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CAO issue put over until April

The absence of a CAO at Governor Simcoe Square is reportedly causing problems for Norfolk’s senior management team.Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus told Norfolk council this week that the CAO has traditionally played a utility role, filling in for senior managers when they are on vacation, taking a sick day or otherwise away from the office.Norfolk has been without a top bureaucrat since the sudden resignation of David Cribbs in mid-January. Columbus says this is creating continuity issues that should be addressed.Columbus bases his position on minutes from meetings of Norfolk’s senior management team.Norfolk’s senior managers meet frequently to co-ordinate strategy and projects. They also meet after council meetings to discuss council resolutions and directives and how they will be implemented.Minutes from these meetings are not available to the public.“There sounded like there were some challenges,” Columbus said.Columbus sponsored a motion at Tuesday’s meeting calling on Norfolk council to expedite the hiring of a new CAO. Columbus wants a replacement for Cribbs named before council’s summer recess.When the motion was presented, Columbus asked senior managers in the council chamber to explain how the absence of a CAO has complicated their jobs.However, Mayor Kristal Chopp intervened and asked for a deferral. Motions for deferral take precedence over everything else on the floor and Chopp was supported in a 5-4 vote. The matter was put over till April 9.After Tuesday’s meeting, Chopp said she had information she wants to share with council. Chopp said Columbus’s motion arrived on short notice and that there are considerations she wants to put before council before it proceeds.The CAO’s position in Norfolk pays about $180,000 a year.During January’s budget deliberations, council noted that it was saving “gapping” dollars on unfilled positions. Chopp said at the time that Norfolk County is operating smoothly without a top bureaucrat and that council would proceed with a search for Cribbs’ replacement when the time was [email protected] read more

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Bit of a mixed bag – Captain Heaslip reflects on Irish capitulation

first_imgIRELAND CAPTAIN JAMIE HEASLIP has described his side’s faltering Six Nations campaign ‘a mixed bag’.Heaslip made the statement following Ireland’s 22-15 loss to Italy in Rome – their first ever defeat to the Italians in the championship.Ireland were shorn of at least 10 frontline players before the match and lost Luke Marshall, Keith Earls and Luke Fitzgerald before the first-half was out.“Bit of a mixed bag to be honest,” Heaslip commented. “A lot of guys have taken the opportunity to step up, when given the chance, to wear the green jersey.“I think of all the new caps we’ve had and guys who haven’t had as much international experience as others. I couldn’t be prouder about the way they have gone about their work.” He added: The frustrating part is, in all games we’ve lost there has been a score or two in it. There’s been too many errors, we have given teams shots at goal, turned over too much easy ball at the setpiece and not converted enough opportunities.“We’ve got to learn from it. It’s a young bunch, an inexperienced bunch but you’ve got to learn from this moving forward.”Asked to reflect on where the winning and losing of the game was, Heaslip said, “It’s too fresh for me to pinpoint but, off the top of my head, we gave away too many easy shots at goal.“We gave away too many turnovers at the setpiece. They cut it off at the source. That’s a big launching platform for any team.”Luke Marshall is helped from the pitch. (©INPHO/James Crombie)He confessed that the latest set of injuries to befall the team had cost them dearly.“[It is tough], especially when you see that Peter O’Mahony had to move to the wing for 60 minutes,” he declared.“That’s just what happened. You move on. It’s nothing new to us in this championship. It’s not ideal.“You have to adapt, move on. Peter on the wing from setpieces. Even with that, God, we were still in the hunt. There was a point between us with 10 minutes to go.”Tough callsHead coach Declan Kidney believes that Donnacha Ryan was ‘committed to the tackle’ that earned him a late trip to the sin bin and deflated the Irish challenge. He also noted that the Italians ‘lodged themselves on the ball quite well’ when Ireland were pressing for a try at 16-12.Asked to explain Ireland’s lineout woes, Kidney responded, “Italy have a good lineout. You have to give credit to them… it’s something that we can work on.”“In terms of preparation of the lads,” he added, “I couldn’t speak highly enough of it. I think we just have to transfer that onto the pitch.”The captain was asked if Brian O’Driscoll had made any announcements about playing on or retiring. He replied, “I don’t know whether this is the end for him or not; you’d have to ask Brian.”Kidney added, “I think [O’Driscoll] has had a strong Six Nations, given everything that was going on for him. His game against Wales was outstanding. He was good against France and I thought he played well today.“He’s earned the time and space to be given that to make up his own mind. Players are the only ones that know when the time is.”Declan Kidney: I’ll have to think about new contractlast_img read more

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