GINA Director throws staff under the bus

first_img…requests auditors scrutinise the books againGovernment Information Agency (GINA) Director Beverly Alert on Monday called for auditors to again take a look at the entity’s finances, since the data she was furnished with contained glaring inaccuracies, which she was unable to explain to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament.The GINA Director, during an intense series of questions from Committee Chairman (ag) Juan Edghill, essentially threw in the towel and said “the auditors probably have to come in back…maybe we have to scrutinise the books again. I can only go to what was provided to me by the staff of GINA.”The GINA Director was at the time being questioned over the use of a Contingency Fund advance to meet payment for staff bonuses at the end of 2015.The cheques issued under the advance from the Contingency Fund were made in January of 2016, but the bonus payments were made in December, which led to the back-and-forth exchange, eventually leading to a call for the auditors to take a fresh look at the books.It was pointed out that for the Contingency Fund to be used in such a manner was “going further into a cesspool”.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Presidency, Abena Moore, sought to explain that the money was requested from the Finance Ministry on behalf of GINA – which falls under the Office of the Prime Minister in the Ministry – in order to make payments to the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL), publisher of the Guyana Chronicle.The debt, according to Alert, was incurred by GINA in the period leading up to May 2015.It was explained that the GNNL was paid $9.4 million and the remainder of the money that had been requested was used to reimburse GINA for the bonus payments made.The Contingency Fund advance totalled $11 million.Following the request by Alert to have the auditors re-audit GINA’s financials, Moore committed to not have a reoccurrence.PAC member, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) parliamentarian and former Permanent Secretary, Nigel Dharamlall took umbrage to this state of affairs.“I don’t think expending public resources can be treated with a slap on the wrist,” Dharamlall said.He added that it was unacceptable that Moore could just say the abuse of the Contingency Fund would not happen again.Dharamlall called on the Auditor General to launch another investigation into the matter. According to the PPP/C member, “I think whatever measures need to be put in place, including disciplinary measures, should be put whether within GINA or the Office of the PS.”last_img read more

Wenger lucky to avoid sack, says Wright

first_imgWenger, 63, has not delivered a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005 and the dismal display against League Two minnows Bradford, which ended with a penalty shoot-out loss, has only increased Wright’s belief that the Frenchman is losing his fight to stop Arsenal sliding into obscurity.Wright, who played under Wenger at the end of his seven-year spell with Arsenal, claims his former boss is now living off past glories that will take years to recapture.“I wouldn’t say ‘surely he has to go’, but it is a unique position he’s in because I think any manager in any country in any world with a record like this and no prospect of light at the end of the tunnel, they would’ve been gone,” Wright told Absolute Radio’s RocknRoll Football show.“People are holding onto the fact to what Arsene has done, and people are saying he is going to tarnish what he has done, but I don’t think that will ever happen.“However, it is a long way back. I feel there are a lot of deluded Arsenal fans who are out in the wilderness still saying ‘in Arsene we trust’ and stuff like that.”Wenger is rightly regarded as Arsenal’s greatest ever manager after leading the club to three Premier League titles, four FA Cup and a Champions League final during his 16-year reign, as well introducing an eye-catching style of play that became the envy of the rest of Europe for several years.But there has been a gradual disintegration of Wenger’s squad in recent years, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie all making moves to more successful clubs.Wright, who lost his status as Arsenal’s record goalscorer to Thierry Henry, believes Wenger needs to be more honest about the state of his squad rather than continually defending the indefensible.“You hear him doing interviews afterwards saying, ‘I have got a great team with a great spirit’, but we are not seeing that,” Wright added.“He does not tell the truth for me, he does not say what is happening.“What is going on? Have you got any money to spend or haven’t you? Is it the fact the board are giving you the money and you are not spending? Is that too hard a question to answer for Arsenal?”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, Dec ember 14- Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is lucky to still have a job because any other boss would have been sacked for going so long without success.Wright, one of the club’s all-time greats, has added his voice to the growing criticism of Wenger in the aftermath of Tuesday’s humiliating League Cup quarter-final defeat at Bradford.last_img read more

