Over $70M unaccounted for from city’s restoration fund

first_imgCity Hall CoI…financial records missingBy Rupadai SeenaraineTales of City Hall’s mismanagement of funds and unaccountability continued on Monday as the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) heard that over $70 million was unaccounted for from the city restoration fund, while there were no financial records for the years 2006 to 2011.This is according to the finance records from the Audit Office of Guyana, which were presented by the Audit Manager, Dhanraj Persaud at the Critchlow Labour College on Woolford Avenue, Georgetown at the CoI chaired by retired Justice Cecil Kennard.As he delved into the matter, Persaud showed that Central Government through the Communities Ministry had supplied funds for city restoration projects in the sum of $300 million in 2015 and in 2016; another $200 million was injected into the initiative, for a total of $500 million.However, when checks were made into the expenditure of these projects over $70.489 million was unaccounted for.“For 2016, Council did not produce evidence to account for amount totallingAudit Manager Dhanraj Persaud$70.489 million,” he said.It was related the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has a history of failing to source records in the past. Initially, a financial statement is composed by the City Treasurer and the records would be signed by the Town Clerk. It is then submitted to the auditing body for recommendations after which the response of the client is incorporated and the report is finalised.So far, the pending report has not been confirmed since the report was not prepared in accordance with the stipulated requirements of the Audit Office in regard to the format and acceptable standards., Town Clerk Royston King was so notified via a letter on June 30 and was required to respond within 30 days in accordance with the Audit Act of 2004.“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. This is where the Council through the Ministry of Communities will have to answer. The findings will be incorporated into the final report of the Auditor General,” the Audit Manager testified.Missing recordsIn the course of six years, from 2006 to 2011, there have been no financial records for the disbursement of monies at City Hall. Additionally, for the year 2005, documents were submitted but an audit could not be completed because the files were “damaged”.The Audit Manager stood before the Commission as he explained what was relayed to them by the Council, adding that the organisation would have enquired about the absence of the report, but no explanation was given. In 2012, records were also damaged, but from 2013 to 2015, some files were presented for auditing, which they were able to inspect and thereby extract information.When asked by the Commission to give his comments on whether or not the Council has been managed according to sound financial procedures, Persaud indicated that it would be considered as a “disclaimer”, later adding that it was the “worst opinion”.“If we have financial statements that aren’t presented in accordance to those that are in general accepted principles, our opinion on those statements will be aCity Halldisclaimer. A disclaimer meaning that we cannot provide an opinion on the state of affairs of the Council. We would be unable to because we didn’t have documents and that is the worst opinion you can get,” said Persaud.He further mentioned, “We were still unable to verify significant items in the financial statements and so we’d have to provide what you call a qualification, meaning we could not verify these figures.”As he underscored the importance of audits, it was related that, “Audited financial reports or financial statements give a representation on the state of affairs of an entity and as such, stakeholders want to know the state of affairs of that particular entity. In the absence of financial statements, key stakeholders would be unable to make informed decisions.”The CoI into City Hall comes at a time when numerous complaints were made by staffers of the Council and other agencies, regarding the expenditure and decisions which were taken by the Council. Consequently, actions were taken by the Local Government Commission to probe the operations at City Hall with the Commission being represented by Sherwin Benjamin and Everton Singh-Lammy.On September 21, 2018 the Town Clerk was instructed to proceed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.last_img read more

Fort St. John Legion honouring veterans with legacy table project

first_imgFamily members can submit their photo, name, and the regiment that they served on to be placed on each table, with room for 12 veterans on each. They will be made using Granicrete, and will be preserved with a decorative finish. Once finished, the tables, along with 12 chairs donated by the Fort St. John Lions Club, will be placed in the Duncan Cran Room.The costs to submit a photo is $30 to cover the cost of digitizing and formatting the photos, while the rest is open to sponsors. Each table can be corporately sponsored, at a cost of $1,500 for a table with one logo, $750 each for one with two logos, and $375 each for a table with four logos. – Advertisement -For more information, contact Marilyn Hunter at 250-262-9627 or mjhunter337@gmail.com.last_img read more

