The senior barrister in charge of RICS’ internal investigation into allegations that it suppressed a critical internal treasury management audit report and then tried to silence those who supported its findings has made a call for evidence.QC Alison Levitt, who took over from Peter Oldham earlier this month, says she wants to hear from range of interested parties who can help her Independent Review into the affair including past and current members or directors of RICS, media organisations and anyone else with information. Levitt is a partner at leading law firm 2 Hare court and her specialities include ‘business crime’.The report at the centre of her review was completed between 2018 and early 2019 by accountancy firm BDO at RICS’s request,It warned the venerable organisation that its treasury management processes were at risk of “unidentified fraud, misappropriation of funds and misreporting of financial performance”.Levitt says she wants to look at how this report was produced, why its finding were not implemented, what happened at two crucial internal review meetings on 20th September and 25th September 2019 and how and why four ‘whistle-blower’ non-exec directors were fired from the organisation.Non-execsThese were Amarjit Atkar, Simon Hardwick, Bruce McAra and Steve Williams.RICS set up the Levitt review after multiple press reports critical of RICS’ handling of the treasury report and removal of the non-exec directors.Her review is entirely independent of RICS and has its own law firm supporting the review, Kingsley Napley.Those wishing to give evidence either anonymously or in person should contact Levitt through the dedicated website.Amarjit Atkar Simon Hardwick Bruce McAra Steve Williams peter oldham alison levitt April 30, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Lawyer leading RICS governance probe asks members to help with evidence previous nextRegulation & LawLawyer leading RICS governance probe asks members to help with evidenceAlison Levitt QC is looking into why RICS bosses suppressed a critical 2019 internal report and fired four non-execs who supported its findings.Nigel Lewis30th April 20210135 Views
This year, the Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) program at Saint Mary’s is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Department chair Stacy Davis said the program officially began in September of 1985 as a minor only.“Classes in women’s studies had been offered since 1972,” Davis said. “We started teaching an introductory course in 1994, and we had student-designed majors from the mid-1990s until 2013. This is our first year as a department with a major, so the 30th anniversary is a celebration of that accomplishment.”Davis said the GWS program has a strong presence throughout the Saint Mary’s curriculum.“The major would not have happened without the support of our faculty, who teach courses in over a dozen departments and programs that count for GWS,” Davis said. “Currently, we have five majors and 14 students will graduate with a minor in GWS this spring.”Sophomore GWS major Michaela Gaughan said the program is important because it sheds light on important issues related to gender on a global scale.“I think it is important for colleges to have GWS programs because they promote gender differences, create an understanding about gender [and] challenge students to think about the concept of gender,” Gaughan said. “I think it is important for women’s colleges to have GWS programs because historically women have faced inequality on the basis of their gender. I believe GWS programs provide insight to students about historical struggles women have endured along with present current challenges women face.”Sophomore GWS major Kylie Garabed said having such a program on campus is beneficial because it can create a “feminist presence.”“A feminist presence will make sure that the student body is aware of the social issues by holding lectures and events, and this will bring the issue of inequality to the minds of the student body,” Garabed said.Davis said the Saint Mary’s GWS program has hosted several events on campus and in the community. It co-sponsored panels on the films The Hunting Ground and Fifty Shades of Grey, South Bend’s first Slutwalk and an event with the Girl Scouts with Michiana. The program also sponsored a talk by Joel Barrett, a writer who spoke about his experiences with ex-gay therapy.Garabed said she has found the GWS program to be a rewarding experience.“This program is truly amazing. The professors are all great and so passionate about what they are teaching,” she said. “All of the classes that I’ve had to take for my major have taught me so much more about myself and the world than I could have expected. I think everyone should try to take some sort of GWS course in their time at Saint Mary’s because it is just it is so rewarding.”Garabed said GWS courses concern more than just women’s studies.“Here at Saint Mary’s, we have a variety of gender and women’s studies courses that relate to masculinity and LGBTQ … taking one GWS course can provide a student with a new perspective on many social issues and inequalities. Saint Mary’s has a GWS program that is open to all individuals who share different perspectives and beliefs. The best part about going to class is knowing it is going to be discussion-based, and you’ll have the opportunity to share your perspective as well as discover something new.”Tags: 30th anniversary, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies
… Implementation of legislation will be only way out – RamnauthTHE work of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA) has been put on hold due to the lack of a critical piece of legislation that will legitimise its operations. This is according to acting secretary of the GHRA, Chattergoon Ramnauth.Ramnauth said the proper management of the authority remains in limbo, since executive members have not met to discuss GHRA’s business for almost a year, since its president Vickram Ouditt demitted office in February last year following the expiration of his term.Ouditt was elected president of the horse racing body at the Annual General Meeting on February 9, 2014 and according to the GHRA, new elections are due every year.Ramnauth is of the opinion that the GHRA is non-functional at this time because no meetings were held or was there any form of discussion; oral or written ever since Ouditt left.He, however, maintained that the implementation of the legislation will be the only way out of the dilemma the authority finds itself.Chattergoon RamnauthDubbed the ‘Sport of Kings’, horse racing, since its resuscitation locally, has been operating under a legal document that was registered under the Miscellaneous Deeds Act.But back in 2014, a key step to regularise the sport was taken when the-then Legal Adviser to the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA), Rajendra Poonai, handed over a draft legislation on the sport to then Sports Minister Dr Frank Anthony.Nothing much was done by the previous administration with regard to the implementation of the legislation.However, the present Government cannot escape their fair share of criticism since a copy of a horse racing legislation has been with the government for some time now.In fact, an official from the GHRA has confirmed that the copy was handed over to the National Sport Commission late 2015.Assistant Director of Sport, Brian Smith, confirmed last month that NSC had indeed received the document which was sent to the Attorney General Chambers.But when contacted yesterday, the Attorney General Chambers remained sceptical about the status of the document.The draft Guyana Horse Racing Authority Act, which will allow the sport to run more effectively and to deal with violators, includes: increasing the membership of the Racing Authority from nine to 15; including the Bush Lot United Turf Club as a member of the GHRA and implementing a two-year term for members of the Authority.The legislation which was championed by former GHRA president Justice Cecil Kennard will also give the GHRA the power to schedule race dates for race meetings in the event that a club is unable to run off a race meeting.
StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Royal Ascot arrived last week amidst its usual fanfare, as people flocked in their droves to the Berkshire racecourse for what Oddschecker describes as “a fairly standard affair” on the face of it, with the trend of the previous two year continuing with seven winning favourites.From a margin perspective it is detailed bookies enjoyed a successful week, with Friday’s three winning favourites the only blip, but “scratch beneath the surface” and “a few more interesting trends emerge”.One factor deemed “the key thing” is the importance of place terms from both a marketing and trading perspective, with Sky Bet used as a case study for the Royal Hunt and Wokingham races.Paying seven places, their clickshare rose by a third to over 20 per cent, eclipsing bet365, with Oddschecker concluding “it seems that the importance of comparing place terms will become a more and more vital part of the bet journey for racing punters”. Addressing the winners and losers of this years meet, from its clickshare perspective Betfair Sportsbook have been hailed “the standout winners” after seeing their share rise almost 3 per cent year-on-year (YoY).Upon further inspection, it is stated that “this success can be largely attributed to their betting API integration which now allows Betfair customers to place bets directly through Oddschecker”.Despite a 270bps YoY fall Bet365 “still comfortably maintain their dominant position,” placing almost nine per cent ahead of Sky Bet.Oddschecker’s breakdown also assesses the landscape from a pricing perspective, which seems to highlight different pricing strategies from the Ladbrokes and Coral: “Sportingbet, 888 and Spreadex were the three most competitively priced books across the week. But again, one needs to dig a little deeper to unearth the real nuggets. “Coral, who ranked 14th for the most competitive book last year climbed 9 places to rank 5th. This is consistent with their World Cup pricing strategy. Incidentally, Ladbrokes’ pricing generosity deteriorated markedly (again consistent with their WC Football stance). Further evidence that the brands are beginning to pursue different strategies. As you can see from the graphic, Ladbrokes’ clickshare was impacted by the widening prices (falling 118bps YoY). Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share