As the momentum begins to gather ahead of the semi-final round of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying, the perennial and ever-revolving debate about the disdain for local-based players and the converse obsession with foreign-born players for the senior Reggae Boyz team continues. Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell was at it again last week travelling to England to try and convince more players to join the squad heading into the semi-final group of death fixtures involving Costa Rica, Panama, and Haiti. The thinking remains for the captain and all the recent coaches of the national senior team: the more foreigners, the better the team. The obvious inference is that players in the second or third tier of English football or players in the abstract leagues of Scandinavia, or even in the American Major League Soccer and its supporting leagues are automatically and significantly of superior quality to all players playing locally. This, to my mind, represents a disrespect of local football generally, and commensurate dissing of the local players. Chairman of the Harbour View Football Club Carvel Stewart, who has held firm to his conviction on this issue, stated again last week that Jamaica would not make it back to the World Cup Finals until a local-based core of players is established as part of the senior squad. While agreeing with the general sentiments of Mr Stewart, my wording would be different. My sentiments are, until the delicate balance between the number of foreign-born players and the number of local-based players is struck, Jamaica will struggle to get back to the World Cup Finals. At the moment, instead of a delicate balance being struck, there is a distinct bias at work. It might turn out to be a “curse in disguise” for the long-term development of the national football programme that Jamaica performed so well in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. What that string of performances has provided is a “false vindication” for “more foreigners policy”. What is fast becoming my “pipe dream” is for that elusive right balance to be found – not a sharp swing from one extreme to the other extreme, where it’s either what we have now or the practice of playing a group of local-based players exclusively to look at them and ask them to prove themselves. That strikes me as a ploy to ensure that the local- based players fail, ensuring it’s business as usual and another scamper or two or three up to England to try and convince some more unwilling players to “try Jamaica”. Impractical solution Mr Stewart and others have proposed the formation of a local-based squad to be kept in training. I think that suggestion has actually outlived its practicality since the majority of the best players are based overseas. It is highly unlikely that Jamaica will be able to afford the luxury of playing a full local team on a consistent basis. Therefore, middle ground should be found. There are local-based players who can make at least the Jamaican squad on merit if they are given a fair chance. Kemar ‘Taxi’ Lawrence and Hughan Grey are testament to that. They got a chance, grabbed it. It would be great to see players like Dino Williams or Allen Ottey from Montego Bay United get some significant playing time with a full-strength team around them. Same for players like Ricardo Morris from Portmore United, or Vishunal Harris from Arnett Gardens, or Chevonne Marsh from Cavalier, or any other promising young local-based player as identified by the coaching staff. Keep them in and around the team and manage their development. My theory, however, hinges on the technical leadership of the football, having faith in the talent and potential of these local-based players. Sadly, that faith is non-existent at the moment.
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Granada Hills Lipstick on a pig Immigration deal struck” (May 18): The new immigration plan is amnesty. See, when you let them stay, that’s amnesty. When you send them back home, like President Eisenhower did, that’s not amnesty. Now you can take a hog and doll it up with lipstick and an evening gown and call it whatever you want, but the voters can still see it for the pig it is. Immigration deal struck” (May 18): America. Land of the brave, home of the free. Come one, come all. You don’t have to do it legally. Be here long enough and you and all your family will get “Amnesty.” It does not matter if our school system is falling apart, does not matter if our health care is overwhelmed. It does not matter that my relatives did it the right way, nor those who came here the right way. Do it the wrong way and you get rewarded. Those in power do not care about our letters, calls, e-mails. They care about their next raise, next election, etc. They must sit back behind their closed door and have a hearty laugh. Well, I am not behind a closed door nor am I laughing. Time for me to become an independent voter. – Pat Werth – Michael A. Leptuch Pacoima Where he stands Re “Top officials join in rally” (May 18): It is nice to know where Mayor Villaraigosa stands. His actions Thursday show he clearly supports the illegal-alien community and its demands. It has become apparent he only views the citizens of Los Angeles as a large wallet to support his agenda. – Sharon Lewis West Hills Special treatment Re “Paris – a short-timer” (News Lite, May 17): Paris Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail. But, she will only have to serve half that time and will be jailed in a unit reserved for “police officers, public officials, celebrities, and other high-profile inmates.” Hilton should have been sentenced to 90 days, serve the full time in the regular part of the jail, and receive no special treatment. Apparently, when a person is famous for being famous, has no talent, and no