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Harsh social and economic conditions (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,In the Finance Minister’s 2016 Budget speech he admitted to “acts of dishonesty and duplicity, mismanagement of resources, opaqueness of transactions and a disregard for basic internal controls, among others… absence or non-existence of functioning Internal Audit Departments.The Audits identified many instances where the laws governing the entities and their operations were violated with impunity, in particular the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act and the Procurement Act”. Unfortunately, this horrendously sad state of affairs has permeated and eaten at each and every stratum of Government agencies and departments. It now appears as though there is a ‘license to steal’! The Auditor General’s Report 2017 has confirmed this and yet in the 2019 Budget Speech there is no material plan to ensure that the $300.7 billion will result in value for money for the masses which will now have to bear a huge tax burden of $199.5 billion, an increase of $28.3 billion more than 2017, an average increase of 23 per cent in withholding, excise, income and value-added taxes!It is now conclusive that Budget 2019 will not address the hordes of instances of mismanagement, allegedly fraudulent and corrupt transactions highlighted in the Auditor General’s Report as the national budgets continue to haemorrhage uncontrollably due to the lack of transparency and accountability. This Coalition Government wants us to believe that corruption no longer exists!In conclusion, Minister Jordan himself gave a vivid account of Guyanese expectations in his 2019 Budget speech. He stated that when “one contemplates the transformation of Guyana’s economy, one conjures up many images of our future. At a minimum, one thinks of every family being able to afford a healthy lifestyle, with all the basic needs of sustenance, shelter and education being met, and all this being achieved within sustainable communities, where environmental responsibility and personal safety are paramount. Together, these images combine to create a desirable collage, and that is just the beginning”. However, he failed to deliver this ‘desirable collage’ not only through his poor budgetary allocations but by his willful neglect to adequately address the deficiencies in the internal auditing and control systems to ensure that Guyanese can have value for money! The transparency and accountability mantra is now dead!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion Sixlast_img read more

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Ronaldo blow for Man United! ‘Real Madrid superstar wants to work with PSG coach’

first_img Cristiano Ronaldo 1 Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly told Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc ‘I would love to work with you’ following Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over the French club on Tuesday.The Portuguese icon was caught on camera whispering in Blanc’s ear on the pitch at full time and now French newspaper Le Parisien claim he said: “Your team plays very well. I would love to work with you.”Sources in France have already revealed that mega-rich PSG are plotting a world record-breaking move for Ronaldo next summer, which could reach as much as £95m.The French club are preparing for the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and they are desperate to bring in a name of similar stature in world football.Ronaldo has broken all club records during just over six staggering years in the Spanish capital, since arriving from Manchester United for £80m in 2009, but it is a spell which has included much speculation about his future.A sensational return to Old Trafford has been mooted but now PSG have been given hope by the forward, who recently described himself as a ‘legend’ of football.Now 30, Ronaldo has scored 233 goals in just 210 La Liga appearances for Madrid, including 48 in 35 last term, and is under contract until 2018.But PSG are one of the few clubs in the world with the financial might to prise him away from the Bernabeu.last_img read more

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Hush-hush Bush talk overheard

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card However, the microphones stayed on for a few minutes. That allowed journalists back at the White House to eavesdrop on Bush’s defense of the eavesdropping. His private statements were basically no different from what he’s said in public. “I want to share some thoughts with you before I answer your questions,” Bush began. “First of all, I expect this conversation we’re about to have to stay in the room. I know that’s impossible in Washington.” He was right. CAMBRIDGE, Md. – The eavesdropping tables were turned on President George W. Bush on Friday. The president apparently believed he was speaking privately when he talked about listening in without a warrant on domestic communications with suspected al-Qaida terrorists overseas. But reporters were the ones doing the listening in this time. The incident happened at a House Republican retreat. After six minutes of public remarks by the president, reporters were ushered out. “I support the free press, let’s just get them out of the room,” Bush said, intending to speak behind closed doors with fellow Republicans and take lawmakers’ questions. When reporters left, Bush spoke about the National Security Agency program that he authorized four years ago and which has drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike. 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

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Officer cites 82-year-old woman for being too slow to negotiate busy street