Stars players to earn hefty AFCON allowances

first_imgFootball Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa says they have set elaborate plans to ensure that the players are well catered for, and the ball will be in their court, literally, to ensure they perform well in their first Cup of Nations since 2004.“I want us to develop a culture where we have a financial plan and go ahead to actualize it. We want to stop talking about money issues every time because it spoils everything. We have made an agreement with the players and we will actualize it,” Mwendwa said on Monday morning.Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama says he was excited with the full to capacity stadium in kasarani when Kenya played Ethiopia in a 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe squad of 26 which will head to France from May 27- June 16 for the training camp will each be entitled to Sh250,000 in allowances while a further Sh500,000 will be paid to the squad of 23 which will be in Cairo for the tournament.This money for paying allowances will be drawn with the Sh219mn budget already forwarded to the Federation’s account for the Cup of Nations campaign, but Mwendwa says they will have to get some money elsewhere for paying winning bonuses.The Federation chief confirmed that the ministry has sent in the money and plans will now be made to ensure all relevant plans, including the proposed training camp in France, are paid for.Nonetheless, the first item on the budgetary allocations will be the Sh50mn promised to the players by Deputy President William Ruto for qualification which has been included in the Sh219mn budget.“We made an agreement with the players that they will get Sh38mn from that budget and in the next two or three days we will move to see this happening. We have a contract with the players on the amount of money each player will get depending on the minutes he has played in the campaign,” Mwendwa explained.With money issues now sorted, the players have a tough task of ensuring they perform on the pitch.Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa with officials from Spalsh World, Betin Kenya and Percap TechnologiesMeanwhile, the Federation has partnered with travel agency Splash World to offer fans a travel package to attend the group stage matches in Cairo.For Sh350,000 only, a fan will get a package that includes a four-star hotel two-meal-a-day package for six nights and seven days as well as tickets for the three group matches, air tickets and visas.At the same time, the Federation and their official national team partners Betin will conduct a raffle that will see six fans win tickets to the Cup of Nations on fully paid basis with a million shillings also up for grabs in the raffle.To start, anyone willing to take part in a raffle is expected to spend a minimum Sh50.You are required to send the word ‘START’ to 29881 then you will receive welcome message that has terms and conditions. After that you will be required to deposit at least Sh50 and above to the PayBill number 881881 and once confirmed, a series of five questions will be sent to your phone.Each question costs Sh10 and you can play as many questions as you want, depending on your deposit.There will be daily winners of Sh5,000 and to be eligible to play the draw, you are required to have at least 500 points; every question answered earns you 100 points.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars will battle it out with Athletics Kenya, KSSSA in the 2018 Safaricom SOYA Awards to be hosted in Mombasa. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 8 – A Harambee Stars player who will make the squad from their start of their camp in France to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final tournament in Cairo, Egypt will stand to take back home at least Sh750,000 in basic allowances.Well this amount might be more, considering there are separate bonuses for each player and member of the technical bench for every win or draw at the tournament which will attract an extra Sh250,000.last_img read more


first_imgSinn Fein Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher has said Irish Water’s refusal to meet with Donegal County Councillors is a display of contempt for the people of Donegal. Cllr Gallagher said today: “Donegal County Council has continuously asked for a meeting between the representatives of the people of Donegal and Irish Water in order to discuss numerous issues regarding water Infrastructure and charges being imposed on the people of this county.“Irish Water has refused to meet the council. This is beyond contempt considering the priceless piece of infrastructure that was handed over to them by the government – the biggest case of daylight robbery of the people of this county.” “Irish Water has instead organised eight regional meetings which include numerous councils meeting together in a centralised location. I would estimate that these regional meetings could cost tens of thousands of euro, and again it will be the people who will pay for this. This is a scandalous situation, and another example of how out of touch this monstrous quango is with the people.” ANGER AS IRISH WATER REFUSE TO MEET DONEGAL COUNCILLORS was last modified: October 17th, 2014 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) Tags:donegal councilIrish WaterSinn Feinlast_img read more