real abilities, then they do receive special treatment. – Robert S. Kennedy Jr. Camarillo Good-time Paris Re “Paris – a short-timer” (News Lite, May 17): I’m pretty sure the judge emphasized Paris was not to receive special treatment and had to serve her full time; however, she is given credit for “good time”? What good time? Good time refers to time spent in jail prior to sentencing. Did she? Also, why is she being separated from the rest of the inmates when that was clearly not the intent of the court. Is there an exchange of currency here? – Lynette Grismore Valencia Some satisfaction Re “Paris – a short-timer” (News Lite, May 17): Paris Hilton will be serving 23 days in jail. Twenty-three days of sitting around doing nothing. That’s what she does anyway! Punishment for nonviolent offenses like hers should not be inside a jail. Out streets and highways are littered with trash. Imagine being stuck in freeway traffic only to look over to see Ms. Hilton in her orange vest, picking up trash by the side of the road. Priceless. Paris would learn the value of real work while she does her time. We, in turn, would get cleaner highways and, pardon the pun, some “guilty” satisfaction. – James L. Rahm Chatsworth Veterans’ graves We know there are no more grave sites in any of the military cemeteries in the major populated counties in the coastal area of California. Families wishing to inter their vets near them for visits are forced to bury them in private cemeteries at their own expense (as I did with my husband) – even though land located at closed military sites could be converted to military cemeteries. The only thing military vets buried in private cemeteries get is a grave marker. Now that is being threatened – the marker provided by the VA is not accepted by many of the private cemeteries; if it is, they only allow it to stay on the joint grave until the spouse dies, then they throw it away and force the family to buy a whole new set of markers for both of the deceased – despite there being enough room to add a small marker for the spouse. – Patricia E. Carpenteri Burbank World upside down Re “Top officials join in rally” (May 18): Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who sees himself as an education guru, has an odd idea of teaching young people how to obey the law. His mere appearance, let alone leadership at a pro-illegal immigration and against his own Police Department demonstration, turned Los Angeles on its head, and truly gave credence to our nickname of “La-La Land.” – Sandy Sand West Hills Who do you call now Re “Top officials join in rally” (May 18): Well, well, well, I have seen it all now: The mayor protesting in the streets with illegal aliens against LAPD. The mayor is going to tear apart the LAPD. Who is going to protect us? Maybe the mayor can contract the gangs. – Ronald Watson Arleta Wrong city Re “Top officials join in rally” (May 18): Someone should remind Mayor Villaraigosa that he is the mayor of Los Angeles – not Mexico City. Shouldn’t he be representing the interests of American citizens and legal immigrants instead of illegal immigrants? – Al Angele Sun Valley The going price Re “Mayor’s 4 LAUSD allies unite” (May 17): The old adage of “if you can’t beat ’em, buy them” is exactly what our traveling mayor did to get control of our school board. When the courts ruled against him on numerous occasions, he went out and procured a couple of ambitious new names eager to claim the $24,000 a year and a steppingstone into the lucrative world of politics. He and his cronies with their millions of dollars bought a campaign that won a couple of elections, but left a trail of allegations and accusations that were conceived in a dirty gutter. It is a shame that the incumbent had to endure all the slime that was thrown. – Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills Another bailout Re “Children’s Museum gets city bailout” (May 12): This City Council never ceases to give away hard-earned tax dollars of the people without a second thought. This is supposed to be a loan, but who can say if it will ever be paid back? Stop these unnecessary expenditures. We have great museums all over California for “the children” to visit. – Pamela Franklin Granada Hills Learning curve Re “Top officials join in rally” (May 18): Interesting that this march, it was all American flags; they learned something from the last one May 1. All I can say is, God bless our policemen and -women. – Martha Ballardo La Crescenta A salad of ethnicities Re “Census: Valley now a salad of ethnicities” (May 17): Such diversity as far as cultures, customs and languages are concerned is so tempting, one may almost cancel one’s trip to a foreign land. However, this is far from the truth. Along with diversity comes behavior patterns that are not always easy to digest. Within the animal kingdom, animals from the same species are often ostracized when they try to join a group. As human beings, are we all alike? Can we all get along? This would be pure utopia. – Christine Peterson Woodland Hills 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Free 90 Minute 2017 FCPA Year In Review Video A summary of every corporate enforcement action; notable statistics and issues to consider; compliance take-away points; and enforcement agency and related developments. Click below to view the engaging video tutorial. As highlighted in the article “FCPA Ripples,” settlement amounts in an actual Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action are often only a relatively minor component of the overall financial consequences that can result from FCPA scrutiny or enforcement. Other ripples include, most prominently, pre-enforcement action professional fees and expenses, post-enforcement action professional fees and expenses as well as a host of other negative business