City Hall has “verbal” contract for multimillion-dollar works – Town Clerk

first_imgThroughout the past weeks, several contracting and electrical firms have stood before the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), claiming that they were ordered by City Hall to conduct works around the city of Georgetown without being issued any contracts.Royston King testifying at the Commission of InquiryThis was on Friday confirmed by Town Clerk Royston King, as he reappeared to answer questions about the financial state of affairs at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).General Manager of XL Engineering, Aysha Harrop previously testified that no contacts were produced since King would take contractors to the site and stipulate that it was “emergency works”. The total cost of these works amounted to some $150 million and date back to 2015.When probed, King told the Commission that there was a “verbal agreement” between himself; the contractor; the acting City Treasurer, John Douglas; and former member of the Finance Committee, Junior Garrett. The contractors agreed to proceed with the works and would be paid depending on the availability of financial resources. He could not recall if any payments were made but was certain that an amount is still outstanding.Meanwhile in another scenario, the same contracting firm was hired to carry out works under the umbrella of the Communities Ministry but was spearheaded by City Hall. A sum of $15 million was disbursed to the City Treasury Department to make payments for the cleaning project but only $9 million was handed over to XL Engineering. For this project, the then City Treasurer, Ron Mc Almont is under scrutiny since he was responsible for the payment.Legal Officer, Sherwin Benjamin questioned as to how monies are allocated without contracts to which King retorted, “Such a matter would be discussed with the City Treasurer and the City Treasurer would determine based on works assessed by the Engineer’s Department what should be paid.”To this response, the Chairman, Justice Cecil Kennard commented, “That is a loose way of doing business…and it increases suspicion. [It] creates the impression that something is wrong there.”Chairman of the Finance Committee, Oscar Clarke made it clear during his statement to the CoI that cash must only be paid if there is a contract or source document.The company maintained that a letter was sent to the firm by King which stated how much money was owed. Despite several efforts to contact the Town Clerk to retrieve this substantial sum, officials of the Council would make excuses about the lack of finances.Absent recordsThe Audit Office of Guyana presented to the Commission that there are no financial records from City Hall for the years 2006 to 2011 while $70 million was unaccounted for in the city restoration funds. Adding to that, payments were made in excess of $150 million but there were no vouchers to ascertain such. Audit Manager Dhanraj Persaud had stated that the Town Council has a history of failing to produce records for their expenditures.As this topic arose during Friday’s hearing, King threw the blame on the City Treasurer, stating that he is responsible for sourcing financial records. He further stated that his function is only to relate to the City Treasurer’s Department when those requests are made by the Audit Office.In attempts to produce a report of the organisation’s spending, Persaud related that the documents were not prepared in accordance with the requirements that are accepted by the Audit Office.For this, King was notified via a letter on June 30, and was required to respond within 30 days in following the Audit Act of 2004. Subsequently, King responded by asking for a 30-day extension but to date, there has been no response and the report remains incomplete.“The Town clerk would be ultimately responsible for the presentation of the record. These monies would’ve been given by Central Government and so findings of this report would be present in the Auditor General’s report that is presented in Parliament,” the Audit Manager indicated before the Commission.“Presently, the officers have been cooperating with the Audit Office. I know they have had communication and I know that they are preparing documents in a way that will allow the auditor to make an opinion,” King defended.The Municipal and District Act (Chapter 28:01) states that failure to supply accounts for the purpose of auditing is considered an offence. (Rupadai Seenaraine)last_img read more

Exclusive – It was just mistimed! Former Stoke manager Pulis defends Bardsley over Hazard challenge

first_imgTony Pulis has defended Phil Bardsley’s challenge on Eden Hazard during Stoke’s defeat to Chelsea on Monday.Bardlsey was widely blasted on social media for his late foul on the tricky Belgian playmaker in the first half of the Britannia Stadium clash and Jose Mourinho suggested after the game that the full-back was lucky to escape with just a yellow card.But Pulis insists there was nothing malicious in the tackle, and claims referee Neil Swarbrick got the call exactly right.“It was a mistimed challenge,” said the former Potters boss, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“If Bardsley had gone in with his studs up over the ball, it’s a definite sending off. The lad has actually tried to win the ball.“The difficulty for him is he is playing against a world class player and Hazard has got there quicker than him and moved it quicker than him. It is just the fact that Bardsley was too slow into the challenge.“I don’t think the kid is trying to do Hazard at all, he just mistimed the challenge, and actually caught him with the side of his foot, not his studs. There is a big difference.“In this country, supporters go to see a competitive football match, they don’t go to see a game of netball or basketball. Yes, it must be within the rules of the game, but you can’t take the competitive side out of it.”last_img read more