Garda fury as eight year olds driving quads illegally on public roads

first_imgGardai in Donegal say children as young as 8 years are driving quads on public roads without tax, insurance or the proper licenses.And they have warned that parents and guardians who buy children such machines and allow them to be used by children are liable for prosecution.Gardai say they have noticed an increase in such incidents on the Inishowen Peninsula. Garda Sgt Charlene Anderson from Buncrana Garda Station pleaded with adults to be more responsible when supervising children on quads.She said the incidents of children under 16 years driving erratically and speeding on public roads are becoming more commonplace.“They would not allow an eight-year-old to get behind the wheel of a car and yet they are allowing children to go out onto the public road,” she said.She said that although it is not illegal for children to drive the quads on private land it is illegal to drive them on public roads. “We have noticed an increasing number of incidents involving quads and we would have serious concerns. Parents have obligations in this matter.“These quads are quite easy to come by and people are picking them up for a couple of hundred euro.“These quads are not allowed on public roads unless they are properly taxed and insured and the driver has the correct license and yet this is not often the case.“Anybody under sixteen is not allowed on the public road on a quad. These are not toys and they can reach serious speeds,” she said.Garda fury as eight year olds driving quads illegally on public roads was last modified: August 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:childrendonegalGardaiInishowenquadslast_img read more

MK Dons v Chelsea: Hazard returns

first_imgChelsea have named a strong side for the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Mk Dons, where Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill return to the starting line-up.Hazard is fit again after a groin injury and Cahill, who has recently been overlooked in favour of Kurt Zouma, partners skipper John Terry at the back.There are also starting places for Baba Rahman and youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta, John Mikel Obi and Willian therefore drop to the bench.MK Dons: Martin, Spence, McFadzean, Walsh, Lewington, Potter, Forster-Caskey, Carruthers, Hall, Murphy, Bowditch.Subs: Cropper, Hodson, Kay, Williams, Powell, Church, Maynard.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Baba; Matic, Fabregas; Oscar, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Mikel, Pedro, Willian, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Offense not an issue as Mack rolls

first_imgMcKenzie Gonsalves pitched a complete-game shutout and just about every Panther had a hit as the No. 2 seeded McKinleyville High softball team took care of business against No. 10 Kennedy — Richmond in the quarterfinal round of the North Coast Section Division-IV tournament, downing the visitors 10-0 in five innings Wednesday night at McKinleyville High.Gonsalves gave up just two hits in the win while striking out 11 — part of a rust-free performance for a team which had not played since May …last_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Self Resizing Lower Thirds

first_imgNames come in all different lengths, so why shouldn’t your lower thirds? Learn how to create a self resizing lower third in After Effects in this video tutorial.One of the coolest parts about the integration between After Effects and Premiere is the ability to edit text templates in Premiere without having to export them out of After Effects. However, you might be surprised to hear that text templates can utilize expressions in addition to text and keyframes.In the following video tutorial After Effects master Evan Abrams shows us how to use expressions in text templates to automatically scale lower third boxes to match the text length. The tutorial covers:Linking Text Inputs to ScaleTitle and Action Safe BreakdownsUsing the Dynamic Link to Create AE TemplatesUsing Monospaced FontsDefining Template CompositionsIf you are completely unfamiliar with the text template workflow between After Effects and Premiere check out our ‘How to Create Live Text Templates’ post.You can download the project files for this After Effects template by going to Evan Abrams’ website.This video was first shared by Evan Abrams on his website ECAbrams.com. Thanks for sharing Evan!Here are the expressions from this tutorial:temp = thisComp.layer(“TEXT”).text.sourceText;L = temp.length;x =100 * (L * .9);[250+x, value[1]]temp = content(“Rectangle 1″).content(“Rectangle Path 1″).size[0];[temp/2, 0]This technique won’t work with any font on your computer. In order for this specific tutorial to work you need to have a monospaced font. There are a number of places where you can find Monospaced fonts online. Here are a few resources:Monospaced Fonts – 1001FontsSamples of Monospace Fonts – WikipediaMonospace Fonts – FontSquirrelWant to learn more about expressions in After Effects? Check out the After Effects section of the PremiumBeat blow where you can find hundreds of articles and tutorials dedicated to helping you become a better After Effects artist. While you’re there check out Evan Abrams’ author page where you can find more exclusive tutorials by Evan.Do you have any tips for creating auto-scaling templates? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

