The Kwakwani Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) elected new members to head the body, following the hosting of elections on Wednesday. Juanita Leacock has been elected as the new Chairperson, while Carl Liverpool was elected as Vice Chairman. Following the elections, Leacock said she was proud to be elected to the post and called on the rest of the elected members and the community to work together in an effort to move the community forward.“Our functions only begins after we are sworn in, which will be at a later date setNew Chairperson, Juanita Leacock and new Vice Chairman Carl Liverpoolby the Minister. Today (Wednesday) marks another remarkable achievement, not only for us Councillors Carl Liverpool, Sharmella Sulker Thomas, Maleka Russell, Charles Thom, Faye Navarro Rodriguez and yours truly, but for Kwakwani at large. The task ahead of us is great, and no one-man team can accomplish this. Much is expected from us, but we ask only for one thing and that is Kwakwani team work.”Leacock added that transparency and inclusiveness are high on the agenda for the newly elected officials as they work towards community development.According to the new Chairperson, development of the community is dependent on the efforts of “Councillors, community leaders, groups and all other members of our community near and far. Transparency and inclusiveness is our aim, as we believe that the more people know, the more they understand and can appreciate and with more people involved more can be accomplished because each person has their own ideas, opinion, skill, experience and understanding.”“We cannot promise that we will be able to please everyone, nor can we say we will be able to achieve all that you expect us to achieve or that we hope to achieve within the year 2018, but we can promise you that we will work to the best of our ability to get as much work done and complete until our time is up and pave the way for long-term development,” she added.Merna Adrian had previously served as Chairperson while Kelvin Daly had served as Vice Chairman of the Kwakwani NDC.
indian olympic associationInternational Standard for LaboratoriesioaNADA First Published: August 23, 2019, 4:34 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Mumbai: India’s dope testing laboratory has already addressed most of the concerns raised by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) about its standards and will apply within three weeks for its early reinstatement, a key government official told Reuters on Friday.WADA said on Thursday the New Delhi-based National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) has been suspended for up to six months for not conforming to international standards. The suspension prohibits the NDTL from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples.The WADA said NDTL could apply for early reinstatement if it satisfied its Laboratory Expert Group that it has addressed the issues.Radhey Shyam Julaniya, India’s sports secretary, said WADA had visited the laboratory last September.”WADA pointed out the deficiencies in September 2018,” Julaniya, who also serves as the NDTL’s chief executive, told Reuters.”The deficiencies have already been sorted out, complied with and overcome, and WADA was satisfied in 90% of the cases,” he said.”They wanted some more information and wanted validation through an international experts’ visit. They have not been able to allot time and visit and said they will do it sometime in January next year.”We explained we now have a full-time director, full employee strength and our performance is at par with any other country so send your team to take a decision. I told them ‘you are administering medicine when the disease has been cured.'”During the suspension, which took effect on Tuesday, any samples not yet tested or undergoing a confirmation procedure will be moved to another WADA-accredited laboratory.According to the World Anti-Doping Code, the laboratory has the option to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the WADA decision.”We are taking legal opinion while preparing all the extra paperwork WADA asked for,” said Julaniya, who refused to call the WADA decision a setback.”It generally takes four months for the paperwork but we will prepare it in three weeks and send.”India’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) is confident the world body’s decision would not hamper the country’s fight against doping with the next Olympic Games in Tokyo less than a year away.”The anti-doping programme of NADA does not get effected,” NADA director general Navin Agarwal said in an email. “The pre-Olympic testing will continue as planned.”Julaniya said laboratories in some European countries charge four times, and in some cases 10 times, more than what testing a sample at the NDTL costs.He said the NDTL was encouraging “more and more” East European and African nations to test their athletes’ samples in India.”Informally they wanted that we should have a different rate for international samples and for national athletes,” Julaniya said, ruing that India does not have a representation on the WADA board, something they want to fix in the near future.”We took the position that if our rates are lower, the other laboratories should reduce their rates rather than us increasing because this is a service and not a business.”I do not rule out that there might be some business interest of the other laboratories. This is basically a message to the East European and African countries that don’t go to India, their laboratory is discredited.”