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Close to $56M missing from Diamond/Grove NDC

first_img…Police, Auditor General called inClose to $56 million in revenue and taxes has allegedly been stolen from the Grove/Diamond Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) between August 2015 and February 9, 2017 by a former employee.This is according to NDC Chairman Bharrat Narine, who on Thursday reiterated calls for the Guyana Police Force and the Office of the Auditor General to ensure that they conduct in-depth investigations into the matter.Narine raised the concerns over the status of the missing monies during a recently held meeting at the Regional Accounting Communities (RAC), as he lobbied the regional authorities to support the probe and subsequent Police investigation into what he described as the “fraudulent embezzlement of the Council’s money by aThe Grove/Diamond NDC officeformer employee”.“Madam chair, I am rising again to plea for this matter to be properly investigated as we cannot sit by as an NDC and have these millions missing and nothing being done. Since this matter was exposed, the Auditor General’s Office visited and said they have a lot of work and that is all we have heard from them and this is not good enough as with only 60 per cent of the internal audit completed we found that $21 million were missing and with the remaining 40 per cent completed it is estimated to be around $30-35 million,” the NDC head said.Narine told the gathering that they were very disappointed when they discovered that the monies were stolen and that the suspect, a former employee of the NDC, Latoya Moore, was called to a meeting on February 9, 2017; however, the following day she tendered her resignation without giving any reason.More so, Narine noted that the matter continues to remain in the hands of the Auditor General who he said doesn’t seem interested in doing anything about it.“Madam chair, this matter has been with the AG’s Office since last year and nothing has happened. We are exceptionally hurt because it has been so long and nothing has happened. I know that you and your office have been seeking to help in having this matter properly addressed, however, nothing has happened. We have been raising this matter over and over at all levels of meetings being held here at the RDC but nothing has happened and I am aware that you Regional Chairman has been trying to have it addressed,” he said.Furthermore, the Chairman declared that while the (Golden Grove/Diamond Place) NDC have been able to stop the haemorrhaging of the funds, they are hoping that other NDCs would seek to strengthen their systems, thus preventing a repeat.Narine said in the initial stages of the investigation, the ground work was done by his Councillors, noting that the Police have not been very helpful thus far.“RC [Regional Chairman] I must however express my Councillors’ satisfaction and appreciation for the support and assistance that have been given to us thus far by the RDC. Nevertheless, we cannot allow such a situation to go by without any meaningful action being taken,” he said.Narine in his plead to the Regional Chairman said there are many unanswered questions, stressing Moore could not have pulled off such an act all alone and questioned why no one else, including the Overseer at the time, was never questioned by the Police.“All the Police said to us is that they cannot locate Latoya Moore as she apparently moved out from her Kaneville address, but what we are concerned about is why no one else was ever questioned as such a fraud could not have been committed by one person alone,” he posited.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Geneveive Allen in responding to the request and concerns of the NDC Chairman thanked Narine after promising that she will personally get on the ‘backs’ of the Police and the Auditor General in ensuring that this matter is addressed.“I am in support of your views and concerns and you would have notice that since this matter we have made several new implementations of systems across all the NDCs in the region as we will not wait for another situation to occur before taking action. I agree with you that action needs to be taken and I can assure you that the RDC will continue to do all within its powers to ensure such,” she promised.last_img read more

