Dear Editor,Whenever one is faced with an explanation of what’s going on at the Georgetown Municipality, the choice is always between incompetence, corruption and conspiracy. The latest news is that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has not had financial audits into its affairs for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018.This, according to its Internal Auditor, is in complete violation of Chapter 28:01 of the Laws of Guyana, which states, “The City Council and the Town Council shall, not later than the thirty-first day of March in every year, submit to the Minister a report in writing containing an account of all monies received, expended, and applied during the preceding financial year.”Of course this is not the most shocking, unusual, or monumental of revelations coming out of City Hall, as everyone in Georgetown — except maybe for the thirty City Fathers and Mothers sitting around the horseshoe table — is well aware of this; but the question to be asked is: what work and tasks did the Internal Auditor and the not insignificant number of staff assigned to her do for the last three years; since, according to her, the requisite documents are never submitted to her for auditing. Has the Auditor and the staff of her division just been twiddling their thumbs for the last three years whilst being well compensated?And the next question is: what did she then do about it? Did she formally bring to the attention of the Town Clerk, the Mayor, the Minister of Communities and the Auditor General of Guyana the existence of this indefensible and appalling state of affairs? Or is she only raising the alarm now that there is a Commission of Inquiry?But most worrying in all of this is that, during the period referred to, 2016-2018, Central Government has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the system; property rates and other municipal charges have risen sharply; new taxes, such as the container tax, have been levied upon the citizenry, bringing in hundreds of millions additionally; and yet the Council, over the last three years, has been, and is always, broke and bankrupt.Citizens would like to know whether the Internal Auditor has been afforded the opportunity to audit the income and expenditure of the recently held 175th Anniversary celebrations of the city? I seriously doubt it. This present City Council will never willingly allow an audit there, as all hell would break loose when one is forcibly done.It would be interesting to know how the internal Auditor was recruited, and whether she is competent and qualified to carry out those responsibilities effectively. Such a determination should also be of the competencies of the other staff of the Internal Audit Section.The most egregious of all these goings-on is the fact that some of the 30 Councillors in key positions, who sat idly by and allowed such a travesty to occur, are now seeking to be re-elected to another three-year term with the usual ‘pie in the sky’ promises. These persons are in effect just seeking to insult the intelligence of the citizenry.Regards,Jermain Johnson
…dies hours later at GPHCFormer Chairman of the Board of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and engineer, Hugh Denbow, was found with his feet and hands bound in an apparent home invasion at his Sophia, Greater Georgetown home.Former Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Chairman Hugh DenbowThe 63-year-old man was discovered with his hands and feet bound at his Lot 1 Area D North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, home on Tuesday by a work colleague.This newspaper was told that Denbow was employed at Orinduik Development Inc. However, after several calls from his employers went unanswered, a report was made to the Prashad Nagar Police Outpost. This newspaper was told that a manager of the company became suspicious since calls to Denbow’s phone went unanswered for three consecutive days. As a result of the report, Police ranks ventured to Denbow’s residence, accompanied by the manager and found the door to the man’s home open.This newspaper was told that the southern door to the building was open and upon entry, the Policemen found Denbow lying face up in an unconscious state in the kitchen area.His hands, feet and neck had been tied together. An ambulance was summoned and Denbow was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he later died.According to a Police source, further checks by Police revealed that the entire house was ransacked but there was no sign of forced entry. The Police source said that it is believed that Denbow was bound sometime between Friday and Saturday.An investigation has been launched.
The North Peace Cultural Centre and Moose FM present Shane Yellowbird for one night only May 21st at the NPCC.In just a few short years, Yellowbird has gone from quietly pursuing a fine arts degree at Red Deer College to a budding country music star, with a hot selling record, major awards and nominations, and numerous Top 10 radio hits and videos to his credit.- Advertisement -Growing up in Hobbema, AB, Yellowbird, who is Cree, was a typical cowboy. His parents participated in the rodeo circuit and their son learned early on to rope and ride, fully embracing the cowboy lifestyle and accepting that it would one day be his future.Catch this show on Thursday May 21st. Tickets are on sale now at www.npcc.bc.ca or by calling 250-785-1992. You can also purchase tickets at the NPCC Box Office at 100th and 100th. Get your tickets now before they disappear.Shane Yellowbird, Thursday May 21st at the NPCC, presented by the North Peace Cultural Centre and Moose FM.
