports by the Committee on Standards in Public Life says there has been little real progress on measures to reinforce ethical standards in outsourced public services and calls for a consultation on whether the Freedom of Information Act should apply to private sector providers where information relates to the performance of a public service contract.Publishing its 2018 progress report today, Lord Bew, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, said: Today’s report shows that, disappointingly, very little progress has been made on implementing these recommendations and evidence shows that most service providers need to do more to demonstrate best practice in ethical standards. Following the corporate failures of a number of the biggest providers of services to government since 2013,including the devastating collapse of Carillion early in 2018, it is now essential that the government confirm their expectations of ethical standards among those who deliver services with public money.” The public is clear that they expect common ethical standards – whoever is delivering the service – and that when things go wrong there is transparency and accountability about what has happened. In particular, we remain concerned over the lack of internal governance and leadership on ethical standards in those departments with significant public service contracts. Departmental and management boards spend little, if any, time considering ethical considerations and tend to delegate such issues ‘down the line’. Those involved in commissioning and auditing contracts remain too focused on the quantitative rather than the qualitative aspects of their role. And departments lack clear lines of accountability when contracts fail. Our report in 2014 looked at departmental commissioning activity and the ethical standards of service providers and made a number of important and straightforward recommendations to enhance the government’s capability to commission services from providers who focus on high ethical standards in service delivery. The Committee on Standards in Public Life was established in October 1994 with the following terms of reference: “To examine current concerns about standards of conduct of all holders of public office, including arrangements relating to financial and commercial activities, and make recommendations as to any changes in present arrangements which might be required to ensure the highest standards of propriety in public life.” Additional terms of reference were announced on 12 November 1997: “To review issues in relation to the funding of political parties, and to make recommendations as to any changes in present arrangements.” On 5 February 2013 the terms of reference were clarified by the Government in two respects: ‘…in future the Committee should not inquire into matters relating to the devolved legislatures and governments except with the agreement of those bodies’ and ‘…the Committee’s remit to examine “standards of conduct of all holders of public office” [encompasses For] all those involved in the delivery of public services, not solely those appointed or elected to public office.’ Hansard (HC), 5 February 2013, Col 7WS .The Committee’s terms of reference were further clarified in a House of Lords written Parliamentary Question on 28th February 2013 to explain that the Committee’s remit means it “can examine issues relating to the ethical standards of the delivery of public services by private and voluntary sector organisations, paid for by public funds, even where those delivering the services have not been appointed or elected to public office.” Hansard (HL) Column WA347. The Committee remains of the view that more must be done to encourage strong and robust cultures of ethical behaviour in those delivering public services. To that end, the Committee reaffirms the recommendations made in its 2014 report and has made a further set of more detailed, follow-up recommendations to address particular issues of concern. To find out more about the Committee’s work go to the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s website The report can be downloaded online.Notes to Editors: Interview requests and media enquiries should go to Maggie O’Boyle on 07880 740627. You can follow the Committee on twitter @PublicStandards. While many service providers have developed a greater awareness of their ethical obligations in recent years, partly due to the high-profile failure of some organisations to adhere to these standards, some remain dismissive of the Nolan Principles or adopt a ‘pick and mix’ approach, which is not in the public interest. And many service providers continue to expect that setting and enforcing ethical standards remain a matter for government alone. The independent Committee on Standards in Public Life advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards across the whole of public life in the UK. It monitors and reports on issues relating to the standards of conduct of all public office holders. From waste disposal to health care and probation services, all kinds of public services are routinely supplied to many of us by private or voluntary sector organisations, paid for with public funds – accounting for almost one third of government spending in 2017. In particular, the Committee calls for service providers to recognise that the Nolan Principles apply to them, for greater moral courage among key financial and other professionals in securing and maintaining high ethical standards, and for consultation on the extension of the application of the Freedom of Information Act to private sector providers where information relates to the performance of a contract with government for the delivery of public services. The members of the Committee for this report are: Lord (Paul) Bew, Chairman, Rt Hon Dame Margaret Beckett DBE MP (Labour), Sheila Drew Smith OBE, Simon Hart MP (Conservative), Dr Jane Martin CBE, Dame Shirley Pearce OBE, Jane Ramsey, Monisha Shah, Rt Hon Lord (Andrew) Stunell OBE (Liberal Democrat) and Richard Thomas CBE. Richard Thomas CBE finished his 5-year term in office in May 2017. Sheila Drew Smith OBE, who led on this series of reports, finished her 5-year term of office in February 2018.