Cruelty case sent back to judge

first_imgLANCASTER – A 74-year-old retired school cafeteria manager convicted of animal cruelty for keeping more than 200 Chihuahuas at her home must return to court once more. An appeals court has ruled that the judge should have imposed a sentence for four misdemeanor counts on which Emma Harter was convicted. “She was convicted on one felony. That stands. She got probation on that,” Deputy Attorney General Sharlene Honnaka said. “On the misdemeanor counts, the judge did not give her a sentence. A judge is required to say some kind of sentence – she can say probation or whatever. She is required to give some kind of sentence on it.” Harter was convicted in March 2004 of one count of felony animal cruelty and four misdemeanor counts: battery on an animal-control officer, animal endangering, unsanitary conditions and failure to isolate sick animals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Harter was placed on probation for five years for the felony count and barred from owning or possessing animals during that period. She also was ordered to pay $371,090 in restitution to Los Angeles County. The order from the 2nd District Court of Appeal to send the case back for sentencing stemmed from Harter’s appeal of her conviction, which focused on the legality of a search of her home that resulted in the seizure of the animals and cited inadequacy of counsel for not renewing at trial a motion to suppress evidence based on what she claimed was an illegal search. The three-judge appellate panel declined to rule on the merits of Harter’s arguments, saying those issues would be better addressed through a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, which would allow Harter’s attorney to explain why the motion was not renewed, rather than through a direct appeal. The ruling also concluded that the case must be sent back to the trial court for imposition of sentence on the misdemeanor counts. At the time of sentencing, according to the appeals court’s ruling, Antelope Valley Superior Court Judge Lisa Chung told Harter, “I do not see any point in having you on misdemeanor probation, since you are already on felony probation. … However, the court is not going to impose any other conditions or fines, and I am going to indicate no probation, so you have one probation to worry about on Count 1, and that’s felony probation.” “Upon conviction, it is the duty of the court to pass sentence on the defendant and impose the punishment prescribed. Pursuant to this duty, the court must either sentence the defendant or grant probation in a lawful manner; it has no other discretion,” the appeals court ruling said. “We express no opinion on how the trial court should exercise its sentencing discretion,” the ruling added. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: December 8, 2016

first_imgThis Thursday morning on Sportsday we look back on all of last night’s Champions League action. Tottenham secured their place in the Europa League with a 3-1 win against CSKA Moscow. Leicester, who are already through to the last 16 of the Champions League, were thumped 5-0 by Porto. We also look ahead to tonight’s Europa League with both Manchester United and Southampton in action. We bring t you the latest from day one of the fourth Test between India and England and look ahead to a big night of boxing on Saturday.All brought to you by Russ Hargreaves and the team.last_img read more

Walter Mazzarri hopes home comforts will benefit Watford ahead of West Ham clash

first_img Walter Mazzarri hopes his team will benefit from their training time 1 Walter Mazzarri hopes his Watford players will benefit from extra time together at a cold London Colney rather than than jetting off for some warm weather training as they prepare to get back in Premier League action against West Ham.The Hornets have not played since losing 2-0 at Manchester United on February 11.West Ham boss Slaven Bilic believes their short trip to Dubai will help his players reap the benefits of a spot of team bonding.Mazzarri is also confident being able to work through issues in more familiar, if less warm, surroundings can only prove positive as Watford seek what would be a third win in the last four Premier League games.“We worked very well,” the Italian said at a press conference.“We managed to get back the condition of some players and also got some back from injury.“I am also curious to see their athletic condition, particularly the new players.”Mazzarri will again be without Belgian defender Christian Kabasele, who is sidelined by a calf muscle injury, while Sebastian Prodl and Craig Cathcart will also both be assessed.The Italian coach is expecting a response from the side – and one which remains focused for the whole 90 minutes.“I like my team part-time,” Mazzarri said.“I didn’t like my team in the second half [at home] against Burnley, and against Arsenal, for 10-15 minutes, we suffered too much.“Against Manchester United we started well, but then we lost concentration and this cost us the first goal.“We committed too many silly mistakes in midfield. Concentration and mistakes cost us the second goal in the second half.“My team needs to behave and play with more continuity without having lapses of concentration during the game.”Watford are currently in 13th place, some 10 points clear of the battle for survival.Mazzarri remains determined to quickly chalk up the remaining three victories which would usually prove enough to secure another campaign in the top flight.“The objective is the same as always: to stay in the Premier League,” the Watford manager said.“We want to confirm this as soon as possible, then we want to grow the squad and build so we can do even better next season.“We want to give the maximum in every game and then look back at the end of the season and see the summary.“It’s most important not to commit any mistakes, to remain focused.“We have two home games now and we have to take advantage of this. These [two home games] are very important to us.”last_img read more