“Unfortunately we lost one of the true members of the diving community. He had a lot of friends he made through the years,” said Emch, who said Dahan’s friends helped the family remove equipment from the shop after his death, with everyone expecting it to close. “Immediately after the accident, they were talking about closing it, but eventually we all thought the best thing was to keep the shop open and running,” Emch said. “It’s truly an amazing bunch of friends who helped me move things back in. It was nearly empty.” Capt. Steve Giles of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said Emch has been a member of the department’s volunteer search-and-rescue team as a diver for years. “Mike and I were very close, almost like father and son. He is very much going to be missed,” Giles said. “I’m glad to see his shop is continuing, and that Chris is picking up the gauntlet.” Emch, who is 6 feet 8 inches tall, grew up in Whittier and attended UCLA in the early 1990s, where he played basketball and football. He enjoys all sorts of sports, including hockey, and he is a private airplane pilot. He learned to scuba dive after he graduated from UCLA and worked as a Phoenix police officer. He became a master scuba-diving trainer in the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Emch said he wants to continue setting up scuba-diving trips through the shop, including local trips to the Channel Islands and to exotic locations like Dahan’s favorite diving spot, the South Pacific Republic of Palau. “It seems like everyone who comes in is happy the store is going to remain open,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THOUSAND OAKS – When Michael Dahan died diving under the ice of a High Sierra lake last month, it was a terrible blow to his friends in Southern California, where Dahan had established a reputation as a dedicated scuba-diving instructor and owner of Channel Islands Scuba. So to honor Dahan, a former co-worker bought the Thousand Oaks business and reopened it last week, just as Dahan would have wanted. “Mike was my mentor,” Chris Emch said. “I thought it would be appropriate to continue on his legacy.” Emch said he is planning a special event for Saturday to give customers a chance to meet the new owner, with sales and a drawing for a free local diving trip. He is selling Mike Dahan memorial T-shirts, with proceeds going to the Dahan Foundation, set up to help his children. Dahan, 41, died during a trip to Gull Lake near Mammoth Mountain. He had been scuba diving since his teens and was proud of his record as a teacher protecting the safety of his students. But authorities said he disregarded one of the basic rules of ice-diving safety – go down only if hooked to a rope attached to someone else on the surface. Without the rope, he became disoriented under 16-inch-thick ice and ran out of air, unable to find the exit hole, police said. It was a shock to Dahan’s friends, who admired him for longtime service to the scuba community, as well as his devotion to his family, including his 3-year-old and 5-week-old daughters.
0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain are understood to have rejected an offer from Real Madrid for Neymar © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Aug 22 – Neymar remains no closer to getting his desired move away from Paris Saint-Germain amid reports Thursday the French club have rejected an offer from Real Madrid of Sh11 billion ($111 million) plus players.French sports daily L’Equipe said Real had offered cash plus Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and goalkeeper Keylor Navas, but PSG turned it down because “the overall value of the offer did not match their expectations”. Paris paid 222 million euros to sign Neymar from Barcelona two years ago and their sporting director Leonardo is understood to be determined to only sell the forward for a deal considered to be of the same value.Real have spent the summer trying to offload Bale, while James is unwanted after returning from a loan at Bayern Munich and Navas is no longer the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.Meanwhile, Barcelona remain hopeful of bringing Neymar back to the Camp Nou, but Catalan daily Sport claims an attempt to sign the player on loan with an obligation to buy for 160 million euros at the end of the season has been firmly rejected in Paris.Sport claims Barcelona feel “it is very clear that PSG are trying to prevent the Brazilian from returning to the Camp Nou in any scenario”.PSG had previously reportedly turned down an offer from Barcelona of 40 million euros plus Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic. Coutinho has since joined Bayern on loan.Juventus are also believed to have stated an interest in signing the 27-year-old, who has not featured in any of PSG’s matches so far this season having been frozen out amid the uncertainty over his future.The transfer window closes in France, Spain and Italy on September 2, meaning time is fast running out for a deal to be done.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)
Riverdance producer Moya Doherty is set to the first guest in this academic year’s Life Stories series at the University of Ulster.The Donegal-born entrepreneur, who is regarded as one of the richest women in Ireland, will discuss her life and career with Professor Paul Moore, Head of the School of Creative Arts, in the Great Hall of the University’s Magee campus on Wednesday, October 12, at 7pm.As well as Riverdance, Moya, along with husband John McColgan, also produced the Boublil & Schönberg musical, The Pirate Queen, which had its world premier in Chicago in October 2006 and opened on Broadway in April 2007. Her glittering career includes theatre, radio and television production and presentation, both in Ireland and internationally. She has fronted a number of arts, features and documentary programmes for RTÉ Television and also for TV AM, the British breakfast television network and is an award-winning television documentary maker, having won a Jacob’s Award for her work on A Silent Scream.As executive producer, Moya has produced a number of charity telethons, The Eurovision Song Contest and the televising of