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Guyana’s PNC penchant for dictatorship

first_imgDear Editor,The no-confidence vote toppled the David Granger Administration (APNU/AFC Government); elections were supposed to be held within 90 days of the No-Confidence Motion with the Cabinet resigning and acting as a caretaker Government.The very fact that the Government has not resigned and elections have not been called within the stipulated timeframe is a gross violation of Guyana’s Constitution.All the shenanigans of going to the courts were just acts to extend the life of the APNU/AFC Government, much like awaiting GECOM’s readiness to call elections. GECOM does not decide when elections are called.Guyana currently has a dictatorship. Get up and fight for your rights Guyanese, before it is too late!Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img

Process to hold money outside Consolidated Fund not followed – IIA Chair

first_imgUS$18M signing bonusThe US$18 million signing bonus controversy has engaged the attention of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Guyana chapter, with the Chairperson of the body questioning the process Government used to keep the money outside the Consolidated Fund.IIA Chairman and Financial Consultant John SeeramIn an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, IIA-Guyana Board Chairman and Financial Consultant John Seeram noted that while the signing bonus could be held outside the Consolidated Fund, there were certain prerequisites.“What is important is that once money is received, it should be recorded in the Government’s statements of assets and liabilities, comprising of the Consolidated Fund as an entity and there is the Deposit Fund as an entity and the Contingency Fund as an entity,” he explained.“My view is that that US$18 million bonus could be deposited in the Deposit Fund bank account and be shown in the Deposit Fund as an entity, thereby showing up on the statements of assets and liabilities.”He noted that only when it is appropriated accordingly could it be moved from the Deposit Fund. Asked whether this process was followed in the case of the signing bonus, Seeram replied in the negative.“Not to my knowledge,” the experienced auditor said. “But I wrote an article suggesting the use of a deposit fund. I’m just waiting to see what happens.”The bonusRecently, local economist Ramon Gaskin said in a letter to the media that the Bank of Guyana’s financial statement was recently issued and there was no trace of the signing bonus.The bonus became a matter of controversy last year after it was revealed that not only did Government fail to disclose that it had received the money since 2016, but also it had deposited it into a private account at the central bank instead of the Consolidated Fund.Government had defended its actions saying that the money was placed at the Bank of Guyana since Government intended to use it to pay the legal team that would represent Guyana’s interest at the World Court on the border controversy with its western neighbour, Venezuela.However, Gaskin on Monday wrote that, “The Bank of Guyana has published the list of 128 Government Account Balances at the end of January 2018 in excess of 36 billion Guyana dollars… the US$18M ‘Signing Bonus’ received by Guyana and allegedly placed in the account is not listed”.But, when contacted, an aide to Finance Minister Winston Jordan told this publication that the money has not been moved, thus it could not have been spent. “It is still there,” the aide assured.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had also denied that the monies were used.“The signing bonus is monies that belong to Guyana, but that bonus, wherever it is, will be placed into the Consolidated Fund and it is from that Fund that any team whatsoever will be paid,” he stated.Although the legal team has already begun work and has completed Guyana’s submissions, which were filed with the World Court on Thursday last by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, Harmon told reporters that Government intended to follow prudent fiscal management policies regarding the use of the US$18 million.“Whether (the legal team) work before or they work after, it is from the Consolidated Fund, these monies will come from (to pay them. But before that)… we will of course have to make applications to the National Assembly for its approval for these funds… It is just prudent fiscal management,” he stated.Moreover, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, when probed on the whereabouts of the signing bonus, had declined to pronounce on the matter, but told media operatives that there was nothing sinister afoot if the monies were to be moved.While Government Ministers have said that Section 37 (2) of the Financial Management and Accountability Act provides for public monies to be held in Extra Budgetary Funds and deposit funds until they are credited to the Consolidated Fund, there are steps to be followed.Section 42 mandates that after a deposit fund is established, the Minister has to inform the National Assembly of the fund’s existence.According to Section 42 (2) of the Act, the Minister also has to specify “the source or sources of the monies in the deposit fund; the purpose or purposes for which monies may be expended from the deposit fund; the banking arrangements for the deposit fund and the intended investment strategy for the monies deposited in the deposit fund.”last_img read more

