By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – It was the Jillian Hyman show last Saturday when the North American Dominoes Federation (NADF) staged the Toronto leg of the tournament, featuring players from the host team, New York, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Maryland and Montreal at the St John Devine Anglican Church, Scarborough here.In a dominant display, rarely seen in dominoes competition, Hyman registered the maximum 18 games in both the preliminary round and also in the final, leading New York to winners’ row, much to the delight of her teammates and the several followers who made the journey to Toronto. Of much significance was the fact that Hyman only “gave away” 34 games in her superb performance, 19 in the first round and 15 in the final.The final, which featured eventual winners New York, West Palm Beach and Orlando seemed an even one at the end of the second sitting with New York and West Palm Beach tied on 26 games and Orlando lagging behind on 20.West Palm Beach then took what looked like a commanding lead after the third, stretching their lead to 10 over New York and 11 from Orlando.New York, however, bounced back with the maximum 18 games in the fourth to again level with West Palm Beach on 50 while Orlando were stuck on 42.The two front-runners were again deadlocked on 60 games at the end of the penultimate sitting while Orlando slowly dropped out of contention.In the end, New York prevailed in the final sitting, ending with 74 games to West Palm Beach’s 68 and Orlando occupying the third spot with 64.Apart from Hyman’s 18, Donna Degroot also played well for her 16 games. The top markers for West Palm Beach were Andrew Charles (17 games) and Deryck Jones (14 games) while Phillip Scantlebury and Phillip Pompey had 17 and 13 respectively for Orlando. The lone lovebird was New York’s Lurline Tracey.The first round saw West Palm Beach edge New York on sixes, eight to seven, with both teams tallying 78 games while Toronto were eliminated.Hyman was again in destructive mood with her 18 games while skipper Eldon Phillips marked 15. Anthony Hendricks made 16 for West Palm Beach while the best player for Toronto was Terry Reynolds with 12.Orlando, with 82 games, took top honours over Maryland (72) and Montreal (70) in the other first round fixture. Eric McFarlane and Lynden Jones led the way for the winners with 17 games each.There were three lovebirds in Camille Austin (Orlando), Jainraine (Maryland) and Ronald Chin (Oralndo), with Dennis Hosanna having the distinction of sharing the first double love in the tournament with Austin and Jainarine being the victims.With the two winners and the best second team advancing to the final, it meant Orlando, West Palm Beach qualified for the grand showdown.Apart from copping the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, Hyman was also adjudged the overall MVP while Charles and Scantlebury were the MVPs for West Palm Beach and Orlando respectively. Players from all three finalists were also in receipt of medals.The win marks New York first lien on the winners’ trophy following a similar performance by Toronto in the first leg, played in Orlando earlier this year. Montreal will host the next leg in June next year.
…investigation launchedThe Regional Chairman of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Genevieve Allen, has ordered for an investigation to be launched into the non-payment of staff attached to the Little Diamond/Herstelling Neighbourhood Democratic CouncilOverseer Candacey Atherly (at left seated) and Overseer from the Caledonia/Good Success NDC during last month’s meeting at Triumph, ECD(NDC).During the monthly Regional Communities Committee meeting, concerns were raised by the Vice Chairman of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), Earl Lambert and Assistant Regional Executive Officer (AREO), Ramnarine Singh, that the employees had not received their salaries, which were due.This is in light of the fact the Chairman of the NDC, Madan Singh reportedly refused to sign the pay slips last weekend for the staff to receive fortnightly salaries. As a result, 13 persons remained unpaid for the Easter holidays.“This is unacceptable and I am launching an immediate investigation as this nonsense cannot and will not continue,” were the words of Allen who demanded that an investigation be launched to address this matter.It was also revealed by the RDC Chairman that this is not the first encounter of such behaviour by the NDC Chairman, adding that he refuses to attend meetings organised by Council. In one instance, a meeting was scheduled and when contacted, Singh indicated that he was attending the meeting. However, after several hours, he called to inform that he was no longer coming to the meeting.“These persons have worked and by law, they are to be paid, paid not when the Chairman feels ready and happy to, but paid within the stipulated time frame of when salaries are due,” the RDC Chairman stated.She later disclosed that, “Mr Madan Singh has taken matters into his own hands in refusing to sign the vouchers and the other NDCs that were present were informed about the circumstances surrounding his refusal and I have launched an investigation after which we as a region will certainly have to take the appropriate action.”However, when contacted, the NDC Chairman has waived all of these accusations as “misguided statements”, noting that the vouchers were not ready last week so he opted to wait until this week when all were ready and then he would sign them but according to Allen, it remains highly unlikely that the employees will be paid before this Friday. read more