the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics held in Ireland in 2001.She holds a number of directorships including, Tyrone Productions, Ireland’s leading independent television production company and is a founding director of Today FM radio station.In the past 10 years she has sat on a number of arts-related boards including, Chair of the Dublin International Theatre Festival for seven years, The Ark Children’s Theatre in Dublin, Walnut Hill Arts School in Massachusetts and Business to Arts. She has recently been appointed a Board Member of The Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre.Moya has received numerous awards and accolades over the years, including the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.The University of Ulster awarded Moya Doherty the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in 2002 in recognition of her promotion of enterprise in the arts.Moya Doherty in Conversation with Paul Moore takes place on Wednesday, October 12, in the Great Hall on the University of Ulster’s Magee campus, at 8pm. Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome, but reservations are required. To reserve a seat call: 028 71675456.MOYA TO REVEAL ALL ABOUT HER LIFE was last modified: October 7th, 2011 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:Moya DohertyRiverdanceUniversity of Ulster
FULL-TIME: Donegal 0-12 Tyrone 0-10 – Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan made an incredible last-gasp save to put his side into the Ulster Championship final.Donegal looked like they were easing their way to victory but Tyrone’s Martin Penrose had other ideas as he closed down on goal into injury time.However an outstretched foot from the Four Masters man saved Donegal from a replay. It was no more than Jim McGuinness’ side deserved as they buckled down against a determined Tyrone side who battled for everything.Played before 17,031 fans, Donegal soaked up the pressure and a strong breeze from the first half and gradually got on top in the second half.Their controlled second half display showed that this panel are learning and didn’t press the self-destruct button.Tyrone will be one of the toughest tests Donegal will have all year and it will be one McGuinness and Rory Gallagher will have learned a lot from. Donegal won the toss and decided to play against the strong wind in the first half.After just two minutes Donegal were dealt a major blow when Neil Magee through injury and he was replaced by David Walsh.Donegal settled and Mark McHugh scored a wonderful opening point after just three minutes.Tyrone leveled things on five minutes with a successful long range free from Joe McMahon.Veteran Stephen O’Neill added another a minute late to put Tyrone in front. Michael Murphy got his first chance from a free after eight minutes and didn’t fluff his lines.At this stage Tyrone looked sharp and were playing Donegal at their own game by putting them under pressure in possession.Tyrone went 0-3 to 0-2 when Donnelly closed down on goal but opted for a point.Joe McMahon had a golden chance for a goal for Tyrone but Paul Durcan puled off a fine stop after 16 minutes. At this stage Tyrone looked the more settled and were finding answers to break through Donegal’s blanket defence.McBrearty leveled things again for Donegal with a fine point after he was fed by Neil Gallagher.After missing a couple of possible chances, Conor Clarke scored a fine point to put Tyrone ahead again on 25 minutes.Letterkenny’s Rory Kavanagh missed a chance a minute later to level the scores when he pulled his shot wide.Donegal got a free and Murphy took Donegal’s first score since the 18th minute in the 29th minute to make it 0-4 to 0-4.Tyrone were bringing the ball out of defence well and Donegal were unable to get the tackle in early.Sean O’Neill put Tyrone in front again but Ryan Bradley won a free and Colm McFadden registered his first point as the half-time whistle drew close.Penrose scored a fine point to put Tyrone’s noses in front two minutes into injury time.Joe McMahon gave Tyrone a two point cushion when he scored form a long range free a minute into the restart.However a fine reply from Kavanagh leveled the score before Tyrone pressed ahead gain.The game was beginning to come to life and a high ball into Colm McFadden who was fouled.The Creeslough man converted the resulting free himself to draw the sides level again.McFadden drew a number of tackles before the ball found its way to Ryan Bradley and the Buncrana powerhouse put Donegal in front 0-9 to 0-8.Both sides were fouling heavily as the game of cat and mouse continued.Martin McIlhinney and Martin O’Reilly came on for Neil Gallagher and David Walsh as McGuinness sought to give his team an advantage in the 54th minute.Stephen O’Neill blazed a close-range effort for Tyrone a couple of minutes later.Michael Murphy was fouled and managed to shake off his injury to put the ball over the bar to give Donegal a two point advantage in the 60th minute.Harte immediately brought in Brian McGuigan to salvage the game but could only watch as a poor kick-out form McConnell was picked up by Lacey to give Donegal a three point lead.The light-bulb seemed to go on for Donegal as a steady build-up was finished when McFadden scored a route one point to make it 0-12 to 0-8 for Donegal.Mickey Harte threw on another couple of subs including Niall McKenna in a bid to put scores on the board.Donegal wore the clock down but there was an unfortunate end when McFadden was shown the line after an altercation off the ball.Derry managed another point and Tyrone almost got through on good but Frank McGlynn managed to pull the ball away to safety.Tyrone came again and Penrose looked like he had snatched a draw for Tyrone only for Durcan to pull off a terrific save.It was the momentum and graft of Donegal which got them enough scores on the board in the second half which hauled them across the line.DURCAN KEEPS DONEGAL’S ULSTER DREAMS IN SAFE HANDS was last modified: July 3rd, 2012 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:donegalTyrone