Induction in B.C. Sports Hall of Fame a chance to thank everyone for Morrison

first_imgFort St. John’s Denny Morrison officially had his impact on the history of British Columbia sports recognized as he was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame last week. The multi Olympic and World Cup medallist will now have his name alongside the greatest athletes, builders, and media members to have come from the province.The event was first class all the way for Morrison and his family as he expressed his gratitude to Sport B.C. for not only for the nomination, but for the way he and his family were treated leading up to the induction.“It’s a really cool honour that you get from Sport B.C. and they invite your family and everything,” he said. “They really make you feel like you’ve achieved something. Not just me but also made my family feel like VIPs and I really appreciate that because my family is a huge part of it too.”- Advertisement -As for the induction itself Morrison made a point of making sure he thanked everyone who has played a part in his career, as well as those in attendance“I thanked everyone in the room because it was quite a neat feeling to be in that room full of athletes, or other inductees, or honorary members who have been inducted in the past who come out to the dinner. They’re equally as passionate about sport as I am.“I distinguished between teammates and support staff because everyone is a part of the team. Obviously my parents were in the crowd so I thanked them and said a piece about how they’ve supported me through the years.”Advertisement When it comes to his injuries and the road ahead in a comeback, Morrison learned recently that aside from the broken leg he suffered in a motorcycle accident last month, he also has a torn ACL in his right knee. The good news is that when it comes to speed skating the ACL isn’t as key as it is in sports such as basketball or football. As his femur heals, doctors have advised him to eventually get back on the ice to see how he copes with the ACL injury.The goal for this week according to Morrison is to try to walk normally without a limp. He’s at the stage in his recovery where he is seeing improvement every day.Morrison is hopeful he’ll still be able to skate this upcoming season. Morrison also expressed his appreciation of the work done by Speed Skating Canada, and the B.C. Speed Skating Association for providing an avenue to get to the Olympics, and to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame for being in existence to support and celebrate sports in the province.With having as many medals and achievements Morrison does no one could blame him if the desire to keep on competing was starting to fade. That’s not the case for him however as he’s still in love with the sport, and hopes to work with the younger skaters on the national team as he rehabilitates from his injury.“It’s a great question but I just love speed skating. I love the challenges that it makes you face. Every race is truly a fearful moment. I’ll finish that race and I’ll get sick to my stomach, or I’ll have to put my legs up or I won’t be able to stand, or I’ll be on the podium and I’ll be delirious and I’ll wave to the crowd and almost faint.“That’s what I love about speed skating. That’s what’s left for me to do is to continue my passion for the sport. At this point in my career my sports psychologist, my coaches, and especially because I’m injured they want me to act more as a mentor to the other athletes on the team and perhaps share any of my experiences with them that may help them.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Celtic held by 10-man AEK Athens