‘I’ve silenced all my critics’

first_imgAsian Games gold medallist Vijender Kumar’s semifinal loss at the hands of an unknown English boxer had plunged the Indian to the depths of despair. And the only aim that remained before Vijender was to wipe this blot out by winning a medal at the Guangzhou Asiad.Vijender, having done a lot of hard work, entered the Asian Games with a lot of expectations and a belief that he had the willpower to overcome all odds in life. It took him four gruelling bouts and a dislocated thumb in the final to overpower continental giants.But when he played his heart out to defeat a two- time world champion Abbos Atoev of Kazakhstan 7- 0 in the final on Friday, he exceeded even his own expectations.” Commonwealth Games loss was like the end of the world for me. I had never imagined of losing the semi- final because of my fine form and good record at the Commonwealth level. The loss brought along a lot of criticism, so I desperately wanted to silence my critics by winning a medal at the Asian Games,” said the world No. 1 75kg category boxer.” But once I started winning bouts in Guangzhou, my confidence and belief grew. I did not take the final against Atoev lightly because he is a two- time world champion and had beaten me in the World Championships semifinals in Milan last year. But I prompted him to attack me and I scored on counterattack. The trick worked well for me I was rewarded with a dream win,” he said. ” This win was very important for me as I had to show to my critics that I am not a spent force. I have now silenced them.” Vijender, who gave India its first- ever boxing medal at the Beijing Olympics by winning the bronze, said that China has become happy hunting ground for him. ” It has been lucky for me. I won Olympic medal and a bronze in Asian Championships in Zhuhai last year. And now Asian Games gold has consolidated my record in the dragon land,” he said.advertisementThe scoreline in the final definitely shows the dominance of the Indian boxer, but it came at the cost of a dislocated left thumb in the first round. ” Seconds before the end of the first round, I hit a left punch and got a point but a sharp pain occurred and I felt I had broken my thumb.I told my coach BI Fernandes and GS Sandhu about it and they told me to stop the play if I wished. But once I knew that I was 2- 0 up, I decided to continue the bout, come what may,” he said.Once Vijender extended his lead to 5- 0 at the end of the second round, he could visualise himself cornering glory. ” When I knew that I was five points up, I became confident of victory. Sandhu then told me to play cautiously in order to avoid an injury. I did same and won the bout,” he said.India sent a 10- member boxing team at the Asiad, with Vijender and Vikash Krishan ( 60kg) clinching gold, S Santosh Kumar ( 64kg), Dinesh Kumar ( 81kg) and Manpreet Singh ( 91kg) winning silver medals, and Suranjoy Singh ( 51kg) and Paramjeet Samota ( 91+ kg) annexing a bronze each.Just before the Asiad, Asian Championships gold medallist Suranjoy was touted as India’s best bet for the gold, but local favourite Yong Chang edged him out 5- 6 in a close bout. His dreams of gold vanished, but the Manipuri boxer admitted that he is satisfied by his performance. ” Perhaps it wasn’t my day. I gave my 100 percent but the Chinese caught me on the wrong foot and took the advantage,” he said.Santosh, who had graduated to the senior category recently, said he has raised the bar for himself.” This was my first major senior competition and I exceeded the expectations. I expect myself to go up a few notches and qualify for the 2012 Olympics next year,” he said.last_img read more

Indonesia invites Korean leaders Moon, Kim to Asian Games

first_img\R Jakarta, Jul 16 (AFP) The leaders of the two Koreas have been invited to next month’s Asian Games in Indonesia, Jakarta said today, after the neighbours agreed to field several joint teams at the event.Indonesian president Joko Widodo sent a formal invitation Friday to South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Widodo’s spokesman said, but it was not immediately clear if either has responded.”The invitation letters have been sent to the leaders,” spokesman Johan Budi told AFP.Last month, Asian Games organisers announced that North and South Korea will field joint teams in three sports — canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball — in a sign of thawing tensions.The two countries — which are technically still at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty — will also march together at the opening and closing ceremonies for the showpiece event from August 18-September 2.The two Koreas formed their first-ever unified Olympic team — a joint women’s ice hockey squad — for last February’s Winter Games in the South, with the North’s participation kicking off a thaw between the two neighbours.The diplomatic detente also triggered a rapid improvement in relations between Pyongyang and Washington, culminating in last month’s summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore.The Asian Games, to be held in Jakarta and Palembang on Sumatra island, will feature some 11,000 athletes competing in 40 sports — the second-biggest multi-sport event behind the Olympics.(AFP) AMSAMSadvertisementlast_img read more