4 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy opposes Shahid Khan’s plan to buy Wembley in a £600million deal. (Sun)Aaron Ramsey is open to joining one of Arsenal’s top-six rivals when he leaves the Gunners at the expiration of his contract next summer. The Wales midfielder has been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United. (ESPN)Southampton, Crystal Palace and Cardiff are all keeping tabs on Edin Dzeko, the former Man City forward now at Roma, ahead of a potential January swoop for the 32-year-old. (Mirror)Luke Shaw is to sign a new contact with Manchester United worth £150,000-a-week, making him one of the world’s highest-paid defenders. (Sun) Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Shaw is set to extend his stay at Old Trafford getty LIVING THE DREAM Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno will leave Anfield on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Goal)Manchester City DO have a buy-back clause for Jadon Sancho, which was inserted into Borussia Dortmund’s deal to sign the newly-capped England international last summer. (Manchester Evening News)Maltese club Valletta FC have offered Usain Bolt a two-year contract as the Olympic gold medallist seeks to earn a professional football deal. (ESPN) And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories…EXCLUSIVE: Kris Boyd slams Scotland manager Alex McLeish and says players look clueless on the pitchChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes Champions League will be won by Manchester City or Juventus this seasonSome Liverpool fans want club to to sign Tottenham star Eric Dier after what he did to Sergio Ramos in England’s defeat of Spain Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED 4 REVEALED TOP WORK targets IN DEMAND targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Alderweireld has been a long-term target of Manchester United’s Dier’s challenge on Sergio Ramos was one of the highlights of an excellent match Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade talkSPORT round up all the biggest football gossip from Tuesday’s newspapers and online… Manchester United and Tottenham are interested in signing Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, though there is little chance the Cherries will sell their star player in January. (Telegraph)A further blow to United and Spurs comes in the form of Chelsea, who have a gentleman’s agreement with Bournemouth to re-sign Ake for £40million. The Blues have to be offered the chance to sign their former player if another team bids for him. (Telegraph)Liverpool are reportedly considering a move for Lorenzo Insigne, the 27-year-old Italy and Napoli forward. (Sun)Manchester United have denied reports they are subject of a takeover bid from Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman. (Mirror)United have been joined by Barcelona in the race to sign Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, who has less than a year remaining on his contract in north London. (Mirror) Latest transfer news three-way race Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 4 4 Aston Villa boss Dean Smith expresses delight at having John Terry as his assistantManchester United boss Jose Mourinho blames Mino Raiola and Paul Pogba’s entourage for fallout – reportsLeeds United defender Pontus Jansson reprimanded by Football Association for referee comments40 footballers you never knew shared a pitch, including when Pep Guardiola took on Arsenal and the time Neymar encountered RonaldoNapoli could start transfer battle with £50million bid for Liverpool and Chelsea target Federico Chiesa
Hollywood writers and actors are calling for a code of conduct to govern the growing trend of hidden advertising in TV shows and films and say they will appeal to federal regulators if studios do not respond to their concerns. The unions also say they want their share of the billions of dollars in advertising revenue generated by stories they write and act in. Advertising has been creeping into programming for years. The blurring between ads and entertainment can include simple product placement, such as a Coca-Cola cup prominently displayed on “American Idol.” But increasingly, the products are becoming integrated into the story lines. The character of Gabrielle on “Desperate Housewives,” for instance, was seen last season as an auto show model, touting the benefits of a new model from Buick. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Some reality shows, such as “The Apprentice,” base entire episodes around contestants working with sponsors. The show, featuring Donald Trump, has included tasks involving Burger King, Dairy Queen and the DVD release of the latest “Star Wars” film. Representatives from the Writers Guild of America were scheduled to release a study on the practice Monday, decrying the practice. “We are being told to write the lines that sell this merchandise and to deftly disguise the sale as a story,” the study states. The WGA is calling for a code of conduct that would mandate full disclosure of all product integration deals at the beginning of a program so viewers would know they will be “subject to hidden or stealth advertising,” according to a news release to be issued Monday. The code would also require the issue to be discussed in bargaining with the studios to give actors, writers and directors a voice in how products are woven into the plot. “Just as there is an established right to truth-in-advertising, there should be a similar right to truth-in-programming where advertising is concerned,” SAG President Alan Rosenberg said in a statement. The effort is part of a larger push by the WGA to unionize writers, producers and editors who work on reality TV shows. The guild has said that many of the “unscripted” shows are actually carefully crafted by editors who often write specific dialogue or piece together bits of video to tell a story. A representative of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents film and TV studios, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Sunday. Nick Counter, the AMPTP’s president, has called the WGA’s aggressive stance on the issue “an unfortunate tactic,” in the past. Counter has pointed to the WGA’s last contract with the studios, which called for discussions on reality shows on a case by case basis. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!