first_imgBut Celtic failed to build on their lead and were punished for one moment of slack marking when Belgian Viktor Klonaridis fired home a vital away goal just before half-time.AEK, who ended Olympiakos’ seven-year reign as Greek champions last season, were made to defend deep in the second-half when Kostas Galanopoulos picked up two quickfire yellow cards to leave the visitors a man down.But despite dominating possession, Celtic struggled to create chances and Olivier Ntcham’s stoppage time shot that curled inches over was as close as they came to a winner.The sides meet again next Tuesday (August 14) with the winners progressing to face Swedish champions Malmo or Hungarians Vidi in the playoff round to reach the group stages.“We knew they were a good side but we proved that we are also a good side and can go over there and get a result,” said Celtic boss Rodgers.“We can score over there, I don’t think there is any question of that. We also have to defend well, as well.“It was always going to be a difficult game for us, at 1-0 up or 1-1, we always thought we would have to go there and score.“It is still very much in the balance. Of course it swings to them as they are at home but we certainly know we have the quality to go and perform, after seeing that this evening.”On a good night for Greek sides, PAOK came from 2-0 down to take a 3-2 first leg lead over Russian giants Spartak Moscow.Last season’s Europa League semi-finalists Red Bull Salzburg also edged towards the group stages for the first time with a 3-0 win over Macedonian champions Shkendija.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Celtic’s Scottish midfielder Callum McGregor, pictured February 2018, got his team off to a flyer when he opened the scoring on 17 minutes © AFP/File / ANDY BUCHANANGLASGOW, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Scottish champions Celtic failed to make the most of a man advantage as AEK Athens held out for a 1-1 draw in Glasgow on Wednesday to take the upper hand in their Champions League third qualifying round tie.The hosts got off to a flyer when Callum McGregor rewarded a positive start from Brendan Rodgers’s men to open the scoring on 17 minutes.last_img read more

DONEGAL GETS €109,000 TO ADDRESS STORM DAMAGE

first_imgMore than €100,000 has been allocated to Donegal County Council for coastal erosion and storm damage.Minister of State at the Department of Finance & Public Expenditure & Reform, Simon Harris, T.D. revealed he is allocating an additional €109,000 to the council to address the issue.Donegal County Council has already been allocated €660,000 in 2014. €562,000 of this has already been paid and the remainder will be paid as soon as it is requested. Today’s announcement means that Donegal County Council has been given a total of €769,000 since 2014.Deputy Dinny McGinley welcomed today’s additional allocation and stated “that it is a matter for Donegal County Council to now identify the areas in which this money is to be spent”.DONEGAL GETS €109,000 TO ADDRESS STORM DAMAGE was last modified: October 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfundingSTORM DAMAGElast_img read more

‘Rooney return could mean the end of Ross Barkley’s Everton career’ – Warnock

first_imgNeil Warnock believes Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton may spell the end of Ross Barkley’s career at Goodison Park.Rooney is reportedly nearing a long-awaited move back to Goodison Park from Manchester United on a free transfer.And, with his days as a centre-forward now apparently behind him, Warnock believes the England captain could take Barkley’s place in the Toffees’ midfield.Warnock has voiced his doubts over Barkley’s future at the top level before, having coached the youngster during a loan spell at Leeds United – where he made just four appearances.And the former Premier League manager has told talkSPORT the midfielder lacks the discipline to succeed at a top club and could be pushed out of Everton by boss Ronald Koeman.Asked he reckons the arrival of Rooney means the end of Barkley’s Everton career, Warnock told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Yes, I do.“I had Ross at Leeds, and he’s an unbelievably good pro. He comes in first thing and he takes free kicks until it goes dark, he trains all the time.“But as a manager you can’t really find a system you can trust him in.“It’s a really difficult with him, because he still loves to turn and take players on in his own half and often loses it.“He hasn’t got the responsibility in his make-up regarding as and when to do it, he just does it when he feels like it. I don’t think you can change him in that.“I think he’d be a super player for a club like Spurs. I think he could be a top five player…but for a certain manager.“It’ll be a difficult one for the manager who gets him, in how to play him at that level with the responsibility you have to have when you play the top teams.“You have to have that discipline in your game and unfortunately Ross doesn’t have that, but he makes up for it by scoring unbelievable goals.“But I don’t think Koeman has ever been that type of manager who can tolerate somebody who is that ill-disciplined in certain aspects.”last_img read more