Super League: Castleford Tigers 13-12 Widnes Vikings

first_img The Tigers were made to work hard for their victory over Widnes 1 Castleford held off a spirited challenge by Widnes to earn their first win of the 2018 Betfred Super League season with a hard-fought 13-12 success.Last season’s runners-up suffered a heavy defeat at St Helens in their opener and they were well below their best in seeing off the Vikings.The Tigers dominated the opening 40 minutes but were frustrated by strong Widnes defence until Greg Minikin finished the last play of the half.Matt Whitley’s converted try nudged the visitors ahead only for Jy Hitchcox to cross to swing the game back Castleford’s way.Luke Gale booted five points to put the Tigers two scores in front but they were clinging on in the dying minutes after Jay Chapelhow had given the Vikings hope of back-to-back victories.Widnes suffered a double blow on the morning of the match after hookers Lloyd White and Aaron Heremaia pulled out of the squad and they were on the back foot immediately at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.Castleford were camped on the Vikings line after Joe Mellor made a mess of the kick-off but they could not take advantage of three drop outs as Widnes held firm.The Tigers racked up almost 1,000 points in 2017 but they looked disjointed in attack in the face of good scrambling defence.Jake Webster came closest to breaking the deadlock in a frustrating start for Castleford when he knocked on going for the corner.Widnes threatened briefly when Whitley had a try ruled out for a forward pass by Tom Gilmore and chances continued to come and go at the other end.Stefan Marsh denied Ben Roberts with a brilliant one-on-one tackle and Mike McMeeken had an effort chalked off for obstruction.Castleford eventually broke through on the stroke of half-time when Minikin held off a couple of defenders to touch down in the corner after good centre play by Webster.Gale missed the touchline conversion but the Tigers had a lead and were the fresher team at the break.Yet it was Widnes who came out firing after the restart and almost levelled the scores when Chris Dean was held up over the line.The visitors did not have to wait much longer for their try, though, as Whitley collected Gilmore’s lovely reverse kick and touched down in front of the travelling supporters.Gilmore added the extras to nudge the Vikings in front and teenager Danny Walker, their only recognised hooker, ensured they remained on top with an explosive dummy-half run.The momentum soon shifted and Widnes had to be at their best defensively once again to somehow deny Castleford after they had worked a three-man overlap.The Tigers continued to knock on the door and they were back ahead when Hitchcox strolled in out wide from Michael Shenton’s pass.Gale landed a difficult conversion and then added another two points from a penalty for interference before knocking over a drop goal to give Castleford a 13-6 lead.The Tigers appeared to have the points in the bag but Widnes won the ball back from the restart and Chapelhow crashed over next to the posts to set up a grandstand finish.Gilmore sent two drop-goal attempts wide in the closing minutes but the Vikings could not salvage a point from a gripping contest.last_img read more

Watch: See Amber Barrett’s first FC Köln goal

first_imgAMBER BARRETT bagged her first goal for FC Köln on Saturday in a 3-1 Cup win.Barrett, who signed for the German side in the summer from Peamount United, netted the equaliser just 14 seconds after her side fell behind against Holstein Kiel in the DFB-Pokal Cup.The Milford woman’s goal got Köln back on track and on their way to the last 16. A double by Sonja Giraud, including a goal on a counter-attack in stoppage time, secured the win for Köln.How to respond to going a goal down? 🤔 #effzeh Frauen show you how!14 seconds after kick-off, @amberbarrett09 finished off a flowing move to score her first goal for the club 📺👀— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) September 9, 2019 Advertisement Watch: See Amber Barrett’s first FC Köln goal was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Troop level could be maintained until 2010