22 workplace accident deaths recorded in 2018

first_imgMinister Keith ScottFrom a total of 560 reported workplace accidents, 22 or four per cent have resulted in the loss of lives during last year. This was disclosed by Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scott at the Ministry’s Occupational Safety and Health (OS&H) Department’s symposium, which opened on Wednesday at Herdmanston Lodge under the theme “Safety and Health and the Future of Work: Building on the knowledge and achievements accumulated over the years”.Minister Scott said that four per cent is too high and his Ministry intends to ensure that all employers understand that in this country, the employees and their health come first and that the laws of Guyana at all stages must be enforced.“We have not yet computed the cost of compensation paid by the National Insurance Scheme and other costs through civil proceedings. However, we have a policy in this Ministry that any fatal accident must be immediately investigated. And I can say without fear of contradiction that we have attained and maintained 100 per cent reporting and investigations of all fatal accidents that are work-related in this country since 2016 to now,” the Minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.According to the DPI report, the Minister, who has the responsibility for labour, stressed that safety must be given the prominence it deserves in the strategic plan of every enterprise. He alluded to the challenges stakeholders had to confront in the realm of OS&H in recent times including leakage of mercury at the Guyana Gold Board, leakage or escape of ammonia at a fishing enterprise on the East Bank of Demerara and contamination and death of Chinese nationals at the Manganese Company in North West District.“These incidents have tested our preparedness to deal with major issues like oil spills, which we hope will never occur. We have the equipment and have to go [to] any part of Guyana to investigate accidents,” Minister Scott stated.The Minister encouraged stakeholders to improve their work ethics and to prioritise the safety of workers so that workplace accidents can be avoided. He said a forensic investigation of all accidents, particularly those with fatal consequences, shows that they were avoidable if the necessary Standard Operating Procedures, including risk analysis, were carried out.Meanwhile, Principal Assistant Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress, Eslyn Harris pointed out that OS&H stands at the forefront of the standards within the workplace but there is always the need for improvements.Harris stressed that work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses occur every day and many people lose their lives every year. Therefore, the need for advancements in OS&H in the workplace is clear and urgent. She called on stakeholders to work together to ensure that workplace accidents are completely eliminated, since the task cannot be achieved alone.The symposium saw presentations from the panellists which included representatives from the Government, University of Guyana (UG), Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) and the National Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) among others.last_img read more

Team Tardi sitting 2-0 after first two draws of Junior Provincials

first_imgUPDATE: Team Tardi is now 3-0 at Provincials. The team beat Vernon’s Team Love 7-3 after nine ends.NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – Sterling Middleton and the rest of Team Tardi are sitting with a perfect record so far at the 2017 B.C. Junior Curling Championships.Team Tardi got off to a great start on Tuesday, with their first draw against Team Habkirk from the Victoria Curling Centre. Tardi scored two in the first end and a single in the second end before a blank in the third. After scoring another pair in the fourth end, Habkirk trimmed the lead to 5-2 after five ends. Tardi answered back with another three points in the sixth and seventh ends, taking an 8-2 lead. After scoring only one in the eighth, Team Habkirk conceded the game.- Advertisement -In the second draw, things were a bit closer as Team Tardi played the hometown Team Proctor from the Royal City Curling Club. Team Proctor got the hammer to start and took a 3-1 lead after four ends. Team Tardi managed to bounce back starting in the fifth end with four two-point ends. Tardi took the win in nine ends.This morning, the team is back in action against Team Love from Vernon. After four ends, both teams are tied at three apiece.The rink is comprised of Middleton, brothers Tyler and Jordan Tardi of Cloverdale and lead Nicholas Meister of Langley. Both Middleton and Tyler Tardi were gold medal winners at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer last February. The 2017 B.C. Junior Curling Championships run from now until January 1st.Advertisementlast_img read more

Flyers double up Sr. Canucks

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers were victorious in Dawson Creek on Tuesday night for the first time this season.The Flyers scored the first of three goals in the opening period courtesy Reid Campbell who opened the scoring at 14:47, assisted by Joey Massingham. Campbell added his second of the night with 5:15 to play after depositing a pass from Sam Brennen and Robbie Sidhu. Lien Miller-Jeannotte made it 3-0 three minutes later after some hard work along the boards by Massingham and Sidhu.The visitors restored their three-goal advantage when Sidhu found the back of the net shorthanded with Miller-Jeannotte and Brennan collecting the helpers at 16:52. Rick Cleaver got in on the action midway through the middle stanza when he bulged the twine off a feed from Eric Allarie and Jeff Fast for goal number five.- Advertisement -Miller-Jeannotte capped off the scoring with 7:56 to go in the final frame, Sidhu with the lone helper. Travis McLean stood tall in the pipes as he stopped all eleven shots fired his way. Final score Flyers 6- Sr. Canucks 3.Robbie Sidhu led the charge with four points while Campbell and Miller-Jeannotte each had two goals and an assist.“We had a short bench,” said General Manager Lee Hartman. “The guys played good and Travis played great.”Advertisement Next up for the team is a date with the Grande Prairie Athletics on Thursday at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