consequences.As long as there has been FCPA enforcement, it has been known that culpable employees have been terminated or disciplined in connection with FCPA investigations and enforcement actions.Yet, as highlighted in this post, in certain recent FCPA enforcement actions (but not all – the SQM and Las Vegas Sands enforcement actions were silent on this topic) the DOJ has quantified the number of employees terminated or disciplined. According to DOJ resolution documents, in six recent enforcement actions approximately 160 employees have been terminated or disciplined. (This figure is in addition to numerous third parties terminated by companies resolving FCPA enforcement actions).These employee figures represent yet another “ripple” of FCPA scrutiny and enforcement. The aggregate costs of this ripple are surely meaningful when one considers certain inevitable wrongful termination or separation costs, lost productivity, and the time and expense of recruiting and hiring replacements.The November 2016 DOJ NPA used in connection with the JPMorgan enforcement action appears to be the first instance of the DOJ providing specific number on this topic.As highlighted in this prior post, the NPA stated in pertinent part:“the Company and JPMC engaged in extensive remedial measures, including: (1) causing five employees who participated in the misconduct described in the Statement of Facts to separate from the Company—one employee resigned after being placed on leave, one employee received a notice of separation while on leave, and three employees resigned or retired after receiving a notice of separation; (2) causing one employee who failed to identify issues with referral hiring and failed to take appropriate steps to mitigate risks to separate from the Company; (3) disciplining an additional twenty-three employees who failed to detect the misconduct, failed to supervise effectively those who were engaged in the misconduct, failed to take appropriate steps to mitigate corruption and compliance risks, and/or who were lower-level employees engaged in the misconduct at the direction of supervisors; (4) imposing more than $18.3 million in financial sanctions on former or current employees in connection with the remediation efforts.”Thereafter, as highlighted in this December 2016 post, the Odebrecht plea agreement stated in pertinent part:“the company engaged in extensive remedial measures, including: (i) terminating the employment of 51 individuals who participated in the misconduct; (ii) disciplining an additional 26 individuals who were engaged in the misconduct, including suspensions of up to a year and a half, significant financial penalties, and demotion to non-managerial, non-supervisory, non-decision making roles, for each of the 26 individuals.”Similarly, as highlighted in this December 2016 post, the Teva plea agreement stated in pertinent part:“the Company and the Defendant engaged in remediation measures, including: (1) causing at least 15 employees who were involved in the misconduct described in the Statement of the Facts to be removed from the Company, because their employment was terminated, they resigned after being asked to leave, or they voluntarily left once the Company’s internal investigation began.”Likewise, as highlighted in this December 2016 post, the General Cable NPA stated in pertinent part:“the Company has enhanced and has committed to the Fraud Section to continue to enhance its compliance program and internal controls, including ensuring that its compliance program satisfies the minimum elements set forth in Attachment B to [the NPA], the Company has engaged in extensive remedial measures, specifically by: (1) terminating the employment or accelerating the previously-planned departures and resignations of 13 employees who participated in the misconduct, (2) causing the resignation of 2 employees and accelerating the previously-planned departure of an additional employee who failed to supervise effectively others who were engaged in the misconduct described in the Statement of Facts, (3) causing the resignation of an additional employee who failed to take appropriate steps in response to identifying the misconduct; (4) terminating the business relationships with 47 third-party agents and distributors who participated in the misconduct described in the Statement of Facts;”This trend continued into 2017 as this prior post highlighted how the Zimmer DPA stated in pertinent part:“the Company has engaged in remedial measures, including: (1) terminating or causing the resignation of five employees who participated in the misconduct described in the Statement of Facts; (2) terminating one employee who failed to identify issues with the use of a prohibited distributor in Brazil and failed to take appropriate steps to mitigate risks; (3) disciplining two employees who failed to detect the misconduct, failed to supervise effectively those who were engaged in the misconduct, and failed to take appropriate steps to mitigate corruption and compliance risks, including by placing an official letter of reprimand in their employment files, reducing their bonuses, and requiring them to take additional anticorruption training;”Finally, as highlighted in this post, in the DOJ’s most recent corporate FCPA enforcement against Rolls-Royce the DPA stated in pertinent part:“the Company engaged in significant remedial measures, including: (i) terminating 6 employees and accepting resignations from 11 other employees who were the subject of internal disciplinary investigations, where all 17 employees were implicated in the corrupt schemes described [in the DPA] or in other conduct that the Company disclosed to the [DOJ] prior to signing the [DPA]; (ii) terminating the Company’s business relationships with all third-party intermediaries involved in the corrupt schemes …” View