Sane offered chance to show Germany what they missed

first_img0Shares0000German international Leroy Sane has won his place in the Manchester City team back in time to face Hoffenheim in his homeland on Tuesday © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 1 – Manchester City travel to Hoffenheim on Tuesday desperately needing a win to kickstart a Champions League campaign that began with a shock 2-1 defeat to Lyon for the competition favourites.There should therefore be no shortage of motivation for Pep Guardiola’s men, but one member of the City squad will be especially keen to make a big impression back on German soil. Leroy Sane was one of the stars of City’s romp to a record 100 Premier League points and the League Cup last season. The 22-year-old was crowned Young Player of the Year in England thanks to a stellar return of 14 goals and 19 assists in all competitions.However, that still wasn’t enough to earn him a place in Germany’s World Cup squad as Sane was surprisingly cut from Joachim Loew’s 23.Sane may have had the last laugh as the defending champions crashed out in the group stages — the first time in 80 years Germany had fallen at the first hurdle.The pace, direct running and eye for a quick shot at goal possessed by the former Schalke winger were all traits missing from a laboured and predictable Germany in Russia.– Let down by body language –Leroy Sane was recalled to the Germany squad last month after being left out by Joachim Loew for the World Cup © AFP / Christof STACHEYet, there was no time for Sane to feel vindicated as on his return to club duty he was similarly shunned by Guardiola, sparking doubts over his attitude off the field.“Sometimes you have the feeling with Leroy’s body language that it is all the same whether we win or lose. He has to improve his body language,” said Germany’s vice-captain Toni Kroos even as Sane was recalled to Loew’s squad for last month’s Nations League opener against newly crowned world champions France.“He was fantastic for City last year but Pep has the same problem at the moment -– he’s trying to get the best out of him so he can perform better.”If Guardiola was looking for a reaction, he has got what he desired.After being dropped for City’s first four Premier League games of the season, Sane scored just two minutes into his return against Fulham and has created a goal in all three of his appearances since.That included Bernardo Silva’s consolation against Lyon as Sane came off the bench to transform a pedestrian first-half performance that has put City under pressure to bounce back this week.“Leroy has played really good the last few games,” said Guardiola after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton in which Sane created Raheem Sterling’s opening goal.“Our profession is so demanding, we have to do our best every single day. I want all of my players to be focused.”Guardiola is notoriously demanding of his players’ professionalism. But having racked up titles in charge of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now City, the Catalan coach knows which players are worth persisting with.“We never -– even in this period when he didn’t play -– doubted Leroy’s quality,” added Guardiola after Sane’s instant impact against Fulham.With his club manager’s faith restored, Sane heads back to Germany with a perfect chance to show his compatriots, least of all Loew, what they were missing in a rare summer of sorrow at international level.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgRoad Safety Authority experts are at Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top this morning, where they are checking if your child car seat is fitting correctly.The RSA are carrying out the checks for free as part of a nationwide campaign to promote safety and awareness regarding your child’s seat.Incredibly, what RSA officials have found in running the ‘Check it Fits’ campaign is that an average of four in five child car seats are fitted incorrectly! So in order to improve the safety of infants and children in cars, they’re providing free expert checks nationwide.Incorrectly fitted seats can cause serious injuries and even fatalities in the event of a collision.Check it Fits is a vital and lifesaving service.Is your child’s seat fitted correctly? Why not get it checked by an expert today at Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top for FREE! The checks will be carried out all day and will last until 5.30pm today.It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s free! RSA AND KELLY’S CENTRA PUTTING KIDS IN A SAFE DRIVING SEAT was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Car safety checksChildren’s seatsFeaturesKelly’s CentranewsNoticesRSAlast_img read more

Nigeria World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

first_img 4 Nigeria take part in their seventh World Cup and takes an in-depth look at the Group D nation.MANAGERBordeaux legend Gernot Rohr makes his World Cup debut after more than 45 years in the game as both a player and a manager.He promised the Super Eagles World Cup qualification after his appointment in 2016 and he more than delivered.Simultaneously, he introduced several exciting young players and transformed the African nation into a force to be reckoned with.CAPTAINJohn Obi Mikel is virtually unrecognisable in Nigeria’s number 10 shirt. It is often forgotten that Chelsea signed him as a forward-minded player, before turning him into the ultra-defensive holding midfielder we know him as today.He was superb in the 2014 World Cup, earning man of the match in his team’s opening victory against Iran while guiding them to a first knockout stage since 1998.KEY PLAYERChelsea’s Victor Moses was excellent in his club’s 2016/17 Premier League triumph, with a newfound role at wing-back injecting life back into his football career.His performance levels took a sizeable dip last season, along with the rest of his team-mates, but he remains a key attacking force for Nigeria. ONE TO WATCHAlex Iwobi‘s progression has stalled at Arsenal over the last couple of years, but he generally does show up when representing his country. Could this World Cup finally see the 22-year-old fulfil his huge potential?His legendary uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha, helped Nigeria to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup before a dramatic exit to eventual runners-up Italy, which required extra-time. Iwobi will be hoping to go one better.FIXTURESSaturday, June 16th: CROATIA v Nigeria (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad) – kick-off – 20:00Friday, June 22nd: Nigeria v ICELAND (Volgograd Arena, Volgograd) – kick-off – 16:00Tuesday, June 26th: Nigeria v ARGENTINA (St Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg) – kick-off – 19:00KITS 4 RECORD IN QUALIFYINGRunaway group winners Nigeria were docked three points for fielding the ineligible Shehu Abdullahi in their final qualifier against Algeria, but they still reached the tournament with ease, five points ahead of closest-rivals Zambia.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSNigeria’s Premier League stars travel to the familiar setting of Wembley to face England on Saturday June 2nd, before facing World Cup absentees Czech Republic four days later.BASE CAMPSanatorium Istochnik, Stavropol RegionPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