McHUGH OUT OF LAOIS CLASH AFTER THREE DAYS IN HOSPITAL

first_imgMark McHugh will miss Donegal’s All-Ireland Qualifier against Laois on Saturday.McHugh suffered a perforated eardrum, concussion and a quad muscle tear in the early stages of Sunday’s Ulster Final defeat by Monaghan.“I’ve just had the three most boring days of my life,” said McHugh today after being released from hospital last night. The Kilcar player was hurt in a collision with Monaghan player Stephen Gollogly.McHugh’s brother Ryan is among the contenders to be drafted into the Donegal starting line-up after a great performance against Monaghan.Declan Walsh and David Walsh will also be in contention to be drafted into the Donegal side.   McHUGH OUT OF LAOIS CLASH AFTER THREE DAYS IN HOSPITAL was last modified: July 24th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LADIES GAA: MONAGHAN SHOW SHEER CLASS TO SEE OFF DONEGAL FINAL CHALLENGE

first_imgDONEGAL LADIES SENIOR TEAMULSTER SENIOR LADIES ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP FINALDONEGAL 1-08 MONAGHAN 5-25IN terms of ceding Monaghan entered this Ulster Championship final clash with Donegal at Clones being everybody’s No2 team in the country. After this display today, Monaghan will be fancies to knock Cork off their perch in this year’s All-Ireland.The game was all but over in the first 20 minutes as Monaghan raced into a 3-06 to 0-01 lead.And it got worse for the Donegal ladies as Monaghan won the ball in so many areas of the field.Geraldine McLaughlin pointed a couple of scores but at half-time Monaghan led 5-13 to 0-04 – a 24 point lead. Monaghan began the second half where they left off the first, hitting six straight points without reply to lead 5-19 to 0-04 with 15 minutes gone.And while they added a couple more shortly afterwards, Donegal showed some fighting spirit by hitting a goal and a point to reduce the deficit.But Monaghan upped the pace again to close out the game 5-25 to 1-08.It was a great achievement for Donegal to reach this year’s Ulster final, but you have to admit that Monaghan ladies football is simply too far ahead at this stage.Donegal starting team – Ciara Gallagher, Orlagh Carr, Kelly wilson, Nicole Mc Laughlin, Aoife Watters, Grainne Houston, Therese Mc Cafferty, Aoife Mc Donnell, Karen Guthrie, Kate Keaney, Roisin Friel, Karen Feeney, Roisin Curran, Geraldine Mc Laughlin and Ciara D Shovlin LADIES GAA: MONAGHAN SHOW SHEER CLASS TO SEE OFF DONEGAL FINAL CHALLENGE was last modified: July 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LADIES GAA: MONAGHAN SHOW SHEER CLASS TO SEE OFF DONEGAL FINAL CHALLENGElast_img read more

Who Gets the Blame for This Oil Spill?

first_imgWho could forget the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, that leaked 10.8 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s pristine coastal waters?  That mistake cost Exxon a billion dollars in damages for the ecological disaster it caused and sparked one of the biggest cleanup operations in history.  Imagine 80 times as much.  That’s how much oil scientists at UC Santa Barbara and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute say is being leaked naturally along southern California coastlines by oil seeps.  Science Daily and Live Science echoed a press release from UC Santa Barbara about this “spectacular finding”.    Judging from samples, the scientists estimated that 8 to 80 times as much oil as was spilled by Exxon Valdez has leaked into the ocean in vast plumes from the California coastal shelf near Santa Barbara.  The team, led by an undergraduate chemistry student, wanted to know what happens to the oil.  Mariners notice oil slicks, sometimes 20 miles long, on the surface.  Locals know that some of it shows up as tar balls along the beaches.  Much of it – but not all – is eventually degraded by bacteria.  The rest of it sinks back to the bottom and is deposited in coastal sediments.Quick; we need to drill this oil to save Santa Barbara from an ecological disaster, then sue Mother Nature Big Oil for damages.  Where do you think all this oil came from?  Now that we know the oil is coming out anyway, do you want to get something out of it, like power for your car, or do you want it all to go to waste, buried in sediments?  And why should bacteria get all the energy from it?(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Beetle mania grips World Cup

