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THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO BLIND ASSOCIATION
The duly elected Council of the Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare
Association did inherit some challenges from the past and efforts are
continuously being made to rectify problems, overcome hurdles and
dispel allegations purported by detractors in the public domain.
When Mr. Kenneth Suratt assumed office as Executive Officer in 2013,
due process having been followed in the form of an internal
advertisement, an interview and his subsequent appointment by the
Council, his first business was to ensure that the Association's finances
be audited by an external auditor from the year 2008 as was mandated
by the membership at an Annual General Meeting of 2010. This was
successfully done and so were other audited statements up to 2014.
Additionally, all documents that were requested of the Executive
Officer and the Accountant by the Ministry of the People and Social
Development were submitted.
The term of the six government representatives who served on the
Council, ended in April of 2012. Repeated requests for replacements
were made to the Ministry and even to the former Attorney General, but
to no avail.
The Human Resources Officer was fully qualified for the job and the
Association's Accountant, works on a full-time basis and not part-time.
The employees who were unaccounted for in the Joint Select
Committee Report of 2014, were Handicraft workers who were not
listed on the Association's Establishment Book.
The Sub-committees of the Council are constitutional and they work for
the betterment of the Association. Job evaluation and re-classification
of employees, however, can only occur when there is sufficient funding
It is the expressed hope of the President and the Council that proper
research will be done regarding the Association so that accurate
information will be released to the public in the future.
Claudette Paponette - MEd
President - TTBWA
GENEVA---Fifa s ethics committee
wants to lift secrecy rules that pro-
tect accused officials from being
identified and keep case details pri-
Fighting back against rules
imposed by Fifa s scandal-hit exec-
utive committee in 2012, ethics
prosecutor Cornel Borbely and judge
Joachim Eckert said yesterday that
more openness would even help
"Greater transparency in inves-
tigations would help efforts to
uncover and clear up fraud, as it
would encourage potential inform-
ants to support the proceedings,"
they said in a joint statement, prom-
ising to ask the Sepp Blatter-led
executive committee to ease the
More transparency "will have a
preventative effect, as copycat cul-
prits will also have to face exposure,"
the statement said.
Strict secrecy meant a seven-year
ban was announced last week for
2018-2022 World Cup bid inspector
Harold Mayne-Nicholls with no
detail of the Chilean official s alleged
offenses. It was the first formal
announcement that a case even
"The ethics committee will pub-
licly justify the decisions it takes
immediately," the Borbely-Eckert
When Eckert handed down an
eight-year ban for bribery to Vernon
Manilal Fernando of Sri Lanka in
2013, the brief ruling did not say
where and when it happened, who
received the money or the amounts
involved. The sanction was later
increased to a life ban.
Fifa Code of Ethics rules demand
investigation and judging panel
members be suspended if they dis-
cuss case detail in public.
They also let President Sepp Blat-
ter insist on blocking publication
of former prosecutor Michael Gar-
cia s investigation report into the
2018 and 2022 bid contests.
Blatter has said Fifa accepted legal
advice that publication is possible
only when the appeal route of the
final defendant is closed.
Still, the ethics committee has
never confirmed which current and
former Fifa executive committee
members face sanctions in that case.
Fifa vice president Angel Maria
Villar of Spain and former executive
panel members Franz Beckenbauer
of Germany and Worawi Makudi of
Thailand are under investigation,
the Associated Press and other
media have reported.
GENEVA---One of the seven Fifa
officials arrested in Zurich as part
of a corruption probe has been
extradited to the United States, the
Swiss Justice Ministry said yester-
The Federal Office of Justice said
the man, whom it did not identify,
was extradited on Wednesday after
50 days of detention in Switzerland.
"He was handed over to a three-
man US police escort in Zurich who
accompanied him on the flight to
New York," the ministry said in a
The official agreed last week to be
extradited, unlike six others who are
The extradition hearings are being
held by Zurich cantonal (state) police
in a process expected to finish by
early September, Swiss justice office
spokesman Raphael Frei told the
Associated Press yesterday. Appeals
to Switzerland s federal criminal court
and supreme court can extend the
cases by several months.
The extradited man is accused of
"accepting bribes totalling millions
of dollars in connection with the sale
of marketing rights to various sports
marketing firms and keeping the
money for himself," the justice office
said last week.
Swiss extradite Webb to the US
Fifa ethics panel wants
to lift secrecy rules
In this May 29, 2011 file photo Fifa official Chuck Blazer leaves the Fifa
headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Fifa's ethics committee has expelled
former executive committee member Blazer from football for bribery and
other corruption. AP PHOTO
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