Ramjattan-led anti-corruption seminar nothing but a ‘mere charade’ – PPP

first_imgSOCU advisor controversyThe APNU-AFC Coalition Government has come in for another round of scathing criticism from the Parliamentary Opposition over its approach to matters surrounding discussion of corruption.Opposition MP Harry GillLeader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, on Monday took particular umbrage at the Special Organised Crime Unit’s (SOCU’s) advisor, Dr. Sam Sittlington, who in his view conducted the Anti-Corruption Seminar without much substance.“The Opposition members wish to put on public record how disappointed we were with the lack of substance in Dr. Sittlington’s answers to the questions posed and issues raised,” a statement from the Opposition Leader’s Office noted.The Anti-Corruption Seminar was held for Members of Parliament in Parliament Chambers, and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, as moderator, praised Dr. Sittlington, saying, “Guyana was fortunate to have a man of such experience and standing”.However, the Opposition had expected Head of SOCU, Sydney James, other members of the State body, or even observers to be present. However as proceedings continued, it descended into heated moments, as the Prime Minister accused the Parliamentary Opposition of being a “lynch gang” at the seminar and called on Member Harry Gill to retract his statement that “maybe Dr. Sittlington should consider resigning.”“Minister Ramjattan abruptly ended the session with time to spare in the 3-hour allotted time, in order to protect Dr. Sittlington from incisive issues being raised by the Parliamentary Opposition,” the statement outlined.The Opposition party said it had anticipated that frank discussions and exchanges would have been held on ways to address corruption. It, however, said that the session was “nothing but a mere charade, and a fig leaf for the non-engagement of SOCU in dealing with publicly reported acts of corruption, conflict of interest, abuse of power, extortion, etc., by the APNU/AFC Administration.”The Opposition highlighted that during Wednesday’s session, it asked a number of questions, such as the number of money laundering cases that had been successfully prosecuted in recent times, and members further questioned the reasons why SOCU never acted or investigated cases of corruption involving current Government officials. The cases highlighted were the Sussex Street Drug Bond controversy and the Jubilee Durban Park Development project wherein issues relating to beneficial ownership and conflict of interest of public officials were unearthed.The statement recalled Dr. Sittlington as stating that SOCU could act only if there was a complaint to the Commissioner of Police.“If that were the case, how did SOCU on two occasions arrest PPP/C leaders, including the former President, Prime Minister and Ministers; and the Commissioner of Police, on both occasions, publicly stated he was unaware of these actions. Further, Dr. Sittlington stated he arrived on January 2016 and the 30-odd forensic audits had been completed. This in fact was not so, and even Minister Jaipaul Sharma, who was present, looked confused, as he was the one who admitted in the seminar that he had submitted the audits to SOCU and the Police,” the Opposition Leader observed.It was disclosed that People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Members were “advised” that only recently the six-month period for hearing cases in court was lifted, a move which the Opposition deemed “a total misunderstanding” of the AML/CFT Amendment Act 2015. The party even suggested that even the adviser needs to be advised on the law and the judicial system.The Parliamentary Opposition said, too, that it remains committed to ensuring Guyana’s adherence to its constitution and laws, and its international treaties and conventions, such as the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption and the UN Convention Against Corruption.“We remain steadfast in our demands for greater transparency and accountability of the executive and all elected officials and civil society stakeholders,” it noted.Members of Parliament (MPs) representing the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) accused the British Fraud Expert and Advisor of turning a blind eye to the many instances of Government corruption. “You have turned a blind eye to reports of corruption right here in the Government,” Harry Gill said. These were references to the controversial Sussex Street drug bond and the construction of the D’Urban Park Stadium. Gill said the fact that Sittlington was employed by the State poses a conflict of interest problem for him to investigate acts of corruption by state agencies.However, the Prime Minister and Ramjattan both defended the UK expert, stating that the Opposition MP came with a motive to disparage Sittlington, and describing them as a “lynching gang with a clear intention.”In his defence, Sittlington advised that SOCU can only investigate matters that are referred to the Police, or cases referred by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit, the Financial Intelligence Unit, or the Fraud Squad.Among former Government officials questioned were former Prime Minister and former President, Samuel Hinds; former ministers Priya Manickchand, Irfaan Ali, Clement Rohee, Robert Persaud and Dr Jennifer Westford. One commonality with their questioning was that it was in relation to property purchased at the Sparendaam seawall area on the East Coast that is commonly known as “Pradoville 2”.While the current Administration contends that the transaction is a criminal act because of the belief that the land was sold below market value, the PPP has argued that subsidised housing has always been a part of the legacy of the People’s Progressive Party, and that many Guyanese have benefited from lands sold below market value.last_img read more