NewsRegional Crime and security get the attention of CARICOM heads by: – March 13, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share 10 Views no discussions Share (L-R) CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque, Suriname President Desi Bouterse and Prime Minister Denzil Douglas of St Kitts and Nevis in ParamariboPARAMARIBO, Suriname — Caribbean leaders have discussed current trends in criminal activity, including the international dimension and new and emerging threats to security in the region and agreed that the security of the region continued to be of high priority, especially in the context of the international criminal architecture confronting the region.The heads of government, who received an update on the CARICOM framework for the management of crime and security during the 23rd Caribbean Community (CARICOM) inter-sessional in Suriname, also discussed the future regional crime and security agenda including, possible areas for extra-regional co-operation and initiatives for sustaining it. In this regard, they received an interim report on the consultancy to examine the institutions involved in implementing the regional security agenda and agreed on the need for a closer working relationship among these institutions. By Caribbean News Now contributor
The Senate has mandated the Committee on Public Accounts and Audit to conduct joint hearings with the Public Accounts and Expenditure Committee of the House of Representatives on audit reports submitted to the Legislature by the General Auditing Commission (GAC).“Currently, the joint Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has conducted seven public hearings and concluded five reports,” a communication signed by the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Accounts & Audit, Senator Edward Dagoseh, noted.In the communication of appeal to the Senate to endorse the committee’s joint work with its House of Representatives counterpart, Senator Dagoseh informed his colleagues that the two committees have been sitting in joint sessions to conduct public hearings on public reports from the General Auditing Commission (GAC).“To facilitate efficient financial oversight and to achieve improved financial management packages and to ensure accountability, transparency and value for money within the public sector, and public funded institutions by the Legislature, the Public Accounts and Audit Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives have been sitting in joint sessions to conduct public hearings on public reports from the General Auditing Commission (GAC).”Areas where the joint committee has already conducted hearings are the Ministry of Education’s free and compulsory primary education sector; Ministry of Gender and Development; the Ministry of Justice’s prison system; the Roberts International Airport, and National Port Authority.Others are the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (report not concluded), and the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) which report is also not concluded.In practice, Senator Dagoseh asserted that reports from the joint committee are to be submitted to both plenaries of the Legislature for deliberations and approval before submission to Executive for appropriate action.However, both the rules of the Liberian Senate and the House of Representatives do not provide for the joint committees to work together and submit a report to the two plenaries jointly, only a conference committee is provided for. In order to give legitimacy to the work, which has been done jointly by the two committees, a concurrence resolution by both Houses is required, authorizing the committee to work together jointly.Reacting to the Senator Dagoseh’s communication, Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zulu Jallah identified what he described as a “small technical error,” which he hoped must not put a dark cloud over the work that the committee did.He said the Senate Committee on Public Accounts should have firstly sought the approbation of the plenary to be able to work jointly with the relevant and equivalent standing committee in the House of Representatives.“What I understood from Senator Wotorson, if it is something that I can hold onto, the committee has been doing a very good job. So what we need to do now is to make approval to concur with the request he (Dagoseh) has made,” Senator Jallah said. He continued: “The joint work with the House must continue so that we can retroactively approve works the committee has done in the past and encourage them to bring the report that they have to look at. Those that need to go for prosecution, they can go.”Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Wotorson had earlier wondered why the committee decided to ask for authority to continue its work after conducting several hearings.Defending his action of seeking plenary’s authorization, Senator Dagoseh regretted that the Senate was winning strategically, while such is not the case tactically.Sen. Dagoseh: “This means we don’t have plans and strategies to move the Senate forward. We believe as a committee that this is one of the ways we can exercise our oversight in doing our work; we have often said the Executive is doing this, but as the Legislature what are we doing? Now is the time for us to exercise that responsibility that the executive has to report to us.”Dagoseh said the Executive has reported to the Legislature through the GAC audit reports, and that it was time to examine the recommendations that have come from the committee screening those reports. “Since it is not a rule that the two committees have to work jointly, but now that we have this new phenomenon, we are asking the endorsement of this committee to help us move forward.”In a motion that was unanimously endorsed by the plenary, Bong County youthful Senator Henry William Yallah thanked the committee for the level of work done so far, and for at least reporting to the plenary that the committee has in its hands seven reports concluded, two ongoing. “I move that the request be endorsed and the committee be allowed to continue the joint hearing.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)