first_imgSUNLAND Mayvis Coyle, 82, was shuffling with her cane across busy Foothill Boulevard while a traffic police officer watched and waited. And watched and waited. Even before Coyle finished crossing the intersection at Woodward Avenue, he had scribbled a $114 ticket for crossing against a don’t-walk signal. “I entered the crosswalk, it was green,” said Coyle, of Sunland, who is fighting the infraction issued Feb. 15. “It turned red before I could get over. There he was, waiting, the motorcycle cop. The standard speed used for timing pedestrians is 4 feet per second. The Coyle incident “has brought to bear an issue that is relatively common,” Greuel said. “We should look at those areas with predominantly seniors and accommodate their needs in intersections.” The danger to pedestrians – particularly senior citizens – is acute, Los Angeles police say. Of the 94 pedestrians killed in the San Fernando Valley from 2003-05 while crossing the street, 31 were seniors. Sgt. Mike Zaboski of the Valley Traffic Division said he couldn’t comment on Coyle’s ticket, that it was her word against the officer who cited her – identified only as Officer Kelly – as to whether she entered the crosswalk on the green. “Right now, pedestrian accidents are above normal,” he said Friday. “We’re looking out for pedestrians – people who think they have carte blanche in crossing the street. “I’d rather not have angry pedestrians,” he said of those like Coyle. “But I’d rather have them be alive.” “It’s a safety concern,” added Jerry Baik, an assistant supervisor of trials for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, whose office prosecutes traffic infractions like Coyle’s. “It’s the officer’s observation … that she was acting in a dangerous way to herself as well as oncoming traffic.” Others besides Coyle, however, say signals on Foothill prompt a foot race to the other side. On Friday, students ran – not walked – to make the lights, measured at 20 seconds from green to red. “It sucks,” said Sara Johnson, 14, of Sunland, who had just scampered with friends across the crosswalk at Woodward. “When the light turns red, you can’t cross the street.” Chung Kim, manager of Jimmie Dean’s Charbroiled Burgers at Foothill and Woodward, has seen close calls. “Very hard to cross,” he said, watching the intersection from his grill, “because signal’s too short, the cars go so fast, every car over 45 miles per hour. It’s crazy.” Coyle, a Cherokee medicine woman who splits her time between Sunland and the mountains above Sedalia, Colo., has done everything to fight her ticket, including send letters to Greuel’s office. The octogenarian, who has no phone or car, said she was simply hefting her groceries home when she not only got trapped in a busy intersection but got a ticket from a cop to boot. “I think it’s completely outrageous,” said Coyle, wearing an Indian feather cap and homemade rock pendant. “I can’t walk without a stick and I lose my balance. “He treated me like a 6-year-old, like I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m in shock that somebody’s going to stop me on a green light while crossing the street.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“He said, `You’re obstructing the flow of traffic.”‘ Coyle and other seniors at Monte Vista Mobile Estates are up in arms over signals they say are too short to safely cross the five-lane boulevard. They say signals turn red before they can reach the opposite curb on Sunland-Tujunga’s busiest thoroughfare. They risk their lives each time they enter the crosswalk, they insist. At least one resident calls a cab just to cross the street. “I can go halfway, then the light changes,” said Edith Krause, 78, who uses an electric cart because she has difficulty walking. “I try my darndest to get to the other side without being killed.” So many seniors have complained about hasty intersections that Councilwoman Wendy Greuel asked transportation officials last week to study how to accommodate them. last_img
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B.P. council to vote on cultural center

first_img Plans for the former Central School Auditorium an art d eco building erected in the 1930s next to City Hall on Pacific Avenue include adding a second floor and expanding it to the parking lot behind the center. The center will work as a permanent home for the Baldwin Park Historical Society, a place to hold community and cultural events, a banquet hall and may also feature a theater for movie revivals. Singhal said the council had previously approved about $350,000 in architecture costs. Officials anticipate the project expected to break ground next month to be completed by 2007. Christina L. Esparza can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472, or by e-mail at160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Garcia argued the refurbishing is costing more than the Baldwin Park Teen Center and Skate Park, which was built from the ground up. However, Councilman David Olivas, who is pushing for the cultural arts center, said it is costing less since none of the money is coming from the general fund. The project will be paid for by the Urban Park Act grant, a Community Development Block Grant of $1 million and $1.6 million in community center bonds money set aside for improvements in the city’s community centers, said Chief Executive Officer Vijay Singhal. “It’s going to be the first truly educational center run by a city,’ Olivas said. “It would be an education of history, the arts and cultures.’ Singhal said the increase in cost is due to the expansion of the project, which will be bigger than anticipated. The building is now 8,500 square feet, but refurbishing will add on another 15,000 square feet. The City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to spend $4.5 million to start the construction of a new cultural arts center, nearly $1 million more than its original projected cost. When the city got word of receiving a $2.5 million state grant from the Urban Parks Act in November, officials estimated the cost of refurbishing the former Central School Auditorium to be $3.7 million. However, the new projected cost is about $5.5 million, according to the city’s staff report. Tonight, the council is expected to vote on a contract with EMAE International Inc. worth $4.5 million to refurbish the building. “I’m baffled we’re spending so much money on an existing building,’ said Councilwoman Marlen Garcia. “I think we need to relook at this and really figure out how much it’s going to cost in the future.’ last_img read more