Gauteng improves maternal health

first_img10 February 2014The introduction of Kangaroo mother care – continued skin to skin contact between the mother and her newborn – to all hospitals in Gauteng that offer maternity services is one of the measures credited for the improvement of the child mortality rate, according to Hope Papo, Gauteng’s MEC for Health.Improved services for mothers and children has seen the mortality rate for children under the age of five drop 7.3 percentage points from 10.7% in 2006 to 3.4% in mid- 2013, Papo said in a statement issued to mark the start of Reproductive Health Month.Kangaroo mother care has been shown to prevent infections, promote breastfeeding, regulate the baby’s temperature, breathing, and brain activity, and encourages mother and baby bonding.Other measures to improve maternal and child care highlighted by Papo include the stepping up of school health services, training of health workers on integrated management of childhood illnesses, and a successful immunisation programme.Immunisation services are provided daily by all clinics and some hospitals in Gauteng, which is South Africa’s wealthiest province. The coverage of children under the age of five has “consistently been above the national target of 90% of all children in the age group”, Papo said.Maternal deathsThe rate of maternal deaths in Gauteng hospitals had also dropped, Papo said, attributing this to strategies implemented by the department to combat the HIV epidemic. The ratio of maternal deaths has decreased from 167.7 per 100 000 live births in between 2005 and 2007 to 145 per 100 000 live births for 2008 to 2010.Other contributing factors included the purchasing of 20 new dedicated obstetric ambulances, ongoing service training for doctors and midwives on essential steps in the management of obstetric emergency (ESMOE), and responding to recommendations of the “Saving Mothers” report.Improved services for mothers and children had also improved in the past two years, Papo said. Three out of every four new mothers are now visited at home within six days of delivery and approximately eight out of 10 pregnant women (80.5%) who are HIV-positive have been placed on long-term antiretroviral therapy.HIV-positive mothersPapo noted that although this is primarily intended to treat the mother, ARV therapy also prevents transmission of HIV to the baby.“In Gauteng, we have achieved 99% coverage of babies who are born of HIV positive mothers. In the year 2012/13, only 2.4% of babies born to HIV-positive mothers proved to be HIV infected when tested at the age of six weeks, a rate which is below the national target of 5%,” Papo said.He added that the department’s exclusive breastfeeding campaign was also assisting in increasing the number of healthy babies.Papo encouraged pregnant women to know their health status and that of their children: “The drive to encourage our people to know their health status will not only assist the department in its goal to reduce infant, child and maternal deaths but will also ensure that the mothers and their babies live a long and healthy life.”Women who think they might belast_img read more

Chinese retaliation hits agriculture due to Trump imposed tariffs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest China announced that it is placing pork on a list of U.S. products that could be subject to increased import duties — cause for great concern in the pork industry. The National Pork Producers Council warned that possible Chinese tariffs on U.S. pork could have a significant negative impact on rural America. China has indicated it will impose the duties in response to U.S. tariffs and restrictions being placed on a host of Chinese goods.“We sell a lot of pork to China, so higher tariffs on our exports going there will harm our producers and undermine the rural economy,” said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “No one wins in these tit-for-tat trade disputes, least of all the farmers and the consumers.”Last year, the U.S. pork industry exported $1.1 billion of product to China, making that country the No. 2 value market for U.S. pork.Many economists, including Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, have cautioned that tariffs on U.S. agricultural products could disrupt exports to China. Lost sales would have severe economic consequences for America’s farmers, who shipped nearly $20 billion of goods to the Asian nation in 2017.The U.S. restrictions on Chinese imports come after an inquiry by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) into China’s practices related to technology transfer, licensing and intellectual property rights. USTR’s Section 301 – of the 1974 Trade Act – investigation determined that U.S. companies have lost billions of dollars from being forced by China to disclose intellectual property and to transfer technology.“When it comes to trade, we expect all countries to follow international rules and to trade fairly,” Heimerl said. “We also expect all countries to resolve trade disputes in a way that doesn’t harm businesses, farmers and consumers.”National Farmers Union (NFU) supports aggressive efforts to fight unfair trade practices, but lamented the administration’s apparent lack of a plan to safeguard the interests of family farmers.“Our trade agenda for the past 30 years has been to promote free trade at all costs, ignoring countries cheating on intellectual property rights and currency manipulation. While we’re appreciative of the administration’s focus on creating fair trade between the U.S. and our trading partners, their ‘bull in a china shop’ approach to fixing our trade woes is dangerous,” saidRoger Johnson, NFU president. “Family farmers and ranchers are always the first to be hit by retaliatory tariffs, and in the case of China, significant exports markets are likely to be the first casualty. NFU is very concerned about the effects that China’s proposed retaliatory efforts would have on all agricultural products, particularly given our already burdensome inventories of grains. The President must have a plan in place to protect family farmers before seeking to remedy unfair trade practices.”last_img read more