New Zealand women footballers get same pay as men

first_img“Today’s announcement signifies that we as an organisation are committed to parity for the men’s and women’s game and to continuing the growth in all areas of our sport,” chief executive Andy Martin said.The deal is unlikely to bring vast sums to female players as the New Zealand men’s side, ranked 133rd in the world, earn only a fraction of their high-profile international counterparts.But Football Ferns striker Sarah Gregorius said it still represented an important principle that recognised the effort women put into their sport.“It’s such an awesome line that we’ve now drawn in the sand,” she told Radio New Zealand.“No matter who you are, whatever gender, when you pull on a New Zealand football shirt you’re entitled to the same treatment and respect no matter what.”The move comes after Norway’s football association signed an agreement last year giving its men’s and women’s teams pay parity.In practical terms, the New Zealand deal means women will receive the same match payments, equal fees on image rights and a similar proportion of tournament prize money.They will also enjoy the same travel arrangements, meaning women will no longer have to fly economy to tournaments while male players enjoy business class.New Zealand Rugby announced earlier this year that the Black Ferns, the five-time women’s world champions, would be offered professional contracts for the first time.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) SharesThe new deal for New Zealand’s Football Ferns was hailed as a ‘landmark moment’. © AFP / GUSTAVO ANDRADEWELLINGTON, New Zealand, May 8 – New Zealand’s football body announced a new deal Tuesday that gives the national women’s team the same pay and conditions as the men’s side, becoming one of the world’s first countries to do so.Providing equality between the male All Whites and female Football Ferns was “a landmark moment for football in this country”, New Zealand Football said.last_img read more

City of Fort St John Council proclaims October 25 to November 12 for annual Poppy Campaign

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a City of Fort St. John Council meeting on Tuesday, Council proclaimed October 25 to November 12 for the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Poppy Campaign.In recognition of the annual Poppy Campaign, a Poppy Campaign Flag will be flown outside of City Hall.According to the Canadian Legion, from the last Friday of October through Remembrance Day, millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to never forget those who sacrificed their lives for freedom.- Advertisement -The Canadian Legion invites everyone across the country to show their recognition and respect by proudly wearing this symbol of Remembrance and taking a moment to reflect.Each year the Legion relies on volunteers to help sell poppies at stores all around the community in order to financially support veterans and their families.last_img read more

COMMUNITY NOTICE: COFFEE MORNING FOR OVER 50’S THIS FRIDAY AT CASTLEFINN CPI CENTRE

first_imgCastlefinn CPI Centre Community News:The 50+ Club Coffee MorningAPRIL 17TH From 10-2pm at the Dropin centre Castlefinn EVERYONE WELCOME. CPI Community Childcare is holding a registration evening on Tuesday 28th of April 2015 at 6.30pmEnrol your child for free preschool year (ECCE) for five mornings per weekWe also Provide full time/part time Daycare and Afterschool.Register your child now for September, Limited spaces available. Contact Tina 074-9143909Congratulations to the Ulster under 18 young pioneer quiz teams from doneyloop and castlefinn who both qualified for the all-Ireland P.T.A.A. quizfinal in Cavan on Saturday 25th April.Doneyloop team members are Ryan Wright, Ben Morris, Patrick Morris, Dean Gordon, Calvin Cairns.Castlefinn team members are Emma Chaney, Susan Coleman, Grace Quinn, Sean ColemanWishing both teams lots of luck in the final. COMMUNITY NOTICE: COFFEE MORNING FOR OVER 50’S THIS FRIDAY AT CASTLEFINN CPI CENTRE was last modified: April 13th, 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:Castlefinn CPICoffeeFeaturesNoticesOver 50’slast_img read more

GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Night At 9.00pm In St Mary’s Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Wishing You All A Happy New Year.Match & Win for 27/12/2012 No’s Drawn 11,15,21,23 No Jackpot Winner Next Weeks Jackpot Is €820, €15 Consolation Winners Were Lola Kelly Tullagh, Kathleen Friel Dunaff, Patricia Devlin Altahalla, Mary Diver Roxtown, Hannah Toland c/o Bingo. COMING SOON !! GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE SENIOR DINNER DANCE In The Ballyliffen Hotel On Friday 11th January 2013 Music By The Glenshane Country Band Tickets €25,AVAILABLE FROM ALL CLUB MEMBERS. DUCK RACE – The Winners Were 1st Place – Tadhg McDaid €150, 2nd Place Joint Dean Kelly & John Joe McShea (Killybegs) €100, 3rd Place Bridie McGonigle Cloontagh €50, Last Duck Home Lorna McEleney €50, Best Dressed Duck Cora & Seanann McCaul. Guess The Time of Race was won by 3 people Daniel Doherty, Eamon Reidy & Mark Doherty the time of the winning Duck was 2mins 58 seconds the 3 winners were the closest they guessed 3 minutes. A Massive Thank You to Everyone for all the help it was a massive effort from all involved and a huge thanks to all who helped on the day just to many to thank individually , also thank you to all who supported the event,by buying a duck and turning out in such big numbers on the day.  DONEGAL GAA YEAR BOOKS 2012 are now available to buy at €10 each a great gift for any GAA Fan Contact John Friel. Club Meeting – Next Club Meeting is Wednesday 2nd January 2013 at 8pm. Club Merchandise – Another Great Gift Idea from club hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Alan Friel 0879029672.GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: December 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Letterkenny comedian had everyone in stitches on Ireland’s Got Talent

first_imgLetterkenny comedian Andy McGranaghan left the audience and judges in stitches after his performance on tonight’s episode of Ireland’s Got Talent.Accompanied by wife Pamela, Andy admitted that he was a “wee bit nervous” before getting on stage. However, once he stepped out into the spotlight, any trace of nerves disappeared as he delivered a series of witty rib-ticklers; prodding fun at the Gardaí’s inflated breathalizer numbers, how an English tourist might find directions to a hospital in Free Derry, and the north west’s biggest ‘pop-up’ viagra shop!Fellow comedian Jason Byrne said that he admired Andy’s confidence, enthusiasm, and facial expressions, saying he had a “lovely energy.”Denise Van Outen called Andy a “breath of fresh air”, with Louis Walsh agreeing.Michelle Visage was a fan of Andy’s cornier jokes, saying: “You’re really cheesy and that’s my favourite thing in the world… it’s fantastic watching you in your element!” “His wife is going to have to deal with that big head tonight huh,” Michelle laughed as Andy left the stage beaming.Other Donegal performances on this series of ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’ includes dance duo Static Movement (Eric Roberts and Vinny McLaughlin), Carndonagh contortionist Lia-Della Friel, and Ardara drag-queen extraordinaire Scarlet Rose.To watch Andy’s full performance, you can catch up on the TV3 Player.Letterkenny comedian had everyone in stitches on Ireland’s Got Talent was last modified: March 19th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:andy mc granaghancomedianireland’s got talentletterkennylast_img read more

Homer Bailey delivers solid start in Oakland Athletics win over New York Yankees

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s won game one of this series, 6-2, against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. With Tampa Bay and Cleveland losing its games tonight, the A’s move to a tie with the Rays for the second wild card.Homer Bailey’s splitter helped silence a tough Yankees lineup; seven of his eight strikeouts came on his splitter.Bailey held control of his outing by going up 0-2 in 18 at bats, able to fend off a flurry of spoiled pitches to keep New York to just Gary Sanchez’s solo home run over …last_img

Former Kolkata Police chief seeks adjournment in scam case

first_imgFormer Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar told the Supreme Court on Monday that he could not file his response on Saturday to the Central Bureau of Investigation’s plea seeking his arrest in the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam and sought adjournment of the hearing. A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the submission of senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Mr. Kumar, and postponed the hearing on the plea of the probe agency till April 22. “Indira Jaising, senior counsel, submits that the counter-affidavit of respondent no. 3 (Mr. Kumar) was required to be filed on Saturday (April 13) but Saturday being a holiday for the registry, she may be allowed to file the same today. The said affidavit may be brought on record during the course of the day. Rejoinder affidavit, if any, be filed on or before April 20. The matter will be listed on April 22,” the Bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said. Chit fund scamThe apex court had sought Mr. Kumar’s response on April 8 on the CBI’s plea seeking his arrest in the chit fund scam. The court had, on February 5, granted protection from arrest to Mr. Kumar while directing him to appear before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate in the investigation. The CBI has sought vacation of the February 5 order so that it can arrest and interrogate Mr. Kumar. “This is the interim application (IA) of the CBI seeking custodial interrogation of Rajeev Kumar. Issue notice. Let the matter be listed for hearing on April 15,” the Bench had said. It had also allowed the CBI to file a fresh affidavit regarding its allegations that telecom operators Vodafone and Airtel were not cooperating with it in the probe. In its plea in the apex court, the agency has said the recall of the order granting Mr. Kumar interim protection from arrest was necessary “to unravel the entire gamut of the larger conspiracy in the ponzi scheme cases”. The CBI has also sought the court’s directions to the authorities in West Bengal to comply with the earlier orders of the court “in letter and spirit” and not to create any hurdle in the agency’s probe or try to “intimidate, harass and scare” its officials investigating the cases.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal pulls out of US Open with knee injury