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – For planning purposes, the Army is gearing up to keep current troop levels in Iraq for another four years, a new indication that conditions there are too unstable to foresee an end to the war. Gen. Peter Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff, cautioned against reading too much into the planning, which is done far in advance to prepare the right mix of combat units for expected deployments. He noted that it is easier to scale back later if conditions allow, than to ramp up if they don’t. “This is not a prediction that things are going poorly or better,” Schoomaker told reporters. “It’s just that I have to have enough ammo in the magazine that I can continue to shoot as long as they want us to shoot.” Even so, his comments were the latest acknowledgment by Pentagon officials that a significant withdrawal of troops from Iraq is not likely in the immediate future. There are now 141,000 U.S. troops there. At a Pentagon news conference, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, said that as recently as July he had expected to be able to recommend a substantial reduction in U.S. forces by now. But that plan was dropped as sectarian violence in Baghdad escalated. While arguing that progress is still being made toward unifying Iraq’s fractured political rivalries and stabilizing the country, Casey also said the violence amounts to “a difficult situation that’s likely to remain that way for some time.” He made no predictions of future U.S. troop reductions. Appearing with Casey, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he and other senior Pentagon officials are still studying how the military might keep up the current pace of Iraq deployments without overtaxing the Army and Marine Corps, which have borne the brunt of the conflict. Rumsfeld said one option is to make more use of the Air Force and Navy for work that normally is done by soldiers and Marines. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday that the advance planning Schoomaker described was an appropriate cautionary approach. However, he added, the Pentagon should increase the overall size of the military to reduce stress on troops repeatedly sent into combat. “I applaud the new realism but I think they also have to recognize that this (war) is going to put a huge stress on our forces,” said Reed, a former Army Ranger. Reed and other Democrats have called on President Bush to start bringing home troops within a year to force the Iraqi government to take more responsibility for security. At his news conference, Rumsfeld was asked whether he bears responsibility for what has gone wrong in Iraq or if the military commanders there are to blame. “Of course I bear responsibility,” he replied in apparent exasperation. “My Lord, I’m secretary of defense. Write it down.” In recent months the Army has shown signs of strain, as Pentagon officials have had to extend the Iraq deployments of two brigades to bolster security in Baghdad and allow units heading into the country to have at least one year at home before redeploying. The Army is finding that the amount of time soldiers enjoy between Iraq tours has been shrinking this year. In the case of a brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, its deployment to Iraq was delayed by about six weeks because it otherwise would have had only 11 months to prepare instead of the minimum 12 months. As a result, the unit it was going to replace has been forced to stay beyond its normal 12-month deployment. In separate remarks to reporters, Gen. Richard Cody, the Army vice chief of staff, said soldiers need more than 12 months between deployments to Iraq so they can do a full range of combat training and complete the kinds of educational programs that enable the Army to grow a fully mature officer corps. That kind of noncombat experience is necessary “so that we don’t erode and become an Army that only can fight a counterinsurgency,” Cody said. He added that North Korea’s announced nuclear test “reminds us all that we may not just be in a counterinsurgency fight and we have to have full-spectrum capability.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Final call for nominations for Donegal Person of the Year

first_imgA final reminder that our closing date for the receipt of nominations for Donegal Person of the Year is 30th November.You only have a number of days left to get your nomination to the Donegal Association in Dublin.The current Donegal Association Person Of the Year is hotelier Deirdre McGlone from Harvey’s Point. Anyone or any group may nominate someone – the main criteria being that the person nominated should have made a significant contribution to the promotion of the county at local, national, or international level.Nominations should set out the reasons for the nomination and include supporting documentation and endorsements from individuals and groups.Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Association’s website Alternatively, you can send your nomination directly to us by letter outlining the reasons for your nomination which we look forward to receiving.Final call for nominations for Donegal Person of the Year was last modified: November 27th, 2016 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)last_img read more