3rd Annual Tournament of Hope

first_imgNow, we’ve been talking a little bit about this over the past month or two, and we just found out that Jonathan Fell, who was to be this year’s beneficiary, recently passed away. But, this year’s tournament of hope will go on, there will be some ball, a steak supper, and a BBQ, and all moneys raised will go to Jonathan’s family, if you want more information or you want to register a team, you can call 787-5200.- Advertisement –last_img

Tourists evacuated ahead of hurricane

first_imgGrupo Taca Airlines provided special free flights to the mainland, quickly touching down and taking off again to scoop up more tourists. Some 1,000 people were evacuated from the Honduran island of Roatan, popular for its pristine reefs and diving resorts. Another 1,000 were removed from low-lying coastal areas and smaller islands. “I’m very disappointed,” scuba diver Bob Shearer, 43, of Butler, Pa., said at the airport in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. “I only got seven dives in. I hope they didn’t jump the gun too soon.” Felix’s top winds weakened slightly to 135 mph as it headed west, but forecasters warned that it could strengthen again before landfall along the Miskito Coast early today. From there, it was projected to rake northern Honduras, slam into southern Belize on Wednesday and then cut across northern Guatemala and southern Mexico, well south of Texas. A storm surge of more than 18 feet above normal tides could devastate Indian communities along the Miskito Coast, a swampy, isolated region straddling the Honduras-Nicaragua border where thousands live in wooden shacks, get around in canoes and subsist on fish, beans, rice, cassava and plantains. “There’s nowhere to go here,” said teacher Sodeida Rodriguez, 26, who was hunkering down in a concrete shelter. HONDURAS: Most take free flights. Thousands of Miskito Indians are stranded on coast. By Esteban Felix THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Planes shuttled tourists from island resorts in a desperate airlift Monday as Hurricane Felix bore down on Honduras and Belize. But thousands of Miskito Indians were stranded along a swampy coastline where the Category 4 storm was expected to make landfall. The only path to safety is up rivers and across lakes that are too shallow for regular boats, but many lack gasoline for long journeys. Provincial health official Efrain Burgos said shelters were being prepared, and medicine and sanitation kits were being brought in, but that 18,000 people must find their own way to higher ground. “We’re asking the people who are on the coasts to find a way to safer areas because we don’t have the capability to transport so many people,” he said. “The houses are made of wood. They’re going to be completely swept away. They’re not safe.” The storm was following the same path as 1998’s Hurricane Mitch, a sluggish storm that stalled for a week over Central America, killing nearly 11,000 people. But Felix was expected to maintain a much more rapid pace. By Monday afternoon, crashing waves reached 15 feet higher than normal on Honduras’ coast, but there was no rain yet. “We are ready to face an eventual tragedy,” said Roatan fire Chief Douglas Fajardo. Most tourists took the free flights out, but locals prepared to ride out the storm. “We know it’s a tremendous hurricane that’s coming,” said real estate worker Estella Marazzito. A U.S. CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the Soto Cano Air Base on Honduras evacuated 19 Americans – tourists and members of the military – from Roatan to the city of La Ceiba, Honduras, the U.S. Southern Command said. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Felix could dump up to 12 inches of rain in isolated areas. In the highland capital of Tegucigalpa, more than 100 miles inland, authorities cleared vendors from markets prone to flooding. Across the border in Belize City, skies grew increasingly cloudy and winds kicked up as residents boarded windows and lined up for gas. Tourists competed for the last seats on flights to Atlanta and Miami. Police went door-to-door forcing evacuations. Liquor sales were banned, and stores were running out of supplies. “I just wish they had more airplanes to take care of everyone who has to leave,” said Atlanta, Ga., resident Mitzi Carr, 48, who cut short her weeklong vacation on Hatchet Caye. Belize is still cleaning up from last month’s Hurricane Dean, which killed 28 people as it plowed through the Caribbean and slammed into Mexico as a Category 5 storm. Dean damaged crops everywhere it passed, including an estimated $100 million in Belize alone. Erol Semplis, 54, helped a friend board up his house in Belize City, before heading to his own house to do the same. He planned to leave with his girlfriend later Monday. “A lot of people take chances with their lives,” he said.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