first_imgRafael Nadal’s Grand Slam count will stay stuck at 11 for now, sidetracked by another knee problem.The third-ranked Spaniard withdrew from the US Open on Wednesday. Tendinitis has kept him out of action since his stunning loss at Wimbledon in late June.The injury already forced him out of the London Olympics, where he was supposed to defend his title and carry Spain’s flag in the opening ceremony.”I am very sad to announce that I am not ready to play the US Open in NY. Thanks to my fans for their support and specially, the new yorkers,” Nadal wrote on his Twitter account.Nadal is still only 26, but the withdrawals raise questions about the future of a player who has had recurring knee problems in the past.His 11 Grand Slam titles include a record seven on the red clay of the French Open, yet his hard-charging, hard-hitting style of play takes a toll on his body, particularly his knees.Roger Federer, in contrast, has played in every Grand Slam tournament since the start of 2000, a streak of 51 in a row.In 2009, Nadal missed Wimbledon because of aching knees shortly after falling in the round of 16 at the French Open — the only time in eight appearances he hasn’t won at Roland Garros. He was just the second men’s champion in 35 years to decline to defend his title at the All England Club.But Nadal eventually came back stronger than ever from that layoff.After failing to reach the final at the 2009 U.S. Open and 2010 Australian Open, he won the French to start a run of three straight major titles, capped by completing the career Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows.Nadal’s absence immediately leaves a trio of heavy favorites at the last Grand Slam event of the year: defending champion Novak Djokovic; five-time U.S. Open winner and currently top-ranked Federer; and 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Andy Murray, who won the gold medal in singles at the London Games by beating Federer in the final.Nadal lost in the U.S. Open final to Djokovic last year, part of a stretch of three straight defeats to the Serb in championship matches at major tournaments.But he seemed to be closing the gap, and at Roland Garros in June, he beat Djokovic in the final for his record seventh title there.Then came the stunning loss at Wimbledon, and Nadal hasn’t played since.On June 28, 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol upset him in the second round at the All England Club.Shortly after that defeat, Nadal canceled a scheduled charity match against Djokovic in Spain, citing tendon problems in his left knee.The two-week U.S. Open starts Aug. 27.”Rafa has informed us that he will not be ready to compete at the U.S. Open this year and has withdrawn from the tournament,” tournament director David Brewer said in a statement on Wednesday.”We hope to see him back on the court soon and look forward to his return to New York next year.”advertisementlast_img read more

Failing to get RS renomination, Cong MP Darda meets Gadkari

first_imgNagpur, May 29 (PTI) Congress MP Vijay Darda, who failed to get party renomination for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls from Maharashtra, today called on senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari at the latters residence here, raising eyebrows in political circles.In a surprise move, the Congress high command yesterday declared former Union minister P Chidambaram as the party nominee to the upper house from Maharashtra.Terms of both Darda and his Rajya Sabha colleague from Congress, Avinash Pande, also from Nagpur, end on July 4.According to sources, the closed-door meeting between Darda and the Union Shipping and Transport Minister lasted for about an hour.When asked what transpired between them, Darda merely said, “It was the decision of the Congress high-command to nominate Chidambaram from Maharashtra”.However, he did no elaborate on his future plans.Biennial elections to 57 seats in the Upper House of Parliament will be held on June 11.Six of these seats are in Maharashtra with two each held by Congress and NCP, and one each by BJP and Sena.The retiring Rajya Sabha MPs from the state are Ishwarlal Jain and Praful Patel (NCP), Vijay Darda and Avinash Pande (Congress), Union Minister Piyush Goyal (BJP) and Sanjay Raut (Sena).Given their current strength in the Assembly, it is highly unlikely either the Congress or the NCP will field more than one nominee. The Congress has 42 MLAs and the NCP 41.Former Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, ex-MP and educationist Bhalchandra Mungekar were also in the race for Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra, but were pipped by Chidambaram.advertisement70-year-old Chidambaram did not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and his son Karti had unsuccessfully fought from his native Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu. PTI JOE NSK RGlast_img read more