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Forest boss O’Driscoll confirms interest in signing Chelsea man

first_imgNottingham Forest manager Sean O’Driscoll has confirmed his interest in Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson.O’Driscoll is keen to take Hutchinson on loan and held talks with the 23-year-old on Sunday.“He is a Chelsea player and they have to decide what they want to do with him this season,” O’Driscoll told the Nottingham Evening Post.“We are trying to see where the land lies with him and to make something happen, if we can.”See also:Chelsea youngster in line for Nottingham Forest loan moveChelsea confirm Hutchinson loan dealChelsea defender close to finalising Nottingham Forest loan move Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Drawing expats back to SA

first_imgSouth Africans at the vin the UK in May 2009.(Image: Homecoming Revolution)  Nomsa Mthembu, a 34-year-old South African tourism consultant, has been living in the UK for the past seven years, but now she wants to return home.Before she makes the final decision, boards that plane and flies back, she wants to be sure of potential job opportunities. For this she’s banking on the 2010 Homecoming Revolution London event taking place at the Kensington Olympia Conference Centre on 20 and 21 March.“I am looking forward to going to the conference, I would like to know what companies are offering jobs and I’m willing to talk to people,” said Mthembu, who graduated with a BA Honours in travel and tourism management from the UK’s Derby University in December 2009.“I am expecting to get more information from companies and generally find out what is going on back home.”The annual event, now in its fourth year, will host about 38 South African companies offering job opportunities and recruitment programmes for suitably skilled expats. “We’ve got great companies coming with us to recruit South Africans who want to come back home,” said Brigitte Lightfoot of the Homecoming Revolution.The event – boasting speakers such as University of Pretoria Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena and a range of company executives – has attracted high-profile corporates such as Eskom, South African Breweries, the CSIR, First National Bank (FNB), Nedbank, Group Five, Investec Bank and many others.“The companies are coming mainly to recruit … it’s also an opportunity for them to tap into new skills,” Lightfoot said.South African recruitment agencies will also be there to broaden the scope, she added.Bite of UK recessionMthembu, who was born in KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal, currently lives and works in Manchester. She relocated to further her studies, and said she was offered jobs there even before she graduated.“At the moment I work in the hospitality industry, which I love,” she said. “I have been working and studying at the same time – it has been hectic.“If I had my way I would come home tomorrow, I am tired of running around like a headless chicken.”But Mthembu said she doesn’t “regret coming here, [as] I have achieved so much academically and financially”.Her desire to return home is driven by ambitions to advance in and contribute to South Africa’s growing tourism industry, she said. “It takes time to get a promotion at work here – unlike back home.”She said she’s noticed that job opportunities in the UK have shrunk somewhat due to the recession, which hit the UK hard in late 2008.Interest in the Homecoming eventMthembu said most South Africans she knows in the UK have bought tickets and she’s predicting a full house in Olympia.“It will be full – I can promise you that. Everyone I know has bought tickets for the event,” she said. “People want to go home, there is no place like home.”Last year’s event, also held in London, attracted about 1 200 South Africans. Lightfoot said she’s sure the 2010 turnout will be even better. “It’s really exciting this year,” said Lightfoot, who previously lived in the UK for six years.Reversing the ‘brain-drain’The Homecoming Revolution is an NGO that encourages and helps South Africans abroad to return home. Supported by FNB, the organisation helps address the skills shortage in the country, which spiked in the 1990s.“We’ve seen an increase in the number of people wanting to come back to South Africa,” Lightfoot said. “We get a lot of enquiries about South Africa from people abroad.”Besides facilitating the journey back home, the organisation also helps expats find jobs through its online careers portal.‘SA tourism booming’There are plenty of opportunities in South Africa’s growing tourism industry, Mthembu believes. In 2008 the industry contributed R25.8-billion (US$3.3-billion) to the national GDP, attracting about 42.5-million local and international tourists.“South African tourism is big,” she said. “I learned more about it when I came here. Even though I worked in the travel industry back home, there are some issues I did not know about.”She now has a greater understanding of the various multinationals that own hotel chains in South Africa, which has helped her assess the scope of opportunities back home.“I have travelled to Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece and – guess what – South Africa has got the best five-star hotels,” said Mthembu.last_img read more

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Country Spotlight: Five fun caches in Polska