‘Sums up typical modern day Gooner’ – Closet Tottenham fan revealed?

first_img Jack Wilshere celebrates the FA Cup final win with fans 1 When the Arsenal players celebrated their 12th FA Cup win with fans in Islington, midfielder Jack Wilshere began singing about north London rivals Tottenham.His mocking songs were well received by the Gooners who turned up to see their players parade the trophy, though the White Hart Lane faithful could not understand why he felt the need to mention Spurs so much.ARSENAL’S 12 FA CUP WINS IN VIDEOMany thought he appeared obsessed with the club, given that Wilshere did the same thing when Arsenal won the Cup last season, so talkSPORT collected a selection of tweets from fans of Tottenham.NIGEL WINTERBURN’S VIEW ON WILSHERE’S BEHAVIOURlast_img read more

MLB notes: Cuba OK to play in WBC

first_img “The president wanted to see it resolved in a positive way,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan said in an e-mail to the Associated Press. “Our concerns were centered on making sure that no money was going to the Castro regime and that the World Baseball Classic would not be misused by the regime for spying. We believe the concerns have been addressed.” The license was required by 45-year-old American sanctions against Cuba designed to prevent Fidel Castro’s government from receiving U.S. currency. At the State Department, spokesman Sean McCormack said the initial rejection was based on concerns Cuban spies might accompany the team. The Cubans will be allowed to participate in the inaugural World Baseball Classic after the U.S. government reversed course Friday and issued the special license necessary for the communist nation to play in the 16-team tournament. Baseball’s first application was denied in mid-December by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, but the commissioner’s office and the players’ association reapplied Dec. 22 after Cuba said it would donate any profits it receives to victims of Hurricane Katrina. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Working closely with World Baseball Classic Inc. and the State Department, we were able to reach a licensable agreement that upholds both the legal scope and the spirit of the sanctions,” Treasury spokeswoman Molly Millerwise said. “This agreement ensures that no funding will make its way into the hands of the Castro regime.” Guillen a U.S. citizen: Three months after accomplishing his goal, Ozzie Guillen realized a dream. The manager of the World Series champion Chicago White Sox celebrated his 42nd birthday by becoming a U.S. citizen along with his wife Ibis and their son Oney. A three-time All-Star shortstop who spent most of his 16-year playing career with the White Sox, Ozzie Guillen was born in Ocumare del Tuy Venezuela. Also: Former Dodgers and New York Mets pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii, who was released by the New York Mets in December, agreed to a two-year contract on Friday with the Central League’s Yakult Swallows in Japan, team officials said. … Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jason Michaels agreed to complete 100 hours of community service to settle charges that he allegedly assaulted a city police officer. The 29-year-old was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest for his actions outside a nightclub on July 3. last_img read more