Orissa HC quashes FIR against former Minister

first_imgSenior leader and former Minister Damodar Rout heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday when the Orissa High Court quashed an FIR registered against him over alleged anti-Dalit statements during a public meeting in August 2010.“The Orissa High Court has quashed the FIR registered against Dr. Rout and ordered to drop all the related proceedings,” informed his advocate Biswajit Maharana. A criminal case was registered against Mr. Rout, then a BJD MLA, at the Kujanga police station under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly making casteist remarks against the then Jagatsinghpur Collector, local MLA and MP.While Mr. Rout had immediately obtained bail from a local lower court, he had approached the Orissa High Court challenging the FIR and seeking to quash the entire proceedings in the case. “Justice A.K. Mishra accepted our argument that a false case was registered against the senior political leader and the honourable court was pleased to quash the FIR and drop the proceedings,” Mr. Maharana said. Mr. Rout was expelled from the BJD in September last year for his alleged anti-party stand. He had been making serious allegations of irregularities in various State government departments and schemes, thereby evoking strong criticism from party workers against him.last_img read more

Sablan on Bonleon’s tirades: Truth will come out

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ A source who is part of the team, though, leapt to Sablan’s defense, saying the mentor is enjoying the support of school and its priests.READ: UST’s Bonleon could be out for season with injured handHe also claimed that Bonleon stopped attending practices since he injured his left hand three games into his sophomore season where he averaged a measly 4.6 points.The source added that the coaching staff kept the door open for Bonleon once he recovered, but the team never heard from him again even as he played a game for AMA Online Education in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Another source thinks that all of this is a part of a smear job on Sablan. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas coach Boy Sablan cried foul on allegations thrown against him by forward Mario Bonleon.In a short chat with, the mentor denied his player’s accusations but opted not to expound on his statement as he would rather focus on the Growling Tigers’ buildup for the upcoming UAAP Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT “As much as possible, I’d rather stay silent on the issue. The truth will eventually come out,” he said in Filipino.READ: Bonleon says speaking up against Sablan was ‘God’s will’ FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSablan has been a prime target of critics following his dismal first year with UST in Season 79, where the Growling Tigers finished at a lowly eighth place with their 3-11 record.He has missed UST’s last two games in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup as he recovers from a gall bladder surgery last May 12. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Bonleon says speaking up against Sablan was ‘God’s will’ LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

ISL Franchise Chennaiyin FC Conduct Week-long AIFF Baby Leagues in City

first_imgChennai: ISL franchise Chennaiyin FC on Sunday kicked off a week-long All India Football Federation (AIFF) approved Baby Leagues in the city.More than 750 kids from seven schools are expected to participate across the Under-6, Under-7 and Under-8 age groups in the initiative that will be conducted across four venues, to promote football at the grassroots level. “The Baby Leagues are a fantastic initiative by the AIFF to ensure more and more kids take up the sport at a really young age, and at Chennaiyin FC it is our duty to implement that endeavour,” said Vita Dani, the team’s co-owner.”Given our thriving grassroots structure and youth teams, we believe we possess the expertise and efficiency to implement the same in the right manner.”Participation is free of cost in the Baby Leagues and is open to both boys and girls. Every participant is registered with the AIFF at the nascent stage of their development and is nurtured going forward while also helping the likes of Chennaiyin FC in identifying local talent.Every player is also rewarded with a participation certificate from CFC.The matches in the Baby Leagues are played as five-a-side and three-a-side games, with each player gaining exposure by playing a minimum of three matches. The teams will be guided by CFC-trained coaches. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. aiffBaby Leagueschennaiyin fcfootball First Published: September 29, 2019, 9:35 PM ISTlast_img read more