first_img SharePrint RelatedA new country souvenir for Singapore!December 12, 2016In “News””Jested” GCKDBV GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – August 2nd, 2010August 2, 2010In “Community””Vermont 1” GC86 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – May 2, 2011May 2, 2011In “Community” 5. Gdynia Moje Miasto TB HotelGC5Z3QMLetterbox HybridFavorite Points: 223“Standing right in the city centre it may be difficult to imagine that only 100 years ago there was nothing but nature here. Today, Gdynia is one of the most dynamic and developing Polish cities, tempting visitors with its cosy cafes and excellent restaurants.” The owners of this geocache took a historic structure and integrated a fun geocache into it (with proper permission of course!).This is only a glimpse into what it’s like to geocache in Poland. The list of creative and fun hides goes on! What country is on your geocaching bucket list? Share with your Friends:More As a geocaching country on the rise, Poland is now home to 45,000+ geocache adventures, many geoart masterpieces, and a warm and welcoming community. The majority of geocaches in Poland are Traditionals, but the first cache that was placed in this country was a Virtual. To truly understand the inner workings of geocaching in Poland, you’ll have to take a walk in the shoes of a local cacher. Here are five fun caches, all hidden by locals, that’ll inspire you to start planning a trip to experience it firsthand.1. POMEZNI CELOROCKAGC2ZGBTTraditional cacheFavorite Points: 725The beautiful countryside in Poland is picture perfect. This Traditional, accessible in all four seasons, is placed at the beginning of a hiking path and is one of the most favorited geocaches in Poland. Look for the “sign” and grab the smiley!2. OSP ByczynahGC6J45HTraditional cacheFavorite Points: 37Patience, dear geocachers, patience. This is not your standard geocache container – a basic understanding of physics is required. You’ll need a variety of materials to unlayer and reveal the final geocache container.3. Chrobok #01GC65EY1Multi-CacheFavorite Points: 8This is the first cache of the Chrobok Geoart series and it’s a good one! The series itself consists of 67 geocaches in total. A variety of geocache types are represented: Letterbox, Traditional, Mystery, Multi-Cache… Every location and container offers a unique and memorable geocaching experience. In addition to this series, Poland is home to many Geoart creations.4. Chatka keszeraGC6F5P9Traditional cacheFavorite Points: 112Wooden coins are a very popular trend in Poland. Geocachers will often exchange their personal collections with other enthusiasts at events. The owner of this cache took “wooden creation” to the next level. The entire geocache is made out of wood including the logbook!last_img read more

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PBA semis: Hot shooting Painters torch Hotshots for 2-0 series lead

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I think we just started the game on fire. Norbert came out and hit his shots and I think that threw them off,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia, whose squad go for a commanding 3-0 lead on Tuesday still at the Big Dome before the league goes on a five-day Holy Week break.The 6-foot-6 Torres, who has seemed to have find a home after bouncing around the league in his first four seasons in the league, set the tone for the Painters with all of his 16 points coming in the first half. He also had five rebounds and a block in less than 15 minutes of play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Painters were deadly on the offensive end going 16-of-37 from downtown and they also caused problems for the Hotshots with their defense.“Our defense was also key today. We were able to slow down their guards. For us to win this series, we have to be a consistent defensive team,” Garcia said. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Rain or Shine’s Norbert Torres shoots over Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang in the first half of Game 2 of their Philippine Cup semifinals series on Sunday, April 14, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rain or Shine big man Norbert Torres kept shaking his head in disbelief after making his third triple in the first half.Torres went 4-of-4 from long range all in the first two quarters as the Elasto Painters made it rain in a methodical beatdown of the Magnolia Hotshots, 93-80, to go up 2-0 in their 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields unifies middleweight division Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rain or Shine shut down Magnolia’s high octane guards Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca, who combined for just four points on on 2-of-13 from the field. They also contained Paul Lee, who had 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting with three turnovers.Ed Daquioag led Rain or Shine, which did not have the services of key players Raymond Almazan and Maverick Ahanmisi due to injuries, with a game-high 19 points while Rey Nambatac and Gabe Norwood added 12 and 10 points, respectively.Daquioag had nine in the third quarter where the Elasto Painters, whose lead ballooned to 25 in the final frame, just kept pouring it on.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

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Lionel Messi Thought Neymar Would Move to Real Madrid if he Didn’t Join Barcelona

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Barcelona star Lionel Messi revealed he thought his former teammate Neymar would move to Real Madrid if he did not join the Catalan giants in the summer transfer window. The Brazil superstar was a part of the lethal front three alongside Messi and Luis Suarez while at Camp Nou, moved to Paris Saint-Germain two years back in a world-record €222m deal.The summer transfer window saw both Barcelona and Real Madrid involved in a race to bring the Brazilian back to Spain, but Paris Saint-Germain had other ideas and they managed to hold on to their star player, keeping both the Spanish giants at bay. Messi, who previously had revealed he wanted his former Barcelona teammate back at the club, now, has made the revelation that he was afraid Madrid president Florentino Perez would do something to sign Neymar if Barcelona failed to.In conversation with RAC1, Lionel Messi revealed he really thought Neymar would go to Real Madrid if he did not join Barcelona. He further added that he though Florentino Perez and Read Madrid were going to do something to sign Neymar.Despite the summer transfer window being closed, there have been multiple reports claiming that Barcelona is still trying to bring their former Brazilian athlete back to Spain. barcelonaCamp NouFlorentino Perezfootball First Published: October 9, 2019, 4:55 PM ISTlast_img read more