‘The Spanish Heskey’ – Chelsea fans shocked by Alvaro Morata’s woeful performance

first_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest transfer stories from LATEST I know it’s pre-season, but Morata is like the Karius of strikers.— Chelsea Activity (@ChelseaActivity) July 23, 2018 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Morata was nowhere near his mercurial best But with talks about a move for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial reportedly underway, the Spaniard could well be running out of time to save his career in west London.An early goal from Pedro secured a debut 1-0  win for Sarri, but fans are convinced the Italian has to get rid of his misfiring No.9Check out the best Tweets from some seriously disgruntled Chelsea fans! Morata belongs at a club like Udinese. That’s his level— ѕαfiα (@safeyaar) July 23, 2018 1 Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata incurred the wrath of Blues fans around the globe for his woeful performance against Perth Glory.The Blues are currently in the midst of a pre-season tour under the tutelage of new boss Maurizio Sarri.And while several stars will have been looking to impress the new boss, Morata had an evening to forget. Main things to take from this first half:1. Callum Hudson-Odoi is absolutely incredible at football. Better than Messi.2. Jorginho is absolutely remarkable with his feet. Prime Zidane.3. We need to sell Morata at Half-Time. Spanish Heskey.4. Sarriball is off and running.— Uber Chelsea FC 🏆 (@UberCheIseaFC) July 23, 2018 REVEALED targets Once the most revered striker in Europe, the Spain international appears to have lost all his confidence in front of goal.Despite playing for an hour at the Optus Stadium, very little came off for the 25-year-old, who was replaced by Tammy Abraham.He was often dispossessed too easily and his touch often let him down.After arriving at Stamford Bridge in a £70 million deal last summer, much was expected of the former Juventus hitman. I know this is just a friendly but please get Abraham on for Morata. The Spaniard has been shambolic! #CFCinPerth #Chelseafc— rohit v (@rohitv7) July 23, 2018 Tammy Abraham already showing more strength than Morata. Speaks volumes.— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) July 23, 2018 Morata diving in pre season against Perth Glory. Not my Striker.— SarriBall (@SarriBalls) July 23, 2018 targets If Tammy Abraham plays well. We can sell our third striker Morata and make some Money.— Chaitanya Kulkarni (@Chittumahabak) July 23, 2018 Sarri’s side looking good, new format suits well. But Morata… gots to go #CFCinPerth #chelsea— Tez (@tezchav) July 23, 2018 I like Morata but you can’t be struggling in a pre-season friendly against a defense who have probably just got off a 12 hour bar shift when your club is linked with another striker.— David (@TekkaBooSon) July 23, 2018 We need a moment of silence for the people who actually rep Morata and think he don’t need Higuain.— ‏ً (@SimplyCosta) July 23, 2018 If Chelsea don’t buy a proper striker before the window closes, they are in big risk tbh! Morata is nowhere near good enough. #CFCinPerth— mustapha (@mustphha) July 23, 2018 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more


first_imgParents and staff at Buncrana’s Colaiste Chineal Eoghain are reeling this morning with the news that the school may close.A decision is to be made on the future of the secondary school by Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn.The school opened in 2007 and caters for pupils who wish to get taught in the Irish language. Local Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin said the education authorities including Donegal VEC have not given the school enough of a chance.The school has struggled to attract the numbers needed to keep it open in recent years.The Department said the school needed to attract 25 first years pupils this September but just 17 have so far enrolled.Cllr McLaughlin said: “I feel the Minister and the VEC could and should have given this college more time and the VEC in my opinion have not promoted and supported the Gaelcholaiste and they have let them down on this occasion.” Cllr McLaughlin said the school was given three choices – merge with Crana College, join Colaiste Ailigh in Letterkenny or be phased out.He said he fears the latter option may be taken and said it was a very black day for the Irish language in Co Donegal.Parents have until April 26th to make a decision on the matter.He stressed that parents at the school were fighting “tooth and nail” to keep the school open. OUTRAGE AS AXE HANGS OVER BUNCRANA GAELCHOLAISTE was last modified: April 15th, 2013 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:buncranaCholasite Chineal EoghainCllr Ciaran McLaughlinclosedlast_img read more

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