first_imgThe red Beetle carries a large vuvuzelaon its roof. A giant football and pair of sunglassesadorn the white Beetle. The third stretch Beetle in progress.Although just a shell at the moment itwill soon look as vibrant as the other two.(Images: Natalie Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wynand ViljoenNew Electrical Panel Beaters+27 12 800 2548 or +27 83 744 063Janine ErasmusA passion for football and the venerable Volkswagen Beetle has resulted in the creation of a growing fleet of one-of-a-kind stretch Beetles, vibrantly decorated in national colours and football elements.Gallery: Beetle maniaA group of four football fanatics at an unassuming panel-beating shop in the industrial suburb of Lindo Park, east of Pretoria, have turned their enthusiasm for the Beautiful Game into an eye-catching mobile show of support for the home team, Bafana Bafana. The national squad takes on Mexico in the opening game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on 11 June in Johannesburg.Auto electrician Wynand Viljoen, mechanic Chris Neuwenhuizen, and panel beaters Tinashe Zivovo and Wellington Mugocha are the enterprising foursome.As their way of getting involved in the World Cup and adding to the growing buzz around the event, they have channelled their creativity into producing two stretch Beetles so far, with another one in production.Heads turn when these cars are on the road, and fans who wish to turn up at World Cup matches in style may rent them for their grand entrance.“I started building the first one for the fun of it,” said Viljoen, “and it has just taken off. I’ve had enquiries from a number of people, including a local coloured community and the Home Affairs department.”The Afrikaans Taal en Kultuur Vereeniging (Language and Culture Organisation) has also expressed interest, as they have arranged a World Cup song in Afrikaans.Labour of love“It took us about three months to build the first one,” said Mugocha, explaining that the stretch Beetle starts off as two cars that are each reduced by two-thirds and joined to produce the limo-style end result.One Beetle is cut at the windscreen and the other is cut at the rear window post. The two bigger sections are then welded together, providing a blank canvas for lavish football-themed refurbishment.The third stretch Beetle is just a shell at this stage, but once the welding and panel-beating work is finished, it too will emerge as a tribute to football and a testament to automotive skill.The team has not yet decided on a theme for the third car, but are working on some ideas. They hope to build another two or three, according to Mugocha.“The red one has a number of improvements on the white one, so our third car will be the best yet.”Proudly South AfricanFans need not worry about their safety – each car is completely road-worthy, and has received the green light from the licensing department.The first vehicle off the production line was the white model, which is topped with a huge fibreglass football. On the right-hand side of the car, just under the ball, sits a huge pair of flashy sunglasses, similar to the oversized accessories seen on makarapas – colourful modified hard hats worn at football matches. The lenses of the glasses are fully functional windows.The red Beetle carries a giant vuvuzela – the plastic African trumpet that either excites or irritates – just above the sunroof. The 4m-long instrument is wired to the sound system, an installation of teeth-jarring power, and is also used as the hooter. A standard-sized vuvuzela can fit onto the lower end, amplifying the sound.Inside, each has room for six people to sit in comfort. In addition to the driver and passenger seats, the white car has two double seats facing each other, while the red car’s seats are arranged conventionally, all facing forward.Both interiors are decked out in a football and vuvuzela theme, though with different colour schemes. Central locking and power windows have also been installed.The national flag and the words “Bafana Bafana” are prominent features of the exteriors. Both cars are powered by the trusty 1 600cc Beetle engine, which has seen thousands of Beetles around the world clock up vast mileage.Dedicated fansBafana Bafana’s inconsistent performances of late have not fazed the four colleagues at all, nor shaken their faith in the home side, despite some negative comments from members of the community.The foursome is convinced that South African football fans are set to be pleasantly surprised by their team’s World Cup performance.“We are 150% behind football and Bafana Bafana,” Mugocha said.last_img read more